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Clinics and Externships info meeting

There will be two information sessions this week for students interested in Fall 2013 Clinics and Externships.

Coastal Law’s wide range of Externships and award winning Clinics provide an excellent way to earn credit while gaining legal work experience. Come and learn about the opportunities and the application and interview process during our information sessions. Today Monday, March 4 Room 550 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm and Wednesday, March 6 Room 250 11:45 am – 1:00 pm .   Applications are available on simplicity and in suite 255. Learn more by visiting the clinic blog or email Prof. Ericka Curran with any questions.

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Coastal Law students compete in ABA Regional Client Counseling competition

Florida Coastal students, Nakeshia Baptiste and Cynthia Barnes, competed in the 2013 ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition. The Competition simulates a law office consultation in which the students, acting as attorneys, were presented with a client matter. They interviewed actors acting as clients and then explained what legal action they would recommend based on the hypothetical situation presented by the client.

At the end of the first three preliminary rounds, the students were ranked first in the competition. They advanced to the semi-finals and were defeated by Samford University, which was the team that won the competition.  Florida Coastal ultimately finished ahead of teams from, among others, Florida A&M, Emory, and John Marshall.  Jarmon DeSadier was the team captain.  Congratulations to all!

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Coastal Law Moot Court Honor Board win national championship

A special note of congratulations for two Moot Court Honor Board teams.

At the Charleston National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition this weekend one team won the championship while our other team reached the semi-finals. In fact, our two teams faced each other in the semi-finals, showing that it takes an Honor Board team to beat an Honor Board team. Our students defeated teams from FSU, University of Maryland, Mercer, Howard University and DePaul, among others.

The Coastal Law 2L team of Job Fickett and Amanda James reached the semi-finals. 3Ls Alexandra Amador and Nina Cano defeated William and Mary to win the championship, with Nina also winning the Best Advocate Award for the finals. Professor Sander Moody coached the teams. Alex and Nina also combined to win a national competition as 2Ls. And a very special note of congratulations to the Team Manager, Aida Ramirez. In the storied history of Florida Coastal’s Moot Court program, Aida is our first student to win three national competitions, having served the Honor Board as a brief writer, an oralist and a Team Manager. Congratulations to all!

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Coastal Law Moot Court reaches finals

Congratulations to our Coastal Law moot court team for reaching the finals of the Fredrick Douglas Moot Court Competition’s Southeast Regional, hosted by the National Black Law Students Association.

In reaching the finals, our team defeated teams from Stetson, the University of South Carolina and Florida State University, among others. There were a total of 22 teams in the Regional. Our team members included Camille Smith and Ronnie White (brief writers/oralists) and Talia Smith (Team Manager). Professor Nick Martino coached the team.

By reaching the Regional finals, our team has earned an invitation to the FDMCC National rounds. Last year, with over 150 teams competing in FDMCC, Florida Coastal defeated Columbia University in the national finals to win the championship. We are looking for a repeat!

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Welcoming new board members to Coastal Law Mock Trial and Law Review

The 2013-2014 Mock Trial Executive Board was selected this past week. Please join me in congratulating:

  • President: Tracy Engle
  • Vice President of Communications: Tiffany Roman
  • Vice President of Standards: Amanda Derby
  • Vice President of New Members: Christine Martin
  • Vice President of Internal Competition: Camille Smith

This weekend the intraschool competition to select a team for the ABA Client Counseling Competition was held. Four teams competed in the selection rounds. We are pleased to announce that Cynthia Barnes and Nakeisha Baptiste were chosen to represent Florida Coastal at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition which will be held at Nova Southeastern University College of Law on February 9, 2013.

The Florida Coastal Law Review is proud to announce the members of the 2013-2014 Editorial Board:

  • Editor-in-Chief – Amanda L. Ingersoll
  • Managing Editor – T. L. Coleman Brooks
  • Executive Editors – Kristy E. Warren & Job Fickett
  • Senior Articles Editor – Jimmy C. Durstein
  • Submissions/Symposium Editor – Neda A. Sharifi
  • Notes & Comments Editor – A. Derek Folds
  • Technical Editor – Trey Coker
  • Research & Writing Editor – Patrick Goode
  • Manuscript Editor – Christian A. Rogers

Immigrant Rights Clinic scores victory

The Immigrant Rights Clinic experienced a huge victory recently. Student clinicians Collin Coakley, Danitza Gonzales and Eric Ortiz zealously represented their client before the Orlando Immigration Court in an intensive two-day hearing. As a result of the students’ written and oral advocacy, the Immigration Judge granted Cancellation of Removal and the client is now officially a Lawful Permanent Resident, who can remain in the U.S. and continue to raise and care for her family. Continue reading

Coastal Law Moot Court Honor Board reaches quarter-finals

Congratulations to a Moot Court Honor Board team for reaching the quarter-finals this weekend at the National Veterans Law Moot Court Conpetition in Washington, D.C. The team members were Cathy Mainardi and Melinda Patterson (brief writer/oralists). Dale Shelton served as the Team Manager. Professor Sander Moody coached the team.

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Coastal Law moot court advances to Thomas Tang International Rounds

It was another outstanding week for our Moot Court Teams.

Two Honor Board teams were champion and finalist this weekend in their Regional for the Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition. Kristen Warren did an outstanding job as Team Manager for both teams.

The team of Nina Cano and Rishi Pattni (oralists/brief writers) won the Regional championship. Alex Amador and Jansen Balisi (oralists/brief writers) also reached the Regional finals for an all-Florida Coastal championship round. Alex and Jansen continued the Honor Board’s national prominence in brief writing by earning the Best Brief Award. Jansen also received the Best Advocate, Second Award. In the semi-finals, our teams defeated SMU and the University of Miami.  Professor Sander Moody coached both our Honor Board teams.

With their success, our teams have earned the right to represent the law school in Washington, D.C. at the Thomas Tang International Rounds. The International Rounds will be held in November. Congratulations to all!!