The Florida First District Court of Appeal will hear cases at Florida Coastal beginning Tuesday, March 27 at 9:00 a.m. and convening again on Wednesday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m. The judges on the panel include Judges Rowe, Swanson, Marstiller and Makar. Oral arguments will take place in the Appellate Courtroom (Room 400). This is a tremendous opportunity to observe the Florida appellate court in action. I encourage students to drop by to hear at least a portion of the arguments. The court understands that students will be coming and going to attend classes. Please dress in courtroom attire. Additionally, please silence your cell phones and remove head coverings not worn for religious reasons.
This Tuesday and Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Timothy Corrigan will be visiting as this year’s jurist-in-residence. Judge Corrigan is a highly respected jurist who brings both wisdom and enormous intellect to the federal trial bench. He is recognized not just for his legal acumen, but also for his decency and rich understanding of the human condition.
Judge Corrigan is known as a judge’s judge and as a lawyer’s judge — because of his many years on the federal trial bench and his many years as a practicing attorney. In 2007, Judge Corrigan was named “Judge of the Year” by the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he is the 2010 Ehrlich Award winner from Florida Coastal School of Law. He is a Master and past president of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court.
Judge Corrigan will hold two special topic sessions and visit a number of classes. On Tuesday, he will participate in a panel discussion with three First DCA judges on professionalism. On Wednesday, he will address the relationship between good writing and good courtroom advocacy. Each special topic session has been approved for one hour of professionalism credit.