I want to start today by wishing all of our graduates taking the bar examination today in Florida and many other states all the best. We are pulling for you all!
This weekend Coastal Law students Caroline Cleary and Ashley Zegarra competed in the ABA Client Counseling Competition which was hosted by Emory University School of Law. Caroline and Ashley advanced to the semi-finals after scoring higher than teams from Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Florida State University, Stetson, Ave Maria, and Florida A & M University College of Law in the preliminary rounds. Daphne Shaw served as the team captain. Congratulations to all!
Also this weekend we competed in the National Trial Competition for Mock Trial sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. This competition is considered by many to be the most difficult and prestigious of all mock trial competitions. Each two-member team has to be prepared to try a full case for both the prosecution and the defense. The Coastal Law teams consisted of Chris Basler, Brooke Fuller, Matt Roepstorff and Tim Pribisco. Congratulations to semi-finalists, Tim Pribisco and Matt Roepstorff who competed against Florida State University, Ave Maria School of Law, University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law. The team manager was Manny Souza, their coach was Professor Lois Ragsdale and they were accompanied to the competition by faculty advisor, Annette Ritter.
In Clinic news, Clinical Fellow Carlos Martin (a Coastal Law grad), won his first withholding of removal case for an African man fearing persecution because he suffers from Albinism. Carlos received high compliments from the judge and opposing counsel. Carlos received tremendous support from Joy Stineson, Andrea Reyes, and Elizabeth Cuevas in the clinic. Former clinicians Karen Winston and Crystal Villasenor also worked on the case. Great work by everyone involved.
Professor Ericka Curran would like to remind Florida Coastal students of externship opportunities at the Department of Homeland Security Orlando ICE chief counsel office. http://www.ice.gov/doclib/about/offices/opla/pdf/externship.pdf
Finally, I want to remind students that the deadline for applying for an in house clinic or established credit-bearing externship for the summer is next Wednesday, March 2nd. Applications are available online or in the Clinic Office, Room 255. Any questions may be directed to Professor Lynn McDowell.
Have a great week everyone.