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FAMU College of Law students won the Second Annual Puerto Rican Bar Association Moot Court Competition in Miami in October. Pictured (l-r): Associate Dean Darryll Jones; Assistant Professor Kristy D’Angelo-Corker, coach; Cameryn Justice Rivera, third-year law student; Dean LeRoy Pernell; Loren Vasquez, second-year law student; and Assistant Professor Rebecca Olavarria, coach.
Two Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law students successfully defended FAMU's title by winning the Second Annual Puerto Rican Bar Association Moot Court Competition on Saturday, October 26, 2013.
Just over a year after her victory in the inaugural competition, third-year law student Cameryn Rivera partnered with second-year law student Loren Vasquez to take top honors as Best Team against Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Cardozo School of Law, InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Rivera brought additional prestige to FAMU by receiving the Best Advocate award for the competition.
The contest was hosted by the Puerto Rican Bar Association and held in Miami, Florida as part of the group’s commitment to host the event in a different location each year. Participants in this year's competition received a set of hypothetical facts involving the rights of United States citizens living in Puerto Rico to vote for the President of the United States, and have voting representation in Congress. The teams were required to write briefs and then argue the "case" before a panel of judges selected by competition organizers.
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.