FSU College of Law Moot Court Team Wins National Competition

Press Date
March 6, 2019
(L-R) Carlos Gomez and Ryan Nicholas


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida State University College of Law Moot Court Team has won first place in the 2019 William B. Bryant-Luke C. Moore Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. The competition was held March 2-3 at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. This is the second time in three years that FSU Law has won the Bryant-Moore Competition. 

Ten additional law schools participated in the competition, including multiple teams from some law schools. Competing law schools included Georgetown, University of North Carolina, University of Virginia and William & Mary.

Winning team members are second-year law students Carlos Gomez, from Tampa, and Ryan Nicholas, from Gainesville. FSU College of Law alumnus Karla Ellis (’96), who practices at the Law Office of Karla D. Ellis in Tallahassee, and Clinical Professor Jennifer LaVia, who directs our Veterans Legal Clinic, coached the team to victory. Third-year FSU Law student Rima Nathan also was named the competition’s best oralist.

“Congratulations to our talented student advocates and their dedicated coaches,” said Dean Erin O’Connor. “This victory is another example of how Florida State law students excel on the national stage!”

Florida State’s advocacy teams have a strong record of winning national competitions. Since 2010, the Moot Court Team has won first place in 15 national competitions and in one international competition.