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.
Eric Abrahamsen is teaching 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 Trial Team and is an adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Abrahamsen received his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.
Solicitor General Amit Agarwal was appointed as Florida’s Solicitor General in June 2016. Agarwal 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, Agarwal 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, Agarwal 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. Agarwal 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. He is teaching Separation of Powers Seminar this semester.
Jamie Braun is co-teaching the COVID-19 Veterans Legal Clinic.
The Honorable Stephen T. Brown, a 1968 graduate of FSU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, is a retired federal judge. He attended law school at the University of Miami while teaching at Dade County Public Schools. Judge Brown served 21 years on the federal bench before his retirement and was chief U.S. magistrate judge for the Southern District of Florida. Prior to that, he was a law firm partner and admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, Trial Bar for the Southern District of Florida and the Florida Supreme Court. A former Seminole Boosters board member, he also served on the FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors several years ago, before his most recent appointment to the board by former FSU Board of Trustees Chair Allan Bense on June 22, 2013. He is also a current board member of the Leadership Council of the FSU College of Arts and Sciences.
Gio Bush is teaching Regional Human Rights Systems.
Sarah Butters, a summa cum laude graduate of Florida State Law, is teaching Gratuitous Transfers this semester. Butters is 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia Cappleman is teaching Juvenile Justice: Skills Practice. She is a 2001 graduate of Florida State University College of Law and has been an assistant state attorney for over 17 years. Currently, she serves as the chief of Felony Division D. From November of 2009–January of 2017, she served under the Honorable Willie Meggs as chief assistant state attorney. She has handled over 150 jury trials, including death penalty cases and many cases involving violence against women and children. She 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 chairs the local Regional Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Group. She has also coached the FSU College of Law Trial Teams for several years and was proud for her team to bring home the CAJC National Championship in 2015.
Robert N. Clarke, Jr., a shareholder with the Ausley & McMullen firm in Tallahassee, is co-teaching Civil Discovery & Depositions with his colleague Martin Sipple. He is also teaching Florida Civil Practice. He is a 1986 honors graduate of the law school and now practices complex commercial litigation and administrative law in a variety of federal, state and administrative fora. For more information, email email@example.com.
Terence C. "Terry" Coonan is the executive director of 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.
Nancy Daniels is teaching Juvenile Justice: Skills Practice.
Mark Ellis is guest speaking in the International Human Rights class. 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.
Matthew Foster is teaching Trial Practice for the Florida State Law Trial Team, and 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tor Friedman has been 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 The Washington Post for his legal experience. You can learn more about him at torfriedman.com.
Joe Jacquot is general counsel for the Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Jacquot oversees all litigation and legal matters of state executive agencies from health to environment to elections. He has briefed cases on behalf of the governor and his administration before state and federal courts and has argued before the Florida Supreme Court. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jacquot has been responsible for drafting and implementing the governor’s executive orders. Additionally, Jacquot conducts the process for judicial appointments by the governor including five appointments to the Florida Supreme Court. Previously, Jacquot was a litigation partner at a national law firm, leading the firm’s national State Attorneys General practice. His work consisted of complex federal and state issues including litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to that, he was a senior executive and legal counsel for a publicly traded mortgage company in Jacksonville, Florida.
Todd. G. Kocourek is teaching Introduction to American Law: Comparative Perspective. Kocourek is a practicing attorney in Florida and a Florida civil-law notary. Kocourek focuses his practice on international commercial law and Florida governmental relations. He also serves as CEO of Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, the SBA statewide Certified Development Corporation for the State of Florida, and is of counsel to Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. in Miami, Customs and International Trade Law counselors. He served as committee counsel to the Commerce Committee of the Florida House of Representatives, where he oversaw commercial legislative projects including the revision of Florida's domestic and international banking codes and the revision of Florida’s Limited Liability Company statute. He also served in the Office of the Governor as general counsel for the Florida International Affairs Commission, which set international policy for the State of Florida. Kocourek has studied EC law in Brussels and public international law at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, and serves as consular correspondent for the Consulate General of Italy in Miami. He is a past chair of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Florida International Volunteer Corps (FAVACA) and the Florida Export Finance Corporation, for which he currently serves as vice-chairman. He speaks Spanish and Italian and has basic knowledge of Japanese and Arabic.
Alyssa Lathrop is teaching Judicial Externship Perspectives Seminar this semester. She graduated with highest honors from the Florida State University College of Law in 2009, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Florida State University Law Review. After graduation, she worked as a staff attorney for Justice Barbara Pariente at the Florida Supreme Court and then joined the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation as an assistant general counsel. She is currently a hearing officer at the Public Employees Relations Commission.
John Lazzara served as judge of compensation claims in Tampa and then Tallahassee, Florida, for more than 28 years. Lazzara is a certified mediator with extensive knowledge and experience with helping parties reach resolution of complex and challenging issues. He has served the workers' compensation community in organizations such as the National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary, the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, and the American Bar Association. Lazzara has lectured extensively on the law, professionalism and mediation.
Seth Miller is the executive director of the Innocence Project of Florida and is teaching Postconviction Remedies this semester. He earned his J.D. with honors from Florida State University in 2004 and was the executive editor of the Florida State University Law Review. For more information, email email@example.com.
Justice Carlos Muñiz was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Ron DeSantis on January 22, 2019, becoming the 89th justice since statehood was granted in 1845. Prior to joining the court, he served on the staff of Secretary Betsy DeVos as the presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed general counsel of the United States Department of Education. In addition to working as an attorney in the federal government and in private practice, Justice Muñiz had an extensive career in Florida state government. He served as the deputy attorney general and chief of staff to Attorney General Pam Bondi; as deputy chief of staff and counsel in the Office of the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives; as general counsel of the Department of Financial Services; and as deputy general counsel to Governor Jeb Bush.
R. Scott Palmer is teaching 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 Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Parker-Flynn focuses on appellate advocacy, land use litigation and environmental law. Parker-Flynn handles all aspects of appeals, from initial case assessment through oral argument and beyond. Licensed in Florida and Georgia, he has worked on appeals in all of the state appellate courts in both states. His appellate experience includes complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and landowner liability. He is also the editor of the firm's I Object! A Blog on Preservation of Error. In addition, Parker-Flynn has extensive experience in environmental and land use law. He has helped clients in challenging environmental litigation and with a variety of unique regulatory issues involving, among other things, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA and the Clean Air Act. He was a member of Florida’s trial team in Florida v. Georgia, a unique case brought under the U.S. Supreme Court’s original jurisdiction to address the interstate dispute over water use in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.
The Honorable Ricky Polston of the Florida Supreme Court is teaching Florida Alternative Dispute Resolution. 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, email Justice Polston at PolstonR@flcourts.org.
Judge Clay Roberts was a staff attorney for the Committee on Executive Business, Ethics & Elections on the Florida Senate from 1995–1997. He then became the staff director of the Committee on Election Reform. In 1998, he moved to the House of Representatives, working as a council attorney on the Public Responsibility Council. From 1999–2002, he was the director of the Florida Division of Elections. After this, he worked as general counsel for the Florida Department of State. He became an executive deputy attorney general in 2003 and a deputy attorney general in 2006. He held this position until his appointment to the Court of Appeals.
Mark Schlakman serves as senior program director for the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights (CAHR) and is teaching Executive Clemency in Florida this semester. He received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. Schlakman 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 its Superior Honor Award. In addition to his work with CAHR, Schlakman is the longest serving board chair of The Innocence Project of Florida.
Fernando Tesón, the Eminent Scholar Emeritus at FSU College of Law, is the leading authority on humanitarian intervention and the philosophy of international law. In addition, he has written on diverse topics such as immigration and political rhetoric. Originally from Buenos Aires, Tesón has dual U.S. and Argentine citizenship. He has authored several books, including Debating Humanitarian Intervention: Should We Try to Save Strangers? (Oxford University Press, 2017) (with Bas van Der Vossen); Justice at a Distance: Extending Freedom Globally (Cambridge University Press, 2015) (with Loren Lomasky); Rational Choice and Political Deliberation (Cambridge University Press, 2006) (with Guido Pincione), and Humanitarian Intervention: An Inquiry into Law and Morality (Transnational, 2005), considered the classic treatise in the field. He has also published dozens of articles in law, philosophy and international relations journals and collections of essays. Tesón has presented his scholarship around the world.
Nathan Wadlinger currently works as an assistant lecturer at Florida State University. He teaches tax courses in the bachelor’s and master’s of accountancy program. He also works part-time in the tax services group of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting, Masters of Accounting and Juris Doctor 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 issued by the State of Florida and is a member of The Florida Bar.
JoLen Rawls Wolf, a former legal writing professor at FSU College of Law, is teaching Florida Family Law this semester, a course she taught for seven years before retiring from the law school and returning to private practice. When previously teaching Florida Dissolution of Marriage, Wolf created a “text” for students and is updating those materials for this class. 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 email Wolf at email@example.com.