Fredric G. Levin College of Law
August 20, 2007 I Vol. XI, Issue 1
Welcome New Students, Faculty and Staff
I am pleased, speaking also for our
faculty and staff, to extend a heartfelt
welcome to our new first-year students
and to all of our returning second- and
third-year students. I hope you had a
pleasurable and productive summer.
There are many new faces at the college,
and I hope you will soon have the
opportunity to meet them.
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FlaLaw Goes Online, Tell Us What You Think
After several years as an award-winning print publication, the Levin College
of Law's newsletter, FlaLaw, has gone electronic. We believe this change will
help us to more effectively reach today's law students, who are increasingly
more accustomed to obtaining their news and other information through the
Internet. This first issue of FlaLaw Online is just a start, and we're already
planning to make improvements. But we're interested to know what you
think. Please send your comments, suggestions and ideas to FlaLaw Online
Editor Jim Hellegaard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep on Track with Career Services
' The Center for Career Services (CCS)
'hopes that you all have enjoyed a
productive summer in which you were
also able to reserve some time to
recharge for your busy school year
ahead. Fall semester is a time full of high
activity. In fact, many events and
deadlines are occurring during your first
few weeks back. To assure that you do
not miss out on important information or
deadlines, it is crucial that you keep up with what is going on in and through
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Additional Career Services Articles
* Judicial Clerkship and Inns of Court Opportunities
* Fall Kick-Off and Judicial Clerkship Programs
* Upcoming Deadlines for Conferences and Career Fairs
* Join the CCS Student Advisory Committee
Career Spotlight: Jacob Payne
Jacob Payne (JD 02) says there's no better way than
.. going behind the scenes of the judicial process as a
clerk for a judge. Payne, who practices in the area of
commercial litigation for the law firm Rogers Towers, in
Jacksonville, graduated first in his class, worked on
Florida Law Review, interned at the Supreme Court of
Florida for retired Justice Leander J. Shaw Jr., and did
pro bono work during law school.
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In the Event of an Emergency
With Hurricane Dean churning through
the Caribbean, it's a good time to think
about what to do should a natural disaster
occur in Gainesville. The Levin College of
Law follows University of Florida policies
and procedures regarding closings and
other matters. In the event of an
emergency, updated information will be
posted on the UF website at www.ufl.edu.
Information also will be distributed
through local radio and television stations, and available by calling UF
information at 352-392-3261 (activated during emergencies only). For more
information, go to www.law.ufl.edu/news/emergency.shtml.
Christopher Peterson Named Consumer Advocate of the
Year for Research on Predatory Lending
The National Association of Consumer
Agency Administrators (NACAA) recently
Awarded University of Florida Law
Professor Christopher L. Peterson its
.4 Consumer Advocate of the Year Award
Sfor 2007 for his research on predatory
lending and his advocacy for legislation
adopted last year by Congress that caps
the interest rate lenders may charge
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Keep Up With UF Law Faculty
The UF law faculty is comprised of highly
accomplished scholar-teachers who bring
remarkable experience and knowledge to
the classroom. Keep up with what they're
writing about and saying each week in
FlaLaw by reading about their scholarship
and activities, as well as their media
Faculty Scholarship & Activities
Faculty In The News
2007 Faculty Report
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Environmental & Land Use Law Program News
There will be an informational meeting for the Environmental and Land Use
Law Program, noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Room 355D Holland
The Environmental and Land Use Law
Program offers many opportunities for
students to become involved and learn
about these important areas of law. At the
meeting, students will learn critical
information about the ELUL program,
including the requirements for earning a
Certificate in Environmental and Land
Use Law, and details about the
curriculum, including the Conservation
clinic, summer externships, Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica, the
Environmental and Land Use Law Society, the Environmental Moot Court
Team, and the Public Interest Environmental Conference.
Students who attend will also have the chance to meet and talk with some of
the ELULP faculty and to get individual advice on course selection for
summer and fall and career development guidance. All students with an
interest are encouraged to attend, but especially first-year students-this is
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academic program for your second year. This is an excellent opportunity for
currently enrolled certificate students to get answers to questions about
certificate requirements, course availability, etc.
Environmental Program Potluck Reception
There will be a potluck reception for all Environmental & Land Use Law
students and faculty at the home of Professor Mary Jane Angelo at 6 p.m.,
Friday, Sept. 7. RSVP to Lena Hinson at email@example.com. Please let
Lena know if you need directions of Professor Angelo's home.
Real Property Law Association Launched
The Real Property Law Association (RPLA) has launched at the University of
Florida Levin College of Law. The RPLA was formed to facilitate learning and
networking for future attorneys interested in pursuing careers in real property
and it is the only student organization currently operating directly in
conjunction with The Florida Bar. The organization was formed with
generous donations of time and funds from Ruden McClosky and the
assistance of First American Title Insurance Company.
In May, the RPLA sent representatives to the Florida Bar Real Property
Probate & Trust Law Section (RPPTL) convention where the UF
representatives helped with the formation of a clerk database. The clerk
database will allow practicing RPPTL members to browse through members
of the RPLA and its sister organizations for potential clerks.
Currently, the RPLA is engaged in pro-bono research projects with
prominent Florida attorneys regarding future state legislation. In September,
the RPLA will team again with First American Title Company to host a meet
and greet between RPLA members and local attorneys, providing UF Law
students the opportunity to meet with potential future employers and peers.
The RPLA encourages any current or future UF Law student to contact the
RPLA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Moot Court Team Intramural Competition Informational Meeting
The Levin College of Law's Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Team will
hold an informational meeting on its intramural tryout competition at 7:30 p.
m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, in Room 285B Holland Hall.
One of the foremost national moot court
teams, the Justice Campbell Thornal
Moot Court Team competes each year at
over a dozen tournaments throughout the
country. Comprised of UF Law students,
the team has received numerous state
and national awards. New members are
selected each year from all third semester
students who try out for the team. To be
eligible to try out, students must have
completed appellant advocacy and be in good academic standing.
Each year, the team holds a five week tryout competition, which requires
interested students to write an appellate brief and then present two oral
arguments before a panel of student/faculty judges. If you have any
questions, email Elizabeth Faist, intramural chair, at email@example.com.
IPTLA to Hold Officer Elections Meeting
The Intellectual Property and Technology Law Association (IPTLA) will have
its 2007-08 officer elections meeting, 6-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30, in
Room 283 Holland Hall.
Available positions include president, vice president, secretary, and
treasurer. IPTLA serves students interested in intellectual property or
technology-related law. Participation in IPTLA is an excellent way to learn
about opportunities in intellectual property law, summer associate positions
and the patent bar, and to meet and socialize with other students. First-year
students are especially welcome.
Legal Information Center Hours for Fall 2007
The Legal Information Center extends its welcome to all returning and new
students. LIC staff members hope to support students in achieving a
successful and productive school year in whatever ways they can.
Hours for Fall 2007
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. 11:30 p.m.
4'ir(I The library will be closed on Saturdays of
S"I home football games (Sept. 1, 8, 15, and
-- .29, and Nov. 3, 17, and 24). This is
because on game days, all parking at the
law school is unavailable, and fans who
tailgate in the area frequently enter the
library and cause problems.
Please remember the food and drink policy for the library (they're still trying
to keep the place nice.):
Coffee only in travel mug with a closeable lid (no paper or Styrofoam
Other drinks in a "sports" bottle or other container with a spill-proof
For more information, visit the library's web page at http://www.law.ufl.edu/
Journal of Law & Public Policy Elects New Officers
The University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy (JLPP) elected
new officers for the Senior Editorial Board in April. The officers elected will
serve through the Fall 2007 academic semester.
The following members were elected: Assistant Editor-In-Chief Josh
Levenson; Assistant Managing Editor Bobby Long; Assistant Research
Editors Ana Klara Hering, Amy Sasscer, and Zac Lawton; Assistant Articles
Editors Wesley Barr, Tim Buskirk, and Sarah Walker; Assistant Student
Works Editor Justin Klatsky; Notes Chair Courtney Barclay; Interdisciplinary
Chair Katie Blevons; Bylaws Chair Will Lewis; Policy Chair Matt Karp; and
Production Chair Evan Zuckerman.
JLPP welcomes all third and fourth semester students to participate in its fall
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meetings and the deadline to submit a case comment. JLPP, which is
currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, is the only interdisciplinary
publication at the law school. JLPP is published three times a year, and
published issues contain articles written by lawyers, judges, scholars, and
Interested in Starting Your Own Practice After Law School?
A new organization is currently being formed that will focus on finding and
bringing quality speakers on the topic of legal entrepreneurship to campus
and building a mutual support network that will help both before and after
If you are interested in being a part of this organization and/or helping with
formation, please email Jeff Childers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Call for Student Recruitment Team Applications
The Office of Admissions is seeking students, regardless of year, to help
bring the nation's top undergraduates to the Levin College of Law. Members
of the team conduct campus tours, discuss their law school experiences with
prospective law students and travel to cities around the state and nation-
wide for recruitment efforts, participate in panel discussions, or speak to UF
organizations regarding admissions.
As a member of the Student Recruitment Team, students will be trained to
answer inquiries from prospective law students. Two hours per week is the
minimum time commitment for the program. If you are interested in
becoming part of the team, contact Noemar Castro at email@example.com for
an application form. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 31, and
applicants must be ready to attend a training session on Thursday, Sept. 6.
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