Director, Trial Practice; Senior Legal Skills Professor; Coordinator, Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender CLE Course; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center
Mailing Address: Box #117626 Gainesville, FL 32611
J.D., University of Florida
B.A., Duke University (magna cum laude)
Teaching and Scholarship
Criminal Law, Trial Practice
- University of Florida: Joined law school faculty 2002 as Legal Skills Professor, Virgil Hawkins Clinics, and Director, Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender Program. Serves as Director, Trial Practice Program. Also serves as Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Center. Previously member of Adjunct Faculty (1990-95, 1999-2002), and field supervisor of Criminal Clinic Interns.
- Professional Experience: Assistant Public Defender, 5th Judicial Circuit (1984-85); Assistant Public Defender, 8th Judicial Circuit (1985-98); Division Chief, County Court (1990-95); Law Office of Jennifer Zedalis (1998 -02) specializing in criminal trial practice and appeals.
- Organizations/Awards/Honors: The Florida Bar, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Bar Association (Litigation Section).
Trial Practice (4 credits) – LAW 6363
- NOTE: Registration preference shall be given to fifth and fourth semester students in that order.
A study of the trial process, including law relating to trials, trial tactics, and trial techniques. First half of course consists of classroom work and a weekly three-hour laboratory, involving role-playing and critical evaluation. Second half consists of simulated trials and critical evaluation. Mock trials are usually held on Saturday. Credit will be awarded on a Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U) basis. Enrollment is done by application prior to advanced registration.
Prerequisites: Evidence (LAW 6330). Not available to students who have taken Trial Advocacy (LAW 6361).