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.
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!
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!
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
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 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.
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.
Florida Coastal Law Review is holding its 2012 Annual Symposium on Friday, March 2 at 9:00 A.M. in Room 550. This year’s event is entitled: “DigitalExpressions: Exploring Free Speech in Cyberspace”.
Florida Coastal Law Review is very fortunate to have a great panel of presenters from across the country. The event will kick off with a keynote presentation by the Honorable Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. To complete the panel, we have Florida Coastal’s own Professor Lucille Ponte, Professor Lyrissa Lidsky (University of Florida), Professor Jacqueline Lipton (Case Western Reserve University), Paul Alan Levy (Public Citizen Litigation Group), and Eric Robinson (University of Nevada-Reno, Center for Media and Courts).
The panel discussions will be moderated by Florida Coastal Professors John Knechtle and Joseph Tomain. Lunch and breakfast will be provided. All attendees are required to dress in courtroom attire. Laptops and electronic devices will not be permitted. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by February 29, at 5:00 P.M. at www.fcsl.edu/go/lawreview and sign in at the registration table at 8:30 A.M. on the day of the event. You must register for a Coastal Connect account in order to RSVP. If you do not RSVP, you are still welcome to attend, however, you will not receive lunch.
Please join me in congratulating two of our moot court teams on doing exceptionally well at the Charleston National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. The team of Lance Davies and Michael Hopkins (brief writers/oralists) advanced to the championship round of the competition. Hali Herbert and Michael Stack (brief writers/oralists) reached the quarter-finals. In addition, Michael Stack received the Best Advocate Award for the entire competition. Alyssa Yarbrough served as the Team Manager for both teams. Professor Nick Martino coached the teams.