A strong showing for Tax Moot Court in national competitions

Published: March 12th, 2012

Category: Awards, News, Students

Tax season is approaching, and it’s kicking the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Tax Moot Court team into overdrive. The team recently placed fourth in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Tax Challenge and placed second in a national tax moot court competition.

The ABA Tax Challenge and the national tax moot court competition exercised the advocacy abilities and tax knowledge of the competitors through complicated tax questions designed to simulate real-world business problems.

Stephanie Malen (2L) and Caitlin Foster (2L) competed in the ABA Tax Challenge in San Diego on Feb. 17. Competitors submitted a memorandum and client letter, which was evaluated by a panel of judges. The top teams were flown to San Diego to defend their submissions in person. Malen and Foster excelled to the semi-finals.

“We look forward to another strong showing next year,” said Professor Steven J. Willis, the faculty adviser for Tax Moot Court.

Meanwhile, Michael Bruno (3L), Zachary Ritz (2L) and Adam Smith (3L) teamed up for the national tax moot court competition in Clearwater on Feb. 2. The national tax moot court competition is sponsored by the Florida Bar Tax Section and featured 16 teams.

The competitors wrote a brief and presented six appellate arguments to a panel of judges. Bruno, Ritz and Smith placed second in the competition, which is one of many accolades bestowed upon the Tax Moot Court team in recent years.

“We have fielded a team four times in this competition, placing second in 2009, second in 2010, first in 2011 and second in 2012,” said Willis.

Collins Brown helped to coach this year’s team in the national tax moot court competition. The team also received financial assistance from the Florida Moot Court team and a faculty member, both contributing a total of $2,400 to defray costs.