Monthly Archives: March 2013

Denial Of Worker Compensation Claim May Work In Children’s Favor

Florida Coastal School of Law professor Rod Sullivan says not having that insurance puts Rosado’s employer at huge legal and financial risk.

“In exchange for purchasing workers compensation insurance, the employer gets immunity from suit by the employees. So that, at the end of the day, if this employer actually has money, the employee would actually get more money because they didn’t have workers comp. But, they’d have to go through litigation to get that money.”

read more at WJCT.

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Aron Swartz, Open Access, and Libraries

The tragic suicide of Aron Swartz has put the Open Access movement in the spotlight. Open Access is the practice of providing free, unrestricted access to scholarly work through the internet. Proponents of open access to scholarly journals argue that since taxpayers fund almost all research, they should not have to purchase the results of that research from a private publisher.  Journal subscription costs are born by libraries, who are increasingly saying “No,” to expensive journals. For more discussion of open access, see this web page by Peter Suber, Director of Harvard’s Open Access Project:

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Diann Catlin **Exclusive** Presentation: Speaking & Presenting

“Often those who are at the top of their fields by way of education are slightly more uncomfortable in social situations. Networking events find many with sweaty palms andSpeaker tied tongues.” Speaking in front of small or large groups creates voice trembling and paused speech for some.  Does any of this sound familiar to you?  If you’d like to learn more about speaking and presenting, don’t miss this new presentation Ms. Catlin will be offering on Thursday, April 4 at Noon-1:15 p.m. in Room 505!  In this presentation, Ms. Catlin will teach students how to bring out their confident and relaxed persona while remaining highly professional and leaving a positive lasting impression upon others. She teaches the rules in a comfortable and easy to remember way so that the interpersonal skills you need will become easily embraced and practiced.

Be sure to RSVP for this unique presentation on Symplicity or send an e-mail to!  (Please note: this is a different presentation than the Dining Etiquette presentation sponsored by SBA.)

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Learn about the Hot Topic of Consumer Law!

Hot topic alert!!!  The expansive practice of Consumer Law encompasses many areas of law including mortgage foreclosure issues, debt collection harassment, bankruptcy, predatory lendingMortgage practices, modification of loan agreements and other consumer-related issues.  Come to the Consumer Law Panel on Tuesday, April 2 from Noon to 1:15 in Room 450 and learn about this exciting area of law with our moderator, Chapter 13 Standing Trustee, Douglas W. Neway, as well as practitioners from firms including Rogers Towers, Sacks & Sacks, and more!  This is a great opportunity to learn about a growing area of law!


Douglas W. Neway, Esq.
Chapter 13 Standing Trustee, Middle District of Florida


Michael S. Waskiewicz, Esq.
Rogers Towers

Melanie Sacks, Esq.
Sacks and Sacks, P.A.

Eugene Johnson, Esq.
Johnson Law Firm, P.A.

Edward P. Jackson, Esq.
Edward P. Jackson, P.A.

Jerrett McConnell, Esq.
Friedline & McConnell, P.A.

Pizza and refreshments will be served to those who RSVP through Symplicity or send an e-mail to

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In the Library this Week (March 25th – 31st):

– Low Cost Legal Research Workshops;
– Make-up (Statutes, Shepards, Cases & Secondary Sources) Workshops;
– Navigating Lexis & Secondary Sources Training;
– Cases & Statutes in Lexis Training;
– Navigating Westlaw & Secondary Sources Training;
– Cases & Statutes in Westlaw Training;
– Hot Dog Wednesday hosted by the Library & IT;
– Pick up your new Coastal ID in the Atrium on Monday & Tuesday from 10am-2pm;
– Possible noise from the Atrium on Tuesday & Thursday at noon.

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Alimony Changes May be on the Horizon

It is an exciting time to be practicing in the area of family law.  Florida’s laws relating to family law have changed tremendously in the past few years including substantial changes to time-sharing (including an elimination of the presumption against a 50/50 split), child support (including creating a lower gross up to begin at twenty percent overnights), the elimination of “special equity” substituting it with an unequal distribution claim, and statutory changes to alimony codifying case law presumptions of what is a long term and short term marriage.

Change is, again, in the wind.  Alimony reform and other proposed legislation has made it through various committees in both the House and Senate in Florida’s legislature.  This new proposed law, if passed, will have dramatic effect on current alimony cases, and, more importantly, on prior alimony cases. The Senate Bill, as currently written, allows the proposed new law to apply retroactively to prior alimony awards.

The proposed law would also provides that equal time sharing with a minor child by both parents is “in the best interest of the child” unless the court makes specific findings otherwise, specifically considering seven factors.

If you are interested in the family law clinic over the next year you could be involved directly in the implementation of sweeping changes in the alimony and custody world.

More to come in Professor Sullivan’s blog later this week!

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Federal Hiring Tips & Tricks

In this federal hiring presentation on Thursday, March 28th at Noon-1:15 p.m. in RoomFederal 550, presented by Government Outreach Counselor Kathryn M. Oughton, Esq., we will discuss specifics on how the federal hiring process works, as well as how to successfully use USA Jobs to apply to federal positions.  We will also cover federal hiring flexibilities that may apply to you. 

Pizza and refreshments will be served to those who RSVP through Symplicity or send an e-mail to by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday!

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Technology of the Week: BarMax MPRE & MPRE Flashcards


The app is Free and gives students the capability of studying for the MPRE exam in the following ways:

  • Practice real MPRE questions
  • Listen to audio lectures
  • Review flashcards
  • Outlines available in PDF format
  • 174 actual practice MPRE questions from previous exams
  • Lifetime access to the app and course materials

AVAILABLE ON: iPhone & iPad

MPRE Flashcards

The app is FREE andallows students to study for the MPRE through the following ways:

  • MPRE preparation with fun games including matching, memorization and quiz.
  • Powered by superflashcard with a built-in spaced repetition scheme
  • The app will also help you memorize MPRE flashcards more efficiently

AVAILABLE ON: Android Devices

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A successful Law Review Symposium

I want to commend the Law Review board and everyone involved in the Law Review symposium which was held last Friday.  Thank you to all of the panelists and speakers and congratulations to Ross Evans and the entire Law Review team!

Congratulations to Coastal Law’s Public Interest Research Bureau. Several Bureau teams have recently completed a number of practice-quality research memorandums that will be used to advance the rights of poor persons across Florida and Mississippi.

The Bureau team of Cassandra Smith, Kelly Kalahar, and Olajuwon Adebeyo completed a legal analysis for Mississippi poverty lawyers on an important access to court issue affecting poor Mississippians across the state.  The team of Stacy Patrick, Kristi White, and Boris Futeryan has just completed a jurisdictional and equal protection analysis for a Palm Beach Legal Aid Society attorney working on a case involving equal access to Road To Independence Scholarships for former foster care children.  And, the team of Erica Clark, Kathryn Kofler, Elizabeth Jung, and Tyler Pettinghill completed a legal analysis for a Three Rivers Legal Services attorney attempting to develop a theory of liability against fraudulent tax preparers who exploit the poor and members of the immigrant community.

Finally, the Bureau team of Anthony Davis, Tony Nguyen, Dipa Patel, and Derek Folds prepared a legal analysis for a Palm Beach Legal Aid Society attorney concerning libel and disclosure issues affecting the status of a HIV positive client.

Reminder–Applications for Fall Clinics and Externships are due Friday March 29th, 2013. Stop by suite 255 to pick up an application and information or apply on line via simplicity.

Finally, the Immigrant Rights clinic assisted two foreign nationals in achieving their goal to become US citizens this past week. Congratulations to IRC students Bruno Portigliatti and Leah Gregoire.

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be careful what you ask for

The Criminal Defense Clinic has a case set for jury trial the week of April 1st.  Motion hearings for that case were held this past Friday.  The case involves a domestic battery charge and a resisting without violence charge.  We moved to sever the charges in the belief that our client couldn’t receive a fair trial on the domestic battery charge if the resisting without violence charge was heard at the same time.  The Judge agreed and now the charges are severed.  One problem: the Assistant State Attorney has opted to try the resisting without violence charge first. . .and it’s going to be hard to get a not guilty verdict on that charge when 10 officers responded to the scene. . .akin to a SWAT call.  Oh well, noone said this was easy.  If it were, everyone would do it.

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