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College of Law HALSA Team Finishes in Top Ten at National Moot Court Competition
College of Law second-year student Hecter Concepcion (seated, l-r), second-year student Luis M. Ventura and second-year student Dana M. Heydorn competed at the Hispanic National Bar Association 17th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition in Jersey City, New Jersey.  The team was coached by Assistant Professor Maritza Reyes (standing).
                                                         
April 11, 2012

Orlando, Fla.
– The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law’s Hispanic American Law Student Association (HALSA) Moot Court Team participated for the first time in the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) 17th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition in Jersey City, New Jersey.

During its first showing at this prestigious national competition, the HALSA Moot Court Team placed eighth out of 27 teams that competed. Other law schools that participated include Arizona State University, Columbia, Chicago-Kent, Fordham, University of Colorado, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois, University of New Mexico, University of North Carolina, University of Oklahoma and University of Texas.  The final results were based on the composite score of the writing of an appellate brief and performance during oral argument rounds of the analysis of a constitutional issue under the Fourth Amendment. The HALSA Moot Court Team argued both sides of the issue during the oral argument rounds.

The HALSA Moot Court Team comprised of second-year advocates Hecter Concepcion, Dana M. Heydorn and Luis M. Ventura was coached by Assistant Professor Maritza Reyes.  During the oral advocacy practices, the team also received the assistance of the following individuals: The Honorable John Antoon, II, Associate Professor Randall S. Abate, Instructor Timothy D. Blevins, Professor Ronald C. Griffin, Professor Omar Saleem, Robert W. Davis, Jr., Esq., Luis Gonzalez, Esq., Ana Lopez, Esq., Kimberly A. Lopez, Esq., Marie E. Masson, Esq., Camille Thompson, Esq., Thomas R. Yaegers, Esq., Marcio Valladares, Esq., Jenny Liabenow, 3L, Ta’Ronce Stowes, 2L, Akunna Olumba, 2L, and Victoria Orero, 2L.

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