Moot Court brings home victories from ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
At the conclusion of the 2009 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, University of Florida’s Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court team members claimed many victories. At the Boston Regional, the petitioner team of Jennifer Jones, Michael Friedman and Andrew Hoffman, coached by Ryan Eastmoore, was ranked first coming out of the preliminary rounds and advanced to the final regional round. The petitioner team won the regional second best brief award, Michael Friedman won the third best regional advocate award, and Jennifer Jones won the eighth best regional advocate award. The respondent team of Dante Trevisani, Charlie Roberson and Rob Davis, coached by Amelia Williams, survived five rounds at the Boston Regional and advanced to the nationals in Chicago. The respondent team was ranked fifth coming out of the preliminary national rounds and placed in the top sixteen at the end of the competition. In addition, the respondent team took home the national third best brief award. The issues in this year’s competition included the separation of powers, standing, and the president’s war powers under the Commander in Chief Clause of the U.S. Constitution.