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small firm practice series this
Legal Skills Professors receive
FEO awards

News Briefs

CCF Research Opportunities
Florida Law Review tutoring
program helps 1L students
Moot Court brings home victories
from ABA National Appellate
Advocacy Competition
Florida Law Review student notes
& comments selected for
LIC extended exam hours
Fall 2010 Financial aid renewal
LIC Reminder: Designated quiet

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John G. "Jay" White, president of The Florida Bar, visited UF Law
and spoke to students in the Bailey Courtroom on Friday. (UF
Law/ Lauren Jannelle)

Tritt, Doyle win professor, student of the year

Unlike a typical prom where high
school students await the name of
the prom king and queen, law
schools students at the University
of Florida College of Law's
Barrister's Ball were waiting to
hear the winners of a completely
different award. On April 3, during
the ball, the John Marshall Bar
Association (JMBA) announced third-year law student Kassie
Doyle and Professor Lee-ford Tritt as recipients of the 2009
Student and Professor of the Year, respectively. Each year JMBA
selects recipients of both awards through a systematic process.

Center for Governmental Responsibility
Fellows make a difference with public service

The Center for Governmental
Responsibility (CGR) Public
Interest Law Fellowship program is
a cooperative effort between The
Florida Bar Foundation and CGR
that began in the mid-1980s and
provides low-income and indigent
citizens with valuable legal
assistance. The fellowships are
financed by the foundation from Interest on Trust Accounts
(IOTA) and more than $700,000 has been provided to help pay

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UF Law Virtual Calendar

Career Services

This is the last FlaLaw Online of
the semester. We will resume
publication in fall 2009. 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, UFLAW Magazine

Matthew Gonzalez
Webmaster, Online
Communications Coordinator

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

for the practical legal education of selected third-year law
students. These students, supervised by licensed attorneys, gain
hands-on experience as advocates for the poor and serve non-
profit and government agencies such as Florida Institutional
Legal Services, Southern Legal Counsel, Three Rivers Legal
Services, the State's Guardian ad Litem program and the Eighth
Circuit public defender's office. Included as part of the students'
nine-month commitment are projects to promote to the law
school and greater community awareness of poverty issues and
public interest, and a required course in poverty law. Read each
Florida Bar Foundation Public Interest Law Fellows' article to learn
more about their experience:

.Courtney Gutenschwaqer

. M. Caroline McCrae

SKristianna Rodriquez

SCrystal Talley

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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. Dante Trevisani

Students celebrated for pro bono work and
community service

Law students who showed their
dedication to serving others were
honored at the pro bono and
community service awards
ceremony Thursday. The
ceremony recognized the law
school students who have excelled
in serving their community. The
students who were honored
dedicated at least 35 hours in their respective programs. "We are
here today celebrating you," said Kristen Bryant, assistant
director for Career Services and pro bono and community service
project coordinator, as she opened the ceremony. "You all have
achieved amazing things throughout the course of your law
school career, along with the number of hours that you have
been able to accumulate."

UF law student serves to lighten taxpayers'

As Dave Barry once joked, tax
time is when "you gather up those
receipts, get out those tax forms,
sharpen up that pencil, and stab
yourself in the aorta." Despite
Barry's levity, completing tax
returns is no joking matter, and
the complexity of the tax code
leaves most of us using that
sharpened pencil to scratch our heads in confusion. Not so for
Justin Axelrod, a third-year law student at the University of
Florida Levin College of Law with a love of all things taxation. At
25 years of age, Axelrod is the youngest member ever appointed
to the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel by the U.S. secretary of
treasury. He's excited by the prospect of committing between
300 and 500 hours of time annually during his three-year

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appointment, which began in December.

BLSA celebrates UF Law's largest class of
black graduates

On Friday April 17, the Black Law
Student Association (BLSA) kicked
off the University Of Florida Levin
College Of Law's Centennial
celebration. In addition to
celebrating 100 years of legal
education, BLSA also celebrated
50 years of diversity as the first
African-American student George Starke was admitted in fall
1958. Recognizing that diversity extends beyond the black
community, the event held at the Matheson Museum, was open
to the entire UF Law community.

Distinguished alumni to be honored at

ke. w Graduation will be Friday, May 15,
at 2 p.m. in the O'Connell Center.
Four UF Distinguished Alumnus
awards will be presented at
commencement: Judge Rosemary
Barkett (JD 70), our alumnus on
the 11th Circuit and the first
woman to serve on the Florida
Supreme Court; Dexter Douglass,
(JD 55), who has had a distinguished career in Tallahassee and
whose service includes chairing the 1997-98 Constitution
Revision Commission; Justice-emeritus Ben Overton (LLB 52) of
the Florida Supreme Court, a member of our adjunct faculty; and
George Starke, Jr., who matriculated at the college in 1958 as
the first student of color at the University of Florida. Dexter
Douglass (LLB 55) will be our Commencement speaker, and
Professor Mike Seigel has been selected by the students to give
the faculty exhortation. Eric Gold, who passed away in January
2008, would have graduated with this class. His parents will be
present to receive a posthumous UF Honorary Alumnus
designation for Eric.

Center for Career Services hosts small firm
practice series this summer

This summer, the Center for
Career Services will present the
Small Firm Practice Series here at
UF Law. Smaller firms are a
significant employment market for
students in and just out of UF Law.
Law students well trained in legal
skills and practicing with
professionalism are more
successful in gaining employment within these firms. As part of
the Small Firm Project, local practitioners and other experts will
teach classes which will help interested students learn those
valuable legal skills. Initially, the series will consist of four three-
hour classes (not for academic credit) designed to provide

participants with both instruction and hands-on practice. The
class topics include: pleadings and motion practice, crafting a
defense, a deposition skills workshop, and understanding
malpractice insurance and tips to avoid claims (FLMIC). The
classes will take place on several Friday afternoons during the
summer (May 29, June 5, 12, and 19) from 2-5 p.m. There will
also be a reception to wrap-up the series on Friday, June 19,
from 5-7 p.m. This series is a great learning and networking
opportunity for students. Contact Career Services for more

Legal Skills Professors receive FEO awards

Legal Skills Professors
Leanne Pflaum and Anne
Rutledge received Faculty
Enhancement Opportunity
(FEO) awards. Pflaum
received the award for the
summer and fall 2009
term, during which time
she will prepare the second
edition of "Legal Writing by
Design" (2001), along with a teacher's manual and a guide to be
used by judges in training their clerks to write orders, judgments,
and opinions. Rutledge received the award for the summer and
fall 2009 terms, during which time she will write a textbook to be
used by the Legal Drafting faculty in the Legal Drafting course.
Keep up with what UF Law faculty are saying in the media and
writing about in scholarly publications in FlaLaw Online's weekly
updates on Faculty Scholarship & Activities.
Faculty Scholarship & Activities >

Upcoming Events

Football registration for 2009-2010 begins April 20
Football registration for the 2009-2010 season opens on Monday,
April 20. Registration will remain open until Friday, June 5. You
may register at any time during these dates and your chances
will not increase with the earlier you register. More information
and your online account manager can be found at htt.p// Send any questions to

Professor Seigel presents new book at Goerings April 22
Professor Mike Seigel will present his new book, Race to
Injustice: Lessons Learned from the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case on
Wednesday, April 22, at 8 p.m. at Goerings Book Store for The
Avenue Coffee House: UF Professors and Their New Books.
Afterwards, he will be signing books and refreshments will be

I scream, You scream, We all scream for ice cream! April
The Levin College of Law is holding a free ice cream social for all
students, faculty and staff Wednesday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. on the west end of the law school by the Orange
Faculty/Staff parking lot. The ice cream will be from Sweet
Dreams Ice Cream and it will be served from the back of the
Sweet Dreams fire truck. The event is sponsored by the Gene K.
and Elaine Glasser Endowment. The Glassers, who are both UF
alumni, also brought us last year's barbecue. They hope the

events will encourage a greater sense of community among
people at the law school. "The law school education I received at
the University of Florida has greatly influenced my professional
and personal life, creating lasting memories with my friends,"
said Gene Glasser, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who received his
law degree from UF in 1972. Please come and enjoy the ice
cream in celebration of another successful year at the Levin
College of Law and in celebration of our law school community.
For additional information, please contact Assistant Dean of
Students, Kari Mattox at

News Briefs

CCF Research Opportunities
The Center on Children and Families needs research help for an
amicus brief on Parental Alienation Syndrome. The brief is due in
June, so the work could be done immediately after final exams
are over. Contact Joe Jackson at if

Florida Law Review tutoring program helps 1L students
This week the Florida Law
Review concluded its year-
long tutoring program for
first-year law students.
The program began in
2002 as a way to give back
to the law school and to
assist 1Ls with their first-
year courses. Florida Law
Review members contribute more than 148 hours per semester
toward tutoring sessions, and more than 370 first-year students
enrolled for tutoring during the 2008-2009 school year. The
tutoring program provides first-year students with the
opportunity to ask questions in a less-formal environment, often
from students who were taught by the same professors. First-
year students rave about how much the extra tutoring helps
them with their classes. "The Florida Law Review tutoring
program is the pinnacle of peer tutoring," said first-year student,
Greg Kwok. "The guidance and instruction the tutors provided
allowed for a more thorough examination and understanding of
the course material, given that it comes from students and not
professors. It is a tremendous opportunity for the 1L class to
work with some of the Law Review students in a very informal
and relaxed atmosphere." "The Florida Law Review tutoring
sessions are an invaluable resource for first year law students,"
said first-year student, Margo Lyon. "After attending the Law
Review tutoring sessions, I felt much more confident and at ease
going into my exams."

Moot Court brings home victories from ABA National
Appellate Advocacy Competition
At the conclusion of the 2009 ABA
National Appellate Advocacy
Competition, University of Florida's
Justice Campbell Thornal Moot
Court team members claimed
many victories. At the Boston
Regional, the petitioner team of
Jennifer Jones, Michael Friedman
and Andrew Hoffman, coached by
Ryan Eastmoore, was ranked first coming out of the preliminary
rounds and advanced to the final regional round. The petitioner

team won the regional second best brief award Michael Friedman

third best regional advocate award, and Jennifer Jones won the
eighth best regional advocate award. The respondent team of
Dante Trevisani, Charlie Roberson and Rob Davis, coached by
Amelia Williams, survived five rounds at the Boston Regional and
advanced to the nationals in Chicago. The respondent team was
ranked fifth coming out of the preliminary national rounds and
placed in the top sixteen at the end of the competition. In
addition, the respondent team took home the national third best
brief award. The issues in this year's competition included the
separation of powers, standing, and the president's war powers
under the Commander in Chief Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Florida Law Review student notes & comments selected
for publication
The Florida Law Review is pleased
Sr.. 1 n to announce the selection of 8
FLORIDA LAW REVIEW notes and 3 comments for
11 I AM P .1 I 1 11 1
publication in its 2009-10 issues.
Vincent Galuzzo's note on P2P
litigation was the winner of the Best Note of 2009 award. Kristen
Rasmussen's comment on false light in Florida was selected as
Best Comment of 2009. The notes and comments will be
available in a print copy of Florida Law Review, as well as
published on in the month they are
printed. We encourage you to check our Web site frequently for
current and new publications.
See the list of selected notes >

LIC extended exam hours
The Legal Information Center
(LIC) will be open for extended
hours during the final exam
period. Beginning on Friday, April
24, through Thursday, May 7, the
LIC will be open according to the
following schedule:

S Monday through Friday from 7:30
a.m. 2 a.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. 2 a.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. 2 a.m.
Friday, May 8: 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

During the intercession, from May 9, until May 19, the LIC will be
open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. The LIC will be
closed Saturdays and Sundays during the intercession. Regular
summer hours begin starting May 20.

Fall 2010 Financial aid renewal reminder

For those of you who have not
already done so, now is the time
to apply for aid for the 2009-2010
academic year. I encourage you to
apply by April 1 using FAFSA on
the Web. Go to www.fafsa.ed.qov

-' and follow the instructions on the
site. After applying via FAFSA/
Renewal FAFSA on the Web, you can check the status of your
application and/or make corrections online. You will need to use
your Federal Access Code (PIN) to complete the 2009/2010

LIC Reminder: Designated quiet areas
eI- '- 1 The Legal Information Center
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library are designated "quiet"
areas. These include the Supreme
Court Reading Room, the second
floor of the library, and the
reading room on the west side of
the building just past the elevator.
Areas that are not designated "quiet" include: the reference area,
the lobby, and the reserve area. Should you need to use your cell
phone or engage in conversation, please do so only in the areas
that are not designated "quiet." Even in those instances, please
be mindful of the other students and staff in the LIC. Noise
carries in the lobby and stairwell, so please keep the volume of
your conversation low.

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