UF Law students impress crowd and judges at Maguire competition

Published: February 27th, 2012

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Maguire Comp.

Competitors from left, Andrew Labbe, Dylan Shea, Kelsey Veitengruber, Leigh Anne Siddle, Jordan Peterson and Dan Lazaro stand in front of judges from left, Bradford L. Thomas, Stephanie W. Ray, William Terrell Hodges and Thomas B. Smith.

The 28th annual Maguire Appellate Advocacy Competition impressed law students and legal professionals alike on Friday, Feb. 17, in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom.

Among the many in attendance was a distinguished panel of judges, including Senior United States District Judge William Terrell Hodges (LLB 58) from the Middle District of Florida; First District Court of Appeals Judges Stephanie W. Ray and Bradford L. Thomas (JD 82); and United States Magistrate Judge Thomas B. Smith (JD 77) from the Middle District of Florida.

The fictional case brought on appeal, Ryan Reed vs. Oliver Porth and Pluribus Health, challenged a state’s power to limit Medicaid coverage to autistic children.

Dylan Shea (2L), and Andrew Labbe (3L) represented the petitioner, while Daniel Lazaro (3L) and Jordan Peterson (3L) represented the respondent. The competitors were also supported by alternates Leigh Anne Siddle (3L) and Kelsey Veitengruber (2L).

While the petitioner and respondent presented their arguments, the judges interjected with questions; a challenge that showcased the oral advocacy abilities of the competitors.

To conclude the competition, Judge Hodges announced Peterson as best oralist and the respondent as best team.

“The presentations were excellent,” Judge Hodges said before announcing the winners.

The Maguire competition is named after Raymer F. Maguire Jr. (JD 15), managing partner of Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, P.A., and UF Law alumnus. In 1998, Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, P.A. merged with Holland & Knight LLP, who continues the tradition of sponsoring the competition.