August 18, 2014 | Volume XXII, Issue 1

Faculty Scholarship & Activities: April 1, 2013

Published: April 1st, 2013

Category: News

Last week’s visit by freedom fighter and South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs, which was co-sponsored by UF Law’s Center on Children and Families and the Center for African Studies, was featured in stories by the Gainesville SunWCJB TV-20 News and WUFT 89.1 FM (story begins at 17:06).

Nancy Dowd
Professor of Law; David H. Levin Chair in Family Law; Director, Center on Children & Families

Dowd recently finished the first phase of a guest professorship on the law faculty of Lund University in Sweden. She spent a little less than a month doing an informal collaboration with a range of faculty and formal presentations including collaborative law, the interrelation of family and employment law, juvenile justice, elder law and a presentation of her current research on gender, race and juvenile justice. She will return for a shorter, final visit in mid-June to complete her guest professorship in conjunction with a conference co-sponsored by Emory University School of Law on privatization and globalization.

Dowd will also give a talk on her research at Indiana University (Bloomington) on April 5 at the inaugural symposium of their Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality.

Joseph Jackson
Senior Legal Skills Professor

“Human rights activist to speak at law school” (March 26, 2013, The Alligator)

Jackson commented in this article in advance of South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs’ visit to UF Law last week, where Sachs spoke on marriage.

From the article:
Sachs will discuss his role in the legalization of same-sex marriage in South Africa and his beliefs on human rights, said Joseph Jackson, UF Law senior legal skills professor.

“He believes in a right to be different,” he said. “That society has an obligation to respect people for who they are.”

“Supreme Court same-sex marriage rulings could affect Florida law” (March 26, 2013, The Alligator)

This article discusses the two cases that were before the Supreme Court last week that challenged laws against gay marriage. Jackson weighed in on the issue.

From the article:
Jackson said the case regarding the Defense of Marriage Act has the potential to affect all 50 states. The provision of the act present in the case only affects federal laws and would not directly affect Florida’s laws.

A decision against the marriage act would only impact same-sex couples legally married under state law, Jackson said. They would be treated as married in federal law, meaning they could receive benefits like joint tax returns or Social Security.

Lea Johnston
Associate Professor of Law; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

Johnston presented her paper, “Humane Punishment for Seriously Disordered Offenders,” at a Junior Scholars’ Conference hosted by UF Law’s Criminal Justice Center on March 21-22.

She also published an article, “Vulnerability and Just Desert: A Theory of Sentencing and Mental Illness,” in Northwestern’s Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. The cite is “Vulnerability and Just Desert: A Theory of Sentencing and Mental Illness” (Northwestern’s Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology).

Christine A. Klein
Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law; Director, LL.M. Program in Environmental & Land Use Law

Klein’s article “Water Bankruptcy” was published in the Minnesota Law Review. The cite is 94 Minn. L. Rev. 560 (2012). “Water Bankruptcy” (Minnesota Law Review).

Klein also published “Compartmentalized Thinking and the Clean Water Act” in the George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law. The cite is 4 GW J. Energy & Envtl. L. 38 (2013). “Compartmentalized Thinking and the Clean Water Act” (George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law).

Tom Lin
Assistant Professor of Law; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

Lin presented his paper, “The New Financial Industry,” at a Junior Scholars’ Conference hosted by UF Law’s Criminal Justice Center on March 21-22.

Martin J. McMahon Jr.
Stephen C. O’Connell Professor of Law

McMahon participated in a panel discussion and presented a paper, “Aspirational Tax Reform,” at the 2013 University of Virginia School of Law Tax Study Group Meeting on March 22.

Jason Nance
Assistant Professor of Law; Associate Director, Center on Children and Families

Nance presented his paper, “Students, Security and Race,” at a Junior Scholars’ Conference hosted by UF Law’s Criminal Justice Center on March 21-22.

John Stinneford
Associate Professor of Law; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

Stinneford presented his paper, “The Illusory Eighth Amendment,” at a Junior Scholars’ Conference hosted by UF Law’s Criminal Justice Center on March 21-22. 

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