UCF Shines at National Moot Court Tournament

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Moot Court

Teammates Angel Sanchez (left) and Eric Sorice

UCF had a great showing at the Championship Tournament of the American Collegiate Moot Court Tournament, Jan. 15-16 in Long Beach, Calif.

UCF’s Angel Sanchez ranked the 5th best orator and Eric Sorice ranked the 11th out of 160 student competitors.

“Two of our majors ranked among the top 15 orators in the country,” said a beaming James Beckman, chair of the Department of Legal Studies.

Sanchez and Sorice also had a great showing as a team. “They made it to one of the final sixteen teams — the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ — before being knocked out,” Beckman said.

There are 1000 students — or 500 teams — who compete in Moot Court nationwide, said Cynthia Schmidt, who with Jason Fiesta served as faculty advisors and coaches to the team. “So to start with a base of 500 and make it to the top 16 is pretty darn good.”

Just making it into the tournament is a huge accomplishment in itself, Schmidt added.

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UCF sent four teams, or eight students in total (left), to the national tournament this year.

On the first day of competition, three of the four teams beat half of the competition and advanced to the second day of the tournament.

“Success like this does not just ‘happen,'” Beckman said. “Cindy and Jason put in an incredible amount of work ensuring that the students were ready and competitive, and other legal studies faculty volunteered and assisted at multiple points in the process.”

UCF Moot Court began in 2011 and every year it becomes more and more competitive, Beckman said. “This year represents the best year yet.”

Also see Eight UCF Students to Compete in National Moot Court Tournament.

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