Coyla J. O’Connor earned her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Pre-professional Studies & Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1991, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 2008.
While at Stetson, Ms. O’Connor served as a Notes & Comments Editor for Stetson Law Review, and received its Outstanding New Associate Award. She also served as a Research Assistant for Professor Carol C. McCrory who taught Research & Writing II, specifically the appellate portion of Stetson’s first-year required oral and written advocacy curriculum. And she assisted in coordinating the First-Year Appellate Advocacy Competition. Ms. O’Connor became a member of the Honorary Legal Fraternity Phi Delta Phi, and also was recognized by Who’s Who. In the Fall of 2008, Stetson Law Review published Ms. O’Connor’s article Childhood Obesity and State Intervention: A Call to Order!
After graduating from Stetson University College of Law, Ms. O’Connor served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jacqueline R. Griffin at the Fifth District Court of Appeal from September 2008 until Judge Griffin’s retirement in April 2014. During this invaluable timeframe, Ms. O’Connor attained the status of Senior Staff Attorney and, thereafter, the status of Career Attorney. Upon Judge Griffin’s retirement, with a strong desire to enter private practice, Ms. O’Connor remained at the Fifth District Court of Appeal for a short time, filling a law clerk position for the Honorable Wendy W. Berger, until she entered the private sector in February 2015.
Ms. O’Connor is a member of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar, and is also a member of the Volusia County Bar Association. She is committed to children’s advocacy, supporting Children’s Legal Services through voluntary contributions.