October 19, 2009


Two MSU Law Appellate Teams Place at National Competitions

Civil Rights and Liberties Team Wins First Place and Information Technology Team Places in Semifinals

Moot Court team

(from left to right, Cristina Patzelt, Philip Trampe, Lindsey Kaczmarek)

East Lansing, MI – The Michigan State University College of Law Moot Court & Advocacy Team competed in the 2009 Civil Rights and Liberties (CRAL) Moot Court Competition held October 10-11 at Emory Law School and the 28th Annual John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law held October 1-3 at The John Marshall Law School.

The CRAL Team was represented by MSU Law third-year students Lindsey Kaczmarek, Cristina Patzelt, and Philip Trampe, who won Best Overall Team at the national competition. This year, the competition focused on current legal issues concerning civil rights and liberties. The team took first place out of 24 teams, defeating nationally ranked teams from South Texas, Mercer, and the University of San Diego. They argued their final round in front of a panel of five esteemed judges, including the Honorable Stanley Birch of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Honorable Leo Gordon of the U.S. Court of International Trade, and Allen Wallace, career law clerk for the Honorable Judge Vining of the Northern District of Georgia and frequent final round judge in the National Moot Court Competition.

The John Marshall Team, represented by MSU Law third-year students Bridget Curry, Josh Patrick, and Matt Scarfone, made it to the semifinals of the competition, which has become one of the largest and most highly respected of all international moot courts. Curry, Patrick, and Scarfone joined students from law schools throughout the country and from outside the United States to brief and argue challenging and unresolved issues of technology law.

For more information on the MSU Law Moot Court & Advocacy Board, visit

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