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Joni Armstrong Coffey

Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Florida State University (summa cum laude), 1976
J.D., University of Florida Law School (honors graduate), 1979

Joni Armstrong Coffey is an Assistant County Attorney for Miami-Dade County, Florida, and heads the Zoning, Land Use and Environment Section of the office. She has been a Florida Bar Board Certified City, County and Local Government Lawyer since 1996, and has served on the Executive Council of the City, County and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar since 1990. She is past chair of that section, and has been the recipient of the statewide Paul S. Buchman and the Ralph A. Marsicano Awards for public law service. Ms. Coffey is currently Vice Chair of The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. She has lectured in numerous continuing legal education courses, including those presented by the National Judicial College, The Florida Bar, and the Florida Planning and Zoning Association, and she teaches as an adjunct law professor in the areas of land use and state constitutional law. Published articles include “High Hopes, Hollow Harvest: State Remedies for Partial Regulatory Takings,” The Urban Lawyer, Vol. 39, No.3 (Summer 2007); “Practical Aspects of Quasi-Judicial Hearings: Basic Tools, Recent Fine-Tuning,” Stetson Law Review, Vol. XXX No.3 (2001) and “Private Property Rights Protection Legislation: Statutory Claims for Relief From Government Regulation,” Florida Environmental and Land Use Law Treatise, Vol. III, Chapter 30 (Florida Bar 2001). She was privileged to serve as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Peter T. Fay, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1979-1980. Ms. Coffey served as editor of the University of Florida Law Review. At St. Thomas University School of Law, she teaches Florida Constitutional Law.