Sept. 15, 2014 | Volume XXII, Issue 5

Faculty Scholarship & Activities

Published: November 12th, 2013

Category: News

The Jacksonville Financial News and Daily Record noted UF Law as the winners in the 33rd annual Florida-Georgia-Hulsey/Gambrell moot court competition in Jacksonville, and featured a photo of Dean Robert Jerry and law students Heather Kryzyk (3L) and Andrew Silvershein (2L).

Stuart R. Cohn
John H. & Mary Lou Dasburg Professor of Law

Cohn was the lead-off speaker at the Private Investor Arbitration Bar Association annual conference in Orlando on Oct. 16. He spoke about securities law developments during the 2012-2013 period.

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

Dowd presented a paper for the faculty colloquium at the University of Washington Law School, focused on her work on African-American boys, entitled “Vulnerabilties or Equalities:  The Case of Black Boys” on Oct. 10. Additionally, Dowd gave a presentation linked to the Baby Veronica case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, entitled “Reflections on the Baby Veronica Case: The Implications for Non Marital Fathers,” at Gonzaga University.

Claire Germain
Associate Dean for Legal Information and Clarence J. TeSelle Professor of Law

Germain spent May 2013 in French Polynesia to research the jurisdictional status of this South Pacific French overseas territory compared with U.S. overseas territories such as Guam and Puerto Rico. She traveled to France in June, where she was invited to preside over the meeting of French judicial experts interested in international cooperation with other countries at the Hamlet Marie Antoinette, part of the Castle of Versailles. Germain also was elected to the International Academy of Comparative Law in June. She was re-elected chair of the Law Libraries Section at the World Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) in Singapore in August.

Monica Gianni
Visiting Assistant Professor

Gianni presented a paper on passive foreign investment companies at Florida State, Stetson and the Charleston School of Law.

Shani M. King
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families; Professor of Law

King published a review of Dorothy Roberts’ article, “Prison, Foster Care, and the Systemic Punishment of Black Mothers,” in Family Law Jotwell, Journal of Things We Like (Lots) on Oct. 15. “Breaking the Silence: Prison, Child Welfare and the Systemic Oppression of Black Women.”

Lyrissa Lidsky
Stephen C. O’Connell Professor and Associate Dean for International Programs 

Lidsky spoke on two panels concerning Privacy and Social Media Law at IT-Lex’s inaugural Innovate Conference in Winter Park, Fla., on Oct.17-18.

“Why States Need Social Media Policies” (Oct. 28, 2013, Stateline: The Daily News Service of the Pew Charitable Trusts)

This article offers examples of cases where government agencies have run into problems in how they approach social media use, such as deleting Facebook comments that are in opposition to their own views, or employees expressing unpopular or politically incorrect views.

From the article:
In Bland v. Roberts, former sheriff’s office employees argued that they were unjustly fired for supporting the sheriff’s political opponent. “It was very controversial when the trial court said that [liking something on Facebook] was not speech because most of us who use Facebook every day understand that yes, it is,” said Lyrissa Lidsky, a law professor at the University of Florida.

Lidsky noted similar issues in the private sector. Those employees may be protected under the National Labor Relations Act if they complain about their jobs on social media in ways that could be interpreted as an effort to change their working conditions, she said.

Jon Mills
Dean Emeritus; Professor of Law; Director, Center for Governmental Responsibility

Court Ruling Could Affect Invocations at City Government Meetings” (Oct. 24, 2013, The Ledger)

The article addresses the common practice of saying prayers in government meetings. Though the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of prayer in a case involving the city of Lakeland, Fla., the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled the opposite way in a similar case.

From the article:
“This (the 2nd Circuit ruling) would leave towns and cities and other governments unsure about what’s legal,” said Jon Mills, a University of Florida law professor. “I think the (Supreme) Court most certainly has taken this case to clarify it.”

Winston Nagan
Samuel T. Dell Research Scholar Professor of Law; Affiliate Professor of Anthropology; Affiliate Professor of Latin-American Studies; Affiliate Professor African Studies; Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science; Founding Director, Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development

Nagan published, “The Evolution of Sovereignty,” (with Garry Jacobs) in 1(3) Eruditio 108 (2013). He also is editor-in-chief of the volume.

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