Monthly Archives: April 2013

Last Day to Register for Southeastern Minority Job Fair

SEMJFThe South Eastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF) is a minority job fair that provides second and third year students, as well as graduates, with an opportunity to interview for internships and jobs with legal employers across the country.  This is just a reminder that TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT!!!  Click here to register.

 Where: Marietta, Georgia

When: July 26-27, 2013

Log on to to learn more about the job fair.  Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Amber Williams at

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Final Networking Club Meeting!

The final Networking Club meeting of the year before our big upcoming events in each market will be on Thursday, April 25th at 5:15 p.m. in Room 400.  This meeting will focusNetwork on “How to Work a Room” and will include a discussion on the Networking Club Receptions hosted in each city next month.  All students are welcome to attend Networking Club meetings and the end-of-year events in Atlanta, Orlando, and Washington D.C.!  Each event is sponsored by the Career Services Department in partnership with the local bar association.  Students who participated in Networking Clubs last year gained confidence in their networking abilities and learned how to translate those skills into legal experience and job opportunities.

Please be sure to RSVP for this final meeting on Symplicity (Events –> Networking Clubs) or send an e-mail to Lisa Crouch at if you would like to attend this meeting.

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Registration Ending for SEMJF!!


Registration for the Southeastern Minority Job Fair began on April 3, 2013 and will end on April 19, 2013. Registration is FREE!   To register via email contact Amber Williams at

Job Fair Details

 When:            Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27, 2013

Where:           Hyatt Regency Suites Perimeter Northwest in Marietta, Georgia

 Log on to to learn more about the job fair. Should you have additional questions, feel free to contact Amber Williams at

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Professor Groves on The Masters

The latest work from over the weekend about The Masters by Roger Groves.

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New Library Acquisitions

As you finalize your ALWR, please do not neglect to update your research. Some of these materials the library acquired in March may be of assistance to you:

Acing business associations : a checklist approach to business associations / Michael A. Chasalow. KF1414.85 .C48 2010
Acing constitutional law : a checklist approach to constitutional law / Russell L. Weaver … [et al.]. KF4550.Z9 A28 2010
Acing contracts : a checklist approach to contracts law / Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus. KF801.Z9 D37 2010
Acing criminal law : a checklist approach to criminal law / by John M. Burkoff. KF9219.85 .B87 2013
Acing criminal procedure : a checklist approach to solving procedural problems / Leslie W. Abramson. KF9619.85 .A27 2013
Acing negotiable instruments : a checklist approach to negotiable instruments / David J. Leibson. KF957 .L45 2010
Acing property : a checklist approach to solving property problems / Colleen E. Medill, Robert and Joanne Berkshire Family, Professor of Law, University of Nebraska, College of Law. KF560 .M43 2012
Acing the bar exam : a checklist approach to taking the bar exam  / by Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus. KF303 .D369 2008
Acing tort law : a checklist approach to tort law  / Shubha Ghosh, Vilas research fellow and Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School. KF1250.Z9 G48 2009
The behavior of federal judges : a theoretical and empirical study of rational choice / Lee Epstein, William M. Landes, Richard A. Posner. KF5130 .E67 2013
Best practices for building a high-tech law school : the process of designing educational spaces / April Mara Barton. KF5702.S3 B37 2012
Captive audience : the telecom industry and monopoly power in the new gilded age / Susan Crawford. KF2765 .C73 2013
Civil rights in the shadow of slavery : the Constitution, common law, and the Civil Rights Act of 1866 / George Rutherglen. KF4749 .R85 2013
Communications law and policy in the digital age : the next five years / edited by Randolph J. May. KF2765 .M39 2012
Constitutional law–individual rights : examples & explanations / Allan Ides, Christopher N. May. KF4749 .I34 2013
Environmental law in context : cases and materials / by Robin Kundis Craig. KF3775 .C73 2012
The failed promise of originalism / Frank B. Cross. KF4550 .C76 2013
Falls aren’t funny : America’s multi-billion-dollar slip-and-fall crisis / Russell J. Kendzior. RD93 .K46 2010
Federal income taxation of partners and partnerships in a nutshell / by Karen C. Burke. KF6452 .B87 2013
Fordham University School of Law : a history / Robert J. Kaczorowski. KF292.F67 K33 2012
Greening local government : legal strategies for promoting sustainability, efficiency, and fiscal savings / Keith H. Hirokawa & Patricia E. Salkin, editors. KF5305 .G74 2012
John McKinley and the antebellum Supreme Court : circuit riding in the old Southwest / Steven P. Brown. KF8745.M38 B76 2012
Kaplan & Sadock’s comprehensive textbook of psychiatry / editors, Benjamin J. Sadock, Virginia A. Sadock, Pedro Ruiz   contributing editors, Carol A. Tamminga … [et al.]. RC454 .C637 2009
Land use planning and development regulation law / by Julian Conrad Juergensmeyer [and] Thomas E. Roberts. KF5692 .J84 2013
The laws of spaceflight : a guidebook for new space lawyers / By Matt Kleiman, Jenifer Lamie, and Maria-Vittoria Carminati Weil. KZD1146.U6 K54 2012
The librarian’s copyright companion / James S. Heller, Paul Hellyer, Benjamin J. Keele. KF2995 .H45 2012
Lyster’s international wildlife law. K3525 .B69 2010
New York practice / by David D. Siegel. KFN5995 .S56 2011
One L of a year : how to maximize your success in law school / Leah M. Christensen. KF283 .C485 2012
Practice under article 9 of the UCC / Stephen L. Sepinuck, editor. KF1050 .P73 2013
The pretrial process / James Alexander Tanford, Layne S. Keele. KF8900 .T36 2013
Principles of bankruptcy law / by David G. Epstein, Steve H. Nickles. KF1524.3 .E67 2007
State rankings 2012 : a statistical view of America / Kathleen O’Leary Morgan and Scott Morgan, editors. HA214 .S833 2012
A streetwise guide to litigation / Kenneth P. Nolan. KF373.N59 N65 2012
Strong advocate : the life of a trial lawyer / Thomas Strong. KF373.S775 A3 2012
Tomorrow’s lawyers : an introduction to your future / Richard Susskind. K120 .S87 2013
Trial advocacy in a nutshell / by Paul Bergman. KF8915.Z9 B47 2013
Up against a wall : rape reform and the failure of success / Rose Corrigan. KF9329 .C67 2013

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Date Change in the 2013 Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan For OSCAR

The date when OSCAR judges can receive applications from third-year applicants is now June 28, 2013.  All online third-year law school student applications will be released to OSCAR judges on June 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm Noon (EDT).

Please keep in mind that the Hiring Plan does not cover applicants who have graduated from law school.  Judges may accept applications, interview, and hire law school graduates at any time. 

If you have questions about this date change, please do not hesitate to contact Jocelyn in Career Services.

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Hands On Learning—Coastal Grad Kara Roberts’ Story

How the Clinic Changed My Life

 We often think of the Clinics and Skills Labs offered at Florida Coastal School of Law (“FCSL”) from the perspective of how they make a difference in so many lives and generally we are thinking of the clients (as we should!), but I want to take a moment to encourage you to consider it from a different perspective – they can make a difference in your life as well because they certainly made a difference in mine as  a student, as a professional, and just as a person learning who I am and what makes me happy.  I was incredibly lucky that I took a shot and applied for the Immigrant Rights Clinic (“IRC”) in 2007 because it completely changed my life.  Now let me tell you why you should take that same shot.

 Prior to the IRC, I had no idea what I wanted to do, but plenty of ideas of what I did not want to do through past positions, employers, experiences, etc.  My dad told me, “There are three people in life:  one who loves what he does and doesn’t make much money; one who hates what he does and makes lots of money; and a rare individual who loves what he does and makes lots of money doing it.”  Based on my past experiences, I knew I could only be two of those three (and, unfortunately for me, making lots of money would make me a rare individual, but financial planning will be a discussion for another day), so I started wondering ‘what could I love to do in the legal profession?’ For many, this involves anything that leads to making lots of money.  For others, it is impact work through lobbying, academic papers and analysis, etc.  For some, it is the desire to litigate and “go to bat” for the underdog.  And for most, it is some combination of these and many other factors.  Now I just had to figure out what kind of work I would love.

 The IRC started in August 2007; I was one of the lucky first students.  I applied for it because my business law professor from undergrad, Mr. Robert Schupp, encouraged me to get some experience in Immigration law as he felt demand in our area would grow and it would be good experience to have as a new attorney.  I interviewed with Professor Ericka Curran and for some reason she decided to accept me in her class; hopefully she will not regret this.  I got my first few cases and I knew I loved this work.

 I loved everything about the IRC – the clients, the work, the positive impact on the community, the long hours, the late evenings, and knowing I was doing something for someone who had nowhere else to turn.  I was learning how to be a lawyer before I was one; I had the luxury of making mistakes and having them corrected by my professor instead of a partner in a firm, a judge, or an Immigration officer.  I was also completely responsible for my case load; it was real experience with real clients in the real world.  When I needed it, I had the undivided attention of an expert (as with all professors for all of the Clinics).  My professor soon turned into my mentor and I was nothing short of inspired.  I was hungry for more and, lucky for me, more was coming – Professor Curran recommended me to Nancy Hale, Director of the Refugee Immigration Project at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. (“Refugee Project”), for an externship. 

I started as an extern for the Refugee Project in December 2007.  My experiences with the IRC and the Refugee Project simply made me even more dedicated to the immigrant population with unmet needs in our community.  I came on as an Attorney for the Refugee Project in October 2008 and at the end of 2010 my position was threatened due to the effects of the economic downturn.  I decided to try and fundraise to save my job (really the services provided through it as our project simply cannot function with only one attorney) instead of accepting a lay-off so easily because my experience showed me the value of these services and the consequences should I just give up without even trying.  My efforts and those of my supporters paid off and the Refugee Project was able to avoid cutting additional services.  Had I never been in the IRC, this would have never happened; it happened because I figured out what motivates me, what I care about, and what makes me happy –  and I did this by participating in the IRC.

 So, what does this have to do with you? The point I am trying to make is that experience is what will make all the difference in your life because that is the only way you can answer the questions that form your goals.  The Clinics, the Skills Labs, Externships, Internships, Moot Court, Mock Trial, Law Review, etc. – these are all tools at your disposal at FCSL to get you experience before you become an attorney and any of them are just as excellent for experience as the others.  Personally, I was better in the IRC than my attempts at trying out for Moot Court because I was never terribly good at role-playing, but the moment I had an actual client in front of me, there was no stopping me; this is why trying any and all of those “tools” is the best recommendation I can give you – you need experience to be a more attractive candidate for any position and you need to know yourself to be successful at anything (do I learn better through live experience and/or role-playing? Do I enjoy helping others? Is compensation the only motivator for me? Will doing this or that really make me happy? – and there is no right answer, just the honest answers that help you make better decisions).  The greatest disservice you can do to yourself is to not take advantage of these opportunities for experience while you are in school – know who you are and what you want to do before you go into the real world. 

 I strongly encourage you to apply for the Clinics because I guarantee that experience will change your life either by helping you really find yourself and your passion or by allowing you to better understand what kind of work you really want to do (and you work under some pretty amazing attorneys there).  I strongly encourage you to apply for any and all skills labs you can – especially the Naturalization Skills Lab offered in the Spring semester because it sounds like an opportunity for some great experience and some fun (hint, hint – and there is yet another way the IRC changed my life). 

In all seriousness, I hope you decide to apply for the Clinics, I hope it changes your life as well, and I hope that through those experiences you find what I found before graduation – my passion, my purpose, and myself. 


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Naturalization Law Skills Lab’s Citizenship Day Huge Success

This year’s Citizenship Day at Coastal was held on Saturday April 13th and attracted a record number of applicants to become naturalized U.S. citizens from the Jacksonville community. The event was put on by the Coastal Law Naturalization Skills Lab, taught by Professor Kara Roberts, and her students Christopher Castro, Christina Chavez, John Finland, Alberto Lugo, Samantha Pyatt, Sandra Alvarado Sanchez, and Chantel Simon. After learning the substantive law of naturalization, the students applied it by pre-screening and counseling many applicants, holding community outreach to explain the law to potential applicants and volunteers, assisting applicants with their applications and planning and successfully holding this annual event initiated by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). Volunteering at the event this year were many Coastal students, faculty and staff, as well as attorneys from the Jacksonville area, interpreters from a local non-profit agency and church volunteers. The community came out in great number and expressed gratitude for this life changing event put on by Florida Coastal School of Law. Thank you to all who gave of their time to this event.

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Immigrant Rights Clinic Honors and Remembers Carlos J. Martin

Coastal Graduate and Clinical Teaching Fellow, Carlos J. Martin passed away suddenly this month. Carlos was an amazing advocate, teacher and mentor.  Carlos was a student in the clinic in 2009/2010 and became our staff attorney/Clinical teaching fellow in 2010.  He supervised students working on Immigration cases and provided direct representation numerous immigrant families.   Carlos was kind, dedicated and an inspiration to so many. We are deeply saddened and shocked by this loss. We will miss you Carlos.


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Government Honors Handbook


The Governmen Honors & Internship Handbook published by the University of Arizona is a GREAT resource for finding government jobs. Check your yellow bookmark for website and log-in information or stop by the Career Services Office to get information. There are also several opportunities for Fall 2013 Internships available on Symplicity. Remember that the deadlines for these opportunities are very early, so check them out today!

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