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April 11, 2013

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

Michigan State Law Moot Court Team Competes in International Competition

Michigan State University College of Law third-year student Kaela Munster and second-year students Jason Bart, Dustin Kamerman and Chelsey Winchell advanced to the quarterfinals and placed sixth overall in the Niagara International Moot Court Competition, February 28—March 2, 2013, in Toronto, Canada. Kamerman also received the 2nd Place Advocate Award, and the Respondent Team of Kamerman and Winchell received the runner-up Respondent Team Argument Award.

Ten law schools competed in the competition, including teams from SUNY Buffalo Law School, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, University of Windsor Faculty of Law, and Washington University School of Law.

The Canada-United States Law Institute administers the Niagara International Moot Court Competition, an international law moot that draws teams from law schools in Canada and the United States. 

Participating teams address a hypothetical dispute affecting the bi-lateral relationship before the International Court of Justice.  The 2012-13 Niagara Moot Court Problem, "Case Concerning The Terrorist List," focused on expropriation of private property, the financing of terrorism and Canada's granting of refugee status to a suspected terrorist financier whose name was included on the United Nations Sanctions List.

The team was coached by MSU Law Professor John Reifenberg and Reference Librarian Janet Ann Hedin.

“We especially would like to thank MSU Law Professors Bruce Bean, Jennifer Carter-Johnson, Jennifer Copland, Michele Halloran, Kevin Kennedy, Sammy Mansour, and Jane Meland, as well as members of the MSU Law Jessup Team, Michigan State International Law Review, and Michigan State Law Review for their assistance in the team's practices,” said Hedin.

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