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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 2017

  • 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 Bachelor of Arts 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 Florida State University College of Law.

  • Tim Bass

    Tim Bass will teach U.S. Space Law remotely 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.

  • Joe Bodiford

    Joe Bodiford, the principal of Bodiford Law, P.A., is serving as the co-director of the Mock Trial Team for the 2015-2016 academic year, and will also be teaching Cross Examination this semester. Attending Florida State University for both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Bodiford went on to earn both his J.D. and LL.M. from Stetson University College of Law. Bodiford is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has served on Florida Bar Grievance Committee 13F, the Florida Bar Criminal Law Certification Committee, the Florida Bar Traffic Rules Committee (chair, 2005 to 2006), and the Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Additionally, he has been recognized with awards from the National Trial Lawyers, Avvo and several other attorney honorary societies.

  • Patricia Born

    Patricia Born will teach Health Insurance: Markets & Regulation Seminar this semester. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University and is currently the Midyette Eminent Scholar of Insurance in the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies at Florida State University. She is a research associate in the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center. She is also adviser of the Risk Management doctoral program in the College of Business. Her research interests include insurance market structure and performance, professional liability, health insurance, and the management of catastrophic risks. She has published in leading insurance academic journals including the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Columbia Business Law Review, and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. Born is a member of the board of the American Risk and Insurance Association and serves on the editorial board of the Risk Management and Insurance Review and Journal of Insurance Issues. She also serves as Chair of the Florida Panhandle District Long Term Care Ombudsman Council.

  • The Honorable Steve Brown

    The Honorable Steve Brown will teach Jury Selection this semester. He recently retired after serving for twenty-one years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Florida, the last three as the Chief United States Magistrate Judge. Prior to that he was a partner in a Miami law firm where he was a civil trial lawyer for nineteen 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.

    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

  • Robert N. Clarke, Jr.

    Robert N. Clarke, Jr., a shareholder with the Ausley & McMullen firm in Tallahassee, will be teaching E-Discovery, which he has taught many times at Florida State Law. He is a 1986 honors graduate of the law school and now practices in complex commercial litigation and administrative law in a variety of federal, state and administrative fora.

    For more information, e-mail

  • David Coburn

    David Coburn, a graduate of Florida State Law, will co-teach Florida Legislative Practice: The Budget & Appropriations Process this semester with Richard Herring. Following a distinguished three-decade career in the Florida Legislature, Coburn (B.A. Social Science ’73, Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning, ’77) was awarded one of FSU’s highest honors, the James D. Westcott Medal, presented to those “whose life and work exemplify the values of strength, skill, and character that the university seeks to nurture in its students.” Considered one of the most knowledgeable experts on the state budget, Coburn served as staff director for the Rules Committee in both chambers, among a number of other key positions. He also served in the executive branch as the governor's director of the Office of Planning and Budgeting. In 2011, he and three partners launched Capital Analytics LLC, a firm that offers analysis and support on state and local government issues. As noted in the presentation of the Westcott Medal, he has been a longtime friend and supporter of FSU and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

  • Terence C. "Terry" Coonan

    Terence C. "Terry" Coonan will teach Human Trafficking this semester. He is the executive director of the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights as well as an associate professor of criminology at Florida State University. 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.

  • Jeffrey P. Dambly

    Jeffrey P. Dambly will teach Counterterrorism 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.

  • Rachel Davidson

    Rachel Davidson, a graduate of FSU College of Law, will teach Commercial Real Estate Transactions this semester. Davidson was the president of Jonathan Bernstein Consulting Corp. from May 2012 – January 2016. She negotiated and structured the acquisition, sale, financing, construction, leasing and joint-ventures for a portfolio of commercial real estate located in Brooklyn, NY, and Miami, and valued at over $1.5 billion. She managed in-house legal and administrative staff, as well as outside litigation and brokerage teams.

  • Charles Ehrhardt

    Charles Ehrhardt will teach Evidence this semester. He is the author of Florida Evidence (West 2014), the leading treatise on the topic, and Florida Trial Objections (West 5th ed. 2012). Ehrhardt has been cited as an authority by appellate courts more than 500 times. He taught Torts, Evidence, Trial Practice and Trial Evidence Seminar, and was named Outstanding Professor seven times. After serving as the Ladd Professor of Evidence for 35 years, he earned emeritus status in 2007.

  • 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.

  • Loula Fuller

    Loula Fuller, a graduate of FSU College of Law, will teach Civil Discovery this semester. For over twenty years, Fuller has served as counsel and representation for the automotive industry, working in both the public and private sector. She previously served as general counsel for the Florida Automobile Dealers Association, and currently specializes in automobile franchise law as a founding partner of the firm Fullers and Myers.

  • Germaine Gurr

    Germaine Gurr will teach Financial Statements Interpretation this semester. She is senior legal counsel at Schneider Electric S.A.S., a global Fortune 500 company that specializes in energy management with the goal of making energy safe, reliable and efficient. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Ms. Gurr assisted companies on M&A transactions, leveraged buyout transactions and other corporate matters, and focused on asset management and derivative transactions. Ms. Gurr has also held various accounting and finance positions at TeliaSonera AB and Americatel Corporation. Ms. Gurr graduated cum laude from The University of Michigan Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts from Simmons College. She is also currently a member of the board of directors of Edesia Inc., where she has worked closely with Edesia’s founder and management team on establishing Edesia as a non-profit corporation and on handling its corporate governance and legal matters. Additionally, she is a former member of the board of directors of Sophia Academy, a non-profit middle school in Providence, Rhode Island whose mission is to provide a quality education for girls whose families face economic challenges.

  • Debra Henley

    Debra Henley will teach a new course called Florida Legislative Practice: From Bill Drafting to the Governor’s Desk this semester. She was selected to be the new executive director of the Florida Justice  Association in May 2010. Prior to her appointment to this position, Henley served as FJA's deputy executive director and legislative director for 20 years. In her service to the Florida Justice Association, Henley has spearheaded efforts to promote diversity within the FJA, developed new training programs and collaborated with FJA leadership to help direct the operations of the organization. She has built strong relationships as a lobbyist for the FJA and testified in countless legislative committee meetings on issues ranging from medical malpractice, products liability, nursing home, and insurance.

  • Richard Herring

    Richard Herring will co-teach Florida Legislative Practice: The Budget & Appropriations Process this semester with David Coburn. He has 35 years of experience in Florida government, including 26 years with the Legislature. Over the last 20 years, he has been directly involved in analyzing many of the state’s major policy initiatives, with a focus on the state's financial issues. From 2007 through 2010, he served as special counsel to Senate President Ken Pruitt and Senate President Jeff Atwater. During that time, he worked on a wide variety of issues including, among others, property and automobile insurance, gaming, property taxation, ethics, response to the gulf oil spill, sovereign immunity, commuter rail, sovereign lands, the state revenue cap, trade secrets and state bonding.

  • Steven Hogan

    Steven Hogan will teach Estate Planning this semester. He is a 2010 graduate of Florida State University College of Law, where he served as the senior articles editor for the Florida State University Law Review. Hogan is now an associate with the firm Ausley McMullen, working in the areas of commercial litigation, and state and federal tax law. In addition to his professional experience, Hogan has also published a wide range of articles on the intricacies of tax law.

  • Tor Jensen-Friedman

    Tor Jensen-Friedman will teach Trial Practice this spring. 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.

  • Fred Karlinsky

    Fred Karlinsky will teach Law & Risk Management this semester. 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, worker’s compensation laws and medical malpractice laws. He earned his J.D. from Florida State Law in 1992.

  • Patrick Kinni

    Patrick Kinni will teach Civil Pre-Trial Practice this semester. Kinni is the deputy county attorney for Leon County, Florida, where he has practiced for the past 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, trying countless criminal cases in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. He received his B.S. in political science from Jacksonville University and his J.D. from NSU College of Law in 1989. He has been an adjunct professor at the Florida State University College of Law since 2007, teaching a course on civil pretrial practice. He has also served as a coach for the Florida State Law Mock Trial Team since 2014. Kinni is actively involved in the Florida Association of County Attorneys, where he serves as chairman of the Public Safety Committee and vice-chairman of the Amicus Curiae Committee. He has been recognized by that organization with numerous awards and has been published in The Florida Bar Journal.

    For more information, call 850.606.2500 or e-mail Mr. Kinni,

  • The Honorable Terry P. Lewis

    The Honorable Terry P. Lewis, who sits on the Circuit Court for Leon County, will teach Florida Civil Practice 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,

  • Jose Lorenzo, Jr.

    Jose Lorenzo, Jr. will teach Cybersecurity Law this semester. His law degree is from the Sturm College of Law, University of Denver and he has a Ph.D. from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He has clerked for the anti-fraud division for the Federal Trade Commission and has had varied posts regarding Internet, technology management and regulatory compliance as a lawyer. He served as lead counsel for the Florida State Technology Office in 1999, where he counseled and negotiated the contract for the establishment of the Portal, the expansion of Florida’s 800 MHz Law Enforcement Radio system and served as counsel to the 911 Cell Phone Commission. He also was chief legal counsel to the Pre-Paid College Board and founded the Lorenzo Law Firm, P.A., focusing a multijurisdictional litigation practice on Internet Law, Data Security Law and Intellectual Property Law issues.  

    For information you may email,

  • Robert A. McNeely

    Robert A. McNeely, a practicing attorney at Messer Caparello, Esq., will reprise his popular Entertainment Law course this semester. 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

    R. Scott Palmer will teach 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 Mr. Palmer at

  • Mary L. Pankowski

    Mary L. Pankowski will teach Juvenile Law: Florida Practice this semester. She is a former assistant state attorney and prosecutor working with juvenile offenders. She has continued this line of work, and now works defending them in the judicial system and providing counseling. Pankowski is a graduate of FSU where she received her law degree in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Adult Education in 1972. Prior to law school, she was vice president at Florida International University and professor of educational leadership. She retired from FIU in 1999. Before moving to Miami in 1994, she was associate vice president for Academic Affairs and professor at FSU; director of the Center for Professional Development and the Turnbull Florida State Conference Center, and professor of educational leadership. 

  • Robert A. Pierce

    Robert A. Pierce, a shareholder of Ausley & McMullen law firm in Tallahassee, will teach Estate Planning Workshop this semester. He has previously taught several tax related courses at the law school. He is a 1973 graduate of the Florida State Law School 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

    The Honorable Ricky Polston of the Florida Supreme Court will teach Insurance 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, e-mail Justice Polston,

  • The Honorable Stephanie Ray

    The Honorable Stephanie Ray of the Florida First District Court of Appeal will be teaching Florida Constitutional Law with Judge Wolf 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.

  • Captain Alan S. Richard

    Captain 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, and graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif.

  • Philip Sandon

    Philip Sandon will teach Topics in Florida Practice this semester. He earned his J.D. from Florida State and his B.A. from Harvard College. In addition to practicing law with Bryant, Miller & Olive, P.A., he has taught at Stetson University College of Law and been actively involved in various legal academic support capacities throughout the state. 

    He can be reached at

  • Mark R. Schlakman

    Mark R. Schlakman serves as senior program director for the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights (CAHR) and will be teaching Immigration Law this semester. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He has held several senior positions in state and federal government, including serving as a senior advisor to a number of Florida governors. While living in Washington, D.C., he held the position of foreign affairs officer for the U.S. Department of State, where he was awarded the Superior Honor Award. In addition to his work with CAHR, Schlakman is the longest serving board chair of The Innocence Project of Florida.

  • Amy W. Schrader

    Amy W. Schrader, a shareholder with Gray Robinson, P.A., will teach Florida Administrative Practice. She is board certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice and currently serves as chair-elect of the Administrative Law Section of The Florida Bar. Schrader focuses her practice on assisting companies and individuals in their dealings with Florida agencies, including representation at formal administrative hearings and appeal of final agency actions. Many of her cases involve challenges to the validity of agency rules or proposed rules and review or defense of agency procurement decisions.

  • Kyle Sill

    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, and 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).

  • Tamara St. Hilaire

    Tamara St. Hilaire will be teaching Judicial Externship Perspectives this semester. She is a 2012 graduate of FSU College of Law, where she worked on the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law. St. Hilaire has previously worked as an attorney at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and currently serves as the senior staff attorney to Justice Peggy Quince.

  • Richard Tanner

    Richard Tanner will teach Trial Practice this semester. Tanner is the managing partner of the Tallahassee branch of deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal. He has successfully litigated numerous criminal and civil trials and has served as an arbitrator and mediator. Tanner also has served as the moderator of CLE programs run by The Florida Bar and has given several CLE lectures on trial practice topics. He earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1969.

    For more information, please email

  • Matus Varga

    Matus Varga will be teaching Immigration Enforcement & Procedures this semester. Varga is the founder and managing member of the Varga's Immigration Attorneys PLLC. Because of the complexity of Immigration Law, Varga focuses his practice only on U.S. Immigration Law and related aspects of International Law. He is admitted to The New York Bar and is licensed to represent his clients in immigration matters in all 50 states of the U.S.A. He received his first law degree in Slovakia at the age of only 22. He subsequently studied law at the University of Cambridge, UK, and Florida State University. He spent several years working in different immigration law firms in Central Florida, practicing different aspects of Immigration Law.

  • Carol Weissert

    Carol Weissert will co-teach Seminar on Constitution Revision with Professor D'Alemberte this semester. She became the director of the Institute in October of 2007. She is also the LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar Chair and professor of political science at Florida State University. Prior to taking that position in August 2003, she was professor of political science and director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on federalism and intergovernmental issues and state policy, particularly health policy. She has published over four dozen articles in political science and public policy journals and is the author or co-author of four recent books including Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy, the third edition of which was published in 2006 by Johns Hopkins University Press. She was the co-author (with David Denslow) of Tough Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future for the Collins Institute. She is the editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, an international journal on federalism and intergovernmental relations published by Oxford University Press. Her doctorate in political science is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • The Honorable Allen Winsor

    The Honorable Allen Winsor will teach Appellate Practice: The Florida Solicitor General’s Perspective this semester. He served as solicitor general for the state of Florida from 2013-2016. He is a judge on the Florida First District Court of Appeal. 

  • John F. Yetter

    John F. Yetter will teach Sports Law this semester. He is a frequent lecturer for The Florida Bar and judicial education programs, and is the editor of Florida Civil Trial Guide (Matthew Bender & Co. 1990). He teaches Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Florida Criminal Procedure, and Sports and the Law. Distinguished in his service to The Florida Bar, Professor Yetter has been awarded the 1998 Selig I. Goldin Award, the highest honor given by The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, and has also chaired the Executive Council, Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar and of the Florida Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, and The Florida Bar Commission on the Practical Aspects of Death Penalty Appeals.