Monthly Archives: February 2013

LEGAL WORK EXPERIENCE PANEL TUESDAY FEB 26 12 noon room 250

Come and learn about the amazing work experience opportunities avaialable to Coastal students during law school.
Learn about the CLI process

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Coastal Moot Court Team Wins National Immigration Law Moot Competition

Immigrant Rights Clinical Professor and Immigration Attorney, Ericka Curran was able to  assist in coaching an amazing group of Coastal Law Moot Court students as they competed in the NYU National Immigration Law Moot court competition. The competition problem included themes relevant to the issues faced by clients of the Immigrant Rights Clinic and many Central Florida immigrants. Prof. Curran serves as the Jacksonville Regional Vice Chair for the American Immigration Lawyers Association of Central Florida. 
Prof. Curran is proud to announce that The Coastal Team won the competition!

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference Expands A Student’s Thinking

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference Expands A Student’s Thinking
In early February, I had the phenomenal opportunity to attend South Beach Florida’s 34th Annual Immigration Law Update on a student scholarship. Honestly, when I first arrived I was feeling a little out of place. Most of the attendees were practicing attorneys with many years of experience and they all seemed to know each other quite well. The conference was held in a great location: the Treetop Ballroom on Jungle Island. However, with the schedule, I only had the opportunity to take in the beautiful, panoramic view during brief scheduled breaks (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). This conference was unlike any I have ever attended. I did not have to choose which sessions attend because all the sessions were held in one large ballroom. The conference materials were provided on a disc and contained all the updated case law summaries for each panel. Every panel had speakers that are highly recognized in their respective area of immigration law. Of the many panel speakers that I met, Mary Kramer, who wrote The Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants and Ira Kurzban, who wrote Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook stood out for me because I used their books when I handled cases in the Immigrant Rights Clinic. I was most impressed with the level of collaboration among the attorneys. During one of the closing sessions, the panel reminded the attorneys not to work in isolation especially in key areas that impact the immigration community as a whole.
As I listened to the panel discussions and took notes, I started to make connections between the discussion topics and my experiences in the Immigrant Rights Clinic as well as some more recent topics that were covered in the International Business Transactions class that I am taking this semester. I found intriguing the discussions and vendor projects related to EB-5, an immigrant investor program. Under EB-5, a foreign investor who invests $500,000 into a targeted employment area that creates full-time employment for ten U.S. workers can earn residency status in the U.S. Before attending the conference, I had a relatively narrow perspective of immigration law. After the conference, I notice some challenging issues being raised in my mind. Is U.S. citizenship for sale? Does the EB-5 programs limit the abilities of others foreigners to obtain citizenship or unfairly delay people on waiting lists? How much of the U.S. economy is tied to foreign investment? More questions than answers, but I must say I appreciate the experience and the expansion of my own thinking. I encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities while in school because you learn not only about the law, but you will learn about yourself.

Cynthia Barnes

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Spots Available for Summer In-House Clinics!

ExperienceNot sure what you are going to do this summer to gain legal experience?  If you have your CLI clearance, consider the Family Law, Consumer Law and Criminal Law clinics!  Spots are still available for this summer in each of these clinics.  Stop by Room 255 today for more information.

In-house clinics are a great way to gain valuable real-world experience.  Under the supervision of a professor, you will have the opportunity to manage your own cases, interact with clients, draft legal pleadings, and conduct hearings advocating for your clients.  What a great way to practice being a lawyer!!

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In the Library this Week (February 25th – March 3rd)

– How to Shepardize (citators) Workshops;
– Basic Bluebooking (Memo Style) Workshops;
– Navigating and Secondary Sources in Westlaw Training;
– Cases and Statutes in Westlaw Training;
– Cost Effective Research in WestlawTraining;
Lexis ALWR Help;
– Possible noise from the atrium on Thursday, 7pm-9pm.

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Helpful ASP Workshops this Week!

Writing Assistance Workshop: Organization

Tuesday, February 26 – noon-1:15 p.m. in Room 425 or 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 425

Please REGISTER for the workshop by signing-up in the Academic Success Office, Suite 580, by 4 p.m. TODAY.

 

Multiple Choice Strategies

Thursday, February 28 – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Room 505

We recognize that multiple choice exams in law school are nothing like those you experienced at the undergraduate level.  At this week’s workshop, one of our Academic Success Counselors will go over tips and strategies to approaching multiple choice questions in law school so that you can approach your midterm and final exams with confidence.  Please feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during the workshop since it is held during the lunch hour.  You do NOT need to RSVP for this event.

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Lunch and Learn with Bill Flannery

FlanneryPlease note: This presentation is now FULL! Please e-mail us at careerservices@fcsl.edu to be placed on the waiting list.  Food will be provided only to those who RSVP!! If you RSVP and are later unable to attend, please e-mail careerservices@fcsl.edu to let us know and give another student your spot.

Bill’s Biography

William “Bill” Flannery is the Country’s foremost expert on law firm business development and sales and his WJF Institute in Austin, Texas has hosted partners from many of country’s most well-respected law firms. The WJF Institute’s primary focus is client development and client relationship management, law firm marketing and marketing support programs. The WJF Institute also trains lawyers and provides related consulting services in substantive legal skills, law firm management and leadership. In addition to his work with the WJF Institute, Bill has been a member of the ABA’s Law School Curriculum Committee and lectured in law schools, graduate and undergraduate schools in the United States and overseas on strategic planning, technology and marketing. Bill has published numerous articles on marketing, technology and law firm management in law journals and legal publications. More information on Bill and the WJF Institute can be found at www.wjfinstitute.com.

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Public Interest Panel Tomorrow!

JusticeIf you are interested in public interest work (or if you are not sure what public interest work is and want to learn), join us for the Public Interest Law Panel Presentation tomorrow at 12:00 in Room 550.  Panelists will include attorneys from the Wounded Warrior Project, Three Rivers Legal Services, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Department of Children and Families, and Guardian Ad Litem.  Professor Hornstein will moderate the panel.  Topics of discussion will include what a public interest attorney does, the state of the current job market for public interest attorneys, and what YOU can do to get ready for a career in public interest law.  Don’t miss this informative event!

Lunch will be provided, so RSVP on Symplicity!

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The CRAP test.

I like to follow blogs about libraries and research. One of my favorites is Lisa Gold: Research Maven. Lisa is a professional researcher, who explains research concepts well. Check out her colorful post, “The CRAP test for evaluating sources,” for a good explanation of how to decide if a source you have found can be relied upon. If you click the “Highlights” link at the top of her page, you can see a list of her most notable posts. My favorites are, “Spell-check is evil, but funny: The Cupertino Effect,” “Let’s talk about search,” and “In praise of browsing.”

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CFAWL Bar Study Scholarship

 2012-2013_CFAWL_Bar_Study_Scholarship_Flyer_FINAL_2-6-13-page-001Click Bar Study Scholarship for more information.

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