Monday, March 21, 2016

Third District Court of Appeal Session at St. Thomas Law: Students and Alumni Delivered Oral Arguments Before the Court

Showcase of St. Thomas Law Alumni and Students as they Argued Real Cases Before the Court

The Third District Court of Appeal held its official session at St. Thomas University School of Law on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in the law school's Moot Court Room beginning at 9:00 am.

Elaine Carbuccia delivers oral arguments before the 3rd District Court of Appeal
This year, the calendar was filled with distinguished legal luminaries.  There were two sessions. Among the attorneys of record were two former Justices of the Florida Supreme Court, Raoul Cantero and Charles Wells (former Chief Justice), and their presence allowed students a great opportunity to see a great oralist in action.  

In two other cases, attorneys of record included two former Third District Court of Appeal Judges, David Gersten (former Chief Judge) and Rodolfo Sorondo.  

Marlene Brito (3L)
Elaine Carbuccia (3L)
St. Thomas also had several students and former students presenting oral argument before the Court.  

In Barberis v. DocAssist, LLC,  St. Thomas Law alumnus, Ricardo A. Arce '08 of Zumpano Castro, argued on behalf of the Appellant.  

In L.M. v. State of Florida,  3L students Elaine Carbuccia and Marlene Brito supervised by Professor Howard Blumberg, represented the Appellant in their capacity as a certified legal interns. Ms. Carbuccia delivered the oral arguments before the court. Her opposing counsel, representing  the Appellee,  was Christina (Fernandez) Dominguez '14, an alumna, who appeared as an Assistant Attorney General, on behalf of the State of Florida.  

This was an impressive calendar, and a great opportunity for our students to learn and observe the Court in session. 

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