Every faculty member of the Department of Legal Studies holds the Juris Doctor (law degree), and several hold an advanced degree in law (i.e., LL.M.) or a Ph.D. as well. In addition, every faculty member has practiced law in the public or private sector prior to teaching at UCF. The majority are currently licensed to practice law in Florida, and they are authorized by the Florida Bar to render legal advice and provide legal representation in the state of the Florida. The faculty has collectively published books and articles on such topics as affirmative action, the Florida court system, freedom of speech and the First Amendment, surveillance law, comparative/international law, legal research, surveillance law and the right of privacy, among other topics.

Research Interests

Carol Bast, J.D., LL.M.

  • national security law
  • electronic surveillance law (wire-tapping and eavesdropping)
  • legal research and writing
  • technology and right to privacy

James Beckman, J.D., LL.M.

  • affirmative action
  • comparative law
  • international law
  • constitutional law
  • criminal law
  • firearms/guns laws
  • national security law

Brett Meltzer, J.D.

  • criminal law
  • torts
  • white collar crimes
  • estates and trusts
  • issues involving state and federal courts and business organizations
  • legal ethics
  • legal legal writing and research

Eric Merriam, J.D., LL.M.

  • constitutional law
  • national security law
  • international law

Abby Milon, J.D.

  • alternative dispute resolution
  • mediation
  • arbitration

Timothy Ravich

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Aviation
  • Travel Rights
  • National Security
  • Law and Technology

Cynthia Schmidt, J.D., B.S.

  • criminal law
  • race and policing

David Slaughter, J.D.

  • criminal procedure
  • criminal law
  • law school admissions
  • evidence

Alisa Smith, J.D., Ph.D.

  • criminal courts and law

Robert Wood, J.D., LL.M

  • comparative law
  • administrative law
  • entertainment law
  • admiralty law
  • First Amendment and texting issues
  • firearms law
  • affirmative action law

Current/Recent Grants

None at this time

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