Faculty Scholarship & Activities

Published: February 24th, 2014

Category: News

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

“Pre-law students want two-year program, study shows” (Feb. 17, 2014, The Alligator)

Dean Jerry weighed in on this article that reports a recent Kaplan study showed that pre-law students would prefer a two-year law school program.

From the article:
But UF Levin College of Law Dean Robert Jerry said if an employer had to choose between a student from either program, they would likely pick the three-year graduates.

He said the college hasn’t started a discussion about removing years yet, but other possible changes within the college are on the horizon.

The college is looking at ways to change its third year to include more “externships,” where students work at law offices under professional practitioners, as well as the introduction of practicum, he said.

Jerry said practicum would bring law professionals into classrooms to teach students the technical aspects of practicing, such as drafting legal documents.

Christine A. Klein
Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law; Director, LL.M. Program in Environmental & Land Use Law

Professor Christine Klein and co-author Professor Sandra Zellmer (Univ. of Nebraska College of Law) published “Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster” (NYU Press). Using a series of law stories, the book traces the historical evolution of the nation’s flood control, flood insurance, and disaster relief policies, all of which were forged in the Mississippi River Basin. The book uncovers the larger story of how the law reflects and even amplifies ambivalent attitudes toward nature — simultaneously revering wild rivers for what they are, while working feverishly to change them into something else — and concludes that it is dangerously misleading to call floods and other environmental catastrophes “natural.” For more information, see Mississippi River Tragedies.

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

“Verdict in Florida Again Raises Self-Defense Issue” (Feb. 16, 2014, The Associated Press)

Nunn commented in this article that examines the recent verdict in the Michael Dunn trial. Dunn was found guilty of attempted murder after an altercation with a group of teenagers over loud music, in which Jordan Davis was shot and killed. A mistrial was declared on the count of first-degree murder.

From the article:
“Although I don’t think the evidence supports this, it is possible that the jury felt that Dunn was proper to stand his ground as to Davis, but his shooting of the others in the car was excessive,” said Kenneth Nunn, a law professor at the University of Florida.

Nunn and other experts said Sunday that it’s possible the jury was confused regarding first-degree murder and the concept that it must be “premeditated.”

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

“John Stinneford’s insightful analysis of Miranda v. Arizona” (Feb. 18, 2014, The Washington Post / The Volokh Conspiracy)

Stinneford’s article, “The Illusory Eighth Amendment,” was highlighted in Volokh Conspiracy on The Washington Post’s website. The author points out Stinneford’s fresh angle on the Miranda v. Arizona ruling.

From the article:
What Stinneford argues is that this is not actually how the Court’s reasoning in Miranda works. For Miranda to be a prophylactic rule, the Court would have to 1, have a basic sense of what the regular rule is, and then 2, create a second rule that would be more protective than that. But the Court actually flirts with at least three different theories of what the Constitution itself protects, and Miranda underprotects two of them. In other words, thinking of Miranda as prophylaxis may give it too much credit.