New Faculty and Staff
Omri Marian joins the University of Florida Levin College of Law faculty as an assistant professor of law specializing in taxation after most recently working as a tax associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP in New York.
Originally from Israel, Marian served in the Israeli Navy for six years as a submarine officer before attending Tel-Aviv University.
Marian graduated magna cum laude in 2006, earning a bachelor of art in political science and an LL.B. from Tel-Aviv.
In Israel, law degrees are conferred after completion of undergraduate studies. Graduates may sit for the Israeli bar exam after completion of a one-year post-graduate internship with a law firm. He fulfilled his internship at Gornitzky & Co. Advocates and Notaries.
Marian moved to the United States to attend the University of Michigan Law School. There, he earned his LL.M. in International Taxation in 2008 and a S.J.D. in 2009.
Marian worked as a tax associate for Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City for two years before realizing he wanted to teach.
“I’ve had great teachers,” Marian said. “They are the reason I want to teach.”
The tax program is what attracted him to UF Law. Marian called it the “hallmark of all tax programs.”
Curriculum changes at UF Law include a renewed focus on legal research. Three new reference librarians will bolster legal research instruction.
Shamika Dalton joins the UF Law faculty as a reference librarian and adjunct professor of law. She provides reference service to students, faculty, and others who come through the UF Law Library. Beginning in fall of 2013, Dalton will teach a 1L Legal Research course section.
In 2008, Dalton graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor of social work. After completing her undergraduate degree, she entered law school at her alma mater. It was in an Advanced Legal Research Course that she found her passion for legal research and writing. Her law school had a dual J.D./M.L.S. program, from which she she graduated in December 2011.
This is Dalton’s first job in the law librarianship profession, and she said she’s looking forward to teaching legal research.
“Everyone was so welcoming,” she said. “I enjoyed the fact that I would be a part of the 1L legal research curriculum.”
Michael G. Moore (JD 99) returned to his alma mater in the fall as reference librarian and adjunct professor of law. He teaches legal research to 1Ls and provides faculty and students with reference services.
Moore graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of philosophy and earned a master of arts degree in African-American studies from the University of Iowa. He earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he served as editor-inchief of the Florida Law Review.
Moore was a lawyer at a private practice in Miami before enrolling in the law librarianship program at the University of Washington. He graduated from UW in 2012, earning a master of library and information science degree and a special certificate in law librarianship. While at UW, he received the prestigious Earl C. Borgeson Research in Law Librarianship Award and completed directed fieldwork at the University of Michigan Law Library.
“I’m excited to support an amazingly talented faculty, and I look forward to working with the next generation of Gator lawyers.”
Loren Turner joined the UF Law faculty as a reference librarian and adjunct professor of law. She serves as a library liaison to faculty and provides research reference services to faculty, students and members of the public.
Turner earned a bachelor of arts degree in Italian studies from Loyola University in Chicago and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. After graduating from law school, Turner practiced law at a boutique law firm in downtown Chicago specializing in family law litigation.
After a couple years of practicing law, she advanced her research and writing interests by transitioning from practice to the field of law librarianship and returned to school to earn her master of science in library and information science from the University of Illinois. While pursuing her master’s, Turner worked at the Pritzker Legal Research Center at Northwestern University School of Law.
She said she chose UF Law because of the support the library receives from the UF Law administration, faculty and alumni.
“I look forward to further developing my professional expertise through my work with students and faculty here at UF Law and the greater UF community,” Turner said.
LEGAL SKILLS PROFESSORS
New UF Law Legal Skills Professor Stacey Steinberg (JD 03) teaches legal writing and appellate advocacy. She has been an adjunct professor at the law school since 2009 and became a full-time faculty member in the fall.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Florida in 2000 and graduated from UF Law in 2003.
Steinberg is an associate director for the Center on Children and Families where she speaks to non-lawyers, giving tips and advice on how to understand the child welfare system and court.
She said sometimes it takes extra effort to help children and parents reach their goals.
“I learned that no two circumstances are the same,” she said.
She was a senior attorney for Children’s Legal Services in Alachua County from 2009 until 2012 and was responsible for more than 50 cases involving child abuse and neglected children.
Steinberg was an assistant state attorney in the felony child abuse and sexual violence division from 2003 to 2009.
“My goal is to help others reach their goals and help students reach their full potential,” she said.
Jill Womble (JD 03) has joined the UF Law faculty as a legal skills professor, teaching Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation and a new 1L class, Introduction to Lawyering, which has replaced Professional Responsibility in the first-year curriculum and will cover problem solving, team building, people skills, and general legal skills related to law practice.
Womble has served as an adjunct professor since 2005, Negotiation and Mediation; Mediation Advocacy; Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiations; and Introduction to Lawyering. She has previously worked at Florida Power & Light as an engineer. Most recently, Womble served as the chief negotiator for the city of Gainesville and Gainesville Regional Utilities on large construction projects and labor agreements, as well as doing consulting work for the city’s pension plan bargaining.
Womble is excited about her new position teaching full-time.
“I love law students, and feel that I have been successful in my career, so I want to give back to the students here,” she said.
James Ayres (JD 12) became the online communications coordinator for the Levin College of Law in April. He is in charge of the day-to-day maintenance of the UF Law website and helps to shape its long-term strategic direction including design and content.
Ayres graduated from UF Law in May and he passed the Florida bar exam over the summer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of South Florida.
Anju Kaduvettoor Davidson began in September as the new assistant director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.
Before coming to UF, Davidson worked at Loyola University Maryland as a staff psychologist. She received her master’s and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Lehigh University.
Her academic career has centered on research related to racial discrimination, namely discrimination against South Asians. She hopes to tie in this experience with her work for the CSRRR, where she will be assisting the center with research, collaborating with law students and other members of the law school and UF communities, and seeking to increase student involvement in the center’s programs and initiatives.
Davidson replaces Melissa Bamba, who left the college in July.
As new public functions coordinator for UF Law, Colleen Flage will assist departments and student groups with implementing logistics for special events, meetings and travel. She is keen to learn the history of the law school and its groups, share insights about planning their events and to cultivate new ideas.
Flage’s career developed from her education at the University of Florida where she earned a bachelor of science in recreation and event management, and a master of science in tourism, recreation and sport management. Before the Levin College of Law, she was the event services manager at the J. Wayne Reitz Union for more than three years.
She is actively involved with the Society of Government Meeting Professionals Central Florida Chapter, and recently achieved the Convention Industry Council Certified Meeting Professional designation.
Flage replaces Barbara DeVoe, who retired in April.
Lauren Wilcox is the interim senior director of Development and Alumni Affairs. She was previously director in the Development and Alumni Affairs Office. She moves into the senior director’s position with the departure of Kelley Frohlich from the law school in July.
Mary Adkins (JD 91) is the new director of the Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program. The long-time UF Law legal skills professor replaces Henry Wihnyk, who has led the program for 20 years and continues teaching at UF Law as a legal skills professor. The program has just undergone a name change and shift of focus with the advent of a revised curriculum.
Promotions among the faculty include Lea Johnston and John Stinneford to associate professor. Adkins, Bob Dekle, Leanne Pflaum and Meshon Rawls (JD 98) have been promoted to master lecturer.