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      Delaware Law School Hosts National Competition

      Gabriel Armando, communications studies, '17

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      Delaware Law School Hosts National Competition

      The Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition brought in competitors from all over the country.

      Delaware Law School recently hosted its much-anticipated 29th annual Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition. The interscholastic event was hosted by Delaware Law School's Moot Court Honor Society under the direction of the society's executive board and competition chairperson Veronica Vizzard and lasted four days.

      The team from from Mercer University School of Law won, edging out the Michigan State University College of Law in the final.

      Moot court competitions allow students to practice skills in a competitive way that they may eventually use as attorneys while making appellate arguments. Participants also wrote briefs in advance of the competition on a topic supplied by the law school in the form of a legal problem.

      The competition introduced participants to the cutting edge of corporate law, an experience Delaware Law is uniquely positioned to provide as the state's only law school. The unparallelled experience drew on the resources of Widener's Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law, and the "First State's" distinguished, corporate legal community.

      An integral part of the competition was the Distinguished Scholar Lecture given this year by Professor Sean J. Griffith, an expert in corporate and securities law. He spoke about "Confronting the Perpetual Litigation Machine" and the idea that the Delaware model of corporate law is regulation by litigation, and that the model is in crisis. Griffith has taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law and at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received his law degree magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.

      Lawrence A. Hamermesh, the Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law, authored the competition problem. The final round was judged by Griffith, Court of Chancery Chancellor Andre Bouchard, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III, former Vice Chancellor Stephen P. Lamb and President Judge Jan R. Jurden of the Delaware Superior Court.


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