Inaugural Carey & Leisure Torts Book Award

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Students Receive Torts Book Award

(L-R): Haley Meher, Patrick McArdle, Katherine C. Neal JD ’04, Thomas Carey, Christian Leger, Chelsea Harrison, Ming Lin. Click for high-resolution image.

First-year Stetson University College of Law students Chelsea C. Harrison, Christian M. Leger, Ming J. Lin, Patrick S. McArdle and Haley R. Meher received the inaugural Carey & Leisure Torts Book Award on Feb. 5 in St. Petersburg.

The award was created this academic year by the Clearwater law firm of Carey & Leisure, which specializes in plaintiff’s personal injury work. The five student winners, who all started law school at Stetson in fall 2009, were selected for the award based on their outstanding final exam grades in torts, a first-semester law course.

The students also attended a dinner hosted by partners in the law firm. The Carey & Leisure law firm, now in its 25th year, has been a leader in jury verdicts, legislative efforts and charitable endeavors, particularly in the fight against drunk driving, setting the jury verdict record multiple times in Pinellas County. Partner Thomas W. Carey has served as an instructor at Stetson, and partners Jodi Leisure JD/MBA ’99 and Katherine C. Neal JD ’04 serve on the Stetson Lawyers Association Advisory Council. Five of the firm’s six attorneys are Stetson Law graduates.