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Georgia Law defeats Florida in moot court competition

Georgia Law defeats Florida in moot court competition; places in top eight at national mock trial tournament

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law recently defeated the University of Florida in the 27th Annual Hulsey-Kimbrell Moot Court Competition in Jacksonville, Fla.

Georgia Law continued its dominance of Florida in this annual tournament with back-to-back victories and improved its overall record to 19-6-2. The Hulsey-Kimbrell competition is traditionally held on the eve of the Georgia-Florida football game.

“I am pleased with our team’s performance,” Georgia Law Director of Advocacy Kellie Casey Monk said. “This is a great win that helps to set the tone for this academic year’s advocacy season.”

Third-year students James S. Derrick and David J. Younker presented the winning argument in the hypothetical U.S. Supreme Court case Nance Gracie and Andrew Lynds v. Robert Yeager, which concerned the constitutionality of hormone treatments for sex offenders and a district attorney’s immunity for promulgating an unconstitutional policy.

Deciding the case was a five-judge panel that included Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (presiding as chief judge in the tournament), Senior Judge John H. Moore II of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Judge Waddell A. Wallace of the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida, and Senior Judge B. Avant Edenfield and Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, both from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

The School of Law also recently finished in the top eight out of 30 teams at the national 5th Annual Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Tournament. The team was composed of third-year students Daniel L. Huynh, Christine A. Saunders, Kenneth W. Stroud and Jahnisa P. Tate.

Additionally, the School of Law captured the Best Brief Award at the National Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition late last month. Georgia Law fielded two teams in this tournament. Third-year students Yamilee Mackenzie and Letitia Sikes, who received the writing honor, finished the contest as semifinalists, while the third-year duo of Amer H. Ahmad and Joshua B. Portnoy were quarterfinalists.