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Florida State University Moot Court Team wins two more national advocacy competitions

Mar 01, 2010

TALLAHASSEE—The Florida State University College of Law Moot Court  Team has won two more first­place victories in national moot court competitions, bringing the team’s total number of first­place finishes to four in 2010.

The team won the Gabrielli National Family Law Competition held Feb. 26­27 at  Albany Law School in Albany, N.Y. The winning team members were Lauren Davis, a  second­year law student  from  Fleming  Island, Fla., Jennifer  Gutai, a  third­year law  student from Syracuse, N.Y., and Rebecca Swindull, a second­year law student from St. Augustine, Fla. They were coached by Tallahassee attorney Arthur Stern, III. Tlihe team  defeated Valparaiso University School of Law in the competition’s final round. This is the third time Florida State has won the Gabrielli National Family Law Competition.

The team also won the Luke Charles Moore Civil Rights Invitational held Feb. 26­27 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Winning team members were Yordanka  Nedyalkova, a third­year law student from Bulgaria, and Tiffany Roddenberry, a secondyear law student from Tallahassee, Fla. They were coached by Judge James Wolf of the  Florida First District Court of Appeal. Nedyalkova  also  was named best oralist in  the  competition. The  team defeated  the  University of Maine  School of Law in the  competition’s final round. This is the second time Florida State has won the Luke Charles Moore Civil Rights Invitational.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating two more victories by our Moot Court Team,”  said Dean Don Weidner. “For one school to have placed first in four national moot court  competitions in a matter of weeks is an extraordinary feat.” 

These two first­place victories follow closely on the heels of two other first­place  victories in national competitions. Earlier in the month, the team won the Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition and the National Security Law Competition, both held  in Washington, D.C.

​March 2010