Master Legal Skills Professor
Mary Adkins is a Master Legal Skills Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Adkins teaches legal writing. In addition, she is faculty liaison to the First District Appellate American Inn of Court, and has presented nationally matters related to legal writing. She is Immediate Past Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.
Professor Adkins has researched the history of the 1968 Florida Constitution and its revisions and has presented dozens of times on Florida constitutional history. She has published two books: Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution, in 2016, and Chesterfield Smith, America’s Lawyer, in 2020. Her co-authored casebook on Florida Constitutional Law will be published this year. She has also published several articles on Florida constitutional history and constitution revision and has served as an expert witness regarding the history of the Florida Constitution. She has conducted numerous oral history interviews of Florida legal, political and historical figures and is an executive board member of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. Prior to joining UF Law Adkins worked in private practice. She earned her B.S.J., M.A., and J.D. from the University of Florida.
J.D., University of Florida
M.A., University of Florida
B.S.J., University of Florida
Teaching & Scholarship
Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy
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. M.A., 2017; 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
Professional Affiliations: The Florida Bar; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association; Florida Historical Society; Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
- First half of a two-part course, both required for graduation. Includes emphasis on written legal analysis and preparation of predictive legal memoranda.
- As a 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.
- Chesterfield Smith, America’s Lawyer (University Press of Florida, 2020)
- Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution (University Press of Florida, 2016) [Chapter Two SSRN]
- What Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission Can Teach Those of Other States, 71 Rutgers U. L. Rev. 1177 (2019) [SSRN]
- The Same River Twice: A Brief History of How the 1968 Florida Constitution Came to Be and What It Has Become, 18 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 5 (2016) [SSRN]
- Persuasive Analytical Legal Writing, Bahçeşehir Űniversitesi Hűkűk Fakultesi (Bahçeşehir University Law Faculty) Kazanci 125 (2011). [SSRN]
- The Unblinking Eye Turns to Appellate Law: Cameras in Trial Courtrooms and Their Effect on Appellate Law, 15 J. Tech. L. & Pol’y 65 (2010) [SSRN]