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Drake Law School moot court team ranks in top eight in national tourney

February 10, 2009
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CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu



The Drake University Law School National Moot Court team
recently finished in the top eight out of 28 teams that competed in the
national finals of the 59th Annual National Moot Court Competition. The team's
brief was judged as Third Best Brief in the national finals.

The competition was held Feb. 2-9 at the headquarters of the
New York City Bar Association in New York City. Teams from 127 law schools
competed in 14 regional competitions held throughout the United States. The 28
finalists, including Drake, advanced to the national finals after placing first
or second in their respective regions.

The Drake team consists of third-year students Ashley Dose
from Boone, Iowa; and Kevin Teets from Woodlawn, Tenn.; and second-year student
Tyler Eason from Ankeny, Iowa.

"I am very proud of the students," said Laurie
Dore, professor of law and coach. "The students excelled in oral advocacy
and also demonstrated outstanding analytical and writing skills. To finish in
the top eight schools nationally is a tremendous achievement."

The students argued a fictional case concerning the
constitutionality of the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized
Persons Act, as well as the interpretation of the federal Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act.

Drake has advanced to the finals 16 times since 1990.

The National Moot Court Competition, one of the oldest and
most prestigious of its kind in the country, is jointly sponsored by the
American College of Trial Lawyers and the Association of the Bar of the City of
New York.