Monthly Archives: October 2010

Adjunct faculty reception and 2010 Spohrer Dodd competition now on Coastal Law Flickr

Florida Coastal School of Law contracted two separate local photographers to shoot to recent events: 1) the 2010 adjunct faculty reception and 2) the 2010 Spohrer Dodd Trial Advocacy Scholarship competition.

Both sets can be found on the Coastal Law Flickr page: adjunct, spohrer dodd.

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Gators, other colleges clamp down on high schools using logos

Colleges, including the University of Florida, are beginning to crack down on high schools using trademarked team logos and lettering, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Rick Karcher, a professor of law and the director of the Center for Law and Sports at the Florida Coastal School of Law, said when it comes to trademark law, consumer confusion can be a crucial test. But he added it’s also important to show precedent in defending a logo.

“The more the logo, combined with the colors, is dissimilar, the harder it is for the college to argue that the consumer is confused by the source or affiliation of the mark,” Karcher said. “If there’s no consumer confusion, then there typically isn’t trademark infringement. But I think colleges are getting more protective of their intellectual property and the problem becomes if [they] allow this, someone else will come along and ask why it’s allowed in one context and not another.”

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Adjunct reception dinner video

Coastal Law Marketing and Communications Department was asked to develop a video for the adjunct reception held last week. The idea was to show adjuncts that students really feel that they are a major part of the school. Click here to view the final product.

Special thanks to the Coastal Law IT Department, specifically Mike Bell and Greg Minton, for help with the camera setup and editing.

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Brett Favre to meet with NFL

Brett Favre’s meeting with the NFL is near and a few experts weigh on the situation, which covers a lot of legal topics.

Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar says this is an opportunity for the NFL to take a stand against sexual misconduct, via USA Today:

“This is an opportunity for the NFL to get control of this and establish what kind of environment it wants women to work in,” said the former Olympic swimming champion, now a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law and legal counsel for the Women’s Sports Foundation.

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Introducing the Coastal Law iOS app

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Competition Rules Vary for Transgender Athletes

ABC News asks Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar to discuss competition rules for transgender athletes.

The story:

“The issue is the education around transgender athletes in general,” said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation. “There’s a disconnect between what athletes are under the impression of, versus what the medical community has concluded.”

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UConn officials to face NCAA over hoops violations

The Associated Press has a story being circulated this morning about University of Connecticut officials that are about to face the NCAA over college basketball violations.

Florida Coastal School of Law Professor Rick Karcher was asked his opinion on what the NCAA could add to the school’s self-imposed sanctions.

SI.com has the story:

“The self-imposed sanctions are essentially a minimum floor,” he said. “The NCAA may impose more, but they certainly are not going to reduce what the university self-imposed.”

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Women’s Sports Foundation 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports

Professor Nancy Hogshead-Makar took part in the Women’s Sports Foundation 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports at the Waldorf Historia in New York on October 12.

Left to right: Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Holly Hunter, Billie Jean King, Donna de Varona, Nancy Lieberman, Dawn Riley, Wendy Hilliard. All athletes in this photo are past presidents of the WSF except for founder Billie Jean King.

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The legal implications of Brett Favre

The hottest topic in the NFL is currently Brett Favre and the allegations of sexual harassment against him. Favre is currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings, while the NFL investigates his conduct.

Many have rushed to the judgment of Favre, but USA Today took a different route, looking into the legal implications of the situation if found guilty.

via USA Today:

“We don’t know what he did and whether it rises to the level of sexual harassment,” said Rick Karcher of the Coastal Law Center for Law and Sports in Jacksonville, Fla. “Everything seems premature with the pictures and e-mails, and that doesn’t mean the league won’t do something because it has wide discretion with its discipline.”

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Coastal Law chocolate ‘Knowledge Bars’

The idea originated for use at the adjunct reception, but these promotional chocolate bars will soon be seen elsewhere around campus.

The Knowledge Bar wrapper was designed in-house by the Coastal Law marketing team and is in line with the school’s brand standards. Chocolate bars wrapped in silver foil are milk chocolate, while bronze wrappers are used for dark chocolate bars.

‘Knowledge Bar’ is also seen raised on the chocolate itself.

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