UF Law Trial Team takes home national title, hosts exhibition in new courtroom
UF Law Trial Team members from left, Dan Hogan (3L), Michael Quintero (3L), Anita McNulty (2L) and Rhett Parker (3L) went undefeated in every round of the National Criminal Trial Competition. (Photo by Vincent Massaro)
By Alyssa Cameron
The University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law Trial Team performed a portion of its award-winning competition in an exhibition during the school's two-day celebration of the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom Feb. 24-25.
Dan Hogan (3L), Anita McNulty (2L), Rhett Parker (3L) and Michael Quintero (3L), went undefeated in every round of the National Criminal Trial Competition, beating the first, second and 10th nationally ranked teams.
In order to "win" a round the team had to carry two of the three judge's ballots. This marks the seventh national win for the Levin College of Law Trial Team in the past eight years. Parker and Quintero also won Best Advocate Awards.
The team felt a "tremendous amount of elation and accomplishment" when they realized they won the award, Parker said. One of Parker's favorite parts of the tournament was watching McNulty's advocacy skills grow before team members' very eyes, as this tournament was her first competition.
The Honorable Paul C. Huck (JD 65), a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida and a double-Gator, presided over the exhibition proceedings, and members of the Levin family served on the jury. The criminal case involved allegations of involuntary manslaughter and assault with a dangerous weapon. The jury returned a verdict of "not guilty" on both counts and Judge Huck, Fred Levin and Martin Levin critiqued the team's performance.
Martin Levin was "blown away" by the exhibition and said the team's presentations were "as good as you would see in a courtroom."
"I couldn't have asked for a better avenue to prepare for my career as a public defender," Parker said. "Trial Team has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to learn from the best."