Director, Legal Writing & Appellate Advocacy
Master Legal Skills Professor
Mary Adkins is the director of Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy and a Master Legal Skills Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Adkins teaches legal writing and appellate advocacy. In addition, she is faculty adviser 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 with the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute.
Professor Adkins has researched the history of the 1968 Florida Constitution and its revisions and in the summer of 2016 published the book Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution (University Press of Florida, 2016). She has presented her Florida Constitution research at the University of South Florida, the University of Florida, Florida State University, Santa Fe College 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 secretary 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.
- Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New State Constitution (University Press of Florida, 2016)
- 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]