Welcome to the Florida Coastal School of Law News and Noteworthy page, your source for relevant news, noteworthy topics, and accolades pertaining to our faculty, staff and students.
 

Dr. Tammy Hodo speaks at National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community

Thursday, June 1, 2017
On June 1, 2017, Tammy Hodo, Ph.D., Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Florida Coastal School of Law spoke at the 32nd National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community held in Orlando, FL. Read more
 

Mock Trial Highlights

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
It was a successful year for the Florida Coastal Mock Trial students. Read more
 

Florida Coastal School of Law to celebrate graduation of 210 students

Friday, May 12, 2017
Florida Coastal School of Law will hold its 19th spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, awarding 192 juris doctor degrees and 18 Master of Laws degrees. Justice Peggy A. Quince, Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida and the first African-American woman to sit on Florida’s Supreme Court, will address the graduating class. Read more
 

Florida Coastal School of Law’s Jaclyn Blair receives the Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section Scholarship Award

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Jaclyn Blair is being presented with the Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section Scholarship Award. This award is presented to one student from each Florida law school whose excellent performance and demonstrated interest show promise of achievement in a labor and employment law career. Read more  


2017 Coastal Law Foundation Scholarships and Awards Announced

Monday, May 8, 2017
The Florida Coastal School of Law Foundation and the faculty selection committee are pleased to announce the winners for the following 2017 scholarships and awards. Read more
 

Daily Record Recognizes Florida Coastal School of Law's 10th Annual Citizenship Day

Monday, May 8, 2017
On April 15, attorneys and law students volunteered their time and knowledge to guide legal permanent residents seeking U.S. citizenship status. Read more
 

Wilhelmina Blossom Curtis Appointed to the Hillsborough County Land Use Appeals Board

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Florida Coastal School of Law alumna Wilhelmina Blossom Curtis (Class of 2000) was recently appointed as the new land use hearing officer on special use permits for the Hillsborough County Land Use Appeals Board. Read more


Alumni Board of Directors Hosts Annual Retreat April 21-22

Saturday, April 22, 2017
On April 21 and 22, the Florida Coastal Alumni Association Board had their yearly retreat starting with a dinner on April 21. During the dinner, they heard from the Associate Dean of Academics Affairs, Jennifer Reiber...Read more
 

Students Honor Veterans on Earth Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017
The Military Law Society participated in cleaning up the Phillips Craig Swamp Cemetery on Saturday, April 22. This event honors military service members by ensuring their final resting places are given the proper respect and treatment they deserves. Read more


Atlanta Firm Adds Family Law Attorney Jennifer K. Brown

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Atlanta based firm Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle recently added alumna Jennifer K. Brown ('10) as an associate to their firm. Read more


Coastal Law Hosts 10th Annual Citizenship Day

Sunday, April 16, 2017
The Florida Times Union published a story highlighting the school's annual Citizenship Day, during which students and faculty helped more than 100 immigrants begin the process to naturalization. Read more 
 

ABA Center for Pro Bono Exchange features Coastal Law Students

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The ABA Center for Pro Bono Exchange recently featured Coastal Law students who volunteered their time over Spring Break to help serve the underserved. Read more 
 

Gonzaga Basketball Overcomes Income Inequality In Battle With North Carolina by Professor Roger Groves

Sunday, April 2, 2017
In this Forbes.com article, Professor Roger Groves discusses the revenue gap between two of the Final Four teams - UNC & Gonzaga. Read more
 

Professor Lucille Ponte presents at the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association’s Annual Conference

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Professor Ponte presented, A Glass Half Full? Enduring Small Business Frustrations under the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016, at the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association’s Annual Conference at Babson College School of Business on April 1, 2017 in Wellesley, MA. Read more
 

This Would Have Prevented The Oakland Raider Move To Las Vegas by Professor Roger Groves

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Professor Roger Groves discusses the Raiders move from Oakland to Las Vegas and why he thinks it could have been prevented. Read more
 

Coastal Law Students Participate In Special Project Over Spring Break

Monday, March 27, 2017
During Spring Break, students Shannon Price, Tracie Reese, Ciara Henderson, Christopher McMaster and Xavier Romero participated in a very special project that assisted people who might otherwise not have gotten the help they needed. Read more
 

Moot Court Teams Compete Over Spring Break

Monday, March 27, 2017
Congratulations to our Moot Court teams who competed during Spring Break! Two teams traveled to the Charleston National Moot Court Competition in South Carolina, with notable results... Read more
 

The Underappreciated Key to New England Patriots' Success - Free Agency by Professor Roger Groves

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
In his most recent Forbes.com article, Professor Roger Groves discusses the New England Patriouts and how they are embracing (and thriving in) free agency. Read more


Michigan Wins Big Ten Tournament Despite Metrics by Professor Roger Groves

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Professor Roger Groves writes about the Michigan Wolverines and how they defied the odds in his Forbes.com article. Read more


The Redemption Year of Terrelle Pryor by Professor Roger Groves

Saturday, March 11, 2017
In this Forbes.com article, Professor Roger Groves writes about Terrelle Pryor, NFL quarterback and wide receiver. Read more


Moot Court Successes

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Congratulations to the Florida Coastal School of Law students who participated in Moot Court competitions this weekend.
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Mock Trial Success

Friday, March 3, 2017
The FCSL Mock Trial Team participated in the Florida State University (FSU) College of Law Mock Trial Invitational Tournament and fell just short of making the final four after beating teams from FSU and The University of Missouri before being edged out by eventual champion, St. Johns University. 
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Meet Coastal Law Alum Stephanie Burch

Friday, March 3, 2017
Stephanie Burch grew up in Ohio and graduated with a B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife from Michigan State University.  After graduation, she moved to Orlando, Florida, where she completed an internship doing dolphin research and then began teaching 6th grade science in
Kissimmee.  Read more


Making An Impact Coastal Law Alum Specializes in Business Immigration Law

Thursday, March 2, 2017
With determination and courage, this two-time immigrant graduated from Coastal Law and now helps employers thrive in a global economy.  Giselle Carson was born in Cuba, immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of 15... Read more


Summit to Examine the Economic and Environmental Implications of Managing Harmful Waste

Monday, February 24, 2017
The 18th Annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit will take place Friday, February 24th from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This year's topic, Protecting Communities From Harm: The Economic and Environmental Implications of Managing Harmful Waste will look at the effects of improper management of hazardous waste...Read more
 

Autonomous Vehicles by Margaret Ioannides

Monday, February 13, 2017
Autonomous Vehicles - What They Might Mean for the Logistics and Transportation Industry and Sixteen-Year Olds Across the Country! Read Associate Dean of Strategy and Innovation, Margaret Ioannides' article HERE.
 

Professor Kolenc Discusses the SCOTUS Pick

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Professor Tony Kolenc appeared on WJXT/News4JAX to discuss the President's SCOTUS pick. Read more 
 

Meet Christina Heath, Student of the Month

Monday, February 6, 2017
Christina Heath has excelled while in law school in many diverse arenas. She is proof that you can commute to Coastal from Georgia, raise four kids (and a husband!), work and still get top grades. Read more
 

Refugee Executive Orders Legal Panel

Saturday, February 4, 2017
The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic led by Professor Ericka Curran and Jacksonville Area Legal Aide hosted a clinic to educate people about the executive order on travel. Read more
 

Meet Rutherford Adames, 3L Student

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Rutherford Adames is a second generation American whose family originally came from the Dominican Republic and settled in Brooklyn, New York. When he was 5 years old, Rutherford’s father was...Read more
 

Moot Court Team Competes in National Championship

Monday, January 30, 2017
Congratulations to our Moot Court team that traveled to Houston this past weekend to compete in the Andrews Kurth Kenyon Moot Court National Championship. This competition was by invitation-only...Read more
 

Professor Ericka Curran Discusses the Travel Ban 

Monday, January 30, 2017
The Florida Times-Union featured Professor Curran discussing the travel ban and how it affects the Jacksonville community. Read more
 

Professor Ericka Curran on First Coast Connect 

Monday, January 30, 2017
Professor Ericka Curran, along with Travis Trice and Michelle Clowe of Jacksonvlle's World Relief and Asghar Syed from the Florida board of Emerge USA discussed the travel ban...Read more
 

Seal & Expunge Clinic Helps Juvenile Offenders

Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Florida Record featured Michelle Hawthorne and her students in the Seal & Expunge Clinic who provide pro bono legal representation for juvenile offenders that...Read more
 

Race Judicata in the News

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The Florida Times-Union recently featured Race Judicata, a 5K/1 Mile Fun Run benefiting our clinics and pro bono programs...Read more


Meet Caitlin Russell, 3L Student

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Caitlin Russell is a native of Jacksonville and is a “non-traditional” law school student. With the goal of obtaining a teaching degree, Caitlin attended FSU, but while working as a legal assistant in a local firm...Read more
 

Making Freedom and Security a Reality for Client

Monday, January 16, 2017
The Daily Record spoke with Professor Ericka Curran about a recent pro bono case with a very happy ending for her client, an elderly disabled refugee from Iraq. Read more


Immigration and Human Rights Clinic In The News

Saturday, January 7, 2017
The Florida Times-Union featured Professor Ericka Curran and the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic's work on one of their many cases involving children in the legal system. Read more
 

Florida Coastal School of Law earns Military Friendly® Schools designation for second consecutive year

Friday, December 2, 2016 
Florida Coastal School of Law has earned the Military Friendly® Schools designation for the second consecutive year. The designation is awarded to universities, community colleges and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. Read more
 

Coastal Law Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Thursday, November 24, 2016 
Florida Coastal School of Law has been named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement. Read more
 

Coastal Law's Online Programs Ranked in Top 35 in the Country by College Choice

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 
College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings, has recognized Florida Coastal School of Law as offering one of the country’s top online law programs. Read more
 

Florida Coastal School of Law named the third best moot court in the country this decade by preLaw magazine

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
An article in the fall 2016 issue of preLaw magazine looks at the schools that have excelled in moot court competition and Florida Coastal School of Law earns a top spot. Read more
 

Sweet Successes for Mock Trial Team Monday

October 10, 2016
The Florida Coastal Mock Trial Team had a successful weekend at the Florida National Trial Advocacy Tournament at the University of Florida. Read more
 

Florida Coastal’s Moot Court Honor Board Teams Shine in National Competitions

Congratulations to our Moot Court Honor Board teams who competed this past weekend! We had two teams advance to the semi-final rounds. Read more
 

Florida Coastal Students Use Their Classroom Experience to Help Local Juveniles

It’s bad enough to be a teenager and be in trouble with the police, but it’s even worse if you can’t afford a lawyer to help you out. The experiential learning clinics at Florida Coastal School of Law provide affordable access to justice, and this week the school’s aspiring lawyers once again had the opportunity to put their education to practice for the betterment of the local community...Read more

July 2016 Florida Bar Results

From Scott DeVito, dean and professor of law at Coastal Law: 
The July 2016 Florida Bar results for first-time takers were released. Florida Coastal School of Law was ninth (out of 11) in the state with a pass rate of 52% (state average of 68.2%). To all of our bar passers, we congratulate you. Your hard work and determination have paid off. To all who worked hard but did not succeed this time, we admitted you, not because we hoped you could succeed, but because we know you will succeed. Nonetheless, this marks another bar exam where Coastal Law bar takers have not been as successful as they and we had hoped. As dean and professor of law at Coastal Law, I am incredibly frustrated, but not for the reasons one may assume....Read more

Civil Rights Symposium

The first annual Johnnie Mae Chappell Civil Rights Symposium honors Mrs. Chappell’s memory and helps provide a scholarship to a law student interested in civil rights law. The symposium will address Mrs. Chappell’s case; the difficulty of prosecuting and achieving convictions for hate crimes and how past crimes are being investigated today...Read more

INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine Announces Recipients of Its 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

Coastal Law recipient of the 2016 HEED Award

INSIGHT Into Diversity the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, announced today recipients of its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The HEED Award is the only national honor for U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The 2016 honorees will be featured in the magazine’s November 2016 issue...Read more

Florida Coastal Launches Student Leadership Development Program

The Office of Student Affairs launched the Student Leadership Development Program on July 29th and July 30th, 2016. This initiative brought together the Student Bar Association (SBA) – Executive Board, the Student Ambassadors leadership, and some leaders of various student organizations across the school. The goal was to provide leadership tools that will enable student leaders to be effective in their various organizations at Coastal Law...Read more

FCSL Founder's Day Event

Join FCSL the weekend of October 21st through October 23rd as we celebrate our annual Founder's Day for the year of 2016! ...Read more

 

 

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