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Moot Court Final Four competitors gear up for Sept. 10

Published: September 6th, 2010

Category: News, Students

From left: Monica Haddad, Jordan Peterson, Daniel Lazaro, Andrew Labbe and Leigh Anne Siddle.

From left: Monica Haddad, Jordan Peterson, Daniel Lazaro, Andrew Labbe and Leigh Anne Siddle.

UF Law students Leigh Anne Siddle, Andrew Labbe, Monica Haddad, and Jordan Peterson (supported by alternate Daniel Lazaro) will argue before a panel of five distinguished judges in the 25th Annual Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Moot Court Final Four Competition that will take place this Friday, Sept. 10. This year’s panel will be comprised of federal and state judges from throughout the state of Florida: The Honorable Jacqueline R. Griffin, Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal; The Honorable Robert Hinkle, Northern District of Florida; The Honorable William Terrell Hodges, Middle District of Florida; The Honorable Paul C. Huck, Southern District of Florida; and The Honorable Steven D. Merryday, Middle District of Florida.

After intense preparation and participation in this summer’s Florida Moot Court Intramural competition, the final four competitors and alternate, along with 13 other exceptional competitors, became the newest members of the Florida Moot Court Team, governed by the Justice Campbell Thornal Executive Board.

The Final Four competitors will showcase their oral argument skills this Friday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. in the recently constructed Martin H. Levin Legal Advocacy Center. All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. It is expected to be a full house, so please plan to arrive early. Cell phones must be turned off or in silent mode. Come out to watch these outstanding oralists argue Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues, as well as First Amendment freedom of speech issues.

Competitor Biographies:

Leigh Anne Siddle

Leigh Anne Siddle, a native Floridian, graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Special Education. Following graduation, Siddle taught high school for several years prior to enrolling in law school. This past summer, Siddle interned for the Honorable Edward C. LaRose at the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland. In addition to competing in the 25th Annual Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliff Moot Court Final Four Competition, Siddle is also a member of the Journal of Law & Public Policy. After receiving her law degree, Siddle intends to pursue appellate work as well as conduct pro bono work in Elder Law.

Andrew Labbe

Andrew Labbe was born and raised in Cape Cod, Mass. Andrew graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in History and Sociology. Immediately upon graduation, Andrew moved to Orlando to attend Barry University School of Law. While at Barry, Andrew received the Book Award in his Legal Research & Writing class both semesters, and also reached the Final Four in the First Year Moot Court Competition. During his 1L summer, Andrew interned for the General Counsel at Connextions, Inc., serving as the point person for Fortune 50 member UnitedHealth Group and other significant clients, such as TiVo and Keystone Health.

Monica Haddad

Monica Haddad is a second year law student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Monica graduated from the University of Florida in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2007, she earned her master’s degree in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, Monica worked for UT General Libraries and IBM. Before law school, she worked as a reference librarian and project archivist at Nova Southeastern University. During the summer of 2010, Monica worked as a research assistant for Professor William H. Page, helping update an antitrust treatise. She is a member of the Florida Journal of International Law and the Journal of Technology Law & Policy. She is also a teaching assistant for the first year Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy courses and serves as Vice President of the Intellectual Property Law and Technology Association and Secretary of the ABA Student Division at UF.

Jordan Peterson

Jordan C. Peterson is a second year law student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He was born in Jacksonville and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with departmental honors in German Literature in 2008. After graduation, Jordan worked in the natural language division of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies in Los Angeles, helping to develop the language function in artificial intelligence and interactive media. Outside of school, Jordan enjoys cycling, watching college football, and singing bass in the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church choir. He is interested in pursuing a career in litigation and appellate work.

Daniel Lazaro

Dan Lazaro was born and raised in New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami, where he was inducted into Iron Arrow, the university’s highest honor. In addition to being an active member of the Florida Moot Court Team at the Levin College of Law, Dan is involved with the John Marshall Bar Association and OutLaw. After his first year of law school, Dan interned for United States District Judge Paul C. Huck of the Southern District of Florida and worked as a summer law clerk for the South Florida law firm, Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli, and DiMatteo. After law school, Dan hopes to pursue a career in litigation. In his spare time, Dan enjoys reading, attending sporting events, and spending time with friends.




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