Faculty Highlights - April 2012

  • Professor Christopher Roederer

Professor Roederer has received a Fulbright Fellowship to go to South Africa to teach research and write on South African law reform, legal theory and democracy in the fall. 

  • Professor Rod Sullivan

Professor Sullivan’s article “World Citizenship, National Citizenship, and the Constitution of a Nation” has been included in Road Map for a New Constitution, a book published in Turkey by the Justice and Law Foundation.  Road Map for a New Constitution is a collection of legal articles intended to assist Turkey in drafting a new constitution.  Also included in the book are articles by Florida Coastal professors David Pimentel, John Knechtle, and Cleveland Ferguson.

Read on for the rest of the faculty highlights.

  • Professor Brian Foley

Professor Foley accepted an offer for his article, "Immunity Baths and Stinking Corpses: Is Amsterdam, LaFave, and White's 'Use-Exclusion' Proposal to Limit Police Pretext an Idea Whose Time Has Come?" to be published as the lead article in the Fall 2012 Edition of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law.

Professor Foley wrote the Afterword in Terrence Edward Paupp, Beyond Global Crisis: Remedies and Road Maps by Daisaku Ikeda and His Contemporaries (Transaction Publishers 2012).

On April 18, Professor Foley participated in a panel discussion of the Trayvon Martin case and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. Professors McAllister, Pingree, and Priester also participated, along with Suzanne Bass, Esq. Shavae J. McKnight '13 served as moderator.

  • Professor Mary Margaret Giannini

In conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 23-27), Professor Mary Margaret Giannini served as a presenter at a full day seminar hosted at Florida Coastal School of Law, and put on by the National Crime Victim’s Law Institute, regarding representing victims of crime in the criminal process.  Attendees at the workshop included victim service providers, attorneys and students.

  • Professor Susan Harthill

On April 16, Professor Harthill presented her new ERISA article at the 10th Annual Employee Benefits Symposium at the John Marshall Law School, Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits.  The symposium was entitled "The Past, Present, and Future of Supreme Court Jurisprudence on ERISA."  Professor Harthill discussed the Supreme Court's 2011 decision in Amara v. Cigna and how it impacts the availability of equitable relief for participants in ERISA-governed employee benefit plans. This article follows her earlier article, published in 2009 in the University of Oklahoma Law Review, wherein Professor Harthill outlined one of the doctrines of traditional equitable relief that the Court adopted in Amara.  Her new article will be published in the John Marshall Law Review this fall.

On April 26, Professor Harthill participated in the inaugural meeting of the Hate Crimes Working Group for Jacksonville/NE Florida.  The working group plans to re-establish a Hate Crimes working group in Jacksonville/NE Florida and is comprised of representatives from several different local public and private organizations.  Members of the Coastal community who are interested in participating in the working group or attending meetings should contact Professor Harthill.

  • Professor Eric Hull

Professor Eric Hull presented his paper Global Climate Change and Aquatic Invasive Species: Building Coastal Resilience through Integrated Ecosystem Management at the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program in Biloxi, Mississippi hosted by the University of Mississippi School of Law. His article on the same subject will appear in the fall 2012 edition of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.

  • Professor Jana McCreary

Professor Jana R. McCreary has accepted an offer to publish her most recent article, “Mentally Defective” Language in the Gun Control Act with the University of Connecticut Law Review.  This article builds on previous work intersecting gun policy with mental disability law and proposes changes to the Gun Control Act to expand and more clearly define the population restricted from gun possession under the federal law as pertaining to those deemed dangerously mentally ill.  The piece will appear in Issue 3 of Volume 45 of the Connecticut Law Review.

  • Professor Alexander Moody

Professor Sander Moody has been invited by the Florida Bar Association to revise a chapter in the book, Evidence in Florida

  • Professor Benjamin Priester

Professor Priester accepted an offer to publish his article “Five Answers and Three Questions After United States v. Jones (2012), the Fourth Amendment ‘GPS case.’” in the Oklahoma Law Review. 

  • Professor Brad Shannon

Professor Shannon has accepted an offer to publish his article, “Why Denials of Summary Judgment Should Be Appealable,” in the Tennessee Law Review.


April 2012


Adjunct Faculty


  • Adjunct Professor Suzanne Bass

Professor Bass is running for election to serve as Circuit Court Judge, Group 34.  The election is August 14, 2012.  The Fourth Circuit covers Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties. www.SuzanneBassforJudge.com 

  • Adjunct Professor Nicholas Martino

Professor Nick Martino presented at the annual Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Criminal Law Certification Review Seminar in Tampa in April.  Professor Martino's address was titled "Appellate Procedure and Advocacy in the Federal Courts."