Miami Law Team Wins Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition


Miami Law’s team of 3Ls Jhanile “Trudy” Smith and Andrew Schindler won the 9th annual Emory University School of Law Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition this past weekend. They beat the University of Texas in the Finals, Stetson in the Semi-Finals, and Baylor in the Quarter-Finals. Over 30 teams participated in this year’s competition.

"Some of the most highly ranked and well known schools competed in this competition and that my partner and I were able to secure a win on behalf of the University and the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board was an honor," said Schindler.

Judges in the rounds leading up to the Final Round were actual judges, attorneys and law professors. In the Final Round, the Miami Law team argued before two federal circuit court of appeals judges and a Justice from the Georgia Supreme Court.

The team was coached by Adjunct Faculty member Harvey C. Sepler, JD ’84.
“Winning brought an indescribable feeling,” said Smith. “Going through the toughness of each round was not unfamiliar to us because we had challenging rounds when we prepared with Professor Sepler, fellow board members, and practitioners who volunteered their time. We worked really hard... It is great that it paid off.”