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Wayne Law Moot Court teams place 3rd, 5th at regional competition


Two Moot Court teams of third-year students from Wayne State University Law School placed third and fifth at a regional competition of the National Moot Court Competition.

The regional competition was Nov. 17 to 19 at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland. Students wrote briefs and presented oral arguments on a case involving the Commerce Clause and the Fourth Amendment.

The team of Angelo Donofrio of Sterling Heights and Carley Kocks of Saginaw made it to the semifinals, finishing third, and finished third for their brief. The team of Ian Edwards of Pleasant Ridge and Connor Walby of Rochester made it to the quarterfinals, finishing fifth.

The annual National Moot Court competition is co-sponsored by the New York City Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

 

Feds suing Michigan community after mosque plan denial
 

DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors are suing a Detroit suburb after a religious organization's proposal for a mosque in a residential neighborhood was denied.

The U.S. Attorney’s office filed the suit Thursday in federal court against Sterling Heights.

Planning commissioners voted in 2015 against a special land agreement sought by the American Islamic Community Center.

Some residents protested the plan, citing traffic congestion and other concerns. Mosque supporters said the issue was anti-Muslim bias.

The lawsuit says the denial constitutes discrimination on the basis of religion and imposed a “burden on the religious exercise” of the center.

Sterling Heights says Thursday that the center’s application denial was not based on “emotional feelings tied to religious beliefs either for or against the applicant.”

 

ABA website updates data on law school admissions, tuition and other matters

 

Information about admissions and other matters reported by American Bar Association-approved law schools to the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and required to be made public under Standard 509 of the Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools is now publicly available.

The material is collected by the section, which requires law schools each year to disclose data in 11 categories, covering admissions, tuition and living costs, financial aid, class and faculty demographics, employment outcomes, bar passage and other areas. The data can be easily searched and sorted, allowing for school-by-school comparisons and analysis and should be useful to prospective law students, pre-law advisors, media outlets and others who study and write about legal education.
The spreadsheets, explanatory information and the ABA’s database of Standard 509 reports are available at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.

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