A Letter From The Brief’s President

Letter from the founder, President & Editor-in-Chief: Jessica Beugen.

Jessica Beugen

Entering the UF Levin College of Law, there was one thing I knew for certain: I knew nothing. As I started school, I quickly realized that the more I learned, the more I realized that I truly depended on my fellow students for information I really needed.

Jessica Beugen – Florida Law Brief President
Jessica Beugen – Florida Law Brief President

When was the JMBA meeting? What time was like L.A.W. event? I was constantly searching through the Class of 2019 and Class of 2019: Section 2 Facebook pages, not to mention TWEN and Canvas.

Those are just some of the sites I sifted through, I found myself missing school events and speakers because I just did not know when they were, what room they were held in, or who was speaking. As I spoke to fellow students, it was clear that our campus really needed a platform for students to access all of the important school events, in a more effective manner.

I met with Dean Rosenbury, Dean Inman, and Student Programs Director Michelle Ocepek.  All were in support of the idea of a student-run newspaper, where students could access campus events and articles on the noteworthy accomplishments of faculty and students.

I recruited Meghan Bradley, whose incredible abilities to think and see through all the logistics will make her an amazing Vice President and assistant editor for The Brief.

Soon after, Kéran Billaud joined our team as the website manager, co-editor-in-chief, and writer. Billaud is a J.D.–Ph.D. student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law (1L) and College of Journalism and Communications focusing on media law research. From 2010 to 2015, he worked in print, radio, TV and online multimedia news for organizations such as NPR/PBS/NBC/CBS affiliates, and foreign media in Zambia, Africa.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a double minor in English lit/creative writing and French from Emory & Henry College and a professional master’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida.

We are very excited to collaborate with the student body to create this newspaper by students for students.


Jessica Beugen


About Jessica Beugen 9 Articles
Jessica Beugen is a 2L at the University of Florida and is the founder and co-editor-in-chief of The Brief. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Art in Multimedia Journalism. She saw the need for a unified student voice on campus during her third week of school, so she recruited Meghan Bradley and Kéran Billaud to help make the idea of a student-run school news service real. Her interest in law school began after she became the youngest GAL (Guardian ad Litem) in Palm Beach County. In the future, she hopes to be able to continue to do work for with children in the dependency system. Originally from Minnesota, she loves being outside, hiking, running, yoga and waterskiing.