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Summer clinic Application Deadline Extended through March 22nd 2013

You must have your CLI for the remaining openings in the Criminal Defense, Consumer Law and Family Law Clinics.

If you have any questions about the specific clinics, you can contact:
Professor Lois Ragsdale, Criminal Defense Clinic,
Professor Laura Boeckman, Consumer Law Clinic,
Professor Natalie Tuttle, Family Law Clinic, ntuttle@fcsl.ed

Clinical Professors Win ABA Military Pro Bono Project Award

Professors Boeckman, Sullivan, and Tuttle win ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award

Florida Coastal has received the ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award for the pro bono representation of military service-members by Professors Laura Boeckman, Natalie Tuttle, and Sarah Sullivan. This award comes from the Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP). National recognition by the ABA is a testament to the faculty of Florida Coastal and the outstanding work of Boeckman, Sullivan, and Tuttle.

Need Help with your Bar Clearance for the CLI? Knowldege Bar Sessions sponsored by Academic Sucess

Academic Sucess will be sponsoring the following Knowledge Bar Sessions to assit students with Bar app and clearance questions.

The CLI is valuable for all students looking for legal work experience, not just students who will take the Florida Bar.  Many of our valuable clinic and externship experiences require teh CLI.

Sessions will take place as follows:

March 6th and 7th
April 9th and 10th
May 2nd

All sessions will occur at the 5th Floor Knowledge Bar from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Coastal Moot Court Team Wins National Immigration Law Moot Competition

Immigrant Rights Clinical Professor and Immigration Attorney, Ericka Curran was able to  assist in coaching an amazing group of Coastal Law Moot Court students as they competed in the NYU National Immigration Law Moot court competition. The competition problem included themes relevant to the issues faced by clients of the Immigrant Rights Clinic and many Central Florida immigrants. Prof. Curran serves as the Jacksonville Regional Vice Chair for the American Immigration Lawyers Association of Central Florida.
Prof. Curran is proud to announce that The Coastal Team won the competition!

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference Expands A Student’s Thinking

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference Expands A Student’s Thinking
In early February, I had the phenomenal opportunity to attend South Beach Florida’s 34th Annual Immigration Law Update on a student scholarship. Honestly, when I first arrived I was feeling a little out of place. Most of the attendees were practicing attorneys with many years of experience and they all seemed to know each other quite well. The conference was held in a great location: the Treetop Ballroom on Jungle Island. However, with the schedule, I only had the opportunity to take in the beautiful, panoramic view during brief scheduled breaks (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). This conference was unlike any I have ever attended. I did not have to choose which sessions attend because all the sessions were held in one large ballroom. The conference materials were provided on a disc and contained all the updated case law summaries for each panel. Every panel had speakers that are highly recognized in their respective area of immigration law. Of the many panel speakers that I met, Mary Kramer, who wrote The Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants and Ira Kurzban, who wrote Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook stood out for me because I used their books when I handled cases in the Immigrant Rights Clinic. I was most impressed with the level of collaboration among the attorneys. During one of the closing sessions, the panel reminded the attorneys not to work in isolation especially in key areas that impact the immigration community as a whole.
As I listened to the panel discussions and took notes, I started to make connections between the discussion topics and my experiences in the Immigrant Rights Clinic as well as some more recent topics that were covered in the International Business Transactions class that I am taking this semester. I found intriguing the discussions and vendor projects related to EB-5, an immigrant investor program. Under EB-5, a foreign investor who invests $500,000 into a targeted employment area that creates full-time employment for ten U.S. workers can earn residency status in the U.S. Before attending the conference, I had a relatively narrow perspective of immigration law. After the conference, I notice some challenging issues being raised in my mind. Is U.S. citizenship for sale? Does the EB-5 programs limit the abilities of others foreigners to obtain citizenship or unfairly delay people on waiting lists? How much of the U.S. economy is tied to foreign investment? More questions than answers, but I must say I appreciate the experience and the expansion of my own thinking. I encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities while in school because you learn not only about the law, but you will learn about yourself.

Cynthia Barnes

Consumer Law Clinic Helps the Military

The Consumer Law Clinic recently settled a case on behalf of an active duty sailor.  The client purchased a used car from a local used car lot.  After purchasing it, he discovered the car had been in an accident and been written off as a total loss by the prior insurance company.  The Clinic sued the car dealer on his behalf for deceptive and unfair trade practices.  After six months of litigation and the deposition of the owner of the car dealership, the Clinic successfully settled the case in the client’s favor.  The client is currently deployed for six months, so it is a great relief to both him and his family to be free from the car.  The Consumer Law Clinic routinely accepts cases from both current and former military personnel.  Unfortunately, the military are routinely targeted for consumer fraud and are in especial need of the Consumer Law Clinic.

criminal law clinic–trial and terror

We currently have four cases set for jury selection. . . with the first one set to go next week; quickly followed by trials on 3/4, 3/18, and 4/1.  I hear that there’s a thing called spring break in there somewhere.  However, unless something drastically changes, my clinic will be spending quality time together during that week while prepping for these trials.  Exciting, exhausting, and terrifying all at once.  Motions in limine, redacting 911 tapes, prepping for jury selection, etc. etc. etc.  The next month will be a blur.


Family Law Clinic

The Family Law Clinic has been very busy since the beginning of the Spring semester.  Currently, the eleven clinicians are managing 65 live cases. Since January 1, 2013, the clinicians have taken five cases to final hearing (trial) and other matters have been presented to the Court through temporary needs hearings - hearings that establish rights and responsibilties of parties during the pendency of a paternity or dissolution of marriage matter until final judgment is reached. 

These temporary hearings are “mini trials” because they are full evidentiary hearings. These hearings are a great test of the strength and weaknesses of both parties’ case. 

The Clinic successfully litigated, to conclusion, its first case involving custody by an extended family member (not a parent of the minor child) under facts where the parent is still alive and present. 

The clinicians are also being exposed to various military issues relating to dissolutions including: addressing the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, attempting service of military members stationed overseas, seeking the right to allow a minor child to relocate with a deploying service member, and division of military pensions under the military guidelines and Florida law.

So far, it has been an exciting Clinic to be a part of.