Food Tour of Tallahassee!

Law students need a little R&R, so use this as a guide to discover some of the best local eats in town. Tallahassee is full of hidden gems in the culinary world. With a number of award-winning restaurants and even some featured on Food Network, don’t let your time in town go by without exploring all of the tasty treats around you!

Must-Try Breakfast and Brunches

The Lunchbox on Magnolia Street – take yourself back to childhood with this breakfast dive! The walls are lined with lunch boxes from all eras and the food is fresh, delicious and most importantly – very affordable!! For less than ten bucks, fill up on the corner of Magnolia and Tennessee. Get there early though – they close at 2:15 PM every day.

The Egg Cafe and Eatery – this award-winning breakfast and brunch restaurant features fresh ingredients, southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, and mouth-watering hashes, scrambles, and benedicts. Also a favorite for those who love whole-grain waffles and gluten-free options. Mimosas and brunch favorites also await – including some interesting seafood twists on breakfast! There’s usually a wait, but it’s well worth it. Located on Austin Davis Drive off Capital Circle.

Maple Street Biscuit Company on Call Street – you can smell warm, flaky biscuits and delicious fried chicken from the sidewalk. This fun, collaborative atmosphere is met with quite possibly the most interesting and absolutely delicious biscuits, hash, sweet potato fries and more that you can ever imagine. Just minutes from the stadium and right behind the Tennessee Street strip.

Food Glorious Food on Thomasville Road – another award-winning feature restaurant and it’s most definitely deserved. Just look up the menu and you’ll be ready to drive over. Great for groups as well!

Own Your Lunch Hour – Venture out

Kool Beanz Cafe on Thomasville Road – don’t let the name fool you! This local gem offers much more than just beans on the seasonal menu – everything from smoked gouda mac to boneless duck to bacon-wrapped grouper to cilantro lime and jerk spiced sea scallops. Highly recommended for lunch when the prices are more student-friendly, but always well worth it. While you’re in this Midtown area, also check out another hideaway joint, Paisley Cafe.

Avenue Eat and Drink – located downtown and within a short distance from the law school, Avenue is a cool, modern, but very tasty place to settle in for a wild ride with your taste buds!

Merv’s Melt Shop – This local dive is a great hangout spot for a quick bite if you’re feeling like burgers, melts, tots, and the best grilled cheese in town right in the midst of a bustling art community.

Wells Brothers Bar and Grill – best burgers in town, just try it.

Date Night or Friend Group Dinners

Nefetari’s – Looking to transport yourself to another country? As soon as you walk through the door you are met with delicious smells of unique cuisine, a life-sized stuffed lion, art and a complete royal experience. Dine at the King’s Table for a special occasion or just enjoy the unique flavors that Queen Nefetari and King Ramesses have put together for you. This hidden gem off Gaines Street also features live jazz music, open mic nights, wine nights, and much more!

El Jalisco – two-for-one drinks all day every day (21+)! Great atmosphere, multiple locations around town, fresh guac made at your table and chips and salsa for every Tex-mex lover!

The Southern – located near downtown, this local favorite features seasonal ingredients and big and small plates to make you crave more even when you’re full.

The Flying Bear – the best sweet potato waffle fries drizzled with honey that you will find anywhere! This Great American Grill has a wide variety of food to offer, and you won’t be disappointed. Located off of Thomasville Road north towards Bradfordville.

Tally also offers a number of great pizza spots (Uncle Maddio’s, Dave’s Pizza Garage, Momo’s Pizza) and sushi restaurants (AZU Lucy Ho’s) all around town as well as drinks at Liberty and Brass Tap. If you feel like venturing just outside of Tally, I highly recommend Riverside Cafe in St. Marks (about 30 min) and Angelo’s Seafood in Panacea (about 45 min). Both feature waterfront views of waterways into the Gulf and the best seafood in the Big Bend!

When you’re done, don’t forget your dessert at Small Cakes Cupcakery or Big Easy Snowballs, both with multiple locations around town. The list can go on and on forever, but if you start here, I guarantee your taste buds will thank you!

Vegan Options Around Town

If you’re vegan or suffer from food allergies, it’s great to be able to walk in to a food joint knowing nothing on the menu is off-limits. You don’t have to practice vegetarianism to enjoy these places though. With an inviting atmosphere and delicious cruelty-free food, it’s no mystery why some of the best restaurants in town are quirky, local innovations.

Soul Vegetarian Restaurant & Catering – The food is 100% vegan, so vegetarians and vegans may safely select from the many menu options. This restaurant offers vegan food with a southern twist. They also offer cooking classes, which is a great way for law students to learn the skills they need in order to stick to their grocery budget!

Bread & Roses Kitchen – B&R Kitchen serves feisty vegan staples with daily specials that won’t disappoint. The Kitchen sources locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as promotes sustainability and community cooperation. B&R Kitchen is anchored by the Bread & Roses Food Co-op, one of the two local food cooperatives in Tallahassee. Described as, “out of this world,” by one yelp reviewer, Bread & Roses Kitchen may knock you out of this galaxy!

Sweet Pea – The menu hosts gluten-free options and daily specials based on the local growing cycle. With an incredible brunch, and home-baked cookies, Sweet Pea café resonates an eclectic, European vibe. The outdoor picnic areas are perfect for cool fall days around Tallahassee, and the restaurant structure has grown to offer more spacious seating indoors. Bring a friend or two to share a delightful meal and enjoy this casual, warm atmosphere.

To make your exploring even easier, Tallahassee offers a complimentary trolley service. It’s never been more convenient to take a break from your daily routine and support the local economy while expanding your dining options and making new connections. Hop on board, leave your car behind and enjoy a scenic ride to Tallahassee’s culinary offerings.

 

cassandra decoste  Cassandra DeCoste, 3L

Student Ambassadors for College of Law  Lauryn Collier, #FSUGoldenGrad (Class of 2017)

 

“Non-Traditional” Law Students—Balancing Law School and Family

It’s the first day of law school and I’m sitting in Civil Procedure class hearing about the interesting experiences and character traits that makes each of my classmates unique (thank you, Professor Lee for making the time for this exercise in class!). I decide to share with my classmates that I have returned to school as a “non-traditional” student with a two-year-old daughter at home. I can’t say I’ll forget the look of surprise (and maybe sympathy) that I saw from many of my classmates. We are all told how challenging the first year of law school can be, and attempting to confront that challenge while also guiding a toddler through the “terrible twos” seemed either courageous or completely foolish. However, I soon found myself being encouraged by classmates whose parents had returned to graduate school when they were kids and even met a few brave souls like myself who had families and kids. I watched as one of my classmates welcomed his first child into the world over the weekend during Spring semester and was back in class on the following Monday morning—a very impressive feat!

Despite all of the wonderful encouragement and support I’ve received, balancing law school and a family is certainly not without difficulty. I smile to myself when I think of some of the more trying moments, like the day that I desperately needed to study for my Civil Procedure exam and my daughter was home sick from preschool. I turned my back for a few minutes, during which she had taken a dozen eggs out of the refrigerator and smashed them on the floor; I finally caught her when she was trying to put them back together. While I was cleaning up the eggs, she took all of my sticky notes for my class and stuck them to herself, the table, the floor, and even the dogs. A note to Professor Lee—if I was less than optimally prepared for your exam, this is why!

But on days that went as planned, I approached my classes just as I did with my career that I left behind—lots of planning, prioritization, and organization. I had to use my time wisely and could not afford to procrastinate. I was almost always at school by 8:30 a.m., typically worked through lunch, and rushed home after my afternoon classes to pick up my daughter from preschool. Professor Cahill always tells her students she doesn’t respond to emails, texts, and calls between allotted hours in the evening; this is the time she spends with her young children, and she doesn’t return to technology until after they are in bed. I found this inspiring and always try to adopt the same attitude with my daughter. My time after 5:00 p.m. and until she goes to sleep belongs to my daughter. I also have to thank my devoted husband for the days he is home from work and rescues me when I have fallen behind on reading. On that note, I also have to applaud my classmates that are single parents—I don’t know how you do it!

I survived the dreaded first year of law school and so did my family. I’m still almost always at school by 8:30 a.m. and still feel like there are not enough hours in the day. But when I have a bad day and return home to my daughter saying “I love you, mama, I’m so glad you’re here,” it gives me a fantastic perspective that makes the stress melt away. For that, I feel like I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to experience law school with a beautiful perspective on life.

 

College of Law. Student Ambassadors. Valerie Chartier-Hogancamp, 3L

Finding a Healthy Balance in Law School

One of the keys to being successful (or rather, just surviving) in law school is maintaining a healthy balance of both academic and non-academic engagements. It’s so important to give yourself breaks from studying and spend time doing the things that you enjoy. Law School will make you understand the importance of making time for your mental and physical health. You can find balance in the simple things, like getting smarter about meals, making it to the gym, spending time outside, and being involved on campus.

Health and Fitness

FSU offers a fully equipped fitness center, the Leach, where you can find cardio and strength training areas, an indoor track, group fitness classes, and personal training. The Leach also has a 16-lane indoor pool, spa, and sauna. The FSU Reservation (“Rez”) has sand volleyball courts, a rock-climbing wall, kayaks, and so much more to offer to students—the best part? The Rez is free for students—don’t forget your student ID! The key is to stay active—whether you are indoors running on a treadmill or outdoors playing in nature.

Many students also participate in intramural sports through FSU’s main campus. Law students come together and form teams and play various IM sports, such as soccer, flag football, basketball, and softball. There is no shortage of students who participate in these IM sports throughout the year, and the College of Law teams are always looking for more students to come out and participate. These extracurricular activities facilitate a less stressful day-to-day life for law students here at FSU Law.

If working out in a gym does not seem like the best option for you, you can always try something new – like meditation. Professor Lawrence Krieger hosts weekly meditation at the College of Law. Meditation will help you find inner-peace, make you self-aware, and rejuvenate you. You can’t go wrong with releasing negative energy and spreading positive vibes!

Healthy Eating

An easy change that could save you both time and money during your very busy 1L year, would be to make the switch to meal prep. For starters, try to always pack a lunch. This will allow you to avoid poor lunch options (e.g., free pizza from lunch meetings). One of the worst parts of 1L year is that you might not have as much time to cook yourself a meal daily. You end up going out for most meals because you think it’s better than going home to cook. However, this is possible to do if you spend 2-3 hours Sunday night making dinner AND lunch for 3-4 weekdays. In addition, be sure to check out the healthy cooking classes FSU provides. This gives you hands on healthy cooking with instructor demos and recipes to take home with you! You don’t have to avoid eating what you like; you just need to focus on the healthy alternatives and maintain a balance.

 

Student Organizations

One of the best parts about being a student at the FSU College of Law is the endless amount of opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. To start, there are more than 30 registered student organizations that invite students to engage in specialized interests within the field of law. Organizations such as Phi Alpha Delta, Women’s Law Symposium, and the Association for Criminal Justice are just a few of the organizations that invite students to broaden their horizons. In addition, many student organizations host networking events and happy hours inviting local attorneys and other legal professionals to engage with students. Through these registered student organizations, students are also often able to travel to prestigious conferences, competitions, and conventions.

The biggest registered student organization at FSU Law is the Student Bar Association (SBA), which boasts more than 300 active students. SBA hosts weekly events, including socials and tailgates for football games, that encourage students to get to know each other outside the perimeters of the law school. Furthermore, SBA also participates in community 5Ks and invites law students to join the team. These activities are just a few examples of ways that students are encouraged to make connections with their peers in non-academic environments.

 

These tips were provided by some of our recent #FSULawGoldenGrads

Student Ambassadors for College of Law Beatriz Benitez, Class of 2017

Student Ambassadors for College of Law Amanda Qadri, Class of 2017

storch-lauren-e1501873813534.jpg Lauren Storch, Class of 2017

Making Your Own Way: Exploring Nontraditional Career Options with Your J.D.

Do you ever find yourself wondering what other options are out there for someone with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree beyond working as an attorney for a law firm, business, government organization, or as a judicial clerk? You are not alone! While law schools often focus on preparing you to work in these types of jobs, there are also nontraditional opportunities that you could pursue. Some of these may require a little more work on your part to find, but taking the road less traveled does not have to be scary and is not necessarily impractical. Making your own way is possible by utilizing the resources and support you already have around you.

Post Graduate Legal Fellowships

Most people associate fellowships with the typical masters or doctoral program, but there are a number of paid fellowships for postgraduate law students looking to break into a special interest area of law. The advantage of legal fellowships is that they typically allow you to work in an area of your choosing. They are normally sponsored by a law firm and are setup to last for one to two years. Many of them are in in the public interest area, but if you have a specific interest you should begin researching sponsoring firms or organizations that align with that interest and create a list of potential opportunities. You can also check with your college or university’s office of graduate fellowships office for additional help with your search.

Nonprofit Organizations

Whether a legal nonprofit organization like Earthjustice, a legal aid organization or a service-oriented nonprofit organization like the United Way or American Red Cross, the nonprofit route provides many options in both the legal and non-legal areas. Legal nonprofit organizations provide opportunities to work directly with clients and/or on a variety of legal issues. Service-oriented nonprofit organizations offer an even wider variety of jobs from general counsel to outreach and public relations. Opportunities can include anything from managing an organization to working in a specific area such finance/accounting, human resources, research, or event coordination. Job listings for these types of opportunities can often be found on-line, on both general, and specialized job sites or on an individual organization’s Web site. This type of work can be very rewarding, especially if you have a passion for the individuals or causes.

Fundraising and Development

Often it slips the minds of students that there is an entire field of fundraising and development work that can benefit greatly from a legal perspective. This includes nonprofit organizations as well as colleges, universities, booster organizations, religious organizations, foundations, and philanthropies. Available work includes nontraditional opportunities for contract review, fundraising, sponsorship development, research, policy analysis, risk, fiscal responsibility, real estate and constituent services. These opportunities offer great flexibility in exercising legal knowledge and judgement and provide a chance to work in different cross-sectional areas. As with other nonprofit jobs, job listings can be found on job sites and organization Web sites.

No matter what you decide to do with your law degree, you will find that law permeates any area you might choose. So branch out, combine your search with your own interests, and look into areas you may have not considered. Also, do not forget to network, talk to people in positions that interest you, and take advantage of the resources to which you currently have access. Moreover, have fun and follow your passions!

Student Ambassadors for College of Law Lauryn Collier, Class of 2017

 

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Corporate Externship Program Provides Valuable In-House Experience

The Corporate Externship Program at the Florida State University College of Law is a 9-week summer program that places 10-15 College of Law students in the legal departments of corporations throughout the Southeastern United States. The program requires 20 hours per week of time in the office and a weekly conference call with Professor Benham and all of the other participating students.

Anyone interested in serving clients in businesses of any size should consider applying. The opportunity provides a great way to get business law-related experience early in your legal career. Not only will this experience provide you with college credits, but it can also be used to meet the practical experience requirement of the College of Law’s Business Law Certificate program.

While the work may vary depending on the company, participants also have some similar experiences as well. Substantively, students work in a variety of practice areas including real estate, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance, but all assignments involve researching, reviewing, drafting document, having meetings with attorneys or outside counsel, and interacting with the company’s stakeholders. The work product completed by the students is actually used by the company. The weekly conference calls allow students to share their experiences and allow them to discuss a variety of common issues like employment law, intellectual property, contracting, and more. 

Ultimately, students also get the opportunity to see what a “deal” and litigation looks like from the inside of a corporation. Most law students do not have access to this type of hands-on opportunity and many practicing attorneys have to wait for years before they get to perform this type of work. So when it comes to looking for a job after law school, being able to showcase this type of experience can be invaluable.

Another benefit of the program is that each law student is surrounded by a large group of successful attorneys. This not only means that you are going to get a lot of attention, work, and feedback during the externship, but you are also going to form relationships as you network with these individuals. During and after the externship, they are only too happy to provide career advice and discuss job search strategies.

Overall, this program is tailored to provide a unique experience for anyone interested in pursuing business law. Not only will it stand out on a resume, but it also offers a very rewarding experience that can be drawn upon in a future career.

Seifter, Chris Chris Seifter, 2L

Living in Tallahassee

Growing up on Florida’s Gulf Coast, anything more than about ten miles inland might as well have been on Mars. Tallahassee was a place I drove past on Interstate 10 while on my way to somewhere more interesting. Oh, and it was the state capital. When I came to FSU Law, that was pretty much all I knew about Tallahassee. Now, after two-and-a-half years of living here, the city has completely won me over, and wish I had discovered it sooner. There were quite a lot of pleasant surprises in store for me here, but I want to single a few of them out for special mention.

First off, Tallahassee is gorgeous. I am not sure if there is a record for the municipality which has the most parks per square mile, but if there is, then Tallahassee should at least be in the running. There are large wilderness parks, modern urban parks, even a chain of parks that runs for several blocks through the city center; and in general a very large amount of green space. Even downtown, there are many enormous old oak and pecan trees that line the avenues and shade the cozy old Southern houses. There are flowers everywhere. And, to top it all off, FSU’s campus is itself a work of landscaping and architectural magnificence. Sure, it doesn’t have an ocean view, but Tallahassee is nonetheless a truly beautiful place to live.

Second, Tallahassee is creative.  Being home to two major state universities and also the state government means that Tallahassee is at the intersection of huge streams of talent, curiosity, and opportunity. This makes it an exciting and engaging place to live. Almost everyone you meet is working to bring an idea to fruition, and this creates an atmosphere that encourages creative thinking and entrepreneurship. One easily-visible result of this is the lively culinary scene: do you like gourmet, farm-to-table, avant-garde cuisine? We’ve got you covered, several times over. How about homemade Cambodian/Puerto Rican food? We have that, too, and everything in between. I also firmly believe that Tallahassee is the best-caffeinated state in the Union: even if you confine yourself to small, independent coffee shops (most of which roast their own beans), it would take you more than a week to visit them all if you went to a new one each day.

Finally, Tallahassee is just plain nice. Perhaps this is a consequence of the other two points I mentioned: between the gorgeous scenery and fantastic lifestyle, folks in Tallahassee have every reason to be in a pretty good mood. People say hello to one another in the street, talk to one another in line, and help one another out even if they are complete strangers. The sense of community is very strong here, and it makes Tallahassee a very comfortable place to be. It is a very outgoing city, and it is very easy for a newcomer to make friends and become involved in the community.

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Bailey Howard, 3L