Faculty Highlights - October 2012

  • Lucille Ponte

Prof. Ponte’s proposal titled, “Mad Men Posing as Ordinary Consumers: The Essential Role of Self-Regulation and Industry Ethics in Decreasing Deceptive Online Consumer Ratings and Reviews,” has been selected for the Fourth Annual Special Issue and Symposium for the Review of Intellectual Property Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Prof. Ponte will also make a presentation of her paper at the law school’s symposium on IP Rights, Ownership and Identity in Social Media on April 5, 2013.

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This proposed symposium paper calls for more vigorous industry self-regulation and adherence to recognized marketing ethical standards to improve integrity and transparency in consumer blog postings and ratings as well as to further promote more robust consumer exchanges online.

Full –Time Faculty

  • Kristine Cherek

Professor Kristine Cherek has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as a top real estate attorney for 2012. She was named a “Rising Star,” a recognition reserved for leading attorneys who are 40 years old or younger. Less than 2.5% of attorneys in each state are named “Rising Stars.” She was recognized for her work with the firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., where she remains of counsel.

Professor Kristine Cherek’s law review article, From Trespassers to Homeowners: The Case Against Adverse Possession in the Post-Crash World, was accepted for publication in the Winter 2013 edition of the VIRGINIA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY & THE LAW.

  • Antony B. Kolenc

Professor Kolenc was interviewed on October 1 by Staci Spanos on “The Morning Show” (WJXT) on the topic of the Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendment in Arkansas, and its potential impact on Florida in the future.

Also, on October 4, Professor Kolenc participated in an on-campus debate with Professor John Knechtle, sponsored by the International Law Society, on the topic of the Use of Drones in Targeted Killings of Terrorists.

  • Andrew Long

Professor Long submitted the final revisions for his article “REDD+, Adaptation, and Sustainable Forest Management: Toward Effective Polycentric Global Forest Governance.” This invited article is being published by the peer-reviewed journal Tropical Conservation Science as part of a special issue edited by the Yale Student Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters. The article articulates the relationship of the emerging international Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program of the climate change regime to existing sustainable forest management (SFM) efforts, and argues for formal incentives to promote adaptation in REDD+ through the use of existing SFM practices.

Also in October, Professor Long accepted a request by the ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center (ILRC) to prepare a research paper on environmental protections in national constitutions and legislation around the world. He is currently working with the United Nations Development Program, Bureau for Development Policy to finalize the memo for use in UNDP workshops in November.

In addition, Professor Long accepted an invitation to present at the upcoming Florida A&M University 3rd Annual Environmental Law and Justice Symposium, titled “Climate Change and Global Food Security.” He will discuss the effects of the REDD+ program on food security throughout the world and in tropical forest developing countries in particular.

  • Amanda Reid

Professor Reid’s article “The Value of Music: Exploring Beyond The Copyright Holders’ Interests” will appear in the next edition of the Communication Law Review, a peer-reviewed publication. Copyright law – and specifically copyright regulation of Internet music radio – has been used by copyright holders to maintain market hegemony, stifle innovation, and ultimately diminish the marketplace of ideas. In this piece, Professor Reid argues that the interests implicated by Internet music radio extend beyond the private interests of copyright holders. Thus First Amendment scrutiny should provide the necessary checking function against overreaching lobbying efforts of copyright holders, and should protect the public’s interest in the power of music and a robust marketplace of ideas.

  • Leigh S. Scales

Professor Leigh Scales presented “The Six Stages of Learning Outcomes and Assessment: From Denial to Not Only Acceptance, but Enthusiasm!” at the Empire State Legal Writing Conference on June 23, 2012, at SUNY Buffalo Law School in Buffalo, New York.

  • Rod Sullivan

Professor Rod Sullivan was interviewed during TV-4's Good Morning Jacksonville on the topic of “Were Italian Seismologists Wrongfully Convicted of Manslaughter?”


  • Robert Morgan

Professor Robert Morgan will be speaking at the December 1, 2012 Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys Unprogam on the Practical Issues and solutions in dealing with third parties under the new Power of Attorney Law.

  • Herb Jervis

Professor Herb Jervis, Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law, spent two days meeting with students, faculty and staff of the Biological Sciences of Florida State University. On October 25th, Professor Jervis presented a major lecture to the Department entitled "Some Thoughts about the Patent Eligibility of Bioglogical Products and Processes". On October 26th, Professor Jervis met with individual faculty and staff members discussing various IP opportunities in their particular areas of study. The visit ended with Dr. Jervis leading a discussion among postdocs and graduate students in the Department having the general theme, "what you can do with your PhD other than take your major professor's faculty position."

  • Ann K. Smith

Professor Ann K. Smith has been an adjunct professor since 2006. She has been accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer and will begin service in January 2013, for 27 months as a Youth Developer in Morocco, Africa. Her teaching experience at FCSL was an important part of her passion to pursue the development of interested minds (now overseas).

Professor Ann K. Smith appreciates the experiences afforded to her at FCSL and has enjoyed being a professional mentor. After 18 years of practice as a lawyer (most recently mediator), she felt that it was her time to become a more meaningful citizen of the world. If anyone is interested in following her (and husband's), blog please email her at clayandann@gmail.com.