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Director, Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy; Master Lecturer. University of Florida, J.D., 1991, B.S.J., 1979. Trustee, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, 2013-present. Professor Adkins has researched the history of the 1968 Florida Constitution and its revisions and has a book on the subject forthcoming in 2016, “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.” She has presented her Florida Constitution research at the University of South Florida and the University of Florida as well as addressing community organizations. She has conducted numerous oral history interviews of Florida legal, political and historical figures.

In the world of legal writing and appellate advocacy, Professor Adkins is faculty advisor to the Florida Moot Court Team, and has presented nationally and regionally on assessment methods in legal writing; the use of teaching assistants in legal writing instruction; and innovative teaching methods. She serves on national committees of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute.

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In February 2017 Florida’s Governor, Chief Justice, Senate President, and House Speaker will separately choose thirty-six of the thirty-seven people who will make up the third Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) for Florida. The thirty-seventh Commissioner is Florida’s Attorney General, the only automatic CRC member. The CRC will do its work ...

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