Stetson University

Faculty - The Hague, Netherlands

Resident Director: Michael Burger
Associate Professor of Law
Roger Williams University School of Law

Michael Burger teaches Environmental Law, Ocean & Coastal Law, Administrative Law, and Law & Literature at RWU Law. Prior to his arrival at RWU Law, he was assistant acting professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law. He also served for four years in the Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, where he worked on issues ranging from global warming to the protection of the City's drinking water supply to the renovation of Washington Square Park.

Professor Burger writes on environmental federalism and the intersection of environmental law and environmental literature. Recent articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the University of Cincinnati Law Review, the University of Hawaii Law Review, the Environmental Law Reporter, and other journals. 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 Graduate Creative Writing program at NYU.


Judge Edward C. LaRose
Adjunct Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law

Judge LaRose received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 1977 from Boston College. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 1980.

He began his legal career with Howrey & Simon in Washington, D.C., where he practiced extensively in the area of antitrust law. He joined Trenam Kemker Scharf Barkin Frye O'Neill & Mullis as an associate in 1983 and became a shareholder in the firm in 1987. While at Trenam Kemker, he practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, antitrust, and employment law, and he headed the firm's employment law practice group.

Governor Jeb Bush appointed Judge LaRose to the Second District Court of Appeal, and he began serving as a member of the court in February 2005. Judge LaRose is board certified in Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. He is certified as a circuit-civil mediator and served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers, has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. He serves as an adjunct professor of law at Stetson University College of Law.

He is an active member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and The Florida Bar. He served as the chair of the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee (13th Judicial Circuit "A"). He was a member of The Florida Bar Antitrust & Trade Regulation Certification Committee. He has served on The Florida Bar Business Law Section Executive Committee and has been active on various Business Law Section committees.  He is a member of the Ferguson-White Inn of Court in Tampa. Judge LaRose has written and spoken frequently in the areas of appellate, antitrust, and employment law.

Judge LaRose served as a trustee for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc., and he remains active as a Catholic Charities volunteer. He was a member of Leadership Tampa (1999) and Leadership Tampa Bay (2002). He is an advisory board member of the University of Tampa Center for Ethics, and a distinguished past president of the Kiwanis Club of Carrollwood. He is active in his church and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.


William G. Merkel
Associate Professor of Law
Charleston School of Law

Bill Merkel joined the Charleston School of Law faculty in 2012. Merkel graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in history in 1988 and proceeded to work as a cook in Baltimore and then as an analyst with the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. before returning to graduate studies in history and law. He completed his J.D. at Columbia Law School in 1996 and then worked in appellate litigation with Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C. from 1997-1998. Merkel is the author, with the late Richard Uviller, of The Militia and the Right to Arms, Or, How the Second Amendment Fell Silent (Duke University Press, 2002). He taught American history at Oxford University from 2001-2003 and Comparative Introduction to American Law to foreign trained LL.M. students at Columbia Law School from 2003-2005. From 2005-2011, Merkel was an associate professor of law at Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas, where he was named Professor of the Year by the graduating class in 2008. At Washburn, Merkel taught Constitutional Law I & II, Comparative Constitutional Law, Public International Law, and International Criminal Law and the Law of War. He received a doctorate in history from Oxford University in 2007.

Merkel has held visiting positions at the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2009 and at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2011-12. At the Charleston School of Law, Merkel continues to teach courses in Constitutional Law, International Law, Comparative Law, and Legal History. Merkel's article "Jefferson's Failed Anti-Slavery Proviso of 1784 and the Nascence of Free Soil Constitutionalism" was selected as the best submission in constitutional history by the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum in 2006. Merkel is in the process of revising his Oxford doctoral thesis "Race, Liberty, and Law: Thomas Jefferson and Slavery, 1770-1800" for publication as a book to be titled Ambiguous Beginnings: Thomas Jefferson, Slavery, and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism. Merkel has published numerous articles in journals including the Chicago-Kent Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, Lewis and Clark Law Review, Santa Clara Law Review, Seton Hall Law Review, Rutgers Law Review, and Law and History Review. His scholarship on the Second Amendment has been cited by many authors and jurists, including Justice Breyer in a dissenting opinion in McDonald v. City of Chicago. In 2013, following the successful defense of his dissertation “The Second Amendment and the Constitutional Right to Self-Defense,” Merkel was awarded a J.S.D. degree by Columbia University.

Merkel is a member of the District of Columbia, New York, and United States Supreme Court Bars.


Gary Solis
Adjunct Professor of Law
Georgetown Law

B.A., San Diego State College; J.D., University of California, Davis; LL.M., George Washington University; Ph.D., The London School of Economics and Political Science. Gary Solis taught on the LSE's law faculty for three years before joining the Department of Law at the United States Military Academy. For six years, he headed West Point's law of war program, receiving Phi Kappa Phi's distinguished teaching award and, in 2005, the Apgar Award as the Military Academy's outstanding instructor. He retired from West Point in 2006. Library of Congress scholar in residence, 2007.  He is on the teaching faculty of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, in San Remo, Italy. His books are Marines and Military Law in Vietnam; and Son Thang: An American War Crime; and The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War.

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