Coastal Law wins two national championships

Known for having among the top moot court programs for all law schools, Florida Coastal School of Law recently took top honors at two national moot court competitions. Teams competing on behalf of the school won the National Latina/o Law Students Association Moot Court Competition in Los Angeles on October 6, and the National Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition in Atlanta on October 7.

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Coastal Law is now 3-for-3 at national competitions this year, having won the E. Earle Zehmer Worker’s Compensation National Moot Court Competition on August 20 in Orlando, Fla., where the school also claimed the Best Advocate and Best Brief Awards.

“Coastal Law’s consistent performance in moot court is certainly indicative of the quality of the student body the law school is continuing to attract,” said Professor Sander Moody, faculty advisor of Coastal Law’s Moot Court Program. “The team members argued at a very high level at these competitions and I couldn’t be more impressed.

“It is clear the judges were equally impressed.”

In Los Angeles at the National Latina/o Law Students Association Moot Court Competition, the team of Amie DeGuzman and Loreyn Raab (oralists) and Dominic DeLuca (brief writer/oralist) outperformed teams competing on behalf of law schools including New York University, Arizona State University, and UCLA to win the championship. In addition to the championship, Amie DeGuzman won the Best Advocate Award at the competition. Patrick Goode served as team manager.

In Atlanta at the National Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition, the team of Ross Darville and Nicolas Gullett (oralists) and Matt Rosenthal (brief writer/oralist) won all seven of their rounds to win the championship, outperforming teams competing on behalf of law schools including The University of Georgia, Michigan State University, and Seton Hall University. Samantha Marriott served as the team manager.

“This is a great reward after all of the weeks of preparation that went into this competition,” said Coastal Law Dean Peter Goplerud. “Our students worked very hard for this and they certainly deserve it.” 

Since 2005, Coastal Law has won 24 championships and approximately 100 individual honors.