Levin College of Law

University of Florida Levin College of Law has hired 15 tenured and tenure-track professors, 8 legal skills and legal research professors, 9 visiting professors, and a Jurist-in-Residence since 2022. These leaders bring expertise in a wide range of areas, including bankruptcy, constitutional law, corporate governance, criminal procedure, cryptocurrency, immigration law, intellectual property, legal history, and tax law, to name a few. We invite you to explore their teaching and research expertise below.

Joining Florida Law in 2024

Gary S. Lawson

Professor Gary S. Lawson, currently the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University School of Law, will join the Florida Law faculty during the summer of 2024. He has authored or co-authored nine editions of a textbook on administrative law, a textbook on constitutional law, five university press books, and more than 100 scholarly articles on topics ranging from constitutional theory to the proof of legal propositions. With more than 1,200 citations in the last five years, and more than 3,400 lifetime citations according to Westlaw, Professor Lawson is one of the most highly cited legal scholars in any field. Read more in the full announcement.

Tenured & Tenure-Track Professors

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Elizabeth D. Katz

Professor of Law

Professor Katz joins us from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. As an award-winning legal historian, her research explores the development of family law and criminal law doctrines and institutions, with special attention to the influence of gender, religion, and race.

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Derek Bambauer

Irving Cypen Professor of Law

Professor Bambauer, a leading intellectual property scholar, joins Florida Law from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. His teaching and research focus on Internet law, patents, and cybersecurity.

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Julian Cook

Samuel T. Dell Professor of Law

Professor Cook joins Florida Law from the University of Georgia School of Law. His research and teaching interests include evidence, criminal procedure, and criminal law, including the intersection of race and criminal law and procedure.

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Jane Bambauer

Professor of Law and Brechner Eminent Scholar Chair, College of Journalism and Communications

Professor Bambauer, a leading First Amendment scholar and teacher, with a particular focus on privacy and technology, joins Florida Law from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Her research assesses the social costs and benefits of Big Data and how new information technologies affect free speech, privacy, and competitive markets.

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Zachary Kaufman

Professor of Law

Professor Kaufman joins Florida Law from the University of Houston Law Center. He focuses on international law, transitional justice, and criminal law, among other topics. He is currently working on his fourth book, which explores the law and politics of bystanders and upstanders.


Ben Johnson

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Johnson joins Florida Law from Pennsylvania State University, University Park. His multimethodological research focuses on how judges make decisions, the consequences of judicial decision-making, and the normative implications of judicial processes.

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Matthew Kim

Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Kim joins Florida Law after clerking in Miami for Judge Barbara Lagoa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Professor Kim is an empirical scholar who focuses on criminal law and criminal procedure.


Thomas Haley

Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Haley joins Florida Law from University of Virginia School of Law. He writes and teaches about the intersection of law and technology, particularly matters of privacy.

New Legal Skills Professors

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Donna L. Eng

Legal Skills Professor

Professor Eng joins UF Law after practicing at the firm of Mrachek, Fitzgerald, Rose, Konopka, Thomas & Weiss, P.A. in Stuart, Florida. She previously practiced at Carlton Fields, clerked for United States Magistrate Judge James M. Hopkins, and served as both an Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant State Attorney. She will teach first-year legal writing.

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Thomas Hawkins

Legal Skills Professor and Director, Environmental and Community Development Clinic

Professor Hawkins joins Florida Law from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UF’s College of Design, Construction, and Planning, where he served as an Instructional Assistant Professor. He studies land use regulations, regulatory powers, and regulatory processes. He will lead the Environmental and Community Development Clinic.

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Heather Kolinsky

Legal Skills Professor

Professor Kolinsky joins Florida Law from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She previously clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Kelly and practiced appellate law in Florida. She will teach first-year legal writing.

New Visiting Professors

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Cathy Hwang

Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Hwang joins Florida Law from the University of Virginia School of Law where she is the Barron F. Black Research Professor of Law and the Director of the John W. Glynn Jr. Law & Business Program. A leading business law scholar, her research focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate contracts, and corporate governance.

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Lorelei Ritchie

Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Ritchie joins Florida Law from Southern Illinois University School of Law where she is an Assistant Professor of Law. Her research focuses on the social utility of intellectual property ownership and enforcement and on the creation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Peter T. Fay Jurist-in-Residence

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Hon. John L. Badalamenti

Peter T. Fay Jurist-in-Residence

Judge John L. Badalamenti is a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida and a former judge on Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal. In his role as the Peter T. Fay Jurist-In-Residence, Judge Badalamenti will co-teach a seminar, Advanced Constitutional Theory: Originalism and its Foes. Working year-round from chambers, Judge Badalamenti will develop and facilitate student-focused programs, bringing distinguished federal and Florida state jurists together to expound upon Originalism and other methods of constitutional interpretation.

Tenured & Tenure Track Professors Who Joined Florida Law In 2022

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Lynn LoPucki

Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law

Professor LoPucki, a nationally recognized expert in corporate and commercial law, joined Florida Law from UCLA Law where he taught Secured Transactions and Business Associations for 22 years. Professor LoPucki has published more than seventy-five articles in highly regarded law reviews and co-authors three Aspen casebooks.


Tracey Maclin

Raymond & Miriam Ehrlich Chair in U.S. Constitutional Law

Professor Maclin, a nationally recognized expert in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, and the U.S. Supreme Court, joined Florida Law from Boston University School of Law. His scholarship focuses on the Fourth Amendment and the Self-Incrimination Clause of the Fifth Amendment. He has published many law review articles and book chapters on constitutional criminal procedure topics.


Lyrissa Lidsky

Raymond & Miriam Ehrlich Chair in U.S. Constitutional Law

Professor Lidsky’s scholarship includes a leading Media Law casebook, a First Amendment casebook, a reference book on press freedom, and dozens of articles, including a recent article on threats in social media. She is also co-reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Defamation and Privacy. Her work on anonymous speech has been cited by a number of state supreme courts and the highest courts of Canada and Hong Kong.


Jonathan Marshifield

Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law

Professor Marshfield teaches and writes in the areas of local government law, state constitutional law, and constitutional change. His state constitutional law research has been cited by the New Jersey Supreme Court, and his research analyzing constitutional change has been cited by leading scholars in law reviews, textbooks, and academic journals.


Jiaying Jiang

Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Jiang analyzes the regulation of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, FinTech, blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and central bank digital currencies. Her scholarship has been published in multiple law reviews and peer-reviewed journals in the United States, China, and Europe.


Christopher Hampson

Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Hampson is a scholar of bankruptcy, insolvency, and the ethics of debt. His research focuses on how legal institutions can best serve our shared values during times of financial distress. His scholarship has been published in highly regarded journals and cited by federal district and appellate courts, as well as two state supreme courts.

Legal Skills Professors WHO JOINED FLORIDA LAW IN 2022


Juan Caballero

Legal Skills Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic

Professor Caballero leads our Immigration Clinic. He previously served as an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at NYU Law and worked as a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.


Donna Erez-Navot

Legal Skills Professor and Director of the Mediation Clinic

Professor Erez-Navot leads our Mediation Clinic. She has years of service as a mediator and in leading mediation clinics, including at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she served as Assistant Director of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, and at University of Wisconsin Law School, where she established numerous mediation and child protection programs.


Derek Wheeler

Legal Skills Professor and Director of the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

Professor Wheeler leads our new Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic after serving as a tax associate at Andreozzi Bluestein LLP in Clarence, New York. Before entering private practice, Professor Wheeler worked for the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, where he served as the Qualified Tax Expert for their Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.

Legal Research Professors WHO JOINED FLORIDA LAW IN 2022


Emily Mayers-Twist

Legal Research Professor

Professor Mayers-Twist joins us as a legal research professor and the Legal Information Center’s new emerging legal technology specialist.


Avery Vinson

Legal Research Professor

Professor Vinson joins us as a legal research professor and the new student services specialist at the Legal Information Center.

Visiting Professors Who Joined Florida Law In 2022


David Brennen

Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Brennen, a Professor at University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law, analyzes the intersections of tax law and nonprofit law. He is the co-author of one of the first law school casebooks on the taxation of nonprofit organizations.


Adam Pritchard

Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Pritchard, the Frances and George Skestos Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, focuses his research on securities class actions, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement, and the history of securities law in the U.S. Supreme Court.


James Van Nostrand

Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Van Nostrand, the Charles M. Love, Jr. Endowed Professor at West Virginia University College of Law, is a scholar of environmental law, climate change, renewable energy, and regulated industries. Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey recently appointed Professor Van Nostrand as Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

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Thomas D. Russell

Visiting Professor of Law

Professor Russell returns to Florida Law for a third semester after a semester away at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He will be teaching two sections of Torts this fall.


Pamela Marsh

Visiting Professor of Practice

Professor Marsh most recently served as the Executive Director of the First Amendment Foundation after serving as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. She teaches Criminal Law, Social Justice Lawyering, and Trial Practice.


Rachael L. Jones

Visiting Legal Skills Professor

Professor Jones most recently clerked for the Honorable Judge W. Louis Sands of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. She teaches Internet Law and legal writing courses.


Erin Swick

Visiting Legal Skills Professor

Professor Swick is a partner with Akerman LLP, where she represents private equity firms and public and private companies in a variety of both buy and sell side business transactions. She is teaching Legal Drafting during her sabbatical from the firm.