FAMU Law Bests Cornell and UNC Law to Win Puerto Rican Bar Moot Court Competition for Third Straight Year

Orlando, Fla. – Two students from Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law successfully completed the “three-peat” at the Third Annual Puerto Rican Bar Association’s Moot Court Competition on Saturday, October 11, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 

FAMU Law third-year student Loren Vasquez and second-year student Tameka Franco took the top honor as Best Team over Cornell University Law School, University of North Carolina School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, New York Law School, Barry University School of Law, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Nova Southeastern University, and Catholic University of Puerto Rico.  Franco also received the Best Advocate Award for the competition.

This is the third year that FAMU Law has won the Best Team Award, and the second consecutive year a member of the team was selected as the competition’s Best Advocate.  The FAMU Law team was coached by Professors Kristy D’Angelo-Corker and Rebecca Olavarría.  The FAMU College of Law Moot Court program is directed by Professor William Henslee.

The competition was hosted by the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida and is held each year in a different city. Moot court competitions simulate actual court proceedings at the appellate level.  Participants in the competition received a set of hypothetical facts involving the applicability of the Federal Death Penalty Act to individuals who commit crimes in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  The teams were required to write briefs and then argue the “case” before a panel of judges selected by the competition organizers.

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