Florida Moot Court Team Intramural Tryout Competition Begins

by Emily Swire (3L)

The Florida Moot Court Team is pleased to announce that its annual intramural tryout competition has begun. The competition is open to all rising 2L students and is the only means by which students may try out for the Florida Moot Court Team.

Intramural co-chairs Ellie Simmons (3L) and Harris Yegelwel (3L) worked tirelessly to craft a challenging and engaging tryout problem, and they will continue to guide students through the tryout process as the competition continues. This year’s problem, authored by Simmons and Yegelwel, centers around lead character Paul Goodman, whose likeness is loosely based on a character from the AMC drama Breaking Bad. The two issues presented in the Record on Appeal are 1) whether a conspiracy offense proscribed in the Hobbs Act requires proof that a defendant committed an overt act in furtherance of the alleged conspiracy, and 2) whether a discrepancy between a vehicle’s color and the color indicated by the license tag attached to the vehicle sufficiently establishes reasonable suspicion for a temporary detention under the Fourth Amendment.

When asked about the intermural competition, Florida Moot Court Team President Ray Harrell, Jr. commented, “Membership on the Florida Moot Court Team provides an unparalleled law school experience by focusing on the development of both the written and oral advocacy skills of its members. We are very excited to welcome all rising 2Ls to compete in our intramural competition, and look forward to the creative briefs and oral arguments that they will present.”

The tryout process consists of brief-writing and oral argument components. This two-part process seeks to identify competitors with strong written and oral advocacy skills, which are essential for membership on the Florida Moot Court Team. Competitors will have approximately one month to compose a brief based on this year’s problem, and will deliver two 10-minute oral arguments between August 14-17. Current members of the Florida Moot Court Team will grade the anonymously-submitted briefs and serve as judges for the competitors’ oral arguments. The competition will culminate in the Florida Moot Court Team’s annual Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Final Four Competition, where competitors with the top four combined brief and oral argument scores will compete head-to-head in oral argument before an esteemed panel of judges. This year, the Florida Moot Court Team is proud to welcome members of the Florida Supreme Court to preside over the Final Four Competition.

The Team would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the following individuals for their help in revising and finalizing this year’s Record on Appeal:

  • UF Law Professor and Assistant Director of the Center on Children and Families Stacey Steinberg
  • UF Law Professor, Director of Legal Writing & Appellate Advocacy, and Florida Moot Court Team Faculty Advisor Mary Adkins
  • UF Law graduate (J.D. ’15) and former Florida Moot Court Team Intramural Chair Samuel Spinner

The Florida Moot Court Team is a student-run co-curricular organization recognized by the UF Levin College of Law. For more information about the Florida Moot Court Team, visit floridamootcourt.com. Please direct all public relation inquiries to PR Chair Emily Swire at eswire@ufl.edu.

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