Florida Supreme Court to hear Moot Court competition

Published: January 14th, 2013

Category: Feature

DeeDee Scheller (2L), Ryan Gilbert (3L) and Jessica Clements (2L) will represent the petitioner in the upcoming competition. (Photo by Elise Giordano)

By Robert “Bob” O’Linn (3L)

The entire Florida Supreme Court will once again sit en banc in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom to hear oral arguments at the 29th annual Raymer F. Maguire, Jr. Moot Court Competition, sponsored by Holland & Knight LLP.

The competition is Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. and features skilled advocates from the Florida Moot Court Team, who will later compete in the prestigious American Bar Association competition.  Jessica Clements (2L), Ryan Gilbert (3L), and DeeDee Scheller (2L) will represent the petitioner. Ian Dankelman (2L), Danielle Grundt (3L), and Brandon White (3L) will represent the respondent.

The competitors will present legal arguments based on questions about a police detective’s qualified immunity from a civil liability arising out of the arrest of an innocent man for a sex offense. The competitors will argue this case in the regional round on Feb.14 in Las Vegas. If they win the regional round they will advance to the national round.

Ian Dankelman (2L), Danielle Grundt (3L) and Brandon White (3L) will represent the respondent in the upcoming competition. (Photo by Elise Giordano)

At the event the Florida Supreme Court will remember the life of Justice Ben Overton (JD 52) who passed away in Gainesville on Dec. 29, 2012. Justice Overton was a double Gator and served UF Law as an adjunct professor until his passing. Read more about his legacy here.

First-year students are encouraged to attend this event or watch the event via a live stream from the college’s homepage. This is an opportunity for 1Ls to learn more about appellate advocacy and give them an example of the type of arguments they will be presenting in their spring appellate advocacy classes.

The Florida Moot Court Team will also hold an information session on Wednesday, Jan. 30, for 1Ls interested in learning more about the team and the summer tryout process. Students are encouraged to check the daily calendar of events for more information and to visit ufmootcourt.org to learn more about the team.