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Stetson University in the News, Sept. 6-12, 2019

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• Stetson University was ranked No. 5 on the “2020 Best Regional Universities – South” list released by U.S. News & World Report on Sept. 9. Stetson also appears on five additional lists in the same category: Best Undergraduate Teaching, No. 11; Best Value Schools, No. 11; Most Innovative Universities, No. 14; Campus Ethnic Diversity, No. 34; and new this year, Top Performers on Social Mobility, No. 36.

Stuart Michelson, PhD

• Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance Stuart Michelson, PhD, was cited in a Kiplinger article on Aug. 30 titled, “11 Utility Stocks and Funds to Buy for Safety and Income.”

Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance Stuart Michelson was also quoted Sept. 10 in the U.S. News & World Report article, “7 of the Most Expensive Stocks on Wall Street.”

Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., Stetson University professor
Valrie Chambers, PhD

• Associate Professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, PhD, was quoted in the Sept. 9 Fortune article, “Uber Could Save Billions in Taxes with this Little-Noticed Move.” Chambers told Fortune about a corporate structure used in the past few decades that used an “offshore entity in a low-tax jurisdiction where not so coincidentally, most of the profits ended up. Company taxes went down and shareholders were pleased. This phenomenon happened worldwide.” 

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Sept. 9 article in Politico titled, “‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth:’ Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence.” 

Other News:

Law Professor Louis Virelli III was quoted in an Aug. 30 article in the Christian Science Monitor called, “Black lawyer, white killer, and the principles of US justice.”

Law Professor Kirsten Davis wrote a Sept. 5 blog called, “He, She, or They: Thinking Rhetorically About Gender and Personal Pronouns” on the Appellate Advocacy Blog.

Law Professor Luz E. Nagle was quoted in a Sept. 6 article on the International Bar Association’s website titled, “Sexual violence: CPS rejects allegation of dropping rape cases to boost prosecution rates.”

Law Professor Rebecca Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog: Sept. 6, “Mediation & Arbitration in Florida Probate Rules?” Sept. 8, “Happy Places to Retire;” Sept. 9, “When It’s Time to Evacuate-It Takes More Time;” Sept. 10, “Hunger Amongst America’s Elders;” Sept. 11, “Two Upcoming Webinars on Important Topics.”

Alumni News

Alumna Larissa Humiston was featured in the Orlando Sentinel in the Sept. 11 article, “Meet Larissa Humiston: She wants to introduce you to dance.” Humiston is the artistic director of Emotions Dance, a non-profit dance organization dedicated to performance artistry and education. She is the organizer of “The Shift,”a dance showcase currently in its eighth year.

Law alumnus Jeffrey Bauer, joined Seyfarth Shaw LLP as partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation department in Chicago, per an article on Law360 and a press release on Seyfarth Shaw’s website. 

Law alumna Elizabeth Counsman was named Marketing Manager for PracticeWise, a behavioral health company, per a press release on Newswire.com.

Law alumna Evelyn Watts Cloninger passed away on Sept. 9, per an obituary in the Lakeland Ledger. She was one of only three female students when she attended Stetson and was the first (not just first woman attorney, but first attorney) to open a practice in Oviedo, Florida, according to the obituary.

Law alumnus Danny Alvarez is running for judge in the 13th Judicial Circuit Group 30 in Hillsborough County, according to FloridaPolitics.com.

Law alumna Angela Cottrell joined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton as a partner on the Mergers & Acquisitions Team in the Raleigh office, according to a press release on Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton website. 

Law alumnus Giovanni P. Giarratana has joined Bradley’s Tampa office as an associate in the Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice Group, according to a press release on the Bradley law firm’s website.