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Two Stetson Law professors honored with endowed positions


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Gulfport, Fla. – Stetson University College of Law recently appointed two professors to endowed faculty positions.

Professor Roberta Kemp Flowers is the first Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Professor, and Professor Peter Lake has been appointed the Charles A. Dana Chair.

The Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Professorship was established to encourage new programs in the areas of professionalism and student mentoring. The Joy McCann Foundation donated $500,000 to Stetson to honor the work of Stetson Law Distinguished Professorial Lecturer and Florida legal legend Wm. Reece Smith Jr.

“Professor Flowers’ work with the advocacy teams and as director of Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy will enhance her ability to design and implement creative programs in the areas of professionalism and student mentoring,” said Dean Darby Dickerson.

Professor Lake will assume the Dana Chair following the retirement of Professor Brad Stone after 19 years of teaching at College of Law. Professor Lake is also co-director of Stetson’s Center for Excellence for Higher Education Law and Policy and an internationally recognized lecturer. “Professor Lake is an outstanding and inspiring teacher, gifted scholar and an established expert in torts, insurance law and higher education law and policy,” Dickerson said.

Named professorships and chairs are positions of prestige designed to recruit, retain and reward educators who have achieved prominence in their academic fields. Stetson University College of Law currently has six named faculty positions.