Florida Regional Conference

Saturday, October 12th - Hosted by the Florida College Libertarians

Join Students For Liberty at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, October 12th for the 2013 Students For Liberty Florida Regional Conference. Florida is home to some of the strongest pro-liberty student groups and the Florida Regional Conference will bring together these strong student leaders for an incredible event.

By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the libertarian movement, network with other pro-liberty students, discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars, and have a lot of fun with other students. This day-long event will feature tremendous speakers, panels, and breakout sessions on the ideas behind a free society and the actions necessary to implement them. In addition, three free meals and drinks at our evening social are included with your FREE registration.

Students For Liberty has agreed to reimburse gas costs for any student groups that bring a) three first time student attendees to the conference or b) five students. In order to be reimbursed, all students must be registered to attend in advance. Also, in order to be reimbursed for gas, you must keep your gas receipts and email them to kbarber@studentsforliberty.org along with the names of the students in your group who attended after the event. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for liberty! Register at the bottom of this page!


  • Where: University of Florida – Gainesville                                                                   
  • Location: Smather Library Room 1A. Smathers Library is located on the Northeast corner of campus. Here is a link to a map of the campus. Type in “Smathers Library” in the search engine to see exactly where the building is: http://campusmap.ufl.edu/#
  • Host: University of Florida College Libertarians
  • When: October 12th, 2013
  • Conference: 9am – 8pm
  • Social: The social will be hosted at Boca Fiesta from 8pm – 10pm. Click here for directions.
  • Cost: FREE of Charge
  • Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/656034631082924/
  • Parking: There are many parking lots and garages you can use on Saturday for free. See the map for available parking locations: http://www.parking.ufl.edu/maps/2012SpringParkingMap_Web.pdf *Disregard the color coding; that only applies during the school week.*
  • Lodging: If you are looking for a place to stay for the night, join the housing facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1376911692540152/ or contact kbarber@studentsforliberty.org or nwilson@studentsforliberty.org and we will try to find a couch for you to sleep on belonging to one of our libertarian friends in Gainesville. You also might want to look into the Holiday Inn which is located right across the street from where the conference will be held: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/gainesville/gnvuc/hoteldetail



Keynote Speaker – Justin Pearson, Executive Director of The Institute for Justice Florida Chapter

Justin M. Pearson is the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Florida Chapter (IJ-FL), which he joined in 2012.  IJ-FL engages in cutting-edge constitutional litigation in the areas of economic liberty, free speech, private property rights, educational choice and other liberties secured by the U.S. and Florida Constitutions. Justin has litigated cases since he became an attorney in 2002.  Early on, Justin dedicated his career to defending the rights of entrepreneurs and small business owners.  In 2006, he became a business owner himself, forming his own law practice primarily focused on representing small business owners.  Through this experience, Justin regularly witnessed the devastating effects of misguided local bureaucrats and unnecessarily cumbersome regulations.  These experiences eventually resulted in Justin’s decision to join IJ, even though that meant closing the successful practice he had worked hard to build. Justin obtained his undergraduate degree in business management with a concentration in finance from North Carolina State University in 1999. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. While in law school, Justin was the research and writing editor for the University of Miami Business Law Review, clerked for Miami Circuit Judge Gerald D. Hubbart, authored “The U.S./Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement:  Another Step in the Right Direction,” which was published in the Spring 2002 edition of the University of Miami Business Law Review, was a research assistant for a law school professor and clerked for a Brickell Avenue commercial litigation firm.  In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar, Justin is a member of the federal trial bars of the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida and Northern District of Florida.


Professor Alexandre Padilla

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Alexandre “Alex” Padilla is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He obtained his bachelor, master, and doctorate in Economics from the University of Law, Economics, and Science of Aix-Marseille (now called University Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille III) in France. His primary research interests are in the fields of applied microeconomics, industrial organization, and law and economics. Alex has published several academic on insider trading in the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Commentaries in Law & Economics, Florida State Business Review and other non-academic essays for non-profit organizations. His current research involves studying how insider trading is currently perceived among academics and non-academics. Other research interests are in studying self-governance mechanisms in non-traditional industries with a special focus on the adult film industry.



Andrew I. Cohen

Institute for Humane Studies Speaker Series

Andrew I. Cohen is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics and Georgia State University. Convinced he had no other marketable skills and that academic life was filled with guarantees of riches and job security, he pursued and earned his PhD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has taught in schools throughout the southeast and Midwest; the number of license plates he accumulated as a gypsy academic might show foolish tenacity or luck or something else. Georgia it is: now he’s got a wife, two kids, a mortgage, and tenure. His work now touches on themes in social contract theory, reparations and apologies for historic injustices, and global justice. He was fortunate to receive support from IHS throughout his academic career, both as a graduate student and beyond. In his spare time he lives it up in suburban domesticity. When he’s lucky he gets to go to sleep. Among his publications is Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (co-edited with Christopher Heath Wellman) (Wiley: 2014), and a forthcoming book on ethics and public policy.


Professor Dean Stansel

Dean Stansel is an Associate Professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2002 and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Wake Forest University in 1991. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Stansel worked for seven years at the Cato Institute, where he authored (or coauthored) more than 60 publications, including op-eds in the Wall Street Journal,Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, and the Chicago Tribune. His academic research focuses on a variety of issues in the areas of public economics and urban economics. It has been cited in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Stansel was selected in 2011 by the Economic Freedom Project to help publicize the findings of the various economic freedom reports, and the virtues of economic freedom in general, through a variety of media interviews (more than 150 through July 2013). In 2013, he published the first ever local index of economic freedom and was chosen to be the primary author of the Economic Freedom of North America Report. Stansel is a fifth generation Florida native and is married with two young children.


Carrie Kerekes

Dr. Carrie B. Kerekes is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University.  She received her Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University in 2008.  Her research interests are in the areas of applied microeconomics; public economics; and economic development, with an emphasis on institutions and private property rights.  Dr. Kerekes has published several articles in refereed journals including the Journal of Law and Economics, the American Law and Economics Review, The American Journal of Economics and Sociology and the Cato Journal.  Dr. Kerekes regularly attends the meetings of the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) and the Southern Economic Association (SEA).  Dr. Kerekes serves on the Executive Board of APEE and also serves on the Board of the Freedom and Virtue Institute (FVI).  She has participated in seminars sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), and the Charles Koch Foundation.  Dr. Kerekes conducted field research on land titling in rural Peru in 2007.


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