Federal appellate is tough to get. It helps if you did an internship with a district judge who can make the call. I think federal bankruptcy court is bomb, only because bankruptcy is such a varied field.
The sentiment that students need phenominal grades to transfer is a myth. Many transfer students are only top half or so. Schools can by sympathetic to students with a genuine need to be in a particular locale.
You really need to look at both of these schools if you have decided to go. Jacksonville is not fun, and Pace is not NYC. If I were you I'd move to a state you think you might like, work for a year, take the LSAT again, and reapply. There are a bunch of schools in the US that are little better than a scam. Wiki "bait and switch."
CU resets your GPA, so do most schools because it would be unfair to compare you to other students who operate on a different curve. Trust me, the GPA reset was a plus for me. I did well but by no means knocked it out of the park, and I'm not holding my breath for OCI.