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Elizabeth E. Berenguer

Director of the Legal Skills & Professionalism Program and Associate Professor



B.A., Mercer University
J.D., Mercer University

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(912) 525-3905

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Curriculum Vitae

SSRN  Papers

Elizabeth E. Berenguer is Associate Professor of Law, Director of the Legal Skills and Professionalism Program. Teaching responsibilities include Legal Writing, Research, and Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Pre-Trial, and Transactional Drafting. Professor Berenguer is the Director of the advocacy teams, both trial and moot court. Prior to teaching, she was a trial lawyer with the Office of the Public Defender in Florida where she represented clients in both misdemeanor and felony cases. Berenguer holds a J.D. and Bachelor’s degree from Mercer University.


  • A Call for Change: A Contextual-Configurative Analysis of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws, U. MIAMI L. REV. _ (forthcoming 2014). SSRN
  • The Invisible Man: How the Sex Offender Registry Results in Social Death, 2 J. L. Soc. Deviance 92 (2011). SSRN
  • From Innocent Boys to Dirty Old Men: Why the Sex Offender Registry Fails, 47 No. 6 Crim. L. Bull. ART 2 (Winter 2011). SSRN
  • Deadly Combinations: How Self-Defense Laws Pairing Immunity with a Presumption of Fear Allow Criminals to Get Away with Murder, 34 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 105 (2010). SSRN
  • Disaster Unaverted: Reconciling the Desire for a Safe and Secure State with the Grim Realities of Stand Your Ground (forthcoming American Journal of Trial Advocacy). SSRN
  • Gideon’s Legacy: Taking Pedagogical Inspiration from the Briefs that Made History, 18 Barry L. Rev. 227 (2013). SSRN
  • In Defense of Scholarship, 27 The Second Draft: The Official Magazine of the Legal Writing Inst., no. 1, Summer 2013, at 4
  • Zimmerman’s Acquittal: A Race-Neutral Verdict for a Racially Charged Crime, Jurist Forum (July 19, 2013)

Media, Public & Professional Appearances

KiroRadio, Dunn trial raises more questions about Florida’s Stand Your Ground law: February 17, 2014

Minnesota Public Radio, Florida law that justified Zimmerman could have done the same for his victim: July 15, 2013

(NPR) The Diane Rehm Show, Questions Following The Acquittal Of George Zimmerman: July 15, 2013

NPR Morning Edition, ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law In Focus After Teen’s Death: March 23, 2012

Central Florida News 13, Trayvon Martin: Law professor explains Stand Your Ground law: April 2, 2012

ABC News, Trayvon Martin’s Death Puts Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Under New Scrutiny: March 25, 2012

(NPR) The Diane Rehm Show, Stand Your Ground and Concealed Weapons Laws: April 3, 2012

NPR Morning Edition, Zimmerman’s Attorney Is Respected By Prosecutors: April 13, 2012

KCRW in Los Angeles “To The Point”, ‘Stand Your Ground’ in the Spotlight: April 16, 2012

The Palm Beach Post, Panel named to review Stand Your Ground law, in wake of teen’s death: April 19, 2012

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, When a Defendant Testifies at His Bail Hearing: April 20, 2012