Monthly Archives: January 2011

The 2011 State Fair

The state fair is a regional informational fair in which our students can learn about legal communities across the country and network with our faculty who have attended school or worked in the areas represented.

This year’s state fair, held last Thursday in the Atrium, featured discussions about different areas of the country along with a favorite dessert of that region. In preparation for the event, the Career Services team submitted a ‘save the date’ plasma request, as well as a calendar entry on the website.

For the event itself, the Marketing & Communications team designed 15 posters in house to display the regions. The posters were printed on 11 x 17 foam core with a laminate finish. Each posted features a different image of the school (both inside and out).

Pictures were also taken during the event and can be found on the school’s Facebook page here.

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Gain practical legal experience

Starting tomorrow, our clinical professors will be hosting  informational sessions on Coastal’s in-house clinics and credit bearing externships. Those interested in taking advantage of one of the many opportunities to gain practical legal experience while earning credit should attend one of the meetings to learn about the programs and the application process. The dates, times and locations of the sessions are as follows:

Tues,       Feb 1st;   12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. — Room 405

Wed,        Feb 2nd;  5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Room 455

Friday,      Feb. 4th; 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon — Room 365

Mon,        Feb 7th;  2:00 to 3:00 p.m. — Room 365

A separate session on judicial  externships will be held on Wed, February 9th from 12:00 noon to 1:00p.m. in Room 420.

On February 8th , we will have a representative from the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) here on campus to present a one hour workshop on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for federal student loans.  This program was set up to assist students that go into public service to have portions of their federal student loans forgiven. This presentation will be in Room 515  from 12-1  on February 8th and is sponsored by SBA and the Financial Aid Office.

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Welcome (Back) to Florida Coastal!!!

This is an exciting time for all of us as we begin a new semester here at Florida Coastal School of Law.  Whether you are a new 1L just beginning your Coastal journey, you’re returning for your very last semester with us, or you’re somewhere in between, all of us in Academic Success look forward to a great semester with you!  Our team is dedicated to assisting students from their first day of orientation up through preparing for, and passing, their respective state bar exam.  Our mission is to assist you in maximizing your academic potential.  All counselors are licensed attorneys in good standing with various state bars.  The unique experiences and specialties of each counselor help students improve their performance in law school.

As a refresher to our returning students, and new info for our incoming 1L’s, here’s a quick overview of the services offered by our department:

1. Individual Appointments – Counselors are available to meet with any and all students about any issues that are of concern (adjustment to law school, class prep, study skills, essay writing, exam prep, bar application questions, etc.).

2. Writing Assistance – Counselors and the Writing Specialist meet with students regarding legal writing issues, review of essays and writing samples, and improving grammar, punctuation and style.

3. Law School Foundations I – Counselors instruct all 1L’s in a skills-development seminar intended to provide new students with the instruction necessary to become active and successful learners.  Emphasis is placed on the skills necessary to perform will on the written law school exam.

4. Law School Foundations II – Counselors continue to build on the skills developed in Law School Foundations I.  Focus is on identifying areas for improvement based on first semester results and continuing practice to fully develop effective essay-writing techniques.

5. Upper-Level Students – Counselors have created a series of online vodcasts available on the Academic Success SharePoint site.  Among other things, these vodcasts cover second-semester and upper-level essay writing topics and information about bar prep.  During your third year at Coastal, our department offers two bar prep courses (Advanced Florida Bar Studeies and Multistate Bar Exam Strategies) to help students begin to prepare for their state bar exam.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of services, but it is plenty for now.  On behalf of my team, I would like to once again welcome you to Florida Coastal School of Law.  We look forward to meeting with, and getting to know, each and every one of you.  Please check back often for information on upcoming events, study tips, etc.  If you have any specific questions feel free to ask them in the comments section or stop by the Academic Success Suite on the 5th floor in room 580.

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Coastal Law photos reach 50,000 views

Over the weekend, the photos on Coastal Law’s Flickr profile eclipsed the 50,000 views mark. We started putting the pictures online in April and have been very pleased with the reception they have received. In all, 3,281 photos have been posted, ranging from different graduations to an SBA talent show.

If you arrange for a photographer to be at your event and would like to have your photos posted, please contact the marketing department.

Recent sets include two from the 2010 Winter Graduation and an alumni social in Atlanta.

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Law Review Editorial Board

I would like to congratulate the members of the 2011-2012 Florida Coastal Law Review Editorial Board:

Editor-in-Chief: Hillarie Miller, Managing Editor: Lance Davies, Executive Editors: Kyle Kelley and Austin Hamilton, Submissions Editor: Thomas C. Roberts, Notes & Comments Editor: Austin Brown, Technical Editor: Kaylee Tatman, Research & Writing Editor: John Murphy, Manuscript Editor: Camille Higham, Senior Articles Editor: Erin Johnston.

Congratulations to all.

On February 8th , Financial Aid will have a representative from the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) here on campus to present a one hour workshop on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program for federal student loans. This program was set up to assist students that go into public service to have portions of their federal student loans forgiven. This presentation will be in Room 515 from 12-1 on February 8th and is sponsored by SBA and the Financial Aid Office. There will be a raffle for a $25 Visa gift card at the end of the presentation. The room accommodates 82 people so seating will be on a first come first serve basis. For those unable to attend we will record the presentation and make it available on the Financial Aid website.

Professor Tanya Marsh from Wake Forest University School of Law will be a guest lecturer in Professor Whitfield’s class on Friday, January 28th in Room 250. The lecture is scheduled for 12:00 noon. Professor Marsh’s topic is: “Regulating God’s Acre: Custom, Commerce and Choice in the American Cemetery.” Her talk is being funded by the Florida Title Fund.

Professionalism tip — When someone walks past you in the hall and says hello, respond in kind.

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Welcome back, students

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you all had a good long weekend and are re-charged, and that you took some time to reflect on Dr. King’s life and the reasons for the holiday.

First, a few congratulations are in order:

The Coastal Law Mock Trial team kicked off 2011 with a quarterfinal finish at the BLSA Thurgood Marshall Regional Competition in Raleigh. Congratulations to advocates Jaimee McDowell, Dag Adane, Tomeshia Beckett and George Odom.  The Team Manager was JaQuilla Coleman, and the coach was Assistant United States Attorney Russ Stoddard.  Congratulations to all.

It was also a good weekend for our moot court team.  Coastal Law reached the regional quarter-finals at the National Black Law Students Association’s Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition. The team consisted of brief writer/oralists Shakiva Ruff and Jenna Gailliard, Team Manager Tier Brown and coach Cory Simmons.  Mr. Simmons is a Jacksonville attorney in private practice and an Honor Board alum. In addition to reaching the quarter-finals, our team won the Best Brief Award for the Petitioner and Shakiva Ruff won the Best Advocate Award for the competition.   A great effort by all.

I would like to congratulate the following students who have been selected as Spring Candidates for the Florida Coastal Law Review:

Jerry Chappell, Daniel Cohn, Michael Day, Matthew Heberlein, Amanda Isaacs, Brooke Jones and Thomas Serafin. Great work by all.

In other news,

I am pleased to announce that the Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be our commencement speaker in May.  Judge Tacha was appointed to the court by President Reagan in 1985 and served as chief judge from 2001-07.  She was a faculty member at the University of Kansas from 1974-1985.  She is a former president of the American Inns of Court.  The May 2011 Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 14.  Further details will be announced as the date nears.

Have a great week everyone.


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