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February 26, 2013

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959; kent.love@law.msu.edu

Moot Court Team Wins National Civil Rights Competition

The Michigan State University College of Law moot court team of third-year law students Molly Etkind, Monique Patton, and Jessica Walker, won first place in the 28th Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, February 21-23, 2013, at the University of Minnesota.

“They not only won, but they were the best of 35 teams going undefeated through seven rounds,” said Jennifer L. Copland, assistant clinical professor of law and faculty advisor to MSU Law’s moot court team.

Individual awards also were presented to Etkind for top oralist in the preliminary rounds and Patton for top oralist overall. The team received assistance from third-year Atea Duso and second-year Scott Milligan.

“The team's success can be attributed to the immense amount of time and effort that each member put into researching the topic, writing and editing the brief, and preparing their arguments,” said Duso, executive director of the MSU Law Appellate Moot Court Board.

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