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Legal Community in Action Day, Oct. 22


All Stetson University College of Law students will be participating on Thursday, October 22, in a mandatory program titled Legal Community in Action: Serving the Public, the Law, and the Profession. This program will explore the many ways in which lawyers serve the community, from public service to legal reform and scholarship to professionalism.

For students participating in the program who may have some last-minute questions about the events, below is the basic information about the program. For others who are interested in finding out more about this innovative day of programming, please contact Professor Roberta Flowers, Stetson’s Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law.

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

Where do I go and when?

This depends on your class:

First-year full-time and second-year part-time (expected graduation in December 2011 or May 2012):
You have registered for pro bono programming at one of a number of locations off campus. You should go directly to your volunteer location at the time scheduled for that activity. If you do not know your location or you did not sign up for one, please contact Dean Mike Farley’s office at studentlife@law.stetson.edu. If you signed up for a pro bono option but forgot the details, you can access the online document through Thursday, at https://intranet.law.stetson.edu/students/lciad/.

Second-year full-time and third-year part-time (expected graduation in December 2010 or May 2011 – includes people switching from part- to full-time this spring who expect to graduate in May 2011):
You have signed up for the scholarship programming in either Gulfport, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., or in Tampa, 6:15-9:00 p.m. If you failed to register for one of these, you will be assigned to the Gulfport campus programming if you are full-time and the Tampa campus programming if you are part-time. The arrival times are as follows:

  • Gulfport sessions for 2Ls and 3PTs: Please arrive to check in between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. at the Mann Lounge. You will then receive a schedule and proceed to the classroom designated for your program.
  • Tampa sessions for 2Ls and 3PTs: Please arrive to check in between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. in the atrium lobby. You will then receive a schedule and proceed to the Smith Courtroom for your program.

Third-year full-time and fourth-year part-time (expected graduation in December 2009 or May 2010):
You have signed up for the professionalism programming in Gulfport, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. If you did not register for this, you have been assigned to programming in Gulfport. You need to have completed the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, by going to www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp. Bring your results to the October 22 meeting as we will be grouping you according to the results.


What do I wear?

For the pro bono program (1L/2 PT), you should wear whatever attire is appropriate for the activity. Please check the Web site where you signed up to see if there are particular clothing requirements for the activity or location.

For the scholarship program (2L/3PT), you should wear your normal classroom attire.

For the professionalism program (3L/4PT), you should wear business attire. You will be meeting with practicing attorneys and judges in this program and will want to dress accordingly.


How do I get credit for attending?

For the pro bono program (1L/2PT), be sure to take the Pro Bono Hours Documentation Form that you received by e-mail from Dean Farley’s office, get it signed and return it to Student Life.

For the scholarship program (2L/3PT), you will check in personally at the Mann Lounge at 9:00 a.m. (or at 6:15 p.m. in Tampa). There will also be rolls handed out at each separate session, so be sure to sign them at each session.

For the professionalism program (3L/4PT), you will check in personally at the Mann Lounge at 9:00 a.m.


When should I eat during this program?

The pro bono programs (1L/2 PT) are short timeblocks and will not include meals. However, each program is designed to enable you to arrange for your own meal before or after the program.

For the scholarship program (2L/3PT), there will be a continental breakfast in the Mann Lounge when you check in, and there will be box lunches near the Crummer Fountain when you break between your second and third sessions. For the Tampa program, there will be food in the lobby when you check in.

For the professionalism program (3L/4PT), there will be a continental breakfast in the Mann Lounge when you check in. A full luncheon will be served in the Great Hall as part of the day’s programming.


Am I really required to go?

Yes. This is a mandatory program and we will follow up with everyone who fails to attend.


Why are we doing this?

Stetson is a national leader in professionalism and public service. Rather than rest on that reputation, it is essential that we build on our foundation and develop innovative programs that will be nationally recognized as leading the way in helping students bridge the gap between being students and being professionals in a learned and service-oriented profession. By engaging in this type of programming, you help stretch Stetson’s reputation into the future by becoming better educated and trained not just in the law, but in the other aspects of the profession that are essential to being a great lawyer and member of the legal community.