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Clinial Programs sponsor Fall Lecture Series

Florida Coastal’s clinical Program will be sponsoring a fall lecture series open to all Coastal Students and Alumni
August 30th- 2 p.m. roomm 365 North East Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
September 6th- 12-1:30 room 365 Lost In Translation- Working with interprters or as a legal interpreter
September 20th- jacksonville Sherrif’s Office International Unit and Crime Victim Advocate

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

and the beat goes on

Well, the semester is officially over as of today. . .and, yet, we still have clients, cases, court hearings. In fact, we have depositions tomorrow afternoon of two hospital employees. Should be interesting. This semester has been not only interesting, but energizing. . .a not guilty verdict for one client after a jury trial; and two dismissals after successful motions to dismiss were filed in two separate cases. So, this group of clinicians has seen the gamut; and didn’t run away screaming. So, it’s all good & the beat goes on.

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

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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.

Consumer Law Clinic Starts Semester with Fee Hearing

The Consumer Law Clinic got off to a busy start this summer.  Just two weeks into the semester, Chauntel Grant argued a Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Costs in a foreclosure case.  After four years of litigation, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed its foreclosure action against one of the Clinic’s clients.  Since the plaintiff dismissed, the Clinic’s client is the prevailing party and therefore entitled to fees.

Chauntel Grant argued in a 45 minute hearing the Clinic’s entitlement to fees and questioned a fee expert who testified to the reasonableness of the fees.  All of the Consumer Law Clinic students attended the hearing and lent their support and assistance in preparing for the hearing. We are still waiting on the judge’s ruling and are optimistic it will be a favorable decision. Next, the Clinic currently has three foreclosure cases set for trial and a deposition in July.  It is shaping up to be a busy and very educational summer!

Life in the fast lane

The Criminal Defense Clinic appears to have 2 speeds: full tilt boogie and slow dancing. Right now it’s closer to a full tilt boogie. We have a jury trial beginning on Monday (currently scheduled to be tried on Wednesday and Thursday), as well as 17 cases on the calendar the 1st three days of next week. So, it’s a matter of getting the students ready to handle the 17 cases; and getting my co-counsel (who will hopefully receive her post graduate CLI prior to Monday) up to speed. Burning calories and putting in the hours. Life is good.

Alimony Reform Bill is Vetoed

Okay, this news is a few weeks old, but it is big news.  Family law attorneys can, for at least a short while, rest easy knowing that old cases are not going to be reopened with a new law that would apply retroactively nor will equal timesharing (50/50) become the presumed norm.  I suspect, however, this reprieve will be short lived.  With the reform bill making it all the way to the Governor’s desk, it is only a matter of time before the issue is reintroduced and pushed through the legislature for a another bite at the apple.  The Governor vetoed the bill stating that because it would apply retroactively it was problematic – most likely unconstitutional.  If this is the only block to its passage, the issue is easily fixed leaving open for consideration alimony reform and new timesharing presumptions.  All those interested in practicing family law should pay close attention to the next legislation session – family law practice in Florida, as we know it, is going to change “for better or for worse.”

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