Chelsey Clements, President
Chelsey Joiner Clements, a 3L from Melbourne, Fla., first came to the University of Florida in 2007 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Public Relations and began law school in 2011. While studying at the Levin College of Law, Chelsey has served as the President of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Law Student Association as well as the Vice President of UF’s chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. This past summer, Chelsey worked as a clerk at Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe in Orlando, Florida. Chelsey feels blessed to be a part of the Florida Moot Court Team and is excited to compete this year.
Celeste Thacker, Intermural Vice President
Celeste Thacker, a second-year student, was born in Kissimmee, FL where her family has been for over 150 years. Celeste attended Vanderbilt University, graduated with a degree in History of Art and Managerial Studies, and is a spirited Commodore. She is a fourth generation student of the UF College of Law, following her great-grandfather, grandfather, mother, and sister (Celia Thacker who was also a member of the Moot Court team). During the summer, Celeste externed for the Honorable Scott Polodna at the Ninth Circuit of Florida. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division, President of Florida Association for Women Lawyers at UF, member of the Law College Council, student representative of the Facilities and Technology Faculty Committee, and Student Ambassador for the Student Recruitment Team. Celeste was awarded the Legal Writing Book Award in Fall 2012 and is now serving as a Legal Writing teaching assistant.
Shenele Pettis, External Vice President
Shenele Pettis is a second-year law student from Plantation, Florida. Shenele attended the University of Florida as an undergraduate student, where she graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences and a minor in Business Administration. During her 1L summer, Shenele externed with Zumba Fitness, LLC drafting contracts and researching international business and intellectual property law issues. Shenele currently serves as the Secretary for the Black Law Students Association, W. George Allen Chapter and as a 2L governor for the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division. Shenele plans to pursue a career in corporate law upon graduation.
John Curry, Treasurer
John Curry is a 3L at the University of Florida. John attended the University of Central Florida located in Orlando, Florida for his undergraduate studies. He graduated cum laude with degrees in both accounting and finance in 2011. He is interested in pursuing a career in corporate litigation. While at UCF, John was a proud member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. In addition to being a member of the Moot Court team, John also is a student member of the Bennett Inn of Court. He is originally from Orlando, Florida and enjoys football, racquetball, sociology, chess, movies, and exercise.
Victoria Forson, Intermural Competition Chair
A native of Kaduna, Nigeria, Victoria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Georgia State University. While there, she worked full time as a debt collector for several credit card companies, where she attained a variety of individual performance awards for outstanding debt recovery services. Upon graduation, she worked as a bankruptcy counselor for one of the largest consumer credit counseling agencies in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked with families who were facing tough financial struggles.
At the Levin College of Law, Victoria is a teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy. She is also the Director of Alumni Relations for the Black Law Students Association. During her 1L and 2L summers, she worked for Fowler White Boggs P.A. in Tampa, Florida.
Amanda Bennis, Intermural Vice Chair
Amanda Bennis is a proud double Gator and second-year student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She is from Coral Springs, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In addition to Moot Court, Amanda is a member of the Florida Journal of International Law, the president of the Association for Law and Business and serves as a teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy. This past summer, Amanda worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable William P. Dimitrouleas in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Andrew D’Adesky, Intramural Co-Chair
Andrew d’Adesky is a second-year law student from Miami, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Florida International University in 2008. He went on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Master of Public Administration degree in 2010. Before starting law school, Andrew worked as a consultant for a small community where he addressed land use, environmental and local government issues. During this past summer, Andrew worked with the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida and UF Student Legal Services. Andrew serves as part of the Recruitment Team and as a teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy.
Sam Spinner, Intramural Co-Chair
Sam Spinner is a second-year law student who grew up outside Detroit, Michigan before moving to Boca Raton, Florida in 2000. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2012 with a major in Business Management and minor in Business Law. During this past summer, Sam worked for the Department of Children & Families in Gainesville and also served as a Student Ambassador for the Introduction to Law School & The Profession (ILSP) orientation program. Sam is also on the Executive Board of the Association for Law and Business as an Event Coordinator and is a Teachers Assistant to Professor Ray for Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy. Sam was selected as a member of the Final Four and competed in the Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Moot Court Final Four competition.
Michael Sykes, Special Events Chair
Michael Sykes is a second-year student at the Levin College of Law and a “Double Gator.” He graduated from UF in 2012 with degrees in journalism (Summa Cum Laude) and political science (Cum Laude). Before attending UF for undergrad, he spent two years working with non-profit organizations in Zambia, Tanzania, Mexico and the United States. In undergrad at UF, he worked as a reporter for the Ocala Star-Banner and the Independent Florida Alligator writing articles on administrative regulations, agricultural developments, and human interests. During his first year at UF Law, he was a special event chair for the Association of Public Interest Law and an MC for the annual LawLawPalooza fundraiser. In his first summer as a 1L, Michael worked at the Brevard County Attorney’s Office where he drafted memos on contract litigation, statutory interpretation, and land use regulation. He also interned with Judge James Earp of the 18th Circuit of Florida. Michael is a member of UF’s Journal of Law and Public Policy, and he looks forward to competing in Moot Court this year.
Jennifer Fine, Special Events Vice-Chair
Jennifer Fine is a second-year student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law from Miami, Florida. She graduated from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in 2011 with a degree in public policy. Before attending law school, Jennifer interned at Legal Services of Greater Miami, the Children’s Movement of Florida, and the Office of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. In addition to Moot Court, she is also a member of the Florida Journal of International Law. This past summer, Jennifer worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Alan S. Gold in the Southern District of Florida, and this past fall she was a competitor in the 2013 Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Final Four Competition.
Andrew Oppenheim, Chair for Education and Training
Andrew Oppenheim is a second-year law student who was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia. Andrew graduated with a degree in Economics from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech in 2012. During his time there, Andrew served as the President of his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. During his 1L summer, Andrew completed an externship with the Office of the Public Defender for the 8th Circuit of Florida. Andrew served as a Student Ambassador for the Introduction to Law School & the Profession (ILSP) program, and is currently a teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy.
Matthew Goodwin, Public Relations Chair
Matthew Goodwin, a 3L, was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. In 2001, after playing offensive line for the Palm Beach Gardens Gator football team in high school, Matt studied Website Design and Development at the New England Institute of Technology. He went on to work as a freelance webmaster, a commodity futures and options broker, and a loan officer. In 2009, he attended the University of Michigan, where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
In addition to being a member of the Florida Moot Court Team, Matt is President of the Health Care Law Society and a member of the Gerald Bennet Inn of Court. In the summer of his first year, he interned for a judge at the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Tampa. Matt subsequently clerked for a local real estate attorney, and for the UF Health System Self-Insurance Program in the claims and litigation and patient safety departments. Matt enjoys cooking, traveling, running, and spending time with his family.
Stefan-Jose Garcia, Secretary
Born and raised in South Florida, Stefan-José Garcia is currently a 2L at the Levin College of Law. Stefan graduated with honors from University of Central Florida with degrees in Political Science and Economics as well as a Business Minor in 2012. He holds a wide variety of interests, including Corporate Law, Constitutional Law, and Litigation. This past summer, Stefan interned for the Cameron Law Group and Perazzo Law Firm, P.A., which allowed him the opportunity to work on both civil and criminal cases. His hobbies include reading, debate, cinema, and supporting the Miami Heat and the Florida Gators. He is excited to be a member of the Florida Moot Court Team and looks forward to the opportunities ahead.