Career services
 Calendar of events
 Briefs: news and events
 Scholarship and activities
 Dean's update


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    Calendar of events
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VOL. 10, NO. 27 April 2, 2007

Gators Bring Home National Title

from NBLSA Trial Team Tourney

One Gator team has already brought home
a national title from Atlanta. The University
of Florida Levin College of Law Black Law
Students Association (BLSA) Trial Team earned
the national title in Atlanta

Phillips (defense), and the UF Law government
team, which also did an outstanding job in the
tournament, was made up of Camille Warren
and Ronisha Beasley. The students thanked
Everyone who helped them,

March 21-25 at the NBLSA
Thurgood Marshall Mock
Trial Competition in Atlanta.
The team defeated George-
town in the semifinals, and
Georgia State in the final
"We are extremely proud
of these students," said UF
Law Trial Practice Program
Director Jennifer Zedalis.
"The competition was tough,
but our students worked ex-
tremely hard to win the title."
The final round was won by
Jessica Anderson and Alicia

Pictured clockwise from lower left are
Anderson, Warren, Phillips, and Beasley.

including Zedalis, Dean
Robert Jerry, Professors
Pedro Malavet, Mike Seigel,
Kenneth Nunn and Mi-
chelle Jacobs, and others in
the local legal community.
"After months of hard
work and frustration this
has turned out to be an
amazing experience that we
as a team are very proud
of," Anderson said. "The
women I competed with are
phenomenal litigators and
I'm humbled to share this
honor with them."

Faculty to Tackle Law, Science and

Politics of Global Climate Change

A report from the United Nations Intergov-
emmental Panel on Climate Change predicting
a dramatic increase in extreme weather, rising
sea levels, acidic oceans and deadly heat waves
around the world has drawn heavy attention
from the media and
public alike in recent
weeks. With that in
mind, members of the
University of Florida
Levin College of Law
faculty will gather in Klein Ankersl
Holland Hall room
345 at noon Wednesday, April 4, for a brownbag
presentation on "Climate Change: An Overview
of the Law, Science, and Politics."
Professors Mary Jane Angelo, Tom Ankersen,

Alyson Flournoy, and Christine Klein will pres-
ent a quick look at the myriad issues and try to
link together the various aspects of the debate,
including the state of the science, the interna-
tional context, domestic policies being consid-
ered, and potential
impacts for other
areas of policy.
"For the first time,"
Flournoy said, "Con-
gress seems ready to
en Flournoy Angelo tackle this problem
and is holding hear-
ings to really explore the status of what we know
and the policies that we might pursue to try to
reduce the future impact that our emissions of
greenhouse gases will have."

Haney L6pez to Deliver
CSRRR Spring Lecture
lan F. Haney L6pez, professor of
law at the University of California,
Berkeley, School of Law, and a pro-
lific writer on race relations and law
will deliver the Center for the Study
of Race & Race Relations Spring
2007 Lecture at noon Tuesday,
April 3, in the Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom. The title of
his lecture is "A Nation of Minori-
ties: Race, Ethnicity, and Reaction-
ary Colorblindness." The event is
free and open to the public. For
more information, contact Melissa
Bamba in CSRRR at 273-0614 or
email bamba@law.ufl.edu.

Open Forum Tuesday on
U.S. News Rankings
Attend the open forum at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, in HOL 180 to
discuss the latest law school rank-
ings from U.S. News & World Report
with Dean Bob Jerry and read the
Dean's Message in the special insert
in this issue of FlaLaw.
UF1 Lcvin College of Law
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Volunteer Celebration
Brunch April 12
UF Law's Volunteer Celebration Brunch
is set for April 12 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
in the Faculty Dining Room. If you have
worked 35 or more hours towards Pro
Bono or Community Service Projects,
please make sure that you have reported
them to Career Services by April 5.
RSVPs for the brunch to honor students
who will be recipients of the awards are
due on April 6.

Robert Masur Fellowship
in Civil Liberties
The Nation Institute is now accepting
applications from 1 Ls who intend to
carry out significant activities during the
summer in the areas of civil rights and/or
civil liberties for the 2007 Robert Masur
Fellowship in Civil Liberties. Proposed ac-
tivities may include a writing or research
project, work with a public interest
organization in the areas of civil rights or
civil liberties, work on a civil rights or civil
liberties law case under the supervision of
a faculty member or lawyer, or any other
work in the areas of civil rights or civil
liberties. Fellowship recipient receives a
$1,000 honorarium. All applications must
be postmarked by May 31. For full infor-
mation, visit http://www.nationinstitute.

Judicial Clerkships
Are you a 2L interested in pursuing a
prestigious Judicial Clerkship? You need
to begin the application process soon.
Next fall will be too late. Join Career
Services Wednesday, April 4, at 1 p.m. in
HOL 345 to learn about why you should
consider a judicial clerkship after gradu-
ation, upcoming deadlines, researching
vacancies, obtaining letters of recommen-
dation, and about the application process.

Don't Miss Out-Get Ready Now
for Fall Recruiting
Off-Campus Recruiting
If you missed last week's program on
Job Fairs and other upcoming off-campus
recruiting events, be sure to pick up the
handouts available in CCS. Be aware that
for some of these events, the student appli-
cation and resume submission deadline will
be in June. Also, it is important to note
that the CCS cannot accept late submis-
sions for off-campus recruiting events as
the consortium of law schools that hosts
the various events establishes and enforces
its own deadlines.
On Campus Interviews
On Campus Interviews begin the week
of Aug. 14-one week before classes
start-and bidding begins a month earlier,
the week of July 10. Prepare now.
Attend one of the upcoming Symplic-
ity training sessions if you have not
already done so. Training is offered
on Monday, April 2, at 2 p.m. and on
Wednesday, April 3, at 1 p.m., both in
room 355C.
Be sure to sign a new OCI Policies
and Procedures Form (effective May
2007)-you will be unable to access
Symplicity until you have done so. The
form is available during the training
sessions, in the CCS, during One
Quick Question (Thursdays, 9:45-
11:15 a.m., in the Courtyard), and on
the CCS website.
Update your resume to reflect your
summer experience and current GPA.
You can always have your resume
reviewed by one of the professional
counselors in Career Services by email-
ing your resume to careers@law.ufl.
edu, dropping it off for review within
48 hours, or scheduling an appoint-
ment with a counselor. When your
resume is complete, upload the current
version into Symplicity.
Update your profile in Symplicity to
reflect your current class year and cur-
rent contact information.

Don't miss out on important messages
from Career Services. Sign up for the
career hotline by sending a blank e-
mail to career-hotline-subscribe@law.
Remember, the current list of registered
OCI employers will be sent out on the
hotline one week prior to bidding. Keep
in mind this list constantly changes, and
we will periodically send updates on the
hotline. Be sure to research the employers
prior to bidding on them, and be ready to
begin bidding the week of July 10 for Early
Interview Week (interviews the week of
Aug. 14).

Evaluating Law Firm Diversity
Before you make the important decision
of where to begin your legal career, learn as
much as you can about the law firms that
you are considering. One important factor
for many job seekers is a firm's record on
diversity. Although most firms' promo-
tional materials tout their commitment to
diversity, they do not always offer specifics
that you, the potential associate, can use
in determining whether the work environ-
ment is the right fit for you.
NALP's Directory of Legal Employers
provides detailed information about a law
firm's attorneys, including the number
of men and women, Black, Hispanic,
American Indian, Asian & Pacific Islander,
multi-racial, disabled, and openly gay
attorneys. It also specifies whether a firm
offers domestic partner benefits and what,
if any, minority recruitment efforts the
firm is undertaking.
You can access this information online
at www.nalpdirectory.com or look through
the print version in Career Services.
Career Services also has other directories
and resources to help in your evaluation
including the Vault/MCCA' 2007Law
Firm Diversity Programs Directory, Directory
of Minority Judges; Minority Law Journal
magazine, and more.

Consider Cost of Living
As you reflect on your options for sum-
mer internships, bar applications, and an

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eventual career, it is essential to factor the
geographic cost of living into the equation.
Your paycheck can go much further in
some regions as compared to others and it
is important that you conduct research on
cost of living factors before committing to a
geographic area.
Career Services recently compared 10
randomly selected cities in different states
to determine how far a $75,000 paycheck
would take you. This example assumes
that a student has been offered a $75,000
position in Charlotte, North Carolina-a
city known for a low cost of living and
geographically located in the middle of the
Mid-Atlantic region where many UF law
graduates practice.
To maintain that same lifestyle in 10
other cities, look at how the $75,000 offer
equates. For example, to achieve the same
value in Miami, the corresponding offer
would need to be $112,500 to equal the
$75,000 offer in Charlotte because the cost
of living is 20.5 percent higher to live in
Miami than Charlotte.
Compared to Charlotte
Miami $112,500 (50 percent
more expensive)
Orlando $90,341 (20.5 percent
more expensive)
Atlanta $78,409 (4.5 percent
more expensive)
Washington $121,023 (61.4 percent
more expensive)
New York $150,852 (101.1
percent more expensive)
Charleston $82,670 (10.2 percent
more expensive)
Jacksonville $82,670 (10.2 percent
more expensive)
Ft. Lauderdale $115,057 (53.4 percent
more expensive)
Dallas $76,705 (2.3 percent
more expensive)
Philadelphia $92,045 (22.7 percent
more expensive)
When deciding about where to live and
practice, do your own research. A useful
tool can be found at http://www.bestplaces.

If Professor Sandra Chance had her
way, every state government would
be "in the sunshine." That is how
access advocates describe a govern-
ment environment that allows public
access to courtroom proceedings and
government records and meetings. The
ultimate goal, Chance said, is govern-
ment transparency and the public's
right to know.
"First, as citizens, everyone should
support freedom of information," said
Chance, executive director of UF's
Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of
Information. "We have a right to know about
our government and how our government
officials are spending our tax dollars. This
information allows us to hold our elected
officials accountable and protect against
government waste, abuse and corruption."
The Brechner Center is recognized inter-
nationally as one of the leading academic
institutions dedicated to conducting research
and education about open government
laws and the importance of transparency in
governmental operations and decision-mak-
ing. Students range from undergraduates and
graduate students at the UF College of Jour-
nalism and Communications and law students
to judges at the National Judicial College.
Chance also serves on the advisory boards

Subscribe to the Pro Bono-
Public Interest Listserve
Are you subscribed to the CCS's Pro
Bono -Public Interest Listserve?
For emailed announcements regarding
pro bono and public interest law opportu-
nities, fellowships, vacancies and deadlines,
subscribe by going to the listserve homep-
age at https://lists.law.ufl.edu/mailman/
listinfo/pubint-1 or send a blank email to
To unsubscribe from the Pro Bono-
Public Interest list, send a blank email to

of the Journal of Law and Public Policy, the
Center for Governmental Responsibility, the
First Amendment Foundation, and The Florida
Bar Media Law Committee.
"While most people think our 'right-to-know'
laws are for journalists, studies show that
businesses are the biggest users of freedom
of information laws, so even corporate
lawyers find these useful and beneficial," said
Chance, who was named National Teacher
of the Year in 2006 by the Scripps Howard
Foundation. "Any attorney who works for
or with the government in Florida needs to
understand the state's public record and open
meetings laws. In fact, anyone who does
business with or for the government benefits
from government-in-the-sunshine laws."
-Ana-Klara Hering

Rocky Mountain Diversity
Legal Career Fair
Legal employers attending the 2007
Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career
Fair, Friday, Sept. 21, in Denver, Colo-
rado, seek to hire law students and 2007
law graduates from culturally diverse
backgrounds that have been traditionally
under-represented in the legal profession in
the Rocky Mountain region.
These include law students and 2007
graduates who are ethnic or racial minori-
ties and/or GLBT. To learn more about this
event or for online registration after May 1,
go to www.rmdlcf.com.

FlaLaw 3


Sandra Chance (JD 90), UF's Brechner

Center for Freedom of Information


of Events

Monday APRIL 2
* Lunch with the Dean, noon, FDR
* Symplicity/Fall 2007, 2 p.m., HOL 355C
* NCAA Men's Basketball Final, Atlanta, GA
* CCS One Quick Question (virtual version),
10 a.m.-noon

Monday APRIL 9
* UFPA presents National Philharmonic of
Russia with Olga Kern, 7:30 p.m., Phillips
* CCS One Quick Question (virtual version),
10 a.m.-noon

Monday APRIL 16
* CCS One Quick Question (virtual version),
10 a.m.-noon
* UAEM with speaker Robynn Sturm, 11:30
a.m., BG 136

Tuesday APRIL 3
* Open Forum on U.S. News Rankings with
Dean Bob Jerry, Chesterfield Smith Ceremo-
nial Classroom (HOL 180), 3 p.m. (see insert)
* First day of Passover
* Symplicity/Fall 2007, 1 p.m., HOL 355C
* 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
(see story on page 1)

Tuesday APRIL 10
* CCS Program: Successful Summer Associ-
ate with Quarles & Brady, 1 p.m., Bailey
* Gator baseball vs. UCF, 6:30 p.m., McKethan

More information on

upcoming events is avail-

able through the Levin

College of Law's online

calendars at:

www. law. ufl. edu/calendars

Wednesday APRIL 4
* CCS presentation on judicial clerkships, 1
p.m., HOL 345
* Compass Bank presentation on debts/loans,
4 p.m., FDR
* ACS lecture presents Douglas Malloy imme-
diately followed by Malloy Reception, noon,
HOL 180
* Brownbag Presentation, "Climate Change: An
Overview of the Law, Science, and Politics,"
noon, HOL 345 (see story on page 1)

Wednesday APRIL 11
* ICAIR speaker series presents Margo Bagley
UVA law professor, noon, HOL 345
* CGR Conference on Legal and Policy Issues
in the Americas, Holiday Inn-West,
Gainesville (see brief on page 6)

Wednesday APRIL 18
* Pinning Ceremony, 3 p.m., Rare Book Room

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Thursday APRIL 5
* Law School Title Examination Workshop, 4
p.m., HOL 180 (see brief on page 6)
* ACS Food for Thought lecture, noon,
HOL 345
* Attorney's title insurance presentation, 4-7
p.m., HOL 180
* CCS One Quick Question (live version),
9:45-11:15 a.m., Concourse

Thursday APRIL 12
* Volunteer Awards brunch,
9:30-11:30 a.m., FDR
* CCS One Quick Question (live version),
9:45-11:15 a.m., Concourse
* CGR Conference on Legal and Policy Issues
in the Americas, Holiday Inn-West,
Gainesville (see brief on page 6)

Thursday APRIL 19
* CCS One Quick Question (live version),
9:45-11:15 a.m., Concourse

Friday APRIL 6
* Graduate Tax Enrichment Speaker Series
presents Len Burman, Sr. Fellow, Urban In-
stitute and Co-Director, Tax Policy Center,
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., HOL 180
* Faculty Enrichment speaker Lili Levi, Uni-
versity of Miami, noon, FDR
* BLSA Grad Send Off, 7 p.m., Emerson
Alumni Hall
* Gator baseball vs. South Carolina, 6:30 p.m.,
McKethan Stadium

Sat./Sun APRIL 7/8

* Saturday, Gator baseball vs. South Carolina, 4
p.m., McKethan Stadium
* Saturday, Center for World Arts presents
Jacare Brazil, Brazilian music ensemble,
and Agbedidi Jeliya, West African music
ensemble, 7:30 p.m., University Auditorium
* Sunday, Easter
* Sunday, Gator baseball vs. South Carolina, 1
p.m., McKethan Stadium


Friday APRIL 13
* Center for Children & Families speaker, 11
a.m. to 6 p.m., FDR
* Environmental & Law Use Law Program
Advisory Board Meeting, noon to 5 p.m.,
Bailey Courtroom
* Open House for Fall 2007 Admitted Stu-
dents, noon-7 p.m.
* Book Award Ceremony, 3:30 p.m., HOL 180

Friday APRIL 20
* Spring Classes End
* Gator baseball vs. Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.,
McKethan Stadium

Sat./Sun APRIL 14/15
* Saturday, Gator football Spring Orange
& Blue game, time TBD, Ben Hill Griffin
* Sunday, Music Night 2007, 7 p.m., Dean
Jerry's home (see story on page 6)

Sat./Sun APRIL 21/22

* Saturday, Reading/final exam period ends
* Saturday, Gator baseball vs. Kentucky, 4 p.m.,
McKethan Stadium
* Saturday, UFPA presents University of Florida
Opera Theatre La Traviata, 7:30 p.m., Phillips
* Sunday, Gator baseball vs. Kentucky, 11:30
a.m., McKethan Stadium

FlaLaw 5


News & Events

Students Invited to
Perform at Music Night
2007 at Dean Jerry's
Students, faculty and staff are invited to
attend Music Night 2007 at Dean Jerry's
home on Sunday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
This is a small event, so register early.
Participation will be on a first-come,
first-served basis. To participate, you
must bring a dessert and must agree to
perform one musical piece (play an instru-
ment, sing a song, etc.; playing in a group
is appropriate, too).
Each participant can bring one guest
(who is not required to perform). Some
faculty will be performing as well. You
need to bring your own instrument
(unless it's a piano, which is at Dean
Jerry's home).
Maps to the dean's house will be pro-
vided to participants. To sign up, stop by
the Dean's Office and see Doris Perron.

Scholarship Opportunity
First- and second-year law students with
ties to the Jacksonville area are encour-
aged to apply for the James E Bailey, Jr.
The scholarship fund is intended for
individuals with personal ties to and intent
to return to the Jacksonville, Florida, area
to practice law after graduating from law
school. Recipients will be selected based
on their qualifications for the scholarship
and not on the law school they attend.
Students must be in their first or second
year at a Florida law school (public or
private) and have a grade point average of
at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Deadline for applications is April 30.
The scholarship fund will award $1,000 in
financial assistance to each recipient at the
Jacksonville Bar Association Young Law-
yers Section annual luncheon in July 2007.
Applications are available in the Office
of Student Affairs, 164 Holland Hall.

Pledge to the Spring 2007
Class Gift This Week
The Class Gift Committee has launched
the Spring 2007 "License to Bill" Cam-
paign, and the committee needs the help
of the graduating class. The class gift is
very important to the Levin College of
Law. As graduating seniors, this is your
opportunity to give back to the school that
has given us all so much.
No pledge will be refused, but remem-
ber how much the Levin College of Law
and the University of Florida has given to
you when you are deciding the amount of
your pledge.
Pledge forms are available from the
Class Gift table in the courtyard or you
can pledge online at www.law.ufl.edu/stu-
For more information, please contact
either of the Spring 2007 Class Gift chair-
persons, David Sams(dsamsl23@ufl.edu)
or Kemay Jackson (kemayj@ufl.edu).

CGR Conference on Legal and
Policy Issues in the Americas
The Center for Governmental Respon-
sibility's Eighth Annual Conference on
Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas will
be held April 11-12 at the Holiday Inn-
West in Gainesville.
The conference will feature day-long
workshops and discussions on selected
topics, including Brazilian perspectives
on legal and policy issues in the Americas;
street crime, organized crime & terrorism;
parliamentary reform; new directions in
property law and policy in Latin America
and the Caribbean; human rights; justice
reform; legal education, professional
responsibility and ethics; and environment
and agriculture.
The conference and workshops are
designed to define and develop a research
agenda for the 2008 conference, scheduled
to be held in Brazil. The conference will
examine current legal issues in the hemi-
sphere, while continuing to strengthen
partnerships throughout the region.
Collaborators for the conference are
CGR, the law faculty at the Pontifical
Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
(PUC-RIO), the Bob Graham Center for
Public Service at the University of Florida,
the Law and Policy in the Americas Pro-
gram at the University of Florida and the
Florida Journal of International Law.
For more information, contact JoAnn
Klein at klein@law.ufl.edu or go to http://

Law School Title Examination
Workshop April 5
Attorney's Tide Insurance will present their
Law School Title Examination Workshop at
the Levin College of Law Thursday April 5, at
4 p.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial
Classroom (HOL 180). Philip Holtsberg,
manager of the fund's legal education depart-
ment, will be presenting. Refreshments will
be served.

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Top Attorneys Bring Real-Life Experiences to

Teaching Business Document Drafting Course

Law students at the Levin College of Law are getting a taste of the
life that awaits them at a corporate law firm thanks to a new busi-
ness document drafting course taught by top attorneys who travel to
Gainesville to teach the innovative class.
The course was developed by Professor Stuart Cohn and Daniel
H. Aronson, an attorney with Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axel-
rod in Miami.

With support from UF Law Dean Robert Jerry, Cohn and Aron-
son enlisted three prominent business lawyers as adjunct professors:
Lou Conti, a partner with Holland & Knight who splits his time
between Orlando and Tampa; Gardner Davis, a partner in the Jack-
sonville office of Foley & Lardner; and Gregory C. Yadley, partner
in the Tampa office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, and co-chair of
the firm's Corporate Practice Group.
"There are very few law schools that offer anything like this,"
Aronson explained. "There was no precedent for what we wanted
to do. We knew Georgetown and NYU offered similar courses, but
nobody else had anything close. The heroes are the 20 students who
went through a brand new course, four different professors, and
a ton of work to do in a nutshell probably what junior corporate
executives do over a three-year period in terms of glimpses at and
working with the most important area that corporate securities and
M&A associates work in."
The two-credit course went well beyond just simple issues of how
best to draft a document, Cohn said. Writing assignments included
drafting employment agreements and representations and warranties
in a merger agreement, among other documents.
"The students very much appreciated seeing top attorneys come
in and talk about their experiences," Cohn said. "This wasn't a class
with a lot of war stories. It was a class in which they heard these
attorneys talk about real-life drafting problems and real-life situa-
tions in terms of dealing with clients, finding out exactly what the
clients have in mind, and negotiating differences between compet-
ing interests."

The course was limited to 20 students, most of whom were in
their third year and plan to go into corporate practice.
"Most of these lessons are little microcosms of the things that
for years we've been passing along to our colleagues and our junior
associates when we try to train them on whatever ad hoc basis we
have," Aronson said. "We just tried to string all those pearls together
and put them in a cohesive segment."
Feedback from the course has been very positive, and plans are
underway for development of additional skills-based offerings in the
business law curriculum, including mergers & acquisitions and ad-
vanced corporate finance. Aronson said the course allows students to
hit the ground running after graduation and distinguish themselves
immediately at a law firm.
Conti, who knew Cohn through their work on a number of
legislative drafting projects for The Florida Bar, said the students
displayed surprisingly good drafting skills throughout the course.
"Most of the young associates in our office keep saying they wish
they had something like this when they were in law school, because
when you come into practice you literally do not know where to
start in many cases, particularly in a transactional practice," said
Conti, who previously taught as an adjunct at Widener University
and Temple University.
It's easy to look at form documents and see what somebody else
has done before, Conti explained, but it takes experience to under-
stand why provisions are there or not there, and how to negotiate
the relative tweaking of those provisions. Without a senior lawyer to
mentor them and take the time to sit down and explain a lot of the
drafting and language issues, he said, young associates typically have
to learn business document drafting on "a catch-as-catch-can basis."
"This course is a much more cogent way to get a perspective of
all of the issues in a transactional practice, put them in some kind
of context and framework, and then hopefully when you go into
practice you'll be at a distinct advantage, I think, over students who
haven't had this kind of preparation."

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College of Law
* Robert H. Jerry, II, Dean
* George L. Dawson, Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs
* Stuart R. Cohn, Associate
Dean for International Studies
* Michael K. Friel, Associate Dean &
Director, Graduate Tax Program
* Rachel E. Inman, Associate
Dean for Students
* Christine Klein, Associate
Dean for Faculty Development
* M. Kathleen "Kathie" Price, Associate
Dean for Library and Technology
* Gail E. Sasnett, Associate
Dean for Students, Professionalism
and Community Relations
* 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


& Activities

William H. Page
Marshall M. Criser Eminent
Scholar in Electronic Communi-
cations and Administrative Law
* Spoke on remedy in the face of
technological change during the
March 29 sessions for the FTC/ Page
Department of Justice's hearings
on the implications of single-firm conduct under
antitrust laws.
Michael R. Siebecker
Assistant Professor
* Gave talk on First Amendment,
Jurisprudence and Corporate
Law on March 29 at UF Law.
This lecture was part of the Sie
American Constitution Society's
Food for Thought Lunch Lecture

Michael Allan Wolf
Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local
Government Law; Professor
* Presented talk on "Who Really
Rewrote the Constitution?" to the
American Constitution Society Wolf
March 26 as part of the Food for
Thought Lecture Series.

In the News

Robert H. Jerry, II
Dean; Levin Mabie and Levin
* Prism Insight Southeast Farm
Press Online Exclusive, March
20. Quoted in an article about the
union between Levin's Conserva- Jerry
tion Clinic and UF's Extension
Service to promote smart growth and sustain-
ability in Florida. He said, "An interdisciplinary
approach is vital to successfully managing these
areas, and this partnership with the Extension
Service will greatly amplify available intellectual
and physical resources."

M. Kathleen "Kathie"
Associate Dean, Clarence J.
TeSelle Professor
* Concerning the vote to deny
an honorary degree to former Price
Florida Governor Jeb Bush,
Price was quoted in the following media outlets:
UPI, March 23; Orlando Sentinel, March 24;
The Gainesville Sun, March 23; The Ledger,
March 23; The New York Times, March 24; St.
Petersburg Times, March 24; ABC News, March
24, WXII Ch. 12, March 24; Columbus Ledger,
March 24; CNN International, March 24; The
Olympian, March 24; The Peninsula, March 25;
South Florida Sun Sentinel, March 25, March
26; Concord Monitor, March 25; Florida Today,
March 27; Jacksonville News Online, March 27;
The (Ontario) Gazette, March 27.

Michael L. Seigel
* Herald Tribune, March 9. Quoted
in story about how Miranda viola-
tions cause high-profile confes-
sions to get thrown out of court
cases. Seigel

Christopher Slobogin
Stephen C. O'Connell Chair
* The New York Times, March
1. Quoted in a story about a
federal judge finding Jose Padilla
competent to stand trial on ter-
rorism conspiracy charges. Most Slobogin
incompetency claims in federal
court are denied and most defendants found
incompetent are clearly psychotic, he said.

Danaya C. Wright
Professor, Faculty Senate Chair
* Quoted in the following newspa-
pers with regards to her involve-
ment in the Faculty Senate's
decision to deny former governor, Wright
Jeb Bush an honorary degree
from UF: The Gainesville Sun,
March 23; The Ledger, March 23; The New York
Times, March 24; St Petersburg Times, March
24; The Daily Vidette, March 26.


U.S. News & World Report Rankings

To paraphrase a letter I endorsed along
with about 170 other law school deans
in the nation, ranking systems are an
unreliable guide to the differences among
law schools that should be important to
anyone trying to compare them. The U.S.
News and World Report ranking methodol-
ogy is, in my opinion, an inadequate mea-
sure of an institution's true quality. But
the reality is that many people use such
rankings in sometimes arbitrary ways, and
it would therefore be poor judgment for
us simply to ignore them.

By now, you have no doubt read or
heard about the law school rankings con-
tained in the U.S. News & World Reports
America's Best Graduate Schools 2008. As
we anticipated, the college's move to one
entering class resulted in a drop in our
ranking due largely to statistical anomalies
in how U.S. News calculates our college's
size, but we have remained strong in
important indicators such as our reputa-
tion among our peers and among judges
and lawyers, and we have improved in
statistics for employment and bar passage
As I expected would happen and as I
discussed in my March 14 memorandum
addressed to our important constituencies
(available at http://www.law.ufl.edu/
ing_031407.pdf), the Levin College of
Law's overall ranking in U.S. News &e
World Report's America's Best Graduate
Schools 2008 dropped from 41st overall
last year to 47th overall this year. (We
were 45th in rankings released in 2003,
43rd in 2004 and 41st in 2005.) This is
largely due to a temporary bulge in our

fall enrollments in 2006 (which affects the
rankings released last week) and in 2007
(which affects the rankings to be released
in 2008) caused by our ongoing transition
from two 200-student entering classes per
year to one fall entering class of approxi-
mately 400 students. The fall enrollment
bulges affect the numbers used in the U.S.
News formula to calculate student-faculty
ratio and other per-student factors, such
as expenditures per student. Because we
have a temporary deflation in the spring
enrollments in 2007 and 2008, an appro-

private description of the college's size dur-
ing this transition period would use the
average of our fall and spring enrollments
in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic
years, but U.S. News declined to do this.
This statistical anomaly in the U.S. News
formula as it applies to our college during
this transition period will disappear in the
rankings released in 2009.
There are some other aspects of our
transition to one entering class that reduce
our score in the U.S. News weighting for-
mula, and I will discuss these (and other
issues) in detail during an open forum
with students on April 3 at 3 p.m. in the
Chesterfield Smith Memorial Classroom
A number of students have expressed
concern that this decline in our ranking
reflects a decline in the college's reputa-
tion. I disagree. In the rankings just
released, our college's reputation rankings
among lawyers and judges and among
academics are 37th in the nation. Will the
current decline in the raw overall ranking
affect our reputation in next year's survey?
If it is generally understood that there has

been no decline in student body quality
from last year to this year (which is, in
fact, the case) and that the use of the fall
2006 and 2007 enrollments to describe
the size of the college paints an inaccu-
rate picture and distorts the U.S. News
formula, I do not believe this will happen
either. In fact, in addition to the improve-
ments mentioned above, our student
body's quality has been steadily increasing,
our expenditures per student are up, and
we are having success in improving our
student-faculty ratio, notwithstanding
how these numbers appear in U.S. News
when fall 2006 and 2007 enrollment is
used without taking any account of the
much smaller enrollment in the second
semesters of those academic years.
At the bottom line, the characteristics
of the Levin College of Law that make it a
high quality institution have not changed.
We have already worked to get this mes-
sage out to important constituencies, and
we will stress these facts to everyone who
is interested in our law school for any
If you have any questions about this,
please feel free to contact me by email.
I also encourage you to attend our open
forum on the subject next Tuesday.
Robert H. Jerry, II, Dean
and Levin, Mabie and Levin

Open Forum on Rankings
3 p.m., Tuesday, April 3
Dean Robert Jerry will hold an open forum to
discuss factors impacting the college's recent
ranking in U.S. News & World Report at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3, in the Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom (180).

"As we anticipated, the college's move to one enter-
ing class resulted in a drop in our ranking due largely
to statistical anomalies in how U.S. News calculates our
college's size, but we have remained strong in important
indicators such as our reputation among our peers and
among judges and lawyers, and we have improved in
statistics for employment and bar passage rates."
Dean Robert Jerry