Group Title: Fla Law: newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
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Alumni Profile: Michael E. Kinney
Faculty Book Round-Up

News Briefs

CCF needs research help with
anti-gay adoption brief
Earn pro bono hours with VITA
2009 Haitian Lawyers Association
Moot Court Board wins in Atlanta
Students form Faculty
Recruitment Committee

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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

I nomas Hail i aDovei nousea tile Loiiege or La\w rom its rirst aay
in 1909 until 1915 when the school was moved to Bryan Hall
(1915-1968). This year marks the 100th anniversary of the
University of Florida College of Law. Share your stories from the
past century by sending them to or by going
to the UF Law history page.

The law school is closed this coming Monday, Jan. 19,
in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Classes
will resume a normal schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 20.,
and Monday classes will meet Friday, Jan. 23.

Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium
draws industry leaders Jan. 23

The Second Annual Entertainment and Sports
Law Symposium will bring together some of
the best and brightest minds in the world of
sports to the University of Florida Levin
College of Law on Jan. 23. Kevin Sullivan,
assistant to the president for communications,
and Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN, will
present the keynote and closing speeches at
the symposium. The event kicks off at 11 a.m.
with a discussion on recruiting, moderated by
Professor Thomas Hurst followed by a panel on negotiation.
Speakers will include sports law professors at various U.S. legal
institutions, sports and marketing agents at top sports and talent
agencies, public relations professionals and top wealth advisors.

UF Law helps local bar play Santa for
elementary school

D I Joy lit up the faces of hundreds of children as
lawyers from the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar
Association (EJCBA) gave Christmas gifts to

Music Law Conference Meeting
Jan. 13
Summer in France informational
meeting Jan. 22
Summer in South Africa
informational meeting Jan. 26

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UF Law Virtual Calendar

Career Services

Senior Writer

Leslie Cowan
Law Student Writer

lan Fisher
Law Student Writer

Spenser Solis
Student Writer

Joshua Lukman

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

W an entire elementary school. Words like
"inspiring" and "uplifting" do not adequately
describe the event. More than 400 students at
Rawlings Elementary in Gainesville received
gifts from EJCBA members and other donors,
based on wish lists the children had written to
SSanta Claus.

Crist names Labarga to Florida Supreme Court
and Mays interim to District 4 seat

Gov. Charlie Crist appointed UF Law alumnus
Jorge Labarga to the Florida Supreme Court
on Jan. 2. Labarga (JD 79), of Wellington,
Fla., was a state circuit judge who Crist
appointed to an appellate court position just
last month. He was named to fill the vacancy
created by the retirement of Justice Harry Lee
Anstead. A Cuban-born lawyer and double
Gator, Labarga has been a circuit judge since
1996 and was a public defender and
prosecutor before that in a legal career that has spanned 28

Alumni Profile: Michael E. Kinney

Alumnus Michael E. Kinney (JD 94) prevailed
in an international child abduction appeal.
Kinney secured for his client a landmark ruling
from the Supreme Court of Virginia, applying
S the fugitive disentitlement doctrine in an
international child abduction case. The
doctrine holds that a fugitive from justice
"cannot seek relief from the same judicial
system whose authority he evades."

Faculty Book Round-Up

America: Euclid v. Ambler.

A number of faculty have
recently published books,
including Professor Katheryn
Russell-Brown who published
The Color of Crime, Professor
Michael Seigel who published
Race to Injustice and
Professor Michael Allan Wolf
who published The Zoning of

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


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Upcoming Events

Music Law Conference Meeting Jan. 13
The Music Law Conference is less than six weeks away and we
have a lot to take care of before the big event. All members are
required to attend the meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m.,

room TBA. If you were too busy to attend last semester's
meetings or just found out about the Music Law Conference,
please come to the meeting we need all the help we can get.
We will discuss the final panelist lineup, showcase bands, food,
and marketing. For more information visit

Summer in France Informational Meeting Jan. 22
The UF Law Summer Program in France (June 21-July 24)
informational meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 22, from 10-11 a.m.
in Room 284. Students studying in the UF Law France program
benefit from a dual focus on comparative and international law.
For more information visit or
contact the program's director, Professor George Dawson or 352-273-0932, or Director of Student
Programs Michelle Ocepek or 352-273-0629.

Summer in South Africa Informational Meeting Jan. 26
The UF Law summer program in South Africa (June 16-July 18)
informational meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 26, at noon in
Room 359. Students studying in Cape Town benefit from a dual
focus on comparative and international law. We examine United
States and South African legal systems on a comparative basis
with American and South African professors. For more
information visit and contact
the program's director, Associate Dean Kathie Price at or 352-273-0706, or Director of Student
Programs Michelle Ocepek at or 352-273-

News Briefs

CCF needs research help with anti-gay adoption brief

S I The Center on Children and
J Families needs immediate
research help for an amicus brief
on Florida's anti-gay adoption
statute. Several distinct projects
exist, most of which need to be
completed in the next 2-3 weeks.
Contact Joe Jackson at if interested.

Earn pro bono hours with VITA program

The Volunteer Income Taxpayer
/ Assistance program begins this
semester and is a great way to
earn pro bono hours toward your
pro bono certificate. Volunteers in
VITA prepare tax returns for low
and middle income taxpayers in
Gainesville. Many UF students also
use VITA as well. Once a tax
return is prepared, an experienced coordinator will review the
return. You also obtain first-hand experience interacting with
taxpayers and learning more about our tax system. No prior tax
experience or knowledge is required. The training materials will
provide you with the basic information you will need to prepare
tax returns. There are two basic tests that must be passed by the

end of January before you can volunteer for VITA. You only have
to volunteer one day a week (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) during the spring semester, excluding
spring break. For more information contact Christopher Pavilonis

2009 Haitian Lawyers Association Scholarship

The Haitian Lawyers Association
(HLA) is pleased to announce that
it is now accepting applications for
the 2009 scholarship awards.
Every year HLA awards monetary
aid to a student of Haitian
descent. Since the award's
inception, the amount has
increased to a total of $8,000, and
HLA has expanded the offer from the South Florida area law
schools to law schools statewide. The application deadline is Jan.
19, and each recipient is eligible to receive up to $2,000.
Recipients are invited to attend the association's annual gala on
Feb. 7, 2009. The student must be of Haitian descent and must
be in good academic standing. The student must submit an
official transcript, and a one page (maximum two pages)
personal statement describing involvement in the community,
financial need for the award, as well as reasons why the student
is better qualified to receive the award. The entire submission
shall be postmarked no later than January 19, 2009 and mailed
to the attention of Kertch J. Conze, Esq., at 801 N.E. 167th St.,
Second Floor, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. For more
information contact Kertch Conze at 305-455-2040 ext. 245.

Moot Court Board wins in Atlanta

Justice Campbell Thornal Moot
Court Board members Andrew
Hoffman, Michael Friedman, Lorna
Cobb and coach Meghann Wolfe
won the Best Brief award at the
Region Five National Moot Court
Competition held in Atlanta, Ga.
on Nov. 21-22, 2008. The team
also advanced to the semi-final
round, surpassing six other teams. Mercer University School of
Law defeated Florida by a narrow margin, and later finished as
the Region Five champion. Andrew, Michael, and Lorna argued
the constitutionality of the Religious Land Use and
Institutionalized Persons Act and as a separate issue, whether
the Individuals with Disabilities Act requires a student to enroll in
public school before becoming eligible for private school tuition
reimbursement. The team received valuable assistance from
professors Little, Fenster and Pflaum. 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 the University of Florida Levin
College of 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. (Photo: Lorna
Cobb and Michael Friedman. Not pictured: Andrew Hoffman)

Students form Faculty Recruitment Committee

In fall 2008, the Faculty
Recruitment Committee was
Formed with the help of the Office
of Student Affairs. The committee
Sis led by founder David Kerner
(2L) and Kali Feinman (2L) and
consists of 16 diverse members of
the law school community, ranging
from 1Ls to members of the LL.M.
tax program. The committee, which works under the Faculty
Appointments Committee, was designed to interact with
professorial candidates who were invited to interview for a tenure
track faculty position. "It is the FRC's hope to put the student
body's best foot forward during this important function and to let
the candidate know that our student body is involved and
invested in the affairs of the law college," said Kerner. "We
believe that student body input is vital to the faculty recruitment
process, and with the help of the members of the committee, I
know we were able to fulfill the committee's mission of doing just
that." Kerner also noted that the success of the committee would
be impossible without the encouragement and assistance of the
faculty, and in particular, Professor Hernandez and Professor
Wright, who head the faculty hiring process. The current student
members of the Faculty Recruitment Committee are: Andrew
Comiter (LL.M.), Jenny Perkins (3L), Charles King (3L), Jonathan
Blocker (3L), Clay Carlton (2L), Kali Feinman (2L), David Kerner
(2L), Stephen Liverpool (2L), Gaston Fontela (2L), Darren Heitner
(2L), Rebecaa Sable (2L), Ashley Beaman (2L), Jennifer Hartzler
(2L), Harlan McGuire (2L), Wayne Atkinson (2L), Sara Casey (1L)
and Kyla Tan (1L). (Photo: Pictured from left to right, Darren
Heitner, David Kerner, Professor Candidate Dr. Noa Ben-Asher
and Ashley Beaman during one of the committee's breakfast

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