Regional Victory for Moot Court Team
For the second year in a row, the University of Florida’s Moot Court team has captured first place in the Thomas Tang Southeastern Regional Moot Court Competition.
Team members Chris Carmody (3L) and Anne Zerbe (3L) defeated a team from George Washington University to win the competition, which drew teams from law schools around the Southeast. The pair will travel to Chicago in early November to compete for the national title.
Competitors were asked to argue a hypothetical appeal regarding a man charged with unlawful possession of firearms and government documents after a police officer found a submachine gun and blueprints for an Aegis-class naval crusier in his car. The officer searched the car after arresting the man on drug charges – though the defendant was on foot, about to enter the car, at the time of that arrest.
“The case raised some interesting Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues,” Carmody said.
UF students Kimberly Lorenz (3L) and Amy Fletcher (3L) also competed in the event. The two UF teams actually competed against each other at one point in the contest, after schedules were adjusted to make up for the hurricane-related withdrawal of the Tulane team.
After the UF teams competed against each other, Carmody said, the judges “commented on how UF always seems to do well in these competitions.”
Carmody and Zerbe were coached by Alissa Lugo(2L), Elizabeth Paulk (3L) and Marty Fulgueira (3L). Lorenz and Fletcher were coached by Natalia Medina (2L), Gina Civin (2L) and Valerie Brennan (3L).
UF’s moot court team will compete in two other competitions this semester. Ajda Demirdoken (3L), Brady Ward (3L), Isaac Wannos (3L), and Joe Darr (3L) will compete in the San Diego Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition later this month. The team also will send Christine Fuqua and Jarrett Deluca to compete in the Florida-Georgia Annual Battle in Jacksonville. These competitions provide students an excellent opportunity to hone their advocacy skills in a realistic setting while at the same time dealing with important legal issues.
All third- and fourth-semester students are encouraged to try out for Moot Court.