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News Briefs

Hispanic professors commemorate
beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month
Florida Bar to begin checking out
applicants' Facebook pages
Applications for spring 2010 Florida
Supreme Court externship are now
Research fellow opening in Center on
Children & Families
The Journal of Technology Law and
Policy welcomes new members
John Atkinson wins LexisNexis 1L book
reimbursement raffle


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Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin moderates
the Constitution Day panel featuring (left to right) law Professors
Juan Perea, David Hudson, Lea Johnston and Director of the UF
Center for Latin American Studies, Philip Williamson, hosted by
the law school on Thursday, Sept. 17. (UF Law/ Charles Roop)

Moot Court Final Four to compete Sept. 25

UF Law students Wilbert Vancol,
Olga Butkevich, Christa Diaz and
David Hughes (supported by
alternate Katie Watt) will argue
before a panel of four federal
district court judges in the 24th
Annual Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe
Moot Court Final Four Competition
that will take place this Friday.
This year's panel will be comprised of four distinguished federal
judges: The Honorable Robert Hinkle, U.S. District Judge,
Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee); The Honorable William
Terrell Hodges, Senior U.S. District Judge, Middle District of
Florida (Ocala); The Honorable Steven D. Merryday, U.S. District
Judge, Middle District of Florida (Tampa); and The Honorable
John H. Moore II, Senior U.S. District Judge, Middle District of
Florida (Jacksonville).

UF Constitution Day examines U.S.
immigration policy

SThe American Dream of Constitutional rights
remains elusive for undocumented
immigrants, despite the courageous feats and
perilous risks they have boldly faced to secure
a more hopeful future for themselves and

Trivia Central

Huntley. You won a golden gator pin
for answering last week's trivia question
correctly with ejectment. Pick up your
prize in 287 Holland Hall.

This week's question:
Please answer in the form of a question.
Example: What is [insert answer here]?

A: A repeat criminal offender,
convicted of a crime after
having been previously

E-mail my answer

Career Development

Read the CCD BUZZ each week for a
quick synopsis of programming,
recruiting, networking and volunteer and
"SHIP"opportunities available to you.

Send Us News

Their families. That is the conclusion of a panel
assembled to examine the question during the
2009 University of Florida Constitution Day
program, held at the UF Reitz Student Union
on Sept. 17. Hosted by the Levin College of Law, the Constitution
Day program, "The U.S. Constitution and Undocumented
Immigrants," was inspired by the university's Common Reading
Program 2009 book selection, The Devil's Highway, which
chronicles the doomed desert border crossing of a group of 26
South and Central American immigrants.

Alumni Profile: Vanessa Buchko

After working for the federal government and
a massive corporate law firm in Washington, D.
C., Vanessa Buchko (nee NesSmith) wanted to
get back to one of her original interests. A
little over a year ago, Buchko (JD 01) was
browsing jobs on when one
jumped out at her. AARP's Legal Counsel for
the Elderly was looking for a full-time attorney
for Project HELP, the Homebound Elderly
Project. It turned out to be the perfect job for
Buchko. "I knew when I was in school that I wanted to do public
interest work in general, but I didn't have a very clear focus as to
what type of work would be best for me," Buchko said. "Trying
different jobs helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my
career and brought me back to public interest."

UF Law welcomes new faculty and staff

UF Law would like to welcome new
faculty and staff to the law school
community: Rob Birrenkott,
assistant director for career
development, Mike Davis, online
communications coordinator, and
Shalini Ray, visiting legal skills

Historic real property treatise transformed
into desk reference

In 1949, Richard Powell, a Columbia law
professor and expert on real property law,
published the first volume of his treatise,
Powell on Real Property. Sixty years and 17
volumes later this historic and widely used
resource has been condensed into Powell on
Real Property: Michael Allan Wolf Desk Edition
(LexisNexis 2009). Wolf, the University of
Florida Levin College of Law Richard E. Nelson
Chair in Local Government and general editor
of the treatise since 2000, has worked with other real property
law experts, including UF law Professor Danaya Wright, to
provide law professionals and real estate practitioners with a
comprehensive guide to the American law of real property.

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
Communications Director

Lindy Brounley
Associate Director
Editor, UF LAWMagazine

Scott Emerson
Senior Writer, Media Relations

Mike Davis
Online Communications Coordinator,

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

Faculty Scholarship and Activities

Sept. 10, 2009, Pensacola News Journal
Little provides a perspective into the
motivation of parents to maintain its school
prayer despite court orders. This is why,
despite 50 years worth of court cases and U.S.
Supreme Court decisions, the argument
persists, said Joe Little. "These are people
who are deeply invested and deem this to be
deeply important," he said in a telephone
interview Thursday. "I think it's deeply
important. Maybe each little skirmish is not, but the ongoing
balance is." Little said these battles bring together communities,
like Pace, where residents believe their very way of life and their
culture are threatened by outside forces. "There is no question
that decisions such as these and disputes such as these that
change long-standing practices do forever change the character
and the role of the school in the community," he said.
More faculty scholarship & activities >

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Fair, Sept. 21
Come down to the courtyard on Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. to meet
representatives of local agencies interested in student volunteers,
including Three Rivers Legal Services, Southern Legal Counsel,
Florida Institutional Legal Services, and Alachua County Teen
Court. Many hours donated at these agencies count towards your
pro bono certificate. Kristen Bryant, pro bono project coordinator
will also be table to answer questions.

Spring 2010 Study Abroad in London Applications due
Sept. 21
Applications for the London Law Consortium study abroad
program, Jan. 11 April 30, 2010 at Florida State University
London Study Center are due to Michelle Ocepek ocepek@law.ufl.
edu in Student Affairs no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21.
Program booklets, which include the application and
requirements, are available at the Student Affairs receptionist
desk. For more information visit
academics/london/index.php or

Public Interested? Learn about public interest law Sept. 22
Speak with UF Law alumni Jorge Tormes ('07) and Patricia
Antonucci ('08) from Three Rivers Legal Services and attorneys
from Southern Legal Counsel on Sept. 22, at noon in HOL 345,
about how to make a career of public interest work, the benefits
it can offer, and the obstacles that can be encountered. Pizza will
be provided by the CCD.

3Ls Only! Employment Market with Dean Jerry Sept. 23
Join Dean Jerry at 11 a.m. on Sept. 23, in HOL 180 as he gives
his take on the economic conditions now present in the legal
market, and what they mean to you. He will also share his
thoughts on steps to take to deal with that market. Sandwiches
provided by the CCD.

Moot Court Final Four Sept. 25
The Final Four competitors will showcase their oral argument
skills this Friday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. in the Chesterfield Smith

Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180). All law students, faculty, and
staff are invited to attend. It is expected to be a full house, so
please plan to arrive early. Cell phones must be turned off or in
silent mode. Come out to watch these outstanding oralists argue
Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues, as well as Sixth
Amendment jury impartiality issues.

Got Etiquette? Sept. 29
Come enjoy a three-course meal with Catie Witherspoon, a
consultant with Skalaski Consulting, on Sept. 29, at 5:45 p.m. at
the Hillel House. Learn about proper etiquette during an interview
or reception, breaking into an ongoing conversation, and
connecting other professionals. In this economy, it is vital you set
yourself apart from the rest. We can show you how! Hosted by
UF FAWL and the Center for Career Development and co-
sponsored by JMBA. Pick up tickets in the JMBA office for $14.

Eco-Run 5K benefiting the 2010 PIEC Oct. 10
The Eco-Run 5K is an annual run/walk fundraiser event benefiting
the student-run Public Interest Environmental Conference. The
Eco-Run 5K will be held at the University of Florida Levin College
of Law on Oct. 10, at 8 a.m. Registrants are encouraged to sign-
up in advance by completing and turning in a registration form
either by mail or in person. For more information visit http://

News Briefs

Hispanic professors commemorate beginning of Hispanic
Heritage Month
Sept. 15, 2009 marked the first
day of Hispanic Heritage Month. In
r celebration of this day the Hispanic
Latino/a Law Student Association
organized a faculty panel event,
where Hispanic food and
beverages were provided. The
esteemed panel consisted of
Professors Hernandez, Malavet,
Perea and Sokol. The panel discussed their experiences as
Hispanic attorneys in practice and academia. Each professor
addressed their personal views and experiences, which
exemplified the mixed culture of Hispanic and Latinos in the
United States. The panel addressed stereotypes and gave
students tips on how to overcome these stereotypes.
Additionally, the professors discussed the importance of speaking
multiple languages and how to market yourself to employers.
This event also celebrated the universities national ranking as the
number eight law school in the nation for Hispanics to attend. H.L.
L.S.A. would like to thank our panel for taking the time to share
their experiences and wisdom with future Hispanic and Latino
attorneys. Photo: (left to right) Professor Hernandez, Perea,
Malavet, and Sokol.

Florida Bar to begin checking out applicants' Facebook

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The Florida Bar has signed off on a
proposal to begin checking social
media sites such as Facebook and
MySpace as a part of their
background check procedures.
Applicants would not have to give
bar examiners access to their


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checked on a case-by-case basis. Read the complete story >

Applications for spring 2010 Florida Supreme Court
externship are now available
Applications for the spring 2010
Florida Supreme Court externship
are now available. The externship
is five credits and you will work at
the Florida Supreme Court during
spring 2010. Contact Professor
Tim McLendon in CGR, 230 Bruton-
Geer Hall or 273-0835, for more

Research fellow opening in Center on Children & Families
The Center on Children & Families
pi dhas a research fellow position
available in the area of juvenile
law/juvenile justice, beginning
during fall 2009 and continuing
into spring 2010. The primary
focus of this position will be in
assisting with the preparations for
the spring 2010 juvenile justice
conference in February 2010, as well as the scholarship project
and other projects that emerge from the conference. This is a
paid research assistant position that will require approximately
10 hours per week. The student will be supervised by Professor
Nancy Dowd. The application deadline is Sept. 23. Interested
students should submit a letter stating your interest in juvenile
law as well as any related course work or experience, and a
resume. You can bring a hard copy to Debbie Willis in HOL 368A
or e-mail

The Journal of Technology Law and Policy welcomes new
The Journal of
Technology Law
and Policy
congratulates and
welcomes its
newest members:
Allan Gregory,
Ashley Kellgren,
Brent Capley,
Cassy O'Donnell, Christie Wang, Christina Blood, Christopher
First, Eric Feld, Jamie Isicoff, Jared Beckerman, Jennifer Levine,
Jon DiRico, Jonathan Werner, Katie Kellam, Lana Wilson, Leslie
Owen, Marissa Holloway, Matt Hall, Michael Kassower, Megan
Wantland, Miriam Cortes, Nicole Fluet, Robert Gravois, Seth
Haimovitch, and Stephen Lott. Thank you to everyone that
participated in this year's competition. If you have any questions
about the journal, please contact Logan Gans at

John Atkinson wins LexisNexis 1L book reimbursement
Congratulations to John Atkinson
for being the first winner of
LexisNexis' 1L $600 book
reimbursement raffle. Ten lucky
1Ls also received either an
Understanding Series Study Aid or
1000 Lexis points. There will be
another raffle in this semester,

and Lexis encourages all 1Ls to participate. To enter, follow these
simple steps: 1. Sign onto LexisNexis at
lawschool; 2. Print any Lexis Case Brief (i.e. 248 ny 339); 3. Put
cover sheet with your name in the raffle entry box (located on
Lexis table in cafeteria); 4. Be present for raffle drawing (date
TBA). For more information, contact Bonita Young at bonita. or talk to one of the Lexis representatives
at the Lexis table in the law school cafeteria.

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