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 The not-so-tragic commons


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    Signs of change
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    Career Services
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    Events and opportunities
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    People, scholarshio and activities
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        Page 7
    The not-so-tragic commons
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Signs of Change
Local governments around the country have tried to limit billboard advertising, but the
process is fraught with legal pitfalls. A UF law conference Feb. 11 at the Gainesville UF
Hilton looks at conflicts between outdoor advertisers and billboard opponents.

some or me tougnest ques-
tions in First Amendment
law are no farther away than
your local stretch of interstate
highway, says University of
Florida law professor Michael
Allan Wolf.
"From ads for adult enter-
tainment to messages put up
by white supremacist groups,
Florida billboards have been
the subject of some controver-
sial disputes," said Wolf, who
holds the Richard E. Nelson
Chair in Local Government
Law at UF's Levin College of
Law. "Just take a drive up and
down Interstate 75 and you
can find all sorts of interesting
First Amendment questions."
Wolf is bringing leaders in
the outdoor advertising indus-
try and prominent billboard
opponents together Feb. 11 to
address the scenic benefits and
constitutional pitfalls of laws
regulating roadside signs. The
event, held at the University
of Florida Hilton Hotel and
Conference Center, will be the
fourth installment in the law
school's Richard E. Nelson
Symposium series.

2 Career Services
4 Events
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This year marks the 40th
anniversary of the Highway
Beautification Act, a fed-
eral law intended to curb the
spread of billboards along
interstate highways. Regula-
tion of 1i Ill ... ..!ii is still a
topic of heated debate between
advertisers and government
In Florida, recent billboards
put up by strip clubs and white
supremacist groups have
created controversy for local
Statewide, there is a cam-
paign to amend the state con-

stitution to restrict billboard
advertising. And the record
hurricane season of 2004 has
raised questions about rebuild-
ing signs destroyed in the
"Many of the destroyed
signs were old billboards
that were 'grandfathered in'
when current regulations were
passed," Wolf said. "These
are billboards that couldn't be
built under the rules we have
in place today. But the owners
of those signs are anxious to
repair and rebuild without new

Mental Health and a* Getting Creative U
the Bar with Copyrights

Also in February
The Richard E. Nelson Sympo-
sium is just one of the exciting
conferences being offered by
the Levin College of Law this
month. Others include:
* Law and Technology
Conference, Feb 24-25 at
Sheraton World Resort in
Orlando. Registration ends
Feb. 18. For more informa-
tion, contact Barbara DeVoe
at 392-8070 or devoe@law.
* Race and Law Curriculum,
Feb 24-26 at Hilton UF
Conference Center. Regis-
tration ends Feb. 17. For
more information, contact
Barbara DeVoe at 392-8070
or devoe@law.
* 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
UF law students can attend
conferences free of charge
with registration.

Hints to help you in the legal profession.

Deadline Today
Today. Feb. 7, is the last day
to apply for the Paul D. White
Scholarship. Established by
the law firm of Baker and
Hostetler in memory of lawyer
Paul D. White, the scholarship
offers a paid summer internship
and $5,000 cash award to a
student of African-American,
Hispanic, Asian American, or
American Indian descent. This
scholarship is for Spring 2004
and Fall 2004 entrants only.
Applications must be turned in
to Career Services.


OCI Ends...For Now
The fourth and final phase of
spring on-campus interviews
ended last night. But, according
to staff at the Center for Career
Services, numbers are higher
than those at this time last year,
and employers are still calling
- which means a fifth phase
will likely open in a week or
two. Career Services will not
turn any employer away, so
keep checking your e-mail for
new opportunities.
All About Public
Interest Law
Some people go to law school
for a challenge and a great
career. Others go because they
want to change the world. If
you're one of the latter, you've
probably already considered
going into public interest law.
Here are a few tips to help you
build the public interest career
you want.
Not Just Grades,
But Experience
Grades are important, but
grades aren't everything. If
you're interested in pursu-
ing a career in public interest
law, experience and desire are
more important than grades.
The public interest law com-
munity is a tight-knit group,
and experience will help you
get to know the people and the
organizations. Being in the right
place at the right time is key to
obtaining a public interest job.
Job openings typically can't be
predicted very far in advance.
If you're "in" with an organiza-
tion, that organization may call
on you to fill in as a volunteer
when a position unexpectedly
becomes available.

Your resume suggests com-
petence; work demonstrates it.
If you are passionate about a
particular issue, having experi-
ence with related organizations
can help you develop expertise
in the area. All in all, experi-
ence helps develop maturity
no matter what area of law you
hope to pursue.
Public Interest vs. Pro Bono
All pro bono is public inter-
est, but not all public interest is
pro bono. Public interest law is
the field of law encompassing
service to the people through
non-profit organizations,
government work, direct legal
services and even policy and
legislative work.
Pro bono is legal work done
in the public interest through
volunteer efforts. Volunteering
for a law firm, while a valuable
experience, is not pro bono in
that it does not reach the larger
goal of pro bono: bringing
services to an underserved or

underrepresented person or
group. The UF Pro Bono Proj-
ect offers local placements that
can give you valuable experi-
ence in assisting with children's
issues, prisoners' rights, and the
general concerns of people with
low income, including access to
public benefits, landlord tenant
issues and more.
There are also many other op-
portunities to do pro bono work
in your hometown or elsewhere
during breaks from school. To
participate, see Director Jes-
sie Howell Wallace in Career
Equal Justice Works
Students seeking experience
in public interest law can also
look for positions through Equal
Justice Works. Formerly known
as the National Association for
Public Interest Law, the group
was founded in 1986 by law
students dedicated to surmount-
ing barriers to equal justice that
affect millions of low-income

A group of UF law students hold up certificates recognizing their work with
the Pro Bono Program. Pro bono doesn't just make the world a better place
- it can also build your resume and help you make connections with future

individuals and families. Today,
Equal Justice Works leads the
country in organizing, training,
and supporting public service-
minded law students and in
creating summer and postgradu-
ate public interest jobs. Through
more than $8 million in annual
donations from prestigious law
firms, corporations and founda-
tions, the group funds law stu-
dents and lawyers in programs
that bring justice to millions of
people with low incomes.
The group holds an annual
nationwide career fair in Wash-
ington, D.C., in October. For
more information, visit www.
Historically, law fellowships
were only designed to provide
law school graduates with an
employment opportunity for a
prescribed number of years fol-
lowing graduation.
Today, however, it is not un-
common for law students to ac-
cept fellowships for the summer
or for a semester-long program.
These highly competitive paid
fellowships are funded through
various sources and match law
students or graduates with pub-
lic service organizations or with
law school programs.
The fellowships deal with
civil and human rights, legal
services to the disadvantaged,
children and women's issues,
immigrants and immigration,
innocence projects, farmworker
rights, environmental and wil-
derness issues and more.
To learn more, check out the
PSLawNet "Fellowship Cor-
ner." This resource includes a
calendar of fellowship applica-
tion deadlines, a PDF version
of Yale's fellowship applica-
tion and tips for fellowship and
grant resources. Also on the
site is Georgetown University

Law Center's post-graduate
international fellowship guide.
Students can access the
Fellowship Corer at http://
Patent Law Job Fair
If you are interested in prac-
ticing patent law or if you have
an undergraduate or gradu-
ate degree in engineering or a
technical science, you may want
to register for the 19th Annual
Patent Law Interview Program
hosted by Loyola University
Chicago School of Law. Quali-
fied law students from around
the country will interview
with patent law firms as well
as firms, corporations and
government agencies with pat-
ent law departments. Last year
155 patent law employers, 135
law schools, and 1,500 regis-
tered law students participated
in the program.
Interviews will be held at
the Chicago Marriott Suites
(O'Hare) July 28-30. Some
employers will interview for
only one day, some two days,
and some all three days. To
register, pick up a packet from
the Center for Career Services.
The registration form and a $35
check made payable to Loyola
School of Law are due to Career
Services by Feb. 14.
One Quick Question
Center for Career Services
Director Jessie Howell Wallace
will be available 10:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m. today, Feb. 7.
in the courtyard
to answer your
questions about
mock interviews,
resumes, cover
letters, career
suggestions and
more. A

Externship Meeting
If you want to participate in
the extemship program during
Summer or Fall 2005 and if
you missed last week's in-
formational meetings you
can still attend a small group
meeting Feb. 8 at 10 a.m., Feb.
9 at 3 p.m., or Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.
All prospective exters should
attend one of the meetings to
hear about new rules for extern-
ships, as well as faculty-created
externships and ways to create
externships in your city or
county of choice. Call 392-0499
to put your name on the list, as
space is limited. Students who
have applied for judicial extern-
ships are permitted to apply for
non-judicial externships as well.
Life as a State Attorney
Join Harry Shorstein, 4th
Circuit state attorney, as he
describes a day in the life of a
prosecutor at noon Wednesday,
Feb. 9, in the Faculty Dining
Room. This event is co-spon-
sored by Career Services and
the Criminal Law Association,
which will provide lunch for
Legal Roundtable
Want to know about con-
struction law, insurance law,
bankruptcy law or educational

law? Then don't miss the Legal
Roundtable at 11 a.m. Thurs-
day, Feb. 10, in the Faculty
Dining Room, where you can
meet practitioners from each of
these fields. Students can break
into small groups for discus-
sions with practitioners in the
field of their choice.


The Center for Career Services
offers a library of helpful books
for students seeking advice on
their careers. Titles include:
* ChangingJobs: A HandbookFor
lawyers in the New Milenium
* Guerilla Tactics for Getting
the legal Job of Your Dreams
* Jobs & J.D.'s: Employment
andSalary of New Law Grads
* Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers
* Starting Salaries: What New
Law Grads Earn
* Should You Marry a lawyer?
* The Complete Guide to
Contract Lawyering
* The Comprehensive Fellow-
ship Guide 2004-2005
* The lawyer's Career Change
* The legal Career Guide:
From law Student to lawyer
* The Official Guide to legal
* Washington Internships in
Law and Policy
* The City and County At-
torney Internship Book
* The lawyer's Guide to Job
Surfing on the Internet
* Public Interest Profiles
* The Public Interest Job
Search Guide
* Public Service and Interna-
tional Law
* The Insider's Guide to
Private/Nonprofit Employers
in the DC Metro Area
* Serving the Public: A Job
Search Guide
* Good Works: A Guide to
Careers in Social Change


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Celebrate Black
History Month
Join the Black Law Students
Association, CaribLaw and oth-
er student groups in celebrating
Black History Month.
Scheduled events include:
* "Culture on the Concourse:
Reflections on the Black
Diaspora." Held on the con-
course 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb.
* Health fair, "Targeting
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 Symposium
In celebration of Black His-
tory Month, CaribLaw will
present a symposium, "The
History of Diversity at the
Levin College of Law: Diver-
sity Matters," Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.
in room 345. Refreshments
will be served.
Democrats Hold Tort
Reform Event
On Feb. 9, the Law School
Democrats will hold a lunch
and tort reform forum featuring
Professor Joe Little. The event
takes place at noon in the Bailey
Spring '05 Grads Needed
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 at-
tention of Kerrie Mitchell.
Florida Bar: Apply Now,
Save Money
Fall 2004 entrants need to
apply for registration with the
Florida Board of Bar Examiners
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. Regis-
tering early also means appli-
cants face a shorter wait time to
be sworn in after passing the bar
'Prosecuting Martha'
The Spring Faculty Speaker
Series continues this Tuesday
when the Law College Council
presents Professor Michael
Seigel with "Prosecuting

Martha" at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 in the
Faculty Dining Room. A former
assistant U.S. attorney for the
Organized Crime Strike Force,
Professor Seigel will discuss the
prosecution of domestic diva
Martha Stewart. Food and drink
will be served.
American Constitution
Society Meets
The UF law branch of the
American Constitution Soci-
ety will hold a general mem-
ber meeting Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.
in room 285D to discuss an
upcoming visit by former U.S.
Attorney General Janet Reno,
who is scheduled to speak at an
ACS meeting later this month.
The group will also discuss
an upcoming visit by Duke
University law professor Erwin
Chemerinsky, who will discuss
"Judicial Nominations: What's
at Stake."
Reno will speak at 10 a.m.
Feb. 24 in room 180A. Chemer-
insky's speech is scheduled for
April 15.
JEEL Write On
The Journalfor Ecology and
Environmental Law invites
all students to take part in this
spring's open write-on compe-
tition. The JEEL is searching
for submissions that deal with
an area environmental law or
environmental science. Articles
must be submitted by 5 p.m.
March 15 to jeeluf@hotmail.
com. E-mail jeeluf@hotmail.
com with any questions about
the competition.

New Board for LCC
The Law College Council
has elected a new general
board. Melissa Lott (Law As-
sociation for Women), Sara
Verkest (International Law
Society), and Meghan Wojeski
(Law School Republicans)
were all elected as student
organization representatives to
the council in January.
The LCC currently has a
vacant at-large seat available
on the general board. Anyone
interested in participating in
student government should
bring a completed nomination
form to Noemar Castro in the
Office of Student Affairs by
3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9.
For more information contact
LCC President Lee Harang at
Bowl for the Kids
Do you like to bowl? You
can knock down pins for a
good cause at the Big Brothers/
Big Sisters' Bowl for Kids'
Sake Tournament Feb. 19.
This event will be held at Al-
ley Katz Bowling Center. Each
bowler will be responsible for
collecting pledges.
Special prizes will be given
to the bowler who raises the

most pledges and gets the most
number of people to give.
Funds will go directly toward
matching children with Big
Brothers or Big Sisters. For
more information, contact
LGBT Alumni Club
Seeks Members
The Lambda Legal Alliance is
trying to form an alumni asso-
ciation for gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgendered graduates
at the UF College of Law. The
group also plans to set up a list-
serv to reach alumni with news
from the law school.
For more information or to
help, contact Lambda president
Jerrett Brock at jdbrock@law.
Apply for Fellowship
Students have until Feb. 28 to
apply for the Yegelwel Fellow-
ship in the Center for the Study
of Race and Race Relations.
The $2,000 fellowship supports
student research toward the goal
of reducing crime motivated
by hate, prejudice or stereotyp-
ing. For details, see the center's
website at http:www.law.ufl.

Mental Health and the

Bar: Dispelling the Myths

Taking the Bar exam is a huge stressor. On top of the stress
created by the actual exam, the process is also stressful
due to the interest the Bar takes in your private life as it
looks for information about the type of person you are, the
type of activities you spend your time on, and to what types
of pressures you are susceptible.
Most people know that Bar examiners are concerned
with mental health. However, many people don't know
exactly what the Bar wants to know about your mental
health. So, let's clear the air around mental health and
the Bar and talk about what questions they will actually
ask of you.
Generally, the mental health questions are aimed at identify-
ing serious mental illnesses that have gone untreated that
may impact your ability to practice law. Specifically, here
are some of the things that the bar is interested in:
* The presence of an untreated substance addiction or
dependency (includes alcohol, narcotics, drugs).
* A history of hospitalizations and/or treatment for mental
health illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder,
major depressive mood disorder, impulse control disor-
der, or paraphilia.
Although this list is not exhaustive, it clearly identifies the
type of information the Bar will seek. Talking with a coun-
selor about stress, anxiety, relationship problems, personal
dilemmas, and life goals does not qualify as information
that must be presented to the Bar. However, it is true that
talking about those issues with a trained professional has
the potential to significantly increase your life satisfaction

Erica Byrnes is the resource coun-
selor at the Levin College of Law.
She offers free, confidential counsel-
ing and workshops to students. To
make an appointment, contact her at
byrnes@law.ufl.edu or stop by the
Student Affairs Office and complete
an appointment request form.




Associate Professor Mark
Fenster spoke on "The Opac-
ity of Transparency" at Stetson
School of Law Jan. 24.
Ed Rood Eminent Scholar in
Trial Advocacy & Procedure
Jerold Israel published "Seven
Habits of a Highly Effective
Scholar," 102 Michigan Law
Review 1701 :"2-14,1 (with
co-authors Wayne LaFave and
Nancy King) and the 2005
Pocket Parts to Volumes 1-5
and Replacement Volume 6 for
Criminal Procedure Treatise,
2nd edition.
Clarence J. TeSelle Profes-
sor Martin McMahon gave a
CLE presentation on "Recent
Income Tax Developments"
with University of Houston Law
Professor Ira Shepard at the
American Bar Association Tax
Section Midyear Meeting in San
Diego Jan. 22.
Assistant Professor Christo-
pher Peterson gave a speech

There is also some concern
over the growing role of media
conglomerates in outdoor
advertising, Wolf said.
"A large share of the bill-
boards now in existence are
owned by a few large media
companies such as ClearChan-
nel or Viacom," said Wolf.
"Some critics have argued this
consolidation violates anti-trust
The Nelson Symposium fea-
tures speakers from all sides of
the billboard-regulation debate,
* Jacksonville attorney Wil-
liam Brinton, who has rep-
resented local governments

titled "Securitization and Preda-
tory Lending: Understanding
Contemporary Home Mortgage
Securities Conduits" at a con-
ference hosted by Florida Legal
Services, Inc. in Tampa Jan. 28.
Director of Gator TeamChild
Claudia Wright was elected
to chair the 8th Judicial Circuit
Court Family Law Advisory
Group (FLAG). Each judicial
circuit in Florida now has
a FLAG resulting from the
2001 Florida Supreme Court
opinion requiring all Florida
family courts to implement a
Unified Family Court system.
The purpose of the FLAG is to
provide a forum for the com-
munity to participate in changes
to the family court system, and
to assist the court in transition-
ing to the Unified Family Court
In the News
Associate in Law Research
Richard Hamann was part of

in a number of cases against
outdoor advertisers.
* Nancy Fletcher, president
and CEO of the Outdoor
Advertising Association of
* Harvard University Law
Professor Charles M. Haar,
who will deliver an address
titled "The Highway Beauti-
fication Act: Looking Back
After 40 Years."
* Chicago-Kent College of
Law Professor Christopher
Leslie, who will speak on
antitrust issues in the out-
door advertising industry.
* Michael Hoefges, an assis-
tant professor of journalism
and mass communication

at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, who
will speak on 1!ll. ..i',I and
commercial speech.
* Randall Thomton, county attor-
ney for Sumter County, recently
the location of some highly
controversial outdoor ads.
* Miami attorney Tom Julin,
who specializes in First
Amendment cases.
* South Carolina attorney
Marguerite Williams, who
has represented outdoor
advertising companies in
anti-trust cases.
The conference will be held
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the
Gainesville UF Hilton, and
includes a lunch break.


a WUFT North Florida Journal
program on Florida springs
protection that aired Jan. 28 and
Jan. 30. He discussed the work
of the Conservation Clinic in
the area.
Director of the Center for
Governmental Responsibility/
Professor Jon Mills was men-
tioned in the Jan. 24 issue of
The Palm Beach Daily Business
Review. Mills, chairman of the
Florida Supreme Court's Com-
mittee on Privacy and Court
Records, headed the committee
vote in favor of posting docu-
ments online instead of main-
taining a paper-based system.
Assistant Professor Chris-
topher Peterson was quoted
in The Ocala Star Banner Jan.
30. Peterson stated his opinion
on the effectiveness of a proper
appraisal in the legal battle
over the Ocala Jockey Club and
other properties.







Stop Looking

for a Parking Space
Take a bus or or start a car pool and avoid the daily hunt.

At the beginning of a semes-
ter commuters to campus often
find that the search for a parking
space takes almost as long as
the drive itself.
But there are ways to avoid
the daily parking space hunt,
while helping cut campus
Find a Car Pool
One option is to car pool to
the UF campus. Three stu-
dents living within Alachua
County (or two living outside
the county) can make up a car
pool. Each group of carpoolers
can order a single parking decal
that guarantees them a space in
the car pool area. If you already
have a single-car decal, refunds
are available.
The John Marshall Bar As-
sociation operates a website for
students interested in forming a
car pool. Here's how to log on
and register:
1. Go to www.ufbarassociation.
org and click on the link to
the "John Marshall Bar
Association" site.
2. Click on the link to the "Web
Board" on the JMBA main
site. There is a section spe-
cifically designed for people
seeking car pool mates. To
post a message in this section,
you must first register.

3. To register, just click the
"Register" link at the top
of the page. Fill out the
necessary information
(username, password, e-
mail address) and submit.
You'll get a confirmation
message at the e-mail
address you provided;
click on the link in the
e-mail to activate your
account. Now you can
post messages on the bul-
letin board.
4. Once you find your car
pool-mates, come in to the
Office of Student Affairs and
complete the paperwork for
carpooling. You will receive
a memo approving your car
pool group.
3. Take the paperwork to Park-
ing Services to purchase
your decal. Make sure your
carpool group goes together
to Parking Services and each
of you has a current Gator
One card.
If you or anyone else in your
car pool group has a commuter
decal, take it with you when
you go to Parking Services for
your car pool decal.
Take the Bus
All UF students including
those at the law school pay
a transportation fee that covers
unlimited trips on Gainesville's
city bus system.
Three city bus routes, cover-
ing much of the city, have stops
at the law school:
SRoute 34 comes from SW
27th St. to SW 35th Place
near Casablanca, west through
Gainesville Place to Archer
Rd. and 34th St. It comes

north on 34th St. to SW 2nd
Ave., where it passes the law
school before turning around
at the Hub and coming back
down SW 2nd Ave. The route
runs every 17 minutes on
* Route 5 runs from Oaks Mall
to the Alachua County Court-
house, using Newberry Rd. and
SW 2nd Ave., with a return trip
on University Ave.. The bus
stops at the law school every
20 minutes. If you're coming to
the law school from the direc-
tion of the courthouse, it's best
to get off on University Ave.
near 24th St., which puts you
just a block away from the law
* Route 43 travels east from
Santa Fe Community College
on NW 39th Ave., turns south
on 43rd St., then turns east
onto Newberry Rd. and SW
2nd Ave. to 13th St. It retraces
its path on the return trip, but
takes University Ave. instead
of SW 2nd Ave. This bus
stops at the law school once
per hour.
Associate Dean for Students
Gail Sasnett has served on the
citizens' advisory board for the
city bus system, and can assist you
with making bus connections.

Study in France,
Root for Lance
The date is set.
The 92nd Tour de France will
take place July 2-24 which
means a few lucky UF law
students will be in the country
in time to attend and possibly
see Lance Armstrong defend his
title. (Armstrong's participation
is tentative at this time.)
The Montpellier Summer
Program allows students from
UF law to spend June 28-July
30 at Montpellier University in
the south of France. Students
in the program get a chance to
live in and enjoy the rich culture
of France while studying
international and comparative
law under both French and
American professors.
Mornings and early afternoons
are devoted to law classes
(conducted in English). The
French and American students
also will meet with members of
the judiciary and legal profes-
sion. Students can transfer up
to six credit hours and pay a
single fee of $2,200. For more
information, attend the France
informational meeting at noon
Feb. 9 in room 285A.

Fall Deadline
for Study Abroad
Students who want to spend
Fall Semester abroad at either
Montpellier University in France
or Leiden University in the
Netherlands need to file their
applications by Friday, Feb. 18
at 4 p.m.
For more information, contact
Noemar Castro at 392-0421 or


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The Not-So-Tragic Commons
UF's Music Law Conference explores creative approaches to copyrights.

The "tragedy of the com-
mons" is a concept familiar
to many law students the
notion that widespread, unregu-
lated public use of a common
resource leads to its inevitable
For musicians the "tragedy"
is that widespread free distri-
bution of music can cut into
record sales. Or so the theory
Around 300 people gath-
ered at Reitz Union on the UF
campus Jan. 29 to discuss the
problems and opportunities
musicians face in the age of the
iPod. They were participating
in the Levin College of Law's
2005 Music Law Conference,
an annual student-organized
event that brings lawyers and
musicians together to discuss
hot topics in the recording
And this year, as in past
years, the hot topic is file-
sharing. Just last month, the
Recording Industry Association
of America filed more than 700

new lawsuits against individu-
als alleged to have distrib-
uted copyrighted music on the
Internet through unauthorized
peer-to-peer services, such as
But not all artists, especially
those yet to "hit it big," are in-
terested in retaining full rights
to their work. In fact, many feel
they would benefit from the
wide distribution opportunities
presented by online sharing.
Carlos Linares, counsel
for the RIAA, UF law gradu-
ate and panelist at the event,
has a personal perspective on
the dilemma. Linares plays
trumpet for a band called The
Pietasters. In the late 1990's,
most of the band's songs were
available for free online.
"I had two thoughts: Wow
- my music made it onto
Napster, and (dar) I'm not
getting paid for any of this,"
said Linares.
Trying to overcome the
impediments to widespread
distribution of creative work

presented by "all rights
reserved" copyright law, the
non-profit organization Cre-
ative Commons has created a
middle ground in which artists
can retain some rights to their
work, while giving up other
rights. The website offers users
a choice between a set of pre-
written copyright licenses, free
for public use.
"It's serving as a creative
vehicle for artists who want
exposure," said conference
panelist Pete Knapp, president/
CEO of Shut Eye Records &
Agency. "They're able to get
their music out there, but still
retain some rights."
Creative Commons and its
effect on copyright laws was
one of about 10 panel discus-
sions at the conference. The
event also featured a demo-lis-
tening exhibition and showcase
of bands.
More information about
Creative Commons is online at


7 Career Services:
One Quick Question,
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,
8 Externship Small Group
Meeting, 10 a.m., Center
for Career Services
"Culture on the Con-
course: Reflections on
the Black Diaspora," 10
a.m.-2 p.m., concourse
"Prosecuting Martha,"
with Professor Mike
Seigel, 1 p.m., Faculty
Dining Room

"History of Diversity
at the Levin College of
Law: Diversity Mat-
ters," 5 p.m., 345
9 "Life as a State Attor-
ney," with State At-
torney Shorstein, noon,
Faculty Dining Room
Law School Democrats
Discussion on Tort
Reform, noon, Bailey
Summer Abroad in
France Informational
Meeting, noon, 285A
American Constitution
Society Meeting, 5 p.m.,

10 Career Services:
Roundtable Discus-
sions on Construction
Law, Insurance Law,
Property Law and
Education Law, 11 a.m.
Faculty Dining Room
11 Richard E. Nelson
Symposium, Featuring
Speakers on Billboard
Regulation, 8:30 a.m.
UF Hilton Hotel and
Conference Center
Career Services: Ex-
ternship Small Group
Meeting, 1 p.m., Center
for Career Services