Stetson University in the News, Jan. 28 – Feb. 3, 2022

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Top Stories:

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Michèle Alexandre, JD

• The Tampa Bay Business Journal reported “Dean of Stetson’s Tampa Bay campus departing after raising more than $20M in three years” on Jan. 31. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported the story about Dean Michèle Alexandre, JD, on Jan. 27.

• The website citybiz.co reported “Stetson University Announces Dean’s Departure from the College of Law” on Jan. 28. The story quoted Dean Alexandre, who in Summer 2022 will become dean of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. “It has been an incredible honor to serve the Stetson Law community in such meaningful ways,” Alexandre said. “I am proud to have been part of some transformative success on campus, success that will greatly benefit students and the Stetson community at large.” The article also quoted President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, and Provost Noel Painter, PhD.

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Savannah-Jane Griffin

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Feb. 1 that Savannah-Jane Griffin, executive director of Community Engagement and Inclusive Excellence, will be leaving to become the executive director of the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. “I will miss the students and colleagues I have worked with at Stetson University, but I also plan to recruit many of them to engage with the Neighborhood Center, through volunteering, giving and internships,” Griffin said.

• TV station WKMG-ORD featured Sara Smith Baez, director of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Prevention at Stetson University, in the Feb. 1 broadcast and online report, “Elimination of Florida sexual assault ‘loophole’ closer to Senate approval.” “I’ve seen several students choose not to use the legal system because they were afraid of being blamed,” she said. “There’s never a good excuse for sexual assault.”

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Madison Miller

• The Hometown News profiled graduate student Madison Miller, who was named Volusia County’s Teacher of the Year, in the Jan. 27 story, “Volusia schools name Teacher of the Year.”

• The West Volusia Beacon featured the Feb. 1 “Guest Commentary: The painful joys of Star Trek,” by William Nylen, PhD, professor of Political Science.

• Head Topics quoted Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, in the Jan. 31 story, “How ‘Roblox’ Became a Playground for Virtual Fascists.” “To the best of my knowledge, there is no evidence to suggest that the ‘alt right’ is any more prevalent in gaming communities than anywhere else,” Ferguson said. “I do worry that some of this borders on Satanic panics from the ’80s and ’90s.”

• The Daily Progress quoted Peter Lake, professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair and director, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, in the Jan. 27 article, “Opinion/editorial: AG’s action could chill academic freedom.”

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Chris Ferguson, PhD

• Motherhood Moment interviewed Chris Ferguson, professor of Psychology, in the Jan. 29 story, “Fun Freetime: Racism and RPGs.”

• Bay News 9 quoted Law Professor Louis Virelli in a Jan. 27 segment on the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

• LAW360 quoted Law Professor Ellen Podgor in the Jan. 27 article, “Why Breyer Is to Thank (Or to Blame) for Sentencing Guidelines.”

• The Wall Street Journal quoted Law Professor Ellen Podgor in the Jan. 27 article, “All U.S. Trial Convictions in Crisis-Era Libor Rigging Have Now Been Overturned.”

• Law360 quoted Law Professor Andrew Appleby in the Jan. 28 article, “Justice Breyer on State Tax: Key Moments to Know.”

• Today UK News quoted Law Professor Ellen Podgor in the Jan. 28 article, “US Judge rejects case against Deutsche Bank traders found guilty of Libor rigging.”

• The Washington Post quoted Law Professor Louis Virelli in the Jan. 31 article, “Critics say Ginni Thomas’s activism is a Supreme Court conflict. Under court rules, only her husband can decide if that’s true,” which also ran in the Anchorage Daily News.

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, JD

• Beyond the Beltway quoted Law Professor Louis Virelli in the Feb. 1 blog post, “Clarence Thomas’ Continuing Conflict.”

• BloombergLaw.com quoted Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Feb. 1 article, “All-Female Liberal Wing to Change Supreme Court Dynamics.”

Other Stetson in the News:

• The West Volusia Beacon quoted Stetson student Delicia Bent in the Feb. 1 story, “Class Notes: Free program to celebrate the life of Edith I. Starke on Sunday, Feb. 13.”

• Free Republic cited Eric Kurlander, PhD, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History, and his book, “Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich,” in a Jan. 31 post.

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Bonita Dukes

• The Hometown News quoted Bonita Dukes, associate vice president of Facilities Management, in the Jan. 27 story, “Stetson University ‘Tops Off’ the Cici & Hyatt Brown Hall for Health & Innovation.”

• Honest Columnist quoted Stetson Law Professor Ellen Podgor in the Jan. 28 story, “US judge rejects case against Deutsche Bank traders found guilty of Libor rigging.”

• Florida Politics quoted Law Professor Theresa Radwan in the Jan. 30 story, “Woman goes bankrupt after suing Disney.”

• AB Newswire featured Mark Matthews, adjunct professor of law at Stetson Law’s Veterans Law Institute, in the Jan. 24 article, “Mark Matthews Law Represents Veterans and Their Families at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.”

• The Philippine Online Student Tambayan cited the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition in the Jan. 30 story, “UP Law Students Shine in Int’l Environmental Moot Court Competition.”

• St. Louis public radio station KWMU-FM quoted Stacey-Rae Simcox, professor of Law, director of Veterans Law Institute and director of Veterans Advocacy Clinic, in the Jan. 31 story, “More Vietnam vets now qualify for disability benefits, but it may be years before they see the money.”

• Hometown News cited the Hand Art Center and its exhibits in the Jan. 28 story, “Art Notes.”

• The Islander quoted Paul Boudreaux, JD, LLM, professor of Law, in the Feb. 1 story, “Cortez stilt-house case could be dismissed.”

• What Faith Can Do, Mom Blog Society and numerous other outlets cited Stetson in the Feb. 1 story, “Chartwells Higher Education Challenges Campuses to Perform 500,000 Random Acts of Kindness as Part of Delight-Ful Event.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson in the Feb. 2 article, “DeLand Jazz Fest is back!”

• Faculty Focus published the Feb. 2 article, “Becoming Critical Readers of Nonfiction: Preservice Teachers Explore Orbis Pictus Texts,” by Mary Ellen Oslick, PhD, associate professor of Education.

• TaxProf Blog quoted Peter Lake, professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair and director, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, in the Feb. 2 story, “COVID-19 Tuition Refund Fights Heat Up in Appeals Courts.”

• A Feb. 2 CSPAN broadcast of the U.S. House of Representatives cited Board of Trustees member Tony Jenkins.

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Louis Virelli, JD

• E&E News quoted Law Professor Louis Virelli in the Feb. 2 story, “Should Kavanaugh bow out of blockbuster SCOTUS climate case?”

• The FIU News website mentioned Stetson Law in a Jan. 26 post.

• The White Collar Crime Prof Blog published a post by Law Professor Ellen Podgor on Jan. 27 titled, “Stetson Business Law Review Symposium: White Collar Crime: A Look into the Past, Present, and Future.”

• A White House statement listing law schools that support the Attorney General’s Call to Action for Stronger Access to Justice and Court Reform on Eviction Prevention cited Dean Michèle Alexandre and Stetson Law.

• Business Law Prof Blog mentioned Law Professor Ellen Podgor in a Jan. 31 post.

• Tax Prof Blog mentioned former Law Professor Judge Michael Allen in a Jan. 31 post.

• The Florida Bar website mentioned Adjunct Professor Ben Sorrell in its Feb. 1 News and Notes section.

• The Pen and Muse mentioned former Adjunct Law Professor William G. Hyland, Jr. and Stetson Law in a Feb. 1.

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Rebecca Morgan, JD

• Elder Prof Law Blog featured the following posts by Law Professor Rebecca Morgan:

Stetson Alumni in the News:

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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. Graphic by Stetson University / Megan Danna

• The Augusta Chronicle quoted alumnus Dan Hancock in the Jan. 27 column, “Bill Kirby: Spelling bee success could be spelled in many ways.” “I graduated with Ted Cassidy (Lurch of ‘The Addams Family’ TV show),” Hancock said. “We went to Stetson University – DeLand, Fla., 1955. We competed for the top grade in English literature class. He was very talented – played football, basketball and very active in dramas of all kind.”

• The Carteret County News-Times profiled alumnus Tim Havlicek in the Jan. 29 story, “Popular county pastor to preach last sermon Sunday as he retires.”

• The Hometown News cited alumna Souby Boski in the Jan. 27 article, “ ‘Loosen Up!’ at the Studios of Cocoa Beach.” The Florida News Times also cited Boski.

• Lake & Sumter Style profiled alumnus Kyle Tetzlaff in the Jan. 31 story, “Shining star, take one!”

• St. Pete Catalyst profiled Law alumnus Rick Kriseman in the Jan. 31 story, “Kriseman explains his decision to join Shumaker Advisors.”

• 24-7 PressRelease profiled Law alumna Amber Kourofsky in the Feb. 2 article, “Amber Kourofsky, Esq., Recognized for Excellence in Law.”

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal profiled alumnus Kurt Swartzlander in the Feb. 1 story, “Kurt Swartzlander to replace Michael Booker as Daytona Beach Shores city manager in July.”

• Yahoo! News and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune cited Law alumna Mariah Miller in the Jan. 31 story, “BUSINESS PEOPLE: New president takes over at Icard Merrill Law Firm.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Law alumni and recent Stetson Law Hall of Fame inductees Paul Marshall May and Thomas Bullitt McCoun in its Feb. 1 Class Notes section.