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Table of Contents
    Wrongly imprisoned for murder, author asks law students to be fair
        Page 1
    Career Services
        Page 2
    Career spotlight
        Page 3
    Calendar of events
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Briefs: news and events
        Page 6
    Woman tells of being wrongly imprisoned
        Page 7
    Scholarship and activities
        Page 8
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VOL. 10, NO. 13 November 20, 2006


Wrongly Imprisoned for Murder,


Author Asks Law Students to be Fair


By Jessica Jinah Song
"My name is Joyce Ann Brown and I spent
nine years, five months and 24 days in prison,"
she said, "for a crime that I did not commit."
Born and raised
in Texas, Brown's
unforgettable
journey through
the criminal justice
system drew a rapt
audience that filled
room 355 B of
Holland Hall with a
respectful silence on
Nov. 8.
In her lecture, Brown
co-sponsored by
the Center for the Study of Race and Race
Relations, the Black Law Students Association
and the Criminal Law Association, Brown told
the story of how, in 1980, she was accused


As a teenager growing up in Birmingham,
Alabama in the 1960s, John Tanner found
himself in the middle of the battleground over
civil rights in America.
"That was what was happening in Birming-
ham, it was sort of the center of the world,"
said Tanner, who is
now chief of the Vot-
ing Rights Section of
the United States De-
partment of Justice's
Civil Rights Division,
in a Nov. 9 speech
in the Chesterfield
Smith Ceremonial
Classroom, sponsored
by the American Tanner


of being involved in a robbery that led to the
murder of a store owner in Dallas. She, how-
ever, was at work with her co-workers when
the crime happened, as she would have on any
other day.
Three days after
the murder, Brown
was contacted by her
mother and informed
that the police were
looking for her.
Shocked, Brown
picked up a copy
of newspaper and
found the story writ-
ten about a woman
identified as Joyce
Ann Brown. According to the story, the car
that was used for the robbery was rented to a
woman named Joyce Ann Brown. That's when
Continued on page 7


Constitution Society. "Civil rights in Birming-
ham, Alabama in the 1960s was everything.
That's what everyone talked about all the time.
You were pretty much on one side or the other.
And I was on the other."
Tanner, who is white, said he became in-
volved in the civil rights
movement "as a result of
how I was brought up
and a certain reckless-
ness in my character."
Tanner worked on
voter registration drives
with the Southern
.. Christian Leadership
Conference, a civil rights
Continued on page 7


Support the Class Gift
Class Gift Committee Member Thomas
Allison (above) updates the total
donations made for the Dec. 2006
Class Gift, which last week reached
$28,500.
Graduating students can come to the
committee's table in the Schott Court-
yard, visit their website at www.law.
ufl.edu/students/resources/classgift.
shtml, or see any committee member
to make a donation or pledge.
The goal is to have 100 percent par-
ticipation and raise $65,000, Allison
said. The committee is sponsoring a
contest, "Battle Between Gators,"
to encourage graduating students to
donate to the class gift.
The contest features four separate
categories pitting various groups,
including Section 1 v. Section 2; Moot
Court v. Trial Team v. Law Review;
Journal of Law and Public Policy v.
Florida Journal of International Law v.
Journal of Law and Technology; and
BLSA v. SALSA v. JMBA v. JLSA.




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Voting Rights Chief Shares Stories


of a Life Spent on the Front Lines









CAREER

Services


Judicial Internships
The Dr. M. L. "Hank" Henry, Jr., Fund
for Judicial Internships is intended for
students with a demonstrated interest in,
and commitment to, lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender rights. A $3,500 stipend
will be awarded to a qualified law
student to support a 10-week summer
judicial internship in New York City
under the auspices of the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender Law Associa-
tion Foundation of Greater New York
("LeGal Foundation"). Applicants for the
2007 summer internship should provide
a letter to LeGal Foundation, 799, Broad-
way, Suite 340, New York, NY 10003.
Letter must be received no later than
Jan. 17, 2007. Questions concerning the
application process or the specifics of the
internship program can be directed to the
LeGal Foundation office at 212-353-9118
or go to www.le-gal.org.

Summer Fellowships
Would you like to gain hands-on experi-
ence this summer in legal service sites
throughout Florida, receive a stipend and
possibly a housing contribution? Be sure
to apply for a Florida Bar Foundation
Summer Legal Services Fellowship before
January 22, 2007.
Opportunities are available to work on
impact litigation or to provide direct
services to underrepresented individu-
als such as the homeless, migrant farm
workers, refugees and asylees, the
elderly, prisoners, the mentally ill or
disabled, children and juveniles, victims
of domestic violence, and low income
individuals on legal issues concerning
education, immigration, post-conviction
relief, family, housing, employment,
public benefits, consumer and domestic
violence. Students selected for these
full-time, 11-week summer fellowships
will receive stipends of $5,000 (1Ls) and
$6,000 (2Ls). Brochures and applications
are available in Career Services.


December 2006 Grads: Turn In
Pro Bono Hours
December 2006 graduates are reminded
to turn in their pro bono and/or com-
munity service time logs to the Center for
Career Services by Dec. 1. Accumulated
hours are posted outside the CCS office. If
you have turned in hours, come by CCS to
make sure your hours are correct. Certifi-
cates will be available for pick up in CCS
on Dec. 15.

Interested in Working in the
Alachua-Marion County Area?
UF Law will sponsor a reception on
Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in
Gainesville for area alums and the local bar
association. The Office of Development
and Alumni Affairs graciously is permit-
ting a number of interested students to
attend this networking reception. Space is
limited and preference will be given to 3Ls
interested in remaining in the area. If you
are interested, email careers@law.ufl.edu
indicating your class year by Nov. 30.

Debunking Five Popular Myths
About the Center for Career
Services

Myth Number One
Finding ajob won't be a problem because
Career Services willplace me.
While this is a popular belief, it is inac-
curate. Statistics demonstrate that your first
job after graduation will not be your last
job. We teach you how to search and find
a satisfying position. Finding a job that is
right for you takes a significant amount of
time, energy and diligence on the part of
each individual law student.
Counselors at CCS can help you. The
first step is asking yourself the right ques-
tions and developing an understanding of
what you are looking for and then focus-
ing on how to get there. "If you give a
man a fish, you feed him for a day; if you
teach him how to fish you feed him for a
lifetime." Lau Tsu


Myth Number Two
I can't go see a CCS Counselor because I
don't know what type of law I want to prac-
tice, so how do I know what questions to ask.
This is exactly why you should come in
to speak with one of our professional coun-
selors. All of our counselors have graduated
from law school. We have all been in your
shoes and understand how difficult it can
be to have a goal and not know how to de-
fine it once you are in law school. We can
guide you through the process and help
you concentrate on determining which
path or paths to pursue.
Myth Number Three
My GPA is 2.79 and CCS only assists
people at the top of the class...like OCI and
judicial clerkships.
Both OCI and judicial clerkships are
high profile programs. It's easy to get the
impression that this is all CCS does. Don't
be fooled. While these are options for
some students, the majority of law students
will not gain employment through these
programs. There are lots of other options
available. Many employers are much more
interested in your pro bono, co-curricular,
or summer and part-time legal experiences.
All students should build their resume with
legal experience while in law school. Think
about pro bono, externships, internships or
clinics as options to pursue while you are
in law school.
Myth Number Four
There's plenty of time. I'll drop by CCS be-
fore Igraduate and they'll get me ajob then.
Time is a relative thing. Three years may
seem like a long time but it goes by in a
flash. While you are in law school you will
have many goals. It is in your best interest
to build your legal credentials as soon as
possible and to continue to expand them
as you finish your JD. The experience you
obtain while in law school can lead to op-
portunities upon graduation and beyond.
One legal experience tends to lead to the
next either directly or indirectly. It is very
challenging for students to begin to build
momentum in their fifth and sixth semes-
ters. The earlier one begins the better.


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CAREER


Myth Number Five
CCS keeps rilk. ug about networking this
and networking that... why do I need to
network to land a post-gradposition?
Networking has become a tricky con-
cept for some law students. It is, however,
the backbone of obtaining legal positions.
Many of the positions available in the legal
market will never show up in a publication
or on a job bank. They are generally offered
by word of mouth. This means that there
are times in the legal field when it truly is
who you know or being in the right place
at the right time. Students who make the
most of their contacts and then network
off those contacts will be leaps and bounds
ahead of a recent graduate who has no legal
experience or is an unknown in the legal
community. If you want to learn more
about informational interviews or network-
ing, call for an appointment with a CCS
counselor.
The Center for Career Services is a
resource available to all students after their
first few months in law school. Like any
resource, it serves you only as much as you
utilize it. Our mission is to teach, guide and
facilitate your self-directed career search.
This process includes not only serving as
a resource, but also directing you as you
explore different options both within and
beyond the legal profession. Optimally,
students should come in early during their
law school career and continue with regular
visits to expand and modify their individual
approach to obtaining satisfying employ-
ment after graduation.

Nashville Minority Recruitment
In late February, the Nashville Bar Asso-
ciation holds its annual Damali Booker 1L
Minority Job Fair. This event gives students
an opportunity to meet with Nashville-area
employers who are committed to increasing
diversity in the legal workplace. Registra-
tion takes place in January. Look for details
in FlaLaw this spring.

Chicago Holiday Reception
The Chicago Committee on Minorities
in Large Law Firms is holding its annual


Phyllis Harris has been protecting the environ-
ment through the power of law for almost two
decades, and now she is joining the compliance
team at the nation's largest retailer.
Harris was promoted to vice president of
environmental compliance for Wal-Mart Stores,
Inc., where she oversees environmental compli-
ance throughout all Wal-Mart's more than
4,000 facilities and stores nationally.
"I view my job as ensuring that we comply
with all environmental laws as well as to
help develop our environmental sustainability
programs," said Harris.
Harris began her career at the Fortune
500 company in January 2006 as a senior
divisional director for asset protection for the
Southeast Division.
Previously, she worked at the Environmental
Protection Agency for 19 years where, as
deputy assistant administrator for the Office
of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance,
she was the senior career official responsible
for managing the agency's largest staff and
helping set and execute national environmental
enforcement policy.



"Sweet Home Chicago" holiday reception
Thursday, Dec. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the
law offices of Sachnoff & Weaver in Chi-
cago. This is an excellent opportunity for
law students interested in practicing in the
Chicago area to meet minority attorneys,
mingle with recruiting directors and hiring
partners, hear about the practice of law in
Chicago, and actually have your resume cir-
culated among Chicago's most prestigious
law firms. Close to 50 law firms, including
Jenner & Block, Mayer Brown, Schiff Har-
din, and Sonnenschein Nath, have already
signed up to participate.
Students are asked to provide a resume
and RSVP by Friday, Dec. 8, to Christina
Harris at charris@chicagocommittee.org.


After devoting her entire legal career to
environmental law within the public sector,
Harris said this is the job she's been waiting
for. "This is a dream job because I can really
contribute to the company's environmental
compliance and make the world's greatest

company even better," she said.
- Natalie Caula




Milwaukee Reception for 1Ls
You are invited to attend a Holiday Open
House for first-year law students to be held
at Michael Best & Friedrich's Milwaukee
office on Wednesday, Dec. 27, from 4 to
6 p.m. Most of Michael Best & Friedrich's
new attorneys work as summer associates,
and this Holiday Open House is an intro-
duction to their summer program and to
their firm. A sign-up sheet is posted outside
the Center for Career Services (244 BG).
If you are interested in attending, please
sign up by Friday, Dec. 8. Your name and
email address will be forwarded to Michael
Best & Friedrich and you will receive a
formal invitation from their recruitment
coordinator via email.


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SPOTLIGHT

Phyllis Harris (JD 85), Leading

Wal-Mart's Environmental Compliance









CALENDAR

of Events


Monday NOVEMBER 20
* UFPA presents Symphonic Band Concert,
7:30 p.m., University Auditorium


Monday NOVEMBER 27
* Gator women's basketball vs. Morehead
State, 5 p.m., Stephen C. O'Connell Center


Monday DECEMBER 4
* Free showings of "Little Miss Sunshine,"
8 and 10:30 p.m., Reitz Union Cinema


Tuesday NOVEMBER 21
* Jacksonville Bar Association monthly
meeting, noon, Jacksonville Omni Hotel
* UFPA Presents Bayanihan Philippine
National Dance Company, 7:30 p.m., Curtis
M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
* Gator women's basketball vs. IUPUI (DH),
5 p.m., Stephen C. O'Connell Center
* Mandatory spring Criminal Clinic meeting,
3 p.m., HOL 284


Tuesday NOVEMBER 28
* Gator men's basketball vs. Southern, 7 p.m.,
Stephen C. O'Connell Center


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Tuesday DECEMBER 5
* Gator women's basketball at Illinois, 8 p.m.,
Champagne-Urbana
* UFPA presents Hairspray, 7:30 p.m., Phillips
Center for Performing Arts


Wednesday NOVEMBER 22
* Friday classes meet; Wednesday classes
canceled.
* Library closes at 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday NOVEMBER 29
* Service Pin Ceremony, 3 p.m., HOL 266


Wednesday DECEMBER 6
* CCS hosting Study Break for Accelerated
Class, 10 a.m. 12 p.m., outside of CCS
* Gator men's basketball vs. Providence, 7
p.m., O'Connell Center
* UFPA presents Hairspray, 7:30 p.m., Phillips
Center for Performing Arts


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Thursday NOVEMBER 23
* Happy Thanksgiving
* Thanksgiving holiday, classes canceled


Thursday NOVEMBER 30
* Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony, 5 p.m.,
HOL 180
* UF School of Music presents flute ensemble
concert, 7:30 p.m., University Auditorium


Give to the Dec. 2006

Class Gift! Stop by the

Committee Table in the

Schott Courtyard to make

a donation or pledge.


Friday NOVEMBER 24
* Thanksgiving break, classes canceled
* Gator men's basketball vs. Western Ken-
tucky University, Las Vegas, NV, 10:30 p.m.
* Gator women's basketball at Florida State, 4
p.m., Tallahassee
* UFPA presents "Jesus Christ Superstar,"
7:30 p.m., Curtis M. Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts


Friday DECEMBER 1
* Graduate Tax Speaker Series Mark Prater,
chief tax counsel, U.S. Senate Committee
on Finance, 11 a.m., HOL 180
* Florida Law Review fall symposium, 1 p.m.,
HOL 180
* Deadline to turn in pro bono hours for
December 2006 grads


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Friday DECEMBER 8
* Gator women's basketball at TCU, 9 p.m.,
Fort Worth, Texas


Sat./Sun NOVEMBER 25/26
* Saturday, Gator football vs. Florida State
University, Doak Campbell Stadium,
Tallahassee (time TBA)
* Saturday and Sunday, Craft Festival 2006, 10
a.m., Stephen C. O'Connell Center
* Sunday, Stop! Children's Cancer presents
"Holiday Traditions, 4 p.m., Curtis M.
Phillips Center


Sat./Sun DECEMBER 2/3
* Saturday, Gator football vs. SEC West
Division champion, Southeastern Confer-
ence Championship Game, 6 p.m., Georgia
Dome, Atlanta, GA


Sat./Sun DECEMBER 9/10
* Saturday, Danscompany presents Cinderella,
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts


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BRIEFS

News & Events


'Corporate Jets' Win
Bragging Rights in
Kickball Tourney
It was a beautiful fall afternoon Friday,
Nov. 10, when four law school teams
met on the field of battle to establish
their dominance in the sport of kings
- kickball.
This semiannual battle of the brawn,
held at the S.W. Recreation Center
fields, slated the "Testatritts" (Profes-
sor Lee-ford Tritt's Estates & Trusts
class) against the "Corporate Jets"
(Professor Michael Siebecker's Corpo-
rations class, pictured above), and the
Tritt All-Stars (alumni from Professor
Tritt's former classes) against the Sie-
becker All-Stars (alumni from Professor
Siebecker's former classes).
In addition to the large number of stu-
dents who turned out to play for their
respective teams, the bleachers were
packed to capacity with fans. All in all,
over 100 students turned-out to watch
law school history in the making.
After an action-packed nine innings of
play, Corporate Jets Co-captains Ben
Stetler and Alexandra Mora led their
classmates to a sound victory over the
Testatritts, who were co-captained
by Jorja Williams and Kyle Jacobs.
On the other field, however, the Tritt
All-Stars' Co-captains Laura Post and
Adam Spunberg rallied there team to
victory over the Siebecker All-Stars,
co-captained by Dina Finkel and Matt
Klotshche.
Although slightly bruised, bloodied
and battered, all had great fun and
celebrated together afterwards at a
local establishment.
- Lee-ford Tritt


Inaugural CGR Symposium
Scheduled for Jan. 23
Plans are being finalized for the inaugural
Center for Governmental Responsibility
Symposium, scheduled for Jan. 23, 2007.
The topic for this year's symposium is Pri-
vacy Law: Perspectives of National Security,
the First Amendment, the Media, and the
Individual.
The 2007 Symposium will feature a panel
discussion focusing on two major issues in
privacy law: the intersection of privacy and
national security; and the intersection of
privacy and media law.
Invited panelists include Marc Roten-
berg, executive director, Electronic Privacy
Information Center, Washington, D.C.;
Rachel Brand, assistant U.S. attorney general
for legal policy, Washington, D.C.; Robert
Haiman, president emeritus, The Poynter
Institute, and former editor, The St. Peters-
burg Times; Gregg D. Thomas, Thomas &
LoCicero, Tampa; Judge Jacqueline Griffin,
Fifth District Court of Appeals of Florida;
and Judge Anne C. Conway, U.S. District
Judge for the Middle District of Florida.
CGR Director and Dean Emeritus Jon
Mills will serve as moderator.
The symposium will be held in the
Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom
(HOL 180), 12-1:30 p.m. A reception will
follow from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Faculty
Dining Room. The Symposium audience
will consist of UF law faculty and students,
UF journalism faculty and students, and the
general public.
Other conferences planned for Spring
2006 include the UF Latin American Busi-
ness Symposium and Career Workshop,
Jan. 26; the Sixth Annual Richard E. Nelson
Symposium, Feb. 2; the Fifth Annual UF
Music Law Conference, Feb. 10; the 13th
Annual Public Interest Environmental
Conference on "Talk, Technology and Tech-
nique: Game Plan for Green," March 1-3;
and the Dunwody Lecture with speaker U.S.
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge
Rosemary Barkett, March 23.


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 liv-
ing expenses while studying for the Bar, Bar
prep classes and other Bar-related expenses.
You may borrow from as little as $500 to
as much as $15,000. For more information
regarding these private loans, contact the
lenders directly at:
Access Group
800-282-1550
wwwAccessgroup.org
Key Education Resources
800-539-5363
www.Key.com/law

Students Interested in
Environmental and Land Use Law
Invited for Day of Fun
The faculty affiliated with the Environ-
mental and Land Use Law Program invite all
students with an interest in environmental
or land use law to join in a day of volleyball,
croquet, and bocce on Monday, Nov. 20, at
5 p.m., on the law school lawn just south
of Bruton-Geer. Pizza will be served. Come
take a break for some fresh air, nourishment,
and a chance to chat with your professors
in an informal setting before the crunch of
exams.

JLPP Congratulates Fall 2006
Write-On Invitees
The Journal of Law & Public Policy
(JLPP) would like to congratulate the follow-
ing Fall 2006 write-on invitees: Wesley Barr,
Jill Davis, Craig Dawson, Stewart Gold,
Vanessa Gonzalez-Vinas, Michael Hooi, Pat-
rick Jackson, Jonathan Kaskel, Justin Klatsky,
Andrew Lee, Robert E. Long Jr., Lisa Mat-
tern, Amy Sasscer, Lawrence Scheinert, and
Evan Zuckerman.


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Woman Tells of Being Wrongly Imprisoned

Continued from page 1


she decided to call the police department and volunteered to come
into the police station to set the story straight.
Brown had time cards from work, check stubs, and 13 co-workers as
witnesses to what she did at work on May 6, the day of the murder, to
prove it was impossible for her to be at the scene of the crime. But all
proof of her innocence was denied.
"I believed in our system, you see," she said. "But when I showed
them the evidence, they called me a liar."
Although the car used in the robbery had actually been rented to
a different Joyce Ann Brown, an eyewitness erroneously identified
Brown from a photo and she was charged with the crime. Before the
trial, police and prosecutors discovered the error but proceeded with
the prosecution. Brown was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
"I might have understood if it was a false identification or if the
district attorney actually really thought I was guilty of the crime," she
said. "But none of that is the truth."
Brown continued on, speaking of her sadness for the humiliation
her family went through and the tragedies that directly affected her
loved ones while she was in Texas' Mountain View prison, unable to do
anything about it.
She was angry and depressed when she first went to prison. She
said her none of her alibis could help her because she was an African
American woman in America. When she realized that she was going to


spend the rest of her life in prison, she asked God for help and began
to write to everyone she knew, hoping to find someone who would
take up her cause.
After an investigation by Jim McCloskey of Centurion Ministries
and an expos by CBS' "60 Minutes," Brown's conviction was reversed
because police and prosecutors had failed to turn over exculpatory
evidence in their possession. All charges were dismissed in 1990.
When she was freed, she said she did not have the time to remain
angry at the system that destroyed her life and family. She founded
Mothers (Fathers) for the Advancement of Social Systems, Inc., a non-
profit foundation that helps people being released from prison readjust
to life without bars, providing support for the children and families of
adult offenders at high risk for substance abuse, medical or emotional
disorders, and poverty. She also wrote a book entitled Justice Denied.
"I just simply want you to be fair in your decision when you have a
person's life in your hands," she advised the law students in the room,
suggesting they think of her story and the many others who have
served time in prison for crimes they did not commit.
She said she knew she was a changed person and her experience in
prison allowed her to open up an organization to help those who are in
need of help.
"My purpose was not to be a part of the problem, but to be a part of
the solution," she said. "I don't regret anything. God has blessed me."


Tanner: A Life Devoted to Civil Rights


Continued from page 1
organization founded in 1957 and later headed by one of its found-
ers, Martin Luther King, Jr. His decision to become involved had a
"somewhat socially isolating effect," Tanner said. He recalled getting
beaten up in fights, but said the adversity did little to deter him. The
experience was a lot of fun, he said, and very rewarding.
"I would go into projects and knock on doors and take people to
the federal registrars," explained Tanner, who met King during this
time. "Then I would hang around the SCLC headquarters and get in
everyone's way, lick envelopes and just sort of hang out, be there."
It was during the 1960s that Tanner formed "the vision of what
a just world would be." Working for the Department of Justice for
the last 30 years, he feels he has been able to achieve that vision. The
department's voting rights section enforces the Voting Rights Act of
1965, considered the most successful civil rights legislation in the
nation's history.
Tanner began working the department's Voting Section in 1976 as a
research analyst, attending law school at night at American University
in Washington, D.C.
Upon graduation, he was hired under the Attorney General's Pro-
gram for Honor Law Graduates and had principal responsibility for
federal voting rights enforcement in Alabama and Mississippi. After


leaving his job to prosecute criminal violations of civil rights laws, Tan-
ner returned to the voting section in 2002 as special litigation counsel
to coordinate enforcement of the minority language provisions of the
Voting Rights Act. He was the 2004 winner of the John Doar Award,
the Civil Rights Division's highest honor.
In his lecture, Tanner explained how the Voting Rights Act has
broken down barriers and dramatically increased registration among
minorities throughout the country over the years.
Still, there is much work to do. This year, the department has
brought a record number of lawsuits in communities that have at-
tempted to return to at-large election systems and eliminate the single-
member districts, and other places where investigations have exposed
poll workers who discriminate against various ethnic groups.
On the positive side, Tanner has seen many success stories from
groups of college students whose work has dramatically increased voter
registration among minorities to foreign-speaking poll workers who
have helped bring people to the polls who have never voted before. The
work is very satisfying, he said.
"The difference that it has made in the treatment of people and in
how we look at each other again if you weren't around in the '50s
and '60s you will never appreciate it but it is amazing."


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College of Law
Administration
* 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
of Communications
* Kelley Frohlich, Senior Director
of Development and Alumni Affairs


Stuart R. Cohn
Associate Dean for International
Studies; Professor; Gerald A
Sohn Scholar; Director of Inter-
national and Comparative Law
Certificate Program
* His revised two-volume treatise,
Securities Counseling for Small
and Emerging Companies, has
just been published by
Thomson/West.
*Appointed the Florida Liaison to the American
Bar Association's Business Law's Committee
Corporate Laws.

Winston Nagan
Professor; Samuel T. Dell
Research Scholar; Director,
Institute of Human Rights and
Peace Development
*Appointed as an acting judge on
the High Court of South Africa,
a court of law which, when
constituted in 1994, inherited the
jurisdiction of the provincial and
local divisions of the Supreme Court of South
that was formally abolished following the post
apartheid settlement.


In the News


Meredith Fensom
Director, Law & Policy in the
Americas Program
Florida Trend, November. The
2006 Latin American Business
Cohn Environment Report that she
and UF Professor Terry McCoy,
director of the Latin American
Business Environment Program,
published in September was


Fensom


cited in the magazine's cover story.

Michael Allan Wolf
Professor, Richard E. Nelson
Chair in Local Government Law
* Daytona Beach News-Journal,
Nov. 9. Quoted in story on build-
ing height limits imposed by vot-
ers in two Volusia County cities,
Ormond Beach and Edgewater. Wolf
Wolf called it a classic illustra-
tion of why regional planning is
needed in Florida. "This is not textbook land-use
planning ... this is what we call referendum
zoning, when people vote to place regulation on
newcomers," he said.


Barbara Bennett Woodhouse St. Petersburg Times, Nov. 12. Quoted in an article
David H. Levin Chair Director on Amendment 8 to the Florida Constitution, which
David H. Levin Chair; Director,
Limits governments ability to seize property for
Center on Children and Fami-
Center on ildy Law Ctificate private development and passed overwhelmingly
lies and Family Law Certificate
Program; Co-Director, Institute Nov. 7 with 69 percent of the vote. With the pas-
Progra; Co-Diretor, I sage of the amendment, Florida homeowners now
for Child and Adolescent Re-
seorhid and Ealuation (CARE) have more protections than almost any other state
search and Evaluation (ICARE)
Co-convened a confer (wih against eminent domain for private development.
So-convened a conference (with Woodhouse "This takes decisions away from the officials closest
NaExcelnceD called rig eaes t to the problems that are facing local governments.
Excellence", gathering leaders
of the major child advocacy centers around the Its unnecessary," Wolf said.
country to discuss multidisciplinary methods. Danaya C Wright
*Presented at the Askew Institute Conference on naya .
"Abuse and Neglect: Building Partnerships to Meet Professor
Children's Needs." Inside HigherEd, Nov. 9. Quoted in an article on
her perspective of UF President Bernie Machen's
Danaya C. Wright Academic Enhancement Program that would
Professor charge students every semester and bring in more
* Inside UF, Nov. 14. Published col- money without a technical raise in tuition. Wright
umn in "The Blog" on UF Senate currently serves as Faculty Senate Chair.
Policy Councils, through which, Miami Herald, Nov. 11. In an article that once again
she wrote, the Senate takes a looked at the College of Liberal Arts and Sci-
proactive role in policy changes ences financial situation and Machen's Academic
and guards the academic mission Wright Enhancement Plan, she said the problem had been
of UF. Wright currently serves as known for years.
Faculty Senate Chair.


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