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MSU College of Law



March 14, 2012

CONTACT: Kent Love

MSU Law Trial Practice Institute Lecture Features Michigan Solicitor General

East Lansing, MI — The Michigan State University College of Law Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute’s Sixth Annual Lecture and Alumni Reunion will feature a talk by Michigan Solicitor General John Bursch on Thursday, March 22, 2012.


Burch’s talk, “May It Please the Court: Successful Advocacy from the Trial Court to the U.S. Supreme Court,” will be held from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. in MSU Law’s Castle Board Room. A reception will immediately follow in the Campus Room at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place.

Bursch, who became Michigan’s 10th Solicitor General in February 2011, represents the State of Michigan on appeal in the state’s most important and sensitive litigation. In his first 11 months in the position, he argued three times in the U.S. Supreme Court and four times before Michigan’s highest court.

Prior to his appointment as Solicitor General, Bursch chaired the Appellate Practice and Public Affairs Litigation Groups at Warner Norcross & Judd, where he successfully litigated appeals with more than $2.25 billion in controversy at every level of the Michigan and federal appellate systems. He has worked on high-profile litigation for numerous Fortune 500 companies and has represented industry associations, citizen groups, Michigan legislators, local governments, three states, and Canada.

In 2010, Bursch was appointed to the American Bar Association committee that reviewed Elena Kagan’s writings before her Senate confirmation as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. He is the only attorney ever to receive back-to-back Distinguished Brief Awards for his advocacy before the Michigan Supreme Court. Burch is listed in “The Best Lawyers of America” and was named one of the state’s “Top 100” lawyers by Michigan Super Lawyers in 2010. He is a fellow of The Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only honorary society limited to less than one-half of one percent of all American lawyers.

For more information or to RSVP for the event, visit or call 517-432-6840.

One of the most rigorous and comprehensive trial practice programs in the nation, The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute at MSU College of Law blends legal theory with hands-on legal training and emphasizes important ethical considerations involved in trial litigation. The Institute was established in 2001 in partnership with Geoffrey Fieger, a nationally renowned trial attorney and 1979 Law College graduate.

Michigan State University College of Law, a leading institution of legal education with a long history of educating practice-ready attorneys, prepares future lawyers to use ethics, ambition, and intellect to solve the world’s problems. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law’s commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.


320 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

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