Welcome to the start of a great new school year

I would like to welcome everyone for the start of a great new school year. I want to especially welcome our new 1Ls. This message, Burnt Toast & Coffee, is a message that I send out at the beginning of each week concerning upcoming events and important announcements about things that have happened since the previous message.

Initially, I want to let everyone know that the new year is starting out much as the year ended, with outstanding results from a moot court competition—and it’s not final yet. Two Coastal Law teams participated in the Zehmer National Workers’ Compensation Moot Court Competition in Orlando. And, both teams have made it through to the Finals tomorrow! We will have more details for everyone following the final round. Congratulations to both teams!

Please join me in congratulating our very own Mediation Skills Lab Professor, Suzanne Bass, who has been elected to serve as a Circuit Judge in Duval County. We are very proud of Professor Bass and the work that she does with our students and know that she will be a great judge.

The Immigrant Rights Clinic is thrilled to have Coastal Clinic graduate and 2010 Equal Justice Works Fellow – Karen Winston as an adjunct professor this semester. Karen has been working with clinic students on issues impacting detained immigrants and deportation defense. For information about the EJW fellowship process see http://equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad.

Watch for upcoming Shadow Program orientation sessions. Coastal Law’s Shadow Program provides students with the unique opportunity to shadow practicing lawyers and judges in a wide array of civil and criminal proceedings in state and federal court. The program exposes Florida Coastal students to the many different day to day facets of the practice of law in live cases. The program offers students a window into the mechanics of lawyering. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bridge what you’re learning in the classroom with the skills you’ll need in the courtroom. Attendance at an orientation session is required to participate in the program.

Have a great week.