Levin College of Law

Centers and Institutes

Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations

The CSRRR is committed to de-stigmatizing race in America. With the objective of fostering communities of dialogue, the Center embraces historically and empirically based thinking, talking, teaching, and writing on race.

To this end, the Center creates and supports programs designed to enhance race-related curriculum development for faculty, staff and students in collegiate and professional schools. Of the five U.S. law schools with race centers, the CSRRR is uniquely focused on curriculum development.

Center for Estate Planning

The Center for Estate Planning integrates teaching, training, research, scholarship and public service with the goals of advancing estates and trusts knowledge, law, policy, professionalism, and skills.

The Center administers the Estate Planning Program, which is designed to cultivate and train the next generation of estate planning lawyers. Visit the Estate Planning Program page for more information.

The Center works closely with the Graduate Tax Program and the UF Institute for Learning in Retirement.

Center on Children and Families

This Center developed and administers the concentration in Family Law program in order to train a new generation of advocates for children and their families.

The Center’s other goals and activities include promoting quality scholarship on issues of importance to children and families through an annual conference and support of research fellows, developing interdisciplinary and child-centered methods for studying systems serving children, educating children and families about their rights and responsibilities in a free society, and building a state-of-the art library collection for the study of children’s law and policy.

Center for Governmental Responsibility

As the state’s oldest legal and public policy research institute, the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR) has been a mainstay for environmental and social policy research at the College of Law since 1972.

CGR lawyers have affected more public policy decisions during the past 20 years than any other organization of its nature and scope in Florida.

Race and Crime Center for Justice

Building on the longstanding reputation of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, the Race and Crime Center for Justice (RCCJ) will focus on pressing national issues involving the impact of race on crime and justice. Policing, courts and corrections form the broad expanse of focal points for the Center’s work.

As well, laws, criminal-legal policies, theories, and applications offer frameworks for the Center’s focus. The RCCJ will conduct research and produce scholarship with an eye towards policy application.

Institute for Dispute Resolution

The Institute for Dispute Resolution promotes innovation in teaching methodologies, scholarship, and service in dispute resolution domestically and internationally. The Institute also supports to the Law School’s student led ADR organizations.

The Institute for Dispute Resolution was the first of its kind in Florida, thanks to a generous grant from Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group in 1999. Under the Direction of Professor Joan Stearns Johnsen and with the advice and support of alumni and students, the Institute continues to serve our students, alumni, and the community with original and state of the art content and training.