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Spring class placement nears 80 percent
College honors Cuban-American attorney as part of successful Americas conference
First Estates and Trust Practice Certificate awarded in May
In the news
vol. 3, No. 31 June 5, 2000 University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law Newsletter
SSpring class placement nears 80 percent
IN SRIDE "At graduation" increase due to student efforts, Career Services programs
FACULTY & STAFF lacement at graduation for the law respond to the Career Services survey after
NEws school's Spring 2000 class is 78 percent graduation, since placement rates play an
the best in many years, and a rate important role in law school rankings.
SCHOLARSHIP equivalent to other top tier law schools. The For example, in recent U.S. News & World
SPOTLIGHT number is expected to further increase once Report rankings of U.S. law schools, one of
remaining job-seekers pass the bar exam. the categories shown for UF was a 48 percent
COLLEGE CALENDAR The law school's placement "at graduation" placement rate evidently an averaging by
rate has steadily increased over the past four the magazine of Fall '97, and Spring/Summer
SUNIVERSITY OF years. Students are considered "placed" if they '98 "at graduation" data. As a result, UF
FLORIDA have job offers at graduation, are planning to ranked 123 nationally in that category. In com-
FredricG. LevinCollege of Law go on to LL.M. programs, or are not currently parison, UF's current 78 percent "at gradua-
seeking employment. tion" rate would have put us at 32 well in
The steady increase in the rate is attributed the top tier of public and private law schools.
to a strong job market, student efforts, and And, using the same USN&WR rankings,
strengthened programs from the Center for UF's 78 percent compared most favorably to
Career Services under the direction of UCLA's 80 percent; Univ. of Iowa, 76; Univ.
FLA-LA Wis funded by Assistant Dean Brian Lewis. of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 74; Univ. of
alumni contributions "It's also a testimonial to how much Minnesota Twin Cities, 73; Univ. of
through the University employers value our students and to the Wisconsin Madison, 67; Univ. of Kansas,
of Florida Law Center
Association Inc. and strength of a UF law degree," said Lewis. 61; Ohio State Univ., 58; Univ. of Miami, 53;
published to inform and Associate Dean for Student and Florida State Univ., 50.
unite the law school Affairs Gail Sasnett said,
community. "Our students have worked AN ucEET
Submissions must be in very hard to improve their
electronic format (e-mail marketability and reach out to
or PC-formatted disk potential employers. Our Sign up for Environmental &
using WordPerfect or7 Center for Career Services Land Use Law Certificate
Word) and include the n t h a
author's name and Sasnett has also stepped up efforts to Second- and third-semester students interested
contact information. train students in effective job search tech- in careers in environmental or land use law
Deadline: Submit niques, help them gain job experience and (Continued on page 2)
entries by 10 a.m. develop contacts with law firms and other
Tuesday for the next employers." W eb surfing?
week's newsletter to the Career Service programs such as the award- Get a jump start on find-
Communications Office, winning Pro Bono Program and extemships ing a job after graduation.
288 Holland Hall, or
flal nd Haw.ufledu, enable students to gain real-life experience We can help you locate
Editor: DebraAmirin. they can put on their resumes, while work- pro bono and extemship
Note: Submissions to shops and seminars offer training in every- opportunities, define your
the student newsletter, thing from resume writing to interview skills. career choices and hook up with
THE DOCKET, go o the nly seven of 218 students in the employers Click "Career Services" at
John Marshall Bar Spring 2000 class have not been edn
Association. accounted for. It is vital students WWW.* w l.
(Continuedfrom page 1) Policy Issues in the Americas," coordi- and civic activities in Miami-Dade
should sign up now for the Certificate nated by the Center for Governmental County. His children continue the fami-
Program to receive the most benefits. Responsibility. The conference included ly's commitment to community leader-
After applying to the program, students presentations on trade, judicial reform, ship and professional accomplishment:
receive individualized academic guid- and legal education, and featured U.S. Son Raul J. is an attorney and partner
ance, informal career mentoring, and Envoy to Latin America Buddy at Steel Hector & Davis in Miami,
regular information about course offer- MacKay; Florida Secretary of State mayor of Coral Gables, and chairman
ings, paid and unpaid job opportunities Katherine Harris; Columbian of Eastern National Bank.
and extra-curricular events. For an appli- Ambassador to the U.S. His Excellency Son Gonzalo is CEO, group chief
cation: Marla Wolfe, 319 Holland Hall; Luis Alberto Moreno; and leading fac- executive for Latin America with
for information: Environmental and Land ulty and practitioners from U.S., Mexico, Barclays Bank in Miami, and on the
Use Law Program Director Alyson Costa Rica and Brazil. Originally limited boards of Knight-Ridder and University
Flournoy, email@example.com, to 50 participants, nearly 80 attended. of Miami.
392.2211. Educated in Cuba and at UF, Valdes- Son Jose is president and CEO of
Fauli was one of more than 300 former Colonial Bank's South Florida region,
College honors Cuban- Cuban lawyers forced from their home- president of the Florida Grand Opera
American attorney as land by Fidel Castro who applied in board, and a member of the Mercy
n ay a 1973 for a special two-year course of Hospital board.
part of successful study at UF that qualified them for Daughter Teresa Valdes-Fauli
Americas conference Florida Bar examinations. Weintraub is an attorney, CEO of
The law school honored noted Cuban- Valdes-Fauli was admitted to The Fiduciary Trust International in Miami,
born fourth generation attorney Raul E. Florida Bar in 1975, and is now Of co-chairs the Miami-Dade County
Valdes-Fauli for his professional and Counsel to the Miami office of Gunster, Leave a Legacy Project, and leads or
public service accomplishments in the Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. He has prac- belongs to six other charity groups.
field of law in two countries during a ticed civil, corporate and real estate law There will be a sixth generation of
May 25 dinner celebration. for more than 20 years, and counsels Valdes-Fauli attorneys as well. Raul J.'s
The dinner was held the night before Latin American clients on the differences daughter and Raul E.'s granddaughter,
the college's conference on "Legal and in American and Cuban legislation. He is Mariana Margarita, graduated from the
involved in numerous charity, religious Levin College of Law in May.
New student lockers
Summer classes In the last month, the law school has
installed 936 new lockers for student use.
BY RESOURCE COUNSELOR RANDY PATTON The last 336 were installed two weeks
tudents who began attending law school in the ago, providing a fresh new (and Gator
spring must attend classes in the summer as their blue) look to the second floor concourse
second semester. Other upper-class students choose area. JMBA will again be in charge of
to take coursework during the summer, and another hundred or so enroll in a variety assigning lockers in the fall.
of summer abroad programs.
Many students find the atmosphere much more relaxed during the summer. There Smoking area created,
are only about 200 students on the law school campus, as opposed to the normal input solicited
1,200. Many faculty and staff members take vacation time. The library is not nearly
as busy, and parking spaces are much easier to find. It's a great time for newer stu- The law school has created a smoking
dents to become familiar with the staff in the Student Affairs Office, and the Center area for students, faculty and staff at the
for Career Services will be inviting all second-semester students to meet with a northeast corner of Holland Hall, by the
career professional during this slower-paced season. kiosk. Palms, benches and ashtrays have
Of course, summer classes also can be more intense due to the compressed time- been provided to make the area more
frame available, and it is important to keep current with your reading and studying, comfortable.
because the summer term will be over before you know it. The law school plans to create addi-
As your resource counselor, I am available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday after- tional areas for smokers in the future,
noons during the summer to assist you with any difficulties that interfere with your and would appreciate your input. Send
learning and personal experiences. My office is in the Career Services suite in suggestions to Administrative Services
Bruton-Geer Hall, and I can be reached at 392.7044 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Coordinator Martina Pelley at
First Estates & Trusts *
awarded in May Professors Mashburn, Nunn, and Slobogin
Beating the odds, UF law student authors in AALS symposium issue
Jason Guild (below) graduated in Spring
2000 with the first Certificate n Estates n the past few years, the legal profession and legal academia have placed
and Trusts Practice, a mere two semes- | increasing emphasis on professional ethics. Representative of that trend, the
ters after the program was inaugurated. American Association of Law Schools in January sponsored a special half-day
For information on the certificate pro- panel discussion on criminal justice ethics involving more than 15 law professors,
gram: Estates and Trusts Practice and Fordham Law Review devoted an entire volume to publication of the resulting
Certificate Program Director Douglas papers. Three Levin College of Law faculty members were featured in the April
Miller, Miller@law.ufl.edu, 392.2224. 2000 volume of the Review.
Professor Christopher Slobogin participated in the planning of the symposium
and, with Professor Amy Mashburn, co-authored "The Criminal Defense
Lawyer's Fiduciary Duty to Clients with Mental Disability." Using the Unabomber
case and other recent cases as springboards, Professors Slobogin and Mashburn
explored the difficult ethical dilemmas faced by defense attorneys with mentally ill
clients, such as Ted Kaczynski, who refused to go along with his attorneys' insani-
ty defense strategy even though faced with capital charges stemming from bombs
he sent through the mail.
An authority on Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility and
Administrative Law, Professor Amy Mashburn joined the UF facul-
ty in 1990. She was formerly an associate with Dean, Mead,
... Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth in Orlando.
Associate Dean for Law Center Affairs Kenneth Nunn wrote
"The 'Darden Dilemma': Should African Americans Prosecute
SCrimes?" in the Review. Nunn is a published author and speaker on
"'m pleased I could take advantage Criminal Law and Procedure, Race Relations, Civil Rights, Public
ofthe college 's new Certificate in Interest Law, Critical Race Theory, Legal Semiotics, Sociology of Mashburn
Estates and Trusts Practice. Since the Law, and Law and Cultural Studies. He has served on the faculty of
certificate has distinct, additional UF and Washington & Lee University; as an attorney with the D.C.
requirements over and beyond those of Public Defender Service and the Southern Africa Project of the
the J.D., the process ofearning it Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and as a Deputy
allowed me to learn more about an area Public Defender, San Francisco. He is working on a chapter for a
of the law of particular interest to me. book on police brutality and an article on racism for the World Book
Having the certificate on my resume will Encyclopedia, and will teach a course this summer on international
help me demonstrate my interest and criminal law for the UF Study Abroad Program at the University of
knowledge in the area to potential Cape Town, South Africa.
employers, which will certainly improve Professor Christopher Slobogin, who holds the Stephen C.
my overall marketability. O'Connell Chair and is an Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry, is a pro-
Jason Guild, Class of 2000 lific writer, frequent speaker at symposiums, universities and other
prominent venues in this country and others in the areas of criminal
and mental health law, and has been a visiting professor at USC,
Virginia and other law schools. Since January, he has published the
fourth edition of his treatise with Professor Charles Whitebread,
Criminal Procedure, and articles in California Criminal Law
Lewis to development Review, Mental and Physical Disability Law Reporter; and a sympo-
Center for Career Services Assistant sium issue of Psychology, Public Policy and Law; and is now work- Slobogin
Dean Brian Lewis is leaving the law ing on his book, Minding Justice: Depriving People with Mental
school to become Associate Director of Disability ofLife and Liberty.
Development for UF's Warrington Note: Many Levin College of Law faculty are noted scholars and authors. For a more complete
School of Business. In the two years he listing, see Faculty & StaffNews; University ofFlorida Lawyer magazine; and the "Faculty" link
(Continued n page 4) on the college Web site. Faculty scholarship will be spotlighted in this space on a regular basis.
(Continued on page 4)
(Continuedfrom page 3) the United States to protect U.S. indus- Hinson to UF Admissions
has served, he has successfully worked to tries against unfair business practices in
increase the college's placement at grad- China. Lena Hinon, aitant ditor of
Florida Tax Review and a member of the
uation and overall employment rates, and Professor Christopher Slobogin was
offer improved career guidance and other quoted in an article by Mark O'Keefe Gaduate ax Program staff for 13 years,
has said farewell to the law school and
services to students. on police integrity published on
,. accepted a position with UF's Graduate
"Since my very first MSNBC, one of the country's largest accptd a position with UF's Graduat
day here, I felt wel- and most popular Web sites. The article Admissions Office in Criser Hall.
comed into the law went to 22 Newhouse News Service
school community. As papers and other media. His paper, L ., a
I move on to new chal- "Mental Illness and the Death Penalty," For more events:
lenges, I will have fond was recently listed in the "Top 10" www.law.ufl.edu/calendar
memories of how download list on Social Science July
Lewis friendly the students, fac- Research Network Electronic Library. 4 Independence Day Holiday
ulty and staff have been. I wish everyone Associate Dean Kenneth Nunn co- 5 Florida Board of Bar
here much success in their future endeav- hosted "Faces of Race 2000" on WUFT Examiners "180 Day"
ors," said Lewis. TV. The show invited the public to dis- registration deadline for
cuss race and racial issues, and featured Spring 2000 entering class
In the news a 30-minute segment by Professor 6 Tuesday classes meet,
l Td Sharon Rush, who discussed, among Thursday classes cancelled
Director of International Trade other topics, the legality of the One 7 Summer classes end
Programs Stephen Powell was inter- Florida initiative. Last day to withdraw from
viewed by Bloomberg Professor Lyrissa course by petition
News Service for a without failing grade
Lidsky was quoted
story on the U.S. inves- 8 Exams begin
extensively in APB
tigation of unfairly- News, Miami Herald 15 Exams end
traded apple juice and St. Petersburg 18 Senior grades due
imports from China, Times 21 Florida Board of Bar
and impact of the WTO Internt gars and Examiners "195 Day"
Internet access and
Powell accession agreement ac a registration deadline for
negotiated with China on the ability of y Spring 2000 entering class
Need a roommate? We can help
The law school's Web-based roommate referral system is free, private and secure
The Office of Admissions, with assistance from the law school student government association the
John Marshall Bar Association (JMBA) has developed a private, secure Web-based roommate referral
site exclusively for new and existing Levin College of Law students to assist them with finding room-
mates. The new system replaces a form- and paper-based referral system that took longer to fill out and
up to two weeks to be checked out and posted compared to today's quick 24-hour turn-
around. One or more students have signed up for the service each day since it
was put online May 15, and usage is expected to continue to increase.
To participate, just log on to:
www. law. ufl. edu/admissions
Click on "Housing"