Georgia Law defeats Florida in moot court competition


Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law recently defeated the University of Florida in the 29th Annual Hulsey-Kimbrell Moot Court Competition in Jacksonville, Fla.

On the eve of the yearly Georgia-Florida football rivalry, third-year law students David S. Ballard from Fayetteville, Ga., and Erik B. Chambers from Dacula, Ga., secured a win for Georgia Law and continued UGA's dominance in the courtroom.

"I am very proud of our team," Georgia Law Director of Advocacy Kellie Casey Monk said. "This tournament takes place near the beginning of our advocacy season and always helps to set the tone for the year."

Judge Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit presided over the hypothetical Supreme Court case Weatherbie v. Georgia, which concerned the constitutionality of freedom of speech being applied to students' online communications and whether or not a state act giving tuition vouchers to students for private schools is prohibited by the First Amendment.

In addition to Black, four other federal judges helped to score the contest - from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia were Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood and Judge B. Avant Edenfield and from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida were Senior Judge William Terrell Hodges and Senior Judge Harvey E. Schlesinger.

This year's victory improved UGA's overall record for the tournament to 19-8-2. More importantly, the win brought the coveted Husley-Kimbrell trophy back to Athens after spending a year in Gainesville, Fla., after Florida won the competition last year.