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OLONIES
A Muddying of the Sovereign Immunity
Waters in America
Stephanie A. Vaugha
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I. Introduction
Torts II at Stetson University College of Law is where I first learned the
legal concepts of strict and products liability, assumption of the risk, vicar-
ious liability, immunities, and many more. It was the spring of 1989, the
textbook Prosser, the professor Robert “Bob” Bickel. I remember sitting in
Classroom E, watching and listening to the emotional professor, learning
that law is about more than just rules and precedent — it’s about humanity
and doing the
right thing
. What I brought out of Torts II was more than an
understanding of tort law, a take-home exam, and a grade. I took along with
me a hearty respect for the rules and, in addition, a more open mind about
people and their woes. That was thanks to Professor Bickel.
Later, in both my law school and professional career, I was able to suc-
cessfully incorporate the lessons I learned in Professor Bickel’s class. Most
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Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida.
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