Unemployment Benefits Skills Lab wins its first hearing

The Unemployment Benefits Skills Lab won its first hearing last week.  The case involved the appeal of the denial of the client’s claim for unemployment compensation benefits. The Appeals Referee reversed the denial of benefits to a client who had been employed by the employer for 10 years at the time of termination.  The client was extremely grateful for the representation that the Skills Lab provided on a pro bono basis.

Students Holly Bayham, Ben Kelly, Lauren Gerena, Jonathan Toomey and Joshua Funk participated in the client interview, preparation for the hearing and attended the hearing. Soon, they will be representing clients at hearings, under the supervision of their professor. Special recognition goes to student Danitza Gonzales, who is the Lab’s TA, and who has worked as an Appeals Referee, for her insight and assistance with the hearing preparation.Florida Coastal’s Shadow Program will be holding orientations on Monday, September 10, 2012 from 12-1:15 in Room 505 and Thursday, September 13, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:15 in Room 505.  The Shadow Program offers Coastal Law students the unique opportunity to shadow practicing lawyers and judges in a wide array of civil and criminal proceedings in both state and federal court.  Students are exposed to the many different day to day facets of the practice of law in live cases.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bridge what you’re learning in the classroom with the skills you’ll need to practice.  Attendance at an orientation session is required to participate in the program.  Additional orientation sessions will be scheduled later this month and October.

Students, if you want to learn about opportunities to gain valuable practical experience in one of our in-house clinics or our credit-bearing externship program, you should attend one of the informational meetings that will be held this week. The times and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, Sept. 11th          3:00 to 4:00 P.M.             Room 420

Wed,       Sept. 12th          5:00 to 6:00 P.M.             Room 420

Thurs,     Sept. 13th           noon to 1:00 P.M.           Room 250