News Briefs – February 15, 2010

Published: February 15th, 2010

Category: News Briefs

Moot Court places in recent competitionFlorida Moot Court advances to quarter-finals in Charleston Moot Court Competition
Florida Moot Court Team members Neda Lajevardi and Mary Katherine Watt beat out 18 other teams to compete in the quarter-finals of the Charleston Constitutional Law National Moot Court Competition, which was held in Charleston, South Carolina Feb. 5-6. Out of a total of fifty-two competitors, Neda won Best Oralist for the competition. The competition consisted of two preliminary rounds and three final elimination rounds. Neda and Mary Katherine tied in the head-to-head competition during the quarter-final round against the ultimate champion of the competition. The issue before the Court was whether the Second Amendment should be incorporated as against the states pursuant to either the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process or Privileges or Immunities Clause. Neda and Mary Katherine would like to thank David Evans, their coach, and the Florida Moot Court Team for supporting them.

Have your taxes prepared by VITA
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a free tax service that prepares returns for low to moderate income clients. All of our volunteers are certified through the IRS and are well-equipped to handle your specific tax issues. The law school is the home of a VITA site that operates on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5-9 p.m. The law school is located on the corner of SW 2nd Ave. and 25th St. The volunteers operate in the organization’s office across from the cafeteria on the law school campus. The volunteers prepare both domestic and international returns Feb. 2 – April 8, 2010. If your family made less than $49,000 in income in 2009, you should qualify for free tax services. VITA strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to support its efforts in preparing returns so please spread the word. Why pay all that money to get your taxes prepared when you can have an expert maximize your refund for free! For questions, contact Kimberly Thomas.

Tyger elected as 3L presidentTyger elected as Unite president
Third-year law student James Tyger has been selected to serve as the party president for the Unite Party in the upcoming Student Government Elections. “It is a distinct honor and a unique challenge, but it’s one that I wholeheartedly look forward to,” Tyger said. Prior to his selection as Party President, Tyger had served as Student Body President at Virginia Tech and more recently as the Student Senator representing the College of Law. “I have been privileged to serve in a variety of roles within Student Government and I believe my background will really help in this new role,” he said. Student Government Elections will take place Feb. 23. and 24.