Stephanie A. Vaughan


Associate Dean for Student Engagement and Professor of Legal Skills

B.A., University of Alabama
J.D., Stetson University

Moot Court Board, Research and Writing II

Associate Dean Stephanie Vaughan is an alumna of Stetson University College of Law, graduating in 1991 after having received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama. Dean Vaughan returned to the Stetson Community as a professor in 1996. She has taught numerous skills courses during her tenure at Stetson University College of Law, including International Sales Law and Arbitration, Advocacy and Negotiation Skills, U.S. Legal Research and Writing, Legal Research and Writing I & II, Legal Drafting, and Interviewing and Counseling.

Prior to joining the legal academy, Professor Vaughan worked as an associate for Tew, Zinober, Barnes, Zimmet, & Unice in Clearwater, Florida, practicing commercial litigation, representing municipal corporations, analyzing liability reports for insurance companies, and drafting appellate briefs. Other areas of law that Dean Vaughan has experience in include contracts, personal injury, real estate, banking, and workers’ compensation.

Dean Vaughan’s contributions to Stetson throughout her career go beyond being a Professor and Dean, as demonstrated by her receipt of multiple Outstanding Faculty Service Awards. She is currently the Associate Dean for Student Engagement, and has been Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy, Interim Director of International Programs, Resident Director of Overseas Programs, Director of the Tampa Law Center, Co-Director of Legal Research and Writing, and the Moot Court Advisor. During her time as Moot Court Advisor, Stetson University College of Law won numerous first-place awards in every category, including best team, best brief, and best oralist. Dean Vaughan co-coached Stetson’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot teams to be World Champions in 2005 and Silver Medalists in 2006 and 2009. Dean Vaughan herself has won the Moot Court Board Cornerstone Award, an Award and Resolution for a Decade of Success as Stetson’s Moot Court, and has a graduation award named in her honor, The Stephanie A. Vaughan Excellence in Advocacy Award, which is to be given each year at graduation to a student who embodies excellence in advocacy.

Professor Vaughan published Persuasion Is an Art . . . But It Is Also an Invaluable Tool in Advocacy, 61 Baylor L. Rev. 635 (2009), co-authored Stetson University College of Law Project for Excellence in Legal Communication Beginner’s Guide to Oral Argument, and Yes, You Will Really Use Algebra When You Grow Up: Providing Law Proof That Legal Research and Writing Is Essential in the Real World, 10 Persps. 105 (Spring 2002). She has also participated in, trained, and lectured on advocacy and legal research and writing topics around the country.

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