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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