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Michigan State University-DCL Moot Court Team wins national competition

For Release November 21, 2003

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Michigan State University-DCL College of Law Moot Court Team was awarded first place in the 2003 National Entertainment Law Championship, November 7-9, 2003 at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California.

With the help of persuasive oral arguments and a well written case brief, MSU-DCL Moot Court team members advanced through six rounds of competition defeating New York Law School in the semifinal round and South Texas College of Law in the final round. The team members included Veronica Valentine, team captain and oralist, a third year student from West Bloomfield, Michigan; Meyrick Cortes, brief writer, a third year student from Bellevue, Washington; and Nate Herdt, oralist, a third year student from East Lansing, Michigan. In addition to winning the overall competition, the MSU-DCL Moot Court Team was also awarded 3rd Place Best Brief Overall.

Twenty-six schools from across the nation participated in the competition including teams from Brooklyn Law School, DePaul University College of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, University of California Hastings College of Law, Loyola Law School, Seton Hall Law School, Temple University School of Law.

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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