Category Archives: Announcements & Important Info

Interested in Working for the Federal Government?

Alberto Ruisanchez with the US Department of Justice will be talking to students at Florida Coastal about employment with the federal government, on Thursday, February 23 from 12 -1 in Roonm 510.  Mr. Ruisanchez’ discussion will focus on:

  • Debunking myths associated with federal government employment (including myths associated with the location of federal government jobs and the undergraduate majors needed for federal government service)
  • Identifying resources available to assist people interested in working for the federal government
  • Identifying Department of Justice internships available for those interested in civil rights work
  • His work as a civil rights lawyer at the Department of Justice

Pizza and drinks will be served.  If you plan to attend, you must RSVP using Symplicity.

Apply Now: Foreign Service Officer

The U.S. Department of State is accepting applications for Foreign Service General Services Officer positions.

Click here ( for more information, and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs.

Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is January 24, 2012.

Summer Judicial Intern Opportunity – 1L’s & 2L’s

Ever heard of a job opportunity where the first 500 applicants are guaranteed an interview??

Neither had I until I read about the summer 2012 Judicial Intern Opportunity Program sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation.  This program is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority and/or economically disadvantaged law students. It is a wonderful program, and it is customary for several Florida Coastal students to be selected for one of these internships each year.

The ABA begins accepting applications for second-year students on November 1, and December 1 for first-year students. The deadline for applying is January 6, 2012, but the program has “rolling” admission so applying early will definitely help you. And remember, the first 500 applicants will be guaranteed at least one interview!  This is pretty amazing!

Selected students are given an opportunity to intern for six weeks or more during the summer with a participating state or federal judge in participating cities. Participating judges are from Illinois; Texas; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA: Seattle, WA; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. Students selected to the program will receive an award of $1,500. The award is intended to be reimbursement of some of the expenses associated with the placement.

Internship opportunities were offered to 191 minority and/or economically disadvantaged law students last year. Please see this year’s flyer, program description, and frequently asked questions page. Students wanting to apply to this year’s program can begin the process by accessing the program application, eligibility requirements, specific information on locations and all of the above information on the program website:

TODAY – Delegation from Georgia Presents

If you are interested in all things international, you don’t want to miss the panel presentation by a delegation from the Republic of Georgia TODAY in Room 550 from 12:00 – 1:15.  The delegation is coming to Jacksonville as part of a larger tour of the United States in which they are looking at issues tied to minority rights and empowering non –Georgian speakers in their society.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the Georgian culture!

Sandwiches and drinks will be provided to those who RSVP!  RSVP using Symplicity or email

Explore In-House Counsel Careers Through an Externship

Clinics and externships are great ways to gain legal experience while also earning class credit.  In the past, externships have been available with the in-house counsel departments at Fidelity, Pacer, The Stellar Group, and Wounded Warrior Project, among others.  Externships are a great way to explore whether a career as in-house counsel is right for you.

Come find at more about the different experiences available, how you can sign up, and how you earn class credit at one of these information sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 20th: 5-6 in Room 425
  • Thursday, September 22nd: 12-1 in Room 425
  • Friday, September 23rd: 11-12 in Room 425
  • Monday, September 26th: 2-3 in Room 425

Event – “Managing Your Career as In-House Counsel”

The North Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is holding a CLE titled “Managing Your Career as In-House Counsel” on Thursday, September 15th from 12 – 1:30 at a location off of Southside (close to JTB).  A full description of the event and the presenters is included below.

ACC events are usually not open to students, however, the ACC President has extended an invitation for a limited number of current Florida Coastal students to attend this event free of charge.  The first 5 students to email me ( confirming that they can attend the event will get to go!  Please note that you cannot attend the event unless I have RSVP’d for you.   Students who are attending will meet in the Career Services Office on Thursday, September 15th at 11:20 and we will carpool to the event.  This is a great networking and educational opportunity, so I hope you can go!!  Feel free to email or call me if you have any questions!

Seminar Description:

The seminar will begin with a discussion of national and regional in-house compensation data and trends provided by representatives of Special Counsel, the nation’s premier source of customized legal workforce solutions.    

After the in-house compensation review, a panel discussion by general counsel of three of Jacksonville’s top in-house law departments will answer your career-related questions – where to look for in-house counsel positions, how to interview to win the position, how to get promoted, how to keep your skills fresh and remain valuable to your clients, etc.  Our distinguished panel will include

  • Michael Herman, Vice President and General Counsel of Rayonier Inc., a publicly-traded global forest products company with 2010 revenues of $1.3 billion
  • Barbara Johnston, General Counsel of Regency Centers, a publicly-traded national developer, owner and operator of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers operating almost 400 shopping centers throughout the United States
  • Charlie Joseph, Senior Vice President and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida provides health care coverage for over 4 million enrollees in the State of Florida.

In-House Internship Posting on Symplicity – Apply Today!

If you are interested in in-house legal work, there is an excellent opportunity posted on Symplicity for an in-house internship with a Jacksonville company.  The company is looking for a 3L to serve as a legal intern for the office of the General Counsel.  The selected student will be required to work between 10 – 12 hours for 12 weeks.  When applying, be sure to include your area of interest in your cover letter – Mergers & Acquisitions, Human Resources, Contracts, Corporate Governance, Litigation, etc – because the company will try to match projects with the chosen student’s area of interest.

And, the company is offering a $1500 stipend!

To find out the name of the company and apply for this internship, log onto Symplicity!  If you have any questions about this position, your application materials or logging onto Symplicity, please contact the Career Services Department.


Department of State – Student Career Experience Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) is now accepting applications!  The application deadline is September 30, 2011.  If you are interested in a career with the Department of State, this is a great chance to try it out! 

The SCEP allows students to gain Federal work experience while in school and offers the hiring agency the option to convert SCEP participants into the Federal Civil Service.  SCEP participants are paid a government salary and are expected to work either full-time or part-time, as compatible with their course load.  A specific work schedule will be submitted that fits with the student’s academic schedule as well as the bureau’s need.  SCEP positions are typically only available in Washington, D.C., however, individuals interested in working in field offices should contact those locations directly.

Click here for a brochure with details on the application process, selection criteria, contact information for field offices, what to expect if you are selected, and the non-competive conversion to the civil service.

Don’t Miss These Presentations!

Diann Catlin will be on campus TODAY from 12 – 130 for her presentation on “Minding Your Manners.”  Ms. Catlin has been fine tuning the social skills of Jacksonville’s professional community for many years.  Topics that she will cover include:

  • Engaging someone in conversation 
  • The importance of the spoken word
  • Appropriate business dress
  • The written word
  • The social world
  • Meeting, greeting, networking and the impressions you give

Ms. Catlin’s presentations are always fantastic, so you don’t want to miss this one!  The presentation will be in Room 550, and please be sure to RSVP on Symplicity.

NEXT TUESDAY, Florida Coastal alumnus and current Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State, Robert Baggett, will be here presenting on his career with the Department of State.  If you are interested in alternative careers or a job with the Department of State, you definitely want to attend!  The presentation will be from 12 – 1:30 in Room 250. 

Please R.S.V.P. for both of these presentations on Symplicity at, or if you are a first semester 1L, send an e-mail to Career Services at