Congratulations to our moot court and mock trial teams

The Third Annual Spohrer & Dodd Trial Advocacy Scholarship Competition was held Thursday evening. The competitors were eight qualifying members of the Coastal Law Mock Trial team who had competed in multiple rounds of try-outs this fall to qualify. The problem they were arguing was based on a real case involving racial intolerance and hate crimes. Eight members of the local bar and press sat in as judges to score the competition.

The eight competitors were: Ashley Townsend 2L, Florence Chen 3L, Rocco Carbone 3L, Kelly Brannon 2L, Samantha Smart 3L, Darley Richard 3L, Sharmila Bhagwandeen 2L, and Jennie Simons 2L. First place and a $2500 cash scholarship went to Sam Smart. Florence Chen took 2nd place and a $1000 cash scholarship. 3rd place and a $500 cash scholarship went to Rocco Carbone. All eight students did an outstanding job. Congratulations to all! The Mock Trial team and Professor Ritter want to thank the entire Spohrer & Dodd firm for their support, their time and their passion to train the next generation of litigators.

Congratulations to two Moot Court Honor Board teams. Both advanced to the semi-finals at the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition this weekend in Washington, D.C. One team consisted of 3L Michael Hunter and 2L Ashley “Kristi” White. The other team was 2L Ross Darville and 2L Patricia “Jennie” Simons. 2L Rachel Heidenberg served as the Team Manager. Professor Sander Moody coached the teams. In addition to reaching the semi-finals, Ross Darville finished the preliminary rounds with the second highest combined oral argument scores in the field and Jennie Simons had the third highest. The brief written by Michael Hunter and Kristi White scored second. The brief written by Ross Darville and Jennie Simons scored third. Congratulations to all!

Last Friday, LAMBDA attended the 5th Annual JASMYN Breakfast. The breakfast celebrates efforts to improve the lives of LGBT individuals and their allies and raise money for JASMYN (the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network). JASMYN works tirelessly to provide support services, advocacy, educational programs, and much more to LGBT-Q youth in the Jacksonville community. The organization has been recognized both locally and nationwide for these efforts. Last year, our LAMBDA group received recognition for its dedication to improving the lives of students and community members through advocacy, education, and leadership. LAMBDA Law Student’s Association has once again received JASMYN’s Silver Award for commitment to community outreach and LGBT leadership. Congratulations to the members of LAMBDA for their great work.

I would like to thank the Student Bar Association (SBA) and the many students and student organizations who participated in the planning and facilitation of the first ever Family Day for students, faculty, and staff. The event was very successful, and those who attended yesterday were treated to a fun-filled day of games, activities, food, and special treats. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Trinity Rescue Mission and City Rescue Mission to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving Day. All canned goods donated during the event will be donated to the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation for its Thanksgiving Drive. The event was a wonderful example of effective collaboration by our students and student organizations. Thanks, again, to the SBA, and specifically to Dawn Owens, Sharmila Bhagwandeen, and the many involved students who made this event a fun day for our Coastal families.

The Academic Success Department will have its Bar Prep Kickoff Week this week, October 17th – 22nd. Each day of the week an event for bar prep is held. Please look for flyers around campus or the email sent out by Academic Success for more details about the individual events and the target groups.

A reminder that Desire2Learn will be down on October 29 for an upgrade. Please plan accordingly.