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Law Lecture Thursday
All are invited to a lecture on the "Evolving
Role of International Environmental Law in the
Context of the Growing Global Economy"
Thursday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m., in the Faculty Dining
Room. The speaker is John Henry Hankinson, a
Florida attorney with more than 22 years of gov-
ernment service in environmental policy and regu-
lation, including experience with USEPA, St.
Johns River Water Management District, and
Florida House of Representatives.
Hankinson will discuss the emerging under-
standing of serious natural resource constraints on
global economic growth, and explore possible
legal and policy frameworks for promoting a sus-
tainable world economy and healthy natural envi-
ronment. He will focus on the international
response to global climate change as a case study
in the evolution and role of international environ-
mental law principles in addressing this challenge.
The lecture is hosted by Governor Buddy
MacKay through his Trade, Labor & Environment
class. For information: Program Assistant Marla
Wolfe, International Programs Department and
Environmental & Land Use Law Program
(392-3572 or email@example.com).
* The general board of the John Marshall Bar
Association (JMBA) meets for the last time this
semester today, Nov. 10, 7-9 p.m., 190A Holland
Hall. All interested students are welcome to attend.
* Elections for JMBA general board and treasurer-
elect are this Wednesday, Nov. 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,
on the concourse. Stop by and cast your vote.
* Students can still apply for positions on various
faculty/student committees, including
Appointments, Curriculum, Teaching and Career
Services. These year-long appointments are a great
opportunity to help determine the direction of the
school. E-mail JMBA Vice President-Student
Services Steve Schmier )i,,7, 1',. 'iil .. and
specify which committees) you would like to serve
on. JMBA then will set up an interview to match
you with a committee.
Nunn Speaks at CLA Meeting
The Criminal Law Association meets for the
final time this semester today, Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m.,
190 Holland Hall. Professor Kenneth Nunn will
be guest speaker.
'Operation Christmas Child'
The law school's Christian Legal Society is
promoting "Operation Christmas Child," a minis-
try of Samaritan's purse, to fill shoeboxes with
toys for children in 77 countries. The children -
many of whom reside in war-torn or impoverished
nations also will receive a booklet explaining
the meaning of Christmas. Boxes will be collected
in the Student Affairs Office Nov. 17-21 and dis-
tributed to children in time for Christmas.
Contributions are welcome from both individuals
and groups. For information and/or brochures:
Molley Metzler (MollyMetzler@5aol.com).
Employment Law Careers
Learn from lawyers practicing in the fast-
growing area of employer discrimination and
wrongful discharge litigation at a panel discussion
on "Life of an Employment Lawyer," Thursday,
Nov. 13, noon-1 p.m., 283 Holland Hall. Bring
(Announcements Continue Page 5)
* OCI Results, Small Firm
job Search Tips (Pg. 2)
* UF Law "Gator Greats"
in Politics (6)
* Construction of the steel
structure for the two
new education towers
begins today, and the
courtyard landscape will
be dramatically altered
by spring semester. Stay
updated at www.law.
where a webcam with
real time views of the
project will soon go live.
* The new west orange
parking lot will be
Nov. 15-16, for place-
ment of permanent light
* The third-floor library
will close in December,
and offices built there
for "swing space" during
sisa A~ny~ erl~* The project is currently
on schedule for comple-
e Hono R. Aandr As t tion by Fall 2005.
Sn For information:
Sld ht Associate Dean for
1, No. 10 n l l 11 Administrative Affairs
it u T n i sp n d, ,y h l Patrick Shannon
F t i e n t ,, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ForI information eh o in the Dean's Office.
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andnai onal ori g. Fredric G. Levin College of Law
* ANNOUNCEMENTS *
Ready for the
Dates for students
graduating this semester
to take PMBR the
"Multistate Bar Review
* Six-day program, Dec.
13-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
* Three-day program,
Feb. 16-18, Times TBA
The discount deadline
to register for PMBR is
Nov. 21, so avoid a price
increase and sign up now
at the PMBR table on the
concourse Tuesdays and
Wednesday, or call
First and second-year
students can "lock in"
prices with a $100
deposit, and can choose
three study aids (black
letter outlines, black let-
ter audio lectures on cd's
or tapes and flashcards).
Students graduating this
May can lock in discount-
ed rates with a $200
deposit. Dates for summer
programs will be available
in late February.
The multistate bar
exam is usually half of
every state's bar exam. In
Florida, day one of the
bar exam is on Florida
law and day two is on the
multistate. Most students
take PMBR in addition to
For information: PMBR
Regional Director Brian
Students selected for spring extemships must
submit a completed Externship Acknowledgment
and Registration Form available on page 11 of
the extemship manual, which can be downloaded
from the Career Services Web site at
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Career Services by Nov. 15, and cannot register
for the extemship until they do so. Career Services
will provide a registration number upon receipt of
the form that enables students to register for the
extemship like any other class.
44.1% of .D. & LL.M. in Tax Students
Interview during Fall OCI
A recap of the six weeks of Fall 2003 On-
Campus Interviews (OCI) indicates:
* WHO INTERVIEWED? Firms selected 464 dif-
ferent students 44.1% of all eligible (second-
semester and above) J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation
students and interviewed them on-campus dur-
ing Fall OCI. Of the 2,224 interviews conducted,
115 students had one interview, 84 had two inter-
views, and 265 had three or more.
* WHICH EMPLOYERS? During the six weeks,
153 employers interviewed (compared to 138 last
year) and several more will visit in the next two
weeks. Of the 153, 17 employers were from gov-
ernment agencies (six state attorney offices, four
public defender offices, two county attorney
offices, four branches of the military, and one IRS)
and 136 were private law firms. Eight were first
time OCI participants at the UF College of Law.
Geographic dispersion: Miami & Tampa, 28
employers from each; Orlando, 24; West Palm
Beach & Atlanta, GA, 18; Jacksonville, 14;
Washington D.C. & Ft. Lauderdale, 10;
Tallahassee, 8; Ft. Myers, 6; New York, 5;
Lakeland, 4; Sarasota & St. Petersburg, 3;
Alabama, Tennessee, Pensacola, Melbourne, Naples
& Richmond, VA, 2 each; Winter Park, Bartow,
Panama City, Pennsylvania, Daytona Beach, Coral
Gables, Hollywood, Chicago, Punta Gorda, Gulf
Breeze, Clermont, Louisville, Vero Beach,
Clearwater, Leesburg & Boca Raton, 1 each.
* WHAT WAS THE RESULT? Many students are
concluding call-back interviews and Career
Services is collecting information about summer
and permanent positions obtained as a result. Please
report your employment if you haven't done so.
* WHAT DID EMPLOYERS SAY?
"I think students who enter in January do them-
Drop in 9-11 a.m.
ov. 12 & 14 for a
selves a bit of a disservice by trying to complete
law school too quickly. Some January entrants
indicated they wanted to finish by July 2003.
Doing so would eliminate both summers as work
opportunities. Those students are, therefore, inter-
viewing for a first year associate position with no
experience. My firm, for example, won't consider
such a hire. In my opinion, the student would be
in a better position attempting to work during the
summer and graduate on schedule in December.
Rushing the graduation date simply precludes
employment opportunities for otherwise qualified
- "Impressive students, surprised at students'
level of interest & knowledge of us."
- "The best overall group I have interviewed in
my 11 years excellent! They were prompt,
prepared and exhibited wonderful interview
skills. Very conversational. Basically (for the
first time ever) I wish I could hire almost every
person I saw. Great job!"
(Career Services Continues Page 3)
(Career Services, from Page 2)
- "All interviewed had outstanding credentials,
all could be competitive for hire, except for the
two no shows."
"Regarding resumes: One page resumes prefer-
able; Grades should be more prominent on
resumes; Suggest students personalize resumes,
all pretty much alike; All students should list
their law school GPA's."
* IS SPRING OCI THE SAME AS FALL? No.
The process is the same, but employers tend to
be small and medium sized, rather than the typi-
cally large firms who visit campus in the fall.
* WHEN IS SPRING OCI? Phase One bids for
Spring 2004 OCI begin Jan. 9 and Spring OCI runs
Feb. 2 through March 26 (except for Spring Break).
Watch for details.
Spotlight on Small Firms, Part II
MEDIUM SIZE LAW FIRM HIRING
CHARACTERISTICS (26-50 ATTORNEYS).
Advantages: More responsibility, client contact
and relaxed and personal relationships with other
attorneys. Disadvantages: Possible lower starting
salary, difficulty in specializing, fewer resources
and library facilities in-house.
Applying for jobs in firms outside the on-
campus recruiting program requires different
strategies. Remember that hiring practices of medi-
um sized firms can vary greatly and resemble those
of either a large or a small firm. Sometimes medium
sized firms recruit on campus in fall or spring. Many
will not. The majority of these firms recruit as the
need arises. Clerking for one of these firms can be a
successful means of securing a job.
SMALL LAW FIRM HIRING CHARAC-
TERISTICS (1-25 ATTORNEYS). Most small
firms cannot predict hiring needs in advance and
instead hire as the need arises, do not interview on
campus, and often concentrate on finding the right
person for the job instead of the highest academic
credential. Source: The Florida Bar
Finding Jobs in Small Firms
* Do not rely solely upon advertised positions. Many
solo and small firm practitioners are simply too
busy to advertise and search for help.
* To locate small firms, try accessing the "Solo and
Small Firm" sections of the American Bar
Association, the state bar, or local bar associations.
For little or no cost, students can often obtain a
solo/small firm mailing list from local bar associa-
tions to prepare a targeted mailing.
Obtain a student membership to Solo and Small
Firm sections of the state and/or local bar associa-
tions. Attend CLE seminars focused toward general
and small firm practitioners.
Make cold calls armed with information on the firm
and a resume. Students do get hired in small firms
this way. Keep in mind that to get past the "gate-
keeper," you must make a good presentation, dis-
play friendly demeanor and be willing to persistent-
ly follow up.
Demonstrate your value, the well-rounded "total
package." The ideal candidate is confident, ambi-
tious, and self-motivated, has local ties, excels in
both written and verbal communication, and can
"hit the ground running."
To combat two primary concerns efficiency and
bringing in clients small firm employers prefer
to see course work emphasizing lawyering and
practice management skills. Experience that shows
an entrepreneurial spirit should be highlighted.
When selecting a writing sample, a well-crafted
motion or brief is more valuable than an esoteric
piece published in a law review (unless directly rel-
evant to the firm's practice).
Preparing for the interview poses another challenge,
as a small firm's reputation is generally established
through word of mouth. Plug the firm or practition-
er's name into Westlaw or Lexis case law directo-
ries. and search for the firm's Web site or other
In the interview, demonstrate an appreciation for
the differences and expectations of the small firm.
Understand that the "right fit" is crucial. Do not
envision a well-established policy manual, or
inquire about firm retreats, or a "typical" pace for
advancement in the firm. This type of query will be
met with extreme skepticism.
Know the salary may be less. However, small firms
often provide creative compensation plans which
can include incentives for bringing in new clients or
variable compensation based on fees generated.
* Be persistent and well-prepared.
Source: Linda Calvert Hanson, i'/,.p a, ;, Students
for Small Firm Practice."
The UF Levin College
of Law will host a one
day workshop on
mechanics of handling
predatory home mortgage
lending cases Friday, Nov.
14, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., J.
Wayne Reitz Union.
(Florida Bar CLE credit
The informal work-
shop is co-sponsored by
Christopher L. Peterson
and Florida Legal Services,
Inc. All students, faculty
and staff are welcome to
attend (free box lunch
available only to those
The workshop aims to
develop the predatory
lending litigation skills of
practicing attorneys and
law students. In addition
to Peterson who will
address use of the Truth
in Lending Act and Home
Ownership and Equity
Protection Act on behalf
of consumers in predato-
ry home mortgage cases
- speakers will include
Florida attorneys Barbara
Goolsby, jeffery Hearn,
Lynn Drysdale, Shirley
Green and Bill Fraiser.
For information or to
Professor Peterson, 382B
Holland Hall, 392-2211,
Against Domestic Violence
Alliance will hold
Domestic Violence Lawyer
Training in Gainesville
Thursday and Friday, Nov.
13-14. Attorneys and
advocates from around
the state will participate.
The conference is free
required). Law students
are encouraged to drop
in for any portion of the
Thursday's training is
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the
Holiday Inn-West, and
includes a panel of state
attorneys and victim
advocates and discussion
of the intersection of
diversity and domestic
violence issues. Friday's
training is 9 a.m.-noon in
Holland Hall auditorium,
and covers legislative
issues and changes affect-
ing family and domestic
For information: Legal
Skills Professor Peggy
Schrieber, IOOB Bruton-
Geer Hall (Clinic suite) or
The Legal Research,
Writing and Appellate
Advocacy Department is
accepting applications for
Spring 2004 teaching
available in the LRW
office. For information:
Legal Skills Professor &
Director Legal Research,
Writing, and Appellate
Advocacy Henry T. Wihnyk
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
David H. Levin Chair in Family Law;
Professor; Director, Center on Children and
the Law; Director, Family Law Certificate
Program; Co-Director, Institute for Child &
Adolescent Research & Evaluation
View on the Profession
"I believe lawyers and legal scholars have a
public mission that goes beyond the bottom line.
When we begin to judge the importance of a case
or a topic by the dollar amount of the claim or
economic power of the clients, we will have lost
our way. Families especially children may
be resource poor clients, but they are deserving of
equal justice nonetheless.
"There will always be a disconnect between
the ideal of equal justice and the social reality, but
we need to question why courts serving families
and children carry the lion's share of the civil
caseload and receive a fraction of the resources,
and why poor children of color are so grossly
over represented in dependency and juvenile
"At least I am in the right place at the right
time, where I can make a difference and know
that each of my students also will have a similar
opportunity for service. I would far rather teach at
a great public university where students graduate
to serve a broad spectrum of clients than at a
great private university where students are all
headed for Wall Street."
B.S., Regents College of University State of
New York; J.D., Columbia University (Berger
Prize, Stone Scholar, Comments Editor, Columbia
Law Review); Diploma Superiore, Universita per
Stranieri (Perugia, Italy).
Clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Associate
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; U.S. District Court
for Southern District of New York, Hon. Abraham
D. Sofaer. Professor of Law and Co-Director,
Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research,
University of Pennsylvania. Executive Council,
International Society of Family Law.
Widely published on topics concerning adop-
tion, child welfare law, children's rights, constitu-
tional law, family law, the Supreme Court and the
family, and child/parent and state. Member, Bar
of the Supreme Court of the U.S., American Bar
Association, New York State Bar Association,
Association of American Law Schools (Program
Chair of Women in Legal Education and Family
and Juvenile Law Chair), American Society for
Comparative Law (reporter, Family Law), Journal
of Law, Psychology and Public Policy (editor);
Family Court Review (editor).
What You May Not Know
"My personal best marathon time was
Bangor, Maine, in 1980; my daughter's pen name
is 'Chris Moriarty' (author of sci fi novel Spin
State); I live with my son, Ken, and husband,
Charles, in Tigert-Barrow House, a restored man-
sion in the NE Historic District; and my favorite
sport is sea kayaking."
Go to www.law. uf.edu/faculty/for
a complete resume and list of publications.
* SCHOLARSHIP & ACTIVITIES *
* Conservation Clinic Director Tom
Ankerson received a $100,000 grant
from the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation for his project
"Inside the Polygon: The Efficacy of r
Community Tenure in the Western
Property Paradigm." The grant, which
covers an 18-month period, is part of
the foundation's Program on Global
Security and Sustainability.
* Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor Berta
Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol spoke
on "The Power of Sex, the Sex of
Power" in a symposium on Lawrence v.
Texas sponsored by the Ohio State
University Moritz College of Law Nov. 7.
* Professor Joseph Little appeared on the O'Reilly
Report on the national Fox News Network regard-
ing a lawsuit filed against Volusia County officials
by the family of a girl bitten by a shark in July
2000, arguing the county should have warned of
potential shark attacks.
* Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Johnson, Hazouri & Roth
Professor Juan Perea participated on a panel dis-
cussing "Achieving Diversity in the Classroom"
during a conference commemorating Brown v.
your lunch or enjoy pizza courtesy of the Labor &
Employment Law Association and Career Services.
Donate Coats & Boots for Needy
The W. George Allen Chapter of the Black
Law Students Association (BLSA) is collecting
donated coats and boots until Nov. 17 for those in
need at the St. Francis House. Drop off donations
(used or new) in the BLSA Office, or at a table on
the concourse Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For
information: Alero Afejuku (email@example.com).
Build Skills at Toastmasters
Everyone is invited to a Toastmasters meeting
this Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5-6 p.m., 190A Holland
Hall. Toastmasters is a fun way to develop and
improve speaking and presentation skills.
Unlicensed Law Practice Issues
Director of the Florida Bar's Unlicensed
Practice of Law Division Lori Holcomb will speak
here Tuesday, Feb. 3, noon, in Holland Hall
Board of Education at St. John's
University School of Law in New York.
An article by Associate Dean for
Students, Professionalism and
S Community Relations Gail Sasnett (with
John Gregory), "A Drug by Any Other
Name is Still a Drug: Why the Florida
Judiciary Should Start Treating DUI as
any Other Drug Offense," 13 U. Fla. J. L.
& Pub. Pol'y 299 2 -2.1 was cited by the
Florida Supreme Court at 848 So.2d
Stephen C. O'Connell Professor/Center
.... on Children and the Law Associate
Director Christopher Slobogin spoke on
"Is Atkins the Antithesis or the Apotheosis of Anti-
Discrimination Principles? Sorting Out the
Groupwide Effects of Exempting People with
Mental Retardation from the Death Penalty," at a
conference on Disability Law: Equality and
Difference at the University of Alabama Law
School Nov. 7.
* Law student Deb Cupples (2L) appeared on talk-
radio (W-SKY, 97.3 FM) Nov. 2 to discuss fraud
and overbilling by private, federal government
contractors over the last seven years.
Law & Technology
Conference Feb. 20
Property Law Program will
present its Third Annual
Law & Technology
Conference Feb. 20 in
Orlando. The keynote
speaker will be the Hon.
James E. Rogan (Under
Secretary of Commerce for
Intellectual Property and
Director of the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office,
Topics will include
licensing and international
issues, "music wars" and
litigation. Scheduled to
participate are James A.
Gale (Feldman Gale &
Weber, Miami), Jose
Gutman (Fleit Kain
Gibbons Gutman &
Bongini, Boca Raton), Bill
Hamilton (Holland &
Knight LLP, Tampa), Randi
Karpinia (Motorola Inc.),
Princeton, N.J.), Darrell W.
Payne (Shook Hardy &
Bacon LLP, Miami), Pablo
H. Pinson (DHL Worldwide,
Miami), Michael S. Walsh
(Jenner & Block LLC,
Chicago, IL.), Barbara C.
Wingo (UF Associate
General Counsel), Virginia
R. Quijada (Oracle Corp.,
Miami), Armando J. Tirado
(Ingram/Micro, Miami) and
Richard S. Vermut (Rogers
Towers, P.A., Jacksonville).
Director of Conference
Planning and Special
Projects Barbara DeVoe
392-8070) or Intellectual
Property Law Program
Director Thomas Cotter
Fl niesiyofFord Feri einC llg o awN wsetr S Novembe 10 2003a
Gov. Kenneth "Buddy"
MacKay (above, in his
"Governor's Portrait") is a
UF law adjunct professor.
* Spessard L. Holland
(UF jD 16), 1941-45
* Reubin O'D Askew
(UF JD 56), 1971-79
* Lawton M. Chiles, Jr.
(UF JD 55), 1991-98
* Kenneth H. "Buddy"
MacKay (UF JD 61), 1998
* Mallory E. Horne
(UF JD 50)
* Dempsey J. Barron
(UF JD 54)
* Harry A. Johnston II
(UF JD 58)
* Evans Crary (UF JD 27)
* William V. Chappell, Jr.
(UF JD 49)
* Mallory E. Home
(UF JD 50)
* Richard A. Pettigrew
(UF JD 57)
* T. Terrell Sessums
(UF JD 58)
* Donald L. Tucker
(UF JD 62)
* Jon L. Mills (UF JD 72)
* Thomas F. Gustafson, Jr.
(UF JD 74)
Supreme Court Chief
Justice Harry Lee Anstead
is the 15th UF law gradu-
ate to lead the court, and
17th to serve.
UF Law "Gator Greats" in Politics
Literally hundreds of political mio\ c.s and
shakers" got their start at the University of Florida
College of Law, including Florida Governors
Spessard Holland (UF JD 16), Reubin Askew (UF
JD 56), Lawton Chiles (UF JD 55) and Kenneth
H. "Buddy" MacKay (UF JD 61). For decades,
UF's law school has produced distinguished elect-
ed officials in federal, state and local arenas. To
place the spotlight on just a few:
* Congressman Mike Bilirakis (UF JD
63) first elected in 1983 and still
serving was named one of the most
li)i-l. l.'; productive" congress-
men and has served on numerous
prestigious committees. His key issues Birais
include healthcare and veteran's
First elected in 1996, Congressman
Jim Davis (UF JD 82) has worked on
numerous committees and also was a
Florida House member (elected 1988),
where he served on the Appropriations
Committee and, in his final term, as Davis
majority leader. He wrote, "My experi-
ence at the UF College of Law, both inside and out-
side the classroom, helped me develop the tools
needed to succeed as an attorney, as well as a legis-
lator. My time at the University of Florida also con-
tributed to my desire to serve the broader communi-
ty outside the law office and courtroom."
Congressman Ander Crenshaw (UF
JD 70) was elected in 2000 and serves
on the Appropriations Committee and
as a deputy majority whip. He also
spent six years in Florida's House and
eight years in Florida's Senate. Crenshaw
Rod Smith (UF JD 74) was elected to
the Florida Senate in 2000 after serving as state
attorney for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, and now
teaches at the UF College of Law as an adjunct. In
reference to his law school experience, Smith said,
"Whether working to resolve the debate surround-
ing the Presidential Election in 2000 or ironing out
a compromise on the recent medical malpractice
reform issues, my legal experience has certainly
been a factor in gaining the confidence of the
SState Senator Walter "Skip"
Campbell (UF JD 73) was elected in
1996 and is now the Democratic
Caucus chair. He has served on
numerous key committees, including
Judiciary, Finance and Taxation, Campbel
Banking and Insurance, and
Florida's House of Representatives includes
six UF College of Law alumni:
* First elected in 1998, Dudley
Goodlette (UF JD 72) values his law
school experience. "Looking back on
my years at the UF College of Law, I
see tremendous value not only in the
quality of the legal education but also Goodlette
in the relationships cultivated both in
law school and in 30 years of active practice."
* State Rep. Tim Ryan (UF JD 81),
first elected in 1998, wrote, "As a
Florida legislator, being a UF College
of Law alumnus is invaluable. What I
learned in the classroom has given me
both the technical expertise and criti- Ryan
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(Politics, From Page 6)
cal thinking skills I need to help craft solid public
policy. And, the contacts I made outside the class-
room are a tremendous resource when it comes to
negotiating the political barriers a legislator often
* Rep. Jeff Kottkamp (UF JD 87), first
elected in 2000, wrote, "My legal edu-
cation prepared me not only to prac-
tice law, but also to serve in the legis-
lature. The analytical and advocacy
skills I developed in law school have Kottkamp
been extremely beneficial during my
service in the Florida House of Representatives. My
advice to law students is to learn to love the law
and always treat it as a profession not a business."
* Anna -11II,,11" Benson (UF JD 96),
elected in 2000, found value in extra-
curricular activities as well as class
work. "While at the College of Law, I
served as attorney general of the
Honor Court and led the drafting and senso
enactment of the Honor Code. We
drafted the language, built a coalition of students,
faculty and administrators, and put it on the ballot
as part of the fall election. It passed. Our language
eventually became part of the Florida Administra-
tive Code. It was excellent training for my current
Other UF law graduates now serving in the
Florida House both elected in 2000 are Dan
Gelber (UF JD 85) and Joe Pickens (UF JD 83).
The list of alumni who have served as Florida leg-
islators includes more than 175 former representa-
tives and 55 senators.
Among them is UF Levin
College of Law Dean Emeritus and
Professor Jon Mills (UF JD 72), direc-
tor and founder of the Center for
Governmental Responsibility. Mills
was elected speaker of the Florida Mills
House in 1987-88, after being designated the
"Most Effective Member of the House." He was
on Moot Court and associate editor of Florida
Law Review at the UF College of Law, and
graduated fifth in his class.
"Throughout the history of Florida govern-
ment and politics, our law graduates have been
there: governors, supreme court justices, house
speakers, senate presidents," Mills said. "Legal
training gave me a tremendous advantage, because
legislators write laws and often have to rely on
staff attorneys for writing and interpretation."
UF's law school also has launched numerous
local officials, including current Orlando Mayor
Buddy Dyer (UF JD 87), who served
in Florida's Senate from 1992-2000.
As a student here in 1987, Dyer was
Florida Law Review editor-in-chief.
"For me, the first-class legal edu-
cation I received at the UF College of Dyer
Law has proven invaluable during my
years in public service, both in Tallahassee and
now in Orlando's City Hall. And, of course, I'll
never forget my first-year Civil Procedure class,
where I met my wife, Karen," said Dyer.
Joanne Fanizza (UF JD 87), who served from
1998-2002 on the City Council of Wilton Manors,
offered her advice to current students
and future political leaders, "Serving
with JMBA helped me learn how to
work with diverse individuals and
help them come together for the com-
mon good. If any UF law students
plan a career in politics, service with Fanizza
JMBA or the main campus student
body is extremely helpful. Getting involved in
local politicians' political campaigns is also
important you'll learn how campaigns work
and you'll make important contacts."
ByD. Cupples (2L), with thanks to UF College
of Law Historian Betty Taylor (UF ID 62)
The Levin College of Law
also leads in legal organiza-
tions. The four UF law
graduates above from
left, Martha W. Barnett (UF
JD 73), Talbot "Sandy
D'Alemberte (UF JD 62), W.
Reece Smith, Jr. (UF JD 49)
and Chesterfield Smith (UF
JD 48) served as presi-
dents of the American Bar
Association, and 60 percent
of Florida Bar presidents
since 1950 earned their
* James Hardin Petersen
(UF JD 14), 1933-51
* George A. Smathers
(UF JD 38), 1947-51
* Charles Edward Bennett
(UF JD 34), 1949-93
* Chester Bartow
McMullen (UF JD 48),
* William C. Lantaff
(UF JD 36), 1951-55
* Sam Melville Gibbons
(UF JD 47), 1963-97
* Harry A. Johnston, II
(UF JD 58), 1989-97
* William Chappell
(UF JD 49), 1969-89
* Richard Kelly
(UF JD 52), 1975-81
* Ira "Bill" McCollum
(UF JD 68), 1981-2000
* Kenneth "Buddy"
MacKay (UF JD 61),
* Charles "Joe"
Scarborough (UF JD 90),
ir f Flol ' DlleliJ t Cn -s l i 1995-2002
8tI:h lfUl Coinre r g tes o t s .rJa Iffl M ill R I r U.S. Senators
o t t a on e o t la i n t 8 C r Bro (aD F William L. Hill
ryll .la aisi ofe(l : : ( (UF JD 29), 1936
uivrsity'se Ito th deie tion 1 B S 9S aln Robe xl g *I Spessard Holland
Oel is U.S Senaor Bob Graham ]'L L F ll :BA. .B8) (UF jD 16), 1946-71
S9 and eight a membe o F.o' l rida's de legao. n NI: George A. Smathers
STh s it i -i Di t t (UF JD 38), 1951-69
o teU.S. H of R ( p y C r Clif S (also Rep., 1947-51)
o lle LalhB l ( d a r Lawton Chiles
S. (UF JD 59), 1971-89
FlaLaw is published
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session. All are encour-
aged to submit news of
interest to the law school
community by 10 a.m.
Tuesday for the following
Monday's newsletter to
Editor Debra Amirin,
Director of Institutional
Information & Publications,
Dean's Office (264 HOL),
392-9238, Fax 392-8727.
Fredric G. Levin
College of Law
Dean for International
* Michael K. Friel, Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs
* William H. Page, Associate
Dean for Faculty
* M. Kathleen "Kathie" Price,
Associate Dean for Library
* Gail E. Sasnett, Associate
Dean for Students,
* J. Patrick Shannon,
Associate Dean for
* Donald J. Hale, Senior
* Linda Calvert Hanson,
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* Richard L. Ludwick,
Assistant Dean for Students
* J. Michael Patrick, Assistant
Dean for Admissions
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Honoring he past, staping the future
Communicate Clearly to Avoid Frustration
-By Resource Counselor Ali Kane
Many conflicts and frustrations arise out of
difficulties in communication. If you are having
difficulties in this area, this may indicate that you
tend toward one of two extremes: passivity or
A passive communication style might include
not speaking up at all, not expressing negative
feelings you may have towards someone, or not
standing up for yourself. Individuals who habitual-
ly communicate in this style tend to fear upsetting
others, being rejected or judged, or stirring up the
status quo. They are greatly concerned with how
others perceive them.
An aggressive communication style might
include insulting or attacking someone, using
crude language, dismissing someone else's feel-
ings or unnecessarily raising one's voice. Those
who habitually employ this style tend to have hot
tempers and not know how to control them. This
can have a negative effect on relationships, as it
can hurt and push others away. There may also be
a backlash of regret.
Both extremes are dysfunctional and end up
leading to many more problems than they solve.
There is a third alternative: assertive communica-
tion. This style emphasizes a balance between
expressing our needs and
feelings and honoring the
needs and feelings of oth-
ers. It is clear, without
judgment, using "I" state-
ments instead of accusa-
tions or name-calling. It also includes a suggestion
for how the situation can be improved. The follow-
ing is a simple formula you can use to practice
communication in this style:
"When you (specifically identify actions
Ij... ".,,i you), I feel (describe your emotional
reaction), and I want you to (suggest how you
would like to see the situation change)."
Following this style can stimulate a construc-
tive conversation about the issue at hand, rather
than creating an aggressive outburst or passively
avoiding addressing uncomfortable situations.
Resource Counselor Ali Kane (top) provides confi-
dential, free counseling and stress reduction services -
including yoga and meditation classes to the law
school community. See her in the Center for Career
Services Mondays (noon-4 p.m.), Wednesdays (noon-5
p.m.) and Thursdays (4:30-6 p.m.), or contact her at
392-0499 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
Calendars Online at WWW. law. ulf. edu
10 Assistant Attorney General Alex Acosta on School Choice,
II a.m.-2 p.m., Auditorium
Career Services Resume and Cover Letter Workshop,
Noon-1 p.m., Bailey Courtroom
"No Time for Stressl," 2-3 p.m., Auditorium
CLA Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 190 HOL
LCC Executive Board Meeting, 6-8 p.m., 296 HOL
IMBA Meeting, 7-9 p.m., 190A HOL
II Veteran's Day Holiday
Toastmasters, 5-6 p.m., 190A HOL
12 Stress Management Workshop, Noon-1 p.m., 190C HOL
Walk In Resume Review, 9-11 a.m., Career Services
BLSA Book Discussion, "The Miseducation of the Negro,"
Noon, 297 HOL
IMBA Elections, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Concourse
13 ILPP General Board Meeting, Noon-1 p.m., 190B HOL
Panel, Careers in Employment Law, Noon-1 p.m.,
International Environmental Law Speaker John Hankinson,
3 p.m., Faculty Dining Room
CLSA Meeting, 5-6 p.m., 190B HOL
"Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams,"
5-7 p.m., Auditorium
14 "Predatory Home Mortgage Workshop," 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.,
I. Wayne Reitz Union
Walk In Resume Review, 9-11 a.m., Career Services
17 LCC General Board Meeting, 6-8 p.m., 296 HOL
19 Brown Bag Lunch, "Speak Out: Have we grown since Virgil
Hawkins?" Noon, 297 HOL