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August 27, 2007 I Vol. XI, Issue 2
UF Law Students Begin School Year by Giving Back to the
University of Florida law students, faculty
and staff, pictured at left, removed trash,
debris and exotic invasive plants from a
3.3-acre wooded area across from the
Levin College of Law as part of UF Law's
annual Community Service Day on
Saturday, Aug. 18, which involved more
than 400 volunteers at 13 locations
throughout the Gainesville area.
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Career Services: Becoming a Lawyer Means Accepting the
Charge to Serve the Public
As law students, you have joined a
professional group charged with the
significant responsibility of providing and
ensuring justice to all. This is a
responsibility you should always be
mindful of throughout law school and your
career, no matter the type of law you
practice or what kind of organization you
serve. There are a variety of ways
attorneys can help address the
abundance of social issues that affect the indigent, underrepresented, and
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Additional Career Services Articles
* Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
* Programming This Week
* Please Complete Summer Experience Survey
* Important Upcoming Deadlines
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Career Spotlight: Samantha Vacciana
When she first came to Gainesville to begin classes at
the University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.
Samantha Vacciana thought she had a pretty clear
idea of what she wanted to do. After working in the
student affairs office at Florida Atlantic University, she
thought earning a law degree would allow her to
advance in her present career. Instead, law school
became a journey of self-discovery that took her in a
direction she never would have imagined.
Meet Resource Counselor Whitney Nobles
Welcome back to those returning and a warm welcome
to the incoming students. Last year I had the pleasure
of working with some of you and meeting students
within the law school. For those of you who are new or
I have not met, I thought that I would take some time at
the beginning of the year to explain the role of a
resource counselor and a little bit about the counseling
UF Law Student Completes Rigorous Everglades Ecology
University of Florida law student Scott
Holtz, of Plantation, was one of four
college students who recently completed
the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation's
award-winning Everglades ecology
internship. Holtz, 23, spent 11 weeks
studying the history, hydrology and
geology of the Everglades, and improved
a wetland area at the South Florida
Science Museum. He completed the
prestigious program on Aug. 2, before returning to Gainesville to begin his
second year at the Levin College of Law.
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
SFlaLaw 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
the ideal opportunity to get the best possible information to plan your
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let
Lena know if you need directions of Professor Angelo's home.
Interested in environmental law? Want to hone your brief-writing and
appellate advocacy skills? Second-year students have the opportunity to try
out for a coach in training position on the Environmental Moot Court team
that will represent the University of Florida at the National Environmental
Moot Court Competition in February 2008 in White Plains, NY. The student
coach travels to the 2008 competition to support the team and participate in
the 2009 competition as a full team member. This year over 70 teams
participated in this national competition. The application process includes a
written submission (resume and argument section of your brief from
Appellate Advocacy) and an oral argument tryout. Written submissions are
due Friday, Sept. 7, by 4 p.m., in Room 319 Holland Hall. Oral argument
tryouts will be held Sept. 10-11. For complete details, email Lena Hinson at
CSRRR Presents 'When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts'
The UF Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations will mark the
second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Aug. 29 with an all-day showing of
Spike Lee's documentary, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four
* ,t '" ^ Please stop by to view all or part of the
documentary, which will be shown 8:30 a.
m.-12:30 p.m. in Room 360 Holland Hall,
and 1-5 p.m. in Room 285D Holland Hall.
For more information, contact Melissa
SBamba, 352-273-0614 or email csrrr@ufl.
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 Closed Saturday
The Legal Information Center (LIC) will be closed Saturday, Sept. 1, and all
Saturday on which the University of Florida hosts a home football game
(Sept. 8, 15 and 29; and Nov. 3, 17, and 24). If you are looking for study
space on those dates, most other campus libraries will be open. Bear in mind
that you will not be able to park on campus, and will have to navigate large
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Library West, which is the main library for the UF, has a beautiful new facility,
with large study areas on the first through third floors, and the entire sixth
floor is restricted to graduate students only. Visit their Circulation Desk (at
the top of the escalators) to get your UF ID card activated for the card-swipe
access to the sixth floor. Library West also has study rooms similar to those
at the LIC.
For more information about Library West and other campus libraries,
including their hours and their policies, please visit the UF Libraries website
at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu. If you have any questions, you are welcome to
contact a law librarian at the LIC at (352) 273-0723.
Fall 2007 Class Gift Campaign Committee Members Needed
SThe UF Levin College of Law would not be what it is
1 today without support from alumni all over the state
and country. Now it is your chance to make a
difference and leave a legacy for future generations of
Five committee members are needed for the Fall 2007 Class Gift campaign.
Members help the class raise money for the class gift campaign, have the
opportunity to network with alumni and are invited to join the Law Alumni
Council (the law school's volunteer board) upon graduation. If you have any
questions about the committee or responsibilities, please call Victoria Rudd
in the Office of Development & Alumni Affairs at 273-0640 or email
email@example.com or Neil Patel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention Aspiring Lawyers and Nature Lovers
The Florida Law Review is pleased to announce that Molly McUsic will visit
the Levin College of Law to give a lecture entitled "Cows, Trees, or Condos:
Why Neither Markets Nor Regulation Can Protect Enough Land," at 1 p.m.,
Friday Sept. 7, in the Bailey Courtroom. McUsic is a noted jurist and law
professor who is currently the executive director of the Wyss Foundation, a
national organization that develops and promotes strategies for land
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
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prospective law students and travel to cities around the state and nationwide
for recruitment efforts, participate in panel discussions, and/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.
Military Law Students Association Executive Board Elections Aug. 29
The Military Law Students Association (MLSA) will hold its first general board
meeting and executive board elections on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at noon, in
Room 284 Holland Hall. If you are interested in running for an executive
board position, please attend this very important meeting. If you have any
questions, contact MLSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Semester Externships Meeting Sept. 4
A meeting to explain the externship program for the 2008 Spring Semester
will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Room 285B Holland Hall.
Externship application information, including descriptions of available
externships, will be distributed at the meeting. All students interested in
applying for an externship during the Spring 2008 semester must attend this
Moot Court Announces Intramural Tryout Competition and
The University of Florida's Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court announces
its Intramural Tryout Competition. One of the foremost national moot court
teams, the Moot Court Team competes each year at over a dozen
tournaments throughout the country.
New members are selected each fall from
all third semester students who try out for
the team. To be eligible, students must
have completed appellate advocacy and
be in good academic standing. The tryout
process consists of writing a brief and
performing two oral arguments; briefs are
due Wednesday, Sept. 19, and oral
arguments commence Wednesday, Sept.
26. The four best competitors in the
intramural tryout will argue in front of a panel of prestigious judges at the
Final Four Competition to be held Friday, Oct. 12.
The Moot Court's second tryout informational meeting will be held on
Monday, Aug. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 285B Holland Hall. Interested
students should attend this informational meeting. Also, tryout packets with
the competition problem, rules and dates will be sold at the meeting or in the
courtyard of the law school for $20 (check or cash only). The Moot Court
team will be tabling in the courtyard through Wednesday, Aug. 29. All law
students in their second year and joint degree-seeking students with four
remaining semesters (including this current semester) are invited to try out.
Please note: The Justice Campbell Thormal Moot Court will hold only one
intramural tryout competition for the 2007-2008 academic school year.
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you have any questions, please contact Intramural Chair Elizabeth Faist at
Trial Team Intramural Informational Meeting
Trial Team tryout informational meetings will be held on Monday, Aug. 27, at
6:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m., in Room 285B Holland Hall.
Interested students should attend one of the informational meetings.
Members of the team will be in attendance to explain the tryout process and
to answer any questions you may have. Tryout packets with the competition
problem, rules and dates will be made available upon signing up. All law
students in their second year and/or with at least two remaining semesters
following the semester in which they participate in the intramural competition
are eligible to participate. If you cannot make it to one of the meetings, Trial
Team members will be tabling in the courtyard Tuesday, Aug. 28, through
Wednesday, Sept. 5. If you have any questions, please contact Intramural
Chair Karen Derby at email@example.com.
See the UF Trial Team in Action This Friday
On Friday, Aug. 31, the award-winning
UF Trial Team will put on a full exhibition
trial open to the law school community.
Members of the Trial Team will argue
State v. Carter, an armed robbery case,
in front of a judge and a jury composed of
law students. This is a great opportunity
for all law students to see what the Trial
Team does in competitions. It will be
especially beneficial to all third semester
students who are considering going out for Trial Team this year. The trial will
consist of opening statements, closing arguments and direct and cross
examinations all of which are required of candidates considering trial team.
The trial will be held in Ceremonial Classroom 180 and begins at 9 a.m.
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