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Buyers may not understand risks in coastal purchases, new UF study shows

Published: October 2 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Living along a Florida beach sounds like a dream, but it can bring nightmarish worries, including severe weather, erosion and regulations limiting how the land is used.

Brechner Center files brief in Freedom of Information Act case before U.S. Supreme Court

Published: December 6 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida and other open government groups have filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to keep more information available to the public. The court is considering whether corporations can invoke the “personal privacy” exemption to the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Boys more prone to trouble after family upheavals, UF study finds

Published: April 8 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Family disruptions such as divorce or children being forced to live elsewhere are tougher on boys than girls, according to a newly published University of Florida study, which finds that rates of male juvenile delinquency and drug use rise when the household composition changes.

UF author: Technology jeopardizes individual privacy

Published: October 7 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Technology has intruded into every aspect of modern life, from how people die to how they conduct their public and private business. Although the benefits of technology are obvious, the risks can be huge.

UF offers nation's first master's degree in environmental and land use law

Published: June 12 2008


Government surveillance harms society, UF law professor writes in new book

Published: March 4 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Acts of government surveillance — from increasing use of closed-circuit televisions and global positioning systems to an array of sophisticated technologies that can access records about our activities — represent an insidious assault on the freedom of Americans that the law has failed to respond to, according to a new book from a professor.

UF graduate student evaluates flawed 'Son of Sam' laws

Published: December 18 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research by a University of Florida graduate student finds most state statutes designed to prevent criminals from profiting from telling the story of their crimes are ineffective and unconstitutional.

UF graduate student evaluates flawed 'Son of Sam' laws

Published: December 6 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Research by a University of Florida graduate student finds most state statutes designed to prevent criminals from profiting from telling the story of their crimes are ineffective and unconstitutional.

Faith-based programs for kids can work without legal controversies

Published: June 5 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Faith-based correctional programs for troubled kids can survive and even thrive without legal challenges if they follow Florida’s lead in keeping participation voluntary and welcoming different religions, a new University of Florida study finds.

New UF partnerships help solve Florida's growth management issues

Published: February 19 2007

GAINESVILLE, FLA. — Finding realistic and equitable legal solutions to a wide range of important growth management issues – especially those that affect agriculture, green space, water resources and energy – is easier thanks to a new partnership between the University of Florida’s Extension Service and UF’s Levin College of Law.

Historic preservation enhances quality of life of Floridians, UF study finds

Published: December 20 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Historic preservation enhances the quality of life of Floridians through economic and cultural contributions to an improved sense of place, according to a new study from the University of Florida.

Women more likely to be perpetrators of abuse as well as victims

Published: July 13 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Women are more likely than men to stalk, attack and psychologically abuse their partners, according to a University of Florida study that finds college women have a new view of the dating scene.

UF professor examines role of race, fame in public scandals

Published: March 23 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — How did O.J. Simpson – hardly an activist on black issues before his arrest – become a hero to some in the black community after being charged with murder? Why were blacks willing to vote for former Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry after he was convicted of drug charges? And why is the black community less likely to extend similar support to noncelebrity blacks who face prosecution for crimes?

New UF study ranks states' constitutions for access provisions

Published: March 13 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Constitutional provisions for access to government in Florida, California, Louisiana, Montana, and Rhode Island provide the best protection for the public, according to new findings compiled by University of Florida researchers.

UF study shows Florida's three-strikes law fails to curb crime

Published: January 10 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida's three-strikes law is a swing and a miss as a crime-fighting tool, finds a new University of Florida study about the legislation that imposes increasingly stiff mandatory jail terms for gun-wielding criminals.

UF study shows Florida’s three-strikes law fails to curb crime

Published: January 10 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s three-strikes law is a swing and a miss as a crime-fighting tool, finds a new University of Florida study about the legislation that imposes increasingly stiff mandatory jail terms for gun-wielding criminals.

UF professor: Military recruiting on campus may help end anti-gay bias

Published: December 6 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today in Rumsfeld v. FAIR, a case that will decide whether the nation’s law schools can turn military recruiters away from campus because of discriminatory policies toward gays.

UF project ranks state penalties regarding freedom of information

Published: October 27 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Government officials in six states face the toughest civil penalties in the nation if they don’t provide information to the public and the press as required by their laws.

Middle school girls catching up to boys in delinquency

Published: October 5 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The gender gap for bad behavior in middle school is narrowing, with girls displaying more delinquency and aggression than their male classmates, a new University of Florida study finds.

For advance directives, a picture's worth a thousand words

Published: July 18 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ray Moseley sees the trouble with advance health-care directives every time he speaks to a group of senior citizens: Several in the crowd always know someone who had a living will but whose end-of-life decisions were not honored anyway.