Skip to main content

College of Law

Florida State University

 

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 Fall 2017

  • Eric Abrahamsen

    Eric Abrahamsen will teach Florida Criminal Procedure: Pre-Trial this semester. A former prosecutor and county court division chief, Abrahamsen is a partner at the Law Offices of Friedman & Abrahamsen, where he practices criminal defense. He also coaches the College of Law Mock Trial Team and is an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. He received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.

  • Lorence Bielby

    Lorence Bielby will teach Class Action & Multi-Party Litigation Practice this semester. She is a principal shareholder resident at Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee, Florida office. With more than 30 years of experience, Bielby aggressively represents all aspects of business interests, including successful public and private corporations, business leaders, and government entities. He concentrates his practice, both jury and non-jury, on diverse complex commercial and civil litigation, medical product disputes, franchise litigation, labor and employment disputes, non-compete and trade secret litigation, regulatory administrative matters, patent and trademark disputes, Sunshine Law/open government, medical cannabis regulatory issues and select criminal matters. He also mediates business disputes throughout Florida.

  • Courtney Brewer

    Courtney Brewer will teach co-teach Appellate Advocacy this semester with Andrew Manko. She joined The Mills Firm in January 2012. She has had primary responsibility in all aspects of appellate litigation. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.

  • Robert N. Clarke, Jr.

    Robert N. Clarke, Jr., a shareholder with the Ausley & McMullen firm in Tallahassee, will be teaching Florida Civil Practice, 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 rclarke@ausley.com

  • Marc Dunbar

    Marc Dunbar will teach Gambling and Pari-Mutuel Law this semester. Dunbar is a partner in Jones Walker’s Business and Commercial Transactions Practice Group. His practice focuses on gambling and governmental law, a topic that he has also written substantially on. He has served as an expert witness in gaming cases, and is the former assistant general counsel and communications director for the Florida Department of State. Additionally, Dunbar has also written and successfully defended before the Florida Supreme Court amendments to Florida’s constitution.

    For more information, email mdunbar@joneswalker.com.

  • 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.

  • Manuel Farach

    Manuel Farach will be teaching Real Estate Law Foundations this semester. He specializes in transactional matters (with an emphasis on real estate), business litigation, debtor-creditor law, creditor representation in bankruptcy and appellate law. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in both Real Estate Law and Business Litigation.

  • Matthew Foster

    Matthew Foster, who will be teaching Trial Practice for the Florida State Law Mock Trial Team, is a partner at Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney. A 1994 graduate of Florida State Law, he has practiced civil and criminal litigation and served as a special prosecutor for the Florida Department of Education.

    For more information, e-mail matt@tallahasseeatorneys.com.

  • Debra Henley

    Debra Henley will teach Florida Legislative Practice: From Bill Drafting to the Governor’s Desk. 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, she 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.

  • 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, terryle@leoncountyfl.gov.

  • Andrew Manko

    Andrew Manko will co-teach Appellate Advocacy this semester with Courtney Brewer. He joined The Mills Firm in June 2011. Manko has taken primary responsibility on a variety of appellate matters, including tort, wrongful death, medical malpractice and general commercial disputes. He obtained his J.D. from Emory University.

  • Seth Miller

    Seth Miller is executive director of the Innocence Project of Florida and will teach Postconviction Remedies this semester. He earned his J.D. with honors from Florida State University in 2004 and was the executive editor for the Florida State University Law Review.

    For more information e-mail smiller@floridainnocence.org.

  • 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 scott.palmer@myfloridalegal.com

  • 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 PolstonR@flcourts.org.

  • 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.

  • Philip Sandon

    Philip Sandon will teach Topics in Florida Practice and Topics in Real Property, Torts & Commercial Law 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 psandon@admin.fsu.edu.

  • JoLen Rawls Wolf

    JoLen Rawls Wolf, a former legal writing professor at FSU College of Law, will teach Florida Family Law this semester, a course she taught for seven years before retiring from the law school and returning to private practice. Wolf is presently with Duggar and Duggar, P. A., a nationally recognized firm specializing in family law. Although she handles a variety of appeals, she focuses on family law, an area in which she practiced before joining the law school faculty.

    For more information, please e-mail Ms. Wolf at jolen@duggarandduggar.com

  • Brittany Woodruff

    Brittany Woodruff will be teaching Contract Drafting this semester. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, holding a degree in political science with a minor in physics and a master's degree in business management. She received her J.D. from Florida State University in 2010. Currently, she is the chief operating officer at Nova Technologies, a leading provider of a full-spectrum of engineering services and systems to the U.S. military.