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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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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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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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Career Opportunities with the FBI

Coastal Weekly | October 27 – November 2

Career Opportunities with the FBI

The FBI will be on campus Tuesday, October 29th from 12-1:30 in room 550, for a special presentation on career opportunities. A guest lecturer and 2L student will be available for Q & A after the presentation. Food and refreshments will be served.

Public Interest Research Bureau Completes is First Project of the semester

A Florida legal aid attorney submitted the project requiring the students to analyze whether a creditor, in support of an account stated claim, is required to produce itemized account statements when the debtor denies receiving account statements and alleges satisfaction of the debt. Under the supervision of Professors Millard and Clement, the students dedicated a three-week period to researching the issues and drafting a thorough memo, which was submitted to the attorney in early October. Congratulations to the following students who collaborated on this project: Gelilla Asfaw, Brittany Snell, Hailey Osland, Barbara Southmayd; and Chief Managing Editors, Michael French, and Sarah Grizzle.

The Research Bureau is currently working on four other projects. If you are interested in learning about the Research Bureau or participating, please visit us on the school website at

Interested in a Part Time Program?  Coastal Law’s Part Time Evening Program is for you!

Coastal Law now offers a part-time evening program designed for students who are unable or prefer not to enroll full time. For many working professionals, this program presents a financially feasible and flexible way to earn a law degree at Coastal Law. In addition, PTE students will have convenient access to full-time student amenities, including academic success and bar exam support, career counseling, and experiential learning opportunities. Likewise, students in the program are eligible to participate in students organizations, including moot court, mock trial, and law review.

The Admissions Team is hosting two more Part Time Evening Program Open Houses on, November 7th, and January 16th from 6:00-8:00pm. Please spread the word and contact our office with any questions.

Please Join the Immigration Law Class in their Poster Presentation Display “Reforming our Immigration Laws”

Students from the Immigration Law Class will be in the Atrium from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 30th, showcasing their proposals for a reformed and improved immigration system. Everyone agrees the system is broken. But how do we fix it? Join the Coastal conversation on immigration reform. Students will be available to discuss and answer questions about their proposals for change. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come!

Moot Court National Successes

Congratulations to two Moot Court Honor Board teams for their incredible success at a national competition in Atlanta. One team advanced to the semi-finals, the other to the quarter-finals. In fact, our two teams faced each other in the quarters or both might have advanced to the semis. The Team Manager for both teams was Alicia Battern. The semi-final team consisted of Keisha Baptiste, Charlie Pearson and Rachel Kotkin. The members of the quarter-final team were Kristy Warren, Joseph Nall and Jennifer Pruden. Professor Nick Martino coached both teams. Congratulations to all.

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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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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.

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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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Still time to apply for scholarships and another Moot Court win

Coastal Weekly | October 6 – October 12

Foundation Update

Scholarships – there is still time to apply for the Dan Bradley Scholarship of $2,500 and four Coastal Law Foundation Scholarships of $2,000 each.  Deadline is October 10, 2013.  For more information contact: Kirsten Oliver at

Foundation Board – the Foundation Board is currently accepting names of interested and qualified candidates to fill two open positions on the Board.  Board members serve a two year term.  For more information or to submit a name contact: Elizabeth Bates at

Moot Court wins another national competition!

In fact, congratulations to three Moot Court teams on their tremendous success last weekend at the National Latino Law Students’ Association Moot Court Competition. This marks three years in a row Florida Coastal has won this championship.

The Team Manager, James Carbonell, masterfully guided our three teams. The team of Monica Smith, Aaron Pease, and Sterling Spencer won the championship, arguing the final round in front of the New Mexico Supreme Court. In addition to the team win, the New Mexico Supreme Court justices awarded Sterling the final round Best Advocate Award. Another Honor Board team, Shirley Zambrano, Jorge Gonzales and Kristin Saam, was a third place, semi-finalist team. And Shirley won the Best Brief Award, Respondent. Congratulations also to the team of Elisabeth Whitmire and Theresa Carli both performed great as they reached the quarter-finals. Professor Nick Martino coached all three of our teams. Congratulations to all.

Mock Trial Presents Finalists for the Upcoming Competition – Come and See!

Come and watch the Fifth Annual Spohrer and Dodd Trial Advocacy Competition Tuesday, October 15th, from 5:30 to 7:30 in Courtroom 450. These eight Mock Trial Members will compete for cash in this exciting competition. The finalists are:

Megan McCoy, Theresa Carli, Erin McLean, Tracy Engle, Gianelli Latorre-Henley, Brandon Coleman, Jola Adigun, and Michael Spain

Congratulations to these finalists! Don’t miss this great opportunity for 1L’s interested in learning more about the Mock Trial Experience.

We Have Fantastic Externship Opportunities!

Spring credit-bearing Externship opportunities with corporations, public interest employers and government entities are now available for a limited time! Contact the Career Services Department for more information or visit their blog.

Once again, practical legal work experience in law school is a great way to apply what you learn in the classroom out in the field and, in addition, it looks great on your resume.

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 in the Advancement Department by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. to make it into the next edition.

Have a great week and I wish you continued to good luck on your midterm exams.

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Opportunities and scholarships

Coastal Weekly | September 29 – October 5, 2013

Career Services Drop-In Day for 2Ls & 3Ls

The CSD will be hosting any 2Ls and 3Ls who wish to DROP-IN to the Career Services Office, ROOM 180, on Tuesday, October 1st between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for help completing Spring 2014 Externship Applications and enjoy a snack while working! The deadline to apply on Symplicity for Externships with Corporations, Public Interest Employers, and Government Entities is October 11th. We encourage students to act quickly to ensure time to have application materials reviewed. Don’t wait until the last minute!

No appointments are necessary for 2Ls and 3Ls, October 1st only!  (For all other days, counseling appointments with the CSD are required and can be scheduled via Symplicity, by stopping into Room 180 or emailing

Clinic Opportunities Await!

Criminal Defense Clinic and Family Law Clinic applications are due by midnight September 30th.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to gain real, legal work experience during your time in law school. Consider this great opportunity to get real legal work experience before you graduate.

Hispanic Leadership Recognizes Professor Ada Hammond

Professor Ada Hammond has been selected by Mayor Brown to receive the Hispanic American Leadership Award for the difference she has made to the city’s Hispanic community in the areas of Business and Education.  She will receive this award on Monday, September 30 inside City Council Chambers at 117 W Duval St Jacksonville, FL 32202, at 6 p.m.

Here is a link with more info about the award:

Apply For These Florida Coastal School of Law Foundation Scholarships Now!

The Florida Coastal Foundation is now accepting applications for the Dan Bradley and Coastal Law Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships range from $2,000 to $2,500, and are awarded based upon merit, need, and the specific criteria of each scholarship. The deadline for applying is October 10th, 2013, with short essays required for each. For more information, look for a recent email with application from Kirsten Oliver in the Office of Advancement, or contact Elizabeth Bates at

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Congrats to our ABOTA scholarship recipients

Coastal Weekly | September 22-28

Florida Character & Fitness Clearance Onsite Fingerprinting Opportunity for Students

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity! The company who does all fingerprinting for the Florida Bar will be in the Library on Wednesday, October 2nd. Avoid the drive to their offices, off-site appointments, and get your fingerprinting done. Students must make an appointment and prepay by September 30th. Follow the step by step directions available on our Character & Fitness website or go to Remember all 1st semester students must complete their Florida Bar Character & Fitness application (or receive an exemption) in order to register for spring classes.

Congrats to our ABOTA scholarship recipents!

Very recently, six students earned the American Board of Trial Advocates Scholarship for their outstanding performance in their Fall 2012 Professional Responsibility classes. This award was coordinated by Professor John J. Schickel of Coker, Schickel, Sorenson & Posgay.

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Pictured from left to right are: Benjamin Bennett, KyleMilliron and George Arut. Scholarship recipients not pictured, include Caterina Mainardi, Katrina Wosko and Amanda Parker, who have graduated.

Announcing the Coastal Law Foundation 2013-2014 Annual Fund

In Florida, there are more laws than ever in place to protect residents, help victims and prosecute predators of human trafficking. However, important work remains, as Florida accounts for the third-highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

The Legal Clinics at Coastal Law operate largely on countless faculty and pro bono student clinician services hours. In fact, from 2011-2013, the Florida Coastal School of Law legal clinics provided approximately 59,000 hours of pro bono legal services in Jacksonville and its surrounding communities!

The goal of the Coastal Law 2013-2014 Annual Fund is to provide much needed additional support to our clinics as they continue to defend victims of these horrific crimes.

The Coastal Law Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose to raise money for scholarships and programming, and provide opportunities for Coastal Law students to enter the legal profession and to pursue their passion for public service.

If you are able, I encourage you to show your support and help stop the traffic. Click here to donate.

Mock Trial Triumphs

Over the past 10 days the Mock Trial Team has competed in ten rounds of preliminary trials, semi-finals and finals. The 37 students new to Mock Trial this year each had to try a case based on the murder of a winning lottery ticket holder by a recent law school grad with a lot of debt.

The semi-finalist teams were Brandon Coleman & Olumide Olaloye (state) v. Alexander Gilewicz & Sarah Morris (defense) and Michael Spain & Ashlea Edwards (state) v. Megan Becker & Jerry Minix (defense). All four teams tried outstanding cases the past two evenings and were scored by local attorneys from the State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and private firms. The top scoring state team was Brandon Coleman & Mide Olaloye. The top scoring defense team was Alex Gilewicz & Sarah Morris. These two finalist teams had the opportunity to try their case Friday morning at the federal courthouse in front of Federal Magistrate Monte Richardson.

Congratulations to Alexander Gilewicz and Sarah Thomas for winning the Mock Trial Intramural Competition. Also, congratulations to Alex Gilewicz for being named the Best Advocate for the preliminary rounds of the IC. The 12 top individual scorers from the IC are now eligible to try out for the 5th Annual Spohrer Dodd Trial Advocacy Scholarship Competition. They are: Joshua Brumley, Gianelli Latorre-Henley, Brandon Coleman, Christopher Bateh, Erin McLean, Sarah Morris, William “Trey” Flourney, Alexander Gilewicz, Jared Wilkerson, Michael Spain, Ashlea Edwards and Megan Becker. The Fifth Annual Spohrer Dodd Trial Advocacy Scholarship Competition will occur on Tuesday, October 15th in room 450.

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Coastal Law Foundation awards scholarships

Coastal Weekly | September 15-21

Coastal Law Foundation awards scholarships

This September, two Coastal Law students were awarded scholarships from the The Coastal Law Foundation. We are grateful to the faculty members who contributed their time and expertise in the area of clinical and pro bono work, and participated in the selection process.

  • Leah S. Gregoire was awarded the J. Richter Humanitarian Award

This award was established in the memory of the late Mr. J. Richter by his wife, Mrs. Gail F. Richter.  Mrs. Richter asked that the money be awarded to a student who “excels in Humanitarian causes and programs”.

Ms. Gregoire is a senior clinical student in the Immigrant Rights Clinic. She tried an Asylum case before the Immigration Court in Orlando for a Haitian earthquake survivor and received high compliments from both the judges and the government officials she appeared before. She recently drafted and submitted a brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals for a victim of extreme gender based violence, making complex arguments regarding a particular social group. She is passionate about Immigrant rights and the rights of the vulnerable.  She went above and beyond for her client making referrals for shelter, food and clothing. Leah has also worked over 140 pro bono hours in addition to her clinical case hours.

  • Emily B. Cochran was awarded American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Scholarship

This award was established through an endowment by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who “distinguishes himself/herself in the area of Family Law”.

Emily is currently the President of the Family Law Society, having previously served as Social Chair. She has completed over 600 hours of pro bono service, including her time with the Family Law Clinic. She has volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem and participated in other family law related events, including the Ask A Lawyer Pro Bono Project. Emily has attended the Mental Health CLE and Professional Symposium focusing on family law issues both of which were sponsored by the local bar and is hoping to serve as student member of the Family Law Inns of Court for the 2013-2014.

Other scholarship news

Congratulations to Daniella Caceda who will be receiving free tuition from the American Immigration Lawyers Association to attend their annual Central Florida Conference in Clearwater Beach this October 11th and 12th.

Federalist Society Debate

Please join our Professors Kolenc and Tomain as they debate “Citizens United: Judicial Activism or Free Speech?” on Wednesday, September 18th, room 425 from noon until 1 p.m. Lunch from 4 Rivers Smokehouse will be provided and all are welcome to attend!

Pro Bono Opportunities

Interested in public interest law? Please join the Pro Bono Department on September 19th, room 525 from noon to one p.m. to learn more about Coastal’s voluntary pro bono program! This is a great opportunity to gain legal experience and get involved in the community. Representatives from the American Red Cross and the Family Nurturing Center will be sharing information about their organizations.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in participating in one of our clinical programs, The Criminal Law, Disabilities & Benefits, and Caribbean Law Clinics are each still accepting applications. Participation in a clinic is great way to acquire practical legal work experience.

Are you Bi-lingual?  Earn pro bono hours for interpreting in a legal setting

The Clinics Volunteer Interpreter Program (VIP) needs student volunteers to help better serve its clients. If you are bi-lingual and would like to earn pro bono hours by assisting the clinical programs communicate with limited English proficient clients, please send an e-mail to vbernadotte@fcsl.eduor

The Immigrant and Human Rights Clinic currently has an urgent need for a Swahili and Amharic interpreter.  If you are fluent in Swahili or Amharic, please e-mail

Students – Want some Bar Character & Fitness Application Help?

The Library will help you find the information you need to fill out your bar character and fitness application! Stop by the Atrium on Tuesday, September 17th from 11:45am-1:30pm to ask your questions. A notary will be available to notarize your application. Remember all 1st semester students must complete their Florida Bar Character & Fitness application (or receive an exemption) in order to register for spring classes.

Some of Coastal’s Offices Have Moved

This week completed the move of several offices out of Oak Grove and into Baypine, including Finance and Admissions. Finance is now located in suites 391-399. Admissions is now located on the first floor in offices formerly occupied by SBA and the Public Interest and Skills Office.

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