Visiting Faculty





Cassandra Harris-Starks

Attorney Cassandra Harris-Starks is joining the Legal Research and Writing team from private
practice as a visiting instructor. She founded the Law Office of Cassandra Harris-Starks, P.A., which
handles matters in the areas of estate planning and immigration, in 2014. Before practicing law,
Cassandra was an Import Trade Analyst with the International Trade Administration in Washington,DC and a Systems Engineer with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Troy, Michigan. She started her legal career with UAW Legal Services in Detroit, Michigan. Cassandra is currently a Supervisor on the Celebration Community Development District Board. She also serves the community as a member of the Advisory Council of the Celebration Foundation.

Cassandra holds a J.D. from Mercer University and a B.B.A. degree in International Business fromthe University of Georgia. She is a member of both the Florida and Michigan bar associations.


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Joseph Richard Hurt

Joseph Richard Hurt ‘s career in legal education spanned over 40 years and included deanships at three law schools and teaching appointments at six law schools. He started his career at Mississippi College School of Law, where he was a member of the faculty for more than 21 years. During this time, he also served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean and finally as Dean for seven years. Following his deanship at Mississippi College, he served as Deputy Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association in the Office of the Consultant which oversees the accreditation of American law schools for the ABA.

Professor Hurt’s teaching repertoire has included Constitutional Law, which he taught for 38 years. This background led him to active involvement in social justice issues including racial reconciliation and LGBTQ equality and inclusion causes. He is an active member of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Federal Club where he has been actively involved in Central Florida. At Florida A&M he was the founding faculty advisor to Stonewall LGBTA Law Association which was begun under his leadership. He serve two terms on the of the Board of Directors of Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), an international organization within the United Methodist Church which is committed to full inclusion of the LGBTQA community within in the church and society at large. On the Board, he served as Treasurer, Vice Chair, and finally as Chair.



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Benjamen Priester

Professor Priester has been a law professor for nearly twenty years, teaching criminal law and criminal procedure, constitutional law, civil procedure, and a wide range of elective courses. Previously, he taught at Florida State University College of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law, where he served a three-year term as Associate Dean of Faculty Development. His legal scholarship has focused on issues in constitutional criminal procedure, including the constitutional principles which constrain judicial factfinding when imposing sentences in criminal cases and recent developments in Fourth Amendment search and seizure doctrines. His current works-in-progress undertake a critique of originalist constitutional interpretation from an interdisciplinary perspective not yet found in existing legal scholarship.

Prior to becoming a law professor, Professor Priester served as a law clerk to the Honorable Susan H. Black of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida, and worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm Ropes & Gray. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Government and summa cum laude from Duke Law School.





Gail Richmond

Gail Richmond is a Visiting Professor at FAMU during 2021–2022. She received an A.B. and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Duke University. Before law school, she was an accountant in Chicago. After law school, she practiced law with Jones, Day in Cleveland. She previously taught as a regular faculty member, visitor, or adjunct at Capital University, Duke University, FAMU, University of Miami, University of North Carolina, University of Texas, and Nova Southeastern University. She spent most of her teaching career at Nova Southeastern, including 28 years as associate dean and two years as acting dean, and is now Professor Emerita. Her teaching interests are taxation and donative transfers.

She co-authored Federal Tax Research: Guide to Materials and Techniques; Florida Wills, Trusts, and Estates; Mastering Corporate Tax; Mastering Income Tax; and Mastering Trusts and Estates. She has written articles on federal tax, tax research, law school administration, and popular culture and given talks on tax, law school administration, and the law school inspection process.