Stetson University in the News, June 13-19, 2020

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Asal Johnson, PhD

• Assistant Professor of Public Health Asal Johnson, PhD, was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Florida shatters daily record with 3,207 new cases; 1 Volusia death and highest number of local cases at 62,” on June 18. Despite the increase, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would not shut down the state again. Said Johnson, “I find it troubling that DeSantis keeps disregarding evidence and picks and chooses how to read and interpret science. This is not how public health works.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was interviewed by ABC Action News Tampa Bay for a June 17 article called, “Ex-officer Derek Chauvin voted in-person in Fla. twice despite being a permanent Minn. resident, documents show.” This interview was featured on various other local TV station affiliates throughout Florida. 

Michèle Alexandre

• College of Law Dean Michèle Alexandre was quoted by The St. Pete Catalyst for the June 15 the article, “Stetson College of Law plans return to campus early in midst of COVID-19.” Alexandre said the law school was working on a revised academic calendar that would likely start a week earlier, bringing first-year students to campus for orientation Aug. 8 rather than Aug. 15.

• College of Law Dean Michèle Alexandre and President Wendy B. Libby, PhD, were quoted in the article, “Anonymous Donors Establish Distinguished Scholarship Program With $10M Planned Gift,” on Patch Communications June 17.

• Ronette Lategan-Potgieter, visiting assistant professor of Health Sciences, was quoted in “Leave pyrotechnics to the pros on Independence Day” in Community Health Magazine.

• Law Professor Judith Scully was interviewed on MidPoint with WMNF (88.5 public radio) about the Black Lives Matter protests, as well as some recent Supreme Court rulings. 

• Law Professor Elizabeth Berenguer co-authored a June 13 blog post on the Race and the Law Prof Blog called, “Antebellum Law is the Precedent for Today’s White-on-Black Violence.”

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Steve Trimper

• Baseball coach Steve Trimper and Athletics Director Jeff Altier were quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 17 in the article, “Stetson, Steve Trimper agree to extension through 2024.”

Other News:

• Jake Sapp, a Title IX legal researcher at Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law, was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed on June 16 in the article, “Far-Reaching Consequences,” about the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling extending protections against employment discrimination to LGBTQ people.

• Law Professor Luz Nagle was quoted in a May 26 International Bar Association article called, “Covid-19: increase in domestic abuse requires swift government action.”

• Adjunct professor and alumna Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy received the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award from The Florida Bar during the 2020 Annual Convention on June 17.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was featured on the June 18 episode of The CAP⋅impact Podcast to discuss her book, Political Brands

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a June 15 opinion piece for The Brennan Center for Justice called, “The Ruse and the Lie.” This was also included in the SCOTUSblog roundup on June 16. 

Alumni News:

• Former Stetson women’s basketball great Kristy Brown was elected to the ASUN Conference Hall of Fame, according to the article, “Ex-Stetson great elected to ASUN Hall of Fame, in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 17.

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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 alumna Christa L. Folkers joined Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC as the 18th attorney in the firm’s growing practice, according to a June 12 announcement in SRQ Magazine

• Law alumnus Mathew Snyder is still making news for being appointed executive director of WySail, most recently being featured in a June 15 interview with KTWO, the local ABC affiliate in Casper, Wyo.

• Law alumnus Morris Jenkins co-authored a June 15 article for Jurist, a legal news and research collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, called, “Is it Time to End Police Unions? Why Police Unions are Hurting More Than They Are Helping.”

• Law alumnus John Miller has joined the law firm of Boy Agnew Potanovic as a partner, according to a June 17 announcement.