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Published: January 27th, 2014

Category: News

Jeffrey Harrison
Stephen C. O’Connell Chair; Professor of Law

“Sherlock Holmes now fair game for other authors’ adaptations” (Jan. 22, 2014, The Alligator)

Harrison commented in this article that looks at a new ruling by a Chicago district judge that moves Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character, Sherlock Holmes, to the public domain.

From the article:
Jeff Harrison, a professor in the UF Levin College of Law who specializes in copyright, said the decision means that anyone can use the characters.

“You couldn’t claim that they’re your own, but you don’t have to get permission from the (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Literary) Estate,” which owned the rights to the stories, he said.

Meshon Rawls
Master Legal Skills Professor

“‘Martin’ kickoff is Tuesday” (Jan. 8, 2014, Gainesville Guardian)

This article previews events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. in Gainesville and Alachua. Rawls commented on the “Restoration of Rights” workshop.

From the article:
Attorney Meshon Rawls, a law professor at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, said the workshop will be held to educate “attendees about the restoration of civil rights project, sealing and expunging project and several re-entry programs that are available to persons who may have a criminal record.”

“The goal of the workshop is to empower people who are dealing with the challenges associated with being a convicted felon,” Rawls said. “In addition, we want to educate the attendees about the effects of disenfranchisement on the community and highlight programs in our community that provide assistance to people who may be hindered because of a criminal record.”

“Restoration of rights workshop filled with facts” (Jan. 22, 2014, Gainesville Guardian)

Rawls was quoted during the “Restoration of Rights” workshop, addressing the current process ex-felons must go through to have certain rights restored, including voting and serving on a jury.

From the article:
During the panel discussion, Rawls said the governor and two members of the Executive Clemency Board must vote to restore someone’s rights, but the governor has the right to veto any decisions made by the board, which is comprised of Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Rick Atwater and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.

Rawls said Florida’s restoration of rights laws were changed by Scott in 2011 after former Gov. Charlie Crist in 2007 signed a law allowing ex-offenders convicted of less serious offenses to regain their rights without a hearing.

Rawls said those interested in getting their rights restored should start by getting copies of deposition orders from the clerk of the court in order to complete the application for restoring rights.

Danaya Wright
Clarence J. TeSelle Endowed Professor of Law

“Couples take marriage equality cases to Florida court” (Jan. 22, 2014, The Alligator)

Wright commented in this article about six same-sex couples who filed suit against Florida’s same-sex marriage ban.

From the article:
Similar lawsuits are being filed in states across the country, said Danaya Wright, a UF Levin College of Law professor.

Utah and Oklahoma are the two most recent states to lift their marriage equality bans.

“This is one of many cases being filed to force the issue onto the Supreme Court,” Wright said. “Eventually the Supreme Court will probably say that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional.”




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