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Students Take Third Place in National Health Law Competition

Students win Third Place at 5th Annual University of Maryland Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition - 2016

April 07, 2016

A trio of students took Third Place in the University of Maryland School of Law’s 5th Annual Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition on April 2.

3L Marcelo Fernandez-Vina and 2Ls Arielle Lusardi and Catherine David represented the Kline School of Law in the competition, which featured peers from 14 other law schools that included Georgetown, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple, and the University of California-Hastings.  Maryland won the competition,  followed by DePaul.

The teams had just 90 minutes to prepare for arguments to defend and prosecute a hospital accused of engaging in fraud and abuse.

Fernandez-Vina noted that many of the teams were accompanied by coaches, while the Drexel team traveled solo to the competition.

“We are all focused on law and public health, and I think the curriculum really helped us to address the fact pattern,” said Fernandez-Vina, who previously earned his Master of Public Health at Drexel, while teammates Lusardi and David are pursuing joint JD-MPH degrees.