Amanda Bennis, 2L
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.
Brandt Carlson, 2L
Brandt Carlson, a second-year law student, was born in Chandler, Arizona and raised in Riverview, Florida. Brandt attended the University of Florida and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2011 with a double major in Political Science and Economics. While at UF, he spent a summer working for Representative Larson and the House Democratic Caucus in Washington, D.C. This past summer, Brandt interned with the Honorable Judge Steven D. Merryday in the Middle District of Florida. Apart from moot court, he is a member of the Florida Journal of International Law and enjoys going to the beach and playing soccer.
Jaclyn Clark, 2L
Jaclyn Clark is a second year student and the Levin College of Law and was born and raised in Longwood, Florida. Jaclyn graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Psychology. In addition to Moot Court, she is also a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Fraternity. During her 1L summer, Jaclyn completed an externship with the Juvenile Division of the Office of the Public Defender, 8th Judicial Circuit. Outside of law school, Jaclyn enjoys graphic design, painting, and photography.
Andrew d’Adesky, 2L
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.
Megan Coughlin, 3L
Megan Coughlin, a 3L, was raised in High Springs, Florida. Megan attended the University of Florida and graduated cum laude in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. During this time, Megan interned with the Honorable Judge David A. Glant in the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Following her 1L year, Megan completed an externship at the State Attorney’s Office for the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida. This past summer, Megan clerked for the Honorable Judge Lori S. Rowe at the Florida First District Court of Appeal. She won the best oralist award at the 2012 Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Final Four Competition.
Ian Dankelman, 3L
Ian Dankelman is a third-year law student who grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University magna cum laude in 2010 with a double major in Political Science and History. During his senior year, he was a certified nominee for the Rhodes Scholarship and a recipient of the Florida Gubernatorial Fellowship. Before beginning law school, Ian worked for nearly two years at the Florida Division of Emergency Management. While there, he served as a public information officer during the state’s response to the earthquake in Haiti. As a member of the State Emergency Response Team, he also helped lead Florida’s emergency response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Okaloosa and Walton counties as the area planning section chief.
Nathan Diehl, 3L
Nathan Diehl, a third-year law student, was born in Eastern Pennsylvania and raised in Alliance, Ohio. Nathan attended the University of Cincinnati and graduated cum laude in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. During this past summer, Nathan clerked for Niesen, Price, Worthy, Campo, Frasier, Blakey P.A. in Gainesville and volunteered with the Three Rivers Legal Services Housing Clinic. Nathan was a Student Ambassador for the Introduction to Law School & the Profession (ILSP) orientation program and is a teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy. He is currently on the Executive Board for the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity and the General Board for the John Marshall Bar Association. He won the best brief award in the 2012 Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Final Four Competition.
Matthew Devisse, 2L
Matthew Devisse is a second-year student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He attended college at the University of Florida and graduated with a degree in Criminology and minors in Business Administration and French. He was also an active member in intramural sports. In addition to Moot Court, Matthew is a member of the Journal of International Law. He spent this past summer working in the legal department at HD Supply and also interning in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Outside of law school, Matthew plays on an intramural basketball team and enjoys doing anything sports-related.
Ryan Drum, 3L
Originally from Iowa, Ryan Drum grew up in both Florida and Michigan. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Iowa State University in May 2009. After graduating from Iowa State, Ryan spent two years teaching English as a foreign language overseas. Specifically, Ryan taught in Ecuador and France where he mastered Spanish and French respectively. Ryan is a proud UF Gator, and is pursuing a dual degrees program—the JD/MBA. After completing graduate school, Ryan will practice law in Florida.
Dick Eagles, 3L
Richard “Dick” Eagles, is a transfer student at the Levin College of Law. Graduating in 2009, Dick earned his B.A. in Sociology here at the University of Florida. He earned Master of Public Administration Degree at Florida State University in the summer of 2011, and he began studying law at Nova Southeastern University in the Fall 2011. Dick’s professional interests lie in public policy and government, criminal law, and environmental law. Dick hopes to begin his legal career as Judge Advocate in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in one of the branches of the United States Military, and he seeks to follow that with career in the criminal and environmental law fields. An avid lover of nature and the outdoors, Dick enjoys kayaking, snorkeling, camping, disc golf, and surfing. His other hobbies include cooking, swimming, and learning how to play the guitar.
Rebecca Eikleberry, 2L
Rebecca Eikleberry, a 2L at University of Florida Levin College of Law, was raised in Orlando, Florida. She graduated cum laude in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Central Florida. In her 1L year, Rebecca won the Book Award in her Introduction to Lawyering, Appellate Advocacy, and Property courses, as well as the Irving Cypen Freshman Scholastic Achievement Award. This past summer, she worked as a legal research assistant to Professor E. Lea Johnston. This year, she will serve as a teacher’s assistant in Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy, and will participate in the 2013 Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Final Four Competition. In addition to law and philosophy, Rebecca has a passion for visual art, and recently served as a medical illustrations artist, creating anatomical drawings for use in medical malpractice litigation.
Arielle Eisenberg, 3L
Arielle Eisenberg is a third-year student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She attended college at Michigan State University and remains a loyal Spartan fan. While at Michigan State, Arielle sat on the Student Senate and was president of her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. In addition to Moot Court, Arielle is also a member of the Journal of Law and Public Policy. She spent this past summer clerking for Chief Judge Wells at the Third District Court of Appeal. She is looking forward to spending the coming summer as a Summer Associate at Phelps Dunbar in Tampa. Outside of law school, Arielle plays on an intramural ultimate frisbee team and she never misses a football game.
Alfredo Ferrer, 3L
Alfredo Daniel Ferrer is a third year law student who was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Alfredo graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2011 with Highest Honors in History. He also majored in Economics. He started law school at UF in August 2011. While at UF, Alfredo has worked at Southern Legal Counsel, Inc., the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida, the Fifth District Court of Appeal for Judge Kerry Evander, and the Florida Supreme Court in Justice Canady’s chambers. In the classroom, Alfredo won the Book Awards in Florida Constitutional Law and Advanced Techniques in Appellate Advocacy. He is currently a certified legal intern in the State Attorney’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Levy County. He is also a member of the UF Journal of Law and Public Policy. Alfredo, with his teammate Adolph Posey, won the Best Brief Award at the 2012 Puerto Rican Bar Association Moot Court Competition. He is looking forward to competing again in his 3L year, and in contributing to a potentially great year for the Florida Moot Court Team!
Jennifer Fine, 2L
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.
Stefan-José Garcia, 2L
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.
John Kelly, 2L
John Kelly is a proud double gator with a B.S. in Finance from the Warrington College of Business. While earning his Finance degree, John served as treasurer and president of the Undergraduate Trial Team, secretary and president of the UF chapter of Rotaract, community service director of the Inter-Residence Hall Association and Pre-Legal Honor Society, and was integral in planning three major concerts on the University of Florida’s campus. John also served on Reitz Board of Managers and is a proud member of Florida Blue Key. In addition to the Florida Moot Court Team, John now serves as an assistant coach of the Undergraduate Trial Team and is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division. John hopes to have a career in litigation and to continue serving his community throughout his legal career.
Alex Kruzyk, 3L
Alex Kruzyk, a 3L, was born and raised in Canada. Prior to attending law school, Alex attended the University of Western Ontario, majoring in accounting and finance while also a member of the school’s varsity swimming team. As a 1L, Alex interned for Judge William Clouse in Richmond, Kentucky, working in both the civil and criminal courts. This past summer, Alex worked in a class action securities litigation firm in Boca Raton, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, gaining experience in consumer protection and securities fraud. Alex aims for a career in that field, representing injured plaintiffs in class actions. Alex is also a member of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and Teaching Assistant to Professor Wihnyk. Outside of law school, Alex enjoys boxing, swimming, and spending time at the beach.
Jennifer Lada, 2L
Jennifer Lada, a 2L, was born and raised in Biarritz, France. She moved to the U.S. to attend Mercer University on a division I tennis scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012 with a double major in Political Science and International Affairs. During this past summer, Jennifer interned with White & Case LLP, Paris office. She is also a member of the Florida Law Review, the secretary for the Conflict Resolution Initiative and is a teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy. Outside of law school, Jennifer enjoys cooking, yoga and running.
Oscar Lombana, 3L
Oscar Lombana is a third-year law student born and raised in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Florida International University magna cum laude in 2010 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy and Criminal Justice. In addition to Moot Court, Oscar is the president and cofounder of the Cuban American Bar Association-UF Chapter. He spent this past summer at the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. Outside of law school, Oscar enjoys playing basketball and watching the two-time defending champion, Miami Heat.
Phil Marino, 2L
Phil Marino is a second year law student who grew up in Sarasota and Tampa, Florida. He graduated Florida State University summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in political science and a bachelor of arts in history. As an undergraduate, Phil worked in the Tallahassee Public Defender’s office and authored several quantitative political science papers. Phil also teaches the LSAT in Jacksonville and Gainesville. In law school, Phil externed with the Honorable James Moody of the Middle District of Florida, where he worked on a variety of civil and criminal issues. Phil’s legal interests include business, tax, and criminal law.
Matthew Moats, 3L
Matthew Moats is a 3L at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Matthew has a background in the natural sciences as well. Prior to law school, he taught Chemistry, Biology, and Earth & Space Science at several schools in Orlando, FL. After his first year of law school, Matthew worked as a summer law intern at Longwell Lawyers in Orlando, FL and worked on criminal law, family law, and other civil law cases. This past summer, Matthew worked at the Orange County Attorney’s Office in Orlando, FL as a summer law intern where he worked on issues with the Orange County Jail and a wide variety of other issues including land use, contracts, and eminent domain.
Christian Montelione, 2L
Christian Montelione, a second-year student at the University of Florida Levin College of law, was born and raised in South Florida. He graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Philosophy and with honors for the successful completion and defense of a thesis. While at Florida State University, Christian was Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa, a mentor to incoming freshmen, and a competitor for the American Mock Trial Association. In addition to Moot Court, he served as a Student Ambassador for the Introduction to Law School and the Profession orientation program and is currently a teacher’s assistant in Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy. This past summer, Christian was a Summer Associate in the commercial litigation practice group of Broad and Cassel in Miami. He looks forward to joining the firm again this coming summer.
Emma Morehart, 2L
Emma Morehart, a 2L, was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated cum laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. As a journalism student, she interned for the public affairs branch of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington, DC. After her 1L year, she took an externship with the Honorable Gary P. Flower in Jacksonville, Florida. She is enrolled in a joint degree program at UF, and will graduate in 2016 with a JD and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication. She is also a member of the Journal of Technology Law and Policy. Although Gator pride and Florida winters are addictive, Emma will always have a place in her heart for snow, scarves, and Cincinnati sports.
Blake Neumann, 3L
Blake Neumann, a third-year law student, was raised in Port Charlotte, Florida. She graduated in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University. Blake served as an Administrative Assistant for the Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Coalition prior to her first year at UF Law, and she interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fort Myers during her 1L summer. Blake currently serves as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy. She also holds the position of Secretary for the UF chapter of Christian Legal Society, and is an active member of FIGHT (Fight Injustice and Global Human Trafficking). Upon graduation, Blake hopes to pursue a career in criminal prosecution and specialize in human trafficking cases.
Andrew Oppenheim, 2L
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.
Shenele Pettis, 2L
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.
Alexander Platt, 2L, 2L
Alex Platt is a second year law student from West Palm Beach, Florida. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English Education from Florida State University in 2009. Alex taught middle and high school English for three years prior to attending law school at the University of Florida. He spent his 1L summer interning with the State Attorney’s Office for the 15th Judicial Circuit. In his free time, Alex enjoys road cycling, traveling, and spending time with friends. He is excited to represent UF as a member of the Moot Court team, and looks forward to a great year.
Adolph Posey, 3L
Adolph “Joey” Posey was born in Daytona Beach, Florida. He attended college at Daytona State College and UCF. While at Daytona State College he coached high school football and track. After two years, Joey then transferred to UCF and double majored in both History and Political Science. While at UCF, he had a semester internship in Tallahassee with the current Speaker of the Florida House, Dean Cannon, and was the legislative assistant for Dr. Holsenbeck, the Vice President of University Relations. This past summer, Joey worked as an extern at the Gainesville City Attorney’s Office and as a research assistant for Professor Mark Fenster. In the Fall of 2012, Joey worked as a judicial extern for Judge Frances King of the Florida Fifth Judicial Circuit Court.
Patricia Reid, 2L
BIO coming soon!
Andres Sandoval, 3L
Andres Sandoval is a 3L at the Levin College of Law. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Andres first came to Florida in 2000. In 2010, He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Florida International University in Miami. During his time at Levin, Andres has competed in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition as well as being actively involved as the Clerk for Phi Alpha Delta, an Organizational Representative for the Law College Council, and a General Board Member of the Association for Public Interest Law. During his 2L summer he externed for Bankruptcy Judge Robert A. Mark in Miami and has plans to return to Miami after graduation. He enjoys running, swimming, reading, and is an avid Chelsea FC fan.
DeeDee Scheller, 3L
DeeDee Scheller is a third-year law student from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. DeeDee attended University of Central Florida, where she graduated cum laude in 2011, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Specialty in Marketing. She is a member of the Association for Law and Business, the Alumni Relations Chair for the Criminal Law Society and also served as a teaching assistant for Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy. She spent her 1L summer working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Giselle Pollack in the Seventeenth Circuit Court of Florida, and her 2L summer working at the State Attorney’s Office of Broward County. She also currently serves as a research assistant to Professor Emerson. DeeDee was proud to represent UF at the ABA National Moot Court Competition last Spring in Las Vegas, Nevada and looks forward to competing again in the future.
Andrew Silvershein, 2L
Andrew Silvershein is a second-year law student who was raised in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a major in History and a minor in Political Science. While attending the University of Michigan, Andrew engaged in a number of extra-curricular activities, including serving as the Chairman for his Fraternity’s annual charity event. The event raised $25,000 in response to the earthquake in Haiti, and received University honors for its success. Andrew took a year off before law school, and worked for The Henry Viscardi School on Long Island, which is an educational facility for physically disabled children. This past summer, Andrew worked for the Honorable William Matthewman at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Jennifer Smith, 3L
Jen graduated from UF in 2004 with a BS in animal science and set out pursuing a career in training horses. Jen apprenticed with several top show farms before moving to Gainesville to run Thistledon Farm. However, economic pressures made the equine industry less profitable and new career goals were required. After a short stint as a vet tech, Jen had the opportunity to work in the field of law and found a career for which she had a real passion. Jen is expected to graduate in 2014.
Robert Sowell, 3L
As an undergraduate at Virginia Tech, Robert majored in Economics in the Pamplin College of Business. During his time at Virginia Tech, Robert engaged in a number of extra-curricular activities, including serving as President of the VA Kappa Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, the Director of Finance for the Interfraternity Council, and Panel Member for the Honors System. Robert graduated in December 2010 cum laude, and went to work as a Regional Director for his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. As a Regional Director, Robert spent time traveling the mid-Atlantic, from DC to New York, and west to Pittsburgh. Immediately afterwards, Robert made the trek down to Florida to attend law school at the University of Florida. Robert has really enjoyed his time at UF and has become involved on a number of levels. Apart from the Florida Moot Court team, Robert is a member of the Florida Law Review, a teaching assistant for Legal Writing, Treasurer of the John Marshall Bar Association, an ambassador for UF’s Introduction to Law School and the Profession, and the law school Senator for UF’s Student Government. Outside of law school, Robert enjoys playing golf and any activity related to water.”
Samuel Spinner, 2L
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,, 2L
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.
Danielle Tamir, 3L
Danielle Tamir is a third-year law student at the University of Florida. Before coming to UF, Danielle graduated Northwestern University Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Legal Studies. As a Northwestern student, Danielle was active in the theater community, performing children’s theater in the local Evanston area and improvisational theater in the Chicago area. When not engaging her left brain during law school, Danielle enjoys drawing and sculpting. She is also an avid animal lover and volunteers as a foster in the Gainesville area. She hopes to become a criminal defense attorney.
Celeste Thacker, 2L
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.