Joan Stearns Johnsen

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Joan Stearns Johnsen is a skills professor specializing in areas related to alternative dispute resolution. Professor Johnsen has been mediating and arbitrating large complex commercial cases primarily in the areas of securities, general corporate, and employment law for over twenty years. Professor Johnsen is on the arbitration and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association […]

Thomas T. Ankersen

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Professor Ankersen directs the University of Florida Conservation Clinic, the experiential learning arm of the College’s Environmental and Land Use Law Program. Ankersen also directs the College’s Costa Rica Program. He practices domestic, international and comparative environmental law with an emphasis on Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Internationally he has worked and/or taught in […]

Mary Adkins

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  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 […]

Ben Fernandez

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Professor Fernandez has twenty-five years experience representing financial institutions, government housing finance agencies, non-profit corporations, home buyers and sellers, and other clients in commercial and residential mortgage loan closings, affordable housing finance transactions, and residential real estate developments. He had his own practice in Plymouth, Massachusetts for ten years. Before that, he practiced law in […]

Meshon Rawls


Meshon T. Rawls is a Master Legal Skills Professor and the Director of the Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Most of her legal career has been devoted to advocating for the rights of children. As the director of Gator TeamChild she supervises law students who provide […]

Shalini Ray


Prior to joining the Levin College of Law, Ray worked as a litigation associate at a large law firm in San Francisco, served as a judicial clerk to a federal district court judge in Philadelphia, and spent two years as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In her […]

Margaret Temple-Smith

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Education B.A., J.D., Wake Forest University Teaching and Scholarship Legal Drafting

Jennifer Zedalis

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Ms. Zedalis is the Director of Trial Practice at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and an Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Center. She is the Co-Chair of the Gerald T. Bennett Public Defender/Prosecutor Trial Program, and has served on the PPD faculty for 24 years. She teaches trial practice, pretrial practice, […]

Patricia Thomson

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Education B.A., Hollins College J.D., University of Florida. Teaching and Scholarship Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy

Joseph S. Jackson

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Joseph Jackson is a Senior Legal Skills Professor and Associate Director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law where he has been on the faculty since 1995. His expertise lies in the fields of gay rights, freedom of expression, and equal protection. Prior to joining UF, […]