Business, Law & Policy

FSU research cited in landmark Supreme Court decision on gun control

Research by Gary Kleck, a professor at Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, played a key role in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Gary Kleck Kleck’s research is cited multiple times and extensively discussed in Justice Stephen G. Breyer’s dissent in the 5-4 […]

Democracies with separation of powers less likely to end torture

A system of checks and balances in government is usually regarded as a good thing, except when it comes to the probability that a nation will stop its use of government-sanctioned torture, according to a Florida State University study. Will Moore As repugnant as torture is, the fact is most countries — even those with […]

FSU launches for one-stop property insurance information

Florida State University’s Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center has launched a comprehensive Web site ( designed to serve as a one-stop shop for citizens, policymakers, the news media and others seeking to learn about Florida’s property insurance issues, especially in relation to hurricanes. “Florida has struggled to address homeowner insurance issues since Hurricane Andrew […]

FSU Law graduates achieve more than 99% placement rate

Nine months after graduation, 99.6 percent of the Florida State University College of Law Class of 2007 was employed, pursuing a graduate degree or not seeking work, according to official data released by the National Association for Legal Career Professionals. The percentage represents 230 of the 231 members of the Class of 2007. This is […]

Disabled vets turn to FSU College of Business “bootcamp”

Florida State University’s College of Business is bringing the national Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities to Tallahassee. The program, which is free of charge, serves soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines disabled as a result of their service supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom by opening doors to entrepreneurship and small business ownership. “It […]

FSU student of religion and law wins renowned Newcombe Fellowship

A Florida State University doctoral candidate in Religion has received the renowned Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Elizabeth Barre, finishing her final year of dissertation writing in law and religion, has been selected a Newcombe Fellow—an honor that recognizes graduate students who have an interest in the study of ethical or religious values. “I’m […]

FSU researcher: As gas prices climb, employee productivity plummets

Rising gas prices are affecting more than the family budget. More pain at the pump results in more employee stress on the job, says Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Professor of Management at Florida State University’s College of Business. “People concerned with the effects of gas prices were significantly less attentive on the job, less […]

Florida State law grads earn top passing rate on Florida Bar exam

Florida State University College of Law graduates ranked first among the state’s 10 law schools on the February 2008 administration of the Florida Bar exam. Florida State graduates have ranked first in the state on four of the last five administrations of the exam. FSU graduates taking the February 2008 General Bar Examination for the […]

FSU College of Business rises in BusinessWeek rankings

The undergraduate program at Florida State University’s College of Business took the No. 30 spot among public institutions, moving up 12 places on BusinessWeek magazine’s just-released rankings of "The Top Undergraduate Business Programs." The college also secured the No. 13 spot among public business schools based on a 50-question student survey that covered everything from […]

FSU professor examines jihad in new book, ‘Arguing the Just War in Islam’

“The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies—civilians and military—is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it ….” With that command, a group of Islamic militants led by Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri declared a jihad, or holy war, […]

Retired generals to lead FSU forum on U.S. torture policy

A panel of retired military leaders are gathering at Florida State University on Jan. 23 to discuss U.S. interrogation policies and the importance of the commander-in-chief setting the highest standards for the treatment of prisoners. Lt. Gen. Harry E. Soyster, Maj. Gen. Fred E. Haynes and Brig. Gen. David R. Irvine will discuss the importance […]

Bank of America establishes Center for Banking and Financial Studies at FSU’s College of Business

Florida State University’s College of Business has announced a $2-million grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to establish the Gene Taylor/Bank of America Center for Banking and Financial Studies. Housed in the college’s Department of Finance, the center will be used to encourage excellence in education, and fund research and service activities related […]