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About Phyllis Kotey

Professor Phyllis Williams Kotey, a senior judge, came to FIU College of Law in 2004 with a distinguished record of service to the bench and bar. She is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Externship and Pro Bono Program. As Director of the Legal Externship Program, she has assisted students in judicial, civil and criminal placements at the local, state and national levels. She has facilitated student initiated pro bono service in Columbia, South America and around the country including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
She was selected as an FIU Top Scholar in 2014 and presently serves on the FIU faculty senate. She was selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the 2012 – 2013 academic year in Accra Ghana and conducted research in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Access to Justice. While conducting research in Ghana, she taught Comparative Constitutional Law, Ghana Legal Systems and Legal Research and Writing as a member of the Faculty of Law at Mountcrest University College in Accra, Ghana. Prior to 2012, she has served as Interim Director of the Office of Career Placement and Planning. She served as Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and developed the Delinquency, Educational Advocacy and Dependency Clinics. She has taught Criminal Procedure, Children and the Law, the American Caribbean Law Initiative Seminar and Community Law Teaching (Street Law in the Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Center). She also teaches Bar Preparation courses in the areas of Florida Constitutional Law, Florida Criminal Procedure and Juvenile Law and Procedure. Summer 2015, she taught Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure at Universidad de Sevilla Facultad de Derecho in Seville, Spain.


Present Director of Externship and Pro Bono Program Clinical Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law
2000 - 2004 Associate Dean, Florida Judicial College
1998 - 2004 Host: Law Matters, WUFT-TV, University of Florida
1990 - 2004 Adjunct Instructor/Coach, University of Florida Levin College of Law
1995 - 1996 Co-Host: North Florida Journal, WUFT-TV, University of Florida
1994 - 1995 Host: Reflections, WUFT-TV, University of Florida
1991 - 1991 Instructor, Santa Fe Community College - Gainesville ‐ Institute of Public Safety

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Mentor of the Yeat – Florida International University – College of Law -2007
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, - Community Service Award -2000
  • Girl Scouts of America - “Woman of the World” - 1999
  • Alachua - Bradford County “Woman of Distinction” - 1999
  • Ebony Appreciation Award “Government Achievement Award” - 1998
  • University of Florida - College of Education - “Outstanding Achievement Award” - 1992
  • Charter Member: Trial Competition Team, College of Law, University of Florida -1984
  • Fellowship Instructor, 1983-1985, Advanced Legal Research Writing: Appellate Advocacy, College of Law, University of Florida
  • Honors, Legal Research and Writing, College of Law, University of Florida, 1982
  • Fellow, Graduate & Professional Opportunities Program, Graduate School, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL , 1982-1985


  • American & Caribbean Law Institute
  • Community Law Teaching
  • Criminal, and Civil Externships


1989 M.A., University of Florida ‐ Public Administration
1985 J.D., University of Florida
1981 B.A., University of Florida

Contact Information

Florida International University College of Law
11200 SW 8th St., RDB 1030
Miami, FL 33199

(305) 348-5950