Monthly Archives: August 2013

Externships, Moot Court, Law Review and More!

Coastal Weekly | September 1-7

Spring 2014 Externship and Clinic Application Deadlines Approaching

The application process for Externships and Clinics has changed! Beginning with spring 2014 positions, externships and clinics will be sorted into two phases: Phase 1 will include Judges and Courts, Florida Coastal Clinics, and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 13th. Phase 2 externships will include Corporations, Public Interest Employers, and Government Entities. Spring applications will open on Symplicity on Monday, September 16th.

Please apply early. According to a recent Florida Bar News Report, recent law graduates with the aforementioned experience often command higher salaries than those graduates with no experience.

How to apply to Externships & Clinics:

Each clinic and externship opportunity is posted with an individual description on Symplicity ( Each listing will include the requirements and required application material.  You can obtain a copy of each of the Phase I externship descriptions in the Career Services Department (CSD) office or on the Symplicity Document Library.

Stop by the CSD to pick up a copy of the Symplicity Training Manual, which includes detailed instructions on logging into Symplicity, uploading documents and finding postings. If you have any questions concerning Symplicity, please contact the CSD office at (904) 680-7744 or For more information about a particular posting, please contact Lisa Vervynck at

CSD Drop-In Days for 2Ls & 3Ls

Career Services will be hosting 2Ls and 3Ls who wish to DROP IN to the Career Services Office, ROOM 180, on Wednesday and Thursday, September 4th and 5th between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., for help completing Spring 2014 Externship Applications. Assistance with OCI applications is also available.

No Appointments are necessary for these two days only. For all other days, counseling appointments are required and can be scheduled via Symplicity, by stopping into Room 180, or emailing

Championship at the Orseck Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to the Moot Court Honor Board team on winning the championship at the Orseck Moot Court Competition in June! This State Championship audience is full of appellate lawyers and benched by all seven Justices of the Supreme Court of Florida.

Team members included Shirley Zambrano (Team Manager), Megan Mattson (brief writer), Nakeshia Baptiste and Jennifer D’Augustinis (oralists). In addition to winning the championship, Keshia won the Best Advocate Awards for both the preliminary and final rounds!

The team was coached by Professors Sander Moody and Nick Martino, defeating the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern in the preliminary rounds, the University of Miami in the semi-finals, and Stetson University in the championship round. Florida Coastal has reached the Orseck finals seven of the last nine years and the Orseck semi-finals nine years in a row. Both records are the best in the state for that time period. Congratulations to all!

Zehmer Moot Court Teams Celebrate Success

At the Zehmer National Workers’ Compensation Moot Court Competition, two Moot Court Honor Board teams celebrated tremendous success after battling each other in the semi-finals, where only one could proceed! Samantha Marriott, Megan Mattson, and Britney Horton gave stellar performances, earning a slot in the finals. Camille Smith, Heather McGriff, and Taylor Bowman also shined, as the second team advancing into the semi-finals. In addition, Britney Horton received the Best Advocate Award while Camile Smith received the Professionalism Award, only given by a few competitions. Congratulations to all participants for a job well-done.

Natalie Fina did an incredible job as the Team Manager for both Zehmer teams, while Professor Sander Moody coached. In the last ten years at Zehmer, Florida Coastal has had seven teams in the finals and won four championships. This punctuates the remarkable Honor Board record over the past 12 months, completing 22 competitions, reaching 5 finals, and winning 10 championships, while maintaining its top-10 national brief-writing ranking.

Discounted Jaguars tickets through Coastal Law

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Coastal Law have teamed up again to bring you discounted tickets for the 2013 season. By participating, you can save up to 50 percent off game day pricing. There are a limited number of available seats, so order now to ensure you won’t miss any of the action.

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D.W. Perkins Mentorship Program Meeting

2013 Perkins Save the Date - General Meeting(edited)

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How do I…?

Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I find information about government agencies?” Well, have we got some information for you! Most federal government information can be found through FDSys. Most Florida government information can be found through My Florida. More specific research details we can show you at our Administrative Law and Legislative History Workshops running from September 3rd through September 13th.

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Clinical Program Information Sessions on Tuesday

Do you have legal work experience on your resume?

Do you have your Bar Clearance?

Interested in doing a clinic or externship? 

Would you like to know more about each program?

Do you have questions about how to balance a clinic or externship with your other courses?

The clinic and externship programs will be hosting 3 information sessions next week for students to ask questions and learn about the programs.

Tuesday at 12 in room 400
Tuesday at 4 30 in room 400
Friday at 12 in room 400
Lunch served at the noon hour sessions.

Clinical Faculty and Experienced Students will be on hand to answer quesitons.


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NFL Settles Concussion Lawsuit.

Today, August 29, 2013, the NFL reached a settlement with all 4,500 litigants in a lawsuit claiming that the NFL had hidden some of the risks of concussions. The settlement has a total value of $765 million to distributed, in large part, to the former players and their families. The remaining money will be used for baseline medical exams and to conduct research on concussions, particularly the impact on youth sports. The terms of the agreement state there is no admission of liability or guilt by the NFL or admissions of weakness of claims by plaintiffs. The payments will be distributed over the next 17 years, but half of the payment will be distributed over the next 3 years.

The judicial order can be found at the following link:  A more detailed list of the principal terms can be found here:

By CURB contributor Joshua Blessing, Florida Coastal JD Candidate 2014, BS Business Administration, Concord University, former Director of Golf, 2003 to 2011, Wolf Creek Golf Colf Club.

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Interested in Entertainment, Sports or IP Law?

The 25th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference will take place November 6-10, 2013 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Akerman Senterfitt Student Scholarship provides a partial scholarship to three (3) law students attending the Conference in an amount of not less than $1000 per recipient. The scholarship funds awarded to each student will be deducted from Conference travel expenses.

Attached, please find the 2013 Scholarship Application, a tentative conference agenda, and the travel package information/registration form for this conference. This is a fantastic networking and educational opportunity for law students who would like to practice in the areas of Entertainment, Intellectual Property, or Sports Law. The scholarship application deadline is September 5, 2013.

2013ScholarshipApp 2013TravelRegistrationForm 2013CLEBrochure(Tentative)


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criminal defense clinic. . .and it’s only week 2

It’s hard to believe that the semester has barely begun.  Clinicians are busy with jail visits, calling/meeting with clients, following up with witnesses and/or victims, pulling records, trying to get a handle on the lingo and abbreviations used in this wonderful world of criminal defense, and trying to get prepared for next week’s calendar.  All in all we have 36 cases on the calendar for next week. . .28 of them on Friday’s calendar.  This is reality.  No time to whine.  It’s time to rock and roll! 

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The CSD is Seeking a Fall Federal Work Study Student!

Come work with us!! The Career Services Department (CSD) is currently looking for a student to Two Young Women in Front of the Computer Talkingwork 20 hours a week in our office. The CSD must be able to depend on the person selected to work their assigned schedule. Applicants must have strong computer skills including proficiency using Excel and comfort with databases. The person selected will interface with students, employers and the CSD team as part of their everyday responsibility, therefore a pleasant disposition is a prerequisite for hire.

The main job duties will include data entry; interfacing with all of the CSD’s constituencies; and other duties as assigned. This position pays $10.00 per hour.

To be considered for this position, you must qualify for Federal Work Study. To see if you qualify, please speak with Rita Rosario in Financial Aid. Interested candidates should submit a resume (including availability) to Lisa Vervynck at or apply on Symplicity.

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In the Library this Week (Aug 26th – Sept)

– LPIII Basic Westlaw Training;
– LPII Advanced Westlaw Training;
– LPII Advanced Lexis Training;
– Possible noise from the atrium on Thursday at Noon;
– Labor Day weekend Library hours.

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Do you need to fill out your Florida Bar Character and Fitness Information?

Do you need to fill out your Florida Bar Character and Fitness Information? If you aren’t taking the Florida bar exam, maybe the character and fitness for another state? Maybe you are looking to get your Certified Legal Intern (CLI) clearance? If so, then do we have good news for you! The Library has put together a LibGuide full of resources to help you find the information required for the Character and Fitness portion of the Florida Bar and the CLI!

Take a look at this handy guide on the Library homepage under Resources and then LibGuides. Once in the Florida Coastal’s LibGuides site, look at the Florida Bar Character and Fitness Information LibGuide. It’s that easy!


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