Congratulations to our Coastal Law moot court team for reaching the finals of the Fredrick Douglas Moot Court Competition’s Southeast Regional, hosted by the National Black Law Students Association.
In reaching the finals, our team defeated teams from Stetson, the University of South Carolina and Florida State University, among others. There were a total of 22 teams in the Regional. Our team members included Camille Smith and Ronnie White (brief writers/oralists) and Talia Smith (Team Manager). Professor Nick Martino coached the team.
By reaching the Regional finals, our team has earned an invitation to the FDMCC National rounds. Last year, with over 150 teams competing in FDMCC, Florida Coastal defeated Columbia University in the national finals to win the championship. We are looking for a repeat!
The 2013-2014 Mock Trial Executive Board was selected this past week. Please join me in congratulating:
- President: Tracy Engle
- Vice President of Communications: Tiffany Roman
- Vice President of Standards: Amanda Derby
- Vice President of New Members: Christine Martin
- Vice President of Internal Competition: Camille Smith
This weekend the intraschool competition to select a team for the ABA Client Counseling Competition was held. Four teams competed in the selection rounds. We are pleased to announce that Cynthia Barnes and Nakeisha Baptiste were chosen to represent Florida Coastal at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition which will be held at Nova Southeastern University College of Law on February 9, 2013.
The Florida Coastal Law Review is proud to announce the members of the 2013-2014 Editorial Board:
- Editor-in-Chief – Amanda L. Ingersoll
- Managing Editor – T. L. Coleman Brooks
- Executive Editors – Kristy E. Warren & Job Fickett
- Senior Articles Editor – Jimmy C. Durstein
- Submissions/Symposium Editor – Neda A. Sharifi
- Notes & Comments Editor – A. Derek Folds
- Technical Editor – Trey Coker
- Research & Writing Editor – Patrick Goode
- Manuscript Editor – Christian A. Rogers
On Friday, October 19, Florida Coastal School of Law, the City of St. Augustine, and Florida International University College of Law will host a conference honoring the 200th Anniversary of Spain’s Constitution of Cadiz from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 550. Panel discussions on Coastal Law’s campus will address various aspects of the constitution and its anniversary, including impacts on religious freedom, Florida property rights, and other controversies.
This has been a busy few weeks for the Coastal Mock Trial Team. After four weeks of practice and five days of competition, the Mock Trial Intramural Competition is complete. The finals were held Thursday evening on campus. The finalists were judged by Coastal Professor Lois Ragsdale, Mary Bland Love of the Marks, Gray firm and Coastal alum, Assistant State Attorney Rocco Carbone.
Tracey Engle and Justin Norman won the award for the Best Prosecution Team, while the Best Defense Team Award went to Theresa Carli and Hillary Sheridan. The Winners of the Intramural Competition Finals were Tracey Engle and Justin Norman. The Best Individual Advocate Award went to Theresa Carli. Congratulations to all four of the advocates as well as their 3L Mock Trial coaches, Jonathan Gless, Jeffrey Walker and Sasha Reece. And thanks to the entire executive board, especially Lisa Heffington, the Vice President of the IC. Continue reading
The Mock Trial Team had a very successful weekend. Nova’s Trial Association sponsored a closing argument competition open to all Florida schools. Coastal sent five individual competitors. There were approximately 70 competitors from around the state. The trial that was the basis for the closings was videotaped, except for the closing arguments. The competitors were provided the video and given one week to prepare closing arguments for both the prosecution and the defense. All competitors had to be prepared to give a closing argument for either the prosecution or defense with minimal notice.
After three preliminary rounds, three Coastal Law competitors qualified for the octo-finals. Garth Cheek 2L and Jola Adigun 2L were octo-finalists. Marc Taupier 2L advanced to the semifinals and placed third in the competition. They were coached by Professor Richard Watson and Coastal alum, Jo-Anne Yau. Congratulations to all. Continue reading
Congratulations to two of our moot court teams on their success this weekend, including a championship.
Both teams competed in the New York Regional of the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) hosted by the American Bar Association. NAAC is the largest moot court competition in the country. The New York Regional had 36 teams competing. The team of Michael Hunter, Ross Darville and Matthew Rosenthal won the Regional championship, surpassing teams from Florida International, Columbia, Duke, New York Law School, Hofstra, Syracuse, St. John’s University, Marquette, Pace, Seton Hall and Brooklyn Law School, among others.
Our other team of Florence Chen, Tenielle James and Nicholas LeCakes reached the semi-finals. In addition to our teams’ success, out of over 100 advocates, Florence Chen won the Best Advocate Award, Second and Michael Hunter the Best Advocate Award, Fourth. Brooke Downing did a great job as Team Manager. Both teams were coached by Professor Sander Moody. Our championship team advances on to the National Rounds in Chicago, where the American Bar Association is headquartered.
Please join me in congratulating the 2012-2013 Executive Board for Mock Trial:
- Laura Padilla – President
- Nikki Collins – VP Communications
- Garth Cheek – VP Standards
- Lisa Heffington – VP IC
- Jason Kemp and Madison Hagopian – CO-VP New Members
Please join me in congratulating two of our moot court teams on doing exceptionally well at the Charleston National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. The team of Lance Davies and Michael Hopkins (brief writers/oralists) advanced to the championship round of the competition. Hali Herbert and Michael Stack (brief writers/oralists) reached the quarter-finals. In addition, Michael Stack received the Best Advocate Award for the entire competition. Alyssa Yarbrough served as the Team Manager for both teams. Professor Nick Martino coached the 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.
On Saturday, October 1, 2011, The Guardian ad Litem Program for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and Voices for Children of the First Coast held its annual GAL Appreciation Banquet honoring those who serve as voices for abused and neglected children. Ms. Hilary Creary, the Circuit Director for the 4th Judicial Circuit, presented Florida Coastal School of Law with the 2011 Community Commitment Award for our school’s dedication, service, and commitment to the program.