Faculty - Granada, Spain
Associate Professor of Law
Charleston School of Law
Jorge R. Roig joined the Charleston School of Law faculty in the Summer of 2011 as Assistant Professor of Law. Prior to joining the law school, he served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law from 2009 to 2011, where he administered a course on Legal Research and Writing, and Introduction to the Law.
During his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, Roig's coursework included a concentration on Microeconomics, Finance, Game Theory, Derivative Pricing and Econometrics. While at the University of California at Berkeley, he received a "Boalt Hall Law & Technology Certificate" for his coursework in Copyrights and Trademarks, Cyberlaw, Entertainment Law, Sports Law and Art Law, and his thesis: "Speaking in Code: The Question of First Amendment Coverage of Computer Source Code."
Roig served as Judicial Clerk to then Associate Justice, now Chief Justice, Federico Hernández Denton, at the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. He also served as Judicial Clerk to United States District Judge Salvador E. Casellas at the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Roig labored in private practice at Fiddler, González & Rodríguez, P.S.C., where he worked, among other things, in complex civil litigation and intellectual property matters for corporate clients.
Roig has also served as Assistant Secretary of Justice, in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel, the Legislative Liaison's Office and the Contracts and Law No. 9 Division of the Puerto Rico Department of Justice. As such, Roig advised the Governor, the Secretary of Justice and the different governmental entities of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico regarding legal, communications and public policy issues of high import including constitutional law matters, such as First Amendment, Equal Protection, Due Process and privacy issues, executive appointments, separation of powers and national security. Roig also conducted high profile litigations involving constitutional issues related to government budget crises and disputes with the federal government.
Roig is also an avid fan of creative and artistic endeavors of all types, and has published several works of fiction and poetry, including a collection of short stories entitled Reflexiones del Antagonista (Cultural Puertorriqueña 1994), which he co-authored with a longtime friend.
Professor of Law, Director, Center for International Law and Justice
Florida A&M University School of Law
Randall S. Abate joined the Florida A&M College of Law faculty in 2009 with fifteen years of full-time law teaching experience at Vermont, Widener-Harrisburg, Rutgers-Camden, Florida Coastal, and Florida State. He teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law and justice, constitutional law, and animal law. He has taught international and comparative environmental law courses in study abroad programs in Nairobi, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Northern India, and the Cayman Islands. Professor Abate has published and presented widely on environmental law topics, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and justice. He is the editor of What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? (ELI Press, forthcoming Nov. 2015), Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives (Oxford University Press, forthcoming Dec. 2014) and Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies (Edward Elgar 2013) (co-edited with Professor Elizabeth Kronk Warner). He taught a Climate Change Adaptation Law and Justice course in the inaugural Summer Environmental Law Program at China University of Political Science and Law in 2014, and a Climate Change Law and Justice course at National Law Academy in Odessa, Ukraine on a Fulbright Specialists grant in 2013. Early in his career, he handled environmental law matters at two law firms in Manhattan. Professor Abate 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.
Associate Professor of Law
Charleston School of Law
Prior to joining the faculty at the Charleston School of Law in fall 2010, Professor Compton was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University where she taught Intellectual Property, Property, Legal Profession, and Wills, Trusts and Estates Law. Before beginning a career in academia, Professor Compton practiced law with two of the largest firms based in the Midwest: Barnes & Thornburg LLP and Ice Miller LLP where she was a member of the Intellectual Property Department.
Professor Compton concentrated her practice in the areas of trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation and counseled clients in various aspects of trademark law, including adoption of new trademarks, registrations in the United States and abroad, licensing, and enforcement of rights. She also assisted clients with domain name registration and enforcement, drafting and negotiating contracts, franchising, and border enforcement of intellectual property through U.S. Customs. She previously served as Senior Counsel for Sears Intellectual Property Management Company in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Professor Compton volunteers much of her time helping those underserved. Her commitments include being a Founding Member of the Fannie Lou Hamer Project, Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, a volunteer attorney for the Protective Order Pro Bono Project and the Organizing Committee for the Circle City Classic. She was also a member of the inaugural class of the Indianapolis Bar Association's Bar Leaders Series and the Women's Fund, OPTIONS '03 class. Additionally, her memberships include Marion County Bar Association, where she is currently the President-Elect; National Bar Association, CLE committee; International Trademark Association; Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Committee; and, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
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.
Candidate, Doctorate in International Animal Law
Laval University, Quebec, Canada
Sabine Brels is a French lawyer with a specific background in international animal law. Her research and fields of work are particularly related to animal welfare and biodiversity conservation. Loving animals and nature above all, she has always wanted to dedicate her life to their protection.
After a first diploma in ecology at Cadiz University in Spain, she received her law degree in Montpellier. She then received her LL.M. in International Environmental Law from Laval University in Quebec. She is currently finishing her J.D. (doctorate in international animal law) at Laval University. Laureate of the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, she frequently publishes in French, English, and Spanish animal law reviews. During the course of her doctorate, she also attended various conferences on the globalization of animal welfare law around the world.
Previously, she worked as a legal consultant for various establishments: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (UNEP) and the Ramsar convention (intergovernmental organizations); WWF international (non-governmental organizations); and CIRAD for the IMoSEB Project and the University of California Berkley for the Moorea Biocode Project (research centers). Recently, she also co-created the Global Animal Law Project on www.globalanimallaw.org. Sabine Brels visited Stetson University College of Law in October 2013 to share her special knowledge as a guest lecturer in the emerging field of animal law.