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Future Attorneys Bring Home National Championship To EMU In American Moot Court National Tournament

Feb 3, 2020

Ultimately beating out 500 schools across the country, Eastern Michigan University students Kelsey Hall and Charles Graham won the American Moot Court national tournament recently in Louisiana. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with both of the EMU students about their experience and future leg.


Two Eastern Michigan University students, Kelsey Hall (a senior) and Charles Graham (a junior), emerged as the top team in the nation in the American Moot Court national tournament finals—beating out teams from Yale, Duke, the University of Virginia, Michigan State, Baylor, Loyola, the University of Southern California, Youngstown State, and the University of Chicago.

 Moot court simulates appellate court hearings.  Students prepare and make oral arguments while a group of judges act as active participants, questioning and arguing with the students.  The biggest challenge for students is to answer the judges effectively. EMU is one of very few public universities to ever win this title in general, and this is the first national championship in moot court for the state of Michigan and for EMU.

 The biggest challenge for students is to answer the judges effectively, as they are prepared to argued constitutional matters from both sides of an issue.

  *The final round is captured on a video from the competition.  The competition starts 38 minutes into the video, and the EMU students appear at 58 minutes.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu