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Social obligation The coiiurt ne SHARE 1 "
conceptt for land ,ners
cSRRR lecture Celebrating c., i I Upcoming Events
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IRS chief coiinsel talks ta- police
at annual Graduate Tax lecture Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture
UF law professor named to in Family Law March 23
Judicial Nominating Commission Clinic open house/application
for federal posts Q&A March 24
Wright provides insight in Madoff Dunwody Distinguished Lecture


News Briefs

2009-2010 law school calendar
photo contest
Congratulations to 2009 federal
judicial law clerks
Petition for temporary protected
status for Haitians

Send Us News

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

UF Law student Shelly Garg performs a Bollywood dance during
LawLawPalooza at Backstage Lounge on March 19. (UF Law/
Charles Roop)

ACLU speaks out against Gainesville's Charter
Amendment 1

On Tuesday, a local Gainesville
election could send ripples
throughout the country.
Gainesville will vote on Charter
Amendment 1, which would repeal
part of the Gainesville city charter
that grants nondiscrimination
protection to lesbians, gays,
bisexuals and transgenders.
According to Shelbi Day, a staff attorney with the ACLU of
Florida, the proponents of this amendment are looking to spread
their anti-gay agenda throughout the country. "They know that if
they're successful here, it will send a clear message that, 'If we
can do it in Gainesville, we can do it anywhere in the South," Day
said. "We either nip it in the bud here and say the discrimination
stops here and we slow this effort down, or we see kind of a
broader widespread effort throughout the country, and that's
really no exaggeration."

Social obligation: The court's new concept for

SThe right to exclude others from
private property is not what it
a used to be. That was the message

March 24
Pro Bono & Community Service
Options March 19

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Career Services

Scott Emerson
Senior Writer

Leslie Cowan
Law Student Writer

lan Fisher
Law Student Writer

Spenser Solis
Student Writer

Joshua Lukman
Law Student Photographer

Charles Roop
Student Photographer

Lauren Jannelle
Law Student Photographer

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

recently delivered by Gregory
Alexander, a prominent Cornell
University land-use law professor
and speaker for the Second Annual
Wolf Family Lecture in the
American Law of Real Property. "U.
S. courts are looking at the social responsibility of landowners to
provide access for the health and sociability of the public,"
Alexander said. "The state of New Jersey is taking the lead on
this issue provoking new thoughts on private property and
owners' rights."

CSRRR lecture: "Celebrating Civil Rights in the
Age of Obama"

Last fall, in Baltimore County, Maryland,
Professor Sherrilyn Ifill's neighbor debuted a
"brand-spanking-new" confederate flag in
front of his home. It had been only days since
the election of Barack Obama, the first African-
American president of the United States. The
flag struck a nerve with Ifill, a University of
Maryland School of Law professor. She
immediately told her husband, "we have to
move." While she later decided that the flag
did not warrant relocation, the timing of its display, as well as the
emotional distress and pain that the confederate flag still causes
for many, revealed an ugly truth about American society post-
election: racism is not dead.

IRS chief counsel talks tax policy at annual
Graduate Tax lecture

If the old adage that death and taxes are the
only certain things in the world holds true,
then perhaps Clarissa C. Potter, acting chief
counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, can
boast the ultimate job security. On March 20,
Potter presented a lecture to the Levin College
of Law titled "Globalization's Current
Challenges to U.S. Tax Policy Makers and
Administrators." Potter, a graduate of Yale
Law School and former professor of the
Georgetown University Law Center, has held positions in both the
Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy and the Joint
Committee on Taxation of the United States Congress. Potter also
practiced with the firm Sullivan & Cromwell in New York.
Undoubtedly, her wealth of experience serves her well in her
current position with the IRS.

UF law professor named to Judicial
Nominating Commission for federal posts

A University of Florida professor of
law has been tapped to serve on
the Florida Judicial Nominating
Commission. Nominees
recommended by the JNC for
federal judges, U.S. attorneys and

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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marshals will be among the first
considered by the newly-installed
Obama Administration. Jon Mills, a
UF Levin College of Law alumni, dean emeritus, professor of law,
director for the UF Center for Governmental Responsibility, and
former Florida Speaker of the House has accepted an
appointment by senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez to serve a
two-year term on the Florida Judicial Nominating Commission

Wright provides insight in Madoff case

Wright was used as a legal source to provide
insight into the constitutional protection
provided homeowners in Florida. Bernard
Madoff's wife has declared her Palm Beach,
Florida, estate as her primary residence, a
move that may shield the $9.4 million home
from creditors. Ruth Madoff applied for and
S received a homestead exemption for property
taxes, said Dorothy Jacks, assistant property
appraiser for Palm Beach County. The Florida
constitution protects homeowners who have obtained the
exemption and seizing the property may be difficult, said Danaya
Faculty Scholarship & Activities>

Upcoming Events

Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law March 23
Professor Naomi Cahn will deliver the third annual Weyrauch
Distinguished Lecture in Family Law on Monday, March 23, 2009
at noon in room 180, with a reception following the lecture in the
Faculty Dining Room. Professor Cahn's talk, "Family Classes," will
focus on how family and class issues are intertwined, drawing
upon research in her two recent books, Test Tube Babies (NYU
Press 2009) and Red Families/Blue Families (Oxford U Press,
forthcoming 2009). Professor Cahn is the John Theodore Fey
Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law

Clinic open house/application Q&A March 24
Interested in counseling clients, advocating for children,
prosecuting or defending in a criminal case, mediating in county
court, or even doing a jury trial? You should look closely at one of
the law school's excellent clinic programs. Clinics offer the rare
opportunity to apply classroom theory in a practice setting while
learning valuable lawyering skills. Students are closely supervised
by one of our highly experienced clinical professors/practitioners.
In a number of the clinics, students gain valuable experience
collaborating with social workers, mental health and family
counselors, or dispute resolution experts. For more details about
the clinics, attend the clinic open house/application Q&A next
Tuesday, March 24, in the clinic suite, 100 Bruton-Geer Hall,
from noon to 1 p.m. Meet the professors and some of the current

Dunwody Distinguished Lecture March 24
Dunwody Distinguished Lecture: Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling
Professor of Law & Political Science, Yale Law School, on March
24, at 10 a.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom

(HOL 180).

ESPN legal analyst to deliver UF Center for Governmental
Responsibility lecture April 3
Center for Governmental Responsibility Annual Lecture: Roger
Cossack, legal analyst for ESPN, will speak on "Media and the
Law" on April 3, at 10 a.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial
Classroom (HOL 180).

News Briefs

2009-2010 law school calendar photo contest

Are you a photographer who would
like to see your work in print? This
year, the Communications Office
and Student Affairs is asking you
to submit your best photo for the
2009-2010 calendar. The winning
photo will be chosen by a
committee and published in the
2009-2010 calendar. The deadline
to submit is April 1, 2009. Guidelines: Photos in the law school
calendar should reflect the law school or University of Florida
campus, recognizable sites around the City of Gainesville or
Alachua County, major sporting events, museums, landmarks
and nature, just to name a few. The following are provided as
suggestions, but are not required: Law school campus,
Graduation,Athletics Football, Basketball, BCS Championship,
Hippodrome Theatre, Lake Wauberg, Ginnie Springs/ Poe
Springs, Alligators, Nature, Payne's Prairie, Notable/ familiar UF
Symbols. Only one submission per person; photos must be high-
resolution (at least 200 ppi); and photos must be submitted
electronically to Katie Blasewitz by April 1, 2009. Photo
disqualifications: Photos of explicit or graphic language and/or
images; Portraits and/or headshots of an individual. For
examples of photos used in previous calendars, visit
edu/news/calendar.shtml. For more information contact
Communications Coordinator Katie Blasewitz at blasewitz@law.ufl.
edu or 352-273-0652. (Photo by Joshua Lukman)

Congratulations to 2009 federal judicial law clerks
Lorna Cobb, Chief Judge Hugh
Lawson, U.S. District Court for the
Middle District of Georgia; Larry
Dougherty, Judge Charles R.
Wilson, Eleventh Circuit Court of
Appeals; Michael Friedman, U.S.
Bankruptcy Judge Paul G. Hyman;
Margaret Hunt, Judge Morales
Howard U.S. District Court for the
Middle District of Florida; David Karp, Judge Susan Bucklew, U.S.
District Court for the Middle District of Florida; Sasha Lohn-
McDermott, Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington, U.S. District
Court for the Middle District of Florida; Elizabeth Manno, Judge
John Richard Smoak, U.S. District Court for the Northern District
of Florida; Charles Roberson, Senior Judge Peter T. Fay, Eleventh
Circuit Court of Appeals; Dante Trevisani, Senior Judge James L.
King, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida;
Lindsay Saxe, Judge Steven D. Merryday, U.S. District for the
Middle District of Florida; Ben Williamson, Judge M. Casey
Rodgers, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. A
Judicial Clerkship is a prestigious, paid-position for a law

graduate, who is employed by a judge to assist with research,
writing, and review of opinions and orders, usually for a one- or
two-year period. At times, the judicial clerk first will have
completed a judicial externship for the particular judge who then
hires the law student for the law clerk position upon graduation.
A judicial clerkship is a great way to begin your legal career and
opens many employment doors upon completion. Judicial
clerkships are available in both the federal and state courts. Make
plans to attend the two upcoming judicial clerkship programs on
4/1 at 12pm in FDR to listen to Gator judicial law clerks, and on
4/8 at 12pm in FDR to learn about the process from obtaining
letters of recommendation to applying to accepting an offer.
Please be aware that the judicial application process typically is
accomplished over one year in advance, so don't miss out on
great opportunities by missing critical deadlines. 2L's will be
applying during SUMMER 2009 for positions beginning fall 2010.

Petition for temporary protected status for Haitians

As future advocates and social
engineers, we have great civic
duty to raise the concerns of our
community, particularly when
circumstances call for us to
advocate for better public policy.
Presently, our community is
devastated by the forceful mass
exodus of over 30,000 Haitians
living in the United States. As you all may know, as of last fall,
Haiti was repeatedly devastated by three natural disasters. As
Haiti is a third world country struggling to recover from these
natural disasters, the country does not have the capacity or
resources to take in over 30,000 Haitian deportees.
Consequently, the Prime Minister and President of Haiti kindly
requested the U.S. government provide Temporary Protected
Status for Haitians. In response, former President Bush denied
the requests; meanwhile, renewing Temporary Protected Status
for other countries who recovered 10 years ago by Hurricane
Minch. Today, much of Haiti remains buried under mudslides
after being hit repeatedly by three hurricanes. Without foreign
help, the government of Haiti would not have been able to
distribute meager relief to few areas within a devastated country.
The overt disparity of treatment, apathy, and current state of
Haiti are evidence that there is need to advocate Temporary
Protected Status for Haitians, as afforded to other respective
groups. With the help of our law community, we can raise
attention on this prolonged issue that affects our community.
Throughout this week, a petition to halt the deportation of
Haitians and a request for Temporary Protected Status for Haitian
deportees will be circulating. Please spread, for we can not sit in
silence as this travesty occurs. For more information on this
matter, e-mail CaribLaw will have a table in the
courtyard next week if you are interested in signing the petition.

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