Shannon M. Hemmendinger

Shannon HealyWe are proud to highlight Shannon Healy Hemmendinger, Esq., a 2012 graduate of St. Thomas Law.  Ms. Hemmendinger is an Assistant Public Defender in the appellate division at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s office.  She briefs and argues appeals in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit and Third District Court of Appeal.  She is also currently working on a case in Florida Supreme Court and expects to argue it later this year.  She greatly values the training she received from Moot Court Board faculty advisor, Professor Howard Blumberg, who recently retired from the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office after 35 years of service as an Assistant Public Defender in the appellate division.

While at St. Thomas, Ms. Hemmendinger served as the Executive Vice President of the Moot Court Board, and competed in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy competition and the National Criminal Procedure Tournament.  She also served as student coach for teams competing in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy competition and the Robert Orseck Memorial competition.  Her achievements also include serving as the Notes and Comments Editor of St. Thomas’s Law Review and receiving CALI Book Awards for having the top score in her Appellate Advocacy and Business Associations courses.  Ms. Hemmendinger previously received a business degree from Florida State University.

Since becoming an Assistant Public Defender, Ms. Hemmendinger has remained dedicated to the Moot Court Board by lending her experience and knowledge as an alumni coach to students participating in the ABA and Orseck competitions each year since 2012.  In 2013, she also assisted Professor Blumberg in teaching the Moot Court class component at St. Thomas.  In the fall of 2014, Ms. Hemmendinger coached a team at the National Criminal Procedure Competition in San Diego, California.  And in the spring of 2015, she will coach a team at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Boston, Massachusetts.

We greatly appreciate her invaluable service to the Moot Court Board.

Published: December of 2014