Director, Trial Practice
Senior Legal Skills Professor
Coordinator, Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender CLE Course
Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center
Box #117626 Gainesville, FL 32611
Ms. Zedalis has been interviewed on television and radio regarding high profile cases, most recently the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, in five different countries, including the U.S., Russia, Jamaica, Japan, and Canada.
Ms. Zedalis is an affiliate professor in the UF Dept of Psychiatry, and teaches forensic psychiatrists in the Landmark Cases Seminar.
She serves on the Executive Council of the Criminal Law Section, Florida Bar. She is also a member of the ABA Litigation Section, the Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Eighth Circuit Bar Association.
She has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida (1984) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Duke (1980).
EducationJ.D., University of Florida; B.A., Duke University (magna cum laude)
Teaching and Scholarship
- Criminal Law, Trial Practice
- University of Florida: joined law school faculty 2002 as Legal Skills Professor, Virgil Hawkins Clinics, and Director, Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender Program. Serves as Director, Trial Practice Program. Also serves as Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Center. Previously member of Adjunct Faculty (1990-95, 1999-2002), and field supervisor of Criminal Clinic Interns.
- Professional Experience: Assistant Public Defender, 5th Judicial Circuit (1984-85); Assistant Public Defender, 8th Judicial Circuit (1985-98); Division Chief, County Court (1990-95); Law Office of Jennifer Zedalis (1998 -02) specializing in criminal trial practice and appeals.
- Organizations/Awards/Honors: The Florida Bar, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Bar Association (Litigation Section).
Trial Practice (4 credits) - LAW 6363
- NOTE: Registration preference shall be given to fifth and fourth semester students in that order. A study of the trial process, including law relating to trials, trial tactics, and trial techniques. First half of course consists of classroom work and a weekly three-hour laboratory, involving role-playing and critical evaluation. Second half consists of simulated trials and critical evaluation. Mock trials are usually held on Saturday. Credit will be awarded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. Enrollment is done by application prior to advanced registration. Prerequisites: Evidence (LAW 6330). Not available to students who have taken Trial Advocacy (LAW 6361).
Articles and Publications
- "Lost in Case: 10 Ways to Bring Justice Into Closing Argument," ABA Trial Evidence Committee Spring 2014 Journal (June 04, 2014)
- "Rethinking Your Practice Habits: Seven Ways to be a Better Lawyer in the Criminal Courts," Florida Criminal Law Journal Volume XXXIII, No.1 Fall 2003
- "Real and Demonstrative Evidence," Faculty Manual, Florida Bar/ Gerald T. Bennett Public Defender Prosecutor Training Program, 2004
- "Portrait of a True Advocate," Florida Bar Criminal Law Update Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2009
Case Files for Teaching Advocacy
- Raven Temple v. Prime Global Insurance Co., Inc. (2011)
- Case Summaries for Criminal Practice, 2010, 2012, 2015 Trial Practice Problems and Case Files, University of Florida Levin College of Law
- State of Florida vs. Gary Allen Wynn, 2005 (Revised, 2007)
- Racine Crews vs. Chandler-Wolf Building Supply Co. Inc., 2005