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Faculty - Study Abroad in South Africa

Randall Abate
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Florida A&M University College of Law

Randall S. Abate joined the Florida A&M College of Law faculty in 2009 and serves as associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of law. He teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law, constitutional law, and animal law. Professor Abate has 22 years of full-time law teaching experience at six U.S. law schools. He received a faculty fellowship from the Sustainability Institute at Florida A&M University for the 2016-2017 academic year. Professor Abate has taught international and comparative law courses on environmental and animal law topics in Argentina, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. In 2016, Professor Abate delivered invited lectures on climate justice and animal law topics at several of the top law schools in the world including Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Sydney.

Professor Abate has published and presented widely on environmental law topics, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and justice. His articles on climate change law and justice have appeared in several leading law reviews including the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Connecticut Law Review, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, Washington Law Review, William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Ottawa Law Review, Fordham Environmental Law Review, and UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. He is the editor of Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (ELI Press 2016), What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? (ELI Press 2015), Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives (Oxford University Press 2015) and co-editor of Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies (Edward Elgar 2013). Early in his career, Professor Abate handled environmental law matters at two law firms in Manhattan. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a J.D. and M.S.E.L. (Environmental Law and Policy) from Vermont Law School.


Sarah Gerwig-Moore
Associate Professor of Law
Mercer University School of Law

Professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore is a tenured associate professor at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia. Her teaching and scholarship interests are in constitutional criminal law, law and literature, and experiential public service learning. When she joined the Mercer faculty in 2006, she created The Habeas Project, which provides pro bono representation in pro se cases pending before the Supreme Court of Georgia and in other cases presenting pressing constitutional issues. That clinic has briefed and argued more than 70 matters — including cases of first impression — and has won full or partial relief on behalf of many of its clients. She teaches Criminal Law, Law & Literature; Client Counseling; directs the Public Defender Externship; and enjoys teaching in summer programs both at Mercer and abroad.

Beyond her work at the law school, Professor Gerwig-Moore is active in the Macon community. She served two terms on the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission, four years as chair. She was also the founding co-chair of the College Hill Corridor Commission — an organization noted for its visible progress in neighborhood revitalization and values of transparency and civic engagement.

Before joining the Mercer Law School faculty, Gerwig-Moore was the senior appellate supervising attorney at the Georgia Public Defender Council (the central office of the statewide public defender system). She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Mercer University, her Master of Theological Studies from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Honors and awards include the Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award from the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section (2013); the Robert J. Benham Award Community Service Award (2011); the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia "Commitment to Justice" Award (2006); the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Case of the Year Award (2006 and 2009); Candler School of Theology’s Myki Mobley Award for Academic Excellence and Social Concern (2002); and Emory Law School’s Herman Dooyeweerd Prize in Law and Religion (2002). She was named to Georgia Trend’s “Forty Under Forty” in 2015.

She lives in Macon with her two sons, Dean and Eliot, and their animal friends.


Ellen Podgor
Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor
Stetson University College of Law

A former deputy prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, Professor Ellen S. Podgor teaches in the areas of white collar crime, criminal law and international criminal law. She has previously taught other courses, such as professional responsibility, criminal procedure, law and sexual orientation seminar, and trial advocacy. She served as Stetson's inaugural associate dean of faculty development and electronic education and also served as a LeRoy Highbaugh Sr. Research Chair and presently serves as the Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor. She is the co-author of numerous books including White Collar Crime in a Nutshell, Understanding International Criminal Law, Mastering Criminal Law, White Collar Crime Hornbook, and Mastering Criminal Procedure Vol. I and Vol. II. She has authored more than 70 law review articles and essays in the areas of computer crime, international criminal law, lawyer's ethics, criminal discovery, prosecutorial discretion, corporate criminality, and other white collar crime topics. These have been published in journals such as the Boston College Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Washington & Lee Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Yale Law Journal Pocket Part, Washington University Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, American University Law Review, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, American Criminal Law Review, Vanderbilt En Banc, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, and many others.

Podgor has been interviewed on National Public Radio and been quoted in newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, National Law Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Business Week. She is the editor of the highly ranked White Collar Crime Prof Blog. She is the chair of the Advisory Committee of the NACDL White-Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson.

She has taught at other law schools including Georgia State University College of Law and St. Thomas University College of Law, and been a visiting professor at University of Georgia School of Law, George Washington University Law School and held a visiting endowed chair position at University of Alabama School of Law. She also was a visiting scholar at Yale Law School. Podgor served for six years as a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and presently serves on the board of directors of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL) and is the past-president of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS). She is a past chair of the Association of American Law School’s (AALS) Sections on Criminal Justice and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues. Professor Podgor is an honorary member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL) and also is a member of the American Law Institute.

In 2010, Podgor received the Robert C. Heeney Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is also the recipient of the Dickerson-Brown Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, the Homer & Dolly Hand Award for Excellence in Research, and the J. Ben Watkins Award for Excellence in the Legal Profession.


Florence Shu-Acquaye
Professor of Law

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

Florence Shu-Acquaye is a professor of law and a faculty member of Shepard Broad College of Law since 2000. She teaches Business Entities, Contracts, UCC: Sales, International Sales of Goods & Arbitration, Negotiable Instruments, and Comparative Corporate Governance. She also teaches in the Master’s in Health Law program (M.HL), where she has supervised more than 70 student papers on various topics. In addition, she has developed and taught a course in the Master’s in Education Law (M.S. Ed.L).

Professor Shu-Acquaye holds an LL.B. and Maîtrise (post-graduate diploma) (both with honors) from the University of Yaoundé, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a J.S.M. and a J.S.D. from Stanford Law School. While on sabbatical in the fall of 2006, she worked in Cameroon with the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA), an African organization dedicated to addressing the problems faced by women with HIV/AIDS. Examples of her activities during her stay include: reviewing a proposed Model Law on STD/HIV/AIDS for West and Central Africa; reviewing an “Avant Projet de Loi Fixant Les Droits et Obligations Des Personnes Vivant avec Le VIH/SIDA” (proposed Law on the Rights and Obligations of Persons living with HIV/AIDS); reviewing, with recommendations, the implementation of some articles of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Cameroon. Based on these experiences, she then co-authored the book, “Women, the Law and HIV/AIDS: A Conundrum for the Legislature in Africa?"(Vandeplas Publishing (2008)), which further underscored her desire to draw attention to the epidemic in Africa. Professor Shu-Acquaye was a recipient of the In Focus magazine’s Quiet Storm Achievement Award on August 25, 2007, for her work with the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa. The following month this achievement was acknowledged and praised in a personal letter from the Supreme Court of Florida. During her 2015 sabbatical, she continued working with SWAA and amongst several other things, lobbied NGOs and government officials for a concrete follow up plan for the adoption of the Draft Law on HIV/AIDS in Cameroon. She participated in the training of Youths on Sexuality and created a basic guidance manual to assist SWAA Centre and other organizations on how to receive people with HIV/AIDS who come to their Centre/organization for assistance.

Professor Shu-Acquaye is a member of the American Bar Association, Business and International Law Divisions, the Corporate Governance Committee, as well as a member of the International Developments in Corporate Governance Committee. She has several scholarly publications and has given presentations on a variety of topics at conferences and workshops locally and internationally.