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.

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Adjunct Faculty Fall 2018

Eric Abrahamsen

Eric Abrahamsen will teach Florida Constitutional Law 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 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 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.

Janet Bowman

Janet Bowman will co-teach Environmental Law this semester. She is a 1987 honors graduate of Florida State Law. Bowman is currently senior policy advisor with the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and has extensive experience in environmental, land use and conservation policy and law. She is immediate past chair of the Executive Council of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar.

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.

Sarah Butters

Sarah Butters will teach Gratuitous Transfers this semester. She is a 2001 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 sarah.butters@hklaw.com .

Georgia Cappleman

Georgia Cappleman will teach Juvenile Justice: Skills Practice this semester. She is a 2002 graduate of the FSU College of Law and has been an assistant state attorney for more than 17 years. She currently serves as the chief of Felony Division D. She served under the Honorable Willie Meggs as chief assistant state attorney from 2009-2017. She has handled more than 150 jury trials, including death penalty cases and many cases involving violence against women and children. Cappleman has lectured on multiple topics, including the death penalty, sexual assault and domestic violence. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Refuge House, which is an organization that provides emergency shelter, counseling and other resources to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the Big Bend Area. She also chairs the local Regional Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Group. Cappleman has coached the FSU Law Trial Team for several years and led the 2015 team to a win at the National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition.

Robert N. Clarke, Jr.

Robert N. Clarke, Jr., a shareholder with the Ausley & McMullen firm in Tallahassee, will be co-teaching Civil Discovery & Depositions with his colleague Martin Sipple. He will also be teaching Florida Civil Practice. 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

Nancy Daniels

Nancy Daniels will teach Juvenile Justice: Skills Practice this semester. She graduated from the Florida State College of Law with honors in 1977. Daniels worked as a legislative intern during law school, and then served as a law clerk at the First District Court of Appeal. After working six years as an assistant public defender, she was hired by Professor Talbot “Sandy” D’ Alemberte as a criminal clinical professor at the FSU law school, supervising state attorney and public defender interns around the state prior to her election as public defender in 1990.

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis will co-teach International Human Rights: Special Topics with Professor D’Alemberte this semester. A 1984 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 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@tallahasseeattorneys.com .

Tor J. Friedman

Tor J. Friedman is serving as the co-director of the FSU Trial Team and has served as a coach of the Trial Team since 2007. He is the managing partner of Friedman & Abrahamsen Law Firm in Tallahassee, which specializes in DUI & criminal defense, personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and employment discrimination sexual harassment cases. He is a former felony prosecutor at the Leon County State Attorney’s Office and has handled over 100 trials. He has been named to Florida Trend's Legal Elite in the categories of Criminal Defense and Government Attorneys from his time at the State Attorney’s Office. He has been quoted in the New York Times and Washington Post for his legal experience. 

You can learn more about Tor J. Friedman at torfriedman.com.

Ruth Jackson

Ruth Jackson will teach Consumer Protection Law this semester. She is a 2007 graduate of Florida State University College of Law and the founder of a state-wide consumer protection law firm. Prior to launching the firm, she was an insurance law attorney with one of the largest and oldest law firms in the South, where she was involved with the litigation of insurance-related class actions. Today, her practice includes representing consumers in matters involving insurance claims, identity theft and deceptive business practices. Additionally, Jackson has been invited to speak on a variety of emergent legal topics - from privacy in the digital age to the use of black boxes and tracking devices.

Todd Kocourek

Todd Kocourek, president and CEO of Florida First Capital Corp. will be teaching Introduction to American Law: Comparative Perspective this semester. He received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Florida State University, where he was both a United State Presidential and National Merit Scholar. Kocourek served as committee counsel to the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Commerce before being named general counsel and deputy director of the Florida’s International Affairs Commission. He brings extensive experience in international and domestic commercial transactions, international trade, and immigration issues and is a Florida civil-law notary .

He can be reached at todd@attglobal.net.

Jared Lee

Jared Lee will teach Consumer Protection Law this semester. He is a 2007 honors graduate of Florida State University College of Law. He spent nearly a decade at Morgan & Morgan in the consumer protection department before becoming the managing partner of Jackson Lee | PA. His practice currently focuses on consumer-related litigation, representing consumers in both state and federal court. As an outgrowth of his extensive litigation experience, Lee has served as a two-term chair of The Florida Bar’s Consumer Protection Committee and is currently a state chair for Florida with the National Association of Consumer Advocates. He’s also been called upon to appear on radio and television broadcasts as a specialist in consumer issues.

The Honorable Terry P. Lewis

The Honorable Terry P. Lewis, who sits on the Circuit Court for Leon County, will teach Evidence this semester. Judge Lewis earned his J.D. with honors from the Florida State University College of Law in 1976. 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.

Jason Lichtstein

Jason Lichtstein will teach Practicing Environmental Law in Florida this semester. He is a partner at Akerman LLP in Tallahassee, where he practices environmental law, specializing in the cleanup and redevelopment of Brownfields and contaminated sites. He is a co-chair of Akerman’s National Brownfield Team and a past president of the Florida Brownfields Association. He has been involved in the drafting, lobbying and passage of Brownfields legislation in Florida, expanding incentives for site cleanup and redevelopment. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Emory University School of Law.

He can be reached at jason.lichtstein@akerman.com.

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

Peter Papagianakis

Peter Papagianakis, a 1997 graduate of the FSU College of Law, will teach Doing Deals: Mergers and Acquisitionsthis semester. Before law school, he was an assistant economist and a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve. After law school, he was an associate at widely-known law firms in Tampa and NYC, and was senior counsel in charge of M&A, SEC, and capital markets for a NYSE-listed company. After that, he started his own law firm. Papagianakis has negotiated and structured the sale, acquisition, financing, and joint-ventures for various companies, including public companies and portfolio companies of private equity funds.

James Parker-Flynn

James Parker-Flynn will teach Environmental Law this semester. He is an attorney with Carlton Fields, who specializes in appellate practice and environmental law. He assists clients with environmental regulatory issues, has handled environmental and land use litigation in Florida’s state courts and administrative forums, and has worked on a variety of appeals in all of the state appellate courts in both Florida and Georgia. He received his J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law with highest honors in 2013 and his LL.M. in environmental law from Florida State University College of Law with highest honors in 2014.

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 an 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 Seminar this semester. Judge Ray earned her J.D. with honors from Florida State University College of Law in 1995. 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.

Maria A. Santoro

Maria A. Santoro will teach Trial Strategy: Complaints, Answers, & Motions this semester. Her practice areas are employment, medical malpractice, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, automobile litigation, construction and administrative law. She is AV® rated in legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell. Santoro is in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers and she is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She is certified as a circuit mediator by the Supreme Court of Florida. She is admitted to practice before all Florida State Courts since 1987 and is admitted to practice before all three U.S. District Courts, the Middle District in 2007, the Northern District in 1996, and the Southern District in 1988. Santoro has been a past member of the Florida Supreme Court Work Group on Statewide Jury Panel Sizes, the Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Management of Litigation Involving Complex Cases and The Florida Bar Committee on Professionalism. In 1986, she earned her J.D. from Western Michigan University. She earned her B.A. in business and English from Florida State University in 1982. She is fluent in Spanish.

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 teach Executive Clemency in Florida 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.

Martin B. Sipple

Martin B. Sipple, a shareholder with the Ausley & McMullen firm in Tallahassee, will co-teach Civil Discovery & Depositions with his colleague Robert Clarke. Sipple earned his J.D at Washington University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif in 1991. He is board certified by The Florida Bar in the area of Business Litigation, and regularly represents clients in both state and federal cases involving civil litigation and intellectual property matters.

For more information, e-mail msipple@ausley.com.

Nathan Wadlinger

Nathan Wadlinger will teach Financial Statements Interpretations this semester. He currently works as an assistant lecturer at Florida State University. He teaches tax courses in the Department of Accounting. He also works part-time in the tax services group of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs in Tallahassee. He received his B.S. in accounting, master's degree in accounting, and J.D. from the University of Florida. He also received his LL.M. in taxation from Boston University. In addition, he has a Certified Public Accountant license and is a member of The Florida Bar.

JoLen Rawls Wolf

JoLen Rawls Wolf, a former Legal Writing professor at FSU Law, will teach Florida Family Law this semester, an updated version of Florida Dissolution of Marriage, which she taught for seven years before retiring from the law school and returning to private practice. She has taught Florida Dissolution of Marriage or Florida Family Law as an adjunct for the last five years. She created a “text” for students for Florida Dissolution of Marriage and revised it for the Florida Family Law class. Although she has handled a variety of appeals, she focuses on family law, an area in which she practiced before joining the law school faculty. 

For more information, email jwolf@fsu.edu.