Faculty scholarship and activities

Published: April 19th, 2010

Category: News

Joe Little
Emeritus Professor; Alumni Research Scholar

  • Speaking on AG McCollum’s lawsuit challenging the recently passed Patient Protection and Care Affordability Act (April 7, 2010, WOKV Radio)
    McCollum’s suite argues Congress has overstepped it’s authority in mandating states to pay for costs involved with reform and states the tax on individual’s who don’t purchase health coverage is unconstitutional, and are in violation of the 10th amendment and the commerce clause. University of Florida law professor Joe Little said these are questions that need to be asked. “I think it is possible that there could be some portions of it that might be held to be beyond Congress’s power,” Little said that is because the law is so broad. He thinks that most will be ruled within their power. He wouldn’t predict which way the court would rule on McCollum’s specific lawsuit, only predicting is that some suit will end up in Supreme Court.
  • “UF experts describe Stevens as centrist, defender of rights” (April 10, 2010, Gainesville Sun)
    UF law professors discuss how Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will be remembered after his retirement. Joe Little, professor emeritus and constitutional law expert at UF’s Levin College of Law, said Stevens’ retirement will inevitably alter the composition of the nation’s highest court. It’s too early to predict exactly how, in Little’s view. By liberal, I mean people who care about the rights of the individual and who try to defend the individual against the state,” Little said. Even though Stevens was appointed by a Republican president, Little added, “he was what we would now call a moderate Republican … something that’s pretty much gone out of existence.” In Little’s view, Stevens’ legacy will be one of “turning away from the extreme lurch to the right on the court during the latter part of his term.” “I think President Obama will be very careful to pick someone who will not slide over into the other camp,” Little said. “It will probably be someone whose views are left of center, but not too far.” Little added, “Whoever he selects, he will want to get the appointment through.”
 Jon Mills
Professor; Director of Center for Governmental Responsibility; Dean Emeritus

  • “Victim’s mom says showing grisly photos adds to grief” (April 6, 2010, CNN)
    In response to the media’s pursuit of video depicting the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, Mills, who is representing the family in court, drew a comparison between this case and that of the families of the Danny Rollings murder victims, in which the judge allowed the media to view crime scene and autopsy photos, but did not release the images to the media. Jon Mills, the attorney for Brancheau’s family, represented the families in the 1990 Gainesville killings. He also fought the release of autopsy photos on behalf of the families of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt and Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace. “The judge should balance the horrific nature of the photographs versus the public value of disclosure,” said Mills, a former dean of the University of Florida Law School. “Least exposure is the best option, but we will have a discussion with the media to protect the family and the media’s right.”
  • “UF experts describe Stevens as centrist, defender of rights” (April 10, 2010, Gainesville Sun)
    UF law professors discuss how Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will be remembered after his retirement. Jon Mills, professor of law and director of UF’s Center for Governmental Responsibility, describes Stevens as a centrist. “He has voted his conscience as he sees it and, as with many Supreme Court appointments, his position has evolved over the years,” Mills said Friday. “He has been a stabilizing influence for decades.” Of the detention and torture of political prisoners, Stevens said, “We don’t do that in this jurisdiction,” the UF professor related.
 Kenneth Nunn
Professor; Associate Director, Center on Children and Families

  • “150 students enter Tigert in protest over UF shooting” (April 6, 2010, Gainesville Sun)
    About 150 UF students marched to Tigert Hall in protest of the UFPD shooting of graduate students Kofi Adu-Brempong. The protesters demands included, among other things, that all criminal charges against Adu-Brempong be dropped and that a grand jury investigation be conducted to determine whether or not there was UFPD wrongdoing. Kenneth Nunn said he supported their demand for a grand jury investigation, saying questions need to be answered about university police training and other aspects of the shooting. “Police officers are not above the law,” he said.
  • “Records offer insight on UF officers in shooting” (April 11, 2010, Gainesville Sun) A review of the five UF police officers’ records who were involved in the shooting of UF graduate student, Kofi Adu-Brempong, reveal past reprimands as well as letters of praise. UF law professor Kenneth Nunn said university police departments, in general, don’t have the resources to require the same type of training done at municipal law enforcement agencies. In addition, he said, university departments typically attract officers who lack experience or couldn’t get hired at other agencies. “It’s generally well known around the country that you’re looking at people who are trained less rigorously and the standards are not as high,” he said. But critics such as Nunn, the UF law professor, are calling for an independent board to review the department. He said some of its problems are inherent to university police forces and the officers they attract. “If you really want to do police work, you don’t sign up to be a campus police officer,” he said.
 Elizabeth Outler
Head of Public Services & Tax Librarian

  • Outler will be visiting the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University for two weeks this summer. She will study their approaches to managing public services, virtual library development, and collection development. She has received funding through the UF Faculty Enhancement Opportunity (FEO) program.
 Juan Perea
Cone Wagner Nugent Johnson, Hazouri and Roth Professor

  • Perea will moderate a nationally broadcast program sponsored by the ABA on Language and Accent Discrimination on Wednesday, April 21.
 Steven Willis
Professor; Associate Director, Center on Children and Families

  • Professor Willis and law student Nakku Chung (3L) co-authored an article about the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform titled, “Of Constitutional De-Capitation and Health Care” expected to be published in the May 31 issue of Tax Notes.