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November 30, 2018

From the Dean

(L-R) Professor Chuck Ehrhardt, First Lady Jean Thrasher, President John Thrasher, President and Dean Emeritus Sandy D’Alemberte, Patsy Palmer, Martha Barnett, Dean Erin O’Connor and Mark Ellis.
On Sunday, November 18, we were honored to celebrate President Emeritus, Dean Emeritus and Professor Sandy D’Alemberte during a statue relocation event at the law school. Joined by more than 100 of Sandy’s friends, colleagues and admirers, we paid tribute to him and unveiled the new location of his presidential statue. The bronze artwork is now prominently situated at the Jefferson Street entrance of the law school and overlooking the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, which Sandy established at FSU when he was president. During the event, FSU President John Thrasher (Dec. ’72), former ABA President Martha Barnett and International Bar Association Executive Director Mark Ellis (’84) spoke about Sandy’s remarkable career as a fierce advocate, an innovative academic, a trailblazing leader and an international human rights visionary. In addition, it was my pleasure to share details about how Sandy forever transformed the FSU Law campus and culture. Sandy’s accomplishments are too numerous to fully cover in this short column, but you can find highlights in an article and video on the FSU website. Thank you to all who joined us for this momentous occasion and thank you to Sandy for his many contributions to FSU Law, the university, the state, the nation and the world!

- Dean Erin O'Connor
Professor Logan Co-Authors New Book on Criminal Conviction
Wayne Logan
Wayne A. Logan, the FSU Law Gary & Sallyn Pajcic Professor, has co-authored the new 2018-2019 edition of Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction: Law, Policy and Practice. This book is a comprehensive resource for practicing lawyers, judges and policymakers on the legal restrictions and penalties that result from a criminal conviction over and above the court-imposed sentence. Many millions of Americans have a criminal record of some kind, potentially triggering a vast array of consequences that can have life-long debilitating effects. This volume provides comprehensive discussion and analysis of these after-effects of the nation’s ongoing “tough on crime” policies, ranging from loss of civil rights and employment opportunities, to registration and residency restrictions. The book serves as a single go-to resource for lawyers, judges and policymakers as they negotiate the often complex and obscure statutes and regulations that come into play as a consequence of arrest and conviction. It describes specific types of consequences, including firearms dispossession, licensing and contracting bars, and travel restrictions. It also discusses legal and ethical duties of counsel and courts, and explains varied methods of rights restoration and preservation. The volume also covers criminal practice-related issues, access to criminal records and regulation of criminal background checking, as well as current and possible future law reform efforts. For more information, visit
Alum Profile: Mark C. Reid (’00) (1970-2018)
Mark C. Reid, of Brighton Township, Mich., passed away in August after a long battle with cancer. Prior to his death, Reid was a senior vice president-lead mortgage counsel at MB Financial Bank in Ann Arbor, Mich. Upon graduating from FSU Law in 2000, Reid practiced in Florida for more than a decade before returning to his home state of Michigan in 2014. While in Jacksonville, Reid was an assistant public defender at the Office of the Public Defender, Fourth Judicial Circuit, practiced at Mark C. Reid, PA, and was vice president and mortgage regulatory counsel at EverBank. He is survived by his wife and fellow FSU Law alum, Alicia (Westhoff) Reid (’00), and three children.

Student Profile: 3L Janelle Batta

Janelle Batta
Desired Practice Location: Los Angeles
Expected Graduation: December 2018
Specialization: Child welfare
Field of Law Sought: Child welfare, dependency

Originally from Mansfield, Mass., Janelle Batta earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and a minor in French from Barnard College. She will graduate from FSU Law this December. Before law school, Batta spent five years working as a paralegal. About half of that time was spent working as a corporate paralegal doing securities compliance work at a mid-sized New York law firm. Batta spent the latter half in the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County's Foster Children's Project, where she found a passion for child advocacy. The summer after her 1L year of law school, Batta clerked at the Public Counsel Law Center’s Children’s Right’s Project, Adoption Unit, where she conducted intake interviews with families adopting children from the Los Angeles County foster care system. Last spring, Batta participated in the FSU Public Interest Law Center Children's Advocacy Clinic. She assisted attorneys who provided direct representation to children in dependency, adoption and probate guardianship proceedings. The summer after her 2L year, Batta clerked at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in L.A. She worked on the Kinship Care and Immigrant Child Advocacy Project, where she assisted attorneys who provided representation to citizen children seeking legal guardianship and immigrant children seeking special immigrant juvenile status. Batta is the past president of Outlaw, the LGBTQ law student group. She was also a law student representative to the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee Board of Directors. If you are interested in hiring Batta after graduation, visit her LinkedIn profile.
“I'm thrilled to be moving to Los Angeles after law school and would love to connect with local alumni.”
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