The Tax Section of The Florida Bar hosts National Tax Moot Court Competitions for students from law schools across the country to demonstrate their written brief and oral argument skills while networking with attorneys.

This competition consists of a first-round double-elimination oral argument followed by single-elimination quarterfinals, semifinals, and final rounds. There is a separate competition for written briefs, with independent judging, as well as awards. The problem consists of three or four issues, all tax-related. For preliminary rounds of the oral argument competition, judges are attorneys who are members of The Florida Bar Tax Section. The final and consolation rounds consist of judges from the United States Tax Court. On the final day, at a dinner/reception, awards are presented to the teams that had the best written briefs and oral arguments.
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2024 Competition

Students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law won the Best Oral Argument and the Best Individual Oralist Final Round awards in the National Tax Moot Court Competition hosted by The Florida Bar’s Tax Section from March 7–9, 2024, at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport.

Pittsburgh Law’s Luke Kastenhuber, Dustin Foley, and Nina Wiramidjaja won Best Oral Argument and Kastenhuber won the Best Oralist Final Round award, as well as the Best Oralist Preliminary Rounds award. Florida State University College of Law’s team won Best Brief. Stetson Law’s team was named first runner-up.

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Rules of Entry

The Florida Bar Tax Section sponsors the National Tax Moot Court Competition on an annual basis and it is limited to sixteen (16) teams from law schools throughout the country. Schools are allowed to enter more than one team only if less than sixteen schools register. Each team shall consist of two or three students, all of whom must be full time law students at the time of the competition. Teams will be allowed entry on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of both the completed registration form and payment of the entry fees.

Due to the popularity of this competition, The Tax Section cannot guarantee all interested teams a spot. We do, however, try to be fair and give everyone the opportunity to participate. Each year, registration packets are provided to all schools that competed in the prior year’s competition. Returning schools will have one week advanced notice to register before the competition is open to everyone. It is important to note that returning schools are not guaranteed a position in the competition. A week after, notices are sent to the remaining schools.

Awards

Team Oral Argument Award is presented to the team that exemplified the best oral presentation argument in front of the judges.

Team Brief Award is presented to the team that provided the best-written brief to the judges.

Best Oralist Award is presented to the individual who exemplified the best oral argument presentation in front of the judges.

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Please contact the Tax Section’s Program Administrator, Whitney Bledsoe, at wbledsoe@floridabar.org for more details.

Winner – Oral Argument:  University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Luke Kastenhuber, Dustin Foley, and Nina Wiramidjaja)

1st Runner-Up – Best Oral Argument:  Stetson University College of Law (Emily Kennard, Mia Bartolomei-Negron, and Lily Shelton)

Best Individual Oralist – Preliminary Rounds: – Luke Kastenhuber (University of Pittsburgh School of Law)

Best Individual Oralist – Final Round: – Luke Kastenhuber (University of Pittsburgh School of Law)

Best Individual Oralist – Consolation Round, Joshua Davis (Liberty University School of Law)

Winner – Best Brief:  Florida State University College of Law (Alyssa Hawthor and Zachary Zepeda)

Winner of the Consolation Round: Liberty University School of Law (Joshua Davis and Stephen Nast)

Winner – Oral Argument:  University of Alabama School of Law, Team 11

1st Runner Up – Oral Argument:  Stetson University College of Law, Team 10

2nd Runner Up – Oral Argument:  New England Law, Team 6

Winner – Best Brief:  George Washington University of Law, Team 2

Runner Up – Best Brief:  University of Alabama School of Law, Team 11

Best Individual Oralist:  Zachary Babo, University of Baltimore, Team 9

Winner – Oral Argument: Stetson University College of Law

1st Runner Up – Oral Argument: Texas Tech University School of Law

2nd Runner Up – Oral Argument: Not Awarded

Winner – Best Brief: Stetson University College of Law

Runner Up – Best Brief: St. Thomas University School of Law

Best Individual Oralist: Omar Hussein, Stetson University College of Law

2020 Winners

Winner – Oral Argument: University of Wisconsin Madison

1st Runner Up – Oral Argument: University of Miami School of Law

2nd Runner Up – Oral Argument: Florida A&M University College of Law |

Winner – Best Brief: University of Alabama Law School

Runner Up – Best Brief: University of Wisconsin Madison

Best Individual Oralist: Gabrielle Hasner, University of Miami School of Law

Winner, Oral Argument: Liberty University School of Law
William Baker, John Riordan, and Jonathan Shbeeb
Coach: Tim Todd

1st Runner-Up, Oral Argument: Stetson University College of Law
Deanna Cipriano, Romina Drazhi, and Mark Joseph
Coach: Katie Everlove-Stone

2nd Runner-Up, Oral Argument: University of Baltimore School of Law
Brenton Conrad and Dara Polokoff
Coach: Fred Brown

Best Individual Oralist: Shantell Middleton, Charleston School of Law
Coach: Jake Paskan

Best Brief: Liberty University School of Law
William Baker, John Riordan, and Jonathan Shbeeb
Coach: Tim Todd

1st Runner-Up, Best Brief: St. Thomas University School of Law
Yung Troung and Arlene Williams
Coach: Jake Even, Esq.

Winner, Oral Argument: Charleston School of Law

1st Runner Up, Oral Argument: University of Alabama School of Law

2nd Runner Up, Oral Argument: University of Oregon School of Law

Best Individual Oralist: Richmond Gunter, University of Alabama School of Law

Best Brief: Suffolk University Law School

Runner Up, Best Brief: LSU

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