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    Career Services
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    Events and opportunities
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    People, scholarship and activities
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    Do 'diversity matters' matter to you?
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    Calendar
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Grassroots Activist Headlines Conference
She took on one of the world's largest corporations and won.
Now Margie Richard will tell her story at UF.


A small-town schoolteacher
who became an environmental
crusader and took on one of
the world's largest oil com-
panies will tell her story to
University of Florida students,
faculty and others this month.
Margie Eugene Richard,
who won the 2004 Goldman
Prize for Environmental Justice
for her fight against the Shell
Chemicals plant in her home-
town of Norco, La., will be the
keynote speaker at the Public
Interest Environmental Confer-
ence at UF's Levin College of
Law, held Feb. 24-26.
"A pervasive theme this year
is the social justice aspects of
environmental issues," said
Uf law student Adam Regar, a
conference organizer. "Margie
Richard, the first African-
American to win the Goldman
Prize, is a great example of
someone engaged in the fight
for environmental justice."
The student-run conference,
now in its 11th year, will bring
together environmental activ-
ists, lawyers and scientists from
around the world to discuss
Florida's most pressing envi-
ronmental problems and the



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2 Career Services
4 Events
8 Calendar


Margie Eugene Richard, 2004 winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize,
at her new home in Destrehan, La. Richard and her neighbors were relocat-
ed from their homes in Norco, La. after striking a deal with Shell Chemicals.
(Photo by Jim locona, courtesy of the Goldman Environmental Prize.)


legal issues they create. This
year's conference, titled "Hur-
ricanes, Humans and Habitat:
Reclaiming, Rethinking, Re-
building Our Environment,"
covers a wide range of issues
- from the state of the world's
oceans to the mood of this
year's Florida Legislature. Or-
ganizers say Richard's speech
will be one of the conference's
can't-miss events.
Richard grew up in Old Dia-
mond, a historically African-




Prosecuting
Martha


American community in the
shadow of the Shell Chemicals
plant in Norco. After a 1988
accident at the plant killed
seven workers and spewed mil-
lions of pounds of chemicals
into the air, Richard, then a
middle-school teacher, founded
Concerned Citizens of Norco.
The grassroots group pressured
Shell to pay resettlement costs
for people who live near the
plant. Richard and her group
are credited with helping secure
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SDiversity
Matters


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Upcoming
Events
Race and Law Curriculum
Workshop, Feb. 24-26 at the
Hilton UF Conference Center.
Race scholars from law schools
around the country discuss how
issues of race can be incor-
porated into the law school
curriculum. Opening plenary by
Rutgers University Law Profes-
sor David D. Troutt. Free to UF
law students and faculty; regis-
tration deadline is Feb. 17. For
more information, please visit
the CSRRR website at-www.
law.ufl.edu/centers/csrrr.
Law and Technology Confer-
ence, Feb. 24-25 at the Shera-
ton World Resort in Orlando.
Experts and legal practitioners
discuss issues in intellectual
property law. Keynote speaker:
Commissioner Kevin Martin of
the Federal Communications
Commission. Free to UF law
students and faculty; registra-
tion deadline
is Feb. 18.
For more
information,
contact Bar-
bara DeVoe
at 392-
8070 or
devoe@law.
ufl.edu
Dunwody Lecture, March
18 on the UF law campus.
This year's speaker is William
Eskridge, Jr., John A. Garver
Professor of Jurisprudence at
Yale Law School











CAREER SERVICES
Hints to help you in the legal profession.


Time to Apply
For Fall
Financial Aid


Now is the time to apply for aid
for the 2005-06 academic year.
Students are encouraged to
apply online to save processing
time and reduce errors through
the system's built-in editing for-
mat. Just go to www.FAFSA.
ed.gov and follow the instruc-
tions. You can then check the
status of your application and
make corrections online.






















Fellowship
Deadline
Approaching
Feb. 28 is the last day to apply
for the Yegelwel Fellowship
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 stereotyping. For further
details, see the center's
website at http://www.law.ufl.
edu/centers/csrrr/.


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Jobs in Atlanta,
South Florida
Interested in employment
opportunities in South Florida
or Atlanta? Mark your calendar
now and plan to participate in
the Levin College of Law's first
annual South Florida and Atlanta
interview programs. Small to
medium-sized firms and other
legal employers (all non-OCI
participants) are being invited
to interview UF law students
and recent graduates for sum-
mer law clerkships or permanent
positions. Students selected for
interviews will travel to Atlanta
on March 11 or South Florida
on March 18 to interview with
legal employers at one loca-
tion. Details will be published
on the Career Services Hotline
listserv, so be sure you are signed
up to receive this important
information. To sign up, send a
blank e-mail to career-hotline-
subscribe@law.ufl.edu. Be sure to
use a non-AOL account.

Spring OCI
Interviews Begin
Phase One interviews for
Spring OCI begin Feb. 15.
Students should come to the
Center for Career Services the
morning of their interview to
check the interview room loca-
tion, which will be posted on
the bulletin board right outside
of CCS. You will also want
to check in eAttorney for the
name(s) of the interviewers)
and interview room location as
that information is posted as
soon as it arrives.
Be sure to thoroughly research
the employer in advance.
Employers who participated in
Fall OCI reported that several


students appeared to have done
little homework on their poten-
tial employers and were unable
to explain why they wanted to
move to the employer's location.
"Students could still do
better at learning employers'
practice areas," one employer
commented.
Also remember to bring an
updated resume, transcript, list
of references and writing sample
to the interview and check eAt-
torney for other information
that may be requested by the
employer. Finally, make sure
you arrive at the assigned room
10 minutes before your inter-
view.
Thirty-six legal employers
will participate in Spring OCI,
so continue to check eAttorney
as well as your e-mail messages
from CCS for updates.

Judicial Clerkships
Available
A number of judicial clerkship
positions have recently opened
in courts around the state. Those
clerkships include:

* Three judicial law clerk open-
ings in Florida's 5th Circuit
Court of Appeals in Daytona
Beach for May, June and July.

* Two trial court law clerk
positions for the 12th Judicial
Circuit Court in Sarasota.

* A trial court law clerk position
for the 7th Judicial Circuit
Court in Palatka
(candidates for
this position
must apply by
Feb. 17).

For full
details, go


to http://www.flcourts.org/gen
public/employment/index.shtml.

One Quick Question
Got a nagging question about
externships, mock interviews,
resumes, cover letters or other
career development issues? Stop
and talk to Career Services Direc-
tor Jessie Howell Wallace in the
courtyard today, Feb. 14, from
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Learn How Employers
Evaluate You...
Join Kaye Daugherty of
the firm Rumberger, Kirk &
Caldwell, P.A. in room 355B
at noon Feb. 16 for a les-

son on "Getting Hired: From
the Employer's Prespective."
Daugherty will explain, from an
employer's point of view, what
makes a stand-out candidate in
an interview for either summer
or post-graduation employment.

...and How to Evaluate
an Employer
The Center for Career Ser-
vices will host a workshop on
"Evaluating A Legal Employer"
Feb. 17 at noon in the faculty
dining room. Learn which
questions are appropriate to ask
and to whom they should be
presented. Are benefit packages
important to you? What about
the firm's partnership track?
And how would you determine
if this firm is a good fit for you?
Don't miss this opportunity
to fine-tune your approach to
these necessary questions and
in..l. r 1,d what you need to
I.now in order to evalu-
ate a legal em-
% ployer.








Study Abroad in South Africa
Interested in traveling to South Africa through UF's Cape Town
Study Abroad Program? Come to an informational meeting at 11
a.m. Feb. 17 in room 285D to learn more. The Levin College of Law
jointly sponsors (with the University of
Cape Town Faculty of Law) the only
American summer program in Africa
7. approved by the American Bar As-
1 :-7 sociation. The program allows you to
live in and enjoy a rich culture, while
studying law amid the historic legal,
political and social changes occurring
in South Africa. Students will visit governmental and judicial offices
and attend meetings with prominent members of the legal profession
and business community. The courses on Introduction to South Af-
rican Law and Human Rights Law are complemented by internships
with the Cape Town Bar Association, where students can apply the
knowledge learned in the classroom about policies and laws of South
Africa. Apply March 18 in the Office of Student Affairs.




Career Paths: Tim Cerio
UF alum assumes post at Florida's Department of Health
BY WHITNEY UNTIEDT (3L)
UF law alumnus Tim Cerio (JD 95) has
been selected by Gov. Jeb Bush to serve as
general counsel for Florida's Department
of Health, where he will oversee all legal
issues for the department. Cerio began his
tenure Jan. 31 after taking a leave of ab-
sence from his Tampa law firm and moving
with his wife and children to Tallahassee.
"I am honored to receive this opportunity Cerio
to serve the Department of Health and the
citizens of Florida," Cerio said.
After graduating UF law with honors, Cerio clerked for the Hon.
Thomas G. Wilson, U. S. magistrate judge for the Middle District of
Florida, and practiced with the law firm of Hill, Ward & Henderson
before joining GrayRobinson's Tampa office as a shareholder. Cerio's
areas of expertise include litigation, environmental and land use law,
and government. His practice at GrayRobinson focused on govern-
ment law in the firm's public law department.
This is not Cerio's first position in state government: as an un-
dergraduate at UF, he served as the student member of the Florida
Board of Regents and as director of lobbying and government rela-
tions for Student Government. During law school, Cerio was also a
member of the Florida Law Review' editorial board.
Cerio remains actively involved in the Levin College of Law, cur-
rently serving as president-elect of the Law Alumni Council. He is
also a member of the Florida and Hillsborough County Bar Associa-
tions, the UF Student Affairs Advisory Committee, and the Tampa
Gator Club.


Interviewing: Dos and Don'ts


Do:
* Be well-groomed, polished, appropriately dressed, professional and
on time.
* Be prepared to ask questions. Thoroughly research the employer.
* Be familiar with every item on your resume.
* Accentuate the positive but answer questions honestly.
* Relax, smile and make eye contact.
* Turn off your cell phone.



Don't:
* Stress your need for the job or act desperate.
* Blame poor performance on past employers, workplaces, bosses,
or co-workers. Do not talk negatively about anyone or anything,
no matter how true. It always makes you look bad and it is best
that you appear to be a positive person.
* Ask questions about compensation, hours or vacation time. These
are legitimate questions, but they should take a back seat to
discovering whether or not you and the job are a good fit.
* Slouch or show bad posture.
* Let nervousness affect your actions; don't fumble with objects in
your hand, rearrange your hair, jiggle pocket change or chew gum.
Avoid the overuse of the word "like," a real turn-off to many
employers.
* Let your message get muffled. Don't slur, drop your eyes, or speak
too quickly.
* Run too long with answers to questions. Be aware of how the
interviewer is responding to what you are saying.
The complete "Guide to Successful Interviews" is available on the
CCS website.


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/E VENTS & OPPORTUNITIES


Help Us Find the
'Bugs' in New
Construction

As you've probably noticed,
construction and renovation
at the Levin College of Law is
nearing completion.
And you've probably also
noticed a few little things left
undone, such as lights that
don't work, dents in plaster
walls, and so on.
Construction crews will be
tying up these loose ends in the
coming weeks, but they can't
spot everything by themselves.
The law school needs you, as
a user of these buildings, to be
on the lookout for things that
seem to be out-of-order as a
result of construction.
If you have a problem to
report, send an e-mail to
construction@ufl.edu.











Fall Deadline
for Study Abroad
Approaching
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. in the Office of
Student Affairs.
For more information, contact
Noemar Castro at 392-0421 or
castro@law.ufl.edu.


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Final Four Face Off in
Mock Trial
Peyton Manning Roenick will
face a second-degree murder
charge in the death of his ex-wife,
Sammy Jo, in the UF Law Trial
Team's Final Four Competition
this Friday, Feb. 18.
Justin Mazzarra (2L) and Jus-
tin McCormack (2L) will defend
the fictional Roenick in the mock
trial, which begins at 9 a.m. in
room 180A. Takisha Richardson
(2L) and Kurt Zaner (2L) will
represent the State of Superior in
the case.
The advocates in State v.
Roenick are among 13 students
recently invited to join the
Trial Team's ranks. Other new
members include Carson Barrow,
Will Blair, Jarret DeLuca, Brandy
Grant, Cecily McLeod, Hugh
Rowe, Jason Siegel, Sarah Stod-
dard and Brikena Tomasic.


The Final Four advocates will
compete for Best Team and Best
Advocate honors. The competi-
tion is sponsored by Coker,
Myers, Schickel, Sorenson &
Green, P.A., of Jacksonville.
Competitors and judges will be
honored at a team banquet at
Sweetwater Branch Inn follow-
ing the mock trial.

Volunteer for Pre-Law
Mock Trial Event
Phi Alpha Delta will hold its
Pre-Law Mock Trial Conference
at the law school April 1-3. Any-
one interested in helping with the
event should contact Law College
Council President Lee Harang at
harang@ufl.edu. This is a great
opportunity to represent the law
school and encourage undergrad-
uate Gators to pursue their legal
education in Gainesville.


Florida Law Review
Tutoring Is Back
Florida Law Review tutor-
ing returns this week. Visit the
TWEN page titled "Law Review
Tutoring" to sign up for the ses-
sions you plan to attend and post
questions for your tutors.
Questions must be posted 24
hours ahead of time or the ses-
sion will be canceled. Seating is
limited for some of the sessions,
so sign up online. The schedule
and room assignments are also
posted on the TWEN page.
Contact kcl@ufl.edu with any
questions.

Social Security Forum
The Law School Democrats
will host a roundtable discus-
sion on the future of Social
Security Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. in
room 285D.











Register Now for Bar
This is the last week for Fall
2004 law school entrants to
apply for Bar registration at a
reduced rate. Fall entrants who
send applications postmarked
Feb. 22 or earlier pay only $75
to register, $450 less than those
who miss the deadline. Early ap-
plicants also face a shorter wait
time to be sworn in after passing
the Bar exam.

Westlaw Classes
Available
Students who want to learn
how to use Westlaw can get cer-
tified on various functions of the
system this week. Classes include
* CERT I (Cases), held at noon
Feb. 17 in 285B
* CERT II (Statutes), held at
11 a.m. Feb 15 in room 345,
noon Feb 15 in room 285D,
10 a.m. Feb. 16 in room
180A, and 1 p.m. Feb. 17 in
room 285B
* "Using Westlaw to Write
Effective Papers, Briefs and
Memos," held in room 345 at
noon Feb. 16; 1 p.m Feb. 16;
and 11 a.m. Feb 17.

Ambassadors Needed
The Office of Student
Affairs is looking for highly
energetic upper class students
(second semester minimum)
to act as ambassadors for "In-
troduction to Law School and
the Profession."
Ambassadors will assist and
guide new students through
their first semester. They will
be assigned a team of six to
eight new students. Their duties
include (but are not limited to):
conducting activities to help par-
ticipants get to know each other,
developing a support group for
new students and challenging
the students to become active in


the law school community.
Applications are available in
the Office of Student Affairs.
The application deadline is
Feb. 22 and applicants will be
interviewed on Feb. 23-25. All
applicants should be able to
attend a training meeting this
semester and must be available
by Aug. 15. For more informa-
tion, contact Noemar Castro,
castro@law.ufl.edu.

ACS to Host Janet Reno
The UF Law Chapter of the
American Constitution Society
(ACS) will present "A Conver-
sation with Janet Reno" Feb.
24 at 10 a.m. in room 180A.
The former Attorney General
will discuss the positions and
progressive efforts of ACS for 40
minutes, followed by a 15 min-
ute question-and-answer session.
Reserved seating in the first few
rows is also available to ACS
members. Seating is limited,
though an overflow room with
live video feed will be provided
in room 285. Admission is free
and open to the public.

ACS, CaribLaw Help
Disaster Victims
Last semester, while the rest
of Gainesville was cleaning up
its own debris from Hurricane
Jeanne, a group of UF law
students began collecting relief
items for storm victims in Haiti
- where Jeanne killed 3,000
people.
Members of the American
Constitution Society and
CaribLaw collected donations
from local residents, and gath-
ered enough food, clothing,
and toys to fill a 14-foot U-
Haul truck. In December ACS
members drove the donations
to Fort Lauderdale, where they
were shipped directly to the
people of Haiti.


Overcoming Addictions

What comes to your mind when you think about the mean-
ing of "addiction?" If you're like many people, you immedi-
ately think about alcoholism and substance abuse. While it
is true that alcoholism and substance abuse are examples
of addiction, there are many other types of behavioral
addictions that are important to be aware of that occur in
our lives.
For a behavior to be considered an "addiction," it must
encompass three main concepts:
1. a person, substance, or activity
2. regular use of (or exposure to) the person, substance
or activity, and
3. continued use of the person, substance, or activity
despite negative consequences.
People may become addicted to food, certain people, or
certain activities. If you find yourself repeatedly pursu-
ing a certain activity to help you cope with pain, trauma,
stress, loss, loneliness, depression, anxiety or any other life
problem ask yourself if your continued use of that outlet
(i.e., person, substance, or activity) is causing negative
outcomes in your life. If you repeatedly spend more time
than you intend using a substance or pursuing an activity,
you might have a problem with addiction.
If you think that you might be struggling with an addiction,
please seek help from a mental health professional. There
are many types of treatment available for addictions, and
there is likely a treatment that is right for you. If you think
you may have some signs of addiction but aren't sure,
please seek consultation. I am available throughout the
week, and there are several other free student resources
on main campus (UF Counseling Center: www.counsel.
ufl.edu, Student Mental Health Services: http://shcc.ufl.
edu/smhs/).




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.


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Gordon


Watch Where
You Park
Staff and students at the
law school have noticed an
uncommonly large number of
tow trucks on Village Drive this
month.
Apparently they are towing
cars parked in the small lot
west of Village Drive and north
of Baby Gator.
While the lot has long been
used as overflow parking by
law students, no one is allowed
to park outside the marked
spaces there, said Associate
Dean for Students Gail Sasnett.
Students who "make" spaces
for themselves in unmarked
areas may find themselves
walking home.


PEOPLE


Scholarship
Chesterfield Smith Professor
Michael W. Gordon published
the 7th edition of his coau-
thored International Business
Transactions Nutshell by the
West Group. He sat as a panel-
ist with two Canadians and two
other Americans in Washington,
D.C., on the NAFTA Chap-


SCHOLARSHIP
& ACTIVITIES


ter 19 wheat dispute between
Canada and the United States.
The panel met shortly thereafter
in Ottawa to draft their deci-
sion, which will be announced
next week.

In the News
Richard E. Nelson Chair
in Local Government Law


Michael Allan Wolf was quoted
in the Feb. 10 issue of The
Gainesville Sun and the Feb. 8
issue of The Financial News and
Daily Record in Jacksonville.
Wolf spoke about this year's
Nelson Symposium, which
focuses on billboard law.


Raw Deal for Martha?
He's no fan of Martha Stewart, but Professor Mike Seigel thinks the domestic diva was
the victim of "redundant charging."


BY CORINNE SIMON (1L)
Martha Stewart, who volun-
tarily went to prison after a jury
convicted her of four counts of
obstructing justice and lying to
investigators about a well-timed
stock sale, is set to be released
next month after a five-month
stay in a West Virginia federal
penitentiary.
Stewart seems to have
survived the scandal: she will
start working on
her spin-off of
Donald Trump's
primetime real-
ity show "The
Apprentice"
while under
five months
of house ar-
rest. But UF
law Profes-
sor Michael
Seigel for-
merly a federal
organized crime
prosecutor
believes the
case serves as
an example of
a harmful
prosecution
gel tactic called


"redundant charging."
"I'm not shedding any tears for
Martha," Seigel said. "Once she
was caught, the right thing to do
was admit it or keep her mouth
shut. Instead, she started lying
- basically spitting at the very
essence of our judicial system.
But it's a problem that she was
prosecuted for five counts and
convicted of four for essentially
one crime."
Seigel spoke to an audience
of about 30 UF law students
Feb. 8 in the second installment
in the Faculty Speaker Series,
held this semester to highlight
recent scholarship by UF faculty.
Seigel and Professor Christopher
Slobogin have co-authored a
paper examining Stewart's case as
an example of the need to rein in
redundant charging a practice
that, according to the authors,
gives prosecutors "godlike"
power.
"Prosecutors know that bring-
ing duplicative or overlapping
charges for the same conduct
provides them with several tacti-
cal advantages," Seigel said "More
charges lead to more convictions.
When a prosecutor places two or


more counts in the indictment, a
split jury might compromise on a
guilty verdict for one charge and
not guilty on others."
For example, when Stewart
lied to federal agents that she had
a pre-existing agreement with
her stockbroker to sell ImClone
stock if the price dropped to $60
per share, the cover-up gave rise
to two crimes: making false state-
ments and obstruction of justice.
When she repeated the story dur-
ing a separate interview, it gave
rise to a third charge of making
false statement, and so on.
Seigel and Slobogin recom-
mend the courts use their com-
mon law power to create a "law
of counts." Essentially, the court
would conduct a pre-trial review
of an indictment to determine if
the charges are duplicative in a
manner that would jeopardize a
defendant's right to a fair trial.
"Ideally, prosecutors would
self-regulate," Seigel said "But
it's unrealistic to expect prosecu-
tors to limit their investigative
and charging practices when the
courts and legislatures feel no
need to do so."


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Do 'Diversity Matters' Matter to You?
UF alumnus, faculty discuss the importance of diversity in education.


BY NEKITA ROBINSON
Take a moment and reflect
on your law school experience
thus far. Are you satisfied with
the level of diversity at your law
school and does it matter to you?
Diversity certainly mattered
to attorney Stephen K. Johnson,
a UF law alumnus (JD 69) and
co-founder of the Law School
Rights Research Council and the
Southern Legal Action Move-
ment (SLAM). Johnson was
guest speaker at "The History of
Diversity: Diversity Matters," a
forum held Feb. 8 by the Carib-
bean Law Students Association.
Johnson was a student at UF
while the law school was being
desegregated an experience
that led to his involvement in
SLAM and other civil rights
organizations. Johnson said that
as a white student in an all-white
class, he lost out on important
educational experiences as a
result of segregation.


Participants in "Diversity Matters" (from left
to right) Hugh Rowe (2L), Stephen Johnson
(JD 69), Professor Nancy Dowd, CaribLaw
Vice-President Amanda Bhikhari, and CaribLaw
President Loreal Belfon.


A recent study by two UF law
professors agrees with Johnson.
In their article "Diversity Mat-
ters: Race, Gender, and Ethnicity
in Legal Education," Chesterfield
Smith Professor Nancy Dowd,
and Professor Kenneth Nunn
use surveys conducted at several
colleges to show the effects of
racial and gender diversity on
the learning experiences of law
students. The studies showed
that in a classroom that is not


diverse, students are
less likely to be active
participants. Dowd,
who spoke at the
event, attests that is
evident in many of
her classes.
CaribLaw Presi-
dent Loreal Belfon
said the article was a
"call to legal educa-
tion to acknowledge
the importance of
legal diversity."
To students seeking


political or adminis-
trative action to increase diversity
at the law school, Johnson stressed
the importance of having "fire
in your belly" to make changes
happen.
"The way to create change is to
first focus on what you want to
change, then organize," Johnson
said. A large group is not always
needed. It only takes three."


'Black for a
Reason'
Join the Black Law Students
Association in a day of unique
recognition for the contribu-
tions made to society by people
of color. On Wednesday, Feb.
16, BLSA is encouraging every-
one to dress in all black, part of
the group's annual "Black for a
Reason" event.
BLSA asks individual students
and student organizations to
select and highlight one of a
number of underrepresented
causes during the event. When
participants are asked why
they are wearing all black
on Feb. 16, they can use the
opportunity to talk about their
chosen cause.
BLSA is also selling T-shirts
with the logo "Black for a Rea-
son: Ask Me Why." Shirts can
be pre-ordered for $10 each at
the BLSA office.
For more information or to sign
up for a cause, contact Tonya
Fewell at tnfewell@ufl.edu.


Culture on the Concourse


BY NEKITA ROBINSON
The Black Law Students
Association (BLSA) held its
second annual "Culture on
the Concourse" event Feb. 8,
one of a number of events to
be held in celebration of Black
History Month.
BLSA members displayed
information about historically
black colleges and universities,
African-American Greek letter
organizations, and other issues at
a table on the concourse.
"The idea is to showcase
black history and culture while
revealing the history of the
students," said event organizer


Melanie Thompson.
Also on display were a number
of books by popular African-
American authors past and pres-
ent from Zora Neale Hurston
to Terry McMillan.
"People are unaware that there
are so many African American
authors on the New York Times
bestseller list," said BLSA histo-
rian Schnelle Tonge.

Top: Dean Robert Jerry and
others check out items on
display at BLSA's "Culture
on the Concourse" event.

Bottom: Members of the
W. George Allen
Chapter of BLSA.


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a $5 million community devel-
opment fund from Shell, as well
as relocation funds for the entire
neighborhood of Old Diamond.
"A lot of activists start out the
way Margie Richard did by
organizing to fight environ-
mental problems in their own
communities," Regar said.
"What makes Margie Richard
noteworthy is that she took on
a large corporation and was suc-
cessful in getting much of what
she demanded."
Richard will speak at 7 p.m.
Feb. 25 in the Touchdown
Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin
Stadium.
The conference will also host
Costa Rican presidential candi-
date and economist and Ott6n
Solis, who served as Minister of
Planning and Economy in the
Oscar Arias administration and
founded the Citizens' Action
Party, a third-party movement
in Costa Rica that emphasizes
social equity and environmental
issues. Solis garnered 17 percent
of the vote in Costa Rica's last


presidential election. Solis will
deliver an address on interna-
tional free trade agreements and
their effect on the environment
at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Florida
Museum of Natural History.
The conference will offer 19
panel discussions on a broad
range of pressing environmental
issues. Panel topics include:
The War Against Cit-
rus Canker. A discussion of
Florida's citrus canker eradica-
tion program, the rights of land-
owners, and proper compensa-
tion for trees that have been
destroyed to stop the spread of
canker.
Got Merc? Regulating,
Mitigating, and Litigating the
Levels of Mercury in the Fish
We Eat. How does mercury get
into fish? How much fish can
a person safely eat? And what
happens if you consume too
much mercury? A toxicologist,
an ecologist and others will
answer those questions.
The Inside Scoop. State
Sen. Rod Smith (D-Alachua),


state Rep. Thad Altman (R-
Melbourne) and others will offer
a sneak preview of the environ-
mental issues being discussed at
this year's session of the Florida
Legislature.
Attendees will gather on
Sunday, Feb. 26, for a "grand
finale" panel discussion about
overfishing, the decline of ocean
wildlife and the collapse of
ocean ecosystems. Titled "The
State of Our Seas," the discus-
sion will focus on two recently
released reports on the ocean
crisis one by the U.S. Com-
mission on Ocean Policy and
another by the non-profit Pew
Oceans Commission and their
very different prescriptions for
healing the world's seas.
The event is open to the
public with registration and
free to UF students and faculty.
For more information, contact
Adam Regar at aregar@ufl.edu
or Ashley Cross-Rapaport at
cross711@ufl.edu.


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February
14 Career Services: One
Quick Question, 10:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m., courtyard

15 Roundtable Discussion
on Social Security, 5 p.m.,
room 285D

16 Career Services: Getting
Hired From an Employ-
er's Perspective, noon,
355B

BLSA: "Black for a Rea-
son," noon, cafeteria

17 Career Services: Evaluat-
ing a Legal Employer, 11
a.m., faculty dining room


17 South Africa Study
Abroad Informational
Meeting, 11 a.m. 285D

18 Trial Team Final Four
Competition, 9 a.m.,
room 180A

21 Career Services: One
Quick Question, 10:30
a.m.-12:30 p.m., courtyard

23 Career Services: Practic-
ing Law in Small and
Medium Firms, noon,
Bailey Courtroom

24 A Conversation with
Janet Reno, 10. a.m. room
180A


24 Career Services: Alterna-
tive Careers, Exploring
Your Options, 11 a.m.,
faculty dining room

25 Public Interest Environ-
mental Conference panel
sessions begin, 8:30 a.m., J
Wayne Reitz Union

Law and Technology
Conference panel sessions
begin, 9 a.m., Sheraton
World Resort, Orlando

Race and Law Curricu-
lum Conference panel ses-
sions begin, 8:30 a.m., UF
Hilton Conference Center


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