Position: Introduction to Law
Bachelor of Science, Criminology (Florida State University)
Juris Doctorate, Law, (Florida State University College of Law)
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Length of time teaching:
I have taught/lectured throughout my entire 40-plus year professional career from varying courses/topics for the U.S. military and the U.S. Defense Department community; as an instructor for the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association teaching trial practice, procedure, and courtroom skills; and as a guest lecturer for numerous schools on varying topics. But, I have never served as a full-time professional teacher.
Previous affiliation with Holy Trinity:
My son Brock Moser has attended HTEA since Kindergarten and I have been closely involved with varying school and extracurricular activities. I have also been involved as a guest lecturer on numerous occasions. I was an assistant coach for the flag football team for my son’s fifth and sixth grade flag football teams at HTEA.
Holy Trinity’s tagline is: “Start Here. Go Anywhere.” How do you envision helping students to live this motto?
The law affects every single person on a daily and personal basis whether directly or indirectly, patently or latently. By introducing students to the origins of our legal system, how laws are made, the components and substance of some of our primary areas of law and live examples of the law in action, I aim to create an understanding of, appreciation and respect for, and perhaps a desire to participate in this discipline. This knowledge will better equip them as they traverse the impact of the myriad laws that affect them each day.
What do you look forward to the most about teaching at Holy Trinity?
Since I have been associated with HTEA for nine-plus years, I have gained a keen appreciation for the caliber and capabilities of the students and their thirst for knowledge and achievement. I am anxious to introduce this relatively unknown subject to the students and witness the intellectual and confidence growth that will evolve from their tackling of the subject.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
I have taught/lectured throughout my entire professional career, although not as a full-time, traditional teacher. Knowledge, and the receipt of same, is the key to unlocking so many opportunities and adventures for the recipient and it enriches, blesses, and excites me to be able to share whatever information I have that may contribute to that phenomenon.
How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?
I have been a practicing attorney for over 33 years and continue to maintain an active law practice which includes a very vibrant litigation practice, primarily in the area of family and criminal law. I attend legal seminars or stay abreast of my required continuing legal education on a variety of legal topics on an ongoing basis, as required by the Florida Bar Association. I practice law in the courtrooms, primarily in Brevard County, on a regular and frequent basis, trying contested legal cases. By necessity, I read and analyze new Appellate Court cases as these opinions are released by the Appellate Courts.
What do you want your students to take away from being in your class?
The law, and the study of same, is not just a mechanical, static, stale, discipline where one digests a lot of facts and rules. It is more a living, breathing discipline that is multi-dimensional and the class will be as much about challenging the students to stretch their boundaries and broaden their horizons, not only for the substantive matters, but the actual process of approaching a problem set, and developing novel ways to examine an issue and attack that issue in a variety of creative ways. It is anticipated, and it is a goal, that the students will enhance their oratory skills and persuasiveness through their participation in various mock trial events and by witnessing actual courtroom cases being litigated here in Brevard County. It is the aim that upon completion of the course each student will have grown exponentially in their knowledge of the law, creative thinking, and communication skills, both verbal and written. Upon meeting these challenges, they should be better equipped to step out into and “conquer” many of the challenges that lie before them.