Congratulations to Stetson’s Orseck Moot Court Team!

  • Question—Have you ever wondered what it would be like to argue in front of the justices of the Florida Supreme Court?

Sure, but only a very small percentage of attorneys have that opportunity in their careers.

  • Question—Would it ever be possible to argument in front of the justices of the Florida Supreme Court as a law student?

Yes, it is possible, as a law student, to argue in front of the justices of the Florida Supreme Court, and that is what Stetson’s Orseck team of Kris Galloway, Christina Huckfeldt, and Ali Preston did.  Let me explain.

Every summer, the Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition takes place at the annual Florida Bar Conference. In addition to arguing in front of attorneys, civil and county court judges, and district courts of appeal judges, one of the amazing parts of this moot court competition is that the final round is judged by the justices of the Florida Supreme Court.  So, the Florida law schools argue through five rounds, in hopes of earning an opportunity to argue in front of the justices.

So, how did our Stetson team do? The team of Kris, Christina, and Ali argued against Cooley, Nova, and Miami in the preliminary rounds.  Last night, I learned that our team was seeded first heading into the quarterfinal rounds, and from that point on, there seemed to be no stopping the Stetson team!  Quarterfinals—Nova; semifinals—St. Thomas, and on to the final round against FSU.

Now before telling the final results, let me put the Orseck competition into perspective. From what I can tell, the justices of the Florida Supreme Court have been judging the final round of this competition since at least 2000, if not before.  And since that time, the Stetson teams have been in the final round 14 times—that is 14 out of the possible 18 final rounds.  So, it is no surprise that the Stetson team was in the final round again this year!

But the excitement did not stop there! The justices proclaimed that the Stetson team as the champions, and our very own Kris Galloway won the Best Oralist Award for the final round!

Congratulations, Kris, Christina, and Ali!  And a very special thank you to Orseck alum and Stetson’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy’s Foreman Biodiversity Fellow, Erin Okuno, who not only co-coached the winning team, but does so much for the Moot Court Board.

Professor Bowman