As if there's not enough pressure just being a finalist in the moot court competition at Florida International University's College of Law, now those law students must compete in front of a U.S. Supreme Court justice and two federal appellate judges.
Justice Samuel Alito will judge the finals along with Judges Rosemary Barkett and Stanley Marcus of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The competition begins at 5 p.m. today at the law school.
Alito, appointed by President George W. Bush, has been on the high court since 2006.
FIU law dean Alex Acosta hopes the event starts a tradition of bringing senior members of the appellate bench to the law school, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in August. Acosta expects dozens of judges and law firm hiring and managing partners to attend.
The student finalists are Jeremy Chevres, Sherman Davis, Nicholas Greene and Matthew Rogoff. Chevres is a graduate of FIU from Miami. Rogoff is a graduate of Florida State from Davie. Greene is a University of Florida graduate from Apopka. Davis is a Louisiana native and graduate of Louisiana State University.