Moot Court argues its way through three competitions

Published: November 5th, 2012

Category: News

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Matthew Goodwin (2L) and Will Anderson (3L) competed in the Florida/Georgia moot court competition Oct. 26 with the help of their student coach, Bob O’Linn (3L), center.

By Felicia Holloman (3L)

The UF Law Moot Court team had a busy October, sending competitors to three competitions around the state.

Joey Posey (2L) and Alfredo Ferrer (2L) competed at the Puerto Rican Bar Association Moot Court competition in St. Augustine, where they won the award for best brief and were less than a point away from winning the competition.

Posey and Ferrer argued constitutional issues regarding the voting rights of citizens in United States territories and whether a democratic style of government must be provided to the territories.

“Puerto Ricans are United States citizens with no representative in Congress and no voice in the presidential election,” explained Posey.

While the future rights of citizens in U.S. territories will continue to be debated, both competitors agreed that the competition was a success.

“It was great to see the city of St. Augustine, and to meet so many passionate and dedicated persons to the Puerto Rican cause,” Ferrer said.

Posey believes the competition has a potential impact.

“The Puerto Rican Bar Association Moot Court Competition had the modest goal of starting a national dialogue over voting rights for residents of Puerto Rico,” he said. “Their goal was achieved, and the seeds of change were planted.”

Meanwhile, Chelsey Clements (2L), Kevin Stone (2L), Danielle Tamir (2L), and Kristina Gandre (2L) competed at the Thomas Tang Moot Court competition regional qualifier in Jacksonville. Both teams wrote briefs and argued on the issue of bringing suit in the U.S. against individuals or corporations violating international law.

“I learned a lot at this competition about how moot court works in general. I am looking forward to taking this new knowledge with me to future competitions and sharing it with the rest of the moot court team,” Clements said.

The Hulsey-Gambrell Florida Georgia Moot Court Cup was the final competition of the month. Matthew Goodwin (2L) and Will Anderson (3L) argued against a University of Georgia moot court team before five judges in Jacksonville a day before the football teams kicked off.

Although the team came up short, Judge Tjoflat joked, “If the court issued an opinion on this case, there would have been a heated and passionate dissent in favor of the Gators.”

Robert O’Linn (3L) contributed to this report