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Florida State University



A distinctive element of the center's teaching is its emphasis on simulation. Before students represent a client at trial or conduct a deposition, they go through a rigorous series of practices where, with the direction of clinical faculty, mistakes are corrected and presentations polished.

Jennifer Parker LaVia

Jennifer Parker LaVia

Legal Writing Professor

Florida State University
College of Law
Advocacy Center, Room A010G
Phone: 850.644.7472
Fax: 850.644.5487


J.D., University of Florida, 1987
A.B., Duke University, 1984

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As a member of the first-year writing faculty, Ms. LaVia teaches Legal Research and Writing I and II. Prior to joining the FSU faculty, she worked for Holland & Knight in Tallahassee where she focused on appellate practice and ethics.

Ms. LaVia was a Research Editor for the University of Florida Law Review, served as a teaching fellow at the University of Florida College of Law and was elected to Order of the Coif.

Select Recent Publications

FLORIDA LEGAL RESEARCH (with Barbara Busharis & Suzanne Rowe) (4th ed., Carolina Academic Press 2014)