Welcome back, students

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you all had a good long weekend and are re-charged, and that you took some time to reflect on Dr. King’s life and the reasons for the holiday.

First, a few congratulations are in order:

The Coastal Law Mock Trial team kicked off 2011 with a quarterfinal finish at the BLSA Thurgood Marshall Regional Competition in Raleigh. Congratulations to advocates Jaimee McDowell, Dag Adane, Tomeshia Beckett and George Odom.  The Team Manager was JaQuilla Coleman, and the coach was Assistant United States Attorney Russ Stoddard.  Congratulations to all.

It was also a good weekend for our moot court team.  Coastal Law reached the regional quarter-finals at the National Black Law Students Association’s Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition. The team consisted of brief writer/oralists Shakiva Ruff and Jenna Gailliard, Team Manager Tier Brown and coach Cory Simmons.  Mr. Simmons is a Jacksonville attorney in private practice and an Honor Board alum. In addition to reaching the quarter-finals, our team won the Best Brief Award for the Petitioner and Shakiva Ruff won the Best Advocate Award for the competition.   A great effort by all.

I would like to congratulate the following students who have been selected as Spring Candidates for the Florida Coastal Law Review:

Jerry Chappell, Daniel Cohn, Michael Day, Matthew Heberlein, Amanda Isaacs, Brooke Jones and Thomas Serafin. Great work by all.

In other news,

I am pleased to announce that the Honorable Deanell Reece Tacha, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be our commencement speaker in May.  Judge Tacha was appointed to the court by President Reagan in 1985 and served as chief judge from 2001-07.  She was a faculty member at the University of Kansas from 1974-1985.  She is a former president of the American Inns of Court.  The May 2011 Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 14.  Further details will be announced as the date nears.

Have a great week everyone.


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