Distinguished Faculty

Matthew Reiber- Professor of Law

Professor Reiber began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where his practice emphasized securities, mergers and acquisitions and complex commercial litigation.  Professor Reiber, then, became a partner at the law firm of Gordon Thomas Honeywell, where his practice focused on commercial litigation but also included employment, environmental, condemnation, maritime and professional negligence litigation.  Professor Reiber’s former clients include entities involved in computer technology, telecommunications, financial services, investment banking, manufacturing, and several law firms.  Professor Reiber taught professional responsibility and civil procedure at Seattle University School of Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law and later as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law.  Professor Reiber served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.  He served as a member of the Washington State Bar Association Committee on Civil Rules and also on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Bar Examiners.  Professor Reiber is admitted to practice in the states of New York and Washington.


J.D. Columbia University School of Law
LL.M. (taxation) New York University School of Law
B.A. Claremont McKenna College

Course:  Business Organizations

Jeffrey Schmitt- Professor of Law

Professor Schmitt received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Miami University and received his J.D. Order of the Coif (top 3%), from University of Virginia School of Law, where he also served as an Essays Editor on the Virginia Law Review. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida Coastal School of Law, Professor Schmitt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He also worked as an associate at Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio where his practice areas included contracts litigation and securities litigation. Professor Schmitt’s scholarship has been published in prestigious law journals, including in the Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal Online, and George Mason Law Review.   He has also been an invited speaker at various prestigious law conferences.  For example, most recently, Professor Schmitt presented at the Southeastern Law Scholars Conference and the Savannah Law School’s Colloquium “Reintegrating Spaces.”  He is also scheduled to present at the annual Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium in Chicago.


J.D. Order of the Coif (top 3%), University of Virginia School of Law
B.A., magna cum laude, Miami University

Course:  Civil Procedure, Contracts & Sales

Benjamin J. Priester- Professor of Law

Professor Priester received his A.B. in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University and his J.D., summa cum laude, from Duke University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of Law & Contemporary Problems.  He then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of the international law firm Ropes & Gray.  Prior to joining the faculty at Florida Coastal School of Law in 2008, he taught at the Florida State University College of Law.  Professor Priester’s scholarship has been published in prestigious law journals such as the Utah Law Review, Oklahoma Law Review, S.M.U. Law Review, and Indiana Law Journal.


A.B. Harvard University, cum laude
J.D. Duke University School of Law, summa cum laude

Course:  Criminal Law and Procedure

Robert Jenkins –  Professor of Law

Professor Jenkins prior to joining Charlotte School of Law in 2010, Professor Jenkins practiced law in Raleigh, NC, where he concentrated his practice in the areas of medical negligence, products liability, wrongful death, and serious personal injury. In addition to his work at Charlotte School of Law, Professor Jenkins has taught North Carolina Pretrial Litigation as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Law for the past ten years. Professor Jenkins has authored various publications and participated in CLE and other presentations. Additionally, he has been actively involved in numerous professional organizations including the North Carolina Bar Association, the NCBA Litigation Section Council, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice where he served on the Board of Governors, and the 4th Circuit Judicial Conference.


J.D. University of North Carolina School of Law
M.P.A. North Carolina State University
B.A. in Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Course: Evidence, Torts

Wenona Whitfield – Professor of Law

Professor Whitfield has been a visiting professor of law at Coastal Law since 2007. She has taught law at for most of her career at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where she also served as an Adjunct Professor in the SIU School of Medicine and as the law school Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor Whitfield taught as a Fulbright Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 2002 and at the University of Ghana in Accra in 1991-1992. Her teaching and research interests are primarily in the areas of Property and Health law. Professor Whitfield is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.


J.D. Southern Illinois University School of Law, 1977

Course: Real Property

Leigh Scales- Professor of Law

Professor Scales joined the Florida Coastal faculty in 2001 and served as director of the Lawyering Process program from 2004-2013. Her teaching areas include legal ethics and legal research, writing, and oral advocacy. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Scales practiced litigation for seven years with Rogers, Towers, Bailey, Jones & Gay, P.A. and Marks, Gray, Conroy & Gibbs, P.A.  Professor Scales has presented at conferences of national organizations on legal ethics issues and has helped students prepare for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.  Professor Scales is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before all Florida courts, as well as the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.


J.D., with honors, University of Florida College of Law
B.S., cum laude, Florida State University

Course:  Professional Responsibility

Christopher J. Roederer- Professor of Law

Professor Roederer has taught Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and numerous other courses at Florida Coastal over the past 12 years. Prior to joining Florida Coastal, professor Roederer taught at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, Goroka University in Papua New Guinea and the Anglo-American College in Prague. Professor Roederer was also a visiting professor at Seattle University and a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa. During law school, Professor Roederer was the legal theory editor on the New York University Review of Law and Social Change. Professor Roederer is the author of Constitutional Powers (E-book through Charta-Course) (2015), Mastering Constitutional Law (with John Knechtle, 2d. ed. 2015) and numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Seattle University Law Review, West Virginia Law Review, Drake Law Review, the South African Law Journal, and the South African Journal on Human Rights. His most recent work is forthcoming in the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights. Professor Roederer has recently presented his work at the Law and Society Conference in New Orleans, the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference in Amelia Island, and the 3rd Annual Property Remedies Forum at the University of Aix Marseille in France.


J.D. New York University School of Law
M.A. (government), University of Texas at Austin
B.A., with honors, University of Kansas

Course: Constitutional Law

Karen Millard- Professor of Law

Professor Millard joined the full-time faculty of Florida Coastal School of Law as a Lawyering Process instructor in Fall 2006. Before joining the faculty full-time, Professor Millard was an adjunct professor at Florida Coastal. While in school at Florida Coastal, she was the Senior Manuscript Editor of Law Review. She was also a member of Moot Court, Honor Court, and a student member of the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court. Professor Millard interned for the Florida Supreme Court and several Jacksonville law firms while in law school. Before entering teaching, Professor Millard practiced in the area of first-party insurance law, including bad faith insurance litigation, at Tyler& Hamilton, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida. She has participated in several trials and attended numerous depositions, hearings, and mediations. Professor Millard teaches contracts and several legal writing classes. Professor Millard directs the law school’s pro bono program and supervises the law school’s client counseling team. Professor Millard has taught international courses in the law school’s summer abroad program affiliated with University of Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France.


J.D. Florida Coastal School of Law
M.B.A. University of North Florida
B.A. University of North Florida

Course:  Legal Analysis, Reasoning and Communication

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