Indigenous Law students turn in strong performance at Moot Court Competition

MSU Law's Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) gave their best performance yet at the recent National NALSA Moot Court Competition in Tucson, Ariz.

Students Steve Raslich and Amy Foerster received awards for third place in the best brief competition, and made it to the final 16 in the oral competition. Mike Hollowell and Whitney Gravelle made it to the final eight in the oral competition. Leah Jurss and Elyse McGowan also competed in the event, which hosted more than 70 teams.

This year's rankings are the highest MSU Law NALSA has achieved in its history. MSU Law has competed in the NALSA National Moot Court Competition since 2006. Professor Kathryn Fort and alumna Elaine Barr helped the teams prepare for the competition.

"They came together well and knew the issues," Professor Fort said. "They were all extremely comfortable behind the podium. They're also exceptional writers, which is a critical part of the competition as well."

The National NALSA Moot Court Competition is an annual event that attracts local chapter teams from across the country. The moot court problem concentrates on issues in federal Indian law and/or tribal law and governance. This year's topic pertained to tribal court jurisdiction over non-member Indians.

Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

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