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.


Team Volusia EDC Supports Business Growth in Volusia County

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Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation
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A founding partner of a private law firm, Ted Doran represents numerous government agencies in Florida. Ted Doran also serves as a founding member and first chairman of Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, an organization that provides support to local businesses to spur economic prosperity.

Team Volusia EDC represents 16 cities in Volusia County – a 1200-square mile expanse found in northeast Florida. The organization caters to a variety of businesses in aviation and aerospace, film production, and manufacturing.

Team Volusia EDC oversees the growth of businesses in the aerospace and aviation industry in the county, including five local airports and the oldest university specializing in aerospace in the world, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The organization also ensures that local manufacturers, such as Hudson Technologies and Energizer Personal Care, have a proficient labor force trained at local colleges and universities. Team Volusia EDC also welcomes filmmakers who wish to produce a film or commercial, using as a backdrop The World’s Most Famous Beach and the myriad of picturesque settings in Volusia County.

The Steps of a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injury

Personal injury


An attorney with more than three decades of experience, Ted Doran is a partner at the Doran Sims Wolfe and Ciocchetti law firm located in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ted Doran’s firm manages cases in a variety of legal fields, including personal injury.

Personal injury cases are those in which the client was harmed in a motor vehicle accident or fall, or is the surviving loved one in a wrongful death situation. When an individual begins a personal injury or accident lawsuit, they often follow a number of steps similar to those of other cases.

– Meeting with an attorney. Both the plaintiff and the defendant may choose to acquire a lawyer, especially if the case exceeds the $5,000 limit of small claims court. The preliminary meeting will involve questions from the attorney about the incident, and their proposed advancement of the case.

– Filing of court papers. The lawyer will draft a complaint on behalf of the plaintiff. This document will be filed and the case will officially begin. Following this, a period of discovery is undertaken, during which time the lawyers on both sides of the case pursue all avenues relating to the incident that prompted the lawsuit.

– The case may be ended before it reaches a trial. Motions to resolve or dismiss the case, and settlement offers and negotiations, often result in the completion of a case before trial.

– Should the case go to trial, the date of the case could be months in the future, due to the heavy scheduling of the courts. A trial can be before a jury or before a judge only.

– Following a successful trial, the plaintiff may still require legal representation in the collection of the awarded amount. If the trial was not successful, the plaintiff–or the defendant–may choose to appeal.

FUTURES Foundation Opens Opportunities for Volusia County Students

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FUTURES Foundation
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Florida attorney Ted Doran may be best known in his community for the multimillion-dollar court awards he has brought to the state, or for his efforts as a member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, in 1985, within only a few years of earning his juris doctor, Ted Doran became one of the founding members of the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County schools.

The primary goals of the FUTURES Foundation is threefold: facilitate greater involvement among the county’s public schools, communities, and local businesses; encourage and improve quality performances from school faculty and staff; and prepare students to join the workforce that will await them after graduation.

The first two goals are served by programs such as the FUTURES Mini-Grant, which funds enhancements to the curriculum with resources that cannot be provided by school budgets, and the Educator Intern system, which educates community leaders about the school system through on-site shadowing and invites suggestions from them in return.

Of course, the greatest emphasis is on uplifting students. For this, FUTURES offers the Take Stock in Children program for students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as in their civic duties. There is also the Turn Around program to recognize and encourage students who show marked improvement in their personal and scholastic growth.

The FUTURES Foundation is now celebrating 31 years of operation and boasts many more programs, continuing to advance the mission set down by its founders to ensure a quality education for the children of Volusia County.

Differences Between Trial Court and Appeal Court in Florida

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Ted Doran
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Attorney Ted Doran serves as senior partner at the law firm of Doran Sims Wolfe & Ciocchetti in Daytona Beach, Florida. An alumnus of the University of Florida College of Law with extensive experience in civil litigation, Ted Doran has represented multiple government agencies in major cases. As the attorney for the Volusia County school board, Mr. Doran represented the school district in a case on school funding heard before Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit Court and the First District Court of Appeal.

Also called courts of general jurisdiction, Florida Circuit Courts use a two-tiered system of lower county courts and higher circuit courts. These courts are where cases originate and only affect the individuals directly involved in the case. Since they also hear appeals from county court cases, Florida Circuit Courts are the lowermost appellate court and the uppermost trial court in the state.

A Court of Appeal, sometimes referred to as an appellate court, reviews cases decided by lower trial courts. In Florida, there are five district Courts of Appeal that are responsible for ensuring that no errors in judgment occur. In a court of appeals case, a panel of judges reviews the lower court case and determines whether the lower court reached the right decision.

Since Court of Appeal cases set a precedent on the interpretation and application of law, they have the potential to affect many people. The ultimate court in the state is the Florida Supreme Court.