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Wayne Law to host Oral Argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals, March 11

February 23, 2010

DETROIT (Feb. 23, 2010) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to host Oral Argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals from 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2010. The event will take place in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

“We are honored to welcome the Michigan Court of Appeals to the Law School,” said Wayne Law Dean and Professor Robert M. Ackerman. “This is the type of relationship with the judiciary and practicing bar that a good law school should cultivate.”

Added Director of Wayne Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program Anne M. Burr, “We are very pleased to have Judge Michael J. Kelly, Judge Michael J. Talbot and Judge Kurtis T. Wilder of the Michigan Court of Appeals hearing oral arguments at the Law School. It is a wonderful opportunity for all of our students, particularly our 1Ls who will be making their own appellate arguments in a few weeks.”

The event provides an opportunity for students to spend a day before the Michigan Court of Appeals, without leaving the Law School. Experienced counsel will argue actual appellate cases before the three-judge panel. Students are able to observe a variety of oral argument styles, as well as the procedures of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

The event is sponsored by the Legal Research and Writing faculty in conjunction with the First Year Moot Court Program. As part of the Program, first-year law students at Wayne Law research and write an appellate brief for the federal court of appeals. They then argue the positions taken in their brief before three-judge panels consisting of local attorneys and judges.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Marilyn Vaughan at (313) 577-4822 or at ak1557@wayne.edu.

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Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street 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 and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, 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, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit

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