UF Moot Court Team Defeats Georgia for Third Straight Year
The University of Florida’s Levin College of Law Moot Court Team took home the trophy for the third consecutive year in the annual Florida-Georgia Hulsey-Kimbrell Moot Court Competition with the University of Georgia School of Law, held on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Court of Appeals at the Federal Courthouse in Jacksonville.
UF Law students Gretchen Lehman and John Rains defeated Georgia Law students Chad Armstrong and Shalanna Pirtle. Lehman and Rains were coached by fellow moot court team members, Mike Hargett and Scott Bowman.
“I feel wonderful,” Lehman said afterward. “We were up against a very formidable opponent. Georgia was excellent, and we’re very proud of what we did.”
Five senior U.S. district judges from Florida and Georgia presided over the competition, including Judge Anthony A. Alaimo (presiding) of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia; Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; Judge B. Avant Edenfield of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia; and Judge John H. Moore of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Their decision was unanimous.
“It was a very tough, lively bench,” Lehman said. “They seemed very well informed and very interested in public policy issues, and there were many of them in this case.”
Moot Court’s recent victories in the competition coupled with the UF’s football team’s recent wins over Georgia have broken an odd correlation between the two events. Prior to this year, in the 22 moot court competitions held since 1982 that did not end in a tie, the school that took home the title in the courtroom subsequently lost that Saturday on the football field 17 times.
“I think we started a new tradition,” Lehman said.