Group 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: March 29, 2010
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Students receive book awards for
academic excellence
Music Night 2010 hosted by Dean Jerry
April 18
Clinic application deadline March 31
Application deadline for UF's Intimate
Partner Violence Assistance Clinic is
March 31
Environmental & Land Use Law
Certificate Program deadline April 2
Become a Public Interest Law Fellow:
Deadline April 5
APIL fellowship applications due April 5


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Law students Ben Ostroff (right) and Craig Cox (left) participated
in a faux wedding ceremony on Tuesday to show support for
marriage equality. The two-hour event hosted by Outlaw, an
alliance of straight and gay students, "married" about 40 couples
as a statement against the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Professionalism seminar urges lawyers to
reaffirm oath

SOn the first day of law school, law students
are given somewhat unsettling words of
wisdom, intended as both advice and a
warning: a lawyer's reputation is the
foundation of his or her entire career. It is not
easily built, but is very easily broken. And it
starts now. On Mar. 26, the Levin College of
Law hosted a professionalism seminar co-
sponsored by the Levin College of Law, The
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, and
David B. Mishael, P.A., for practicing legal professionals to
convene and discuss the state of professionalism in the practice
of law.

Eight law students to become judicial clerks

Eight law students have been
selected by federal and state
judges to serve as clerks upon
graduation from UF Law. 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

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and Public Policy Speaker Series:
Reflections on Gainesville's Kennedy
Homes and the Plight of Displaced Public
Housing Residents March 30
Center for the Study of Race and Race
Relations Spring Lecture, "Ricci, Race
and Equal Protection" March 31
Shadow program informational meeting
(1Ls/2Ls) April 1
Practice Series: Considering Solo
Practice? April 2
Law College Council Leadership Lecture
Series Presents: Michael McDermott April
1Ls: Florida Moot Court Team tryout
competition information sessions April 7 &
1Ls: Florida Law Review write-on
competition information sessions April 7 &
Multicultural Fair April 8
Environmental Moot Court tryouts:
Application deadline April 9, Oral
arguments April 12-13

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Career Development

opinions and orders, usually for a one- or two-year period.

New casebook provides fresh perspective on
land use planning and environmental law

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

Exploring the intersections between land use
planning and environmental law is the focus of
Land Use Planning and the Environment: A
Casebook (ELI Press, 2010). Professors,
students, and law and planning practitioners
with strong backgrounds and exposure to
"traditional" environmental law will find this
revised casebook an opportunity to examine
familiar topics from a fresh perspective. For
others, it serves as a valuable introduction to

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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

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
Faculty scholarship & activities >

Upcoming Events

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

LawLawPaLooZa tickets on sale now
LawLAwPaLooZa is almost here! This annual event sponsored by
APIL, JMBA, and PAD highlights the talent that Levin has to offer
and all proceeds benefit the APIL fellowship. This year's event will
take place April 1, at Emerald's Lounge on 43rd Street. Doors
open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets go on
sale starting this week (in the courtyard and at the JMBA desk)
and will be $8 in advance and for JMBA and $10 at the door. It'd
be foolish to miss this April Fool's Day event!

ABA Law Student Division sponsoring events for ABA
National Mental Health Day March 29 & 30
Feeling stressed as finals approach? Need some pointers on how
to relax and stay healthy? The recently resurrected ABA Law
Student Division at UF is sponsoring two events in support of ABA
National Mental Health Day.

SMonday, March 29, Law School Courtyard: GatorWell
representatives will be passing out stress reduction
materials and giveaways.
STuesday, March 30, Room 355D: "Relax and Unwind"
presentation by Tina Long, Health Promotion Specialist at
GatorWell. Long will review time management skills and
stress reduction/relaxation techniques.

environmental law.


For more information of the topics to be covered during the
presentation, visit the GatorWell Web site. If you have any
questions about ABA Law Student Division at UF or the events,
contact us at To learn more about the ABA
Law Student Division and membership benefits, visit http://www.

Father's Rights Discussion March 30
The Family Law Society is hosting a Father's Rights Discussion
with Professor Dowd on Tuesday, March 30, at noon in HOL 382.
Professor Dowd will be starting off the discussion and then will
take questions from students. Pizza will be served outside after
the discussion.

Judicial clerkship application process information session
March 30
Come and learn about the process of applying for federal judicial
clerkships on March 30, at noon in HOL 345. The session will
cover topics ranging 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 2010 for
positions beginning fall 2011.

The University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy
Speaker Series: Reflections on Gainesville's Kennedy
Homes and the Plight of Displaced Public Housing
Residents March 30
Please join the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public
Policy on Tuesday, March 30, at noon in HOL 359, as we present
Professor Dawn Jourdan for what promises to be an intriguing
installment of the journal's speaker series. Professor Jourdan will
be discussing her soon-to-be published article on the efforts of
lawyers at Three Rivers Legal Services of Alachua County as they
worked to recover, under a theory of intentional infliction of
emotional distress, for the relocated citizens of Kennedy Homes
here in Gainesville. Professor Jourdan will also discuss the
difficulties of measuring the impact that such relocations have on
displaced citizens. Join us for the opportunity to learn more about
these important public policy issues. Lunch and refreshments will
be provided. Please e-mail Rob Davis at with
any questions.

Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations Spring
Lecture, "Ricci, Race and Equal Protection" March 31
The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations Spring
Lecture, "Ricci, Race and Equal Protection" will take place on
March 31, at 11:45 a.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center
room 100. the speaker will be Robert S. Chang, professor of law,
Seattle University School of Law. Professor Chang will discuss the
recent U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Ricci v. DeStefano, a
case involving a group of firefighters who sued the City of New
Haven, Conn under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Chang will explore the court's opinions with regard to the
appropriate temporal framework to consider in evaluating the
actions of the City of New Haven. For more information, contact
Melissa Bamba at 352-273-0614 or by e-mail at bamba@law.ufl.

Shadow program informational meeting (1Ls/2Ls) April 1
This program allows you to observe attorneys at work in their
offices and possibly in court. Some shadow opportunities can
include legal intern duties. This is a great way to start building

your network and learn first-hand about what lawyers do on a
daily basis. Come hear more details about the program on April
1, at 10 a.m. in HOL 360. Sign-up sheets will be in the second
floor hall outside Career Development in Bruton Geer. Students
will be chosen via a lottery and you must be present at the
lottery to receive the contact information to schedule your

Practice Series: Considering Solo Practice? April 2
This program provides the nuts and bolts of setting up a law
practice; from the basics of establishing your office to getting
clients to the "what not to do" cautions. Join local attorney Brent
Baris on April 2, at 2 p.m. in HOL 285B, as he shares his
experiences in setting up his practice.

Law College Council Leadership Lecture Series Presents:
Michael McDermott April 2
Come learn what it's like to be legal counsel to the star of
Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction, Hairspray and dozens more
notable film titles. Join us Friday, April 2, at 3 p.m. in HOL 180 as
the Law College Council and the Entertainment, Arts and Sports
Law Society present Michael McDermott, attorney to John
Travolta. McDermott will discuss the unique challenges of having
a celebrity client. McDermott, a shareholder of McDermott &
Thacker, P.A. in Brandon, Florida, earned his JD from Stetson
University in 1985. McDermott is listed in "Best Lawyers of
America" and the Tampa Bay Business Journal's "Top Lawyers."
The event begins at 3 p.m. with a "Meet and Greet," followed by
a presentation. McDermott will entertain questions during a brief
session following his presentation. Light refreshments will be

1Ls: Florida Moot Court Team tryout competition
information sessions April 7 & 15
1Ls, The Florida Moot Court Team invites you to an information
session about how to become a member of the only moot court
team at UF Law that competes in multiple national moot court
competitions at prestigious law schools around the country. The
Florida Moot Court Team is one of the top three co-curriculars at
UF Law. The team has competed in front of numerous federal and
state judges, including most recently Chief Justice Roberts of the
U.S. Supreme Court and past chief justices of the Florida
Supreme Court. The tryout competition will be held this summer
(and will not conflict with the Florida Law Review write-on
competition). There will be two info sessions: April 7 at 5:30 p.m.
in HOL 355B and April 15 at 2 p.m. in HOL 382. Interested
students should attend one session. At the info sessions, we will
discuss what Florida Moot Court does, the tryout process and
dates, and how to join the Florida Moot Court tryout competition
TWEN site. Please e-mail Kate Woods at or
Christa Diaz at if you have any questions
or concerns.

1Ls: Florida Law Review write-on competition information
sessions April 7 & 15
This summer, after final exams, the Florida Law Review will hold
a write-on competition to select our new members. The
competition is conducted online through Westlaw's TWEN site, so
there is no need to stay in Gainesville to participate. The
competition consists of two parts: a Bluebook test and an essay
test. You have the option to take the Bluebook test either
Saturday, May 15 or Saturday, May 22. The essay test will be
administered on Friday, May 28 and will be due on Monday, June
7. We will hold several information sessions in April about the
competition. All 1Ls are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please mark your calendars for:

SWednesday, April 7, 12-1 p.m., HOL 285C Introduction
to Florida Law Review and the Write-On Competition
Thursday, April 15, 4-5 p.m., HOL 285C Bluebook review

In case your schedule doesn't permit you to attend one of these
meetings, the information we cover will be posted on our TWEN
competition site. The site will become available the day of the
April 7 orientation. We look forward to seeing you there.

Multicultural Fair April 8
The fourth annual Multicultural Fair has been scheduled for
Thursday, April 8, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the law school. The
Multicultural Fair provides an opportunity for all student
organizations to collaborate in celebration of the law school's
cultural fabric.

Environmental Moot Court tryouts: Application deadline
April 9, Oral arguments April 12 13
Interested in environmental law? Want to hone your brief-writing
and appellate advocacy skills? Students in their second year can
try out for a position on the 2010-2011 Environmental Moot
Court team which will represent UF at the National Environmental
Moot Court Competition in February 2011 in White Plains, N.Y.
The application process includes a written submission (resume,
unofficial (ISIS) transcript, and argument section of your brief
from Appellate Advocacy) and an oral argument tryout. You
should remove your name and contact information from the
resume, transcript, and writing sample and identify your
application with the entrant number you will be assigned when
you submit your material. Written submission can be delivered in
hard copy to 319 Holland Hall or sent by e-mail to hinson@law.ufl.
edu. Students who tried out for the coach position in fall 2009
can elect to submit an updated resume and transcript and rely on
their previous oral tryout. Early application is encouraged.
Applicants are asked to sign up for an oral argument time slot at
the time of submitting their written materials. Written
applications are due Friday, April 9, by 4 p.m. Oral argument
tryouts are scheduled for April 12-13. For more information,
contact Lena Hinson at or 273-0777.

News Briefs

Students receive book awards for academic excellence
Students, faculty and friends of
the law school gathered in the
Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial
Classroom March 26 to honor book
award recipients for the fall 2009
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 fall. Multiple award winners included, Chana Cannon, Ryan
Eastmoore, Alejandro Gonzalez, Kevin Hall, Seth Jones, Tiffany
Kimball, Michael Leeman, Holly Marini, Dana Mehlman, Rhett
Parker, Jon Philipson, Estephanie Resnik, Martin Strauch, Alicia
Taylor, Laura Triplett, Deborah Tyson, Monica Wilson and Jay
Yagoda. If you have received a book award, but weren't able to

attend the ceremony, you can pick up your plaque in the Office of
Student Affairs.

* See full list of winners

Music Night 2010 hosted by Dean Jerry
Got a hidden musical talent? Show
it off at the upcoming Music Night
2010, to be held Sunday, April 18,
at 7 p.m. at the home of Dean Bob
Jerry and his wife Lisa. All
students and faculty are invited --
Sbut the "ticket" to attend is that
byou must bring a dessert and
agree to perform a musical piece
(play an instrument or sing a song). A piano will be available.
Each participant can bring one guest. Space is limited, so sign up
is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, stop by the
Dean's Office and see Doris Perron.

Clinic application deadline March 31
The deadline for clinic applications
is Ilarch 31. The Florida Bar
clearance letters must be attached
to the application (except for
ilediation Clinic). Conservation
Clinic applications are available
online and should be submitted
directly to Director Tom Ankersen
at All other
clinic applications are submitted to Student Affairs. Offers are
based on total credit hours, pre-reqs for some of the clinics, and
application submission date/time may also be considered. Also,
for the first time this fall, Interviewing, Counseling and
Negotiation (LAW 6388) will be offered and will be mandatory for
civil clinics (except Mediation) beginning with spring 2011
enrollment. The clinics consider the application period a time of
"open house" and interested students who are planning ahead or
who are applying for summer/fall are encouraged to stop by.

Application deadline for UF's Intimate Partner Violence
Assistance Clinic is March 31
The Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic is the first of its
kind in the nation! IPVAC is a partnership between the College of
Law, College of Medicine, Shands and Peaceful Paths Domestic
Abuse Network. Under the supervision of Director Teresa Drake,
students will represent indigent victims of domestic violence in
court with a variety of issues. Students will also have the
opportunity to work with IPVAC's interdisciplinary team consisting
of social workers, outreach counselors and various medical
personnel at Shands and negotiate such legal and ethical issues
as HIPPA, confidentiality and client/patient privilege. Applications
for IPVAC can be picked up at Student Services. Students should
attach their initial clearance letter from the Florida Bar to their
application. Students must also speak briefly with Director Teresa
Drake ( prior to applying.

Environmental & Land Use Law Certificate Program
deadline April 2
Students interested in enrolling in
the Environmental & Land Use Law
Certificate Program this semester
are encouraged to do so before
Friday, April 2. Through the
Environmental and Land Use Law

II Certificate Program, students can
graduate from law school with a
valuable credential that indicates
both concentration and accomplishment in these two fields. If
you have recently enrolled, or plan to do so, please contact Lena
Hinson at to set up an appointment with
Professor Alyson Flournoy, director of the Environmental & Land
Use Law Program, to discuss your course of study for fall 2010.
For more information on the ELUL Certificate Program please visit
the ELULP Web site. Enrollment forms are available online or in
319 Holland Hall. Students enrolled in the certificate program will
receive e-mail notification regarding priority pre-registration for
core courses.

Become a Public Interest Law Fellow: Deadline April 5
Make a difference in your community and the world -- and get
paid for it. The Levin College of Law is currently seeking students
for the Public Interest Law Fellows Program for 2010-11, funded
by The Florida Bar Foundation. Public Interest Law Fellows are
engaged in a number of public service projects in the community,
and receive a stipend for their work. Applications are available in
the Center for Governmental Responsibility, 230 Bruton-Geer
Hall. The application deadline is April 5, at 5 p.m. For more
information, e-mail Tim McLendon,

APIL fellowship applications due April 5
Need funding for your unpaid summer job? Applications for the
APIL summer fellowship 2010 are here. Please download the
application form that is available on APIL's Twen page and submit
your application to the Career Development Office by noon on
April 5. Download the application >>

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