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Holocaust survivor assistance
Insdie the Law School
Law school diversity efforts
Silence your inner critic
Faculty in the spotlight
College of Law calendar
Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Fredric G. Levin College of Law Newsletter Vol. 4 No. 19 Feb. 19, 2001
Image is Holocaust Survivor Assistance FLORIDA ELECTION 2000:
i m p-ort -ant Volunteers are needed to help Holocaust survivors
Members of the national receive their share of recently settled class action Insiders at the Intersection of
media, prominent attor- lawsuits. Students can earn pro bono hours and gain L Politics and the edia
neys and educators, valuable experience while helping a very worthwhile aw ol cs an e dia
state legislators and offi- cause. An informational meeting on the Holocaust Monday, Feb. 26
cials, the UF president Survivor Assistance Project (HSAP) will be held Holland Hall Auditorium
and key faculty and Tuesday (Feb. 20), 6:15 p.m. (Room TBA). It is vital
deans, and members of that all interested volunteers attend. For information:
the general public will UFHSAP@aol.com.
be among those visiting
our law school Monday, Learn more about Cape Town
Feb. 26. They will be There will be a second informational meeting
here for the day-long about the Summer Abroad Program in Cape Town,
seminar, "FLORIDA South Africa, Thursday (Feb. 22), 12:40 p.m., 190A
ELECTION 2000: Holland Hall. Brochures and applications will be
Insiders at the available. For information on summer abroad pro-
Intersection of Law, grams: Student Affairs Coordinator Noemar Castro,
Politics and the Media." 392.0421, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanksfor helping us
keep the grounds as Moot Court oral arguments Sponsored by the UF Levin College of Law,
litter-free as possible Moot Court Oral Arguments will be held College of Journalism and Communications,
through the 26th. Thursday-Friday (Feb. 22-23), beginning at 6 p.m., and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
190C Holland Hall, and
nKey participants in Florida's protracted 2000 presiden-
aturda-unday (Feb tial election will examine legal, political and media
25), beginning at 9 a.m., aspects of the contested balloting. The conference, open
Bailey Courtroom. A to law school students and faculty, begins at 8 a.m.
Cocktail Party with the with a welcome by UF President Charles Young. Five
Justices will be held panel sessions, with audience participation, are sched-
Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m., uled. Presentations include those from members of the
Natural History Museum, and legal teams for both Vice President Al Gore and
the Final Four will be held President-elect George W. Bush, national media repre-
Friday, March 2, 12 noon, sentatives, members of the Governor's Elections Task
Patent Bar scholarship Auditorium. force, state legislators and officials, and academicians.
Panel moderators, in addition to session coordinator
By Christina D 'Elosua Dean Jon Mills, include UF Provost David Colburn,
Associate Dean for Students Gail Sasnett Apply by Friday Professor Richard Scher of the UF Department of
(left) awarded Eric Pellenbarg a $500 for fellowships Political science, and Terry Hynes, dean of the College
scholarship from the firm of Smith & Hopen Students interested in of Journalism and Communications. For information or
in early February to offset cost of the Patent Association of Public Interest an agenda: www.law.ufl.edu/news/releases/01011.shtml.
Bar exam. The law school offers nearly 100 Law (APIL) 2001 Summer
merit and need-based scholarships in addi- Fellowships must obtain an FOR A LIVE WEBCAST, go to:
tion to special awards such as this. (Continuedpage 4) WWW. law. ufl. edu/news/webcast
F L A L AW N E W S L E T T E R OF THE FRE D RIC G L E V IN CO L L E GE OF LAW
assistant Noted South African including editing and contributing to some of the
positions open Legal Expert Named preeminent works on South African law, including
* Professor Jerold Israel t Sch r Southern Cross: Common Law and Civil Law in
is hiring two part-time Hurs r South Africa (with Reinhard Zimmerman, Oxford
research assistants. Daniel Visser, former dean University Press, 1996) and The Limits of the Law
Students will work 75 of the Faculty of Law at the of Obligations (Juta & Co., Cape Town, 1997).
hours during the semes- University of Cape Town, Visser is also editor of the South African Law
ter for $525. Hours can South Africa, and a noted Journal, and regional editor of the Restitution Law
be set for your conven- expert on restitution and tort Review (UK).
ience, including work- law, is serving on the faculty Visser A native of South Africa, Visser received bache-
this semester as the Huber C. Hurst Eminent lors of and a doctorate in laws from Pretoria, and a
ing over spring vacation
if peferre. The work Visiting Scholar. doctorate in law from Leyden University in the
Sp Visser has been with the University of Cape Netherlands. He and his wife, Anita, and their two
consists of updating .
s of u Town since 1984, currently serving there as profes- children Anneli and Marianne maintain a
citations in a criminal
sor of private law, and as professorial research fel- permanent home in Cape Town. Visser's appoint-
procedure treatise. f low for its Institute of Development and Labor ment runs to May.
interested, submit your Law. He was head of the Department of Private
resume to Joyce Law from 1986-1990. Visser also is an honorary (Inside the Law School continues page 3)
Law from 1986-1990. Visser also is an honorary
Kenney, 382 Holland professor at the University ofAberdeen, Scotland,
Hall. this academic year.
Professor & Director of "It is extremely gratifying to have Daniel Visser,
the Environmental and a premier legal scholar, on our staff as a visiting
Land Use Law Program professor," said Dean Jon Mills. "His background,
lyon Flourno is expertise and experience make him a perfect candi-
Alyson Flournoy is hir-
date to carry on the tradition of Huber C. Hurst -
ing a student research
a devotion to law and leaming. I am confident our
assistant to work 10 .
students are benefitting from Daniel's vast knowl-
hours per week on a
hours er ee o aedge of South African and other European legal
project related to envi-
roetreated o n systems, and his historical perspectives."
ronmental law and The Hurst Chair, the second Eminent Scholar
ethics. Interested stu- Chair established at the law school, was funded by
dents should send their a gift of $600,000 from the estate of former UF
resume toflournoy@ professor and law alumnus Huber C. Hurst. Hurst Employee of theMonth
law. ufl.edu or drop it by was a former director of the Federal Housing Legal Research and Writing Secretary
310 Holland Hall. Administration, and taught business law and eco- Marge Baker was named February Employee
nomics at UF until his retirement in the mid-50s. of the Month, and presented with a plant, plaque
The donation was matched with $400,000 from the and lunch from Bennigan's.
LEXIS c a sses state to fund a $1 million endowment. "Marge received 11 nominations for this
LEXIS training class- Early in his academic career, Visser held a pro- award," said Associate Dean Michael Seigel.
es are scheduled for: fessorship at South Africa's University of the "This is a genuine tribute to how those who
Intermediate: Monday North, where he served as head of the Departments work with Marge feel about her service."
and Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 of Commercial Law and Private Law, and was a The EOM program recognizes "unsung heroes" in the
11:30 a.m.-12:30 lecturer at the University of Pretoria. He's the law school support staff. USPS employees, and full or
a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:30
recipient of several prestigious scholarships, substantially full-time OPS employees, are eligible.
p.m., 1:50-2:50 p.m. including the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship Any member of the law school community may make
Advanced: Wednesday, to the Republic of Germany, the Human Sciences a nomination, and joint or group nominations are wel-
10:30-11:30 a.m.; 11:30 Research Council Scholarship for Senior come. Nominations should explain in detail why the
a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 1:50- Researchers, the Attomeys Fidelity Fund Research nominee is deserving of the award. (Nominations
2:50 p.m.; or Thursday, Scholarship, and the Queensburgh Scholarship. carry forward, although 2000 nominees not selected
10:30-11:30 a.m. Visser has lectured and published extensively, should be nominated again this year.)
F L A L AW N E W L E T T E R OF THE FRE D RIC G. L E VIN CO L L E GE OF LAW
Law school diversity efforts
John Sands, our diversity consultant from New
Jersey, has completed his on-campus interviews,
and we now will be entering yet another phase of
our diversity dialogue at the College. John expects
to report shortly on his research with the faculty,
former faculty, staff, students and alumni.
As we would expect, there are disagreements on
what, if anything, we should do about race rela-
tions and diversity at the law school. We have
heard statements ranging from "this is a racist
place," to "there is no problem." My personal Alumni Committee meets on faculty diversity
belief is that neither statement is correct. Bu, as 1 Noted College of Law alumnus W. George Allen '62 (seated, center) convened
have said from the beginning, we do have an issue
his committee of law school alumni Feb. 8, to assist in resolving diversity
we should address. And, most important, we issues first raised last September by Professor Ken Nunn's resignation as asso-
should wait for Mr. Sands' repo before reaching ciate dean. Among items on the committee's agenda was a discussion with out-
any final conclusions. .
any final conclusionsside consultant John Sands (standing, center), retained by the law school.
Results of our community-wide dialogue .
Resuls of our community-wide dialogue Other Allen committee members attending included Gerald Williams (left),
include a more open and positive atmosphere in Craig Gibbs, Veronica Valdez, Harley Herman and Center for Race and
which we continue to discuss an issue fraught with .
hich we contine o discuss an issue fraught wh Race Relations Director Rahim Reed. Committee members not present
difficulty. Since we embarked upon this project last
ff include James Cole, Yolanda Jackson, Linnes Finney, Ross Goodman,
fall, we agreed to work toward betterment of the
SJoann Foster, Bill McBride and Director of Admissions and Special Programs
college we all care about. From the early meetings Shandrea Williams.
of small groups of faculty to the recent larger
forums involving a cross-section of our communi-
ty, the prevailing effort has been to communicate Our common goal is to maintain and enhance a
openly. And our students continue to hold meetings great law school. I ask that you work with me
and discussions on the issue. toward that goal, as we receive and evaluate Mr.
In evaluating how to proceed in our considera- Sands' report within the next few weeks.
tion of diversity at the law school, I made a con- And as many of you have done throughout this
scious decision to choose a method that would dialogue, please let me know of your thoughts and
emphasize mediation and seek solutions rather than concems.
opt for an accusatory or adversarial model. Such an Interim Dean Jon Mills
approach asks us to be patient with one another,
acknowledge varied strongly held views, yet be
focusedonmoving forwardratherthanrevisiting 'Civility at the Law School' topic of forum
history or proclaiming the guilt of particular indi- By Christina D 'Elosua
viduals. We as an academic community should A forum on "Civility at the Law School," sponsored by the Black Law
look forward together. Students Association Diversity Task Force and the law school's Center for the
In that regard, the faculty again confirmed that Study of Race and Race Relations, was held at the law school Feb. 7. Topics
diversity is a community priority. This reflects the included interactions among students, between students and faculty, and impli-
historic commitment to diversity by our overall cations of civility on legal education and the practice of law. Panelists included
faculty and staff. Professor of Law & Affiliate Professor of Philosophy Robert Moffat,
And our faculty appointments committee Professor of Law Alyson Flournoy, Director of Admissions & Special
already has been successful in recruiting an out- Programs Shandrea Williams, and Diversity consultant John Sands.
standing African-American woman. She not only Moderators were Assistant Dean for Career Services Kathy Urbach and
meets our highest standards, she also satisfies cur- student Desta Meghoo, BLSA. The panel discussed implications of civility on
ricular needs and was overwhelmingly supported legal education and the practice of law with more than 70 audience members in
by the faculty. She is yet another example of our Holland Hall Auditorium.
desire and ability to hire top talent.
F L A L AW N E W L E T T E R OF THE FRE D RIC G. L E VIN CO L L E GE OF L AW
Team competes Silence your inner critic
Jill Kelso, Dawn Rodda
and Kelly Wittorff will By Heather Lancin, Resource Counselor
mpEe n ihvers 2001 Many people lie in bed at night and mentally 1. ofidence
Environmental Moot replay their day. Many of us also constantly evaluate do eroyers..
Court Competition, Feb. the stupid mishaps that occurred that day and nega-
22-25, WhitePlains, NY tively focus on them. One's mental videotape will on:
"Their team wishes them play these moments over and over: how I spilled R Being a
the best of luck." coffee on my white blouse and had to walk around procrastinator. We are all guilty of this at times,
with a huge stain all day; the huge cookie I gobbled so try to focus on better planning in the future.
after my healthy salad at lunch; how I flubbed a Not being as physicallyfit as you would like. Not
question my professor asked during class. Many many people are at the ideal body weight, so try to
"I L OVE people regularly chastise themselves when they fall focus on being more healthy, which includes inter-
LEXIS" raffle short of perfection. nalizing a good body image.
Student Dawn "We all have a tendency to ruminate on prob- Messing-up on a report or homework. Instead of
Henrichon won the lems, mistakes or imperfections," says Susan focusing on what you did, focus on what you will
grand prize of $50 or Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., psychology professor at do in the future to ensure that it won't happen
dinner & movie for two the University of Michigan. again.
in the Feb. 12 "I LOVE The key to a better self-image is leaming to Not being in a relationship or not in theperfect
LEXIS" raffle at the law silence your inner critic. That's not to say your inner one. Nothing is ever "perfect," but make sure any
school. The 12 other critic is all bad. The ability to judge yourself is part relationship you are in is healthy (mentally,
winners are Elise Gres, of your emotional growth. physically and emotionally).
Adam Wolrih, Andrea "You need to be able to critique your behavior.
Eddings, Katie Otherwise you'd never leam from your mistakes," 2 Confidence boosters to focus on:
Laddings, Katie explains Edward Hallowell, M.D., director of the Being healthy emotionally, physically and
Hollifield, Stanley Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional mentally.
es, Ban L e, Health in Massachusetts. The key is to keep your Being happy. Remind yourself of funny things
Barnes, Bryan Lowe,
Jennifer Gurei, self-criticism constructive, and not let it damage throughout the day to laugh at.
Jennifer Gurevitz, .
r r your self-esteem. Reflect upon your spiritual growth. Doing your
Mara Lerman, Jorge y
Mayo, Nicole bert Hallowell notes that, "self-analysis helps you best. This will vary depending on what operating
Mayo, Nicole Kibert
and Joe Babilon. In identify changes you'd like to make in your life and capacity you are functioning at that particular
addition to the Grand things you want to accomplish." time. No one expects you to save the world,
prize, LEXIS gave away So when your intemal voice starts to take on a especially not every day.
stuffed animals and gift destructive tone, it's time to quiet it or at least redi- Plan ahead Being prepared can relieve some
bags. Winners should rect it so it is constructive. Following are points to stress and give you more control, which can feel
stop by the LEXIS Lab not focus on due to their destructive tendencies, and empowerig.
in the Media Center for some to focus on for positive reflection: Smile!
The event also wel- (Announcements, continued) Students are encouraged to bring in two
comed back Academic application from Student Affairs or Career Services textbooks/study aids a month until the last day of
Account Representative and apply by Friday (Feb. 23). The fellowships offer finals. For information: BLSA, email@example.com.
Bonita Young off mater- a $3,000 grant for a summer job at a public interest
nity leave. non-profit corporation of your choice, and substantial Write-on to Law Review
awards to runner-ups. Second-semester students interested in writing-on
to Law Review should attend the Law Review Writing
LEXIS Mardi Law Review/BLSA textbook drive Seminar Tuesday, Feb. 27, 190A Holland Hall. For
Grs Law Review and BLSA are sponsoring a used/out- information: John Gatto,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gra retu of-print textbook and study aid drive to benefit law
Look for dates and students at the University of Liberia in West Africa. PAD membership apps due Wed.
times in FlaLaw for The project is under the supervision of Federal Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) law fratemity intemation-
LEXIS Mardi Gras to Magistrate (and law professor) William Wagner. al is accepting membership applications until
retum to the law school Collection boxes will be set up in the Law Review Wednesday (Feb. 21). Applications can be picked up
this year. Office and outside the Student Organizations Office. (Continuedpage 6)
FLA L AW N E W S L E T T E R OF THE FRE D RIC G. L E VIN CO L L E GE OF LAW
Faculty in the spotlight Department of State's Intemational Days 2001 in
Tallahassee Feb. 20-21.
Professor Jonathan Cohen was quoted Tallahassee Feb. 20-21.
Professor Steve Willis has released three casebooks
in USA Today about apologies as a
means of dispute resolution. on basic income tax, advanced income tax and HeinOnline
Florida family law, including an accompanying provides full-
Cohen At the editors' invitation, Professor PDF release of the Intemal Revenue Code and
SPaul Magnarella wrote the "Preface" Regulations. He will present his electronic case-
to The Challenges of Women's Activism books and treatises at a faculty enrichment lunch- Most databases do
and Human Rights in Africa, (Diana on April 13. not include online full-
Fox & Naima Hasci (eds.) Women's text coverage of arti-
Studies Vol. 20. Lewiston, NY: Edwin cles in legal joumals
Dale: Legal historians should note tha were published
Magnarella Mellen Press, 2000). that were published
Director ofAdmissions Shandrea everyday' influence on law before the early 1980s.
Williams, Assistant Dean Rahim UF History Professor Elizabeth To redress this lack of
Reed and diversity consultant John Dale presented "Vox Populi: Notes coverage, the Legal
Sands were quoted in The Gainesville Towards a Legal History of Information Center has
Sun about diversity within the law Everyday Life" at a faculty work- recently subscribed to
Williams school. Williams, Sands, Reed and shop Feb. 9. Dale is teaching legal HeinOnline. This is an
SProfessor Robert Moffat were quoted history at the law school this ongoing project whose
in The Independent Florida Alligator semester. aim is to provide full-
about the "Civility at the Law School" Dale's paper uses three case stud- Dale text online access to all
forum. ies from late nineteenth century legal journals and rare
SProfessor Sharon Rush was quoted by Chicago to argue that legal historians need to pay and out-of-print collec-
Sands the Associated Press, Arizona Republic more attention to the intersection of law and tions, and to convert all
and Dallas Morning News regarding everyday life. These cases demonstrate the 'every- back issues of indexed
John Ashcroft's nomination to Attomey day' influenced formal law in two distinct (and legal joumals into a
General. contradictory) ways: searchable electronic
SThe BrowardDaily Business Review By providing participants in the suits with the format.
Moffat and the Palm Beach Daily Business context in which they define legal claims, the So far, over 30 legal
o Review quoted Interim Dean Jon Mills everyday helped them redefine legal concepts. In joumals have been
SReview on l egal historians examine how law was reformed base. Coverage
about the national election dispute. that respect, consideration of the everyday helps included i the data-
Po s Nlegal historians examine how law was reformed base. Coverage
Professor Nancy Dowd was quoted from below. depends on the particu-
and her book, Redefining Fatherhood, from below depends on withe particu-some
and her book, Redin ngCFatherhood, *. By acting as a check on the influence of legal lar joumal, with some
was mentioned in the Chicago Tribune. decisions, and as people chose to ignore or com- dating back to the late
Rush Director of Intemational Trade ply with legal rules in their everyday lives, the 1800s. The database
Programs Stephen Powell is presenting a program everyday constrained legal reform. This helps can be accessed at
on "Intemational Trade Law Developments legal historians understand limits of law reform, http://heinonline.org.
Important to Florida Industry" during the Florida and examine more carefully the way popular No password required.
norms and prejudices determine the intersection Christopher
of law and society. Vallandingham,
After using case studies to expose the conflicts, Reference
the Dale paper closes with ideas about how histo- Librarian, Legal
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Mills Dowd Powell Willis reconcile those two sides of the everyday's influ- Center
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closed for February 20 BLSAPlay, 5:30-
break 19 JLPP general board meeting, 9:30 p.m., 190 (auditorium)
The Center for 5:20 p.m., 190A HOL Holocaust Survivor Assistance Project
Career Services will not BLSA executive meeting, 6 p.m., meeting, 6:15 p.m., room TBA.
be open for students 190B HOL 22 Cape Town informational meeting,
during Spring Break, JLPP meeting, 5:20-6:20 p.m. 190A HOL 12:40 p.m., 190A HOL
March 5-9. Ifyou need Toastmasters, 5-6 p.m., 190B HOL
assistance, stop by or
make an appointment (Announcements, continued) ABA/IRS-sponsored organization that provides
before March 5, or and dropped off in Student Affairs. PAD will host a income tax assistance to low income individuals and
contact the Office of new member initiation ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 27, students. (Previous tax experience preferred.) VITA
Student Affairs. 6:30 p.m., 283 Holland Hall. For information: will provide assistance this year from 5:30-9:30 p.m.,
UFPAD@law.com, or stop by their desk in the Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, through April
Student Organizatons Office. 12, in the Student Organizations Office, 151 Bruton-
Geer. Contact VITA at 392.8835 for a volunteer
Externship and Summer Abroad guide and self-test packet.
Program Financial Aid Seminar
FlaLaw is published Students interested in extersnhips and/or summer
each week school is in law abroad programs this summer are encouraged to
session to inform and attend a seminar on financial aid options Thursday,
unite the law school March 1, 12:40 p.m., 190A Holland Hall. Financial
community. Aid Director Trish Varnes will explain how financial
aid works for the summer, how the budget is adjusted
Editor: Debra Amirin, to cover the cost of your program and other issues
Associate Director of related to summer aid. For more information on
Communications. Third Annual
Stan Huguenin, Director financing your summer: Trish Vames, 392.0421, T h rd Aual
of Communications. email@example.com.
Susie Grace, Program LawLawPalooza
Assistant. Summer 2001 clinics
Christine Williams, Students interested in Summer 2001 Criminal Thursday (Feb 22), beginning at 9 p.m.
Student Assistant. Clinic should complete a Criminal Clinic Interest
Survey form available in Student Affairs. Durty Nellys Irish Pub
Deadline: 10 a.m.
SApplications for both Summer 2001 and Fall 2001 Featuring "Red Lester"
Tuesday for the next will be available the first week in March.
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