Media Hits

Robert Jerry

Dean and Levin Mabie and Levin Professor of Law

Oct. 20, 2008, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, “Lunch with law school leader” “Students are graduating with so much debt that it’s tough for them to think about serving with the State Attorney’s or Public Defender’s Office after they graduate. … That’s a decision they shouldn’t have to make if they want to serve the public.”

Jerry was a guest speaker at the Jacksonville Bar Association’s October 2008 luncheon, where he expressed concern about the career choices law students are often forced to make due to financial issues.

Lyrissa Barnett Lidksy

Stephen C. O’Connell Professor of Law

Nov. 9, 2008, Sun Sentinel, United Press International and in the e-publications Official Wire, The Money Times, The Post Chronicle, “Web reviews can spur lawsuits”

“These (law) suits are extremely common and starting to make their way through the courts. … Courts are starting to develop balancing tests to guarantee it’s a legitimate libel suit before they uncover the poster’s identity.”

Lidsky was quoted on the trend of businesses initiating libel suits against disgruntled customers who anonymously post unfavorable reviews online. Lidsky said it’s often hard to know if such libel lawsuits are legitimate or if companies just want to muzzle their critics.

George “Bob” Dekle, Professor of Law

Oct 16, 2008, Associated Press, “Law experts: Florida conviction possible without body”

“It’s like doing math without numbers.”

Dekle’s quote commented on murder investigations and conviction cases in which the body has not been found, as was the situation with the high-profile missing child case of Caylee Anthony, a 2-yr-old Orlando, Fla. girl whose mother, Casey Anthony, has been charged with her murder. The body of a child matching that of Caylee Anthony was since discovered on Dec. 11, and the autopsy results confirming the remains as those of Caylee were announced on Dec. 16, 2008.

Katheryn Russell-Brown

Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations

Nov 9, 2008, Orlando Sentinel, Opinion Page, “Hoaxes signal the state of our racial fears”

“When I heard Susan Smith’s tale that she had been carjacked by a young black man, I was skeptical. In 1994, Smith told police that while stopped at a traffic signal, she was carjacked by a black man who drove off with her infant and toddler boys in the back seat. I thought, ‘Where would a black man go with two small white children?’. … Likewise, last month when I heard Ashley Todd’s yarn, the alleged facts struck me as odd. Todd, a volunteer for John McCain’s campaign, reported that she had been robbed, assaulted and maimed by a 6-foot-4 black man at an ATM. She said the man was a Barack Obama supporter who wanted to ‘teach her a lesson’ after seeing her McCain bumper sticker. … Welcome to the land of racial hoaxes. Not burdened by logic, hoaxes don’t have to make sense; they just have to feel like they could make sense.”

Richard G. Hamann

Associate In Law, Center for Governmental Responsibility

Dec. 16, 2008, Gainesville Sun, “Obama selects UF grad”

“Clearly, she’s committed to protecting the environment. … She’s sort of a combination of idealism and pragmatism that can be very effective.” Hamann was commenting on the news of Carol Browner’s (JD 79) appointment by President Barack Obama as his “Climate and Energy Czar.” Hamann said Browner’s approach to protecting and preserving the environment would represent a “180 degree shift” from the eco-unfriendly policies of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Michael Allan Wolf

Professor of Law, Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law

Jan. 9, 2009, New York Times, “The course that got away”

“They didn’t care how much they spent on the golf course because they were making so much money on lot sales.” Wolf was quoted as an expert in golf course conversions and on the growing trend of golf community developments going bankrupt and closing golf courses, leading to losses in home equity for those who purchased expensive homes or lots on the courses.

Jeffrey Davis

Professor of Law, Gerald A. Sohn Scholar

Jan. 29, 2009, Orlando Sentinel, “Seaside National receives $5.7 million from federal bailout”

“Many of the community banks appear ready to lend. I’ve seen some with big signs up saying ‘we have money, come on in.’ In the earlier funding, the big banks pretty much got a blank check, but they used the money mostly to shore up their balance sheets. I don’t think the community banks will get the same blank check.”

Davis’ expert opinion was quoted in regards to community banks receiving funds from the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP.

Jonathan R. Cohen

Professor of Law, Associate Director, Center for Dispute Resolution

Dec. 9, 2008, Washington Post, “Closer to Bailout, GM Prints Candid Apology”

“Talk is pretty cheap…. Action is more telling.”

Cohen was quoted in response to the Dec. 8 full page advertisement run by General Motors in Automotive News, in which it acknowledged serious organizational blunders leading up to its financial collapse and promised to be more proactive in its business plan.

Jon Mills

Professor of Law, Dean Emeritus and Director, Center for Governmental Responsibility

Feb. 2, Ocala Star Banner, “Lawmaker calls for water changes”

“The current system has worked pretty well, across a wide range of governors. … It seems to me we should be leery of throwing out the entire process.” Mills was quoted in an article examining the House proposal made by Keystone Heights Rep. Charles Van Zant to elect members of the district water boards rather than the present system of gubernatorial appointment.

William H. Page

Professor of Law, Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar in Electronic Communications and Administrative Law, and Senior Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs

Feb 11, 2009, Computerworld, “EU’s charges against Microsoft over IE ‘just silly,’ says expert”

“The remedy [from the U.S. case] was for Microsoft to remove icons and menu items related to IE, and so forth, and give OEMs the flexibility to install another browser. … There’s no [Windows reseller] I know of, though, that has actually installed a second browser. … It looks like the EU has revived the idea that the browser market is a separate market. … It would be dumb to require Microsoft to delete IE [from Windows] and then require users to install a browser separately after they first use Windows. That’s just silly.”

Page was quoted regarding the European Union’s legal challenge of Microsoft Corp. over new charges that Internet Explorer (IE) stifles browser competitors.

Lars Noah Professor of Law

Feb. 23, 2009, Wall Street Journal, “Experts question vax industry’s special legal status”

“When you’ve got a monopoly and can dictate price in a way that you couldn’t before, I’m not sure you need the liability protection.”

Noah was quoted on the question of liability protection for pharmaceutical companies when introducing newly-developed vaccines.

Danaya Wright

Clarence J. TeSelle Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor

March 17, 2009, USA Today, Bloomberg News, NY Times, and Boston Globe, “Madoff’s wife declares Palm Beach home main residence”

Wright was widely quoted speaking on Florida law and bankruptcy protection for homeowners under the state’s homestead exemption laws. The articles were in reference to Bernard Madoff’s wife, Ruth, who declared her $9.4 million Palm Beach, Fla., home as her primary residence in an effort to avoid losing the estate to creditors.

Joseph Little

Professor Emeritus, Research Scholar

May 11, 2009, Ocala Star Banner, “Petition against Crist generates discussion on equality”

“It seems to me the governor is trying to run some type of affirmative action in every judicial appointment and I don’t necessarily think that’s a desirable thing on the merits. … He’s trying to make some kind of diversity statement.”

Little was quoted speaking on the lawsuit brought by retiring appellate Judge Robert J. Pleus Jr. against Gov. Crist for not choosing Pleus’ replacement from a list of six names provided by an independent panel of judges.