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Florida Coastal School of Law Triumphs at CBA Moot Court Competition


The CBA’s Young Lawyers Section again sponsored its Annual Moot Court Competition on November 14-16, 2013, at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. This year 17 law schools, from Chicago and around the Country sent 27 teams to participate in the Competition.  Jennifer D'Augustinis, Alexander Gilewicz and Geoffrey Seifert, students of Florida Coastal School of Law, Team 2, were awarded “First Place” in the overall competition. The “Best Brief” award was presented to Randall Radziszewski, Casandra Nelson, and Taylor Bowman of Florida Coastal School of Law, Team 1 and “Best Oralist” was presented to Kevin Simpson of Washington University School of Law.

A fictional problem authored by the committee examined a claim for death benefits brought by the widow of a former private security contractor under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. § 901 et seq., and the Defense of Base Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1651-1655. The widow brought her claim against her former husband’s employer, Murkywater Security Consulting, LLC and its insurer, Fidelity & Casualty Company of Illinois. The administrative law judge found in favor of the widow and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed, with one judge concurring in part and dissenting in part. Students examined the case on the merits and addressed a complicated issue of statutory construction.  Students from Florida Coastal School of Law and University of San Diego School of Law debated the topic from both sides of the issue in the final round, with the judges ultimately choosing the petitioner as having the stronger argument. The Hon. Janet Baer, Hon. Martin Moltz and and Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Sheila Simon served as final round judges.