Stetson University in the News, June 19-25, 2020

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Wendy B. Libby, PhD

• Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, PhD, and Chief Financial Officer Bob Huth were quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 19 in the story, “Stetson University students to see some financial relief amid coronavirus pandemic,” about one-time $1,500 credits for full-time, returning undergraduates. Libby said, “Even among the budget issues the university is wrestling with, we felt we had to do what we could to help students return to Stetson this fall and complete or continue their studies.”

Michèle Alexandre

• College of Law Dean Michèle Alexandre was quoted by on June 19 in the story, “Exploring Juneteenth: Get The History, Relevance And More Resources.” Alexandre said, “It is crucial that we take a moment to pause, reflect, and educate ourselves about America’s racial history, the work left undone in that area, and about structural racism’s impact on all aspects of institutional work, if left unaddressed.”

• Chris Ferguson, PhD, psychology professor, was quoted in the University Business article, “Social media offers students a ‘lifeline’ in age of anxiety,” on June 24. He said, “We have done a good job of terrifying people about screen time. The evidence suggests that screen time in and of itself is not a good predictor of anything and that it’s not poisonous.”

• Bud Hanson, executive director of Professional and Corporate Education and professor of Practice, was quoted in University Business in the June 22 story, “Can colleges effectively launch online workforce development programs quickly?” about the recent launch of more than 20 prepackaged online workforce training courses.

• Law Professor Andrew Appleby was quoted in a June 22 Daytona Beach News-Journal article called, “Appeals court still mum on Volusia Amendment 10 case as election goes forward.”

Stetson Law Professor Royal Gardner
Royal Gardner

• Law Professor Royal Gardner was quoted in a June 22 article on Bloomberg Law called, “Environmentalists Relieved as Critics Slam ‘Muddled’ SCOTUS Term.”

• Susan Peppers-Bates, associate professor of Philosophy, was mentioned in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on June 25 in “Opinion: Close your eyes. What if Abram Colby were white?

Other News:

• The Stetson University School of Business Administration is launching a human resource management (HRM) program, according to BizEd on June 20.

• Ten Stetson faculty members who received tenure were listed in Inside Higher Ed on June 25.

• Stetson Athletics Director Jeff Altier was mentioned in the Mississippi Business Journal on June 19 in the story, “Robinson named FCS ADA president; first African-American to assume role.” The story notes that Altier will serve on the Executive Committee for the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a June 23 opinion piece for Talking Points Memo called, “Will FL’s System Of Felon Pay-To-Vote Disenfranchisement End In Time For November?” It was shared on the Election Law Blog.

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a June 25 column called, “The Pandemic Has Revealed America’s Impatience. But America Will Need Patience in the 2020 Election,” for ProMarket, the publication of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a June 22 opinion piece for the Brennan Center for Justice called, “This Supreme Court Case Could Have Major Consequences for Presidential Races.” It was featured on the June 23 SCOTUSblog round-up.

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blog for the Elder Law Prof Blog: June 26: Nursing Homes: Making Room for COVID-19 Residents?

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Ellen Podgor

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor posted the following blogs on the White Collar Crime Prof Blog: June 23, Politics in DOJ- The Stone Case; June 24, Amicus Briefs in Flynn Case – And Opinion by DC Circuit Court; June 24, Commentary on Flynn Decision – What Should Judge Sullivan Do Now?; June 24, Judiciary Hearing – Stone Case & Antitrust – Politics Does Not Belong in DOJ; June 25, Disparity in White Collar and Non-White Collar Compassionate Release; and June 26, White Collar Briefly MiniPod – Six Podcasts on White Collar Crime.

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor’s 2002 article in the U.C. Davis Law Review was cited in a June 25 article on LexBlog.

• Stetson student Mary Grace Henley got a shout out on for her contribution to the June 22 article, “Hurricane Preparedness: Planning for the Unexpected.” Henley is a 2020 summer associate at Phelps Dunbar. 

• Three Stetson students, Taylor Bollt, Steven Gendreau, and Corey Roberts, are serving as summer law clerks for Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., according to a June 24 announcement from the firm. 

Alumni News:

• Alumnus Nick Bialkowski has been hired as Senior Associate for the Phoenix office of JLL, according to Commercial Executive Magazine on June 24. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Business Administration.

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• Alumna and Double Hatter Leah Rush Cann has joined Brookline Capital Markets, according to MarketLine on June 23. She earned her B.A. in Art History and Chemistry, and her MBA from Stetson.

• Law alumnus John Miller has joined the law firm of Boy Agnew Potanovic as a partner, according to a June 19 notice in the Cape Coral Daily-Breeze.

• Law alumna Amanda Govin joins Dean Mead as an associate in the Tax practice group in the firm’s Orlando office, according to a June 22 announcement.

• Law alumnus Luis Viera, a Tampa city council member, wrote a June 23 column for 83 Degrees Media called, “Why explore lynchings? Ignored history lingers like untreated wounds.”

• Law alumnus and Lake County Judge Cary Rada was promoted to a seat on the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, according to a June 25 report on Florida Politics. He’s filling a seat opened by the retirement of longtime Circuit Court Judge Mark Hill.

• Law alumna L.A. Perkins, founding partner of Perkins Pershes, PLLC, was installed as president of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association by Judge Charles Burton during a Zoom virtual meeting on May 16, according to an announcement.