Congratulations Moot Court Teams!

There is always activities going on in the Advocacy Center, and this past weekend was no exception. Four moot court teams competed at three competitions, and here are the updates:

First our Jessup team of Nicole Santamaria, Lauren Eliopoulos, Anna Kirkpatrick, Chloe Wells, and Julius Matusewicz:

  • Our team was 4-0 in the preliminary rounds, beating teams from FSU, St. Mary’s, St. Thomas, and Nova.
  • The team advanced into the quarterfinals seeded second and beat a team from SMU.
  • On to the semifinals, where we lost a close round to our friends at Washington University, St. Louis.
  • AND we brought home awards—Fifth Best Memorial (and that is for two memorials), Seventh Best Oralist (Nicole), and for the first time in Stetson historyFirst Best Oralist, Lauren Eliopoulos!
  • Congratulations to the Jessup team and Lauren!

Second, our ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) teams in Boston:

  • Of all the six NAAC regionals this year, the Boston regional was filled with Advocacy heavy-hitters, such as Stetson, South Texas, SMU, and Texas Tech, just to name a few.
  • We had two teams in Boston—Darnesha Carter, Evan Dix, and Jessica Ford, and Erin Brennan Davis, Giovanni Giarratana, and Danielle Jenkins.
  • In the NAAC competition, every win and every point counts (trust me, I know, as the Chair of the NAAC Committee, and the person who was checking all the tally sheets), and our teams kept fighting thru each round.
  • In the end, the team of Darnesha, Evan, and Jessica, were Co-Champions (third time in the last five years) and earned the invitation to the National Finals in Chicago, in April!  And Darnesha tied for Sixth Best Oralist.
  • Congratulations NAAC teams!

And third, our bankruptcy team headed to New York City to compete against 59 other teams (yes, the bankruptcy competition is a large competition—largest domestic competition, I believe).  Our team of Tiffany Fanelli, Correy Karbiener, and Lara McGuire advanced to the quarterfinal round.  Congratulations to our bankruptcy team!

And in the coming weeks, there will be many teams from the DR (Dispute Resolution), Trial Team, and Moot Court Board, competing in state, regional, national, and international competitions, so watch for more Announcements!

And if trying out for one or two of our Advocacy Boards is of interest to you, the tryouts registration will start Monday, March 14 and close Friday, March 28. For more information, is the Advocacy Board Tryouts Information web page.

Professor Bowman