Levin College of Law

Mary Adkins

Director, Legal Writing & Appellate Advocacy
Master Legal Skills Professor

Mailing Address:
Box #117624 Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone:
(352) 273-0880

About

Professor Adkins has researched the history of the 1968 Florida Constitution and its revisions and has a book, published in the summer of 2016, titled “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.” She has presented her Florida Constitution research at the University of South Florida, the University of Florida, and Florida Coastal School of Law, as well as addressing professional and community organizations. She has conducted numerous oral history interviews of Florida legal, political and historical figures and is the treasurer of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society.

Professor Adkins is the Director of UF Law’s department of legal writing and appellate advocacy. In addition, she 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 the board of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and on national committees with the Legal Writing Institute.

Education

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

Professional Affiliations: The Florida Bar; United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association; Trustee, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society

Courses

Legal Writing - LAW 5792
  • First half of a two-part course, both required for graduation. Includes emphasis on written legal analysis and preparation of predictive legal memoranda.
Appellate Advocacy - LAW 5793
  • 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.

Publications

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]