Students from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Advance to National Moot Court Competition

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Students Myka Bell and David Middleton of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago will compete this week in the national Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Atlanta. The competition is part of the National Black Law Students Association annual convention March 6 through 9, 2013.

Students Myka Bell and David Middleton of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago will compete this week in the national Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Atlanta. The competition is part of the National Black Law Students Association annual convention March 6 through 9, 2013.

Bell and Middleton were the first place winners in the Midwest Regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in St. Louis, Mo., in February. They competed against 11 other teams from law schools in the Midwest.

The pair argued a case that dealt with two important issues. Bell used the Defense of Marriage Act when she argued the case on behalf of her gay client who was discriminated against when he was refused the same state and federal marital benefits afforded to his heterosexual counterparts. Middleton argued on behalf of the same client who was being denied the use of his property under eminent domain statutes.

Bell received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Middleton received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Moot Court is the simulation of appellate argument. At The John Marshall Law School it is one of the excellent opportunities law students have to develop written and oral advocacy skills. John Marshall students compete and have gained national recognition in an estimated 30 competitions each year.

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago’s legal, financial and commercial districts. U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools 2013 ranks the law school’s Legal Writing Program sixth in the nation. The publication also ranked the Intellectual Property Law Program 17th. John Marshall offers the nation’s only graduate program in employee benefits. Its program in Information Technology and Privacy Law remains the only graduate law program in the country that emphasizes privacy as part of its core curriculum. And, The John Marshall Law School is one of three law schools in the country offering graduate programs in real estate law.

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