Legal Issue Paper
LEGAL ISSUE PAPER GUIDELINES: The paper will evaluate the following:
- the ability to organize information in an understandable manner using the required format and to explore content in depth in a logical, coherent manner;
- the ability to communicate in writing, transmitting information in a clear and understandable manner, using both consistent style and accepted standards of English spelling and grammar;
- the ability to exhibit originality in identifying an appropriate topic which is directly pertinent to or revolves around a legal issue in Code Enforcement;
- the ability to locate and accurately use supporting data by properly identifying and referencing information related to the topic and by correctly citing and applying appropriate laws, statutes, codes, or other materials .
- at least 6 but no more than 15 pages in length
- double spaced and neatly typed (12 pt font) on 8-1/2″ x 11″ white paper. (Hand-written papers are unacceptable. Use both small and capital letters, not all capitals.)
- 1″ margins on top, bottom and both sides
- first word of each paragraph should be indented ½” (five typed spaces)
- quotations should be indented 1″ (ten typed )spaces, if longer than four lines
- number pages, beginning with first page of body of paper (including Works Cited page and Appendix, if any), at upper right with your last name and page number
Following must be added, but are not included in 6 to 15 page count:
- Title Page must includes the author’s name, address, and telephone number
- page of sources cited at end of document (Works Cited)
Following is optional:
- table of contents
You should use the format described in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Modern Language Association of America, latest edition). All references to words other than the author’s should be identified as such, with accurate quotations and appropriate citing of source, section or page number. Only the applicable section of an ordinance or statute can be quoted in the body of the paper, although the complete ordinance, statute, etc. can be attached as an appendix.
You must use a minimum of two different, written sources related to your topic, such as local ordinances, local government charter, Florida Constitution, Florida Statutes, Attorney General Opinions, Florida Administrative Code, Civil Rules of Evidence Handbook, Florida Jurisprudence, American Jurisprudence, Law of Municipal Corporations. (Note: class handouts cannot be used as sources.)
A passing legal paper will earn you five hours of credit towards your re-certification.
Topics must first be submitted for approval to the Education and Certification Committee of the Florida Association of Code Enforcement (F.A.C.E.) along with a descriptive paragraph. The Committee will respond to the author concerning the appropriateness of the topic, before the paper is written. These summaries should be sent to the Committee c/o the Florida Institute of Government, University of Central Florida, 12443 Research Parkway, #402, Oralndo, FL 32826-3282. Some suggested topics for your consideration:
- study of Code Enforcement case which raises an interesting legal issue
- differences in criminal, as opposed to civil, procedures
- Constitutional issues
- role of quasi-judicial agencies
- Sunshine Law applications
- Public Records Law applications
- impact of new ordinance on Code Enforcement
- impact of new state legislation on Code Enforcement
Your legal department may have some suggestions. Just remember that the topics must be related to code enforcement (i.e. not be about human resources, election laws, etc.)
When your topic has been approved and your paper is completed, return with check for $60.00 (member) or $80.00 (non-member) payable to: University of Central Florida. Mail to: Institute of Government, University of Central Florida, 12443 Research Parkway, #402, Oralndo, FL 32826-3282.
In order to receive the Certificate of Code Enforcement Professional (CEP), you must be certified in all three levels, have completed and passed a Legal Issue Paper, and have at least three years of employment in Code Enforcement.