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Maymester at Gray's Inn

School of Law Debate Team Triumphs in London

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The School of Law’s ad hoc London Maymester debate team defeated a strong Gray’s Inn team in a parliamentary-style debate at Gray’s Inn in London on May 13, 2010. The resolution was “A written constitution is superior to an unwritten one”, with the School of Law arguing the affirmative.

Congratulations are due to speakers William McKinney and Jeffrey Watson; researchers/back-up speakers Rachel Rogers, Carmel Matin and Christopher Garrett; and team captain Thomas Eybl. Eybl also won the bottle of champagne awarded by the Chair of the debate, the Honourable Mr. Justice Mitting, for best comment from the floor.

Gray’s Inn is one of the four London Inns of Court. Membership in an Inn of Court is required under English law in order to appear as a barrister in the High Courts or to be a judge. The Gray’s Inn debate team was made up of students studying for qualification as barristers. The team was led by a recent president of the Oxford Union, the ancient Oxford University debating society.

The debate is a regular part of the School of Law London Maymester program. The School of Law squad is made up of volunteers and is entirely student organized and led.