Nonprofit Surprises 2L Mia Bartolomei-Negron with Generous Scholarship

Left to right: 2L Mia Bartolomei-Negron, Dean Benjamin Barros, AccessLEX financial advisor LeAndra Ross Given her focus on tax law, April 15 was always going to be a significant date for Stetson 2L and J.D./M.B.A. candidate Mia Bartolomei-Negron. But Tax Day 2024 – Monday, April 15 – will now hold even greater significance for her. Faculty, staff, and students gathered in Crummer Courtyard in the… » Read more

23 Years Falsely Convicted, JJ Velazquez Urges Reform

Jon-Adrian “JJ” Velazquez speaks at a Stetson Law Innocence Initiative event. A young father of an infant and a toddler, Jon-Adrian “JJ” Velazquez walked into a New York City police station in 1999 thinking he was helping solve a murder. His father, who had died recently, had been a police officer and Velazquez trusted the system. Plus, he was on the other side of town… » Read more

4 Women Who Broke Barriers at Stetson Law & Beyond

Clockwise from top left: Former GA Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein; Retired USDA General Counsel Eunice Luke; Senior Judge for the Middle District of Florida Elizabeth Kovachevich; Former FL Supreme Court Chief Justice Peggy Quince. By Curtis Krueger More than half the students at Stetson University College of Law are women, and this has been true for more than a decade – but some… » Read more

Stetson Law Wins National Award for LGBTQ+ Initiatives

Pride flags fly on Stetson Law’s Gulfport campus every June. Reflecting Stetson Law’s deep commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Association of American Law Schools Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues (SOGII) has chosen the college for its 2024 LGBTQ+ Inclusive Excellence Award. The recognition follows years of considerable effort recruiting and enrolling LGBTQ+ students, supporting them in their law school journey and… » Read more

AI & the Law: A Nexis Exec’s Perspective

Artificial intelligence is poised to transform the way lawyers work. Photo courtesy of Deepak Pal/Wikimedia Commons. Just over one year after Open AI’s ChatGPT launched, artificial intelligence is transforming workplaces everywhere – including law firms. Ian McDougall To London-based expert Ian McDougall, executive vice president and general counsel for LexisNexis’ Legal & Professional Division and president of its Rule of Law Foundation, artificial intelligence (A.I.)… » Read more

Stetson Law Wins 4th National HEED Award for Diversity and Inclusion in a Row

For the fourth consecutive year, Stetson University College of Law has won INSIGHT Into Diversity‘s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The 2023 HEED Award recognizes Stetson University as a whole for its diversity initiatives as well as those specific to Stetson Law. This is the first… » Read more

Introducing Stetson Law’s New Meditation & Wellness Spaces

Students will find adjustable lighting, aromatherapy, yoga mats, and other features to help them destress in Stetson Law’s meditation rooms. Reflecting Stetson Law’s commitment to mental health and wellness, faculty, staff, and students celebrated the opening of two thoughtfully appointed student meditation rooms on campus. Members of the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the Dean, the Student Bar Association Health & Wellness Committee,… » Read more

Campus Vegetable Garden a Labor of Love for Students

Law Professor Lance Long and members of the Food Law Society enjoy the fruits of their labor. Obscured by trees along the north side of 15th Avenue South is a garden oasis where good things are growing. A banyan-shaded green space yielding massive heads of organically grown cabbage and broccoli sprouts, it’s the result of a recently revived Stetson Food Law Society project. “This year… » Read more

Stetson Law Emerges as Top U.S. Team at Vis Moot

Left to right: Jaclyn Foster, Phil Faires, Mary Roseth,, Professor Stephanie Vaughan, Matt Ceriale, Taylor Simonds, and Sam MacDougal. Over days of intense competition, Stetson Law emerged as the only U.S. team to make it to one of the final rounds of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. The five-member team representing Stetson Law at the prestigious tournament – consisting… » Read more

Stetson Law Review Symposium Explores Elon Musk & the Law

The 2023 Stetson Law Review Symposium There was an air of excitement on campus as students, faculty, and other members of Stetson Law and the legal community gathered to discuss the timely topic of the 2023 Stetson Law Review Symposium: Elon Musk and the Law. Throughout the day, esteemed legal scholars examined legal aspects of the famous and controversial billionaire’s many endeavors, from Space-X to… » Read more

FAWL Recognizes Stetson Chapter for Exceptional Work

Left to right: Avery Sherrer, Savannah Green, Madison Hanna, Lauren Johansen Over the last year, there’s been a lot of activity within the Florida Association for Women Lawyers at Stetson (FAWLS), the college of law’s chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL). Organization leadership at the state level have taken notice. Citing the chapter’s effective strategies for growing and engaging membership, encouraging members… » Read more

Trial Lawyer Guy Burns Reflects on Five Decades of Life in Law

Trial lawyer Guy Burns, Stetson Law’s 2023 Distinguished Nichols Lecturer. If there’s anything that can keep one’s legal career on a meaningful, decades-long trajectory, said trial lawyer Guy Burns, it’s the ability to set concrete goals – but only if you leave a little room for serendipity. Burns was speaking as the 2023 Nichols Foundation Prominent Speaker Lecture on his chosen topic, “Where Will You… » Read more