Class of 2021

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Eisele Ibarra has joined GrayRobinson's Orlando office as an associate in the litigation section. She focuses her commercial litigation practice on complex disputes stemming from construction, breach of contract, business torts, real-estate, and corporate transactions. Before her legal career, Ibarra served as an outreach staff assistant for the U.S. Congress in Florida. In this role, she often met with constituents, Florida-based corporations, and non-profits to discuss strategies regarding their federal concerns and opinions, agency assistance, and state of emergency FEMA response. Posted 3.10.23

Mallory Lizana authored an article for The Florida Bar Journal entitled "A Look at the PETS Act and Related Florida Law in the Wake of Hurricane Ian" in their March/April 2023 publication. Posted 2.28.23

Jon McGowan authored an article for the University of Chicago Business Law Journal entitled "The Trouble with Tibble: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Fiduciary Duty." The article focused on legal development in the European Union and in the United States relating to a director's duty to consider ESG factors. McGowan practices at The McGowan Law Firm in Jacksonville. Posted 1.5.23

Hannah Murphy has joined Stearns Weaver Miller's Tallahassee office as an associate in the litigation department. Posted 9.22.22

Karis Edwards is a civics and law magnet teacher at R. Frank Nims Middle School. Her students have a student bar association, and once a student passes the bar exam, they are invited to join the bar association. Her 8th graders just passed their bar exam, have been "sworn in" and are now "licensed" to practice law on campus. Posted 9.9.22

Carey Stephenson was promoted to Client Relationship Executive at ADP on May 2, 2022. She will lead the FL team of HR Business Partners that offer HR consulting and support to clients throughout the state. Posted 5.12.22

Shannon Belmont has relocated to Washington, DC and accepted a new job as Manager of Health Policy and Research with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). Posted 4.13.22

Kirsten Nowak is now an associate in the financial institutions group of Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C., a full-service law firm that represents Fortune 500 corporations, midsize and small privately held companies, investment advisers, brokerage firms, banks, franchises, insurers, and non-profits. Posted 2.15.22


Jonathan "Jon" McGowan authored an article for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy Per Curiam titled "Medical Marijuana Permits and Concealed Weapons Permits: When One Right Impacts Another." Posted 2.15.22

Dylan Pryor has accepted an offer to work at Deloitte's Multistate Tax Practice in Miami after completing his LL.M. at the University of Florida in the spring. Posted 11.10.21

Jordane Wong is an associate in the Tallahassee office of Dean Mead, practicing in the areas of litigation and administrative law, particularly within the department of agriculture. Posted 10.29.21


Jon McGowan has been appointed to the Members Consultative Committee of the ELI-Mount Scopus European Standards of Judicial Independence project in his role as a fellow of the European Law Institute in Vienna, Austria. The project aims to review, update, and adjust the Mount Scopus International Standards of Judicial Independence (2008) to the reality of European jurisdictions as well as to current challenges to judicial independence. Posted 10.1.21

Joseph McGehee's article "Case Law Regarding COVID-19 and Compensatory Education for ESE Students Still Quiet" has been published in The Florida Bar's Education Law Journal. Posted 7.13.21

Remi Abiodun has received a 2021 Equal Justice Works Fellowship. She will be working at the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, where she will advance advocacy for children in adult prisons serving life without parole sentences in Louisiana to improve prison conditions, ensure education and rehabilitation, and develop mitigation. Posted 5.17.21