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University of Florida Levin College of Law has refined our legal writing and research programs as we seek to develop our students’ writing and research skills throughout all three years of law school. New professors have joined our longstanding legal skills professors to engage in innovative teaching and scholarship.
Upcoming Workshop
The Legal Writing program will host a Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop on December 11, 2021.  The theme of the workshop is Your One Best Thing. In addition to our own faculty's presentations and panels, legal research and writing professors from across the country will come to the University of Florida Levin College of Law to present some of their best lessons, strategies, and pedagogical techniques. 
New Legal Skills Professors
Jonathan
Barry-Blocker

Visiting Legal Skills Professor
Lisa DeSanctis
Legal Skills Professor
Kristen Hardy
Legal Skills Professor
Recent Faculty Presentations and Scholarship
Gia Arney
Legal Research Professor; Tax Research Specialist 

  • Summer Research Refresher Workshop Series, Legal Information Center (2021) (with Sara Bensley, Elizabeth Hilkin, Gail L. Mathapo, Patricia L. Morgan, Jane O'Connell & Christopher Vallandingham).
  • LLM Research Skills - News and Current Awareness, UF Graduate Tax Program - Tax Research Seminar (Sept. 2020).
  • LLM Research Skills - Passwords and Database Access, UF Graduate Tax Program - Tax Research Seminar (Aug. 2020).
  • Florida Tax Review - Library Orientation and Source Collection Practices Workshop, Florida Tax Review Orientation (Aug. 25, 2020).
Mary Adkins
Master Legal Skills Professor 

  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association Constitution Day Event: Who Controls Our Florida Constitution?, Eighth Judicial Circuit  Bar Association, Gainesville, Fla (Sept. 17, 2021).
  • Who Controls Our Florida Constitution?, Retired Attorneys of Sarasota Area, Sarasota, Fla (Mar. 24, 2021).
  • What Would Chesterfield Do?, Manatee County Bar Association, Bradenton, Fa (Jan. 27, 2021).
  • AALS LWRR Section Meeting Address by Outgoing Chair, Mary E. Adkins, AALS LWRR Section Annual Meeting. (Jan. 6, 2021).
  • Writing Legal History, Manatee Kiwanis Club, Bradenton, Fla (Aug. 20, 2020).
  • Florida Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (2021) (with Jon L. Mills & Timothy McLendon).
  • Chesterfield Smith, America’s Lawyer (2020).
  •  Review of Florida Constitutional Law in a Nutshell, by Robert M. Jarvis, 94 Fla. Bar J. 51 (2020).
  • Our Evolving Constitutions, Forum: The Magazine of Florida Humanities, Spring 2020 at 26.
  • What Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission Can Teach and Learn From Those of Other States, 71 Rutgers U. L. Rev. 1177 (2019).
Sara Bensley
Legal Research Professor; Emerging Technology Specialist  

  • Summer Research Refresher Workshop Series, Legal Information Center (2021) (with Gia Arney, Elizabeth Hilkin, Gail L. Mathapo, Patricia L. Morgan, Jane O'Connell, & Christopher Vallandingham).
  • Measuring the Antitrust Revolution, 65 Antitrust Bull. (2020) (with D. Daniel Sokol & Maia Crook).
  • Ghost Guns, 47 Documents to the People 15 (2019) (with Traci Emerson).
Paige Carlos
Legal Skills Professor 

  • UF Law Scholarship Roundtables, UF Law Spring 2021 Faculty Workshops, Gainesville, Fla (Apr. 22, 2021).
Ben Fernandez
Senior Legal Skills Professor 

  • Partnering with Practice: Bringing Practitioners into Your Classroom to Make Law Practice Real, SEALS Writing Connections, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2020).
  • Legal Writing I & II: Legal Research and Writing & Introduction to Litigation Practice (2021). 
  • Contract Drafting: Introduction to Transactional Practice (2021).
  • Drafting and Revising Contracts: An Introduction to Drafting in Plain English and Revising Complex Form  Documents (2019).
Elizabeth Hilkin
Legal Research Professor; Assistant Director for Public Services  

  • Summer Research Refresher Workshop Series, Legal Information Center (2021) (with Gia Arney, Sara Bensley, Gail L. Mathapo, Patricia L. Morgan, Jane O'Connell, & Christopher Vallandingham).
  • A Century of Citation in the Florida Supreme Court, Yale Law School Virtual Symposium on Citation and the Law, (Apr. 23, 2021) (with Jane O’Connell).
  • AALL 2021 Conference Program Review: Beyond Scholarship: Innovative Institutional Repository Collections, 41 ALL-SIS Newsletter 34 (2021).
  • AALL 2021 Conference Program Review: Middle Management Musings: A Continued Dialogue on Managing Up, Down, and Within, 41 ALL-SIS Newsletter 33 (2021).
  • A Century of Citation in the Florida Supreme Court, in Citation and the Law (Michael Chiorazzi, ed., forthcoming 2022) (with Jane O’Connell).
  • Ed., David Anderson: An Oral History (Jamail Center for Legal Research, University of Texas at Austin, 2019).
Joseph Jackson
Senior Legal Skills Professor  

  • Adding Genre Discovery to 1L Writing Instruction, 29 Persps. (forthcoming 2021).
  • Roots of Revolution: The African National Congress and Gay Liberation in South Africa, 44 Brook. J. Int’l L. 613 (2019).
Sabrina Little
Legal Skills Professor  

  • It’s Elementary, My Dear Professors: Incorporating K-12 Strategies into a Legal Writing Classroom, Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute (forthcoming 2021).
Gail Mathapo
Legal Research Professor; Faculty Services Librarian; Associate Director, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations   

  • Summer Research Refresher Workshop Series, Legal Information Center (2021) (with Gia Arney, Jane O'Connell, Sara Bensley, Elizabeth Hilkin, Patricia L. Morgan, & Christopher Vallandingham).
Patricia Morgan
Legal Research Professor; Head of Metadata and Publications 

  • Summer Research Refresher Workshop Series, Legal Information Center (2021) (with Gia Arney, Jane O'Connell, Sara Bensley, Elizabeth Hilkin, Patricia L. Morgan, & Christopher Vallandingham).
Timothy McLendon
Legal Skills Professor 

  • Water Law in the U.S. and Florida , Universidade Federal Tecnológica do Paraná, iCampo Mourão-PR, Brazil (June 2, 2021).
  • Overview of U.S. Historic Preservation Law, with a Special Look at Constitutional Issues, Town of Palm Beach Historic District Educational Symposium, City of Palm Beach & Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2020).
  • Timothy McLendon, Florida Constitutional Law: Cases In Context (2021) (with Jon L. Mills & Mary E. Adkins).
  • 2020 Latin American Business Environment Report (2020) (with Brian Gendreau).
  • 2020 Latin American Business Environment Report (2019) (with Brian Gendreau).
Jane O'Connell
Senior Legal Skills Professor; Associate Dean for Legal Information 

  • Summer Research Refresher Workshop Series, Legal Information Center (2021) (with Gia Arney, Sara Bensley, Elizabeth Hilkin, Gail L. Mathapo, Patricia L. Morgan, & Christopher Vallandingham).
  • A Century of Citation in the Florida Supreme Court, Yale Law School Virtual Symposium on Citation and the Law, (April 23, 2021) (with Elizabeth Hilkin).
  • A Century of Citation in the Florida Supreme Court, in Citation and the Law (Michael Chiorazzi, ed., forthcoming 2022) (with Elizabeth Hilkin).
  • Jane O’Connell, Tracking Giants: Professor Hovenkamp and Impact Metrics in  Herbert Hovenkamp Liber Amicorum 25 (Nicolas Charbit ed., 2021) (with Barak Orbach & D. Daniel Sokol).
  • The Development and Evolution of The Greenbook: The First Fifty Years, 97 Tex. L. Rev. Online 171 (2019).
Christopher Vallandingham
Legal Research Professor; Head of Collections  

  • Summer Research Refresher Workshop Series, Legal Information Center. (2021) (with Gia Arney, Sara Bensley, Elizabeth Hilkin, Gail L. Mathapo, Patricia L. Morgan, & Jane O’Connell).
  • 2021 Military Law Symposium, Florida Bar Military & Veterans Affairs Committee, Florida Bar Annual Meeting (June 9, 2021).
  • Combatting Targeted Disinformation Campaigns: A Whole-of-Society Issue, Part Two, Dept. of Homeland Security (Sept. 24, 2021) (with Adam Cambridge et al.).
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