Faculty Scholarship & Activities: March 18, 2013

Published: March 18th, 2013

Category: News

Larry DiMatteo
Huber Hurst Professor of Contract Law & Legal Studies; Warrington College of Business Administration; Affiliate Professor, Levin College of Law

DiMatteo has been asked to co-chair a conference entitled “Transatlantic Perspectives on Commercial Contract Law” to be hosted by the Edinburgh University Law School. The unique conference format will pair 10 scholars from the United Kingdom with an equal number scholars from the United States on selected topics. The goal of the conference is to flesh out the differences in the world’s two major common law systems in the area of contract law.  Professor DiMatteo and UF Law Professor Jeffrey Harrison will present papers at the conference, which will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2013.

Robert Jerry
UF Law Dean; Levin Mabie & Levin Professor of Law

“UF business grad school ranked 15th” (March 12, 2013, The Gainesville Sun)

This article summarizes the recent US News rankings for various colleges at UF, including UF Law, which is ranked 23rd among public schools and 46th overall, two places higher than last year.

From the article:
Law school Dean Robert Jerry said he was pleased to the see the improvement, but he thinks rankings are only part of a bigger picture.

“This is one data point out of a great many that anyone thinking about a law school’s quality ought to think about,” he said.

“UF Law school rises in US News & World Report rankings” (March 13, 2013, The Alligator)

This article focuses on UF Law’s rise in the US News rankings.

From the article:
Robert Jerry, dean of the law school, warns that this data should be taken with a grain of salt.

“Rankings are very sensitive to employment data, and the employment data they use is not audited,” he said. “There is a lot of confusion in law schools about whether someone is employed in a part-time or full-time job. It creates a considerable inaccuracy that has an impact on the rank itself.”

Although wary, Jerry was pleased by the potential effects of rankings on reputation.

“We have a ranking of 3.9 [out of 5] on how judges and lawyers think about our law school, 10th highest among public law schools nationwide, 26th highest among all law schools,” Jerry said. “If [judges and lawyers] like what you’re doing, they like your graduates.”

Tom Lin
Assistant Professor of Law; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

Lin was recently the feature speaker at the 2013 UCLA Law Review Scholar Forum, where he delivered remarks entitled “The New Investor,” in connection with a forthcoming article about law, technology, and finance.

Joseph Little
Emeritus Professor

“Agreement spells end of Port of Tampa deputy director’s tenure” (March 12, 2013, Tampa Bay Times)

Little commented in this article about the Tampa Port Authority letting go its deputy port director of operations and engineering after almost 17 years of employment.

From the article:
University of Florida law professor Joseph Little said the agreement appears to be standard. It also appears to have been brokered by both sides to settle several outstanding issues, allow a clean break and eliminate the possibility that Kirincich might sue his former employer.

“It seems to me, as I read it, that there’s a lot of behind the scenes stuff why he was discharged or why he chose to leave,” Little said. “But there appears to be a working out of the severance of the relationship and the employer wanted to make sure he was not going to meddle in the affairs of the authority anymore, so whoever new comes in won’t be encumbered by that.”

Jon Mills
Dean Emeritus; Director, Center for Governmental Responsibility

“Law barring personal info from court records bring delay” (March 10, 2013, Tampa Bay Times)

This article is about the delays courts have been facing since a law was passed mandating the removal of personal information such as social security numbers from files.

From the article:
“I think there are still growing pains here,” said Jon Mills, a University of Florida law professor and former Florida House speaker. “The removal of personal information, things like Social Security and other things, we always knew that was going to be important, and not necessarily easy.”

Carl Schwait
Adjunct Professor

“New Florida Ad Rules Cover Lawyer Websites, Relax Some Restraints, Remain Very Detailed” (Feb. 13, 2013, ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct)

Schwait was quoted in the manual after he recently served as the chairman of the committee that submitted amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar in reference to lawyer advertising rules. The Supreme Court of Florida affirmed the amendments Jan. 31, 2013, and Justice Pariente noted in her dissenting opinion: “The Bar commenced further study under the able leadership of Board of Governor member Carl Schwait and proposed the amendments currently before the Court.”

From the article:
Carl B. Schwait, a member of the bar’s board of governors who chaired the committee that developed the revised rules, told BNA he believes the rules strike the right balance between protecting consumers, which the Florida Supreme Court has focused on in its decisions, and complying with the First Amendment, which is the chief concern of the federal courts.

“We wanted to mesh those two’ in rewriting and restructuring the rule,” Schwait said. He is a partner with Dell Graham in Gainesville, Fla.

Schwait said that compared with the old standards the revised rules are more articulate about the boundaries of permissible advertising while being more compliant with constitutional dictates.

“We tried to provide much more of a bright line for lawyers so they would be comfortable that their advertisements comply with the rules no matter who is evaluating their ads within the bar,” he said.

Schwait noted that this revamp does not amend other rules pertaining to for-profit lawyer referral services. “Revisions to those rules are being developed on a separate track,” he said.