Levin College of Law

Jon L. Mills

Professor Emeritus
Dean Emeritus

(352) 273-0835


Jon Mills is Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus at UF Law. He also served as Director and Co-Director of Center for Governmental Responsibility. He is Counsel to Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Mr. Mills is former Dean of UF Levin College of Law from 1999-2003 and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, served as member of the 1997-1998 Florida Constitution Revision Commission (as Chair of Style and Drafting Committee and was selected Most Valuable Member). He was the reporter for the ABA’s Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System in 2011 and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Professor Mills teaches Privacy, State Constitutional Law, Law and Policy in the Americas and Legislative Drafting. He has taught and lectured on privacy in Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina, and in the Department of State’s US Speakers and Specialists program. He has written books, reports and multiple law review articles on public policy issues including two books on privacy: Privacy: The Lost Right (Oxford University Press 2008) and Privacy in the Mew Media Age (University Press of Florida 2015). His chapter “Privacy in the Surveillance Era” was featured in After Snowden, which was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2015. He has been Principal Investigator on totaling over three million U.S. Dollars in research funding, including grants from U.S Department of State and the MacArthur Foundation.

Professor Mills is a globally recognized expert in privacy and cyber security issues. He appeared in landmark litigation including high profile privacy intrusion cases representing the families of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Gianni Versace, and Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau. He was also counsel in cases to prevent disclosure of information from electronic intrusions and hacking. He has lectured on privacy to judges, attorneys and corporate counsel.

He has been quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and Washington Post among others and has appeared on CNN, NPR, ABC, and the BBC to discuss privacy and other public policy issues.


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


  • Constitutional Law
  • Cybersecurity and Cybercrime
  • Florida Constitutional Law


Representative Recent Publications

  • Privacy, Mass Intrusion, and the Modern Data Breach, 69 Fla. L. Rev. 771 (2018) (with Kelsey Harclerode) [SSRN]
  • The Meaning of “Equal”: Evolution of Racial Equality in the United States, 29 Fla. J. Int’l L. 285 (2017)
  • Privacy Revisited: A Global Perspective on the Right to Be Left Alone, 53 Tulsa L. Rev. 321 (2018) {reviewing Ronald J. Krotosynski, Jr., Privacy Revisited: A Global Perspective on the Right to be Left Alone (2018)}
  • Privacy in the New Media Age, University Press of Florida, 2015 [SSRN]
  • “The Future of Privacy in the Surveillance Age,” in After Snowden: National Security, Public Information, and the Aftermath of the Snowden Affair. Thomas Dunne Books: St. Martin Press. Ronald Goldfarb, ed., May 2015
  • At Issue: Can Edward Snowden be considered a whistleblower? CQ Researcher 113 (Jan. 13, 2014)
  • Whither Communism: A Comparative Perspective on Constitutionalism in a Postsocialist Cuba, Geo. Wash. Int’l L. Rev. (2009) [SSRN]
  • Privacy: The Lost Right, Oxford University Press, 2008 [SSRN]
  • Law Schools as Agents of Change and Justice Reform in the Americas, 20 Fla. J. Int’l L. 5-29, (2008). [SSRN]
  • 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. 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. Int’l L. 115-131, (2003).
  • Florida on Trial: Federalism in the 2000 Presidential Election, 13.1 Stan. L. & Pol. Rev. 83 (2002).
  • Diversity in Law Schools: Where are We Headed in the Twenty-first Century, 33 U. Tol. L. Rev. 119 (2001).
  • Educating to Meet the Demands of Florida Business and Law Schools, 14 Fla. J. Int’l L. 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. Financial Crime (2001).
  • Beyond Election 2000: Law & Policy in the New Millennium, 13 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 69 (2001).
  • Internet Casinos: A Sure Bet for Money Laundering, 19 Dickinson J. 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).