Stetson University in the News, Feb. 21-27, 2020

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Julia Nesheiwat ’97

• Alumna and Florida Chief Resilience Officer Julia Nesheiwat, PhD, was appointed as the United States Homeland Security Advisor by President Trump, according to the Feb. 20 Politico piece, “Trump to tap Florida official as homeland security adviser.” The article quoted from Nesheiwat’s speech at Convocation at Stetson in 2017.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Feb. 22 article on Yahoo! Finance called, “Trump campaign, Republicans spent over $1 million at Trump businesses in 2019.” The article was also published on Yahoo! Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Spain. 

• Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 21 article in The Washington Post called, “BYU removed its longtime ban on ‘homosexual behavior,’ but many students still have questions.” 

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Feb. 24 article for The Guardian called, “Can Mike Bloomberg buy his way to the White House?” This article was also picked up by Yahoo! India, Yahoo! UK and Ireland, MSN News Singapore and others.

Other News:

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Rebecca Morgan

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog: Feb. 18, Sneakers for Mom—With GPS Tracker; Feb. 19, Prospective Residents Need More Info About ALFs; Feb. 20: What’s in a Name? A Lot-As We Know; and Feb. 20: Harder to Get Home Health Care?

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a Feb. 18 opinion piece for the Brennan Center for Justice website called, “Helping Moms and Dads Become Candidates.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a Feb. 24 opinion piece for the Brennan Center for Justice website called, “Will the Supreme Court Let the Bridgegate Defendants Get Away with Lying?” The article was referenced in the Feb. 25 Tuesday round-up of SCOTUSblog.

Andrew Appleby

• Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in a Feb. 25 article for WalletHub called, “2020’s Property Taxes by State.”  Variations of the article appeared in Chicago Agent Magazine and Texas Agent Magazine.  

Alumni News:

• Donald Parham, former Stetson tight end, was featured in the Dallas Morning News for his performance against the Seattle Dragons in a Feb. 22 article titled ‘Donald Parham’s strong second half leads Dallas Renegades to a 24-12 win over Seattle Dragons.’ Parham recently signed with the Dallas Renegades, a professional football team in the new “XFL.”

• Alumna Eli Witek published the article “Ghost forest: A battle between environmentalists and bass anglers locks the Ocklawaha in purgatory” at The West Volusia Beacon on Feb. 26.

• A Business Wire press release announced that alumnus Ryan Gladieux had been hired as a key addition to TriMas in the capacity of Vice President and General Manager, Rapak on Feb. 20.

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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.

• Law Dean and Professor Emeritus Bruce Jacob has written an introductory message for a translation of the book Gideon’s Trumpet into Japanese. The book covers the landmark case of James Earl Gideon’s fight for the right to legal counsel.

• Law alumnus Walter Carpenter celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary, according to The Community Paper

• Law alumnae Rachel Griffin and Eileen Griffin were featured in a Feb. 19 article in the Osprey Observer as a family firm serving Tampa Bay (son/brother Ryan Griffin also practices with the firm). 

• Alumna Courtney Young was featured in the MDJOnline Feb. 22 article “In Franklin County, one young woman fights to revive the Democratic Party by reaching out to youth.”

• Law alumnus Stuart J. Weissman is now part of a boutique trial practice in South Florida following the merger of Ratzan Law Group, P.A., and Boldt Law Firm, P.A, according to a press release

• Law alumnus Thomas S. Edwards Jr. has been included in Marquis Who’s Who, according to a press release.

• Alumna Blair Parke published an article on Mardi Gras titled, “What Is Fat Tuesday? Important Facts to Know about This Holiday” at on Feb. 25.