Leanne J. Pflaum

Master Legal Skills Professor

Mailing Address:
Box #117624 Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-0875


Advocacy  • Appellate Advocacy  • Legal Research  • Legal Writing  • Professionalism  • 


Leanne Pflaum’s legal experience includes positions as a judicial clerk, and as a litigation and appellate attorney in south Florida. While in private practice she specialized in the areas of defamation, fraud, legal and medical malpractice, and products liability. She has taught Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy at the University Florida since 1989, and has also taught at the University of Warsaw. She is the co-author of Legal Writing by Design: A Guide to Great Briefs and Memos (Carolina Academic Press, 2d edition 2013).


J.D., Florida State University (with honors)
B.D., University of Florida

Teaching, Scholarship & Service

  • Advocacy, Introduction to Law, Legal Research & Writing.
  • Legal Writing by Design: A Guide to Great Briefs and Memos (with Theresa J. Reid Rambo) (Carolina Academic Press, Second
    Edition 2013)
  • Effective Legal Writing by Gertrude Block (co-author, Chap.6, with M. Giordano) (4th ed 1992).

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida law faculty since 1989, Master Legal Skills Professor and Assistant Director, Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy.
  • Judicial clerk to appellate judge in Miami.
  • Private practice: Corlett, Killian, Hardeman, Mcintosh& Levi, P.A., Miami, Florida (1983-87); James F. Dougherty, P.A., Miami Beach, Florida (1987-88; of counsel 1988-89).
  • Bar admissions: Florida Bar; United States District Court, Southern District of Florida; United States Eleventh Circuit Court of
    Appeals; United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court.
  • Professional Affiliations: American Bar Association; Legal Writing Institute; Florida Association of Women Lawyers; Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.


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.
Introduction to Lawyering and the Legal Profession - LAW 5755
  • This course acquaints students with the defining attributes of the legal profession including a code of ethics and assumption of duties to clients, the justice system, and society. Focuses on the evolving nature of legal services, types of law practices, and demographics of the legal profession and the skills required for law practice.
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.



  • Legal Writing by Design: A Guide to Great Briefs and Memos (with Teresa J. [Rambo] Reid) (Carolina Academic Press, Second Edition 2013).
  • Effective Legal Writing, Gertrude Block (co-author, Chap.6, with M. Giordano) (4th ed 1992).
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