Will Anderson, 3L
Third year law student Will Anderson hails from Plant City, Florida. Will received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for his studies in English literature. Will has represented the Florida Moot Court team in two competitions since joining the team last year and will be representing the team in this year’s Florida-Georgia Moot Court competition.
After graduation Will plans on becoming a litigator here in the great state of Florida. After his first year of law school Will was a summer clerk for the Honorable Ashley B. Moody of Tampa’s Thirteenth Circuit. This past summer Will interned for the Federal Public Defender in Tampa.
In his free time, Will enjoys spending time with friends and family, fly fishing, and reading the weekend edition of the newspaper.
Nick Andrews, 3L
Nicholas Andrews was raised in Palm Harbor, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology, and was a member of University of Florida Honors Program. During his 1L summer, he had the privilege of participating in the Levin College of Law’s Environmental and Land Use Externship program, where he worked with the Pasco County Attorney’s Office on wetlands development, eminent domain, and other emerging environmental issues. During his 2L Summer, Nicholas was chosen as a summer associate for the firm of Smith, Gambrell, & Russell P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida. As a member of the UF Moot Court team, Nicholas was a member of the bankruptcy advocacy team that placed 2nd in the Cristol, Kahn, Paskay Cup in Miami, Florida, as well as 3rd in the nation in the Honorable Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Competition in New York, New York. Nicholas was a co-author of the nation’s best overall brief awarded at the same competition. Mr. Andrews is also a Certified Legal Intern who will be working in the prosecutorial clinic for the Florida State Attorney’s office in Gainesville, Florida in the spring of 2013.
Cullen Boggus 2L
Cullen Boggus is a second year student who was raised in rural Live Oak, Florida. Cullen attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. During past summers, Cullen has interned at the Office of the State Attorney for the 3rd Judicial Circuit and Sellers, Taylor & Morrison, P.A., a boutique firm in his hometown. Cullen is a member of the American Bar Association, Law Student Division and the Estates and Trusts Society. Cullen’s true passion lies in Estates and Trusts, and as a member of the Estates and Trusts Certificate Program, he is currently working toward obtaining a specialty in that area. He was a competitor in the 2012 Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Final Four Competition.
Robbie Boone, 3L, Former Vice President
Robbie Boone, a second year law student born and raised in Florida, graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelors of science in Finance in 2004. Following graduation, he taught English in Japan for almost two years and subsequently worked for Jim Moran & Associates, a subsidiary of Southeast Toyota. The summer after his first year of law school was spent with the Tallahassee firm of Ausley & McMullen P.A. working on tax, bankruptcy, litigation and corporate matters. Most recently as a summer associate with Berger Singerman in Miami, Robbie worked on complex commercial litigation issues, contested chapter 11 plans, and corporate liability issues. In addition to his commitment to Moot Court, Robbie serves as Articles Editor for the Journal of Technology Law & Policy and is a teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy. Upon graduation, Robbie hopes to practice in the fields bankruptcy and commercial litigation.
John Curry, 2L
John Curry is a 2L 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 He is originally from Orlando, Florida and enjoys football, racquetball, sociology, chess, movies, and exercise.
Ian Dankelman, 2L
Ian Dankelman is a second-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.
Dick Eagles, 2L
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.
Arielle Eisenberg, 2L
Arielle Eisenberg is a second 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.
Gonzalo Funes, 3L
Gonzalo is a third year law student seeking a certificate in Criminal Justice. Gonzalo attended Florida International University and obtained a degree in Political Science. During this past summer Gonzalo worked for Americans for Immigrant Justice, a non-profit organization helping immigrant clients in Miami.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gonzalo is a passionate futbol (that’s soccer in the U.S.) fan and enjoys all sports except baseball. In his free time he enjoys biking, swimming, playing sports, and hanging out. Gonzalo is working towards becoming a criminal litigator and eventually moving onto commercial litigation.
Kristina Gandre, 2L
Kristina Gandre is a 2L at the University of Florida. She attended college at Charleston Southern University on a division I women’s basketball scholarship. At graduation Kristina received the John Barry Scholar Award, given to the graduating senior with the highest scholastic ratio and greatest promise of future scholarship. Prior to law school, Kristina interned for Senator Lindsey Graham in Washington, D.C. In addition to participating in moot court, Kristina is on the Journal of Law and Public Policy. This past summer, Kristina worked as a judicial extern for Judge Steven Merryday in the Middle District of Florida.
Ryan Gilbert, 3L, Former Vice President and Education Chair
In 2007 Ryan Gilbert graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Florida, where he was a varsity rower on the Florida Crew. He stayed at UF to pursue a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning before entering law school in 2010. While in graduate school, Ryan ran for State House of Representatives in District 1. As a member of the Board of Governors for The Florida Bar Law Student Division, Ryan is active in Florida Bar activities. For the past two years, Ryan has worked in the general counsel’s office of a private equity firm. Since the summer of 2012, Ryan has clerked in the Gainesville law firm, Dell Graham. It was through those experiences that Ryan discovered a passion for litigation. Following law school Ryan plans to practice in Florida. When not working or studying, Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Jhanna, and his daughter Harper–who was born in July 2012. He likes playing sports, cycling, and shark fishing.
Matthew Goodwin, 2L
Matthew Goodwin was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. After high school he earned a degree in Website design and Development. He also worked as a commodities futures and options broker, and a loan officer. In 2009, he attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He now resides in Gainesville with his wife and son. In addition to being a member of the Florida Moot Court Team, Mr. Goodwin is Vice President of the Health Care Law Society and a pupil of the James C. Adkins Jr. Inn of Court. In the summer of his first year, he worked as a judicial intern at the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Tampa. He is currently enrolled in the Estates and Trusts Certificate program at UF and considering an L.L.M. in tax law. He enjoys public speaking, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Danielle Grundt, 3L, Former Special Events Chair
Heather Griffin is a double Gator and a 2L at the University of Florida. In addition to Moot Court, she is also on the Journal of Law and Public Policy and is the President of the University of Florida chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. This past summer, Heather worked as a judicial extern in the Madison County District Court of Kentucky.
Monica Hernandez, 3L, Former Special Events Chair
Monica Hernandez is a third year law student and the Special Events Chair of The Florida Moot Court Team. She is double gator, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Journalism and Communications in 2009. As a member of The Florida Moot Court Team, Ms. Hernandez participated in the 39th Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, where she and her partner were semi-finalists, and she will be competing in the upcoming 28th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition. Last summer, she clerked at Mandelbaum, Fitzsimmons & Hewitt, P.A., a civil litigation firm in Tampa, Florida, and plans to pursue a career in civil litigation upon graduation.
Tyler Hudson, 3L, Former Vice Chair of Historical Society
Tyler J. Hudson is a third-year law student from Tampa, Florida. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After college, Tyler worked for three years as a consultant at Hilltop Public Solutions in Washington. During the summer of 2011, Tyler interned for Judge Chris W. Altenbernd of the Second District Court of Appeal in Tampa. In addition to his work with the Florida Moot Court Team, Tyler serves as a research assistant to Dean Emeritus Jon Mills and is a member of the Journal of Law and & Public Policy. After law school, Tyler plans to practice at Holland & Knight in Tampa, where he worked as a summer associate in 2012.
Amy Jellicorse, 3L, Former Secretary
Amy Jellicorse graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2007 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing. After completing undergrad, she worked as a marketing coordinator for the online division of an Orlando publishing company. While in law school, Amy served as Special Events Vice-Chair for the Florida Moot Court Team, and currently serves as Secretary for the Fall 2012 semester. In addition, Amy is a member of the Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy and holds the position of Notes Chair. Amy spent the summer of 2012 in Orlando as a law clerk at Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe, P.A. and will return as an associate after graduation.
Alex Kruzyk, 2L
Alex Kruzyk is 2L member of the Florida Moot Court team, and previously went to school for accounting and finance at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. A 2L with an interest in tort and tax law, Alex aspires to work in tax or large-scale plaintiff-side litigation. Alex spent the previous summer working for Circuit Judge Clouse in Kentucky in both the civil and criminal courts.
Matthew Moats, 2L
Matthew Moats is a 2L 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. This past summer, 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.
Blake Neumann, 2L
Blake Neumann, a second-year law student, was raised in Port Charlotte, Florida. She graduated in 2006 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.
Amy Podolsky, 3L, Former Vice Intermural Chair
Amy Podolsky, is a proud double Gator. Prior to law school, Amy taught middle school in Washington, D.C. through Teach for America. Amy was a Final Four competitor in the 26th Annual Zimmerman Kaiser Sutcliffe Moot Court Competition and won the “Best Brief” and “Best Overall” awards. Additionally, she won the “Best Team” award, along with her teammate, Brandon White. In addition to participating in moot court, Amy is also the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology Law & Policy and will take on the Editor-in-Chief position during the Spring semester. This past summer, Amy worked as a summer associate at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP in Miami, FL and is looking forward to returning to Bilzin after graduation.
Adolph Posey, 2L
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. Currently (Fall 2012), Joey works as a judicial
extern for Judge Frances King of the Florida Fifth Judicial Circuit Court.
Zachary Ritz, 3L
If life had a theme song, Zach Ritz’s would be “I can’t dance” by Genesis off their 1991 album We Can’t Dance. Zach hails from Lake Mary, Florida (just north of Orlando for all you South Florida people in the crowd). He attended the University of Florida where he received a BS (no pun intended) in journalism. After realizing his pipe dream of becoming a staff writer for Esquire Magazine was just that, he attended the University of Central Florida where he earned his MBA. After playing Gordon Gekko for about three years at Fidelity Investments, Zach returned to his beloved alma mater to pursue this nobel profession. He would like to thank his family for their never-ending support and his two chocolate labs for never eating his homework. Zach competed last year in the National Tax Moot Court Competition and will do so again in the Spring of 2013. Zach graduates in May 2013 and hopes to pursue a federal clerkship in the great state of Texas. If you haven’t seen Zach it’s because he barely clears 5 feet, but they say he is taller sitting down.
DeeDee Scheller, 2L
DeeDee Scheller is a second year student from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. DeeDee attended University of Central Florida, where she graduated with honors in 2011, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Specialty in Marketing. She is a member of the Association for Law and Business and serves as a teaching assistant for Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy. She spent this past summer working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Giselle Pollack in the Seventeenth Circuit Court of Florida.
Jennifer Smith, 2L
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 acareer for which she had a real passion. Jen is expected to graduate in 2014.
Joseph Somake, 3L, Former Intramural Competition Co-Chair
Joseph Somake is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a third year law student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Prior to law school, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a B.A. with honors in History and Hebrew Studies. As a law student, he has interned for the Honorable Michelle Towbin-Singer of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida and clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. In addition to his involvement in Florida’s Moot Court Program, Joseph is a teaching assistant for Appellate Advocacy and a certified legal intern in the 8thJudicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office.
Robert Sowell, 2L
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.”
Kevin Stone 2L
Kevin Stone is a 2L at the University of Florida. He attended college at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. While there he was a member of the varsity cross-country and track & field teams. Prior to law school, Kevin earned a Master’s degree in psychology from UF. For his thesis, he conducted research on eyewitness memory and aging and won the Leighton E. Cluff Award for Graduate Research in Aging. In addition to participating in moot court, Kevin is also on the Florida Law Review. This past summer, Kevin worked as a judicial extern in the Third Judicial Circuit and taught an undergraduate course in General Psychology at UF.
Danielle Tamir, 2L
Danielle Tamir is a second 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.
Kelsey Veitengruber, 3L, Former Vice President and Intramural Competition Co-Chair
Kelsey Veitengruber, a third-year law student, was raised in Port Charlotte, Florida. Kelsey attended the University of South Florida and graduated magna cum laude in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Kelsey served as Office Manager for a commercial construction subcontractor for three years prior to enrolling in law school. During the past two summers, Kelsey has interned at the City Attorney’s Office in Gainesville, worked as a research assistant for Professor Robert Emerson, and served as a Summer Associate for Phelps Dunbar, LLP in Tampa. Kelsey is also an Executive Research Editor for the Journal of Law and Public Policy and has served as a teaching assistant for Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy. She is currently Secretary of Gators for Alternative Dispute Resolution and a member of the Student Recruitment Team.
Brandon White, 3L
Brandon White received his bachelor’s degree in Management (with honors), from the University of Florida, where he was inducted into the UF Hall of Fame. Prior to attending law school, Brandon served as a summer fellow for the Washington Legal Foundation and a congressional intern for Congresswomen Corrine Brown in Washington, D.C.
Since attending UF Law, Brandon has competed in the Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Moot Court Final Four Competition, where he won the Best Team Award along with his partner. Additionally, he has served as a teaching assistant for the Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Advocacy and Trial Practice.
Brandon’s law work experience includes interning with the Honorable Paul C. Huck of the Southern District of Florida and working as a summer associate for Foley and Lardner LLP in Orlando, FL. After graduation Brandon will return to Foley and Lardner where he will be an Associate in the firm’s Business Litigation & Resolution Practice.