Mary Adkins

Mary Adkins

Director, Legal Writing & Appellate Advocacy
Master Legal Skills Professor


Mailing Address:
Box #117624 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0880

(352) 392-5166

Professor Adkins has researched the history of the 1968 Florida Constitution and its revisions and has a book on the subject forthcoming in 2016, "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 and the University of Florida as well as addressing community organizations. She has conducted numerous oral history interviews of Florida legal, political and historical figures. In the world of legal writing and appellate advocacy, Professor Adkins 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 national committees of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute. Professor Adkins's scholarship can be found on Bepress.  


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

Legal Writing (2 credits) - LAW 5792

Appellate Advocacy (2-3 credits) - LAW 5793

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