Gators take on Bulldogs in moot court competition Oct. 26

Published: October 15th, 2012

Category: News

By Francie Weinberg
Student writer

The day before the Florida-Georgia football game, another competition will be taking Jacksonville by storm.

The Florida/Georgia-Hulsey/Gambrell moot court competition will be returning for the first time since 2010 between the University of Florida Levin College of Law Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Team and the University of Georgia’s moot court team. The 32nd annual competition will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Courtroom on the 13th floor of the Jacksonville federal courthouse.

This year’s competition concerns a preacher convicted of federal crimes resulting from his murder of an abortionist. Issues include whether a post-verdict affidavit concerning racist comments by jurors is barred from consideration, whether the U.S. assistant attorneys’ preemptory challenges based upon religious beliefs are valid and whether the defendant received a constitutionally guaranteed fair trial.

UF Law’s William Anderson (3L) and Matthew Goodwin (2L), coached by Robert O’Linn (3L), will represent the respondents. The panel of judges will include Judge Paul C. Huck, Judge B. Avant Edenfield, Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood and Judge Peter T. Fay.

“I am thrilled to be a part of a tradition lasting more than 30 years,” Goodwin said. “I think our team has the stronger of the two positions and I am confident that Florida can reclaim its title and the trophy will return to its home in Gainesville.”

Previously the Florida/Georgia-Hulsey/Kimbrell competition, it did not occur in 2011 because there were not funds available to pay the event’s expenses. Fortunately, Atlanta-based law firm Smith Gambrell & Russell agreed to co-sponsor the event this year with Smith Hulsey & Busey.

Dean Robert Jerry will speak on behalf of UF Law and Former Dean David Shipley will speak for UGA Law. The event is open to the public.