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Adjunct Faculty

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.

Adjunct Faculty Spring 2018

  • Solicitor General Amit Agarwal

    Solicitor General Amit Agarwal will teach Separation of Powers Seminar this semester. Agarwal was appointed as Florida’s solicitor general in June 2016. He 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, he 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, he 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 in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and earned a B.A. 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 FSU College of Law.

  • The Honorable Stephen Brown

    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 years as the chief United States magistrate judge. Prior to that position, he was a partner in a Miami law firm where he was a civil trial lawyer for 19 years. He has taught courses in the trial advocacy program at UM Law and CLE courses. Brown also has spoken before bar associations throughout the United States and overseas.

    For more information, email

  • Sarah Butters

    Sarah Butters will teach Gratuitous Transfers this semester. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Florida State Law. Butters is currently a shareholder at Ausley McMullen, and she has extensive experience in wills, trusts and probate law. She serves on the executive council for the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar.

    For more information, e-mail

  • Mark Ellis

    Mark Ellis will co-teach International Human Rights Law with Professor D’Alemberte this semester. A graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, he served as executive director of the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI) before becoming executive director of the International Bar Association in 2000.

  • Tor Jensen-Friedman

    Tor Jensen-Friedman will teach Trial Practice this semester. He has extensive experience with a broad range of felony and misdemeanor prosecutions. Since 2007, he has served as a coach of the Florida State Law Mock Trial Team. He earned his J.D. from Florida State.

  • Laurie D. Jones

    Laurie D. Jones will teach Professional Responsibility this semester. She is a 2000 graduate of the FSU College of Law, graduating first in her class and serving on the editorial board of the Florida State University Law Review. Since graduating, she clerked for Judge Lanier Anderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and has served many times as an adjunct professor for the law school.

  • The Honorable Terry P. Lewis

    The Honorable Terry P. Lewis, who sits on the Circuit Court for Leon County, will teach Trial Objections this semester. Judge Lewis earned his J.D. with honors from Florida State University. He has been recognized with such awards as Judge of the Year by the Florida Law Related Education Association and Trial Judge of the Year by the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. 

    For more information, call 850.577.4400 or e-mail Judge Lewis,

  • R. Scott Palmer

    R. Scott Palmer will teach White Collar Crime 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

  • The Honorable Ricky Polston

    The Honorable Ricky Polston of the Florida Supreme Court will teach Florida Alternative Dispute Resolution 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, e-mail Justice Polston at

  • The Honorable Stephanie Ray

    The Honorable Stephanie Ray, of the Florida First District Court of Appeal, will be teaching Judicial Externship Perspectives this semester. Judge Ray earned her J.D., graduating with honors, from Florida State University College of Law, where she served as an editor for the Florida State University Law Review, the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, and the Journal of Transactional Law & Policy. Before her judicial appointment in 2011, Judge Ray worked in private practice, and was appointed to various deanships at Florida State University College of Law. She has also been presented numerous honors and awards, including The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism Service Award, and her selection as a member of the inaugural group of Outstanding Women in the Law by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.