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MSU College of Law

November 1, 2013

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MSU Law Mock Trial Team Wins Second Place in Trial Advocacy Competition

The Michigan State University College of Law mock trial team of third-year students Luis Baez, Ejinwaemeonu "Ndidi" Okeagu, Caitlin Higgins, and Randall Tatem, won second place in the Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition, October 24—26, 2013, at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Mock Trial Team Wins Second Place Okeagu and Higgins both were recognized for perfect scores during the competition, and Higgins received an award for Best Closing Argument.

Teams from a dozen law schools participated in the competition. MSU Law competed in the semi-final round against Fordham University School of Law, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. MSU Law initially tied for first place in the final round; however, the tie breaker of counting the presiding judge's ballot twice pushed MSU Law to second place.

“Special thanks to Brittany Campbell, a 2011 graduate of MSU law, who coached the team to its second place win,” says Veronica Valentine McNally, director of trial advocacy at Michigan State Law.  “This was another great success for our Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board. We are fortunate to have dedicated alumni who help our trial teams thrive by providing their time and expertise.”


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