Title: Fla Law: newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
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Creator: Fredric G. Levin College of Law
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Publication Date: October 29, 2007
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October 29, 2007 I Vol. XI, Issue 11

UF Trial Team Brings Home Title in St. John's University
National Civil Rights Trial Competition

The University of Florida Trial Team
brought home a national title at the St.
John's University National Civil Rights
Trial Competition in Jamaica, NY. After
an intense three-day competition Oct. 18-
20, team members Jessica Anderson
(3L), Frank Gaulden (3L), Alicia Philip
(3L), and Justin Stevens (3L) defeated 15
teams from across the country including
Pace, Arizona State, and Emory, among
others. The team was coached by Stacy Scott, Esq. (JD 95), and the Hon.
David Gersten (JD 75), chief judge of Florida's Third District Court of Appeal
in Miami. Presenting the plaintiffs case Gaulden and Stevens defeated
Temple University in the semifinals and presenting the defense's case
Anderson and Philip defeated Washburn University School of Law (Topeka,
KS) in the final round. The civil rights case concerned a student accusing his
college of violating his due process and free speech rights in the way in
which the school sanctioned him after he was accused and found
responsible for harassing a college dorm director. After weeks of practicing
the team is very proud of the victory. "We only had four weeks but everyone
worked extremely hard day in and day out and in the end it all paid off. I'm so
proud of the effort my teammates put in and we couldn't have done it without
our coaches," Philip said.

Career Services: More Than 90 percent of Class of 2006
Employed at National Median Salary of $62,000

S The National Association for Legal Career
Professionals (NALP) publication, Jobs & JD's, Class
of 2006 analyzed employment data submitted for
almost 44,000 law school graduates six to nine months
Following their graduation from 195 ABA-Accredited
Law Schools between Aug. 31, 2005 and Sept. 1,
2006. This invaluable resource shows that 90.7
percent of the Class of 2006 was employed as of Feb.
15, 2007, while UF Law's NALP employment rate was
91.7 percent. The employment status by region and
state of the law school shows that of the 2,195 law
students who graduated in Florida, 87.6 percent were
employed. The report also shows that Florida ranked first in terms of the
number of entry-level legal positions gained within state government. Not
surprisingly, Washington, D.C. ranked highest of the geographic areas with
the largest number of graduates being employed at the federal level.
READ MORE>>www.law.ufl.edu/flalawonline

Additional Career Services Articles
* Due Dates Looming for Securities and Exchange Commission Summer
Honors Law Program
* Programming This Week
* National Housing Law Project Seeking 2Ls and 3Ls for Academic Year and
Summer Internships and Post-Graduate Fellowships
* Homeless Coalition Annual Fall Blanket Drive

Career Spotlight: Joe Kern

Next time Darden Restaurants, a Fortune 500
Company based in Orlando, develops a site for its next
Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, Longhorn
Steakhouse, Seasons 52 or The Capital Grille,
chances are Joe Kern (JD 87) is involved in the
project. Kern, a senior associate general counsel for
Darden Restaurants, first started working with the
company while at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor,
and Reed, PA, in Orlando, where he was a partner
specializing in real estate and land development law.
"While working at my old firm, one of the clients was
Darden Restaurants, and I got to know the company
well," Kern said. "After working with them for awhile, they asked me to join
them in-house and I decided it could be a great opportunity."
READ MORE>>www.law.ufl.edu/flalawonline

UF Landscape Architecture Students Submit Design Ideas
for Law School Woods Project

S A landscape architecture design studio
comprising of 32 students under the
direction of Professors Tina Gurucharri
and Kevin Thompson gathered in the UF
Law Faculty Dining Room Oct. 19 to
brainstorm design concepts for the
environmental restoration of the Law
School Woods that are consistent with
the area's campus master plan status as
a "conservation area." The project is
managed by third-year law student Ashley Henry under a grant to the
Environmental and Land Use Law Society from UF Student Government and
the UF Office of Facilities and Planning. A final plan will be selected by
representatives the law school, Golfview Neighborhood Association, Baby
Gator and others, and submitted to the Office of Facilities and Planning.
Pictured above is third-year landscape architecture student Sarah Andrews.

Florida Bar President Francisco Angones Shares Views
With UF Law Students

As part of SALSA's Hispanic Heritage month, the
University of Florida welcomed Florida Bar President
Francisco R. Angones (pictured left) on his first visit to
Levin College of Law Thursday, Oct. 18. Angones met
with students, faculty and staff as he shared his views
on professionalism and diversity within the legal
profession, as well as his love for his country, his
appreciation for his Cuban heritage and his pride in
being a legal practitioner in the State of Florida. After
sharing stories on his childhood, his upbringing, his
motivations for pursuing a legal career and his passion
S and utmost respect for the legal profession, Angones
answered questions and attended a reception in his honor. "As someone
who identifies with the hardships that accompany immigration, I found Mr.
Angones' speech encouraging, insightful and inspirational," said Elora
Andrade, a second-year law student who immigrated from Brazil in 1998. "It
is refreshing to hear that as Florida Bar President, Mr. Angones aims to
improve diversity within the legal profession."
READ MORE>>www.law.ufl.edu/flalawonline

UF Urges Vaccinations, Safety Steps to Prevent Spread of

SThe University of Florida Student Health
Care Center is joining with the Healthy
Gator 2010 Coalition in a fall campaign to
promote good health and prevent the
spread of infectious diseases on campus.
UF is urging students, staff and faculty to
receive vaccinations for influenza and
meningococcal meningitis and to take
other daily precautions. "The importance
of vaccination in the prevention of
meningococcal disease and influenza cannot be overemphasized," said Dr.
Phil Barkley, center director. "In combination with a common-sense approach
to the prevention of common upper respiratory illnesses, the morbidity and
mortality due to these diseases can be reduced."
READ MORE>>www.law. ufl.edu/flalawonline

Recent Incidents of Racial Bigotry and the Death Penalty
Process Among Topics Discussed by Faculty

l In the wake of several recent incidents of racial bigotry
that have grabbed interest throughout the United
States, The Gainesville Sun called on UF Law
Professor Katheryn Russell-Brown, director of the
Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.
Russell-Brown (pictured left) said the frequency of
these recent noose hanging incidents suggests there's
still a subsection of American society that harbors a
long-standing hatred of minorities. "It's a small number
(of incidents)," said Russell-Brown, who is writing a
book about lynching. "But these things represent much
larger constituencies, and that's what the concern is."
Read what UF Law professors are saying in the media and writing about in
scholarly publications in FlaLaw Online's weekly updates on Faculty
Scholarship & Activities.
* Faculty Scholarship & Activities


^N Newcastle Law Professor Richard Collier Kicks Off
Lecture Series with Talk on Fathers' Rights
-- Richard Collier (pictured left), professor of law and
Social theory, Newcastle University, Newcastle Law
School, in the United Kingdom, kicked off the UF
Center on Children & Families 2007-2008 lecture
series, "Families in Transition," Oct. 24 with his
K presentation, "The Fathers' Rights Movement, Law
Reform and the New Politics of Fatherhood:
Reflections on the UK Experience," in the Chesterfield
A Smith Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180). Collier is the
author of several books on law and fathers, fathers' rights and legal reform,
and law and masculinities. This is the first of four lectures to be presented
this academic year, all of which will be open to faculty, staff and students.
Angela Mae Kupenda, professor of law at Mississippi College School of Law,
will present the next lecture in the series on Feb. 19, 2008.

Make a Pledge to the Fall 2007 Class Gift
1 The Fall 2007 Class Gift Committee is hoping to
Secure a pledge from all members of the graduating
class. The goal is to raise $100,000, which can be
reached if every graduating student pledges at least
$500 ($100 per year over five years). Come by the
table in the courtyard Monday and fill out a pledge
-- / form. Your pledge can be spread out over five years,
.. and the first payment is not due until one year after
graduation (December 2008). Your donation is tax
deductible, and as a donor you will be recognized in
- '*the Law Center Association Annual Report and receive
S other benefits as well, depending on the amount. The great education you
receive at the University of Florida Levin College of Law is in part due to the
S* -. ^ Adonations of the alumni that have come before you. Keep this tradition alive
S* and ensure that future students receive the same quality education and
continue the tradition of UF Law being the best school in the state. While we
S- hope you donate $500, any pledge is welcomed. This is our time to leave our
* legacy.
5- ~- *

Law Association for Women Silent Auction Nov. 6-8
The Law Association for Women is having its annual silent auction
November 6-8. Last year, law student bids raised over $5,000 to benefit
Peaceful Paths. This year the auction will benefit the Alachua County Victim
Services and Rape Crisis Center. We have some awesome sponsors and
items to bid on. Look for our table in the courtyard so that you can make your

Enrollment Deadline for Environmental
& Land Use Law Certificate Program
Nov. 2
Students wishing to enroll in the
Environmental & Land Use Law
Certificate Program this semester are
encouraged to do so before November 2.
Enrollment forms are available online at
index.htm or in Holland Hall Room 319 or
Student Affairs. Students enrolled in the certificate program will receive email
notification regarding priority pre-registration for core courses.

Legal Information Center Closed Saturday, Nov. 3
f, ,,' The Legal Information Center (LIC) will be open normal

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' "-. -. -" nours i-riaay, Nov. z, i:,u a.m.-i :ou p.m. i ne LIL will
be closed Saturday, Nov. 3. Upcoming holiday hours
and football game closings include the following:
Saturday, Nov. 10, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Sunday, Nov.
11, closed: Monday, Nov. 12 (Veterans Day), open 1-
11:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, closed: Wednesday,
Nov. 21, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, Nov.
22-24, closed; Sunday, Nov. 25, open 1-11:30 p.m.

College Cost Reduction and Access Act Focus of Nov. 7 Brown Bag
Lunch Presentation
Interested in Public Interest Law? Not
sure how you can do public interest work
while trying to pay off your high debt? The
Florida Bar Foundation Public Interest
Fellows & APIL present a brown bag
lunch presentation on The College Cost
Reduction and Access Act of 2007 at
"0 noon Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Faculty
Dining Room. The Act addresses the
problem of high educational debt and low
paying public interest careers. We will have roundtable discussion with public
interest attorneys that will help describe how the new law reduces monthly
student loan payments and provides for loan forgiveness after 10 years of
public service employment.


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