The Daily Record features an article on the 33rd annual Florida/Georgia moot court competition that will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla. Regarded as a tradition in the Jacksonville legal community, this competition between the University of Florida and University of Georgia Colleges of Law is held annually on the Friday before the Florida/Georgia football game. The competition replicates an argument before the United States Supreme Court concerning a current, but unresolved issue of Federal Constitutional law.
The competition began 33 years ago when Mark Hulsey, a partner with Jacksonville’s Smith Hulsey & Busey and a University of Florida graduate, was asked by the University of Florida College of Law Dean to sponsor a competition between the moot court teams of the University of Florida and the University of Georgia. The competition is held in Jacksonville and timed with the annual football competition between the schools to commence the competition. Mr. Hulsey reached out to Charlie Kimbrell, a lawyer practicing in Miami and a University of Georgia graduate. The two men, both combat veterans of the Second World War, agreed to co-sponsor the competition.
The event was held from 1970 until 2010 and was called the Florida/Georgia-Hulsey/Kimbrell. In 2006, Charlie Kimbrell passed away and Mark Hulsey passed away in 2011. In 2011, the competition did not occur due to lack of funds. In 2012, Atlanta-based law firm Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP agreed to co-sponsor the event with Smith Hulsey & Busey. The event is now called the “Florida/Georgia-Hulsey/Gambrell” moot court competition named after Mark Hulsey and E. Smythe Gambrell, a founding partner of Smith Gambrell & Russell.
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