Faculty Research

Every faculty member of the Department of Legal Studies holds a juris doctor degree, and several faculty also hold an advanced degree in law, such as a master of laws or doctorate. In addition, our faculty members have practiced law in the public or private sector before teaching at UCF. The majority are currently licensed to practice law in Florida. They are authorized by the Florida Bar to render legal advice and provide legal representation in Florida.

UCF Legal Studies is fortunate to have world-class faculty members who conduct scholarship in various topical areas, such as immigration and criminal law, environmental pollution, drone warfare, military rulings, and psychological issues with child witnesses.

Our faculty have numerous publications in prestigious law journals. They have spoken all over the world at conferences and seminars. They conduct research, apply for grants and further the legal conversation.

Media Requests

If you’re looking for a speaker for a conference or need input on an article or publication, the help you need may be here in our department. For media-related requests, please contact the department at legalstudies@ucf.edu. To contact a particular professor, visit the faculty directory.

Carol Bast, J.D., LL.M.

Professor

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  • National Security Law
  • Electronic Surveillance Law (wire-tapping and eavesdropping)
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Technology and Right to Privacy
James Beckman, J.D., LL.M.

Professor

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  • Affirmative Action
  • Comparative Law
  • International Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Firearms/Guns Laws
  • National Security Law
Karen Consalo, J.D., LL.M.

Lecturer

Legal Studies

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  • Environmental Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Cyber Law
Marc Anthony Consalo, J.D., LL.M.

Associate Lecturer

Legal Studies

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  • Trial Advocacy
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
Jason Fiesta, J.D.

Lecturer

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  • Appellate Rights
  • Evidence
Margarita Koblasz, J.D.

Associate Lecturer, Internship Coordinator

Legal Studies

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  • Civil Procedure
Brett Meltzer, J.D.

Associate Lecturer

Legal Studies

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  • Criminal Law
  • Torts
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Issues Involving State and Federal Courts and Business Organizations
  • Legal Ethics
  • Legal Writing and Research
Eric Merriam, J.D.,LL.M.

Associate Professor

Legal Studies

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  • Constitutional Law
  • National Security Law
  • International Law
Abby Milon, J.D.

Senior Lecturer

Legal Studies

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  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
Carlton Patrick, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Legal Studies

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  • Law and Psychology
  • Law and Neuroscience
  • Evolutionary Analysis of Law
Irene Pons, J.D.

Associate Lecturer

Legal Studies

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  • Family Law
Timothy Ravich, J.D., M.B.A.

Associate Professor

Legal Studies

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  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Aviation
  • Travel Rights
  • National Security
  • Law and Technology
Alisa Smith, J.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Legal Studies

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  • Criminal Courts and Law
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