Origins of the Florida Moot Court Team

The Florida Moot Court Team has been a fixture at the Levin College of Law since the school’s founding in 1909. The team as we know it today was primarily developed during the 1962-63 academic year, when team members, school administrators, and Professor Fletcher Baldwin collaborated to establish a constitution and basic structure for the newly-named Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board. The following year, the team brought home the first of many national awards – the Harris Tweed Award for Best Brief at the American Bar Competition.

The Executive Board is named for the late Justice Campbell Thornal, a 1930 graduate of the College of Law who served on the Florida Supreme Court from 1955 to 1970. Justice Thornal was frequently compared to Abraham Lincoln because of his rugged honesty, tenacity of purpose, keen sense of humor, and tall lanky figure. Committing both time and resources to the team, Justice Thornal helped members achieve and maintain the standard of excellence in brief writing and oral advocacy for which the Moot Court Team is known today.