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Florida Law Review Fall symposium to explore 'a reporter's privilege'
Briefs: news and events
VOL. 10, NO. 14 November 27, 2006
Florida Law Review Fall Symposium
to Explore A Reporter's Privilege'
Florida Law I. 11 i .t its annual fall
symposium Friday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. in the
Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom with
a panel discussion on "A Reporter's Privilege."
Pulitzer Prize win-
ner Lucy Morgan
of the St. Petersburg
media lawyer and
author James B. Morgan Lake
Lake; and Levin
College of Law Professor Lyrissa Lidsky. Sandra
Chance, former media lawyer at Holland &
Knight and now journalism professor and direc-
tor of the Brechner Center at UE will moderate
Panelists will discuss the status of the nature
and extent of the reporters' privilege in the
United States, particularly in the face of recent
attempts to compel their testimony by use of
By Muna Amadi
The constitutional, labor, and national secu-
rity implications of President Bush's temporary
worker program was the focus of the Immigra-
tion Law Symposium
held at the Levin Col-
lege of Law Nov. 14.
Mazur, David Hud-
son and Juan Perea
put the current debate
over immigration in
historical context, dis-
cussing past amnesty
acts and the military's From left, Professors Pere;
role in the situation. second-year UF Law stude
subpoenas, and other forms of governmental
encroachment. They will discuss whether and
under what circumstances reporters may refuse
to reveal their sources, and examine the case of
Judith Miller of The
New York Times, who
was jailed in July
2005 for contempt of
court for refusing to
testify before a federal
Chance Lidsky grand jury investigat-
ing a leak naming
Valerie Plame as a covert CIA agent.
Morgan was sentenced to jail in 1973 for
refusing to reveal a source, but in 1976 the
Florida Supreme Court overturned the sentence
and granted reporters a limited right to protect
sources. In 1985, she and fellow Times staffer
Jack Reed shared the Pulitzer for investigative
reporting for their work exposing corruption
in the Pasco County Sheriffs Office.
The event, which was sponsored by
CaribLaw, Military Law Student Associa-
tion and the American Constitution Society,
drew a standing-room-only crowd that stayed
afterward to continue
the conversation over a
"There is a pre-exist-
ing conception of what
Americans are supposed
to look like, sound
like," said Perea.
Perea took the
position that, absent
zur and Hudson with overpopulation, or high
am Cohen. Continued on page 4
Justice Wells to Give
Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles
T. Wells, pictured above, will address
the Fall 2006 graduates at the Levin
College of Law's commencement Dec.
22 at 2 p.m. in the Phillips Center for
the Performing Arts on the University
of Florida campus.
Justice Wells assumed his duties as
Justice of the Supreme Court on June
16, 1994, after being appointed by
Governor Lawton Chiles. He served the
court as chief justice from June 2000
through June 2002. A native Floridian,
he received his bachelor's degree
from UF in 1961 and his juris doctor
degree from UF Law in 1964. He was
awarded recognition as a Distin-
guished Alumnus of UF in 2001.
Graduating students should report
with their regalia to the Phillips Center
Black Box no later than 1:15 p.m.
More information, including directions,
can be found on their website http://
parking garage adjacent to the center
has been reserved, and guests are
encouraged to park there. A reception
will immediately follow the program in
the law school's Schott Courtyard.
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Discussion Puts Bush's Temporary
Workers Program in Perspective
Attention December 2006 Grads It's a Wrap! Fall 2006 On
Puerto Rican Legal
Defense and Education
Fund Corporate Legal
Internship, Summer 2007
Deadline to postmark applications is Dec.
15. This is a paid summer program for
first- and second-year law students of color
who are interested in pursuing careers in
corporate legal departments such as Bristol
Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Phizer,
Met Life, and IBM. Interested students
are asked to obtain application information
via Symplicity's Job Bank. If you have any
questions, contact Career Services.
Jan. 4 Mandatory Externship Orienta-
tion for All Spring Externs, 2 4
Jan. 9 Evening Symplicity, JobBank
and OCI Training
Jan. 10 Walk-in Resume Review, 9 a.m.
12 p.m., 244 BG
Jan. 11 Afternoon Symplicity, JobBank
and OCI Training
Jan. 12 Afternoon Symplicity, JobBank
and OCI Training
Jan. 17 Evening Symplicity JobBank and
Jan. 18 Beyond OCI: Job Search Strate-
Jan. 18 Evening Symplicity JobBank and
Jan. 19 Beyond OCI: Exploring Corporate
Phase I OCI bidding begins
Summer & Fall Externship
Jan. 24 Walk-in Resume Review 9 a.m.
-12 p.m., 244 BG
Jan. 25 SHIPS, noon
What I Did Last Summer, noon
Pro Bono Reminder: Turn In Hours
December 2006 graduates are reminded to turn
in their pro bono and/or community service
time logs to the CCS, so that the certificates can
be prepared for graduation.
Career Services Exit Interviews
Please call or come by the Center for Career
Services to sign up for your 10-minute Career
Services Exit Interviews Dec. 5-21. December
2006 grads who have not yet accepted a posi-
tion are strongly encouraged to schedule an
individual appointment with a career counselor
in Career Services. We can help you.
Cap & Gown Pick Up
It is anticipated that Regalia will be available for
pick up in the Center for Career Services begin-
ning at 9 am. Tuesday, Dec. 5. If you ordered
late, check with the bookstore for information
on when you can expect your cap and gown to
Returning Student Information
Interested in Working in Alachua -
Marion County area upon graduation?
UF Law will be sponsoring a reception
Thursday Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in Gaines-
ville for area alums and the local bar association.
The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs
graciously is permitting a number of interested
students to attend this networking reception.
Alumni receptions are an excellent opportunity
to hone your networking skills, meet members
of the local legal community and make poten-
tially valuable professional contacts. Business
attire required. 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
Tuesday, Dec. 12.
Give Back Over the Break
Did you know that you can do pro bono work
over the Winter Break in your hometown? For
more information, make an appointment to see
Samara Samo in the Center for Career Services.
Almost 43 percent of the eligible JD students
interviewed during Fall 2006 OCI.
Legal employers selected and interviewed 435
different law students during fall OCI:
* 43 percent of the second semester and above
students eligible to participate interviewed
during Fall OCI
* 110 students had one interview; 53 students
had two interviews
* 272 students had three or more interviews
* 2,640 total interviews were conducted
Number of Employers
The number of employers conducting
interviews on the UF Law campus climbed to
157 this year, and an additional 32 employers
collected resumes. Last year, 153 employers
were on campus, with another 43 collecting
resumes. That's a significant jump from just two
years ago when 140 employers interviewed on
campus and 22 collected resumes in the Fall
Fall OCI began Aug. 22, the week before classes
began. All interviews were conducted in the
library study rooms. The visiting employers
included 11 government agencies, three
accounting firms, 138 private law firms, and
the civilian division of the U.S. Army Corp of
The Florida areas recruited for included:
* 45 from Central Florida (Tampa, Lakeland,
Orlando, Daytona area)
* 16 from Northeast Florida (Jacksonville area)
* Four from West Florida (Tallahassee &
* Seven from Southwest Florida (Ft. Meyers,
Naples, Sarasota areas)
* 34 SE Florida (West Palm Beach, Boca
Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami areas)
The out-of-state cities and states included:
* 13 from Atlanta, GA.
* 6 from Washington, D.C.
* States included: Virginia, Alabama, Arizona,
Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana, New York,
South Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania,
North Carolina, Massachusetts
What did the Employers Have to Say?
* "The students were exceptional."
* "Quality of students fabulous. Good resumes,
good interview skills. Very bright-Well Done!"
* "Students need to be more selective in the
interviews they seek. Several had no idea of
our practice areas and were not interested once
we told them during the interview."
Is Spring OCI the Same?
No. While the process is the same, a different
segment of legal employers tend to interview
in spring. Traditionally we host more small and
medium-sized law firms, rather than the large
firms who visit in the fall. Also, more state gov-
ernment employers interview in the spring.
It is important for all students to carefully review
the list of employers and their stated hiring
criteria before deciding to opt out of OCI.
When is Spring OCI?
Spring OCI interviews will run from Feb. 27
through March 30, except for the week of
Spring Break and the week after.
Phase 1 bids for Spring 2007 OCI are open
from Jan. 23 until Jan. 29 at noon. It does not
matter whether you bid on the first or last day
of bidding as there is no priority system within
a particular bid phase. Bidding for employers
will end at noon on the closing day and the
computer system will not accept late bids. Dates
for remaining phases are available both on Sym-
plicity and the CCS website.
What do I need to do?
To be sure you are prepared to "bid" (submit
your resume for consideration by a scheduled
employer) you must:
Size of staff and areas of
I am responsible for legal, compliance, corporate
governance and regulatory affairs. We have 45
in-house lawyers with an additional staff of 100
focused on compliance and administrative tasks.
How did you come to concentrate on
corporate law as opposed to other
I have concentrated on corporate/securities law
mainly because I find business interesting, and I
don't really have the patience for litigation. The
corporate legal environment has changed a great
deal over the past few years. There are certainly
more rules, which are being applied with less
flexibility and harsher sanctions. The Sarbanes-
Oxley Act has complicated the daily life of a
public company, and has driven an increase in
accounting and regulatory expense.
How has the relationship with out-
side counsel changed?
Our outside lawyers are valuable partners for
SunTrust, and we strive to develop meaningful re-
lationships with them. When hiring a law firm, we
look for expertise, efficiency and effectiveness.
* have a signed 2006 Policy & Procedure Form
on file in the CCS
* upload your resume into Symplicity
* update your class year (1L, 2L, 3L) and gradu-
* attend a SymplicityTraining in early January
Start of Fall 2007 OCI Aug. 14 -17
As a result of the success of the 2006 Early
Interview Week, AND to maintain a more com-
petitive position with the legal employers, CCS
will again begin Fall On Campus Interviews the
week prior to fall classes. A substantial number
of employers will interview during this time
period intentionally timed to assist students in
scheduling interviews without having parking
How did the UF College of Law help
prepare you for this career path?
I think law school can be a very valuable prelude
to a career in corporate life. My time in law
school spent focusing on the more rigorous
commercial courses has been invaluable to my
career. The effort put into corporate, UCC, tax
and other commercial courses gave me analyti-
cal skills and basic information that I use every
day. The legal profession is competitive and the
business world is very demanding of its lawyers.
Competition requires intensive preparation and
UF Law afforded a good foundation.
and class challenges. When making summer
employment, class or vacation plans, please take
into account that a large number of employers
will be on campus. If you will not be on
campus and available to interview, do not bid.
Remember, you are only allotted three declines
per semester, and not signing up counts as a
Because of the lengthy process required to
prepare for OCI, bidding begin in mid-July. If
you will be fulfilling military obligations and not
have computer access during that time, please be
sure to make advance arrangements with CCS
so we can best meet your special needs.
Ray Fortin (JD 77), Corporate Executive
VP & General Counsel, SunTrust Bank
News & Events
Fredric G. Levin Talks with UF Trial Team
Pensacola attorney Fredric G. Levin, pictured above, paid a visit
to the law school that bears his name on Nov. 16 to participate
in a roundtable discussion with the UF Trial Team and kickoff its
Litigation Enrichment Series. UF Law Dean Robert Jerry, along
with Trial Team President Cecily J. McLeod, a former Levin,
Papantonio law firm project leader, arranged for Levin to partici-
pate in this series with the goal of providing students interested in
litigation access to the school's renonowed litigators.
Levin was eager to speak with students and give his insight
on being a zealous advocate and on courtroom strategies. In this
roundtable, Trial Team members asked Levin questions about
jurisdictional issues, jury selection, and trial preparation. He and
the team dissected a criminal fact pattern and discussed state and
defense theories and themes.
Levin left the team with many great tips but stressed "there is
no substitute for hard work." He told the students that this might
mean sacrificing time in other areas, but "you never want to be
surprised in court," something he has avoided by being able to
anticipate the issues through intense preparation.
Tax Chief Counsel Mark Prater to Speak Friday
Mark Prater, tax chief counsel for the United States Senate
Committee on Finance, will speak Friday, Dec. 1, at 11:30 a.m. in
the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom.
Prater's presentation, part of the Graduate Tax Program's speaker
series, is on "The Tax Legislative Process." Prater earned his law
degree from Willamette University College of Law and his LL.M.
in taxation from UF Law.
Prater initially joined the minority staff of the committee in
1990, and will begin serving under his fourth committee chair-
man when Congress convenes in January and Sen. Max Baucus
(D-Montana) takes over as chairman.
Putting Immigration Debate in Perspective
Continued from page 1
unemployment, there is no real "immigration problem," despite
much media commentary to the contrary.
According to Perea, although the concerns about immigration
are rarely expressed in racial terms, the problem that many people
seem to have with Mexican immigration is that the immigrants
have brown skin and they speak Spanish, therefore threatening a
pre-existing conception of the United States as a predominantly
white and English-speaking country.
With regards to the guest worker program, he said, it was noth-
ing new and had been done in the 1910s, 20s and 50s. Mexican
immigrants come, and are invited to stay, because the United
States is so dependent on Mexican laborers.
He pointed out that Mexican immigrants invited in during
times of labor shortage were then expelled when the shortages
ended. Mass expulsions of Mexican laborers occurred during the
depression and after World War II to make room for American
workers in the job market. Many U.S.-born American citizens,
children of Mexican laborers, were expelled from the U.S. to-
gether with their parents.
"It is a cycle of invitation and expulsion," he said.
Hudson said the immigration questions to be asked were
whether they should be allowed to stay, and under what label,
adding that the slate was unclear on the issue.
He spoke of previous amnesty acts that allowed those who had
been here for at least five years to become naturalized, but denied
naturalization to family members who were not in the U.S. with
them. There are some good things that can be repeated and some
things that can be changed, he said.
Mazur, who served as a captain in the United States Air Force,
spoke about immigration concerns with respect to the military.
She spoke about the tension caused by dual state-federal com-
mand over National Guard forces. State governors may not want
to assign these forces to border patrol, but federal law prohibits
the President from federalizing them for that purpose.
Mazur supported Congress' role in limiting the president's
power over state militia, saying, "We blur this very important
civil military boundary that I think is implicit in the way the
constitution was written."