St. Thomas Law Hosts the 3rd District Court of Appeal

St. Thomas Law students were given a rare opportunity to watch live courtroom proceedings on campus when the Florida Third District Court of Appeal made its annual visit to hear oral arguments in the law school’s Moot Court Room on April 8, 2014.  Presiding over the proceedings were the Honorable Leslie B. Rothenberg; the Honorable Ivan F. Fernandez; and the Honorable Thomas Logue.  The Honorable Frank A. Shepherd, Chief Judge, also joined the panel at the lunch reception. 

During the session, it was particularly exciting for students in the Moot Court Room when a third-year student, Hermis Sanchez, presented oral argument to the Court in E. V. v. State, Case No. 3D13-1428; the appellate brief was co-authored with Magali Sanders, another third-year student, and both were supervised in their role as certified legal interns by Professor Howard Blumberg.  At the close of the session, the Judges graciously set aside time to answer student questions.
At a lunch reception for the visiting members of the Court, invited students were able to interact informally with the Judges.  After Dean Ray welcomed the Court, the Judges generously shared their insights with students.  As Professor Annie Chan, Director of the Legal Writing Program, summarized, “It was an exciting and unforgettable day for all those who participated, and the Court’s official session on campus provided students with a unique perspective of the role of the judiciary.”  The Third District Court’s visit was a very special event for the law school.