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VLS Students Advance in National Animal Law Moot Court Competition

February 27, 2012

Four Vermont Law School students turned in stellar performances at the 9th annual National Animal Law Competitions (NALC), which were held Feb. 24-26 at the UCLA School of Law.Image of dairy cattle

Monica Miller '12 and Meredith Crafton '12 advanced to the quarter finals of the moot court competition against Yale, the University of Chicago and Lewis & Clark.

Krystil Smith '13 and Michelle Sinnott '13 won the Best Brief Award for receiving the highest appellate brief score overall.

The VLS team was coached by Assistant Professor Pamela Vesilind.

More than 70 law students represented nearly 30 of America's best law schools at NALC this year. NALC is an inter-law school competition presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

NALC, which was hosted by Harvard Law School for the past eight years, provides law students from across the United States with an opportunity to develop knowledge in the field of animal law, while honing their written and oral advocacy skills. The event is composed of three separate competitions: Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition; Closing Argument Competition; and Appellate Moot Court Competition.

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