Mary Adkins

Mary Adkins

Director, Legal Writing & Appellate Advocacy
Master Legal Skills Professor

Mailing Address:
Box #117624 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0880

(352) 392-5166


Director, Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy; Master Lecturer. University of Florida, J.D., 1991, B.S.J., 1979. Trustee, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, 2013-present. Professor Adkins has researched the history of the 1968 Florida Constitution and its revisions and has a book on the subject forthcoming in 2016, "The Birth of Modern Florida: Growth, Change, and the 1968 Constitution." She has presented her Florida Constitution research at the University of South Florida and the University of Florida as well as addressing community organizations. She has conducted numerous oral history interviews of Florida legal, political and historical figures.

In the world of legal writing and appellate advocacy, Professor is faculty advisor to the Florida Moot Court Team, and has presented nationally and regionally on assessment methods in legal writing; the use of teaching assistants in legal writing instruction; and innovative teaching methods. She serves on national committees of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute.


J.D., University of Florida B.S.J., University of Florida

Teaching & Scholarship

Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy

Professional Activities

University of Florida: Joined law faculty as adjunct lecturer, 2005. Named Legal Skills Professor, 2006; Senior Legal Skills Professor, 2009; Master Legal Skills Professor, 2012. J.D., 1991; Senior Executive Editor, Florida Law Review, 1991. Private Practice: Holland & Knight, 1992 - 1994. Jones, Carter & Drylie, P.A., 1994 - 1998. Solo practice, 1999 - 2001. Cameron, Hodges, Coleman, LaPointe, & Wright, 2001 - 2004. Professional Affiliations: The Florida Bar; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association; Trustee, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society