Faculty Scholarship & Activities

Published: September 16th, 2013

Category: News

Attila Andrade Jr.
Visiting Professor

Andrade is submitting his newest book, “Doing Business in Latin America” to prospective publishers in the U.S. This is the textbook for his course, which bears the same title, at UF Law.

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

DiMatteo and Jeffrey Harrison presented research papers at a conference at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference, entitled “Commercial Contract Law: Transatlantic Perspectives,” paired 10 U.S. and 10 U.K. contract scholars to research and compare ten different areas of the American and English common laws of contract. DiMatteo also served as co-chairman of the conference.

DiMatteo also presented, along with Professor Hugh Beale, University of Warwick, at the Society of Legal Scholars on the topic of the “Future of Contract Law Scholarship.”

Joseph Little
Emeritus Professor

Tax payers can’t own stake in soccer team, city says (Sept. 5, 2013, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida’s constitution says that government cannot own stakes in local businesses, including the new major league soccer franchise despite the $85 million stadium they are building.

From the article:
University of Florida Levin College of Law professor emeritus Joe Little agreed but said nothing prevents the county from haggling with the city over a share of the revenues that would be split with the team.

Dyer’s top staffers are negotiating with Orlando City Soccer officials about several revenue issues, including rent, naming rights, concessions, advertising and ticket surcharges.

“The county could negotiate with the city about dividing those revenues,” Little said. “I don’t see any problem with that.”

Jennifer Zedalis
Director, Trial Practice; Senior Legal Skills Professor; Coordinator, Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/Public Defender CLE Course; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

Judge’s improper remarks lead to resentencing order in murder case (Sept. 6, 2013, Tampa Bay Times)

Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeals found Judge Ronald Ficarrotta relied on improper means in the sentencing of Barry Johnson to life in prison. The judge’s statements ran counter to the legal principle that a defendant’s decision to maintain his innocence or testify on his own behalf should not be penalized by a heavier sentence.

From the article:
There are good reasons to prohibit judges from weighing a defendant’s show of remorse or refusal to admit guilt when imposing a sentence, according to Jennifer Zedalis, director of trial practice at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

“It’s a slippery slope,” Zedalis said. “I don’t care how guilty somebody looks. You can’t say you can consider remorse in this case but not in some other case. You have to have a bright line there.”