Monthly Archives: January 2013

Guns, mental health and privacy issues

“I think that there’s a big breach of personal privacy by using any medical records at all for the purpose of assembling a list of people who might have guns, and consequently, I would consider that to be a very important constitutional question,” said Rod Sullivan, professor at Florida Coastal School of Law.

Read more at News4Jax.

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Bryce Miller: Bubu Palo belongs with Cyclones unless case changes again

Peter Goplerud, a sports law expert at the Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Fla., worked as the law school dean at Oklahoma, Drake and Southern Illinois. The co-author of a sports law textbook was part of asked by the state’s Board of Regents to evaluate the policies and procedures at the University of Iowa in the sex-related case involving former Hawkeye football players Cedric Everson and Abe Satterfield.

During a news conference Monday night in which Boles and Palo worked to shape their public message, Palo was asked whether he wanted the opportunity to outline what happened the night of May 18 and replied, “Um, not really.”

Would that clipped response create a public perception that other truths are being hidden?

“There certainly will be people who think that,” Goplerud said. “But it’s pretty much standard advice in a situation like that to really not comment on it. That dismissal does not preclude, in any way, the victim filing a civil action. Anything he could say that could be used against him at a later time. That’s the advice I would give him.

read the rest here.

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Who’s Been Duped? The Manti Te’o Hoax

“It is hard to know what to believe anymore. We watch movies and cannot tell what is animated through computer aided design and what is real. We used to believe baseball players were not cheating the sport but found out that many of our heroes lied about using performance enhancing drugs. Some people over the decade believed Lance Armstrong’s adamant representations that he was not doping.”

… read the latest from Roger Groves at SportsMoney.

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UNF football could impact women’s sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — If anyone knows the impact sports can have on women, it’s three-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time silver medalist, Nancy Hogshead-Makar.

“I would say swimming made me who I am,” said the former Olympian.

Hogshead-Makar is now a professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law. She is also the Senior Director of Advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation.

… read the rest of the story at Action News Jax.

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Council of Citizens with Low Vision: Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program

ScholarshipFred Scheigert Scholarship

The Fred Scheigert Scholarship is offered through the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI). Please read through the guidelines before starting to complete the application. You will need to fill out the online application completely and provide all required supporting documentation as indicated. Scholarship applications for 2013-2014 must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern time on March 15, 2013.

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National Association of Women Lawyers

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Sign-up for Summer Externships!

ExperienceDid you know that EXPERIENCE is one of the qualities employers most value?  By participating in the externship program, you can gain valuable experience that will help you stand out in your job search! 

Applications for FCSL’s live-client in-house clinics, judicial externships, and non-judicial externships for the summer 2013 are available on Symplicity, the FCSL website under “Experiential Learning,” and in the Clinic Office, room 255.  The deadline for submitting application materials is Friday, February 1st

Don’t miss out on the opportunity for hands-on learning while earning class credit!

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The risk of being hit in the face by a hot dog is not a well-known incidental risk of attending a baseball game. …

It’s not baseball season yet (almost though!), but it is never too early to think about potential baseball related lawsuits. A spectator filed suit against the Royals because Sluggerrr [sic], the mascot, threw hot dogs into the crowd, hitting him in the face and injuring his eye.  Although a jury found against him, he still has hope, as the case was reversed and remanded.

How can you find interesting cases like this to read?  Well, you can comb state court sites.  Many, like Missouri, have a site dedicated to the courts.  Here is Florida’s, for example.  Once you are in a court site, though, you may have to dig for opinions.  The best way in Missouri is to click on Opinions and Minutes from the Legal Resources drop down menu, then choose a court at the bottom (like the Western Appellate District), but you will have to explore in other court webpages.  Once you do that in Missouri, there is a search function, and you can enter fun things like baseball hot dog.  That gets you the opinion from above and the fun quote: “the risk of being hit in the face by a hot dog is not a well-known incidental risk of attending a baseball game.”  I wonder about peanuts…

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Student in the Immigrant Rights Clinic Files First Case Under the New Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.

This past fall, Immigrant Rights clinician Inna Vernikov filed the clinic’s very first application under the Obama administration’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”)  program.  The application was filed on behalf of a local 15 years old high school student who had been in the United States since she was 2 years old.

This new immigration benefit allows certain young undocumented individuals who entered the United States as children, who are in school, have a high school Diploma (or GED) or served in the US armed forces to remain in the United States for a period of two years (subject to renewal).  Applicants for this benefit also cannot have a significant criminal history. Most individuals who are approved for DACA will also be authorized to work in the US during the authorized period.

Inna worked dilligently on this case in the fall semester.  Her hard work was remarkable. This case involved a new form of relief that required extensive research and creativity.  It involved figuring out what types of evidence and documents would demonstrate that the client had in fact been in the US continuously for all these years (an onerous task) and also that the client met other DACA requirements.  The student’s dedication to the client’s case is very commendable.

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Unable to Access Symplicity?

1st Semester 1Ls will automatically gain limited access into Symplicity after the first monthSymplicity of classes.  Students who have blocked or limited access to Symplicity need to complete the CSD Curriculum located on D2L.  If you are a second semester 1L, you have until March 8th to complete the Curriculum.  All other students who complete the Curriculum will need to contact us at careerservices@fcsl.edu in order to unblock your Symplicity account.  Remember to login to Symplicity using your C number e-mail address and the same password that you use to log into your e-mail account. 

If you are having trouble with Symplicity, please contact us at careerservices@fcsl.edu.

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