Quick Links

Share Article:

Stetson University in the News, Oct. 11-17, 2019

Top News:

Sean Beckman, PhD

• Assistant Professor of Biology Sean Beckman, PhD, was interviewed for a Spectrum News 13 segment Oct. 15 about the Florida Department Law Enforcement’s genetic genealogy program, which generates persons of interest in a crime, based on crime-scene DNA. Beckman said investigators look for “someone who shares genetic information with this unknown sample and that can help us narrow down our suspect pool.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was featured in an Oct. 17 interview on NPR Morning Edition with Tiffany Hanson regarding nepotism and the impeachment process. The text of the interview is not available on NPR’s website yet, but you can listen to the audio in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an Oct. 16 opinion piece for the Brennan Center for Justice website called, “The Power of Branding in Politics.”

Other News:

• Stetson College of Law was mentioned in a Creative Loafing feature on Veronica Danko, owner of Independent Bar & Café. Danko attended Stetson, per the article.

• Second-year Law Stetson student Nicholas Marler helped draft an Oct. 14 LexBlog post called, “Strict Enforcement of Non-Negotiable Employment Policies: A Few Horror Stories.”

portrait in a gown at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Rebecca Morgan

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following posts for Elder Law Prof Blog: Oct. 13, “Updated Resources in the Fight vs. Elder Abuse;” Oct. 14, “Another Article on Saving for Retirement;” Oct. 15, “Loosening the Regs of Florida ALFs?”; Oct. 17, “Webinar on Self-Neglect and Hoarding.”

Alumni News:

• Volusia Deputy County Manager and Chief Financial Officer Donna de Peyster has announced her impending retirement after 40 years of working for Volusia County government, as reported by several news sources.

• Alumna Blair Parke published the article “What Does the Bible Say about Emotions?” on Oct. 13 at Crosswalk.com.


• Ulli Lindauer joined Plexus Worldwide as Chief Marketing Officer, as reported by an Oct. 11 press release. Plexus is a health and wellness company based in the United States.

• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Bradenton attorney and Stetson Law alumnus Matthew Whyte to serve as a judge in the 12th Judicial Circuit covering Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties, according to the Southwest Florida Herald Tribune

• Law alumnus Terry B. Salisbury is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who in the field of Law as a Lifetime Achiever for his outstanding contributions to the field of Law and for his role at the Law Offices of Terry B. Salisbury, according to a press release.

• Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP, announced five new attorneys joined the firm’s Atlanta office in September, according to a press release. Among them was Law alumna Janie Hagood, who joined Swift Currie’s litigation practice defending trucking and transportation companies, drivers and insurance companies in matters related to motor carrier liability and commercial insurance coverage.