Law professors’ expertise makes national news

Law Professor Peter Lake was featured in NPR story and other national media stories about UVA’s ongoing fraternity/sexual assault, and Why Campus Rape Victims Usually Don’t Report, picked up by Associated Press. Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the editorial for a recent Moyers & Company show on PBS. The $1.1 Million Grant awarded Stetson and Volusia Education Partners, ran in many outlets across the country. The top news stories for the week of Dec. 12-18, 2014, are as follows.

  • Law professor Peter Lake spoke with NPR for the Dec. 11 story, “UVa Looks At Ways To Curb Drinking At Its Frat Houses.” Professor Lake is quoted in the PBS Newshour story, “Justice Department: Majority of campus sexual assault goes unreported to police.” Professor Lake’s quote in the Dec. 11 Associated Press ran across the country in dozens of media outlets including the Diverse magazine article, “Q&A: Why Campus Rape Victims Usually Don’t Report” and Houston Chronicle, “Q&A: Why campus rape victims usually don’t report.” Professor Lake is quoted in the Dec. 16 Harvard Crimson article, “News Analysis: Could Eldo Kim Return to Harvard?”
  • Law Associate Dean Michael Allen is quoted in the Dec. 16 Orlando Sentinel and Sun-Sentinel article, “Law firm to Florida court clerks: Issue same-sex marriage licenses and you risk arrest.” The article also ran in McClatchyC. and in MSN.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the opinion editorial, “Who’s Afraid of Shareholder Democracy?” for the Dec. 15 Moyers & company.
  • “State of Disruption” an opinion piece by Bill Noblitt, editor of Stetson Magazine, is featured in Forward Florida.
  • Florida DOE Awards $1.1 Million Grant to Volusia County Education Partners, reported in One News Page, Dec. 12, the following TV news media outlets: KPLC, KUAM, WFLX, KFLX, KOAM, WTNZ, KFXL, KAUZ, WVUE, WRBL, KCEN, WOWK, KFVE, and other media outlets.

Other Stories in the News:

  • Political Science Professor T. Wayne Bailey was quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal feature on Mori Hosseini, Dec. 13.
  • Music Spotlight: Stetson Composer Syd Hodkinson, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Dec. 12.
  • “Laughter & Literature with a Hint of Southern Charm” literary event on Jan. 8 in St. Augustine, to feature fiction writer and Stetson English professor Mark Powell, Pat Conroy and others, as reported in The Gainesville Sun/, Dec. 11. Promoted again in com on Dec. 14.
  • Andy Dehnart, English professor, recaps a review on his website RealityBlurred, of “The Comback: Valerie Cooks in the Desert.”
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity Conference in March 2015, reported in com Dec. 14.
  • Kenneth Stilson, former theatre/acting professor at Stetson, to be honored with PRIDE Award in Missouri, as reported in the Southeast Missouri State University news, Dec. 15.
  • Ollie Edmunds, former president of Stetson, is featured as having the distinction of being the sole alumnus of his alma mater to serve as president, in ‘The Gualala Redwoods Story’ in a posting from Land Report Editors. Stetson Trustee Jane Edmunds Novak and J. Ollie Edmunds Jr., M.D., are both featured in the article as well.
  • ‘Influential Women in Business: DeLand Chamber features discussion of some of this year’s honorees,’ honor Wendy Libby and others, reported in Daytona Beach News-Journal, Dec. 16.
  • Donald Payne named to Walter Camp All-America Team, as reported in Daytona Beach News-Journal, Dec. 16. News picked up in many news outlets across the country.
  • The Dec. 10 PRWeb ran news nationally of Stetson’s Legal Writing Academy for Lawyers.
  • Tampa Bay Medical News ran an article about USF Health’s partnership with Stetson Law on its Veterans Law Clinic.
  • PRWeb ran news of Stetson’s National Conference on Law and Higher Education across the country via the wire.
  • News of the upcoming Stetson Law Review Symposium on the topic of workplace inequality has run nationally in dozens of media spots via PRWeb.
  • “Central East Florida Overview” in partnership with, features DeLand, home of Stetson University, among other areas. Featured on WHIO,, Palm Beach Post, Austin American-Statesman.
  • “Luxury apartment complex opens: DeLand building offers upscale amenities” built close to Stetson campus, reported in Daytona Beach News-Journal, Dec. 17.
  • High school senior Grace Gronberg, who has committed to attend Stetson, wins Spirit of Heart Award, as reported in Lee’s Summit Tribune in Missouri.
  • Chantri Waddoups, alumna of Southern Virginia University (featured in their alumni news), is pursuing a graduate degree in Stetson’s family counseling program.

Alumni in the News:

  • Alum Joe Negron, staunch conservative, seen leading in tight race for State Senate President two years from now, reported in com, Dec. 11.
  • Bank of America names alum Cindy Politis, finance major, new local market president, as reported in Daytona Beach News-Journal, Dec. 12, along with other media outlets.
  • Tommye Barie, Stetson accounting graduate, is the new chair of the board of directors of the AICPA (American Institute of CPAs), as reported in CPA Magazine.
  • Sherrie Ricker, MAcc, appointed director of tax at BMC in Atlanta, Ga., reported in HCN (Home Channel News), Dec. 11.
  • “Lukas Nursery: A long-time family business” features Caleb Lukas, alum, with MAcc, now manager of the business, and his sister, alumna Cecelia, graduate in family business. Featured in Sanford Herald, Dec. 17.
  • According to the Dec. 14 Palm Beach Post, Law alumnus Matthew M. Thomas has been named a senior associate at Graves Injury Law Group.
  • News of Law alumna and student life director Tammy Briant Spratling being honored by NASPA has run across the PRWeb in dozens of media outlets including Newschannel 6, WFMJ, KFVE, WKRG, KPLC, WTNZ, WSET and others.
  • The Dec. 12 Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Law alumna and public defender Carolyn Schlemmer has resigned.
  • The Dec. 16 PRLog reports that Law alumnus David A. Holmes has been recognized as a named shareholder in the law firm of Farr, Farr, Emerich, Hackett, Carr and Holmes, P.A.
  • The Dec. 16 BizWireExpress reports that LL.M. in Elder Law alumnus Bradley Frigon, owner of the Law Offices of Bradley J. Frigon, LLC, announced today that Congress passed legislation to aid disabled children.