Faculty Scholarship & Activities: Sept. 17, 2012

Published: September 17th, 2012

Category: News

Attila Andrade Jr.
Visiting Professor of Law

Andrade will give a lecture on “The Costs of Doing Business in Brazil” discussing how taxes affect business in Brazil. He invites the law school community to attend Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at Stuzin Hall on UF campus.

Monique Haughton Worrell
Senior Legal Skills Professor; Acting Director, Criminal Justice Center

“Stand Your Ground law’s impact needs more study, task force told” (Sept. 12, 2012, Tampa Bay Times), http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/stand-your-ground-laws-impact-needs-more-study-task-force-told/1251191

Worrell, as acting director of the Criminal Justice Center, reported on the results of the CJC’s research on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which was passed in 2005.

From the article:
“The data that we collected in response to the task force request is insufficient to provide a conclusion on this issue,” said Professor Monique Haughton Worrell, of UF’s College of Law. “It’s a complex issue, requiring complex analysis.”

Worrell told task force members meeting in West Palm Beach that a more in-depth study would be needed before the university could determine a connection between Stand Your Ground and crime rates, gun ownership rates or tourism in Florida.

“Fla. task force holds meeting on self-defense law” (Sept. 12, 2012, Associated Press), http://www.palmbeachpost.com/ap/ap/crime/fla-task-force-holds-meeting-on-self-defense-law/nR8h9/

This article summarizes the Stand Your Ground task force meeting where its findings to this point were discussed.

From the article:
The day opened with a presentation by a University of Florida law professor, who presented data showing that since the “stand your ground” law was passed, the state has seen an increase in the number of homicides and an increase in the number of homicides ruled justifiable, but a decrease in the overall rate of violent crime. But the professor, Monique Haughton Worrell, said no conclusions could be drawn from the data and it was not known what correlation the numbers had to the law’s passage.

Berta Esperanza Hernández-Truyol
Levin Mabie & Levin Professor of Law

Hernández-Truyol was recently interviewed by BBC Mundo about Senator Todd Akin’s comments on rape. The video, in Spanish, can be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/noticias/2012/08/120820_internacional_polemica_violaciones_legitimas_bd.shtml

Jeffrey Davis
Professor of Law, Gerald A. Sohn Research Scholar

Davis’s article, “Choosing among Innocents:  Should Charitable Donations be Protected From Avoidance as Fraudulent Transfers?” was chosen for journal publication.