Caroline Joan S. Picart is a distinguished scholar-lawyer, with an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge-Christ’s College (as the Sir Run Run Shaw Scholar & Wolfson Prize Winner in History and Philosophy of Science); a Ph.D. in Social and Political Philosophy (with doctoral minors in Aesthetics, Criticism and Comparative Literature) from Pennsylvania State University; a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory (in Jurisprudence); and joint Juris Doctor/Law (cum laude, with Certificates in International Law and Intellectual Property) and M.A. in Women’s Studies (Tybel Spivack Teaching Fellow), 2013, University of Florida).
Caroline is honored to join Olivero Law as a partner after establishing her own firm, focusing on Criminal Law, Family and Property Law, and also serving as a Special Assistant Public Defender with the Public Defender’s Office, Tenth Judicial Circuit. At the University of Florida Levin College of Law, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Journal of International Law; under her leadership, FJIL caught up with two backlogged issues, and published three additional issues, raising the journal’s profile to among the top international law journals. Simultaneously, she served as Communications Executive and was an Articles Editor, Research Editor, and Communications Executive, at different times, of the Journal of Technology Law & Policy.
As a Florida Bar Foundation Fellow at the Florida Institutional Legal Services, Caroline had an inside look at what legal advocacy entails. Similarly, her externship and pro bono work under the State Attorney’s Office on the Eighth Circuit complemented that experience with perspective from the opposing side. As a Postgraduate Public Interest Fellow at the 8th Judicial Circuit Court, Caroline assisted various criminal law and civil law judges, and focused mainly on assisting a senior staff attorney with disposition of prisoner petitions, complaints, and motions, including initial evaluation of new cases, research of legal issues, and preparation of proposed orders.
Prior to establishing her own practice, Caroline served as an Of Counsel appellate attorney to a Tampa-based federal criminal defense firm and a Gainesville-based Family Law firm. She has successfully advocated for numerous clients on various issues inclusive of timeshare, alimony, child support, and parental relocation in Family Law. She has also been a fierce advocate for numerous clients in Criminal Law felony direct appeals and in relation to postconviction relief. Caroline believes that the three most important qualities in an attorney working with individuals undergoing a divorce are: 1.) compassion; 2.) competence; and 3.) commitment. She knows that first, divorces, even when they are amicable, are disruptive, not only for the individuals, but also particularly for young children; thus, she believes that the ability to connect and communicate compassionately is important in establishing trust and rapport with a client. Second, while being compassionate is essential, she believes competence in the practice of law is important in negotiating or advocating for the best possible results for clients. For her, competence includes the ability to think creatively and innovatively in formulating legal strategies or arguments, tempered by both experience and a pragmatic grounding. Third, she believes that commitment, to both the client, and as a practicing member of the Florida Bar, to the legal community, is crucial to balancing the demands of advocacy with ethical and professional obligations to the larger legal community.
Caroline has an impressive record of publications in legal journals and scholarly, refereed monographs and edited collections, and continues to publish actively and collaborate with both national and international experts on law and crime, as well as intellectual property and property, both within a U.S. and international contexts. She has received numerous awards, among which was the prestigious 2016 “Best Essay Award” by Dapim, an international scholarly journal on Holocaust studies in Israel. She was an invited speaker to a NATO-sponsored Advanced Research Workshop on Lone Wolf Terrorism in Jerusalem, Israel, and has been an invited speaker to several law schools on U.S. copyright, international intellectual property, and U.S. self-radicalizing terrorism. She brings this international and critical perspective to her cases, and enjoys the attentiveness to detail, the vividness of narrative, and rigorous logical reasoning the practice of law requires. She has memberships/court admissions in Florida State courts; and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, and is an adjunct professor at the Florida A & M University College of Law, where she teaches Family Law. She has helped numerous students with recommendations for higher education degrees and jobs, and has mentored them in the process of professionalizing.
Caroline adores her beloved Puerto Rican husband and her hybrid Asian exotic cats, and is deeply devoted to her Filipino, Tallahassee and Puerto Rican families. She was a U.S. Open Ballroom Champion in Cabaret (a mix of ballroom, ballet and gymnastics), and enjoys social dancing with her husband. She has also exhibited her fine point pen drawings and paintings in various galleries and venues in the Philippines, South Korea, and various parts of the U.S., and similarly was invited to be a features writer for The Korea Times and Filipinas Magazine. Prior to proceeding to law school, she hosted and produced a radio show, which, at the time she closed the show, was carried by 59 national and international affiliates (an estimated listenership of over two million monthly listeners, nationally and internationally). As a first generation Filipino immigrant, she is bilingual in English and Filipino, and has some literacy in Spanish and German, thus enhancing the firm’s international outlook and ability to work with a broad range of clients.