Joan Stearns Johnsen

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Joan Stearns Johnsen is a skills professor specializing in areas related to alternative dispute resolution. Professor Johnsen has been mediating and arbitrating large complex commercial cases primarily in the areas of securities, general corporate, and employment law for over twenty years. Professor Johnsen is on the arbitration and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association […]

Thomas T. Ankersen

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Professor Ankersen directs the University of Florida Conservation Clinic, the experiential learning arm of the College’s Environmental and Land Use Law Program. Ankersen also directs the College’s Costa Rica Program. He practices domestic, international and comparative environmental law with an emphasis on Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Internationally he has worked and/or taught in […]

Mary Adkins


Professor Adkins has researched the history of the 1968 Florida Constitution and its revisions and has a book, published in the summer of 2016, titled “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.” She has presented her Florida Constitution research at the University of South Florida, the University of Florida, and […]

Ben Fernandez

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Professor Fernandez has twenty-five years experience representing financial institutions, government housing finance agencies, non-profit corporations, home buyers and sellers, and other clients in commercial and residential mortgage loan closings, affordable housing finance transactions, and residential real estate developments. He had his own practice in Plymouth, Massachusetts for ten years. Before that, he practiced law in […]

Meshon Rawls

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Education J.D., University of Florida B.A., University of Florida Teaching & Scholarship Juvenile Law, Children’s Rights Professional Activities University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty in 2006 as Legal Skills Professor and Director of Gator TeamChild, Juvenile Law Clinic. Professional Experience: Assistant Public Defender, 8th Judicial Circuit (1998-2006) Professional Affiliations: Alachua County Juvenile Justice […]

Shalini Ray


Prior to joining the Levin College of Law, Ray worked as a litigation associate at a large law firm in San Francisco, served as a judicial clerk to a federal district court judge in Philadelphia, and spent two years as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In her […]

Margaret Temple-Smith

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Education B.A., J.D., Wake Forest University Teaching and Scholarship Legal Drafting

Jennifer Zedalis

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Ms. Zedalis is the Director of Trial Practice at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and an Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Center. She is the Co-Chair of the Gerald T. Bennett Public Defender/Prosecutor Trial Program, and has served on the PPD faculty for 24 years. She teaches trial practice, pretrial practice, […]

Patricia Thomson

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Education B.A., Hollins College J.D., University of Florida. Teaching and Scholarship Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy

Joseph S. Jackson

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Education A.B., Princeton University J.D., University of Florida Teaching and Scholarship Legal Research & Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Equal Protection / Constitutional Law Career Highlights U.F. faculty since 1995. Fellow in Mental Health Law, University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy (1997-98); Principal staff writer, Center for Civic Education, California (1992-95); Private practice, […]