SVSU Moot Court Team Among Best in the Country

SVSU Moot Court Team Among Best in the Country
January 22, 2013/SVSU News

Two Saginaw Valley State University students proved themselves among the best undergraduates in the nation when it comes to arguing legal issues, advancing to the second day of the national moot court competition held in Virginia Beach, Va., Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19 

Political science majors Hailey Kimball of Millersburg and Kevin Lorentz of Bentley advanced to the final day of competition, placing 13th out of 80 qualifying teams from across the United States. 

In the competition, hosted by the American Collegiate Moot Court Association, students act as attorneys in teams of two. They make arguments to a panel of judges, drawing upon constitutional law and Supreme Court cases. Judges then choose winners based on competitors' public speaking ability, knowledge of law and past cases, and performance in fielding questions. 

"They've all done well," said Julie Keil, lecturer of political science and adviser for the team, now in its third year at SVSU. "The quality of competition is much better than even last year so this success is wonderful." 

The pair is one of three SVSU teams that earned a chance to compete at the national level. Joining them as national qualifiers were Mikaela Burch, a political science and criminal justice major from Saginaw, and Brandon Harris, a criminal justice major from Clarkston; and political science majors Marissa Geyer from Auburn and Larissa Skalecki from Saginaw. 

For more information about the moot court competition, visit