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 https://www.fcsl.edu/content/bar-character-and-fitness-clearance. 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.
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.