Stetson Law offers new concentration in social justice advocacy

Stetson University College of  Law is offering a Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration program for students. The concentration program is intended to prepare students to deal directly with significant social justice issues in civil or criminal law.

The Social Justice Advocacy Certificate of Concentration is a selective program, which admits a limited number of students based upon their academic and experiential background, interviews with program faculty, and commitment to a career dedicated to advocacy that serves the cause of social justice.

Stetson Law professors Robert Bickel and Judith Scully will oversee the concentration program.

Professor Scully, who is the faculty adviser for both the Innocence Initiative at Stetson and the Juvenile Justice Initiative, helped the African National Congress to draft the constitution for a Free and Democratic South Africa. South Africa’s constitutional provision guaranteeing a woman’s right to reproductive choice was based on Professor Scully’s recommendations regarding the protection of women’s reproductive rights.

Professor Bickel, who has taught a Constitutional Law and the Civil Rights Movement course at Stetson for the past seven years, recently received an award for his commitment to teaching from Odessa Woolfolk, co-founder of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The law firm of Florin and Roebig has provided funding for Professor Bickel’s course, which allows students to travel each summer to six cities in the south to visit sites, museums, institutes and veterans of the Civil Rights Movement. Stetson Law alumna Maria Bogomaz JD ’12 was the only law student invited from outside the Washington, D.C., area to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Rides at the White House last fall.

Wil H. Florin JD ’80 and Thomas D. Roebig Jr. JD ’86 explained that supporting social justice is a large part of their firm’s daily work in advocating for employee rights.

“Social justice is part of employment law,” Florin explained. “We deal with clients with discrimination complaints at the law firm on a daily basis.”

Visit Stetson Law for more information about social justice advocacy at Stetson.