Stetson University in the News, Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2020

Rajni Shankar Brown, PhD, and Autumn Johnson

• Rajni Shankar-Brown, associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, and alumna Autumn Johnson ’20 were interviewed for a Sept. 2 story on WCTV, serving South Georgia and North Florida. Johnson, a formerly homeless teenager who earned a full ride at Stetson, discussed her childhood and offered hope for other homeless children. Johnson has accepted a job at an organization that helps girls who were sex trafficked.

• Professor of Law Louis J. Virelli III was interviewed on WLRN Radio (a Miami-based NPR-affiliate) for an Aug. 26 segment on a recent state appeal regarding the battle to reopen schools in Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Virelli was also interviewed for an Aug. 28 WLRN segment on the legal battle.

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was featured on the You Don’t Have to Yell podcast discussing her book “Political Brands.” The podcast episode, called, “How Television Corrupted Campaign Finance,” was also mentioned on the Election Law Blog.  

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an August 31 opinion piece for the Brennan Center for Justice called, “Tracing the Money Behind the Supreme Court Case Against Obamacare; Most of the state attorneys general suing to dismantle the Affordable Care Act were elected with corporate backing.” It was also mentioned by SCOTUSblog in the Tuesday round-up and the Election Law Blog.  

• Stetson women’s basketball head coach Lynn Bria was named Chair of NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee, as reported in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article “Stetson’s Lynn Bria elected to serve as Chair of NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee” on Sept. 2.

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Ellen Podgor

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blog for the Elder Law Prof Blog: Aug. 27: “Upcoming Virtual Elder Law Symposium.”

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor wrote the following blog for the White Collar Crime Prof Blog: Aug.  28: “COVID-19 & Jury Trial.” 

Alumni News

• Alumna Blair Parke published the article, “The powerful reason that the greatest of these is love,” at on Aug. 29. 

• Alumnus Robert Burkett was featured in numerous press outlets for accepting a position as vice president, international accounting, tax, and compliance at Abt Associates.

• Alumna Julie Gardenhire, PhD, was spotlighted in The Chattanoogan article, “New Faculty Join Lee’s College Of Arts And Sciences And College Of Education.”

• Law alumna Carolyn H. Sawyer was featured in Orlando Style’s Orlando’s Attorneys of the Year 2020.  After a 15-year career as the chief radiation physicist at Orlando Regional Medical Center, she enrolled at Stetson Law in 1991. Her husband, Thomas Sawyer, made the career change with her, and they opened an Elder Law practice in 1993.  

• Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, a leading civil defense litigation law firm with offices in Florida and more than 500 lawyers, has added three lawyers to its Tampa office, including Law alumnae Jennifer L. Hutchins and Jennifer Wilson, according to an Aug. 28 announcement from the firm.