Faculty Highlights - May 2013

  • Professor Sander Moody

The Florida Coastal moot court program for which Professor Sander Moody is the faculty advisor completed the year ranked second in the country, after finishing last year ranked fourth in the country. Florida Coastal's moot court program competed in twenty-two competitions this year, winning ten championships, including seven national competitions, and reaching the finals seven other times. In the history of law school advocacy, only one other law school, one time, has ever won seven national competitions in a single year.

The top-16 law schools in the country are invited each year to the Moot Court National Championship, where Florida Coastal has finished in the final-four in two of the last three years. Read on for the full highlights.

Other top-16 law schools this year and last include Columbia, NYU, Berkeley, Georgetown, GWU, Baylor and the University of Georgia. Demonstrating its commitment to diversity, Florida Coastal won the National Latino Law Students Association Moot Court Competition for the second year in a row and for the second year in a row reached the national finals in the Black Law Students Association's Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, beating Columbia University in the finals last year to win the national championship. This year Florida Coastal's Moot Court Honor Board also reached the quarter-finals in the country's largest competition, the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition, placing in the top eight of over 240 teams from over 160 law schools. In addition to the ten championships and seven finals appearances this year, Professor Moody's students won thirteen Best Advocate and Best Brief Awards. The Moot Court Honor Board also ranked second in the country in appellate brief writing this year, the third top-15 brief writing ranking in the last four years.

Professor Sander Moody has been invited to join the First District Court of Appeal as a Master. The American Inns of Court were founded by United States Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills.

  • Professor Nick Martino

Professor Nick Martino received an LL.M., conferred with Honors, from Temple University - Beasley School of Law. Temple Law is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top two in the nation in trial advocacy. Professor Martino was awarded his LL.M. in Trial Advocacy.

  • Professor Christopher Roederer

Professor Christopher Roederer’s article Remnants of Apartheid Common Law Justice: the Primacy of the Spirit, Purport and Objects of the Bills of Rights for Developing the Common Law and Bringing Horizontal Rights to Fruition (has been accepted for publication in the South African Journal on Human Rights 

  • Professor Rod Sullivan

Professor Rod Sullivan gave a guest lecture entitled “TR v FDR: The Lessons to be Learned” at Jacksonville University. He also appeared on First Coast News in a segment entitled “Death of Passenger and Prepaid Cruise Line Tickets: What are Your Rights?” with Ken Amaro, Consumer Reporter.

  • Joseph A. Tomain

Joe Tomain recently published an article and a book chapter. The article is about the First Amendment and potential solutions to the journalism crisis in the digital age. First Amendment, Fourth Estate, and Hot News: Misappropriation Is Not a Solution to the Journalism Crisis, 2012 MICH. ST. L. REV. 769 (2012). The book chapter, “Aging Democracy & Advancing Technology,” appears in the forthcoming book, Free Speech in an Internet Era (Carolina Press 2013). Chris Roederer also authored a chapter in this book. In April 2013, the Times-Union quoted Tomain’s legal analysis of the “No Foreign Laws” bill being considered by the Florida Legislature. In May 2013, Tomain appeared on WJCT’s First Coast Connect to discuss an organization’s effort to overturn Citizens United via a constitutional amendment. This summer, Tomain is participating in a program administered by George Mason’s Law a