Stetson University in the News, April 29-May 5, 2022

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Louis Virelli, JD

Top Stories:

• The NPR radio program, “Here & Now,” interviewed Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III for the episode, “How the leaked Roe v. Wade opinion may damage the Supreme Court,” which aired May 4 on more than 70 NPR stations across the U.S. The leak could create the perception that “there is some sort of internal strife or discord within the court, which is, of course, problematic,” Virelli said. Fox 13 Tampa Bay also quoted Virelli in the May 3 story, “Questions of Supreme Court’s politics raised as chief justice orders leak investigation.”

• Stetson University ranks among the best colleges and universities in Florida for 2022, according to and its series, “The Best Colleges & Universities in the USA.” The news appeared on News Channel Nebraska in the May 2 post, “ Ranks the Best Colleges & Universities in Florida for 2022,” as well as on Suncoast News Network Online and other media outlets.

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson’s Creative Arts Department in the May 5 story, “New mural for the Noble ‘Thin Man’ Watts Ampthitheater.”

Robyn Powell, JD, PhD

• The Tampa Bay Times, the Miami Herald, Yahoo! News and other media outlets quoted Robyn Powell, the Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Law Professor, in the May 4 story, “Will Florida Republicans ban abortion? Here’s what we know.” “Once Roe v. Wade is overturned, which seems highly likely, there’s nothing that stops Florida from banning abortion completely,” Powell said. WFLA also quoted Powell in the May 3 broadcast, “What leaked abortion draft opinion could mean for Florida.”

• The Los Angeles Times quoted Law Professor Louis Virelli in the May 4 post, “Commentary: Why not have a Supreme Court that leaks a lot more?” The piece was reposted by MSN and other media outlets. Radio station WFLA-AM and the Spectrum News program, “To the Point Already,” interviewed Virelli about the leak.

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, JD

• The Tampa Bay Times quoted Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the May 4 story, “ ‘It’s surreal’: Tampa Bay grapples with likely overturn of Roe v. Wade.” “My community of legal scholars are on the progressive side, so this has been greeted with horror,” Torres-Spelliscy said. “It’s really unusual for the Supreme Court to take away a right that has been articulated by a previous Supreme Court.” A version of the story also ran on Yahoo! News. WFTS also quoted Torres-Spelliscy in the May 3 broadcast, “Protests begin after Supreme Court leak.”

Sam Friedman, MBA

Other Stetson in the News:

• Heritage Florida Jewish News reported April 29 that Hillel Director Sam Friedman has been named chief development officer at Shalom Orlando.

• The Volusia Hometown News cited the Hand Art Center’s Creative Arts Senior Exhibit in the April 28 article, “Volusia Art Notes.”

• The Volusia Hometown News cited Stetson in the April 28 article, “Volusia Summer Camps –Sound Seekers Audio Lab.”

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Logan Gilbert

• The Palm Beach Post profiled former Hatter baseball player Logan Gilbert in the May 1 story, “Stetson’s Logan Gilbert one of MLB’s rising young pitching stars.” also cited Gilbert as a Stetson grad in the May 1 story, “‘Let’s go’: J-Rod’s 450-foot HR powers Mariners.”

• Public radio program, Florida Matters, interviewed Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy for the segment, “After a slew of controversial new laws, we look at DeSantis’ approach to leadership,” which aired May 3 on WUSF.

• St. Thomas University cited the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court in the article, “Punching Above Their Weight: STU Moot Court Places in the Top 8 in Law School Competitions.”

• KNSS and other radio outlets quoted Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the May 3 podcast, “Does Disney have enough power to help repeal ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law?”

• The Volusia Hometown News cited Stetson’s Historic District in the article, “West Volusia Community Notes, April 29, 2022.”

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson in the April 28 story, “Touring troubadour teaches DeLand’s history.”

• Democratic Underground cited Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the May 2 post, “Brennan Center: Is the Big Lie Protected Speech?”

• The Naples Daily News and the Fort Myers News-Press published the May 4 story, “Guest opinion: A closer look at the Fruit Farm Creek Restoration Project,” by Stetson student Melina Albano.

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Rebecca Morgan, JD

• Elder Law Prof Blog featured the following articles by Law Professor Rebecca Morgan: “New Report on Direct Care Workforce” (April 28); “Working Longer Means Fewer Years of Healthy Retirement?” (April 29); “ACL New Fact Sheet When Public Health Emergency Expires” (May 2); and “Caregiving’s Impact on the Work Force” (May 3).

• The Gulfport Gabber profiled Stetson Law’s Juris Dog-torates and Purris Doctorates event in the May 1 story, “Dog-torate Days at Gulfport’s Stetson College of Law.” “It’s a fun de-stresser right before finals and also adorable to watch the dogs walk the stage,” said Hannah Harley, president of Stetson’s Public Service Fellows. The Fellows partner with the Student Animal League Defense Fund at Stetson to put on the annual event, which awards “degrees” to dogs and cats.

• The Brown and White quoted Law Professor Peter Lake, Charles A. Dana Chair and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, in the May 4 story, “The trouble with false promises: Prolonged Title IX investigations leave some students devastated.”

Andrew Appleby, JD

• Bloomberg Tax quoted Law Professor Andrew Appleby in the April 27 article, “Workaround Retroactive to 2018 Advances in Colorado.”

• Law360 quoted Law Professor Andrew Appleby in the April 28 article, “High Court Austin Decision May Signal Billboard Tax Review.”

• Regulatory Review featured Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy’s 2021 Regulatory Review paper, “Red State Lawmakers Preempt Campaign Finance Laws in Blue Cities,” in an April 30 roundup titled, “Constraining Cities.”

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.

• OnStage Blog profiled alumnus Edward Washington II in the profile, “ ‘Surround Yourself with Things That Inspire and Motivate You.’ ”

• Dataversity cited alumna Kim Kaluba in the April 28 article, “Data Pipelines Without the Headache – How Accessibility and Affordability Enable Data Success.”

• WFTS Tampa Bay quoted alumnus Ahmad Yakzan in the April 29 story, “In-depth: Why many experts say our immigration system is broken and what is being done to fix it.”

• The Odessa American profiled alumnus Bryan Braue in the May 1 story, “UTPB hires new band director.”

• Health & Wellness Magazine published the May 1 story, “Chickee Huts and the Florida Building Code,” by alumnus Cameron Grant Woodward.

• Columbus CEO profiled alumnus Tom Schmid in the May 2 story, “Fixing the Columbus Zoo: New CEO Tom Schmid says he’s up for the challenge.”

• Tampa Bay Business Journal profiled Law alumna Cheryl Lucente in the May 2 story, “Meet Cheryl Lucente, a 2022 Top Corporate Counsel honoree.”

• The Jacksonville Daily Record profiled Law alumna Angela Cottrell in the May 4 article, “Smith Hulsey & Busey adds shareholder and associate.”

• Tampa Bay Newswire profiled Law alumnus Christopher Lawson in the May 3 post, “Christopher Lawson Joins Johnson Pope’s Litigation Team.”

• The National Funeral Directors Association profiled Law alumnus Tony Kumming in the May 4 post, “Kumming Named Newbridge Group President.”

• Attorneys at Work interviewed Law alumna Elena Kohn for “Women in Law Spotlight.”