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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.

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Coastal Law Mock Trial team prepares for upcoming year

This has been a busy few weeks for the Coastal Mock Trial Team. After four weeks of practice and five days of competition, the Mock Trial Intramural Competition is complete. The finals were held Thursday evening on campus. The finalists were judged by Coastal Professor Lois Ragsdale, Mary Bland Love of the Marks, Gray firm and Coastal alum, Assistant State Attorney Rocco Carbone.

Tracey Engle and Justin Norman won the award for the Best Prosecution Team, while the Best Defense Team Award went to Theresa Carli and Hillary Sheridan. The Winners of the Intramural Competition Finals were Tracey Engle and Justin Norman. The Best Individual Advocate Award went to Theresa Carli. Congratulations to all four of the advocates as well as their 3L Mock Trial coaches, Jonathan Gless, Jeffrey Walker and Sasha Reece. And thanks to the entire executive board, especially Lisa Heffington, the Vice President of the IC. Continue reading

Coastal Law’s enhanced Bar Pass Program

I would like to remind all students about the development of our enhanced Coastal Law Bar Pass Program, which is now more comprehensive and customizable than ever before. I highly encourage 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls to take advantage of this program because it will maximize your chances for passing the bar exam the first time.

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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. Continue reading

Congratulations to our professors and Law Review candidates

Coastal Law’s Shadow Program will be holding three orientation sessions this week: today from 12:00 to 1:15, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 12:00 to 1:15, and Thursday, August 30 from 12:00-1:15. All three sessions will be 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 in September and October.

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Coastal Law wins Zehmer National Workers Compensation Moot Court Competition

Florida Coastal had both of its teams in the finals of the Zehmer National Workers Compensation Moot Court Competition. Coastal Law also won both the Best Brief and Best Advocate Awards. Our teams defeated Stetson and the University of Miami in the semi-finals.

The Team Manager for both Honor Board teams was Samantha Marriott. The team of Michael Stack, Nakeshia Baptiste and Megan Mattson won the championship. The team of Michael Hopkins, Casandra Horsman and Andrew Weegar were the finalists. Megan Mattson won the Best Brief Award. Cassandra Horsman received the Best Advocate Award. Professor Sander Moody coached the teams.

This is the second time Florida Coastal has had both teams in the finals of a national competition. Congratulations to both teams for the way they have added to the law school’s success. We are very proud of all of you.

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!

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Citizenship Day success

This year’s Citizenship Day which was held on Saturday April 14th attracted a record number of applicants from the Jacksonville community.  The Coastal Law Naturalization Skills Lab with the help of student clinicians in the Immigration Rights Clinic planned, set up, and successfully held this annual event initiated by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”).

Volunteering at the event this year were 40 attorneys from the Jacksonville area, students from Professor Kara Roberts’ Citizenship Skills Lab, 15 clinicians from the Immigrant Rights Clinic, 35 other law student volunteers, Florida Coastal faculty and staff and 12 interpreters from a local non-profit agency. Students were able to assist 100 people from the Jacksonville community file their citizenship applications.  Several other individuals whose applications needed more attention are being referred to local attorneys for pro bono representation.

The applicants who attended were from various countries.  Some of the countries represented at the event were: Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Russia, Vietnam, Sudan, Panama, Liberia, Costa Rica, and a few European countries. The community came out in great number and expressed gratitude for this life changing event put on by Florida Coastal School of Law.

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ALWR competition and Entertainment Law

Everyone is invited to attend the Eighth Student ALWR Research Poster Competition in the Atrium. Students will be showcasing their diverse ALWR research topics in academic poster sessions on Tuesday, April 17 & Wednesday, April 18 from three ALWR courses; Domestic Violence (Prof. Clausen), Employment Discrimination (Prof. Harthill) and Law of Information Technology (Prof. Ponte).  Please stop by and check out their posters and ask the students about their ALWR research.

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