Faculty scholarships and activities

Published: November 15th, 2010

Category: News

Jeffrey Davis
Professor of Law
“Troubled horses face loss of St. Augustine home as Ponzi scheme impacts nonprofits” (Nov. 5, 2011, The Florida Times-Union)

Five non-profit organizations in the St. Augustine vicinity are being required to return substantial donations that were originally made by Lydia Cladek. Cladek is believed to have been involved in a Ponzi scheme involving $100 million in losses.

From the article:
Demanding that donations be returned when businesses end up in trouble may be happening more due to the economy and the uncovering of more Ponzi schemes, said Jeffrey Davis, law professor at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. “It doesn’t matter whether the bankruptcy has started yet. If you are insolvent, you are not supposed to be giving your money away,” Davis said. “If you don’t pay your creditors, the people who you gave the money to have to cough it up.”

Charlene Luke
Assistant Professor of Law
Luke was published in the ABA Section of Taxation News Quarterly. Her article, “Three Once and Future Issues,” is featured in Vol. 30, No. 1, pg. 1 (2010).

Jon Mills
Dean Emeritus; Director, Center for Governmental Responsibility
“Summit to tackle dangers of Internet” (Nov. 5, 2010, Gainesville Sun)

Mills commented on the potential dangers of the online world for children. He was the keynote speaker at Trinity United Methodist Church’s “Summit on Internet Safety, Keeping Your Family Safe Online” on Sunday.

From the article:
“There’s a massive misunderstanding of the dangers of the Internet, from the fact that when people are browsing, they’re being tracked automatically, to social networking that can harm people in employment and harm students in their application for university,” Mills said. “The Internet can be a very dangerous place, and people just assume it’s safe and confidential.”

He said when most people think of surfing the Net, they see themselves with a cup of coffee in their warm den or office. Instead, they should think of it as being lost in a dark, dangerous neighborhood, where people are ready to rob them or hurt them. And for children, it’s especially dangerous.

Mills cited as one example of the dangers of the Internet the recent suicide of Tyler Clementi at Rutgers University after his liaison with a male student was posted by his roommate, via a webcam.

Michael Siebecker
Associate Professor of Law
Siebecker will be presenting “A New Discourse Theory of the Firm After Citizens United” Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the University of British Columbia National Centre for Business Law.

Michael Allan Wolf
Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law
“At Legal Fringe, Empty Houses Go to the Needy” (Nov. 9, 2010, The New York Times)

Wolf commented on the concept of adverse possession, when someone takes over property that has been abandoned or the owners are unreachable. It is a growing concern in the Florida real estate market as people move into foreclosed homes that have sometimes been abandoned for years. An 1869 Florida statute also says if property isn’t claimed by the original owner within seven years, the person who seized the property becomes the rightful owner.

From the article:
Michael Allan Wolf, a real estate expert at the University of Florida law school, said adverse possessors also disrupt the chain of title. Rightful owners end up having to evict tenants. The time between foreclosure and legitimate resale may be extended. Even when adverse possessors help stabilize neighborhoods, “It is not an effective or efficient cure for the foreclosure crisis in Florida,” Professor Wolf said.

Radio interview with the CBS Radio Affiliate in Seattle (Nov. 9, 2010, KIRO FM 97.3, The Ross and Burbank Show)

Wolf was interviewed based on the New York Times article to discuss the activities of “Save Florida Homes Inc.” and the legal justification behind adverse possession law. Wolf’s segment starts around 11:30 out of 36 minutes.

Wolf is presenting a work in progress, “History Counts: Four Questions for the Stop the Beach Plurality,” to a faculty workshop at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law on Friday, Nov. 12.

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