For the first time in its 10-year competition history, FIU Law’s Board of Advocates Appellate Advocacy Moot Court team advanced from a national regional round to an international final round. Team members Paula Barbieri Janvion, Adrienne Grandolfo, Jonathan Railey, Sylmarie Trujillo, Gabriela Castillo, and Crystal Umpierre performed outstandingly at the Americas Regional Round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme which was held at Cardozo Law School in New York City. The team will advance to the International Finals which will be held at the University of Oxford in England in April 2014.
The Price Media Law Moot Court Programme was established in 2008 with the first International Rounds in Oxford as a way to foster an interest in international law governing freedom of expression issues. The Price Media Law Moot Court Programme is more than a moot court; it is a tool for raising the profile of freedom of expression by bringing informed and effective debate and discussion on significant issues of information flows and technology to many parts of the world.
For faculty coach Professor David Walter, it was another victory for FIU Law and an opportunity to groom students.
“It was truly my pleasure to work with another fine FIU team – from the brief writing in November and December, through the oral argument practices in January, they showed their dedication and talents every step of the way. I look forward to our prep work in March and the Oxford competition in April. I know they’ll represent FIU well,” Walter says.
The FIU team finished as one of the top four U.S. teams, and as quarter-finalists overall. Third-year law student Paula Barbieri Janvion used this experience to broaden her view of the study of law.
“Being part of the FIU Law team and competing in the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition was an unbelievable experience not only because we were able to work with international law and human rights issues, but because we learned first-hand that team work and hard work pays off. We have enjoyed every step of the way, and we are excited to advance to Oxford and make FIU Law proud,” she says.