eLEX Authors

Joe Bodiford, Author/Publisher

  • Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar
  • Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law
  • LL. M. in Advocacy (with distinction) Stetson University College of Law
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law

          Joe Bodiford is AV*-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been elected as one of Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” and a Florida “SuperLawyer”. Mr. Bodiford is an experienced criminal defense attorney, having tried over a hundred of jury trials from both sides of the courtroom. He is a former felony prosecutor, having dedicated his private practice to criminal trials and appeals since 1999.

          He is a Lifetime Member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  In addition to his active criminal defense, Mr. Bodiford has served as an Adjunct Professor at Stetson Law (Florida Criminal Procedure and Trial Advocacy) and at the Florida State University College of Law (Cross Examination). He was co-director of the FSU Law Trial Team, who won three national championships in two years under his direction and coaching.

          An active legal researcher and writer, he is the author of The Florida Criminal Cases Notebook (James Publishing), Bodiford's Cross Examination in a Nutshell (West Academic Publishing), Bodiford's A Short & Happy Guide to Trial Advocacy (West Academic Publishing), the chapter “Cross-Examination in DUI Trial Advocacy” in Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings (Aspatore Books, 2015), the chapter “DUI Discovery and DUI Trial Advocacy” in Trends in DUI Discovery (Aspatore Books 2014), and the chapter “White Collar Crimes” in the Florida Bar’s Civil Litigation Handbook (all editions 2000 to present). He has served as the update editor of LEXIS/Matthew Bender’s Florida Traffic and DUI Practice Manual, and was the research assistant to Professor William Eleazer for the Florida Evidence Courtroom Manual (Anderson). He has also been published in criminal defense journals, op eds, and online. He is called upon regularly for legal commentary on national TV and radio, and has appeared on CNN, CNN International, MSNBC, and FOX.

          Mr. Bodiford is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, all Florida state courts, and the Federal Northern and Middle Districts of Florida.

          Mr. Bodiford holds a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance, and was the winner of the prestigious National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. He has toured the United States and Europe as a classical trumpeter, and has performed with orchestras and brass ensembles all over Florida. He has appeared with many national acts and on studio recordings. He is currently working on recording his first solo classical and jazz CDs.



William Eleazer

  • Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, Stetson University College of Law
  • A., Vanderbilt University
  • D., George Washington University
  • M., Emory University

          Professor Eleazer is a member of the Florida, Georgia and District of Columbia Bars. Before joining the Stetson University School of Law faculty, Professor Eleazer served in the United States Marine Corps as Senior Military Judge, Sierra Circuit (California and Arizona); he also served as an assistant state attorney and felony prosecutor of the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida. He served on the Executive Council of the Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar for nine years, serving two of these years as Chairman of the Trial Practice Manual Committee.

          For six years he served as a member of the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee of The Florida Bar. Professor Eleazer is the co-author of Florida Criminal Trial Practice, (1982), was Legal Editor of Florida Pretrial Practice in Criminal Cases, a 1987 Florida Bar Publication, and is the original author of the Florida Evidence Courtroom Manual. His subject areas are Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Evidence, and the Prosecution Clinic. For 18 years he served as a faculty advisor for Stetson's national award-winning trial competition teams, and was the 1996 recipient of the "Richard S. Jacobson Award for Excellence In Teaching Trial Advocacy" from the Roscoe Pound Foundation.

Craig Iscoe

  • Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia since 2003
  • A.,University of Texas, 1974
  • D. , Stanford Law School, 1978
  • M., Georgetown, 1979

          In his present assignment on the Court, Judge Iscoe presides over felony criminal trials. In addition, Judge Iscoe is the Chair of the Court’s Judicial Education and Training Committee.

          Mr. Iscoe joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1986 and prosecuted a wide variety of cases in D.C. Superior Court, such as armed robbery, violent assault, homicide, and drug distribution, and then prosecuted other offenses in U.S. District Court. From 1991-1992, he was an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt Law School, where he directed the Juvenile Law Clinic and Trial Practice program.  He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown teaching Trial Practice and Professional Responsibility.

          From 1992 – 2003, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted cases involving telemarketing, securities, contract, and other financial fraud, public corruption at District and federal agencies, police corruption, and other matters.

          From 1997 until 2001, Judge Iscoe served as Associate Deputy Attorney General (ADAG).  As ADAG, Mr. Iscoe focused on national security and white collar criminal issues. 

Howard P. Fink (1933-2021)

  • Professor of Law Emeritus, The Ohio State University College of Law
  • S., Cornell University
  • B., Yale Law School

          Howard Fink was a legal scholar, teacher and authority on civil practice and procedure, who spent his career of more than a half a century at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law as the Isadore and Ida Topper Professor (Emeritus) of Law.  He held a B.S. degree from Cornell University and an LL.B. degree from Yale Law School. Professor Fink's primary teaching areas was Civil Procedure and Federal Courts.

          Professor Fink served from 1961 to 1963 as Special Assistant to the Judicial Conference of the United States Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence for the Federal Courts. He joined the Ohio State faculty in 1965. He is Of Counsel to the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris, and Arthur in Columbus, Ohio. He was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, the University of San Diego, George Washington University, Wake Forest Univesityand Santa Clara University, and a distinguished visiting scholar at Stetson College of Law.

          He was also co-chair of the Editorial Board of the Lexis Law Publishing Company. Professor Fink was a co-author of Moore's Federal Practice (1958-1978), Federal Jurisdiction: Policy and Practice (2d ed.1987), Civil Procedure (2d ed.1989), Guide to the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure (2d ed.1999), Federal Courts Law Outlines, (1997) and Federal Practice in the 21st Century (1996, Supp., 1999).