U.S. Law LL.M. faculty

  • Matthew Reiber- Professor of Law

Education:  J.D. Columbia University School of Law; LL.M. (taxation) New York University School of Law; B.A. Claremont McKenna College

 Professor Reiber began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where his practice emphasized securities, mergers and acquisitions and complex commercial litigation.  Professor Reiber, then, became a partner at the law firm of Gordon Thomas Honeywell, where his practice focused on commercial litigation but also included employment, environmental, condemnation, maritime and professional negligence litigation.  Professor Reiber's former clients include entities involved in computer technology, telecommunications, financial services, investment banking, manufacturing, and several law firms.  Professor Reiber taught professional responsibility and civil procedure at Seattle University School of Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law and later as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law.  Professor Reiber served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.  He served as a member of the Washington State Bar Association Committee on Civil Rules and also on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Bar Examiners.  Professor Reiber is admitted to practice in the states of New York and Washington.

 Course:  Civil Procedure

  •  Jeffrey Schmitt- Professor of Law

Education:  J.D., Order of the Coif (top 3%), University of Virginia School of Law; B.A., magna cum laude, Miami University

Professor Schmitt received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Miami University and received his J.D., Order of the Coif (top 3%), from University of Virginia School of Law, where he also served as an Essays Editor on the Virginia Law Review. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida Coastal School of Law, Professor Schmitt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He also worked as an associate at Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio where his practice areas included contracts litigation and securities litigation. Professor Schmitt’s scholarship has been published in prestigious law journals, including in the Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal Online, and George Mason Law Review.   He has also been an invited speaker at various prestigious law conferences.  For example, most recently, Professor Schmitt presented at the Southeastern Law Scholars Conference and the Savannah Law School’s Colloquium “Reintegrating Spaces.”  He is also scheduled to present at the annual Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium in Chicago.

Course:  Contracts & Sales

  •  Benjamin Priester- Professor of Law

Education:   J.D., summa cum laude, Duke  University School of Law; A.B, cum laude, Harvard University


Professor Priester joined the Florida Coastal School of Law faculty in 2008.  Prior to that time, he was a law professor at Florida State University College of Law, an Associate at Ropes & Gray, in Washington, DC, and a law clerk for the Honorable Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  He received his A.B. in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University, and his J.D., summa cum laude, from Duke University School of Law.  His teaching and scholarship center in the areas of criminal law and procedure, antiterrorism enforcement, national security, white collar crime, federal criminal law, and constitutional law.  His scholarship has been published in prestigious law journals, including in the Santa Clara Law Review, University of Richmond Law Review, S.M.U. Law Review, and Rutgers Law Journal.

Course:  Criminal Law & Procedure

  •   Neil Cogan  -  Professor of Law

Education:  LL.B., B.A. University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Professor Cogan is an experienced teacher who has served as a visiting scholar at Yale University and at Hebrew University in Israel. He currently teaches at Whittier Law School, where he served as the Dean from 2001 until 2009. He has taught a number of subjects including Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Federal Courts. Professor Cogan is an expert on the historical context surrounding the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. His books on this subject include The Complete Bill of Rights (Oxford 1997) and Contexts of the Constitution (Foundation Press 1999).

Course: Constitutional Law

  • David Simon - Professor of Law

Education:  J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law; B.A. University of Virginia

Professor David Simon joined the full-time faculty of Florida Coastal School of Law in Fall 2008. Professor Simon previously taught at University of San Diego School of Law and California Western School of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the California Bar, and the Guam Bar.  Prof. Simon has litigation practice experience at the trial and appellate level in state, territorial, and federal courts.   His practice areas include commercial litigation, products liability, and tort and insurance law.   

 Course:  Legal Analysis, Reasoning, and Communication

  • Kirsten Clement- Professor of Law

Education:   J.D., with high honors, University of Florida; B.A. University of Florida

Professor Clement joined the Florida Coastal School of Law faculty, in the Lawyering Process Department, in 2005.  She currently serves as the Director of the Lawyering Process Department at Florida Coastal.  Professor Clement graduated Phi Beta Kappa with her B.A. from the University of Florida.  She received her J.D., with High Honors, graduating in the top 10% of her class, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she also served on the Florida Law Review.  Following graduation, Professor Clement worked as an associate attorney at the insurance defense firm Marks Gray, P.A., practicing in the area of workers' compensation.  Professor Clement serves as a faculty advisor to students participating in the Florida Coastal School of Law Public Interest Research Bureau, and she has also held leadership positions in Florida Coastal’s Education Technology committee.  Professor Clement has presented at both national and regional legal writing conferences, speaking on legal writing topics and the development and administration of the Research Bureau. For example, most recently, she presented at the New England Legal Writing Conference, held in Vermont in September 2014. The title of the conference was “Tools and Techniques for Maximizing Persuasion and Other Legal Writing Innovations.” The title of Professor Clement’s presentation was “Planting the Seed: What the Movie Inception Can Teach Students about Persuading with Facts.”  She is also the site coordinator for the Legal Writing Institute’s one-day workshop that will be hosted at Florida Coastal School of Law in December 2014. 

 Course:  Legal Analysis, Reasoning, and Communication

  •  Cleveland Ferguson  -  Professor of Law

Education:  J.D., Florida State University College of Law 1997; B.S. Nova Southeastern University 1994

Professor Ferguson is an experienced teacher in the online setting and has taught a variety of courses including, Contracts, Sales, Commercial Transactions, Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, and Non-Profit Organizations. He is a faculty member of Coastal Law and also teaches in its J.D. program. He has published numerous articles on Electoral Law and International Human Rights Law and has authored A Practical Approach to Florida Constitutional Law (2008).

Course: Contracts and Sales

  •  Alan Williams -  Professor of Law

Education:  J.D., high honors, Florida State University College of Law; Princeton University (A.B. 1987)

Professor Williams joined the Florida Coastal School of Law faculty in 2009.  Prior to that time, he served as an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University College of Law, and he worked as an attorney and Shareholder with the law firm of Fowler, White, Burnett.  His expertise is in the areas of Health Law, Medical Malpractice Law, Evidence, and Torts.  He has published numerous scholarly articles in prestigious publications, including in Stanford Law& Policy Review.  He is also the author of Physician, Protect Thyself, a book that was reviewed by the Journal of the American Medical Association , Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Journal of Healthcare Risk Management.  Professor Williams has made Grand Rounds Presentations at prestigious medical centers, including Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Department of Medicine), Dartmouth Medical School/Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and the University of Florida College of Medicine/Shands Hospital. 

Course: Evidence

  •  Roger Groves  -  Professor of Law

Education:  J.D. Wayne State University Law School; 1978 B.A. Michigan State University, 1974

Professor Groves teaches at Coastal Law. His areas of expertise include Business Organizations and Taxation. He is an experienced online teacher. Professor Groves previously served as a Judge in Michigan’s Tax Tribunal and was a partner in Howard and Howard Attorneys, P.C., Bloomfield Hills.

Course: Business Organizations

  •    Stacy Scaldo  -  Professor of Law

Education:  J.D., Nova Southeastern University; B.S., Pennsylvania State University

Professor Scaldo has taught in Coastal Law’s J.D. program since 2004. She has practiced law in a variety of settings, serving as a judicial clerk at the federal and state levels, an associate at a private law firm, and as a court approved arbitrator. Professor Scaldo has taught a number of courses at Coastal Law, including Professional Responsibility, Judicial Opinion Writing, and Lawyering Process.

Courses: Professional Responsibility, Torts

  •  Wenona Whitfield  - Professor of Law

Education:  J.D. Southern Illinois University School of Law, 1977

Professor Whitfield has been a visiting professor of law at Coastal Law since 2007. She has taught law at for most of her career at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where she also served as an Adjunct Professor in the SIU School of Medicine and as the law school Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor Whitfield taught as a Fulbright Professor at Tsinghua University in Bejing, China in 2002 and at the University of Ghana in Accra in 1991-1992. Her teaching and research interests are primarily in the areas of Property and Health law. Professor Whitfield is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Course: Property Law