Stetson Law dean joins more than 160 law deans signing letter in support of legal aid

Dean Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. On March 23, Stetson University College of Law Dean Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz joined more than 160 other deans from public and private law schools across the country in signing a letter in support of continuing funding for the Legal Services Corporation. “What brings us together today is a shared conviction that the loss of LSC funds would devastate efforts to provide… » Read more


Stetson Law’s December class: public service leaders

Stetson University College of Law students celebrated their completion of law school on Dec. 15 in the Great Hall on the Gulfport campus. A total of 47 degree candidates, including 20 full-time and 27 part-time J.D. students, were invited to attend the celebration. The full-time J.D. class includes two J.D./Grado students, one J.D./MINTEC and one J.D./MIEBL student. Eight LL.M. in Advocacy, one joint J.D./LL.M. in… » Read more


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


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


Stetson among nation’s best law schools for pro bono

Stetson University College of Law has been ranked seventh in the nation among the 2014 Super Lawyers Top 10 Law Schools for Pro Bono Graduation Requirements. Stetson Law students donated 31,719 pro bono service hours to more than 400 organizations in the 2013-2014 academic year. Stetson is one of the first law schools in the U.S. to require pro bono service of its students. “Stetson… » 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 professor honored at annual Inns of Court

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Bruce Jacob (left) and Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz. Stetson University Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Bruce Jacob received this year’s Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award on Jan. 28 during the annual Inns of Court Banquet in St. Petersburg. This year’s lecture and award ceremony took place at the Mirror Lake Lyceum in St. Petersburg. Jacob J.D. ’59… » Read more


Stetson Law accepting nominations for William Reece Smith Jr. award

Stetson University College of Law is accepting nominations for the prestigious William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service to the legal profession and community. This year’s award will be presented at the Annual Inns of Court Banquet and William Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Lecture on Jan. 28, 2014. Nominations must be received by close of business on… » Read more


Stetson honored for public service

Stetson University is one of 14 universities named a Presidential Award Finalist in the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Stetson’s selection to the Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to… » Read more


John T. Berry presented with Stetson’s Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award

John T. Berry, legal division director of the Florida Bar, was presented with this year’s Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award. Stetson established the prestigious public service award for Wm. Reece Smith Jr. more than two decades ago. (L-R): Wm. Reece Smith III, John T. Berry and Stetson Law Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz. Berry is an expert in judicial education, ethics and professionalism who established… » Read more