A team of law students from Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law went undefeated in the E. Earle Zehmer Worker’s Compensation National Moot Court Competition’s preliminary and semifinal rounds, and finished the competition in second place. The team argued against Florida Coastal before a panel from the Florida First District Court of Appeals. The team was composed of third-year law students Clifton Dortch and Tayo Popoola, and was among 14 teams participating in the competition held in Orlando, Fla. The team was coached by Associate Professor William Henslee and College of Law alumna Elizabeth Henslee.
E. Earle Zehmer Worker’s Compensation National Moot Court Competition
is widely known for its complex issues and concepts designed to immerse
the student in worker’s compensation law. Schools represented at the
competition included Stetson University College of Law, Florida Coastal
School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
glad we competed as well as we did,” said Dortch, who also serves as
chair of the College of Law Advocacy Board. “This was definitely
another step in the right direction. We’re progressing; however, we need
to continue to the point where we are winning entire competitions.”
finishing second place in a national moot court competition is an
enormous achievement, both Dortch and Popoola are no strangers to
success in moot court competitions. Dortch received the award for Second
Best Oral Advocate in the 2010 Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court
Competition, and Popoola was a finalist in the 2009 Navy JAG (Judge
Advocate General) National Moot Court Competition.
law student M. Taylor Tremel and third-year law student Joan Matthews
also represented FAMU at the E. Earle Zehmer Worker’s Compensation
National Moot Court Competition.
The team, along with its
coaches, thanked attorneys J. Michael Matthews, Shawn Diederich, Morgan
Indek, D. Paul McCaskill, Monte Shoemaker and Associate Professor Nicky
Boothe-Perry for their assistance.
The FAMU College of Law was founded in 1949 on the main campus in
Tallahassee. After graduating 57 lawyers, the law school was closed by
the state of Florida in 1968. The Florida Legislature voted to reopen
the law school in 2000 and Orlando was selected as the location. The
re-established FAMU College of Law opened its doors in 2002 and is now
housed in a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Orlando’s Parramore
neighborhood. The FAMU College of Law received full accreditation from
the American Bar Association in July 2009, and has consistently been
ranked in the top five for Diversity by U.S. News & World Report
since 2007 -- achieving the top rank on three occasions.