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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