UF Law – The Best Law School in Florida

University of Florida Levin College of Law (UF Law) Image: law.ufl.edu

University of Florida Levin College of Law (UF Law)
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A founding and managing partner of Daytona Beach, Florida-based law firm Doran Sims Wolfe & Ciocchetti, Ted Doran won multimillion-dollar verdicts and judgments on behalf of the State of Florida. Ted Doran earned his JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (UF Law) in Gainesville.

A member of the Association of American Law Schools, UF Law was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1925. US News & World Report has ranked UF Law as the Best Law School in Florida. In the most recent rankings, the law school ranked 24th among public law schools and was 48th overall. Its Environmental and Land Use Law Program ranked 8th among public schools and ranked 19th overall. The school’s Tax Program topped the ranking for public schools and ranked 3rd overall.

Likewise, Law Street Media ranked the family law program of UF Law as No. 5 in the country.

Based on data for tuition, fees, and annual expenses from the American Bar Association, the law school is the third most affordable among the top 50 law schools in the country.

In 2005, a $25 million renovation and expansion was made on the UF Law library, turning it into one of the largest in the Southeast and one of the top 20 in the nation. Donations from faithful alumni and friends have made the school one of the best endowed public law colleges in the country.

UF Law has over 1,000 students with a full-time faculty of 69 and a host of visiting and adjunct professors.


Community Involvement through Daytona Beach Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy Daytona Beach

Citizens Police Academy Daytona Beach


A successful civil litigation lawyer, Ted Doran has contributed to his community by assuming such leadership roles as chairman of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, and chairman of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority. Prior to entering law school, Ted Doran was a public servant, protecting his community as a police officer in City of Daytona Beach.

One way residents of Daytona Beach can participate in community activities is through a police department outreach program known as the Citizens Police Academy. Through the course, residents become knowledgeable about the fundamental tasks of the city’s police department and gain information about the training the officers undergo.

Course topics include officer training requirements, SWAT and K-9 unit demonstrations, evidence collection and crime scene investigation, and actual firing at a shoot range.

The 10-week program is free and is held on a rolling basis, generally on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 129 Valor Boulevard, Daytona Beach.

Experience is not required to participate in the course. Students are asked to have an interest in learning about the city’s police department and the willingness to invest time in the program.

Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools Provides Teacher Grants

FUTURES Foundation pic

FUTURES Foundation
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Ted Doran practices civil litigation and acts as the managing partner of Doran, Sims, Wolfe & Ciocchetti. Since 2002, he has also represented the School Board of Volusia County. Long before he was appointed as School Board Attorney, Ted Doran helped found the Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools.

The Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools encourages business and civic leaders to support a common goal: to enhance the quality of public education in the county. Through this effort, Futures facilitates fundraising throughout the community for various initiatives, such as the Teacher Grants Program.

The Teacher Grants Program provides teachers with financial aid to purchase classroom resources. These grants empower educators by making possible the purchase of enhanced instructional materials and activities. The Teacher Grants Program can give as much as $1,000 for each application. All public school K-12 teachers and administrators in Volusia County are qualified to apply for this program.