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
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.
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!