Monthly Archives: September 2013

Need Pro Bono Hours?

JALA (Jacksonville Area Legal Aid) is seeking volunteers for its intake department. It’s a great wayJALA to gain Pro Bono hours and give back to the community! 

Contact Kathy Para, Esq. at or 904-356-8371 for more information.  Visit to learn more about JALA and how you can contribute.

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Opportunities and scholarships

Coastal Weekly | September 29 – October 5, 2013

Career Services Drop-In Day for 2Ls & 3Ls

The CSD will be hosting any 2Ls and 3Ls who wish to DROP-IN to the Career Services Office, ROOM 180, on Tuesday, October 1st between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for help completing Spring 2014 Externship Applications and enjoy a snack while working! The deadline to apply on Symplicity for Externships with Corporations, Public Interest Employers, and Government Entities is October 11th. We encourage students to act quickly to ensure time to have application materials reviewed. Don’t wait until the last minute!

No appointments are necessary for 2Ls and 3Ls, October 1st only!  (For all other days, counseling appointments with the CSD are required and can be scheduled via Symplicity, by stopping into Room 180 or emailing

Clinic Opportunities Await!

Criminal Defense Clinic and Family Law Clinic applications are due by midnight September 30th.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to gain real, legal work experience during your time in law school. Consider this great opportunity to get real legal work experience before you graduate.

Hispanic Leadership Recognizes Professor Ada Hammond

Professor Ada Hammond has been selected by Mayor Brown to receive the Hispanic American Leadership Award for the difference she has made to the city’s Hispanic community in the areas of Business and Education.  She will receive this award on Monday, September 30 inside City Council Chambers at 117 W Duval St Jacksonville, FL 32202, at 6 p.m.

Here is a link with more info about the award:

Apply For These Florida Coastal School of Law Foundation Scholarships Now!

The Florida Coastal Foundation is now accepting applications for the Dan Bradley and Coastal Law Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships range from $2,000 to $2,500, and are awarded based upon merit, need, and the specific criteria of each scholarship. The deadline for applying is October 10th, 2013, with short essays required for each. For more information, look for a recent email with application from Kirsten Oliver in the Office of Advancement, or contact Elizabeth Bates at

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Appeals court orders new trial for Jacksonville’s Marissa Alexander in case attracting ‘Stand Your Ground’ attention

Rod Sullivan, professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law, said minimum mandatories have gotten out of control.

“This was not something that was meant for warning shots,” Sullivan said. “The Legislature needs to fix this.”

Sullivan said Corey and Alexander both have reasons to consider a deal now.


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Ship hits Mathews Bridge; span ‘closed indefinitely’

“The damage to the concrete sections of the metal grating is extensive and the bridge will be closed for some time,” said Rod Sullivan, a Florida Coastal School of Law professor who specializes in marine incidents.

Read the entire story at

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Marine JAG Corps to Visit Campus!

Join officers from Marine JAG on Thursday, October 3, 2013 to learn all about life and a career inMarine Corp the Marine JAG Corps!  Come to an open information session in Room 525 at 12:30-1:30 p.m. or stop by to visit them at their table in the Atrium at 11:30 a.m. on October 3rd!  Learn about:

  • Benefits of being a Marine JAG
  • The application process
  • The commissioning process
  • Internship opportunities and more!

Log onto Symplicity and RSVP for the information session at 12:30 so we know that you’re coming. No need to RSVP to visit them in the Atrium!  The Marine JAG Corps doesn’t visit our campus often, so be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity!!

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Interested in Learning about the Air Force JAG Corps?

Sign up for the upcoming OCI on October 28th! We strongly encourage any students or alumni United States Air Force Demonstration Team Performing During Air Showinterested in learning about or applying for commission in the Air Force JAG Corps to apply for an upcoming informational interview. Though it has no weight on your application, it will provide you with a contact in the organization and allow you an opportunity for that all important FIRST IMPRESSION to stand out in the best light possible!

OCI: U.S. Air Force, Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Eligible: Second Semester 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, Graduates
Position: Assistant Judge Advocate, Summer Internship
Location: Worldwide
Recommended: Be sure to visit to review the application process.
Application Material: Resume, Unofficial Transcript, Experiential Learning/OCI Agreement Form (found in the Document Library on Symplicity)
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application via Symplicity under the OCI tab

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Criminal Defense and Family Law Clinic Application Deadline Extended to September 30th

The Application Deadline for the Criminal Defense Clinic and Family Law Clinic has been extended for students. Please apply online via simplicity. CLI required for these exciting opportunities.

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LSAV and Clinics Sponsor Guest Lecture with JSO and FBI Victim Advocates

LSAV panelVictim Advoce Jax SherLSAV and Clinics co-sponsor a panel discussion with
FBI victim specialist Michelle Thorne
JSO Vitim Advocate Kathy Panel
JSO International Unit Officer Nuria Archibald

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Congrats to our ABOTA scholarship recipients

Coastal Weekly | September 22-28

Florida Character & Fitness Clearance Onsite Fingerprinting Opportunity for Students

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity! The company who does all fingerprinting for the Florida Bar will be in the Library on Wednesday, October 2nd. Avoid the drive to their offices, off-site appointments, and get your fingerprinting done. Students must make an appointment and prepay by September 30th. Follow the step by step directions available on our Character & Fitness website or go to Remember all 1st semester students must complete their Florida Bar Character & Fitness application (or receive an exemption) in order to register for spring classes.

Congrats to our ABOTA scholarship recipents!

Very recently, six students earned the American Board of Trial Advocates Scholarship for their outstanding performance in their Fall 2012 Professional Responsibility classes. This award was coordinated by Professor John J. Schickel of Coker, Schickel, Sorenson & Posgay.

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Pictured from left to right are: Benjamin Bennett, KyleMilliron and George Arut. Scholarship recipients not pictured, include Caterina Mainardi, Katrina Wosko and Amanda Parker, who have graduated.

Announcing the Coastal Law Foundation 2013-2014 Annual Fund

In Florida, there are more laws than ever in place to protect residents, help victims and prosecute predators of human trafficking. However, important work remains, as Florida accounts for the third-highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

The Legal Clinics at Coastal Law operate largely on countless faculty and pro bono student clinician services hours. In fact, from 2011-2013, the Florida Coastal School of Law legal clinics provided approximately 59,000 hours of pro bono legal services in Jacksonville and its surrounding communities!

The goal of the Coastal Law 2013-2014 Annual Fund is to provide much needed additional support to our clinics as they continue to defend victims of these horrific crimes.

The Coastal Law Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose to raise money for scholarships and programming, and provide opportunities for Coastal Law students to enter the legal profession and to pursue their passion for public service.

If you are able, I encourage you to show your support and help stop the traffic. Click here to donate.

Mock Trial Triumphs

Over the past 10 days the Mock Trial Team has competed in ten rounds of preliminary trials, semi-finals and finals. The 37 students new to Mock Trial this year each had to try a case based on the murder of a winning lottery ticket holder by a recent law school grad with a lot of debt.

The semi-finalist teams were Brandon Coleman & Olumide Olaloye (state) v. Alexander Gilewicz & Sarah Morris (defense) and Michael Spain & Ashlea Edwards (state) v. Megan Becker & Jerry Minix (defense). All four teams tried outstanding cases the past two evenings and were scored by local attorneys from the State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and private firms. The top scoring state team was Brandon Coleman & Mide Olaloye. The top scoring defense team was Alex Gilewicz & Sarah Morris. These two finalist teams had the opportunity to try their case Friday morning at the federal courthouse in front of Federal Magistrate Monte Richardson.

Congratulations to Alexander Gilewicz and Sarah Thomas for winning the Mock Trial Intramural Competition. Also, congratulations to Alex Gilewicz for being named the Best Advocate for the preliminary rounds of the IC. The 12 top individual scorers from the IC are now eligible to try out for the 5th Annual Spohrer Dodd Trial Advocacy Scholarship Competition. They are: Joshua Brumley, Gianelli Latorre-Henley, Brandon Coleman, Christopher Bateh, Erin McLean, Sarah Morris, William “Trey” Flourney, Alexander Gilewicz, Jared Wilkerson, Michael Spain, Ashlea Edwards and Megan Becker. The Fifth Annual Spohrer Dodd Trial Advocacy Scholarship Competition will occur on Tuesday, October 15th in room 450.

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Phase 2 Externships Now OPEN on Symplicity!

Students: The applications for Spring 2014 Externships with Corporations, Public InterestExternships Employers and Government Entities are now OPEN on Symplicity. To find the externship listings, click on the “Externship” shortcut link on your homepage under the “Find a Job” menu or go directly to the “Jobs” tab. Each listing includes the requirements and required application material. (Please note that the application requirements and pre-requisites are set by the supervising attorney). You need to have a resume uploaded on Symplicity in order to view the postings.

Schedule your appointment with a Career Counselor today to review your application materials and discuss the opportunities in a one-on-one setting. You can schedule your appointment on the Symplicity homepage by clicking “Request An Appointment” on the right-hand side of the page or stop by our office in Room 180.

The deadline to apply to any of these externship opportunities is October 11, 2013.

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