MSU College of Law

Veronica Valentine McNally

Veronica Valentine McNallyDirector of Trial Advocacy & Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 332
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
517-432-6969
valent29@law.msu.edu

Veronica Valentine McNally is the director of the trial advocacy at Michigan State University College of Law.

McNally also practices law at Valentine & Associates, PC. Her practice areas include domestic and international civil litigation, including arbitration, manufacturer’s representative law, and insurance law.

Professor McNally is a former member of the State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character and Fitness (2005–2013) and the SBM Young Lawyers Executive Council (2005–07). She is a former member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, American Inns of Court, Oakland County Bar Association, and the Junior League of Lansing. She is a member of the American Bar Association and American Association for Justice. She also serves on the advisory committee of the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center. Law & Politics selected McNally as a Rising Star in 2010–14. She is currently pursuing a Master Advocate Designation from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. In 2012, McNally co-founded the Franny Strong Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about pertussis; she also serves as president of the organization.

McNally graduated cum laude in 2004 from Michigan State University College of Law, where she earned a jurisprudence award for Trial Practice. She won the Best Brief, Best Oralist and Best Overall awards in the Moot Court Class competition in 2002; was on the national championship team for the Pepperdine Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition in 2003; and won second place awards for Best Oralist and Best Brief in the Wagner Labor Law Moot Court Competition in 2004. McNally earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Studies in 2000 from the University of Michigan, where she was judicial vice president for the Panhellenic Association (1999–2000) and president of Alpha Chi Omega (1998–99).

J.D. 2004, cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law; B.A. 2000, University of Michigan

  • Legal Analysis and Writing
    This course will prepare students for success on the bar exam by focusing on three subjects tested on the MBE. Students will improve their ability to respond to multiple-choice MBE questions and narrative MEE questions, receiving formative feedback on essay writing. At the end of each of the three sections of the class, an exam will test students' mastery of the material through multiple-choice and essay questions. A cumulative final will not be given.
  • Trial Practice Institute-Pretrial II
    (Formerly DCL 513) Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program. Pretrial II focuses on the fundamental approaches of persuasion, elements of advocacy and methods of effective presentation. The class is divided into four teams of four people which are then assigned depositions of witnesses in a problem with fact, lay and expert witnesses. At the conclusion of the deposition phase of the problem, motions in limine are prepared and argued by each team. Additionally, a facilitative mediation brief is prepared by all teams and argued. At the conclusion of the class, opening statements are prepared and presented by each one of the teams. The students will be prepared at the end of the course for the elements of the Trial I course that will commence in the second year of the program. Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program. Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.
  • Trial Practice Institute: Pre-Trial I
    (Formerly DCL 506) Must be in the Trial Practice Institute program. Because certain non-TPI courses duplicate the content of this course, students may not also receive academic credit for the following courses: Applied Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Trial Advocacy II, Client Counseling and Interviewing, Criminal Trial Advocacy I - Pre-Trial, Criminal Trial Advocacy II - Trial II.
  • Trial Practice Institute: Trial Practicum
    This course will provide the foundation for trial work to all TPI students, but is designed for TPI students who do not have advocacy experience through the Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board (Board). The course includes instruction on the component parts of a trial, such as opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, and closing argument. It also explores introducing exhibits, impeachment, the mechanics of refreshing recollection, and the recorded recollection hearsay exception. It will also provide students with an opportunity to refine these skills on their feet.

Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan