Jon Mills

Jon L. Mills

Professor of Law
Dean Emeritus
Director, Center for Governmental Responsibility


Mailing Address:
Box #117629 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0835

(352) 392-1457


J.D., University of Florida (with honors) B.A., Stetson University

Teaching & Scholarship

  • PRIVACY: THE LOST RIGHT, Oxford University Press, (2008).
  • Florida Constitutional Law, Privacy, Law & Policy Issues in the Americas, Legislative Drafting

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law as Founding Director, Center for Governmental Responsibility (1973 - 80) (1988 - present). Dean, College of Law (1999 - 2003).
  • Public Service: Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Committee (2009), American Bar Association-Advisory Commission to the World Justice Project (2007-08), Chair of Florida Supreme Court Committee on Privacy & Court Records (2003-05), Florida Education Accountability Commission (2003-present), Speaker of the House (1987-88). Florida House of Representatives (1978 - 88). Designated “Most Effective Member of House,” 1985, 1986. Principle legislative programs include Growth Management Act, Wetlands Protection Act, Water Quality Assurance Act, Child Abuse Prevention Act (Mills Bill), Constitutional Right to Privacy, High Technology Economic Development Act, Far East Research & Development Council. Florida Constitution Revision Committee (1996 - 98), Selected “Most Valuable Member” 1998.
  • Legal Experience: of counsel, Boies Schiller & Flexner, LLP (present), Partner, McGalliard Mills deMontmollin & Smith (1980 - 86), Special Assistant State Attorney, Rolling v. State (1990). Judicial Clerk, Second District Court of Appeals, Florida (1972). Appeared before Florida Supreme Court, United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of District of Columbia, U.S. District Court of Northern District of Florida.
  • Activities: Fellow of American Bar Foundation, The Florida Bar; Order of the Coif; Phi Kappa Phi; Florida Supreme Court Historical Society; Florida Supreme Court Professionalism Commission. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1987).

Florida Consitutional Law (2 credits) - LAW 6503

  • Florida Constitutional Law is designed to give students an overview of the various provisions of the state constitution, an understanding of how Florida courts have interpreted and applied the state constitution, and an introduction into the workings of state and local governments. The course will follow the order of the document itself, addressing: 1) the basic rights provided by the Florida Constitution; 2) Separation of Powers, as understood in Florida jurisprudence; 3) the operation of the branches of government (legislative, executive and judicial); 4) taxing and bonding issues; 5) local government; 6) education; 7) miscellaneous issues such as homestead and eminent domain; and 8) the amendment and revision process.
    Prerequisites: 2nd and 3rd year student.

Privacy Seminar (2 credits) - LAW 6936

  • This seminar will evaluate the development and current status of the law related to the privacy of individuals. This seminar will analyze the evolution of protection of personal information under the law and personal autonomy under the law and constitution. Additionally, the efficacy of constitutional, tort and statutory remedies will be evaluated. Readings will include selected cases and articles. The seminar will include a written research paper and an oral presentation to the class.

Law and Policy Issues in the Americas Seminar (2 credits) - LAW 6936

  • The Law & Policy in the Americas Seminar is an interdisciplinary, cross-listed course taught at the law school but offering credit to both law students and graduate students from the Center for Latin American Studies. The seminar evaluates the development of legal systems in the Americas and includes a comparative analysis. Topics include constitutional and international law, trade and commercial development, alternative dispute resolution mechanism use and development, citizen security and human rights, property rights, and a review of regional judicial reform efforts focusing on efforts to improve access, efficiency and transparency in justice systems as a means to promote democratic consolidation and economic growth. Readings are theoretical and applied and focus on differing legal cultures, distinguishing features of the civil and common law systems, the informal economy and access to property rights, and will utilize current periodicals to follow regional political developments and trade agreement negotiations. The Seminar will require a paper and a presentation on some subject area within the course syllabus.
    Prerequisites: 2nd and 3rd year student.

Representative Recent Publications

  • Whither Communism: A Comparative Perspective on Constitutionalism in a Postsocialist Cuba, Geo. Wash. Int'l L. Rev. (forthcoming 2009).
  • PRIVACY: THE LOST RIGHT, Oxford University Press, (2008).
  • Law Schools as Agents of Change and Justice Reform in the Americas, 20 Fla. J. of Int'l L. 5-29, (2008).
  • Two Contemporary Privacy Issues in Poland: Liability for Internet Publication and the Registration of Communist Party Affiliation, 1 Przeglad Prawniczy Warsaw U. L. Rev., 110-121, (May 2008).
  • Legal Education in the Americas: The Anchor for Hemispheric Justice, 17 Fla. J. of Int'l L. 1-8, (2005).
  • The Rewards of Citizenship & Perils of Identity: How the Law Defines You in the Globalized World, III:2 Warsaw U. L. Rev. 95-127, Special Edition, (June 2004).
  • Responding to Terrorism and Achieving Stabilities in the Global Financial System: Rational Policy or Crisis Reaction?, 11:4 J. of Financial Crime 380-396, Henry Stewart Publications, UK, (May 2004).
  • Principles for Constitutions and Institutions in Promoting the Rule of Law, 16:1 Fla. J. of Int'l L. 115-131, (2003).
  • Florida on Trial: Federalism in the 2000 Presidential Election, 13.1 Stanford L. & Pol. Rev. 83 (2002).
  • Diversity in Law Schools: Where are We Headed in the Twenty-first Century, 33 University of Toledo L. Rev. 119 (2001).
  • Educating to Meet the Demands of Florida Business and Law Schools, 14 Florida Journal of International Law 117 (2001).
  • Legal Standards, Political Pressures: Redistricting in Florida, 1970-2000 in MAPPING FLORIDA’S POLITICAL LANDSCAPE 103 (2001) (with Richard Scher).
  • Ethics in Governance: Developing Moral Public Service, 8 J. of Financial Crime (2001).
  • Beyond Election 2000: Law & Policy in the New Millennium, 13 University of Florida J.of L. & Public Pol. 69 (2001).
  • Internet Casinos: A Sure Bet for Money Laundering, 19 Dickinson J. of Int'l L. 77 (2000).
  • Setting a New Standard for Public Education: Revision 6 Increases the Duty of the State to Make ‘Adequate Provision’ for Florida Schools, 52 Fla. L. Rev. 329 (2000) (with Timothy McLendon).