First Jurist-In-Residence program and more team success

This Tuesday and Wednesday Coastal Law will hold its first Jurist-In-Residence Program. Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will serve as our first jurist-in-residence. Judge Tjoflat is celebrating his 40th anniversary this year as a member of the federal judiciary — making him the longest serving currently active federal judge in the nation. He is a nationally recognized member of the federal appellate judiciary. During Judge Tjoflat’s two day residence, he will be visiting classes, meeting with small groups of students and faculty on special topics, and sharing his knowledge, wisdom, and experience acquired over four decades as a member of the federal judiciary.

I hope faculty and students will join me in welcoming Judge Tjoflat to Coastal Law as our first jurist-in-residence, and I hope to see many of you at the four receptions we will be holding in honor of Judge Tjoflat. All of Judge Tjoflat’s special topic sessions have been approved for one hour of professionalism credit. More information is available on the Coastal Law website.

It was another great weekend for Moot Court and Mock Trial teams.

Three national moot court competitions happened to fall in the same week, with Coastal Law winning one and placing in all three. Each year approximately 40 different law schools compete in the National Sports Law Moot Court Competition. Our team won the championship this weekend! This competition is often referred to as the Mardi Gras Competition because it takes place at the same time each year as the festival in New Orleans. Our team members included brief writer Lauren Plaisted, oralists Drew Parrish Bennett and Dazi Lenoir Williams and Team Manager Diana Mederos. In addition to the team winning this national championship, Drew Parrish Bennett received the Best Advocate, Second Award for the preliminary rounds (of over 100 advocates) and the Best Advocate Award for the championship round. Professor Sander Moody coached the team.

Florida Coastal also reached the semi-finals at the National Products Liability Moot Court Competition in Cincinnati. The oralists were Michael Hunter and Kyle Sanders. Daniel Cohn was the brief writer. Brian Chorney served as the Team Manager. Professor Nick Martino coached the team.

And, finally, a third team reached the quarter-finals of the National Sexual Orientation Moot Court Competition hosted by UCLA’s Williams Institute. In addition, our team out-paced 24 other law school teams from around the country to win the Best Brief Award. The brief writer was Theodora Oprea. The oralists were Jessica Hanson and Erik Sapp. Kelci Paiva served as the Team Manager. Honor Board alum Lisa De Long (now a college professor in Pennsylvania) and Professor Moody coached the team, with Professor De Long traveling to Los Angeles to coach the team at the competition.

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team that competed this weekend in the AAJ/ATLA Mock Trial Competition in Miami for their semi-finalist performance. After sweeping the University of Georgia, Florida International University and Florida State University, the team made the cut from 22 teams down to four that advanced to the semi-finals. The team members were: Samantha Smart (2L), Florence Chen (2L), Hans Wahl (2L) and Darryl Thompson (3L). Team manager was Morgan Montano (3L) and the team was coached by FCSL Mock Trial alumnus, Lindsay Tygart and Fraz Ahmed. Great work by everyone!

Finally, a reminder that the application deadline for the Summer in France program is March 30. Professors Hartland and Hoener will be visiting Contracts II classes this week to explain more about the program. Further information in on the website.

Have a great week everyone.

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