Awards and Accolades for Undergraduate Students

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators competed in their last tournaments of the semester November 17-19 at Stetson University and the University of Georgia. At Stetson, team Thor finished second overall, and junior Jake Kalphat and sophomore Riley Freese were recognized as the best attorneys in the tournament. At UGA, freshman Tom Mallory and junior Adam Clark were recognized as among the tournament’s best witnesses.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators attended two tournaments the weekend of November 10-12. Team Hulk went to the Great American Mock Trial Invitational, a by-invite-only “A” team tournament for the top teams in the country. They finished 11th, and senior Lauren Pasqua won a Best Witness Award. Teams Spiderman, Iron Man, and Wolverine went to the largest college Mock Trial tournament of the season at Middle Tennessee State University. Teams Spiderman and Iron Man finished 5th and 6th overall, each third in their division of a 60-team tournament. Team Wolverine won an Honorable Mention. Juniors Kalie Maniglia, Haley Kairab, and Adam Victorianne, with seniorIsabella Fernandez, were among the top ten attorneys in the tournament, from a field of more than 300. FreshmanCody Davis and Junior Adam Clark were among the top ten witnesses in the tournament, again from a total of more than 300.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators competed at two tournaments this weekend – Duke’s Tobacco Road Invitational, where the field was more than half composed of teams that placed at Nationals last year, and FSU’s Capital City Invitational, which had the best teams from the Southeast. Team Hulk won the tournament at Duke, with a 7-1 record – the first time UF has ever won a by-invitation-only nationally competitive invitational. Team Spiderman won the tournament at FSU, with a perfect 8-0 record. Team Iron Man finished second at the tournament at FSU with a record of 6-2, and Team Thor finished third, also with a record of 6-2. This is the first time that a team has ever swept the top three places at the Capital City invitational. In addition, a number of the individual LitiGators were recognized for their performances. Sophomore Natalia Braga was the top attorney at the Tobacco Road Invitational. At the Capital City Invitational, seniorsAlejandra Gonzalez and Abril Montero, along with juniors Adam Clark and Kalie Maniglia, were among the top 10 witnesses in the tournament. Sophomore Riley Freese and juniors Haley Kairab and Andres Chinchilla were among the top ten attorneys.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators spent the weekend before last at a tournament at the University of South Florida. Teams Spiderman and Iron Man competed. The LitiGators dominated the tournament. Team Spiderman won the tournament, finishing first overall. Team Iron Man finished a close second. Senior Stewart Subjinski and juniors James Cowan and Kalie Maniglia were among the top ten attorneys at the tournament for their individual performances, and juniors Adam Clark and Bobbi Zahn were among the top ten witnesses at the tournament.

The UF Mock Trial Litigators went to their first two tournaments this weekend. Team Thor finished third at the Kennesaw State University invitational. Team Hulk finished second at the Elon University mock trial invitational, which is the traditional season opener for national-caliber teams. Senior Lauren Pasqua was the top witness at the Elon University mock trial invitational. In addition to a trophy, she won a half scholarship to Elon law school. Senior Matt Solomon was one of the top 10 attorneys at the Elon University mock trial tournament. We also won four individual Awards at Kennesaw State University’s Mock Trial invitational. Freshmen Cody Davis and Mumtaz Abdulhussein won witness awards, and sophomore for Payal Majmudar and junior Adam Victorianne won attorney awards.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators finished 8th at the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament, April 21-23. In addition to the team’s overall finish, the LitiGators had two all-Americans. Senior Kathryn Kuethman is an all-American attorney; Senior Matthew Richard is an all-American witness. All of the LitiGators had an amazing season that contributed to this victory.

The following undergraduate political science majors were elected in Spring 2017 to Phi Beta Kappa:

Michael J. Bennett, Zachary A. Carroll, Amy Chen, Taylor Gibbs, Bradford L. James, Veronica Joubert, Kasey Joyce, Michael Kramer, Kelsey Landau, Hannah G. Locop, Donald Moore, Laurie M. Moore, Sean Ossi, Sarah L. Pattison, Catherine G. Sheets, Kevin Solove, and Catherine K. Wettach

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators competed at the Decatur opening round championships, March 17-19. For the first time in three years and the second time in the program’s history, the LitiGators qualified to the National Championship tournament, making them among the top 40 of 700 teams in the country. They will (budget provided) compete at the National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles, CA April 21-23. Senior Kathryn Kuethman was one of the top 10 attorneys at the tournament, and junior Matt Solomon and senior Matt Richard were among the top 10 witnesses. Thanks to coaches Chris Gage, Forrest Wilson, and Rebekah Hodge.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators attended their second and third Regional tournaments Feb 18-19. Teams Hades and Nemesis competed in Orlando and Team Hypnos competed in Raleigh. All three teams won a bid to the Opening Round Championship Tournament. This is the first time in the history of the program that it has won four bids (including the one Team Dionysus won two weeks ago), and brings UF into a group of less than a dozen schools that have ever won four bids in the same year. Team Hypnos also won the Spirit of the American Mock Trial Association award at the Raleigh regional, which awards the most sportsmanlike team. Attorneys Alex Sheppard and Luke Morris were among the top ten attorneys in Raleigh; attorneys Kathryn Kuethman, Kevin Solove, Natalia Braga, and Adam Victorianne were among the top ten attorneys in Orlando. Witness Alejandra Gonzales was among the top ten witnesses in Raleigh. The LitiGators will be in Anderson the second half of Spring break practicing for Sectionals March 16-19. Wish them luck!

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators went to their first regional tournament of the season February 4-5 in Columbia, South Carolina. Team Dionysus won a bid to the Opening Round Championship Tournament (Sectionals). Junior Lauren Pasqua and Junior Payton Pope were both among the Region’s Top Ten Attorneys.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators attended the nationals-teams-only Seminole Smackdown January 28-29. Team Nemesis finished second overall in the tournament. Freshman attorney Natalia Braga and Sophomore attorney Luke Morris were among the top ten attorneys in the tournament, and senior witness Dylan Thatcher was among the top ten witnesses. The LitiGators’ next tournament is our first regionals, February 4-5 in Columbia, South Carolina, where Teams Dionysus and Aphrodite will compete to qualify to Opening Round Championships (sectionals).

The UF Mock Trial Litigators attended two tournaments this weekend. Team Athena attended the prestigious Tobacco Road Invitational at Duke University, where they tied for second place with a record of 6-2. Senior Catherine Sheets was the top attorney in the tournament, with a perfect score. Teams Apollo and Ares attended the Battle for the Ballots at Stetson University. Team Apollo finished second, with a record of 6-2; Team Ares finished third, with a record of 5-2-1. Sophomore Jake Kalphat-Losego was the top attorney in the tournament, and sophomore Haley Kairab and freshman Natalia Braga also were among the tournament’s top ten attorneys. Freshmen Liz Falcon and Emily King along with sophomore Alejandra Gonzales were three of the tournament’s top 10 witnesses.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators (all five teams) attended the tournament at Middle Tennessee State University this weekend – the largest invitational tournament of the season. The LitiGators had a winning record, and won six individual awards, giving us six of the top twenty competitors in a field of more than 500. Congratulations to award-winning attorneys senior Stewart Subjinski (his third this year), sophomore Haley Kairab, and senior Bernarda VanRoy, and award winning witnesses junior Amanda Nardi, senior Dylan Thatcher, and freshman Liz Falcon (the top witness in the tournament in her first competition ever).

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators sent three teams to the Florida State University Capital City Invitational Tournament this weekend. Team Athena finished fourth overall in the tournament, and senior Stewart Subjinski was the second-highest scoring attorney in the tournament. The LitiGators will send five teams to Middle Tennessee State University this coming weekend.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators attended two tournaments on October 22-23. Team Artemis (the teams are named after Greek gods this year) won the invitational at Kennesaw, finishing first overall. Junior Payton Pope received perfect scores as a witness, playing the plaintiff in an age-discrimination case. Teams Athena and Hermes attended the University of Georgia Mock Trial Tournament. Seniors Kathryn Kuethman and Stewart Subjinski received awards for being among the tournament’s five best attorneys, and junior Mat Solomon received an award for being among the tournament’s top five witnesses.

In coordination with other pre-law organizations on campus, the UF Mock Trial LitiGators put on a tournament for charity (proceeds going to the Innocence Project). The tournament raised more than $900 for the Innocence Project, and the LitiGators won the tournament.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators ended their national competition season March 10-13 at the Opening Round Championship in Decatur, Georgia. The LitiGators sent two teams to the tournament, which served as a qualifier for the National Championship. While the LitiGators did not qualify, the two teams had the best overall record that a team from UF ever has. Team Campbell (the teams are named after Supreme Court justices) finished with a record of 5-3, and junior Matt Richard was one of the top ten witnesses in the tournament. Team Sotomayor fought hard to a record of 4-4. Junior Stewart Subjinski was one of the top ten attorneys in the tournament, and freshman Katie Iley was a top witness.

The UF Mock Trial LitiGators went to the American Mock Trial Association Opening Round Championship Series March 11-13, a tournament for the top 10-15% of Mock Trial teams (from over 600) in the country. The LitiGators finished with an overall record of 9-7, with both teams in the top 10. Freshman Katie Iley and Junior Matt Richard were among the top ten witnesses in the tournament, and Junior Stewart Subjinski.