May 15, 2006 Regular News Briefs Briefs THE FLORIDA LAW RELATED EDUCATION ASSOCIATION recently collaborated with the Florida Supreme Court to administer the Justice Teaching Institute, which annually provides a substantive orientation to the Florida courts for approximately 20-25 Florida teachers. The teachers follow a case through the courts and present the case as attorneys and justices in a simulated oral argument. All seven Florida Supreme Court justices serve as faculty for the event. Annette Boyd Pitts, executive director of FLREA, served as the educational facilitator and Judge Janet Ferris of the Second Circuit and Judge Michael Genden of the 11th Circuit served as mentor judges for the teachers. The event is funded by The Florida Bar Foundation and The Florida Bar. A STETSON LAW STUDENT TEAM placed second worldwide at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Vienna on April 13. Last year in March, Stetson Law became the first American law school since 1996 to win the Vis Moot competition. “This is only the second time in the history of the moot that a school has ever placed teams in the grand finals back-to-back,” said Professor Stephanie Vaughan, director of the moot court program. “It is quite an achievement.” A team from Queen Mary University in London took first place in this year’s competition. More than 1,800 spectators watched the final round of competitions. The Stetson Law moot team of Marina Braginskaya, Kathryn Christian, Jared Dolan, Hugh Higgins, Garett Raines, and Adam Williams competed with 157 teams from 50 countries around the globe to win the silver medal. Christian and Williams were both recognized with an honorable mention for best oralist and Stetson took third place for the best respondent’s memorandum. The moot team wrapped up months of competitions at the Vis moot in Vienna. The team took first place in the Leuven Vis pre-moot competition on April 5 at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, beating teams from New Zealand, South Africa and Europe. Ten universities competed. STUDENTS FROM SUE ELLRICH’S third grade class at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary School recently participated in a mock trial during the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Law Week program. The trial of the Big Bad Wolf v. Curly The Pig gave the children a chance to learn about the law by role-playing parts from judge to jury. “This was a great experience for the students who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to be exposed to lawyers, judges and our court system,” Ellrich said. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath also participated in the program by talking to the children about how real trials are conducted.Pictured in the back are Judge Colbath and Ellrich, with some of the students.