Monthly Archives: December 2012

Symplicity Document Library: 12 Months of Diversity

12 Months of Diversity

12 Months of Diversity is a resource located in the Document Library of Symplicity. 12 Months of Diversity identifies scholarships, internships, job fairs, and conferences that are available to students throughout the year.

December Opportunity:

The month of December includes the application for the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Programs’ Postgraduate Scholarships for Careers in Athletics.

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Does Your Resume Need An Update?

Resumes are often a law firm’s first glimpse of you, so it is important to make a great first impression!  For example, it is a myth that your resume must include every single job experience you’ve ever had.  A resume is your opportunity to highlight experiences that are relevant to the job to which you are applying.  As such, you should carefully select jobs which were meaningful and which reflect the skills and abilities needed to perform the position you are seeking.  Including too many experiences can overshadow the more important ones.  Ask yourself what the experience demonstrates about you and whether it is necessary for this position.

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Register for a Skills Lab for Spring Semester

Some of our skills labs still have openings for spring. Students who enroll in a two (2) credit Skills Lab will work on pro bono cases with a professor practicing law in Florida in a class of no more than 8 students. The skills labs encompass a number of different practice areas. You may enroll in any skills for which you meet the prerequisites that is not yet filled. Please visit the FCSL website under Academics–Experiential Learning, to find more information on the skills labs. If you would like to review a summary of the skills labs being offered for spring, please email Professor Hammond at ahammond@fcsl.edu, and I will send you the information.

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Family Law Clinic

It takes deliberate practice and training to become an exceptional legal practitioner.  Such practice and training does not occur solely in law school or while you are on the billable clock.  To become a great legal practitioner, you must become a eager self learner. To help you learn, take every advantage of opportunities and resources offered by your law school, your work, local legal organizations, and the Bar.  Take the initiative to learn about the big picture. For example, one must understand the client’s end goal and an overall case strategy to truly serve a client’s interest well.  So, if necessary, learn about a client’s business and become familiar with important aspects of the client’s business and the client’s legal matter even if not related to the specific legal project you are assigned to work on.   This work may not result in billable hours for the firm, but think of it as time invested in your career and the possibiloity of taking on a bigger role with the case or client in the future.  Invest in yourself.

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Appellate Skills Lab

The Florida First District Court of Appeal just issued an Order denying a Motion to Dismiss an appeal for lack of jurisdiction or for relinquishment of jurisdiction to the trial court.   The students in the Florida Appellate Skills Lab successfully argued the jurisdiction and relinquishment issue in a thirteen page written Response to the Motion.  As a result of this Order, the Appellee is now required to file an Answer Brief to the students’ Initial Brief addressing the merits of the claim. 

The students have also just submitted an Initial Brief in a disability case and have another Initial Brief in a modication of alimony and child support case due next week. The students in the Florida Appellate Skills Lab have worked on five appeals this fall semester all currently pending before the First District Court of Appeal.

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‘Tis the Season…

… to research many things – the best holiday cookie recipe, how to get directions someplace, where to go for the most creative gift (hey, I can’t do everything for you!). 

If you are researching cookies, trips, and gifts, chances are you are using Google.  If so, remember that you can do some great things other than just put some phrases in the big white box.  Go to their Advanced Search page or look at how to use operators (you know: and, or, not).  For even more – look at their Tips and Tricks (it has tips on searching for recipes, trips, and gifts, all on one convenient page!).

And have a very happy holiday!  We’ll see you in the new year!

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New OCIs available on Symplicity!

Students: We have several new and exciting OCI opportunities available for you on Symplicity now!  We strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors on Symplicity or by calling us at 680-7744 to review your application materials prior to applying to any OCI.  Your appointment should take place at least 48 hours prior to the application deadline date so that you have time to edit your documents before applying.  Available positions are as follows:

Resume Collect: 15th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office
Eligible: 3Ls
Position: Assistant Public Defender
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Area of Practice: Indigent Criminal Defense
Compensation: Salary
Preferred Qualifications: CLI, Spanish/Creole speaking
Application Material: Resume, signed OCI Agreement Form
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application materials via Symplicity*

OCI: 10th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office
Eligible: 3Ls
Position: Assistant State Attorney
Location: Bartow, FL
Area of Practice: Criminal Prosecution
Compensation: $43,000/year
Application Material: Resume, signed OCI Agreement Form
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application materials via Symplicity*

OCI: Ourednik Law Offices, P.A.
Eligible: 2Ls, 3Ls
Position: Spring Law Clerk
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Area of Practice: Estate Planning
Compensation: $12.00/hr.
Application Material: Resume, Cover Letter (attn: Mr. Karel Ourednik), signed OCI Agreement Form
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application materials via Symplicity*

OCI: Law Office of Neil L. Weinreb
Eligible: 2Ls
Position: Spring Law Clerk
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Areas of Practice: Family Law, Criminal Law
Compensation: $10.00/hr.
Application Material: Resume, Writing Sample, signed OCI Agreement Form
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application materials via Symplicity*

OCI: Law Office of Enrique Barquinero, P.A.
Eligible: 1Ls
Position: Spring Law Clerk
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Areas of Practice: Family Law, Criminal Law, Immigration
Compensation: $15.00/hr.
Required Qualifications: Spanish speaking
Application Material: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, signed OCI Agreement Form
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application materials via Symplicity*

OCI: Fletcher & Phillips
Eligible: 2Ls, 3Ls
Position: Spring Law Clerk
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Area of Practice: Family Law
Compensation: $10.00/hr.
Application Material: Resume, Cover Letter, signed OCI Agreement Form
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application materials via Symplicity*

OCI: Law Offices of Michael S. Drews
Eligible: 2Ls
Position: Spring Law Clerk
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Area of Practice: Business Litigation
Compensation: $15.00/hr.
Application Material: Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample, signed OCI Agreement Form Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application materials via Symplicity*

OCI: Sheftall & Torres
Eligible: 3Ls
Position: Spring Law Clerk
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Areas of Practice: Real Estate, Corporate Litigation
Compensation: $15.00/hr.
Application Material: Resume, Writing Sample, signed OCI Agreement Form
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application materials via Symplicity*

OCI:Hathaway & Reynolds, P.A.
Eligible: 2Ls, 3Ls
Position: Spring Law Clerk
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Areas of Practice: Real Estate, Transactional
Compensation: $15.00/hr.
Application Material: Resume, Writing Sample, signed OCI Agreement Form
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application materials via Symplicity*

*If you do not submit your signed OCI Agreement Form with your application materials and it has not been previously submitted on Symplicity, you will not be considered for an OCI.

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Enjoy the Discovery of New Library Materials

Hello everyone!

It’s time to enjoy the Discovery of new Library materials!

To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in November 2012, click Continue reading below. Most of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

Check back here for monthly updates on what the Library & Technology Center is adding. Updates will be published on the second Tuesday of every month.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

TITLE CALL # LOCATION
Battered woman syndrome as a legal defense : history, effectiveness and implications / Brenda L. Russell. KF9246 .R87 2010 General Collection
Bull by the horns : fighting to save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from itself / Sheila Bair. HG2491 .B23 2012 General Collection
Captured justice : Native nations and Public Law 280 / Duane Champagne, Carole Goldberg. KF8210.C7 C48 2012 General Collection
From lemons to lemonade in the new legal job market : winning job search strategies for entry-level attorneys / Richard L. Hermann. KF297 .H437 2012 General Collection
Interstate water compacts : intergovernmental efforts to manage America’s water resources / Joseph F. Zimmerman. KF5569 .Z56 2012 General Collection
Introduction to feminist legal theory / Martha Chamallas. K349 .C49 2012 General Collection
The new what can you do with a law degree : a lawyer’s guide to career satisfaction inside, outside & around the law / Larry Richard, Tanya Hanson. KF297 .A875 2012 General Collection
Protecting trade secrets before, during, and after litigation : an insider’s guide to identifying and protecting trade secrets for trial lawyers and in-house counsel / by Chris Scott Graham. KF3197 .G73 2012 General Collection
Regulatory breakdown : the crisis of confidence in U.S. regulation / edited by Cary Coglianese. KF1600 .R437 2012 General Collection
The rights of the accused under the Sixth Amendment : trials, presentation of evidence, and confrontation / Paul Marcus, Joëllr Anne Moreno, Tommy E. Miller, David K. Duncan. KF4558 6th .R54 2012 General Collection
Selected decisions of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. K3242 .A54 2012 General Collection
Small firms, big opportunity : how to get hired (and succeed) in the new legal economy / Linda Calvert Hanson, Samantha C. Williams. KF297 .H325 2012 General Collection
Solo by choice : how to be the lawyer you always wanted to be / Carolyn Elefant. KF300 .E42 2011 General Collection
Where the law is : an introduction to advanced legal research / by J.D.S. Armstrong, Christopher A. Knott. KF240 .A76 2013 General Collection

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Paid Spring Federal Work Study Positions Available!

Paid spring positions through the federal work study program are available with four local organizations: Three Rivers Legal Services, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA), Family Nurturing Center and Compassionate Families. Apply online through Symplicity! The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 6, 2013.  Positions may be filled prior to the January deadline, so apply TODAY!

*** In order to qualify for this position, you MUST qualify for Federal Work-Study. Please email Rita Rosario in Financial Aid (rrosario@fcsl.edu ) to confirm your eligibility BEFORE applying. If you are not federal work study eligible, you will not be considered for this position***

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Good Luck!

You’re in the midst of finals now, and we in the Academic Success Department wanted to wish you luck as you wrap up the fall semester.  We sincerely hope that all of the hard work you’ve put in this semester reveals itself through some great exam results.  Heading into the holidays, we hope that you’ll enjoy the break from studying and that you’ll return to campus recharged and refreshed – ready to tackle the spring semester!

If you need any assistance over the next couple weeks, please don’t hesitate to swing by our department on the 5th floor to chat with a member of our team.  If you’re looking for some motivation, please see the video below.  Good luck on your final exams!

 

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