Honoring Florida’s first constitution at Coastal Law

On Friday, October 19, Florida Coastal School of Law, the City of St. Augustine, and Florida International University College of Law will host a conference honoring the 200th Anniversary of Spain’s Constitution of Cadiz from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 550.  Panel discussions on Coastal Law’s campus will address various aspects of the constitution and its anniversary, including impacts on religious freedom, Florida property rights, and other controversies.

Eduardo Garrigues, Spain’s Cónsul General in Puerto Rico, is scheduled to make the opening keynote address.  The event also serves as a complement to many other events taking place in St. Augustine to commemorate the Constitution’s bicentennial the following day, and a precursor to the upcoming 450th anniversary celebrations of the City of St. Augustine in 2015.

We hope you will make plans to attend one or all of the panel discussions at the conference. Please feel free to forward this email to whoever you would like. It is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served and a reception, featuring Spanish tapas and wine, will immediately follow the closing remarks at 5 p.m.

Congratulations to our LAMBDA student organization for earning another JASMYN Silver Award for commitment to community outreach and LGBT leadership. LAMBDA was recognized and presented with the award at the 6th Annual JASMYN Breakfast last Wednesday. This is the third year in a row in which LAMBDA received recognition for its dedication to improving the lives of students and community members through advocacy, education, and leadership.

The breakfast celebrates efforts to improve the lives of LGBT individuals and their allies and raise money for JASMYN (the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network).  JASMYN works tirelessly to provide support services, advocacy, educational programs, and much more to LGBT youth in the Jacksonville community. Congratulations to LAMBDA for their continued success in leadership, advocacy, and service, on campus and in the local community.

For the first time in school history, the Coastal Law Mock Trial team was invited to compete in the prestigious Lone Star Classic Competition in San Antonio, Texas. Although we did not advance to the semifinals, the team did a fantastic job. Garth Cheek took top honors for the entire competition for his mastery of his direct examination. Congratulations to Garth Cheek 3L, Lisa Heffington 3L, Ashley Townsend 3L and Thomas Mangan 3L; team manager Damian Cook; and coaches, Janeen Mira and London Kite.