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Table of Contents
    Announcements
        Page 1
    Career Services
        Page 2
    Alumni Reflections: John Arthur Jones
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Meet the Faculty
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Scholarship and activities
        Page 7
        Page 8
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ANNOUNCEMENTS *
'Depart from the Ordinary' members and guests. Sign up for the LSR listserve
I ntrn ati nal Fair TIesda 2! and/or check out urlaigop c(,in for information.


Sample refreshments from around the world
and learn more about the many opportunities the
Levin College of Law offers for international
travel and study at a "Depart from the Ordinary:
International Information Fair" Tuesday, Feb. 3,
noon-2 p.m. on the Holland Hall concourse. The
International Law Society (ILS) is hosting the
event, and will provide information at the fair on


The LSR's also promote law student involve-
ment in GEAR-UP, the Alachua County school
system's volunteer program that provides mentor-
ing and support to middle and high school stu-
dents. If you want to help local kids while earning
community service hours, e-mail VP Adria Toledo
at atoly@ufl.edu for information.
(Announcements Continue Page 5)


Black History
Month Kicks Off
The W. George Allen
Chapter of the Black Law
Student Association
(above, with board in
front) has organized the
following in honor of
Black History Month:


tEvery Monday Black
international externships, UF summer law and History Trivia, 9 a.m.-3
exchange programs, the International and p.m., Holland Hall con-
Comparative Law Certificate Program and course. Test your knowl-
Florida Journal ofInternational Law. edge and win prizes.
Every Thursday Classic
German Legal System Topic of Movie Matinee, 1-4 p.m.,
Bailey Courtroom. Co-
ILS Guest Speaker Thursday sponsored by JMBA.
The International Law Society (ILS) invites Voter Registration, Feb. 7,
all interested students to attend their meeting this 10 a.m.-3 p.m., WalMart
Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m. in 190C Holland Hall. in Butler Plaza. Co-spon-
sored by JMBA.
Visiting professor Rainer Nickel will speak about Donation Drive for Peace-
the German legal system. ful Paths, Feb. 8-14. Co-
Membership in ILS has grown to more than sponsored by APIL & LAW.
200 students during the last year, a reflection of Professor Michelle Jacobs,
"Tools African-American
an increasing emphasis on the "global" practice of Lawyers Need to Succeed
law. ILS features a speaker at each monthly meet- in Today's Legal
ing who practices or teaches some form of inter- Profession," Feb. 10, 6
national law. Past speakers have included a former p.m., 190A Holland Hall.
For information: BLSA
ambassador, a professor from France, and an attor- Historian Erica Williams
ney who practices international commercial law. (ericakarol@yahoo.com).
For more information, e-mail ILS President
Gregory Boylan at gboylan@ufl.edu or call him at Inside
870-8632. Alumni Reflections:
Law School Republicans John Arthur Jones (Pg. 2)
Faculty Profile:
Mary Johnson, administrative aid to U.S. Fletcher Baldwin (4)
Representative Cliff Steams, will speak about state Writing Skills Vital
and local governance issues Thursday, Feb. 5, at 1 to Success (6)
p.m. in 190B Holland Hall. The event is free and Student Named to Top
open to the public. National Committee (8)
The Law School Republicans (LSR) will con-
duct a regular meeting immediately afterwards to UNIVERSITY OF
address upcoming events and the campaign sea- # FLORIDA
son. Food and refreshments will be provided for Fredric G. Levin College of Law








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Student Finalist
in Essay Contest


CAREER SERVICES *

Summer/Fall 2004 Externships Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. Students must attend one of
Extemships can be performed during any these meetings to pursue a 2004 extership.
semester, and students can apply for one offered Internships Available
by Career Services or propose their own. Students at the recent "Ships" presentation on
Mandatory meetings for those considering extern- internships, extemships and fellowships learned
ships this summer or fall will be held in the Bailey that internships can take the form of unpaid posi-
Courtroom Friday, Feb. 6, at noon or Wednesday, (Career Services Continues Page 3)


U- law student Kevin
Regan's essay, "Facilitating
Sustainable Development
through the Central g f l s i
American Free Trade
Agreement's Environmen-
tal Text: Chile Should Be a
Floor, Not a Ceiling," e a big
written for Adjunct
Professor Buddy MacKay's
class made the finals in
the 2004 NYU Environ-
mental Law journal Essay
Contest. Regan (shown
above with CGR Research
Associate Richard Hamman
on a field trip in Costa
Rica) has won or made
the finals in a number of
national writing contests.


Olympic Medalist/
UF Law Graduate
Speaks Today
Frank Shorter (UF jD
74), Olympic Marathon
gold (1972) and silver
(1976) medalist, speaks
today, Feb. 2, at 7:30
p.m. in a free, public
presentation sponsored by
the Florida Track Club.
The speech will be in the
Division of Plant Indus- S o .
tries on 34th Street,
across from Campus
Credit Union. For informa-
tion on the presentation
and Track Club (which
Shorter helped found), go
to http://www.florida-
trackclub.orglnews.html.
Shorter won the 1972
Sullivan Award, honoring e .
him as an outstanding
American amateur athlete,
and was admitted to the
Colorado Bar in 1975. For .. P
more on Shorter, go to J j w
http://www.runfrankshort- d $ t F
er.comlindex.shtml.








I s of F i FredricG. L vinCollege fLawNewsleterFe r 2 2


Student Finalist
in Essay Contest


CAREER SERVICES *

Summer/Fall 2004 Externships Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. Students must attend one of
Extemships can be performed during any these meetings to pursue a 2004 extership.
semester, and students can apply for one offered Internships Available
by Career Services or propose their own. Students at the recent "Ships" presentation on
Mandatory meetings for those considering extern- internships, extemships and fellowships learned
ships this summer or fall will be held in the Bailey that internships can take the form of unpaid posi-
Courtroom Friday, Feb. 6, at noon or Wednesday, (Career Services Continues Page 3)


U- law student Kevin
Regan's essay, "Facilitating
Sustainable Development
through the Central g f l s i
American Free Trade
Agreement's Environmen-
tal Text: Chile Should Be a
Floor, Not a Ceiling," e a big
written for Adjunct
Professor Buddy MacKay's
class made the finals in
the 2004 NYU Environ-
mental Law journal Essay
Contest. Regan (shown
above with CGR Research
Associate Richard Hamman
on a field trip in Costa
Rica) has won or made
the finals in a number of
national writing contests.


Olympic Medalist/
UF Law Graduate
Speaks Today
Frank Shorter (UF jD
74), Olympic Marathon
gold (1972) and silver
(1976) medalist, speaks
today, Feb. 2, at 7:30
p.m. in a free, public
presentation sponsored by
the Florida Track Club.
The speech will be in the
Division of Plant Indus- S o .
tries on 34th Street,
across from Campus
Credit Union. For informa-
tion on the presentation
and Track Club (which
Shorter helped found), go
to http://www.florida-
trackclub.orglnews.html.
Shorter won the 1972
Sullivan Award, honoring e .
him as an outstanding
American amateur athlete,
and was admitted to the
Colorado Bar in 1975. For .. P
more on Shorter, go to J j w
http://www.runfrankshort- d $ t F
er.comlindex.shtml.









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(Career Services, Continued)
tions where the law student may receive credit
under some circumstances for work they perform
in federal, state or local government offices or
public interest agencies. Many of the following
available internships are paid positions that are
not-for-credit, however, and students should care-
fully read all available information before making
a choice.
* ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, John J.
Curtin, Jr. Justice Fund Legal Internship Program,
throughout U.S. Application deadline: April 9. Pays stipend to
students who spend summer months working for a bar associ-
ation or legal services program designed to prevent homeless-
ness or assist homeless clients or their advocates. Candidates
should have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and
experience working with poor people or issues affecting them.
Second- and third-year students preferred since they may offer
more skills, but first-year students with paralegal or similar
experience also are urged to apply. Minimum commitment of
eight continuous weeks between May 1 and Oct. 1.
Applications available online at www.abanet.org/homeless or
by calling 202-662-1694.
* Citizen Advocacy Center Summer Interns, Elmhurst, IL.
Application deadline: April 15. CAC is a community legal
organization in the western suburbs of Chicago designed to
strengthen the voice of citizens and make government more
accountable to the people. Activities include monitoring local
government, litigation on behalf of citizens to sustain access
to justice, and education about freedom of information laws,
referendum, initiative and access to airwaves. CAC accepts
volunteers and interns all year, and a core component of their
work is to supervise law student interns and coordinate pro
bono lawyers. They typically have six to eight law student
interns each summer to help with legal research and litigation.
Send resume and cover letter only. Contact: Terry Pastika,
Community Lawyer/Organizer, Citizen Advocacy Center, 238
N. York Rd. Elmhurst, IL 60126-0420; phone 630-833-4080;
fax 630-833-4083; e-mail cac@citizenadvocacycenter.org;
W eb .. .: ... rg/.
* Environmental Careers Organization (ECO)/CEIP Fund,
Inc. ECO offers a wide variety of paid internships in the
fields of environmental protection, public policy and commu-
nity development, and resource management. No application
deadline, but early applications generally receive the best
response. Applications and information can be obtained from
ECO at 179 South St., Boston, MA 02111; phone: 617-426-
4375; online at www.eco.org.
* Media Law Internships, Student Press Law Center,
Rosslyn, Virginia. Paid internships. Information online at
http://ww. splc.org/internships/medialaw.html.

Important Changes to OCI
Policies and Procedures
It is very important that On-Campus
Interviewing (OCI) participants remember that
their interactions with employers not only signifi-
cantly impact their own careers, they also can
affect the reputation of the law school and their
fellow students. Students should exhibit the high-
est level of professionalism in contacts with
prospective employers. The legal community is a


close knit group and lawyers from different firms
share information and stories about interviewing
experiences and candidates.
On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) policies
and procedures regarding declining or can-
celling interviews changed Jan. 1, 2004. OCI
participants must note and adhere to the follow-
ing new policies and procedures:
1. Decline Policy. You may decline three interviews.
(Assuming that you have made a good faith effort to research
firms you have bid on, you should not need to decline any
interviews, barring unforeseen circumstances or emergen-
cies.) You must complete an OCI Interview Decline Form
available online -and bring it to Career Services as soon as
you determine you need to decline, and no later than 48
hours prior to the scheduled interview day. Students who
decline more than three interviews will have the remainder of
their interview schedule automatically cancelled for the rest
of the current semester.
2. Late Cancellations. Employers receive the interview sched-
ule several days in advance, and cancellations received past
the 48-hour limit do not allow time to delete your name from
their list. Since a late cancellation reflects poorly both on
you and the law school, you will be required to send a letter
of apology to the employer and provide a copy to Career
Services within one week of the missed interview. Late can-
cellations also count toward the three decline limit.
3. Failure to Sign Up. Failure to either schedule or decline an
interview with an employer during the first-come, first-serve
student open sign-up period will result in the forfeiture of
that interview. If you do not sign up 48 hours prior to the
interview, you automatically will be ineligible and an alter-
nate notified to accept your slot. The forfeiture also is con-
sidered a decline and counts toward the three decline limit.
4. Failure to Appear at the Interview. Failing to appear for a
scheduled interview is disrespectful, unprofessional and
unfair to alternates who were not granted an interview slot.
Unless there is a documentable catastrophic event, failure to
appear for an interview will result in the student's expulsion
from on-campus interviews for the remainder of the semester
as well as the following semester. You will be required to
send a letter of apology to the employer and provide a copy
to Career Services within one week of the missed interview.
Unexcused failures to appear also will be reported to the Law
Honor Board. O


Law Conferences
* Public Interest
Environmental Law
Conference, "Shaping
Florida's Future: A
Decade of Protecting an
Eternity," Feb. 19-21,
Gainesville. More informa-
tion is online at http:ll
grove.ufl.edul-elsl.
* Law and Technology
Conference, Feb. 20,
Orlando. For information:
Barbara DeVoe (devoe
@law.ufl.edu or 392-
8070).
* "Beyond Brown: Children,
Race and Education,"
March 25-27, Gainesville.
Co-sponsored by Center
on Children & the Law
and Center for the Study
of Race & Race Relations.
More information is
online at http://lic.
law.ufl.edu/ccl/.
* "Legal & Policy Issues in
the Americas"
Conference, June 24-26,
Costa Rica. Organized by
Center for Governmental
Responsibility. For infor-
mation: joAnn Klein
(392-2237 or
klein@law.ufl.edu).






Unlicensed Law
Practice Talk
Tuesday
All are invited to a
Career Services presenta-
tion on the "Unlicensed
Practice of Law," by
Director of The Florida
Bar's Unlicensed Practice
of Law Division Lori
Holcomb, tomorrow, Feb.
3, noon, auditorium. The
event is co-sponsored
with BLSA. Holcomb pro-
vides practical advice on
how students can avoid
problems in areas such
as business cards and
titles on correspondence,
and activities students
can undertake without
conducting the unautho-
rized practice of law.







S S I -E 1 -I. G


MEET THE FACULTY *
View on the Profession
"After military service, I attended law school.
My classmates and I were pleased to be joining the
dedicated likes of characters such as those in To Kill
A Mockingbird. Lawyers' reputations were their
journals Available advertisements.
Staff Editor Victoria "The public image of lawyering changed with
Redd (above) announces: the Supreme Court ruling that lawyers have a First
* The Fall 2003 issue of Amendment right to advertise. A review of the
the University of Florida solicitations in the Yellow Pages and on television -
journal of Law & Public
Policy is available for particularly in conjunction with the Bar's attempt to
subscribers and single improve the reputation and image of the profession
issue requests. The issue should lead laymen and lawyers alike to ponder
features a dedication to the focus, the calling.
Chesterfield H. Smith, a "Probably a third of today's attorneys are still
founding Advisory Board deeply concerned about civil, constitutional and
member of the journal, human rights. In my experience, many more appear
which publishes scholarly to be concerned primarily with Wall Street models
articles on contemporary
legal and social issues of investments. The rights of others and dignity of
facing public policy humankind do not appear to be of major importance
decision-makers. in this day and time."
* The December 2003 issue Education/Background
of the journal of T T A/ VqlI TTn 4-t 4 T T A/ TTn-. 4
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Technology Law &
Policy will be available
Feb. 5. The edition pres-
ents interesting and rel-
evant discussions of
intellectual property and
technology concerns.
For copies or subscrip-
tion information, contact
Redd at reddva@law.
ufl.edu or 392-4980.








Bookstore Closes
This Wednesday
The College of Law
bookstore will close this
Wednesday, Feb. 4, and
reopen in Fall 2005 fol-
lowing completion of con-
struction. All merchandise
will be relocated to the
main store in the j.
Wayne Reitz Union on
the University of Florida
campus, including text
and study aids for law
students. The store will
sell books on the Holland
Hall concourse at the
beginning of each term.


L.L .VL., a.ll enIIIVeIrsILY LIL.V, nILVII ,IL-y oL
Illinois; J.D. (Honors) and A.B., University of
Georgia. Order of the Coif and member of Phi Beta
Kappa. Georgia Bar member.
Joined UF College of Law faculty in 1962.
Founding director, Montpellier University Summer
Law Program, France; co-founder and lecturer,
Center for Human Rights and Peace, Makerere
University, Uganda. Honorary Fellow, Centre of
Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.
Professeur au Centre de Droit du l'Entreprise,
Montpellier. Has taught and/or lectured at Makerere
University, Uganda; Escuela Libre De Derecho,
Mexico City; Cambridge-Warsaw Program, Trinity
College, England; University of Lodz, Poland;
Baylor University; ABA OPAL Program at Princeton
and Brown Universities; University of Natal
Pieremaritzburg, South Africa; and U.S. Department
of Treasury's Federal Law Enforcement Training
Center, Glynco, Georgia. CEELI legal specialist and
advisor to the Parliament and Constitutional Court in
Kiev, Ukraine; consultant and technical advisor to the
Juridical Council, Thailand; and consultant to the
Attorney General, Indonesia. Speaker and delegate,
1 lth-21st International Symposiums on Economic
Crime, Jesus College, Cambridge, England (co-
sponsored by Center for International Financial
Crimes Studies). Delegate: Conference on Human
Rights, Kiev State University, Ukraine; and
International Constitutional Law Roundtable,
Murten, Switzerland; Nairobi, Kenya; and United
Nations Law of the Sea Conference, Accra, Ghana.
Publications include a five-volume treatise,


Money Laundering Asset Forfeiture and International
Financial Crimes (Oceana Press, N.Y, 1993-2002);
and three-volume treatise, Cybercrime and Security
(Oceana Press, N.Y) (co-authored). Served on advi-
sory board of the Financial Crime Review and
Journal of Money Laundering Control, University of
London. Active practice limited to appellate constitu-
tional litigation.
What You May Not Know
Baldwin served in the Army and Marines. He
spent two years at the University of Hawaii, where he
played football, competed on the club Judo team,
belonged to the Young Buddhist Association, and
retreated to the "Bodhi Tree" for enlightenment prior
to exams.
He came to the University of Florida specifically
because the dean promised he could teach and take
civil rights and constitutional pro bono cases. He has
argued in both Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts and
lower courts in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey,
Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania and Louisiana,
and worked as special state attorney.
Law is a family business for Baldwin: his wife,
daughter, son, son-in-law, niece and nephew are all
UF College of Law graduates. (His young grandsons
- Walker, Fletcher and Baldwin are frequent
visitors to Holland Hall.) His roots are deep in
Georgia and Virginia, and his undergraduate major
at Georgia was Civil War History.

Go to hIp: 'mI.I'.I:.'../17.'rd /uhi./' for a
complete resume and list of publications.


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(Announcements, Continued)
SALSA Reception Friday
All first-semester law students and others
interested in finding out more about the Spanish
American Law Student Association (SALSA) are
invited to a First-Semester Reception this Friday,
Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. in Holland Hall auditorium.
Food and refreshments served. For more informa-
tion, e-mail Sabrina Lopez at sab@ufl.edu.

Career Development Conference
The 2004 Career Development Conference
will be held Feb. 28 at the Paramount Hotel in
Gainesville, and will consist of panel discussions
by practicing attorneys. Students will have the
opportunity to learn more about an area of law
they are interested in and explore new interests.
The conference also will feature a networking


reception and opportunity to meet and speak with
attorneys from firms across the southeast.
For information or to get involved in organiz-
ing the conference, e-mail Nick Dancaescu
(vnickdd hotmail. cor).

Volunteer Surveys Available
Three Rivers Legal Services (TRLS) has
trained 24 law students to volunteer in a new
TRLS landlord/tenant clinic, the first of many
opportunities for law students to gain valuable
experience through volunteering during law
school. Volunteers can learn the law, develop
practical legal skills and meet local lawyers.
Clinic directors are now seeking to develop
other volunteer opportunities for law students. A
blue volunteer survey designed to gauge areas of
greatest student interest is inserted in this issue of
FlaLaw. Students are asked to read and complete
the survey and return it to the TRLS drop-off box
in Career Services. If you need a copy of the sur-
vey or more information, phone Kathleen Arnold
at 372-0519 or e-mail Rhonda Chung-de Cambre
at rhonda.decambre@trls.org.

Symposium Volunteers Needed
Center for Governmental Responsibility
Public Service Fellows are planning a Community
Law Symposium this spring, and plan to host
panel discussions in the community on such topics
as street law, public benefits, family law/domestic
relations and voter education aimed at educating
(Announcements Continue Page 8)


Mind, Body and Spirit ByResource Counselorlim Porter


One way to deal with stress is to consider your life
as having three aspects that need care your mind,
body and spirit. It is a convenient way to categorize
your self-nurturing activities. Many people believe these
categories are real and indivisibly compose who you
are. The following are examples of activities that may
help relax, sooth and heal you in these areas:
MIND
Your mind needs both rest and activity. Try:
* Games or puzzles
* 30 minutes of quiet time a day
* Professional counseling
* Self-help books
BODY
These ideas both energize and calm you:
* 10 minutes of daily stretching
* A massage
* Swimming laps
* Adequate sleep every night
SPIRIT
Some believe this is the most commonly neglected part


of us. Try:
* Regular prayer
and/or meditation
* Spiritual music
(performing or
listening)
* joining a spiritual
community
* Practicing forgive-
ness in your family
Incorporating these or your own ideas for taking
care of the "whole you" into your life can lead to
greatly increased happiness and productivity. Don't
wait until problems arise to try them out.

Resource Counselor Jim Porter is available to all UF
College of Law students for free and confidential coun-
seling andlor personal life coaching during office hours:
Monday (8-11 a.m.), Tuesdays (8-1 I a.m.) and
Thursday (8 a.m.-I p.m.) in the Center for Career
Services (244 Bruton-Geer Hall). For individual appoint-
ments, call 392-0499 or e-mail pacifist@ufl.edu. O


Georgetown Law Professor
and former U.S. Assistant
Attorney General for Legal
Policy Viet Dinh (front and
center, with President
George Bush at left) will
give the Dunwody Lecture
here Feb. 27.

Former U.S.
Assistant Attorney
General Speaks in
Wake of Patriot
Act Federal Ruling
A federal judge in
California has ruled a
portion of the Patriot Act
unconstitutional.
"The portion of the
Act that bars giving expert
advice or assistance to
groups designated foreign
terrorist organizations has
been declared void for
vagueness in violation of
the First and Fifth
Amendments," said Cheryl
Priest, Law Review
symposium editor.
"The timing of this
ruling the first to
declare a portion of the
Act unconstitutional -
makes Georgetown
Professor and co-architect
of the U.S. Patriot Act Viet
Dinh's visit that much
more timely," said Priest.
Students, faculty, and
the community are invited
to hear Dinh speak Friday,
Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in
Holland Hall auditorium.
"We hope everyone
will come hear what
Professor Dinh has to say,
and engage in a thoughtful
discussion of this increas-
ingly controversial topic,"
said Priest.

















Apply by Feb. I I
for Scholarships
Continuing Student
Scholarships ($1,000-
$2,000) for second- and
third-year law students
and eligibility require-
ments are listed on the
Financial Aid bulletin
board. Applications are
available in Student Affairs
and must be returned by
Wednesday, Feb. II.
(Current scholarship recip-
ients should note they
may receive only one
scholarship from the law
school during a semester.)
For assistance, contact
Financial Aid Director
Carol Huber (above) at
392-0421 or Carol Huber
@sfa.ufl.edu.











Call for Papers
Organizers of the
upcoming conference on
Brown v. Board of
Education and its 50th
anniversary encourage stu-
dents to submit seminar
papers or comments relat-
ing to the legacy and
promise of this landmark
case. Submit papers to
Debbie Kelley in 309
Holland Hall or via e-mail
to kelley@law.ufl.edu by
March 15.
The papers will be
showcased on the confer-
ence website (www.law.
ufp.edulchildconference)
and authors will be invit-
ed to participate in work-
shops at the March 25-26
conference.


Writing Skills Critical to
Success in School & Profession
ByD. Cupples (3L)
Many employers require writing samples from
law students, strong evidence of how important
writing skills are to the legal profession. With
fewer than 15 percent of cases going to trial, much
of a lawyer's work is written.
"So much of what we judges do is based on
written submissions," said Patricia Fawsett (UF JD
73), chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the
Middle District of Florida. "That is why strong
writing skills are crucial to practitioners. The same
is true for law clerks."
Florida Lawyer Magazine once listed poor
writing skills as a frequent complaint about law
school graduates, and Florida firms found it bur-
densome to teach legal writing to new associates.
A lobbying effort to The Florida Bar in the late
1980s led by Holland & Knight persuaded school
administrators to require advanced writing courses.
In addition to a major writing requirement for
third-year students, Levin College of Law students
must take courses in Legal Research and Writing,
Appellate Advocacy and Legal Drafting. The pro-
grams are widely recognized for excellence and
innovation with faculty whose experience
includes years of private practice, clerkships and
teaching and are designed to produce graduates
with the writing skills critical to success in law
school and the profession.

Legal Research & Writing
and Appellate Advocacy
"Legal writing instruction made a major dif-
ference in my law school experience," said Dean
Emeritus Jon Mills (UF JD 72), former speaker of
the Florida House of Representatives and current
director of UF law's Center for Governmental
Responsibility. "My instructor, Cliff Black, took a
great deal of time to explain legal writing and
improve my understanding of it. The class made an
immediate difference in test writing and helped my
participation on both Moot Court and Law Review.
Our college is fortunate to have an excellent pro-
gram that continues to make a difference for our
students."
The law school's Legal Research and Writing
Program has been headed since 1992 by Legal
Skills Professor Henry T. Wihnyk, and program
faculty include Legal Skills Professors Tracy J.
Rambo, Betsy L. Ruff, Patricia A. Thomson,
Joseph S. Jackson, Leanne J. Pflaum and Diane A.
Tomlinson and Adjunct Professor Holly Derenthal.


Legal Research and Writing and Appellate Advocacy
Director Henry Wihnyk (front, left) and Legal Skills
Professors (from left) Tracy Rambo, Holly Derenthal, Diane
Tomlinson, Joseph Jackson, Betsy Ruff, Leanne Pflaum and
Patricia Thomson, Office Manager Glenda Sawyer and
Secretary Jennifer Hawley help students develop strong
writing skills.
The Legal Research & Writing and Appellate
Advocacy Program's offerings include two
required courses: Legal Research & Writing,
which teaches students to analyze the law, apply it
to case facts, identify opposing arguments and
determine likely conclusions, and Appellate
Advocacy, which focuses on written and oral com-
ponents of the appeals process, culminating in stu-
dents writing appellate briefs and presenting oral
arguments before a panel of judges and lawyers.
"I cannot think of a lawyer who does not need
to research the law and in some way write about
it," said Wihnyk, who earned his LL.M. from
Columbia University and practiced as an appellate
lawyer in South Florida before joining the program
in 1990. He also teaches the popular elective
Advanced Techniques in Appellate Advocacy and
serves as Moot Court faculty advisor.
The program has been emulated often over the
years. In 2001, Rambo and Pflaum published a
text, Legal ;;i ,~,,i by Design: A Guide to Great
Briefs andMemos, which has since been adopted
by a number of other law schools.
According to Tomlinson (UF JD 92), practic-
ing writing is as important as learning the basic
skills. A former Florida Law Review editor,
Tomlinson spent 20 years as a legal assistant and
four years in private practice before joining the
program in 1996.
"I encourage students to write-on to a
journal," Tomlinson said. "Just the experience of
researching footnotes and editing text and doing it
over and over sharpens skills."

Legal Drafting
The UF College of Law was among the first in
the nation to develop a required Legal Drafting
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SCHOLARSHIP & ACTIVITIES *
* Legal Technology Institute Director Andy Associate Professor Cally Jordan will be a
Adkins will give a presentation this week on panelist in March at a conference in Sarasota
"How to Choose the Right Case Management organized by the New York Stock Exchange on
System" at LegalTechlNew York based on his "The Future of Global Equity Trading."
book, Computerized Case Management University of Florida Research Foundation
Systems: Choosing and Implementing the klis ooi Professor Diane H. Mazur's editorial on the
Right Software for You, published by the ABA draft was published in January in the Fort
Law Practice Management Section in 2000. He Worth Star-Telegram, Ann Arbor News and
is co-chair of LegalTech Conferences. Newark Star-Ledger.
* Chesterfield Smith Professor Michael W. University of Florida Research Foundation
Gordon's West Group casebook, International Professor Lars Noah spoke about obstacles to
Civil Dispute Resolution, was published in HI-e z Jordia pursuing judicial challenges to agency regula-
December, and he has signed a contract for a tions as part of a panel discussion about over-
second edition based on the Law of NAFTA. His ly generous IRS rules at the midyear meeting
article, "Some Observations on Procedural of the ABA Section of Taxation.
Tactics in Cross-Border Tort Litigation," Professor Michael Seigel's article, "On
appeared in 14 Revista Mexicana de Derecho Collegiality," will be published in the June 2004
International Privado y Comparado 43 iMau Na issue of the Journal of Legal Education.
(2003). He will speak on international civil Stephen C. O'Connell Professor Christopher
litigation at the Universities of Edinburgh and Slobogin published "A Jurispudence of
Aberdeen in March. Dangerousness" in Northwestern University
* Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor Berta Esperanza Law Review (Vol. 98: 1-62). He recently was
Hernandez-Truyol will deliver the keynote quoted in the Tampa Tribune in a story
address Feb. 6 on "Cuba: The Case for Linkages S S-ob.ogi about a judge who continued issuing warrants
Between Trade and Human Rights" at after becoming an undercover agent.
"Whither Goes Cuba? Prospects for Economic & David H. Levin Chair in Family LawlDirector,
Social Development," sponsored by the Center on Children and the Law Barbara
University of Iowa College of Law and Center Bennett Woodhouse spoke in January at the
for International Finance & Development. She Mid Year Florida Bar Conference special session
also will present "Out in Left Field: The Wiodiio on "Lawyering for Children" on the topic of
Challenges of Good Governance in Cuba" in a ethical issues in interviewing children. She also
"Good Governance: Assessing Cuba's Approach" panel Feb. spoke at the UF Lambda Legl Alliance Law & Policy
7. Her presentation will be published in the University of Conference on Lawrence v. Texas, proposing a child-
Iowa Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary centered perspective on "Rights of Children in Gay and
Problems. Lesbian Families." 5


Legal Drafting Director Anne
Rutledge (right) and Legal Skills
Professors (from left) Margaret
Temple-Smith, Mary Vallanding-
ham, Lynn McGilvray-Saltzman and
Gaylin Soponis teach students to
draft complaints, answers, con-
tracts and legislative documents.

(Writing Skills, Continued)
Program. The program was established in 1987,
and has since served as a model for other law
schools nationwide. It is directed by Legal Skills
Professor Anne Rutledge, and the faculty includes
Skills Professors Lynn McGilvray-Saltzman,
Margaret Temple-Smith and Gaylin Soponis and
Adjunct Professor Mary Vallandingham.
Regarding the importance of writing to
lawyers, Rutledge said, "Is throwing important to
quarterbacks? Is cooking important to chefs?
Writing is what lawyers do. Reading and writing
are the tools of our trade."
Oscar Sanchez (UF JD 82), a partner of
Florida's largest commercial law firm, Akerman
Senterfitt, agrees: "Legal drafting is essential to
advocacy."


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UF's Legal Drafting course offers upper class
students the opportunity to draft complaints,
answers, contracts and legislative documents.
Students receive detailed written comments on
their work and often the chance to redraft.
"It's a labor-intensive course, for both student
and faculty," said Soponis.
But the work pays off. Temple-Smith said
feedback from alumni on the course's usefulness
is consistently positive, and McGilvray-Saltzman
said senior partners of Powell-Goldstein in Atlanta
were so impressed with the drafting skills of a trio
of UF summer associates one year, they hired all
three to permanent positions, preferring them over
students from Yale, Stanford and Virginia. O


Events Highlight
Diversity
All are welcome at the
following events organized
by the UF College of Law's
Office of Diversity and
Community Development:
* Carol Velasques
Productions, "A Lesson
Before Dying," a play on
race, pride and injustice,
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 5-7
p.m., auditorium.
* "Interviewing From a
Multicultural
Perspective" Workshop
(including race, ethnici-
ty, gender and religious
considerations), Monday,
Feb. 9, 4-5 p.m., faculty
dining room. Co-spon-
sored with Career
Services.
* Brown Bag Lunch,
"Minorities in Higher
Education: Trials and
Triumphs," Tuesday,
Feb. 24, noon-I p.m.,
cafeteria.









LexisNexis News
* Lexis has a new printer
in the Holland Hall
Library (behind the
computers).
* Due to space limita-
tions, all items printed
from the Lexis printer
in the Media Lab and
Holland Hall must be
picked up within 24
hours or they will be
recycled.










Submit News
for FlaLaw
FlaLaw is published
each week school is in
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,
amirin@law.ufl.edu,
Dean's Office (264 HOL),
392-9238, Fax 392-8727.





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Fredric G. Levin
College of Law
Administration
* Robert H. Jerry, II, Dean
* Stuart R. Cohn,
Associate Dean for
International Studies
* Michael K. Friel, Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs
* William H. Page,
Associate Dean for
Faculty Development
* M. Kathleen "Kathie" Price,
Associate Dean for Library
and Technology
* Gail E. Sasnett, Associate
Dean for Students,
Professionalism and
Community Relations
* J. Patrick Shannon,
Associate Dean for
Administrative Affairs
* Donald J. Hale, Senior
Development Director
* Linda Calvert Hanson,
Assistant Dean for
Career Services
* Richard L. Ludwick,
Assistant Dean for Students
* J. Michael Patrick, Assistant
Dean for Admissions







UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Honoring the pst, shaping the fiutur


UF Law Student Daniel Ryan Koslosky Elected
to Exclusive National Democratic Committee
First-year University of Florida law student Ryan Koslosky (right) was
elected in late January to an exclusive committee charged with helping to
write the platform for the national Democratic party. Koslosky earned
enough votes from state Democratic leaders to become one of seven people
- the only student and only representative from Alachua County in more
than 20 years to be selected for the party's temporary Standing
Platform Committee.
"I am honored by the opportunity given to me to bring issues relating
to students and education to the Democratic Party's 2004 national plat-
form," said Koslosky, who will attend the Democratic Party Convention July
26-29 in Boston. "Issues such as Federal Pell Grants, scholarships and aca-
demic freedom are absolutely paramount in ensuring that every American,
regardless of his or her background, is given the opportunity to receive a r
quality education. I believe the legacy of Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles
calls us all to action to ensure that government's educational policies aim
to enable the young to realize their hopes, dreams and aspirations."
Koslosky is a native of Merritt Island who earned his bachelor's degree
(finance, with highest honors) from UF in 2002 and started law school this
semester. His Honor Society memberships include Beta Gamma Sigma, Golden Key, Morter Board Senior and Delta
Epsilon lota. He has earned numerous academic awards and honors and has been active in a long list of student
and political organizations. He also has found time to publish articles in the University of Florida journal of
Undergraduate Research ("Formal Constitutional Structure and Macroeconomic Growth in Transition Economies,"
May 2002) and Florida International Review ("Trans-Caspian Energy Relations in the Post-Soviet Era," Winter
2002).
During a 2001 internship in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Bob Graham, where he served on a
taxation and finance legislative policy group, Graham encouraged Koslosky to become involved in local politics.
Koslosky followed his advice, and joined the Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee. He has since
worked on a number of campaigns, including Gainesville City Commissioner Warren Nielsen's re-election bid last
year, Bill McBride's run for governor, Karen Thurman's campaign for U.S. Congress and the Gore/Liberman cam-
paign in 2000. He has served on the National Platform Committee for the College Democrats of America since
2001, and was chair of the City of Gainesville's Arbor Day Celebration early last month.
Among other initiatives, Koslosky plans to push for more academic freedom in the classroom and an expansion
of educational grant programs. O


(Announcements, Continued)


the community and giving them information they can
then use to help themselves. Students interested in plan-
ning or participating in the event should e-mail steph-
marusak@aol.com as soon as possible. CGR Public
Service Fellowships there are currently five at the law
school, all held by third-year students are funded by
The Florida Bar Foundation. Responsibilities include
working for one year at an agency that provides legal
services to the disadvantaged, such as Three Rivers or
Guardian Ad Litem; publishing articles in the school
newsletter on public interest law; and organizing events
to inspire others to engage in public service.

JLPP Writing Competition
The Journal of Law and Public Policy (JLPP)
invites third-and fourth-semester students to enter its
Spring Open Writing Competition. JLPP enables stu-
dents to develop research and writing skills and earn
credit in the context of the campus' only interdiscipli-
nary journal. The first informational meeting is
Thursday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m., in 190A Holland Hall. All
interested students are encouraged to attend. O


See Event & Academic Calendars
Online at www. law. ufl. edu
February
2 LCC General Board Meeting, 6-8 p.m., 283 HOL
IMBA General Board Meeting, 7-8 p.m., 296 HOL
UF Law Graduate/Olympic Medalist Frank Shorter,
7:30 p.m., Division of Plant Industries
3 International Fair, noon-2 p.m., concourse
Unlicensed Law Practice Issues, noon, auditorium
Faculty Enrichment, Conservation Clinic Director
Thomas Ankersen, "The Future of UF's Costa Rica
Program," noon, faculty dining room
Toastmasters Meeting, 5 p.m., 292 HOL
5 LSR Speaker and Meeting, U.S. Representative
Stearn's Administrative Aid Mary Johnson, I p.m.,
190B HOL
ILS Speaker and Meeting, Professor Rainer Nickel
on the German Legal System, 5 p.m., 190C HOL
Career Services Presentation, Trial Techniques
(tentative)
6 SALSA First-Semester Student Reception,
11 a.m.-noon, auditorium
Faculty Enrichment, Joseph Bauer, Notre Dame
Law School, "The Scope of Preemption of State
Law Claims by the Copyright Act of 1976 and the
Federal Copyright Regime," noon, faculty dining
room
Externship Informational Meeting, noon, Bailey
Courtroom


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