Member Highlight

Marlene Brito arguing before the 3rd DCA

Marlene Brito, 3L student, appeared before the Third District Court of Appeal in an Official Session on Monday, April 18, 2016.  Marlene, along with her co-counsel, Elaine Carbuccia, have served as certified legal interns under the direct supervision of special assistant public defender, Professor Howard Blumberg, representing real clients in their appeals before the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida.

 

Felix Ojeda & Travis Tillery arguing before the 3rd DCA

Felix Ojeda and Travis Tillery, both 3L students, appeared before the Third District Court of Appeal in an Official Session on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  They presented oral arguments on behalf of a real client this morning as part of their work in the Appellate Litigation Clinic.  Felix and Travis have served as a certified legal interns under the direct supervision of special assistant public defender, Professor Howard Blumberg for the academic year.

Christina Dominguez in 3rd DCA Official Session

Christina (Fernandez) Dominguez, graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law in May of 2014.  As a student she was a Member of the Moot Court Board and an Executive Board Member of Law Review.  During her time in Moot Court she was one of the Top 8 Oralists in the Moot Court Intramural Competition, competitor in the San Diego competition, and coached the ABA competition.  Christina studied law for the purpose of being an appellate attorney, joining Moot Court and applying for the Appellate Litigation Clinic “was a no brainer!”  Moot Court helped Christina gain more confidence and learning from an experienced appellate attorney was invaluable.

“Professor Blumberg was an amazing mentor!”

Christina took advantage of every opportunity St. Thomas offered in the field of appellate litigation.  And it certainly paid off as she has worked in the Criminal Appeals division of the Office of the Attorney General in Miami since September of 2015.  On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Christina presented oral arguments on behalf of the State of Florida against Clinic Students, Elaine Carbuccia and Marlene Brito.  This case has special significance to Christina because it was not only her first oral argument as a licensed attorney, but she also argued it at her alma mater.  Christina enjoyed returning to St. Thomas to see faculty and staff and speak to law students.  As a student, Christina was an ALI and ALI mentor, so she really had a great time with the Appellate Clinic students at the luncheon.

We congratulate one of our own for her dedication to the field of appellate litigation.  And wish her many returns to St. Thomas for future Moot Court Board events.

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To find out more: St. Thomas News

Elaine Carbuccia arguing before the 3rd DCA

Our very own 3L Moot Court Member, Elaine Carbuccia, delivered an oral argument before the Third District Court of Appeal held an official session in the Moot Court Room at St. Thomas University School of Law on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, supported by Marlene Brito and supervised by Professor Howard Blumberg. Elaine Carbuccia is a certified legal intern in the Appellate Litigation Clinic under the supervision of Assistant Public Defender Howard K. Blumberg. Elaine, along with her partner, Marlene Brito, represent Public Defender clients in their appeals before the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida during the year-long Externship Program.  Opposing Counsel, Christina (Fernandez) Dominguez, is a St. Thomas Alum and former Moot Court Board member, now working for the Office of the Attorney General.

To find out more: St. Thomas News

Shannon Hemmendinger Wins Florida Supreme Court Case

The Moot Court Board is extremely proud of Shannon Healy Hemmendinger!  The Florida Supreme Court issued a decision this morning in Shannon’s case involving the inevitable discovery exception to the Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule.  Shannon is a former Moot Court member, student in the Appellate Litigation Clinic, and currently serves as an Alumni Coach for the Moot Court team.

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The oral argument can be viewed on the Florida Supreme Court website “Gavel to Gavel” by following this link:
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Congratulations Mrs. Hemmendinger for winning your first Florida Supreme Court case!

Shannon Healy Hemmendinger arguing before the Florida Supreme Court

Shannon Healy Hemmendinger, Esq., a 2012 graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law and a proud Moot Court Board Alum, argued the issues of Consent and Plain View before the Florida Supreme Court on February 5, 2015.  She is an Assistant Public Defender in the appellate division at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s office.

The video can be viewed on the Florida Supreme Court website “Gavel to Gavel” by following this link:
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