Leigh Scales

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Title/Position

Professor of Professional Skills

Department

Faculty

E-mail Address

Phone Number

(904) 680-7785

Room

278

Building

Baypine

BACKGROUND

  • B.S., cum laude, Florida State University, 1991
  • J.D., with honors, University of Florida, 1994

Professor Scales joined the FCSL faculty in 2001. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Scales practiced litigation for seven years with the Jacksonville law firms of Rogers, Towers, Bailey, Jones & Gay, P.A. and Marks, Gray, Conroy & Gibbs, P.A. Professor Scales specialized in the areas of medical malpractice defense, products liability, employment law, municipal and governmental law and marital and family law, including dissolution of marriage, surrogacy, adoption and prenuptial/postnuptial agreements. During her years of practice Professor Scales represented clients in numerous trials, argued before the First District Court of Appeal of Florida and represented clients at countless hearings, depositions and mediations. Professor Scales served on the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Section of The Jacksonville Bar Association for four years. She also served on the Board of Directors of Learn To Read of Jacksonville, Inc. for six years. Professor Scales taught litigation at FCCJ for two years as well as high school English. She also interned in the Public Defender's Office. She is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before all Florida courts, as well as the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

EXPERTISE

  • Lawyering Process
  • Legal Analysis, Research, Writing and Drafting
  • Pretrial and Appellate Drafting
  • Oral ArgumentS
  • Lawyer Ethics
  • Family Law
  • Litigation

EDUCATION

  • J.D., with honors, University of Florida, 1994
  • B.S., cum laude, Florida State University, 1991

TEACHING and SCHOLARSHIP

Lawyering Process I and II, Pretrial Litigation Drafting, Professional Responsibility

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid volunteer, Girl Scout leader, St. Marks Episcopal Board of Trustees

PUBLICATIONS

Professor Scales' publications include "Challenging Plaintiffs' Latest Strategy to Preclude Defendants from Apportioning Fault to Non-Parties," which was published in the Trial Advocate Quarterly, "Reigning in Tort Liability Claims Based on Breach of Contract, The Economic Loss Rule" (co-author), which was published in the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel Quarterly, and “Family Law Update: Adoption and Surrogacy", which was published in the Rogers, Towers Legal Update.