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Michael P. Allen

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B.A., University of Rochester summa cum laude
J.D., Columbia University School of Law

Michael Allen is a Professor of Law teaching courses in Civil Procedure, Remedies, Complex Litigation, Constitutional Law I, and the Federal Courts and the Federal System. He also is the co-coach of two of Stetsonís moot court teams. In addition, he supervises Stetsonís internship programs at the Florida Supreme Court, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. During his time at Stetson, Professor Allen has received the University level award for Excellence in Teaching, the Award for Excellence in Professionalism and Career Development presented by the Stetson College of Law Student Bar Association, been twice named the Best All Around Professor, and five times been awarded the Golden Apple Achievement Award for teaching. He has also received the University level award for excellence in scholarship.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Allen spent nine years as a civil trial attorney at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, Massachusetts, where he concentrated on complex insurance coverage cases, securities class action defense, large tort actions and general commercial litigation. Professor Allenís clients included major investment banks, a wide assortment of public companies and insurers at Lloydís of London.

Professor Allen has researched and written in areas including remedies, personal jurisdiction and the intersection of authority between the federal and state governments in areas such as the subject matter jurisdiction of the federal courts and other constitutional allocations of power. He is also a recognized expert on the law of veteransí benefits. His articles have appeared in such journals as the Washington & Lee Law Review, the American University Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Brooklyn Law Review, the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the NYU Annual Survey of American Law, and the Stetson Law Review.


Michael Finch

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B.A., Oberlin College
J.D., Boston University School of Law
S.J.D., Harvard Law School

Professor Finch joined the Stetson faculty in 1982, after practicing law in New England. He teaches Civil Procedure, Appellate Practice, Constitutional Litigation, Conflict of Laws, and Law & Scientific Evidence. He has published extensively, including articles in the Minnesota Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, and the Business Lawyer. His work has been cited by numerous federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court. 

Professor Finch also maintains an active trial consulting and appellate practice. He has handled civil appeals in the Florida state and federal appellate courts. He is a member of the Florida, Connecticut, and Montana bars.


Caprice L. Roberts

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B.A., Rhodes College cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
J.D., Washington and Lee School of Law magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

Caprice Roberts serves as the Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development and Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law.  She teaches courses in Federal Courts, Judicial Power & Restraint, Contracts, Remedies, and Postmodern Jurisprudence.  She has taught as a Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law and as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law.  Professor Roberts has also taught comparative judicial role as part of a Brazilian Law, Business & Politics Program.

During her tenure, the College of Law faculty has honored her with the Significant Scholarship Award, the West Virginia Law Review has selected her for the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, and the law students have awarded Professor Roberts the honor of Professor of the Year. 

Professor Roberts crafts scholarship on judicial power and restraint, focusing on issues in federal courts and remedies.  Along with Federal Courts: Context, Cases, and Problems, Professor Roberts is also currently co-authoring Remedies: Cases and Materials (with Doug Rendleman) (West Group, 8th ed. forthcoming 2010).   Her articles have appeared in Washington & Lee Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, Villanova Law Review, University of Cincinnati Law Review, Rutgers Law Review, Seattle Law Review, Akron Law Review, and Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.

Her legal career began as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, followed by a clerkship with the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  After clerking, she joined the Government Enforcement Litigation Section of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C.  During her three-year tenure at Skadden, she practiced federal civil litigation and criminal defense.  Professor Roberts is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C., Tennessee, and Georgia.  She is a member of the American Law Institute and the Rules Advisory Committee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  She has also served as Chair of the Remedies Section at the American Association of Law Schools.