Monthly Archives: January 2013

Welcoming new board members to Coastal Law Mock Trial and Law Review

The 2013-2014 Mock Trial Executive Board was selected this past week. Please join me in congratulating:

  • President: Tracy Engle
  • Vice President of Communications: Tiffany Roman
  • Vice President of Standards: Amanda Derby
  • Vice President of New Members: Christine Martin
  • Vice President of Internal Competition: Camille Smith

This weekend the intraschool competition to select a team for the ABA Client Counseling Competition was held. Four teams competed in the selection rounds. We are pleased to announce that Cynthia Barnes and Nakeisha Baptiste were chosen to represent Florida Coastal at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition which will be held at Nova Southeastern University College of Law on February 9, 2013.

The Florida Coastal Law Review is proud to announce the members of the 2013-2014 Editorial Board:

  • Editor-in-Chief – Amanda L. Ingersoll
  • Managing Editor – T. L. Coleman Brooks
  • Executive Editors – Kristy E. Warren & Job Fickett
  • Senior Articles Editor – Jimmy C. Durstein
  • Submissions/Symposium Editor – Neda A. Sharifi
  • Notes & Comments Editor – A. Derek Folds
  • Technical Editor – Trey Coker
  • Research & Writing Editor – Patrick Goode
  • Manuscript Editor – Christian A. Rogers

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Get Your US Attorney’s Office Application Submitted!

deadlineThe Office of the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida is soliciting applications for summer 2013 externships. This credit-bearing externship is a great way to gain practical experience while earning skills credit. The deadline for applying for a USAO externship is tomorrow, Friday, January 25, 2013.

To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample and the USAO background questionnaire to the Clinic Office, room 255, by the deadline. Please look for an email that was sent to all students attaching information regarding this opportunity.

Application information also is available in the Clinic Office and on Symplicity.

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The Career Services Department Presents Career Week!

Career Week, January 28 – February 1, is a great opportunity to focus on your future career!  Join faculty, alumni, and members of the Career Services Department inyour career presentations, break-out sessions, networking, Symplicity Knowledge Bars, the ever-popular State Fair event in the atrium, and more!  Wondering where and what to practice?  Here is your chance to ask your questions and get some answers and direction.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, January 28
Join the CSD counselors for information sessions at the 5th floor knowledge bar:
11:00 AM – Private Practice
1:00 PM – Alternative & In-house Careers
2:00 PM – Government & Public Interest

Tuesday, January 29
12:00 PM – “How to Gain Legal Work Experience” Panel Presentation
Representatives from Pro Bono, Work Study, Externships, Skills Lab, and Clinics will provide information about each program
Break-out sessions for more in-depth information:
10:00 AM – Pro Bono (Room 425)
11:00 AM – Clinics (Room 405)
1:00 PM – Skills Lab (Room 550)
2:00 PM – Community Work Study (Room 465)
3:00 PM – Externships (Room 405)

Wednesday, January 30
Double Coffee Wednesday in the Atrium!
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Thursday, January 31
State Fair in the Atrium!!
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
A regional informational fair where students can learn about legal communities across the country and network with the faculty who have attended school or worked there.

Friday, February 1
11:00 AM – Symplicity Information Session (5th Floor Knowledge Bar)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Alumni Relations Destination Event
•   Destination Atlanta – Room 505
•   Destination DC – Room 510
•   Destination NYC – Room 520
•   Destination SC/Charlotte – Room 555
•   Destination Panhandle (Tallahassee and Pensacola) – Room 560
•   Destination Orlando/Miami/Tampa/Jacksonville – Room 565

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In the Library this Week (January 22nd – 27th)

– LPII Mandatory Advanced Lexis Training;
– Possible noise from the Atrium on Friday (1/25) starting at 6pm;
– New student Library orientation on Thursday (1/24) from 1:45pm-2:45pm. This event will likely be disruptive on all floors of the Library.  But, try to smile at your new classmates anyway.

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Institute for Justice Law Student Conference

Institute-for-Justice-logoThe Institute for Justice is now accepting applications for 2013 Law Student Conference. IJ’s annual law student conference is open to first and second year law students will be held Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC.

Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice engages in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government-like the right to earn and honest living, private property rights, the right to free speech and educational choice. 

Law students interested in applying for the annual law student conference can find the online application at www.ij.org/students.  The application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2013.

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Informational Meetings for In-House Clinics and Externships

AdvisorsDo you want to learn how to earn credit while gaining valuable practical experience and improving your post-graduate employment opportunities?

Then be sure to attend one of the following meetings regarding In-House Clinics and Externships:

January 22 at Noon in Room 525
January 24 at 5:00 PM in Room 465
January 25 at Noon in Room 515
January 29 at 3:00 in Room 405

It is very important that you attend one of these meetings if you are interested in taking advantage of our many opportunities, especially in the summer!  Please direct questions to Professor Ada Hammond at ahammond@fcsl.edu.

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The CSD is Seeking a Spring Federal Work Study Student!

Come work with us!! Two Young Women in Front of the Computer TalkingThe Career Services Department (CSD) is currently looking for a student to work 20 hours a week in our office. The CSD must be able to depend on the person selected to work their assigned schedule. Applicants must have strong computer skills including proficiency using Excel and comfort with databases. The person selected will interface with students, employers and the CSD team as part of their everyday responsibility, therefore a pleasant disposition is a prerequisite for hire.

The main job duties will include data entry; interfacing with all of the CSD’s constituencies; and other duties as assigned. This position pays $10.00 per hour.

To be considered for this position, you must qualify for Federal Work Study. To see if you qualify, please speak with Rita Rosario in Financial Aid. Interested candidates should submit a resume (including availability) to Lisa Vervynck at lvervynck@fcsl.edu or apply on Symplicity.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

mlk3 Celebrate the MLK Holiday in Love, Peace, & Unity

“Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day. As Arnold Toynbee20 says: Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word. We can no longer afford to worship the God of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. Love is the key to the solution of the problems of the world.”

* This is an excerpt from a lecture Dr. King delivered  in the Auditorium of the University of Oslo.

Video of Martin Luther King Jr. receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

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USAO Summer 2013 Application Deadline is January 25–Do Not Delay!

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida is soliciting applications for summer 2013 externships. This credit-bearing externship is a great way to gain practical experience while earning skills credit. 

The deadline for applying for a USAO externship is Friday, January 25, 2013 by 5 p.m. To do so, you must submit a letter of interest (cover letter), resume, transcript, writing sample and the USAO background questionnaire to the Clinic Office, room 255, by the deadline.  Look for an email that was sent to all students attaching information regarding this opportunity. The information also is available in the Clinic Office and on Symplicity.

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Apply for Summer 2013 Clinics and Externships!

Applications are now available for summer 2013 clinics and externships. Clinics and externships are the best opportunities that you have in law school to get actual legal work experience. Legal work experience is the most important factor that employers look at when hiring a new attorney. Clinics and externships can also help you decide what kind of law you want to practice. Coastal strongly encourages all of its students to do at least one clinic, externship, or skills lab before they graduate.

The applications are attached to this email and are also available under their respective pages at: http://www.fcsl.edu/Experiential-Learning You can learn more about the clinic and externship opportunities at this link as well.
You must have completed all of your first year courses to be eligible for a credit bearing externship. You must have completed 48 credit hours, PR, and Evidence to be eligible for a clinic. In addition, some of the clinics require a clearance certificate from the Florida Bar to be eligible to be a Certified Legal Intern (CLI).

You can also hear more about our clinics and externships at the following informational meetings:
January 22 at noon in room 525
January 24 at 5:00 PM in room 465
January 25 at noon in room 515
January 29 at 3:00 in room 405

There will also be a separate informational meeting for Judicial Externships on:
January 28 at noon in room 250.

If you are interested in doing an externship outside of northeast Florida (i.e. a long distance externship) this summer, you will need to gain approval for the externship. You can apply for approval for a long distance externship by completing the appropriate form located on Sumplicity and the FCSL website. The deadline for applying for a long distance externship is April 12.

Please feel free to contact any of our Clinical Programs Professors with any questions regarding clinics and externships and the application process. I have provided their contact information below.

Professor Ericka Curran – Immigration Rights Clinic – 680-7650 – ecurran@fcsl.edu
Professor Lois Ragsdale – Criminal Defense Clinic – 680-7661 – lragsdale@fcsl.edu
Professor Sarah Sullivan – Disability and Benefits Rights Clinic – 256-1243 – ssullivan@fcsl.edu
Professor Laura Boeckman – Consumer Law Clinic and Judicial Externship Coordinator – 680-7654 – lboeckman@fcsl.edu
Professor Natalie Tuttle – Family Law Clinic – 680-7644 – ntuttle@fcsl.edu
Professor Ada Hammond – Non-Judicial Externship Coordinator – 256-1157 – ahammond@fcsl.edu

We look forward to working with you in one of the most exciting, valuable and rewarding experiences in your law school career!

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