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VOL. 10, NO. 25 March 19, 2007


Mediation Symposium Brings Top


Practitioners to UF Law March 20


A symposium on "Mediation in Florida
and Beyond" will be held Tuesday, March
20, 2-3 p.m., in the University of Florida
Levin College of Law's Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180).
Sponsored by the
Institute for Dis-
pute Resolution, the
symposium features
a panel of experts in
the field, including:
Robin K. Da-
vis, Director,
ADR/Mediation
Services, Eighth
Judicial Circuit of Davis
Florida
Hon. Ben F Overton, Senior Justice,
Supreme Court of Florida (Retired)
Sharon Press, Director, Dispute Resolu-
tion Center, Florida Supreme Court
John J. Upchurch, President, Upchurch
Watson White & Max Mediation Group


Leonard L. Riskin, Chesterfield Smith
Professor of Law, will moderate the
discussion.
"Florida is probably the leading mediation


state in the country,"


Riskin said. "Media-
tion is part of the ev-
eryday practice of law
for many lawyers."
Florida also has
one of the most
sophisticated systems


for providing and
regulating mediation,
and the symposium's
speakers have all been
Overton very important in
the development of
mediation in the state, Riskin said.
The event is a good opportunity for stu-
dents to learn more about career opportuni-
ties in mediation, Riskin said. The entire law
school community is invited to attend, and
a reception will follow the event.


'Dunk a Dean' Kicks Off IPTLA Month With a Big Splash
Responding to taunting from designated "dunkee" Associate Dean George Dawson, UF Law Dean Robert
Jerry winds up, nails the target, and sends Dawson into the frigid waters of the tank at the March 5 'Dunk a
Dean, Plunge a Professor" charity event sponsored by the Intellectual Property & Technology Law
Association (IPTLA). Several more events are on tap for IPTLA Month to raise donations to the United Way,
March of Dimes and St. Francis Homeless Shelter. The events resume with a recipe contest and tasting at
1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Schott Courtyard, the "Best Logo for Levin High" t-shirt contest at 11 a.m.
Monday, March 26, in the courtyard, and karaoke with Professor Jeffrey Harrison at 9 p.m. March 28 at
Lillian's in downtown Gainesville.


Judge Rosemary
Barkett Will Deliver
Dunwody Lecture
United States Circuit Judge
Rosemary Barkett of the Eleventh
Circuit Court of Appeals will deliver
the 2007 Dunwody Distinguished
Lecture in Law at 11 a.m. March
23 in the Chesterfield Smith Cer-
emonial Classroom at the UF Levin
College of Law.
The title of Judge Barkett's lecture
is "Judicial Discretion and Judi-
cious Deliberation." Judge Barkett,
who earned her J.D. from UF Law
in 1970, was the first woman jus-
tice on the Florida Supreme Court,
sitting as an associate justice
from 1985 until 1992, when she
was chosen by her colleagues to
become the state's first woman
chief justice of that court.
The Florida law Review Dunwody
Distinguished Lecture in Law se-
ries was established by U.S. Sugar
Corporation and the law firms of
Dunwody, White & Landon, P.A.
and Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston,
Dunwody & Cole in honor of UF
Law graduates Elliot and Atwood
Dunwody.

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Estate Planning, March 22,
Noon, Bailey Courtroom
Join Career Services and the Estates,
Trusts, & Elder Law Society in welcoming
attorney Heather Flanagan, a UF alumnus,
to campus Thursday, March 22, at noon
in the Bailey Courtroom. Flanagan will dis-
cuss careers in estate planning and share
practice stories from her Gainesville law
firm, focusing on estate planning and asset
protection. Anyone interested in estates
and trust law should join us.

2007 Summer Corps
The 2007 Summer Corps application will
be available Wednesday, March 21, on the
Equal Justice Works website beginning at
noon. As part of the Equal Justice Works
Katrina Initiative, preference will be given
to projects providing legal assistance
to those affected by hurricanes Katrina
and Rita. All 350 slots will be awarded
primarily on a first-come, first-served
basis. Demand for this opportunity is very
high, so students should apply as early as
possible. The application closes at 5 p.m.
April 4. Summer Corps is an Ameri-
Corps-funded program that engages law
students to spend their summers serving at
nonprofit public interest organizations and
allows them to earn a $1,000 AmeriCorps
education award voucher upon completion
of 300 hours of service. Students must
secure a summer placement at a qualify-
ing organization prior to applying for the
program. For more information about the
program, please visit www.equaljustice-
works.org/summercorpsindex.php.

Pro Bono/Community
Service Project Hours
Turn in your Pro Bono and Community
Service hours to CCS by April 5 to attend
the April 12 Awards Ceremony. Contact
Sam Sarno (sarno@law.ufl.edu) to check
on your hour tally and to confirm your par-
ticipation in the end-of-the-year ceremony.


CAREER

Services


Making the Big Sell:
How to Market Yourself
to a Small Firm
In the last issue of FlaLaw, we outlined
Why you should consider small firm
practice;
The different types of small firms;
Small firm hiring trends; and
How to locate potential positions within
a small firm.
In this issue, we'll focus on how to market
yourself to a small firm.

Be the Total Package
Generally speaking, the ideal small firm
candidates possess the "total package." They
are well-rounded, ambitious and self-moti-
vated individuals. They have local ties, and
can work with minimum supervision while
excelling in both written and verbal commu-
nication skills. They are also ready to "hit the
ground running" as they start their summer
or permanent position.
Show potential employers that you are
well-rounded and will be able to fit in with
the handful of people at their small firm. You
need to show that that you can work together
in a close environment. There will be no
transferring to a different floor or practice
group if conflict arises among co-workers.
You need to show them that you can get
along with others.

Gain Experience
A great way to demonstrate that you are a
well-rounded individual ready for small firm
practice is to gain experience as a part of your
legal career. Through skills-based learning,
you can demonstrate to potential employers
that you have the competence and aptitude
required to add value to their firm.
An obvious way to gain experience would
be to clerk for a small firm either in the
summer or during one of your upper-
class semesters/years. Clerking for one of
these firms can be a successful means of
securing a job.
Take practical courses in law school that
emphasize legal skills such as interviewing
and counseling, negotiation and media-


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tion, law practice management, legal ac-
counting and/or any skills-based clinics.
Consider taking advantage of the law
school's clinic, externship, and mentor
programs.
Participate in Moot Court or Trial Team
competitions.
Attend CLEs relevant to small firm
practitioners.
Learn about rainmaking, bringing in
new clients, and about trust accounts and
billing.

Recognize That You Will be in a
Service Industry
A paramount consideration you should
have while marketing yourself to a small firm
is that lawyers are in a service industry. Good
people skills and client relations will be vital
to your practice. Develop and demonstrate
professionalism now.
Respect others. Respect everyone equally,
not just your superiors. Treat support
staff, court personnel, and opposing
counsel the same way you would expect
to be treated. The legal community is a
small community, especially among small
firm practitioners. Word gets around
quickly about attorneys who are difficult
or who do not treat others with respect
and dignity.
Common courtesy is paramount to small
firm practice. While you might hear war
stories about putting opposing counsel
or hostile witnesses in their place, telling
people off is not a skill small firm practi-
tioners will value.
Be down-to-earth and not condescend-
ing. Perhaps the most revered fictional
small firm attorney is Atticus Finch from
To Kl/ r Mockingbird. He was courteous
and honest, and a highly effective attor-
ney without putting others down.
Be approachable, not snooty or aloof.
Show small firm practitioners that you
won't run off their clients with a superior
attitude.
Follow through. Return phone calls and
correspondence promptly. You are only
as good as your word, so follow up when









Growing Interest in Alternative Careers

Among Today's Law Students


you say you will.
Cultivate solid listening skills.

Demonstrate a Can-Do Attitude
Be a creative problem-solver. Show em-
ployers that you can work independently,
but can ask questions and seek guidance
when it is needed. The best lawyer doesn't
necessarily know all of the answers off the
top of her head, but will sure know where
to find them quickly.
Think outside the box and provide
solutions.
If the answer to a question is "that has
never been done" replace it with "I can
do it."
Convince employers that you have a pas-
sion for the practice of law.
Show potential employers that you have
a solid work ethic, and that you are loyal
and responsible.
Be willing and able to accept a great deal
of responsibility. Show them that you
can work efficiently and make good use
of your time. Be able to do your own
research, drafting, typing, and filing of
documents. Have the capacity to be well-
organized so you can show employers that
you will have no problem keeping track
of your cases.

Be Entrepreneurial
A small firm is a small business. Know
how to run a business.
Show a willingness to become involved in
your community. Community involve-
ment is essentially client development.
Build trust and respect among all of the
clients with whom you come in contact
so they will return to you when needed
and will feel comfortable and safe in refer-
ring their family and friends to you.
With a better understanding of what small
firm practitioners need, it will be easier for
you to plot the rest of your legal education.
Aim toward those classes and experiences that
will be most helpful in developing the skills
and qualities small firm practitioners value.


One Quick Question Goes Virtual


From the attendance at recent programs, it
is clear that law students are very interested
in careers that expand beyond "traditional"
attorney paths. Earlier this month, Career
Services sponsored two programs discussing
topics related to alternative careers in law.
The first program provided students with
ideas about a litany of different career areas
that would benefit from having a background
in legal education. Careers discussed
included options in areas such as publish-
ing, education, human resources, market-
ing, financial services, and entertainment
industries. Students were also provided with
resources to help them identify interesting
and diverse career paths.
Tools for researching potential opportunities
as well as a resource outlining over 150
different careers that employ individuals with
Juris Doctors were provided for students.
A common theme was mirrored in the second
Career Services program, discussing the
path towards achieving a career in higher
education. Besides teaching, positions for
those with a JD are available in an academic
setting in development and fund raising, legal
affairs, student affairs, career services, risk
management, admissions, ADA coordination,
judicial affairs, and licensing. Obtaining a
career in areas which sway from traditional
law paths requires not only strong desire but
also creativity and preparation.



Have you ever been working online and
had a question for Career Services? We
recognize that today's law students spend a
majority of their time working remotely and
online. Sometimes finding the time to stop
by the Career Services Office for answers to
questions is not always convenient.
To accommodate students, Career Services
is proud to announce a new online messaging
service. Every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon
counselors will be available online to answer
questions at the screen name, UFLawCareers.
This screen name is accessible to all stu-
dents using AOL, Yahoo, and MSN Mes-
senger services. Feel free to IM your questions
about job postings, resume reviews, interview
inquiries, and any other career or job related


As discussed by University of Florida As-
sistant General Counsel Imogene Cathey,
students must make the decision to position
him or herself on a career track early. While
one's first internship or job out of law school
may not be the ideal match, students should
instead view their career progression as
steps to an eventual goal. Every position and
experience should be seen as a building block
towards an end dream position.
Cathey began her career working at a firm
and concentrating in Employment Law.
While practicing, she never lost sight of
her end goal-working for a university in a
general counsel's office. When a posting at
her alma mater materialized, Cathey was
able to combine her two loves-the law and
teaching-into a dream job in the Office of
the General Counsel. Her firm experience was
the tool and step she needed to obtain the
position with the University of Florida.
Cathey echoed the week's earlier program,
indicating that research and networking are
the essential keys to achieving career satis-
faction in an alternative career. If you have
an idea and end goal involving an alternative
career, your preparation to get on the right
track can begin while in law school. Make an
appointment with a Career Resource Coun-
selor to discuss ideas for summer internships,
volunteer work, networking, and contacts as
you develop your own unique path towards
an alternative career.


concern you feel comfortable chatting about
online. We look forward to meeting you
virtually online.
Also, remember that you can always stop
by One Quick Question in the courtyard on
Thursday from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m

Prepare for Fall Recruiting
Symplicity orientations will be offered
again this semester to help students prepare
for Fall 2007 Recruiting. There will also be a
2007-2008 OCI Policies & Procedure Form
to be signed by all students wishing to access
the Symplicity database. See next week's
FlaLaw for complete details.


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CALENDAR


of Events


Tuesday MARCH 20
* Mediation in Florida and Beyond
Symposium, 2-3:30 p.m., HOL 180

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


Tuesday MARCH 27
* Trial riamn speaker srUes ii .... .I I
* Gator baseball 's. Bethunie-Cookman ,. 3 i
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Monday APRIL 2
* Lunch with the Dean, noon, FDR
* NCAA Men's Basketball Final, Atlanta, GA


Tuesday APRIL 3
* CSRRR presents speaker Ian Haney Lopez,
Berkeley law professor and author of books
such as Racism on Trial: the Chicano Fight
for Justice, noon, HOL 180, 1:30 p.m., FDR


Wednesday MARCH 21
* ACS Food for Thought Lecture, noon,
BG 136
* Jessup Moot Court Team informational ses-
sions for students interested in being part of
the 2007-2008 team, noon, HOL 355B


Wednesday MARCH 28
* CCS Program: Gei(ing .head \ ilhouL
Losing Head i......, HOL .-:


Wednesday APRIL 4
* CCS presentation on judicial clerkships, 1
p.m., HOL 355


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Thursday MARCH 22
* Law School Democrats Lunch & Learn with
Prof. Fletcher Baldwin, 2-3:30 p.m., BG 136
* Immigration and Domestic Violence Panel,
noon, HOL 180 (reception will follow)
* Jessup Moot Court Team informational
session for students, 6 p.m., FDR
* CCS Program: One Quick Question, 9:45-
11:15 a.m., Schott Courtyard
* CCS Program on Estate Planning, noon,
Bailey Courtroom


Thursday MARCH 29
* ACS Food for Thought lecture, noon, HOL
345


Thursday MARCH 5
ACS Food for Thought lecture, noon,
HOL 345
Attorney's title insurance presentation, 4-7
p.m., HOL 180









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


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.


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Friday MARCH 30
* Faculty enrichment luncheon, noon, FDR
* Professionalism Symposium, 9 a.m.-l p.m.
* Dance Alive National Ballet presents
Madame Butterfly, 7:30 p.m., Phillips Center


Friday APRIL 6
* Graduate Tax Enrichment Speaker Series
presents Len Burman, Sr. Fellow, Urban
Institute and Co-Director, Tax Policy Center,
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., HOL 180
* Gator baseball vs. South Carolina, 6:30 p.m.,
McKethan Stadium


If you're an artist who would
like to showcase your work
(painting, knitting, photography,
finger painting, sculpture, etc.)
in the law library, please email
digital images to Eric (ecburger@
gmail.com) or Cassie (arispax@
gmail.com). Submissions are due
by Friday, March 23.


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BRIEFS

News & Events


Environmental Conference
Draws Hundreds to UF Law
The annual Public Interest Environmental
Conference, co-sponsored by the The
Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use
Law Section and UF Student Government,
brought over 200 people to the Levin Col-
lege of Law campus for two days of panels
and plenary sessions in early March.
Among the highlights, Jill Zilligen, vice
president, sustainable business practices
at Nau, Inc. gave a fascinating view into
a start-up outdoor apparel company with
a central focus on sustainability at the
opening reception. At the Friday evening
banquet, Ray Anderson (pictured above),
founder and chairman of Interface, provided
a detailed picture of how a focus on sustain-
ability enables a company to reap significant
financial benefits while minimizing the costs
it externalizes on the rest of society. The
facts and figures Anderson cited made it
abundantly clear that a large part of sus-
tainability is simply good business practices
that should interest every business leader
focused on the bottom line.
The final session featured Phyllis Harris,
vice president for environmental compliance
at Wal-Mart, and John Henry Hankinson,
who concluded with the rousing song
"Testify," written specially for the confer-
ence and performed (with harmonica) by
Hankinson (with audience assistance on
the refrain). Special thanks to all the ELULS
Public Interest Committee members who
helped in organizing and moderating the 12
very successful panels that spanned Friday
and Saturday.
-ELULP Director Alyson Flournoy


Berkeley's Haney L6pez to Deliver
CSRRR's Spring Lecture
Ian E Haney L6pez, professor of law at the
University of California, Berkeley, School of

for the Study of Race & Race
Relations Spring 2007 Lecture
at noon April 3 in the Chester-
field Smith Ceremonial Class-
room. The title of his lecture is
'"A Nation of Minorities: Race, Haney L6pez
Ethnicity, and Reactionary
Colorblindness."
A prolific writer on race relations and law,
Haney L6pez's most recent book, Racism on
Trial: The Chicano FightforJustice (Belknap/
Harvard, 2003), uses the legal history of the
Mexican-American civil rights struggle in Los
Angeles to explore the relationship between
legal violence and self-conceptions of racial
identity. For more information, contact Melissa
Bamba in CSRRR at 273-0614 or email
bamba@law.ufl.edu.

Interested in Practicing Family
Law or Children's Law?
If you've ever thought about practicing
family law or children's law, don't miss this
opportunity to find out more about this area
when the Center on Children & the Law
holds its semiannual Information/Orientation
Meeting at 11 am. March 19, in the Center on
Children & Families, Suite 368. Pizza will be
served. Check out http://www.law.ufl.edu/pro-
grams/ccl/. All students are invited to attend.

Apply Online for Summer
Federal Graduate Plus Loans
Summer 2007 Federal Graduate Plus loan
applications are now available online at www
sfaufl.edu/pub/forms.html. If you are studying
overseas during the summer and requested
financial aid, Levin College of Law Financial
Aid Coordinator Carol Huber will contact you
by email once she receives the budget from the
Study Abroad Office. She will then be able to
determine the amount of financial aid you are
eligible to receive.


Financial Aid Reminder
For those of you who have not already done
so, now is the time to apply for aid for the
2007-2008 academic year. I encourage you
to apply electronically using FAFSA/Renewal
FAFSA on the web since it can save you pro-
cessing time and has a built in editing format
to reduce errors.Just go to FAFSA/Renewal
FAFSA on the web at: http://www.FAFSA
ed.gov and follow the instructions on the site.
After applying via FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA on
the web, you can check the status of your appli-
cation and/or make corrections online. You will
need to use your Federal Access Code (PIN) to
complete the renewal electronically.

Immigration and Domestic
Violence Panel March 22
The Florida Bar Foundation Public Interest
Law Fellows in conjunction with the American
Constitution Society present a panel of speakers
to discuss domestic violence and its affect on
immigrants. The Immigration and Domes-
tic Violence Panel will take place Thursday
March 22, at noon in the Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180). Attorney
J. SamanthaVacciana (UF Law '03) will talk
about her EJW fellowship, which is now being
funded by the U.S. Department ofJustice, on
this very topic. A reception will follow. The
Public Interest Law Fellows are funded by a
grant from The Florida Bar Foundation.

Environmental Moot Court Tryouts
Second-year students interested in envi-
ronmental law and who want to hone their
brief-writing and appellate advocacy skills have
the opportunity to tryout for one position on
the Environmental Moot Court team that will
represent UF at the National Environmental
Moot Court Competition in February 2008
in White Plains, NY. The application process
includes a written submission (resume and
argument section of your brief from Appel-
late Advocacy) and an oral argument tryout.
Written submissions are due by 4 p.m. March
30 in HOL 319. Oral argument tryouts April
2-6. For complete details, email Lena Hinson
at elulp@law.ufl.edu.


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Animal Law Expanding, Drawing Students


By Charles B. King
Animal law is a burgeoning area of jurisprudence. The increase
in disputes involving animals has created a demand for attorneys
who specialize in the developing field of animal law. The motto of
the Animal Legal Defense Fund, America's largest lawyers' animal
protection group, is "we may be the only lawyers on earth whose
clients are all innocent."
A variety of animal law-related issues are being considered by
U.S. courts with increasing frequency. Should society treat the act
of breaking a table leg the same as your dog's leg? Should the legal
system allow for emotional damages when someone intention-
ally harms your family pet? Will an animal's property inheritance
survive legal challenges? Are breed specific laws that ban dogs
deemed "vicious" solely by breed and not by behavior constitu-
tional?
Animal law entails a breadth of issues including wrongful death
litigation, abusive commercial practices, such as factory farming,
veterinarian medical malpractice, the protection of animal activ-
ists' constitutional rights, defense at vicious-dog hearings, products
liability litigation, the competing interests of wild animals and
urban, farming, and recreational land use, and transactional issues,
such as drafting estates and trusts.
Three law schools now have law reviews dedicated solely to
animal law, approximately 70 law schools, including the University
of Florida, now offer courses and seminars in animal law, and 80


Annual Professionalism


Symposium March 30

Prominent alumni, faculty and law students will gather at the
Levin College of Law Friday, March 30, for this year's Profes-
sionalism Symposium. Sponsored by a generous gift from at-
torney David B. Mishael of Miami and co-hosted by the Eighth
Judicial Circuit Bar Association and UF Law, the symposium
gives students the chance to discuss issues of professionalism,
ethics and integrity in the law with judges and practitioners.
The event typically draws over 100 students and dozens of lo-
cal attorneys, who can earn CLE credits by participating.
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 principles intersect with
the qualities of an ideal professional.
Local judges, lawyers and faculty members will offer their
advice on a variety of topics. The symposium begins at 9 a.m. in
the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom and refreshments
will be available.


schools have animal law associations. David Hoch, who teaches
the UF seminar, suggests that "we must begin a societal discussion
of what moral consideration, if any, we owe to animals, and if we
conclude that we are morally obliged to at least some animals,
then we must determine the best ways to recognize and manifest
that incumbency through law."
This semester, Harvard University will host an Animal Law
Conference, with discussion on legal strategies to stop the abuse of
companion animals, as well as animals abused in industries.
The University of Florida has an active Student Animal Legal
Defense Fund (SALDF) chapter called the Animal Law Associa-
tion (ALA). For many, the idea of animal law becoming main-
stream is welcome news. The reality is that there is much more to
be accomplished.
David Wolfson, a partner at a major law firm who teaches and
practices animal law, said, "I'm running after a train that I know
I have to catch. I know that I'm running quicker than I used to.
The problem seems to be that the train is going a little faster than
it used to be, too."
For more information on Harvard University's upcoming
Animal Law Conference or the University of Florida's Animal Law
Association chapter, stop by the group's next meeting on Thursday,
March 29, at noon (room to be announced) or contact Charles
King at animallawassociation@gmail.com.


Gift Supports Books Collection in LIC
Forty years ago William B. "Bill" Conner (JD 67) made a name for
himself at the UF College of Law, where he excelled in academics and
extracurricular activities. Shortly after graduating, cancer cut his
bright future short. His brother, James F. "Jim" Conner II (pictured at
center) made sure the memory of Bill and their parents, Dr. Fred and
Mrs. Jo Conner, who originally created the fund in 1968, were honored
by permanently endowing the William B. Conner Browsing Collection
fund through his estate plans. The estimated $300,000 gift supports a
collection of nonacademic legal interest books in the Chiles Legal Infor-
mation Center. Dean Robert Jerry (pictured at left) hosted a reception
recently for Jim Conner and his wife, Sue (pictured at right), in the Rare
Book Room, where several editions from the collection were on display.


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Director, UF LAW Magazine Editor
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To be emailed an early release pdf of
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0650, stop by Communications in 287 Hol-
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Gainesville, FL 32611-7633.




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
* John Plummer, Assistant Dean for
Administrative Affairs
* 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


SCHOLARSHIP

& Activities


Diane H. Mazur
Professor
* Spoke at Harvard Law School
on March 3 on the subject of
judicial deference to military
personnel policies such as Mazu
"Don'tAsk, Don't Tell." She was
joined on the panel by Harvard
Law Professor Laurence Tribe, the preeminent
constitutional scholar and Supreme Court
advocate.


Christopher L.


Peterson
Associate Professor of Law U
* Published article "Preemp-
tion, Agency Cost Theory, and
Predatory Lending by Banking Peterson
Agents: Are Federal Regulators
Biting Off More Than They Can
Chew?" 56 American Law Review 515 (2007).
* Participated in a Feb. 28 debate at Harvard Law
School sponsored by the Predatory Lending and
Foreclosure Prevention Clinic, Harvard's Hale
and Dorr Legal Services Center. The topic of
the debate was his forthcoming article entitled
"Predatory Structured Finance." At issue was
whether securitization of subprime home mort-
gages facilitates predatory lending by capitaliz-
ing mortgage lenders and brokers that specialize
in fraud.
Leonard L. Riskin
Chesterfield Smith Professor
* The Journal of Dispute Resolu-
tion published a symposium of
articles based on the sympo-
sium honoring Riskin at the
University of Missouri-Columbia Riskin
School of Law in October 2006.
Riskin was the founding director
of the center. The symposium is at 2006 Journal
of Dispute Resolution 501.

Michael L. Seigel
Professor
* Spoke to Phi Alpha Delta, the
undergraduate legal honor
society, on Tuesday, Feb. 27.


In the News

Bill F. Chamberlin
Joseph L. Brechner Eminent
Scholar of Mass Communica-
tions; Director of the Marion
Brechner Citizen Access
Project; Affiliate Professor Chamberlin
* Associated Press, March 11.
Quoted in a national wire story
about how open-government laws often fall
short.

Lyrissa Barnett
Lidsky
Professor; UF Research
Foundation Professor
* Creativeloafing.com, Feb. 2007.
Quoted fairly extensively in an Lidsky
article about a use of Florida's
cyberstalking statute to get an injunction against
a blog.


Christopher L.


Peterson
Associate Professor
* Boston Globe, March 3. "When
the CEO of HSBC, one of the
world's largest banks, and legal Peterson
aid attorneys who represent
poverty-stricken Americans find
something to agree on, it is no small event," said
Peterson in an op-ed piece that encouraged
leaders to rethink national credit policies. He
wrote, "First, consumer protection laws not only
protect borrowers, but also the economy."
* Public Radio International, Feb. 21. Interviewed
on "Marketplace" on how state legislatures are
likely to respond to a recent public relations push
by a payday loan industry trade association.
* St. Petersburg Times, March 3. In a story on
lenders filing petitions to force music promoter
Lou Pearlman and Trans Continental Airlines
into involuntary bankruptcy, he said: "The
bankruptcy system is designed to find hidden
assets. The court can go back and void transfers
of property."

Christopher Slobogin
Stephen C. O'Connell Chair
* The New York Times, March 8.
Quoted in a story in connection
with the competency issue raised
in Jose Padilla case. ..