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Florida State University


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425 West Jefferson Street
Advocacy Center Room A214
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1601
Phone: 850.644.4495
Fax: 850.644.2109

The professional staff of the Career Services and Professional Development Center is eager to assist you in all stages of your career development and planning. Please contact us with any career-related questions you may have. The office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We will do our best to accommodate requests for appointments outside of office hours as needed.

Meet Our Staff

Debra Henley – Assistant Dean

Debra Henley

Debra Henley is the Assistant Dean for Career Services and Professional Development. She also teaches Legislative Practice at FSU Law. She previously served for seven years as executive director of the Florida Justice Association (FJA). Debra also served as legislative director of the FJA for 18 years, as a civil trial attorney with Connor and Martinez, as a member of the staff of the Florida House of Representatives and as commissioner on the Florida Commission of Ethics, among other positions. Debra graduated from the FSU College of Law in 1987 with high honors. She has a wealth of legal experience and an extensive network of professional legal relationships.

Alisa "Lisa" Duke – Career Advisor & Program Manager

Lisa DukeLisa Duke moved from Fort Lauderdale to Tallahassee with her family in 2001. Her main area of practice since she graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1986 has been health care law, with a focus on transactional and regulatory work. She has represented hospitals, doctors, home health agencies, hospices, clinics, medical equipment providers and pharmacies, to name a few. Lisa has provided educational seminars to doctors, nurses and health care administrators on topics such as risk management, fraud, medical records and human resources. Early in her career she served as Associate General Counsel to the North Broward Hospital District (now “Broward Health”), a four hospital special district, where she took the lead on helping navigate the new demands of managed care. From there she moved to Broad and Cassel as part of their health care group with a focus on state and federal anti-kickback and fraud laws as well as labor law and health care compliance. Immediately prior to moving to Tallahassee, Lisa served for five years as in-house General Counsel for Medical Services of America, Inc, a large multi-state provider of health care services. At MSA, she created their first Corporate Compliance Program pursuant to federal requirements. In 2001, she opened her own firm as a sole practitioner to continue to provide legal assistance to her health care clients and others in Tallahassee. Lisa is a member of the Florida Bar. 

Meet Our J.D. Advisors

Gregory Bel – J.D. Advisor

Gregory Bel Placement JD AdvisorGregory Bel, a partner at Piedra & Associates, P.A. in Miami, practices in the area of business litigation. Bel is fluent in both English and Spanish and is a member of the Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division and the Cuban-American Bar Association. A 2007 graduate of Florida State University College of Law, he was awarded the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award as a law student for his legal service to the Tallahassee community. He also served as a legal intern at the Children’s Advocacy Center during his time at Florida State.

Stacy Biggart - J.D. Advisor

Stacy Biggart, Externships SupervisorStacy Biggart is a former in-house corporate and litigation counsel who also has extensive trial experience in criminal and civil courts. She served as an assistant public defender in Richland County, South Carolina, where she tried murder, sexual assault, drug offense and other violent crime cases. After leaving the Public Defender’s Office, Stacy served as corporate and litigation counsel for Southeastern Freight Lines, Inc., a regional trucking carrier, where she managed outside counsel throughout the southeastern United States.  Stacy was also responsible for advising the company and training associates on state and federal regulatory compliance issues. In 2012, Stacy joined a national litigation firm’s Tallahassee office, where she represented trucking, transportation and logistics clients, as well as nursing homes, doctors, department stores and hotels. Stacy received her B.A. from Furman University in 1999 and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2003.  She is admitted to The Florida Bar and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle District and Northern District of Florida.

Jeremy Cloud – J.D. Advisor

Jeremy Cloud Placement JD AdvisorJeremy Cloud is General Counsel of InTown Suites in Atlanta, Georgia. He previously was a Division Counsel at Georgia-Pacific and a senior associate at Jones Day, where his practice focused on complex commercial real estate transactions, including all aspects of the acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and leasing of commercial real estate located throughout the United States. Jeremy's finance practice included experience representing financial institutions, CMBS loan originators, and borrowers in connection with acquisition, construction and permanent loans, as well as loan restructurings, workouts, and other transactions involving nonperforming loans. He has represented a range of clients, including AIG, Bank of America, Chevron, General Electric Capital Corporation, Georgia-Pacific, Regions Bank, TD Securities and Wells Fargo Bank. Jeremy is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association and is 2008 honors graduate of the Florida State University College of Law.

Jennifer Dixon – J.D. Advisor

Jennifer Dixon Placement JD AdvisorJennifer Dixon practices at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., in Orlando. She has a broad background in business litigation, real estate litigation, employment law, and family & marital law. Her primary practice focuses on litigation, with a significant portion of her practice devoted to appellate matters. Jennifer litigates cases and handles appeals in both state and federal courts. Her litigation experience includes complex real estate and commercial disputes, shareholder disputes, copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement claims, workplace injury claims, and wrongful termination claims. In the family law arena, Jennifer frequently represents high net worth individuals and families concerning prenuptial agreements, marital dissolutions, post-dissolution modifications, and adoption proceedings. She also counsels clients in the entertainment industry, specifically in music, television and film. Jennifer is a 2004 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and an active member of the Alumni Board of Directors, currently serving as president-elect.

Nicole Scialabba – J.D. Advisor

Nicole Scialabba Placement JD AdvisorNicole Scialabba was the Assistant Director of our Placement Office from 2012 to 2014.  She is currently living in upstate New York and continues to work with our office on a part-time basis. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh in 2006. After law school, she served as a staff attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh, focusing on employment, disability and family law before moving to Florida in 2010. Prior to joining the law school administration, Nicole worked for the Office of the State Courts Administrator, an agency within the Florida Supreme Court. She remains an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Lourdes Bernal-Dixon – J.D. Advisor

Lourdes Bernal-Dixon Placement JD AdvisorA native of Madrid, Spain, Bernal-Dixon is a 2000 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, where she served as the law school's Student Bar Association president and was a member and officer of the Mock Trial Team. Bernal-Dixon focuses her practice on litigation and administrative matters. She has handled matters ranging from consumer disputes to complex medical malpractice matters in both state and Federal courts. An active member of the Florida State University College of Law Alumni Association, she previously served as its president. She also assisted in forming the Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association. Additionally, Bernal-Dixon provides pro bono services to pro se litigants in Hillsborough County through the Bay Area Legal Services Family Forms Clinic in Spanish. She has been repeatedly recognized as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers (2009-2011). In 2009, she was selected by Florida Trend as a Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer as recognized by her peers. She is managing partner at Bernal-Dixon Law, P.A.

Jacqueline Davison – J.D. Advisor

Jacqueline Davison Placement JD AdvisorJacqueline Davison is a 2011 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, where she was a member of Law Review and served as an executive editor for the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law.  She has served as an attorney-adviser with the Social Security Administration in the Washington, D.C., area since July 2015. She previously served as an attorney with the Florida Legislature and the Florida Elections Commission.  Outside of work,  Jacqueline volunteers with Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia.

Vinette Godelia - J.D. Advisor

Vinette Godelia Placement JD AdvisorVinette Godelia practices at Hopping Green & Sams in Tallahassee. Vinette’s practice focuses on the negotiation of approvals under the state’s growth management laws and local government land development regulations. She represents clients before state, regional and local government bodies on an array of land use and real estate development issues in order to secure entitlements to allow the development of projects. Vinette also represents clients in formal hearings before the Division of Administrative Hearings and circuit and appellate courts. Vinette is listed as a “Florida Super Lawyers” Rising Star, in the annual publication of the Florida Super Lawyers 2010-2012 Edition. She has authored many articles on land use and presented at many workshops and seminars. She is also a member of Leadership Florida (Class of XXIX), Zonta International, and Big Bend Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. Vinette is a 2002 honors graduate of the Florida State University College of Law.

Paula Sparkman – J.D. Advisor

Paula Sparkman Placement JD AdvisorPaula Sparkman is an attorney at Messer Caparello, P.A. and an appointed Civil Infraction Hearing Officer/Magistrate for Leon County. Paula’s private practice focuses on real property, probate and estate planning, banking, family law, and government law. She began her career as an Assistant State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit and has worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Agency for Healthcare Administration and Hopping Green and Sams, PA. She is a Master Lawyer in the William Stafford Inns of Court and an active member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. She is a current member of the Florida Association of County Attorneys and Healthways, Inc. She has also served on the Florida Bar Traffic Rules Committee and Florida Association of Police Attorneys.

Tracy Sumner – J.D. Advisor

Tracy Sumner Placement JD AdvisorTracy Sumner is an attorney in the Committee on Criminal Justice with the Florida Senate. Tracy has also worked as chief attorney with the Committees on Judiciary and Regulated Industries. She has been a practicing attorney in Tallahassee for 22 years and has worked with the General Counsel’s office with the Department of Agriculture doing complex litigation for the Division of Consumer Services and the Division of Licensing and as a prosecutor for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Health. In between working for the State of Florida, she also owned her own law firm for several years practicing in the areas of administrative, construction, real property and family law.