Coastal Law Mock Trial team prepares for upcoming year

This has been a busy few weeks for the Coastal Mock Trial Team. After four weeks of practice and five days of competition, the Mock Trial Intramural Competition is complete. The finals were held Thursday evening on campus. The finalists were judged by Coastal Professor Lois Ragsdale, Mary Bland Love of the Marks, Gray firm and Coastal alum, Assistant State Attorney Rocco Carbone.

Tracey Engle and Justin Norman won the award for the Best Prosecution Team, while the Best Defense Team Award went to Theresa Carli and Hillary Sheridan. The Winners of the Intramural Competition Finals were Tracey Engle and Justin Norman. The Best Individual Advocate Award went to Theresa Carli. Congratulations to all four of the advocates as well as their 3L Mock Trial coaches, Jonathan Gless, Jeffrey Walker and Sasha Reece. And thanks to the entire executive board, especially Lisa Heffington, the Vice President of the IC.And, this past Saturday 21 members of the Mock Trial Team were invited to try out for eight spots to compete in the Spohrer Dodd Trial Advocacy Scholarship Competition on October 24. The finalists for cash scholarships are Sharmila Bhagwandeen, Christine Martin, Marc Taupier, Garth Cheek, Bobi Frank, Justin Norman, Tracey Engle and Theresa Carli. Congratulations to all. Any student who is interested in learning more about mock trial, a program that will teach you practical skills you can use on the job from day one, should feel free to attend the Spohrer Dodd Competition, or contact the Mock Trial President, Laura Padilla, or the Mock Trial Faculty Advisor, Prof. Annette Ritter.

Interested in Immigration Law? Join the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as a student member and start networking today! The AILA welcomes Florida Coastal Students to join the organization as student members. Information on AILA membership is available at The cost for a full year of student membership is $50.

The Florida Coastal Law Review has published its third and final issue of Volume 13. This issue discusses topics such as the dangers of sex trafficking, the contemporary war on drugs, and various constitutional issues. This issue may be viewed in the library, online, or in the Law Review office. The next edition will be Volume 14, Issue 1, and is forthcoming this winter.

Applications for in-house clinics and non-judicial credit-bearing externships for the spring, 2013 semester are now available both on Symplicity and the law school’s website. Hard copies are available in the Clinic Office, Room 255. Clinics and externships are great opportunities to gain practical legal experience. The deadline for submitting application materials is October 5.

Students interested in applying for an externship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office should check the posting for such on Symplicity or Professor McDowell’s e-mail that was sent previously. Application materials for this externship must be e-mailed directly to the United States Attorney’s Office. The deadline is October 5. First year students are not eligible for these placements.

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