Stetson Law Celebrates Spring 2024 Commencement

A shot of Stetson Law’s Spring 2024 Commencement ceremony from the Tower. During a sunny morning ceremony in the Plaza Mayor Courtyard, nearly 300 Stetson Law students officially became Stetson Law alumni. Beginning and ending with the sound of bagpipes heralding the processional, the event invited grads to reflect on their time at Stetson Law, thank the loved ones who supported them, and look ahead… » Read more

Honors & Awards Ceremony Celebrates Exceptional Grads

The Class of 2024’s highest-achieving students were recognized for their exceptional work. On the eve of the Spring 2024 Commencement, members of the Stetson Law community gathered in the Great Hall to recognize the graduates who went above and beyond during their time in law school. The event honored those who excelled in their studies, participated in an academic journal, distinguished themselves via the Honors… » Read more

Pathways to Justice Academy, A Teen Civic Engagement Course, Seeks Applicants

Participants in the 2023 Youth Civic Engagement Program pose with alumni. Stetson University College of Law is launching the 2024 Pathways to Justice Academy- A Youth Civic Program. Organizers seek applicants for the program, which is set to take place over 5 days in July, from July 15-19. Students in the Pinellas County, Florida area who are aged 15-17 are eligible and encouraged to apply, including… » Read more

An INN-ovative Approach to Acclimating Students

A new approach to orienting 1L students offers a variety of immersive activities to help students acclimate to law school life. For 1L Christian Sweeney, who earned his undergraduate degree from a small liberal arts college, being part of a close-knit community is integral to his academic success. Sweeney was part of Stetson Law’s inaugural “Inns” program for 1Ls. Modeled after the English Inns of… » Read more

Hon. Irene Sullivan Awarded for Decades of Work on Juvenile Justice

When she enrolled at Stetson Law, Irene Sullivan’s three children were 7, 6, and 2 years old. At the time, she wasn’t planning on spending her career advocating for youth in the legal system – but given her own experience as a mother, cases involving minors always caught her eye. Though she started out in private practice in corporate and family law, an opportunity to… » Read more

IEMCC 2024 Recap: Primate Problem & A Win for U. of the Philippines

Teams came from law schools around the globe to participate in the 2024 International Environmental Moot Court Competition. For the 28th year, the final rounds of the Stetson Law International Environmental Moot Court Competition brought teams from law schools around the world to compete on the Gulfport campus. Kicking off, per tradition, with a special edition of the Foreman Biodiversity Lecture and a welcome reception,… » Read more

Nonprofit Surprises 2L Mia Bartolomei-Negron with Generous Scholarship

Left to right: 2L Mia Bartolomei-Negron, Dean Benjamin Barros, AccessLEX financial advisor LeAndra Ross Given her focus on tax law, April 15 was always going to be a significant date for Stetson 2L and J.D./M.B.A. candidate Mia Bartolomei-Negron. But Tax Day 2024 – Monday, April 15 – will now hold even greater significance for her. Faculty, staff, and students gathered in Crummer Courtyard in the… » Read more

Stetson Law Retains Top U.S. News Rankings in Advocacy, Legal Writing

The Advocacy Institute at Stetson Law. For the second year in a row, two key programs at Stetson Law have earned major recognition from the publication U.S. News & World Report. The College of Law’s renowned Trial Advocacy program has earned the No. 1 ranking for 2025, while the school’s nationally recognized Legal Writing program has maintained its No. 3 spot in that category. Both… » Read more

Alums Return to VLI to Share Insights on Veterans Law

Grace Paul and Victoria Tamayo spoke to students about pursuing careers in veterans law in March 2024. Speaking to Veterans Advocacy Clinic and Advanced Veterans Advocacy Clinic students earlier this month, two Stetson Law alumni shared insights on how to pursue a career rooted in veterans law. Grace Paul ’23 and Victoria Tamayo ’19 were both involved with Stetson’s Veterans Law Institute, where they gained… » Read more

23 Years Falsely Convicted, JJ Velazquez Urges Reform

Jon-Adrian “JJ” Velazquez speaks at a Stetson Law Innocence Initiative event. A young father of an infant and a toddler, Jon-Adrian “JJ” Velazquez walked into a New York City police station in 1999 thinking he was helping solve a murder. His father, who had died recently, had been a police officer and Velazquez trusted the system. Plus, he was on the other side of town… » Read more

Alumna, USF President Rhea Law to Speak at Spring Commencement

University of South Florida President and Stetson Law alumna Rhea Law ’79. Reflecting Stetson Law’s deep ties to higher education institutions throughout the region, Rhea F. Law, University of South Florida president and CEO, will be the commencement speaker at Stetson Law’s Spring 2024 Commencement on May 18, 2024. A Stetson Law alumna, Law has led an exemplary career that includes leading a large merger… » Read more

4 Women Who Broke Barriers at Stetson Law & Beyond

Clockwise from top left: Former GA Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein; Retired USDA General Counsel Eunice Luke; Senior Judge for the Middle District of Florida Elizabeth Kovachevich; Former FL Supreme Court Chief Justice Peggy Quince. By Curtis Krueger More than half the students at Stetson University College of Law are women, and this has been true for more than a decade – but some… » Read more