Legal Skills Professor
Director, Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic
Professor Clausen serves as Legal Skills Professor and Supervising Attorney for the Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic. In the clinic, she teaches and supervises students who assist in representing Veterans in appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and discharge upgrades. Students also deliver Know Your Rights presentations to Veterans, prepare legal memoranda for judge advocates, draft wills and advance directives for Veterans, and assist with claims and appeals within the Department of Veterans Affairs, and landlord-tenant, guardianship, and consumer law matters.
Prior to teaching at UF Law, Professor Clausen was a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law where she taught Regulation of the Healthcare Industry (Advanced Legal Writing), Lawyering Process for Litigation Practice (Persuasive Writing, Oral Advocacy, and Mediation and Negotiation Skills), Pre-trial Drafting, Contracts I & II, Sales, Securities Regulation (Distance Education), Domestic Violence (Advanced Legal Writing), Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure.
Prior to becoming a law professor, she served as Of Counsel for Murphy & Anderson, P.A. where she litigated in state and federal court, representing corporate and individual plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial cases. Prior to becoming a commercial litigator, she served as Associate General Counsel for the University of North Florida where she drafted and promulgated Florida Administrative Code rules, negotiated and drafted business and educational contracts, and advised on First Amendment and privacy law issues.
Before she worked as a university lawyer, she served as Senior Attorney for the Government Accountability Office, Office of General Counsel. She began her legal career active duty Army in the Pentagon where she served in the Honors Program as an Assistant to the General Counsel of the Department of the Army. In this position, she prepared Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant applications and Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act appeal opinions, and advised the General Counsel and Office of the Secretary of the Army concerning intelligence operations, counterintelligence and sensitive criminal investigations, special operations, special access program oversight, classification of information, personnel security, information operations, and Title 10 organizational issues. In law school, she served as a judicial intern for Judge Susan Crawford of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law
B.A., Georgetown University
Teaching and Scholarship
Appellate Advocacy, Contracts, Legal Writing, Veterans and Service Members Legal Clinic
- Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic
- Top 10 Discharge Upgrade Practice Tips, 7 Stetson J. Adv. & L. (forthcoming 2022) (with Colleen Miller and Danica Gonsalves).
- Regulate Physician Restrictive Covenants to Improve Healthcare, 108 Ky. L. J. 111 (2019). [SSRN]
- An Americans with Disabilities Act Critique of Advance Directive Override Provisions, 71 N.Y.U. Ann. Sur. Am. L. 25 (2015). [SSRN]
- Bring Ulysses to Florida: Proposed Legislative Relief for Mental Health Patients, 16 Marq. Elder’s Advisor 1 (2014). [SSRN]
- Making the Case for a Model Mental Health Advance Directive Statute, 14 Yale J. Health Pol., L., & Ethics 1 (2014) (peer-reviewed journal). [SSRN]
- “Your Honor, May I Have That in Writing?” – A Proposed Response to Violations of the Federal Sentencing Written Reasons Requirement, 42 U. Tol. L. Rev. 705 (2011). [SSRN]
- Personal Jurisdiction Based on Internet Activities: Oldfield v. Pueblo De Bahia Lora, S.A. – The Eleventh Circuit Finally Discusses Zippo but Leaves Lower Courts Needing More Guidance, 11 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 53 (2009). [SSRN]
- Beware – Florida’s Long Arms Can Reach Through Cyberspace and Grab Unsuspecting Professionals: Personal Jurisdiction in Professional Malpractices Cases, 10 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 505 (2009).
- Empower Mental Health Patients to Prevent Crisis, Jacksonville Daily Record, August 2017.