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New Courses at University of Florida Levin College of Law 
Focused on Advocacy and Skills Training 


Civil Litigation Skills for New Lawyers (Spring 2022)
Designed by experienced trial lawyers and judges, this compressed course in Miami provides aspiring lawyers with basic, practical tools necessary to be productive and contributing members of a law firm’s civil litigation team. Students will gain an understanding of the lifecycle of a civil case and will receive feedback from experienced professionals on assignments mirroring those they are likely to be assigned during their first few years of civil litigation practice. After taking this course, students should be able to effectively support more experienced attorneys in their law firm from day one and add value to the firm's representation of clients.

This course supplements our semester-long offerings by providing an opportunity for focused, hands-on training.  Each student will be assigned a mentor throughout the course.  All mentors will be judges or experienced lawyers.  

Instructors and guest lecturers for the course include:
  • Judge Paul Huck, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Stephen N. Zack, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner, and Former President, American Bar Association and The Florida Bar
  • Judge Barbara Lagoa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Judge Robert Luck, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Magistrate Judge William Matthewman, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida 
  • Chief Magistrate Judge John O’Sullivan, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Judge Michael Hanzman, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, Complex Business Division
  • Judge Lourdes Simon, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court
  • Richard Cole, Managing Partner, Cole, Scott & Kissane  
  • Frank Shepherd, Partner, GrayRobinson
  • Michael Tanner, Shareholder, Gunster, and Current President, The Florida Bar
  • Dori Foster-Morales, Partner, Foster-Morales Sockel-Stone LLC, and Immediate Past President, The Florida Bar
  • Jim Robinson, Partner, White & Case, Head of Americas Commercial Litigation Regional Section
  • Lee Stapleton, Shareholder, Carlton Fields
  • Jeffrey Michael Cohen, Of Counsel, Carlton Fields 
  • Dwayne Robinson, Partner, Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton
  • Oscar Sanchez, Founder, OAS Mediation 
  • Michael Levine, Shareholder, Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain
  • Michael Brenner, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida
  • Iesha Nunes, Associate, White & Case
  • Joshua Mandel, Associate, Greenberg Traurig 
  • Erica Perdomo, Associate, Stumphauzer Foslid Sloman Ross & Kolaya
  • Nathalie Sosa, Clerk, Southern District of Florida
Pleading the Modern Civil Rights Case (Spring 2022)
This highly interactive compressed course will apply 42 U.S.C. § 1983 to a “real life” scenario. Students will meet a “client,” brainstorm causes of action and affirmative defenses, and separate into groups to draft a pleading. In the process, students will learn about federal civil rights laws in modern practice, how those laws have been interpreted by federal courts, the many issues civil rights litigants face at the outset of litigation, and, most importantly, how to effectively plead the modern civil rights case. The course is taught by:  
  • Judge Marcia Howard, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Magistrate Judge Patricia D. Barksdale, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida 
Artificial Intelligence and Litigation Strategy (Spring 2022)
Artificial Intelligence has emerged as a critical tool in the litigation process necessary to achieve outstanding client service at reduced costs. This course will explore the contemporary utilization of artificial intelligence within the litigation process, focusing on responding to Rule 34 requests for production, conducting early and prelitigation investigations, preparing to take and defend Rule 30 depositions, culling data sets for privilege and work product documents, and preparing for Rule 26(f) case conferences and Rule 26(a) disclosures. The course is taught by: 
  • William Hamilton, Senior Legal Skills Professor, UF Law
  • George Socha, Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness, Reveal  
Deposition Strategy and Practice (Fall 2021) 
This is an introduction to taking and defending fact and expert depositions. It provides essential strategies for planning for, taking, and defending depositions. The class is highly interactive, providing opportunities to practice preparing for and conducting mock depositions. In-class exercises will be recorded on video and critiqued by the instructor and other class members. The course is taught by: 
  • Bob Denham, Retired Of Counsel, Robins Kaplan LLP, and Retired Partner, Powell Goldstein LLP
Faculty Teaching Semester-Long Courses on Trial Practice and Pre-Trial Practice (2021-2022)
Competition Team Highlights

The Tax Moot Court Team placed 2nd in the OITI Ibero International Tax Moot Court competition. 

The Florida Trial Team placed 2nd at the Georgetown Law National White Collar Crime Invitational Competition in October 2021. 

The Florida Moot Court Team competed in multiple state and national competitions, including the Chicago Bar Moot Court Competition, New York Bar National Moot Court Competition, Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition, Hassell National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, Emory Civil Rights & Liberties Moot Court Competition, and the Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition. 

The Florida ADR Team fields several teams each year for competitions selected by students. In recent years, the ADR Team has competed in various ABA-organized arbitration, negotiation, mediation, and mediation advocacy competitions. During the fall of 2020, UF Law hosted the first-ever ABA virtual arbitration competition.

 
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