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Florida State Law is proud to announce an unusually rich set of course offerings taught by adjunct professors. These instructors, though not on the regular faculty of the law school, bring a diversity of experiences and talents to the school and a very high degree of professional accomplishment and expertise.

Adjunct Professors: Spring 2015 

Eric Abrahamsen will teach Florida Criminal Procedure: Pre-Trial this semester. A former prosecutor and county court division chief, Mr. Abrahamsen is a partner at the Law Offices of Friedman & Abrahamsen, where he practices criminal defense. He also coaches the College of Law Mock Trial Team and is an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Mr. Abrahamsen received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.

Steve Brown will teach Jury Selection this semester. He recently retired after serving for twenty one years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Florida, the last three as the Chief United States Magistrate Judge. Prior to that he was a partner in a Miami law firm where he was a civil trial lawyer for nineteen years. He has taught a Trial Advocacy Program at the UM Law School, CLE Courses, and has spoken before bar associations throughout the United States and overseas.

Peter M. Dunbar will teach Condominium & Community Housing Law. Mr. Dunbar has published five books in this field and has practiced administrative and land use law for many years. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and is currently serving his second term on the Florida Condominium Advisory Council. He also has served as a member of the Florida House representing Pinellas and Pasco counties, as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics, and as general counsel and director of legislative affairs under Governor Bob Martinez.

Mark Ellis will co-teach International Human Rights Law with Professor D’Alemberte this semester. A graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, he served as executive director of the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI) before becoming executive director of the International Bar Association in 2000.

Janice Fleischer, director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center at the Florida Supreme Court, will teach Mediation this Spring. A certified Florida Supreme Court mediator, she is chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Environmental Public Policy Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution. She also is an honorary fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. She earned her J.D. form Miami Law, cum laude. For more information, e-mail fleischerj@flcourts.org.

Germaine Gurr will teach Mergers & Acquistions this semester.  She is Senior Legal Counsel at Schneider Electric S.A.S., a global Fortune 500 company that specializes in energy management with the goal of making energy safe, reliable and efficient. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Ms. Gurr was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she assisted companies and private equity funds on M&A transactions, leveraged buyout transactions and other corporate matters.  Prior to her tenure at Weil, Ms. Gurr was an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she focused on asset management and derivative transactions.  Ms. Gurr has also held various accounting and finance positions at TeliaSonera AB and Americatel Corporation. Ms. Gurr graduated cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts from Simmons College.  Germaine is currently a member  of  the  board  of  directors of Edesia Inc. Edesia’s mission is to treat  and  prevent  malnutrition for the world’s most vulnerable children; its  vision  is  a world in which all people have access to the basic human right  of  food and nutrition. She has worked closely with Edesia’s founder and management team on establishing Edesia as a non-profit corporation and on handling its corporate governance and legal matters.  She is a former member of the board of directors of Sophia Academy, a non-profit middle school in Providence, Rhode Island whose mission is to provide a quality education for girls whose families face economic challenges.

Tor Jensen-Friedman will teach Trial Practice this spring. He has extensive experience with a broad range of felony and misdemeanor prosecutions. Since 2007, he has served as a coach of the Florida State Law Mock Trial Team. He earned his J.D. from Florida State.

Fred Karlinsky will teach Law & Risk Management. Mr. Karlinsky is a shareholder with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate, PA. His practice focuses on the areas of insurance law and administrative law. Mr. Karlinsky has been involved in revisions to the Florida automobile insurance law, worker’s compensation laws and medical malpractice laws. Mr. Karlinsky earned his J.D. from Florida State Law in 1992.

Patrick T. Kinni will again teach Civil Pre-Trial Practice. He is a senior assistant attorney in the Leon County Attorney’s Office, where he has litigated at the trial and appellate levels various issues of interest to local governments. Mr. Kinni received his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University School of Law in 1989.

The Honorable Terry P. Lewis, who sits on the Circuit Court for Leon County, will teach Florida Civil Practice this semester. Judge Lewis earned his J.D. with honors from Florida State University. He has been recognized with such awards as Judge of the Year by the Florida Law Related Education Association, and Trial Judge of the Year by the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. For more information, call 850.577.4400 or e-mail Judge Lewis, terryle@leoncountyfl.gov.

The Honorable Simone Marstiller will teach Writing for the Court this semester. She sits on the First District Court of Appeal, to which she was appointed in January 2010.  Prior to taking the bench, she held several legal and executive positions in state government, including Chief Appellate Counsel for the Agency for Health Care Administration, Assistant General Counsel to the Governor, General Counsel for the Department of Management Services, and Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  Judge Marstiller began her legal career as a law clerk in the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach.

Preston McLane will teach Florida Environmental Law this semester.  He is the Environmental Administrator for rulemaking, regulatory reform, and legislative affairs for the Division of Air Resource Management at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  Prior to joining the Division, Preston was an attorney in private practice whose practice areas included environmental resource permitting, consumptive use permitting, air and waste permitting, administrative rulemaking and litigation, and art and cultural heritage law. Preston is the author of several environmental and administrative law publications, including the chapter on informal administrative hearings in Florida Administrative Practice (9th ed., 2011), and chapters on “Consumptive Use Permitting” and “Mangrove Trimming and Regulation” in the Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise. Preston graduated magna cum laude from the FSU College of Law with a Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law with Honors in 2009. 

Robert A. McNeely, a practicing attorney at Messer Caparello, Esq., will reprise his popular Entertainment Law course this spring. Mr. McNeely is an alumnus who has worked and published on topics in the areas of entertainment law, family law, legislative practice, intellectual property and appellate practice.

Teresa Milla will teach Judicial Externship Perspectives. Ms. Milla earned her law degree from Florida State Law and serves as a judicial clerk to the Honorable William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., at the First District Court of Appeal. For more information, please email millat@1dca.org.

Robert A. Pierce, a shareholder of Ausley & McMullen law firm in Tallahassee, will teach Estate Planning Workshop.  He has previously taught several tax related courses at the Law School.  He is a 1973 graduate of the Florida State Law School, and a 1976 graduate of the graduate tax program at the University of Florida.  He has previously served as General Counsel of the Florida Department of Revenue.  He has a broad based practice that includes estate planning, wills and trusts, state and Federal tax planning, business planning and transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

The Honorable Ricky Polston of the Florida Supreme Court will teach Insurance Law this semester. Justice Polston, an alumnus of Florida State Law, is a certified public accountant and was previously a certified circuit court mediator and judge on the First District Court of Appeal. Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced public accounting for seven years as audit manager with Deloitte Haskins & Sells, C.P.A.s, and law for 14 years (commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout Florida). For more information, e-mail Justice Polston, PolstonR@flcourts.org.

David F. Powell is co-author of Bridging the Gap: Drafting for Tax and Administration Issues, (ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, 2000) and is much sought-after by bar and other professional groups as a lecturer on estate planning. He teaches Practical Skills this semester. Professor Powell is an Academic Fellow on the American College on Trust and Estate Counsel. He graduated with honors from University of Texas Law School in 1972, and he received an LL.M. in taxation a year later from New York University School of Law.

Capt. Alan S. Richard is a captain with the Division of Law Enforcement for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and is a 1994 graduate with highest honors from Florida State Law. He is teaching Admiralty Law, a topic on which he has published extensively and taught previously at the law school. As a student, he was a member of the Florida State University Law Review and the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.

Colin Mark Roopnarine will be teaching Florida Administrative Litigation with J. Layne Smith this semester.  Mr. Roopnarine is a 1995 graduate of Florida State University College of Law, and currently serves as the General Counsel of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Roopnarine was the Deputy General Counsel of Professions at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  He is an experienced litigator who has been involved in administrative litigation and several appeals throughout his career.  He also served as a Hearing Officer with the Public Employees Relations Commission where he presided over numerous formal administrative hearings in labor and employment law.  He is AV ® rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has been Florida Bar Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice since 2007.  In 2012 he was appointed by Chief Judge Charles A. Francis to serve on the Second Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, and currently serves on the Florida Bar’s Administrative Law Section CLE and Board Certification Committees.  For more information, call 850.410.9588 or e-mail colin.roopnarine@flofr.com.

Philip Sandon will teach Topics in Florida Practice this semester. He earned his J.D. from Florida State and his B.A. from Harvard College. In addition to practicing law with Bryant, Miller & Olive, P.A., he has taught at Stetson University College of Law and been actively involved in various legal academic support capacities throughout the state. He can be reached at philsandon@aol.com.

J. Layne Smith is General Counsel at the Department of Business & Professional Regulation and will teach Florida Administrative Litigation with Colin Roopnarine this semester.  He is a long time A-V rated civil, criminal defense, and administrative trial lawyer.   Layne has 24 years of experience as a private practice attorney, and he successfully ran his own law firm from 1995-2011.  He is a Special Designated Assistant Statewide Prosecutor and a former Special Designated Assistant Public Defender.  Layne is a 1987 Order of the Coif graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and a moot court alumnus.

Richard Tanner will teach Trial Practice this Spring. Mr. Tanner is the managing partner of the Tallahassee branch of deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal. He has successfully litigated numerous criminal and civil trials and has served as an arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Tanner also has served as the moderator of CLE programs run by The Florida Bar and has given several CLE lectures on trial practice topics. Mr. Tanner earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1969. For more information, please email rt7@dbksmn.com.

JoLen Rawls Wolf, a former Legal Writing Professor at FSU COL, will teach Florida Dissolution of Marriage this spring, a course she taught for seven years before retiring from the law school and returning to private practice. When previously teaching Florida Dissolution of Marriage, Ms. Wolf created a “text” for students and is updating those materials for this class. Ms. Wolf is presently with The Mills Firm, an appellate practice. Although she handles a variety of appeals, she focuses on family law, an area in which she practiced before joining the law school faculty. For more information, please email Ms. Wolf at jwolf@mills-appeals.com.

Adjunct Professors: Fall 2014

Eric Abrahamsen: Florida Criminal Procedure: Pre-Trial
The Honorable Steve Brown: Trial Practice
Robert N. Clarke: Florida Civil Practice
Jeffrey P. Dambly: Jessup International Law Moot Court
Mark Ellis: International Human Rights with Sandy D'Alemberte
Matthew Foster: Trial Practice
Germaine Gurr: Transactional Drafting
Todd G. Kocourek: Introduction to American Law
The Honorable Terry Lewis: Evidence
Preston McLane: Clean Air Act
Teresa M. Milla: Judicial Externship Perspectives
Seth Miller: Postconviction Remedies
Jesse Panuccio: Advanced Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers in Theory & Practice
The Honorable Ricky Polston: Florida Alternative Dispute Resolution
Colin Roopnarine: Depositions with Layne Smith
Philip Sandon: Topics in Florida Practice
Maria Santoro: Trial Practice
Amy Schrader: Florida Administrative Practice
J. Layne Smith: Depositions with Colin Roopnarine
M. Stephen Turner: Legal Negotiations
Melissa VanSickle: Land Transfer
William Wallis: Federal Courts Practicum


Fall 2014 Courses for 2Ls and 3Ls

Eric Abrahamsen will teach Florida Criminal Procedure: Pre-Trial this semester. A former prosecutor and county court division chief, Abrahamsen is a partner at the Law Offices of Friedman & Abrahamsen, where he practices criminal defense. He also coaches the College of Law Mock Trial Team and is an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Mr. Abrahamsen received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.

Steve Brown will teach Trial Practice this semester. He recently retired after serving for twenty-one years as a United States magistrate judge for the Southern District of Florida, the last three as the chief United States magistrate judge. Prior to that he was a partner in a Miami law firm, where he was a civil trial lawyer for nineteen years. He has taught a Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Miami Law School, CLE courses, and has spoken before bar associations throughout the United States and overseas.

Robert N. Clarke, Jr., a shareholder with Ausley & McMullen in Tallahassee, will be teaching Florida Civil Practice, which he has taught many times at Florida State Law. He is a 1986 honors graduate of the law school and now practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation and administrative law in a variety of federal, state and administrative fora. For more information, e-mail rclarke@ausley.com.

Jeffrey P. Dambly will teach Jessup International Law Moot Court this semester. Dambly is a senior attorney for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and was a criminal prosecutor. He has participated in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, coached competition teams, and judged in regional and international rounds of the competition. Dambly received his J.D. from the University of Florida and his LL.M. in National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law from George Washington University. He previously taught international law at the University of Central Florida.

Mark Ellis will co-teach International Human Rights Law with Professor D’Alemberte this semester. A graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, he served as executive director of the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI) before becoming executive director of the International Bar Association in 2000.

Matthew Foster, who will teach Trial Practice for the Florida State Law Mock Trial Team, is a partner at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney. A 1994 graduate of Florida State Law, he has practiced civil and criminal litigation and served as a special prosecutor for the Florida Department of Education. For more information, email matt@tallahasseeatorneys.com.

Germaine Gurr will teach Transactional Drafting this semester. She is Vice President & Lead Counsel for Global M&A, Post-Merger Integration and Corporate Governance of Schneider Electric SE. In this role, she is responsible for all of the company’s legal matters in connection with its mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financing activities, as well as responsible for the integration or carve-out from a legal and compliance perspective of those transactions. In addition, she oversees the company's corporate governance group. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Germaine worked in Providence, Rhode Island and in Boston, Massachusetts as an associate for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she focused on complex corporate and transactional matters, including the representation of private equity firms and companies in connection with public and private acquisitions, divestitures and investment transactions, as well as other corporate matters. Prior to joining Weil, Germaine worked in New York, New York as an associate for Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she assisted mutual funds, investment companies and other enterprises in connection with asset management and derivative transactions. Germaine began her legal career at Shearman where she was a summer associate in Shearman’s London and New York offices.

Todd Kocourek, president and CEO of Florida First Capital Corp., will be teaching Introduction to American Law this semester. He received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Florida State University, where he was a United State Presidential Scholar and National Merit Scholar. Kocourek served as committee counsel to the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Commerce before being named general counsel and deputy director of the Florida’s International Affairs Commission. He brings extensive experience in international and domestic commercial transactions, international trade, and immigration issues and is a Florida civil-law notary. For more information, contact Mr. Kocourek at todd@attglobal.net.

The Honorable Terry P. Lewis, who sits on the Circuit Court for Leon County, will teach Evidence this semester. Judge Lewis earned his J.D. with honors from Florida State University. He has been recognized with such awards as Judge of the Year by the Florida Law Related Education Association, and Trial Judge of the Year by the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. For more information, call 850.577.4400 or e-mail Judge Lewis, terryle@leoncountyfl.gov.

Preston McLane will teach Clean Air Act this semester. He is the environmental administrator for rulemaking, regulatory reform, and legislative affairs for the Division of Air Resource Management at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Prior to joining the Division, McLane was an attorney in private practice. His practice areas included environmental resource permitting, consumptive use permitting, air and waste permitting, administrative rulemaking and litigation, and art and cultural heritage law. McLane is the author of several environmental and administrative law publications, including the chapter on informal administrative hearings in Florida Administrative Practice (9th ed., 2011), and chapters on “Consumptive Use Permitting” and “Mangrove Trimming and Regulation” in the Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise. He graduated magna cum laude from the FSU College of Law with a certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law with Honors in 2009.

Teresa Milla will teach Judicial Externship Perspectives. Milla earned her law degree from Florida State Law and serves as a judicial clerk to the Honorable William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., at the First District Court of Appeal. For more information, please email millat@1dca.org.

Seth Miller is executive director of the Innocence Project of Florida and will teach Postconviction Remedies this semester. He earned his J.D. with honors from Florida State University in 2004 and was the executive editor for the Florida State University Law Review. For more information, call 850.561.6767 or e-mail smiller@floridainnocence.org.

Jesse Panuccio will teach Advanced Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers in Theory and Practice. Panuccio is the executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the state agency charged with coordinating economic, labor, and community-development policies and programs. Prior to his tenure at DEO, Panuccio served as General Counsel to Governor Rick Scott.  Before joining the Scott administration, Panuccio practiced law with Washington D.C.-based Cooper & Kirk, where he focused on constitutional law and complex federal litigation. He clerked for Judge Michael McConnell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Panuccio received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

The Honorable Ricky Polston, of the Florida Supreme Court, will teach Florida Alternative Dispute Resolution. Justice Polston, an alumnus of Florida State Law, is a certified public accountant and was previously a certified circuit court mediator and judge on the First District Court of Appeal. Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced public accounting for seven years as audit manager with Deloitte Haskins & Sells, C.P.A.s, and law for 14 years (commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout Florida). For more information, e-mail Justice Polston, PolstonR@flcourts.org.

Colin Mark Roopnarine will teach Depositions with J. Layne Smith this semester.  Roopnarine is a 1995 graduate of Florida State University College of Law, and currently serves as general counsel of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Prior to his current position, Roopnarine was the deputy general counsel of Professions at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. He is an experienced litigator who has been involved in administrative litigation and several appeals throughout his career. He also served as a hearing officer with the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission, where he presided over numerous formal administrative hearings in labor and employment law. He is A-V rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has been Florida Bar Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice since 2007. In 2012 he was appointed by Chief Judge Charles A. Francis to serve on the Second Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee and currently serves on The Florida Bar’s Administrative Law Section CLE and Board Certification Committees.  For more information, call 850.410.9588 or e-mail colin.roopnarine@flofr.com.

Philip Sandon will teach Topics in Florida Practice this semester. He earned his J.D. from Florida State and his B.A. from Harvard College. In addition to practicing law with Bryant, Miller & Olive, P.A., he has taught at Stetson University College of Law and has been actively involved in various legal academic support capacities throughout the state. He can be reached at philsandon@aol.com.

Maria A. Santoro will teach Trial Practice for the Florida State Law Mock Trial Team. Santoro is managing partner of the Tallahassee office of George Hartz, where she specializes in health care and commercial litigation matters. An active participant in numerous law reform efforts, including the Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Complex Litigation, Santoro earned her J.D. from Thomas Cooley in 1986 and her B.A. from Florida State in 1982. For more information, call 850.224.5252 or email Msantoroatty@att.net.

Amy W. Schrader, a shareholder with Gray Robinson, P.A., will teach Florida Administrative Practice. She is board certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice and currently serves as chair-elect of the Administrative Law Section of The Florida Bar. Schrader focuses her practice on assisting companies and individuals in their dealings with Florida agencies, including representation at formal administrative hearings and appeal of final agency actions. Many of her cases involve challenges to the validity of agency rules or proposed rules and review or defense of agency procurement decisions.

J. Layne Smith is general counsel at the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation and will teach Depositions with Colin Roopnarine this semester. He is a long time A-V rated civil, criminal defense and administrative trial lawyer. Smith has 24 years of experience as a private practice attorney and he successfully ran his own law firm from 1995-2011. He is a special designated assistant statewide prosecutor and a former special designated assistant public defender. Smith is a 1987 Order of the Coif graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and a moot court alumnus. 

Stephen Turner, managing partner in the Tallahassee and Destin offices of Broad and Cassel, will teach Legal Negotiations this semester. He is the former chairman of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group and senior member of the Constitutional Law and Government Litigation team. Turner earned his J.D. from the University of Florida in 1965.

Melissa VanSickle will teach Land Transfer. She is a 2002 graduate of Florida State University College of Law and handles all areas of commercial and residential real estate matters.  VanSickle is a shareholder with Clark, Partington, Hart, in the Tallahassee office, which she opened for the firm in 2011. She is a fellow with the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and is active in several local voluntary bar and non-profit organizations. For more information, email mvansickle@cphlaw.com

William L. Wallis will teach Federal Courts Practicum this semester. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY (1970), and received his J.D. from the University of Alabama (1976) and his Master of Law Degree from NYU (1985). He is a partner at Butler Pappas, LLP, with his primary practice area being insurance and employment law. During his 23 years with Butler Pappas, he has had extensive experience litigating in federal court. He is a licensed attorney in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and D.C., and is a certified mediator in Florida. Prior to joining Butler Pappas, he served 21 years in the U.S. Army, with his last 15 years being in the JAG Corps, where his assignments included prosecutor, defense counsel and military judge. He was an associate professor in the law department at the U.S. Military Academy for three years, where he taught Constitutional, Criminal and Environmental Law. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law and the Stetson Law School.

Adjunct Professors: Summer 2014

Laura D. Jones: Professional Responsibility and Sales & Leases
Thomas Kirwin: Trial Practice
The Honorable Ricky Polston: Florida Constitutional Law

Summer 2014 Courses for 2Ls and 3Ls

Laura D. Jones will be teaching Professional Responsibility and Sales & Leases this semester. She is a 2000 graduate of Florida State Law, graduating first in her class and serving on the editorial board of the Florida State University Law Review. Since her graduation, she clerked for Judge Lanier Anderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and has served many times as an adjunct for the law school.

Thomas Kirwin teaches Trial Practice at the Florida State College of Law. Kirwin has litigated cases for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida since 1992, and currently holds the position of First Assistant U.S. Attorney. Prior to his work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kirwin was an attorney in the Florida State Attorney’s Office and Army JAG Corps. He has taught various courses overseas, training prosecutors in Indonesia, the Ukraine, the Republic of Georgia, Austria and Hong Kong. He earned his J.D. from Florida State Law in 1979. For more information, call 850.942.8448 or e-mail Professor Kirwin.

The Honorable Ricky Polston of the Florida Supreme Court will teach Florida Constitutional Law. Justice Polston, an alumnus of Florida State Law, is a certified public accountant and was previously a certified circuit court mediator and judge on the First District Court of Appeal. Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced public accounting for seven years as audit manager with Deloitte Haskins & Sells, C.P.A.s, and law for 14 years (commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout Florida). For more information, e-mail Justice Polston, PolstonR@flcourts.org.

Adjunct Professors: Spring 2014

Eric Abrahamsen: Florida Criminal Practice: Trial
Tim Bass: Unites States Space Law
Edwin A. Bayo: Spanish for Lawyers
Richard Benham: Contract Drafting and IP Practicum
Steve Brown: Trial Practice
Sarah S. Butters: Gratuitous Transfers
Robert N. Clarke, Jr.: Trial Practice
Rachel Davidson: Commercial Real Estate Practicum
Peter M. Dunbar: Condominium & Community Housing Law
Mark Ellis: International Human Rights Law
Janice Fleischer: Mediation
Germaine Gurr: Anatomy of a Deal
Tor Jensen-Friedman: Trial Practice
Laurie D. Jones: Sales & Leases and Professional Responsibility
Fred Karlinsky: Law & Risk Management
Patrick T. Kinni: Civil Pre-Trial Practice 
The Honorable John J. Lazzara: Workers' Compensation
The Honorable Terry P. Lewis: Florida Civil Practice
The Honorable Simone Marstiller: Writing for the Court

Preston McLane: Water Law
Robert A. McNeely: Entertainment Law
Teresa Milla: Judicial Externship Perspectives
Laura Montgomery: Space Law
Mary L. Pankowski: Juvenile Justice
Elizabeth Peskin: Legal Negotiations
Robert A. Pierce: Estate Planning Workshop
The Honorable Ricky Polston: Insurance Law
David F. Powell: Gratuitous Transfers
Capt. Alan S. Richard: Admiralty Law
Philip Sandon: Topics in Remedies
Amy W. Schrader: Florida Administrative Practice
Martin B. Sipple: Trial Practice
Dwight Slater: Florida Criminal Practice I
Herbert W.A. Thiele: Local Government Law
JoLen Rawls Wolf: Florida Dissolution of Marriage
Amy Voight Xenofos: U.S. Space Law

Spring 2014 Courses for 2Ls and 3Ls

Eric Abrahamsen will teach Florida Criminal Procedure: Trial this semester. A former prosecutor and county court division chief, Mr. Abrahamsen is a partner at the Law Offices of Friedman & Abrahamsen, where he practices criminal defense. He also coaches the College of Law Mock Trial Team and is an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Mr. Abrahamsen received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.

Tim Bass will be one of three professors teaching United States Space Law. He currently works for the Office of the Chief Counsel at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as an assistant chief counsel for NASA's Launch Services Program. After graduating from Mississippi State University with a B.B.A. in International Business Management, a B.A. in Spanish, a minor in Economics, and a certificate in International Business and Culture, he held positions in areas of international logistics, teaching, and banking.  He then received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of law, earning cords from the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law. For more information, please email him at SpaceLawTim@gmail.com.

Edwin A. Bayó will be teaching Spanish for Lawyers. He has served as the assistant attorney general, Florida Department of Legal Affairs, Tax Section as well as an attorney for the Florida House of Representatives, Committee on Corrections and the Florida Department of Legal Affairs. He received his B.A. in economics from the University of Puerto Rico and a J.D. from Stetson University Law School.

Richard Benham will teach Contract Drafting and IP Practicum this semester. Mr. Benham’s practice focuses on technology law, intellectual property matters and business transactions. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Benham served in the computer hardware and software industry for almost 20 years in various business and technical roles. Mr. Benham has considerable experience in drafting and negotiating agreements in subject areas including employment, real estate, intellectual property licensing, business combinations and finance. Mr. Benham holds a B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University and a J.D. (with Honors) from Florida State Law. For more information, please e-mail rbenham@benhamlawfirm.com.

Steve Brown will teach Trial Practice this semester. He recently retired after serving for twenty one years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Florida, the last three as the Chief United States Magistrate Judge. Prior to that he was a partner in a Miami law firm where he was a civil trial lawyer for nineteen years. He has taught a Trial Advocacy Program at the UM Law School, CLE Courses, and has spoken before bar associations throughout the United States and overseas.

Sarah S. Butters, a summa cum laude graduate of Florida State Law, will teach Gratuitous Transfers this semester. Ms. Butters is a Partner at Holland & Knight LLP, and she has extensive experience in wills, trusts and probate law. She serves on the Executive Council for the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar and is a Fellow on the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. For more information, e-mail sarah.butters@hklaw.com.

Robert N. Clarke, Jr., a shareholder with the Ausley & McMullen firm in Tallahassee, will co-teach Trial Practice with Martin Sipple. He is a 1986 honors graduate of the law school and now practices in complex commercial litigation and administrative law in a variety of federal, state and administrative fora. For more information, e-mail rclarke@ausley.com.

Rachel Davidson will teach Commercial Real Estate Practicum this semester. She advises clients on all aspects of complex real estate transactions: analyzing prospective projects; negotiating LOIs; conducting due diligence; negotiating and drafting contracts; structuring the capital stack, including equity partnerships and commercial loans; closing title. After closing title, Ms. Davidson maintains a close relationship with and assists her clients in the ownership and operation of their properties, through commercial leasing, redevelopment, refinancing, and administration of leases, loans, and construction contracts. She also advises on sustainable building practices, and has consulted on these issues for developers and projects across the country. While a student at the Florida State University College of Law, Ms. Davidson earned the Environmental Law Certificate. Rachel is an accredited LEED Green Associate under the USGBC 2009 standards.

Peter M. Dunbar, of counsel at Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., will teach Condominium & Community Housing Law. Mr. Dunbar has published five books in this field and has practiced administrative and land use law for many years. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and is currently serving his second term on the Florida Condominium Advisory Council. He also has served as a member of the Florida House representing Pinellas and Pasco counties, as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics, and as general counsel and director of legislative affairs under Governor Bob Martinez. For more information, call 850.222.3533 or e-mail pdunbar@deanmead.com.

Mark Ellis will co-teach International Human Rights Law with Professor D’Alemberte this spring. A graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, he served as executive director of the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI) before becoming executive director of the International Bar Association in 2000.

Janice Fleischer, director of the Florida Dispute Resolution Center at the Florida Supreme Court, will teach Mediation this semester. A certified Florida Supreme Court mediator, she is chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Environmental Public Policy Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution. She also is an honorary fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. She earned her J.D. from Miami Law, cum laude. For more information, e-mail fleischerj@flcourts.org.

Tor J-Friedman will teach Trial Practice this spring. He has extensive experience with a broad range of felony and misdemeanor prosecutions.He is a former prosecutor who has extensive experience with a broad range of felony and misdemeanor prosecutions and now handles criminal defense, personal injury cases and Bar Grievances for law students. Since 2007, he has served as a coach of the Florida State Law Mock Trial Team. He earned his J.D. from Florida State  in 2005 and is the managing partner of Friedman, Frank & Abrahamsen.www.ffalawyers.com.

Germaine Gurr will teach Anatomy of a Deal. She is Senior Legal Counsel at Schneider Electric S.A.S., a global Fortune 500 company that specializes in energy management with the goal of making energy safe, reliable and efficient. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Ms. Gurr was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she assisted companies and private equity funds on M&A transactions, leveraged buyout transactions and other corporate matters. Prior to her tenure at Weil, Ms. Gurr was an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she focused on asset management and derivative transactions. Ms. Gurr has also held various accounting and finance positions at TeliaSonera AB and Americatel Corporation. Ms. Gurr graduated cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts from Simmons College. Germaine is currently a member  of  the  board  of  directors of Edesia Inc. Edesia’s mission is to treat  and  prevent  malnutrition for the world’s most vulnerable children; its  vision  is  a world in which all people have access to the basic human right  of  food and nutrition. She has worked closely with Edesia’s founder and management team on establishing Edesia as a non-profit corporation and on handling its corporate governance and legal matters. She is a former member of the board of directors of Sophia Academy, a non-profit middle school in Providence, Rhode Island whose mission is to provide a quality education for girls whose families face economic challenges.

Laurie D. Jones will be teaching Sales & Leases and Professional Responsibility this semester. She is a 2000 graduate of Florida State Law, graduating first in her class and serving on the editorial board of the Florida State University Law Review. Since her graduation, she clerked for Judge Lanier Anderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and has served many times as an adjunct for the law school.

Fred Karlinsky will teach Law & Risk Management. Mr. Karlinsky is a shareholder with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate, PA. His practice focuses on the areas of insurance law and administrative law. Mr. Karlinsky has been involved in revisions to the Florida automobile insurance law, worker’s compensation laws and medical malpractice laws. Mr. Karlinsky earned his J.D. from Florida State Law in 1992.

Patrick T. Kinni will again teach Civil Pre-Trial Practice. He is a senior assistant attorney in the Leon County Attorney’s Office, where he has litigated at the trial and appellate levels various issues of interest to local governments. Mr. Kinni received his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University School of Law in 1989. 

The Honorable John J. Lazzara will teach Workers’ Compensation this spring. He is Judge of Compensation Claims (JCC) for the Tallahassee District and was first appointed in 1990. Prior to his appointment, he was engaged in the private practice of law in Tampa and also acted as a circuit civil mediator and federal court arbitrator. He also worked under contract as a Hearing Officer for the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission; the Property Appraisal Adjustment Board; and was a Panel Arbitrator on the first New Motor Vehicle Arbitration (Lemon Law) Board. Judge Lazzara has served as President, Conference of JCCs (1997-99); Chair, Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee (1994-95); Member, Appellate Court Rules Committee (2001-07) and twice chaired its Workers’ Compensation Law Subcommittee; Chair, DOAH/OJCC Workers’ Compensation Rules Revision Committee (2005-06); and is currently a member of the Florida Bar's the Standing Committee on Professionalism. He is a member of the Florida Bar’s Workers' Compensation Section and its Professional Conduct Guidelines Committee, as well as the Florida Bar’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. In 1998 and 2002 Judge Lazzara was nominated for appointment to the First District Court of Appeal. In November, 2005, Governor Jeb Bush appointed him Interim Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims, a position he held until May, 2006. In 2008, the judge was elected Inaugural President of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary, and currently serves on its Board of Directors. In 2009, Judge Lazzara was inducted as a Fellow of the ABA-affiliated College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and was elected to its Board of Governors (2011-13). In 2012 he was inducted a Charter Member of the Florida Workers' Compensation Institute's, Workers' Compensation Hall of Fame. His community service consists of serving on the Boards of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Leon County and the Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend. Judge Lazzara received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida.

The Honorable Terry P. Lewis, who sits on the Circuit Court for Leon County, will teach Florida Civil Practice. Judge Lewis earned his J.D. with honors from Florida State University. He has been recognized with such awards as Judge of the Year by the Florida Law Related Education Association, and Trial Judge of the Year by the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. For more information, call 850.577.4400 or e-mail Judge Lewis, terryle@leoncountyfl.gov.

The Honorable Simone Marstiller will teach Writing for the Court this semester. She sits on the First District Court of Appeal, to which she was appointed in January 2010.  Prior to taking the bench, she held several legal and executive positions in state government, including Chief Appellate Counsel for the Agency for Health Care Administration, Assistant General Counsel to the Governor, General Counsel for the Department of Management Services, and Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  Judge Marstiller began her legal career as a law clerk in the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach.

Preston McLane will teach Water Law this semester.  He is the Environmental Administrator for rulemaking, regulatory reform, and legislative affairs for the Division of Air Resource Management at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  Prior to joining the Division, Preston was an attorney in private practice whose practice areas included environmental resource permitting, consumptive use permitting, air and waste permitting, administrative rulemaking and litigation, and art and cultural heritage law. Preston is the author of several environmental and administrative law publications, including the chapter on informal administrative hearings in Florida Administrative Practice (9th ed., 2011), and chapters on “Consumptive Use Permitting” and “Mangrove Trimming and Regulation” in the Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise. Preston graduated magna cum laude from the FSU College of Law with a Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law with Honors in 2009. 

Robert A. McNeely, the managing shareholder in The McNeely Law Firm, will reprise his popular Entertainment Law course this spring. Mr. McNeely is an alumnus who has worked and published on topics in the areas of entertainment law, family law, legislative practice, intellectual property and appellate practice.

Teresa Milla will teach Judicial Externship Perspectives. Ms. Milla earned her law degree from Florida State Law and serves as a judicial clerk to the Honorable William A. Van Nortwick, Jr., at the First District Court of Appeal. For more information, please email millat@1dca.org.

Laura Montgomery will co-teach Space Law this semester. She is the manager of the Space Law Branch in the FAA’s Office of the Chief Counsel.  She supports the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, the FAA’s line of business that regulates the commercial space transportation industry. Her work includes developing regulations, addressing legislative, licensing, inter-agency and treaty issues, and identifying and coordinating enforcement matters.  She has testified before Congress on the meaning of the governing statute. Her rulemakings include the FAA rules for human space flight and experimental permits, among others.  Previously, she was in private practice with Arter & Hadden in Washington, DC, where she specialized in telecommunications, administrative law and appellate work.  She received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Virginia.

Mary L. Pankowski is a former Assistant State Attorney whose assignment was as a prosecutor working with juveniles who made mistakes. Today, she works with the same young people except that her mission is to help them turn their lives around. She defends them in the judicial system and then assists them secure their future by providing counseling in continuing their education and launching their careers.  In addition to her solo practice in her own law firm, she will be teaching Juvenile Justice in the College of Law at Florida State University in the spring. Mary is a graduate of Florida State University (FSU) where she received her law degree in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Adult Education in 1972. Prior to law school, she was Vice President at Florida International University and Professor of Educational Leadership. She retired from FIU in 1999. Before moving to Miami in 1994, she was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor at FSU; Director of the Center for Professional Development and the Turnbull Florida State Conference Center, and Professor of Educational Leadership. 

Elizabeth Peskin will teach Legal Negotiations this semester. She graduated from Tulane Law School where she was an editor of the Sports Lawyers Journal. She is a certified family and dependency mediator, parenting coordinator, yoga teacher and acts as the Supervising Attorney for Legal Aid’s Family Law Pro Se Program for indigent clients. Ms. Peskin also maintains her own family law practice in Tallahassee. For more information, email elizabeth@peskinlaw.com.

Robert A. Pierce, a shareholder of Ausley & McMullen law firm in Tallahassee, will teach Estate Planning Workshop. He has previously taught several tax related courses at the Law School. He is a 1973 graduate of the Florida State Law School, and a 1976 graduate of the graduate tax program at the University of Florida. He has previously served as General Counsel of the Florida Department of Revenue. He has a broad based practice that includes estate planning, wills and trusts, state and Federal tax planning, business planning and transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

The Honorable Ricky Polston of the Florida Supreme Court will teach Insurance Law. Justice Polston, an alumnus of Florida State Law, is a certified public accountant and was previously a certified circuit court mediator and judge on the First District Court of Appeal. Prior to becoming a judge, he practiced public accounting for seven years as audit manager with Deloitte Haskins & Sells, C.P.A.s, and law for 14 years (commercial litigation in federal and state courts throughout Florida). For more information, e-mail Justice Polston, PolstonR@flcourts.org.

David F. Powell is co-author of Bridging the Gap: Drafting for Tax and Administration Issues, (ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, 2000) and is much sought-after by bar and other professional groups as a lecturer on estate planning. He teaches Gratuitous Transfers. Professor Powell is an Academic Fellow on the American College on Trust and Estate Counsel. He graduated with honors from University of Texas Law School in 1972, and he received an LL.M. in taxation a year later from New York University School of Law.

Capt. Alan S. Richard is a captain with the Division of Law Enforcement for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and is a 1994 graduate with highest honors from Florida State Law. He is teaching Admiralty Law, a topic on which he has published extensively and taught previously at the law school. As a student, he was a member of the Florida State University Law Review and the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.

Philip Sandon will teach Topics in Remedies this semester. He earned his J.D. from Florida State and his B.A. from Harvard College. In addition to practicing law with Bryant, Miller & Olive, P.A., he has taught at Stetson University College of Law and been actively involved in various legal academic support capacities throughout the state. He can be reached at philsandon@aol.com.

Amy W. Schrader, a shareholder with Gray Robinson, P.A., will teach Florida Administrative Practice. She is board certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice and currently serves as chair-elect of the Administrative Law Section of the Florida Bar. Ms. Schrader focuses her practice on assisting companies and individuals in their dealings with Florida agencies, including representation at formal administrative hearings and appeal of final agency actions. Many of her cases involve challenges to the validity of agency rules or proposed rules and review or defense of agency procurement decisions.

Martin B. Sipple, a shareholder with the Ausley & McMullen law firm in Tallahassee, will be co-teaching Trial Practice with Robert Clarke. He is a 1991 graduate of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and served clerkships with the Nebraska Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois before entering private practice. He now practices commercial litigation and intellectual property law.  

Dwight Slater will teach Florida Criminal Practice I this semester.  Mr. Slater spent the first several years of his career as an assistant public defender in Orange County, Florida, where he gained extensive trial experience.  Thereafter, he handled administrative and appellate matters for the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Financial Services before accepting his current position as Northwest Regional Appellate Counsel for the Department of Children of Families, Children’s Legal Services.  An avid bassoon player in his spare time, he performs with multiple chamber ensembles and serves as the principal bassoonist for both the Tallahassee Winds and the Big Bend Community Orchestra.  Mr. Slater holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor degree from Emory University.  For more information, please e-mail Mr. Slater at dwight_slater@dcf.state.fl.us.

Herbert W.A. Thiele will teach Local Government Law. Mr. Thiele has served as Leon County attorney since 1990 and was city attorney of Delray Beach from 1981-1990. He earned his B.A. from Notre Dame in 1975 and J.D. from University of Florida in 1978.

JoLen Rawls Wolf, a former Legal Writing Professor at FSU COL, will teach Florida Dissolution of Marriage this spring, a course she taught for seven years before retiring from the law school and returning to private practice. When previously teaching Florida Dissolution of Marriage, Ms. Wolf created a “text” for students and is updating those materials for this class. Ms. Wolf is presently with The Mills Firm, an appellate practice. Although she handles a variety of appeals, she focuses on family law, an area in which she practiced before joining the law school faculty. For more information, please email Ms. Wolf at jwolf@mills-appeals.com.

Amy Voigt Xenofos will co-teach U.S. Space Law with Laura Montgomery and Timothy Bass this spring. After graduating with honors from Florida State Law in 2000, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, she became an attorney with the National Aeronautics & Space Administration in Houston, Texas and Washington, DC.  Mrs. Xenofos currently serves as Assistant Chief Counsel for General Law & External Partnerships at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.  She has been honored with such awards as the Federal Bar Association's Outstanding Younger Federal Lawyer Award, NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal, and NASA's Exceptional Service Medal.

 

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