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Published: September 3rd, 2013

Category: News

Tom Ankersen
Director, Conservation Clinic; Center for Governmental Responsibility

Ankersen will present “Clinical Legal Education in Support of Sustainable Development: An Innovation with Compounding Future Interest,” at the International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP): Advancing Evidence-Based Solutions for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, Sept. 6-7 at Columbia University.

Stuart R. Cohn
Associate Dean for International Studies, John H. & Mary Lou Dasburg Professor of Law

Cohn spoke at the SEALS Conference Aug. 9 on the topic of the JOBS Act of 2010.

Mark Fenster
Professor of Law; Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Hazouri & Roth Tort Professor

“Mental illness, right-wing conspiracies seen as volatile mix for Joshua and Sharyn Hakken” (Aug. 17, 2013, Tampa Bay Times)

This article looks at when mental illness crosses paths with right-wing conspiracy theories after a Tampa couple took a sailboat to Cuba to seek political asylum because they believed the U.S. government is secretly trying to control people’s minds with “chemicals spread from airplanes.”

From the article:
“These are people who are mentally unbalanced, who are attracted, perhaps because of their personal paranoia, to conspiracy theories,” said Mark Fenster, a professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and author of Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture.

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

Johnston organized and presented at a roundtable on “Vulnerability and the Criminal Justice System” at SEALS on Aug. 7.

Omri Marian
Assistant Professor of Law

Marian’s forthcoming Essay, “Are Cryptocurrencies Super Tax Havens” (forthcoming, 112 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 2013), was cited in a Forbes article, here:

He also presented his paper in progress, “Consult Your Own Tax Advisor: Rethinking Tax Disclosure in Registered Offerings,” at the SEALS Conference as part of a workshop on taxation and administrative law, entitled “Perspectives on Tax Enforcement, Collections, and Compliance.”

He also was interviewed by Politico and cited in its piece on the use of Bitcoin for tax evasion: Bitcoin: Tax Haven of the Future

Diane H. Mazur
Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Florida College of Law

Mazur’s article, “Judicial Deference Broke the Military,” was published in the faculty-edited journal Green Bag.  The journal specializes in “short form” legal writing freed from the expectations of traditional law reviews.  Professor Mazur’s article is part of a symposium on judicial review:  is it better to err on the side of more review, or less?  Read the whole symposium here:

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

During the summer break, McMahon published the following works:

2013-2 Cumulative Supplement to Federal Income Taxation of Individuals, Third Edition (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 2002) (with Lawrence A. Zelenak)

2013 Cumulative Supplement to Federal Income Taxation, Cases and Materials, Sixth Edition  (with D. Simmons & G. Polsky) (Foundation Press, 2008)

2013 Cumulative Supplement to Federal Income Taxation of Business Organizations, Fourth Edition (with D. Simmons) (Foundation Press, 2006)

2013 Cumulative Supplement to Federal Income Taxation of Corporations, Third Edition (with D. Simmons) (Foundation Press, 2006)

2013 Cumulative Supplement to Federal Income Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations, Fifth Edition (with D. Simmons) (Foundation Press, 2012)

McMahon also gave the following presentations:

University of North Carolina School of Law, Twenty-Fifth Annual Tax Institute, Chapel Hill, N.C., May 2, 2013; Topic: “Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation” (jointly with Professor Daniel Simmons).

The Florida Bar Tax Section Meeting, Gainesville, Fla., April 27, 2013; Topic: “Recent Developments in Federal Income Taxation.”

Winston Nagan
Samuel T. Dell Research Scholar; Professor of Law; Founding Director, Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development; Affiliate Professor, Latin-American Studies, African Studies

“A chance for change in Iran”  (August 21, 2013, The Washington Post)

In this piece, Nagan endorses the idea of Iran endorsing religious freedom to lead to a more stable society in the long run.

From the article:
Accepting religious pluralism – the clear implication of Rouhani’s campaign pledge — would greatly strengthen Iranian society. Considerable evidence has been amassed in recent years, most notably in rigorous studies by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, showing a strong correlation across the globe between religious freedom and social stability. If Rouhani and the clerical elite leading Iran’s government are truly concerned with the well-being of the country, they would do well to begin by granting greater freedom, including of religion.

Elizabeth A. Rowe
UFRF Professor of Law; Feldman Gale Term Professor in Intellectual Property; Director, Program in Intellectual Property Law

Rowe published her book, “Trade Secret Law in a Nutshell” (West Publishing) and a law review article, “Intellectual Property and Employee Selection,”  in the Wake Forest Law Review.

D. Daniel Sokol
Associate Professor of Law

“Exclusive: Tough-talking China pricing regulator sought confessions from foreign firms” (Aug. 21, 2013, Reuters)

Sokol commented in this article about what some see as an attempt by China to crack down on violations of a 2008 anti-monopoly law and increasingly worse relations with foreign companies.

From the article:
“The problem is that because it has so much power and because in various forums they have been focusing on foreign enforcement, this is definitely impacting business decision-making about further FDI into China,” Sokol said.

Sokol also was named co-chair of a mixed academic and practitioner conference entitled “Antitrust and Intellectual Property Conference” at Stanford University Law School on Oct. 10.

His book, co-authored with Thomas K. Cheng and Ioannis Lianos, “Competition Law and Development,” was published this summer.

Danaya Wright
Clarence J. TeSelle Professor of Law 

Wright’s new casebook, “The Law of Succession: Wills, Trusts, and Estates” came out this summer from Foundation Press.

Wentong Zheng
Assistant Professor of Law

Zheng presented his work in progress, “The Revolving Door,” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools New Scholars Colloquia.

He was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article discussing a recent Chinese court decision against two Chinese subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson for antitrust violations. He commented on the legal issues involved in the case and the significance of the case for China’s antitrust regime.

Additionally, Zheng was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA article discussing China’s recent antitrust enforcement actions against multinational pharmaceutical and dairy companies. He commented on the broader pattern underlying the enforcement actions.




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