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University of Florida Levin College of Law has grown our legal writing and research programs as we seek to develop our students’ writing and research skills throughout all three years of law school. Our new professors have joined our longstanding legal skills professors to engage in innovative teaching and scholarship.
New Legal Skills Professors Focused on Writing and Drafting

Sarah Bishop teaches Legal Writing, Pretrial Practice, and Copyright Law. Prior to joining UF Law, Professor Bishop practiced with Clarick Gueron Reisbaum, a litigation boutique in New York City, and Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco. She also clerked for the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Paige Carlos teaches Legal Writing, Legal Writing II, and Pretrial Practice. Professor Carlos previously taught legal writing and academic success courses at FAMU Law. Prior to teaching, Professor Carlos practiced in the areas of real estate, probate, and family law.

Sabrina Little teaches Legal Writing, Legal Writing II, and Real Estate Drafting. She also advises the UF Law Moot Court and Tax Moot Court Teams. Prior to joining UF Law, Professor Little practiced with Greenburg Traurig in Miami, focusing on real estate law.

Timothy McLendon teaches Legal Writing, Legal Writing II, and Historic Preservation Law. Professor McLendon was previously an associate attorney for UF Law’s Center for Governmental Responsibility.

 
New Legal Research Professors

Gia Arney teaches Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research – Tax. She also serves as the Tax Legal Research Specialist in UF Law’s Legal Information Center. Prior to joining UF Law, Professor Arney was a law librarian at George Washington University Law School and at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Before joining the legal academy, Professor Arney practiced in the areas of estate planning, federal estate and gift tax, and probate law.

Sara Bensley teaches Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research – Corporate and Securities. She also serves as the Emerging Legal Technology Specialist in UF Law’s Legal Information Center. Professor Bensley previously practiced antitrust law with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Hilkin teaches Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research – Corporate and Securities. She also serves as the Assistant Director for Public Services in UF Law’s Legal Information Center. Prior to joining UF Law, Professor Hilkin was the Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas’ Tarlton Law Library and taught Advanced Legal Research: Texas Law at the University of Texas School of Law.

 
Recent Faculty Scholarship
Mary Adkins
Master Legal Skills Professor

  • Jon L. Mills, Mary E. Adkins & Timothy McLendon, Florida Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2021).
  • Mary E. Adkins, Chesterfield Smith, America’s Lawyer (University Press of Florida, 2020).
  • Mary E. Adkins, Florida Constitutional Law in a Nutshell, by Robert M. Jarvis, 94 The Florida Bar Journal 51 (2020).
  • Mary E. Adkins, Our Evolving Constitutions, Forum: The Magazine Of Florida Humanities (Spring 2020).
  • Mary E. Adkins, What Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission Can Teach and Learn From Those of Other States, 71 Rutgers University Law Review 1177 (2020).
Sara Bensley
Legal Research Professor; Emerging Legal Technology Specialist

  • D. Daniel Sokol, Sara Bensley & Maia Crook, Measuring the Antitrust Revolution, 65 Antitrust Bulletin (2020).
  • Traci Emerson & Sara Bensley, Ghost Guns, 47 Documents To The People 15 (2019).
Deborah Cupples
Master Legal Skills Professor

  • Deborah Cupples, A Short And Happy Guide To Civics (West, 2020).
Ben Fernandez
Senior Legal Skills Professor

  • Ben L. Fernandez, Drafting and Revising Contracts: An Introduction to Drafting in Plain English and Revising Complex Form Documents (Vandeplas, 2019).
Elizabeth Hilkin
Legal Research Professor; Assistant Director for Public Services

  • Elizabeth Hilkin, ed., David Anderson: An Oral History (Jamail Center for Legal Research, University of Texas at Austin, 2019).
  • Elizabeth Hilkin & Jane O’Connell, eds., Jay Westbrook: An Oral History (Jamail Center for Legal Research, University of Texas at Austin, 2018).
Joseph Jackson
Senior Legal Skills Professor

  • Joseph Jackson, Roots of Revolution: The African National Congress and Gay Liberation in South Africa, 44 Brooklyn Journal of International Law 613 (2019).
Sabrina Little
Legal Skills Professor

  • Sabrina Little, 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

  • Shamika D. Dalton, Gail Mathapo & Endia Sowers-Paige, Navigating Law Librarianship While Black...A Week in the Life of a Black Female Librarian, 110 Law Library Journal (Summer 2018).
  • Sarah Lewis, Gail Mathapo & Rachel Purcell, Bottom-Up Goal Setting: Creating Actionable, Assessable, and Achievable Goals for Your Library, 22 AALL Spectrum 6 (July/Aug 2018).
Timothy McLendon
Legal Skills Professor

  • Jon L. Mills, Mary E. Adkins & Timothy McLendon, Florida Constitutional Law: Cases In Context, (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2021).
  • Brian Gendreau & Timothy McLendon, of 2020 Latin American Business Environment Report (Univ. of Florida, Ctr. for Latin Am. Stud., 2020).
  • Brian Gendreau & Timothy McLendon, of 2019 Latin American Business Environment Report (Univ. of Florida, Ctr. for Latin Am. Stud., 2019).
  • Brian Gendreau & Timothy McLendon, of 2018 Latin American Business Environment Report (Univ. of Florida, Ctr. for Latin Am. Stud., 2018).
Jane O’Connell
Legal Skills Professor; Associate Dean for Legal Information Center

  • Barak Orbach, D. Daniel Sokol & Jane O’Connell, Tracking Giants: Professor Hovenkamp and Impact Metrics in Herbert Hovenkamp Liber Amicorum (Nicolas Charbit ed., forthcoming 2021).
  • Jane O’Connell, The Development and Evolution of The Greenbook: The First Fifty Years, 97 Texas Law Review Online 171 (2019).
  • Elizabeth Hilkin & Jane O’Connell, eds., Jay Westbrook: An Oral History (Jamail Center for Legal Research, University of Texas at Austin, 2018).
Christopher Vallandingham
Legal Research Professor; Head of Collections

  • Christopher Vallandingham, Territorial Courts, in Florida’s Other Courts: Unconventional Justice in the Sunshine State (University Press of Florida, 2018).
Henry Wihnyk
Senior Legal Skills Professor

  • Henry Wihnyk, Speaking Outside The Courtroom-Public Speaking For Lawyers (Carolina Academic Press, 2018).
Remembering Professor Deborah Cupples
As we celebrate recent successes, we also mourn the passing of our colleague Deborah Cupples. Professor Cupples served as a Legal Skills Professor at UF Law for twelve years. She taught Legal Drafting, Art Law, and Legislative Drafting, and she published several books, including two recent books for non-lawyers focusing on civics and how government works. Professor Cupples's love of teaching and writing were evident in everything she did, and she is missed by faculty, staff, and students.
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