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02/19/2024

This is the last week of FSU Law’s Spring Fundathon! Thank you to all the alumni who have already given to our annual fund! If you haven’t yet given, please consider making a gift to support our students. Answer the call from our Fundathon students or give online at give.fsu.edu/law.

02/19/2024

Welcome, Professor Copeland!

The Juris Master Program is thrilled to welcome our new adjunct professor, Melissa “Missy” Copeland, to the College of Law! Copeland will be teaching our new Government Contracting course for the summer 2024 term!

Copeland is a partner in the law firm of Schmidt & Copeland, LLC based out of Columbia, South Carolina where she focuses her practice on state and local government contracts and business litigation matters. She has extensive experience advising on state and local government contracts, having handled matters dealing with the law of nearly all states as well as Puerto Rico. Additionally, she has represented clients across the country before administrative tribunals, state and federal courts, and in arbitration proceedings.

Copeland is actively involved in the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association having served on the Section Council, as co-chair of the State and Local Procurement Division, and as co-chair of the State Law Database Coordination Committee. Copeland earned her J.D. from the University of South Carolina and her B.A. from the College of Charleston.

02/16/2024

Shawn J. Bayern, FSU Law’s Larry and Joyce Beltz professor of torts and associate dean for technology, has a new book out! A Research Agenda for Organizational Law (Edward Elgar 2024) presents a critical overview of the current state of organizational law. It demonstrates that legal organizations are much more generative than widely recognized, with the capacity to enable new configurations that combine several legal transactional techniques. Congrats, Professor Bayern!

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Earlier today, the student organization Law Students Practicing Wellness hosted an event for students to make fleece blankets to donate to Tallahassee’s Kearney Center. The Kearney Center is a comprehensive emergency center that assists those experiencing homelessness.

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We hope you all had a happy Galentine’s Day and are enjoying Valentine’s Day! We’ve had some fun events this week to celebrate, including a Galentine’s flower bouquet-making event hosted by the Women’s Law Symposium yesterday and the Office of Student Advancement’s annual Valentine’s Day event, Llamas on the Green, today!

02/13/2024

FSU Law alumni in the Tampa area, you’re invited to join us for a reception on Wednesday, March 6! Please RSVP by February 28.

02/13/2024

Today, join 2L Tara Bagherlee as she takes over our stories! Tara is taking us through a day in her life as an FSU Law student, so be sure to send her any questions you have and stay tuned in for her answers!

02/12/2024

FSU Law's J.M. program is a great option for non-lawyers looking to acquire legal and regulatory compliance expertise! The summer term application deadline is quickly approaching! To learn more about the program, register for an upcoming info session at fla.st/8X1DLXDY.

The deadline to apply for the summer 2024 term is quickly approaching! Be sure to complete your application by the March 1st priority deadline! For our application windows and deadlines, admissions procedures, and a link to apply, please see here: https://bit.ly/34822Jv

02/09/2024

Congratulations to 3L Jayla Edmonds, whose article, “Fighting for Black Women’s Virtues,” has been selected for publication in an upcoming issue of the Rutgers Race & the Law Review!

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Center for Environmental & Land Use Law held their Spring 2024 Distinguished Environmental Lecture featuring guest speaker Professor Gregory S. Alexander. Professor Alexander, A. Robert Noll professor of law, emeritus at Cornell Law School, presented on his upcoming article, “Reversing Means and Ends: The Human Flourishing Theory in Conditions of Climate Change,” before answering questions from the guests in attendance.

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The FSU Law Externships Office has hosted several events this semester to allow students to learn about the various practice areas they can be exposed to through completing an externship. Two of these events were panels that allowed students to hear from peers about their experiences completing criminal justice and in-house corporate counsel externships. Besides these practice areas, students can complete externships in the areas of civil rights, business, government, and family law, just to name a few!

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FSU Law’s Cuban American Bar Association hosted its annual Miami-Dade Days Reception yesterday evening. The reception provided an opportunity for students to connect with alumni, members of the Miami-Dade community, and Florida Supreme Court Justices Sasso, Labarga, and Couriel!

02/07/2024

Earlier today, the Raising the Bar Professionalism+ Program hosted trial attorney Scott B. Smith (’98) as part of their Professionalism in Practice series. Smith, who is managing partner at Smith, Ball, Báez & Prather, practices in the areas of personal injury, products liability, and medical malpractice. During this lunchtime event, Smith spoke to students about his experiences post-law school and finding happiness and success after graduation. Smith also brought t-shirts and other fun merch to share with our students!

02/06/2024

Yesterday afternoon, FSU Law held a Law Exchange Program Info Session for students interested in our exchange programs in The Netherlands, Australia, and Jamaica! Students learned all about the programs and various countries, and were able to ask questions of Associate Dean for International Programs David Landau and Director of Academic Programs Anna Ilk Shum.

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On Friday, FSU Law’s Technology Entrepreneurship Club hosted the Legal Tech Challenge, an innovative legal technology competition in which teams of students present ideas for using emerging technologies to address challenges within the legal profession. A team from Florida International University College of Law took home first prize, and a team from University of Miami School of Law took home second prize. Congrats to all! And thank you to competition partners, the Hispanic National Bar Association, Privity, FISH, GreenTraurig, and eMerge Americas!

02/05/2024

Attention, alumni! Our spring Fundathon begins today! Students will be calling to ask for your support, and you can designate gifts to a wide variety of causes, organizations, and programs. Gifts of all amounts impact our students.

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FSU Law had a great time yesterday at FSU Day at the Capitol! Alumni, students, and friends stopped by our table to chat and spun our trivia wheel to learn about FSU Law and win prizes!

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Yesterday afternoon, the Office of Student Advancement partnered with the Career Services Office to throw our students a Flamingle, a celebration of a great fall semester and the start of an exciting new spring semester. The event featured raffles and prizes, food, drinks, games, and more! We look forward to what the spring semester has in store for our fantastic students!

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Yesterday afternoon, the Office of Career Services hosted their Alumni Advisor Fair, featuring dozens of FSU Law alums! Students had the opportunity to explore a multitude of practice areas, including family law, criminal law, sports and entertainment law, international law, real estate, business litigation, and more. Alumni shared advice, and students were able to network with experts in the different practice areas. Thank you to the Career Services team and all the alumni that came out to engage with our students!

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On Friday, the Florida State University Business Review held its second annual symposium, “Perspectives in Bankruptcy Law,” featuring FSU Law student speakers, law professors from across the country, and FSU Law’s Professor Steve Johnson. This year’s symposium covered topics including the role of bankruptcy directors, fraudulent transfer law and “liability management transactions,” and statutory interpretation in bankruptcy law. Congratulations to our FSU Business Review students for putting on such a great event!

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Earlier today, FSU Law’s Raising the Bar Professionalism+ Program held a special lunch with United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Markenzy Lapointe (’99). Lapointe, who leads an office of more than 500 attorneys and support professionals, is responsible for investigating and prosecuting federal crimes in South Florida and litigating civil matters in which the U.S. has an interest. During today’s lunch, he discussed his career path, offered advice for students, and answered questions.

01/26/2024

FSU Law alumni and students, you’re invited to join FSU Law Connect, a new digital engagement platform exclusively for the College of Law community! Joining will give you access to exclusive FSU Law Connect community features, including the ability to post to a community feed, search directories, sign up for mentoring, and much more! Join at connect.law.fsu.edu.

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Yesterday afternoon, representatives from professional associations in Florida gathered in the Rotunda for the Student Bar Association’s Third Annual Civic Engagement Fair. The event was a fantastic opportunity for students to network with professionals in the legal community and learn how to get involved during and after law school.

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This morning, Dean B and the Office of Student Advancement held a special teatime event featuring guest Judge Thomas Palermo (’01). Judge Palermo spoke to students about his 12 years of experience as a federal prosecutor in Tampa and the work he has done since his 2019 appointment as circuit judge in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit before answering students’ questions.

01/19/2024

Last Friday, Anthony DiResta ('82), former director of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Southeast Regional Office and partner at Holland & Knight, presented “The FTC Weighs in on AI Regulation” via Zoom, as part of the Institute of Law, Technology & Innovation’s Frontiers in Law and Technology series. DiResta shared key takeaways, including tips on best practices and exclusive information that can help companies enhance their regulatory compliance programs and minimize risks associated with AI use. To view the event recording and browse upcoming events in this series, visit fla.st/1Y9G5FAA.

01/18/2024

Earlier today, the FSU Law Career Services and Professional Development Office welcomed attorneys from Holland & Knight for a talk on corporate law as part of their Food 4 Thought series. Recruiter Precillia Soares and attorneys Shannon Hartsfield ('95), Stacy Thomas, and Enrique Conde spoke to students about corporate law life and offered advice for those wanting to work in the field after graduation.

01/17/2024

Yesterday, the Student Bar Association and International Law Students Association had the privilege of hosting Mayor John Dailey, his wife and alumna Virginia Dailey (’99), and senior program director for the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights Professor Mark Schlakman, for an informative panel on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After a lively discussion, the panelists opened the floor for students to ask questions.

01/16/2024

Seven FSU Law 3Ls are serving in this year’s class of Florida Supreme Court Fellows! The court’s fellows program provides third-year law students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and to apply their legal knowledge to the work of the judicial branch. Congrats to fellows Vivekka Suppiah, who is working for Justice Renatha Francis; Thomas Kelly, who is working for Justice John D. Couriel; Jordan Manahan, who is working for Justice Charles T. Canady; Derwin Sanchez, who is working for Chief Justice Carlos G. Muñiz; Victoria Heuston, who is working for Justice Jorge Labarga; Alexa Ravencroft, who is working for Justice Jamie R. Grosshans; and Eric Wagner, who is working for Justice Meredith Sasso. Thank you to the court for offering this experience to our students!

01/16/2024

For the second consecutive year, an article by Professor Fred Abbott has been nominated for best academic article for the 2024 Antitrust Writing Awards, which is organized by Concurrences and George Washington University. The article, “Prosecuting Excessive Pricing of Pharmaceuticals under Competition Law: Evolutionary Development,” has been nominated in the subcategory of “Unilateral Conduct.” Voting is taking place now, and the winner will be announced in April.

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