MSU College of Law News

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2008

CONTACT: KATIE GALLAGHER
517/432-6848, galla145@law.msu.edu

INDIGENOUS LAW STUDENTS PLACE IN TOP 16 AT NATIONAL COMPETITION

Ivory and Wilson Also Take Home Third Best Brief

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University College of Law third-year students Alicia Ivory and Novaline Wilson finished in the top 16 out of over 50 teams, and earned third place for Best Brief at the 16th annual National Native American Law Students Association’s (NNALSA) Moot Court Competition. Held in Tempe, Arizona at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor Law School from February 22-24, Ivory and Wilson represented the Law College’s Indigenous Law & Policy Center in the competition.

This NNALSA competition is the only national competition dedicated exclusively to the area of federal Indian Law and is designed to promote and recognize the finest oral and written advocacy on a significant problem in federal Indian law.

“We’re proud of our students and all of the work they did to prepare. It’s a difficult competition, and their work paid off. They did a great job,” said Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center.

Michigan State University College of Law Indigenous Law Program consists of a certificate program and policy center, both committed to the educational and professional development of those representing the native community. MSU Law offers one of only five Indigenous Law Certificate programs in the nation, educating law students and training lawyers to be prepared to work on behalf of tribes around the country, whether for tribal governments, private law firms, or non-profit organizations.

MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 and is a private institution of higher learning devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university, enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program. Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining the small school culture. The Law College is one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation. For more information about the Law College, visit www.law.msu.edu.

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