April 13, 2009


MSU Law Appellate Moot Court Team Wins National Evidence Competition

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law applauds third-year student Kyle Attwood (captain) and second-year students Bridget Curry, Matt Scarfone, Gavin Cond, and Nicole Schuppner for their win at the Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition. The team beat out 35 others, including UC Hastings College of Law in the final round argument, in order to capture the national title.

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition is an appellate advocacy competition hosted by Brooklyn Law School. It explores issues at the forefront of evidentiary law and are consequently of great interest to law students, practitioners, educators, and judges. This year's problem tackled two issues. The first issue dealt with the limits of the psychotherapist-patient privilege under Federal Rule of Evidence 501. The second issue dealt with the effect of extraneous prejudicial information on a jury under Federal Rule of Evidence 606(b).

Attwood and Curry argued their final round in front of three U.S. Court of Appeals judges, including the Honorable Duane Benton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the Honorable Susan P. Graber of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Dennis Jacobs of the United U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

MSU College of Law was in founded in 1891 as the Detroit College of Law and was 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 a small school culture. For more information about the Law College, visit


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(front row, left to right) Schuppner and Attwood
(back row, left to right) Cond, Curry, and Scarfone