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


Students learn about public service from practicing attorneys

A panel of attorneys spoke with Stetson Law students on Nov. 8 on the Gulfport campus at a banquet celebrating public service sponsored by the Public Service Fellows. Tampa Public Defender Keh’ara Hendrieth ’11, Pinellas County Public Defender Noah Kores ’10, and Assistant Attorney General Caroline Johnson Levine talked with students about the importance of being engaged in public service. Attorneys Tampa Public Defender Keh’ara… » Read more


Students Participate in Professionalism Day

Stetson Law students volunteered more than 800 hours of community service at more than 100 locations.