Monthly Archives: September 2013

Jacksonville attorney first to go on trial in Allied Veterans case

Rod Sullivan, professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law, said he is confused by what the Attorney General’s Office is doing.

A few weeks ago, Sullivan said the gambling case appeared to be weak because of the way gambling laws were written by the Legislature. But the money laundering case was probably strong.

But Sullivan changed his mind as more plea deals occurred.

“I was shocked that they took a plea deal from Chase Burns,” Sullivan said. “He seemed to be the key to the money laundering case.”


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2L Only Event: 50 Yard Line!

50 Yard Line Flyer 2013

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Sept. 9, 2013 – SBA Newsletter

Fellow Students,

We hope everyone had a great weekend. We have a few upcoming events for you to take note of.

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Coastal Law Foundation awards scholarships

Coastal Weekly | September 15-21

Coastal Law Foundation awards scholarships

This September, two Coastal Law students were awarded scholarships from the The Coastal Law Foundation. We are grateful to the faculty members who contributed their time and expertise in the area of clinical and pro bono work, and participated in the selection process.

  • Leah S. Gregoire was awarded the J. Richter Humanitarian Award

This award was established in the memory of the late Mr. J. Richter by his wife, Mrs. Gail F. Richter.  Mrs. Richter asked that the money be awarded to a student who “excels in Humanitarian causes and programs”.

Ms. Gregoire is a senior clinical student in the Immigrant Rights Clinic. She tried an Asylum case before the Immigration Court in Orlando for a Haitian earthquake survivor and received high compliments from both the judges and the government officials she appeared before. She recently drafted and submitted a brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals for a victim of extreme gender based violence, making complex arguments regarding a particular social group. She is passionate about Immigrant rights and the rights of the vulnerable.  She went above and beyond for her client making referrals for shelter, food and clothing. Leah has also worked over 140 pro bono hours in addition to her clinical case hours.

  • Emily B. Cochran was awarded American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Scholarship

This award was established through an endowment by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who “distinguishes himself/herself in the area of Family Law”.

Emily is currently the President of the Family Law Society, having previously served as Social Chair. She has completed over 600 hours of pro bono service, including her time with the Family Law Clinic. She has volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem and participated in other family law related events, including the Ask A Lawyer Pro Bono Project. Emily has attended the Mental Health CLE and Professional Symposium focusing on family law issues both of which were sponsored by the local bar and is hoping to serve as student member of the Family Law Inns of Court for the 2013-2014.

Other scholarship news

Congratulations to Daniella Caceda who will be receiving free tuition from the American Immigration Lawyers Association to attend their annual Central Florida Conference in Clearwater Beach this October 11th and 12th.

Federalist Society Debate

Please join our Professors Kolenc and Tomain as they debate “Citizens United: Judicial Activism or Free Speech?” on Wednesday, September 18th, room 425 from noon until 1 p.m. Lunch from 4 Rivers Smokehouse will be provided and all are welcome to attend!

Pro Bono Opportunities

Interested in public interest law? Please join the Pro Bono Department on September 19th, room 525 from noon to one p.m. to learn more about Coastal’s voluntary pro bono program! This is a great opportunity to gain legal experience and get involved in the community. Representatives from the American Red Cross and the Family Nurturing Center will be sharing information about their organizations.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in participating in one of our clinical programs, The Criminal Law, Disabilities & Benefits, and Caribbean Law Clinics are each still accepting applications. Participation in a clinic is great way to acquire practical legal work experience.

Are you Bi-lingual?  Earn pro bono hours for interpreting in a legal setting

The Clinics Volunteer Interpreter Program (VIP) needs student volunteers to help better serve its clients. If you are bi-lingual and would like to earn pro bono hours by assisting the clinical programs communicate with limited English proficient clients, please send an e-mail to vbernadotte@fcsl.eduor

The Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic currently has an urgent need for a Swahili and Amharic interpreter.  If you are fluent in Swahili or Amharic, please e-mail

Students – Want some Bar Character & Fitness Application Help?

The Library will help you find the information you need to fill out your bar character and fitness application! Stop by the Atrium on Tuesday, September 17th from 11:45am-1:30pm to ask your questions. A notary will be available to notarize your application. Remember all 1st semester students must complete their Florida Bar Character & Fitness application (or receive an exemption) in order to register for spring classes.

Some of Coastal’s Offices Have Moved

This week completed the move of several offices out of Oak Grove and into Baypine, including Finance and Admissions. Finance is now located in suites 391-399. Admissions is now located on the first floor in offices formerly occupied by SBA and the Public Interest and Skills Office.

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Judge reverses decision to restrict media in reporting on confession in child’s attack at Best Buy

Rod Sullivan, professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law, had said it’s the responsibility of Duval County Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell’s office to ensure the documents are redacted, not the responsibility of the media to withhold information.

“When something happens like this, you can’t just say, ‘Oh, well,’ ” Fussell said. He said he has warned the deputy clerk responsible, and “it’ll be in the forefront of everyone’s mind going forward.”


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Resume and Cover Letter Workshop!

Is Your Cover Letter Perfect?
Is Your Resume Flawless?
Are You Sure?

Join the Career Services Department on Tuesday, September 17th at 12:00 P.M. in Room 250 Resumefor a Resume and Cover Letter Workshop. CSD Counselor Ray Adams will review what makes a legal resume stand out and how to get your cover letter noticed among the sea of applicants.

Stay a step ahead of your competition and learn some new tips for tailoring your cover letters to the opportunities you desire. Even if you think your documents are perfect, a quick refresher is always a great idea!

Pizza and refreshments will be served. Don’t miss this important workshop! RSVP through Symplicity or send an e-mail to

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Apply Now For Clinics!

Clinic Applications Available on simplicity (link above):

  • Disability & Public Benefits
  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Immigrant Rights

Gain trial, pre lit drafting & transactional experience while still in law school.

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In the Library this Week (Sept. 9th – 15th)

– Researching for Your ALWR Workshop;
– Researching Federal Administrative Law Workshop;
– Researching Federal Legislative History Workshop;
– Westlaw Career Focus Training;
– WestlawNext Certification Training;
– Mandatory Advanced Westlaw Makeup Training.

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Central Florida Diversity Mentoring Picnic on September 21st!


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Army/Navy JAG Corps Joint Presentation!

We are excited to announce that on Friday, September 13th at 1:30 p.m. in Room 425 an Army Man in U.s. Marine Corps Uniform Saluting American FlagJAG Corps officer as well as a Navy JAG Corps officer will conduct a joint information session for all students interested in learning about careers and internship opportunities in JAG.

This is a very rare chance to listen to two military JAG Corps representatives speak to students together and an especially great opportunity for first semester 1Ls to learn all about jobs and life in the JAG Corps and speak one-on-one with officers working in the field. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions in an informal setting.

RSVP on Symplicity or if you are a First Semester 1Ls to and let us know you’ll be joining us!

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