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Published: April 14th, 2014

Category: News

UF Law’s VITA tax assistance program was featured on a GTN News segment in which UF Law student Josh Giancarlo (3L) was quoted, and The Gainesville Sun highlighted the induction of UF Law grad W. Reece Smith Jr. into the Heritage of Leadership Society at UF Law in early April.

George Dawson
Professor of Law; incoming interim dean

Robert Jerry
UF Law Dean; Levin Mabie & Levin Professor of Law

“Law professor George Dawson to become interim dean after failed search” (March 31, 2014, The Alligator)

This article announces the nomination by UF President Bernie Machen of UF Law Professor George Dawson to serve as interim dean at the law school. Dawson and UF Law Dean Robert Jerry are quoted in the article.


“I’m very invested in the law school, and I will do what I can to have it develop and progress within the next year,” he said. “Hopefully at the end of the year there will be a permanent dean.”


“He is an outstanding colleague who will do a splendid job of leading the school as the interim dean,” he said. “I speak for many when I say President Machen made an excellent decision in proposing George.”

Bob Dekle

Master Lecturer; Director, Criminal Prosecution Clinic; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

“Nancy Grace talks Oscar Pistorius trial: Could premeditated murder happen ‘in twinkling of an eye?’” (March 31, 2014, The Tampa Bay Times,

This article analyzes a statement made by Nancy Grace about Oscar Pistorius, saying premeditated murder can happen in an instant. Dekle weighed in, and contrasted South Africa’s standard of premeditation with the United States’ doctrine.

From the article:
The bigger takeaway, Dekle said, is South African law has a high standard for premeditation. “When South African law says premeditation, what they mean is a prior plan to murder,” Dekle said. “That’s somewhat similar to our concept of cold, calculated and premeditated” in Florida.

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

“Natural floods, unnatural disasters” (April 8, 2014,

Klein co-authored an op-ed for with Nebraska Law Professor Sandra Zelmer, addressing President Barack Obama’s controversial Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 and other recent policies on flood issues.

From the op-ed:
Moving forward, Congress would do well to consider all three policies together to ensure it is signaling the true risk of floodplain settlement to the American people. False assurances and subsidies that feel good now will be disastrous in the long run.

Amy Mashburn
Professor; Director, Lawyering and Professionalism Program

Mashburn was nominated and awarded The Florida Bar Latimer Center Law Faculty Professionalism Award.

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

McMahon published Federal Income Taxation of Corporations, Fourth Edition (with P. McDaniel (deceased) & D. Simmons) (Foundation Press, 2014).

Winston P. 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 his book Sovereign Immunity, Limits and Communications Theory (with Joshua Root) (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2014).

D. Daniel Sokol
Associate Professor of Law

Sokol’s new book, Global Antitrust Compliance Handbook (Oxford University Press) has just been published. Read more here.

At a black tie awards dinner held in Washington, D.C., Sokol was awarded the Global Competition Review’s Antitrust Academic of the Year. The law firm of the year award went to Wachtell Lipton, Lawyer of the Year to Christine Varney of Cravath (with whom Sokol wrote a piece in the Forbes China edition on Chinese antitrust) and Economist of the Year was Dennis Carlton of the University of Chicago (the Levin College of Law Heath Endowed Antitrust Lecturer of 2013).

Christopher Vallandingham
Head of Collections, UF Legal Information Center

Vallandingham was recently awarded the Army Achievement Medal. This medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service or achievement. Vallandingham is a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Army, and earned this medal on Feb. 22 for his presentation of a day-long seminar at Camp Parks in California on intelligence law to members of the 75th Legal Operations Detachment.




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