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Congratulations to STAP winners!

November 29, 2006

On November 20, 2006, Law School students Tisha Simmons and Eric Novetsky won the Fall 2006 Donald E. Barris Trial Competition, the final round of competition in the Student Trial Advocacy Program (STAP).  As the winners, Simmons and Novetsky received a $500 scholarship and will move on to compete with the STAP National Team.

Simmons and Novetsky argued against the team of Justin Cohen and Kim Vollman in a kidnapping and felony murder case.  The final round judge was The Honorable Jeanne Stempien of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court.

Donald Barris is a 1940 graduate of the Law School and is a founder and senior member of the Detroit law firm of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker.  He focuses his legal practice on litigation and estate planning.

The Law School’s STAP program, founded in 1985, focuses on the art of oral advocacy at the trial level, and is dedicated to improving trial advocacy skills through mock trials that simulate practical legal experiences.  Its goal is to help its members learn about the trial process and develop skills needed for professional development.

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