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Bates, Elturk Win Winter 2008 Donald E. Barris Trial Competition

April 11, 2008

DETROIT (April 11, 2008) – Wayne State University Law School congratulates students Matthew Bates and Melanie Elturk on winning the Winter 2008 Donald E. Barris Trial Competition in Wayne Law’s Moot Court Room on March 25, 2008.

Mock Trial is a co-curricular activity at Wayne Law. Interested students tryout for the program at the beginning of each school year, and participants earn academic credit for conducting two trials each semester. After the second trial, the four teams with highest point totals compete in a semi-final round, and then two teams advance to compete in the final round – the Donald E. Barris Trial Competition. The winners receive a $500 scholarship and are offered a position on the Mock Trial National Team.

Competition finalists Sarah Greene and Kevin McGiness represented the plaintiff in a wrongful death action, and Bates and Elturk represented the defendant utility company. Wayne Law alumna Linda Turek of Sachs Waldman, P.C. judged the event.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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