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Pictured from left are Jeremy Funt, Julia Knoll, Brittany
Kovalskaya, Erica Eddy, Kaile Bennett and Corey Roberts.
Two Stetson students won a regional negotiation competition and will advance to the nationals in Chicago in February.
Stetson Law Dispute Resolution Board members Brittany Kovalskaya, Corey Roberts, Erica Eddy, Jeremy Funt, Julia Knoll
and Kaile Bennett competed Nov. 1-2, 2019, at the regional rounds of the American Bar Association Law Student Division
Negotiation Competition hosted by Brigham Young University’s J.Reuben Clark Law School.
Stetson Law alumnus Bill Greiner J.D. ’07 and Professor Jim Sheehan J.D. ’77 coached the teams. In a field of 24 teams, duo Jeremy Funt
and Kaile Bennett placed second in preliminary rounds and advanced to the final round, which they won. Funt and Bennett will represent
Stetson at the national competition, which will take place in Chicago in February at the headquarters of the American Bar Association.
“Not only am I very proud of all six of these students, but I am deeply grateful to coaches Sheehan and Greiner, who invested
countless hours in mentoring and preparing our teams,” said Professor Kristen David Adams, faculty director for the Dispute
Resolution Board. “Our stalwart coaches are the bedrock of Stetson advocacy.”
Members of Stetson’s Moot Court Board added
another plaque to the case after winning the 19th
Annual Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional
Law Moot Court Competition at Regent University
School of Law in Virginia Beach, Va., on Oct. 4-5, 2019.
Teams from around the nation participated in the competition,
including powerhouses Baylor, Liberty, St. Mary’s and
South Texas. Stetson fielded two teams for the competition.
A team comprising Chris Lawson, Tiffani Thornton and
Tyler Vaughn had the second-best brief in the competition,
but fell to South Texas in a close quarterfinal round.
The team with Evan Dahdah, Audrey Gangloff and James
Nealon won multiple rounds to end up head-to-head with
South Texas in the finals. The trio persevered and brought
home the championship. To top it off, Nealon won the
award for the best oralist in the final round!
Professor of Law Brooke J. Bowman, J.D. ’02, and the Rev.
Bill Wildhack, J.D. ’05, coached Stetson’s teams at this
STETSON STUDENTS WIN REGIONAL
ADVANCE TO NATIONALS
MOOT COURT BOARD WINS
COMPETITION IN VIRGINIA
MOOT COURT BOARD
BRINGS HOME 2 AWARDS
Moot Court Board members from left: Christopher Gieger, Sean Mullen,
Judge Michael Allen, Christopher Odgers and Vasilios Zimarakos.
Moot Court Board members took Best Team and Best
Oralist in the National Veterans Law Moot Court
Competition at The George Washington University
Law School, in Washington, D.C., Nov. 1-3, 2019.
Not only did Stetson win, but two Stetson teams faced off
against each other in the semifinal round! The participants were
Sean Mullen, Christopher Odgers, Vasilios Zimarakos and
Teams from around the nation, including those with veterans
projects or clinics such as Baylor, Brooklyn, George Mason,
University of Denver, and Widener, participated.
Vasilios Zimarakos won Best Oralist, and Sean Mullen and
Christopher Odgers were named Best Team.
The victories add to a trove of Stetson trophies outside the Court
of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), giving us five Best Team
plaques, eight Best Brief awards, and five Best Oralist wins.
Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox, director of the Veterans Law
Institute and Veterans Advocacy Clinic, and Professor Brooke J.
Bowman, J.D. ’02, director of Moot Court Board and interim
Law Library director, coached this year’s winning teams.
Stetson Moot Court Board team members who participated in the
Annual Leroy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot
Court Competition are, from left: Tyler Vaughn, Tiffani Thornton,
Chris Lawson, Evan Dahdah, Audrey Gangloff and James Nealon.