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Stetson Law students write ethics newsletter, hone writing skills


Stetson University College of Law students recently honed their client development writing skills while becoming published authors in a unique class newsletter project for Stetson’s new Advanced Legal Writing: Successful Writing for Law Practice course.

(L-R): Professor Kirsten Davis, students Cayelan Loucks, Jennifer Tise, Ashley Rector, Meagan Blackshear, Christine O’Shea, Kelli Ragan, Laura Brenner, DeeAnn Petika, Justin Bennett, Jessica Ronay, Melissa Foss, Kacie Hohnadell, Vanessa Ungvichian, Cheryl Tevlin Mason, Meredith Peck.

(L-R): Professor Kirsten Davis, students Cayelan Loucks, Jennifer Tise, Ashley Rector, Meagan Blackshear, Christine O’Shea, Kelli Ragan, Laura Brenner, DeeAnn Petika, Justin Bennett, Jessica Ronay, Melissa Foss, Kacie Hohnadell, Vanessa Ungvichian, Cheryl Tevlin Mason and Meredith Peck.

The newsletter project gave Stetson Law students the opportunity to learn about writing to retain clients and develop a business while writing articles for the newsletter, Florida Ethics Update.

Stetson Professor of Law Kirsten Davis, Ph.D., director of Legal Research and Writing at Stetson, teaches the course and supervised the project.

“New lawyers are expected to be able to write for client development,” Davis explained. “Writing for the newsletter, the students learned how to provide clients with useful information and demonstrate their legal expertise. Students imagined themselves as attorneys working for clients who have concerns about legal ethics issues in their businesses or practices. Then, the students each wrote about a real-world recent development in Florida legal ethics. The experience helped the students to develop practical skills that will serve them as they develop clients.”

In addition to writing articles for the newsletter, upper-level law students in Stetson’s Advanced Legal Writing course also wrote multiple drafts of law practice documents including complaints, answers, motions, briefs, contracts and business documents.

To learn more about Stetson’s program, visit legal research and writing.