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Welcome Back 2013 Clinical Students

We are looking forward to working with all of you this Fall! This fall we will be trying something new- a Fall Friday Lecture series sponsored by the clinics.  Clinical Students will be able to count the hours spent attending the lectures towards their clinical hours.  Please watch the Coastal Law Clinic Blog and the Plasma Screens for more information!



Prof Curran & Fellow Bernadotte, Prof. Ragsdale, Prof. Tuttle and Professor Sullivan

Florida Coastal Clinic Professors In Leadership roles at the Annual Florida Bar Meeting

In addition to teaching and supervising students on client legal cases Florida Coastal’ s Clinical professors are active in service to the profession. This week Professors Sullivan, Boeckman and Curran attended the Annual Convention of the Florida Bar. The Bar holds two meetings each year to give members an opportunity to network, attend section and committee meetings and attend seminars with respected legal scholars.
Both Professors Boeckman and Sullivan have been active in leadership roles with the Florida Bar for a number of years. Professor Boeckman has served as both the chair of the Public Interest Law Section (PILS) and Consumer Law Committee. This year Prof. Boeckman will serve as the chair-elect of PILS. She is also finishing a three year term on the Small Claims Rule committee and will be reappointed to the Consumer Protection Law Committee where she previously served for 6 years including one year as the chair of that committee.
Prof. Sullivan is on the Executive Council of the Public Interest Law Section and the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. Under PILS, she is the Disability Committee chair. Under the Family Law Section, Professor Sullivan is the Chair of the Publications Committee and as such, is responsible for all publications submitted on behalf of the Family Law Section including the Commentator and Section articles for the Florida Bar Journal. Professor Sullivan is finishing up a four-year appointment to the Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee and has previously served four years on the Family Law Rules Committee in which she was also the Vice-Chair.

This is Professor Curran’s first year participating in the Florida Bar meetings. Professor Curran has served on the board of American Immigration Lawyers Association of Central Florida for a number of years and has always hoped to get more involved with the Florida bar. With the potential for immigration reform she felt this year was the year to get more involved. Professor Curran will be serving on the Public Interest Law section Executive Committee and hopes to increase pro bono representation for indigent immigrants.

Immigrant Rights Clinic Students Participate in World Refugee Day Celebrations

world refugee day us cit
Immigrant Rights Clinic Students from Florida Coastal attended a Naturalization ceremony and celebration sponsored by Jacksonville’s Refugee Task Force.
Students found the ceremony and performances by the Refugees moving and inspirational.
On June 20th Coastal students also viewed the film “The Lost Boys of Sudan”, an educational film about the refugee story.

Immigrant Rights Clinic Monitoring Immigration Reform Bill

Now is an exciting time in the practice of Immigration Law. Students in the Immigrant Rights Clinic are monitoring the developments with the potential Immigration Reform Bill.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted with a strong bipartisan majority Tuesday evening to advance comprehensive immigration legislation that would put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.
The legislation passed by a vote of 13 to 5 with three Republicans joining 10 Democrats to approve the measure. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said it will come to the floor next month.
The Immigrant Rights Clinic receives about 20 calls a week from Immigrants wanting more information about the potential immigration reform.  This summer the clinic plans to put together a plan of action in the event that there is Immigration Reform.
 “Coastal Law is one of the main providers of Immigration Legal Assistance in the community and we want to make sure we are ready to help the community if there is a change”. Said Prof.Ericka Curran


Florida Coastal Immigrant Rights Clinic Professor Wins Outstanding Victim Advocate Award

Ericka Curran Victims Rights Outstanding Advocate
Prof. Ericka Curran won an Award from The City of Jacksonville’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council for work the Clinical program has done in the community representing Immigrant Victims of Crime. Prof. Curran mentioned how proud she is of the amazing work Coastal students do with such vulnerable legal clients. Coastal’s Immigrant Rights Clinic represents victims of human trafficking, violent assaults, sexual violence, domestic violence, child abuse and other violent crimes. This year Students provided over 175 immigrant clients with legal representation.

Coastal Law’s Clinical Programs, Serving The Underserved

Rosa and CynthiaCoastal Law has five in house clinical programs. The Clinics are located in Suite 255 of the 8787 Baypine Road Jacksonville Fl 32256 Coastal law building.  The Five Clinics are  listed below:

  • Family Law (Certified Legal Intern)
  • Criminal Defense (Certified Legal Intern)
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Public Benefits and Disability Rights
  • Consumer Law (Certified Legal Intern)

The goal of the program is to serve the needy by teaching students through actual practice. All legal services provided by the clinics are free to the public. Each clinical student enrolled in the program provides direct representation to clients under the supervision of Clinical Faculty/Licensed attorneys.  Students typically take the clinic their 3rd year of law school. This is when students have completed core courses that will be foundational to the live practice experience. 

  Each year Coastal Law Clinics provide thousands of hours of legal services to members of the Jacksonville area community.  Students report that it is an amazing experience and often one of the best in law school. Clients have said that the attention and support they recieve from the students and staff attorneys working on their cases is amazing.  . If you have questions about any of our clinics please do not hesitate to contact us at (904) 680-7782 or stop by and see us ( appointments preferred). . 

Clinic applications still be accepted for certain CLI clinics for summer and fall semester.  Only students with their CLI pending may currently apply.

Immigrant Rights Clinic Honors and Remembers Carlos J. Martin

Coastal Graduate and Clinical Teaching Fellow, Carlos J. Martin passed away suddenly this month. Carlos was an amazing advocate, teacher and mentor.  Carlos was a student in the clinic in 2009/2010 and became our staff attorney/Clinical teaching fellow in 2010.  He supervised students working on Immigration cases and provided direct representation numerous immigrant families.   Carlos was kind, dedicated and an inspiration to so many. We are deeply saddened and shocked by this loss. We will miss you Carlos.