UF Trial Team Brings Home Title in St. John’s University National Civil Rights Trial Competition
The University of Florida Trial Team brought home a national title at the St. John’s University National Civil Rights Trial Competition in Jamaica, NY. After an intense three-day competition Oct. 18-20, team members Jessica Anderson (3L), Frank Gaulden (3L), Alicia Philip (3L), and Justin Stevens (3L) defeated 15 teams from across the country including Pace, Arizona State, and Emory, among others. The team was coached by Stacy Scott, Esq. (JD 95), and the Hon. David Gersten (JD 75), chief judge of Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal in Miami. Presenting the plaintiff’s case Gaulden and Stevens defeated Temple University in the semifinals and presenting the defense’s case Anderson and Philip defeated Washburn University School of Law (Topeka, KS) in the final round. The civil rights case concerned a student accusing his college of violating his due process and free speech rights in the way in which the school sanctioned him after he was accused and found responsible for harassing a college dorm director. After weeks of practicing the team is very proud of the victory. “We only had four weeks but everyone worked extremely hard day in and day out and in the end it all paid off. I’m so proud of the effort my teammates put in and we couldn’t have done it without our coaches,” Philip said.