Undergraduate students are invited to compete in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) South Atlantic Regional Qualifying Tournament. The title sponsor of the tournament is Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, The Florida Firm.
The ACMA South Atlantic Regional Tournament is scheduled for November 15-16, 2013, at the University of Central Florida, located in beautiful Orlando, Florida. Only undergraduate students are eligible to compete.
Regional tournaments act as qualifying tournaments for teams wishing to compete at the ACMA National Tournament in January 2014. The top 20% of teams competing at each regional will receive an automatic invitation to the national tournament. To compete in the national tournament, teams must first compete in an ACMA sanctioned regional tournament.
At the regional tournaments, two-person teams will be required to present oral arguments (briefs not required) in three preliminary rounds on Friday afternoon, November 15. Registration/Check-in for Teams will be between 2:15-4:15 on Friday, with the first day's competition commencing at 4:30. Each team will represent both petitioner and respondent. Order of argument and matching teams will be determined randomly. The top one-half of the highest scoring teams will then compete on Saturday, November 16, in single elimination rounds.
Prospective competitors or team coaches are welcome to contact Dr. Cynthia Schmidt, Tournament Director, for additional information about the tournament. Dr. Schmidt can be reached via e-mail at Cynthia.Schmidt@ucf.edu. The registration form may be downloaded from the right hand column of this page and should be submitted no later than November 1, 2013, along with payment of $125 per team. Checks should be made payable to the University of Central Florida (with "Moot Court Registration Fee" on the subject line).
Teams planning a visit to Orlando should considering traveling in a day early, or staying a day after the tournament, to take advantage of Walt Disney World's Epcot Center's annual Food & Wine festival, which will take place during the tournament week as well.
Fifty teams from across the country competed at UCF’s South Atlantic Moot Court Tournament on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26. Of the 50 teams, 24 teams advanced to the second day of the tournament, which entailed single-elimination rounds. The top 12 teams of the tournament received automatic bids to compete in the national American Collegiate Moot Court tournament.
Universities who competed in UCF’s tournament in 2012 included Duke University, Florida State, Florida Atlantic University, Holy Cross, Middle Tennessee State University, University of West Florida, Patrick Henry, University of Tampa, Armstrong Atlantic State University and the University of Central of Florida. More than 75 lawyers and judges from the Orlando legal community volunteered their services and expertise to serve as judges in the tournament.
The tournament director was Dr. Cynthia Schmidt. The below photograph depicts the final championship round contestants (between Patrick Henry College and Middle Tennessee State University), along with the esteemed panal of final round judges.
This tournament is made possible through the gracious support of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, LLC, a premier personal injury and medical malpractice law firm located in Orlando, Florida. More information about Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter may be found by visiting http://www.thefloridafirm.com/