Monthly Archives: October 2013

2014 John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship

The ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer 2014 Program. 

The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.  Students must already have a position offered, contingent on funding, from a qualified organization.

This fellowship is open to all law students and first year law students are encouraged to apply.

All applications must be received by Monday, March 31, 2014.  Early submissions are welcome.  The complete application can be found here.  For more information about this fellowship, visit the website at:

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Joint degree programs now available

Coastal Weekly | October 20-26

Joint Degree Programs Now Available

Attention 1Ls and 2Ls: Coastal Law has partnered with Jacksonville University to offer a JD/Master in Public Policy (MPP) dual degree program. JU is now accepting applications and will admit a maximum of 20 MPP students for Fall 2014. First and second year Coastal Law students are eligible. To learn more, please attend the upcoming information session on October 24 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 510.

Center for Law Practice Technology

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  • The legal industry is undergoing a paradigm shift from one which has been focused on inputs (i.e., number of people and hours involved in working on a client’s case) to one focused on outputs (i.e., how much can be produced in a given period while minimizing the cost of inputs and producing excellent results).
  • Law students with technical training are in high demand by the exploding legal services industry.
  • Companies offering legal services such as e-discovery and document review and those offering software to improve the efficiency of legal services doubled the number of jobs available between 1998 and 2010.
  • Florida Coastal is one of a handful of law schools offering legal technology courses to its students.
  • Sign up for Center for Law Practice Technology courses in the Spring 2014 semester and distinguish yourself from the crowd.
  • Visit for more information.

Action at the Clinics

The Criminal Defense Clinic was scheduled for a jury trial this week. The clinic acted as a trial team in drafting and filing motions to dismiss. In addition to those motions, the clinic also filed a motion to depose witnesses who refused to speak with the clinicians. Due to the great work of Professor Ragsdale and her “gang of eight” super clinicians the State ended up dropping all charges on the date of jury selection. Kudos to the CDC team!

The Public Benefits Clinic and the Immigrant Rights Clinic have been collaborating with the Regional Conflict Counsel’s Office on case involving a family with a disabled child and family immigration issues. Dean DuBose has pitched in to help the clinics with this case. Whenever possible, Coastal Law clinics try to work together to provide clients with holistic legal services.

Family law clinic students are providing much needed legal services to a diverse group of clients in the northeast Florida area, including clients with special needs and disabilities. Recently Professor Tuttle met with JALA’s pro bono director Kathy Para to discuss ways in which the clinic could assist JALA with this great community need.

The Immigrant Rights Clinic students have been working overtime responding to the confusion that the Federal Government Shut Down has caused to immigrant clients.

Coastal Clinic student Daniella Caceda did an amazing job representing the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the AILA Central Florida Conference in Clearwater, FL. She interacted with experienced immigration attorneys from all over the country.

Join The Human Trafficking Task Force

Florida Coastal Clinical Students are teaming up the NE Florida Human Trafficking Task force to plan events for January 2014 human trafficking awareness month. Florida Coastal’s Immigrant Rights Clinic is providing representation to numerous human trafficking victims. Contact Ericka Curran at for more information and learn ways to get involved.

Don’t Miss the Pro Bono Fall Forum This Thursday!

On Thursday, October 24, 2013 from noon to 1 p.m., Pro Bono is hosting its annual Fall Forum. During the Fall Forum, representatives from more than 20 nonprofit organizations will be in the atrium, meeting with students to discuss how they can get involved and make a difference in their organizations. See you there!

Moot Court Congratulations Again!

Congratulations to two Moot Court Honor Board teams in their success at the National Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition in Atlanta. In fact, our two teams faced each other in the national quarter-finals. The team of Kristy Warren, Joseph Nall, and Jennifer Pruden shined, reaching the quarter-finals. The team of Keisha Baptiste, Charlie Pearson, and Rachel Kotkin excelled and reached the semi-finals. Alicia Battern did fantastic job as Team Manager. Professor Nick Martino coached both teams.

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Ohio State Football And The Curse Of The Big Ten

“In the interest of full disclosure, I bleed Big Ten, with rooting interests from as early as I have memories. So while I remember the contra-legacy of the “Big Two-Little Eight” I admit the bias of finding any spin to prop up the conference of my youth.

“And admittedly I am hemorrhaging more this year that usual. I can, for example distinguish and lessen the conference pain from the former era. It was a time when only one Big Ten team was bowl bound to the Rose Bowl. So the battle between Ohio State and Michigan was not so painful to the other teams that had lesser expectations and even fewer opportunities to unseat the twosome. But as times changes, so do perceptions.”

continue at SportsMoney.

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Attention 3Ls: Job Search Boot Camp is Here!

3L Bootcamp _ Fall 2013

Catered (non-pizza) lunch will be provided!!  There will be special giveaways throughout the event!!

Registration is capped at 100 attendees!  Hurry and RSVP on Symplicity by Wednesday, Oct. 23rd at 3:00 pm!

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Spring Externships Still Available!

Due to last minute submissions, there are still a few Spring credit-bearing Externship opportunitiesExternships available for a limited time! They are:

  • Federal Public Defender’s Office
  • Main Street America
  • Second Harvest

View these externship opportunities on Symplicity under the “Externships” shortcut link on the homepage or click on the Jobs tab and be sure to get your application materials in order before Thursday, October 31st!

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Mathis verdict called a win and ‘disturbing’

Rod Sullivan, a law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, said attorneys who represent clients with a gambling interest need to be concerned their advice may now cause them great exposure.

Defense attorney Mitch Stone called the potential precedent set by the case “very disturbing.”

Mathis agreed, saying, “Attorneys are on trial in this case. And attorneys all over the nation need to be very afraid when six years after you give legal advice, somebody disagrees with that legal advice and they can convict you of a crime.”

Sullivan said when the Internet cafes surfaced, he spent time researching the issue. The cafes sold Internet time and gave away sweepstakes entries that had to be checked on machines that resembled slot machines.

Sullivan said he determined the businesses “may fall under the exception for sweepstakes.”

“My impression was that this is very much an unsettled area of the law,” he said.

read more at the Jax Daily Record.

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Need Interviewing Tips and Advice?

Do you want to sharpen your interviewing skills?  Then don’t miss this Interviewing Workshop onInterview Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:00-1:15 p.m. in Room 250.  Your resume can get you in the door, but it takes a successful interview to get the job.  Learn how to effectively prepare for job interviews as well as strategies and techniques for making the right impression during the interview.

RSVP on Symplicity or send an email to by 9:00 a.m. on the 17th to reserve your spot.  Lunch and drinks will be provided to those who RSVP!

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The Center for Law Practice Technology courses open this Spring

Coastal Weekly | October 13 – October 19

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The recently announced Coastal Center for Law Practice Technology will be offering the following courses this spring:

  • Law Practice Technology and Management:  3 credits- Professors Granat and Kimbro
  • Ethics of Online Legal Services:   1 credit- Professors Hornsby and Kimbro
  • Social Media in Law Practice: 1 credit-  Professor Kimbro
  • Legal Document Automation:  2 credits- Professor Lauritsen

Courses offered through the CLPT will:

  • Provide a distinct advantage to students entering a solo or small firm practice by teaching them how to create a virtual law firm, automate legal documents, leverage social media to develop a brand, and ensure legal services are delivered in an ethically sound manner.
  • Position students to assume careers in the burgeoning market of companies offering technology solutions for legal services, including electronic discovery, legal process outsourcing, law practice management software, automated document assembly, and more.
  • Provide students with the knowledge of technology recommended by ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1, comment 8, which states that lawyers should “keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.”
  • Address ways to improve access to justice through the use of legal technology.

For more information about the Center, the courses and our nationally-recognized professors, please visit

Pro Bono Student Informational Meeting

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Pro Bono will host an informational meeting in room 405 from noon to 1 p.m. During the meeting, students can find out about new volunteer opportunities in the Northeast Florida community. Representatives from the Department of Children and Family Services and the Fourth Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program will be present to provide information about how students can get involved in their organizations. Volunteering is a great way to gain legal experience while helping individuals without the resources to help themselves. We hope to see you there!

Bar Character & Fitness Event During Hot Dog Wednesday

The Library and IT will be hosting Hot Dog Wednesday on October 16th.  During the event, the Librarians will also be available to help you find the information you need to fill out your bar character and fitness application!  Stop by the Hot Dog Wednesday event on the deck, October 16th from 4:00pm-6:00pm, to ask your questions and have a snack.  Remember all 1st semester students must complete their Florida Bar Character & Fitness application (or receive an exemption) in order to register for Spring classes.

3Ls – Take a FREE Kaplan Diagnostic Exam to Help You Prepare for the Bar!

Florida Coastal School of Law and Kaplan have collaborated to offer December graduates an outstanding opportunity to more effectively prepare for the bar exam. Between October 15, 2013 and November 5, 2013, graduating students are invited to take, free of charge, the online 3L Kaplan Diagnostic Exam. The exam is designed to test Torts, Contracts, Real Property, and Criminal Law, areas that are frequently tested on state bar exams, as well as essay writing. Students will receive detailed individual reports that provide valuable insight that can help them better prepare to take the Bar Exam. Graduating students will receive an email with information on how to log on to take the exam.

Want your information to appear in the Coastal Weekly?

If you have some exciting news to share or want to promote an event to the entire Coastal Law community, please be sure to send it to Kirsten Oliver at in the Advancement Department by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. to make it into the next edition.

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New Spring Externship Opportunity with Second Harvest!

The mission of Second Harvest North Florida is to distribute food and grocery products to hungry people and to educate the public about the causes and possible solutions to problems of domestic hunger.                           

APPLICATION MATERIALS:  Resume; Unofficial Transcript; Writing Sample; Experiential Learning Agreement Form (can be found on Symplicity’s document library)

REQUIREMENTS:  Interest in logistics, transportation, and food; 2L or 3L students       

DUTIES:  The anticipated work of the selected extern is to be involved in operational aspects of the organization. Students will assist with regulatory and compliance matters, review and analyze contracts, draft memorandums, assist with warehouse logistics, transportation, and operational management. Issues may include food safety and the recall process.

Address Cover Letter to:  Dear Sir or Madam:   

Applications DUE OCTOBER 14, 2013

Questions?  Contact the CSD at or 680-7744.

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Jacksonville man, customers want clothes back after dry cleaner closes

“Their best legal option is to contact the landlord that leased the property because the landlord has the obligation to allow customers to pick up the property that’s in the leased premises,” said Rod Sullivan, a law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law. “Because it doesn’t belong to the tenant and they have to give them at least ten days to come by to pick up their clothing, and I think most reasonable landlords will give even more time than that.”



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