Faculty - Study Abroad in South Africa
Resident Director: Kirsten K. Davis
Professor of Law, Director of the Institute for Advancement of Legal Communication
Dr. Davis graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from The Ohio State University College of Law. While at Ohio State, she was a member of the Ohio State Law Journal and chief justice of the Moot Court Governing Board. She began her legal career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. She later practiced in the areas of litigation, employment and taxation. Dr. Davis began her legal teaching career at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Dr. Davis holds a Ph.D. in Human Communication from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She has served on the board of directors of the Association of Legal Writing Directors and is a past chair for the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education. She is currently Vice Chair of the Florida Bar’s Standing Commission on Professionalism and is on the Board of Directors of the Legal Writing Institute, a national organization dedicated to legal communication.
Dr. Davis's research and scholarship focuses on legal communication, law and rhetoric, professionalism, and professional ethics. Her work has appeared in journals including the Oregon Law Review, Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, and William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Her mobile application, My Legal Writing™, is a tool for better legal writing and is available for iPhone and iPad.
Dr. Davis is an affiliate member of the Florida Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in Arizona, Ohio and West Virginia. She is a recipient of the Dean's Award for Extraordinary Service and in 2017 was given Stetson’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Legal Research and Writing Instructor
Florida A&M University College of Law
Paige Carlos will begin this fall as a Legal Research and Writing Instructor, after previously serving as Academic Planning for Success Advisor. She graduated Cum Laude with her J.D. from the FAMU College of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of Law Review. She also holds a B.A. from Colgate University, Hamilton, New York. Paige has been admitted to practice law in Florida and Washington, D.C.
Professor of Law and Co-Director of Center for Excellence in Advocacy
Stetson University College of Law
Roberta K. Flowers is a professor of law at Stetson University College of Law. Within the Elder Law LL.M. program, Professor Flowers teaches Ethics in an Elder Law Practice. She also teaches Evidence, Criminal Procedure, and Professional Responsibility. While at Stetson, Professor Flowers has successfully coached trial teams, arbitration teams and moot court teams to national championships. She has served as the director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy and as the William Reece Smith Jr. Distinguished Professor in Professionalism. During her time at Stetson, Professor Flowers has received the university-level Excellence in Teaching Award, Most Inspirational Teacher Award from the Student Bar Association, and an award from the Student Bar Association for supporting student life. She also has received the university-level Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Excellence in Scholarship, the Dean's Award for Extraordinary Service, and been awarded the Distinguished Service Award four times. In 2005, the Florida Supreme Court awarded Professor Flowers the Faculty Professionalism Award.
Professor Flowers has lectured worldwide on the topic of ethics. She won a Telly Award for Excellence in Educational Films for having produced a series of educational videos on the ethical issues faced by prosecuting attorneys. Along with Professor Rebecca Morgan, she created a video series used to train and educate attorneys nationwide on the ethical dilemmas faced by elder law attorneys. The Florida Supreme Court awarded Professor Morgan and Professor Flowers the Florida Supreme Court Professionalism Award for their video productions. Additionally, with Professor Morgan, Professor Flowers designed the nation's first "elder friendly courtroom," which serves as model for courtrooms of the future.
Before arriving at Stetson, Professor Flowers worked as a prosecutor in both the state and federal system. She began her career in 1984 as a deputy district attorney for the 18th Judicial District of Colorado, where she served as a trial attorney in the criminal division. In 1989, she was appointed assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, where she served in the Appellate Division, the Major Crimes Unit and the Public Corruption Unit.
Professor Flowers graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She received her J.D. from the University of Colorado in 1984, where she was selected to be a member of the Order of the Coif.
Professor Flowers' research interests center on the issues of ethics and professionalism. Professor Flowers' articles have appeared in such journals as the Fordham Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, Missouri Law Review, the Nebraska Law Review, the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, the Stetson Law Review, and the NAELA Journal.
Professor Flowers is active in several professional associations. She has served on numerous committees of The Florida Bar, including the Professional Ethics Committee, the Evidence Committee, and the Standing Committee on Professionalism. She is currently the chair of the Professionalism Sub-Committee of the Litigation Section's Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Bar Association.
Senior Scholar and Professor of Law
Elon University School of Law
Steve Friedland is a founding member of the Law School faculty. He has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and as an Assistant Director of the Office of Legal Education, National Advocacy Center, for the Department of Justice.
Friedland has written numerous law review articles, most recently in the areas of cybersurveillance and law school pedagogies. In the past two years, his articles have been published or accepted for publication in the Duke Law Journal (online), Washington & Lee Law Review, a journal at the Sorbonne, and the Wake Forest Law Review (online). His books on Evidence Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure and Law School Teaching have been published by the West Publishing Company, Aspen Press, Lexis Publishing Company and Carolina Academic Press.
Friedland was elected to the American Law Institute, served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admission Council, and is a current member of the Lexis Advisory Board. He has won numerous teaching awards at several law schools over three decades and was named one of the best law teachers in America by the Harvard University Press book, What the Best Law Teachers Do. He is a internationally known and frequent speaker on legal education issues and worked with the Japan Legal Foundation in developing law schools in Japan and with Afghanistan law schools as part of a USAID initiative. He has lectured to thousands of students across the country preparing for the bar exam. Friedland holds a juris doctor degree with honors from Harvard Law School, as well as a master of law and doctor of the science of law degrees from Columbia University Law School, where he was a Dollard Fellow in Law, Medicine and Psychiatry.
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.