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.
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. Agarwal graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and earned a Bachelor of Arts 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.
Tim Bass will teach Space Law this semester. He has served as the assistant chief counsel for the NASA-KSC Launch Services Program since 2009. Prior to that, Bass was a law clerk for NASA. Bass earned his JD from the University of Mississippi in 2009. He will remotely teach US Space Law this spring.
The Honorable Stephen Brown will teach Jury Selection this semester. He recently retired after serving for 21 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 School of Law, CLE courses, and has spoken before bar associations throughout the United States and overseas.
Gerald Bryant will co-teach Health Care Fraud and Abuse this semester. He works at Pennington in Tallahassee, where he concentrates his practice in health care and employment law. Much of his practice is devoted to advising health care providers on complex regulatory issues, including state and federal ‘anti-kickback’ and privacy regulations. Bryant also represents all types of employers in both administrative and civil cases involving allegations of unlawful termination. In addition, his practice includes case law analysis, policy form analysis and production of legal opinions relating to insurance matters on behalf a number of the firm’s insurance company clients and other regulated entities. In 2013, Bryant was named by Florida Trend Magazine as a “Legal Elite Up and Comer." Before joining Pennington, he clerked with another local law firm while he attended The Florida State University College of Law. Bryant, who was also a member of the Florida State University Law Review, graduated with honors in 2008.
Andrew Carrabis will teach Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics. He is a graduate, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is an assistant state attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, assigned to the Organized Crime Unit, and a special assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida. In those roles, Carrabis' day to day functions consist of investigating and prosecuting organized crime on the state and federal levels, where he has taken more than 100 jury trials to verdict. He is a Florida Bar board certified criminal trial lawyer. He is on The Florida Bar Criminal Trial Law Certification Committee and the Governmental and Public Policy Committee. Carrabis is a published author on a wide variety of civil and criminal topics, most recently published by the Harvard Journal of Sports Law on the issue of civil lawsuits arising from concussions in the National Football League.
The Honorable Nikki Clark will teach Effective Communications for Litigators this semester.
Jake Cremer will teach Legislation and Regulation this semester. He is an attorney at Stearns Weaver Miller, where he counsels clients in their interactions with local, state and federal governments on environmental, land use and land development issues. He has been lead counsel on a variety of complex permitting and economic development matters, including ad valorem tax exemptions and brownfield designations. Cremer routinely assists large agricultural landowners on long-term strategic planning for their holdings and in defense of their greenbelt classifications. He has extensive experience protecting environmental and land use permits against challenges, defending against government compliance and enforcement issues, and litigating property rights issues, including before the United States Supreme Court. Cremer began his law practice in Tallahassee, where he gained experience dealing with the legislative and regulatory process of state government.
Terin Cremer will teach HR Documentation and Employee Policies and Procedures this semester. She is managing partner at Barbas Cremer, PLLC, a boutique employment and business law firm. Barbas Cremer works with businesses across the country on issues related to human resources and client contracting. Prior to forming Barbas Cremer, she was the chief human resources officer and associate general counsel of Bankers Financial Corporation. There, Cremer led HR strategies and operations. She also managed a variety of legal matters including litigation, transactional, governance and employment matters. Before joining BFC, Cremer worked at a boutique labor and employment firm. Prior to that, she worked under Governors Crist and Scott for the State of Florida, coordinating a statewide legal team defending legislation she helped draft for the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities as a gubernatorial fellow.
Jeffrey P. Dambly will teach Law Enforcement & Privacy this semester. Dambly is a senior attorney for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and previously 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 for 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 the George Washington University. He previously taught international law at the University of Central Florida.
Jim Donohue will teach Bankruptcy Fundamentals this semester. He is a shareholder with Ausley McMullen, where he practices primarily in bankruptcy and related debtor creditor relationships. He also serves as special counsel for trustees in bankruptcy matters.
Marc Dunbar will teach Gambling & Pari-Mutual Law this semester. He a partner in the Government Relations Practice Group at Jones Walker. He advises a wide range of clients, with particular emphasis on businesses in highly regulated industries. Dunbar is an alum of the Florida State University College of Law. Following law school, he worked for several years in the public sector. He was recognized for his exceptional legal work by Florida Tax Watch and was a recipient of the Davis Productivity Award, which honors state employees for exemplary service to Florida's taxpayers.
Peter Dunbar will teach Condominium & Community Housing Law. 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 Florida Governor Bob Martinez.
The Honorable Martin Fitzpatrick will teach Florida Civil Practice this semester. He is a judge for the Second Circuit Court of Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from Stetson University and his J.D. from Florida State University.
Tor J. Friedman is serving as 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 more than 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 experience. You can learn more about him at torfriedman.com.
Germaine Gurr will teach Economic Sanctions this semester. She is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group. Gurr advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities offerings, capital raising opportunities, joint venture and commercial transactions, and general corporate matters. She previously served as 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, Gurr assisted companies on M&A transactions, leveraged buyout transactions and other corporate matters, and focused on asset management and derivative transactions. She has also held various accounting and finance positions at TeliaSonera AB and Americatel Corporation. Gurr graduated cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts from Simmons College. She is also currently a member of the board of directors of Edesia Inc., where 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. Additionally, 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.
Kim Hains will teach Consumer Compliance: Deposits, New Products, and Operations this semester. Hains also serves as an independent senior advisor to Deloitte & Touche LLP, focusing on compliance, regulatory reporting, risk management and management & board governance. Prior to starting her own firm in late 2017, she served in a variety or roles over a 30 year career with Bank of America. She has held a various operational and business transformation leadership roles in trade operations, client services, web delivery and global human resources. Hains is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she majored in accounting. She serves as chair of the Accounting Program Advisory Council for the Poole College of Management at NCSU and also volunteers with various community organizations serving the homeless and working poor.
Assistant Dean Debra Henley will teach Florida Legislation Practice: From Bill Drafting to the Governor’s Desk this semester.
Ruth Jackson will teach Workplace Privacy and Cybersecurity this semester. She is a 2007 graduate of Florida State University College of Law and the founder of a state-wide consumer protection law firm. Prior to launching the firm, she was an insurance law attorney with one of the largest and oldest law firms in the South, where she was involved with the litigation of insurance-related class actions. Today, her practice includes representing consumers in matters involving insurance claims, identity theft and deceptive business practices. Additionally, she has been invited to speak on a variety of emergent legal topics, from privacy in the digital age to the use of black boxes and tracking devices.
Doug Kahn will teach Taxation I this semester.
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 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.
Fred Karlinsky will teach our annual Law & Risk Management class during Spring Break. Karlinsky is a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig. His practice focuses on the areas of insurance law and administrative law. Karlinsky has been involved in revisions to the Florida automobile insurance law, worker’s compensation laws and medical malpractice laws. He earned his J.D. from Florida State Law in 1992.
Patrick T. Kinni presently serves as general counsel to the Blueprint Inter-government Agency, a special district focusing on both infrastructure improvements and economic development for the Tallahassee Community. Previously, he served as deputy county attorney for Leon County, where he practiced for over 20 years. He has litigated employment, land use, contract, class action and other matters related to local governmental disputes at both the trial and appellate court levels. Prior to his work for Leon County, Kinni was a municipal prosecutor for the City of Fort Lauderdale from 1990-96. He received his B.S. in political science from Jacksonville University and his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University College of Law. Kinni has been an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law since 2007, teaching Civil Pre-Trial Practice and as a coach of the Florida State Law Trial Team since 2014. He has been recognized by the Florida Association of County Attorneys with numerous awards and has been published in The Florida Bar Journal. For more information, call 850.219.1060 or email him at Patrick.Kinni@BlueprintIA.org.
Barbara Kornblau, J.D., O.T.R., will teach Disability Law this semester. Kornblau is a consultant on disability, health and patient participation, and is also founder and CEO of the Coalition for Disability Health Equity. She is a professor of occupational therapy at Florida A&M University, and is an attorney, a certified case manager, a certified pain educator and an avid promoter of patient involvement in their own care. She is a consultant to the United Spinal Association's grant-funded Pathways to Employment Program. Most importantly, she is a person with a disability and multiple chronic conditions and brings that perspective to her advocacy efforts. Kornblau served as a member of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research from fall 2015 - spring 2018.
The Honorable Jeffery Kottkamp will teach Professional Responsibility this semester.
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 Florida Public Employees Relations Commission.
Jared Lee will teach Workplace Privacy and Cybersecurity this semester. He is a 2007 honors graduate of Florida State University College of Law. He spent nearly a decade at Morgan & Morgan in the consumer protection department before becoming the managing partner of Jackson Lee | PA. His practice currently focuses on consumer-related litigation, representing consumers in both state and federal court. As an outgrowth of his extensive litigation experience, Lee has served as a two-term chair of The Florida Bar’s Consumer Protection Committee and is currently a state chair for Florida with the National Association of Consumer Advocates. He has also appeared on radio and television broadcasts as a specialist on consumer issues.
Robert A. McNeely, an attorney at Messer Caparello, Esq., will reprise his popular Entertainment Law course this spring. 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.
Murray Moore will teach co-teach Health Care Fraud and Abuse this semester. He is a shareholder at Pennington Law Firm, where he primarily represents and advises health care providers and nonprofit entities. He serves as general counsel to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Inc., which is a 772-bed hospital and health system. Moore advises TMH and other health care providers (including but not limited to physicians, nurses, physician extenders, clinics, ambulatory surgical centers and hospitals) with regard to a myriad of state and federal health law and regulatory issues. He also provides advice and representation to other nonprofit organizations and continues to draw on his early background in real estate and transactional matters. Prior to joining Pennington in 1995, Moore practiced as an assistant state attorney in Duval and Clay Counties. A native of Tallahassee, Moore graduated with a B.A. (economics and Spanish) from Vanderbilt University and then returned home to graduate from the Florida State University College of Law, with honors.
Catherine Nash will teach Risk Management for Financial Compliance this semester. She is the president and CEO of Woodforest National Bank, located in The Woodlands, Texas. She has more than 20 years of experience in banking, joining Citizens in July 2006 as executive vice president and head of consumer banking. She was subsequently named executive vice president, vice chair of regional banking, and then president and CEO. Prior to Citizens, Nash was senior vice president, director of branch banking for SunTrust Corporation, headquartered in Atlanta. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing the sales strategy of 1,700 branch locations. Nash was with SunTrust for more than 13 years, serving in a variety of positions including director of retail banking and marketing in Florida. Prior to joining SunTrust, Nash held positions at Bank of Boston in marketing and human resources. Nash received her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Ithaca College.
Mark Olive will teach The Death Penalty and The Supreme Court this semester. Olive's national practice focuses on death penalty litigation and educating lawyers, judges, and law students about capital punishment and habeas corpus practice. He has litigated capital cases throughout the country, both state and federal, including in the United States Supreme Court. Olive was the director of the first Capital Resource Center in the country, opened in Florida in 1985. The center provided assistance to pro bono attorneys, as well as direct representation, in capital cases. He was later the director of both the Georgia and Virginia resource centers. He has taught in law schools around the country, and today teaches the Death Penalty and the Supreme Court seminar at the University of North Carolina College of Law in Chapel Hill. Olive has been awarded: the National Legal Aid and Defender Association's Life in the Balance Achievement Award, one of the the Florida Supreme Court’s highest awards; the Tobias Simon Award for pro bono service; the Kentucky Furman Award for national service to death sentenced inmates; and the California Death Penalty Focus Award for lifetime service.
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 Florida 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. For more information, contact Palmer at email@example.com.
Robert A. Pierce, a shareholder of Ausley & McMullen law firm in Tallahassee, will co-teach Estate Planning with Steven Hogan. He has previously taught several tax related courses at the law school. He is a 1973 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, and a 1976 graduate of the graduate tax program at the University of Florida. He 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 an 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.
Mike Redondo will teach Healthcare Payer-Provider Relationships this semester. He is a senior associate in Lash & Goldberg LLP’s Miami office. Prior to joining the firm, Redondo worked in the Miami office of Holland & Knight LLP for six years. His practice focuses on sophisticated, high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts. He represents clients in arbitration proceedings as well. Redondo's experience includes representing both Fortune 500 clients and privately held entities in complex commercial disputes, products liability suits, federal and state securities class actions, and healthcare and varied regulatory investigations.
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.
Mark R. Schlakman serves as senior program director for the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights (CAHR) and will teach Immigration Law this semester. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He 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 the Superior Honor Award. In addition to his work with CAHR, Schlakman is the longest-serving board chair of The Innocence Project of Florida.
Paul Schriefer will teach Insurance Contracts this semester.
Kyle Sill, a graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law, is teaching International Sales and Arbitration this semester. He previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Scott Makar and as senior law clerk for the Honorable Nikki Clark, and currently is senior law clerk for the Honorable Susan Kelsey, of the Florida First District Court of Appeal. Additionally, Sill has taught as an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Florida State College at Jacksonville, and Universitè d’Auvergne, Facultè de Droit (located in Clermont-Ferrand, France).
Martin B. Sipple, a shareholder with Ausley & McMullen in Tallahassee, will be teaching Trial Practice. 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. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herbert Thiele will teach Local Government Law. 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. For more information, email him at email@example.com.
Cynthia Tunnicliff will teach Florida Administrative Litigation this semester. Tunnicliff is of counsel at Pennington Law, where she concentrates her current practice on all aspects of administrative and appellate law including professional licensing issues, rule challenges and public procurement. She routinely practices before the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Department of Financial Services, Department of Health, Agency for Healthcare Administration and Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Tunnicliff regularly appears before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings to contest a variety of agency decisions. Although her appellate practice encompasses a wide range of civil matters, she has a particular emphasis on appeals from governmental agency decisions. Her alma mater is Florida State University, where she has served as chair of the FSU Alumni Association Board and a member of both the FSU Foundation Board and the Board of Seminole Boosters.
Chuck Vernon will co-teach Risk Management for Financial Compliance this semester. He is chief legal officer at Woodforest National Bank in The Woodlands, Texas. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from The University of Kansas.
Brittany Woodruff will teach Contract Drafting this semester. She serves as chief operating officer and general counsel at Nova Technologies in Tallahassee. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida, her M.S. in Business Management from the University of Florida, and her J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, where she graduated cum laude.