Monthly Archives: May 2013

Summer Externship available at the City of Jacksonville Ombudsman Office

Jacksonville-Florida-City-SealThe City of Jacksonville Ombudsman Office has several openings for summer 2013 externship opportunities for 2L and 3L students. As an extern, you will earn school credit by working on issues regarding local legislation that will involve interaction with Mayor Brown’s office, the City Council, and the Jacksonville Office of General Counsel.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain practical experience in city governance and processes.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Kat Oughton in Career Services at koughton@fcsl.edu or (904) 256-1133 ASAP. To obtain credit for this opportunity, you will need to be selected prior to Tuesday’s Drop/Add deadline.

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Other law libraries

We at the Florida Coastal Library really, really like you all.  We are here to help and answer your questions.  But you may not be close by, you may need a print resource.  If you can’t come to us, then definitely go to another library!  They are (almost) as nice and helpful as we are.

Where can you go?  Well, that depends.  Most states have some kind of public law library system – you can look at some lists of those libraries, both national and regional.  You can also do a search in Google (or your favorite search engine) for something like county law library list (if you have an area, like Florida or California or Duval County, to add to the search that’s even better!).

You can also use public law school libraries for free in most cases.  And even private law schools will often let you in (sometimes for a small fee, but often at least a couple times for free).  There are also some lists of the law school libraries (this one goes directly to their catalogs, but you can then find the name of the law school near you).  Or you can look at the law schools and find their library page.

Once you find a library – do not be shy to talk to the librarians, they want to help you (just be sure to use your best library voice…).

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After the Interview. . .

You stressed about it, you practiced, you dressed appropriately.  The interview is over–what should you do now? 

**Thank You Notes:     You should always send thank you notes, preferably within 24 hours of your interview.  Email is fine, but if possible, a handwritten missive, on personalized stationery should be sent.  Your note should be short, with no typos, and should re-emphasize your interest in the position and why you are the ideal candidate.  You may reference something you discussed during the interivew or mention something of interest to the interviewer.

**Follow Up:     This is touchy with no bright line rule–too much follow up, and you look like a stalker.  Not enough and you run the risk they may forget you.  A polite email two weeks after the interview is appropriate, if you haven’t heard back from them.  You can inquire about the status of the position and that you are still interested and available.  After a month with no word, you should not give up–employers are busy with their caseloads and they may still be interviewing.

**Follow Up after an Informational Meeting:     This is different than an interview as you met with someone for advice and guidance, not to ask them for a job.  But, in this instance, you never know who may have a job opening later, or may recommend you to others, so it is crucial to follow up and stay in touch.  Firstly, it is important to send a thank you note right away, not unlike after an interview.  Then, perhaps monthly, you can check in with the attorney with any news you may have (an award, graduation, great bar results) or a link about a subject that may be of interest to them.  It never hurts to remind people that you are looking for a job.

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Resume Collect Opportunities!

Students and Alumni: don’t miss the following Resume Collect opportunities posted in Symplicity! 

Law Office of Omar Farooq, PLLC
Eligible: 1Ls, 2Ls (soon to be 2Ls & 3Ls as of this summer)Resume
Position: Law Clerk
Areas of Practice: Commercial, Criminal Law
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Compensation: Paid
Application Material: Resume, Unofficial Transcript
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application via Symplicity under the OCI tab 

Jax Metro Credit Union
Eligible: Graduates
Position: Executive Vice President
Category: Alternative Careers
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Compensation: Paid + Benefits
Required Qualifications: JD required; Must have prior experience working in the financial services industry
Preferred Qualifications: Two plus years of experience in marketing, finance, or bank/credit union operations
Application Material: Resume
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013
How to Apply: View the position description and submit your application via Symplicity under the OCI tab

 

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Library Hours this Summer

New summer Library hours begin tomorrow (Thursday, 30th).

The Library will be open until 8pm every night.  The 1st floor of the Library will be open from 8pm-11pm after the rest of the Library closes each day. Library policies are still in effect during these hours.

The Reference Desk hours will be from noon-6pm on Monday-Thursday, and noon-4pm on Fridays.

 

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Last Minute Summer Opportunity in Baltimore, MD

Baltimore NeighborhoodsBaltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to promoting justice in housing for all people in the State of Maryland through fair housing and tenant-landlord programs and public information activities. They are seeking a summer extern to research legislative bills and housing case law before the Supreme Court. Anyone interested should email Kat Oughton at koughton@fcsl.edu ASAP

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Investors Lose Claim For Misleading Registration Statements Against Omnicare

By Contributor Joshua Goldsborough, graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, after working with Well Fargo Financial, and was an intern for the Florida Chief Financial Officer.

The issue is whether Defendants, Omnicare, Incorporated, its officers, and directors, made material misstatements and/or omissions to Plaintiff investors. The investors bought Omnicare securities in connection with a December 2005 public stock offering.

Relief may be sought under § 11 of the Securities Act of 1933, which provides a remedy for investors who have acquired securities under a registration statement that was materially misleading or omitted material information. Furthermore, it imposes liability on issuers and signers of registration statements containing untrue statements or omissions of material fact.

Here, Plaintiffs allege that Omnicare’s Registration Statement stated that Omnicare’s therapeutic interchanges were meant to provide patients with more efficacious and/or safer drugs than those presently being prescribed and that its contracts with drug companies were “legally and economically valid arrangements that bring value to the healthcare system and patients that we serve.” Plaintiffs argue that these representations were material, untrue and misleading because they effectively concealed Omnicare’s illegal activities from its investors.

Omnicare argues that liability only exists to the extent that the statement was both objectively false and disbelieved by the defendant at the time it was expressed. Furthermore, Omnicare argues that Plaintiff’s failed to state a claim and moved to dismiss the complaint because Plaintiff’s did not adequately plead any allegations that Omnicare knew that the legal compliance statements were false when made.

The court held that the plaintiffs had not adequately pleaded knowledge of wrongdoing.

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Inns of Court–Application due Today, May 28

DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN LITIGATION? 

FLORIDA COASTAL IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

FROM SECOND AND THIRD YEAR LAW STUDENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE

CHESTER BEDELL, THE E. Robert Williams (Workers Compensation) and The Robert M. Foster (Nassau County) Inn of Court.

 

THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS IN THE JACKSONVILLE AREA AND TO INCREASE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF LITIGATION. 

DUE DATE: Applications must be submitted through Symplicity by May 28, 2013

THE AMERICAN INNS OF COURT

The American Inns of Court is a national, prestigious society comprised of some of the foremost judges and trial lawyers in the United States. The American Inns of Court is an association of now more than 300 inns throughout the nation. The Inns of Court, inspired by the methodology developed by English Jurists and Barristers, have been established in the United States as elite collegial bodies whose membership is shared by judges, practitioners and law students. The purpose of the Inns is to further the traditions of learning by example, through discussion, and through social interaction among judges, senior barristers and students. The Inns of the English Bar have created a high regard for fearless advocacy and legal scholarship, a respect for the law and its institutions, and a respect for one’s colleagues at the bar. It is these qualities of the English Inns that the American Inns of Court seek to capture.

In 1977, a number of American Lawyers and judges spent some weeks in England observing the English Inns of Court and the English legal system. From their observations, they determined that many of the goals of the American Legal System might be promoted by adapting the English Inns of Court system to American practice. This group included Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the Ninth Circuit , Rex E. Lee, then Dean of the law school at Brigham Young University and later Solicitor General of the United States, and was encouraged from the outset by the Chief Justice of the United States. The first Inn was established in 1980 in Provo, Utah. Since that time, over three hundred additional Inns have been established.

Each Inn of Court is comprised of three levels of participation, “Masters of the Bench” who are noted and accomplished judges and trial lawyers, “Barristers” who are attorneys practicing for less than ten years and “Pupils,” law students invited to participate in Inn activities and to share both the educational and social experience of the Inn. The “Benchers” of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, for example, currently include two sitting Federal Judges, State Appellate and trial judges, two members of the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar as well as the President elect, three past Presidents and past chairmen of the Trial Lawyers` Section of the Florida Bar. In a word, the Benchers include some of the most prestigious and accomplished lawyers in the northeastern part of the state. Barristers are drawn from persons recognized to be superior trial lawyers, although they may not have had the extensive experience of the Benchers. Students are selected from the student bodies of various colleges of law, including Florida Coastal School of Law, by specific invitation of the Masters of the Bench of the Inn.

The Inns meet from six to eight times a year. Each of the regular meetings consist of a dinner with all members of the Inn present followed by an educational component, at which the members of the Inn demonstrate and discuss issues, techniques, problems and ethics of trial advocacy. Students who are invited to participate in the Inn are included as an integral part of all Inn activities. They are expected to attend all Inn meetings during the year, to meet with a select number of Benchers and Barristers in “pupillage groups,” and to take an active part in the meetings and social events of the Inn. Students are selected by members of the Inn on the basis of applications submitted to the Inn describing each student’s interest in litigation and the system of advocacy in the United States.

For those students selected to participate in the Inn of Court, the benefits are great. These students will have the opportunity to work with and to observe the most outstanding trial lawyers and judges in the State and Federal courts; they will have the opportunity to meet and come to know on a personal basis the leaders of the Bench and the Bar in the State of Florida, and they will have the opportunity to learn trial techniques and skills from true masters of their craft. Selected students should have an expressed and, preferably, demonstrated interest in litigation, and must be willing to commit him/herself to attending the meetings of the Inns of Court during the year.  The dues associated with Chester Bedell Inn of Court membership are paid for by Florida Coastal School of Law.

 

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Raymond James Arbitration Claims by Investors Barred by the Statute of Limitations in Florida.

The Supreme Court of Florida examined a case certified by a lower court as an issue of great public importance held that Florida’s statute of limitations applies to an arbitration proceeding because it is within the statutory term “civil action or proceeding” under section 95.011 of Florida statutes. This case involved a mandatory provision for clients of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. to arbitrate all disputes arising from their investments.  A group of investors claimed that the statute only applies to judicial actions, not contractual arbitration clauses, and thus claims could be brought against Raymond James beyond the statutory deadlines.  The Supreme Court reversed the 2nd District Court of Appeals, reasoning that the statutory terms “action” or “proceeding” was intended by the Florida legislature to include an adjudication by an arbitrator since the parties are engaged in a legal process to resolve a dispute. Additionally, the Court stated that if the legislature had intended to limit proceedings to only judicial actions, it would have so declared. The statute did not include that limitation, so the Court refused to add that limitation.  See the Supreme Court opinion, Case No. SC11-2513 (May 16, 2013).

Contributor: Roger M. Groves, Professor of Law, Director of Business Law Program

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