Faculty Research

Stetson Law faculty advance legal discourse through regular scholarship published in journals and law reviews around the country.

Throughout our more than 120 years of legal education and innovation, Stetson Law has been a place where professors are encouraged to delve into difficult or previously unexplored areas of legal thought. In addition to academic journals and law reviews, their research can be found in books, documentaries, webinars and more.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy analyzes anti-corruption laws on Netflix show and in top law journals

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy contends that the Roberts Court, in a series of campaign finance and white-collar crime decisions, has undermined public protection from governmental corruption. Her recent work appears in the Harvard Law & Policy Review and American University Law Review. This election season she has appeared on Netflix’s Explained, Apple TV documentary Fish in a Barrel, and Common Sense Education’s PSA Political Ads on Social Media: Selling the Truth?

Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Professor Jason Palmer
Jason Palmer identifies the use of emotional intelligence as disguise for anti-LGBT bias

In the Wake Forest Law Review, Jason Palmer contends that rhetorical appeals to religious freedom, religious speech, and national security are being used successfully to camouflage arguments and sentiments otherwise rooted in homophobia, transphobia, and other biases. He presents this rhetoric as a persuasive trigger of negative emotional intelligence. To reinforce the values of equality dignity and social good, Palmer argues for the use of positive emotional intelligence instead.

Distinguished Visitor Charles Tabb on recent bankruptcy procedural ruling

Distinguished Visiting Professor Charles Tabb just published the fifth edition of his leading treatise, “The Law of Bankruptcy,” and was recently named one of the nation’s top bankruptcy attorneys by Lawdragon. In The National Law Review, Professor Tabb considers the importance of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Ritzen Group Inc. v. Jackson Masonry LLC for determining what constitutes a final, appealable order in bankruptcy proceedings.

Professor Charles Tabb
Professor Andrew Appleby
Andrew Appleby argues targeted taxes blur the line between taxes and fees

Some local governments are responding to infrastructure and homelessness crises by enacting targeted taxes directly aimed at large corporations whose success may have contributed to the problems. In the Oregon Law Review, Professor Appleby argues such targeted taxes might be properly understood as fees, and explores alternatives for revenue generation that better serve the government’s desired expressive function. He is also overseeing the inaugural Stetson Tax Innovators Exchange (S.T.I.X.) on Nov. 13, 2020, featuring nationally renowned experts in environmental taxation and tax technology.

Kirsten K. Davis on 'citizen lawyers' and the digital public sphere

Kirsten K. Davis, in the Nevada Law Journal, argues classical rhetorical theory, developed 2,000 years ago for face-to-face interactions in public squares, can still be used to urge improvement in modern lawyers’ digital communication practices. She contends that lawyers today have an ethical responsibility to write as “citizen lawyers,” providing legal commentary in the digital public sphere.

Professor Kirsten Davis
Professor Jason Bent
Jason Bent explores algorithmic affirmative action, machine learning in hiring processes

Jason Bent examines the legality of race-aware fairness constraints in hiring algorithms in the Georgetown Law Journal. He is now collaborating with researchers and analysts at the talent-matching platform pymetrics on a forthcoming paper in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law that recommends regulatory updates responsive to the increasing use of machine-learning in corporate hiring processes.