Three Moot Court teams achieve weekend success

It was another strong weekend for our Moot Court program.

First, congratulations to our Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team. Jessup is the largest moot court competition with over 600 law schools world-wide competing. This weekend in Houston, Florida Coastal reached the semi-finals of the Jessup Southern Super-Regional. After going undefeated in the preliminary rounds against LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Georgia State, our team paired up against advocacy powerhouse South Texas College of Law in the quarter-finals. (Florida Coastal and South Texas have been the only two law schools this year to lead the moot court national rankings.) Our team defeated South Texas in the quarter-finals before dropping an extremely narrow decision to Emory in the semi-finals.

Our Jessup team members include Andrew Weegar (Team Manager), Michael Flores and Warda Ali (oralists) and Amanda Isaacs, Theodora Oprea and Jim Buergler (brief writers). Amanda, Theo and Jim won Best Brief, Third. Michael won the Best Advocate, Sixth award. Warda won Best Advocate, Fifth. Professor Chris Roederer coached the Jessup team, continuing his Jessup success. In past years, Professor Roederer has coached Florida Coastal Jessup teams to top-10 and top-20 world-wide finishes.

This weekend another Florida Coastal moot court team reached the semi-finals of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (“NELMCC”). NELMCC is the largest single-site competition in the entire country with over 75 law schools and over 200 advocates competing.

In addition to our team’s semi-finals result, 2L Nicolas Gullet was the second ranked advocate of the over 200 advocates in the field, winning Best Oralist, Honorable Mention, a phenomenal achievement. Nic was joined by teammates Shannon Blankinship (oralist), Elizabeth Fortino (brief writer/oralist) and Ashley Harvey (Team Manager). Professor Nick Martino coached the team.

And, finally, a third Florida Coastal moot court team reached the semi-finals of the National Immigration Law Competition (the “ILC”) in New York City this weekend. The ILC is hosted each year by NYU’s law school. Alexandra Amador and Nina Cano served as oralists/brief writers. Moot Court Honor Board Vice President Nicole Devito was the Team Manager. Professor Sander Moody coached. Our team defeated Cornell, the University of Houston and City University of New York in the preliminary rounds and Brooklyn Law School in the quarter-finals before being edged by Georgetown in the semi-finals.

Congratulations to all!