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VOL. 10, NO. 24 March 5, 2007


U.S. Circuit Judge Rosemary Barkett

to Deliver Annual Dunwody Lecture


United States Circuit Judge Rosemary
Barkett of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Ap-
peals will deliver the 2007
Dunwody Distinguished
Lecture in Law at 11 a.m.
March 23 in the Ches-
terfield Smith Ceremo-
nial Classroom at the UF
Levin College of Law.
The title of Judge Bar-
kett's lecture is "Judicial


Discretion and Judicious
Deliberation."
Judge Barkett, who
earned her J.D. from UF
Law in 1970, was the first
woman justice on the


Judge Barkett


Florida Supreme Court, sitting as an associ-
ate justice from 1985 until 1992, when she
was chosen by her colleagues to
become the state's first woman
chief justice of that court.
Born in Mexico in 1939 to
Syrian parents, Judge Barkett's
family moved to Miami when
she was seven. One of nine
children, she learned English
and became a U.S. citizen in
1958. Judge Barkett began her
career as a school teacher. As a
member of a religious teach-
ing order, she taught both
elementary and junior high
Cont. on page 7


Professionalism Symposium Draws


Judges and Practitioners to UF Law


Prominent alumni, faculty and law stu-
dents will gather at the Levin College of Law
Friday, March 30, for this year's Professional-
ism Symposium. Sponsored by a generous
gift from attorney
David B. Mishael of
Miami and co-hosted
by the Eighth Judicial .Io'
Circuit Bar Associa-
tion and UF Law, the
symposium gives
students the chance


This year's keynote presentation will be
delivered by Lawrence S. Krieger, clinical
professor and director of Clinical Externship
Programs at Florida State University College
of Law, who earned
his J.D. from UF Law
in 1978.
Krieger will discuss
how values and prin-
ciples intersect with
the qualities of an
ideal professional.


to discuss issues of Local judges, law-
professionalism, eth- years and faculty mem-
ics and integrity in W bers will offer their
the law with judges Keynote speaker Lawrence S. Krieger advice on a variety of
and practitioners. topics. The sympo-
The event typically draws over 100 students sium begins at 9 a.m. in the Chesterfield
and dozens of local attorneys, who can earn Smith Ceremonial Classroom and refresh-
CLE credits by participating. ments will be available.


Israel and Scott Take
Best Team Honors at
Moot Court Final Four
The team of Dana Israel and Mat-
thew Scott (pictured above) won
the award for Best Team at the
24th Annual Raymer F. Maguire
Moot Court Competition Final Four
Feb. 23. Israel won the Best Oralist
award, and Scott won the Best
Overall Competitor award. Best
Brief went to new Moot Court
Board member Giselle Mammana.
Israel and Scott (representing
petitioners) bested Jeffrey Hurcomb
and Joey Troendle (representing
respondent). Meredith Barrios was
the Final Four alternate.
The panel of judges was comprised
of: Patricia C. Fawsett, chief judge,
U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Florida; Peter T. Fay,
senior judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Eleventh Circuit; Robert L.
Hinkle, chief judge, U.S. District
Court for the Northern District
of Florida; Steven D. Merryday,
district judge, U.S. District Court for
the Middle District of Florida; and
James F. Moody, district judge, U.S.
District Court for the Middle District
of Florida.
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CAREER

Services


Federal Communications
Commission Attorney
Honors Program
The FCC's Fall 2007 Attorney Honors Pro-
gram has several openings for graduating
law students with superior academic cre-
dentials and an interest in communications
law. This program introduces law school
graduates to the field of communications
and the work of the FCC. Honors program
attorneys will participate in federal
administrative practice as it relates to the
FCC's oversight of television, radio, cable,
wireless, wireline, satellite, and other
communications services and facilities,
and will benefit from special training
and career-development opportunities. If
interested, submit your cover letter, re-
sume, official and/or unofficial law school
transcript, writing sample, and list of
references by March 21. For application
instructions and more information, go to
www.fcc.gov/attorneyhonorsprogram.

Need Housing in Atlanta
This Summer?
Emory University's Summer Intern Hous-
ing Program (SIHP) offers a unique hous-
ing opportunity. SIHP offers apartment
facilities at its state-of-the-art Clairmont
Campus. Check out http://www.emory.
edu/sihp for details and to download an
application. Priority given to applications
submitted before April 15.

APIL Summer Fellowships
Stop by Career Services to pick up your
application for an APIL Summer Fellow-
ship, due March 9 at 3 p.m. Support fund-
ing for APIL Fellowships and those who
will be serving the public's interest this
summer by attending LawLawPalooza on
March 8 at 9 p.m. at Common Grounds.
There will be live music and drawings
for an iPod nano, gift certificates to
restaurants like Dragonfly, tickets to the
Hippodrome State Theater, and more.


Think About Working for the
Really Big Employer:
Small Firms
Why Consider Small Firm Practice?
Numbers: Statistically, the small firm is
one of the larger employment markets
for entry-level attorney positions for new
law graduates. For example, of the 181
Levin College of Law Fall '06 graduates
who gained employment in a law firm, 49
percent began their first post-graduation
position in a small firm.
Personalization: Today's law students
seem more open to considering and even
admitting that large firm practice is unat-
tractive to them. The idea of boarding
the express elevator each morning inside
a large firm, housing floor after floor of
young associates is simply unappealing to
many law students regardless of their class
rank. Small firm practice is not a default
career path but rather a conscious choice.
Immediate client contact & experience:
Independent of working in a smaller, more
personal environment, another motiva-
tor for some new law graduates is the
potential to immediately delve into the
practice of law. Generally speaking, small
firm practice offers the young associate
more autonomy and responsibility, as
well as accelerated hands-on experience in
the courtroom. Additionally, small firms
provide experience with case manage-
ment far sooner than junior associate
would experience in a large firm. Another
perceived benefit is that students believe
that they will find greater variability in the
types of work they perform throughout
a routine day, and that they will interact
with clients sooner than their large firm
counterparts.
Are All Small Firms the Same?
Generally speaking, small firm practice falls
into three categories:
The General Practice where the attorneys
function as "Jacks and Jills" of all trades;
The Boutique Firm where the attorneys
specialize in one concentration such as
labor law or intellectual property; and


The Complementary Practices Model,
where several supporting practice areas
are handled by different attorneys within
the firm. For example, one lawyer could
specialize in criminal defense, another
in family law, and a third in estates and
trusts.
Small Firm Hiring Trends
Small Firm Hiring Needs Not
Predictable: Small firms are typically
unable to predict their hiring needs in
advance unlike the large firms, which have
summer associate programs for which
they usually recruit during fall on campus
interviews.
Posted Needs are Immediate Needs:
Because small firms hire as the need arises,
timing is everything. Respond quickly to
postings, as postings reflect an immediate
need.
Small firms will advertise anytime for
part-time legal help/clerk positions.
Small firms will typically advertise and
hire late in the season (February-May) for
entry-level attorney positions.
How Do I Find These Jobs?
Identifying small firms and solo practitio-
ners is not as simple as it may sound. A small
firm job search will require time and effort
that is self-directed.
Not all small firms are listed in directory
services: As you research potential legal
employers, know that NALPs Directory of
LegalEmployers does not include all small
firms, as small firms do not subscribe to
NALP Also, know that resources like
Martindale-Hubbell are also subscription-
based services and not all small firm practi-
tioners will opt to pay for this service.
Local Small Firm Directories: Some
areas have small firm listings or directories.
Florida does not currently have such a
directory. Where there are no state or local
bar directories, don't forget to check out
the Yellow Pages.
Legal Placement Firms: Think twice
before spending money to enlist the help
of a legal placement firm, as small firms
typically do not utilize these types of
organizations.


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* Network: Most positions will be found
through networking. This does not mean
that you have to have a familial tie to an
attorney in the area where you want to
practice. You have been networking all
your life through the contacts you make
professionally, scholastically, and socially. If
you needed tickets to a sold out basketball
game, what would you do? You would ask
everyone you know if they knew of tickets
for sale, and they in turn would ask people,
and, if the word got to the right person
at the right time, basketball tickets would
materialize. Spreading the word about
your employment aspirations can be just as
simple. You just have to be ready to work
and put yourself out there.
* Local Bar Associations and Practice
Groups: A great way to network is to
join local bar associations and attend their
events. Join the Florida Bar General Prac-
tice, Solo & Small Firm Section (GPSSF)
or the American Bar Association's General
Practice, Solo & Small Firm Practice Divi-
sion. At these events, you can get to know
attorneys who can share their insight about
practicing in a certain area, give advice
about what you can do to prepare for the
practice of law, share tidbits from their
wealth of war stories, and perhaps they will
remember your name when they hear of an
opening. Also tap into their membership
list, which will be helpful for your targeted
mailings. You can begin your letters by
saying, "As a law student member of the
GPSSF..."
* Local Bar Publications: Monitor local
bar publications for posted openings,
upcoming events, and even the names and
information of firms for which you might
like to work.
* Do Volunteer or Pro Bono Work in Your
Community: By volunteering in the
community where you want to work, you
will not only be helping the under-served
and under-represented, but you will also
be developing your skills and your legal
network. For example, if you volunteer
for Habitat for Humanity you could be
building a much needed home, shoulder to


CAREER SPOTLIGHT

David J. White (JD 86), Regional Director,

The Ocean Conservancy, St. Petersburg


As a graduate student
in wildlife ecology at
the University of Florida
in the early '80s, David
White soon realized
that natural resources
management was
based more on politics
and economics than
sound science and a
solid understanding of
how natural systems
function. His growing -
awareness that changes
would have to be put
in place at the policy level to protect the
natural world led him back to UF to pursue
a law degree.
"I wanted to be an advocate for sustainable
management of wildlife and their habitats,"
White said. "It's about the sustainable use
of natural resources and ensuring that we
bequeath to our children a world we would
want to inhabit."
After finishing law school and working as
a public interest environmental lawyer for
15 years, White took on his present role
as director of The Ocean Conservancy's
South Atlantic office in 2000. As a director,
White advocates for expanded use of marine


shoulder with attorneys from the area
Targeted Mailings: Small firm employ-
ers expect to receive unsolicited inquiry
letters from qualified applicants. Do your
research, find those you would want
to work with, and sell yourself. Ask for
informational interviews even if a firm is
not hiring. Chances are they will know
someone who is.

Want to Learn More About How
Small Firms Operate?
Join members of The Florida Bar, General
Practice Solo Small Firm Section and Career
Services on Tuesday, March 6, at 1 p.m. in the
Bailey Courtroom to gain a better understand-


zoning and ecosystem-based management in
Florida, the Southeast Atlantic and the Gulf
of Mexico.
The conservancy's goal in the area is
sustainable management of marine wildlife
populations and conservation of important
marine ecosystems such as coral reefs,
fish spawning areas, estuaries and other
nearshore coastal habitats.
Despite considerable obstacles, White has
helped put several protective policies in
place, including a 2001 action that created
the largest, fully protected marine ecological
reserve in North America in the Dry Tortu-
gas, 70 miles west of Key West.




ing of what is involved in finding and enjoying
a job within a small firm environment. Topics
will include the research needed to find a small
firm job along with what to expect when you
practice, and how the GPSSF section can help.
Career Services will be sponsoring a
program dedicated to the solo practice of law
on Thursday March 8, at noon in the Bailey
Courtroom.
Co-sponsored by the Florida Young Lawyers
Division, the program will highlight some of
the potential pitfalls with opening your own
firm and some common mistakes made by
new professionals, as well as offering resources
available through the section.


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CALENDAR

of Events


Monday MARCH 5
* Dunk Dean Dawson and Plunge Professor
Lidsky! Donate to charity and have fun,
sponsored by IPTLA, noon, Schott Courtyard


Walk with the staff of the
Center for Career Services on
Saturday, March 24, 7:30 a.m.,
in support of the March of Dimes
Walkathon at Westwood Middle
School. To register or for more
details, call or stop by the
Center for Career Services.


Tuesday MARCH 6
* Pizza with the Dean, 4-5 p.m., FDR
* CCS Program on Small Firms, 1 p.m.,
Bailey Courtroom
* Gator baseball vs. Jacksonville, 6:30 p.m.,
McKethan Stadium at Perry Field


Tuesday MARCH 20
* UFPA presents Mama Mia!, 7:30 p.m.,
Phillips Center. Repeating through Mar. 25.


Wednesday MARCH 7
* Faculty Brown Bag Lunch with Professor
Diane Mazur, "Law School Engagement
with the Military," noon, Faculty Lounge
* ACS "Food for Thought" lecture, noon,
BG 136
* UFPA presents an evening with noted blues
singer and guitarist Keb' Mo, 7:30 p.m., Cur-
tis M. Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts


Wednesday MARCH 21
* ACS Food for Thought Lecture, noon, BG
136


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Thursday MARCH 8
* YLD and CCS Solo Practice Program, noon,
Bailey Courtroom
* CCS Program: One Quick Question, 9:45-
11:15 a.m., Schott Courtyard


Friday MARCH 9
* Gator men's tennis vs. Tennessee, 3 p.m.,
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex


Sat./Sun MARCH 10/11
* Sunday, Gator men's tennis vs. Georgia, 1
p.m., Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex
* Daylight Savings Time begins-spring
forward!


Z00


Thursday MARCH 22
* Law School Democrats Lunch & Learn with
Professor Fletcher Baldwin, 2-3:30 p.m., BG
136
* CCS Program: One Quick Question, 9:45-
11:15 a.m., Schott Courtyard


Friday MARCH 23
* Dunwody Distinguished Lecture feature
speaker: U.S. Circuit Court Judge Rosemary
Barkett, 11 a.m.-l p.m., HOL 180


Sat./Sun MARCH 24/25
* Sunday, Gator men's tennis vs. LSU, 1 p.m.,
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex


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W BRIEFS

News & Events


Intellectual Property Moot
Court Team Competes
Members of the Intellectual Property
Moot Court team competed in the South
Regional Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court
Competition in Atlanta Feb. 24.
This was the second year that Levin
College of Law students participated in
this trademark law competition, which
attracts students from other top law
schools such as NYU and Berkeley.
Professor Elizabeth Rowe, the team's
advisor, praised the team for their excel-
lent performance at the competition, and
their diligent preparation in the weeks
leading up to the competition. The team
members (clockwise from top) were
David Dotson, Matthew Smith, Andrew
Mayo, and Joseph Sozzani. The team's
student coaches were Aaron Cook,
Keisha Gay-Hylton, Laura Momol, and
Nathaniel Quirk.
"Participating in the competition provided
me with a unique opportunity to gain
invaluable experience in litigating intel-
lectual property disputes at the appellate
level," Sozzani said. "Preparing for, and
ultimately competing in, such a program
enabled me to further develop those skills
that are essential to practicing as a litiga-
tor. Our team would like to thank Profes-
sor Rowe for sharing her expertise as an
IP litigator and assisting us in navigating
this highly nuanced area of the law."


Dunk a Dean and Plunge a
Professor for Charity
UF Law students will have an opportunity
to get deans, professors and student leaders
soaking wet Monday, March
5, when the Intellectual
Property & Technology Law
Asscoation (IPTLA) sponsors
"Dunk a Dean, Plunge a Pro-
fessor" at noon in the Schott
Lidsky
Courtyard.
Among those who will be
precariously perched above the dunk tank
Share George Dawson, associate
dean for academic affairs, and
UF Research Foundation Pro-
fessor Lyrissa Lidsky, associate
dean for faculty development.
D n Money raised will be donated
Dawson
to the United Way, March of
Dimes and St. Francis Homeless Shelter.
This is one of several events sponsored by
IPTLA throughout the month of March,
including a recipe contest and tasting at
1 p.m. March 20 in the
courtyard, the "Best Logo for
Levin High" t-shirt contest
at 11 a.m. March 26 in the
courtyard, and karaoke with
Professor Jeffrey Harrison at 9 Harrison
p.m. March 28 at Lillian's in
downtown Gainesville.
For more information, contact Laura
Momol at momol@ufl.edu.

Bar Preparation Program for
Minority Students
The Florida Bar Preparation Program
pays standard BARBRI Bar review course
tuition on behalf of selected minority law
school graduates with demonstrated financial
need who adhere to program guidelines and
requirements.
The Florida Bar Foundation provides
support to this program, as does BARBRI
via in-kind contribution. Due to the nature
of the support and contributions funding the
program, in no event can or will payments


under the program be made directly to any
person or entity other than BARBRI.
The Florida Bar Preparation Program is
designed to address the under representation
of historically disadvantaged minority at-
torneys practicing law in the state of Florida.
The program seeks to do so by helping to
increase the number of historically disad-
vantaged minority law school graduates who
pass The Florida Bar Examination.
An applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a
Florida resident who is a first-time registrant
to take The Florida Bar Examination and
a member of a historically disadvantaged
minority group that is under represented in
the membership of The Florida Bar.
Applications must be received no later
than 5 p.m. on April 6. Scholarships will
be awarded on the basis of need and merit
to eligible applicants who intend to take
the July 2007 Florida Bar Examination and
practice law in the state of Florida.
Additional information and applications
are available in the Office of Student Affairs,
HOL 164.

Costa Rica Exchange Program
Building on the strengths of its relation-
ship with the University of Costa Rica, the
Levin College of Law recently concluded a
formal student exchange program with the
UCR law school. The student exchange is
UF Law's second with a Latin American law
school and provides students with a unique
opportunity to immerse themselves in Span-
ish language and Latin American culture,
while gaining comparative insights into the
civil law system.
Each year up to two qualified UF Law
students can study for a semester at the Uni-
versity of Costa Rica law school and receive
UF Law credit. Spanish fluency is a prereq-
uisite. In exchange, UCR will send the same
number of students to UF Law.
Interested students should contact Costa
Rica Program Director Tom Ankersen, Law
and Policy in the Americas Program Director
Meredith Fensom and Associate Dean for
Students Rachel Inman.


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Judge Barkett to Deliver Dunwody Lecture
Cont. from page 1


school before earning a B.S. from Spring Hill College, summa
cum laude, in 1967. Judge Barkett then attended UF Law, where
she was an honors student.
Judge Barkett was in private practice from 1971 until 1979
in West Palm Beach. She was appointed to the circuit court in
1979, then to the Fourth District Court of Appeal in 1984.
Governor Bob Graham appointed her to the Supreme Court in
1985. For her efforts in protecting the rights of the individual,
she received the Judicial Achievement Award in 1986. That same
year, she was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.
The fact that Judge Barkett was the Supreme Court's first
woman created some unusual problems. For one thing, the Jus-
tices' chambers collectively had only two restrooms: one marked
"Justices" and the other for women. With Barkett's appoint-
ment, this situation came to an end. Another problem was Judge
Barkett's official title. In the past, Justices always had been called
"Mr. Justice ." Barkett, however, did not like the title
"Madam Justice Barkett": She said that she was not married and
did not qualify for the other definition of "Madam." As a result,
Judge Barkett announced that she would be called simply "Justice
Barkett." The other Justices of the Court quickly followed suit by
dropping the "Mr." from their titles.
In 1994, she resigned when President Bill Clinton named her
to the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.


The recipient of seven honorary degrees, Judge Barkett has also
earned dozens of prestigious honors, including The Margaret
Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, presented by the
ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and the Latin
Business and Professional Women Lifetime Achievement Award,
in addition to being inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of
Fame. She has served on dozens of boards and committees, and
is a member of the American Law Institute, The International
Women's Forum, and the American Society of International Law,
where she serves on the Judicial Outreach Program Advisory
Board. She sits on the Board of Trustees of Barry University, and
was also the National Association of Women Judges Honoree of
the Year in 1999.
Each year, two awards are given in honor of Judge Barkett-
the Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award given
to an outstanding lawyer by the Florida Association of Women
Lawyers, and The Rosemary Barkett Award, which is presented
by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers to a person who has
demonstrated outstanding commitment to equal justice under
law. The Florida Law Review Dunwody Distinguished Lecture
in Law series was established by U.S. Sugar Corporation and the
law firms of Dunwody, White, & Landon, PA. and Mershon,
Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody & Cole in honor of UF Law gradu-
ates Elliot and Atwood Dunwody.


Forum Draws Big Audience for Race Discussion


The Center for the Study of Race and Race
Relations forum "A Series of Unfortunate
Events? A Look at Race" drew a standing-
room-only crowd to room 355B of Holland
Hall at the University of Florida Levin Col-
lege of Law on Feb. 26.
Panelists included Milagros Pefia, direc-
tor of the Center For Women's Studies and
Gender Research and Associate Professor of
Sociology and Women's Studies at UF; Faye
Harrison, professor of African American
Studies and Anthropology at UF and author
of Resisting Racism and Xenophobia: Global
Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Human
Rights; Yuko Fujino, a doctoral student in the "
UF Department of Sociology whose teach-
ing and research interests include U.S. racial
and ethnic relations; and UF Law Professor Panelists sh:
Kenneth Nunn, whose teaching and research Fujino, Faye
focuses on criminal law and African Ameri-
cans and law.
Jabari Asim, a syndicated columnist, deputy editor of The


are a light moment at the Feb. 26 CSRRR forum at UF Law. Pictured from left are Yuko
Harrison, and Milagros Peia.
Washington Post Book World, and author of the forthcoming The N
Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't and Why, gave the keynote.
Florida State Senator Anthony C. Hill, Sr. made opening remarks.


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Administration
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* 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
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Administrative Affairs
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SCHOLARSHIP


& Activities


Jeffrey L. Harrison
Stephen C. O'Connell
Professor
* Cited three times (two different
works, with R. Blair as co-au-
thor on each) in U.S. Supreme Ha
Harrison
Court Associate Justice Clarence
Thomas's opinion for a unanimous court in
Weyerhauser Co. v. Ross-Simmons Hardwood
Lumber Company, Inc., 2007 WL 505794 (U.S.
Feb. 20). (More in a future issue of FlaLaw.)

In the News

Katheryn Russell-
Brown
Professor, Director of Center
for Study of Race and Race
Relations
* The Gainesville Sun, Feb. 25. Russell-Brown
Quoted about the CSRRR pro-
gram "A Series of Unfortunate
Events? A Look at Race" and the seemingly
prevalent outpouring of intolerance from famous
figures like Tim Hardaway and Mel Gibson, she
said, "By themselves, they don't seem to rise to
the level of an important national story. Together,
they suggest maybe there is something going on
with race."
* InsideUF, Feb. 19. Quoted in an article on the
upcoming CSRRR program "A Series of Unfor-
tunate Events? A Look at Race," Russell-Brown
said: "This is not just a black-white conversation;
it's for everyone."


Michael L. Seigel
Professor
* The Washington Post, Feb.
26. Published an op-ed article
about the push by big business
to restrict or prohibit prosecu-
tors of big business cases from
requesting material that would


Seigel


be confidential under attorney-client privilege.
* WUFT/NPR, Feb. 14. Interviewed about Sami
AIArian, a man who's been subpoenaed to
testify before a grand jury in Maryland, but who
also claimed that the government said that he
would be deported after he pled guilty. Seigel
maintained that the government always has the
power to immunize a potential witness and force
him to testify, as it is doing in this case, but if a
specific promise was made to the contrary, using
that power would be "ungentlemanly."


Michael R. Siebecker
Assistant Professor
* HedgeWorld Daily News, Feb.
22. Quoted extensively in an
article about Phillip Goldstein,
Bulldog Investors principal, Siebecker
who has had charges brought
against him by the Massachu-
setts Secretary of the Commonwealth for
allegedly advertising the Bulldog hedge fund.

UF Law Wins Awards
Due in large part to widespread participa-
tion and involvement by those in the law
school community in the college's com-
munications programs, the Levin College of
Law has consistently won more University
of Florida Communications Network Golden
Gator awards from central campus than
any other department or college.
This tradition con-
tinued at the Feb. 2
awards presentation, '
when the dedication
of the Chesterfield
Smith Ceremonial
Classroom took first "ti.
place for special
event (Coordinator Dean Robert Jerry,
Development and Alumni Affairs Senior
Director Kelley Frohlich, Communications
Director Debra Amirin, Editor Kathy Flem-
ing, Photographer Kristen Hines), our Pro-
spectus won first place for brochure/book
(Fleming, Amirin, Admissions Dean Michael
Patrick, Hines), and FlaLawtook first place
for newsletters (Editor Jim Hellegaard,
Amirin, Hines).
The college also won "gold" late last
year by winning statewide Golden Image
Awards from the Florida Public Relations
Association for the Chesterfield Smith
Video (Fleming, Amirin, Hines) and the
Environmental and Land Use Law booklet
(Amirin and ELUL Program Director Alyson
Flournoy), which also earned a Judges
Award for cost effectiveness. All these
awards are given in recognition of effec-
tiveness and value in helping the institution
achieve its goals and advance its mission.