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Phyllis Coleman

Phyllis Coleman
Professor Emerita of Law


  • J.D., University of Florida, 1978

A triple Gator (B.S., M.Ed., and J.D.), Professor Coleman was the first woman editor of UF’s student newspaper, The Florida Alligator.  After college, she worked as a reporter and then editor at the Gwinnett County Daily News in metropolitan Atlanta. She returned to Gainesville for law school.  Following graduation, she was a litigation associate at Broad & Cassel in Miami, Florida.  She joined the College of Law faculty in 1979 and was awarded tenure in 1984.

Besides teaching, her passions are animal advocacy and sports.  A founding member of the Animal Law Section of the Florida Bar, she tries to help improve the lives of non-human animals through her teaching and writing.

When she is not working, Professor Coleman enjoys (watching) football, basketball, and baseball.  She also swims every morning.

Areas of Interest

  • Animal Law
  • Bioethics
  • Contracts
  • Family Law
  • Law & Psychiatry
  • Sports Law

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