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Coastal Law Moot Court Honor Board win national championship

A special note of congratulations for two Moot Court Honor Board teams.

At the Charleston National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition this weekend one team won the championship while our other team reached the semi-finals. In fact, our two teams faced each other in the semi-finals, showing that it takes an Honor Board team to beat an Honor Board team. Our students defeated teams from FSU, University of Maryland, Mercer, Howard University and DePaul, among others.

The Coastal Law 2L team of Job Fickett and Amanda James reached the semi-finals. 3Ls Alexandra Amador and Nina Cano defeated William and Mary to win the championship, with Nina also winning the Best Advocate Award for the finals. Professor Sander Moody coached the teams. Alex and Nina also combined to win a national competition as 2Ls. And a very special note of congratulations to the Team Manager, Aida Ramirez. In the storied history of Florida Coastal’s Moot Court program, Aida is our first student to win three national competitions, having served the Honor Board as a brief writer, an oralist and a Team Manager. Congratulations to all!

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Coastal Law Moot Court reaches finals

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!

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Coastal Law Moot Court Honor Board reaches quarter-finals

Congratulations to a Moot Court Honor Board team for reaching the quarter-finals this weekend at the National Veterans Law Moot Court Conpetition in Washington, D.C. The team members were Cathy Mainardi and Melinda Patterson (brief writer/oralists). Dale Shelton served as the Team Manager. Professor Sander Moody coached the team.

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Coastal Law moot court advances to Thomas Tang International Rounds

It was another outstanding week for our Moot Court Teams.

Two Honor Board teams were champion and finalist this weekend in their Regional for the Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition. Kristen Warren did an outstanding job as Team Manager for both teams.

The team of Nina Cano and Rishi Pattni (oralists/brief writers) won the Regional championship. Alex Amador and Jansen Balisi (oralists/brief writers) also reached the Regional finals for an all-Florida Coastal championship round. Alex and Jansen continued the Honor Board’s national prominence in brief writing by earning the Best Brief Award. Jansen also received the Best Advocate, Second Award. In the semi-finals, our teams defeated SMU and the University of Miami.  Professor Sander Moody coached both our Honor Board teams.

With their success, our teams have earned the right to represent the law school in Washington, D.C. at the Thomas Tang International Rounds. The International Rounds will be held in November. Congratulations to all!!

Coastal Law wins Zehmer National Workers Compensation Moot Court Competition

Florida Coastal had both of its teams in the finals of the Zehmer National Workers Compensation Moot Court Competition. Coastal Law also won both the Best Brief and Best Advocate Awards. Our teams defeated Stetson and the University of Miami in the semi-finals.

The Team Manager for both Honor Board teams was Samantha Marriott. The team of Michael Stack, Nakeshia Baptiste and Megan Mattson won the championship. The team of Michael Hopkins, Casandra Horsman and Andrew Weegar were the finalists. Megan Mattson won the Best Brief Award. Cassandra Horsman received the Best Advocate Award. Professor Sander Moody coached the teams.

This is the second time Florida Coastal has had both teams in the finals of a national competition. Congratulations to both teams for the way they have added to the law school’s success. We are very proud of all of you.

Welcome to the start of a great new school year

I would like to welcome everyone for the start of a great new school year. I want to especially welcome our new 1Ls. This message, Burnt Toast & Coffee, is a message that I send out at the beginning of each week concerning upcoming events and important announcements about things that have happened since the previous message.

Initially, I want to let everyone know that the new year is starting out much as the year ended, with outstanding results from a moot court competition—and it’s not final yet. Two Coastal Law teams participated in the Zehmer National Workers’ Compensation Moot Court Competition in Orlando. And, both teams have made it through to the Finals tomorrow! We will have more details for everyone following the final round. Congratulations to both teams!

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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.

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Florida Coastal Moot Court Honor Board successes

The Moot Court Honor Board won two competitions last weekend. The first was the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition (FDMCC), one of the largest advocacy competitions in the country, with more than 150 teams competing. FDMCC is hosted by the National Black Law Students Association.

Our team consisted of oralists/brief writers Tier Brown and De’Anne Jackson and Team Manager Juwon Adebayo. The team was coached by Honor Board alum Cory Simmons, who now practices criminal law downtown. After having won the FDMCC Southern Regional in January, Tier and De’Anne argued this weekend in the National Rounds in Washington, D.C. At the National Rounds, our team defeated teams from Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Texas, UCLA, South Texas, John Marshal Law School (Chicago), St. Thomas University (Miami), the University of Alabama and Washington & Lee, among others. This is an outstanding accomplishment! Congratulations to all! Continue reading

Moot Court and Mock Trial both compete over weekend

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.

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