Coastal Law Moot Court, Mock Trial teams celebrate success

Coastal Law Mock Trial teams win, reach final round in two national competitions

In November, two Florida Coastal School of Law Mock Trial teams competed in two separate national competitions, placing first in one and reaching the finals in the other. In the Georgetown White Collar Crime Mock Trial Competition, Coastal Law won the entire tournament by outpacing Emory, Texas, NYU and South Texas law schools.

The Georgetown Team Champions are Clarence Sydnor, Kelly Lewis, Adrianne Irish and Chris Basler. Team Manager is Darley Richard and the coaches are Judge James Klindt and Kara Woods.

The second Coastal Law team competed, along with 40 other schools from across the country, in the Buffalo Niagara Trial Competition. Teams in the competition include Chicago-Kent, Duquesne, FSU, Illinois, South Texas, Syracuse, Temple, Villanova, and Wisconsin law schools. The team successfully won five trials before narrowly losing to Creighton School of Law in the finals. The Buffalo Niagara Team finalists are Brooke Fuller, Tenisia Burke, Tim Pribisco and Vanessa Albaum. The Team Manager is Carlos Mora. They were coached by London Kite and Janeen Mira.

Moot Court team wins regional round of National Moot CourtCompetition

In November, a Florida Coastal School of Law Moot Court Honor Board team won its regional round of the National Moot Court Competition. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious moot court competitions in the country. In the final round, the team argued in front of a bench comprised of two federal judges and Florida’s Solicitor General, Scott Makar. Florida Coastal faced the University of Georgia in the finals, after beating Stetson in the semi-finals and the University of South Carolina in the quarter-finals. Florida Coastal went 4-0 in the preliminary rounds, including wins over the University of Miami and Barry University.

In addition to winning the championship, team member Mason Bradshaw won the Best Brief Award for the Regional. C.J. Scott, the Honor Board’s President, won Best Advocate, Second. Team member Todd MacLeod ranked third among all the advocates in the Regional. Victoria Andrews served as the Team Manager. Professor Nick Martino coached the team.

While Florida Coastal is one of the top law schools in the country in appellate advocacy, this is the first time the law school has advanced to the national rounds in this competition.