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Iris A. Burke

Emeritus Legal Skills Professor


Mailing Address:
Box #117626 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0804

(352) 392-2606


J.D., Brooklyn Law School (cum laude); B.A., Brooklyn College

Teaching and Scholarship

  • Family law (particularly multi-disciplinary and non-adversarial approaches), interviewing and counseling, pro se litigation, legal research and writing, appellate advocacy.

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Supervising Attorney, Virgil Hawkins Civil Clinic (since 1989); Family Law Judicial Clerk Intern Supervisor (since 1998). Former instructor and director of Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy programs (1980-89).
  • Professional Experience: Managing Attorney, Three Rivers Legal Services (1979-80). Staff Attorney, Three Rivers Legal Services & Central Florida Legal Services (1977-79).
  • Professional Affiliations: Florida Bar Association, American Bar Association, 8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association.

NOTE: The following two courses constitute a nine-credit, two-semester program and each is limited to 16 students. It is expected that all 16 taking LAW 6930 (Preparation for Pro Se Clinic) will proceed to Law 6940.

Clinic Prep / Pro Se (3 credits) - LAW 6930

  • There are no perequisites for this prep course, though there are a number of courses which give applicants preference for enrollment (details at Student Affairs). However, this course (Law 6930) is a prerequisite for Law 6940 / Pro Se Clinic (see below). This is a simulation course focusing on the skills of interviewing and counseling, and on issues of Florida family law which recur most frequently in the Pro Se Clinic.

Pro Se Clinic (6 pass / fail credit) - LAW 6940

  • An unbundling clinic in which students provide discrete legal services, primarily in the form of legal advice, to people with family law issues.
    Prerequisites: Clinic Prep / Pro Se (LAW 6930).

Cross Cultural Counseling (2 credits) - LAW 6386