Monthly Archives: February 2011

Don’t miss this week’s Law Review Symposium

This Friday, March 4th, The Law Review will hold its Annual Symposium, A Decade of Transformation: The Continuing Impact of 9/11 on National Security and Civil Liberties. The event will be in Room 550 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register by sending an email to and include “Symposium Registration” in the subject line. Speakers include Professor Steven Vladeck of American University, Professor Mark Schulman of Pace Law School, Professor Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School, Professor Afsheen John Radsan of William Mitchell College of Law, Professor Sahar Aziz of Georgetown University, and Dr. Saby Ghoshray, Esq.

This is a final reminder that the deadline for submitting applications for in house clinics and non-judicial credit bearing externships for this summer is this Wednesday, March 2 at 5:00 P.M. Applications are available online and in the Clinic Office, Room 255. This deadline does not apply to externships outside the northeast Florida area which students are arranging. Any questions can be directed to Professor Lynn McDowell.

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Did You Know?

All presentations and panels hosted by the CSD are recorded. Four to five days after the event, you can come by the Career Services’ Office to check out a copy of the DVD. The videos from the previous semester are also added to the Symplicity Document Library via YouTube. If you have not received your username/password for Symplicity, please contact Abby Lee at

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Coffee Wednesdays

The Career Services Department will be in the Atrium on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. to answer any questions.

Stop by to see a counselor and get your answers to any job seacrh questions you have or ask questions about using Symplicity while you enjoy an afternoon coffee. You can make appointments for more complex questions.

You can pick up the most up-to-date job search checklists, yellow bookmarks and CSD Handbooks.

We also have hot chocolate and hot teas as well as desserts!

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Last Week to Complete 1L Mandatory CSD Curriculum

You must complete the CSD Curriculum by Friday, March 11, 2011

Remember, Symplicity is your location to find job postings and on-campus interview (OCI) opportunities as well as reserve a spot for our panels and presentations!  Be sure to take the Curriculum this week and see all that Symplicity can do for you!

You will receive your username/password for Symplicity by the deadline of Friday, March 11.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Abby Lee at

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Long Distance Job Search

On Thursday, February 24th between 12 noon and 1:15 p.m., the Career Services Department will host a presentation on conducting a job search in another state.  Lunch will be served.  Please join us in Room 250 for helpful tips in the following areas:

  • The out of town advantage – creating a plan to launch a successful out of town job search
  • Selecting the “right” geographic market in which to find a job
  • The role networking plays in a long distance job search
  • The tools and websites that can be used to find job postings and contacts all over the country

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2011 Justice Raymond Ehrlich Award

Promotion and marketing for the Raymond Ehrlich Award begins very early as different departments within the school, including the Student Bar Association, work together to put on this special event.

News stories, calendar listings and signup pages all exist on the main Coastal Law website and are distributed to outside constituents via social media communities and e-mail alerts.

As for the event itself, Coastal Law called upon another local photographer, Evan Hampton to snap pictures of the event, which can be found on the school’s official Flickr page. In addition, a video testimonial devoted to this year’s recipient, Buddy Schulz, was developed by a collaborative effort between Institutional Advancement and Information Technology. The video can be found here.

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Best of luck to bar takers, and more successes

I want to start today by wishing all of our graduates taking the bar examination today in Florida and many other states all the best. We are pulling for you all!

This weekend Coastal Law students Caroline Cleary and Ashley Zegarra competed in the ABA Client Counseling Competition which was hosted by Emory University School of Law. Caroline and Ashley advanced to the semi-finals after scoring higher than teams from Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Florida State University, Stetson, Ave Maria, and Florida A & M University College of Law in the preliminary rounds. Daphne Shaw served as the team captain. Congratulations to all!

Also this weekend we competed in the National Trial Competition for Mock Trial sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. This competition is considered by many to be the most difficult and prestigious of all mock trial competitions. Each two-member team has to be prepared to try a full case for both the prosecution and the defense. The Coastal Law teams consisted of Chris Basler, Brooke Fuller, Matt Roepstorff and Tim Pribisco. Congratulations to semi-finalists, Tim Pribisco and Matt Roepstorff who competed against Florida State University, Ave Maria School of Law, University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law. The team manager was Manny Souza, their coach was Professor Lois Ragsdale and they were accompanied to the competition by faculty advisor, Annette Ritter.

In Clinic news, Clinical Fellow Carlos Martin (a Coastal Law grad), won his first withholding of removal case for an African man fearing persecution because he suffers from Albinism. Carlos received high compliments from the judge and opposing counsel. Carlos received tremendous support from Joy Stineson, Andrea Reyes, and Elizabeth Cuevas in the clinic. Former clinicians Karen Winston and Crystal Villasenor also worked on the case. Great work by everyone involved.

Professor Ericka Curran would like to remind Florida Coastal students of externship opportunities at the Department of Homeland Security Orlando ICE chief counsel office.

Finally, I want to remind students that the deadline for applying for an in house clinic or established credit-bearing externship for the summer is next Wednesday, March 2nd. Applications are available online or in the Clinic Office, Room 255. Any questions may be directed to Professor Lynn McDowell.

Have a great week everyone.

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Midterm Tips

With midterms just a week or so away, you may be getting a bit nervous about what you should be doing to prepare.  The image above makes a good point.  Don’t panic!  Panic will only add to your stress and may have a negative consequence on your study time.  Hopefully you have been keeping up with your work throughout the semester, i.e., you’re up to date on reading for class, you’ve spent a sufficient amount of time reviewing the materials covered in class, and you’ve kept your outlines up to date.  If you’ve done all of those things then now is the time to start working some practice into your routine.

There’s a famous line from Rubenstein that should become your mantra.  When asked how one gets to Carnegie Hall, Rubenstein answered, “Practice, practice, practice!”  This saying holds true in law school too.  You may feel as though you have a firm grasp on the material you’ve covered in class, but if you aren’t able to relay that knowledge on paper during the exam then you may not be able to achieve the grades you desire.  Law school exams are not about simply regurgitating the rules you’ve been studying throughout the semester.  Rather, exams are your opportunitly to demonstrate to your professors that you understand how to apply the rules that have been discussed in class.  To be prepared to do that on test day, be sure you are doing sufficient practice now – both essay and multiple choice.

If you’re not sure where to find practice questions, you have several sources available to you.  The Academic Success Department has created a SharePoint site with some practice essays and answers posted for your classes.  The Library has gathered some practice exams questions and answers as well on their website.  Finally,  many of the supplement series that we suggest using (Q&A, Siegel’s, Finals, Understanding, Crunch Time, etc.) are available behind the circulation desk in the library.  These materials can be checked out for three days at a time.

As you complete practice essays, please feel free to visit an Academic Success Counselor to receive feedback on your answer.  And of course, if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Good luck on your midterms!!!

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Bar Prep Begins Now

Whether you’re in your first, second or third year here at Coastal, it’s not too early to start thinking about the bar exam.  The Academic Success Team is here to assist you with all things bar prep.  If you have questions about the bar application, one of our bar specialists will be happy to meet with you to discuss your individual issues.  Each semester we host a bar open house for those students in their final semester.  At this time, you can sign up to be paired with a bar coach after graduation and will have a chance to find out about the many bar prep services we offer to supplement your commercial bar course.  The bar prep “season” is also the time when we really get to work one-on-one with you as you march toward success on the bar exam. 

With the February exam just a week away, we’ve received a lot of feedback from our current bar-takers.  One of the most common comments/observations heard is,

“I wish I had started paying attention/learning all this material earlier!” 

I encourage you to learn from the experiences of your peers.  Preparation for the bar exam, in any state, is a rigorous and downright exhausting experience.  It is a necessary evil but it doesn’t have to be torture.  Take some time to familiarize yourself with the subjects that are covered on the state bar you are interested in taking.  If you’re not sure what subjects are tested, visit the BarBri website to find out.  Select your desired state from the drop down menu on the right-hand side of the homepage to learn information about the bar exam, deadlines, applications, fees, etc.  Once you know what subjects are tested, seek out some of them to add to your schedule here at Florida Coastal.  Once you complete those classes and move on to your next semester, don’t flush all that information from your brain.  Every little rule/detail you can remember now will make it that much easier to recall when you begin your post-graduation bar prep.  At that point you only have about 8 weeks to re-learn and master 15+ subjects.  Any extra work now can go a long way to easing that process later.

Please remember to come and see us in the Academic Success suite (580) if you have any questions or concerns about any bar related issues.

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Upcoming Law Review Symposium, Moot Court success

The Law Review will hold its Annual Symposium on March 4. The subject is A Decade of Transformation: The Continuing Impact of 9/11 on National Security and Civil Liberties

The event will be in Room 550 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Registration to begin at 8:30 a.m.) Lunch will be provided. RSVP by February 25, 2011 by sending an email to and include “Symposium Registration” in the subject line. Speakers include Professor Steven Vladeck of American University, Professor Mark Schulman of Pace Law School, Professor Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School, Professor Afsheen John Radsan of William Mitchell College of Law, Professor Sahar Aziz of Georgetown University, and Dr. Saby Ghoshray, Esq.

Congratulations to our Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team, which reached the quarter-finals of the Super-Regional in Houston this weekend. In addition, Jeff Brown and Michael Flores received Best Advocate, Honorable Mention awards by placing within the top-ten of over 110 advocates in the field. Our other team members included brief writers Matt Kerns and Tony Constantini and Team Manager Maja Lacevic. Professors Chris Roederer and Brian Foley coached the team.

Have a great week.

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