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VOL. 10, NO. 8 October 16,2006
VOL. 10, NO. 8 October 16, 2006
Research Helps Spur Congress
to Protect Military Families
A study co-authored by a University of
Florida law professor recently helped spur the
U.S. Congress to pass legislation protecting
military families from
-- predatory lenders who
charge interest rates that
can reach well into the
The study co-au-
thored by Christopher
L. Peterson, an associate
professor at UF's Levin
College of Law, and
Steven M. Graves, an
assistant professor of geography at California
State University, surveyed more than 13,000
Substance, Skills a
Converge in Costa
Students interested in environmental law,
international and comparative law, and law and
policy in the Americas should consider the UF
Law Costa Rica program.
The six-week summer program at the Uni-
versity of Costa Rica in San
Jose is unique in the extent
to which substance, skills and
field work are integrated into
a cross-cultural classroom
that includes students from
law schools throughout the
United States and Latin
In 2006 the program
offered international and comparative environ-
mental law, international environmental justice,
environmental dispute resolution and the UF
Law Conservation Clinic. These courses came
together as students addressed the indigenous
right to property in the Americas, the interna-
zip codes and found that payday loan compa-
nies clustered in areas near military bases.
The findings were cited in a report by the
Pentagon, and last month Peterson testi-
fied before the Senate Banking Committee.
On Sept. 29 Congress agreed to legislation
prohibiting lenders from imposing an inter-
est rate of more than 36 percent on loans
to members of the armed forces or their
"It's just fantastic," Peterson said. "It's
probably the most consumer-friendly legisla-
tion Congress has passed in a generation."
Congress may have been moved, he
said, by the irony of claiming to support
the troops while at the same time allowing
Continued on page 7
nd Field Trips
t Rica Program
tional and comparative law of sea turtle conser-
vation, and the law of transboundary rivers.
Related field trips included a two-day white
water rafting trip along a river through indig-
enous territory threatened by a dam; navigating
the Rio San Juan, the bound-
ary river between Costa Rica
and Nicaragua that is the sub-
ject of a case before the Inter-
national Court ofJustice; and
working side by side with sea
turtle researchers at the Tor-
tuguero biological station on
Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast.
An informational meeting will
be held Tuesday, Oct. 24, at noon in Holland
359. Students can also visit the program website
tarica and contact the program's director, Legal
Skills Professor Tom Ankersen at Ankersen@
law.ufl.edu or 273-0835.
Faist, Spoont, and
McIntyre Take Top
Honors at Final Four
UF Law students Josh Spoont and
Elizabeth Faist took home best team
honors at the Moot Court Team's bi-
annual Final Four on Friday, Oct. 6.
Spoont was also named best oralist in
the competition, and took the prize for
best brief. Jesse Mclntyre was named
best overall competitor.
The competitors presented oral argu-
ments in front of justices from the
Florida Supreme Court, including Jus-
tices Harry Lee Anstead, Charles T.
Wells, Barbara J. Pariente, and Peggy
A. Quince, as well as retired Chief
Justice Ben F. Overton, an adjunct UF
The Fall Final Four is sponsored by the
Orlando law firm of Zimmerman, Kiser
& Sutcliffe, and is the culmination of
a five-week try-out competition, which
requires interested students to write
an appellate brief and then present
two oral arguments before a panel of
The Justice Campbell Thornal Moot
Court Team competes each year at
over a dozen tournaments throughout
the country. The team was founded
in 1961, and was named after the
prominent Florida Supreme Court Chief
Justice. The team's mission is to pro-
mote excellence in appellate advocacy.
FI Levin College of Law
S UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
Oct. 16 Nov. 30, 2006
* U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of the Solicitor's
Honors Program, 3Ls (Oct. 16)
* Securities & Exchange Commission 2007
Summer Paid Honors Program 2Ls and 3Ls
* Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation,
Office of General Counsel, Summer Law
Clerkships 2Ls (Oct. 31)
* U.S. Dept. of State, 3Ls 3-Year New
Attorney Program in Office of the Legal
Adviser (Civil) & 2Ls paid summer intern
program (Nov. 1)
* U.S. Supreme Court 2007-2008 Fellows
Program for graduates (Nov. 13)
* Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of
Consumer Protection, Summer 2007 Law
Clerk Program for 2Ls (Nov. 15)
* Securities & Exchange Commission 2007
SEC Business Associates Program JD/MBA
* U.S. Dept. of Defense, Honors Legal Intern-
ship Program 2L, paid (Nov. 20)
* U.S. Dept. Of Health & Human Services
Office of Counsel to the Inspector General,
Paid Summer Intern Program for 2Ls (Nov.
For information refer to the Government
Honors and Internship Handbook,
shandbook.cfm or in hard copy in the
Center for Career Services office.
Professionalism during the
Callback & Offer Process
It is critical to remain professional and
respectful of the legal employers and your
classmates during the callback and offer
stage of the recruitment process. You do
not want to be perceived as having wasted
legal employers time and resources without
a legitimate reason. To hoard callbacks
and hold open multiple offers will not
ultimately benefit your reputation in the
legal community. Recruiters do talk. Please
remember that when you release an offer,
it may well be extended to one of your UF
Law classmates. Therefore, it is not only
unfair but also discourteous to hold offers
open that you do not intend to accept.
Timing of Accepting Offers
Student and employer expectations
and obligations are listed in the NALP
Standards for the Timing of Offers & Deci-
sion available at www.nalp.org. For those
students who received an offer from their
summer employer before Sept. 15, Nov.
1 is the deadline for students to accept or
decline the offer of employment. With the
permission of the employer, a student with
an offer deadline of Nov. 1 who is holding
only one other offer may extend to Dec.
1. All other offers must be accepted by or
preferably before Dec. 1. Additionally, it is
important to advise prospective employers
if you are competing for a fellowships or
judicial clerkships with late hiring deci-
If you are holding an offerss, it is to
your professional benefit to:
Make timely decisions.
Promptly and graciously decline call-
backs or offers from firms you are no
longer seriously considering.
Maintain contact with the firm to keep
them apprised of your status and to re-
affirm your continued interest.
Accepting the Offer
Please remember that accepting an offer
from an employer represents a serious com-
mitment. It is highly recommended that
you carefully consider an offer before ac-
cepting and that you fully intend to honor
the commitment once you have made your
decision. A Career Services professional
counselor can help you assess your options
to determine the best fit for you. Rescind-
ing your summer or permanent job accep-
tance is unprofessional conduct that may
impair your reputation in the legal com-
munity. If your circumstances change and
you are weighing whether to back out of
your decision, please talk to Career Services
BEFORE calling the employer. UF Law
must maintain a solid working relationship
with all legal employers and we want to
help you do what is in the best interest of
your professional career and reputation.
Drafting Powerful Cover Letters
Writing an effective cover letter can seem
like the hardest part of your job search. It
is worth spending a lot of time on your
letters, however, as many employers view
them as the most important part of your
Network & Research
As with other aspects of your job
search, networking plays a pivotal role
in letter writing.
Extra time spent networking and learn-
ing about an employer can really pay
Finding contacts to whom you can
address your letters is the essential first
step to writing a good letter.
At the very least, target fellow UF
alumni or your fellow undergrad
Try to set up your connections so that
you not only can address each letter to
a person with whom you share some
commonality, but so that you can start
your letter with "Mr./Ms. X suggested
that I contact you."
Target your mailings based upon
your networking and research. MASS
MAILINGS DON'T WORK. Ten
targeted letters are better than 100
Bus Taking Law Students to Minority
Mentoring Picnic this Saturday, Oct. 21
Entice your audience. Keep them read-
Everything in your letters needs to be
relevant, but not boring.
Maintain a tone that explains to an
employer what you can do for them,
not what a position with them will do
for your career.
Convince the employer that they need
to see you for an interview. Keep entic-
ing them with your relevant skills that
fit their needs.
Be enthusiastic and alive.
Be confident but not arrogant.
Don't be too cute, informal or pre-
Be sure that your cover letter is printed
on the same paper as your resume.
Write to a named individual, not to
"Hiring Partner" or any other generic
term. This is where networking really
Edit, edit, edit. Have a friend edit.
Have Career Services edit. Read it out
loud. Edit it again to ensure that it is
A cover letter should start with the con-
nection you have to the addressee.
Tell the addressee why you are contact-
Introduce yourself, including your law
school, your anticipated date of gradua-
tion, and the position for which you are
Explain why the employer should want
to meet and hire you.
Go through your background and con-
sider what the employer needs. Match
your experiences and skills with their
Use the word BECAUSE and give them
EVIDENCE about how you match.
Make the connection between your
experiences and skills and the skills
Minority students from all Florida law year's picnic. All la
schools will be gathering for the Third and minority law st
Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic on Sat- to attend.
urday, Oct. 21, at noon at Amelia Earhart The picnic is an op
Park in Hialeah. law students to be
To promote diversity in the legal profes- one judge or lawye
sion, the law firm of Ruden McClosky has "Lawyering, in man
announced that it will sponsor a 55-pas- guards, is based upo
senger bus to transport UF Law students John Kozyak, the o
to the event.
All minority stu-
but not limited to
women, law stu-
dents with dis-
abilities, and gay,
invited to join all Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno with stu-
Florida law schoolsdents at last year's Minority Mentoring Picnic.
at the picnic, which will feature Carib- opportunities to cr
bean music, a rich selection of food, foot- ships."
ball, volleyball, and a number of lawyers If you are interest
and judges willing to serve as mentors. have questions, em
Many federal and state judges, including Representative Jes
Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, firstname.lastname@example.org
have already committed to attend this
needed for the position. Re-express yol
* Explain how specific experiences trans- ployer.
fer into specific skills. Don't just tell It is not neces
them what you did, but why what you contact inform
did is useful to them. found in your
* Give proof for everything you say you resume.
are good at.
* Show your research about the firm/em- Opportunities
* Express your interest or connection in The United Nat
the city the employer is located. Show petitive recruitme
your ties. 27, 2007, for U.S
* Do not just repeat your resume. ested in entry-leve
Close by making a specific request for
Explain how you plan to follow up.
Legal Affairs. Dea
applications by th
found at: www.un
wyers, judges, faculty,
udents are encouraged
portunity for minority
paired with at least
r as a mentor.
y significant re-
organizer of the event
and partner at
in Miami, told
The Florida Bar
picnic is about
sity and inclusion
in the legal
by making sure
early on and given
eate these relation-
d in attending or you
ail UF Law School
sie Howell Wallace at
ur interest in the em-
sary to give them your
nation that can already be
letter head and on your
with the United
:ions is holding a com-
nt examination on Feb.
. citizens who are inter-
l professional posts in
dline for receipt of exam
e UN is Oct. 31, 2006.
About the NCRE can be
Monday OCTOBER 16
* Writing Workshop: Word Choice, 1 p.m.,
* UF School of Theatre and Dance presents
"Waiting for Godot," 8 p.m., McGuire Pa-
vilion Constans Black Box. Repeated through
Monday OCTOBER 30
* Advanced Registration for Spring 2007 term
* UF School of Music presents the U.S. Army
Band Brass Quintet, 8 p.m., University
Tuesday OCTOBER 17
Alejandro Toledo, former president of Peru,
lecture, "Poverty and the Future of Democ-
racy in Latin America," 7:30 p.m., Reitz
Union Grand Ballroom
Career Services Program: Practicing Family
Law, noon, FDR
Evening with Justice Eliezer Rivlin, the Su-
preme Court of Israel, 6 p.m., Room 285B
"Conversation about Implementing Shared
Governance at UF," 8:30 a.m., Emerson
Tuesday OCTOBER 24
* Law & Policy in the Americas Program sym-
posium on "Constitutional Courts in Latin
America," 3:30-5 p.m., FDR
* Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica Infor-
mational Meeting, noon, HOL 359
* Pizza with the Dean, noon, HOL 266
Tuesday OCTOBER 31
* Career Services Program: Small Firm Prac-
tice, noon, FDR
Wednesday OCTOBER 18
Career Services One Quick Question, 9:45-
11:15 a.m., Schott Courtyard
"Food for Thought" Lecture Series, Nicholas
Ohanesian of the National Labor Rela-
tions Board. Co-sponsored by the American
Constitution Society and Levin Labor and
Employment Law Alliance.
Free Barbecue, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Schott
IPTLA General Meeting with Jeff Morgan,
an associate with Troutman Sanders LLP in
Atlanta, noon, HOL 345
Wednesday OCTOBER 25
* Career Services One Quick Question, 9:45-
11:15 a.m., Schott Courtyard
* Career Services Program with ABA Section:
Employment & Labor Law, Pete Zinober,
Zinober & McCrea, PA., noon, 355D
* Jacksonville Bar Luncheon, noon, Omni
* "Beat the Dawgs" Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m.,
River Club, Jacksonville
Wednesday NOVEMBER 1
* UFPA presents U.S. Premiere Mark
O'Connor's Fiddle Celebration. 7:30 p.m.
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing
Thursday OCTOBER 19
* Speaker Series: Jacqueline Lipton, professor,
Case School of Law, 11:30 a.m., HOL 345
* American Constitution Society Fall Keynote
Lecture with Mark Tushnet, "Emergency
Powers in a Separation-of-Powers System,"
noon, 180A (Reception with guest for ACS
members afterwards in FDR)
Thursday OCTOBER 26
* Speaker Series: Heidi Kitrosser, professor,
University of Minnesota Law, 11:30 a.m.,
* New York City Nation Beat Concert featur-
ing percussionist Jorge Martins and flutist
and saxophonist Jorge Continentino, 7:30
p.m., University Auditorium
* UF Accent Speakers Bureau presents Carl
Hiassen, 8 p.m., Curtis M. Phillips Center
for the Performing Arts
Thursday NOVEMBER 2
* Inaugural Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture
in Family Law: "Palmore Comes of Age:
The Place of Race in the Placement of
Children," presented by David Meyer,
University of Illinois College of Law, noon,
Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom
* Speaker Series- Elizabeth Keating, Univer-
sity of Texas professor, noon, HOL 345
Friday OCTOBER 20
* Gator soccer vs. Arkansas, James G. Pressly
Stadium, (time TBA)
* Gator volleyball vs. South Carolina, Stephen
C. O'Connell Center, (time TBA)
* UFPA presents Tania Perez-Salas
Compaiiia de Danza, 7:30 p.m. Curtis M.
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Familiarize yourself with
the Policies Regulating
Student Organizations by
reading the insert in
this FlaLaw or by
contacting Student Affairs.
Friday NOVEMBER 3
* Graduate Tax Enrichment Series presents
Emily Parker, partner at Thompson &
Knight, Dallas, 11 a.m., HOL 180
* Caribsa, 8 p.m., Curtis M. Phillips Center for
the Performing Arts
Sat./Sun OCTOBER 21/ 22
* Saturday, Minority Mentoring Picnic, noon,
Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah
* Saturday, UFPA presents L.A. Theatre Works
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, 7:30 p.m.
* Saturday, Pre-legal Honor Society Moot
Court Competition, 1 p.m., BG 136
* Sunday, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Mock Trial
Competition, 10 a.m., BG 136
Sat./Sun OCTOBER 28/ 29
* Saturday, Gator football game vs. Georgia,
Alltell Stadium in Jacksonville, 3:30 p.m.
Sat./Sun NOVEMBER 4/5
* Saturday, Gator football game vs. Vanderbilt,
Nashville, TN (Time TBA)
News & Events
New Lecture Series
Honors Professor Walter
Levin College of Law Professor Wal-
ter Weyrauch (above, right) is being
honored with a new annual lecture in
his name presented by the Center on
Children & Families.
The inaugural lecture will take place
Thursday, Nov. 2, at noon in the Ches-
terfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom
with family law and constitutional
scholar David Meyer, Mildred Van
Voorthis Jones Faculty Scholar at the
University of Illinois College of Law.
Meyer's lecture is titled "Palmore
Comes of Age: The Place of Race in
the Placement of Children."
A leading scholar at the intersection
of constitutional law and family law,
Meyer's recent articles have appeared
in numerous journals. In the summer
of 2006, he served as United States
Co-Reporter on Family Law at the
Congress of the International Acad-
emy of Comparative Law in Utrecht,
Meyer received his B.A. in History
with Highest Honors and his J.D.
magna cum laude from the University
of Michigan, where he also served as
Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Law
Review. He clerked for Judge Harry T.
Edwards on the United States Court
of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and
Justice Byron R. White on the United
States Supreme Court.
Weyrauch, the Stephen C. O'Connell
Chair and Distinguised Professor of
Law, joined the UF faculty in 1957.
He currently teaches family law and
Loans for Bar Exam Expenses
Are you making plans to take the bar
and wondering where you will come up
with the financing necessary for these
out of pocket expenses? There are private
loan companies who will make Bar Exam
loans to students who are in their final
year of law school.
These loans can be used for a student's
living expenses while studying for the
Bar, Bar prep classes and other Bar-re-
lated expenses. You may borrow from
as little as $500 to as much as $15,000.
For more information regarding these
private loans you may contact the lenders
Key Education Resources
UF Law Steps Out Against
Heart Disease Saturday
Law students, faculty, staff and friends
are invited to join the UF Law contingent
for the American Heart Association's
Heart Walk in Haile Plantation on Satur-
day, Oct. 21. It's a 5k (3.1 mile) walk from
9 a.m. until noon.
Your $12 registration fee includes a
donation to the Heart Association, a "Law
Team" t-shirt and free drinks at JMBA's
bye-week blues party at the Ale House on
The Alachua Heart Walk raises almost
$2 million annually, but the AHA donates
more than $2 million of the proceeds each
year to Shands research, so all of your
money will go back into this community.
Research Participants Needed
for Focus Groups
The Center for the Study of Race and
Race Relations (CSRRR) will be conduct-
ing focus group discussions for a study
on race and law education. All students
are welcome and encouraged to sign
up. A $10 incentive will be paid upon
completion. If you are interested or have
any questions, contact Melissa Bamba,
assistant director, CSRRR, room 370A
Holland (273-0614, email@example.com).
Get Ready for Some Dodgeball
The ABA Charity Dodgeball Tourna-
ment will be held at Norman Field Oct.
22 at 2 p.m. The tournament is open to all
students, faculty, and staff and will benefit
the ProBono Project of New Orleans.
Teams will have 6-10 players. The entry
fee is $42, and donations of $10 per per-
son are encouraged. There will be prizes,
food, and lots of fun. If you would like
to sign up or have any questions, please
An Evening with Justice Rivlin
of the Supreme Court of Israel
The Jewish Law Students Association
and the International Law Society present
"An Evening with Justice Eliezer Rivlin,"
Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in Room
285B. Rivlin, who was recently sworn in
as deputy president of the Supreme Court
of Israel, is currently a visiting lecturer
in the Comparative Litigation Foreign
Free Barbecue Wednesday
The Levin College of Law is holding a
free barbecue for all students, faculty, and
staffWednesday, Oct. 18, from 11:30 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m. in the Schott Courtyard. The
food is from Hill's Bar-B-Que in Gaines-
The event is sponsored by the Gene
K. and Elaine Glasser Endowment. The
Glassers, who are both UF alumni, also
brought us last year's barbecue and ice
They hope the events will sponsor a
greater sense of community among people
at the law school.
Note: Additional meetings and events
are listed on the calendar on pages 4-5
Research Helps Spur Congress to Action
Continued from page 1
them to be preyed upon by the predatory lending practices of
the payday loan companies. Payday loans are high-interest
loans intended to tide the borrower over to his next paycheck.
In a typical payday loan, a lender might give a borrower $100
cash in exchange for a post-dated check for $115. When the
loan comes due, typically two weeks later, the lender cashes
the check, recouping his $100 plus a $15 "lender's fee."
If the borrower doesn't have enough money in the bank
when the loan is due, he can always refinance-by borrowing
more money on the same terms. Known as a "rollover," this
practice can quickly turn a small loan into a sizable financial
obligation. Charges for payday loans vary, but a typical lender
will charge around $17 or $18 for a two-week loan of $100.
That's roughly equivalent to an annual interest rate of 450
Peterson hopes the limits placed on loans to military fami-
lies can someday be made on loans to civilians as well.
"These kinds of loans are being made to people from all
walks of life," Peterson said. "If it's good for military service
members it ought to be good for everybody else, too. Never-
theless, I think this is a step in the right direction and some-
thing to build upon."
Peterson has been studying predatory lending for years, and
is the author of Taming the Sharks: Towards a Cure for the High
Cost Credit Market, which received the American College of
Consumer Financial Services Attorneys' Best Book of the Year
Award for 2004.
Peterson and Graves mapped payday loan locations in 20
states, including 109 military bases, and found that ZIP codes
near military bases consistently had higher numbers of payday
lenders than nonmilitary ZIP codes of similar population and
Military personnel make good targets for the payday loan
industry, Peterson said. Junior enlisted personnel often have
low salaries and little experience managing money. Because the
military frowns on nonpayment of debt-delinquent soldiers
can face demotion, loss of security clearances, and even dis-
charge-lenders can be confident they will be repaid.
Peterson believes the research he and Graves did may have
influenced some leaders at the Pentagon, which cited the study
in a ground breaking press release and in talking points for its
legislative affairs personnel.
"I got into this business thinking I wanted to make a dif-
ference, and then I realized that's completely a pipe dream,"
Peterson said. "But I think we actually made a difference on
this one. We kind of helped this happen,"
Tritt Brings Practical Perspective to Center
The new director of the Center for Estate and Elder Law
Planning has his sights set on a national reputation for the
program. After spending eight years in top-tier New York City
practices, Professor Lee-ford Tritt (J.D., LL.M., New York
University) brings a very practical perspective to the center.
"When the director positions
were offered to me, I didn't think
twice about accepting," said Tritt,
who also will direct the Estates
and Trusts Practice Certificate
Program. Because of Florida's
large population of retirees, UF's
status as the state's flagship uni-
versity, the large sector of alumni
who practice in the field, and the
caliber of the college's tax pro-
gram, Tritt believes the center has
a great potential to become the
premiere academic research and
resource institute on estate planning issues.
"The college has a unique opportunity to create a meaning-
ful academic center that will enhance our college's national
reputation, help prepare our students to meet the challenges of
an estates and trusts practice, and provide community services
for the area's elderly and poor," Tritt said.
Tritt has five main goals. First, he will begin to establish ties
with alumni who practice in the field in order to get valuable
input concerning the development of the center as well as to
provide learning and networking opportunities for students.
Next, he would like to establish speaking series and conferenc-
es that will bring together scholars and practitioners to focus
attention on prominent issues that affect our daily lives.
Tritt also would like to update the Certificate Program to
reflect the evolving nature of an estates and trusts practice,
the American family dynamic and the laws that govern family
structures. He hopes interested students will provide commu-
nity services such as clinics for the elderly. Finally, he wants
the center to play a part in shaping Florida's estates and trusts
public policy and statutes. Once these goals are achieved, Tritt
foresees building a national reputation that will reflect well
upon the entire college and university.
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College of Law
* Robert H. Jerry, II, Dean
* George L. Dawson, Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs
* Stuart R. Cohn, Associate
Dean for International Studies
* Michael K. Friel, Associate Dean &
Director, Graduate Tax Program
* Rachel E. Inman, Associate
Dean for Students
* Christine Klein, Associate
Dean for Faculty Development
* M. Kathleen "Kathie" Price, Associate
Dean for Library and Technology
* Gail E. Sasnett, Associate
Dean for Students, Professionalism
and Community Relations
* Adrian Jones, Assistant Dean for
Diversity and Community Relations
* Linda Calvert Hanson, Assistant
Dean for Career Services
* J. Michael Patrick, Assistant
Dean for Admissions
* Debra D. Amirin, Director
* Kelley Frohlich, Senior Director
of Development and Alumni Affairs
Thomas R. Hurst
Professor; Sam T. Dell Research Scholar
* Presented a paper entitled "Hedge Funds:The
Need for further Regulation" at the Cambridge
Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College,
Cambridge, England in September.
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky
Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor
* Published "Are Bloggers the New Lonely Pamphle-
teers?" UF LAWmagazine, 2006.
* Presented her new article, "Authorship, Audiences,
and Anonymous Speech," co-authored by former
UF law professor Tom Cotter, to the faculty at a
Brown Bag workshop on Sept. 29. The article will
be published in the Notre Dame Law Review.
* Participated as a faculty mentor and commenta-
tor at the Jurisgenesis conference at Washington
University in St. Louis, Summer 2006.
* Spoke on the Florida Bar Media Law Committee's
annual panel discussion of "First Amendment
Cases in the Supreme Court," Summer 2006.
* Spoke at the Southeastern Association of Law
Schools conference on recent First Amendment
decisions in the Supreme Court.
* Published 2006 Supplement to Franklin, Anderson
& Lidsky's Mass Media Law (7th ed. 2005).
Diane H. Mazur
* Spoke at Yale Law School during an Oct. 6 forum
on "The Judge Advocate General Corps Under
'Don'tAsk, Don't Tell': Should Gays Be Allowed
to Serve in the Military, and If Not, Should You
Serve?" Professor Mazur's remarks were based on
her recent article in the Joural of National Security
Law & Policy, "A Blueprint for Law School Engage-
ment with the Military."
Robert C.L. Moffat
Professor; Affiliate Professor of Philosophy
* Delivered a lecture, "Habermas, Rawls ... and the
Future of Europe," to the Institut Fuer Kriminalwis-
senshaften und Rechtsphilosophie, Faculty of Law,
Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, in Frankfurt,
Germany, on July 13.
* Delivered a lecture, "The Entitlements Blackhole:
The Transformation of the West," to the Max Planck
Institute for Foreign and International Social Law,
Munich, Germany, on July 20.
* Received the Simonsmeier Award ($2,500) from
the American Society for Pharmacy Law for his
previously published article "Ambivalent Commit-
ments to Federalism in Controlling the Practice of
* Spoke at a Federalist Society program on regula-
tory compliance as a defense to pharmaceutical
product liability held in Ann Arbor, Mich.
* Spoke about developments in biotechnology at the
annual meeting of the Florida Bar Association.
Michael Allan Wolf
Professor, Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local
* Presented a talk on recent developments in
eminent domain law at the 2006 Conference of the
National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys in
Richmond in July.
In the News
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky
Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor
* USA Today, Oct. 10. Commented on the case in
which a Florida woman sued a Louisiana woman
for defaming her on an internet blog and was
awarded $11.3 million.
Joseph W. Little
Professor, Alumni Research Scholar
* Orlando Sentinel, Oct. 4. Quoted in an article about
the debate that ensued when Florida election of-
ficials said they might post signs by election booths
to clarify that a vote for former U.S. Rep Mark
Foley is a vote for his replacement, Joe Negron. "It
sounds problematic to me," he said.
* South Florida Sun Sentinel, Oct. 4. Quoted in an
article similar to that of the Orlando Sentinel's article
on signage to clarify the Negron-Foley dilemma.
* The Gainesville Sun, Oct. 9. In an article about
Gainesville's recent panhandling prohibition settle-
ment, he said the change in the rule allowed the
city to acknowledge the rule's shortcomings while
"retaining the ability to regulate activities that would
Michael Allan Wolf
Professor, Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local
* The Flagler Times, Sept. 27. Quoted in an article
about the effect of Concurrency 360 on school
impact fees. "I don't think (Concurrency 360) is the
end of school impact fees," he said.
* Palm Beach Post, Oct. 9. Quoted in an article about
Loxahatchee residents' efforts to become a town
in order to stop developers from turning open land
into subdivision heaven.