Stetson University

Faculty - Cayman Islands Fall Intersession Program

Resident Director:  Lance N. Long
Professor of Legal Skills
Stetson University College of Law

Professor Long joined Stetson after having taught legal research and writing for nine years at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, and at the University of Oregon School of Law. Before teaching, Professor Long practiced with Morrison & Foerster in Orange County, California, and Hill, Johnson & Schmutz in Provo, Utah. His practice is primarily focused on appellate and motion practice in the areas of intellectual property, contract, and construction law. Professor Long's scholarship currently focuses on the efficacy of various types of environmental advocacy and empirical analyses of language patterns in appellate briefs and opinions. His most recent article, "When Justices (Subconsciously) Attack: The Theory of Argumentative Threat and the Supreme Court," 91 Oregon Law Review 933 (2013) (with William F. Christensen) analyzes differences between the language used by Supreme Court Justices in majority and dissenting opinions and has received national media attention. He presents his research regularly at national and regional legal writing conferences.

Professor Long graduated with a J.D. from Brigham Young University in 1986. While at BYU, Professor Long was a member of the BYU Journal of Legal Studies, a member of the BYU Comparative Law Journal, and a member of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition team.


Carla L. Boles
Assistant Professor of Law
Charlotte School of Law, North Carolina

Carla Boles is an assistant professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where she teaches Lawyering Process, Legal History, Social Media and the Law, Professional Responsibility, Problems in Practice: Civil Wrongdoing, Introduction to the Study of Law, and Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation. She is also an adjunct professor with UNC Charlotte's Paralegal Studies Program teaching Legal Research and Legal Writing. Boles previously taught in the Professional Skills program at Western State University College of Law and in the paralegal studies programs at Cuyamaca Community College and Paralegal Training Centers. In addition to her strong commitment to legal education, Boles was an active practitioner for 16 years, working as a law firm associate, in-house corporate counsel, and as a solo practitioner in the areas of civil and business litigation, bankruptcy, estate planning and probate, and family law. She also served as a temporary judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Education: Juris Doctor, Western State University College of Law; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Southern California; Paralegal Studies Certificate, West Valley College.


Michael Burger
Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Columbia Law School, New York

Michael Burger is the first executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Burger's current research and advocacy focuses on domestic and international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate change adaptation through pollution control, resource management, land use planning and green finance. A widely published scholar, his article Environmental Law/Environmental Literature was recognized with the inaugural Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums, and has been quoted in the Huffington Post and other news outlets. He is also a co-founder and member of the Environmental Law Collaborative.

Burger recently joined the Center from Roger Williams University School of Law, where he was an associate professor. At RWU, Burger taught environmental law, administrative law, and law and literature, and was director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Clinical Externship program. He previously taught in the Lawyering Program at New York University School of Law, and served as an attorney in the Environmental Law Division of New York City’s Office of the Corporation Counsel. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law; and of Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Ratcliffe Hicks Prize for highest standing in language and literature. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Creative Writing program at NYU.


Mitchell Davis
Director

Truman Bodden Law School, Cayman Islands

Mitchell Davies has been the director of the Cayman Islands Law School since 1992. During his tenure, the law school’s student population has burgeoned from around 25 students to well over 100. Davies previously taught at the universities of Bristol and Buckingham in the UK. He has published extensively in UK law journals, particularly in the fields of criminal law and private international law. These are areas in which Davies continues to teach and maintain a close interest. Davies has presented numerous academic papers at conferences both in the UK, the Cayman Islands, and regionally.

Davies is a member of various academic and professional boards, including those of the University of Liverpool, UK, the Cayman Islands Legal Advisory Council, the Cayman Islands Criminal Sentencing Committee, and the American Caribbean Law Initiative, a group whose membership spans the Commonwealth Caribbean and the southern United States. Davies is secretary to the Cayman Islands Legal Advisory Council, a body which is charged with overseeing the provision of legal education in the Cayman Islands.


Charles Liberis
Liberis Law Firm P.A., Pensacola, Florida and
Board of Overseers, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida

Charles S. Liberis, a Pensacola native, began his legal career as legislative aide to Congressman Robert L.F. Sikes of Florida. Upon returning to Florida from D.C., he founded, what is now the Liberis Law Firm P.A.. His practice focuses on all areas of business, real estate law, estate planning, and international business transactions.

Liberis has extensive experience in real estate development including commercial buildings, residential communities, marinas and high-rise residential projects.

He was the founder and general counsel of Orange State Life Insurance Co.; Southern National Bankshares in Atlanta, Georgia; and First Trust Saving Bank in Jacksonville, Florida. He also served as board chair and CEO of two public companies, Europa Cruises Corporation and Surebet Casinos Inc.

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