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Featured Profile Professor Charles Ehrhardt

Featured Profile: Professor Ehrhardt

Two-thousand-seventeen marked Professor Charles W. “Chuck” Ehrhardt’s 50-year anniversary at FSU Law. In 1967, he packed all of his possessions into his red 1964 Ford Mustang and drove to Tallahassee to become the fourth professor to join the faculty. During his time at the College of Law, Ehrhardt has taught thousands of students.

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Featured Profile Edmond E. Koester

Featured Profile: Edmond E. Koester ('96)

As a shareholder at Coleman Yovanovich Koester in Naples, Edmond E. Koester handles high-end litigation matters, ranging from complex antitrust to construction defect cases and anything in between. At any given time, he has between 60 and 120 pending cases.

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Featured Profile Thomas J. Spulak

Featured Profile: Thomas J. Spulak ('82)

Washington, D.C. attorney Thomas Spulak (’82) began developing his expertise in government advocacy well before law school. During his formative years and in college, Spulak came to the realization that not everyone was protected equally. 

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Featured Profile Jami Coleman

Featured Profile: Jami A. Coleman ('08)

The path to practicing law did not go exactly as planned for Jami A. Coleman, but the end result is exactly where she is meant to be. Growing up in Germany as one of seven siblings, Coleman aspired to be just like The Cosby Show’s matriarch.

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Featured Profile Marcelo Llorente

Featured Profile: Marcelo Llorente ('01)

Growing up around politics, Marcelo Llorente realized that serving your community was a great calling. His Jesuit high school education further instilled in him a deep commitment to community service. Llorente aspired from a young age to become an attorney and serve in an elected office.

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Featured Profile Shi-Ling Hsu

Featured Profile: Professor Shi-Ling Hsu

D'Alemberte Professor and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs Shi-Ling Hsu is an expert in the areas of environmental and natural resource law, climate change, law and economics, and property. Prior to entering academia, Hsu was a senior attorney and economist for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.

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50 Years of FSU Law

Celebrating 50 Years of FSU Law

When FSU Law welcomed its first students during the fall of 1966, the law school occupied part of Longmire Hall in the middle of campus. Now comprised of eight buildings that occupy two full city blocks, the law school has expanded along with its faculty, student body and offerings. In just half a century, FSU Law transformed into one of the nation’s top 50 law schools.

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Featured Profile Salesia Smith-Gordon

Featured Profile: Salesia V. Smith-Gordon

As a registered pharmacist, Salesia Smith-Gordon contemplated returning to school to become a veterinarian or doctor. Her plans changed after a conversation with her mother, Jeraldine Williams, a 1981 graduate of the FSU College of Law. Today, Smith-Gordon has won numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for her clients at her own practice.

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Featured Profile Cody Fowler Davis

Featured Profile: Cody Fowler Davis (1959-2017)

Before his passing in January 2017, Cody Fowler Davis was a proud father, accomplished trial attorney and author. Recognized as the #1 attorney in insurance law and plaintiff's personal injury litigation by Tampa Magazine (2016), Davis left an impact on the legal community.

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Featured Profile Sid Garcia

Featured Profile: Sid Garcia

Isidro “Sid” Garcia’s experiences as a journalist and part-time worker at UPS as a young adult led to a successful labor law practice in West Palm Beach. In 2004, Garcia opened his own practice, Garcia Law Firm, P.A., where he represents individual employees who have been mistreated in the workplace, primarily in wrongful termination and harassment claims.

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Featured Profile Matt Rearden

Featured Profile: Matt Rearden

Because he took an in-house position immediately after graduating from law school in 2001, Matt Rearden has never billed an hour. Since joining SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in 2010, Rearden has served as associate general counsel, as vice president of business affairs and currently as senior business development officer.

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Featured Profile Alberto Dominguez

Featured Profile: Alberto Dominguez

Since joining Walmart in 2006, Alberto Dominguez has been responsible for a wide range of products, from snacks to prescription drugs to household cleaning items. Now as a senior VP, general merchandise manager for the company, he is responsible for every adult beverage product that ends up on the shelves of Walmart stores across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico.

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Featured Profile Nancy Daniels

Featured Profile: Nancy Daniels

As a reporter covering a high-profile death penalty case, Nancy Daniels was drawn to criminal law. Although she thought journalism would be her life-long profession, Daniels applied to law school after her editor remarked that Daniels had an aptitude for legal issues. At the end of 2016, Daniels will retire after serving for 26 years as public defender for the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

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Featured Profile Willie Meggs

Featured Profile: Willie Meggs

When William N. “Willie” Meggs retires in December 2016 as state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, he will have spent more than 40 years prosecuting cases for the office. Meggs has been around courtrooms for even longer. He began his career in law enforcement, taking undergraduate classes at Florida State while working full time.

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Featured Profile Erin Ryan

Featured Profile: Professor Erin Ryan

Elizabeth C. & Clyde W. Atkinson Professor Erin Ryan joined the College of Law faculty in 2015. She draws upon her unique experiences and background as she teaches and researches in the areas of environmental and natural resources law, property and land use, water law, negotiation, and federalism.

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Featured Profile Steve Johnson

Featured Profile: Professor Steve Johnson

Dunbar Family Professor Steve Johnson knew from the time he was a law student that he wanted to teach. After practicing tax law for 14 years, he joined academia and has become a nationally recognized scholar on tax procedure.

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Featured Profile: Alum Kimberly Holladay

Alum Kimberly Holladay has been in-house with the same company, in various iterations, since she left private practice in 2000. She became Senior Counsel-Corporate for Veritiv Corporation through a July 2014 merger. That merger and the fact that Veritiv is barely a year old has made Holladay’s recent work especially exciting.

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Featured Profile: Dean Don Weidner

Dean Don Weidner is stepping down as dean in June 2016. During his 20+ years as dean, he has transformed the law school in countless ways. Most obviously, he has led the College of Law into the top tier of U.S. law schools.

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Featured Profile: Alum Bruce Blackwell

After spending more than 30 years practicing complex civil litigation, alum Bruce Blackwell began a second career as CEO/executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation. Leading the organization is an excellent fit for Blackwell, who has a long history of service to the profession and who took on many difficult pro bono cases during his career.

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Featured Profile: Alum Benjamin Crump

Benjamin Crump was sworn in as president of the National Bar Association (NBA) on July 23, 2015. Through his NBA service and the cases that have catapulted him into the national spotlight, Crump is seeking justice for people who might not find it otherwise.

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Featured Profile: Alum Gordon Glover

Gordon Glover is the third FSU College of Law alum in the past five years to hold the post of Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division president. In this capacity, Glover is embracing technology and changes in the legal marketplace to improve opportunities for young lawyers throughout the state.

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Featured Profile: FSU Law LLM Students

Lawyers from around the world are studying at the College of Law through our LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers program, which has grown tremendously in recent years. The LL.M. students have differing levels of professional experience – some have practiced law for many years and others have recently earned their law degrees – but they all bring valuable perspectives into the classroom.

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Featured Profile: Alum W. Riley Allen

Riley Allen has been creatively advocating for his complex civil litigation clients for more than 30 years. His goal to profoundly impact others also has Allen venturing far beyond the practice of law.

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Featured Profile: Alum Ben Odom

Almost a decade into his tenure at International Speedway Corporation (ISC), Ben Odom serves as the company’s associate general counsel and director of compliance. Odom never intended to practice law, but at ISC, he feels right at home.

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Featured Profile: Alum Laura Ferrante

Being corporate legal counsel for Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. is the perfect job for alum Laura Ferrante. Her responsibilities are diverse and Ferrante relishes conquering the new challenges that her job provides.

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Featured Profile: Alum John E. Thrasher

John E. Thrasher has been a strong supporter of Florida State University for many years. In November 2014, he became the first College of Law alumnus to assume the FSU presidency. Although he is in the first year of his presidency, Thrasher has a clear vision for what he plans to accomplish.

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Featured Profile: Alum Jeff Stoops

Our community of more than 8,700 supportive alumni includes Jeff Stoops, who is president and CEO of SBA Communications Corporation. Since joining the Boca Raton-based company, Stoops has expanded SBA into Canada, Central America and South America.

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Featured Profile: Alum Judge Karen Specie

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Karen (Kinkennon) Specie, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida, was appointed to the bench in July 2012. Her specialization in the area of bankruptcy law happened by chance.

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Featured Profile: Alum Marla Butler

As a law student at Florida State, alum Marla Butler thought she did not have the personality to be a firm lawyer. Butler is now the assistant managing partner and hiring partner in the New York City office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.

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Featured Profile: Chancey Smith

2L Chancey Smith chose to study law at Florida State because she was intrigued by our international programs. During the summer of 2014, she worked at the Constitutional Court of Korea – Seoul through Florida State’s externship program.

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Featured Profile: Alum Cecelia Bonifay

Alum Cecelia Bonifay has a thriving real estate and land use practice at Akerman in Orlando, where she chairs the firm’s Land Use & Sustainable Development practice group.

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