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Feb. 22, 2012
Cleveland-Marshall Students Move on to National Moot Court Competition

University of Akron School of Law student Brande Smith listens as teammate Eric Foster makes a point during the Midwest region’s Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition at the Supreme Court of Ohio last week.  The competition was held during the weeklong 44th annual Midwest Black Law Students Association regional convention.  Sitting behind Brande and Eric is their coach, Richard Strong. The coach from the Saint Louis University School of Law, Sheena Hamilton, is also pictured.Two Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students will be among those representing the Midwest at the national Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in March.

Brandon Cox and Theophilus Hudson finished as the second runner-up team during the competition held last week at the Supreme Court of Ohio. Teams representing the Saint Louis University School of Law and the John Marshall Law School finished as the champion and first runner-up.

The 44th annual Midwest Black Law Students Association regional convention also included a reception at which Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and Justice Yvette McGee Brown spoke.

The Midwest region consists of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Other Ohio teams that competed in the moot court included students from the University of Akron School of Law, Capital University Law School, Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

They competed against the law schools at University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Loyola University, Michigan State University, Northern Illinois University and University of Notre Dame.

Justice McGee Brown and Clients’ Security Fund Administrator Janet Green Marbley served as judges.

The top three teams from six regions of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) will compete in Washington, D.C. on March 16-17.

NBLSA encourages black law students to pursue careers in the judiciary and helps promote educational, professional, political and social needs of the students and instill a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the black community.

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