The College of Law is proud to offer 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.
David Bedingfield is a visiting professor from the United Kingdom. He will be teaching Immigration Law this fall. Bedingfield has published extensively both in the U.K. and in the U.S., where he previously practiced before moving to the United Kingdom in 1990. He was appointed a recorder in 2009, and sits in family, civil, and criminal cases. His textbook, “The Child in Need: Children, the State and the Law,” was called an “essential purchase for childcare professionals.” Bedingfield has developed courses in advocacy techniques and has lectured extensively regarding international movement of children, the adoption and placement of abused children, and human rights in the family law context.
Dr. Patricia Born is the Midyette eminent scholar in risk management and insurance in the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies at Florida State University’s College of Business. She also serves as an advisor of the Ph.D. Program with a major in risk management. Her research interests include insurance market structure and performance, professional liability, health insurance, and the management of catastrophic risks. She has published in leading insurance academic journals, including the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Columbia Business Law Review, and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. Born is a member of the board of the American Risk and Insurance Association, and serves on the editorial board of the Risk Management and Insurance Review and Journal of Insurance Issues. She also serves as chair of the Florida Panhandle District Long Term Care Ombudsman Council. Born received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and her master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Duke University.
Courtney Brewer is a board-certified appellate specialist. She has had primary responsibility in all aspects of appellate litigation, from oral arguments and appellate briefing, to research and writing support at the trial level. She has taken the lead in cases litigated at the Eleventh Circuit, federal district courts, and every appellate court in Florida. Prior to joining The Mills Firm in 2012, Brewer served as a deputy solicitor general in the Florida Office of the Attorney General for four and a half years. There, she represented the state of Florida in civil appeals, including cases involving state constitutional law and statutory interpretation. Additionally, she drafted amicus briefs to the U.S. and Florida Supreme Courts on a variety of constitutional issues. This semester, she will be co-teaching with Andrew Manko, Appellate Advocacy.
The Honorable Stephen T. Brown, a 1968 graduate of FSU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, is a retired federal judge. He attended law school at the University of Miami while teaching at Dade County Public Schools. Judge Brown served 21 years on the federal bench before his retirement and was chief U.S. magistrate judge for the Southern District of Florida. Prior to that, he was a law firm partner and admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, Trial Bar for the Southern District of Florida, and the Florida Supreme Court. A former Seminole Boosters board member, he also served on the FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors several years ago, before his most recent appointment to the board by former FSU Board of Trustees Chair Allan Bense on June 22, 2013. He is also a current board member of the Leadership Council of the FSU College of Arts and Sciences.
Georgia Cappleman will be teaching Florida Criminal Procedure. She is a 2001 graduate of Florida State University College of Law and has been an assistant state attorney for over 17 years. Currently, she serves as the chief of felony division D. From November of 2009 to January of 2017, she served under Hon. Willie Meggs as chief assistant state attorney. She has handled over 150 jury trials, including death penalty cases and many cases involving violence against women and children. She has lectured on multiple topics, including the death penalty, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Refuge House, an organization that provides emergency shelter, counseling, and other resources to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the Big Bend Area. She chairs the local Regional Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Group. Cappleman has also coached FSU College of Law Mock Trial teams for several years and was proud for her team to bring home the CAJC National Championship in 2015.
Robert N. Clarke, Jr., a shareholder with the Ausley & McMullen firm in Tallahassee, will be co-teaching Civil Discovery & Depositions with his colleague Martin Sipple. He will also be teaching Florida Civil Practice. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terence C. "Terry" Coonan is the executive director of Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights as well as an associate professor of criminology at Florida State University. He leads the multidisciplinary center's efforts to educate and train a new generation of human rights advocates, track human rights issues, and serve as an advocate for human rights nationally and internationally. Professor Coonan has served as the managing editor of the Human Rights Quarterly. He also has worked at the Department of Justice in the Executive Office of Immigration Review, litigated asylum and immigration cases nationwide, and has worked on various United Nations human rights projects.
Mark Ellis will be a guest speaker in the International Human Rights class. A graduate of 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.
Tor Friedman has served as the co-director of the FSU Trial Team and as a coach of the Trial Team since 2007. He is the managing partner of Friedman & Abrahamsen Law Firm in Tallahassee, which specializes in DUI & criminal defense, personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and employment discrimination sexual harassment cases. He is a former felony prosecutor at the Leon County State Attorney’s Office and has handled over 100 trials. He has been named to Florida Trend's Legal Elite in the categories of Criminal Defense and Government Attorneys from his time at the State Attorney’s Office. He has been quoted in The New York Times and The Washington Post for his legal expertise. You can learn more about him at www.torfriedman.com.
Jonathan Hayes is a shareholder with Ausley McMullen and practices in the areas of litigation, appellate practice, probate, trust and estates, business law, health care, and corporate law. Prior to joining the firm, Hayes clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Hinkle of the Northern District of Florida. While in law school, Hayes interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigating securities violations for the litigation group in Atlanta, and externed with the Honorable Mark E. Walker of the Northern District of Florida. Before pursuing a career in law, Hayes started, ran, and sold several businesses, which gives him a unique perspective on the legal challenges facing anyone making key business decisions. This semester, he will be teaching Trust & Estates.
Joe Jacquot is a business litigation shareholder at the Gunster Law firm who focuses his practice on representing clients in complex state matters involving litigation and appellate work, as well as counseling companies on various regulatory issues. Previously, Jacquot served as the general counsel to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, from the governor’s inauguration in January 2019 through October 2020. In this capacity, Jacquot was responsible for all litigation and legal matters of the governor and state executive agencies. Jacquot handled cases on behalf of the governor and his administration before federal and state courts, including five matters before the Florida Supreme Court on matters of statewide significance. Jacquot was a litigation partner at a national law firm, leading the firm’s national State Attorneys General practice. His work consisted of complex federal and state issues, including litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to that, he was a senior executive and legal counsel for a publicly traded mortgage company in Jacksonville, Florida.
Todd. G. Kocourek will teach Introduction to American Law: Comparative Perspective. He is a practicing attorney in Florida and a Florida Civil-Law Notary. Kocourek focuses his practice on international commercial law and Florida governmental relations. He also serves as CEO of Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, the SBA statewide Certified Development Corporation for the State of Florida, and is of counsel to Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. in Miami, Customs and International Trade Law counselors. He served as committee counsel to the Commerce Committee of the Florida House of Representatives, where he oversaw commercial legislative projects including the revision of Florida's domestic and international banking codes and the revision of Florida’s Limited Liability Company statute. He also served in the Office of the Governor as general counsel for the Florida International Affairs Commission, which set international policy for the State of Florida. Kocourek has studied EC law in Brussels and public international law at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, and he serves as consular correspondent for the Consulate General of Italy in Miami. He is a past chair of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Florida International Volunteer Corps (FAVACA), and the Florida Export Finance Corporation, for which he currently serves as vice chairman. He speaks Spanish and Italian and has basic knowledge of Japanese and Arabic.
Alyssa Lathrop will be teaching Judicial Externship Perspectives Seminar this semester. Lathrop graduated with highest honors from Florida State University College of Law in 2009, where she served as editor in chief of the Florida State University Law Review. After graduation, she worked as a staff attorney for Justice Barbara Pariente at the Florida Supreme Court and then joined the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation as an assistant general counsel. She is currently a hearing officer at the Public Employees Relations Commission.
The Honorable Andrew Manko will co-teach Appellate Advocacy this semester with Courtney Brewer. Manko has taken primary responsibility on a variety of appellate matters, including tort, wrongful death, medical malpractice and general commercial disputes. From 2013 to 2018, he was a shareholder in the Mills Firm, and since 2018, he has served as an administrative law judge in the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. He obtained his J.D. from Emory University.
Susan Marvin will be teaching Mediation this semester. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Michigan and earned her J.D. from Florida State University College of Law. She has served in many different roles throughout her career, including as the chief of alternative dispute resolution at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, a senior attorney at the Florida Dispute Resolution Center, a legal editor for The Florida Bar, and as the director of the Family Visitation Program. Marvin’s course will focus on an understanding of mediation, primarily through the lens of the Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators, the Florida Rules of Procedure, and Chapter 44, Florida Statutes, with a discussion of the Uniform Mediation Act.
Seth Miller is the 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, e-mail email@example.com.
Justice Carlos Muñiz was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Ron DeSantis on January 22, 2019, becoming the 89th justice since statehood was granted in 1845. Prior to joining the court, he served on the staff of Secretary Betsy DeVos as the presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed general counsel of the United States Department of Education. In addition to working as an attorney in the federal government and in private practice, Justice Muñiz had an extensive career in Florida state government. He served as the deputy attorney general and chief of staff to Attorney General Pam Bondi; as deputy chief of staff and counsel in the Office of the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives; as general counsel of the Department of Financial Services; and as deputy general counsel to Governor Jeb Bush.
The Honorable John Newton will be teaching Florida Administrative Law this semester. Judge Newton is currently an administrative law judge for the Division of Administrative Hearings. Previously, Judge Newton has served as general counsel for the Agency for Persons and Disabilities, senior assistant attorney general in the Office of the Florida Attorney General, a partner at Berger Singerman, and a shareholder at Messer, Caparello, Madsen, Lewis & Goldman, P.A. Judge Newton graduated with his bachelor’s from Florida State University and his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.
R. Scott Palmer will teach White Collar Crime this semester. An employee of the Florida Department of Legal Affairs, Palmer holds board certifications in antitrust and trade regulation law. From 1997 to 2007, he headed the Antitrust Practice at Berman DeValerio; from 1988 to 1997, he served in the Economic Crimes Division of the Attorney General’s Office, where he oversaw its complex litigation; and from 1982 to 1986, he was the chief prosecutor of the Statewide Grand Jury, responsible for the prosecution of multi-circuit organized crime cases. Palmer earned his J.D. with honors from the University of Miami and his B.A. from the University of Michigan. For more information, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Honorable Ricky Polston of the Florida Supreme Court will teach Insurance Law this semester. Justice Polston, an alumnus of Florida State College of 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 at PolstonR@flcourts.org.
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 University College of 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.
Lucretia Risoleo is a former CPA and corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP in New York City. She has extensive experience as a corporate attorney, primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, banking law (including M&A), securities law, and corporate governance. She also is a former general counsel and executive vice president of a U.S. subsidiary of Reuters, LLC. While officially taking time off to raise her four children, Risoleo has also spent the last 20-plus years serving on multiple nonprofit boards in various leadership positions, including board chair, vice chair, treasurer, and other executive positions. She has substantial corporate and nonprofit governance experience, and has consistently advised boards on governance matters. She has extensive corporate drafting experience, and has been an adjunct professor of law (corporate drafting) at American University, Washington College of Law, since 2006. Originally practicing in New York City, she moved to Washington, D.C. with her family in 2000. This semester, she will be teaching Contract Drafting.
The Honorable Clay Roberts was a staff attorney for the Committee on Executive Business, Ethics & Elections on the Florida Senate from 1995 to 1997. He then became the staff director of the Committee on Election Reform. In 1998, he moved to the House of Representatives, working as a Council Attorney on the Public Responsibility Council. From 1999 to 2002, he was the director of the Florida Division of Elections. After this, he worked as general counsel for the Florida Department of State. He became an executive deputy attorney general in 2003 and a deputy attorney general in 2006. He held this position until his appointment to the Court of Appeals.
The Honorable Jose Rodriguez earned his associate’s degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1976. In 1978, he earned his bachelor degree from Florida International University and went to Indiana University School of Law, where he graduated with a J.D. in August 1980. He practiced in his own firm from 1982 to 1994, when he was appointed as county court judge by then-Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. He served there until May 2000, when he was appointed as a circuit court judge by Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Judge Rodriguez’s extensive career in the judicial system makes him a great adjunct professor. He is bilingual and teaches in English and Spanish, has served as a member of the LSI Advisory Council since 1997. He has also served as an adjunct professor for LSI since 1995.
Maria Santoro will be teaching Trial Practice. Her practice areas are employment, medical malpractice, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, automobile litigation, construction, and administrative law. She is AV® rated in legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell. She is in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She is fluent in Spanish. Santoro is certified as a circuit mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida. Santoro has been admitted to practice before all Florida State Courts since 1987. She also has been admitted to practice before all three U.S. District Courts: the Middle District in 2007, the Northern District in 1996, and the Southern District in 1988. Santoro is a past member of the Florida Supreme Court Work Group on Statewide Jury Panel Sizes, the Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Management of Litigation Involving Complex Cases, and The Florida Bar Committee on Professionalism. In 1986, Santoro earned her Juris Doctor degree from Western Michigan University (Cooley Law) in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business and English from Florida State University in 1982.
Mark Schlakman serves as senior program director for the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights (CAHR) and will be teaching Executive Clemency in Florida this semester. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Schlakman has held several senior positions in state and federal government, including serving as a senior advisor to a number of Florida governors. While living in Washington, D.C., he held the position of foreign affairs officer for the U.S. Department of State, where he was awarded its Superior Honor Award. In addition to his work with CAHR, Schlakman is the longest-serving board chair of The Innocence Project of Florida.
The Honorable Adam S. Tanenbaum is currently serving as a judge on the First District Court of Appeal. Before his appointment, Judge Tanenbaum served as general counsel for the Florida House of Representatives (2016–2019). In that position, he provided legal advice and counsel to the Speaker of the House and to House members and staff regarding matters of legislative interest. He also advised House members and senior staff regarding ethics laws, public records requirements, House rules, and issues requiring constitutional or statutory interpretation. Previously, Judge Tanenbaum served as general counsel for the Florida Department of State (2015–2016) and chief deputy solicitor general at the Florida Department of Legal Affairs (2014–2015). Judge Tanenbaum earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Florida, where he was co-valedictorian. He graduated cum laude with a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Judge Tanenbaum will be teaching Legislative Power this semester.
Fernando Teson, the Eminent Scholar Emeritus at FSU College of Law, is the leading authority on humanitarian intervention and the philosophy of international law. In addition, he has written on diverse topics such as immigration and political rhetoric. Originally from Buenos Aires, Professor Tesón has dual U.S. and Argentine citizenship. He has authored several books, including Debating Humanitarian Intervention: Should We Try to Save Strangers? (Oxford University Press, 2017) (with Bas van Der Vossen); Justice at a Distance: Extending Freedom Globally (Cambridge University Press, 2015) (with Loren Lomasky); Rational Choice and Political Deliberation (Cambridge University Press 2006) (with Guido Pincione), and Humanitarian Intervention: An Inquiry into Law and Morality (Transnational, 2005), considered the classic treatise in the field. He has also published dozens of articles in law, philosophy, and international relations journals, and collections of essays. Professor Tesón has presented his scholarship around the world.
James Uthmeier currently serves as general counsel to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, where he oversees all litigation and legal work of the governor and state executive agencies. Uthmeier also serves as the governor's chief ethics officer and directs the judicial nominations process. Previously, Uthmeier served as a senior advisor and counsel to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. He began his career as a litigation associate at the D.C. office of Jones Day. Uthmeier is a graduate of Georgetown Law and the University of Florida, where he ran varsity track and cross country. This semester he is co-teaching with Joe Jacquot, Executive Power: The President & The Governor.
Nathan Wadlinger is a lecturer at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches accounting and tax courses in the bachelor’s and master’s of accountancy programs. He received his bachelor’s of science in accounting, master’s of accounting, and juris doctor from the University of Florida. He also received his LL.M. in taxation from Boston University. In addition, he has an enrolled agent certification, a certified public accountant license issued by the state of Florida, and is a member of The Florida Bar. Prior to joining UCF, he worked at Ernst and Young LLP and in law practice, and he taught at other institutions including the Florida State University College of Business.
Solicitor General Henry Whitaker served as the principal deputy assistant attorney general, and before that as deputy assistant attorney general, for the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice where he advised the White House Counsel and cabinet secretaries on a range of important constitutional and statutory questions. Prior to that, Whitaker worked on the appellate staff of the Civil Division of the DOJ and, in that capacity, argued more than 40 appeals in the federal courts. He graduated magna cum laude from both Yale College and Harvard Law School. After law school, Whitaker clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. This semester he will be teaching the Law & Religion Seminar at the College of Law.
Jordann Wilhelm practices in the areas of labor and employment law, commercial litigation, and corporate and business law. In her labor and employment practice, Wilhelm routinely advises management regarding all phases of the employment relationship, including hiring, wage and hour, discipline, severance, and termination concerns. Wilhelm also advises employers regarding day-to-day concerns, including COVID-19 regulations, employee manuals, policies and procedures. In 2014, Wilhelm earned her B.S. degree in psychology from Florida State University, graduating summa cum laude as only one of four of her graduating class to graduate with a 4.0 GPA. In 2017, Wilhelm graduated in the top ten percent of her class from Florida State University College of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Team and Order of the Coif. During law school, Wilhelm also worked at several law offices throughout Tallahassee, specializing in civil litigation.
JoLen Rawls Wolf a former Legal Writing professor at FSU College of Law, will teach Family Law: Florida Perspectives this semester, 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, Wolf created a “text” for students and is updating those materials for this class. Wolf is presently with Duggar and Duggar, P. A., a nationally recognized firm specializing in family law. 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 Wolf at email@example.com.