|UFDC Home||myUFDC Home | Help ||
|UF Law JAGs in Iraq|
|Career Services and resources|
|What did you do last summer? Plan...|
|Events and opportunities|
|Faculty scholarship and activi...|
ALL VOLUMES CITATION SEARCH THUMBNAILS PAGE IMAGE ZOOMABLE
STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
|Table of Contents|
UF Law JAGs in Iraq
Career Services and resources
What did you do last summer? Plan now for 2005
Events and opportunities
Faculty scholarship and activities
UF Law JAGs in Iraq
-By Greg Weiss (UF BA 95, ID 98), Chief, Military Justice, Iraq
Note: This is the first of a series of reports from Levin
College of Law alumni following diverse career paths
offering insight into what their job entails.
I am a captain in the Army Judge Advocate
General Corps (JAGC), and serve as chief of mili-
tary justice for LSA Anaconda, Balad, Iraq, in sup-
port of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. My current
position is akin to being a small town district attor-
ney, except that the pinstripes are replaced with a
desert camouflage uniform, and the PDA is
exchanged for a 9mm Beretta.
My main responsibility is to manage the flow
of courts-martial in my jurisdiction, which
includes more than 20,000 soldiers in Balad,
Baghdad, Tikrit, and Taji, Iraq. I have four subor-
dinate trial counsel and several paralegals working
with me in this effort. I first or second chair all
courts-martial that go to trial in the monthly trial
terms docketed in my jurisdiction.
In addition to the inherent responsibilities
associated with trying cases, I provide probable
cause determinations and advice to the Criminal
Investigation Division (CID), teach classes, and
promulgate a host of other adverse administrative
THERE AND BACK: Army Reserves Sergeant
Edward Lohrer (3L) spent a year in Iraq while
on active duty February 2003-April 2004.
"In Iraq, I was in a desert with very few
people Electricity came from generators that
worked sporadically, and about 80 percent of
the country was without power Everywhere I
looked, there might be an enemy. When I got
back in April, it was a little overwhelming, with all the cars and peo-
ple everywhere After a few days. I got used to it and stopped suspi-
ciously eyeing everyone as someone who might shoot me or blow me
up," said Lohrer "In Iraq, I had a whole year of misery and fear, won-
dering every night what I would face when I woke up the next day. It
made me realize that life isn't all that bad over here. I see people get-
ring upset over what I consider trivial things, and I know it's because
they haven't handled anything worse. But I know, first-hand, that
things can get a lot worse, so I try to enjoy what I have now 1
actions, such as letters of reprimand, non-judicial
punishment and pre-trial confinement.
The logistical challenges of being in Iraq
make this job a little trickier than the same posi-
tion back in the U.S. For example,
if I have to attend an evidentiary
hearing in Baghdad, I cannot just
hop in my car and drive to the
courthouse. Rather, I have to
either find or create a convoy of at
least four military vehicles to drive
down, or attempt to find a helicop-
ter flight there. As you may sus-
pect, Travelocity can't book me on
a Blackhawk. And, of course, what
goes with convoys is exposure to
common Iraqi road hazards, such
as small arms fire and improvised
(See Iraq, Page 7)
by Oct. 15 for this year's
UF has joined the
London Law Consortium,
which is administered by
the University of Iowa
College of Law and offers
a semester study program
in London to students of
its member schools.
Classes are held at
FSU's London facilities
during spring semester.
Most courses are taught
by visiting Consortium
faculty members resident
in London, with courses
on the English Legal
System and Law of the
European Union taught by
law lecturers from British
Details on courses,
instructors and more are
available from Noemar
Castro in Student Affairs
* Career Opportunities (2)
* What Did You Do Last
Summer? Plan Now for
* Events & Opportunities (6)
* join the Law Alumni
* Univ. Presidential Fellow
to Pursue First joint
Degree in Counseling
Psychology & Law (8)
* Faculty Scholarship (8)
for second- and third-year
law students are now
available and listed along
with eligibility require-
ments on the Financial Aid
Bulletin Board on the con-
course. (Current scholar-
ship recipients are not
Applications can be
obtained from the Office
of Student Affairs in
Bruton-Geer Hall, and
must be filed by Oct. I.
For information, contact
Financial Aid Coordinator
Carol Huber (above) in 141
Bruton Geer Hall, 392-
Inns of Court
The following UF law
students have been
chosen as Pupils in the
2004-05 Chester Bedell
Inn of Court in
* Charles Taylor
Terrance B. Dunbar
Amy Frances Fletcher
Sara F. Holladay-Tobias
Alan Jason Nef
Those chosen for The
James C. Adkins, Jr. Inn of
Court in Gainesville will
be announced soon. These
students will have the
opportunity to work with
and observe the most
outstanding trial lawyers
and judges in the area.
Career Services & Resources
Value of Externships
Students often wonder if an externship will
help them get a position after law school or
whether this experience looks good on a resume.
"Absolutely," said Career Services Assistant
Director Carol Kuczora. "Students not only earn
law school credit but, more importantly, they
develop their practical legal skills, a step that
makes them more marketable. In fact, students
with practical legal experience are highly sought
after by the employer market. Any legal experience
students garner during their legal education will
only serve them in a positive way as they begin
their pursuit for employment post-graduation."
Qualified students can apply for any faculty-
created externship or create their own opportunity.
For details, check the Center for Career Services
(CCS) website under "exterships" or contact CCS
with additional questions.
Spring 2005 Externship
Dates & Deadlines
* Friday, Oct. I: Faculty-created externship
applications due to CCS
* Tuesday, Oct. 12: Selected students notified via e-mail
* Friday, Oct. 15: Deadline for accepting/declining
* Wednesday, Oct. 20: Student-created externship pro-
gram acknowledgment and registration form due to
CCS with student & field supervisor signatures
* Oct. 25-Nov. 9: ISIS pre-registratlon
Beyond OCI: Alternative Careers
Did you know 99 percent of an effective alter-
native career search happens before you mail your
first resume? Your search is more effective and
efficient if you take time before then to:
* First, give yourself permission to be happy. It is not a
"waste" of one's law degree not to practice law.
Remember you went to law school to prepare for a
fulfilling career. The next step is finding the career
that meets that goal.
* Second, assess what you want from a job and what
you bring to the job. Think about environment, activi-
ties, and duties you enjoy. Then, itemize your skills
and qualifications. Perform your personal inventory.
* Third, after reviewing a myriad of career options,
choose some that look like a good fit.
* Last, explore. Talk to lawyers working in the particu-
lar positions you've identified. What do they like?
What skills do they utilize? Find out how they found
All these steps will prepare you to efficiently
begin sending out resumes. Source: Gina Sauer,
William Mitchell College ofLaw.
What You Need To Know
* It takes time, patience, and a spirit of adventure.
* Begin with self-assessment. You'll get the information
you need to market yourself to employers.
* Research, research, research.
* Know your transferable skills cold. Be able to give
specific examples in action.
* Prepare a brief "sound bite" to describe your skills,
what you offer and what you want.
* Conduct informational interviews. They can be the key
to getting "inside."
* Become an expert networker. This is even more
important when looking for an alternative career.
* Prepare to address employer resistance to hiring a JD.
Anticipate and prepare to address concerns.
* Have compelling reasons for seeking a non-traditional
career. Learn buzzwords of the field to capture their
* Demonstrate your enthusiasm for your chosen field
through community involvement, volunteer activities,
or writing an article.
Source: Lisa L. Abrams, The Otricial Guide to
The Web and Non-Traditional Jobs
The power of the Internet puts a wealth of
information at your fingertips. Try:
* job boards with listings in your area of Interest. Look
now to learn who's hiring, what types of jobs are
available, and what skills are required.
* Trade newspapers and magazines. These sites often
include job listings. You can learn about the field as
well as the major players.
* Professional associations. These sights often offer
resources of interest and links to other helpful sites.
* Books and resources. Browse professional sites and
online bookstores, as well as the NALP Bookstore at
www.nalp.org for books on alternative careers for law
graduates. Try Westlaw's Attorney Jobs, Alternative
Legal Careers for a list of options and resources,
(Career Services Continues Page 3)
(Career Services, Continued)
* General searches. Use Web search engines can help
find specific information and resources in your field of
Source: National Association ofLaw
Placement, Searching for an Alternative.
Deadline Thursday for Foley
Minority Scholarship Program Flu Shots Here
Get an application in Career Services and Kelly Mitchell from
return it there by this Thursday, Sept. 30, for the the Student Health Care
Center will administer flu
Foley & Lardner Minority Scholarship Program. shots at the law school
The program awards $5,000 to a first-year minori- Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
ty law student for tuition, books, fees and other Shots are free for stu-
expenses incidental to law school attendance. dents; $15 cash or check
Consideration is given to students with significant for faculty/staff. For infor-
mation: Call Mitchell at
involvement in community activities, strong under- 392-1161, Ext. 1-4287.
graduate records, and interest in and/or ties to a
city where Foley & Lardner practices. Financial
need is not a consideration.
Programs This Week Legal Affairs
* One Quick Question, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 9:30-11 Writing Contest
a.m. Ask Director Jessie Howell Wallace at the CCS The second annual
table in the courtyard about pro bono, resumes, Legal Affairs Writing
cover letters, deadlines, externships, OCI, job Contest for Law Students,
searches, interviews, receptions or other topics. Institute of Piper Rudnick
* Career Opportunities in Public Interest Law, LLP, promotes clear,
Wednesday, Sept. 29, noon, 355D, co-sponsored by accessible writing about
APIL. Guest speakers will include Christopher the law. It also provides
Jones from Florida Institutional Legal Services students a rare chance to
(FILS) and Glorimil Walker of Three Rivers Legal be published in an award-
Services (TRLS). APIL president Whitney Untiedt magazine.
also will discuss the Equal Justice Works (EJW) Students should make
Conference and Job Fair in D.C. taking place in late an argument of no more
October. Join us and discover what motivates these than 1,500 words about a
attorneys to practice public interest law and how pertinent topic in the law,
written in a style accessi-
you can help restore balance to traditionally disen- ble to general readers and
franchised members of our society. lawyers alike. Entries are
Federal Career Opportunities, Friday, Oct. 1, due by Dec. I, and will be
noon, 285D, co-sponsored by Westlaw. Learn from judged by Legal Affairs'
editorial staff based on
lawyers who have worked in the federal system. eit f as
ingenuity of reasoning,
Opportunities abound, come find out how to find strength of evidence, and
them. Guest speakers will include Professor Mike writing clarity and style.
Seigel, former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's '.'' .' The first-place winner
Office and a former special attorney with the U.S. will receive $2,000, and
Department of Justice in the Organized Crime and their entry will be pub-
lished in the "Argument"
Racketeering Section, and Elizabeth C. Brown who section of Legal Affairs'
previously clerked for the Honorable Sam C. MarchlApril 2005 issue.
Pointer, Chief Judge USDC, and was a staff attor- The second-place winner
ney in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth receives $1,000, and
Circuit and former counsel for the Appeals Board of third-place $500.
For details, go online
the Environmental Protection Agency. O to www.legalaffairs.
What Did You Do Last Summer? Plan Now for 2005
Apply by 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. I, for an
externship for Spring
2005 Semester at the
Florida Supreme Court.
The five-credit externship
runs Jan. 10-April 22,
2005, 20 hours/week.
are available in Bruton-
Geer Hall in the Center
Responsibility and Center
for Career Services.
For details, contact
Tim McLendon in CGR at
The 2004 University
of Florida Community
Campaign (UFCC) is
underway. The UFCC aids
44 organizations in their
efforts to help those in
need and assist public
causes in Alachua County,
and is affiliated with
United Way of Alachua
County, which assists 30-
e-mail Joseph Little at
email@example.com or go
-By Meredith Fields (3L)
"So...what did you do this summer?" It seems
that during the first month back at school no one
can start a conversation without first covering this
Regardless of your semester, if we all had a
nickel for the number of times we've answered
this question over the last few weeks, we could cut
our loan debt in half. Fortunately, however, given
the many options and opportunities available to
Levin College of Law students, we rarely hear the
same answer twice.
For a great many 2L's and 3L's, summer
means clerking with a firm generally chosen
through on-campus interviews in cities through-
out Florida and the southeast. This past summer,
UF law students worked at firms in Miami,
Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and all
points in between, as well as at firms in Atlanta
and Washington, D.C.
Not only does a summer at a large firm give
you a great introduction to types of work available
in the private sector, but many students also
receive offers to start work upon graduation. Such
job security definitely lightens the load for stu-
dents during their final year of law school.
"I'm so thankful to have an offer from my
firm," said Robyn Moore, a 3L planning to start
work at Parker, Hudson Rainer & Dobbs in Atlanta
next fall. "Not only does it relieve any job search
anxiety, but I'm also able to tailor my classes for
these last two semesters based on the type of work
I know I'll be doing."
Other students choose to spend their summer
exploring less traditional opportunities, including
study abroad programs, internships and extern-
The Levin College of Law offers summer
study abroad programs in France, Costa Rica
and South Africa. (Details online at
attending the programs receive up to six hours of
credit, and also can transfer their grades, since UF
professors teach the classes.
According to Katrina Thomas, a 5th semester
who studied in Costa Rica over the summer, "The
program was fantastic. Since I'm pursuing the
Environmental and Land Use Law Certificate, I
not only got to get some classes and credit hours
out of the way, but also was able to experience a
whole different side of environmental law."
Students are not limited to studying abroad
through UF programs; most law schools offer sim-
ilar programs in locations all over the world. While
grades won't transfer, students can still receive
credit, pending approval from UF.
Externships provide opportunities to explore
more diverse areas of law while earning credit.
Furthermore, if OCI didn't prove successful,
externships are a great way to receive the same on-
the-job experience as students working at firms.
Although externships are unpaid, the credits
earned can be invaluable, lessening the academic
load in later semesters and making room for extra-
curricular activities and job searches.
Students externed in a variety of offices last
summer, from U.S. Attorney's Offices in Miami
(See Summer, Page 5)
and Tallahassee to the St. John's River Water
Management District, Florida Supreme Court,
Office of the Florida State House Minority
Leader, and U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
Externships also can offer the same after-
graduation job opportunities as clerking at firms.
For example, Jessica Melnik (3L) spent her sum-
mer exteming with the State Attorney's Office in
Gainesville, doing everything from intake to dis-
covery to attending trials.
"It was definitely a great experience," said
Melnik. "I made some helpful contacts, and am
now interviewing with other State Attorneys'
offices all over the state."
Howard Goldfarb, who externed with the
Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee, found that
his externship helped focus his job search.
"I split my summer between the supreme
court externship and a more traditional firm job,"
said Goldfarb. "I enjoyed my six weeks in
Tallahassee, and it has really helped me refine my
search for jobs following graduation."
For Jill Mahler, a 4th semester who spent her
summer externing with Jacksonville Area Legal
Aid as a Florida Bar Fellow, her experience
served to reinforce her commitment to public
"My externship was great for me, because
now I know the type of work I want to do and that
I definitely want to stay in the public interest
field," said Mahler. "Plus, I got tons of great
Depending on the externship, requirements
for credit generally include a faculty supervisor's
approval, as well as either a paper or a series of
journals completed during the externship. Whitney
Untiedt (3L) wrote B
entries detailing the ..----.
type of work she did .
while externing for
Southwest Virginia l
Legal Aid Society.
"I got to do
pretty much every-
thing around the
office, from attend-
ing trials to client interviews to writing wills and
health care directives," said Untied. "The journals
documented my work and kept my faculty advisor
up to date."
Given all these opportunities, it seems most
students have different answers for the age-old,
"what did you do this summer" question, with
everyone choosing to expand upon their in-class
education in uniquely individual ways.
"The range of summer opportunities spans far
beyond those available through OCI, and includes
government honors programs and internships, fel-
lowships and pro bono efforts," said Center for
Career Services Assistant Dean Linda Calvert
Hanson. "We encourage students to attend Career
Services programs or come talk to one of our
knowledgeable counselors to learn about all the
resume-enhancing, rewarding ways they can pro-
ductively spend their summer. There truly is
something for everyone."
For more information on how you can best
spend next summer, contact Career Services at
392-0499 regarding externships, pro bono work or
employment, or Student Affairs at 392-0421
regarding international study opportunities. O
Lois Randoph will offer
Friday at II a.m. in
* Oct. I (Sentence
* Oct. 8 (Modification)
* Oct. 22 (Word Choice)
* Oct. 29 (Punctuation)
* LL.M. in Taxation
Training Sept. 27-Oct I,
Bruton Geer Computer
lab (Media Center):
Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.,
Thursday, II a.m.-noon
& 12:45-1:45 p.m.;
Friday, 1:30 p.m.-2:30
p.m. (Please attend class
time you signed up for.)
* "Certification Blitz,"
Sept. 29, 4-6 p.m.,
Center. First come, first
* LEXIS refresher training,
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 4 &
4:30 p.m., Bruton Geer
Media Center. First
come, first served.
* Appellate Advocacy
Students: Turn in LEXIS
take home assignment
due by Thursday, Sept
30, at the LEXIS desk
in the Bruton Geer
Computer lab (Media
For details: Contact
Bonita 379-0232 or
Frustrated with park-
ing? Remember, you can:
* Set up a car pool (mini-
mum three riders from
in-county or two out-of-
county). Purchase one
decal (refunds available
for already purchased
extras). Riders receive
three passes per term
each to drive separately.
Spaces are always avail-
able in the car pool area.
Contact Student Affairs
for information andlor to
* Take the bus (schedules
in Student Affairs). Law
students are "pre-paid,"
and need only show
GatorOne ID. Busses stop-
ping at the law school
include #5 (comes from
Oaks Mall down Newberry
Road and SW 2nd Avenue
and passes law school
three times an hour); 43
(comes from north 43rd
Street, turns on
Newberry Road and pass-
es school hourly); and 34
(comes from southwest
near Colonial Village, goes
east on 35th Place, and
comes up 34th Street to
SW 2nd Avenue, where it
turns west and passes
school three times an
* Student parking also is
available in the Cultural
Arts area, where busses
pick up every six minutes
for destinations on
Museum Drive and Village
or Fraternity Row.
Events & Opportunities
Animal Law Association Meets
The Animal Law Association will meet for the
first time Thursday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. in 285D.
Nominations and elections for new officers also
will be held at this time.
The Animal Law Association is a student
chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund
(ALDF), a national non-profit organization consist-
ing of attorneys and animal advocates dedicated to
defending animals from abuse and exploitation.
Goals of UF's student chapter include educating
the community about forms of animal abuse, fos-
tering awareness about combating abuse through
litigation and legislation, and raising the profile of
the emerging field of animal law. All members of
the law school community are welcome.
Join Moot Court Team
Students interested in being part of the
University of Florida Jessup Moot Court Team
should contact Jessup Competition Chair Peter
Focks as soon as possible, since the team is begin-
ning to organize the program for this semester and
the spring competition.
The Jessup Moot Court is one of the most
prestigious competitions in the world and a
tremendous educational experience for those who
participate in it. For details, e-mail Focks at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Professor Winston
Nagan at email@example.com.
* The John Marshall Bar Association (JMBA)
Graduate School Mixer with the Dental School is
Friday, Oct. 1. Details are online at the JMBA Web
site at www.ufbarassociation.org.
* JMBA is compiling a membership list of second-
through sixth-semester students, who can win a din-
ner for two at Carrabba's, Bonefish or Outback by
stopping by the John Marshall Bar Association
(JMBA) Office by Wednesday, Sept. 29, and giving
them their name and current e-mail address. The
winner will be announced Sept. 30, and notified by
* Sign up until Sept. 30 for the JMBA Casino Night
EASLS Meets Wednesday
The Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law
Society will hold its first general meeting of the year
this Wednesday, Sept. 29, at noon (room TBA).
EASLS will discuss plans for the semester and put
together committees for the Music Law Conference,
Dates & Deadlines
for December 2004
Plans for the Levin College of Law's commence-
ment ceremony are well underway. The ceremony
will begin at 3 p.m.. Friday, Dec. 17. at the Center
for Performing Arts. If you are graduating, note:
If you have nor completed a Graduation Check.
make an appointment as soon as possible with
Kim Thomas in Student Affairs to do so.
Senior photographs will be taken Tuesday &
Wednesday, Oct. 5 & 6, 9 a.m.-4:45 p m, 212
Bruton-Geer Hall Please stop by Student Affairs to
make your appointment, and be sure to wear
court attire (at least on top) If you cannot make
these days, make-up times will be posted later
Order your regalia by Oct. 15 The Cap & Gown
order form was e-mailed to students, and also is
availalbe in Student Affairs. (Note that information
sent from the main campus about ordering regalia
does not apply to law students.) You may not
order regalia over the phone. (If you miss the
deadline for ordering regalia you will be charged a
For more information about graduation, contact
Kim Thomas (thomasklllaw uf edu). 1
guest speakers, Super Bowl involvement, the EASLS
Law Journal, and more.
ACS Inaugural Event Sept. 30
Features Professor Juan Perea
Interested in a progressive vision of the
Constitution? All students are welcome at the
American Constitution Society's inaugural event,
featuring Professor Juan Perea as he presents his
latest work featured in Harvard Law Review,
'Buscando America: Why Integration And Equal
Protection Fail To Protect Latinos." The brown bag
lunch will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in
the Ceremonial Classroom (180A).
ABA-LSD Basketball Tournament
The ABA-LSD basketball tournament is Nov.
7. Join the organization or get information online
at www.ufbarassociation.org/aba/index.html or by
contacting any board member.
Improve Skills at Toastmasters
Florida Law Toastmasters Public Speaking
Organization will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.
29, in 345, and will continue to meet the same day,
time and place until around exam time. Observers
and newcomers are always welcome. For informa-
tion, e-mail Florida Law Toastmasters President
Ray Dominick at firstname.lastname@example.org. O
explosive devices (IEDs). Consider as well that if
we need original signatures on court documents,
"FED EX" means carrying it myself on a
Blackhawk, and "messenger service" means carry-
ing it myself in a HMMWV
Add to the confusion the difficulty of trying
to arrange for civilian defense counsel or witness-
es to appear in Iraq from the U.S. for a hearing or
trial. We do not have facsimile capabilities, though
we do have scanners and e-mail; however, the
powder-fine sand that permeates most of Iraq
breaks down electronic equipment quickly.
We are fortunate that LSA Anaconda is one of
the more developed bases in Iraq. I live in a sin-
gle-wide trailer, cut into thirds, and share my third
with another captain. Showers, latrines and run-
ning water are about 50 meters away.
We do receive daily mortar or rocket attacks,
but the threat to soldiers who work in the JAG
shop cannot compare to our brothers patrolling
outside the wire. Our accommodations relative to
the rest of the theater do cause us some pause.
I believe most soldiers are a guilty sort. We
feel guilty here that we are in such a developed
G Len C ge f w e S e 2 2
Join the Law Alumni Council
Fall 2004 graduating seniors still have time to join the Law Alumni
Council and gain the opportunity to make key professional contacts with top
graduates while playing a key role in supporting their school.
More than 16,000 alumni have graduated since the college's founding in
1909, representing UF throughout Florida, the nation, and more than 30 coun-
tries worldwide. Among them are more ABA presidents than those from any
other law school in the past 30 years, including 2000-01 President Martha
Barnett, dozens of state and federal judges, state and federal legislators,
Florida governors, and nationally prominent lawyers, business executives and
Alumni help provide quality and affordable legal education at UF, and the
accomplishments, involvement and support of alumni have helped distinguish
UF's law school as one of the best in the nation. Several hundred alumni serve
on the Law Alumni Council and Law Center Association Board of Trustees,
serving in an advisory capacity and providing leadership in fund-raising.
Student members of the Law Alumni Council coordinate their
"Graduating Class Gift," which provides a permanent testament to their class
spirit while it helps support students, student organizations, and other areas of
the law school. Members also help educate students about the importance of
giving back to support quality legal education and increase the value of a UF
If you are interested in joining the Law Alumni Council, e-mail your
resume to Kori Carr at carrk(law.ufl.edu or call the Alumni and Development
Affairs Office at 392-9296 for more information. O
base as opposed to for example Forward
Operating Base Speicher; soldiers at FOB
Speicher feel guilty they are not Marines
patrolling in Fallujah; and Marines in Fallujah feel
guilty they are not landing on the beaches in
Probably the greatest distinction of practicing
here is the additional responsibility we have as
solders. The JAGC motto, "Soldier First, Lawyer
Always," has proven true for me. I served as one
of our convoy commanders for our initial three-
day tactical convoy from Kuwait to Balad, respon-
sible for a "chalk" of around 30 vehicles and 110
soldiers. I have drafted rules of engagement many
times before, but I have never applied them myself
while in possession of a full combat load of 210
live rounds and while responsible for the lives of
All told, I still believe the biggest challenge
most soldiers face is the separation from family
and friends for at least a year. Though the poten-
tial of not having television coverage of the Gator
football games this fall may come close... O
* Fourth Richard E. Nelson
Symposium, Feb. 10-11
(tentative), Hilton UF
Organized by Professor
Michael Allan Wolf.
* Fourth Annual Law &
Feb. 24-25, Sheraton
World Resort, Orlando.
Organized by Intellectual
Property Law Program
Director Thomas Cotter.
* Race and Law Curriculum
Workshop, Feb. 24-26,
Hilton UF Conference
Center. Organized by
Center for the Study of
Race and Race Relations.
Collaboration: What Does
It Mean and How Does It
Work?," Center on
Children and Families
fourth annual conference,
2005 (Details TBA).
Look for information
in future FlaLaws, or
contact Director of
Barbara DeVoe (devoe@
law.ufl.edu or 392-9238).
The latest update on
classrooms available to
students for study
between classes is posted
on the Student Affairs bul-
letin board. Students also
are encouraged to take
advantage of the plentiful
study spaces available in
the library annex in
Butler Plaza and nearby
Campus Church of Christ.
(See the Sept. 13 issue of
FlaLaw for details.) Please
remember to take care of
the facilities and respect
the University of Florida's
"No Food or Drink
Al Universit of Florida Fredric G. Len C e f w Ne Se 2
FlaLaw is published
each week school is in ses-
sion. Submit news of inter-
est to the law school com-
munity by 10 a.m. Tuesday
for the following Monday's
issue to Editor Debra
Levin College of Law Dean's
Office, phone 352-392-
9238, Fax 352-392-8727.
fu lll color via i r
College of Law
* Robert H. Jerry, II, Dean
* Stuart R. Cohn,
Associate Dean for
* George Dawson, Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs
* Michael K. Friel, Associate
Dean & Director, Graduate
* William H. Page,
Associate Dean for
* M. Kathleen "Kathie" Price,
Associate Dean for Library
* Gail E. Sasnett, Associate
Dean for Students,
* J. Patrick Shannon,
Associate Dean for
* Linda Calvert Hanson,
Assistant Dean for
* Richard L. Ludwick,
Assistant Dean for Students
* J. Michael Patrick, Assistant
Dean for Admissions
* Donald J. Hale, Senior
* Debra D. Amirin, Director of
Information & Publications
University Presidential Fellow First to Pursue Joint Degree in
Counseling Psychology & Law
Jennifer Stuart recipient of a Presidential
Fellowship, the highest distinction bestowed upon a
University of Florida graduate student is the first UF
student to pursue a joint degree in Counseling
Psychology and Law.
"I am interested in joint training in counseling psy-
chology and law for a variety of reasons," said Stuart.
"During my undergraduate training, I had the chance to
work with high school students with emotional and
behavioral problems, and many of these students had
been in the juvenile justice system in some capacity.
This sparked my interest in juvenile delinquency and
Stuart continued, "I am interested in normal and
abnormal adolescent development and what factors in
an adolescent's life (school experiences, home experi-
ences, etc.) lead some adolescents to engage in delin-
quent behavior. I am also interested in the rehabilita-
tive possibilities within the juvenile justice system and
the impact the system has on adolescent development.
"While I have most often imagined myself someday
working as a counseling psychologist with adolescents, I
am also interested in the field of family law. My inter-
ests bridge both disciplines, making difficult to choose
just one field. Through my extensive graduate school
search, I found only a few programs in the U.S. that
offered joint training in any field of psychology and law.
I was particularly excited to learn about UF's joint
degree program, because it offered the even rarer
opportunity to pursue counseling psychology and a law
degree simultaneously," she concluded.
Dr. Mark Fondacaro, Associate Professor with the
Department of Psychology and Associate Director of the
UF law Center on Children & Families, said, "Jennifer
Stuart is the first UF student to pursue joint training
S 1 Aw A aa el U.
27 Criminal Law Association Meeting, 5:30 p.m. (Place TBA)
28 Career Services, I Quick Question, 9:30-11 a.m., courtyard
29 Career Services & APIL, Career Opportunities
in Public Interest Law, noon, 355D
EASLS Meeting, noon
Toastmasters, 5 p.m., 345
"Meditation in the Fishbowl," 5:15 6 p.m., 285C
Career Services, Public Interest Law Careers, noon, 355D
30 American Constitution Society Meeting, with speaker
Professor Juan Perea, 4 p.m., 180A
Animal Law Association Meeting, 5 p.m., 285 D
I Career Services, Federal Career Opportunities, noon, 285D
Career Services & Westlaw, Federal Career Opportunities,
noon, Room 285D
IMBA Mixer with Dental School
5 Career Services, I Quick Question, 9:30-11 a.m., courtyard
6 Career Services & ETELS, Estate Planning & Elder Law
Opportunities, noon, 355D
Toastmasters, 5 p.m., 345
"Meditation in the Fishbowl," 5:156 p.m., 355A
in counseling psychology and law. In the past, graduate
students in counseling psychology with interests in law
were discouraged from pursuing their J.D. because of
the unique demands of their training in counseling psy-
chology as both scientists and practitioners. In addition
to completing rigorous graduate level training in
research, statistics, and theories of human development
and change, graduate students in counseling psychology
must undergo extensive supervised clinical training
both before and after completing their doctoral disser-
tation as a requirement for licensure to practice psy-
chology. The unique demands of training in counseling
psychology, coupled with the all too familiar challenges
of law school, make joint training in these areas feasi-
ble for only a select few and only with the necessary
support and flexibility of administrators and faculty
members in both psychology and law. Jennifer is one of
those select few with the background, training, and
abilities to master the unique challenges of joint train-
ing in counseling psychology and law."
UF offers more joint degrees which allow stu-
dents to combine legal studies with graduate work and
earn two degrees in less time than nearly any other
law school. For details, go online to www.law.ufl.edul
students/ or see page 10 in the 2004-05 Levin College
of Law Handbook. O
SAssociate Professor/llnstitute for Dispute
Resolution Associate Director Jonathan R.
Cohen published "Future Research on
Disclosure of Medical Errors," 141 Annals
of Internal Medicine 481 (Sept. 21,
2004); and "In God's Garden: Creation
and Cloning in Jewish Thought," The
Human Cloning Debate 4th ed. (Glenn
McGee & Arthur Caplan, eds.) (Berkeley
Hills Books, 2004).
* Professor Pedro Malavet's book,
America's Colony: The Political and
Cultural Conflict Between the United
States and Puerto Rico, was published by
* Stephen C. O'Connnel Professor
Christopher Slobogin did a workshop on
"Transaction Surveillance by the
Government" at Ohio State University
College of Law Sept. 20. O