Marc has been with the UCF legal studies department since 2014. Since that time, he has served many roles including Trial Team Adviser, Experiential Learning and Online Education Coordinator, Internship Coordinator, Director of the Center for Law and Policy, and Adjunct Faculty Coordinator. Currently, he serves as an Associate Lecturer teaching a variety of classes. In addition to teaching courses that were already part of the program, Marc has created three new classes which have become regular additions to the curriculum. These classes include Disability Law, Poverty Law, and Professionalism and Civility in the Law. The latter being the one of only two classes in the department to earn an integrated learning designation by the University.
In addition to his duties with the legal studies department, Marc also serves as conflict counsel for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County, Florida. Here he represents indigent individuals accused of major crimes including drug offenses and homicide. Marc also has his professional guardian’s license and advocates for abused and neglected children as guardian ad litem in domestic relations cases. Finally, he has served as a Special Magistrate for the Town of Oakland since 2019.
Believing students learn best through high impact teaching practices, Marc strives to demonstrate the value of a legal studies education in the nonacademic world through merging his experiences in the courtroom with his lectures in the classroom. Whenever possible, he attempts to have his students engage in actual case work to demonstrate the value of their studies.
Areas of Expertise
- Trial Advocacy
- Criminal Law
- University of Florida College of Law J.D. with Honors (May 1999)
- Stetson University College of Law LL.M. in Trial Advocacy with Distinction (December 2016)
- Rollins College B.A. Summa Cum Laude (May 1996)
- Licensed to Practice Law in Florida (admitted September 1999)
- Licensed to Practice Law in the United States of America Middle District of Florida (admitted July 2008)
- Licensed Professional Guardian (April 2021)
- SAS Advisory Board (2019 – present): serve as a member of the Student Accessibility Advisory Board for the University to advise SAS how to better interact with faculty when assisting disabled students
- Downtown Career Services Advisory Board (2021 – present): serve as a member of the Downtown Career Services Advisory Board to advise career services how better to serve the legal studies majors’ needs in career placement
- Legal Studies Professionalism Committee (2021 – present): serve as Chair of the Legal Studies Professionalism Committee and assist in finding legal mentors for approximately 125 students every semester
- CDL Online Discussion Taskforce (2021): served as a member of a task force looking at alternative programs to replace Canvas
- FACTL High Impact Review Committee (2019-2021): served as a member reviewing different faculty proposal to earn high impact designations
- UCF Conduct Hearing Board (2014-2017): served as a judge hearing Title IX cases for the University
- Excellence In Undergraduate Teaching Award (2021): recipient of the Undergraduate Teaching Award for the College of Community Innovation and Education for 2020-2021 academic year.
- Knighted Faculty (Class of 2021): selected to be member of the inaugural class of Knighted Faculty who attend seminars on teaching methods, learn instructing methodologies, and interact with other faculty across the University to gain knowledge on new teaching techniques. Selection based on creativity and quality in teaching.
- NACE Faculty Champion (2020): designated by career service as a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) faculty champion for UCF. Selection based on creation of courses and assignments that assist students in obtaining a career after graduation.
- SAS Teaching Fellow (2019): chosen as one of two individuals university wide to work with UCF’s Office of Student Accessibility Services to serve as a conduit for ideas between the office and the University faculty. In this position, I created electronic tools to communicate offered programs as well as served on a committee to design testing accommodation for special needs students.
- Professionalism and Civility in the Law
- Disability Law
- Poverty Law
- Trial Advocacy
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Domestic Relations Law
- Legal Writing
- Legal Research
- Law and the Legal System