Program Directors

Program Director:
Kirsten K. Davis

Professor of Law, Director of Legal Research and Writing, and Director of the Institute for Advancement of Legal Communication
Stetson University College of Law

Professor Davis graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from The Ohio State University College of Law. While at Ohio State, she was a member of the Ohio State Law Journal and chief justice of the Moot Court Governing Board. She began her legal career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Frederick P. Stamp Jr., judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. She later practiced in the areas of litigation, employment and taxation. Professor Davis began her legal teaching career at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Professor Davis holds a Ph. D. in Human Communication. She is on the board of directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and is currently serving as chair for the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education. She was recently appointed to the Florida Bar’s Standing Commission on Professionalism. Professor Davis' research and scholarship focuses on legal communication, law and rhetoric, professionalism, and professional ethics. Her work has appeared in journals including the Oregon Law Review, Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute and William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Her mobile application, My Legal Writing Coach™, is a tool for better legal writing and is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Professor Davis is an affiliate member of the Florida Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in Arizona, Ohio and West Virginia. She is a recipient of the Dean's Award for Extraordinary Service.

Valerie Reid
Program Manager

Val Reid studied at the University of Westminster for a B.Sc. (Econ) Hons. Degree and has also studied counselling. She has had extensive experience with American study abroad programs from a variety of US institutions in various positions over the last 30 years.  From 1980 to 1997, Reid worked for the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) serving as associate dean, dean of students and director of Student Services administering one-semester study abroad programs for up to 350 visiting students per semester, and supervising a team of student services staff. She has coordinated students' residences, liaised with landlords, and helped students and visiting faculty locate accommodation. Reid's duties have also included preparing orientation materials for students, assisting students with financial aid problems, and marketing study programs to U.S. universities. She also served as head of academic services for AIFS, performing a variety of services regarding the academic needs of study abroad programs, and as director of studies for the Richmond College International Summer Session from 1993-1997. She worked with the University of Wisconsin's Study Abroad Program, and on the Accent London Programs, which are also housed in the Florida State London Study Center.  Val Reid has assisted students on the Autumn in London Program since it began in 1999.

Student Internship Director and Director of Program Operations:

Kandice Horsey
Solicitor-Advocate, Part-time Visiting Lecturer
Saunders Law Limited

Kandice Horsey is a part-time visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire School of Law teaching mock trial skills courses and is also a part-time solicitor-advocate and duty solicitor in England and Wales with Higher Rights of Audience in the criminal courts defending a wide range of criminal cases. Prior to moving to London, she was a prosecutor in the U.S.; first as an assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, then as an assistant state’s attorney in the State's Attorney's Office for Prince George’s County, Maryland. As an A.D.A., she tried cases ranging from simple drug possession to attempted murder. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, D.C., and Maryland. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland – College Park, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University, Beasley School of Law.

Josh Leuner
Program Manager

Josh Leuner was born and raised in London and has worked with international students for over 15 years. Prior to 2002, Josh worked as a program manager at Accent London, facilitating study abroad programs from the University of California, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Southern California among others.

In 2002, Leuner moved to Brisbane, Australia, where he took up a position in the International Office of the University of Queensland, working with international students and government sponsors. He then moved to the position of student enquiries coordinator at the Queensland University of Technology where he was responsible for the frontline student centre team for more than 40,000 students. Following a move to Sydney, he worked as a postgraduate student officer at the University of Sydney, developing application and selection processes with the Faculty of Pharmacy.

After returning to London in 2010, Leuner worked as program coordinator on the University of Wisconsin Madison and Augustana College London programs. He is also responsible for all social media content for the Syracuse University London Program.

Thanks to an extensive background in student services, Leuner is prepared to answer any questions you have about life in London and studying abroad in general. He is currently studying for a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and loves any opportunity to speak Spanish.