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Appeals Court Judge Gives WMU-Cooley Students Moot Court Advice

The Hon. Douglas Shapiro, Michigan Court of Appeals-Third District, was the guest speaker during the lunch and learn series at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Lansing campus Oct. 24.

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Hosted by WMU-Cooley’s Moot Court and the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Judge Shapiro gave a brief overview of moot court and explained to students what to expect during Moot Court competitions. He also offered advice to student on how to be best prepared when presenting their case in Moot Court.

Pictured: Moot Court Vice Chairperson Diekolola Ibironke, Moot Court Secretary and Office Manager Marieliz Pendang, Shapiro, and Moot Court Chairperson Feyintoluwa Tola-Adelani

Judge Shapiro explained to students that before presenting a case in court, it’s important to brainstorm possible rebuttal points and questions – especially the ones they hope aren’t asked – prepare answers, and rehearse in front of someone.

“Know what points you must win, what points you’d like to win and what points would be icing on the cake. If the law doesn’t favor you, tell the judges why your case is different – that’s how you can make your case stand out,” Shapiro said.

Oct 29 2019