Henry T. Wihnyk
Senior Legal Skills Professor
Box #117624 Gainesville, FL 32611
EducationLL.M., Columbia University J.D., Nova University (cum laude) B.A., Florida Atlantic University
Teaching and ScholarshipLegal Research & Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Advanced Techniques in Appellate Advocacy.
- University of Florida: Joined Law faculty in 1990. Director, Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy (1992). Faculty Advisor to Moot Court Team. Member of Dean Search Committee (2002), Strategic Plan Steering Committee (2001-02), Admissions Committee.
- Professional Affiliations: The Florida Bar, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals (11th Circuit), U.S. District Court (Southern District of Florida), Legal Writing Institute, Association of Legal Writing Directors.
Legal Research & Writing (2 credits) - LAW 5792
- First half of two-part course, both required for graduation. Includes emphasis on basic legal research and writing legal memoranda. Graded on a scale of Satisfactory (S), Honors (S+), or Unsatisfactory (U). Must be completed with a grade of "S" or better even if this necessitates repeating course following semester.
Appellate Advocacy (2 credits) - LAW 5793
- As continuation of LAW 5792, a factual situation is presented to the student by means of a hypothetical appellate record. The record is the basis for the preparation of an appellate brief and oral arguments. The course is graded on a scale of Satisfactory (S), Honors (S+), or Unsatisfactory (U). Must be completed with grade of S or better, even if this necessitates repeating course following semester. Prerequisites: Passing grade in Legal Research & Writing (LAW 5792).
Advanced Techniques in Appellate Advocacy (2 credits) - LAW 6930
- Provides in-depth, advanced instruction and practice in persuasive written and oral legal analysis, focusing on appellate advocacy techniques. Builds upon training provided in first-year writing courses. Among topics examined are appellate brief writing, preservation of appellate issues, appellate standards of review, rhetoric and the canons of logic in the appellate context, and appellate oral argument. Students required to prepare at least one appellate brief and to present at least one appellate oral argument. Prerequisites: Passing grade in Appellate Advocacy (LAW 5793).
Advanced Research, Writing & Appellate Advocacy I (1 credits) - LAW 6953
- Students serve as instructors in the first-year Research Writing and Appellate Advocacy course under the direction of the assistant directors of the program. Letter grades are awarded on the basis of writing assignments, instruction and counseling prepared and performed by the student instructors. Enrollment with permission of the assistant directors only. LAW 6954 must be taken in addition to LAW 6953; otherwise, no credit toward graduation will be allowed for LAW 6953. Prerequisites: Passing grade in Appellate Advocacy (LAW 5793).
Advanced Research, Writing & Appellate Advocacy II (2 credits) - LAW 6954
- Continuation of LAW 6953. LAW 6954 must be taken or no credit toward graduation will be allowed for LAW 6953. Prerequisites: LAW 6953.