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I Noeme 2008


News Briefs

Moot Court makes final four in
Chicago competition
Law students donate football
tickets to children
ACLU attorney, law grad: What's
next for LGBT rights?
London study abroad extends
application deadline
Grad tax speaker talks about
criminal tax fraud
Wax discusses unconscious bias
of race and gender
Time is running out to donate to
the 2008 Class Gift
CSRRR Summer 2009 Yegelwel
Exam and holiday library hours

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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens (right)
and UF Law alumnus and friend U.S. District Court Judge Jose A.
Gonzalez Jr. (left), were guests at the inaugural Marshall Criser
Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 17. (UF Law/ Chen Wang)

The law school is closed this Thursday and
Friday, Nov. 27-28, in observance of the
Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume a
normal schedule on Monday, Dec. 1.

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UF Law Virtual Calendar

Justice Stevens and Judge Gonzalez speak at
inaugural Marshall Criser Lecture

Justice John Paul Stevens and
Judge Jose A. Gonzalez Jr. devoted
part of their joint presentation on
the UF Campus on Nov. 17 to
offering free advice to law
students. Stevens, the most senior
United States Supreme Court
Justice, said lawyers often
overlook oral arguments in their



Shaw fights for Florida insurance consumers

Career Services

At the beginning of every week,
check out The CCS BUZZ for a
quick synopsis of programming,
recruiting, networking and
volunteer and "SHIP"
opportunities available to you.
The CCS Buzz can be found in
FlaLaw Online, via link on your
Symplicity homepage after you
log in, or you can pick up a hard
copy in Career Services 244
Bruton-Geer Hall.

* The CCS Buzz

Just five years after graduating from law
school, Sean M. Shaw (JD 03) is taking a big

You Need to Know:

FlaLaw Online is published
each week school is in session
by the Levin College of Law
Communications Office:

Katie Blasewitz
Communications Coordinator
Editor, FlaLaw Online

Debra Amirin, APR

Lindy Brounley
Associate Director
Editor, UF LAW Magazine

Matthew Gonzalez
Webmaster, Online
Communications Coordinator

Scott Emerson
Senior Writer

Leslie Cowan
Law Student Writer

lan Fisher
Law Student Writer

Spenser Solis
Staff Writer

Joshua Lukman

Chen Wang

Fredric G. Levin College of Law
2500 SW 2nd Ave.
P.O. Box 117633
Gainesville, FL 32611

step into public office as Florida's Insurance
Consumer Advocate. Tapped for the position
by Florida's Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink,
Shaw began his new full-time post on Nov. 17
leaving the Tallahassee firm Messer, Caparello
& Self, P.A. where he specialized in
employment discrimination defense.


Examination preparation: During the exam

You've made it to the end of the
semester and to the final
examination period. You've read
numerous case law, you've briefed
these case law and you've outlined
your courses. Now it comes down
to one examination that will test
your knowledge of the subject
matter and determine your grade
for an entire semester's worth of work.


CCS offers holiday community service and pro
bono opportunities

work with community service and
pro bono providers in the area, we
ir are hearing serious concern about
M.I the increase in the number of
i"" people in need and the decrease in
many peoples' ability to give
i during this challenging economic
time. As a result Career Services
will be helping in two ways: the Annual Homeless Coalition's
Blanket Drive and the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association's
Holiday Project.


Speakers address the plight of seasonal
farmworkers in Florida

As the U.S. economy worsens,
seasonal farmworkers are among
the hardest hit in Florida. Without
the ability to choose their salaries
or improve their working
conditions, farmworkers face day-
to-day challenges. A Nov. 19
discussion titled, "Modern day

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slavery: The plight of farmworkers in Florida," brought together .2006
activists and UF law students to address farmworkers' struggle 2005
for justice.


Cohn presents market regulation workshop

B Professor Stuart Cohn presented a
Sfull-day workshop on "Capital
Market Regulation in Times of
Economic Crisis" at the
International Law Institute in
S:;I Washington, D.C. Participants
Included 25 securities regulators
From all over the world, including
Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Zambia,
Nigeria, Ghana and Mozambique. Read more faculty scholarship
and activities.
SFaculty Scholarship and Activities

News Briefs

Moot Court makes final four in Chicago competition

S2 The Justice Campbell Thornal Moot
Court Board traveled to Chicago
last week for the annual Chicago
Bar Association's National Moot
Court Competition. The team of
Scott Holtz, Stacey Schwimmer
and Tim Haughee made it to the
final four (Semi-Finals) surpassing
26 other teams. This event allows
teams from top-tier law schools around the country to compete
against one another in oral advocacy. Eric Nowak and Danielle
Pollock also competed. The teams argued the constitutionality of
a gender conscious admissions policy that sought to maintain a
gender balance of men and women in its undergraduate
admissions. We are proud of Tim, Scott, and Stacey's success.
Both teams received assistance from Professors Rambo, Pflaum
and Wihnyk. The Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board
represents UF Law in numerous state and national appellate
advocacy competitions throughout the year. The board was
founded in 1961, and was named after the prominent Florida
Supreme Court chief justice. The board's mission is to promote
excellence in appellate advocacy. Comprised of students from UF
Law, the board has received numerous state and national
awards. New members are selected each year from all third
semester students who try out for the team.

Law students donate football tickets to children

Many local children celebrated the
holiday season a little early on
Saturday partly because of the
generosity of 114 UF Law

students. The students donated
their law block football tickets for
the game against The Citadel to
the Gator Ticket Bank, which gives
the tickets to local underprivileged children who otherwise would
not be able to attend a Gator football game. "I knew from past
experience that law students, hectic with finals, wouldn't likely be
attending the game," law block Chairman Natalie Peters said.
"Instead of the students' tickets going unused, we wanted to kick
off the holiday season early and put these tickets to a much
better cause." The project was part of the John Marshall Bar
Association's Community Service initiative under President Chas
Short, the executive board, and the general board. "It's great to
see our law school come together to support the community,"
Short said. "We're very pleased with the enthusiastic response to
this program."

ACLU attorney, law grad: What's next for LGBT rights?

Shelbi Day, staff attorney with
ACLU of Florida's LGBT Advocacy
Project, spoke Thursday night
about what is next for the lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender (LBGT)
community after Amendment 2,
which limits marriage to being
between a man and a woman,
passed in Florida. Day (JD 02) said
the 2008 election evoked mixed emotions from many of the LGBT
community, since anti-gay ballot initiatives were passed in four
states. "We watched the broader, bigger society take what I
would consider this giant step forward toward equality," Day
said, referring to the election of Barack Obama. "But that was
sort of undercut, at least for me, by the feeling that the LGBT
community got left behind." Amendment 2 should not limit
domestic partnerships based on what the Florida Supreme Court
has said, but that is not true equality, Day said. The ACLU and
other organizations will continue to fight for equality for all
despite the measures passed in four states, Day said. "Every
social movement has its setbacks," Day said. "There are always
bumps in the road. We know, in looking back at history, that
change that really matters is never easy. The path to equality is
never smooth are easy."

London study abroad extends application deadline

The London Law Consortium at
Florida State University London
Study Centre (Jan. 12 May 1,
2009) is still accepting applications
due to lower than expected
enrollment this year. They are
holding the program and
continuing to accept students who
have passports for the next
several weeks. They will not be able to accept students into the
British Legal Methods Clinical Course because of the requirement
of a visa for participation in that program (which takes several
weeks to process with the Consulate), but all other courses are
available, and students in those courses can enter on their
regular passport. If you are interested in this opportunity,
program booklets, which include the application and
requirements, are available at the Student Affairs receptionist
desk. Applications are due to Director of Student Programs
Michelle Ocepek no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 3.

Grad tax speaker talks about criminal tax fraud

Houston-based white-collar crime
and tax attorney Larry A.
Campagna, well-known for
winning the largest-ever
settlement for wrongful disclosure
of tax return information in
Johnson v. Sawyer, presented
"When Special Agents Come
Calling," to UF law students on
Nov. 21. In his presentation, Campagna guided his audience
through a Powerpoint tour of the stages of a suspected criminal
tax fraud case, from the first signs of a government investigation
to the ongoing role of an attorney as advisor, counselor, and
advocate of the client. He explained the complexity of defending
such cases, as attorneys must also act as investigators to retrace
the chain of professional dealings, personal associations, and the
endless paper trail of their client. Citing examples from his own
experiences as a tax fraud defense attorney, Campagna
emphasized the importance of meticulous lawyering in defending
such cases, as well as maintaining the highest of professional and
ethical standards.

Wax discusses unconscious bias of race and gender

University of Pennsylvania Law
Professor Amy Wax visited the
Levin College of Law to present
"The Discriminating Mind: A
Discussion of Unconscious Bias
Based on Race and Gender" on
lNov. 19. Wax discussed what she
referred to as the "unpleasant
facts" about American life,
including the persistent disparity between blacks and whites in
regard to academic achievement, home life stability, and job
success. Wax focused on sources and outcomes of unconscious
racial bias against blacks and cited a study performed by Harvard
University called the "Implicit Association Test" that asked
Harvard undergrads to match black faces and white faces with
either positive or negative traits. Surprisingly, participants -
even black participants -associated more negative traits with
black faces than with white faces. Wax cautioned that while such
a study has yielded provocative findings, Harvard undergrads are
not a sufficiently socioeconomically diverse group to be
considered representative of society at large, and that additional
societal factors must also be considered when identifying
unconscious racial bias. For more information about Harvard
University's Implicit Association Test, or to take a demo test, visit

Time is running out to donate to the 2008 Class Gift

As graduation approaches, and
students look to the future, they
are also leaving a legacy. Thirty
percent of the spring graduating
class participated in the class gift
effort and have pledged $59,000
to date. A list of the fall student
donors will be displayed at

graduation, but it's not too late to make your gift. If you would
like to donate to the class gift effort, contact Sara Cocolin at 352-
273-0640 or Thank you for participating in
this wonderful legacy and best of luck in your future endeavors in
the law profession.

CSRRR Summer 2009 Yegelwel Fellowship

The UF Center for the Study of
Race and Race Relations (CSRRR)
is sponsoring the 2009 Yegelwel
Fellowship. For students who are
interested in issues of anti-
Semitism and bigotry, the
fellowship provides a wonderful
opportunity to work at the Anti-
Defamation League in Florida. The
8-10 week fellowship is for Summer 2009 and comes with a
$4,000 stipend. Students who have completed their first year and
constitutional law courses (by the time of the fellowship) and are
in good academic standing, are eligible to apply. For further
information on the application process, please contact Melissa
Bamba, CSRRR Asst. Director at or 273-
0614. The deadline for applications is Monday, Dec. 1.

Exam and holiday library hours

(i t-Py Holidays and exams are fast
approaching. Here is a reminder of
7I the library's hours for the rest of
the semester.

Regular hours:
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. 6 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. 11:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Nov. 22 (last UF home football game)

Thanksgiving week (Nov. 24-30):
Monday & Tuesday, Regular hours
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28, Closed
Saturday, Nov. 29, 11:30 a.m. 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. 11:30 p.m.

Extended hours for exams will be from Friday, Dec. 5 to
Thursday, Dec. 18:
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. 2 a.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. 2 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 19, 7:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 20-21, Closed
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 22-24, 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 25 Jan. 4, Closed

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