By Andrew Manko & Alexandra Haddad Palermo
While most law students spent the start of their summers relishing a break from classes, 24 students from 11 of Florida’s 12 law schools spent theirs preparing for the 2015 Orseck Moot Court Competition. The competition is run by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division in conjunction with the Florida Bar Annual Convention. This year’s problem raised extremely relevant and interesting legal issues. Students briefed whether or not Florida’s statutory ban on open carry is constitutional under the Second Amendment and whether the use of drone surveillance upon the curtilage of a home without a warrant constitutes an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment. Special thanks to Jason Lambert, Sarah Young, and Antony Constantini for their hard work in creating this year’s amazing problem. Special thanks also to Logan Murphy, Sarah Weitz, and Alicia Moon for their hard work on the bench brief.
The competition took place June 24-25, 2015 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida. The competition was chaired by attorneys Andrew Manko and Alexandra Haddad Palermo of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Approximately 50 Florida attorneys, county court judges, circuit court judges, DCA judges, and Supreme Court justices participated as judges throughout the competition. The two semi-final rounds consisted of panels of five to six Florida DCA judges per round, and the seven Florida Supreme Court Justices presided over the final round of the competition.
This year’s problem made for incredible oral arguments from each of the schools. The caliber of competition this year was extremely high. In the end, Florida Coastal School of Law took home the competition’s top prize while Stetson University College of Law was this year’s runner-up. Florida Coastal School of Law also won best brief. Joseph Lamb of Florida State university College of Law won the Preliminary Round Best Oral Advocate award and Cassandra Klusmeyer of Florida Coastal School of Law won the Final Round Best Oral Advocate award.
Many thanks to all who helped contribute to another amazing Orseck Moot Court Competition. Thank you to each team who competed and to all who volunteered their time to judge. We hope to see you all again next year at the 2016 Orseck Moot Court Competition!