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Criminal law, juvenile law, torts law, environmental law, international law, human rights law; African politics, federal income tax, partnership tax

LeRoy Pernell, J.D.
Florida A&M University
College of Law
201 Beggs Avenue, Suite 324
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 254-3204

Area of expertise: Criminal law; juvenile law; torts law; products liability; constitutional law

LeRoy Pernell assumed the deanship of the Florida A&M University College of Law in January 2008. For 10 years, he served as law dean at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Under his leadership, the NIU law school was recognized nationally for its diversity efforts. He also oversaw the expansion of technology into the classroom, the establishment of the clinical educational program and the opening of the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford, Illinois.

Pernell earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1971, and received his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1974. He was of counsel with the firm Otto Beatty & Associates in Columbus Ohio.

In 1992, U.S. Congressman John Conyers (Michigan) appointed him as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Criminal Justice Brain Trust’s subcommittee on Juvenile Justice. He also served as a member of the Ohio Governor’s Commission on African American Males and the Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice. He has also testified before the Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dean Pernell has written law review articles in the areas of criminal procedure, juvenile justice, personal injury and sports law, and authored the Civil Procedure Forms Supplement for West Ohio Practice from 1978 to 1986. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and past-trustee of the Law School Admissions Council.

  • "Reflecting on the Dream of the Marathon Man: Black Dean Longevity and its Impact on Opportunity and Diversity", 38 Toledo Law Review 571 (2007)
  • "Deans of Color Speak Out: Unique Voice in a Unique Role", 20 Boston College Third World Law Journal 43 (2000)
  • "In Memoriam: Rodolphe Jean Alexander De Seife" (with Daniel Reynolds), 19 Northern Illinois University Law Review (1999)
  • "A Commentary on Professor Goplerud's Article, "NCAA Enforcement Process: A Call for Procedural Fairness"", 20 Capital University Law Review. 561 (1991)
  • "Suffering The Children: 35 Years of Suspension, Expulsion and Beatings - The Price of Desegregation" 7 Harvard Blackletter Journal 119 (1990)
  • "Drug Testing of Student Athletes: Some Contract and Tort Implications" 67 Denver University Law Review 279 (1990)
  • "Reign of the Queen of Hearts: The Declining Significance of the Presumption of Innocence - A Brief Commentary" 37 Cleveland State Law Review 393 (lead article) (1990)
  • "Random Drug Testing of Student Athletes by State Universities in the Wake of Von Raab and Skinner," 1 Marquette Sports Law Journal 41 (1990)

Jeremy I. Levitt, J.D.
Associate Dean and Director of the Center for International Law and Justice
Florida A&M University
College of Law
201 Beggs Avenue, Suite 324
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 254-3248

Area of expertise: Human rights law; African politics; democratization; state dynamics; regional collective security

Dean Levitt is a public international lawyer and political scientist  He is the author or editor of four books and numerous law review articles. Prior to entering law teaching, he served as special assistant to the managing director for Global Human and Social Development at the World Bank Group. He was recently appointed as senior member of the International Technical Assistance Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically-elected female head of state.  He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Cambridge-St. Johns College; a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and B.A., political science in Arizona State University.

  • HURRICANE KATRINA: AMERICA’S UNNATURAL DISASTER, (eds.) (University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2009).  
  • AFRICA: MAPPING NEW BOUNDARIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, (eds.) (Hart Publishers, Oxford, UK: 2008). 
  • UN Peacekeeping: A Sheep in Wolves Clothing?, Review of UN PEACEKEEPING IN LEBANON, SOMALIA AND KOSOVO: OPERATIONAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN PRACTICE by Ray Murphy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. International Peacekeeping Journal, Vol. 17 (Spring 2010). Peer Reviewed.
  • “Peace and or Justice: The Dilemma of Power-sharing”, African Legal Aid Quarterly, (published lecture), Conference: Interface Between Peace and International Justice in Africa, July-December 2007.
  • “Pro-Democratic Intervention in Africa”, Wisconsin Journal of International Law, Vol. 25 No. 1 (Summer 2006).  
  • “Illegal Peace?: Examining the Legality of Power-sharing with Warlords and Rebels in Africa”, Michigan Journal of International Law, Vol. 27 No.2 (Winter 2006).

Darryll K. Jones
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law
Florida A&M University
College of Law
201 Beggs Avenue
Orlando, Florida  32801
(407) 254-3202

Area of expertise: Federal income tax; partnership tax; tax exempt organizations

He is currently on leave of absence from Stetson University College of Law, where he is a tenured full professor teaching Federal Income Tax, Partnership Tax, and the Taxation of Exempt Organizations. He received his LLM (Tax) and JD degrees from the University of Florida. From 1993 to 2006 he taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2003 until 2006. Dean Jones is the author of The Theory and Practice of Partnership Taxation 2nd Edition, published by Thomson-West and is lead co-author of The Taxation of Charities and Other Exempt Organizations, 2nd Edition, also published by Thomson-West.   His scholarship on federal taxation has appeared in the Florida Tax Review, the Virginia Tax Review, Brigham Young University Law Review, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business and several other publications. Dean Jones has been consulted by members of Congress, including the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, staff to the Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Internal Revenue Service on issues relating to individual income tax, partnership tax, and the tax laws of exempt organizations.

  • The Taxation of Profit Interests and the Reverse Mancur Olson Phenomenon, 36 Capital University Law Review (2009).
  • Third Party Profit-Taking In Tax Exemption Jurisprudence, 2007 Brigham Young University Law Review 977 (Fall 2007).
  • Towards Equity and Efficiency In Partnership Allocations, 25 Virginia Tax Review 1047 (2006).
  • Special Allocations and Preferential Distributions in Joint Ventures Involving Taxable and Tax Exempt Entities, 31 Ohio Northern Law Review 13 (2005).
  • Semantics and Substance in Partnership Mergers, 104 Tax Notes 1523 (2004).
  • The Neglected Role of International Altruistic Investment in the Chinese Transition Economy, 36 George Washington International Law Review 71 (2003).
  • Some Hard Thinking and Harder Realities Regarding Joint Ventures, 36 Exempt Organizations Tax Review 177 (2002).
  • “First Bite” And The Private Benefit Doctrine: A Comment on Temporary and Proposed Regulation 53.4958-4T(a)(3), 62 Pittsburgh L. Review 715 (2001).

Eric Hull
Legal Writing Instructor
Florida A&M University
College of Law
201 Beggs Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 254-4029

Area of expertise: Environmental and maritime law

Prior to joining FAMU, Professor Hull was an assistant professor in the department of criminal justice and legal studies at the University of Central Florida and an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Law, both in Orlando. He has published on environmental and maritime law topics, with emphasis on the impact of pollution on human health and the environment. His most recent articles have appeared in the Temple Law Review and the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal. Prior to entering academia, Professor Hull was an associate with Swartz Campbell, LLC, and served as judicial law clerk for the Honorable Earle W. Peterson, Jr. and for the Honorable C. Alan Lawson at Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. Professor Hull has taught courses in environmental law, climate change law and policy, and legal methods. He holds a J.D. from Barry University, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Barry Law Review, an M.S. in Coastal Zone Management and an M.S. in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University in Dania, Florida, and a B.S. in Biology from Providence College in Rhode Island. Currently, he is pursuing an LL.M. degree in Environmental and Land Use Law at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law (anticipated completion Summer 2010).

  • Missing the Boat on Protecting Human Health and the Environment:  A Re-evaluation of the EPA’s Emissions Policy on Large Ocean-Going Vessels, 81 Temp. L. Rev. 4 (2009).
  • Through the Looking Glass:  Judicial Interpretation of Vessel Status Leaves Injured Workers Adrift in Uncharted Territory, 16 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 321 (Spring 2004).
  • Soiling the Sea:  The Solution to Pollution is Still Dilution – A Re-evaluation of the Efficacy of 40 C.F.R.§ 122.3 and Annex IV of MARPOL, 3 Barry L. Rev. 61 (2002).

Randall Abate
College of Law

Area of expertise:
Teaches courses in environmental law, international and comparative law and constitutional law. He has published widely on environment law topics with a recent emphasis on climate change law and policy.