Faculty Scholarship & Activities: Feb. 25, 2013

Published: February 25th, 2013

Category: News

Elizabeth Dale
Affiliate Professor of Law; Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor of History, 2012-2013

Dale recently edited the first volume of Law and History Review as editor-in-chief.

Robin Davis
Director, Institute for Dispute Resolution; Associate Director, Center on Children and Families; Senior Legal Skills Professor

Chief Justice Ricky Polston appointed Davis to the Supreme Court standing Mediator Qualifications Board. She was appointed to represent the Northern Division for an initial four-year term.

Bob Dekle
Director, Criminal Prosecution Clinic, Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center; Master Lecturer

 “Rape suspect serving as own lawyer called extreme” (Feb. 8, 2013, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Dekle commented in this article about a man on trial for rape, who is representing himself, questioning his alleged victim in court.

From the article:
While shaken, some victims rise to the occasion, answer the questions with remarkable strength and help the defendant to his downfall, said George R. “Bob” Dekle, legal skills professor at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and a former prosecutor and defense attorney.

Often, defendants who represent themselves “don’t have extremely good judgment. They make bad decisions, and they don’t learn by their mistakes,” Mr. Dekle said.

Mr. Dekle said defendants may represent themselves because they’re suspicious of court-appointed lawyers or so manipulative that they believe they can game the legal system, perhaps by aggravating the judge into making an error that could overturn a case on appeal.

Judges sometimes give defendants “more rope than they would a lawyer” while questioning witnesses, said Mr. Dekle, who was not familiar with the Henderson case.

Nancy E. Dowd
David H. Levin Chair in Family Law; Director, Center on Children & Families

Dowd gave two lectures at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. She gave the faculty a lecture titled “Fatherhood, Masculinities and Equality” and gave a public lecture, called the Paulus Lecture — attended by an estimated 150-175 people — on “Asking the Man Question:  Men, Masculinities and Equality.”

Dowd leaves on Thursday for Sweden to be a visiting professor at Lund University and will return March 26. Her second part of this visit will occur in June.

Omri Y. Marian
Assistant Professor of Law

On Jan. 28, Marian presented his work-in-progress, “Meaningful Corporate Tax Residence,” at the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee.

Diane H. Mazur
Professor of Law

“Situation Report: Is Kim Jong for real? Why the guys-are-gross argument won’t work against integrating women…” (Jan. 25, 2013, Foreign Policy Magazine)

Mazur was quoted in a Foreign Policy magazine article on the Pentagon’s plan to lift the ban on women serving in combat roles.

From the article:
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Marty Dempsey made their historic announcement yesterday that the Pentagon would begin the process to lift the ban on women serving in combat roles, ending what some would say is a fiction given that they are serving in combat zones already. In response to yesterday’s WSJ op-ed by a former Marine who argues that combat shouldn’t be open to women because of the gross things guys do in the field, Diane Mazur, a law professor at the University of Florida and author of A More Perfect Military, says: “If we accept this one, I suppose women shouldn’t be medics, doctors, or nurses either, because women shouldn’t be exposed to the raw reality of the human body. I know arguments ebb and flow, but this one is more than a hundred years old.”

Jason P. Nance
Assistant Professor of Law; Associate Director, Center on Children & Families

Nance’s paper “School Security Considerations After Newtown” was recently published in the Stanford Law Review Online. The cite is 65 Stan. L. Rev. Online 103 (2013). “School Security Considerations After Newtown” (Stanford Law Review Online)

Kenneth Nunn
Professor of Law; Associate Director, Center on Children and Families; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

“Pill-mill docs often avoid prison, but street-level dealers get locked up” (Feb. 21, 2013, Orlando Sentinel)

This article highlights a disparity in sentencing between doctors who are arrested for illegally distributing prescription drugs and street dealers arrested on similar charges. While doctors often plead no contest to racketeering charges and get probation, street dealers wind up with jail time. Nunn spoke about how street-level dealers might not have access to high-priced lawyers.

From the article:

“You get the justice you can afford,” said Kenneth Nunn, a professor at Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

“For the most part, people who have status in our society generally get better treatment than others,” Nunn said. “I don’t think that the criminal-justice system is different from that.”

Elizabeth A. Rowe
Feldman Gale Term Professor in Intellectual Property; UF Research Foundation Professor of Law; Director, Program in Intellectual Property Law

Rowe served as a panelist at the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Mid-Winter Institute Jan. 31. She discussed choosing among different forms of IP when starting and growing a high-tech company.

John Stinneford
Associate Professor of Law; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

Stinneford’s paper  “Punishment Without Culpability” was published in the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology Jan. 17. The cite is 102 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 653 (2012). “Punishment Without Culpability” (Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology)

Michael Allan Wolf
Professor of Law; Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law

Wolf hosted and made a presentation called “Preemption Puzzles: Ambiguity Breeds Exempt/Preempt” at the Nelson Symposium Feb. 8.

Wolf also presented “Unintended Consequences of ‘Easement’ Terminology” at the Perpetual Conservation Easements: What Have We Learned and Where Should We Go from Here? conference at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Feb. 15.

Wentong Zheng
Assistant Professor of Law

Zheng recently presented a work-in-progress, “The Revolving Door,” at the University Of Tennessee College Of Law Faculty Forum. He presented his paper “Reforming Trade Remedies” at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., and recently spoke as a panelist on “Understanding State Capitalism” at the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, D.C.

Media hits

In recent weeks, UF Law has been featured in a number of news stories featuring events and visitors at UF Law: