Public Interest Law Center Faculty

A distinctive element of the center's teaching is its emphasis on role-playing. Before students represent a client at trial or conduct a deposition, they go through a rigorous series of practices where, with the direction of clinical faculty, mistakes are corrected and presentations polished.


Professor Paolo Annino has taught at the Public Interest Law Center since 1995. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University, and a J.D. from Florida State College of Law. He has practiced law for more than 20 years. He is the attorney of record for more than 500 appellate cases in state and federal court. He also has an extensive trial and administrative law background and was the Chair of the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar and is presently on the Executive Council of the Public Interest Law Section and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Bar Public Interest Law Reporter. He has been appointed twice by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to be on the Tobias Simon Award Recommendation Committee. He has published several articles in the American Bar Association Physical and Mental Disabilities Law Reporter. Professor Annino's legal specialties are children's issues and disability law.

Professor Ruth Stone, the Wayne and Pat Hogan Professor of Trial Practice, has taught at the Public Interest Law Center since 1995. She earned her B.S. and J.D. degrees at Florida State University. She has been a practicing attorney for 25 years, and is licensed in Florida and Alabama. Her varied legal career includes working in private practice, Legal Services, and as an assistant state attorney. Her most recent job prior to teaching at the Public Interest Law Center was as managing attorney for four Legal Services offices in Alabama. Professor Stone is faculty advisor and head coach for the Florida State University College of Law Mock Trial Team, and she has coached teams to a national championship, a regional championship, and three state championships. She has served on numerous boards, including the Governor's first advisory councils on dependency law and as president of the First Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Board. She is immediate past president of Tallahassee Women Lawyers. She has authored "History and Philosophy of the Juvenile Court", Florida Juvenile Law and Practice for the last three editions. Most recently, she won the 2004 Florida Bar Faculty Professionalism Award. Professor Stone concentrates in domestic violence and law office management at the Public Interest Law Center.

Professor Wendi Adelson joined the College of Law Public Interest Law Center in 2011 as director of the Medical-Legal Partnership. She previously directed the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project at Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights (CAHR). Professor Adelson holds an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar, a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a Reid Scholar, and a B.A. from Brandeis University where she was a Gilbert Scholar. She is a practicing attorney and a member in good standing of The Florida Bar. During her work at CAHR, Professor Adelson assisted in successful lobbying efforts to make Florida’s anti-trafficking legislation more favorable to children. She has published several articles in legal journals and a manual on special immigrant juvenile status in Florida. Her work focuses on the intersections between immigration law and child advocacy.