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
Levin College of Law
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Place of Publication: <Gainesville, FL> College of Law Communications Office, 1997-
Publication Date: April 19, 2010
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and community service
Center for Governmental Responsibility
Fellows make a difference with public
Five law students inducted into UF Hall of
Town hall meeting with deans shows
Ronner analyzes Florida's ban on gay
Faculty Scholarship and Activities

News Briefs

Matt Walker new media relations
manager for UF Law
Law school intramural basketball team
wins championship
JLSA hosts Rabbi Goldman and elects
new board
Gators in London visit Supreme Court
Summer research assistant needed for
criminal law project
Environmental law research assistant
FJIL congratulates Miredys Gonzalez,
Jennifer Thomas and Shaza Quadri


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Jordi Kushner (2L) pitches a kickball during Thursday's Tritt vs.
Siebecker kickball game. The game, played by "The Fiduciaries"
and "The Hostile Kickovers," ended in a tie.

UF Law again ranked as Florida's only top tier
law school

U.S. News & World Report
rankings of the nation's top
graduate schools released today
once again place the University of
Florida Levin College of Law as
Florida's only top tier law school.*
UF Law is 47th overall, and 24th
among all public law schools. Its
Graduate Tax Program is 3rd
overall and continues to rank 1st among publics. Its
Environmental Law Program is tied for 7th among public
universities and 16th overall. Peer and lawyer/judge assessment
scores place UF Law in the top 40 on both counts: 38th overall
and 17th among publics in peer assessment, and 39th overall
and 18th among publics in lawyer/judge assessment.

Distinguished alumni to be recognized at

The University of Florida recognizes
Distinguished Alumni as graduates who have
excelled in his/her chosen field or have
performed outstanding service for the
university. It is gratifying to note that nearly
30 percent of all UF's Distinguished Alumni
honored since the inception of the program
have been Levin College of Law graduates. We

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

Mike Davis
Online Communications Coordinator,

Matt Walker
Senior Writer, Media Relations

Fredric G. Levin College of Law


FlaLaw Online are extremely proud to honor and recognize 2500 SW 2nd Ave.
three UF Law alumni with 2010 University of P.O. Box 117633
0 The Web Florida Distinguished Alumni Awards. Gainesville, FL32611
. 2010
* 2009
CGR symposium addresses free press issues
S2007 in the Americas
. 2006
. 2005 Freedom of expression and the
S right to access information must
2004 te be protected as basic components
to a free and democratic society,
said experts at the annual Center
for Governmental Responsibility
symposium on Thursday. This
e e year's symposium, "Threats to
'Freedom of Expression, Freedom
of the Press and Access Laws throughout the Americas,"
addressed the benefits, challenges and current status of these
issues from several different perspectives. Professor Jon Mills,
dean emeritus and director of the Center for Governmental
Responsibility introduced and facilitated a panel of experts as
they each made separate but complimentary presentations on
the topic.

UF Law grads honored with 2010 Young
Alumnus Awards

The University of Florida
Alumni Association, Inc.
has established the
SOutstanding Young Alumni
Award to recognize alumni
who are 35 years of age or
younger and have
distinguished themselves in

community. The Levin
College of Law is proud to announce two UF Law graduates, J.
Grier Pressly III and Gregory S. Weiss, recognized this year as
Outstanding Young Alumni.

Students celebrated for pro bono work and
community service

Law students who exhibited their
dedication to public service
through pro bono and community
service work were awarded with
certificates of recognition at a
ceremony in the Rare Book Room
on Thursday. Students who
volunteered 35 hours or more to
the Pro Bono Project or
Community Service Project were recognized. "We wanted to
throw this party for you to show how much we appreciate what
you do, over and above your legal curriculum," said Kristen
Bryant, coordinator of the projects and assistant director for
Career Development. "To dedicate volunteer time on top of that
is incredible."


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
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:

George Eppsteiner

Camila Pachon

Amber Seay

SOlga Shraybman

SKimberly Thomas

Melissa Welsh

Five law students inducted into UF Hall of

Five UF Law students will be
inducted into the UF Hall of Fame
this week for their outstanding
achievements and contributions to
the University of Florida. Since
1921, the University of Florida Hall
of Fame has recognized seniors
and graduate students who have
consistently demonstrated an
outstanding commitment to improving the University of Florida
through campus and community involvement, participation in
organized campus activities, and scholastic achievement. It is
one of the most prestigious honors awarded to students by the
Division of Student Affairs at the University of Florida. Please join
us in congratulating Michael Brevda, Clay Carlton, Matt Michel,
Allison Sirica and Sam Warfield on their dedication to the

Town hall meeting with deans shows progress

When you hear "town hall
meeting" these days, the image
that pops into your head might be
angry people yelling at each other
in a futile attempt to be heard. But
the town hall meeting hosted by
JMBA on Tuesday was far from it,
as several deans of the law school,
including Dean Robert Jerry, had a
friendly talk with students about how to improve the law school.
Jerry started the discussion by sharing the recent results from
the February Bar exam, which were much improved from last
year's results. The pass percentage for UF first-time takers was
81.1 percent (30/37) against an overall pass rate of 72.2 percent

Ronner analyzes Florida's ban on gay adoption

The state of Florida has the
dubious distinction of being the
only state in the country where
homosexuals face a categorical
ban on adoption. This issue has
been the subject of much
discussion and debate, and St.
Thomas School of Law Professor
Amy Ronner visited campus on
Friday to present her upcoming article in the UF Journal of Law
and Public Policy, as part of the JLPP speaker series. The article
examines the issue through the doctrine of insane delusion. This
doctrine doesn't often come up in regards to family law, but
Ronner said it "tends to come up a lot in wills and trusts, when
individuals seek to invalidate wills on that basis."

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

Challenges & Opportunities in Financial Services Law April
Come hear Professor Ronald H. Filler, director of the Center on
Financial Services Law at New York Law School, on April 19, at 1
p.m. in HOL 270, discuss current legislative and regulatory
reforms facing U.S. and global financial institutions, employment
opportunities in the financial services industry, and the LL.M. in

financial services law program at New York Law School. Professor
Filler's presentation will be followed by a Q &A session.

ELULP career development strategies April 21-22
The Environmental and Land Use Law Program has arranged two
conference calls next week with UF Law alumni to help
graduating students develop job search and career development
strategies targeted in these fields. The first call, on Wednesday,
April 21, at noon will feature UF Law alums who are employed
with three key federal agencies working on environmental issues:
U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency,
and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. On
Thursday, April 22, at noon the call will feature UF Law alums
working with private law firms in Tampa and Myrtle Beach, SC,
and one working for the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection in Tallahassee. Take advantage of this opportunity to
hear from these alums and ask questions. To register to
participate, e-mail Lena Hinson at

News Briefs

Matt Walker new media relations manager for UF Law
Please welcome Matt Walker, our new media
relations manager in the Office of
Communications, to the law school. Matt
brings years of journalism experience to the
position, and has worked as a writer, reporter,
columnist and magazine editor in Florida,
Georgia and California. Matt will be
responsible for running a vigorous reactive
and proactive media relations program,
including planning and implementing publicity
programs, writing and disseminating press releases, and writing
for UF LAW magazine and other publications. Please contact Matt
(, 273-0653, 287 Holland Hall) to let us
know about your contacts with the media and to arrange for
publicity for your event, program or scholarship. Matt replaces
Scott Emerson, who left the law school for a full-time position
with the USDA. Scott was a tremendously valuable resource for
the college, and helped us to account for 25 percent of the
University of Florida's overall top media hits.

Law school intramural basketball team wins championship
The law school's intramural
basketball team "Operation
Repeat" won the intramural
graduate league finishing the
season 11-0, beating the fraternity
champions (60-51) and the men's
competitive team champions (61-
59) to capture the All-Campus
Men's Championship. This was the
first time the law school has won the All Men's Campus
Intramural Championship. Team members from left to right are:
Robbie Shields (2L), Manny Ramirez (2L), Bhavik Patel (2L),
Martin Strauch (3L), Kimon Korres (2L), Jordi Kushner (2L), Rishi
Parikh (2L), and Andy Layden (2L).

JLSA hosts Rabbi Goldman and elects new board
~- Rabbi Berl Goldman, director of
the Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish
Student Center, recently spoke
with students from the Jewish Law

61 Students Association about topics
in Jewish law. Also, JLSA recently
elected its new 2010-2011 board:
President, Jay Levin; Vice-
President, Alan Meyerson; Secretary, Jen LeVine; Treasurer, Ben
Friedman; VP Communications, Brittany Jacobs; VP Social, Adam
Hersh; VP Community Service, Eric Feld; and VP Community
Affairs, Jacob Rimon.

Gators in London visit Supreme Court
UF Law students studying in
London this spring had the
opportunity to tour the new
Supreme Court building and learn
about the differences between the
U.S. Supreme Court and the
Supreme Court of the United
Kingdom. They also spoke with
law clerks and learned how their
role in the court system differs from American clerks; most
notably, they play no role in writing opinions. In the photo, from
left to right: Colin Blackwood, Brooke Skaggs, Amelia Williams,
Allie Slavens, Amrita Singh and Alexis Cooper.

Summer research assistant needed for criminal law project
Needed: 2L/3L summer research assistant for criminal law
project. Please submit brief cover letter and resume to Professor
Katheryn Russell-Brown or call (352) 273-0912.

Environmental law research assistant needed
Professor Flournoy is accepting applications from students to
work as a research assistant this summer for 10-15 hours per
week during May and June. The research will focus applying
insights from the social sciences to environmental law. It may
include collecting and summarizing materials from fields such as
behavioral economics, environmental psychology, sociology, and
management. Interested students should e-mail Professor
Flournoy a C.V. and unofficial transcript, along with a short cover
e-mail highlighting any relevant coursework, research or other
experience in social science. The deadline for applications is
Monday, April 26.

FJIL congratulates Miredys Gonzalez, Jennifer Thomas and
Shaza Quadri
The Florida Journal of International Law would like to
congratulate Miredys Gonzalez and Jennifer Thomas, winners of
the 2009-2010 Shelley Smith Best Edit Awards. FJIL would also
like to congratulate Shaza Quadri, winner of the 2009-2010 Best
Note Award. Quadri's note currently titled, "An Analysis of the
Effects and Reasons for Hazardous Waste Importation in India
and its Implementation of the Basel Convention" will be published
in Volume 22, Issue 3 of FJIL this December.

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