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Students Rank Third in the FBA’s Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition

April 01, 2008

Second-year students Alane Moore (mid-left) and Laurel Kanode (left) took third place over New York Law School in the Federal Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Students at Memorial Moot Court CompetitionCompetition held last weekend in Washington, D.C. Ms. Kanode also tied for second-best oralist in the tournament, gaining an edge over Florida State. Second-year students Mandi Campbell (mid-right) and Michael Kilgore (right) also competed, advancing to the quarter-final round. They were eliminated by the tournament-winning team from George Mason University School of Law. Southern Methodist University School of Law took second.

The Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition is held annually in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association’s mid-year meeting. This year’s case centered on issues of preemption of state statutes by federal law, and when a corporation will be considered a “limited purpose public figure” in a defamation law suit. Arguments for the competition are held in courthouses throughout Washington, D.C., including the D.C. Superior Courthouse, the U.S. District Courthouse, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Courthouse.