School earns ABA honor

Professors Karen Millard and Thomas Horsnby with Dean Peter Goplerud (center).

Florida Coastal School of Lawís acclaimed Shadow Program received a glowing endorsement from the American Bar Association in August. The association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism awarded the program one of two 2010 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards.

The program was selected for its contribution to the understanding of professionalism among lawyers.î

With Holland & Knight LLP as its founding sponsor in 2008, Coastal Law launched the program as a means to impart the principles of ethics and professionalism from the perspective of practicing attorneys and judges. Today it provides hundreds of students each semester with opportunities to observe, at close view, state and federal judges, private practice attorneys, public interest lawyers, and governmental law departments at trial and pretrial proceedings, mediations, settlements and other practice-related activities. Consistent with Coastal Law’s encouragement of its students to gain practical experience and ethical awareness, the program bridges classroom instruction with exposure to daily practice activities and the tenets of professionalism.

The Florida Times-Union highlighted the program in a recent issue, explaining how Coastal Law Professor and program co-director Rob Horstein launched the idea with Holland & Knight partner George “Buddy” Schulz, Jr., over a lunch meeting. The experiences of student participants Michael Hunter and Jessica Narducci also were featured.

In addition, the Shadow Program was also profiled in the Financial News & Daily Record.

Presented annually by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, the Gambrell Award was established in 1991 and is named for E. Smythe Gambrell, ABA and American Bar Foundation president from 1955 to 1956. Law schools, bar associations, law firms and other law-related organizations are eligible for the awards.