Nov. 17, 2014 | Volume XXII, Issue 14

Faculty Scholarship & Activities

Published: October 15th, 2007

Category: News

Rachel E. Inman Rachel E. Inman
Associate Dean for Students

  • Honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. Inman attended Carson-Newman College from 1986 to 1990 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.

John Mills Jon L. Mills
Professor; Director of Center for Governmental Responsibility; Dean Emeritus

  • Appointed to Advisory Commission to the World Justice Project, American Bar Association (2007-08), a multidisciplinary and multinational initiative to foster human well-being by advancing the rule of law. Launched last year by the ABA, the project is one of the primary initiatives of ABA President William H. Neukom, a Seattle lawyer, and has received $1.75 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal is to form a multidisciplinary movement in which leaders from law, business, journalism, education, conservation and the environment, medicine and public health, and religion work together to advance the rule of law. Co-sponsors include the International Bar Association, the Union Internationale des Avocats, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the Inter-American Bar Association. Among the individuals who have given their endorsement and support are former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court and former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, James Baker and Warren Christopher.

UF Law Faculty in the News

Robbert Jerry Robert H. Jerry, II
Dean; Levin Mabie and Levin Professor

  • WCJB-Channel 20, Oct. 7. Discussed Personal Injury Protection (PIP) auto insurance coverage in a live news segment. On Oct. 1, Florida became the only state in the country that does not require drivers to carry personal injury protection insurance when they drive. Before Oct. 1, the law said every driver had to carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection, which paid for medical bills no matter who caused the crash. Opponents of personal injury protection said it caused insurance fraud and cut car insurance bills. Drivers, who may now be forced to sue the other driver to pay for medical bills, disagree with the law. On Oct. 3 the Florida Legislature began a special session, and two days later lawmakers sent legisaltion to Gov. Charlie Crist to re-enact PIP, also known as no-fault insurance.

John Mills Jon L. Mills
Professor; Director of Center for Governmental Responsibility; Dean Emeritus

  • WRUF, Oct. 9. Interviewed on WRUF regarding the National Democratic Party’s stated intention to not count Florida’s votes in the primary due to their accelerated primary date. He said it was the Florida Legislature, not Florida Democrats, who were responsible for the date change, and that the national party was wrong in its actions.
  • Florida Trend, July 2007. Recognized as one of Florida’s top lawyers in the magazine’s 2007 Legal Elite list. The special report, developed from voting by Florida lawyers who are members of The Florida Bar, lists 868 honorees, including attorneys in private practice as well as prosecutors, in-house counsel, public-service attorneys and law school professors. Attorneys were asked to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard as professionals—lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others.

Michael Seigel Michael Seigel
Professor

  • Criminal Law Reporter, Sept. 26. Quoted in article on a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on legislation that would limit federal prosecutors’ ability to pressure cooperation from companies under investigation for corporate fraud. The legislation would bar prosecutors from weighing a company’s willingness to waive its right to confidential communication with its lawyers when deciding to bring charges. Seigel, one of two law professors to speak against the legislation at the hearing, warned that the bill would “shift the balance of power back to the corporation,” leading companies to stonewall requests for investigation. “Companies will say, ‘we’ve given you all our unprivileged information. Now you can’t charge us.'”
  • The New York Times, Oct. 9. Quoted in an article about dismissing the case against a former federal prosecutor who was charged for having sex with a 5-year-old girl in Michigan after he committed suicide in his prison cell. “They have no choice,” said Seigel, adding that case dismissal is standard procedure when a defendant dies, even after conviction if the defendant has not exhausted his appeals. “We don’t charge people in absentia in this country. You can’t prosecute somebody who’s not, in effect, there to defend himself.”

Margaret Temple-Smith Margaret Temple-Smith
Senior Legal Skills Professor

  • The Washington Post, Oct. 5. Her political site, Buck Naked Politics, was mentioned on Joel Achenboch’s blog, Achenblog, on The Washington Post website at http://blog.washingtonpost.com/achenblog/. Achenbach mentioned a note UF Law alum Deborah Cupples and Temple-Smith posted on a recent publication by the Government Accountability Office.
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