John Marshall again named national champion in Animal Law Competition at Harvard Law School

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As published by San Francisco Gate

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago again has been named the national champion at the National Animal Law Competition (NALC) on Feb. 21. John Marshall took first place for the second year in a row in the Advocacy Closing Argument Competition of the 13th NALC held at Harvard Law School.

John Marshall student Marco Rodriguez was named national champion in the closing argument competition. Marco was coached by John Marshall alumni, Nicholas Navarro and David Lipschutz. Navarro now serves as a public defender in Will County, Ill., while Lipschutz is an attorney with Markoff Law LLC in Chicago. John Marshall student Sarah Hanneken also competed at the NALC and received an award for “Best Bill and Fact Sheet” in the legislative drafting and lobbying portion of the competition.

For almost a decade, John Marshall Trial Advocacy teams have been leaders at the NALC. Since 2008, John Marshall has either won or placed in the finals at the competition every year except one. In 2015, John Marshall student Adam Bolotin took the top prize in the closing argument contest. The competition is presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.


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