Levins critique Trial Team members during closing argument master class

Published: April 16th, 2012

Category: News

Levins judge first ever closing argument master class

Fredric Levin (JD 61), left, and Martin Levin (JD 88) observe the UF Law Trial Team on March 30 in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center.

The UF Trial Team had the unique opportunity to have accomplished trial lawyers Martin Levin (JD 88) and Fredric Levin (JD 61) coach a private trial preparation and closing argument education session.

On March 30, father and son shared their insight on how to craft a closing argument, the importance of professionalism and the ways that voir dire can impact an entire trial.

Their wisdom was also shared with the student body during a Closing Argument Master Class, where the winner of the Trial Team’s inaugural Closing Argument Competition was presented.

The winner, Justin McConnell, was chosen after the Trial Team conducted an education session for interested 1Ls, gave them a week to prepare their closing and then had a panel of five current Trial Team members judge the presentation of their closing.

Other noteworthy competitors included the Best Theory award recipient, Kelli Sutton, and Best Theme award recipient, Warren Rhea.

McConnell presented his closing argument for the defense in the criminal case of State v. Davenport. The Levins offered feedback on McConnell’s closing, and personal advice for the group of aspiring litigators.

Their wisdom, gleaned from years of experience, was not only humorous, but invaluable. The Trial Team was also honored to have its president, Tara Tedrow, present the student body dedication speech at the dedication ceremony later in the afternoon for the advocacy center.

The Trial Team and the student body are grateful for the Levins’ continuing and overwhelming support of our law school community, our legal education and our facilities for pursuing a legal career and the art of advocacy.