Stetson University in the News, Aug. 14-20, 2020

Top Stories: 

• Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Wendy Anderson, PhD, published the article, “Then and now on DeLand’s east side” in the West Volusia Beacon on Aug. 13. The article noted that Anderson is a candidate for election to Seat 4 on the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

• Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, PhD, was quoted in the Aug. 19 article in U.S. News & World Report, “Why Investors Could Add Some Active Investing to a Portfolio.”

Scott Jones, PhD

• Associate professor of marketing Scott Jones, PhD, was quoted in the Aug. 19 Lafayette Journal and Courier article, “The saga of the Indy 500 TV blackout and why Lafayette can tune in this year.” He said, “There are those sports out there, football is a good example, where I think the fan experience is more valuable when the place is packed. … You want to go sit with your friends and get loud and cheer.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an Aug. 14 article in the Palm Beach Post called, “Florida dealt election double whammy; busy hurricane season, pandemic.” This article was picked up by other newspapers, including the Palm Beach Daily News, Pensacola News Journal and Naples Daily News.

• Adjunct instructor of history Peggy MacDonald, PhD, was quoted in the Aug. 18 Independent Florida Alligator article, “J.J. Finley Elementary’s new namesake: Carolyn Beatrice Parker.”

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Stetson University College of Law was mentioned in an Aug. 14 article on Law360 called, “Reps., Deans Raise Concerns Over Fla. Bar Exam Software.” 

• Law Professor Judith Scully was featured on a Justice for All segment on August 19 on Bay News 9 about the rate at which black children are charged as adults.  

Other News:

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an Aug. 19 article on Roll Call called, “Democrats push to revamp political money system that’s boosting their campaigns.” That article was picked up by newspapers around the country, including the Miami Herald and Kansas City Star. 

• Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in an Aug. 14 Inside Higher Ed article called, “Deadline Time for New Federal Sexual Assault Policies.” Jake Sapp, a Title IX legal researcher for the Stetson University Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, also was quoted in the article.  

• Law Professor Luz Nagle was quoted in an Aug. 12 article on the International Bar Association called, “Inequality before the law.”   

Luz Nagle

• Law Professor Kirsten K. Davis wrote the introduction for the 2019-21 Professionalism Handbook from The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism that was released this week.  

• Law professors Andrew Appleby, Lance Long, and Royal Gardner, as well as Assistant Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy Erin Okuno and alumni Daniel Town and Daniel Raymer, were featured in The Florida Bar News on Aug. 19 for a new environmental tax law contest, which Stetson Law held in the spring. 

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an Aug. 14 article on E&E News called, “How utilities use secret campaigns against climate action.” 

Peter Lake

• Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in an Aug. 13 article on Education Dive called, “With DeVos’ Title IX rule taking effect, higher ed is under strain.” 

• Law Professor Rebecca Morgan wrote the following blog for the Elder Law Prof Blog: Aug. 14, “The Need for Support for Grandparent Caregivers-GAO Report.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted on BBC OS about school children returning to in-person education. (That segment begins at 26:36, and her portion can be heard starting at 29:28).  

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Stetson University in the News is a weekly roundup of media coverage that mentions Stetson, its faculty, students, staff and alumni.

Alumni News:

• Alumnus Louis DeJoy was featured in the WUSA9 (a Washington DC-based CBS affiliate) article, “Who is U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy?” on Aug. 15.

• Alumnus Jason R. Maughan was mentioned in the Fort Myers Beach Observer for his candidacy in the Republican primary for the Florida State House District 76. The article, titled Republican primary for State House seat, was published Aug. 12.

• Alumna Falecia D. Williams, PhD, began her tenure as president of Prince George’s Community College, as reported on Aug. 13 by Prince George’s Suite.

• Alumna Michelle Branham was mentioned in the Aug. 14 WINK News (a Fort Myers-based CBS affiliate) article, “Task force on the limited reopening of long-term care facilities to hold meeting.” Branham is part of a task force assembled to work on opening long-term care facilities.

• Kaylee Tuck, a 2018 Law alumna, was featured in a Florida Politics article for running in the House District 55 GOP Primary (she won, ultimately taking with 56 percent of the vote).  

• Law alumnus Ricardo “Rick” Fernandez was featured on because he was running in the Hillsborough County Commission District 3 Democratic primary.  

• Law alumna Julie Mchaffie was featured in a News Channel 8 (NBC affiliate) story about the cancellation of the Florida Bar Exam. She was also featured on Spectrum News Channel 13 in Orlando. 

• Law alumna Emily Plakon was featured in story on various CBS affiliates and Bay News 9 the same topic.  

• Law alumna Kristen Overstreet was featured on ABC affiliates and Capital News Service on the topic.  

• Law alumnus Sam Bookhardt ran for (and won) Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, Group 25 in Brevard County, according to Space Coast Daily.  

• Johnson Pope is absorbing Ford & Ford, a long-running law practice that can trace its roots back to 1925 and had two of Stetson’s earliest female Law graduates, according to an Aug. 20 article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.