Weekly Blog

Impact through Contact but….vice a versa.

At the core of the Center for Law and Policy is the idea that UCF Legal Studies can impact its community through contact with the people who make up that same community. Whether that is high school students, teachers, lawyers, or the elderly, we strongly believe that through a better understanding of the law, positive […]

Blowing off steam or falling into a trap?

"When politicians attack courts as 'dangerous,' 'political' and guilty of 'egregious overreach,' you can hear the Klan's lawyers, assailing officers of the court across the South…when the powerful accuse courts of 'opening up our country to potential terrorists' you can hear the Southern Manifesto's authors smearing the judiciary for simply upholding the rights of black […]

Boeing 737 Max Airliner: An Isolated Incident or a Harbinger of things to Come

Many have a fear of flying.  But with the recent crashes surrounding Boeing's 737 Max Airliner, even the most veteran flyer is questioning the safety of the plane.  Yet as more information becomes available regarding the doomed Ethiopian flight, issues regarding automation seem to be front and center in the debate.  One has to question […]

Why care?

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the Center for Law and Policy in association with the Central Florida Paralegal Association put on a CLE regarding the law and the LGBTQ+ population. The event was well attended and included presenters who spoke on a variety of topics including the history of LGBTQ+ precedent, discrimination in the workforce, […]

A College Degree Behind Bars

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, the Center for Law and Policy participated in a conference as a member of the Florida Prison Education Project (FPEP) at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. At that conference, the new head of the Florida Department of Corrections, Mr. Mark Inch, addressed the attendees confirming the importance of secondary education […]

Can social media platforms be an accomplice to hate crimes?

Last week, the small town of Christchurch, New Zealand, became the scene of an act of terror when a gunman entered two mosques and opened fire killing at least 50 people and wounding many others. When the gunmen finally surrendered, it was determined that the motivation behind his actions was his anti-Muslim beliefs. The gunmen […]

The Manafort Sentencing: An act of judicial mercy or just more evidence of sentencing disparity?

On Thursday Evening President Trump’s former Campaign Head, Paul Manafort, finally faced his day of reckoning in federal court for his crimes of bank and tax fraud. But what was expected to be a very bad day for Manafort turned into a somewhat moral victory for his attorneys when he was sentenced to only 47 […]

Florida Bar Polices US Congressman

“Hey @MichaelCohen212 — Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot…” Look familiar? This was the tweet that Congressman Matt Gaetz, one of Florida’s Congressman to the United […]

Is the Timbs’ Case opening a Pandora’s Box?

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled unanimously to limit law enforcement’s ability to seize property in criminal cases especially when that property is used to enrich the agency’s own bank account under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The case is called Timbs v. Indiana1 (citation yet to be […]

Should We Add Firearm to the List of Recommended School Supplies?

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool. And while Florida has been fortunate in the year that followed to be spared from additional gun violence in our public schools, the legislature took one step closer to issuing another response to the crisis with Senate Bill 7030 making its […]

If only you had voted…

They say it is important to vote.  That every vote counts.  That you can’t complain about government unless you exercise your right to choose it.  But with conspiracies and scandals circling around the 2016 presidential election many have begun to question how much one vote really counts.  Well for anyone who questions the difference that […]

Welcome to the Center for Law and Policy’s Weekly Blog

We are an extension of the UCF Legal Studies Department which is housed in the College of Community Innovation and Education which will be moving to the UCF Downtown campus in the Fall of 2019. For those who do not know about the Center, it was created in 2012 as a tool to assist our […]