Faculty with Extensive Legal & Industry Experience

Lindsey C. Brock III, Esq.

Professor Brock is a partner in the firm of Rumrell Law and teaches courses in maritime law and chartering, as well as public/private partnerships in transportation.  He has served as Chairman of the Florida Bar and ABA Maritime Law Committees.

Degrees:

B.A.    English, University of Florida
J.D.    Thomas Cooley School of Law
LL.M.  Admiralty and Maritime Law, Tulane University

Jena Cauley - Professor of Law

Professor Cauley is the owner and founder of First Coast Legal Group, a law firm that specializes in Customs and international trade matters nationwide and which has been recognized by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce as the 2016 Small Business Leader of the Year for the Transportation-Logistics industry. Ms. Cauley earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business with minors in Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Georgia.  Thereafter, she earned her J.D. and Certificate in International and Comparative Law from Florida Coastal School of Law.
 
In addition to her memberships in the Florida, Georgia, District of Columbia, and New York Bars, she is also a licensed Customs Broker.  As a practicing attorney, she assists individuals, small businesses and multinational businesses nationwide in navigating the federal Customs regulations.

Degrees:

J.D. (Certificate in International and Comparative Law) Florida Coastal School of Law
B.B.A. (International Business) University of Georgia
Course: Customs Regulation, Advanced Customs Regulation Studies

Course: Customs Regulation, Advanced Customs Regulation Studies

Ericka Curran, Esq.

Professor Curran teaches courses in immigration law.  In addition to teaching, she supervises the Immigration Law Clinic at Florida Coastal School of Law.

Degrees:

B.A.  The Evergreen State College
J.D.  Seattle University

Doug Helsing, Esq.

Professor Helsing teaches courses on the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.  He previously served as a Federal Administrative Law Hearing Officer for the United States Department of Labor, the federal department which hears claims under the LHWCA and the Defense Base Act.

Degrees:

J.D. University of Pittsburgh Law School

Natashia Hines - Professor of Law

Professor Hines is currently a Career Advisor and Employer Outreach Facilitator in the Center for Professional Development at Florida Coastal School of Law. In addition to teaching in Coastal Law’s Online Logistics and Transportation Program, Professor Hines is also an adjunct professor in the J.D. program. She regularly lectures on topics regarding professionalism and networking.
 
Prior to joining Florida Coastal School of Law, Professor Hines practiced law in the areas of labor and employment and personal injury at a private law firm in Sarasota, Florida. She is a member of the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Degrees:

B.A. Religion and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College
J.D. Stetson University College of Law

Course: Employment and Labor Law for Logistics and Transportation Industry

Daniel W. Raab - Professor of Law

Professor Raab is an attorney with offices in Miami, Florida. His law practice has included the representation of steamship companies, ocean freight forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers, motor carriers, surface transportation brokers, insurance companies, importers, and exporters. He handles litigation, administrative, and transactional matters.

Professor Raab is the author of Transportation Terms and Conditions, Chapter 47 of the New Appleman Practice Law Guide Understanding Inland Marine Insurance, Chapter 5 of the Benedict on Admiralty Desk Reference Book on Carriage of Goods, and a Contributing Author to Goods In Transit. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, and the Florida International University College of Law.  He is now teaching at Florida Coastal School of Law in the Online Logistics and Transportation program.

Degrees:

J.D. University of Miami School of Law
B.A. The Johns Hopkins University

Course: Transportation Insurance

James Caine, Esq.

Professor Caine teaches in the area of government contracting and acquisitions.  He is a practicing government contracts attorney with 28 years of experience with the Department of Homeland Security, the Air Force, and the Navy. Professor Caine also served 30 years in the Army and Air Force Reserves, with 13 years as an Army Infantry Officer and 17 years as an Air Force Judge Advocate.

Degrees:

B.A. Economics, Salisbury State University
J.D. University of South Carolina
M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Tampa

Paul R. Hitchcock - Professor of Law

Professor Hitchcock is a vice president and General Commerce Counsel for CSX Transportation, Inc.  CSX, a Fortune 250 company, is the largest rail freight transportation company east of the Mississippi. Mr. Hitchcock practices in the areas of railroad commercial relations, regulation, antitrust, and homeland security.  He teaches courses in railroad litigation and regulation.

 Degrees:

B.S. The Ohio State University
J.D. The Ohio State University College of Law

Course: Railroad Litigation and Regulation

Penny W. Schmidt - Professor of Law

Professor Schmidt is a partner with the law firm of Schutt, Schmidt & Noey located in Jacksonville, Florida. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida while working full-time as a paralegal. She obtained her law degree, with honors, from St. Thomas College of Law in 1992. While in law school, she served as the Chairman of the Moot Court Board and was the recipient of American Jurisprudence Awards in the areas of Civil Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Evidence, Wills and Trusts and Taxation. She was named Graduate of the Year for the State of Florida by the legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi.
 
After graduation from law school, she worked as an Associate with the law firm of Fuller & Minor, P.A., located in Ft. Myers, Florida, and then became a partner in the law firm of Minor & Schmidt, P.A., in Ft. Myers. While in Ft. Myers, she was an active member of the Lee County Bar Association, Lee County Personal Injury Association, and the Calusa Inns of Court. In 1997, she and her husband relocated to the Jacksonville area, where she began working with her current partner, Dennis R. Schutt.
 
Mrs. Schmidt is admitted to the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel, Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Florida Circuit Civil Mediator Society and the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. She is a past President of the Jacksonville Association of Defense Counsel and past Chairman of the ADR Section of the Jacksonville Bar. She is also a current co-owner of and panel mediator with the Jax Mediation Center.
 
Mrs. Schmidt specializes in civil trial litigation and is a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Certified Arbitrator. Her main areas of concentration include personal injury/wrongful death, trucking litigation, insurance coverage issues, general civil trial litigation, construction defect litigation, and mediation.

Degrees:

J.D. St. Thomas College of Law
B.A. University of Florida

Course: Trucking Liability and Regulatory Compliance

 


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