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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Aug. 4, 202203:50 AM EST

Jacksonville University College of Law begins classes Aug. 8

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The inaugural first-year cohort comprises seven women and seven men.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

Fourteen first-year law students - seven women and seven men and the first enrollees at the Jacksonville University College of Law - will begin classes Aug. 8 at JU’s Downtown campus in VyStar Tower.

The first day’s schedule comprises subjects including civil procedure, contracts, property and tort law and legal reasoning, research and writing.

Classes will be taught by professors Scott DeVito, Robert Mensel, Matthew Reiber, Nathan Richardson and Vanessa Zboreak.

• DeVito received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate in philosophy of science from the University of Rochester.

Former dean of Florida Coastal School of Law, DeVito teaches in the area of commercial law and researches the legal system and legal education.

• Mensel received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in history from Rutgers University.

He taught at the Charleston School of Law and most recently, St. Thomas University College of Law.

During his 14 years at St. Thomas, Mensel received five Professor of the Year awards.

Before teaching, Mensel practiced in the product liability field.

• Reiber taught first-year and upper-level law courses at Seattle University School of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law.

He was a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Committee on Bar Examiners and Committee on Civil Rules.

Reiber received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and his master’s in taxation from New York University School of Law.

• In addition to his role as an instructor, Richardson is a JU Fellow with Resources for the Future. 

He specializes in regulatory environmental law, particularly climate change and air pollution, and on institutions, regulatory design and administrative law.

Richardson’s research examines the transition to green energy, carbon pricing and the relationship between law, regulatory institutions and policy design.

• Zboreak teaches and researches subjects related to administrative law, constitutional law, environmental law and remedies.

She received a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Zboreak previously was assistant professor of law at Elon University School of Law, an instructor at Vermont School of Law and a professor of the practice at Wake Forest University School of Law.

• Law school Dean Nicholas Allard will teach a two-day course, “Introduction to the Study of Law.”

Classes are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The fall term ends Nov. 18.

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