Florida Coastal School of Law Triumphs at CBA Moot Court
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