The LitiGators sent teams to three Regionals: Orlando, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The UF Mock Trial Team secured a bid at all three regionals! Congratulations to Brandon McKay for his attorney award, and to James Cowan, Jake Kalphat, Liam Rogan, and Cody Davis for their witness awards. After a successful Regionals, the LitiGators sent two teams to ORCS in Decatur, Georgia. At ORCS, Casey Witte won a witness award, and the LitiGators qualified for Nationals! The LitiGators then traveled all the way to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to battle the country’s top mock trial teams at nationals. Congratulations on a great season!
The UF LitiGators hosted their First Annual Swamp Invitational at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Nearly a dozen schools from Florida, the East Coast, and the Midwest attended the Swamp Invitational, sponsored by Phelps Dunbar. Judges, attorneys, and law school students from Gainesville and beyond volunteered to judge the four rounds of the Invitational. The Invitational also provided lunch for all competitors on both days, thanks to Phelps Dunbar and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The LitiGators are looking forward to our next Swamp Invitational!
The UF LitiGators spent their summer in a variety of ways. Whether it be traveling, interning, studying or working, the LitiGators were there. As the summer comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment to spotlight the summers of three LitiGators.
This summer, LitiGator Jessica Lorenzo interned at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP in New York City. She was an intern for the Firm’s Department of Corporate Governance & Securities Fraud. Her responsibilities included gathering information regarding high profile cases, strategizing a plan with the attorney, preparing case briefs for the attorney, and reviewing and organizing various documents. She says, “My experience as an intern was very rewarding and I have gained such a valuable insight into the legal profession.” Jess was subsequently selected amongst 1,500+ college students as one of the top 100 Interns across the country by WayUp. This list highlights the most ambitious, passionate, and talented interns in the country. Congratulations, Jess!
Dominic Mayo spent his summer studying abroad in Australia. With a passion for wildlife, Dom truly found his home away from home in Australia. He learned about Australian biodiversity, habitats, animals, and plants through hands-on work in the field. Dom also learned how Australians are saving endangered wildlife and their ecosystems by utilizing management practices, community outreach, and conservation strategies. Highlights from his trip include ziplining over the Daintree Rainforest, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and making friends with kookaburras, wallabies, crocodiles, and kangaroos!
Zoe Terner spent the summer in Washington, D.C. as a legislative intern. She worked with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, a progressive, faith-based nonprofit organization.While there, she worked on environmental justice and international religious freedom portfolios. Additionally, she looked over relevant legislation, wrote bill analyses, attended coalition meetings, and attended hearings and lobby meetings on Capitol Hill. Zoe had the opportunity of working with a former U.S. Ambassador At-Large for International Religious Freedom, Rabbi David Saperstein. Zoe very much enjoyed her internship on Capitol Hill.
These three summer experiences are only a handful of the team. LitiGators could also be found studying abroad throughout Europe, teaching high school students about mock trial, and traveling the world. You may have even spotted some LitiGators in Gainesville taking classes, preparing for their LSAT, and tabling about mock trial in Turlington. While our summer adventures may be over, the LitiGators are ready for an exciting year of mock trial!
Pictured: Jessica Lorenzo at BLB&G, Dominic Mayo with a kangaroo, Dominic Mayo on a beach in the Daintree Forest, and Zoe Terner on Capitol Hill.
In April 2019, the LitiGators hosted the Growlin Gator Charity Tournament at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. With the competitive season coming to a close, dozens of teams from as far as Wisconsin traveled to Gainesville, Florida to compete in the charity tournament. The proceeds of the tournament were donated to Innocence Project to help the wrongly convicted and prevent future injustice. The LitiGators won first place and dozens of attorney and witness awards. The charity tournament provided an opportunity for teams to gain valuable mock trial experience while benefiting a charitable cause. The LitiGators are excited for many more charity tournaments in the future!
Liti-Gator history was made at the Opening Round Championship Series this year! UF Mock Trial had unprecedented success at the Greenville, SC ORCS, and for the first time since the team’s inception, both teams came away from ORCS with a 7-1 record—the two highest scores in the entire competition—earning them 1st and 2nd place in the tournament as well as two bids to the National Championship in Minneapolis, MN. Additionally, Andres Chinchilla, Matt Solomon, and Stewart Subjinski left with individual attorney awards, and Michael Goldman won an individual witness award! We couldn’t be more proud of our Liti-Gators!
This year’s National Championship was one for the books! For the first time in Liti-Gator history, UF Mock Trial sent two teams to the National Championship Tournament in Minneapolis, MN. After a week of hard work scrimmaging and competing at the National Championship, we came home with the National Spirit of AMTA Award as well as an individual All-American Attorney Award for Kalie Maniglia! Great job to our competitors, and thank you to everyone who made this year’s success possible!
This year’s Charity Tournament was a success! UF’s Team Venom ultimately won the championship round after going head to head with FSU, returning the Growlin’ Gator trophy to Gainesville! Shout out to Outstanding Witnesses Liam Rogan, Kyla George, Harrison Steele DeVoe, Roxanna Storms, and Jenna Yoss—who was the top scoring witness in the tournament—and to Outstanding Attorneys Adam Victorianne, Jeanie Hoang, Casey Witte, Liz Falcon, Imogen Bowden, and Shea O’Malley—who was the top scoring attorney in the tournament. (And a special congratulations to our alums Charlene Ochogo and Jennifer Braunstein, whose performances also warranted Outstanding Witness awards!) Thank you to all teams that competed this weekend for their hard work and for supporting the Innocence Project of Florida! We can’t wait to see you next year!
UF Mock Trial had an outstanding Fall 2017 invitational season! Overall, the Liti-Gators competed at nine invitational tournaments, from USF’s Matador Invitational in Tampa, to MTSU’s Mid-South invitational in Murfreesboro, TN, all the way to the Great American Mock Trial Invitational in Washington, D.C. Overall, the Liti-Gators took home one Spirit of AMTA award, one Honorable Mention, four 3rd place trophies, four 2nd place trophies, and three 1st place trophies! Additionally, UF Mock Trial competitors won a combined 29 individual attorney and witness awards this Fall! Way to go, Liti-Gators!!
This spring marked the first time UF Mock Trial fielded SIX teams! Before regionals, we sent teams to Spring invitational tournaments hosted by UWF, Alabama, Georgia Tech, and FSU, bringing home one 1st place trophy, one 3rd place, and one 5th place. At Regionals, the Liti-Gators took two bids to ORCS from Orlando, as well as an Honorable Mention from Chapel Hill! Collectively, before ORCS, the Liti-Gators brought home 15 individual attorney and witness awards. It only gets better; the Liti-Gators would go on to ORCS in Greenville to take 1st and 2nd place, and send TWO teams to the National Championship tournament!