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International Law Moot Court Team Celebrates Outstanding Performance in Regional Competition

February 22, 2008

DETROIT (Feb. 21, 2008) – Wayne State University Law School congratulates its international law moot court team on an impressive third-place finish in the Midwest Regional Round of the Philip C. Jessup Competition on Feb. 17, 2008 at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

The regional tournament, which tested the participants’ skills in both oral advocacy and legal writing, focused on issues in the War on Terror. The problem posed legal questions involving coercive interrogations, extraordinary rendition and military commissions.  The tournament was newly enlarged this year with 24 law schools competing.

After four preliminary rounds the Wayne Law team was seeded first, ahead of the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Iowa, Northwestern, Case Western Reserve and all others. Wayne Law defeated the University of Notre Dame Law School in the quarter-final round before falling 2-1 to Washington University in the semi-finals.

Overall, the Wayne Law team finished in second place for its brief and 3L Oday Salim was the third-place speaker overall (out of 96 participants).

“This was an outstanding performance by a group of very hard-working students,” said Gregory Fox, Wayne Law professor and faculty advisor to the Moot Court team. “Wayne Law is acknowledged as a powerhouse in this competition and this year we certainly maintained that position.”

In addition to Salim, team members included Caren Bales, Grant Munson, Tricia Roelofs and Suzanne Swanson. 

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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