The 36th annual Florida/Georgia Moot Court Competition was held Friday, October 28 at the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla.
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 record on appeal for this year’s moot court competition concerns the constitutionality of two county ordinances regulating the licensure of tour guides and another banning automatic weapons and high capacity magazines.
The late Mark Hulsey, then a partner with Jacksonville’s Smith Hulsey & Busey and a University of Florida graduate, began the competition 36 years ago. The event is now sponsored by Smith Hulsey & Busey and Atlanta-based law firm Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP and is called the “Florida/Georgia-Hulsey/Gambrell” Moot Court Competition.
The panel of participating judges in this year’s competition were: The Honorable Wm. Terrell Hodges, Senior District Judge – Ocala, The Honorable William Moore, District Judge – Savannah, The Honorable Timothy Corrigan, District Judge – Jacksonville, The Honorable Marcia Morales Howard, District Judge – Jacksonville and The Honorable Lisa Godbey Wood, District Judge – Brunswick.
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