FJA's 2013 E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition

After a weekend of fierce courtroom competition, and thoughtful deliberations by esteemed volunteer judges, the verdicts are in for the 2013 E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition! Stetson University College of Law has been crowned this year’s champion! Winning team members are Tai Lowry, Khalil Madani, Daniel Miles and Lisa Ungerbuehler. They were coached by Professor Lee Coppock and attorney, Grant Gillenwater. They defeated the extremely talented students of Florida State University College of Law which included: Melissa Grimm-Maddox, Corey Kirkwood, Ryan Molaghan and Michelle Visconti. The FSU coaches were Professor Ruth Stone- Wayne and Pat Hogan Professor of Trial Practice, and attorneys Brandy Elliot Hance and Stacy S. Sharp.

The first place team was awarded a $2,000 scholarship and the first-runner up received a $1,000 scholarship.

The Mock Trial competition simulates a trial-level proceeding in which students portray the roles of plaintiff and defense attorneys and witnesses, before a single presiding judge and four to six scoring judges. This year’s competition featured 12 teams from the following Florida law schools: Florida Coastal School of Law, Florida State University College of Law, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Stetson University College of Law, University of Florida-Levin College of Law, and the University of Miami School of Law. The top four teams were Florida State University College of Law, Stetson University College of Law (x2), and the University of Florida-Levin College of Law.

The competition, hosted by the Young Lawyers Section, was held at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa on November 9th & 10th. We were excited to have Mr. Jarrett DeLuca (YLS Chair) and Jason Whittemore (YLS Chair Elect) as co-chairs of the competition; Mr. DeLuca is from the DeLuca Law Firm in Boca Raton and Mr. Whittemore is from the firm of Wagner Vaughan McLaughlin, P.A, in Tampa. Young Lawyers Board members, Heather Barnes, Vanessa Brice, Matthew Crist, Dale Dobuler, Michael Germain, Jon Gilbert, Adam Hecht, Eric Nowak, Fay Pappas, Hutch Pinder and Erin Whittemore Lohmiller, also accomplished much of the behind-the-scenes work to make Mock Trial successful.
FJA Staff attendees were event director Elisha Charpentier, G.C. Murray and John Fox.

The semi-finalists were announced Saturday evening at the annual Welcome Reception hosted at Splitsville Lanes. Teams, coaches and the Young Lawyer Section enjoyed mingling over dinner, bowling and billiards.

The FJA would also like to thank all those who dedicated their time and efforts to making the 2013 Hon. E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition a success! Volunteers from more than 50 local law firms, the FJA Young Lawyers Section and other legal organizations served as scoring and presiding judges for the two-day event. We were also fortunate to have the Honorable James D. Whittemore, United States District Judge, to preside over the semifinal and final round.

The FJA is very proud of the 2013 Hon. E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial and participants, and we look forward to next year’s competition!

Check out our Facebook page for all the event pictures!

Thank You to Our Generous Mock Trial Competition Sponsors:                                     

Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter - The Florida Firm

de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A.

The DeLuca Law Firm

Wayne Hogan, Esq.

Lytle & Barszcz

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.

Spohrer & Dodd, P.L.

Swope, Rodante, P.A.

Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, P.A.

Wagner Vaughan McLaughlin, P.A.

Anthony Quackenbush, Esq.

The Yerrid Law Firm, P.A.


FJA's 2012 E. Earle Zehmer Mock Trial Competition

After a weekend of fierce courtroom competition, and thoughtful deliberations by esteemed volunteer judges, the verdicts are in for the 2012 E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition! After a brief hiatus from the competition, the University of Florida-Levin College of Law has returned to be crowned this year’s champion! Winning team members are Ms. Sarah Carpenter, Ms. Stephanie Koffler, Ms. Lauren Lewis, and Mr. Brandon C. Meadows, They were coached by Professor Jennifer Zedalis and attorneys, Ms. Tania Alavi and Mr. Nick Zissimopulos. They defeated the extremely talented students of Florida International University which included: Mr. Alejandro Carrasco, Ms. Denita Jones, Mr. Saolo R. Perez, and Mr. Gregory Pierre. The FIU coaches were Professor H.T. Smith- Director of the Trial Advocacy Program, Professor H. Scott Fingerhut- Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program, and FIU Law alumni and former Trial Team champion David Baroff.

The first place team was awarded a $2,000 scholarship and the first-runner up received a $1,000 scholarship.

The Mock Trial competition simulates a trial-level proceeding in which students portray the roles of plaintiff and defense attorneys and witnesses, before a single presiding judge and two to four scoring judges. This year’s competition featured 14 teams from the following Florida law schools: Florida Coastal School of Law, Florida International University, Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, Stetson University, University of Florida-Levin College of Law, and the University of Miami. The top four teams were Florida International University, Florida State University, University of Florida-Levin College of Law, and the University of Miami.

The competition, hosted by the Young Lawyers Section, was held at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa on November 10th & 11th. We were excited to have Mr. Dante Weston return to chair the competition; Mr. Weston is from the firm of Donaldson and Weston, P.A. in Stuart. Young Lawyers Board members, Greg Yaffa (Section Chair), Vanessa Brice, Matthew Crist, Dale Dobuler, Michael Germain, Jon Gilbert, Adam Hecht, Hutch Pinder, DJ Ward, Jason Whittemore and Daniel Zuniga also accomplished much of the behind-the-scenes work to make Mock Trial successful. FJA Staff attendees were event director Elisha Charpentier and Kalon Hopkins.

The semi-finalists were announced Saturday evening at the annual Welcome Reception hosted at Splitsville Lanes. Teams, coaches and the Young Lawyer Section enjoyed mingling over dinner, bowling and billiards.

The FJA would also like to thank all those who dedicated their time and efforts to making the 2012 Hon. E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition a success! Volunteers from more than 50 local law firms, the FJA Young Lawyers Section and other legal organizations served as scoring and presiding judges for the two-day event. We were also fortunate to have Judge Matthew Lucas from Hillsborough County preside over the final round.

The FJA is very proud of the 2012 Hon. E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial and participants, and we look forward to next year’s competition!

Check out our Facebook page for all the event pictures!