Monthly Archives: November 2013

We’ve got new resources!

We’ve added new books! To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received since the start of October, 2013, click Continue reading below. Most of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

Inside arbitration : how an arbitrator decides labor and employment cases / Roger I. Abrams, Richardson Professor of Law, Northeastern University. KF3424 .A73 2013
Think like a lawyer : legal reasoning for law students and business professionals / E. Scott Fruehwald. KF379 .F78 2013
What if I say the wrong thing? : 25 habits for culturally effective people / Vernā A. Myers. KF300 .M944 2013
A copyright masquerade : how corporate lobbying threatens online freedoms / Monica Horten. K1447.95 H67 2013
Federal law of employment discrimination in a nutshell / by Mack A. Player. KF3464 .P583 2013
Principles of evidence / by Graham C. Lilly, Armistead M. Dobie Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Virginia School of Law ; Daniel J. Capra, Philip Reed Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Stephen A. Saltzburg, Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law, George Washington Universtiy Law School. KF8935 .L54 2012
Principles of business organizations / by Richard D. Freer, Douglas K. Moll. HF1008 .F7 2013
Principles of intellectual property law / by Gary Myers. KF2979 .M94 2013
Principles of civil procedure / by Kevin M. Clermont, Ziff Professor of Law, Cornell University. KF8840 .C58 2012
Principles of international law / by Sean D. Murphy. KZ3410 .M873 2012
Principles of tort law / by Marshall S. Shapo. KF1250.Z9 S53 2010
Principles of conflict of laws / by Clyde Spillenger. KF412 .S68 2010
Principles of European Union law / by Ralph H. Folsom. KJE949 .F553 2011
Principles of counter-terrorism law / by Jimmy Gurulé, Geoffrey S. Corn. K5256 .G87 2011
Principles of criminal law / by Wayne R. LaFave. KF9219.85 .L34 2010
Real estate transactions : problems, cases, and materials / Robin Paul Malloy, E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law, Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Diirector, Center on Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism, College of Law, Syracuse University ; James Charles Smith, John Byrd Martin Professor of Law, University of Georgia. KF665.A4 M35 2013

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Honoring our Immigrant Veterans and their contributions to america

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Lawyer: Same-Sex Custody Case Affects Reproductive Medicine, Family Stability

Florida Coastal Law School Professor Sarah Sullivan says the court struck down part of a law essentially defining a mother as an egg donor with no rights. The unconstitutional statute said a so-called “commissioning couple” is a man and woman. Sullivan says the Legislature should rewrite that definition.

“You could definitely just say that a commissioning couple is the intended parent, the two parents of a child who will be conceived with the means of assisted reproductive technology. Take gender as far as mother and father out of it,” she suggests.

read the entire story here.

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Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference

The Judicial Resources Committee of the United States Judicial Conference and Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization®  are pleased to announce the fourth annual Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project for Summer 2014.  The Project’s goal is to provide summer judicial internships for highly-qualified minority, underrepresented, and economically disadvantaged law students.  The Project is national in scope and will place 75 students as judicial interns in federal appellate, district, bankruptcy, and magistrate judges’ chambers across the country.  Interns will have the opportunity to draft bench memoranda, judicial orders, and opinions on a variety of substantive matters, including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, magistrate judge reports, and habeas corpus petitions.  Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills and be prepared to handle the rigors of working in a federal court.

There will be an initial screening, which will identify qualified candidates eligible for a first-round interview conducted in-person or by telephone.  Applicants who clear this round will be referred to one of the Project’s Participating Judges for a second-round interview, after which each Participating Judge will make a final hiring decision.  Applicants who are hired must commit to attending two mandatory training workshops prior to the beginning of the internship, either in-person or via videoconference, and must be available to work full-time as an unpaid intern for a minimum of six weeks. 

The information on how to apply included below is also available at:

All of the program requirements are attached in the accompanying Memorandum of Understanding.  Applicants should submit the following materials as one PDF document in the following order:

(1) a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in diversity and participating in the Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project;
(2) a resume;
(3) a law school transcript, official or unofficial (if first semester law school grades are unavailable or incomplete, please send an undergraduate transcript and supplement with law school grades as they become available);
(4) a writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length);
(5) a list of three references; and
(6) a signed Memorandum of Understanding.

Please name your PDF document as follows:

Firstname_Lastname_Summer 2014 JRC-JTB Application.

At present, this is an unpaid internship, so applicants are encouraged to seek law school or non-profit funding.  Also, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which has been a source of funding for Project interns.

Applications will be received online until  5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, January 6, 2014. Electronic applications will be available at the week of October 28, 2013. Early applications are highly encouraged. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Cover letters may be addressed to: Carla Jordan-Detamore, United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia, Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse, 401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact JRC-JTB Program Director, Laura Ramsey, at (312) 258-4868 or

2014 JRC-JTB Students’ Memorandum of Understanding

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Public Interest Research Bureau completes two more projects

Coastal Weekly | November 10-16

Clinic Updates

The Immigrant Rights Clinic along with JALA’s Baker Defense Project and The Americans For Immigrant Justice toured the Baker County Immigrant Detention Facility this past week and interviewed immigrant detainees about conditions in the facility. Students will be preparing a report of their findings on human rights conditions.

The Immigration Law Reform poster contest first prize winner is James Carbonell, who received a copy of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Source book.

Public Interest Research Bureau Completes Two More Projects

A team led by Managing Editor Britt Hansen with members Lianna Mette, Kyle Benda, and Coleman Brooks completed a project for Florida Legal Aid assisting in a constitutional challenge to Florida’s Reemployment Assistance Benefits changes. A team led by Managing Editor Stacy Patrick with members Victoria Gammill, Betsy Dobbins, Rachel Kotkin, Kenneth Miranda, and Justin Smith completed a project for Atlanta Legal Aid examining several child support issues.

If you are interested in learning about the Research Bureau or participating, please visit us on the school website at

Moot Court Success Continues

Congratulations to the Moot Court Honor Board on winning another national competition, the Appellate Lawyers Association National Moot Court Competition, held in Chicago. In the last two years, no law school in the country has won more national moot court competitions than Florida Coastal. The team consisted of Team Manager Will Goebel and oralist/brief writers Jared Wilkerson and Frances Denizard. In addition to winning the championship, the team also won the Best Brief Award and Jared received Best Advocate. This is the third national competition Best Brief Award won by the Honor Board this year, which leads the nation. The team was coached by Professor Nick Martino.

Environmental Law Society Keeps Jacksonville Beautiful

Congratulations to Coastal Law’s Environmental Law Society (ELS) and all participants in our school community for earning yet another Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Award. ELS and Coastal were recognized at Jacksonville City Hall for several successful environmental projects planned and completed in the community during the last year, including ELS’s annual planting of sea oats and active participation in the International Coastal Cleanup. Accepting the award on behalf of ELS, 2013 graduates Elizabeth Fortino and Johnathan Gless helped make this the third consecutive year where ELS has been recognized for commitment to environmental excellence in the Jacksonville community. A special thanks to Eileen Laux and other student leaders for their fine work over the past year.

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

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U.S. Department of Transportation Summer Internship program for Diverse Groups

U.S. Department of Transportation Summer Internship program

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Conservative Conference Ends, But Bad Feelings Remain In Clay County Schools

Florida Coastal School of Law professor Rod Sullivan said the state ethics commission likely has jurisdiction to conduct an investigation.

“The real question will be, how will the ethics investigation come out?” he said. “Any time you start an ethics investigation, it creates a stain on the person being investigated, even though the mere acceptance of jurisdiction doesn’t mean one thing one way or the other.”

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The Department of State’s Pathways Recent Graduates Program

The Department of State’s Pathways Recent Graduates Program Job Announcement is now open on for the IT Specialist job series, and is scheduled to close at 11:59pm EST on the day that 200 applications is received, or Friday, November 8, 2013, whichever comes first.

Go to to view the vacancy and start the application process.

To qualify for a Pathways Recent Graduates position, you must meet the qualifications listed in the announcement, and have COMPLETED your educational requirement BY THE DATE OF APPLICATION.

Visit the forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Engage on the website. You can also search the FAQs for more information.

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

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The 8th Annual Starting Line!

For the 8th year, the CSD will be hosting an event exclusive to 1Ls called “The Starting Line” in the Starting Line 2012 Atrium on Thursday, November 14th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Attorneys from the academic, corporate, judicial, government/public interest, private practice and alternative sectors will be in attendance to visit with students in a table talk format regarding their careers, areas of practice, and the hiring criteria used by their specific firms/organizations.

Please note, this event is not designed as a venue for employer recruitment. Rather, The Starting Line is an educational event for 1Ls, which we hope will demonstrate the versatility of the Juris Starting Line 2012 1Doctor degree and provide you with an opportunity to speak with a diverse group of attorneys about their own career paths in the law. Business dress is required and your resume will serve as your ticket for entry. Make sure to drop off your resume to our CSD staff and do not bring one with you into the event! For more information about what to wear and bring, visit our website at

All 1Ls must RSVP on the Events tab of Symplicity by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12th. Remember that all students are already registered in the Symplicity system, you simply need to log in using your regular FCSL login information. We look forward to seeing 1Ls on Thursday for this fun and informative event!

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Coastal Law Mock Trial Successes Continue

Coastal Weekly | November 3-November 9


Charlotte School of Law hosted its 2nd annual Carolinas Invitational Mock Trial Tournament from October 25th-27th. Although typically only open to schools from the Carolinas, Coastal Law was invited to participate this year. Our team placed second in this competition outperforming teams from Duke, the University of South Carolina, and Liberty. An impressive accomplishment in the first year competing in this tournament, especially since all the Carolina schools had the case problem for a year and we only had it for 29 days! Congratulations to our finalist team: Ashlea Edwards, Michael Spain, Sarah Morris, and Alex Gilewicz as well as their partner team: Elyse Cossio, Jerry Minix, Sam Houston, and Jahlysa Stewart, with team manager: Jakela Rivers; and Coastal and Mock Trial alum coaches: Florence Chen and Rocco Carbone.

Additionally, the same weekend another Mock Trial team competed in the Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition in San Juan. This is a national, invitation only competition requiring all competitor teams to have won at least one national competition previously in order to be invited. The team of Tiffany Roman, Tiara Goins, Brandon Coleman, and Gianelli Latorre-Henley tied for fourth place after the preliminary rounds. Congratulations to them as well as their team manager Alyssa Blanchard and coaches Professor Lois Ragsdale and Coastal alum Garth Cheek. Professor Ritter also wants to thank the entire Mock Trial team for sending out resounding support and well wishes to their teammates who are competing.


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On Tuesday, November 5, from 12-1 in room 250, we invite you to learn about the Center and the FCSL courses offered in the Spring semester from Co-Director of the CLPT and ABA Legal Rebel Rich Granat. Professor Granat will explain the changing role technology is playing in legal services. He will provide information about the courses offered through the Center and how they can enhance your law practice and prepare you for a multitude of jobs in the burgeoning legal services industry. Pizza and Refreshments will be provided to those who RSVP via Symplicity.


Professor Harthill’s most recent article, Shining A Spotlight on Unpaid Law Student Workers, was accepted for publication in the Vermont Law Review, to be published at 38 Vt. L. Rev. ___ (2014).  This article reviews the various types of unpaid work performed by law students and analyzes whether such work violates the minimum wage requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The article also offers advise on how law firms and law schools should structure law student work to ensure compliance with the wage and hour law.

Professor Harthill’s book chapter entitled Legal Issues: The Role of Law in Addressing Bullying in the _Workplace, was also published this month in Bullying in the Workplace, Causes, Symptoms, and Remedies (edited by John Lipinski & Laura M. Crothers).


The Office of Student Affairs will be hosting a Veterans Day Lunch for all of our student veterans, active duty military, and reservists. Join us for good food, camaraderie, and to honor your service. The event will take place Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 12-1pm in room 505. Please RSVP to Lauren Levine at


The Florida First District Court of Appeal will hear cases at Florida Coastal Tuesday, November 5

th and Wednesday, November 6th beginning at 9:00 a.m. each day.  The panel assigned to hear oral arguments includes Judge Bradford L. Thomas, Judge Stephanie W. Ray and Judge Scott D. Makar. Oral arguments will take place in the Sonnenschein Courtroom, Room 400.

This is a tremendous opportunity to observe the Florida appellate court in action.  I encourage each of you to attend to hear at least a portion of the arguments.  The judges understand that students will be coming and going to attend classes.  Please dress in courtroom attire, silence your mobile devices and remove head coverings not worn for religious reasons.

To receive a copy of the calendar and case summaries, please email Cynthia Stroud.


2Ls and 3Ls, I strongly encourage you to register now for spring 2014 Experiential Learning Clinics because they are a great way to gain real practice learning experience working on live cases with real clients. As I’ve said many times before, practical work experience on your resume can be very appealing to employers.

Students can receive two credits for participating in any one of the following Clinics:

  • Education Law
  • Florida Appellate Law
  • Child Advocacy and Dependency Law
  • Mediation Skills
  • Trust and Estates
  • Unemployment Compensation Law
  • Veteran’s Benefits Law
  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Naturalization Law
  • Interviewing and Counseling

Please contact either Professor Totty or Professor Johnell for more information. Do not miss out on this opportunity.


The Immigration Clinic had its first same sex marriage Family Immigration interview this week.  The case was recommended for approval. It was one of the first same sex marriage interviews in our District. Immigration Clinic Student Maureen Porras received news that she won a Cancellation of Removal Deportation case that she tried over the summer.

The Criminal Defense Clinic had a jury trial scheduled to start this week for a client charged with domestic battery. Our Client’s speedy trial rights were at issue and unfortunately for the State Attorney’s Office, they were unable to locate the alleged victim in time for the trial resulting in charges being dropped on our Client. However, it was great experience for our clinic student team because they were prepared and ready for trial. Congratulations Criminal Defense Clinic Students!


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