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2013 McGee Moot Court Competition Examines Fair Housing Act

FEBRUARY 27, 2013—Top honors went to Michigan State University College of Law in the 28th Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition held Feb. 21-23, 2013, at the Law School.

Washington University School of Law in St. Louis Team 1 took second place, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Team 1 finished third and won Best Brief honors, and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Team 2 took fourth.

Michigan State University College of Law students won Best Oral Advocate honors: Molly Etkind for the preliminary rounds and Monique Patton for the overall competition. Stanley Lloyd of Brigham Young University Law School, Aaron Davidowitz of Washington University School of Law St. Louis Team 1, and Ashley Moore of the University of Oklahoma College of Law Team 2 received honorable mentions.

Twenty-three law schools from across the nation sent 35 teams to the competition this year, which considered whether an urban renewal plan favoring a high-priced housing development and displacing low-income housing, occupied largely by African American and Latino residents, would constitute disparate impact discrimination and, if so, whether would be a violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Other teams advancing to the quarter-finals are Brigham Young University Law School, University of Oklahoma College of Law Team 2, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Team 2, and Chicago-Kent College of Law Team 2.

Other teams advancing to the round of 16 are the University of South Dakota School of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School Teams 1 and 2, University of Connecticut School of Law Team 2, Chicago-Kent College of Law Team 1, South Texas College of Law Team 1, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and Hamline University School of Law Team 1.

2Ls in the Law School's Civil Rights Moot Court and additional student volunteers assisted at the competition, and more than 180 attorneys and judges volunteered to judge the briefs and oral arguments. To thank the judges for their service, the Law School offered the free continuing legal and judicial education program "The Role of the Fair Housing Act in Shaping America's Communities" on Feb. 15, 2013.

The William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition is an interscholastic appellate moot court competition sponsored by the Law School. Its mission is to promote interest, reflection, and discourse on civil rights law among students, faculty, and practicing members of the bar and bench, and to provide students an opportunity to develop the oral advocacy and writing skills that are essential to being successful appellate practitioners. Professor Carl M. Warren (’75) has been the advisor and overall competition supervisor for 21 years.

 
 
 

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From left to right, Michigan State University College of Law team members, Molly Etkind (also won Best Oral Advocate of the Preliminary Rounds), Scott Milligan (team coach), Monique Patton (also won Best Oral Advocate) and Jessica Walker