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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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Law Review, Coastal among country’s most innovative and Army JAG Corps

Coastal Weekly | September 8-14

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Reminders from the Finance Department

– The Student Account Statement (Pre-Bill Report) is available online in the student portal under the “My Finances” tab. Students should review their Pre Bill report frequently so they can make any necessary financial arrangement to ensure their tuition and fees are paid in full no later than the first day of classes after the add/drop period or Monday, August 26, 2013.

– The first batch of stipends (refund checks) will be distributed to students no later than one week after the add/drop period or Friday, August 30, 2013, and we will continue to process stipends throughout the semester within 3 business days of receipt of the student’s loans. Student stipends can only be obtained electronically by direct deposit to the students bank account – to set up a bank account for direct deposit, please go to the “My Finances” tab on the student portal.

– Check and credit/debit card payments can be made on line in the student portal under the “My Finances” tab – set up can be done under the “My Finances” tab on the student portal.

– Access to the student portal will be provided to students during pre-orientation or approximately four weeks before classes start.

– If you have any questions, please contact Tila Pano or Ron Bambacus in the Finance Office respectively, at 904-680-7726,, or Ron Bambacus, at 904-680-7722,

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Parents and Law Students Join Forces

The demands on a law student are tremendous. There are cases to read and brief, legal documents to draft, finals to prepare for, and a job search to execute. Ultimately, most students invest the time and money into earning a Juris Doctor in order to catapult a career in the legal profession or in an alternative career. While attending law school, a few steps can assist in the preparation for a law student’s career. Both law students and parents can join forces in order to help achieve the students’ career goals through identifying a geographical location, networking, and gaining work experience.

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Riverside & Avondale

The historic district of Riverside/Avondale is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is also designated a local historic district by the City of Jacksonville. The Riverside’s Five Points area is an artsy neighborhood with coffee shops, outdoor cafés, one-of-a-kind shopping, nightclubs, and antique stores, as well as the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

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Downtown & Riverfront

Downtown/Riverfront offers some of Jacksonville’s biggest attractions including The Jacksonville Landing, a centerpiece for shopping, fine dining and nightlife, as well as the Sports Complex, home to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Jacksonville Suns. Downtown also features a variety of museums, including the Ritz Theatre & La Villa Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, and the Museum of Science and History.

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Jacksonville offers attractions for all tastes – varying from shopping malls and boutiques, casual and upscale dining, miles of beaches, diverse museums, theatres, and festivals as well as many opportunities for leisure and sports. Jacksonville’s arts and cultural community contains something for everyone with stand-out museums, boutique galleries, diverse performing arts, historic multicultural and film industry roots, world-class festivals, symphonic events and even Broadway productions.

  • Festivals

    • Music Festivals – Jacksonville Jazz Festival, a free festival held annually over Memorial Day weekend, Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Series, performances are ocean side at the Sea Walk Pavilion weekends in June and July, and Springing the Blues Festival, a free springtime blues event.

    • Food Festivals –  Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival – each May, in downtown Fernandina Beach guests experience pirate invasions and shrimp boat races, and sample shrimp and fresh fish, The Great Atlantic Seafood & Music Festival in Jacksonville Beach is a great spot to taste delicious seafood, browse the crafts market and dance al fresco to Zydeco, jazz, blues and beach music.

    • World of Nations Celebration invites visitors to experience the culture, cuisine and music of over 30 different countries.

    • Jacksonville Film Festival, held annually in October, includes film premieres and competitions, workshops, parties and Q&As with well-known and up-and-coming directors.

  • Museums & Galleries

    • The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville encompasses one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in the Southeast, housing almost 800 works in the permanent collection representing prominent national and international artists of the 20th and 21st century.

    • The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is located across the river from Downtown Jacksonville and houses over 5,000 works of art spanning more than 8,000 years and is well-known for its significant European and American paintings, beautiful formal gardens overlooking the St. Johns River and a renowned collection of Meissen porcelain.

    • The Ritz Theatre and Museum celebrates the rich legacy of the African-American community in Jacksonville.

    • Museum of Science & History (MOSH). The museum features an extensive exhibit on the colorful past of Northeast Florida, small animal exhibits and aquariums and special exhibits are featured seasonally. It is also home to the Bryan Gooding Planetarium, Florida’s largest digital planetarium.

    • World Golf Hall of Fame and IMAX Theater located at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. Golf’s only Hall of Fame in the country, it is supported by all of the world’s leading golf organizations, the Hall of Fame combines historic artifacts and personal memorabilia with interactive exhibits. The 3D digital IMAX Theater next door boasts the largest movie screen in Northeast Florida and shows documentary and Hollywood films.

    • Also, Jacksonville offers many more niche museums like The Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center, Jacksonville’s Fire Museum, The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, and The Beaches Museum and History Center.

  • Music & Theatres

    • The Jacoby Symphony Hall is one of three theaters within Downtown’s Florida Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and is Florida’s only dedicated symphony hall, so the acoustics are top notch. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra is one of the nation’s top ensembles and produces concerts of opera, gospel, big band, ballet, classical and popular music.

    • Built in 1967, Alhambra Theatre & Dining is the oldest dinner theatre in the country. The theatre has been producing Broadway quality performances for the whole family such as The Wizard of Oz,Cinderella, Grease and Hairspray.

    • History and music share the stage at Downtown’s historic Florida Theatre and The Ritz Theatre and Museum.

    • Other popular music venues include Murray Hill Theatre, Freebird Live, Underbelly, and Jack Rabbits.

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Experiential Learning

According to the more than 700 attorneys surveyed by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), practical legal work experience is the most marketable attribute on law graduates’ resumes. At Coastal Law, we are committed to providing numerous hands-on opportunities for students to acquire real world skills rarely found at other law schools.

Whether serving Jacksonville’s indigent community in our live-client legal clinics or gaining experience through intern, extern or clerking positions advertised in our online career center, practical legal experience can provide a healthy competitive edge when job searches begin. Coastal Law recommends students acquire at least 400 hours of legal work experience while in school.

  • Clinical Programs – Students can earn credit for participating in one of our five in house clinics, in an externship with a public or governmental agency or not-for-profit corporation or in a judicial internship. For more information stop by the clinic office, Room 255.
  • Externships – We offer judicial externships with several courts including the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal, the Federal District Court and state courts. Questions about judicial externships should be directed to Professor Laura Boeckman. Our externship programs allow students to earn credits towards graduation and their skills requirement by working under the supervision of an attorney in either an approved public or governmental agency, not-for-profit corporation, or in-house legal department of a corporation.  A student cannot earn credit working for a private attorney or law firm.
  • Pro Bono – Pro Bono work is volunteer legal and non-legal work done without credit or compensation that law students perform to benefit individuals, groups or organizations whose resources are limited. Participation in the program provides students with the opportunity to perform valuable community service while learning about the legal needs of the underserved and developing the legal skills and gaining the experience necessary to help meet those needs.
  • The Shadow Program – The Shadow Program offers students a unique opportunity to bridge classroom doctrinal instruction and courtroom practice skills. Any interested student has the opportunity to participate in this unique program sponsored by one of the nation’s premier law firms, Holland & Knight. Florida Coastal students who participate in the program will be given the opportunity to shadow attorneys from Holland & Knight and lawyers from other private firms, public interest law offices, and governmental law departments at trial, evidentiary hearings, motion hearings, and depositions – – as well as at non-litigation proceedings such as mediations, closings and settlements.
  • Skills Labs – A Skills Lab is a specialized course in which students who have already taken the associated doctrinal course work more closely on pro bono cases with a practitioner licensed to practice law in Florida. For instance, students who have already successfully completed the doctrinal Trusts and Estates course in a prior semester are eligible to register for the Trusts and Estates Skills Lab.
  • Public Interest Research Bureau – Access to legal counsel is a pressing national issue. The Florida Coastal Public Interest Research Bureau (“the Bureau”) is a student volunteer research service intended to provide free legal research services to lawyers working for public interest law organizations. The goal of the Bureau is to provide student research and writing services to poverty law attorneys in an effort to make justice available to indigent clients.

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Legal Community

The Jacksonville Bar Association serves as the forum of the legal profession – willing to take action and try innovative ways to better serve our membership and the public in facing law-related community issues. Its mission is to build a strong legal community for the 21st century.

Young Lawyers Section

  • The Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (“JBA/YLS”) is composed of area young lawyers who are 35 years old or younger or who have been practicing less than five years. The JBA/YLS has a large and enthusiastic membership and a very active and committed Board of Governors. JBA/YLS is dedicated to providing a diverse array of programs and projects designed to benefit young lawyers, all members of the bar, and our community.
  • JBA/YLS conducts many recurring and outstanding projects.
  • JBA/YLS is also responsible for staffing and conducting numerous other projects in our area created by The Jacksonville Bar Association and The Florida Bar, such as The Florida Bar’s Christmas in January project (to aid foster children in Duval County). JBA/YLS, as an organization, also volunteers on behalf of numerous charitable groups, such as the Special Olympics.
  • JBA/YLS provides a variety of social activities for young lawyers. The section conducts a sports league which includes basketball, football and softball. JBA/YLS also has after-work social gatherings for area young lawyers.

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