UF Law team places in top four at nationals

Published: March 24th, 2014

Category: Feature


Samuel Bryant (3L), Tabitha Taylor (3L), Team Coach Aaron Kelley (JD 10), Kingsley Nwamah (2L) and Leonard Thompson (1L) returned with a top four finish at the National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition March 12-16.

After winning second place in the Regional Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial competition in February, Samuel Bryant (3L), Tabitha Taylor (3L), Kingsley Nwamah (2L) and Leonard Thompson (1L) advanced to the national level. The National Black Law Student Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition took place March 12-16, and the UF Law team finished in the top four in the nation. During the competition, the group eliminated Harvard in the quarterfinal round. The team was coached by Aaron Kelley (JD 10), a local public defender with the 8th Judicial Circuit, and Melanie Rolle (3L).

The following are some highlights from the Florida Moot Court team for the 2013-14 academic year.

  • Celeste Thacker and Shenele Pettis, coached by Blake Neumann, came in fourth place after making it to the Final Round of the National Black Law Students Association competition in Milwaukee, Wisc., March 12 to 16. This was the first year UF Law sent a team to this competition.
  • Alex Kruzyk, Sam Spinner and John Curry were named Quarterfinalists at the Ruby R. Vale Corporate Law in Wilmington, Delaware, March 14 to 16.
    Andrew Oppenheim received the Best Advocate/Oralist award at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Regional in Las Vegas from Feb. 27 to March 1.
  • UF Law beat the University of Georgia law school at the 33rd Annual Florida v. Georgia Moot Court competition in Jacksonville on Nov. 1. They argued in front of a panel of five federal judges.
  • Phil Marino and Andrew d’Adesky were named Quarterfinalists at the Mercer LEAP Moot Court Competition in Macon, Georgia Nov. 15 to 16; Quarterfinalists, Phil Marino & Andrew d’Adesky.