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.
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.
Over the weekend one of our moot court teams reached the semi-finals at the Moot Court National Championship. Reaching the national final four, in a competition in which all the law schools in the country participate, is a significant accomplishment.
Throughout the year law schools acquire national ranking points through their success at the various moot court competitions. The top sixteen law schools in the country are then invited to Houston for the National Championship. The judges at the Championship include state and federal judges, state supreme court justices and experienced lawyers with subject matter expertise. Our team members included Drew Parrish Bennett and Todd MacLeod (oralists), Sarah Young (brief writer), and Nicole Jordan (Team Manager). Professor Sander Moody coached the team. This is the second time in three years that Florida Coastal has been in the final four. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to the Moot Court Honor Board on winning another championship, the third one of the year! This is more than any other law school in the country. Tier Brown and De’Anne Jackson served as oralists/brief writers in winning the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition’s Southern Regional. This competition is hosted each year by the National Black Law Students Association. Tier and De’Anne defeated LSU in the quarter-finals, St. Thomas University (Miami) in the semi-finals and the University of Alabama in the final round. Tier and De’Anne now advance to the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition’s National Rounds in Washington, D.C. in March. In addition to the championship, a second Coastal Law team reached the quarter-finals. Vickie Eppie and Christina Gregoire both served as oralists/brief writers on this team. Both of our teams out-paced FSU, Miami, Nova, Emory, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Tulane and Tennessee, among several other law schools. Juwon Adebayo was the Team Manager for both teams. Cory Simmons (Florida Coastal ’07) served as the coach.
Congratulations to three Moot Court Honor Board Teams that argued well this weekend. The teams represented the law school at the National Legal Ethics and Professionalism Moot Court Competition in Georgia. The first team, Jessica DaSilva and Monique Robinson (oralists) and Nicholas Lecakes (brief writer) argued well but did not advance. The team of Amie DeGuzman and Anson Call (oralists) and Charles Griffith (brief writer) reached the quarter-finals of this national competition.
Congratulations particularly to the team of Drew Parrish Bennett and Michael Stack (oralists) and Austin Dragoo (brief writer) on reaching the final round. In addition, Drew Parrish Bennett earned the Best Advocate Award. Michelle Haines and Meagan George were the Team Managers. Professor Nick Martino coached the teams. Great work by all.
The Library and Technology Center remodel of the 1st floor is complete. Additional study areas are open to students now, including 10 new study rooms and 52 new study carrels. All of the 1st floor study rooms are available for reservations and now have white boards installed.
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.
This weekend Florida Coastal won the National Latino Law Students Moot Court Competition held in New Orleans. This national competition is held each year in conjunction with the NLLSA annual conference.
In addition to the championship, the other Moot Court Honor Board team competing placed third in this national competition. Florida Coastal’s two teams faced each other in the semi-finals, otherwise both might have reached the final round. Law schools in the field included South Texas, Arizona State University, Chase/NKU (who we beat in the finals) and St. John’s University.
The complex legal issues at the competition concerned the controversial Arizona immigration law, SB 1070. The final round bench included both a current federal judge and a law professor who is a nationally recognized expert in the field of immigration and constitutional law.
Having two teams place in the top three at a national competition displays the special job done by the Team Manager, Hayley Henry. The championship team consisted of Alexandra Amador, Nina Cano and Aida Ramirez. The members of the third place team were Rebecca Grimes, Alyssa Yarbrough and Ross Evans. Professor Sander Moody coached both teams. Congratulations to all!
I hope your summer is going well. I have a couple of pieces of exciting news this morning.
First, I am pleased to advise you that we have completed the move to the new space at Oak Grove Plaza. Financial Aid, Admissions, Registrar, Finance, Human Resources and Advancement are now located in that building. The Bookstore will move to Oak Grove later in the summer. This week all of the departments are open for business but are going to be unpacking and getting settled in. Security will be in the lobby to provide directions to the various offices. Signage will be installed very soon.
As you are all aware, the move of the above departments allows us some opportunities for renovation and expansion of the Baypine building. That work is underway and will continue throughout the summer. Please excuse the noise and minor disruption during the process. Ultimately we will have greatly expanded study space in the library and elsewhere, more space for the Legal Clinic and Academic Success, space for the newly created Student Research Bureau, and additional offices for faculty.