Group Title: Fla Law: newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
Title: Fla law newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
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Title: Fla law newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
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Creator: Fredric G. Levin College of Law
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Publication Date: October 12, 2009
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Graduate Tax program
Center for the Study of Race and Race
Relations Summer 2010 Yegelwel
Fellowship On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the UF Jewish Law Student Association
Was Lawrence v. Texas the worst (JLSA) hosted "Sukkah in the Courtyard" to celebrate the week
Supreme Courtdecision ofalltim? long Jewish holiday Sukkot. Rabbi Berl Goldman (left) from the
Supreme rt de f alLti? ubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student and Community Center helps
Libraries to hold activities to support Florida kicker and 1L Jonathan Phillips (right) say a blessing over
Open Access Week, Oct. 19-23 the Four Kinds (an "etrog," a "lulav," three myrtle branches, and
Dowd comments on same-sex legal rights two willow branches).

News Briefs

Students receive book awards for
academic excellence
Reward offered for information on hit-and-
run near law school
New members of UF Supreme Court
Trial Team congratulates new members


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Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family
Law this Wednesday

The Center for Children and Families is
delighted to sponsor the 4th annual Weyrauch
Distinguished Lecture in Family Law on Oct.
14, at noon in HOL 382. Professor Sanford
Katz of Boston College will deliver the lecture
titled, "The Family Law World of Walter
Weyrauch." Professor Katz describes his talk
at length in the abstract attached to this
message, but briefly, he will focus on the
changes in family law from the beginning of
Walter's career to the end, an era of enormous remarkable
change that is still ongoing. As many of you know, Professor Katz
was a member of this faculty before moving on to BC, and he
and Walter Weyrauch were longtime friends as well as family law
colleagues. We hope you will attend the lecture and the reception
following in the faculty dining room. On the morning of the
lecture Professor Katz will also be our special guest at tea time.

Trial Team Final Four Thursday, Oct. 15

SThe University of Florida Trial
Team invites all students, faculty,
and alumni in the area to attend

Trivia Central

White. You won a golden gator pin for
answering last week's trivia question
correctly with multifarious. 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: The crime of intentionally
lying after being duly sworn by
a notary public, court clerk or
other official.

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.


the annual Trial Team Final Four
Competition on Thursday, Oct. 15.
The trial of Elliot Farnsworth v.
Serenity Caskets Inc. will be
argued by Vanessa Goodwin and
Robert Hogan for the Plaintiff and Jessica Kennedy and Michael
Quintero for the Defense. Justice Jorge Labarga will be presiding.
The Final Four Competition will begin at 2 p.m. in Bailey

Veronica Musa argues for immigration
detention center reform

A packed Bailey Courtroom silently
stared at the projector screen as
tears flowed down June Everett's
face. In the video, Everett was
trying to keep herself composed as
she detailed to the House
Subcommittee on Immigration
how her sister died while being
detained by Immigrations and
Customs Enforcement, or ICE. "She died because the American
system failed her," Everett said in a strained voice. "A system
that failed her. A system that needs fixing. Now."

Tax judge gives view from the bench to
Graduate Tax program

"Imagine, if you will, a court
packed with people, waiting for
the judge to come in. Some are
dressed in suits, others are in
| various states, and I mean various
states of undress. Disputes range
from a Fortune 100 company with
implications of over $1 million to
income tax disputes of less than
$1,000. Welcome to Tax Court." It was with these words that tax
Judge Paige Marvel began her address on Friday to the Graduate
Tax program. Marvel, who was invited to speak as part of the
Enrichment Speaker Series, spent the morning giving the view
from the bench of what she described as "really, a people's

Center for the Study of Race and Race
Relations Summer 2010 Yegelwel Fellowship

The Fellowship provides a $4,000
stipend to a UF Law student to
participate in a Summer Fellowship
Program at the Anti-Defamation
League, Florida Regional Office in
Boca Raton. A generous gift from
UF Law alumnus Evan Yegelwel,
who graduated in 1980, has made
this Fellowship possible. Mr.
Yegelwel is a partner in the Jacksonville, Florida law firm of
Brown, Terrell, Hogan, Ellis, McClamma, and Yegelwel.

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
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

Was Lawrence v. Texas the worst Supreme
Court decision of all time?

..... Considering the thousands of
cases the Supreme Court has
decided, it would be nearly
impossible to decide one was the
worst opinion ever. But Nelson
Lund, Patrick Henry Professor of
Constitutional Law and the Second
Amendment George Mason
University School of Law, argued
on Wednesday that it might be Lawrence v. Texas, in which the
court struck down a statute prohibiting consensual homosexual

Libraries to hold activities to support Open
Access Week, Oct. 19-23

'-ItI The George A. Smathers Libraries
is planning a week of activities in
support of Open Access (OA).
Open Access is a growing
international movement that uses
the Internet to throw open the
locked doors that once hid
knowledge. It encourages the
unrestricted sharing of research
results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and
enjoyment of science and society. All programs are free and open
to the public. READ MORE>

Dowd comments on same-sex legal rights

Oct. 6, 2009, Sarasota Herald Tribune and
Tampa Tribune
Dowd provided her legal opinion on the
difficulties of seeking assets based on same
sex partnership. Read broadly, that could
undermine legal claims for palimony, said
University of Florida law professor and family
law expert Nancy Dowd. Same-sex legal
claims are especially vulnerable because
"Florida has been pretty antagonistic to
recognizing rights for same-sex couples," Dowd said. "If there is
a business relationship, it wouldn't matter the sexual orientation
of the partners," Dowd added.
Faculty scholarship & activities >

Upcoming Events

L.A.W. "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Oct. 12 & 24
The Law Association for Women (L.A.W.) is putting together a
team for the American Cancer Society walk, "Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer." This walk raises awareness and money
for research to help find a cure for breast cancer. The walk takes
place on Oct. 24. If you would like to be a part of the walk, or if
you would like to be part of the fund raising effort, join our team

by going to our Web site. Also, join the cause by eating ice
cream! Come to Sweet Dreams on Monday, Oct. 12, and the
proceeds will go to support breast cancer research.

Clinic informational meeting Oct. 14
Interested in counseling clients, advising government agencies
regarding policies, or even doing a jury trial? You should look
closely at one of the law school's excellent clinic programs.
Clinics offer the rare law school 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,
environmental and land use professionals or dispute resolution
experts. For more details about the clinics please read the
attached "Clinics in a Nutshell" following the application. Please
note that the Child Welfare Clinic will not be offered as a clinic
during Spring 2010. Child Welfare will be offered as an
Externship. There will be a Clinic Information meeting on
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon in the Bailey Courtroom. Clinic
offers will be emailed on Oct. 30, by 5 p.m., and you will be
requested to respond within 48 hours if you intend to accept the
offer. Upon acceptance, you will be automatically registered. The
final stop will be to go to the Clinics and complete your CLI
application paperwork by Nov. 13.

Call Out Against Domestic Violence Oct. 5-29
The Family Law Society (FLS) will be collecting old cell phones
and their accompanying chargers for victims of domestic
violence. Even though a cell phone is disconnected, it is still
capable of calling 911 in case of an emergency. Since many
victims do not have cell phones, your old phone may help save a
life. So please "Call Out Against Domestic Violence" by bringing
your old cell phones to our box in the lobby of the library from
Oct. 5-29.

Centennial Homecoming Barbecue Oct. 16
Reconnect with your UF Law family and be our guest during the
UF Law Centennial Celebration following UF's Homecoming
Parade Friday, Oct. 16, from 2:30 4:30 p.m. in the Marcia
Whitney Schott Courtyard. Enjoy barbecue chicken, pulled pork,
baked beans, cole slaw, dinner roll and tea. Gator fans, large and
small, will enjoy special appearances by Gator mascots Albert &
Alberta. Barbecue dinners are free for UF Law alumni, students,
faculty and staff. All food is on a first-come, first-served basis
and registration in advance is necessary for complimentary
meals. Walk-up and/or extra-guest dinners are $8 each. RSVP to For more information contact Lindy Brounley
at 352-273-0655 or

Death Penalty Talk at Law School Oct. 24
Christopher Hill, State Strategies Coordinator with the ACLU's
Capital Punishment Project, will give a talk titled, "Strange Fruit,
Exonerations, and Innocence: Florida and the Death Penalty" on
Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7 pm in Room 270. Free food and prizes
will be given away. The talk is sponsored by the ACLU and
Gainesville Citizens for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

First District Court Appeals in session at law school Oct.
A panel of the First District Court of Appeal will be sitting in
session here at the law school on Oct. 27-28. The panel will hear
oral arguments each morning from 9 until noon. Students and
faculty are encouraged to observe the arguments.

Library holding student appreciation prize drawing on Oct.
The library will have a student appreciation prize drawing on Oct.
29. Many students who have taken an "official" tour or who have
used the library this semester have been entered in the raffle.
Many strange and fun prizes will be given away. Students who
want to enter the drawing can come to the reference desk and
ask for a library tour and an entry card. If you've been using the
library to do research for a class, for a paper, for law review or a
journal, for a job, or any other reason, you've earned an entry
card -- come to see Patti Morgan, Jessica de Perio Wittman, or
Elizabeth Outler, and tell them how you've been using the library
and sign up for the drawing.

Glasser Barbecue Nov. 3
The Levin College of Law is holding a free barbecue for all
students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. in the Schott Courtyard. The food is from Hill's Bar-B-
Que in Gainesville. 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 sponsor a greater sense of community 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 Juris Doctor from UF in
1972. Please come and enjoy the food on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

News Briefs

Students receive book awards for academic excellence
Students, faculty and friends of
the law school gathered in the
Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial
Classroom Oct. 9, to honor book
award recipients for the spring
semester. Presented every
semester, book awards recognize
the top performers in each class,
and give alumni a chance to
support academic excellence at the UF Levin College of Law. More
than 100 students were honored for their performance in classes
in the spring. Multiple award winners included William Bagwell,
Tiffany Converse, Crystal Espinosa, Christopher First, McCabe
Harrison, Andres Healy, Ashley Kellgren, Steven McGinley,
Kristina Mobley, Dwayne Robinson, Matthew Schroeder, Richard
Sharbaugh, Rafal Strzalkowski, and Nickisha Webb.
* See full list of winners

Reward offered for information on hit-and-run near law
Anyone with information on a hit-and-run accident near the law
school are being asked to contact UF police at 392-1111. The
victims, a UF graduate student and his wife, are offering a cash
reward for details that provide positive identification of the
vehicle's driver. According to the UF police report and a related
article in the Gainesville Sun, the accident occurred at about 9 p.
m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the area of Woodlawn Street and
Fraternity Row as men in a blue-gray, four-door Hyundai SUV
turned right onto Woodlawn Street. The men heckled the woman,
who turned around on her bicycle to confront them, then the SUV
accelerated and drove off, catching the bicycle and dragging her

along with it. The SUV then hit her husband's bicycle as he was
coming back through the crosswalk to help her. The 32-year-old
woman is several months' pregnant and had to be examined to
make sure she and her baby were all right.

New members of UF Supreme Court
Congratulations to 2L David Nigliazzo, who was selected by
Student Body President Jordan Johnson to serve as an associate
justice on the Supreme Court of the student body. Nigliazzo was
selected from a candidate pool of well over 50 upper-class law
students and he will serve through his date of graduation.
Congratulations are also due to 1L Daniel Cardenal, who was
selected by the current members of the court to serve as the
clerk of the court for the 2009-2010 term. Cardenal was selected
from a candidate pool of over 20 first year law students. He will
assist the members of the court in their duties and in reaching
their decisions.

Trial Team congratulates new members
The UF Trial Team congratulates its newest members: James
Baley, Vanessa Goodwin, Erik Gruber, Robert Hogan, Jessica
Kennedy, Jennifer Leitner, Rhett Parker, Jason Parnell, Michael
Quintero, Henrique Ramos, Dillon Roberts, Brian Rush, Guichard
St. Surin, Jennifer White, and Brian Wolf. Also, congratulations to
the final four competitors: Vanessa Goodwin and Robert Hogan
for the plaintiff and Jessica Kennedy and Michael Quintero for the

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