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Florida Law School Group Joins Multidisciplinary Oil Spill Task Force

Posted Aug 12, 2010 5:50 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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Students are already at work doing research this summer for a new University of Florida Levin College of Law working group looking a the legal and policy issues surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf.

Eight professors and six law students are involved in the working group so far. The group is part of a larger University of Florida Oil Spill Task Force, drawing together faculty from a range of disciplines, from environmental studies and microbiology to economics and government responsibility.

Jon Mills, who heads the law school working group and serves on the task force, says the project is intended to help advise Florida lawmakers and others as they seek to define the scope of damages caused by the oil spill.

"This is all in a state of flux," said Mills, dean emeritus of the law school and director of the school's Center for Governmental Responsibility. Of immediate concern is how federal law will interact with admiralty law and state law, Mills said.

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