Summer in Spain Faculty 2018

Professor of Law
Barry University School of Law

Professor Glen-Peter Ahlers joined the Barry faculty in June 2002. He served as Associate Dean for Information Services through July 2010, overseeing the law library and technology functions on campus. Professor Ahlers has worked in all types of libraries beginning with a stint as a student assistant in second grade. Over half of his forty years of library experience is in law school libraries, including more than a dozen years as a law school library director at the District of Columbia and University of Arkansas Schools of Law.

Professor Ahlers has served as President of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, and the Mid-America Law School Library Consortium. He was technical editor of the Washburn Law Review and has contributed articles to other law journals. In 2002, he published The History of Law School Libraries in the United States: From Laboratory to Cyberspace (William S. Hein & Co.) and supplemented his three-volume set on election law. Professor Ahlers also co-authored a book on notary law and served as the Executive Director of Scribes, which was founded to improve legal writing.

Ahlers is licensed to practice law in Kansas, Washington D.C., and before the U.S. Military Court of Appeals.

Director, Summer in Spain Program
Professor of Law
St. Thomas University School of Law

Roy Balleste is Professor of Law and Law Library Director, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, Florida, USA. He completed his doctorate degree (J.S.D.) in Intercultural Human Rights (analyzing internet governance policy, including its history, actors, and institutions). Professor Balleste teaches internet governance law and policy and cybersecurity law and policy. He has concentrated his scholarship and advocacy in the areas associated with the complex and evolving regulatory structure of the Internet, cybersecurity, outer space law, and cybersecurity in outer space.

Professor Balleste is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), including its Cyberspace Law Working Group. In November of 2017, Professor Roy Balleste participated, by invitation, at the United Nations High-level Forum on Space as a driver for socio-economic sustainable development. Balleste addressed the connection of cybersecurity and satellite communications. In particular, he commented on the perils associated with the utilization of cyberspace as a weapon. Professor Balleste was the only academic from the United States that received an invitation, along with US representatives from NASA and the US Department of State. The High-level Forum was hosted by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs in conjunction with the United Arab Emirates Space Agency. Balleste also participated in the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (UN IGF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2007 and Vilnius, Lithuania 2010.

In October of 2012 Balleste participated—at the invitation of the U.S. Air Force Research Institute—in the second cyber-power conference at the Maxwell’s Officer Training School. He collaborated with military and civilian experts to consider the challenges brought about by cyber-attacks. The conference, Cyber Power: The Quest Toward a Common Ground, served as the catalysts for discussions on managing responses to cyber-attacks.

Balleste is a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' Noncommercial Users Stakeholder Group (ICANN-NCSG) and the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). He served as a member of ICANN NCUC's Executive Committee as the Representative for North America from December 2013 to December 2015. Balleste was a member of the 'Thick' Whois Policy Development Process Working Group (November 2012- November 2013). The Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group (WG) was chartered to provide the ICANN GNSO Council with a policy recommendation regarding the use of identifiable information of domain registrants, both existing and future.

Professor Balleste is also member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). Balleste served one tour in the US. Navy and one tour in the U.S. Army. In 2015, Roman and Littlefield published two of his books: Internet Governance: Origins, Current Issues, and Future Possibilities, and Cybersecurity: Human Rights in the Age of Cyberveillance (co-edited with Dr. Joanna Kulesza). Most recently, Professor Balleste authored the lead article in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, with a piece entitled “War in the Expanse: The Metaphysics of Cyberspace” (June 2017).

Professor of Law
St. Thomas School of Law

Gordon Butler is a tenured law professor with ten years of sophisticated corporate, business, and securities law experience with Fortune 500 corporations. At St. Thomas University School of Law, Professor Butler currently teaches Business Associations, Family Wealth Management , Wills & Trusts, Federal Income Tax, and the Tax Policy Seminar. He also serves as the Chairperson of the Committee on Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment.

In the late 1980s, he was a partner in an AV-rated general corporate and business law practice in Ohio, which provided legal services including acquisition and disposition of manufacturing facilities, litigation supervision, development of a legal structure to license the manufacture and distribution of optical products in the U.S. and Europe, and environmental compliance.

From 1977 to 1987, he was a senior attorney with responsibility for the functions associated with the office of the corporate secretary of a publicly-held corporation including dealings with stockholders, directors, corporate officers, financial institutions, the Securities and Exchange Commission, stock exchanges, stock transfer agents, and independent public accountants; preparation of proxy statements and other SEC reporting documents; and preparation and negotiation of financing and security agreements.

Professor Butler was in private law practice for five years in Atlanta, Georgia, concentrating in the acquisition and disposition of small businesses, corporate and business law, tax, securities law, contracts, bankruptcy, and civil litigation. His publications include articles in the Journal of Legal Education, the Hastings Law Journal, the Seton Hall Law Review, and the Texas Law Review.

Associate Professor of Law
Barry University School of Law

Professor Simpson-Wood received her J.D. from Tulane Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude and was elected as a member of the Order of the Coif. While earning her law degree, she was also an Associate Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. She then continued her legal education as the Maritime Law Center Fellow, earning her LL.M in Admiralty with distinction. Upon graduation, she received the Edward A. Dodd award for graduating first in her class.

Professor Simpson-Wood began her legal career as an associate in the maritime department of Lane Powell, a major firm in Seattle, Wash. with offices also in Portland, Or. and Los Angeles, Cal. Her law practice experience also includes serving as an Assistant Vice President and Associate General Counsel for a national Bank and as an in-house counsel for a multinational telecommunications company.

Professor Simpson-Wood has presented a number of papers at various symposium both in the United States and internationally, and her scholarship includes articles published in The Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce, Baylor Law Review, Seattle University Law Review Symposium Issue: Arctic Encounters, Drake Law Review, Saint Louis University Law Journal, The Journal of the Legal Profession, Hamline Law Review, Florida Coastal Law Review Symposium Issue: An Anchor in the Sea of Legal Issues Facing Admiralty & Maritime Law, South Carolina Journal of International Law & Business, the Journal of American Legal History, The Tulane Maritime Law Journal, and Texas Journal of Entertainment & Sports Law.

Professor Simpson-Wood is currently in her thirteenth year of teaching at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Fl where her subject areas include Civil Procedure I & II, Conflict of Laws, Admiralty & Maritime law, and Popular Culture & the Law.

Prior to beginning her legal studies, Professor Simpson-Wood was a professional actress for a number of years. She trained at the Juilliard School in N.Y.C., the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (now the Theater School at DePaul University) earning her B.F.A. and latter attended the M.F.A. program at the Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, FL. She has performed in regional theaters across the country as well as in Broadway/National touring companies. She has also accumulated a fair number of T.V. and film credits. She is a long time member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.