April 14, 2014 | Volume XXI, Issue 14

Faculty Scholarship & Activities

Published: February 10th, 2014

Category: News

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

“UF law school events to discuss Trayvon Martin’s shooting” (Feb. 4, 2014, The Alligator)

This article previews last Wednesday’s town hall meeting focused on issues surrounding the Trayvon Martin case.

From the article:
“We hope for high school and college students who are closest to the circumstances of Trayvon Martin to discuss their feelings, fears and what changes they would like to happen,” Dowd said.

Dowd said the CCF got involved this year specifically to give families in the community a chance to voice any concerns that spawned from the Trayvon Martin case.

“Our greatest goal is that people feel they’ve been heard,” she said.

Omri Y. Marian
Assistant Professor of Law

On Jan. 30 Marian presented his work in progress, “Consult Your Own Tax Advisor: Rethinking Tax Disclosure in Registered Offerings,” at Northwestern Law School as part of its Tax Colloquium Series.

Martin J. McMahon Jr.
James J. Freeland Eminent Scholar in Taxation and Professor of Law

“Private-Equity Firms’ Fees Get a Closer Look” (Feb. 2, 2014, The Wall Street Journal)

The article focused on how the private-equity industry may be underpaying taxes by misrepresenting payments and highlighted Gregg D. Polsky (LLM 98), who argues that monitoring fees often should be treated as dividends.

From the article:
An HCA spokesman said: “The parties providing services to the company under the management agreement had relevant business, financial or health-care industry expertise.”

Fees paid proportional to shareholding ownership is “fairly strong evidence” that they are dividends, said Martin J. McMahon Jr., a tax-law professor at the University of Florida. He cautioned, however, that any case would rest on specific facts.

D. Daniel Sokol
Associate Professor of Law

Sokol was invited to serve on the Editorial Review Board for the Business and Management Volumes of the Oxford University Press’ Handbook Series.

Danaya C. Wright
Clarence J. TeSelle Endowed Professor 

Wright attended the Supreme Court oral arguments in Brandt Trust v. US, a case involving federally granted railroad rights of way, and whether they can be converted to recreational trails without takings liability to adjacent landowners. She worked on two amicus briefs for the case and has presented on it at the NYU Takings Conference in November 2013, and at UF on Jan. 24. She will be publishing a short article on it in Environmental Law Review on Feb. 20 and submitting a more comprehensive piece to general law reviews next month.

The UF Law dean search was mentioned again in this Gainesville Sun article, in which Professors Lidsky, Harrison and Little were quoted.

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