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Fishman and Smith win Wayne Law Arthur Neef Moot Court Competition

November 30, 2011

PHOTO RELEASE (Nov. 30, 2011) — Wayne State University Law School congratulates the winning team of Wayne Law students, Ryan Fishman and Jarett Smith, for an impressive performance in the final round of arguments in the Arthur Neef Moot Court Competition. The event was held on Nov. 8 at Wayne Law.

The competition begins with four rounds of arguments with two-person teams of second-year law students competing against their classmates in front of a panel of third-year law student judges. The teams with the highest overall scores move on to quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, where they argue in front of alumni judges. This year, the final round was argued in front of three Michigan Court of Appeals judges — the Hon. Peter O’Connell, the Hon. Christopher Murray and the Hon. Kirsten Kelly — and Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman. Fishman and Smith argued against the team of Michael Kiehne and Frances Murphy.

The Wayne Law’s Moot Court program has helped students perfect their oral and written advocacy skills at the appellate level since 1949. The Arthur Neef competition is an annual competition the Moot Court holds for its junior members.

Photo caption: Jarett Smith (left), Ryan Fishman, Frances Murphy and Michael Kiehne.

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