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.
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 Trial Team and is an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Abrahamsen received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.
Solicitor General Amit Agarwal was appointed as Florida’s solicitor general in June 2016. Agarwal served as deputy chief to the Appellate Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida before being named solicitor general. Previously, Agarwal clerked in the Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Samuel Alito and served as an attorney advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice. Additionally, Agarwal served as a law clerk for the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Honorable Edward Becker in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. Agarwal graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Duke University. The Florida solicitor general is the state government's principal appellate counsel, representing the interests of the state throughout Florida's appellate courts and in the United States Supreme Court. The solicitor general also serves as the Richard W. Ervin Eminent Scholar Chair and a visiting professor of law at the Florida State University College of Law. He will be teaching Separation of Powers Seminar this semester.
Sarah Butters is a summa cum laude graduate of Florida State Law, will teach Gratuitous Transfers this semester. Butters is a shareholder at Ausley & McMullen, 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.
Georgia Cappleman will be teaching Juvenile Justice: Skills Practice. 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 2009-January 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, which is 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. She has also coached FSU College of Law 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.
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. 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.
Nancy Daniels will teach Juvenile Justice: Skills Practice.
Mark Ellis will be a guest speaker in the International Human Rights class. 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.
Manuel Farach specializes in transactional matters (with an emphasis on real estate), business litigation, debtor-creditor law, creditor representation in bankruptcy, and appellate law. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in both real estate law and business litigation. He will be teaching Real Estate Law Foundations this semester.
Matthew Foster who will be teaching Trial Practice for the Florida State Law 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.
Tor Friedman has been serving as the co-director of the FSU Trial Team and has served 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 The New York Times and The Washington Post for his legal experience.
Dean Debra Henley will teach Florida Legislation Practice: From Bill Drafting to the Governor’s Desk this semester. Previously, Dean Henley was selected to be the executive director of the Florida Justice Association (FJA) in May 2010. Prior to her appointment to this position, Dean Henley served as FJA's deputy executive director and legislative director for 20 years. In her service to the Florida Justice Association, Dean Henley has spearheaded efforts to promote diversity within the FJA, developed new training programs and collaborated with FJA leadership to help direct the operations of the organization. She has built strong relationships as a lobbyist for the FJA and testified in countless legislative committee meetings on issues ranging from medical malpractice, products liability, nursing home and insurance.
Joe Jacquot will teach Executive Power.
Marshall Kapp will teach Public Health Law this semester. He was educated at Johns Hopkins University (B.A.), George Washington University Law School (J.D. with honors), and Harvard University School of Public Health (M.P.H.). Now a professor emeritus, he was the founding director of the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, with faculty appointments as professor, Department of Geriatrics, FSU College of Medicine, and professor of medicine and law in the FSU College of Law. He also was affiliated with the FSU Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy. He is editor emeritus of the Journal of Legal Medicine, a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM), and a recipient of GSA’s Kent Award and the ACLM Gold Medal Award.
Todd. G. Kocourek will teach Introduction to American Law: Comparative Perspective.
Alyssa Lathrop will be teaching Judicial Externship Perspectives Seminar this semester. She graduated with highest honors from the 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.
John Lazzara will teach Workers Compensation Skills.
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.
R. Scott Palmer will teach Antitrust this semester. An employee of the Florida Department of Legal Affairs, Palmer holds board certifications in antitrust and trade regulation law. From 1997-2007, he headed the Antitrust Practice at Berman DeValerio; from 1988-1997, he served in the Economic Crimes Division of the Attorney General’s Office, where he oversaw its complex litigation; and from 1982-1986, 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.
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).
Clay Roberts will teach Florida Constitutional Law.
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.
Martin B. Sipple, a shareholder with the Ausley & McMullen firm in Tallahassee, will be teaching Civil Discovery & Depositions. Sipple earned his J.D at Washington University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif in 1991. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in the area of business litigation, and regularly represents clients in both state and federal cases involving civil litigation and intellectual property matters.
Nathan Wadlinger currently works as an assistant lecturer at Florida State University. He teaches tax courses in the bachelor’s and master’s of accountancy programs. He also works part-time in the tax services group of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. C.P.A.s in Tallahassee. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, Master of Accounting, and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. He also received his LL.M. in taxation from Boston University. In addition, Wadlinger has a Certified Public Accountant license issued by the State of Florida and is a member of The Florida Bar.
JoLen Rawls Wolf, a former Legal Writing Professor at FSU College of Law, will teach Florida Family Law 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.