2019 Conference Session Speakers

Roberta K. Flowers

Roberta K. Flowers

Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Elder Law
Stetson University College of Law
B.A., Baylor University
J.D., University of Colorado

  • Most Inspirational Teacher Award from the Student Bar Association
  • Awarded the Distinguished Service Award four times 
  • Awarded Faculty Professionalism Award by Florida Supreme Court
Melanie Griffin

Melanie Griffin

Founder and Managing Shareholder
Dean Mead Law Firm
B.A., M.B.A./J.D., Florida State University

  • Practices Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, and Probate Litigation
  • Recognition: Florida’s Most Productive Lawyer (2009), Tampa Bay Metro Inspiring Woman in Business (2016-17), Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year (2016), and Florida Bar Young Lawyer Division’s Outstanding Woman Lawyer of Achievement Award (2018) 
  • Founded Spread your Sunshine  whose mission is to empower women with confidence to break the glass ceiling and achieve their dreams.
Korey Henson

Korey Henson

Associate Director, Career and Professional Development
Stetson University College of Law
B.S., Allegheny College
J.D., Stetson University College of Law

  • Practiced with a law firm in South Carolina, focusing his practice on elder law, estate planning, and business law 
  • Served as managing editor of the Journal of International Aging Law & Policy
  • Active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Tampa Bay Legal Recruiters (TBLR), and the Central Florida Association for Law Placement (CFALP) 
  • Leads Stetson’s law firm employer relations efforts and the diverse and extensive On Campus Recruiting (OCR) program
Carmen Johnson

Carmen Johnson

Associate Director for Admissions and Diversity Initiatives
Stetson University College of Law
B.S., University of Miami
J.D., Stetson University College of Law

  • Currently serves as the associate director of Admissions and Diversity Initiatives at the College of Law 
  • Served as a staff attorney with the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida where she focused on criminal and post-conviction law
  • Appointed on the Florida Bar’s Committee on Education Law and the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
  • Former secretary of the Fred G. Minnis, Sr. Bar Association
Cathy Martin

Cathy Martin

Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development
Stetson University College of Law
B.S., University of Pittsburgh
M.B.A., Stetson University

  • Held professional, senior executive, and consulting positions in human resources, organizational development, performance management, and strategic planning
  • Co-chaired the Dali Museum Grand Opening Events and co-founded The Guild, a volunteer organization committed to raising funds for education and museum initiatives
  • Originated The Job Whisperer®, an ongoing blog devoted to career and talent management topics and advice
  • Held voluntary leadership or board roles with Workforce Florida, Florida Craftsmen, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Conference of Community and Justice, and Leadership Florida (Class XVIII)
Kristen Moore

Kristen Moore

Student Services and Reference Librarian
Stetson University College of Law
B.A., M.L.I.S., University of South Florida
J.D., Stetson University College of Law

  • Co-author of the book Free Internet Legal Research
  • Active member of the American Association of Law Libraries Research, Instruction, and Patron Services Special Interest Section, serving as Chair of the Patron Services Committee
  • Member, The Florida Bar
Jason S. Palmer

Jason S. Palmer

Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
B.A., University of Virginia
J.D., George Washington University

  • Worked for the Department of State as a team leader representing the United States in international arbitration cases before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal
  • Authored The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Will Ratification Lead to a Holistic Approach to Post-Secondary Education for Persons with Disabilities?, 43 Seton Hall L. Rev. 551 (2013).
  • Courses Include: Research and Writing I and II, Advanced Legal Writing - Writing for the Judiciary, Advanced Legal Writing - Transactions Document Drafting, International Litigation & Arbitration, and Law and Sexuality Seminar
  • Corresponding editor for International Legal Materials, which is published quarterly by the American Society of International Law
Wanita Scroggs

Wanita Scroggs

Foreign and International Law Librarian
Stetson University College of Law
B.A., Texas A&M University
J.D., Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law
M.L.I.S., University of South Florida

  • Assists students, faculty, staff, attorneys, and the general public with legal research 
  • Co-author of the book Free Internet Legal Research
  • Teaches Advanced Legal Research courses, both domestic and international
  • Member, The Florida Bar
James A. Sheehan

James A. Sheehan

Distinguished Professor in Residence
Stetson University College of Law
B.A., State University of New York
J.D., Stetson University College of Law

  • Practiced as an assistant city attorney for the City of Tampa
  • Previously worked as an insurance defense litigator 
  • Author of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue and The Law of Second Chances
JR Swanegan

JR Swanegan

Assistant Dean for International and Graduate Programs
Stetson University College of Law
B.A., University of Missouri
J.D., University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law

  • Served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Charles Atwell in Kansas City, Missouri 
  • Selected as an Association of International Education Administrators Presidential Fellow 
  • Establishes and cultivates international partnerships, including international faculty and student exchanges, hosting visiting scholars, and arranging international speakers for the College of Law
  • Previously served as the director of Study Abroad, International and Diversity Outreach of University of Missouri’s College of Engineering
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