Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) students DeAngelo LaVette and Emily Stolfer won the 2017 National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition contested in Houston March 9-11.
The C|M|LAW duo defeated 18 teams from a prestigious collection law schools throughout the country who had qualified for the national finals through regional competitions. In the final round, LaVette and Stolfer argued in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and were victorious by a 6-0 final score. Impressively, LaVette and Stolfer won unanimously on the judges’ scorecards in all 10 rounds of both regional and national competition
The C|M|LAW duo, coached by alumni Brandon Cox '12 and Theo Hudson '12 under the direction of Faculty Advisor and Professor Browne Lewis, was returning to the national competition for the second consecutive year, having placed fourth in the country in 2016. This was LaVette’s third trip to the national competition, becoming the first participant in the competition’s 41-year history to make three consecutive trips to the national finals.
“DeAngelo and Emily are two of the hardest working students I’ve ever seen,” said Cox, an associate attorney with Tucker Ellis LLC. “Their passion, commitment to excellence, and desire to challenge themselves is evident in their historical accomplishment.”