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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Place of Publication: <Gainesville FL> College of Law Communications Office 1997-
Publication Date: February 22, 2010
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Raising the bar: Florida's legal community


service day
Jacobs breaks down Florida's "school-to-
prison pipeline"
Grad Tax program hosts ethics workshop
Faculty Scholarship and Activities

News Briefs


GADR seeking volunteers for mediation
video project
Florida Moot Court Team excels in
Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
Tax Moot Court Team places second in
national competition
Earn extern credits with UF Law Costa
Rica Program
The Journal of Technology Law and
Policy introduces new Web site
Ankersen and Hamann attend
international wetlands symposium
Trial Team travels to National Trial
Competition

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Shay Bilchik, research professor, founder and director or the
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University
spoke at the Center on Children and Families Juvenile Justice
Conference on Friday. Read more about this event in next week's
FlaLaw Online.

UF Law environmental conference brings it all
back home


Coll. UF students, faculty and staff who want to be
.. o- part of the solution to Florida's environmental
S^ challenges but don't know where to begin can
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Levin College of Law's 16th Annual Public
Interest Environmental Conference Feb. 25-
27. New and longtime environmental
advocates and legal professionals are invited
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"Bringing it All Back Home: Leadership, Land
Use and Local-nomics." The event, to be held in UF Law's Holland
Hall, will emphasize the power of local environmental leadership,
the potential of innovative local land-use tools and the promise of
place-based economics and agriculture.
READ MORE>>


Justice Thomas delivers Criser Lecture with
grace and good humor

As blistering winter weather
threatened to snow-in the nation's
capital on Feb. 4, it was sunny but
cool in Florida. Despite the
sunshine, 700 law students,
faculty and others seated the
University of Florida Levin College


Upcoming Events


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


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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
Communications Director

Lindy Brounley
Associate Director
Editor, UF LAWMagazine

Scott Emerson
Senior Writer, Media Relations


CCD BUZZ





. 2007 of Law Marcia Whitney Schott
S2006 courtyard or standing on the Mike Davis
second-floor balcony shivered from time to time as they waited Online Communications Coordinator,
2005 for United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to Webmaster
. 2004 make his appearance as the college's special guest during the
second annual Marshall M. Criser Distinguished Lecture. Fredric G. Levin College of Law
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P.O. Box 117633
Gainesville, FL 32611
Federal courts scholar offers insight on
qualified immunity during Dunwody Lecture

Some see it as a legal loophole for
errant government officials. Others
view it as a necessary doctrine to
protect police officers from the
liability for bad outcomes in doing
their difficult jobs. But most
scholars agree it has turned into
something like constitutional
quicksand because of the way the
U.S. Supreme Court has formulated the doctrine. Prominent
federal courts scholar, John C. Jeffries Jr., the David and Mary
Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of
Virginia, provided his legal insight regarding qualified immunity
as the speaker for the Florida Law Review's 29th annual
Dunwody Distinguished Lecture.
READ MORE>


Raising the bar: Florida's legal community
service day

SOn Feb. 27, local lawyers, law
students, and law firms, together
with their employees, families and
friends will volunteer to clean up
the Midtown area during the
Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division
(LSD) "Raising the Bar"
community service event.
Throughout Florida, these
individuals will give back to their communities through service.
Volunteers are asked to meet at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center
parking lot at 1 p.m., and walk to the Midtown area shortly after.
READ MORE>>


Jacobs breaks down Florida's "school-to-
prison pipeline"

Less than 50 percent of black
students graduate from high
school in Florida, and a part of
that can be attributed to the
"school-to-prison pipeline,"
Professor Michelle Jacobs said.
Jacobs, professor at UF Law, spoke
on Wednesday about how big a
problem the school-to-prison
pipeline is for black students in an event sponsored by the Black
Law Students Association and the UF chapter of the ACLU.
READ MORE>>






Grad Tax program hosts ethics workshop

It's tax season, and for most
people that means scrounging up
their W-2s and filling out 1040
forms. For some, though,
complicated sources of income and
losses mean more complex filing,
and with it comes the temptation
to play with the numbers a bit.
Ask the IRS about taxpayer ethics,
and you can probably expect a lengthy reply, and maybe an
audit. Tax lawyers likewise deal with ethical matters, but for
them, tax season is January through December. With this in
mind, the Graduate Tax program held a workshop on legal ethics
for tax lawyers last Friday, hosting three prominent tax attorneys
from around the state.
READ MORE>


Faculty Scholarship and Activities

The UF law faculty is comprised of
highly accomplished scholar-
teachers who bring remarkable
experience and knowledge to the
classroom. Keep up with what
they're writing about and saying
each week in FlaLaw by reading
about their scholarship and
activities, as well as their media
appearances.
Faculty scholarship & activities >


Upcoming Events


UF Law intramural basketball game Feb. 22
This Monday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m., the Levin College of Law
Intramural Basketball Team, "The Kings," will play against our
last game, before heading to the playoffs. Come out and cheer
on your law school classmates on Court 6 of Southwest
Recreation Center. Join our Facebook group! "The Kings" get
their inspiration from Professor Shani King, who may be our
special guest player this coming Monday, so come on out and
root for your Gator Lawyers.

Legal career opportunities with the US Marines Feb. 24
Want the chance to enjoy immediate responsibility, travel
worldwide, and serve your country all while making a difference?
Join us on Feb. 24, at noon in HOL 345, to learn about legal
career opportunities in the United States Marines. A
representative will be on hand to answer questions and share
their legal career experiences in the Marines.

How to have a successful summer Feb. 25
Attorneys from Quarles & Brady are returning to campus on Feb.
25, at 1 p.m. in HOL 345, to show students what life as an
summer associate is like. The presentation will focus on what to
expect in firm life, surprises you may encounter along the way
and how to find success as a summer associate. Pizza will
graciously be provided by the firm.





Business development success for new attorneys Feb. 26
Learning how to bring in new business is arguably one of the
most important aspects of preparing to practice law. Business
Development Success for New Attorneys will give graduating
students a strong foundation in how to identify, and bring in their
ideal clients. Based on Julie Fleming's 2009 book The Reluctant
Rainmaker: A Guide for Lawyers Who Hate Selling, the program
is designed to illuminate the connection between practicing law
and growing a "book of business." Attendees will leave the
program with a firm understanding of how to build a solid
reputation, relationships that will lead to business, and to identify
and engage their ideal clients. Join us on Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. in
HOL 180 for this event co-Sponsored by the Young Lawyers
Division of The Florida Bar & Lexis Nexis.

HLLSA hosts Salsa social Feb. 26
Whether or not you know how to dance Salsa, come out and
celebrate with the Hispanic and Latino Law Student Association.
HLLSA is hosting a Salsa Night Feb. 26, at Rum Runners
(formally Fat Tuesday). Entrance is free before 10 p.m. and $5
cover after 10 p.m. (mention HLLSA). The latin DJ will be playing
salsa, merengue, bachata, and reggaton.

Music Law Conference Feb. 27
Musicians, law students, entertainment attorneys and
entrepreneurs will band together Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. at the University of Florida Levin College of Law to
discuss legal issues affecting the music industry's shift to digital
media. The one-day event, "Music Law Conference 2.0: Out of
Beta," in UF Law's Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom
(room 180) will explore legal issues that surround downloading
and sharing music files and licensing music for video games and
Internet radio. Panelists also will share their strategies for
effectively promoting local bands through social networking and
the Internet. Following the conference, which is free to UF
students and faculty, there will be a reception from 7:30 p.m. to
8:45 p.m. and a live music showcase featuring local and regional
bands from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Common Grounds in
downtown Gainesville.


News Briefs


GADR seeking volunteers for mediation video project
Gators for Alternative Dispute Resolution (GADR) is proud to
announce that it is co-sponsoring a video project with UF's
Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and the Levin College of
Law's Institute for Dispute Resolution to 1) provide students at
the law school an opportunity to learn more about mediation and
2) advertise, share, and educate the University of Florida
community about the mediation process through a video
presentation. The "Mediation Video Project" will be used at UF
presentations, on Web sites, and at orientation for the UF
community. Faculty involved in this project include, Dean Chris
Loschiavo, director of UF's Student Conduct and Conflict
Resolution and Professor Robin Davis, director of the Institute for
Dispute Resolution, Levin College of Law. GADR is currently
seeking volunteers for script writing, production, and acting. To
express interest or if you have any question, please contact Zarra
at zelias@ufl.edu. The deadline for volunteers is Feb. 23.

Florida Moot Court Team excels in Thomas Tang Moot
Court Competition
The Florida Moot Court Team competed last





semester in the Thomas Tang Moot Court
Competition at the University of St. Thomas
School of Law in Miami. Team members Rob
Davis (3L) and C. Andrew Roy (2L) advanced
to the semi-final round after achieving the
highest overall score in the preliminary
rounds, beating out 10 other teams including
teams from the University of Oklahoma,
University of Miami, and Emory University. In
addition, Roy received the Best Oralist award for the regional
competition. Encompassing both First Amendment freedom of
speech issues as well Fourteenth Amendment equal protection
issues, the competition problem involved a public defender whose
employment contract was not renewed following several
presentations at CLE seminars regarding the lack of funding for
certain minority, indigent clients. The Florida Moot Court Team is
UF's premiere competitive moot court team and is governed by
the Justice Campbell Thornal Executive Board.

Tax Moot Court Team places second in national competition
Congratulations to Tax Moot Court
Team Captain Joshua Landsman
(3L) and James Baley (2L) on their
second place finish in the recent
National Tax Moot Court
Competition. Congratulations also
to Chris Pavilonis (JD 09, LLM 10)
and Professor Steven Willis, who
co-coached the team. The
competition included teams from Oregon, New York, Wisconsin,
Ohio, Massachusetts, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, Florida and other states. The Levin College of Law
team placed second for the second consecutive year. The UF Tax
Law Society sponsored the team for this competition as well as
another team for the upcoming Tax Moot Court competition in
Buffalo. In addition, the UF Tax Law Society sponsors a team for
the National Securities Dispute Resolution Competition in New
York. Last year the UF Law team placed first in securities
mediation in that event. On behalf of the UF Tax Law Society, the
team would like to thank the Law College Council, The Florida
Moot Court Team, and the Student Government Association for
financial contributions that partially funded the team's
participation this year. In addition, the team would like to thank
the Levin College of Law and also Jason Yoepp for his assistance
and contributions. (Photo from left to right: James Baley, Joshua
Landsman and Chris Pavilonis)

Earn extern credits with UF Law Costa Rica Program
Got Spanish? The UF Law Costa
Rica Program enjoys a unique
relationship with the Inter-
American Institute for Human
Rights, the research organ of the
Inter-American Court for Human
Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica. As
a result, a qualified UF Law
student enrolled in the program
can extern with the institute for three credits during the summer
program. For students with an interest in international human
rights, Latin America and in developing their ability to write and
speak in professional Spanish this is a unique opportunity. For
more information contact Costa Rica Program Director Tom
Ankersen or Michelle Ocepek. Those wishing to get a student's
perspective on the experience should feel free to speak with
Miredys Gonzalez, last year's extern at the Institute.





The Journal of Technology Law and Policy introduces new
Web site
The Journal of Technology Law and
Policy presents their new and
improved Web site, with
:: information on how to contribute,
A.. subscribe, and find out more
information about the journal and
iits members. Special thanks to
Web site Executive Miriam Cortes
and Assistant Editor-in-Chief Jared
Beckerman for their outstanding contributions to the site.
Interested students should check the site later this semester for
updated information about our next write-on/grade-on
competition. Visit http://jtlp.orq for more information.

Ankersen and Hamann attend international wetlands
symposium
Tom Ankersen, director of UF Law
Conservation Clinic, and Richard
Hamann, associate in law at the
UF Law Center for Governmental
Responsibility, along with UF PhD
students and faculty affiliated with
the National Science Foundation's
Integrated Graduate Research,
Education and Training Program in
Water, Wetlands and Watersheds presented their research at the
international symposium "Wetlands in a Flood Pulsing
Environment: Effects and Responses in Biodiversity, Ecosystem
Functioning and Human Society" in Maun, Botswana, the gateway
to Southern Africa's storied Okavango Delta. Hosted by the Henry
Oppenheimer Okavango Research Center at the University of
Botswana, the week long symposium was attended by leading
researchers representing some of the world's most significant
wetland environments, including the Okavango, the Pantanal and
Amazon flooded forests of Brazil, Florida's Everglades and the
Mississippi River Delta, the TonLe Sap Great Lake wetlands of
Cambodia, and the famed marshes of the Tigris & Euphrates
River Valley of Southern Iraq among many others.

Trial Team travels to National Trial Competition
Congratulations to 3L's Kali Feinman and Aaron Kelley and 2L's
Jennifer Leitner and Brian Wolf, who travelled through the snow
to Jackson, Mississippi this weekend to compete in the National
Trial Competition. The competition capped nearly two months of
diligent preparation and resulted in each team trying the case
three times over two days. In addition to handling motions and
evidentiary issues, this competition requires all advocates to
have both sides of the case prepared and to try either side with
very little notice. The team's next competition will be the
American Association for Justice competition held in Atlanta, Feb.
25-28.


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