Monthly Archives: November 2013

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Holiday!

The Career Services Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday! We will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, and will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, Dec. 2.

Pumpkin Pie with Pastry Leaf Crust

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Family Law Clinician Preps for Temp. Needs Hearing

Professor Tuttle and EMily

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Palm Beach County Bar Association: Diversity Internship Program

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Eligibility: Candidates must be a first year or second year diverse law student from Florida law schools that are interested in working in Palm Beach County.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Top 50% of class
  • Involvement and leadership in law school organizations
  • Recognized outstanding achievements
  • Proven commitment to serving others

Internship Information:

  • Program Length: May 27, 2014 – August 8, 2014
  • Work Schedules: 20-40 hours per week
  • Pay Rates: $10.00-$15.00/ hour for law firms and $200.00 stipend per week for government employers

Deadline: January 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Click Palm Beach County Bar Association for the application or obtain a copy here: Palm Beach County Internship 2014

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NCAA Sues Its Own Agent And Further Eroding Itself

“The NCAA was complicit in using the name and likeness of former student-athletes in video games of EA Sports without player permission or compensation. The NCAA paid a company, Collegiate Licensing Company (“CLC”), to market and handles its intellectual property rights associated with this venture. In several lawsuits, the former players claimed the NCAA, EA Sports as the video manufacturer, and CLC violated antitrust laws, among other laws, conspiring together against the former student-athletes. EA Sports and CLC have recently settled with the plaintiffs, leaving the NCAA to legally fend for itself.”

… read the rest at SportsMoney.


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Caribbean Bar Association Scholarship

The Caribbean Bar Association (CBA) has announced its annual scholarship. The scholarship will award up to two 8-week Judicial Internships with judges in South Florida and one 8-week Legal Services Internship with Legal Services of Greater Miami.  Each recipient will receive a stipend in the amount of $3,000.00. Applications are Caribbean-Bar-Association-Logo1available in Career Services. The deadline to apply is January 17, 2014. As a part of the application process students must complete a 1,000 words or less essay.  A copy of the application is attached below.

Should you have any questions, please contact Amber Williams at

CBA Scholarship Application

Learn more about the Caribbean Bar Association by clicking here.

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Dressed to Kill Fashion Show hosted by JBA & JWLA

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With Marissa Alexander Still Behind Bars, Where Does Her Case Go From Here?

Rod Sullivan, professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law, joined us via telephone to discuss the latest developments in the case and take listener calls.

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Coastal Law Mock Trial announcements

Coastal Weekly | November 17-23

Mock Trial Announcements

November 7-11 was a historic weekend for Mock Trial. The team of Theresa Carli 3L, Jorge Gonzalez 2L, Keshia Baptiste 3L and Jola Adigun 3L were the champions at the National Buffalo Niagara Trial Advocacy Competition! With 36 teams and 8 rounds in this competition, Coastal Law outperformed teams from Seton Hall, William and Mary, Georgia State, Houston, Creighton, Faulkner, Temple, and Pacific McGeorge, taking the number one spot. Jola Adigun tied for the Best Advocate award. Congratulations to a hard fought and most deserved win! Congratulations also to team manager Aaron Pease and Coastal and Mock Trial alum coach Janeen Mira.

Additionally, two Coastal teams competed in the Florida Justice Association’s Mock Trial Competition in Tampa. Megan McCoy 3L, Chardo Richardson 2L, Temitope Ola 2L and Keith Robertson 2L placed fifth out of all the Florida schools. Although Mide Olaloye 2L, Megan Becker 2L, Erin McLean 3L, and Trey Flournoy 2L didn’t place, they did an outstanding job winning one of their two preliminary rounds. Congratulations to all as well as their team manager (TM), Elisabeth Whitmire (who incidentally has been the most outstanding TM of this season) as well as their coaches Jamie Holland and Robert Underwood.

Pro Bono Opportunities – Don’t Miss Out!

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 the Pro Bono Department will hold a meeting from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. in room 505. During the meeting, students can obtain information about the law school’s voluntary pro bono program. If you are interested in obtaining legal experience and getting involved in the community, plan on attending. Representatives from Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and Three Rivers Legal Services will be present and sharing information about how students can get involved in their organizations.

The Public Interest Research Bureau:

A team led by Managing Editor Boris Futeryan with Research Assistants Amanda Uwaibi and Timothy Warren and Spot Editor William Cassidy completed a project for Gulf Coast Legal Aid regarding the sale of a camper with no title. A team led by Managing Editor Maggie Harris with Research Assistants Kristin Saam, Jessica Stillwell and Sara Nekou and Spot Editor Angela Viltro completed a project for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County regarding the mandatory electronic filing of court documents for pro se indigent litigants who do not have regular computer or internet access. If you are interested in learning about the Research Bureau or participating, please visit us on the school website at

Legal Clinic Updates

  • Disability and Public Benefit Clinic: George Arut, certified legal intern, with the help of student advocates, Steve Kouri, Jarmon Desadier and Shawn Chesbrough, assisted caregivers in obtaining Guardian Advocacy over three individuals with developmental disabilities.  The process entails providing the individuals with support while maintaining their independence in the community.
  • Family Law Clinic (FLC): Jenniza Rosado drafted a motion to dismiss an appeal where the minor child is deaf and the court changed custody to the father, so the child could attend the school for the deaf and blind.  The appeal was from an order granting the father’s emergency motion.  Jenniza argued that it was not a final or appealable order under the appellate rules. The Court (3rd DCA) granted the FLC’s motion and dismissed the appeal. The FLC has won two out of three motions! The final appeal is now pending–brief writing, here we come!
  • Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC): IRC students have been representing many clients in asylum claims this semester.  Recently Jansen Balisi and Cristina platter presented an asylum case for an LGBT client who faced persecution in his country based on his sexual orientation. Alberto Lugo and Paula Molano are filing an asylum claim for another client who fears persecution as a perceived member of the LGBT community. Stephanie Chopurian and Seok Mi Kim are representing individuals in a domestic violence-based asylum claim. Christina Chavez and Sandra Alvarado are preparing for an asylum trial with an immigrant child who fled gang violence in Central America. Willie Wallace has been working diligently to defend the rights of a young man who faces deportation, despite being the child of a US citizen and having been raised in the US for most of his life.
  • Criminal Defense Clinic: The criminal defense clinic worked on a mock Jury selection last week in preparation for trial.  The criminal defense clinic typically has hearings for 20- 25 clients a week.

Join the Thanksgiving Judicial Breakfast on Thursday!

The Young Lawyers Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association invites all Coastal Law students to their Thanksgiving Judicial Breakfast on Thursday, November 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse in the 9th Floor Clerk’s Office.  Don’t miss the opportunity to join The Jacksonville Bar Association’s Young Lawyers and our Federal Judges for breakfast.  RSVP to Lauren Blocker ’10 at by Tuesday, November 19!  Please remember you must present a photo ID to the Court Security Officers to enter the courthouse, and you may only bring in cell phones or other electronic devices upon presentation of a Florida Bar card or Duval County Courthouse lawyer identification card.

For instant updates, follow Florida Coastal School of Law on Twitter @floridacoastal or President Dennis Stone @dennisjstone

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Blackstone Legal Fellowship Informational Webinar

The Blackstone Legal Fellowship is a prestigious, nine-week summer internship program designed to train future legal scholars, litigators, policy makers, and judges, and is unlike any other opportunity available to Christian law students. What makes Blackstone unique?

  • Blackstone interns gather for two weeks at the beginning of the summer for intensive training in constitutional jurisprudence, natural law, history, and effective advocacy, taught by prominent legal scholars from around the country.
  • Each intern then participates in a six-week field internship that is individually selected to advance each intern’s career objectives. Placements include government entities, law firms, policy groups, and public interest legal organizations, both domestic and international.
  • The summer concludes with a week of career development training led by top litigators, jurists, and other legal professionals.
  • Upon completion of the program, interns will have the opportunity to join the Fellowship and have access to a dedicated career services team, additional training opportunities, and a broad alumni network that is available throughout their professional careers.

Blackstone is entering its 15th year, and has trained over 1,300 law students. These alumni are now working in major law firms and prominent government offices, teaching at top law schools, and clerking at every level of the state and federal judiciary systems.

Admission to Blackstone is highly competitive. Those selected for participation are provided airfare, lodging, materials, and a $6,300 scholarship.  See the attached flyer for details on how to join the webinar.

Blackstone Informational Webinar – Nov 19


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Hanging Your Own Shingle

Hanging Your Own Shingle

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