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 Events and opportunities
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Table of Contents
    Boost for children's advocacy
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    Career Services
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Events and opportunities
        Page 4
    UF trial team sweeps state competition
        Page 5
    People, scholarship and activities
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
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Boost for Children's Advocacy

First Star plans to raise $2 million for a UF center that will train professionals to
work with the legal system's youngest clients.

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A foundation created by a
Hollywood insider is working
to establish a multidisciplinary
center to train those who deal
with the legal system's most
vulnerable clients -children
- at the Levin College of
Washington, D.C.-based
First Star, a foundation created
by film producer Peter Samu-
elson, plans to establish three
Multidisciplinary Centers of
Excellence (MCEs) to teach
child advocacy to lawyers,
judges, doctors and others
responsible for the care of
abused and neglected children.
In addition to the UF cen-
ter, First Star plans to set up
MCEs at Columbia University
and the University of San
Diego. The foundation plans
to raise an initial $2 million
for each of the centers.
"We are gratified to be
one of only three schools in
the nation with the other
two being Columbia and San
Diego to be chosen as a
site for a First Star Multidisci-
plinary Center of Excellence,"
said Dean Robert Jerry. "This
is a tribute to the strength of

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this program, which with help
from faculty members such
as Barbara Woodhouse has
become a national leader in
children's advocacy issues."
"Children in the foster care
and child protective services
systems meet and interact with
a sea of faces, all working to
bring about a happy end-
ing," said First Star founder
Samuelson. "But without un-

derstanding the
nature of abuse
cases, these
professionals are
often at odds, en-
gaging in sense-
less turf battles.
The First Star
MCE curriculum
is designed to
level the playing
field so that the
ultimate victor is
truly the child."
The First Star
project will be
r of through the Cen-
andm C- water on Children
rt t ne and Families,
one of the fast-
programs at the Levin College
of Law. The center offers the
Certificate in Family Law,
which allows students to work
with children through the
law school's Child Welfare
Clinic, the "Gator TeamChild"
juvenile law clinic, family law
externships, and fellowships
that enable students to work
on Friend of the Court briefs

Trial Team Sweeps H Study Abroad in
State Competition Summer or Fall

New Study
Room Opens
Looking for a quiet, comfort-
able place to study between
classes? A new study room
with seating for 183 students
has opened in Holland Hall.
The entrance to the study room
is in the Student Affairs Office
at 164 Holland Hall. The room
is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
on weekdays (hours set by the
fire marshal.)

Fundraisers Pass
$1,000 Mark
A week of law student
fundraisers earlier this month
raised more than $1,000 for
the International Red Cross to
help victims of the South Asian
Organizers say they raised
more than $300 at a fundrais-
ing table in the law school
courtyard, and almost $700
through a "Party with a
Purpose" fundraiser held at
Regency Oaks Apartments.

Apply for
Continuing Student Scholar-
ships of $1,000-$2,000 for
second- and third-year law
students are listed on the
Financial Aid bulletin board.
Applications are available from
Student Affairs, and must be
returned by Friday, Feb. 4.
Current scholarship recipients
are eligible to receive only one
scholarship from the law school
during a semester.

Deadline Feb. 7
In memory of Paul D. White,
Esq., the law firm of Baker
& Hostetler is offering an
annual scholarship for first-
year minority law students of
African-American, Hispanic,
Asian-American, or American
Indian descent. The scholar-
ship includes a paid summer
clerkship and $5,000 net cash
award. The last day to submit
applications to Career Services
is Monday, Feb. 7.


Hints to help you in the legal profession.

Last Chance for OCI
Time is running out for
students to bid for on-campus
interviews this semester. Phase
Three bidding ended on Jan. 30,
and Phase Four begins today,
Jan. 31. While Phase Four is the
last phase for Spring 2005, Ca-
reer Services staff say they will
not turn away employers who
wish to interview students. If
you have questions about results
of interview selection, please
check the Career Services
website at http://www.law.ufl.

the public sector. Florida state
government is a major employer
of entry-level lawyers in the
Sunshine State. Public sector
lawyers typically assume great-
er responsibility, earlier in their
careers, than their private sector
counterparts. Working for state
or local government also allows
you to practice law and serve
the public while maintaining
some balance in your life. And
if you leave public service, you
come away with well-honed
litigation skills, knowledge and
contacts that can help you in
your private sector career.

Alachua County State Attorney Bill Cervone (right) conducts a mock interview
with a law student at the Center for Career Services. Public-sector
employers from around the state are eager to hire new lawyers and will
interview law students on campus.

Government Jobs Plentiful
As graduation nears, law
students typically scramble to
interview with as many private
sector employers as they can,
hoping to land a job with an
impressive firm.
But keep in mind that there
is an alternative: going into

It's true that salaries in public
service are typically lower than
in larger law firms, but the ben-
efits are generous. The Florida
Legislature is considering a
loan repayment assistance plan
for state attorneys and public
defenders another incentive
to pursue a career in the public

How do I prepare?
Take classes tailored to your
specific area of interest, such as
Criminal Procedure. Adminis-
trative law classes (both Florida
and federal) are important, as
well as courses in evidence and
trial practice.
Gain practical experience by
enrolling in a UF law clinic. A
clinical opportunity will not only
provide you with credit, but also
with legal skills, experience and
a chance to interact with clients
and legal professionals.
Depending on your employ-
ment goals, you may want look
for clinics that offer you the
opportunity to become a CLI,
or Certified Legal Intern (not
all programs do.) As a CLI,
you can represent clients in
court under the supervision of a
licensed attorney.
CLIs are highly sought after
by Florida public employers,
and being a CLI may mean the
difference between being hired
to start working immediately
upon graduation or waiting
until you are sworn in. In most
jurisdictions, CLIs earn higher
starting salaries than their non-
CLI counterparts.
The only way to become
a CLI is to participate in one
of the clinics that offer the
certification. (Note: While a
student cannot become a CLI
by participating in the Media-
tion Program, students in that
program do become certified as
county court mediators.)
Clinic enrollment is limited, so
it is crucial to carefully plan your
course sequences to make sure
you get the prerequisites. De-
mand is high, and not all students
can be accommodated the first
semester they request a clinic.

You also can gain skills
through summer jobs with gov-
ernment agencies, though most
of these jobs are unpaid.
Another option is to do an
externship in an agency such as
the Department of Children and
Families, the Guardian Ad Li-
tem program, or a county or city
attorney's office. Information
about externships is available
on the CCS website.
How do I find openings?
Try Spring On-Campus
Interviews through the Center
for Career Services where
a number of public defenders,
state attorneys and city and
county attorneys are searching
for new lawyers.
The center also publishes
government vacancies in its
eAttorey Job Bank and sends
them out on the CCS Hotline
listserv. You can also check
the state of Florida website at
https://jobs.myflorida.com/ and
the Florida Bar Journal's ads
at http://www.flabar.org/ under
"service providers."

Trial Court or Judicial
Staff Attorney Jobs
Students who want to work in
the public sector might want to
consider becoming trial court or
judicial staff attorneys.
These attorneys assist circuit
and county judges in the ef-
ficient resolution of cases by
conducting legal research and
analysis on issues in areas such
as criminal, civil, juvenile,
probate, appellate and adminis-
trative law. Additionally, they
draft orders and opinions for the
judges' consideration. Staff at-
torneys also track and make rec-
ommendations on implementa-
tion of legislation applicable to
the court and conduct research
on case flow management and
caseload distribution.

Isn't this the same as being
a judicial law clerk?
Not quite. Typically one
thinks of a law clerk as being
assigned to one particular judge,
whereas a trial court or judicial
staff attorney assists a number
of judges. There was a time,
however, when these positions
were referred to as trial court
law clerks.
What are the qualifications?
Judicial staff attorneys must
be law school graduates and
members of the Florida Bar.
Some circuits will bring in a
recent graduate who will soon
take the bar exam or who is
awaiting scores. Strong legal
research and writing skills and a
well-developed analytical abil-
ity are essential. Law review or
journal experience is frequently
How many of these positions
are there in Florida?
There are 20 judicial circuits
in Florida. Each has a different
number of trial court or judi-
cial staff attorneys, depending
on the size of the circuit. For
example, the Seventh Judicial
Circuit (Daytona Beach area),
and the Fourth Circuit (Jackson-
ville area) each employ a staff
of eight attorneys, as compared
to Dade County, which employs
Are there any openings?
The Eighteenth Judicial
Circuit in Sanford is accepting
applications until Feb. 11.
How can I learn of these
Florida positions are an-
nounced at www.flcourts.org
under "employment" as well
as on the Center for Career
Services' hotline and in the Job
Bank. Other states' positions
may be differently titled and
more challenging to locate.

How can I evaluate
whether I'd like this kind
of work?
Try it. Many UF law students
have externed for credit in judi-
cial staff attorneys' offices.
Contact the Center for Career
Services to learn more about
these summer and fall judicial

Public Interest
Law Week
The Center for Career Ser-
vices is hosting Public Interest
Law Week Feb. 1-5 to give
students an insight into this
exciting career path. Check
the UF law calendar on Page 8
of FlaLaw for event dates and

Externship Info Meeting
Students interested in partici-
pating in regular (non-judicial)
externships for Summer or Fall
terms should come to an extern-
ship informational meeting in
room 285D on Wednesday, Feb.
2. Career Services staff will
provide faculty-created extern-
ship packets, discuss new rules,
and explain how to create your
own externship in the city or
state of your choice. A second
meeting will be held at 5:15
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in room
345. Students who miss both
of these meetings should call
392-0499 to reserve space for
a small group meeting, held by
appointment only.

UF law students can attend
conferences free of charge with
registration. For more informa-
tion, contact Barbara DeVoe
at 392-8070 or devoe@law.
ufl.edu or one of the contacts
listed below.
* Richard E. Nelson Sympo-
sium, Feb. 11 at the Hilton
UF Conference Center. This
year's topic: regulation of
* Law and Technology
Conference, Feb 24-25 at
Sheraton World Resort in
Orlando. Registration ends
Feb. 18.
* Race and Law Curriculum,
Feb 24-26 at Hilton UF Con-
ference Center. Registration
ends Feb. 17.
* Public Interest Envi-
ronmental Conference,
Feb. 24-26 at J. Wayne
Reitz Union. For informa-
tion, contact Adam Regar at
aregar@ufl.edu or Ash-
ley Cross-Rapaport at

The deadline to apply for
the Yegelwel Fellowship in
the Center for the Study of
Race and Race Relations has
been moved to Feb. 28 to
give students more time to
apply. The $2,000 fellowhip
supports student research
toward the goal of reducing
crime motivated by hate,
prejudice or stereotyping. For
further details, see the center's
website at http://www.law.ufl.



Celebrate Black
History Month
Join the Black Law Students
Association, CaribLaw and
other student groups in cel-
ebrating Black History Month,
beginning tomorrow, Feb. 1.
Scheduled events include:
* Opening ceremony with soul
food dinner, 7-10 p.m. Feb.1
at Camelot Apartments
* BLSA Talent Show at 7 p.m.
Feb 3 in 180A. Participants
are still needed: contact Sch-
nelle Tonge at stonge@ufl.
* Fellowship at Bethel Seventh
Day Adventist Church,
740 NE 21st Street, 10:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m., followed by
lunch at Junior's Restaurant,
1218 North Main St.
* "Culture on the Concourse:
Reflections on the Black
Diaspora." Held on the
concourse 10-2 p.m. Feb. 8.
* Health fair, titled "Target-
ing Health Awareness," on
the concourse 11 a.m.- 2
p.m. Feb. 14. Refreshments
* BLSA's "Black for a Reason"
Event, noon Feb. 16. Loca-
tion TBA.
* Cafe Espresso "Purple Rain,"
7-11 p.m. Feb. 19. Location
* Janitorial Appreciation
Breakfast, 10 a.m. Feb. 24
in the Bailey Courtroom.
BLSA will also send a del-
egation to the BLA Regional
Convention in New Orleans
Feb. 11-13.


CaribLaw Meets Today
The Caribbean Law Students
Association's first general body
meeting will be held today, Jan.
31, at 5 p.m. in room 285D.
In celebration of Black
History Month, CaribLaw
will present a symposium,
"The History of Diversity at
the Levin College of Law:
Diversity Matters," Feb. 8 at
5:30 p.m. Refreshments will
be served.
Democrats Host Health
Care Event
The Law School Democrats
will hold a general meeting and
roundtable discussion on health
care Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m.
in room 285D.
On Feb. 9, the group will hold
a lunch and tort reform forum
featuring Professor Joe Little.
The event takes place at noon in
the Bailey Courtroom.
Spring Faculty Speaker
Series Starts Tomorrow
Center on Children and
Families Director Barbara
Woodhouse will speak about
her book, The Courage of In-
nocence: Children as Heroes
in the Struggle for Justice,
Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the Faculty
Dining Room. The lecture is
part of the Faculty Speakers
Series, sponsored by the Law
College Council, which show-
cases the latest research by UF
law faculty.
Interim Director of Clinical
Programs Michael Seigel will
talk about the prosecution of do-
mestic diva Martha Stewart in
the series' second installment,
at noon Feb. 8 in the Faculty
Dining Room.
Food and drink will be avail-
able at each event.

Sign Up for Law Review
The Florida Law Review
tutoring program begins today,
Jan. 31. Review members will
provide group tutoring sessions
every two weeks for each first-
year class. Interested students
can get more information, in-
cluding the tutoring schedule, by
signing up for the "Law Review
Tutoring" TWEN page available
through Westlaw or by e-mail-
ing the assistant managing editor
at kcl@ufl.edu. Students should
submit questions for the tutors
via the TWEN site and sign up
for each tutoring session they
plan to attend.
New Board at FJIL
The Florida Journal of Inter-
national Law has a new board
and new members.
New board members include
Editor-in-Chief Paul Vicary,
Assistant Editor-in-Chief and

Senior Research Editor Jack
George Abid, Executive Man-
aging Editor Michael Snytkin,
Executive Research Editor
Kirsten Anderson, Executive
Articles Editor Brooke Borick,
Executive Student Works Editor
Jessica Melnik, Senior Research
Editor John Brock, Senior Ar-
ticles Editor Jay Crenshaw, and
Senior Student Works Editor
Samara Akers.
The journal also welcomes its
new research members: Jocelyn
Croci, Adam Artigliere, Ja-
vier Banos, Jonathan Zielinski,
Elizabeth Rigaud, Chen Qiu,
Ariadna Hernandez, Lawrence
Sannicandro, Robert Caplen,
Andrew Brajcich, Serena Bruni
Lee, Cecily McLeod, Justin
Luna, Trisha Low and Juliet Sy.
The Florida Journal of Inter-
national Law is a legal journal
devoted to discussion of legal
issues relating to international,
maritime, comparative and

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JTLP members (pictured above) edit the twice-yearly journal focusing on the
legal and policy aspects of various technology issues. The journal's write on
competition is now underway.

JTLP Write-On Competition Underway
The write-on competition for the Journal of Technology Law
& Policy has begun. Topics are due by Feb. 25, comments are
due March 7, and packets are available online at http://dog-
wood.circa.ufl.edu/-techlaw/. To request a hard copy, contact
Student Works Editor Michael Bachman at bachman@ufl.edu.

foreign law. Visit the jour-
nal online at http://grove.ufl.
Bring Trophy Home
Tomorrow, Feb. 1, is the last
day to submit entries for the
Florida Bar Association's Pro-
fessionalism Essay Contest.
The winner of the contest
takes home a $1,000 prize and
travels to Tallahassee, where
the Florida Supreme Court
will award the Lion of Justice
UF law students have
brought home the trophy for
the past two years. To enter,
bring your essay to the Office
of Student Affairs where
the trophy is currently on
Spring '05 Grads Want-
ed for Alumni Council
Students graduating in May
2005 can stay in touch with
classmates and colleagues after
graduation, and have a part in
improving and representing
the law school, by serving on
the Law Alumni Council. To
apply, bring a resume to the
Dean's Office (room 246) by
Feb. 9, addressed to the atten-
tion of Kerrie Mitchell.
Florida Bar: Apply Now,
Save Money
Fall 2004 entrants need to
apply for registration with the
Florida Board of Bar Examin-
ers by Feb. 19 if they hope to
take advantage of the board's
lowest registration fees.
Students who apply before
the deadline pay only $75
to register $450 less than
those who miss the deadline.
Registering early also means
that applicants face a shorter
wait time to be sworn in after
passing the bar exam.

First APIL Meeting
Did you come to law school
to make the world a better
place? Then check out the
Association for Public Interest
Law, which holds its first meet-
ing of the semester Feb. 2 at
noon in 285B. The group will
elect first-year representatives
(first-semester students are
eligible) and discuss upcoming
activities. For more informa-
tion or to be added to the APIL
e-mail list send an e-mail to
APIL President Jill Mahler at
Join Lunchbox Committee
The newly-formed Litigator
Lunchbox Committee needs
you. If you are interested
in working to improve the
services and selection at the
Litigator Lunchbox and
coming up with ideas and solu-
tions contact Noemar Castro
at 392-0421 or castro@law.ufl.
IP Association Meets
The Intellectual Property and
Technology Law Association
meets at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 in room
285B. Members will discuss
programs available to students
interested in IP or technology
law, including a Munich sum-
mer program and the Loyola
Patent Law Interview Program.
Anyone is welcome to attend.
Exam Review Wed.
Professor Don Peters will
conduct a final exam review for
students in his Professional Re-
sponsibility course Wednesday,
Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Bailey
Courtroom. Students attending
this session will have the op-
portunity to review their essay
exams, compare their answers
to a sample answer outline,
and discuss the multiple choice

UF Law Trial Team

Sweeps State Competition


Two days. Two teams. Three trophies.
After months of practice, the UF Law Trial Team sent two
teams to the Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition at the
Florida Bar's January meeting in Miami. Both four-person
teams, each composed of two advocates and two wit-
nesses, competed against nine other Florida law schools in
the competition for the state's best advocates.
After beating every other team, including archrival Stet-
son Law School, only one school was represented in the
competition's championship round: the Levin College of Law.
In the final round, UF law 3Ls Chris King and Paul Vicary
took on their classmates and Trial Team compatriots 3L
Claudel Pressa and 2L Loreal Belfon. 3Ls Chris Chestnut
and Najah Gibson, and 2Ls Greg Edwards and Natalie Hanan
played witness roles for direct and cross examination. When
the scores were tallied, Chris and Paul won first place, and
Claudel and Loreal won second place in what may be the
first-ever UF law sweep in a mock trial competition.
And as if that weren't enough, Chris King was named the
competition's Best Advocate.
Along with coaches Nick Zissimopolous and Stacy Stein-
berg, both UF law Trial Team alumni, the four top student
advocates in the state of Florida celebrated their victory
in Miami before returning to Gainesville last week with
trophies and accolades.





Publications and
Senior Director of Devel-
opment and Alumni Affairs
Donald Hale has been elected
treasurer for the American
Association of Law Schools'
Section of Institutional Ad-
vancement. The Section plans
continuing education programs
for development and alumni
affairs officers for 183 law
Professor Don Peters pre-
sented a one-week mediation
skills workshop to 17 judges,
lawyers and court administra-
tors in Accra, Ghana, Nov.
9-14, 2004. Co-sponsored by
the Judicial Institute of Ghana
and International Law Insti-
tute in Washington, D.C., the
workshop taught the first group

in cases related to children's
The center has played a vital
role in shaping family law
policy in Florida, with faculty
helping the Legislature with
its model for a Unified Family
Court. Faculty and students also
have developed a pilot pro-
gram to provide legal services
to Florida's regional Child
Protective Teams, taught con-
flict resolution to incarcerated
youth, and assessed the death
penalty for juveniles as part of
the American Bar Association's
Death Penalty Moratorium Proj-
ect, in addition to filing amicus
briefs in a wide variety of cases
involving child welfare. Faculty
from the center work with the
United Nations and other
non-governmental agencies
to address international issues

of children's
"Our mission
is to make sure
the interest of
the child isn't
lost in the work-
ings of the legal
system," said
Center Director
Barbara Bennett
Woodhouse, a
nationally rec-
ognized expert
in family and
children's law
issues. "When
children become

of mediators who will work
with Ghana's new Commercial
Assistant Professor Christo-
pher Peterson won the 2005
Best Book award from the
American College of Financial
Services Lawyers for his book
Taming the Sharks.
In The News
Legal Skills Professor and
Conservation Clinic Director
Tom Ankersen was quoted in a
Jan. 23 Citrus County Chronicle
story about attempts to preserve
historic buildings in Crystal
River. Law students Terra
DuBois, Katrina Thomas, and
Leslie Utiger drafted a model
historic preservation ordinance
for the city.
Affiliate Professor/Associate
Director of the Environmental

Center on Children and Families faculty (from left) Ber-
ta Hern6ndez-Truyol, Sharon Rush, Alison Gerencser,
Director Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, Kenneth Nunn,
Program Assistant Debbie Kelley, Mark Fondacaro, Co-
Director Iris Burke, Christopher Slobogin, Co-Director
Nancy Dowd and Claudia Wright help deepen under-
standing of this meaningful practice area. (Associate
Directors Mae Clark, Joan Flocks, Jeffrey Grater,
Karen Kerouck, Monique Haughton Worrell, Don Pe-
ters, Sherrie Russell-Brown, Peggy Schrieber, Walter
Weyrauch and Steve Willis not pictured.)

involved in the courts, they
come into contact with a num-
ber of different agencies, each
with a different goal. It's not
uncommon for a single child to
be caught up in a divorce case, a

domestic violence case, and a
child abuse case. Our goal is
to make sure each case is built
around the needs of the child."


and Land Use Law Program
James C. Nicholas was quoted
in a Jan. 24 article in The St.
Augustine Record. Nicholas was
hired as a consultant for the city
of Fernandina Beach to assess
impact fees.
Stephen C. O'Connell Profes-
sor Christopher Slobogin was
quoted Jan. 25 in The Palm
Beach Post regarding a man
who struck and killed a suspect-
ed burglar with his SUV.
Levin Chair in Family Law
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
was quoted in a Jan. 11 ( hi,-
tian Science Monitor story
about the Supreme Court's
decision not to take up a case
challenging a Florida law that
bans homosexuals from adopt-
ing children.







Experts on Alzheimer's advocacy spoke at the "Alzheimer's 101" semi-
nar on Jan. 21. Participants included (from left to right) Richard Mitchell,
regional director of the Alzheimer's Association of North Central Florida;
Emily Jacobs Robarts and Jack Robarts, co directors of the Alzheimer's
Association of South Florida; Natalie Kelly, public policy director for the
Alzheimer's Association of Florida, and Rebecca Marci Brown,vice president
of the Estates, Trusts and Elderly Law Society.

'Alzheimer's 101' Explains

Related Policy

Law students and elder care
advocates gathered on the
Levin College of Law campus
Jan. 21 to learn more about
Alzheimers disease and talk
about what the state can to to
prepare for a coming boom in
the number of Alzheimer's-af-
fected Floridians.
"The Baby Boomers are
aging and many of them will
develop Alzheimer's," said
Jack Robarts, co-director,
with his wife Emily, of the
South Florida Chapter of the
Alzheimer's Association. "This
will test the current health care
system. We have to fix it."
The association lobbies the
Florida Legislature for more
funding for programs to help
Alzheimer's patients and their


The group has long advo-
cated funding for better treat-
ment of patients and research
toward a cure. This year, the
group is also pushing for
continued funding for Span-
ish-language Alzheimer' s
education programs, screen-
ing for rural patients and pro-
grams to train police officers
to spot patients who wander
away from their caregivers.
The group will hold a rally in
Tallahassee on Feb. 9.
"Alzheimer's 101" was
sponsored by the Estates,
Trusts and Elder Law Soci-
ety and the Center for Career
To get more information or
get involved, contact ETELS
Vice President Rebecca Brown
at portial @ufl.edu.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Go Dutch or French Fall Semester
UF law students seeking an international experience have two great
opportunities to study in Europe this fall.
Students can spend a semester at Leiden University in the western
Netherlands. The Faculty of Law at Leiden has long pursued an interna-
tional emphasis, training lawyers to confront problems that transcend
national frontiers. Leiden offers more than 50 courses in public interna-
tional law, European community law and comparative law.
Montpellier University, in the sunny southern region of France, also is
accepting students for the fall semester. The Montpellier Faculty of
Law, established in the 12th Century, took part in drafting the Napole-
onic Civil Code, which still applies in France and serves as a model for
all countries governed by civil law. The Faculty of Law offers a wide
choice of subjects, particularly business law and political sciences.
Both programs run from September to December. Students pay UF
tuition and can transfer up to 14 credit hours. Fluency in French is
not required but strongly recommended for the Montpellier program.
Courses at Leiden University are taught in English.
The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. Applications
are available in the Office of Student Affairs. For more information,
contact Noemar Castro at 392-0421 or castro@law.ufl.edu.or check
the Student Affairs website.

Meeting Wednesday on

Summer Study in Costa Rica
Students interested in the Summer Abroad Program in Costa Rica
should attend a meeting at noon Feb. 2 in room 285A. The Costa Rica
Program emphasizes international and comparative environmental law
and includes clinical and simulation-based skills training in field set-
tings. Program Director Tom Ankersen and Student Affairs Coordina-
tor Noemar Castro will discuss the program curriculum, costs and
financial aid considerations, field trips and opportunities for cultural
immersion in and out of the classroom. More information, including a
copy of the program's brochure can be downloaded at http://conserva-
tion.law.ufl.edu/summer costarica. Further questions can be directed
to Ankersen at ankersen@law.ufl.edu or Castro at castro@law.ufl.edu.

Spend Summer in South Africa
Join Professor Winston Nagan, Professor Lynn McGilvray-Saltzman
and members of the Cape Town Law School this summer for a study-
abroad program at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. As a
native of South Africa and a lifelong human rights activist, Nagan is
able to offer program participants a unique legal and cultural perspec-
tive. Students will explore international comparative law, human
rights issues and the South African legal system. Students will also
tour the South African Parliament, a local township, the infamous
Robben Island Prison, and Cape Town itself. The program extends
from May 30 until Jul. 5. Applications are due by Mar. 18. For
more information, contact Nagan at nagan@law.ufl.edu, McGilvray-
Saltzman at saltzman@law.ufl.edu or Noemar Castro at castro@law.


College Of Law
* Robert H. Jerry, II, Dean
* George L. Dawson,
Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs
* Stuart R. Cohn,
Associate Dean for
International Studies
* Thomas F. Cotter,
Associate Dean for
Faculty Development
* Michael K. Friel,
Associate Dean Et
Director, Graduate
Tax Program
* M. Kathleen "Kathie"
Price, Associate Dean
for Library and
* Gail E. Sasnett,
Associate Dean
for Students,
Professionalism and
Community Relations
* J. Patrick Shannon,
Associate Dean for
Administrative Affairs
* Linda Calvert Hanson,
Assistant Dean for
Career Services
* Richard L. Ludwick,
Assistant Dean for
* J. Michael Patrick,
Assistant Dean for
* Donald J. Hale,
Senior Director of De-
velopment and Alumni
* Debra D. Amirin,
Director of

* Tim Lockette,
Editor, FlaLaw

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Students Take Prairie Creek Field Trip

Students and faculty from
the Levin College of Law got
a rare glimpse of Prairie Creek
last fall thanks to hurri-
canes Ivan and Jeanne.
Legal Skills Professor
Tom Ankersen and Professor
Alyson Flournoy led students
from the Conservation Clinic
and the Environmental and
Land Use Law Society on a
canoe and kayak trip on the
creek. Their guide for the trip
was Lars Andersen, an outfit-
ter and historian who wrote
the book Payne's Prairie and
currently pens the "On the
Wild Side" column for Adven-
ture Magazine.
The trip would not have
been possible just a few
months earlier: low water
levels rendered the creek inac-
cessible to boaters for much
of the last decade. But after
the historic hurricane season
of 2004, the creek overflowed

its banks for
hundreds of
feet in either
direction, giving
paddlers the
chance to glide
under cathedral-
like stands of
cypress trees in
the floodplain.
Ankersen told
students about
the creek's
significance in
Florida water
law: Prairie
Creek was the
site of the state's
first reservation
of water for a
natural system.
The managers of
Payne's Prairie
State Preserve have reserved
water from the creek for
the ecological benefit of the
prairie. The students had the

chance to see the man-made
dike separating the creek and
the prairie, and the control
structure that separates them.


31Career Services: One
Quick Question, 10:30
a.m., courtyard
* CaribLaw general body
meeting, 5 p.m., 285D

1 Career Services: "What is
Public Interest Law?" 11
a.m., Faculty Dining Room
* Faculty Speaker Series
featuring Barbara Wood-
house, 1 p.m., Faculty
Dining Room
* Law School Democrats,
general meeting and
discussion on health care,
5 p.m., 285D

* Black History Month
Opening Celebration,
7-10 p.m., Camelot Apart-
ments Clubhouse
2 Career Services: Extern-
ship Informational Meet-
ing, noon, 285D
* Career Service: "Where
are the Public Interest
Law Jobs?" 1 p.m., Fac-
ulty Dining Room
* APIL meeting, noon, 285B
* Costa Rica Program
informational meeting,
noon, 285A
* Exam Review with Pro-
fessor Don Peters, 4 p.m.,
Bailey Courtroom

* Intellectual Property and
Technology Law Associa-
tion, 6 p.m., 285B
3 Career Services: "How to
Get Public Interest Jobs,"
11 a.m. Faculty Dining
* Career Services: Extern-
ship Informational Meet-
ing, 5:15 p.m., 345
* BLSA Talent Show, 7
p.m. Location TBA
4 Career Services: Public
Interest Symposium and
Table Day, noon, cafeteria
5 Career Services: Public
Services Community
Outreach Project. Time,
location TBA