Three students honored for pro bono work to address the justice gap

Stetson University College of Law hosted the inaugural Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Pro Bono competition this semester, announcing three honorees on Sept. 26. Second-year law students Haley Coet, Taylor Greenberg and Melody Jacquay were honored at a special program for their outstanding volunteer service. Coet was selected as the overall winner of the competition. Professor Judith Scully, co-coordinator of the Social Justice Advocacy concentration and… » Read more


Keys to success: series outlines path to legal career, practice

(L-R) Joann Burnett (at podium), Ashley Roura, Fred Schaub, Tony Julian, Douglas Covington, Michael Hays and Howardene Garrett. Stetson Law’s career development office launched a fall series to educate students about pursuing careers with the judiciary, State Attorney and Public Defender. On Sept. 28, a panel presented on careers in criminal law. The panelists discussed their career paths, life in the courtroom, and provided advice… » Read more


Stetson presents Bob Dillinger with public service award

Stetson University College of Law presented this year’s prestigious William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award to Bob Dillinger JD ’76, who has served for 18 years as Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. This year’s award was presented at the annual Inns of Court Banquet and William Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Lecture in St. Petersburg on Jan. 28. Bob Dillinger received this year’s… » Read more


Panel addresses careers of state attorney, public defender

A panel of six lawyers discussed their varied careers as state attorneys and public defenders during a noontime lecture for students at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. Panelists (L-R): Ashley Roura, Irene Maslanik, Howardene Garrett, Douglas Covington, Fred Schaub and Craig Schaeffer. Douglas Covington ’83 of the Office of the State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit, Howardene Garrett of the Office… » Read more


Stetson’s law school hosted panel, film “Defending Gideon”

Members of the public were invited to a panel discussion and showing of the film, “Defending Gideon,” on Feb. 11 at Stetson University College of Law’s Gulfport campus. Approximately 70 people attended the showing of the 30-minute documentary and Q&A discussion about the history and future of public defender work and criminal justice in the U.S. (L-R): Christopher Durocher, Professor of Law Ellen Podgor, Bob… » Read more


Bruce Jacob receives Champion of Indigent Defense Award from nation’s criminal defense bar

Bruce Jacob, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law, was presented with the Champion of Indigent Defense Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at its 56th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. Jacob was formally presented with the award on Saturday at the Association’s board meeting. The Champion of Indigent Defense Award recognizes an individual for… » Read more


Alumna crosses the bridge to practice: returns home to Jacksonville as newest assistant public defender

Alumna Ashley Goggins JD/MBA ’12, a recipient of Stetson University College of Law’s Bridge to Practice Fellowship, was hired as an assistant public defender working in the Juvenile Court Unit in the Fourth Judicial Circuit in July. Ashley Goggins Goggins shared that she has always had a passion for public service.  “That passion was cultivated during my time in law school,” said Goggins, who served… » Read more


The Road after Gideon: Stetson’s Bruce Jacob fights for the rights of the indigent

As a young lawyer in his 20s working for the Florida attorney general in Tallahassee 50 years ago, a Stetson University College of Law graduate named Bruce Jacob was assigned to represent the respondent in a Supreme Court case that made history. Bruce Jacob, professor and dean emeritus at Stetson. The Court’s landmark decision on March 18, 1963, regarding the right to a fair trial… » Read more


Impact of race and poverty on effective legal representation the topic of Oct. 24 talk at Stetson Law

Stephen Bright, the president and senior counsel of the Southern Human Rights Network, discussed “The Impact of Race and Poverty on Effective Assistance of Council” during a noontime lecture for Stetson Law students on Oct. 24. Stephen Bright talked with students on Oct. 24 in the Great Hall. Bright discussed the history of justice in the U.S. and inequalities in legal representation for the poor.… » Read more