Legal Studies Chair Is Interim Co-Director for New Human Trafficking Center at UCF
Alisia Smith, the legal studies department chair, will serve as the interim co-director for the new Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at UCF. The center is a proactive solution to address the growing human-trafficking problem that communities face in Central Florida, the United States and around the world. Read more about the center here.
The Center for Law and Policy hosted a summit on first responders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on Sept. 1 at the UCF Student Union. The presenters included active and former law enforcement officers with firsthand experience with PTSD and members of the clinical research center UCF RESTORES. In attendance were more than 200 law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, 911 dispatchers, trauma room nurses and other first responders from across Florida. Department staff member Shawn Richichi organized the event.
Cashman Interviewed by ABA
The American Bar Association recently interviewed attorney Patricia Cashman, a long-time legal studies adjunct instructor and advisory board member for UCF, about her career for its Young Lawyers Division Women in the Profession Committee’s quarterly newsletter.
“We need to stop labeling lawyers as ‘male’ and ‘female.’ We all passed the same bar exam and should have access to the same opportunities,” Cashman said. Read the full interview
Schmidt Discusses Black Lives Matter with Chinese Delegation
Cynthia Schmidt, director of the Center for Law and Policy, made a presentation on July 26 to a delegation of officials from throughout China with the International Visitor Leadership Program, conducted through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department. Schmidt’s presentation was an overview of the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement and other aspects of cultural injustice in the U.S. The presentation was held at the Lou Frey Institute, which is affiliated with UCF’s Political Science Department, in Research Park.
Faculty Member Travels for Guess Lectures in Europe
Cynthia Schmidt, lecturer and director for the Center for Law and Policy, recently returned from a three-week trip as a guest lecturer in Europe. During her journey, she gave lectures on the death penalty, gun laws and culture in the U.S., the political landscape in America and comparative law, with a focus on personal injury. Schmidt spoke at the University of South Dohemia in the Czech Republic and the University of Passau in Germany.
USPS Employee of Month 16-17
Two staff members in the Department of Legal Studies have been honored as the universitywide USPS Employee of Month this academic year. Congratulations to Office Manager Katie Connolly (October 2016) and Office Assistant Kaitlyn Sweeney (March 2017)!
To Drone or Not To Drone?
Assistant Professor Tim Ravich, an aviation lawyer, discussed what you can and cannot do with a drone in a WMFE radio segment aired Feb. 28. Listen to the segment