Florida Coastal School of Law wins the Jessup Super-Regional Moot Court Competition in Miami.
On February 24, 2008, Florida Coastal School of Law won the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition’s Southeast Super-Regional and earned the right to advance to the International Rounds in Washington, D.C. Coached by Professor Chris Roederer, the Florida Coastal team consists of oralists Valarie Linnen and Rick Lasseter, brief writers Rick Marshall and Marika Sevin, and team manager Coral Williams. Valarie Linnen received the Best Advocate Award in the finals and the team received the Fifth Best Brief Award.
There were a total of 22 teams in the Southeast Regional.In the preliminary rounds at the Southeast Regional in Miami, Coastal defeated teams from Vanderbilt, Georgia State, and St. Thomas University. In the out-rounds, the team then went on to defeat teams from Florida International University and the University of Georgia before defeating the University of Alabama in the finals.
Jessup is the largest moot court competition with nearly every American law school and over 500 law schools world-wide competing. The finalists from each of six American Super-Regionals are joined later this spring in the International Rounds by 90 national champions from around the world.
This marks the third year in a row that Florida Coastal has won the Jessup Southeast Regional and advanced to the International Rounds. Professor Roederer is a past world champion, coaching a team from South Africa to the International Jessup Championship in 2002. Last year, Florida Coastal finished the competition in top ten teams in the world. In 2006, Florida Coastal finished in the top 21 teams in the world.Previously, team members Lasseter, Linnen, and Marshall won the 2007 Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition as judged by the Florida Supreme Court.