I want to commend the Law Review board and everyone involved in the Law Review symposium which was held last Friday. Thank you to all of the panelists and speakers and congratulations to Ross Evans and the entire Law Review team!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
On Saturday, October 1, 2011, The Guardian ad Litem Program for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and Voices for Children of the First Coast held its annual GAL Appreciation Banquet honoring those who serve as voices for abused and neglected children. Ms. Hilary Creary, the Circuit Director for the 4th Judicial Circuit, presented Florida Coastal School of Law with the 2011 Community Commitment Award for our school’s dedication, service, and commitment to the program.
The Mock Trial team concluded its Internal Competition (IC) finals this past Thursday. The IC is the first competition for this year’s 36 new members who earned an invitation to join Mock Trial. The preparation and advocacy skills displayed throughout the IC were outstanding. The team appreciates the great work of the coaches, faculty and guest judges who evaluated and scored the preliminary rounds.