Trial Team Continues Success in National Civil Rights Competition

Published: November 6th, 2006

Category: News

The University of Florida Trial Team continued its success at the St. John’s University Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute National Civil Rights Trial Competition last weekend, taking second place. UF has dominated the competition over the last four years, twice taking first place honors and finishing second the other two years.

The UF team consisted of Scott Barnes and Shanese Rivera (for the plaintiffs) and Oshia Gainer and Kemay Jackson (for the defense). They were coached by Stacy Scott and Josh Silverman.

Civil Rights Competition

The case dealt with a civil rights section 1983 claim under title VII. The team argued both sides of a case in which a former police officer claimed that a department policy had a discriminating effect on pregnant police officers. UF defeated teams from Pace Law School and Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in the preliminary rounds before besting a team from Southwestern Law School in the semifinals.

The team’s efforts to defend its title from 2005 fell just short in the final round when it lost 51-49 to Brooklyn Law School. The competition drew teams from 16 law schools, including Temple University, New York University, and Fordham.