Welcome to Legal & Public Affairs

Legal & Public Affairs provides coverage of crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture. 

Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, or sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts. Those accused of crime have protections against abuse of investigatory and prosecution powers.


About Our Staff

We strive to educate students of diverse backgrounds to become effective, ethical and professionals who are employable in a variety of legal settings.

Our Services

To help students build a framework for life that is ethical, service-oriented, appreciative of diversity and committed to continuing education.


Lead Teacher

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Mrs. Marinka Stuvel
mstuvel@dadeschools.net
305-232-2044 ext 2111

Office Hours
A-Days: By Appointment
B-Days: By Appointment

Dear parents,

On behalf of our teachers Ms. Cushnie, and Ms. Gonzalez and our counselor Ms. Andre, we would like to welcome you to “No Place I’d Rather Be”, our Legal Family. Even though this year didn’t start as we would have liked to, we are ensuring you that our Legal students will receive a content-rich education provided by a new platform this year: ICEV. Students and teachers will have access to multiple lessons and activities that will cover the Criminal Justice Framework as outlined by the State curriculum.

The 2019-2020 school year despite its turbulence was nevertheless successful! Our teachers were able to compete in We The People, Mock Trial, and FPSA State Competition. We are proud to announce that under the guidance of Ms. Cushnie, our FPSA was honored as the Top Criminal Justice Chapter in the State of Florida. Our Honor Guard team excels and continues with their impressive winning streak; four years in a row they have earned first place.

This year we continue to offer the clubs, albeit in a different format. Clubs related to our academy are FPSA, Skills USA, Mock Trial and SADD. Coral Reef also offers a Police Explorer Post under the guidance of the MDC School Police. We do encourage our students to participate in any clubs offered at Coral Reef and create friendships for a lifetime. Now more than ever do we need social interaction. 

Our parents are also very involved. The Legal Cuda Booster club has been instrumental in providing our students with an opportunity to purchase PT uniforms, spirit ware, and assist us in fieldtrips and field day! Parental involvement is so valuable that we encourage you to join. A membership form will be send to your children in an email by the end of September. Even if you don’t want to join but would like to stay informed, please fill out the form with your email address so we can add you to our mailing list! Together we are Legal Proud and Legal Strong.

We are excited to embark on a new journey and understand that there maybe obstacles in the way. However, do note that we are here to assist you so please do not hesitate to contact us.  On behalf of our entire team, we wish you a healthy, happy and successful school year!

Sincerely,

Marinka Stuvel
Academy of Legal and Pubic Affairs
Lead Teacher


Counselor

Mrs. Shirley André
sjfandre@dadeschools.net
305-232-2044 ext. 2331

Office Hours
A-Days: 7:20am – 2:20pm
B-Days: 7:20am – 2:20pm