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Florida A&M Law wins YLD’s Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court

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Carita Skinner, left, of Orlando and Jasmine DeLeon of RuskinFLORIDA A&M LAW’S MOOT COURT TEAM placed first at the Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition hosted by the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division. FAMU defeated Stetson in the finals, which was judged by the Florida Supreme Court at the Bar’s Annual Convention in Boca Raton. “We are proud of our team’s impressive effort in this challenging but rewarding moot court competition,” said FAMU Law Interim Dean Nicky Boothe Perry. “Many lawyers never have the opportunity to advocate at the Florida Supreme Court. Competing in front of the honorable justices was a tremendous opportunity for our very talented students.” The team from FAMU Law consisted of rising third-year students Carita Skinner, left, of Orlando, and Jasmine DeLeon of Ruskin. The team was coached by FAMU Law Professor William Henslee. This year’s problem focused on the definition of a dwelling under the Florida Stand Your Ground statute and the deference given to judges in determining juror bias. “Jasmine and I are happy with our win and extremely honored to have argued in front of the justices of the Supreme Court of Florida,” said Skinner. “We had a great time competing against amazing teams from other Florida law schools. Also, we are grateful for coach Professor Bill Henslee’s unwavering support and dedication to helping us be the best team we could be.”

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