The second annual Witt Law Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 3, with events running throughout the day in Room 201 of the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning. The 2008 event features two prominent speakers in Judge Denise Moody of Clark County Municipal Court and University of Dayton Professor of Law Pamela Laufer-Ukeles.
"This is the organization's most important event of the year," said Assistant Professor of Political Science Heather Wright, who serves as the Pre-Law Association's adviser. "It's an opportunity to bring prominent practitioners to campus, and it gives us a chance to cultivate our shared interest in learning more about legal issues and to learn more about each other."
Moody will speak and then field questions about a variety of legal issues at 11 a.m., while Laufer-Ukeles will make a presentation titled "Unraveling Legal Dilemmas: The Case of Surrogate Motherhood" at 2 p.m. In between, Wittenberg's Mock Trial Association, which Moody is helping to coach with attorney Bill Merrell, will demonstrate the procedures involved in team competitions at 1 p.m.
The Mock Trial Association has fielded competitive teams, which have won bids to national tournaments in two of the organization's five years of existence. The team has earned Honorable Mention awards in both national tournament appearances and has ranked in the top 25 percent nationally while frequently competing against much larger institutions. Individual members have won best attorney and best witness awards in recent years.
Organizers of this year's Witt Law Day are Pre-Law Association executive board members Andrew Tomko, class of 2009 from North Olmsted, Ohio, Natalie Bacon, class of 2008 from Avon Lake, Ohio, and Katie Tallman, class of 2008 from Oakville, Conn.
The Pre-Law Association was created to provide students interested in attending law school or pursuing a career in law with resources to help them succeed. In addition to Witt Law Day, the organization hosts practice LSAT sessions with peers, workshops to help with applications, community service projects, a film series and law school visits, including a trip to the University of Toledo in 2007 to hear United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speak.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wright at (937) 327-7992 or via e-mail.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
Photo By: Robert Gantt
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