GAL Appreciation, Spohrer & Dodd Trial Advocacy Scholarship Competition and Family Day

On Saturday, October 1, 2011, The Guardian ad Litem Program for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and Voices for Children of the First Coast held its annual GAL Appreciation Banquet honoring those who serve as voices for abused and neglected children. Ms. Hilary Creary, the Circuit Director for the 4th Judicial Circuit, presented Florida Coastal School of Law with the 2011 Community Commitment Award for our school’s dedication, service, and commitment to the program.

A number of our law students volunteer as voices for abused children in the dependency court system and as legal interns assisting the attorneys for the GAL program. In addition, our Student Bar Association made a significant donation to this program following the successful 2011 SBA Charity Ball. Ms. Creary presented the award to Ms. Shyla Bostick, a volunteer and legal intern, who accepted on behalf of Coastal Law. Several of the student volunteers and interns were in attendance, including Chavelys Alers, Alexei Lizanich, Stacey DeVall, Casey Grimes, and Shyla Bostick. Kelley Corbari and Jessica Sexton were the Co-Chairs for the 2011 Charity Ball supporting GAL.

You are invited to attend the Spohrer & Dodd Trial Advocacy Scholarship Competition on Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in room 450 (the courtroom). This prestigious scholarship tournament was established by the local law firm of Spohrer & Dodd three years ago to recognize and reward excellence in advocacy. It is an opportunity to listen to eight closing arguments regarding a current and controversial civil issue. Members of the Coastal Law Mock Trial team underwent several rounds of competition to earn the right to compete in this event. Join us and watch the top eight contenders vie for cash scholarships ranging from $2,500 for first place to $500 for third. 1L’s and 2L’s, if you think you might be interested in trying out for the Mock Trial team this spring, this is an excellent opportunity for you to see what it’s all about.

Applications are currently being accepted for in-house clinics and non-judicial externships for the spring semester. Take advantage of the great opportunities available to earn credit while gaining valuable practical legal experience. Applications are available on the clinical link on the website, on the Symplicity website and in the Clinic office. The deadline for submitting applications is this Friday, October 14th.

SBA will be hosting the first part of the “Networking and Beyond” three-part event series “Practically Networking” on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 in the Atrium from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come out and network with the 4th and 7th Circuit Alumni Chapter of Florida Coastal. The event provides students with an opportunity to experience a professional environment coupled with casual conversation amongst legal profession leaders students. Courtroom attire is required, heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Please RSVP at sbaevent.studentrsvp (at)

Coastal Law will host its very first “Family Day” on Sunday, October 16, 2011 from Noon- 3:30 p.m. at Losco Regional Park, 10931 Hood Road South. A donation of canned goods is requested for entry into the event, and will go to the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation (“MWFK”). Mal Washington, former Pro Tennis Player and Founder of MWKF will be attending the event to show his support. The day will be filled with fun activities such as a kickball tournament, egg and spoon races, horseshoe throw, corn hole, face painting, UNO and card game competitions, a bounce house, and much more. Hotdogs, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, nachos, and drinks will be sold for $1.00. The proceeds will be used to assist the Trinity Rescue Mission and the City Rescue Mission in feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving.