Fall 2013 Phelps Dunbar First-Year Appellate Advocacy Competition

Congratulations to the participants in, and the winners of, the Fall 2013 Phelps Dunbar First-Year Appellate Advocacy Competition.  The first-year appellate advocacy competition is the capstone event at the end of Stetson’s R&W II courses.  All R&W II students had completed an appellate brief and presented an oral argument, and the top four students from each R&W II class were selected to participate in the competition.  The competition was held last night in the Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Courtroom, in the Tampa Law Center.

Please join me in congratulating ALL of these students for their hard work and extraordinary performances.  The judges were very impressed with the students’ preparation, poise, and ability to answer questions.

Best Oralist:                                     Anisha Patel

Runner-up Best Oralist:                 Adam Talley

Third Place Oralist:                         Yaffi Hilili

Participants and Round Winners:

Round 1:              Ying “Laura” Gao v. Teresa Martinez (winner)

Round 2:              Yaffi Hilili v. Anisha Patel (winner)

Round 3:              Rachel Jacobs (winner) v. Allen Beattie III

Round 4:              Adam Talley (winner) v. Jacqueline Fournier

We would like to thank Phelps Dunbar for sponsoring the competition again this year!  We are extremely grateful for Phelps Dunbar’s continual support of the competition.  The firm has been sponsoring the competition for at least ten years now.  A very special thanks goes out to the attorneys from Phelps Dunbar who served as judges:  Robert Stines (who also served as the Chief Judge), Scott Terry, Kimberly Jones, and Michael McGriskin.

Congratulations to the participants and thank you to Phelps Dunbar and our judges.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Professor Bowman


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