Seven Florida Coastal Moot Court teams reach advanced rounds

Congratulations to seven Moot Court teams for reaching the advanced rounds in national competitions this week and last, with one team reaching the championship round.

At the Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition in Ohio the team of Sarah Young (brief writer/oralist) and Drew Parrish Bennett and Anson Call (oralists) out-paced teams from Indiana University, South Texas, University of Georgia, John Marshall (Chicago) and Pace University, among others in a field of 22 teams, to reach the out-rounds. Our team then defeated Pepperdine University and Mississippi College of Law in the quarter-finals and semi-finals to reach the championship round. Drew and Anson argued in front of a bench of nine jurists in the final round, including justices from the Supreme Courts of Missouri, West Virginia, Arkansas and Indiana. The finals bench also included judges from the federal Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and District of Columbia Circuits, and the Northern District of Ohio. In addition to reaching the championship round, Sarah Young received the Best Brief, Respondent Award.

In the same competition, our team of Todd MacLeod and Jonathan Spellman (oralists) and Zac Smith (brief writer/oralist) advanced to the quarter-final round. The Team Manager was Nicole Jordan. Professor Nick Martino coached both teams.

Two other Honor Board teams competed in a national competition this weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina. In a field of 34 teams, Dazi Lenoir-Williams and Sherea Randle (oralists/brief writers) advanced to the quarter-finals, missing advancing to the semi-finals by a mere seven tenths of a point. The team of Jenna Gailliard and Britt Hansen (oralists/brief writers) advanced to the octo-finals. Jenna Gailliard received the Best Advocate, Third Award in a field of nearly 100 advocates. The Team Manager was Wesley Harbuck. Catherine (CJ) Scott, a former Honor Board President, coached both teams.

One Honor Board team competed this weekend at the Prince National Evidence Law Moot Court Competition in New York City. In a field of 36 law schools, our team reached the octo-finals. The team was comprised of Chantal Pillay (brief writer/oralist), Jessica McHale and Ross Evans (oralists) and Charles Griffith (Team Manager). Professor Sander Moody coached the team.

Congratulations also to two Honor Board teams on reaching the out-rounds at a national competition last week. The teams consisted of Team Manager Alyssa Yarbrough, oralists/brief writers Diana Mederos and Cathy Mainardi, and oralists/brief writers Michelle Haines and Garrit Pruyt. Both teams were coached by Professor Nick Martino. The competition took place at the University of Wisconsin, addressing complex Constitutional issues involving the Establishment Clause and Equal Protection. In a field of 36 teams, both our teams advanced to the octo-finals.