Monthly Archives: August 2012

Faculty Classroom Technology Workshop

Join Academic Technology for a workshop on classroom technology, including Camtasia Relay (podcast recording), audio and video tools, and the like.  The workshop is a great opportunity for new faculty to better acquaint themselves with what’s available, while seasoned faculty get a refresher on the various tools available.

When: Friday, August 31st, 2012 from 9:30am to 10:30am

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Alternative Career Resources

Welcome back students!  Now that your first week of classes is behind you and you are settling into the Fall semester, it’s never too early to start thinking about your career options.  Everyone will follow a unique career path, and if you are one of the many law students who are curious about alternatives to the traditional practice of law, the Document Library in Symplicity is a great place to start.  You will find a comprehensive listing of resources to get you started as well as videos of past Alternative Careers panel presentations at Florida Coastal.  And if you find yourself overwhelmed by the possibilities (because they really are endless), make an appointment with a CSD counselor to develop customized goals and strategies for your career development.  There are lawyers working in almost every industry imaginable.  Just think, both of the current Presidential candidates are lawyers, so if you are considering an alternative career, you’re certainly in good company! 

Continue to follow the Alternative Careers Blog to stay up to date on the latest information and events.  I will spotlight alternative careers for JDs, profile Coastal alumni who are pursuing alternative careers, and keep you posted on upcoming educational and networking events relating to alternative careers.  I will leave you today with the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

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ExamSoft Workshops- Now Offered Via DE

Would you prefer to type your examinations rather than handwrite them? With the use of ExamSoft you can do just that!

For Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012 , Fall 2012 admits, and any previous AAMPLE students, in order to be eligible to use ExamSoft for your exams you MUST first attend an ExamSoft workshop. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy.

Academic Technology is now offering a DE course option for students to complete their workshop requirement through an online workshop in Desire 2 Learn (“D2L”).

DE ExamSoft Workshop Option-  

  1. Students can complete the DE workshop, at their leisure, anytime between September 5th, 2012 to September 28th, 2012 by logging into D2L and accessing the following course “FCSL- ExamSoft Workshop”.
  2. All students will be enrolled in the DE ExamSoft Workshop course must complete all the content areas, quiz, and DropBox assignment by 5:00pm, September 28th 2012 in order to be eligible to use ExamSoft for their exams.

 

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Mimio Workshop- Let Us Help You with Studying for Exams

What if you could use dry erase markers on any whiteboard in any classroom and have it instantly on your computer to print and edit for later? If you would like to have this capability you will want to attend the mimio workshop that shows students how they can write anything on any whiteboard in any classroom and have it instantly as a document on their computer. This software comes in handy when studying for exams and is available to all students for free! Come join us and learn how it all works!

The workshop will be at the 4th Floor Knowledge Bar and is on Tuesday, September 18th from 12:00pm–1:00pm.  We will see you there!

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Technology of the Week- Florida Statutes (FL Law and Codes) Application

This week check out: “Florida Statutes” for iPhone, iPads, and Android

The app is FREE and is a bookshelf in your pocket

Description

Florida Statutes is the statutory law of the state of Florida for Androids, iPhone, and iPads. It consists of all 48 Titles of the law that have been codified into the Florida Law. Titles include Courts, Crime, Education, Commercial Code, Corporations, Health and Safety and Morals, Liquor, Public Welfare, Motor Vehicles,and so on. It is an entire bookshelf of law in your pocket.

The application is suitable for anyone in Florida working in law enforcement, or for lawyers or law students intending to practice law in Florida.

Features

  • Keyword and citation searchable across the entire law or just in individual tiles or chapters.
  • Settable font size.
  • Complete coverage of all 23,000 sections comprising Florida Law.
  • App Settings to disable the Titles you aren’t interested in, saving memory and increasing speed.
  • Bookmarks.
  • Hand-writing recognition (with PhatPad in-app purchase) – translates handwritten notes into typed text.
  • 33,000 word index

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Technology of the Week- Underscore Notify & Extensive Notes Notepad

Academic Technology has launched a compaign for technology applications that are available to students. On a weekly basis, technology apps will be posted on suite 410’s door as well as the AT blog spot. Be on the look out for technology applications that are available to you.

This week check out: “Underscore Notify” for iPhone and iPads

The app is $1.99 and allows students to take notes in the following ways:

  • Type notes anywhere on screen; multiple font and text color options 
  • Draw and highlight with multiple pen and color options 
  • Import PDF files or other documents to annotate and highlight 
  • Import images as backgrounds or to illustrate notes
  • Use the built-in web browser to clip webpages straight into your notes 
  • Use the built-in maps function to clip google maps straight into your notes 
  • Add audio recordings to your notes 
  • Built-in web server – you can share your screen live to anyone with a web browser  
  • VGA out- you can display your screen live as you create your notes or present pre-made pages
  • Hand-writing recognition (with PhatPad in-app purchase) – translates handwritten notes into typed text. 

This week check out: “Extensive Notes Notepad” for Android

The app is FREE and allows students to take notes in the following ways:

  • Notepad features nearly 100 different notes icons so you can customize statusbar notes to your liking rather than be restricted to a single icon 
  • Note attachments such as PDF, word, Powerpoint 
  • Extensive notes notepad can easily import CSV files as todo and via SD card & web URL 
  • Notepad you can also prioritize notes according to you and the order of importance within your everyday life 
  • Sort notes for easier filterings 
  • Support for multiple audio notes 
  • Add audio recordings to your notes
  • Export notes as text and easily export the entire note database to SD card.

 

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Infringed Benefits … Myths, Truths and Consequences of Health Care Reform for the Poor and Disabled

By Sarah SullivanAssistant Professor of Professional Skills
Illustrations by Tony Rodrigues, Tact Designs

When discussing the sweeping federal health care reform of today, we can’t help but hear the political pundits’ constitutional perspective, the political perspective, and even the corporate “health care as a business” perspective. Coverage of the health care reform debate is on every television news network, Internet blog, and print medium in the galaxy. Set within the context of our current recession, most individuals are worried about their own bottom line and less concerned with contributing to the common good.

In such a financially perilous time, Congress has enacted the most comprehensive overhaul of health care delivery our nation has witnessed since Congress established Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.1

Ironically, for those of us insured with private employer-sponsored health care coverage, how we access our health care will not change dramatically.2 However, for those uninsured, under insured and those enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, the Patient Responsibility and Affordable Care Act of 2010 expands insurance coverage while tackling the intrepid goals of increasing coverage while driving down the exponential growth of health care costs in the United States – two goals that are traditionally thought to be disparate.

Within the morass of individual concern about the costs (both in dollars and in liberty) and amid the 1,000-plus pages of the mammoth legislation lies the health care grail for the poor and disabled. So, why is the Affordable Care Act so good for the poor and disabled? An initial understanding of how the current Medicaid and Medicare systems operate is important to answering this question.

Medicaid

Medicaid was established in 1965 within the Social Security Act with the goal of standardizing different state health care programs for the poor and disabled. 3

It is a joint state-federal health insurance program. You can only receive Medicaid if you are financially eligible.4 The federal government sets guidelines for state Medicaid programs (called state plans) and provides a portion of funding for the programs.5 Each state promulgates its own rules on how to administer the program and also pay a portion of funding. States may also choose to expand coverage to other non-mandatory individuals and may also make financial eligibility requirements more generous.6

Medicaid eligibility is determined by an individual’s income and assets.7 Almost 62 million individuals currently receive Medicaid in this country through their state programs.8 Of those, almost half these recipients are children, who comprise the largest pool of Medicaid recipients. The other recipients are adult caretakers of children, adult disabled individuals and low-income elderly adults.9

As Medicaid roles rise, so does the federal government’s financial contribution to state Medicaid programs. Each state has a different ratio of federal-to-state spending, but the federal portion of Medicaid subsidy is anywhere from 50-75 percent of each state’s Medicaid budget.10

Medicare

In contrast, Medicare is a federal health insurance program for individuals age 65 or older and individuals with disabilities receiving Social Security disability income. Medicare’s original purpose was to provide older Americans with health care services.

Disabled individuals were not added to the program until 1972 and, to-date, disabled individuals have to wait two years after their Social Security disability determination to begin receiving Medicare coverage.11 The only two exceptions are for end-stage renal disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The end-stage renal disease exception was created in 1972 at the same time disabled individuals became entitled to Medicare.12 The ALS exception was created by Congress in 2000.13 All other disabled individuals must wait the 24-month period for Medicare coverage and, unfortunately, four percent die waiting for Medicare coverage.14

Medicare includes hospital insurance (Part A), doctors visits (Part B), supplemental insurance (Part C) and prescription drug coverage (Part D). Part A is mandatory, and all individuals enroll in Part A without having to pay monthly premiums. Part B is optional and requires payment of a monthly premium. If an individual is on traditional Medicare and receiving Social Security benefits, the $99.90 premium is deducted from the beneficiary’s check before being mailed.15 If a person chooses not to enroll in Part B, a 10 percent penalty is imposed for each 12-month period an individual fails to enroll for Part B, if the individual chooses later to enroll.16

Supplemental insurance (also known as Part C) is not required but may cover some of the everyday health care expenses not covered by Part B, such as vision and dental care. These Part C benefits can be Medigap insurance policies (through the federal government) or Medicare Advantage Plans (privatized managed care of Parts A-D). Supplemental insurance benefits vary widely, and as benefits increase, so do the monthly premiums.

Part D was created during President George W. Bush’s tenure and signaled the largest expansion of Medicare since the creation of the program by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.17 Prescription drug coverage is offered either as individual policies or as benefits of Medicare advantage plans (privatized Medicare).18 Additional premiums apply, and the program is privatized, meaning that it is administered through private health insurance companies rather than the federal government.19

The Uninsured

Although all individuals, regardless of income, receive Medicare at age 65, and although Medicaid is available to qualified indigent persons, a huge swath exists of Americans who are either under insured or uninsured.20

The Affordable Care Act’s main goals include reining in health care expenditures generated by under insured and uninsured Americans while expanding health care insurance coverage and access to them.21 Changes to Medicaid and Medicare will provide better coverage to more individuals beyond the current scope of coverage as well as reducing some consumer expenses such as the Part D coverage gap, known as the “donut hole,” and demanding more efficiency for health care delivery.

There are thousands of uninsured individuals suffering from pre-existing or disabling conditions that aren’t covered by Medicaid and Medicare.22

Individuals can wait as long as 36 months for a disability determination from the Social Security Administration without any health insurance coverage,23 and once approved, wait an additional two years if they will receive Medicare as stated above.24

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage based on a pre-existing condition.25 Therefore, individuals previously “uninsurable” will have options in the private market through health care exchanges, or through Medicaid.26 Each state has already implemented a temporary “high-risk pool” insurance option for chronically ill individuals if they have been uninsured for over six months.27 Non-disabled adults without children were ineligible for Medicaid, even if they were financially eligible prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.28

As of 2014, anyone with income within 133 percent of the federal poverty level may apply and receive Medicaid, regardless of family status or disability.29 Increasing the financial eligibility standards and allowing “healthy” individuals access to Medicaid health coverage will expand coverage to previously uninsured individuals and will ultimately curb health care costs by providing preventative care and avoiding costly uncovered health care services to chronically ill, uninsured individuals.30

States with ever-shrinking budgets but ever-expanding Medicaid costs balk at the prospect of more individuals receiving eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.31

Anticipating reticence from state governments, the Affordable Care Act increases the ratio of federal dollars paid to state governments to pay for 100 percent of the Medicaid expansion for 10 years.32

The Affordable Care Act puts restrictions on the growth of payments to medical providers and hospitals with the goal of slowing growth of Medicare costs.33 The tighter rein on health care providers results in slower increases in Part B premiums as well as lower copayments and coinsurance for individual beneficiaries.34 By eliminating the Part D “donut hole,” the Affordable Care Act will save beneficiaries thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses.35 This “phase-out” is expected to save Part D beneficiaries from $631.00 in 2011 to almost $2,400.00 in 2026.36

Medicaid Waivers

State governments have focused on reforming Medicaid recently to address increasing growth in Medicaid costs. Privatization through health maintenance organizations, establishment of medical homes and fraud/abuse reduction measures serve as innovative vehicles to achieve program cost containment.

Each state has a Medicaid state plan that conforms to federal requirements under Section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act. If a state wishes to amend its state plan, it must complete the state plan amendment process through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).37 State Plan Amendments are required when federal law creates new Medicaid requirements such as the Deficit and Reduction Act of 2005.

If states wish to offer Medicaid coverage outside of the federal guidelines, they must get permission from the federal government in the form of a waiver. There are several types of waivers, but those that affect Medicaid redesign are generally covered under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. Called research and demonstration waivers, 1115 waivers can be requested by states that wish to offer an innovative, experimental program.38

The waivers must be budget neutral (meaning that it cannot cost the federal government more than the regular state plan Medicaid). These waivers have a specific timeline, reporting requirements and a research component with goals of curbing costs, expanding coverage to otherwise ineligible beneficiaries or providing tailored Medicaid benefits to a specific population. It gives states the opportunity to try new programs within a definite time period without a long-term state plan commitment.39 Additionally, when the federal government is only required to provide as little as 50 percent in matching funds toward each Medicaid state plan, federal contributions to a 1115 waiver can reach 80 percent of the total cost of the waiver, making it an attractive cost-saving incentive for state Medicaid budgets.40

State Reform Efforts 

Back in 2005, Florida launched the Medicaid Reform Research and Demonstration Waiver, a pilot program based on Medicaid privatization and consumer choice.41

The original pilot covered four counties. In 2011, Governor Rick Scott signed legislation that would expand Medicaid reform across the state. The program eliminates the traditional fee-for-service Medicaid payment model and, instead, pays private health insurance companies a per-beneficiary fee for managing care called “capitation.” In reform, managed care plans that provide for services on a prepaid, capitated basis agree to accept the capitation payment and assume financial risk for delivering all covered services. A major concern of this approach is that chronically ill Medicaid beneficiaries will be refused necessary services if their medical expenses exceed the capitated rates.42

California cut Medicaid spending by reducing services for in-home supports and increasing beneficiary copayments and premiums in 2010.43 Additional cuts included caps on services as well as reductions to provider rates.44

Innovations to Medicaid delivery include amendment of California’s 1115 Comprehensive Demonstration Waiver as a “bridge to reform,” whereby the state implements federal health care reform measures early with an added benefit of increased federal dollars.45 California’s “bridge to reform” enables federal money to flow to the state to create a smoother transition in 2014 when the Medicaid expansion takes place.46

Improving quality, improving health and reducing Medicaid costs are the three main goals of New York’s Medicaid reform initiatives.47 New York’s 1115 waiver application, which implements a global Medicaid spending cap, was recently approved by the federal government. This cap differs from individual capitated plans. This “cap” refers to the state Medicaid budget. If costs exceed the cap, the Secretary of Health has the discretion to adjust provider reimbursement and incorporate other cost-saving measures to radically reduce spending.48 This “cap” creates an incentive for providers and health management entities to efficiently manage care to meet the Medicaid budget to avoid reimbursement reductions.

In the shadow of Affordable Care Act implementation, many state leaders propose Medicaid block grants to take the regulation of federal Medicaid powers away from the federal government and shift them primarily to states.

Despite radical differences in ideologies, most health care reforms focus on better coordination of care, reduction of health care fraud and controlling the rising costs of health care. The Affordable Care Act creates tools to meet those goals while also providing for expansion of coverage to under- or uninsured individuals through reforms of the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Because many of the initiatives of the Affordable Care Act are in various stages of implementation, the overturn of the landmark legislation will create logistical issues forcing Congress to readdress federal health care reform legislation.

Without the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the state and federal governments will have to continue partnering to solve the health care crisis affecting so many poor Americans. Entitlement reforms are inevitable as our government stretches to meet the ever-increasing health care needs of the most vulnerable.


1 42 USC §§1395, 1396 (1965).

2 45 CFR 147.140 (2011).

3 42 U.S.C. §1396-1 (1965).

4 Id.

5 42 U.S.C. §1396a (2012).

6 States may participate in “optional” programs to individuals designated in 42 U.S.C. 1396d(a).

7 42 U.S.C. §1396a(a)(10)(i)(2011).

8 Total Medicaid Enrollment, FY 2009, http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=198&cat=4 (last update April 19, 2012).

9 Id.

10 76 FR 74061 (November 30, 2011).

11 42 U.S.C. 426 (2012).

12 Id.

13 Id.

14 Bob Williams, Adrianne Dulio, Henry Claypool, Michael J. Perry and Barbara S. Cooper, “Waiting for Medicare: Experiences of Uninsured People with Disabilities in the Two-year Waiting Period for Medicare,” The Commonwealth Fund and Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (October 2004).

15 76 Fed. Reg. 67,572 (November 1, 2011). Individuals earning more than $85,000.00 pay a larger premium.

16 73 Fed. Reg. 36,463 (June 27, 2008).

17 Supra n. 1.

18 42 U.S.C. 1395w (2012)

19 Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, “Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C),” http://www.medicare.gov/navigation/medicare-basics/medicare-benefits/part-c.aspx (accessed June 11, 2012).

20 The Kaiser Commission on the Uninsured, “The Uninsured, a Primer. Key Facts About Individuals With out Health Insurance,” http://www.kff.org/uninsured/upload/7451-07.pdf (October 2011).

21 U.S. Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, “Reducing Costs, Protecting Consumers: The Affordable Care Act on the One Year Anniversary of the Patient’s Bill of Rights, http://www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/reports/patients-bill-of-rights09232011a.html (September 23, 2011).

22 Emily Carrier, Tracy Yee, and Rachel L. Garfield, “The Uninsured and Their Health Care Needs: How Have They Changed Since the Recession?” Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (October 2011).

23 United States House of Representatives, Serial No. 111-38 (HOUSE Hearing) – “Clearing the Disability Claims Backlogs: The Social Security Administration’s Progress and New Challenges Arising From the Recession.” (November 19, 2009).

24 Supra n. 11. Ironically, individuals that haven’t “paid into the system” receiving SSI receive Medicaid automatically upon a successful disability determination.

25 42 U.S.C. 18001 (2010).

26 Supra n. 20.

27 45 CFR 152.2 (2011).

28 Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, “Where Are States Today? Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Levels for Children and Non-Disabled Adults” (March 2012).

29 77 Fed. Reg. 17,144 (March 23, 2012 ).

30 42 CFR Parts 431, 433, 435, and 457 (2012).

31 27 States filed suits in Federal Court regarding the Medicaid expansion based on a states’ rights argument.

32 76 Fed. Reg. 51,148 (August 17, 2011).

33 76 Fed. Reg. 73,026 (November 28, 2011).

34 United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, “Medicare Beneficiary Savings and the Affordable Care Act” (February 2, 2012).

35 Id.

36 Id.

37 Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Letter to State Medicaid Directors and State Health Officials. SMD #10-020, http://hsd.aphsa.org/SMD_letters/pdf/ SMD/MedicaidSPAReviewProcess10-01-10.pdf (October 1, 2010).

38 Charles Milligan, “Section 1115 Waivers and Budget Neutrality: Using Medicaid Funds,” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (May 2001).

39 Id.

40 Id.

41 Florida Statutes, § 409.91211 (2012).

42 Id.

43 California Budget Project, “Recent Cuts to Medicaid Services Have Impaired Access to Services,” http://www.cbp.org/pdfs/2011/110610_Medi-Cal_Cuts.pdf (June 10, 2011).

44 Medicaid rates are already the lowest rates paid to providers.

45 Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, “California’s ‘Bridge to Reform’ Medicaid Demonstration Waiver” (October 2011 update).

46 Id.

47 New York State Department of Health, “A Plan to Transform the Empire State’s Medicaid Program” http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/docs/mrtfinalreport.pdf (accessed June 11, 2012).

48 Id.

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Client development and relationship building: school hosts national expert

Nationally recognized legal consultant William J. “Bill” Flannery Jr. spoke during an April Lunch and Learn that is being described by many as one of the most well-received programs hosted by the school in years.

The presentation was organized by the school’s Career Services Department, the Small Business Administration and the Corporate and Business Law Society.

According to Ellen Kiefer Sefton, director of Coastal Law’s Career Services Department, a second-year student respondent who was so moved by the experience suggested Flannery be a graduation speaker. A third-year student, she said, claimed it was the “most practical, relevant and helpful presentation” ever attended.

Why the excited response? Let’s just say Flannery spoke on one of the legal profession’s most critical points — getting a job.

“He is clearly considered the ‘go-to’ person nationally in the area of relationship and client development in law firms,” said Sefton.

Flannery is president of The WJF Institute, based in Austin, Texas. During the past 23 years Flannery’s firm has conducted small group training sessions for more than 16,000 lawyers around the world. Flannery built his career at IBM, where he was instrumental in developing a marketing group that created technology systems for the legal profession, according to his bio. Flannery received his Juris Doctorate in 1973 while working at IBM.

His Florida Coastal School of Law presentation encouraged students to think about the employer rather than their resume. He said employers hire candidates who understand their practice and its unique challenges. Another tip? He said employers want candidates they like and can trust, and that building rapport is an important key to finding a job.

In his presentation, Flannery laid the groundwork for the tough hiring competitions students will soon face. He encouraged students to have a process, beginning with a plan, some face-to-face interviewing, and a follow-up plan.

He added there is an emergence of new roles for law schools. In addition to the standards, he said there should be an added focus on counseling students on the reality of the law firm culture, the business of law, clients and client service, leadership, and how to get hired and keep your job.

“We were so fortunate to have him on campus,” Sefton said. “He was so gracious, and I feel confident he’ll be back.”


Flannery’s 12 things you need to know to be a successful lawyer:

1. Think like a client.

2. Take a marketing and sales course.

3. Understand the business of law.

4. Take a course on interviewing and being interviewed.

5. Become knowledgeable on technology.

6. Take a course on interpersonal communications and presentations.

7. Video yourself making a presentation and having a face- to-face interview.

8. Select a career direction and be prepared to change.

9. Select an industry and study the economics of the practice.

10. Market yourself by asking what the buyer is looking for.

11. Expect and embrace change.

12. Learn to bring in business no matter what the law firm tells you!

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Rock legend drums up panel discussion

Jacksonville native Bobby Ingram runs in some rockin’ circles. As lead guitarist of legendary southern rock band Molly Hatchet, Ingram counts people like Don Henley and Journey’s Neal Schon as longtime friends.

When he tells stories of his music business beginnings, it’s impossible to do so without mentioning the rich context of his experience. Bands like Boston, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, The Eagles and The Who are all connected to Ingram through music production, record labels, fans and the vibe defining music of the 1970s and 1980s. Ingram and Molly Hatchet — and all the musical legends of that time — were part of rock’s evolution.

On more than one occasion, Ingram said he had no idea where all the money he was making went. While he acquired all the trademark rights to Molly Hatchet 15 years ago, he still wasn’t 100 percent sure what his rights were as the owner. His experience also includes financial worries — and questions about intellectual property rights.

Now he’s at Florida Coastal School of Law to learn. Ingram came to the law school last year to take a class, and he has made himself right at home. This spring, he participated in, and helped organize, an entertainment law panel discussion dissecting the pitfalls of contract negotiations. Called “Fame & Fortune: A Multi-Platinum View of Music Contracts,” the event was moderated by Professor Carolyn Herman. In addition to Ingram, panelists included Ronnie Winter of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Paul Phillips from the band Puddle of Mudd and Bobby Amaru from the band Saliva.

“When I came here in the fall of 2011, I immediately saw the school had an entertainment law society — so I worked every event,” Ingram said. When society leaders asked if he would help organize an artist panel, Ingram said he jumped right in and was happy to phone a few friends. “These were some of the musicians in town I knew would be available.”

Ingram said the panel was an interesting mix of musicians from different generations in the music business. All of the panelists were from Jacksonville, which Ingram describes as the Mecca of southern rock. “We were all from different genres but there was a common denominator — we didn’t know much about the contracts we were signing,” Ingram said. “We just trusted our attorneys.”

Another panel event is scheduled for Spring 2013, and Ingram is already looking to pals Henley and Schon for some help on that front. “I’ve had so many amazing experiences during my first year in law school,” Ingram said. “I’m getting the knowledge and perspective I always knew I needed. I’m sold on learning more about the law.”

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Lt. Governor makes campus visit during Black History Month

Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was on campus in late February to address students during Black History Month. She spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 100 students about ways they can learn from her political and personal experiences — and theirconnection to the legal profession.

Second-year law student Chelsi P. Henry helped organize the visit, which was sponsored by the Republican Legal Society in partnership with the Women’s Law Student Association, Military Law Student Association and the Black Law Student Association.

“She was able to hit on many different topics from being an African-American to being a woman — she talked about her journey from the Navy to politics,” Henry said.

Henry added Carroll “shared many personal moments with the Coastal Law community, including lessons she learned along the way and how she sees the importance of attorneys today.”

Carroll is Florida’s 18th lieute

nant governor and holds special prominence as the first female and first African-American lieutenant governor in the state of Florida. Described as “the American Dream come true,” Carroll was born in Trinidad and joined the Navy in 1979. Since then she has been a seven-year state legislator, a small business owner and former executive director of the

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. In her current role, she also oversees the state Department of Military Affairs, the state Department of Veterans Affairs, the Governor Designee on the Florida Defense Support Task Force and is chairperson of Space Florida.

Black History Month began in early February with a ceremony and closed at the end of the month with another special gathering of students and faculty.

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