FAMU HALSA Moot Court Team Earns Top-Ten Finish in HNBA National Moot Court Competition

Caption: The Hispanic American Law Students Association (HALSA) Moot Court Team at Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law earned a ninth-place finish in the 19th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition hosted by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).  The team of rising third-year law students Cindy Campbell, Ian Depagnier, Nicole Dickerson and alternate Cynthia Vel was coached by Associate Professor Maritza Reyes, who also serves as the FAMU HALSA Faculty Advisor.

More than 30 teams from law schools across the country participated in the competition, which is named for the late Uvaldo Herrera who served as a member of the HNBA board of governors, general counsel and vice president of programs.  The annual competition enables law students to hone their brief-writing and oral advocacy skills while exploring a complex legal issue.  The competition was held during the HNBA Mid-Year Conference in Orlando.

This marks the second time the FAMU HALSA Team has placed in the top-ten of this competition in as many attempts.  The inaugural FAMU HALSA team participated in the 2012 competition in New Jersey, finishing eighth out of 27 teams.  Both teams missed out on the quarter final rounds by small margins.

“These students are evidence of the type of talent that the FAMU College of Law attracts and prepares for practice,” said Professor Reyes.  “These competitions build skills and highlight these skills to people outside of this institution.”

In addition to Professor Reyes, the team received preparation assistance from College of Law professors Randy Abate, Markita Cooper, Joseph Grant, Ron Griffin, William Henslee, Richard Hurt, Lundy Langston, and Omar Saleem.  Students and Lawyers from the Central Florida community, including College of Law alumni, also assisted.

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