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Florida State welcomes top practitioners to meet with students this spring semester

Numerous alumni and others have graciously offered their time to speak with current students this spring semester, as part of a growing calendar of events. Organized by the Florida State University College of Law Placement Office, this semester's events give students an opportunity to network with some of the state's top attorneys - many of whom make hiring decisions.

The semester's events include virtual networking opportunities, allowing alumni from any location to see and connect with students. Our 8,000-plus engaged and helpful alumni are the principal reason why, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, we are the nation’s 25th best law school in terms of placing new graduates in jobs that require law degrees.

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Spring 2014 networking events include:

Mandatory 1L On-Campus Interview Orientation for Summer Work
January 15, 2014
3:15-4:15 p.m.
Room 101, Roberts


General & Solo Practitioner Section of FL Bar
January 16, 2014
12:30–1:20 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center


Networking Nosh: Ryan Garrett, Partner with Butler Pappas in Tallahassee, FL
January 21, 2014
12:30–1:30 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center

Ryan focuses his practice on third party liability defense. He has tried cases in the civil, administrative, and securities arbitration arenas.


Networking Nosh: Robert Pierce, Shareholder, Ausley McMullen in Tallahassee, FL
January 23, 2014
12:30–1:20 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center
Bob Pierce is a shareholder with the firm and practices a broad range of business, tax, and estate and probate law. He regularly advises clients in a wide array of business organization formation, structuring and operation. He has experience in merger and acquisitions and reorganization of business organizations of all types.

Virtual Networking Nosh: Susan Spradley & Sara Huff - Gray Robinson in Orlando, FL
 
January 29, 2014
12:30–1:30 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center
GrayRobinson is a full-service corporate law firm with over 270 attorneys throughout 11 offices across Florida. They provide legal services for Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, lending institutions, local and state governments, developers, entrepreneurs and individuals across Florida, the nation and the world.


Networking Nosh: Lanse Scriven with Trenam Kemker in Tampa, FL
January 30, 2014
3:15-4:00 p.m.
Room A216, Advocacy Center

Lanse concentrates his practice in the area of business litigation, handling a diverse range of business disputes. The clients he has represented range from individual shareholders of closely-held corporations in “business divorces” to large financial institutions.  Complementary to his litigation practice, Lanse also serves as a special prosecutor for the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission.

After Marriage Symposium
January 31, 2014
TBA


Virtual Networking Nosh: Christopher Stephen Polaszek with Morgan & Morgan in Tampa, FL  
February 3, 2014
12:30–1:30 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center
Mr. Polaszek currently specializes in securities fraud class actions on behalf of defrauded investors, as well as complex commercial litigation. Mr. Polaszek also regularly meets with institutional investors, including trustees of public and private pension funds, regarding their legal rights.


Virtual Networking Nosh: John Maus with U.S. Trust in New York  
February 4, 2014
12:30–1:30 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center


Networking Nosh: Sandra Brown from Atlanta, GA (May be virtual)
February 6, 2014
12:30–1:30 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center
Sandra Brown is Entertainment Counsel to award-winning talent including recording artists, songwriters, music producers, industry executives, production and motion picture companies, both in the United States and internationally.  She provides expert, intelligent counsel for a wide variety of legal and business issues, including reviewing, drafting, and negotiating licensing agreements, music distribution agreements, multi-million dollar recording and publishing agreements, and music soundtrack agreements.


Networking Nosh: Larry Hill from Pensacola firm Moore, Hill & Westmoreland, P.A.
February 13, 2014
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Room A216, Advocacy Center

Larry Hill is an accomplished trial lawyer with 39 years of experience. He is board certified as a civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, is a Civil Trial Advocate as certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and is a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate as certified by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. In recent years, his practice has focused on mass tort litigation and defense of class actions.

Networking Nosh: George Levesque from Tallahassee, FL
February 18, 2014
12:30–1:30 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center


Networking Nosh: Virginia Dailey with Hopping Green, International law from Tallahassee, FL
February 19, 2014
12:30–1:30 pm
Room TBA, Advocacy Center
Virginia has thirteen years of legal experience, and a state-wide practice in State and Federal environmental and administrative Law in Florida. In recent years, her practice has focused on the siting and licensing of complex energy facilities, including power plants, distribution and transmission lines, natural gas storage facilities and pipelines, and supporting facilities.

Hopping Green & Sams presentation
February 19, 2014
3:15–5:00 pm
Reading Room, Advocacy Center
Members from Hopping Green & Sams will be presenting and discussing environmental law and their practice in Florida. There will be a reception in the Reading Room with appetizers and beverages immediately after the presentation.

Virtual Networking Nosh: Howard Scholl from Cole, Scott, and Kissane in Tampa, FL
F
ebruary 20, 2014
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center
Howard Scholl is a partner who is based in the firm's Tampa office and handles cases involving personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, nursing home neglect, medical malpractice claims, contract disputes including insurance claims, construction defect as well as other general liability issues and claims for professional malpractice.

Board of Visitors
February 24, 2014
TBA


Networking Nosh: Judge Charles Dodson in Tallahassee, FL
March 5, 2014
12:20-1:20 p.m.
Room A216, Advocacy Center

Judge Dodson is a judge for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida. He is currently assigned to all Wakulla County circuit criminal cases, civil cases, family cases, including juvenile delinquency and dependency cases, probate cases, and all appeals from county court. Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced civil trial law for 31 years and was Florida Bar Board Certified in civil trial law for 25 years.

Networking Nosh: Sally Still with Ward Damon Posner Pheterson & Bleau, PL
March 24, 2014
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Room A216, Advocacy Center

Sally Still helps business owners comply with the complicated web of employment and labor-related laws that govern their companies. She works both proactively to ensure compliance with the laws, and defends employers faced with regulatory actions brought by governmental agencies or lawsuits filed by employees.