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Michigan State University-DCL College of Law awards highest-ranking student

For Release October 29, 2003

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Michigan State University-DCL College of Law awards highest-ranking student

Michigan State University-DCL College of Law has named Jeffrey T. Gray the Charles King Award recipient of the 2003 graduating class.

The award, established by the MSU-DCL National Alumni Association in honor of former MSU-DCL Dean Charles H. King, ’33, is given to the highest-ranking member of the graduating class.

As a law student at MSU-DCL, Gray was a member of the Michigan State DCL Law Review. In addition to receiving the King Award, he also was awarded the Amy D. Bloomer Award, the Rodney M. and Marie Lockwood Memorial Award and the David Martin State Bar Negligence Award. He also received the Helen G. Buchanan Memorial Award and the Professor William B. Giles Award as well as Jurisprudence Awards for Contracts I, Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Property, Pretrial, Worker's Compensation and Corporate Finance.

Gray earned his undergraduate degree in economics and history from Calvin College and attended Caledonia High School. He is the son of Jeff and Kris Gray and husband of Katie Gray. He is currently a law clerk with the Honorable Lawrence P. Zatkoff, Chief Judge of the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan.

Michigan State University-DCL College of Law, formerly known as Detroit College of Law, was founded in 1891 and was the first law school in Detroit. To extend its commitment to educational excellence, the Detroit College of Law affiliated with Michigan State University in 1995 and moved to MSU’s East Lansing campus in 1997.

The move to MSU enabled the Law College to provide law students the benefits of a Big Ten university while maintaining its private law school status. Today, MSU-DCL has more than 1000 students and remains the nation’s oldest continuously operating independent law school.

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