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.
Yen Bailey is teaching Professional Responsibility this semester.
Tim Bass is teaching Space Law this semester. He has served as the assistant chief counsel for NASA-KSC Launch Services Program since 2009. Prior to that, Bass was a law clerk for NASA. He earned his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2009. Bass will be remotely teaching U.S. Space Law this spring.
David Bedingfield is a visiting professor from the United Kingdom. He will be teaching Immigration Law and Comparative Family Law. Bedingfield has published extensively both in the UK and in the USA, 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 child care 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.
The Honorable Stephen Brown is teaching 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 years as the chief United States magistrate judge. Prior to that, Judge Brown was a partner in a Miami law firm, where he was a civil trial lawyer for 19 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.
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 FSU. 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.
Bruce Culpepper is co-teaching Trial Practice with Martin Sipple this semester.
Jeffrey P. Dambly is teaching Surveillance & Intelligence Law this semester. Dambly is a senior attorney for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and before that he 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.
Marc Dunbar is teaching Gambling & Pari-Mutual Law this semester. He a partner in the Government Relations Practice Group at Jones Walker. Dunbar advises a wide range of clients, with particular emphasis on businesses in highly regulated industries. He is an alumnus of the Florida State University College of Law. Following law school, Dunbar 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.
Colleen Ernst is co-teaching Judicial Power: Role of a Judge this semester with Joe Jacquot.
Manual 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 The Life Cycle of a Real Estate Deal this semester.
The Honorable Martin Fitzpatrick is teaching 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.
Doug Helling is teaching Drug Regulation this semester.
Joe Jacquot is co-teaching Judicial Power: Role of a Judge with Colleen Ernst. Jacquot is the general counsel for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. He was recently a partner and business attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he represented clients in complex federal and state legal and policy matters. From 2007-2011, Jacquot served as the chief deputy attorney general of Florida. He led significant litigation, including a constitutional challenge by 26 states, and he successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in a criminal prosecution. Jacquot worked closely with other state attorneys general on multi-state litigation and joint engagement with federal entities.
Tor J. Friedman is 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. Friedman 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.
Ruth Jackson is co-teaching Consumer Protection Law with Jared Lee 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, Jackson 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, Jackson 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 is teaching Corporate Tax this semester.
Fred Karlinsky is teaching Law & Risk Management in our annual Spring Break class. Karlinsky is a shareholder with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate, PA. His practice focuses on the areas of insurance law and administrative law. Karlinsky has been involved in revisions to the Florida automobile insurance law, workers’ compensation laws and medical malpractice laws. Karlinsky 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 NSU College of Law. Kinni has been an adjunct professor at FSU College of Law since 2007, teaching a course on civil pretrial 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 for numerous awards and has been published in The Florida Bar Journal. For more information, call 850.219.1060 or email Mr. Kinni.
Alyssa Lathrop is 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.
Jared Lee is co-teaching Consumer Protection Law with Jared Lee this semester. He is a 2007 graduate of Florida State University College of Law with honors. 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’s also been called upon to appear on radio and television broadcasts as a specialist in consumer issues.
Michael Markham is teaching Bankruptcy Skills Lab this semester. Since starting with Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP in 1988, Markham’s practice has concentrated on bankruptcy and insolvency related litigation. Markham has represented corporate and individual debtors, secured creditors, equipment lenders, landlords, creditor’s committees, trustees and petitioning creditors in involuntary bankruptcies. He also has substantial experience in receivership cases.
Robert A. McNeely, a practicing attorney at Messer Caparello, Esq., is reprising 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.
R. Scott Palmer is teaching 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. For more information, contact Palmer at email@example.com.
Michael Pierce is teaching Advanced Legal Analysis this semester. Prior to his position as associate general counsel at Florida State University, he served as general counsel and secretary of the college, New College of Florida from 2016 to 2018 and as an attorney, instructor and administrator at Stetson University College of Law from 2012 to 2016. He was previously in private practice representing clients in estate planning and public benefits eligibility.
Robert A. Pierce, a shareholder of Ausley & McMullen law firm in Tallahassee, is teaching Estate Planning. He has previously taught several tax-related courses at the law school. Pierce is a 1973 graduate of the Florida State College of Law 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 Florida Constitutional 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, email Justice Polston.
Bob Rice is teaching The Law & Business of Investment this semester. Rice is the founder and managing partner of Tangent, as well as the consulting affiliate for Rice Partners. His unique perspectives stem from an unusual combination of careers: Wall Street financial products law partner; Justice Department trial attorney; technology entrepreneur; public company CEO (of the successor to his startup); investment advisor; and venture investor. He is also a senior advisor to Neuberger Berman and Wilshire Funds Management and serves on the boards of Nasdaq Private Markets and is the investment advisor to the Value Line Funds. Rice is the best-selling author of the Alternative Answer and Three Moves Ahead, a contributing editor to Investment News and appears frequently across the business media.
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. He graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.
Maria Santoro will be teaching Trial Strategy: Complaints, Answers, & Motions. 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. Santoro is in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers and 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. She is admitted to practice before all Florida State Courts since 1987. Santoro also is 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. She has been 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 J.D. from Western Michigan University (Cooley Law) in Lansing, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and English from Florida State University in 1982.
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. He currently fills the position of senior law clerk for the Honorable Susan Kelsey. 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 the Ausley & McMullen firm in Tallahassee, is co-teaching Trial Practice with Bruce Culpepper. 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, please email him.
Thomas Spulak is teaching Political Law this semester. As group leader of the King & Spalding Government Advocacy & Public Policy practice, Spulak is actively involved in numerous lobbying efforts on the most pressing issues in Washington D.C., involving tax, health, energy, defense, aerospace and appropriations. Spulak counsels clients on the full suite of political law issues. He advises clients on complying with federal and state laws that regulate and require the reporting of lobbyist activities, and counsels clients on the ethical considerations involved when corporate representatives and government officials interact. He provides guidance on federal and state election laws, and assists corporations with establishing and administering federal and state political action committees. Spulak assists foreign entities in complying with the Foreign Agent Registration Act.
The Honorable Adam Tanenbaum is teaching Legislative Power this semester. Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Judge Tanenbaum to the First District Court of Appeal on October 16, 2019. Judge Tanenbaum entered upon his judicial service when he took the oath of office on November 1, 2019. 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. He also had primary responsibility for handling litigation affecting the House. 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).
Cynthia Tunnicliff is teaching 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. Tunnicliff routinely practices before the Office of Insurance Regulation, Department of Financial Services, Department of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Administration and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. She regularly appears before the Division of Administrative Hearings contesting 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. Tunnicliff’s 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.