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FAMU Moot Court Team Takes Top Honors in Competition
FAMU College of Law students won the inaugural Puerto Rican Bar Association Moot Court Competition in St. Augustine. Pictured (l-r): Assistant Professor Rebecca Olavarria, coach; Cameryn Justice Rivera, second-year law student; Mfon Etukeren, third-year law student; and Assistant Professor Kristy D’Angelo-Corker, coach. 

November 27, 2012

Orlando, Fla.
– Two Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law students won the inaugural Puerto Rican Bar Association Moot Court Competition.  The team was comprised of third-year law student Mfon Etukeren and second-year law student Cameryn Justice Rivera.  They earned top honors in the moot court competition beating teams from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Fordham Law School and Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law.

The contest was hosted by the Puerto Rican Bar Association and will be held each year in a different city.  Moot Court competitions simulate actual court proceedings at the appellate level. Participants in this year’s competition received a set of hypothetical facts involving the constitutional rights of Puerto Ricans living in Puerto Rico to vote for President of the United States.  The teams were required to write briefs and then argue the “case” before a panel of three judges selected by the competition organizers.
   
The FAMU College of Law Moot Court program is directed by Professor William Henslee, and the winning team was coached by Professors Rebecca Olavarria and Kristy D’Angelo-Corker.

The FAMU College of Law was founded in 1949 on the main campus in Tallahassee.  After graduating 57 lawyers, the law school was closed by the state of Florida in 1968. The Florida Legislature voted to reopen the law school in 2000 and Orlando was selected as the location. The re-established FAMU College of Law opened its doors in 2002 and is now housed in a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood.  The FAMU College of Law received full accreditation from the American Bar Association in July 2009, and has consistently been ranked in the top five for Diversity by U.S. News & World Report since 2007 -- achieving the top rank on three occasions.

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