Faculty - The Hague, Netherlands
Resident Director - Kristen Cohen
Assistant Director of International Programs
Stetson University College of Law
Kristen Cohen received her M.Ed. in English in 2001 and her B.A. in English in 1998 from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. She also holds an A.P.S. in Paralegal Studies from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina, graduating in 1995 after having served in Desert Storm with the United States Army. In addition to her military service, she possesses a wide range of international experience, working at the U.S. embassies located in Cairo, Egypt and Canberra, Australia as well as living in Berlin, Germany for two years. In 2016, she served as the resident director of the Stetson University College of Law summer study abroad program in Oxford, England. Cohen is recognized as a Certified Professional in Education Abroad by The Forum on Education Abroad. With a background steeped in academia, the legal field, and an international context, Cohen provides unique skills and knowledge to her current position at Stetson University College of Law as the assistant director of International Programs.
Associate Dean for AAMPLE and Online Programs & Professor of Law, Center for Excellence in Elder Law
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
A graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Professor Arcaro is admitted to the Florida and Pennsylvania bars, and to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Professor Arcaro is a tenured faculty member at the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center; he has been a member of the Law Center faculty since 1994. After serving as a clinical instructor in the NSU Civil Law Clinic, he was appointed Director of the Children and Families Law Clinic in 1998. After serving as Director of the Master of Science in Health Law Program and the Master of Science in Education Law Program, Professor Arcaro was appointed Dean of AAMPLE (Alternative Admissions Model Program for Legal Education) and Online Programs at the Law Center in 2011. Professor Arcaro teaches both online and on-campus courses including: administrative law, evidence, domestic violence workshop and family law. In addition to memberships in local, state and national bar associations, Professor Arcaro also maintains professional memberships in numerous legal, clinical and educational associations. He has served on the Florida Legal Aid Corporation’s Executive Board of Directors, the [Florida] Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legal Clearinghouse. Professor Arcaro has received many awards in recognition of his service to both colleagues and the community, among them: the 2007 Faculty Professionalism Award from the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism; Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, from the Broward County Guardian Ad Litem Program; Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year, from the Broward Legal Aid Service, Inc.; Pro Bono Recognition from the Broward Lawyers Care (Broward County Bar Association); and multiple Certificates of Merit from the United States Department of State, Office of Children’s Affairs.
Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Paul Boudreaux teaches and writes on topics of "law and geography," including environmental law, natural resources law, property, and land use law. Particular areas of interest in recent years have included endangered species protection, water quality, suburban sprawl, and urban redevelopment. During the 2009-10 academic year, he served as the LeRoy Highbaugh Sr. Research Chair. He is working on a book exploring the socially exclusionary effects of land use laws.
He received his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Law Review and was selected for the Order of the Coif. He later was awarded an LL.M. degree from Georgetown. Before law school, he received his bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia, studied economics as a graduate fellow at the University of Wisconsin, and edited a newsletter on consumer credit law. He wrote the online Land Use Prof Blog from 2006 to 2009.
After clerking for the late Judge George Revercomb of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, he worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he litigated civil cases in federal courts across the nation for more than a decade. He taught at Tulane University and the University of Richmond before coming to Stetson in 2003.
Professor of Law
Roger Williams University School of Law
As an expert in National Security Law, Professor Peter Margulies focuses on the delicate balance between liberty, equality, and security in issues involving law and terrorism. Professor Margulies has written almost a dozen articles discussing the War on Terror. He currently works with RWU Law Professor Jared Goldstein, along with litigators from the law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, in representing two Afghan detainees. Professor Margulies led a national conference entitled “Legal Dilemmas in A Dangerous World: Law, Terrorism and National Security” held at RWU.
Professor Margulies also has an extensive background in immigration law and has represented Haitian refugees and conducted outreach to community legal service providers.
Peter Margulies teaches Immigration Law, National Security Law and Professional Responsibility. He has filed amicus briefs in high-visibility cases with the U.S. Supreme Court and has been frequently cited in the New York Times, the National Law Journal and other media outlets.
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. In 2013 and 2014, Merkel taught The United States and the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands as part of the Charleston School of Law’s summer school consortium program administered by Stetson University School of Law. 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.
Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law and Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Elder Law
Stetson University College of Law
Rebecca C. Morgan is the Boston Asset Management Faculty Chair in Elder Law and the co-director of the Center for Excellence in Elder Law at Stetson University College of Law and the director of Stetson's online LL.M. in Elder Law. Professor Morgan teaches a variety of elder law courses in the J.D. and LL.M. programs and oversees the elder law concentration program for J.D. students. She is the successor co-author of Matthew Bender's Tax, Estate and Financial Planning for the Elderly, and its companion forms book (Lexis), a co-author of Representing the Elderly in Florida, (Lexis), The Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts (Lexis), Ethics in an Elder Law Practice (ABA) and Planning for Disability (Bloomberg BNA Portfolio). She is a member of the elder law editorial board for Matthew Bender. Professor Morgan has authored a number of articles on a variety of elder law issues and has spoken a number of times on subjects of elder law. She is the co-editor of the Elder Law Prof Blog, http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/elder_law/ (with Katherine Pearson (Penn State)).
Professor Morgan is a past president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, past president of the board of directors of the National Senior Citizens Law Center, past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Aging and the Law and of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section, and on the faculty of the National Judicial College. She served as the reporter for the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act. She served on the Florida Attorney General's Task Force on Elder Abuse and the Florida Legislative Guardianship Study Commission. She is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), academic advisory board for the Borchard Center for Law and Aging, an academic fellow of the American College of Trusts & Estates Counsel (ACTEC), a NAELA fellow, and a member of NAELA's Council of Advanced Practitioners (chair 2012-2014). After a term on the Board of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, she is a special advisor to the ABA Commission on Law and Aging. She is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Medicare Advocacy.
Professor Morgan was the recipient of the 2003 Faculty Award on Professionalism from the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She received the NAELA Unaward in November 2004 from President Stu Zimring for her accomplishments in the field of elder law. Professor Morgan, along with Professor Roberta Flowers, received the 2005 Project Award on Professionalism from the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism for their video series on ethics in an elder law practice. She received the 2006 Rosalie Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award from the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She received the Homer & Dolly Hand Award for Faculty Scholarship in May of 2008, and the NAELA President's Award from NAELA President Mark Shalloway in May of 2008. She received the Theresa Award from the Theresa Alexandra Foundation in 2008. Professor Morgan was the 2009 recipient of the Treat award from the National College of Probate Judges.
Professor of Legal Skills and Coordinator of Legal Research and Writing
Stetson University College of Law
Professor Palmer joined Stetson after teaching legal writing and oral advocacy for six years as a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University Law School. Most recently, he worked for the Department of State as a team leader representing the United States in international arbitration cases before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. He also spent four years in Switzerland working as a claims judge for the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts, adjudicating claims of victims of Nazi persecution; for the United Nations Compensation Commission, coordinating review of Palestinian claims against Iraq as a result of its invasion and occupation of Kuwait; and for the Europa Institute at the University of Zurich, creating and teaching a course for Swiss lawyers on U.S. legal writing. Before working in Switzerland and at the Department of State, Professor Palmer spent several years in private practice in Washington, D.C., focusing on commercial litigation and international arbitration.
Professor Palmer is the co-author, along with Professor Arturo Carrillo, of the article "Transnational Mass Claims Processes in International Law and Practice," published in 28 Berkeley J. Int'l L. 343 (2010). He is also the author of the book chapter "Remedying Mistakes in Mass Claims without Compounding Errors - Lessons from the Palestinian Late Claims Program" in Designing Compensation After Upheaval: Insights From the Experience of the United Nations Compensation Commission (Oxford University Press). This two volume treatise is scheduled for publication in fall of 2010.
Professor Palmer was a panelist at the Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference in Tucson, Ariz., where he presented on "Paradigm Shift: Effectively Transitioning Students Between Professors During the First-Year Writing Curriculum." He has also presented at Cumberland University, Birmingham, Ala., on "The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): A Human Rights Approach to Post-Secondary Education," at the American Bar Association 2009 Fall Meeting in Miami, Fla., on "Nuts and Bolts of Drafting for Clients," and at the Merlin Law Group on "Removing the Roadblocks: Strategies for Effective Written Advocacy." Additionally, Professor Palmer was a moderator for the Stetson University College of Law Virtual Legal Writing Webinar on Upper Level Writing Programs.
Professor Palmer was a judge for the 2010 Michael Greenberg Writing Competition for the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association. He was also a deputy editor of the "International Year in Review" published in The International Lawyer in spring of 2010 and was an assistant editor for Volume 16 of the Legal Writing Institute's Journal of Legal Writing. He is a corresponding editor for International Legal Materials, which is published quarterly by the American Society of International Law.
Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Professor Judith A.M. Scully joined Stetson after serving for one year as a visiting professor from West Virginia University College of Law, where she taught since 1996. Professor Scully is co-founder of Stetson's Innocence Project, a collaboration with the Innocence Project of Florida that began in 2009. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Criminal Trial Practice, as well as seminars related to race and American law and international human rights
Prior to teaching law, Professor Scully managed her own law firm in the City of Chicago where she primarily represented defendants in criminal cases and plaintiffs in Section 1981 and 1983 civil rights cases. She has also served as an arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, an administrative law judge for the Cook County Commission on Human Rights, and the deputy director of the City of Chicago Board of Ethics.
She is a passionate advocate for racial justice as well as reproductive health and justice in the United States and abroad. She has written several articles on eugenics, forced sterilization initiatives, and contraceptive abuse. Her work on reproductive rights has been presented at various international forums including the International Women's Health and Human Rights Meeting in New Delhi, India; the 8th International Women's Health Conference in Brazil; and the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing.
In 1990, as a member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, Professor Scully worked with the African National Congress (ANC) to help draft the constitution for a Free and Democratic South Africa. Her suggestions for the protection of women's reproductive rights served as the basis of South Africa's constitutional provision guaranteeing a woman's right to reproductive choice.
Her scholarship has appeared in the Wisconsin International Law Journal, Columbia University Law School's race law journal, the UCLA Women's Law Journal, the Toledo Law Review, the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties and the Encyclopedia of the United States Supreme Court.
Robert S. Kerr Sr. Professor of Constitutional Law
Director, Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law & Government
Oklahoma City University School of Law
From 2005-2006 Professor Spiropoulos was the senior counselor to the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where his duties included serving as chief policy advisor and negotiator. Professor Spiropoulos clerked for Judge Danny Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and practiced law with the Chicago firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas before joining the faculty. He has been a Heritage Foundation Salvatori Fellow and is an adjunct scholar with the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, where he was named the 2011 Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow. He was the reporter for the Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Domestic-Violence Protection Orders Act.