Howard University School of Law Team Wins 24th Annual Ruby R. Vale Moot Court Competition
Web Editor - Published: March 20, 2012


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The Howard University School of Law team of James Mason and Thomas Russell defeated The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law team of Joseph Barsalona and Emily Farinacci in the final round of oral arguments in the 24th Annual Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition held on Sunday, March 18th at Widener Law’s Delaware campus.

The competition, named for well-respected corporate practitioner Ruby R. Vale, who lived in Milford, Del., attracted 22 teams from law schools around the country for a competition that began on Thursday, March 15th.

Delaware Supreme Court Justices Jack B. Jacobs and Henry du Pont Ridgely as well as Vice Chancellors John W. Noble and Sam Glasscock, III of the Delaware Court of Chancery joined 2012 Ruby R. Vale Distinguished Scholar Richard E. Climan, Esq. of Dewey & Leboeuf as judges for the final round of the competition on Sunday.

Daniel Hanlon from the University of Miami earned the award for Best Oral Advocate, and the William and Mary Law School team of Michelle Sudano, Jacqueline A. Rogers, and Rachel Gillen received the Best Brief award.

Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law and director of Widener’s Institute of Delaware Corporate & Business Law Lawrence A. Hamermesh authored the competition problem, which explored whether a charter provision can trump a director’s usual obligation to get the highest price in the sale of a company as well as whether a 2003 Delaware Supreme Court decision, Omnicare Inc. versus NCS Healthcare Inc., should be overruled in light of subsequent Chancery Court opinions that limit its application.

Widener Law congratulates all of the competitors and thanks the Vale family for their generous support.