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to the world d Bank
A NEW BEGINNING FOR UF LAW
f COLLEGE OF LAW alumni joined forces in 2001 to
raise $22 million-plus in private gifts and state and
University of Florida funds to provide critically
needed classroom and library space for their
school. The results of their efforts are pictured
here, as the law school undergoes perhaps the
greatest transformation in its history.
Two new three-story education towers -
completed in time for use in Fall 2004 between
and connecting Holland and Bruton-Geer Halls
feature 11 spacious classrooms, including a
Ceremonial Classroom that seats up to 160 for
conferences, receptions and special sessions. All
have wireless Internet access, and most offer desk-
top outlets for laptops and "smart podia" for use in
By the time construction ends this summer,
the law library to be named the Lawton Chiles
Legal Information Center in honor of the late
1955 UF law graduate, Florida governor and U.S.
senator will have nearly doubled in size to
become the largest academic law library in the
Southeast and among the top 20 nationwide.
Faculty offices and classrooms in Holland Hall Law
Center named after former Florida Governor
and U.S. Senator Spessard Holland also are
scheduled for the first major renovations since their
creation in 1968.
Law alumni and friends are encouraged
to visit the campus and share their pride in
their college's new look, and to mark their
calendars for the special dedication celebration
planned for Sept. 8-10, 2005.
2 NEWS BRIEFS
9 PARTNERS ..
19 FACULTY NEWS
37 CLASS NOTES
53 A LIVING LEGACY
6 Dean Robert Jerry -'
Leading the Law School
13 Sylvia Walbolt
A Woman of Firsts
16 Stephen Zack
Pursuit of Liberty & Justice
22 DC POWER
From the White House to the World Bank
31 Fred Leonhardt k
Getting Down to Business
A Law School Tradition
VOLUME 41, ISSUE 1 WINTER 2005
Cover: Supreme Court Washington, D.C. Photo by Clair Duggan
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President Machen Kicks
Off Faculty Initiative
An initiative to recruit and retain
faculty was announced this past fall by
University of Florida President James
Bernard Machen. The UF Faculty
Challenge aims to make UF one of the
nation's premier research universities by
raising $150 million to increase the num-
ber of faculty and bolster faculty salaries
and support funding.
"For the University of Florida to reach
its potential, we must find ways to do a
better job supporting our faculty," Machen
said. "The purpose of this initiative is to
build an endowment to provide for competi-
tive salaries, so the university can attract and
retain the best and brightest faculty and give
them the tools they need to excel."
The funding will provide the university
with more discretionary funds for faculty
research, which could be used for equipment,
studies or stipends for student research assis-
tants. Gifts to the Challenge of $100,000 or
more are eligible for state matching funds.
For every donation of $1 million, the state
will match with $750,000, and Machen has
pledged to add $250,000 from a discre-
tionary fund of Faculty Challenge private
donations to double the gift.
UF Law Third
in Nation for
For the third time
in five years, the Levin
College of Law has been
ranked in the "Top 10
Law Schools for
Hispanics" by Hispanic Business magazine.
President Machen (right) with Dean Jerry during a visit
to the law school late last fall to discuss important
campus issues with UF law students
"Our college has been blessed with a
strong and active Hispanic community for
some time," said Dean Robert Jerry. "We are
pleased Hispanic Business magazine has recog-
nized what we have to offer and helped
spread the word in the Hispanic community."
Editors took into consideration academ-
ic and faculty stature, retention rate, mentor-
ing programs, student support organizations,
percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty and
students, and overall school reputation.
UF's law school has five Hispanic fac-
ulty two in endowed professorships -
including Juan Perea and Berta Hernandez-
Truyol, a founder of the Latino Critical
Theory movement. It offers a joint
J.D./M.A. in Latin American studies,
summer program with Universidad de
Costa Rica in San Jos4, exchanges with
Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City
and Pontifica Universidade Cat6lica de Rio
de Janeiro, and an annual conference on
legal and policy issues in the Americas.
Environmental & Land Use
Law Faculty Boost Program
Into Top 20
UF law's Environmental and Land Use
Law Program has accelerated into the
nation's top 20 based largely on strong
research and scholarship by program faculty.
Director Alyson Flournoy and Associate
Director James Nicholas head this distinctive
program, which offers one of the richest law
curricula in the Southeast and an outstanding
array of extracurricular opportunities and spe-
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ICAM IN WORLD'S TOP 'SWEET 16'
The International Commercial Arbitration
Moot Court (ICAM) team earned its first-ever
placement in the "Sweet 16" at the prestigious
Willem C. Vis International Moot Court
Competition in Vienna, Austria. The team made
it into the second elimination round to earn 10th
place. They enjoyed another first when team
member Daniel Nordby won an honorable men-
tion for oral advocacy, thought to be the first
time a UF student has received one. More than
140 teams competed. Sponsors making partici- ICAM Team Faculty Advisor Wayne Hanewicz
pation possible were the International Litigation (from left) and members Heather Nason,
Karla Haynes, Lisset Gonzales, Daniel Nordby
and Arbitration Group of Steel, Hector Et Davis and Tara Rao in Vienna
and John (LLB 63) and Tifi Bierley of Tampa.
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LL.M. IN INTERNATIONAL TAX FORTHCOMING
Faculty Join Graduate Tax Program
U F's tax faculty is consistently
ranked in the nation's top two by
U.S. News and World Report, which rates
law school specialty areas based on the
reputation of faculty in that specialty.
Joining the program this fall were former
New York University Tax Program
Director Paul R. McDaniel and Harvard
Law School faculty member Diane M.
Ring. Both have expertise in internation-
al taxation, and are expected to be major
players in development with Professor
Lawrence Lokken, Culverhouse Eminent
Scholar in Taxation of a LL.M.
in International Tax Law during the
According to Graduate Tax Program
Associate Dean and Director Michael Friel,
the new degree reflects the increasing impor-
tance of understanding and advising on
international tax rules in a global economy
with multinational businesses, rapid capital
flows, U.S. clients with international
dealings, and foreign clients with U.S.
investments and businesses.
McDaniel, an expert in U.S. and inter-
national tax law and first permanent holder
of the James J. Freeland Eminent Scholar
Chair in Taxation, was a visiting professor at
UF in the 90s. He earned his B.A. from the
University of Oklahoma, LL.B. (cum laude)
from Harvard Law School, and Honorary
Doctor of Laws from Uppsala University,
Sweden. He has authored or co-authored
more than 50 articles and eight books on
taxation, and has served as acting associate
tax legislative counsel in the Office of
Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy and as
director of New York University's Graduate
Tax and International Tax Programs.
McDaniel helped pioneer the concept
of tax expenditures with the late Stanley
Surrey of Harvard, who explored these issues
in Tax Expenditures. Before working with
Surrey, he practiced in Oklahoma, and then
worked for the government until the fall of
1970, when he joined the Boston College
law faculty. He later joined the firm Hill &
Barlow, where he was a partner prior to join-
ing the NYU faculty in 1993.
Associate Professor Diane Ring, whose
primary interest is international tax law and
relations and taxation of financial instru-
ments, was a Harvard assistant professor of
law for several years, and national reporter
for the 2004 Conference on Double
Nontaxation for the International Fiscal
Association. Prior to entering teaching, she
was an associate with Caplin & Drysdale,
Chartered, in Washington, D.C., working
primarily in international tax and financial
products for planning, audit, legislative and
regulatory matters. She clerked for Judge
Jon O. Newman, Federal Court of Appeals,
2nd Circuit, New York, NY.
Ring received her A.B. (anthropology,
summa cum laude, John Harvard Scholar,
Harvard College Scholar and Elizabeth
Carey Agassiz Scholar) and J.D. Magnaa
cum laude) from Harvard, where she was an
editor on the Harvard Law Review.
Graduate Tax Program faculty -
Dennis A. Calfee, Patricia E. Dilley, Michael
K. Friel, David M. Hudson, Lawrence
Lokken, Martin J. McMahon Jr., Paul R.
McDaniel, C. Douglas Miller, Michael A.
Oberst, David M. Richardson, Diane M.
Ring and Steven J. Willis are authors of
some of the most widely used textbooks and
treatises, and have lectured at numerous
conferences and institutes in the United
States and abroad, occupied leadership posi-
tions in professional organizations, and
served as consultants to the Internal Revenue
Service, congressional committees and other
major public and private entities.
Ring (left) and McDaniel
Graduate Tax students have out-
standing academic credentials and, in
many cases, significant professional expe-
rience. More than 1,700 students have
earned their LL.M. in Taxation since the
program began in 1974, and it was first
in the nation to offer a Doctor of
Juridical Science (S.J.D.) specifically in
taxation. Roughly two years old, UF's
S.J.D. program requires innovative
research and writing, along with publica-
tion of a book or three law review articles.
The Graduate Tax Program also pub-
lishes the faculty-edited Florida Tax Review,
one of the country's leading tax journals.
For more information go online to
The law school's
history of the
center and its faculty and staff,
and details ongoing research,
programs and activities.
Copies are available by contact-
ing CGR Development Director
JoAnn Klein at 352-392-2237 or
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cial programs. The addition in recent years of
faculty Michael Allan Wolf, Christine Klein,
Mary Jane Angelo, Mark Fenster and Sherrie
Russell Brown has further deepened and
expanded its curricular and research areas.
Michael Allan Wolf's commentary on
regulatory takings was selected as one of the
top 10 articles on land use and environmen-
tal law in 2003, for example, and Christine
Klein is finishing a natural resources case-
book. Richard Hamann has testified on wet-
lands legislation before Congress and spoken
extensively on the Florida Everglades; Mark
Fenster's abstract on takings last year was one
of the articles most frequently downloaded
on the Social Science Research Network;
and Tom Ankersen helped found an envi-
ronmental law clinic at the University of
Costa Rica. Danaya Wright's expert witness
testimony has been impressive, and her
scholarship cited by courts.
About 10 students each semester
earn a Certificate in Environmental and
Land Use Law. Students also gain hands-
on experience through summer extern-
ships, the Conservation Clinic in
Florida and Costa Rica and participa-
tion in the annual Richard E. Nelson
Symposium on Local Government Law
Environmental Moot Court Teams.
Students in the Environmental and
Land Use Law Society produce an annual
public interest environmental conference
- scheduled in 2005 for Feb. 24-26 -
featuring top speakers and panelists.
Their 2004 conference featured best-sell-
ing novelist/columnist Carl Hiassen and
In addition, the team made it into the
Final Four in the National Trial Advocacy
Competition in October, losing only to the
first place North Carolina team. Matthew
Horton won the overall award for Best
Direct Examination in that competition.
Alumni coaches included Phyllis Kotey
(JD 85) of Gainesville for the February civil
right competition, Salvatore Molica (JD 75)
of Gainesville for the October civil rights
competition, and Roger Lambert (JD 75)
of Palm Beach Gardens for the national trial
New Communications Office
The Levin College of Law Communications
Office was reorganized in late 2004 to
consolidate, streamline and improve internal
and external information and publication
services for alumni, faculty and students.
Trial Team Coach Phyllis Kotey (third from left)
with members Colleen O'Donnell, Gregg Hunt,
and Donna Maloney
Trial Team Wins National
The UF Levin College of Law Trial
Team had a standout year in 2004,
winning the First Annual National Civil
Rights Competition in February and
placing a close second in the Second
Annual National Civil Rights Competition
Law Students Take
Top Blue Key Roles
Continuing a long tradition of law
student leadership within Florida Blue Key
(FBK), three Levin College of Law students
were elected to top positions in the organi-
zation. Brian Roof was elected president,
Dayna Gaff was elected vice president, and
Lauren Fackender was elected treasurer.
Roof is the seventh of the last eight
FBK presidents to also be a UF law
Elected to leadership in Florida Blue Key were UF student. Historically, more than 85 percent
law students Lauren Fackender (left, treasurer), Brian
Roof (president) and Dayna Gaff (vice president) of FBK presidents have either presiden law
students at the time of their presidency or
attended law school after finishing their undergraduate studies.
Florida Blue Key is probably most well known on campus for organizing Gator
Growl, the largest student-run pep rally in the world. Alexis Lambert (JD 04) served as
producer of the 2004 Gator Growl while she completed graduate work. FBK members
work with nationally-known comedians and bands, as well as local student perform-
ers, to overseean event that is well-attended not only by students, but also by alumni
and the community every year.
Amirin (from left), Lockette and Fleming
Communications Director Debra Amirin,
APR formerly director of institutional
information and publications at the law
school Associate Director Kathy Fleming
and Senior Writer Tim Lockette will
provide a wide range of marketing, media
and public relations services, including
production of UF Law magazine, FlaLaw
weekly newsletter, UF Law E-News, and a
extensive family of law school booklets,
brochures and other publications. (UF
law publications are online in pdf format
Fleming, who also serves as editor of this
magazine, plans to place a magazine and/or
Law Center Association Annual Report
in alumni hands each January, May and
October. Send news or suggestions to her
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Helping Students Serve
the Public Interest
STUDY OF RACE AND RACE RELATIONS
Shaping the Future
When Lorraine Chaudhry-Campbell (3L) was
heading off to her summer job, she hoped to learn
something of consequence. It turned out to be of
As a fellow at the Carter Center in Atlanta last
summer, Chaudhry-Campbell researched and wrote
about weighty issues such as international human rights
and the International Criminal Court, a judicial institu-
tion established to promote the rule of law.
This opportunity came
about thanks to the Public
Service Partners Program, a
joint service of the student-run
UF Association for Public
Interest Law (APIL) and the
Center for Career Services.
Law, professors and students
donate funds so students can
have the option to take unpaid Chaudhry-Campbell (left)
summer positions with 501c3 with other students in
It is a beneficial relationship for everyone
involved the public-minded students, the non-
profit organizations and constituencies they serve.
Besides analyzing how to improve the Carter
Center's next international human rights conference,
Chaudhry-Campbell drafted a document about the
International Criminal Court's applicability to media-
tion work at the Carter Center. She even had lunch
with President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn.
To increase funding for this program so more
students can participate, APIL began a "Donate a
Day" campaign to encourage classmates with secured
summer employment to donate one day's pay.
"Thanks to generous donations and the partner-
ship between APIL and our office, last year we were
able to raise more than $8,000 to assist students like
Lorraine Chaudhry-Campbell and Nick Dennany,"
said Jessie Howell Wallace (JD 01), director of Career
Services. Dennany (3L) volunteered with Florida
Institutional Legal Services in Gainesville.
Law firm donors to the 2004 Public Service
Partners Program were Hill, Ward & Henderson;
Holland & Knight; Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel &
Burns; Shook, Hardy & Bacon; and Sutherland Asbill
& Brennan. Approximately nine students donated as
well as several individual UF law professors.
For more information about the Public Service
Partners Program, contact the Center for Career Services
at 352-392-0499. =
T he Center for the Study of
Race and Race Relations
(CSRRR) at the UF College of Law
- one of only five in the nation with
a research and resource center devoted
to the study of race continues to
sponsor spirited discussion forums
and events that bring national leaders
This past fall, for instance, an
innovative symposium drew more
than 400 participants from UF and
the community to hear Dr. Beverly
Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman
College and author of "Why Are All
the Black Kids Sitting Together in the
Cafeteria? And Other Conversations
. ... Race" (Basic Books, 2003).
The event was held as part of
University of Florida President
J. Bernard Machen's inauguration
celebration and was co-sponsored
by CSRRR and the UF Office of the
President. Machen, who has identified
increased diversity on campus as a
top priority, kicked off the Faculty
Reading Initiative, which brought
together faculty from every UF col-
lege to address race-related curricula
issues. To facilitate discussion,
participants were asked to read
"We saw the Faculty Reading
Initiative as a big step toward our
goal of putting issues of race and
difference up front and center at
the University of Florida," said
Katheryn Russell-Brown, p.....
and director of CSRRR.
On the 50th
anniversary of Brown v. .-
Board ofEducation last
March, the center worked
with the law college's
Center on Children and
Families to bring togeth-
er advocates for children's
rights and civil rights to
discuss how the two are
The CSRRR also held its first
annual spring lecture with guest
speaker Paul Butler, a criminal law,
civil rights and jurisprudence expert at
George Washington University Law
School. Butler, one of the 50 most
cited law professors who began teach-
ing after 1992, gave a presentation
based on his article in Stanford Law
Review, "Much Respect: Toward a
Hip-Hop Theory of Punishment."
CSRRR's theme for 2004-05 is
"Race, Curriculum, and Education
for the New Millennium: Shaping
the Future, Charting a New Course."
Several programs are planned to
highlight the theme, including a
Race and Law Curriculum Workshop
(Feb. 24-26, 2005) and the 2005
Spring Lecture featuring law professor
and race scholar Paul Finkelman.
(For more information, go to
"Diversity and racial issues are
important to all of us," said Dean
Robert Jerry. "We are very proud
that our center through the
dedicated efforts of Director
Dr. Katheryn Russell-Brown and
Assistant Director Melissa Bamba -
has been able to play such a key role
in focusing the attention of the uni-
versity and general community on
how we can work together to
address them." u
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BY KATHY FLEMING
As soon as music is mentioned, Bob Jerry
jumps up from his family dining room
table to play the tape of his last concert with his
old band, Big Muddy.
The soft country rock music is surprisingly
good for a group of mostly University of
Missouri professors who performed primarily
for stress relief and fun.
"That's me, right there on the keyboards,"
he says, pointing toward the speaker.
Jerry is talking about his old life when
he held an endowed professorship in Missouri
and had a little more time for his many inter-
ests. Since coming to lead the UF Levin College
of Law a year and a half ago, a colleague notes,
he only has time for his top priorities...family,
church and the law school.
It is the lack of family time particularly
with his wife, Lisa, and three children, Jim, John
and Beth that gives him pause.
"It is a challenge to protect time for the
family, and I don't always succeed. But I do try
hard," he said, choosing his words carefully. It is
the reason he has taken up golf with Jim, regu-
larly attends John's swim meets, spends time
with Beth, and insists everyone gather around
the dinner table each night.
"But the law school is so big and so com-
plex, that right now it does require a concentrat-
ed effort, and not just on my part. The faculty
and administrators are working hard because we
want to be recognized as one of the very finest
four or five public law schools in the nation. It
is ambitious but achievable."
His focused determination is proving to be
essential. Compared to previous academic expe-
riences, this law school is roughly twice as large,
with more faculty members, programs, stu-
dents, alumni and energy.
"Bob hit the ground running when he got
here," said Mike McNerney (JD 73), chairman
of the Board of Trustees of the Law Center
Association. He has a great combination of skills
that allow him to do an outstanding job in deal-
ing with academic issues, working with the
university administration, and interfacing with
students, alumni and friends of the law school.
He also has reached out to the bar associations
and other important external audiences. It is a
big job, and he is doing it very well."
Jerry, who became dean of the University
of Kansas law school when he was only 35, had
not planned on leading another school.
"I didn't really aspire to be a dean again
because I was quite happy teaching and con-
ducting research," he said. "But I had said if
there was a school with strong qualities and the
potential to make significant strides in reaching
the next level, I would like to be part of making
that happen because it would be, well, fun."
Turns out the UF law school had the right
criteria. The upper trajectory was already in
place and he has been able to move several ini-
tiatives along, including securing an increase in
the percentage of out-of-state tuition fees allo-
cated to the school.
"We are the seventh least expensive law
school in the country and there are 183 of them.
More resources are essential if we are to compete
at the highest level," he said. "It is actually
remarkable how well we are regarded and what
we accomplish when you consider the limited
funds available to us."
Under his collaborative-style leadership, fac-
ulty committees are determining signature areas
for national recognition, and faculty and adminis-
trators are implementing the 2002 strategic plan,
which calls for a better student-teacher ratio, more
spending per student, greater faculty research and
scholarship, more alumni participation, and a
larger endowment. The school's rich history and
motivated faculty are easing the way.
DEAN ROBERT JERRY
Bachelor's magna cum laude from
Indiana State University and law
degree cum laude from University of
Michigan. Clerked for Judge George
E. MacKinnon on U.S. Court of
Appeals, District of Columbia.
Three years in private practice;
taught 1981-94 and was dean 1989-
94 at University of Kansas; taught
1994-98 at University of Memphis as
Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in
Law; taught 1998-2003 at University
of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
as Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed
Numerous publications include:
Understanding Insurance Law (3rd
ed) and co-author of Insurance Law:
Cases and Materials with teacher's
Influential mentor and why:
"My dad. As both an educator and
administrator in public education,
he instilled in me the importance of
Last book read:
Remaking the American University:
Market-Smart and Mission-Centered
by Robert Zemsky, Gregory Wegner &
William Massey, forthcoming 2005
(Rutgers University Press)
Why he loves the law:
"Law not only represents how we
organize our relationships with each
other but also expresses our most
fundamental values. Working with
the law is a great privilege, and no
profession has a higher or more
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"IT IS A BIG
JOB, AND HE
IS DOING IT
TOP: With wife Lisa and children Beth, 11,
Jim, 13, and John, 16. ABOVE: Family
Basset Hound Basil
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"The faculty has a broadly held view
that we want to be excellent teachers, pro-
ductive scholars, and have regional and
national impact with our work. When you
have those kinds of values, the questions
become simpler. What are the precise steps
we are going to take to achieve those goals?"
In the midst of those ambitions have
been the $22 million-plus renovation and
building of the school's physical plant. Half
of Holland Hall has been destroyed and
rebuilt, while two-thirds of what remained
is being renovated. In addition, construc-
tion of two new multi-story education
towers has transformed the face of the
"It has been enormously challenging to
keep our academic program going, but our
Julie Miller (3L). "Despite his busy schedule,
students know he will take the time to
meet and to work with them in whatever
way he can."
Jerry is part of a large family of edu-
cators. Both his parents are retired faculty
from the Indiana State University, where
he earned his bachelor's degree. The "for
real Hoosier," as his wife, Lisa, calls him,
earned his law degree cum laude from the
University of Michigan and literally set
foot inside a law office for the first time
when he clerked for a small firm in
Terre Haute, Ind., after his first year of
After law school, he clerked for Judge
George E. MacKinnon of the U.S. Court of
Appeals in the District of Columbia. Later,
while in private practice, he was recruited to
to write several widely used books, book
chapters, law reviews and numerous other
articles. He still finds time to teach an insur-
ance law course at UF and recently published
the third edition of his book, Understanding
Insurance Law, the standard text used by prac-
titioners and academicians. He also has just
completed a chapter on life and disability
insurance that will be published in a book on
family wealth transfers later this year.
"Bob is a first-rate scholar, which is
important because he has to evaluate the
scholarship of the faculty," said Bill Page,
UF law school associate dean for faculty
development. "As an administrator, he seeks
advice from the faculty and I have found his
decisions always reflect good judgment. He
also is incredibly organized and well-pre-
pared, which makes him not only a good
"DESPITE HIS BUSY SCHEDULE, STUDENTS KNOW HE WILL TAKE THE
TIME TO MEET AND TO WORK WITH THEM IN WHATEVER WAY HE CAN."
students and especially the faculty have
been both resilient and accommodating
despite a huge upheaval in their profession-
al lives," Jerry said.
Former colleague Rod Uphoff, associ-
ate dean for academic affairs at the
University of Missouri, isn't surprised his
friend is making inroads.
"Bob was the kind of colleague who
was respected by all at the University of
Missouri as a scholar and mentor," said
Uphoff. "He also has a great sense of
humor. He doesn't take himself too serious-
ly and can laugh at himself. He is even will-
ing to acknowledge making mistakes, cer-
tainly a trait that does not come naturally to
Students value his listening skills.
"Since the first day Dean Jerry arrived
on campus, he has made such an effort to
reach out to law students, to listen to our
opinions and concerns regarding the law
school, and to generate a feeling of cohesive-
ness amongst students, faculty and alumni,"
said John Marshall Bar Association President
teach at the University of Kansas, beginning
an academic career that now approaches
A respected scholar and prolific
researcher in the areas of insurance law, con-
tracts and health care finance and access, he
remembers clearly when he chose his area of
"In 1981, I was driving on 1-70 on my
way to my new job in Kansas when a radio
bulletin announced the skywalk of the
Hyatt Regency hotel had collapsed in
Kansas City," Jerry said. "Later, I would
come to know some of the attorneys
involved in the ensuing litigation, and one
of them commented on the absence of aca-
demics who worked on and wrote about the
insurance issues that were so important in
the aftermath of that catastrophe. That
caused me to start thinking about whether I
should make insurance law the focus of my
teaching and research."
When the opportunity to teach the
course presented itself, he took it, and he
began an intense study of the field, going on
communicator, but a good ambassador with
Jerry also knows more about Gator
sports than many longtime fans, according
to Mike McNerney, as well as where to find
the best barbeque in Alachua County.
"I have spent a lot of time with Bob
and Lisa Jerry and they are a pretty strong
one-two punch for our law school,"
McNerney said. "Lisa is a huge asset to the
college, not just because she can entertain
100 for dinner with one day's notice, but
because she understands what it takes to
be a great support to Bob and the
John James, the top Gator Boosters
administrator who sees the law dean in a
range of situations, from game day to
Sunday school, said one of Jerry's greatest
strengths is his ability to sincerely relate to
anyone, from the highest national official to
the person cleaning up after the function.
"He's just a solid citizen all the way
around. We are lucky to have him at the
University of Florida." m
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LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW FRIENDS
Palm Beach Alumnus
Supports Annual Fund
A longtime contributor to the
University of Florida and Levin College
of Law pledged an additional gift of
$100,000 to the law school's Annual
Fund to help provide opportunities
for students to gain practical experience
and to support academic programs
Lewis M. Schott, founder and
president of LMS Securities Investment
Company in Palm Beach, donated the
funds in honor of his late wife, Marcia
Whitney Schott. The two earned law
degrees from UF in 1946.
They were major donors to the law
school's Bruton-Geer Hall building cam-
paign in the early 1980s, resulting in the
naming of the Marcia Whitney Schott
Courtyard, and later that same decade
contributed $50,000 to help endow the
Clarence TeSelle Professorships.
"I'm very pleased with the progress
of the College of Law, and happy to be
able to support its continued national
advancement," Schott said. "It helped
prepare me for my career, and is the
place that brought Marcia and me
The Schotts' largest contribution to
the university was a gift of more than
$2 million establishing the Marcia
Whitney Schott Super Chair in
Rheumatoid Arthritis Research, a disease
from which Mrs. Schott died in 1989.
Schott, named a UF Distinguished
Alumnus in 1997, initially practiced law
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in his hometown, Daytona Beach, and
then at 26 was named to head the
Alcohol Beverage Department and serve
on Gov. Fuller Warren's cabinet.
Subsequently the couple moved to
New York, where he undertook a varied
and successful business career, and Mrs.
Schott graduated from the New York
School of Design. She was retained to
create a number of Wall Street offices,
and decorated the executive suites in
Yankee Stadium for team owner George
"Lew Schott's investment supports
the college's legacy in a vital way," said
Dean Robert Jerry. "We value the gen-
erosity of Mr. Schott and all of our
loyal alumni in light of our ongoing
need for private funds, and to help
ensure facilitation of faculty and stu-
dent achievement as we move toward
becoming one of the country's top 10
public law schools."
Schott and his wife, Mary, reside
in Palm Beach.
UF Donors Online
To recognize the many individuals
and corporations giving their financial
support to the University of Florida in
the last year, visit UF's annual honor roll
of donors at www.uff.ufl.edu/HonorRoll.
UF College of Law donors for
2003-04 will be acknowledged in the
May 2005 issue of UF Law magazine,
which also will serve as the Law Center
Association annual report.
Denise Stobbie Leaves UF Law School
UF law employee Denise Stobbie (left), with
Law Alumni Council Immediate Past President
Oscar Sanchez, was honored for her dedication
and 22 years of service in the law school's
Communications and Development and Alumni
Affairs offices in September. She has now joined
Hospice of North Central Florida.
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Alumni Support Groups
Scores of UF College of Law alumni
gathered at the law school in September
for Law Alumni Council and Law Center
Association, Inc. (LCA) Board of Trustees
meetings and other events offered as part
of UF President Bernard Machen's inaugu-
Trustees Chair Mike McNerney
(JD 73), partner with Brinkley, McNerney,
Morgan, Solomon & Tatum in Fort
Lauderdale, emphasized the importance of
a strong relationship between the college's
students and alumni at a Book Award
Ceremony in the new Ceremonial Classroom
- which was built by alumni support.
"When you graduate 'out' of the
College of Law, you at the same time gradu-
ate 'into' the profession," he told students.
"You will develop a wide range of profes-
sional acquaintances some 20 years older
or younger than you and you will find
that the majority of alumni are even more
interested in academic excellence than the
performance of the athletic teams. I am very
proud of the College of Law, and what we as
alumni have been able to do to enhance the
learning experience for all of you."
The Law Center Association Inc. Board
of Trustees, founded in 1960, and the Law
Alumni Council, founded in 1983, are the
college's primary support and advisory
boards. Both help raise private funds to cover
expenses not met through state support,
tuition or endowment income.
The LCA Board of Trustees assists in
the budgetary process, provides financial
and volunteer resources, and facilitates
student mentoring programs.
The Law Alumni Council consists of
representatives from most class years. The
council recently launched an ambitious cam-
paign to increase alumni support for stu-
dents, faculty, programs and services, includ-
ing graduating class gifts, book award spon-
sorships, law firm giving and faculty visibility.
Alumni Council President George Vaka
(JD 83), partner in Vaka, Larson & Johnson
in Tampa, summarized the focus of this pres-
tigious group of UF law supporters by chal-
lenging alumni to extend their hands back
down the ladder to help current students and
pass on the strong tradition of giving back.
"Without alumni support, there
would be no Trial Team, Moot Court, or
many other student and faculty activities.
The state provides only a small part of what
the college needs," said Vaka, who then led
by example by handing Assistant Director
for Development and Alumni Affairs Kerrie
Mitchell a $5,000 check for the College of
Law Annual Fund.
LCA Chairman Michael McNerney
LAW CENTER ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Michael J. McNerney (JD 73)
Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Soloman 8 Tatum,
W.C. Gentry (JD 71)
Law Office of W.C. Gentry, PA, Jacksonville
Dennis A. Calfee (LLMT 75)
UF College of Law Professor and
Alumni Research Scholar
E.L. Roy Hunt
UF College of Law Dean Emeritus
Les Burke (JD 68)
Burke Blue 8 Hutchison, PA, Panama City
Juliet Roulhac (JD 87), Sr. Trial Attorney,
Florida Power 8 Light Co., Miami
Linda Shelley (JD 77)
Fowler White Boggs Banker, Tallahassee
Linda Getzen (JD 82)
Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz E Getzen, Sarasota
Bill Weber (JD 76)
Hughes Hubbard 8 Reed LLP, Miami
See page 52 for all active members
LAW ALUMNI COUNCIL
George Vaka (JD 83)
Vaka, Larson 8 Johnson, PL., Tampa
Immediate Past President:
Oscar Sanchez (JD 82)
Akerman Senterfitt, Miami
Tim Cerio (JD 95)
Mark W. Klingensmith (JD 85)
Sonneborn Rutter Cooney 8 Klingensmith, PA,
West Palm Beach
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The Orlando law firm of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, PA and 30 Gators at the
firm sponsored three book awards in their primary practice areas. The awards -Advanced
Litigation, Land Use Planning and Control, and Partnership Taxation in the Graduate Tax
Program honor academic excellence by recognizing the top student in each course.
Attendance at the check presentation included (front, from left) Law Center Association
Board of Trustee member Hal Kantor (JD 72), managing partner Nick Pope (JD 76), Dean
Robert Jerry, Laurence Hames (JD 76, LLMT 78), and Terry Young (JD 75).
Development & Alumni
Affairs Welcomes New Staff
One staff member has returned and
another has been hired in the Development
and Alumni Affairs Office, enabling it to
better serve alumni and increase private
support, according to Senior Director
of Development and Alumni Affairs
Director Kelley Frohlich worked in the
UF law development office before leaving
to work at Emory Medical School. Hale
said the college was fortunate to bring her
back to the college and benefit from her
"Kelley has evolved as a person and
professional since she started in this field
four years ago. The opportunity to welcome
her back to the alumni office generated an
enthusiastic response from our alumni and
friends of the college," he said.
Also joining Hale and Assistant
Director Kerrie Mitchell is Associate
Director Andrea Shirey, a West Virginia
University graduate who honed her devel-
opment expertise in the WVU Foundation.
"Andrea has a strong track record of
annual giving success. She has genuine
enthusiasm for this profession and looks
forward to meeting with alumni throughout
Kelley Frohlich (clockwise from top left), Donald
Hale, Andrea Shirey, and Kerrie Mitchell
Florida and Georgia as they consider their
gift to the college's annual fund," Hale said.
Alumni, friends, law firms and others
are crucial in providing private support that
enhances the law school's quality and
national reputation and meets needs not
covered through limited state funding or
tuition. The development staff works closely
with alumni across the nation as well as the
school's advisory and fund-raising boards.
Frohlich said, "The opportunity to
return to the UF College of Law was a
dream come true. I enjoy working with our
alumni, and the University of Florida will
always be home to me."
Shirey said she was "thrilled" to be at
UF and the College of Law. "I knew a long
time ago I wanted to work in development
and fund-raising and I look forward to a
long career at the University of Florida."
Students Give Record-Breaking Gift
A reading room in the new Lawton
Chiles UF Legal Information Center will
honor the Spring and Fall 2004 gradu-
ating classes for their generous class
gifts, according to UF College of Law
Dean Robert Jerry.
The Fall 2004 class presented
the dean with a class gift of $36,075,
which was preceded by the record gift
- $42,375 given or pledged over five
years of the Spring 2004 class, the
highest total and participation rate
(37 percent) in school history.
"What career will we have that
won't lead back to the College of Law
education we received? I want to see
this college grow and get better so
when I come back to visit, I can be
proud not only that I came, I saw, and
I conquered, but also that I contributed
to making it a better place even after
I was here," said Lauren Cury, who
co-chaired the Fall 2004 Class Gift
Committee with Edrene Johnson.
The gifts were presented at law
school graduations featuring trailblaz-
ing alumni. The December 2004
graduation speaker was Federal Judge
Stephan P Mickle (JD 70), the first
African American to earn a degree
from a UF undergraduate program,
second to graduate from UF's law
school, and first to practice in Alachua
County and to be appointed both
county judge (1979) and 8th Judicial
Circuit judge (1984). He also was the
first lawyer from Gainesville ever to sit
on the 1st District Court of Appeals in
Tallahassee. A UF Distinguished
Alumnus, he is a federal judge in
Florida's Northern District.
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Susan
Black (JD 67), also a Distinguished
Alumnus, spoke at the Spring 2004
graduation ceremony. She was
Jacksonville's first female prosecutor,
assistant city general counsel, and
county judge. In 1979, she became
Spring 2004 Class Gift Chair Elizabeth Schule
(from left) presents record-breaking class gift
to Dean Jerry and then Law Alumni Council
President Oscar Sanchez
Florida's first female federal judge.
President George H. Bush nominated
her in 1992 for the U.S. Court of
Appeals, 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, where
she is still serving.
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'Old School Ties' Earn Florida
Thanks to the competitive spirit and
"old school ties" of200-plus UF Levin
College of Law alumni practitioners, more
than 20 legal firms are being honored for
their participation levels in an annual
As a result of the school's Law Firm
Giving Program, 26 offices of 22 firms
in 15 Florida cities plus Atlanta had
100 percent participation of Gator alumni
and helped increase total annual giving from
$446,877 in 2002-03 to $571,697 in
2003-04 an increase of 28 percent and
one of the highest year-to-year jumps in
College of Law history.
"We are extremely pleased with the
ongoing and increasing support of all our
alumni, and are particularly excited about
the growing level of law firm participation
throughout the state and Southeast," said
Dean Robert Jerry. "The College of Law's
need for strong private financial support
Firm offices with the highest number
of participating alumni were Fowler White
Boggs & Banker (31) and Hill Ward &
Henderson, PA (21) ofTampa, Lowndes
Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, PA (30)
and Dean Mead (19) of Orlando, and King
& Spalding LLP (16) of Atlanta.
Jerry noted that contributions to the
annual fund drive support student research
assistantships, campus organizations, facul-
ty teaching and scholarship, career services
for students and alumni, and other expens-
es not met with state funds, tuition or
Florida firms earning the special recog-
nition, thanks to efforts of alumni volunteers
serving on the college's Alumni Council or
LCA Board of Trustees, and cities where
qualifying offices are located include:
* Anchors Foster McInnis & Keefe, PA
(Fort Walton Beach)
* Andrx Corporation (Weston)
* Carlton Fields (Tallahassee)
* Darby Peele Bowdoin & Payne
* Dean Mead (Fort Pierce, Melbourne,
* Fassett Anthony & Taylor, PA (Orlando)
* FeldmanGale, PA (Miami)
* Fowler White Boggs & Banker
(Fort Myers, St. Petersburg, Tampa,
* Goodlette Coleman & Johnson (Naples)
* GrayRobinson, PA (Lakeland)
z a a
UF law alumni from Dean, Mead, Egerton,
Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth achieved 100%
participation in the annual law firm giving pro-
gram. Twenty-five Gators in three cities participat-
ed, including Sarah Rumpf (JD 03, front row, sec-
ond from left) and Michael Moore (JD 81, second
row, fourth from left), who coordinated the effort.
* Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, PA (Miami)
* Harris Harris Bauerle & Sharma, PA
* Hill Ward & Henderson, PA (Tampa)
* Kubicki Draper (Jacksonville)
* Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor &
Reed, PA (Orlando)
* McDonough Weiland Shannin &
* Miller Crosby & Miller, PA
* Murphy & Walker, PL (Vero Beach)
* Pressly & Pressly (West Palm Beach)
* Quarles & Brady, LLP (Naples)
* Rossman Baumberger Reboso & Spier
* Sonneborn Rutter Cooney &
Klingensmith (West Palm Beach)
The following are just a few examples of what
your financial contributions help support:
1. Student Affairs activities
2. Student scholarships
3. Moot Court and Trial Teams
4. International scholar visits
5. Legal conferences for lawyers, faculty and students
6. Career Service workshops and conferences
7. Alumni receptions
8. Public Interest fellowships
9. Admissions Office outreach
10. ...and this magazine.
To learn more, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs:
352-392-9296 or email@example.com.
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Just one billable hour.
It seems so small but goes such
a long way in supporting impor-
tant programs that strengthen
the impact and outreach of the
College of Law. If you are not
currently contributing, please
consider a donation of one hour
in billable time (or hourly wage).
Karen Irven v. Dept. of Health
and Rehabilitative Services.
Irven sued under Florida's
Whistle Blower Act- the Department
of Health and Rehabilitative Services
(HRS) for firing her because she report-
ed agency misconduct. Irven had won
in trial court, but an appellate court
reversed the judgment and ruled in
favor of HRS.
Convincing the Florida Supreme
Court to hear the case was a success
in itself, said Walbolt. "It is discre-
tionary on the court's part whether to
hear such a case, and it is very, very
rare for them to accept it."
"The case was one of first
impression," Walbolt added,
"because it involved a new question
of interpretation under the Whistle
Blower Act." The court sided with
Walbolt, agreeing the act was reme-
dial in nature and should be liberally
construed to include actions of misin-
formation by HRS.
Rosario Donato v. American
Telephone and Telegraph Co.
Donato, suing under Florida's Civil
Rights Act (which prohibits discrimina-
tion based on marital status), claimed
AT&T, represented by Walbolt and her
firm, fired him because his wife was
suing the company.
Walbolt said this was a case of
first impression before the Florida
Supreme Court because it asked the
court to interpret "marital status"
under the Florida Civil Rights Act.
Walbolt argued "marital status"
under the statute merely meant
whether one was married or not, and
"did not include who that person was
The Florida Supreme Court agreed
with Walbolt's position and ruled mari-
tal status discrimination under the act
could not be based on actions of the
claimant's spouse, but had to be based
on the marital status of the claimant.
BY SHARON COLE
o those who have seen her in the
courtroom, it is not surprising
Sylvia Walbolt (JD 63) spearheaded
appeals resulting in the reversal of more
than $100 million in jury verdicts -
despite a judicial climate in Florida
courts that overwhelmingly affirms
And that's just in a single year.
Nor is it surprising she played a
vital role in convincing her law firm,
Carlton Fields, to participate in an
American Bar Association initiative by
committing a significant percentage of
billable hours to pro bono services.
"Sylvia's leadership is legendary,"
said Carlton Fields partner/shareholder
William Reece Smith Jr. (JD 49). "She's
been a strong supporter of pro bono
services and is an outstanding woman
litigator who has gained recognition and
respect for excellence in our profession
from both male and female litigators,
here and elsewhere."
Walbolt continues to be involved in
compelling cases and worthy causes on a
regular basis, even after 40 years with the
Tampa-based firm. It was in 2001 that
she participated in the two major cases
that led to $100 million in reversals.
She was part of the team that won
reversal of a $79.2 million verdict against Walboll
Humana Insurance Co. of Florida Inc.
for its failure as an HMO to provide special
health care benefits to a girl with cerebral palsy.
"The Humana case included the highest
punitive damages awarded for an individual in
Florida's history," said Walbolt.
She also won reversal of a jury verdict against
Columbia/JFK Medical Center Inc. and the
t, named one of the top 10 women litigators in the nation
University of Miami that had awarded $22.8
million to radiation oncologists in a breach-of-
Another example of Walbolt's talents include
the more recent reversal of a judgment entered on a
jury verdict for a police officer in a First Amendment
Section 1983 employment retaliation case.
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"It was a case against the City of
Riviera Beach for termination of a police
officer," explained Walbolt. "The officer
said he was fired because he spoke against
the police department. He had received a
jury verdict and we took it upon appeal. We
got it reversed and the case was over."
Gary Sasso, Walbolt's colleague of
16 years, said, "Sylvia is a very creative
lawyer. She's able to get to the heart of
the matter in the courtroom, which makes
Walbolt became known as a woman
of firsts early on, when she was the solo
female law student in her 1963 class and
graduated first. She was one ofTampa's first
women lawyers, became the first female
partner of her firm, and was the first
woman to be elected president of The
Florida Bar Foundation.
over trial preparation for a major anti-trust
case involving Florida Power Corporation,
an electric utility dominated by an all-male
management team and legal department.
"To allow a woman to sit in a meeting
with the president of Florida Power and tell
him what he should or shouldn't do was
unheard of in the '60s," she said. "But gen-
der never became an issue. It was very much
a matter of respect."
During trial preparations Walbolt had
to be hospitalized due to premature birth
complications with her first child, and it
was colleague and mentor Reece Smith who
brought to her bedside galley proofs of the
briefs on Florida Power's appeal to the U.S.
"Back then the word 'mentor' wasn't
used so much, but I instinctively knew
Reece was my mentor," she said. "He just
standards. "I'm not sure we've made a lot of
strides when it comes to finding a way for
women to balance a quality personal life
with the things we need to do for a success-
ful law practice," she said.
However, she is impressed with the
number of women now in the legal profes-
sion, which bears stark contrast to her first
years. "It is amazing to see how different
the landscape is today where I may be
arguing before a woman judge, have a
female client, and be competing with
another woman lawyer."
Today, Carlton Fields employs 69
women (and 200 total attorneys) in six
"I helped recruit the second woman to
join our firm, Ruth Kinsolving -a 1971 UF
law grad and an associate editor of Florida
Law Review and many more," she said.
"AFTER LISTENING TO OTHER SPEAKERS TALK ABOUT DISCRIMINATION
THEY ENCOUNTERED, I REALIZED JUST HOW FORTUNATE I HAD BEEN."
Walbolt has appeared as
counsel in more than 180 published
decisions including cases before the U.S.
Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit and the
Florida Supreme Court, and was selected by
National Law Journal in 2001 as one of the
top 10 women litigators in the nation.
Walbolt began litigating just a few
months after signing on with Carlton Fields
in 1963. By 1969, she was asked to take
rolled with the punches in situations like
that." Florida Power won the case and
although Walbolt could not be there
to try it, Smith brought her back
an autographed opinion from
Chief Justice Warren Berger.
Walbolt admits women attor-
neys at that time did not share the
level of support she received at
Carlton Fields and throughout her career.
Recalling an invitation to speak on an all-
female panel in the late 1970s, she said, "I
was the last to speak and, after listening to
other speakers talk about discrimination
they encountered, I realized just how for-
tunate I had been."
Her firm even accepted her proposal to
work part-time while her children were
young. "No one had heard of such a thing
back then," she says. "In that regard, they
were a pioneer and set a new standard."
Often serving as a mentor for young
women, Walbolt recognizes certain prob-
lems existed for her in the past that are still
present for women today in spite of new
(Kinsolving, named in 2003 by Florida Real
Estate Journal as one of 20 "top women in
Commercial Real Estate," is co-chair of the
Carlton Fields' Real Estate & Mortgage
Financial Group. In addition, Walbolt's part-
ner is Gwynne Young, chair of the LCA
Board of Trustees Major Gift Committee.)
Walbolt is confident her female counter-
parts favorably impact the legal system, "just
as do African Americans and disabled people."
"It's beneficial to have breadth on the
bench and in the courtroom," she said.
"Women and the diversity movement as a
whole have helped shape the law. Each person
sees legal issues from the prism of his or her
LOVE FOR THE LAW
While she could have chosen any
number of impressive cases to cite as a
career highlight, Walbolt immediately
reflected on something quite different a
choice indicative of her love for the law and
everything it stands for. She spoke of serv-
ing on the Anglo American Exchange Panel
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Transamerica Leasing Inc. v.
Institute of London Underwriters,
Walbolt and her firm represented
Insurance Company of North America
(UK) Ltd, one of the underwriters sued
by Transamerica Leasing Inc. (which
leases equipment used to move cargo
on international routes). Transamerica
sued after underwriters denied a claim
for lost equipment leased by a bank-
rupt foreign government.
At trial, a jury awarded almost
$4 million in damages to Transamerica.
On appeal, her interpretation of certain
insurance policy exclusions persuaded
the appellate court to reverse the dam-
ages award against her client and
grant a new trial.
There was a significant learning
curve on this case, Walbolt remarked.
Not only did she have to study mar-
itime insurance contracts, an area she
had not previously encountered, the
suit "involved application of English
Law, not American."
"That's what's interesting about
appellate law," Walbolt said. "You
never know what's next."
Humana Health Ins. Co. of Fla., Inc.
v. Mark Chipps.
Chipps sued Humana, represented
by Walbolt and others, when it termi-
nated coverage for his daughter. A
jury awarded damages of more than
$79.5 million against Humana. On
appeal, Walbolt convinced an appel-
late court to reverse this judgment,
which included the largest individual
punitive damages award in Florida
history at that time.
University of Miami, Inc. and
Columbia/JFK Medical Center, Inc.
v. Jerome J. Spunberg, M.D. and
Bruce W. Phillips, M.D.
Doctors Spunberg and Phillips,
members of a professional association,
sued Columbia/JFK Medical Center for
breaching medical staff bylaws (by
dropping their practicing privileges)
and for wrongful interference with the
association's business relationships.
On appeal, Walbolt and her team,
representing Columbia/JFK Medical
Center, caused the court to reverse a
judgment of almost $14 million in
damages and $88,000 in fees and
costs as well as grant a new trial.
of 1999-2000, a program allowing those practicing
law in different countries to share information
and learn from one another about the ups and
downs of legal processes.
"That was one of the greatest moments of
my career. Five American lawyers and five
American judges including high-caliber fig-
ures such as Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice
Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court met
with British and Scottish solicitors to talk about
issues of common interest," Walbolt said. "Three
of those issues included federalism, professional-
ism and the teaching of law."
She laughed when noting the Brits were a
bit amused that after 200 years, those in the U.S.
are still deciding where to draw the line between
federal and state. And she relished the ensuing
discussions on the differences between the
British and American ways of teaching law.
"We wondered if it really is a good thing our
teaching methods are oriented to the practical side
of law practice as opposed to the older method,
which urges thinking and analyzing legal issues."
Another topic was professionalism in rela-
tion to the way money is earned. "We still have a
lot of work to do to ensure integrity within this
profession," she conceded. "But it's also true
there are a lot of great lawyers out there doing a
lot of great things."
HER UF DAYS
So what provoked Walbolt to pursue law
during a time when most women did not? Her
interest was initially piqued while working in
UF's law library and, since her dual major of
mathematics and history didn't completely suit
her, she decided to study law.
"I realized I didn't want anything to do
with my undergrad degree," she said. "I got to
know students coming in and out of the law
library and thought, 'I can do this.' I then
applied for and received a scholarship."
She admits she didn't believe she would ever
get a job practicing law, and just assumed she
would clerk or teach. "I wish I could say I had a
grand plan in mind when I applied to law
school, but I didn't. Once I got there, however,
I was fascinated with the legal analysis process."
Her parents were very supportive of her
choice. "I didn't know for many years that my
mother, who is an extremely bright and capable
With husband Dan Sr., son Dan Jr, wife Michelle
and grandsons Ryan and Davis
person, wanted to study law but was told by the
University of Illinois Law School they only
accepted men," said Walbolt. "So, she became a
librarian and a teacher...but she would have
been a terrific lawyer."
She recalls that the law professors
most influential to her were Dean Henry A.
Fenn and Professor Walter Weyrauch, now
Distinguished Professor of Law and Stephen C.
"I didn't have a choice but to be prepared
for Weyrauch's class," she said. "He would
always call on me. Since I was the only woman,
he knew I was present and had to respond. If a
guy didn't know an answer when called upon, he
could pretend he wasn't present and the profes-
sor wouldn't know."
She said no special treatment was given to
her because she was a woman, "but that made
me a stronger lawyer and I wouldn't have
Walbolt continues moving full force ahead
and shows no signs of slowing down. Though
she could retire, she said. "So far no one has
suggested I leave, so it is not on the immediate
"But I'm cognizant I don't want to overstay
my welcome. You see athletes who stay too long
and I don't want to do that." u
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Al Gore with Stephen Zack
BY KATHY FLEMING
When eight-year-old Stephen Zack (JD 71) was
walking on the beach with his grandmother,
she asked what he was going to be when he grew up.
"A lawyer," he said, without hesitation and
despite the fact he had never met a lawyer and didn't
know what one did.
He did grow up to be a lawyer, a board-certified
trial attorney who would represent presidential can-
didate Al Gore on the way to the Supreme Court,
forge the way for Hispanic American lawyers, and
work with powerful Florida governors. Today he
holds the number two spot in the American Bar
Association and is a partner in one of the top firms
in the country.
Make no mistake, Zack loves lawyers and lawyer-
ing. It is his profession, hobby, passion.
His high regard for justice probably began in
Cuba, where his way of life changed dramatically
when Fidel Castro came to power. He remembers his
parents fleeing the dictatorship, leaving behind a suc-
cessful leather manufacturing business. He also
remembers authorities pulling him and his family
from the plane waiting to take them to a new home in
the United States and placing them under house arrest
for two weeks until the Swiss Embassy secured their
release. At 14, he was paying attention.
Most of all, he has committed to memory the
pain of his grandfather, who left Russia as a young
man in search of American liberty. Even though he
got on the wrong boat and ended up in Cuba,
his grandfather built a good life for himself in his
adopted country and brought over 10 brothers and
sisters from Russia. To leave behind all he had
"When we arrived in the United States, I clearly
remember my grandfather saying to me he was sad to
be a refugee for the second time in his life," said Zack.
"He said, 'If the United States falls, there will be no
place else to go.' Those words will forever be at the
center of my personal beliefs and philosophy that the
U.S. was and always will be the last bastion of free-
dom. We must protect liberty and justice."
When it was time to go to college, his father
plainly told him he would attend the University of
Florida because that was what they could afford and
it was the best public school in Florida. After earn-
ing a bachelor's, he attended law school with other
idealistic young people of the '60s, making the most
16 UF LAW
of it by presiding over Florida Blue Key and the
Interfraternity Council and finding best friends
"Everything I've achieved so far has been
possible because of my education from the
University of Florida," said Zack, who continues
to be an ardent supporter and is an UF Law
Center Association Board of Trustees Member
Emeritus. "It was a wonderful experience and
prepared me very well."
It was fellow alumnus and legal giant
Chesterfield Smith (JD 48) who served as Zack's
"perfect example" for how to practice his chosen
profession. A founding partner at the firm that
became Holland & Knight, Smith was president
of the ABA when he challenged President
Richard Nixon during the Watergate investiga-
tions telling him "no man is above the law."
"Chesterfield personified public service and
practiced law until the day he died. We spoke
regularly and I still miss him every day," he said.
Smith was heavy on Zack's mind when he
found himself in the middle of one of the most his-
toric and most watched legal contests in American
history, the 2000 presidential election.
Zack, an early volunteer in the Gore election,
was in bed watching the election night returns
when the Gore campaign called from Tennessee.
"I think we might need some lawyers in
Florida," a Gore aide told him.
As general counsel for the Gore campaign in
Florida, Zack spent the next 37 days, 24/7, with
David Boies, the legendary lawyer who argued
the case all the way to the Supreme Court, and
other attorneys, preparing briefs and motions
that often were due the same day.
It was Zack who had the "Perry Mason
moment" in the Leon County Circuit Court
before Judge N. Sanders Sauls, according to The
New York Times. A witness for the opposing legal
team, John Ahmann, was an expert on punch card
voting devices and had methodically knocked
down theories advanced by the Gore team. He tes-
tified he doubted very much that a chad buildup
would prevent a voter from casting a vote.
In the middle of cross-examination, Zack,
received a fax from another lawyer in his firm
that contained a freshly unearthed patent appli-
cation Ahmann had submitted two decades ago.
The document listed an array of problems with
the voting machines, many of them similar to the
flaws put forth by Zack and colleagues.
Before long, Ahmann was agreeing that in
close elections, a manual recount was not a bad idea.
"What is telling about Steve's talent was his
ability to digest that information, know its sig-
nificance and use it against the other side," said
Danny Ponce (JD 73), a partner in Legon, Ponce
& Fodiman and one of Zack's best friends. "Years
of litigation were compressed into those 37 days
and the stakes were about as high as it gets. Steve AS T T
had the skills to do it, volunteered to do it, CASE EVERY TRIAL
showed up and did it."
It was the type of case every trial lawyer goes LAWYER GOES TO
to law school for, Zack said. LW SL F R.
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"We never knew what the next day would
bring and it was a constant 24 hours of adrena-
line," he said. "Later a friend told me my cross
examination in Tallahassee had been seen around Pe- s o e'
the world by 52 million viewers. I was glad I did- d 3 141
n't know that at the time." hr, '" '
After working so closely with David Boies and
becoming mutual admirers of each other's abilities O ,. o
and attributes, Zack merged his 27-lawyer firm in 0f ci4ft .
Fort Lauderdale with Boies, Schiller & Flexner in "0floc 4 fle z V 4.
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"I've known Steve since we were UF
sophomores and active in student govern-
ment and Florida Blue Key. Our lives have
been intertwined ever since," said Ponce.
"One thing we learned early on from
Stephen O'Connell (UF president 1967-
73) was to get, you have to give and one
shouldn't come before the other. Steve has
always had a desire to serve lawyers and
has given years of his life and thousands of
dollars in doing so."
If Zack has received from his profes-
sion, he surely has given. Late last year he
was elected chairman of the American Bar
Association House of Delegates, the ABA's
second-highest office. He was the first
Hispanic American to assume this role,
of the Latin American Council, and mem-
ber of the Commission on the Judiciary in
the 21st Century.
As president of The Florida Bar 1988-
89, he was both the youngest president in that
organization's history and the first Hispanic
American to lead a state bar association. He
went on to be president of the National
Conference of Bar Presidents.
Zack is chosen for leadership posts
because he is a loyal consensus builder who
makes meaningful contributions, according to
Howard Coker (JD 71), a UF law school
classmate who has worked closely with Zack
in numerous organizations through the years.
A managing senior partner at Coker, Myers,
Schickel, Sorenson & Green in Jacksonville,
powerful and intimidating when you first
meet him, and that is not who he really is. If
anyone takes an hour to get to know him, they
will really like him," said Coker. "He is a fun-
loving individual who likes to eat well and
have a good laugh."
Recently named by the Miami Herald as
one of the most influential Hispanic Americans
in the country, Zack is well aware he represents
a minority that faces discrimination and it is the
reason he helped found the Cuban-American
Bar Association, now 1,600 members strong.
He considers himself lucky that he
speaks without an accent, primarily because
his American father sent him to Cuban-
American schools and both languages were
spoken at home.
"I REMEMBER WHEN IT WAS NOT UNUSUAL TO HEAR PEOPLE IN MIAMI
SAY 'COME BACK INTO THIS STORE WHEN YOU CAN SPEAK ENGLISH.'"
t ,Florid tihe nation
Florida and the candidates' legal teams made the national spotlight.
where he leads 537 delegates responsible
for policymaking. He has chaired the
ABA's Select Committee of the House and
has held numerous ABA posts including
member of the Board of Governors, board
liaison to the Sections of Litigation and
Alternative Dispute Resolution, chairman
Coker also has presided over several groups
including The Florida Bar Association and the
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
Coker said his good friend reminds him
of Willie Nelson song lyrics: "He's a walking
contradiction, partly truth, partly fiction."
"To some people he can be seen as being
"Many of my friends were not so for-
tunate," he said. "I remember when it was
not unusual to hear people in Miami say
'Come back into this store when you can
speak English.' As a young lawyer, I heard
that comment uttered by a judge in a
His uncommon dedication was noticed
at the other end of the state in Tallahassee,
when Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed him to
the 30-member citizen board responsible for
rewriting Florida's Constitution. He went on
to chair the State of Florida Ethics
Commission for three years as well as serve as
special counsel to Gov. Bob Graham with
responsibility for making recommendations
Son state judicial selections.
What he works toward, he said, is the
day when he is no longer asked "what is it like
to be the first" and when all segments ofsoci-
ety hold leadership positions to strengthen the
rule of law and human rights.
"Loss of liberty is not a theoretical threat
to me," he said. "It's a fact I've had first-hand
experience with. The events that helped shape
my life also shaped my strong belief that
all prejudices need to be strongly opposed
and every opportunity given equally to all
members of our society." *
18 UF LAW
OF LAW FACULTY
Mills Chairs Florida
Supreme Court Committee
growing concerns about
the unfiltered electronic
posting of court records
containing private and
tion, the Florida
Supreme Court has appointed UF College
of Law Professor Jon Mills (JD 72), UF
law dean emeritus and director of the
Center for Governmental Responsibility, to
chair the Committee on Privacy and Court
Records. Serving with him is UF Legal
Technology Institute Director Andrew Z.
Adkins, III and judges and practitioners
from across Florida.
Harry Lee Anstead (JD 63) established
the select committee while chief justice to
develop a statewide policy to ensure protect-
ed information is filtered out of court
records before it is published on the Internet
or in bulk electronic access systems.
The committee is developing policies to
prevent the release of information, such as
social security numbers, medical records and
financial disclosures, which can be used to
commit crimes such as fraud or identity
theft. While some of this information also
may be confidential under state or federal
law, no uniform mechanism is currently
in place to ensure it is removed before
The committee also is working to
categorize information routinely included
in court records for the Supreme Court
to consider as exemptions from the right
20-Year UF Law Professor
Named Associate Dean
Dean Robert Jerry of the UF Levin
College of Law appointed Professor
George Dawson last summer as associate
dean for academic affairs. Dawson, who
specializes in contracts, commercial law
and estates and trusts, joined the law
school faculty in 1981 and was named
professor three years later. He previously
held the position from 1996-2000, and
succeeded Professor Michael Friel, who
returned full-time to his role as director
of the law school's nationally recognized
Graduate Tax Program.
"We are fortunate George is willing
to again serve the law school in this key
position, and to carry on the excellent
work done by his predecessor," Jerry said.
"With our $22 million-plus expansion
and construction program, our elimina-
tion of spring enrollments after 2005,
and the continued
addition of key
faculty, the administra-
George brings with
him is vital."
Earning promotions in 2004
were (from left, front row)
Sherrie Russell-Brown (to associ-
ate professor), Iris Burke (senior
lecturer), Peggy Schrieber (senior
lecturer), Pedro Malavet (profes-
sor), Leanne Pflaum (senior lec-
turer); (back row) Tracy Rambo
(senior lecturer), Mark Fenster
(associate professor), Allison
Gerencser (senior lecturer), and
Danaya Wright (professor). Also
promoted, but not pictured,
were Anne Rutledge and Patricia
Thomson (senior lecturers).
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LAW At Work
As the faculty
scholars of the Levin
College of Law con-
tinue to expand their
~ i their tangible
productivity grows as
well in the form of leading significant con-
ferences, participating in global-level policy
making, and writing definitive books, trea-
tises and articles.
A 24-page Report From the Faculty is
now available that provides comprehensive
information about recent faculty achieve-
ments and publications as well as an
overview of law school centers and pro-
grams. Future issues of UF Law magazine
also will provide regular updates of faculty
scholarship and influence.
A PDF of the report is available at
contact the Communications Office at
352-392-9586 for a printed copy.
As many as one in
four military families
has accepted high-cost,
easy "payday loans"
that can threaten their property and
careers, according to a front-page
New York Times article that featured
research by UF law Assistant Professor
The lenders who cause this threat are
deliberately opening stores close to military
bases and should be more heavily regulat-
ed, said Peterson, who conducted the
research with Steven Graves, a California
State University geography professor.
"This study demonstrates the harsh
effects on military personnel from our
increasingly weak regulation of consumer
credit. Ironically, some of those who
proclaim their support for our troops the
loudest also support laws which facilitate
predatory lending to those troops,"
The research, which looked at the
density of lenders in 15 states, found
there are far more payday lenders within
five miles of a military base than would
be statistically likely. The St. Petersburg
Times quoted the research in a lead edito-
rial and called on the military and
Congress to act on the findings.
Military personnel using the loans
are typically young, financially naive and
often short of cash and present a
lucrative customer base for lenders
whose annual rates can go well beyond
"If legislators really want to protect
military consumers," Peterson said, "the
money spent on educa-
tion would be far
better spent on
to end these
Gordon Honored for Contributions
Chesterfield Smith Professor Michael
W. Gordon continues to be honored for
his considerable international endeavors,
most recently as the University of Florida
International Educator of the Year.
The award presented at a ceremo-
ny presided over by UF President Bernard
Machen is given by the UF International
Center to acknowledge far-reaching
research, teaching and service.
Gordon also was recognized at the
annual Conference on Legal and Policy
Issues in the Americas for his 35-plus
years of contributions to international
and legal relations between Florida
and the Americas. The conference
was organized by the Center for
Governmental Responsibility (CGR) at
the UF College of Law.
"Professor Gordon has trained an
entire generation of international
lawyers, been a strong advocate for
international programs in legal educa-
tion throughout the Americas, and is
recognized worldwide for his expertise
in comparative law, international litiga-
tion and trade, Mexican law and the
NAFTA," CGR Director Jon Mills said.
"He has consulted for 10 foreign
governments, lectured at prestigious
universities and law associations in
more than 30 nations, and served as a
senior Fulbright professor in Mexico,
Guatemala and Germany."
Gordon has published a translation of
the Civil Code of Mexico as well as numer-
ous books, scholarly monographs and
multi-volume treatises for practitioners.
the Clinton adminis-
tration to dispute
resolution panels of
both the World
and North American
Free Trade Agreement, his expertise has
made him a sought-after consultant for
high profile cases involving the interna-
tional business activities of several
prominent multinational corporations.
His comparative research on the activi-
ties of multinational corporations and
the impact of joint ventures in Mexico
and various countries in Eastern Europe
led the United States Department of
State to send him to eight countries to
present his research.
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Books & Casebooks
Stuart R. Cohn: Florida Business Laws
Annotated: Commentary, Cases and Forms,
2003-04 ed. (Westgroup).
Thomas F Cotter: Intellectual Property:
Economic and Legal Dimensions of Rights
and Remedies (Cambridge University Press,
2004) (with Blair).
Michael K. Friel: Taxation of Individual
Income, 7th ed. (LexisNexis, 2004) (with
International Business (Westgroup, forthcom-
ing early 2005) (with Folsom & Spanogle).
Jerold H. Israel: White Collar Crime in a
Nutshell, 3rd ed. (Westgroup, 2004) (with
Podgor); Principles of Criminal Procedure:
Investigation (Westgroup, 2004) (with LaFave
& King); Principles of Criminal Procedure:
Post-Investigation (Westgroup, 2004) (with
LaFave and King); Criminal Procedure and the
Constitution, 1999-2004 eds. (Westgroup)
With the creation of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations in the late 1990s, the UF College
of Law now has one of the country's largest concentrations of faculty publishing on Critical Legal Studies
and Critical Race Theory. Books by six faculty Katheryn Russell-Brown (from left), Berta Hernandez-
Truyol, Juan Perea, Michelle Jacobs, Nancy Dowd and Pedro Malavet are included in New York
University Press' celebrated Critical America Series, more than any other school.
Michael W. Gordon: International Business
Transactions: A Problem Oriented
Coursebook, with Documents Supplement
and Teacher's Manual, 7th ed. (Westgroup
2004) (with Folsom & Spanogle); NAFTA:
A Problem-Oriented Coursebook, with
Documents Supplement and Teacher's
Manual, 2nd ed. (Westgroup, forthcoming late
2004/early 2005) (with Folsom, Lopez &
Gantz); International Civil Dispute Resolution:
A Problem-Oriented Coursebook, with
Documents Supplement and Teacher's
Manual (Westgroup 2004) (with Baldwin,
Brand & Epstein); International Business
Transactions in a Nutshell, 7th ed.
(Westgroup 2004) (with Folsom & Spanogle);
International Trade t Investment in a
Nutshell, 3rd ed. (Westgroup 2004) (with
Folsom & Spanogle); Concise Hornbook on
(with Kamisar & LaFave); Criminal Procedure
Hornbook, 4th ed. (Westgroup, 2004) (with
Lafave & King).
Christine A. Klein: Natural Resources Law:
A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases
(Aspen Publishers, forthcoming 2005)
(with Cheever and Birdsong).
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky: Freedom of the
Press: A Reference Guide to the U.S.
Lawrence Lokken: Federal Taxation of
Employee Compensation (Warren Gorham &
Lamont, 2004) (with Bittker); Fundamentals of
International Taxation (Warren Gorham &
Lamont, 2004/05 ed.) (with Bittker).
Pedro A. Malavet: America's Colony: The
Political and Cultural Conflict between the
United States and Puerto Rico (NYU Press,
Martin J. McMahon, Jr.: 2004-1 Semi-Annual
Cumulative Supplement and 2004-2 Semi-
Annual Cumulative Supplements and 2004-2
Semi-Annual Cumulative Supplements to
Federal Income Taxation of Individuals, 3rd.
ed. (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 2002)
(with Bittker & Zelenak); and Federal Income
Taxation, Cases and Materials, 5th ed.
(Foundation Press, 2004) (with McDaniel,
Simmons & Abreu).
William H. Page: Kintner's Federal Antitrust
Law, (11 vols.) 2004 supplements (with
Lapatka and Bauer).
Juan F. Perea: Race and Races: Cases and
Resources for a Diverse America, 2nd ed.
(forthcoming 2005) (with Delgado, Harris,
Stefancic and Wildman).
Don C. Peters: Paper-chasing Types: The
Myers-Briggs and Law Study (forthcoming
Christopher L. Peterson: Taming the
Sharks: Towards a Cure for the High Cost
Credit Market (Univ. of Akron Press, 2004).
David M. Richardson: Federal Tax
Procedure (Textbook, forthcoming Summer
2005, Matthew Bender Graduate Tax Series)
(with Borison and Johnson).
Sharon E. Rush: The Challenges of
Teaching Race: Huck and the Color Line
(Rowman and Littlefield, 2005).
Katheryn Russell-Brown: Underground
Codes: Race, Crime and Related Fires
(New York University Press, 2004).
Michael L. Seigel: Improbable Events
(Novel, forthcoming 2005).
Christopher Slobogin: Law and the Mental
Health System: Civil and Criminal Aspects,
4th ed. (2004) (with Reisner & Rai).
Stephen J. Willis: Electronic Teaching
Materials for Tax Exempt Organizations
(Thomson West, 2004); Financial
Calculations for Lawyers (Book World
Michael Allan Wolf: Powell on Real Property
(general ed., 17 vols.) (Mathew Bender). *
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4 Id It If Id
22 U F L A W
Considered the world's crossroads for political
and corporate leaders, Washington, D.C. is home
to thousands of attorneys working to make
a difference including more than 400 from the
University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Strong determination and well-defined goals
took them there, according to UF Law Alumni
Research Scholar and Professor Dennis Calfee.
From the White House to the World Bank
BY SHARON COLE
"D.C. is an exciting place to live and work," said
Ede Holiday (JD 77), former assistant to the
president and secretary of the Cabinet in the
White House. "It provides so many different
opportunities for lawyers, not only with the
federal government, but also in non-profits and
the private sector." The entire area including
Baltimore and northern Virginia is apparently
a magnet for UF alumni, since about 7,000 UF
graduates with various degrees reside there.
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ALAN P DYE (JD 71)
Partner, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
Worked with a U.S. Senator on interna-
tional relations, and for the Cancer
Research and Prevention Foundation
Alan Dye earned a bachelor's in
economics from Duke University,
then took what was, for him, the next
"From what little I knew, law seemed to fit my personality
and way of thinking, and seemed to be a profession that reward-
ed an analytical mind," he said. As a result, he found himself at
the University of Florida studying under professors such as J.J.
Freeland and Richard Stephens, faculty instrumental in his
decision to pursue an advanced degree in taxation and subse-
quently a career involving tax law.
"They were superb instructors who were very influential,"
he said. "I have to say the professors I had at UF were
equal to those at Duke or New York University. So many
people are woefully uninformed about the quality of a UF law
Dye remained in Gainesville after earning his degree to
work as director of the Eastern Water Law Center, a program
established by Dean Frank Maloney in the 1960s with the pur-
pose of studying water law east of the Mississippi. Dye first
worked there part-time as a student to augment his income, and
then accepted the position of director while awaiting an Army
placement. An interesting turn of events in the spring of 1972
thrust him into his tax career a bit earlier than expected.
"I was in ROTC and that March began my officer's basic
course before serving my three-year military obligation," he said.
"But halfway through the course, Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger negotiated the Vietnam War's end, and I was ushered
into the reserves."
Without a job, he had a big decision to make. He and his
wife, Becky, a graduate of UF's School of Nursing, chose to head
for New York, where he earned his LL.M. in Taxation. After fin-
ishing his clerkship for a judge in U.S. Tax Court in
Washington, he was hired by Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, a
firm representing non-profit organizations, trade associations,
lobbying groups, charities and political committees.
He remembers his early years in the firm. "I was hired back
in the '80s to help revive an organization formed by a U.S. sen-
ator," he said. "We set up an exchange program that brought ris-
ing leaders from Eastern European countries and Russia to the
U.S., and offered them experiences here as a way to see how free
society works. Many of these exchange students went on to
prominent careers in their home countries, including one who
became, I think, prime minister of Bulgaria."
"We also sent volunteers from the states to educate people
over there about the West. It turned out to be extremely success-
ful and later merged with the human rights organization
Freedom House, on whose board I continue to serve."
A member of the District of Columbia and Florida Bars,
Dye is a member of the Committee on Exempt Organizations of
the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association and the
American College of Tax Counsel.
He also chaired the Cancer Research and Prevention
Foundation for a two-year term in the 1990s, and remains a pas-
sionate board member today.
"We staked out our niche in cancer prevention, which was
underserved," he said. "The Foundation evolved from a startup
in '86 to the leading prevention organization, with several mil-
lion dollars a year in education programs and grants for
Dye and his wife have lived on Capitol Hill in a largely
Victorian neighborhood east of the U.S. Capitol since 1973.
They have two children, Andrew and Katie, both of whom grew
up and attended school in Washington before attending Tulane
and the College of Charleston.
24 UF LAW
EDE HOLIDAY (JD 77)
Operating Trustee, TWE Holdings
Board Member of Five Corporations and One Group Fund
E" employed by former President George Bush and worked
in the West Wing
Making friends with a D.C. congressional
guard was a smart move by Ede Holiday, a UF
journalism major who was in Washington in 1973
serving as a Department of Labor intern.
"We worked half days and were expected to
become familiar with all aspects of Washington in our free time," she
said. "We visited Congress and went to hearings, which turned out to be
monumental for me since this was the time of Watergate."
After making fast friends with a guard, she was moved to the front
of a long line of people eager to get in, allowing her to see critical
moments of the legendary hearings.
"It was an intoxicating experience that solidified my interest in
coming to Washington once I finished," she said. "This only happened
because of the University of Florida."
After completing her undergrad work in 1974, Holiday moved on
to study at the UF law school, where many of her fondest memories are
related to tax education.
"I had the joyous experience of being exposed to the fabulous tax
faculty. Two of the professors I remember are Dennis Calfee and Steve
Hopp. And in my first year I was privileged to have Steve Rubin as a pro-
fessor for civil procedure. He was tough, but fantastic."
After graduating she headed to D.C., where she practiced with
Reed Smith Shaw & McClay for six years, focusing on corporate tax and
litigation. Still intrigued by her early experiences, she discovered family
friend Nicholas F Brady was being appointed to serve in the U.S. Senate.
"I remained fascinated with the government and thought maybe he
would have a hard time getting staff...and perhaps I would have a
chance of getting a job," she said.
Holiday was right. Taking a huge pay cut, she dove into her work
as a U.S. Senate legislative aide and soon became the legislative director.
Her work impressed many and she took on the role as executive director
for the President's Commission on Executive, Legislative and Judicial
Salaries in 1984.
"We were given $600,000 to spend and we did the work for less
than $200,000," she said. "To spend less government money than was
given was absolutely unheard of."
That unusual accomplishment soon caught the attention of Vice
President George H. Bush and in 1985 she was appointed chief counsel
and national financial and operation director for his successful 1988
"My responsibility was to oversee the business side of the campaign,
not the fund-raising side," she said. She had an office adjacent to and
worked closely with another future president, George W Bush, who was
working to elect his father.
Shortly before the first Bush presidency, she became counselor to the
secretary of treasury and assistant secretary for public affairs, and subse-
quently was the first woman to serve as general counsel for the U.S.
By 1990, Holiday became assistant to the president and secretary of
the Cabinet in the White House. From an office in the West Wing, she was
the primary liaison with Bush's cabinet and all federal agencies and had
responsibility for the domestic and economic policy councils.
After Bush's defeat in 1992, Holiday was ready for the chance to spend
time with her two young children, both born during the Bush presidency.
She was approached by two corporations to join their board of directors
and, over time, received the same invitation from others.
Today she is self-employed and serves as a director of Amerada Hess
Corporation, H.J. Heinz Company, the Canadian National Railway
Company, Beverly Enterprises, RTI International Metals and the Franklin
Templeton Group of Funds. In addition, she serves as operating trustee for
a large asset valued at as much as $7 billion, the product of the AT&T
Broadband Comcast merger. "I am the FCC approved trustee to dispose of
this asset," she said.
Holiday still finds time to visit and support the two Bush presidents
and their families. She continues to live in D.C., has an office and staff in
Wilmington, Del., and works mainly from home where she can help raise
her two daughters (Kate, 15, and Elizabeth, 12). Her husband, Terry
Adamson, works for National Geographic.
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LINDY PAULL (JD 79, LLM 80)
Co-Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Unit: Washington National Tax Services
Srote tax legislation for the Senate Finance
Committee and served as chief of of the
When Lindy Paull graduated from the
UF College of Law, it never crossed her
mind that one day she would find herself
personally responsible for tax laws of the United States.
In fact, this Gator wrote powerful tax legislation for 12 years
while on the Senate Committee on Finance, and then for five years as
chief of staff of the congressional Joint Committee for Taxation. Both
groups consist ofWashington's most influential politicians.
"I never imagined I would end up being involved in such an experi-
ence," she said. "For someone interested in tax policy, this was the ulti-
mate job. I was right there helping to get laws changed and that was so
very rewarding and interesting."
Paull was offered the job with Congress in 1986 after working
three-and-a-half years for Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in
Washington, where she handled business tax issues.
"One of my former colleagues who worked for the tax writing com-
mittee asked if I wanted to work for Congress on a big tax bill," she said.
"There is no substitute for being there to see how laws are written and the
factors that come into play during the process."
Today Paull works for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she co-leads
250 tax professionals and is once again working with clients. After spend-
ing so much time creating tax laws, she said it is satisfying to be on the
other side of the process where she can apply them.
"Tax law is more about analyzing. It can be very complicated," she
said. "I've learned what it means when laws are enacted and how it
applies in the real world from a practical standpoint. What works for
some taxpayers, doesn't work for others. One size doesn't fit everyone.
In addition to Paull's day job, she has taught tax policy at the
Georgetown University Law Center for the past eight years.
She notes that federal tax law has undergone significant changes
in the past few years, and is unlikely to see a major change again in the
near future. "The most pressing issue is whether the recent changes
will be made permanent because most are scheduled to sunset in five
to seven years.
Paull also acknowledges the somewhat widespread perception
that large corporations get tax breaks and take advantage of loopholes,
while the burden is on the middle class.
"This is an unfortunate perception about the income tax system.
Of course, there are special incentives in tax law, which may apply to
business as well as individuals, to encourage various types of econom-
ic and personal activities. While there are always some abuses of these
special rules, by and large, the wealthiest individuals and largest busi-
nesses pay the lion share of income tax.
Looking back to UF, she has many fond memories from her time
spent there, particularly her first year. "My section had 200 people and
I was in a study group of six or seven women. It was a very collegial
and friendly atmosphere," she said.
She notes that even though she came to UF after working as a
CPA in a tax group in Miami, she wasn't necessarily bent on pursuing
tax law. "I explored a lot of options," she said. "As it turned out, I grav-
itated toward business and tax courses and I was the only one from my
study group to pursue tax as a career. I certainly don't regret it."
Memorable professors include Dennis Calfee, the late Jack
Freeland and Michael Oberst, who came to UF the year Paull joined
the LL.M. program.
"Professor Oberst had an extra reach in helping me start my
career," she said. "He previously held a position with the Joint
Committee on Taxation in Washington and put me in touch with
U.S. Tax Court Judge Chabot, for whom I clerked for two years after
graduation and before going to Sutherland Asbill & Brennan."
Paull, who lives in Washington with her two pets (cat Simba and
yellow lab Bailey), travels as often as she can.
"My favorite vacation was a trip to Kenya and Tanzania, flying
around the countryside in four-passenger airplanes and landing on
grass strips," Paull said. "People on the ground had to clear animals
away from the landing area. That is as far away from the Washington
Beltway as you can get.
26 UF LAW
PAUL G. ROGERS (JD 48)
Partner, Hogan & Hartson
S served in U.S. Congress 24 years, and known in major
political and healthcare circles as "Mr. Health. Honorary
degrees from 15 universities
Since graduating from the UF College of Law more
than 50 years ago, former U.S. Rep. Paul Rogers has cre-
ated an extraordinary legacy, one that significantly
impacts the quality of life for millions of Americans today.
That legacy springs from 24 years (1955-79) of service in the U.S.
Congress, during which time he chaired the House Subcommittee on Health
and Environment, sponsored or played a major role in enacting major health
and environment related legislation, and became known in political and
healthcare circles as "Mr. Health."
"During those days the nation was ready for positive change in our envi-
ronment," Rogers said. "We passed such laws as the Clean Air Act, Safe
Drinking Water Bill, and the National Cancer Act, and established the
Institute of Aging. It has been satisfying to see many of the laws actually
bringing about good results."
To prepare for this notable career, Rogers attended the University of
Florida to earn a bachelor's in political science and a minor in speech in 1942.
Soon after, World War II brought a different kind of education. "I went
in as a second lieutenant in the Army and came out a major," he said. He was
awarded a Bronze Star and earned battle stars before returning to his alma
mater to study law.
He laughs as he recalls memories from a UF party where students
innocently and teasingly attempted to rub Dean Harry Raymond
Trusler's balding head.
"That Trusler was a character," he said fondly. "I had a great experience
at UE There were a lot of good professors and some were really tough. I par-
ticularly remember a class on property law. What I learned there stuck with
me through the years and I'll never forget it."
After graduation, he initially practiced law in West Palm Beach, but
shifted gears six years after graduation when his father, Dwight L. Rogers,
passed away while a senior member of Congress.
"I ran for his seat and was elected during a special election in January
1955," he said. "I really didn't know if I could win, but my dad's friends
helped me run against three other candidates, one of whom dropped out
before the end of the race.
After serving 24 years in Congress and winning 12 elections, Rogers
made the decision "to move on.
"I was pretty sure I could have been re-elected, though. I won
92 percent of the vote in the last election," he said.
He continues to dedicate efforts to organizations such as the National
Osteoporosis Foundation, Scripps Research Institute, and Institute of Aging
at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) all while serving in his current
position as partner with the international law firm of Hogan & Hartson, the
largest firm in Washington, D.C.
Rogers' pro bono work includes chairing Research!America, a medical
and health research alliance that aided in doubling the NIH budget from
$13 billion to $27 billion in just five years. "We completed that major
effort in 2003," he said. "I'm very proud of the accomplishment."
His outstanding achievements have resulted in numerous national trib-
utes, including honorary degrees from 15 universities. He was awarded the
Public Welfare Medal by the National Academy of Sciences, the American
Cancer Society Medal of Honor, and the "Paul G. Rogers'Award," the award
given by the Association of Academic Health Centers.
The Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in West Palm Beach as well
as the main plaza at the National Institutes of Health are named in his honor.
The love of the law runs in the family. His eldest brother, Dwight L.
Rogers (JD 41), resides in Ft. Lauderdale and still practices law for Rogers
Morris & Ziegler, which was established in 1925 by their father. Younger
brother Doyle Rogers (JD 52) resides in Palm Beach and is a partner at Alley
Maass Rogers & Lindsay.
"I think all three of us pursued law because we were somewhat familiar
with an attorney's position in the community because of our father," said
Dwight. "I guess we sort of inherited law. In fact, we were all presidents of
our Phi Delta Theta chapters and we all belonged to Blue Key."
Doyle, who campaigned for all his brother's elections, added Paul was active
in politics at UF and he was not surprised when he ran for their father's seat.
"He's done a great job in Congress and in the health field," he said.
"I was delighted to see him run for our father's seat, although that meant he
was leaving Palm Beach the very year I moved there."
Rogers lives with his wife, Becky, in the Washington area. They have
a daughter and four grandchildren.
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EVERETT SANTOS (JD 66)
Managing Director, Emerging Markets Partnership and Chief Executive
Officer for its Latin America Infrastructure Fund
worked with U.S. Securities and Exchange
SCommission, Civil Rights Commission and
Recounting his days as a University
of Florida law student, Everett Santos
"Sam" to those who know him best -
can't help but reveal a bit of notoriety.
Accused of never studying, Santos said, "To my fellow students I was an
aberration. In addition to law school, I worked a 40-hour per week job
and I certainly was not about to give up my social life."
He was used to work, after all. Once he earned his bachelor's
in finance from UF in 1963, he joined the Coast Guard Reserve
and worked 15 months to save for law school. Despite his jam-
packed schedule, he successfully completed his studies in less than
two and one-half years.
He credits two UF law professors with helping to shape his career.
"Professors Fletcher Baldwin and Roy Hunt were pivotal for a vari-
ety of reasons," Santos said. "My career has, to a great extent, involved
international law. The courses they taught, including constitutional law,
were critical for understanding many of the situations I encountered."
Upon graduation, he had job offers in Chicago, New York and
Washington, and was contemplating where to go during his drive
north. "I knew I wanted to eventually work internationally," he said.
"I wanted to work in securities and be able to tie that into internation-
He chose Washington based on the reasoning it would provide the
widest alternatives to develop a legal and public service career. A career,
he noted, "that turned out much richer than I ever suspected."
He first found himself with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission, then joined the Civil Rights Commission during the
active days of the movement. He worked on legislation with U.S. Sen.
Edmund Muskie, which led to the Securities Investor Protection
Corporation laws. He eventually moved to Brazil to work on securi-
ties market issues and dealt closely with representatives of the World
Bank, International Finance Corporation, and Organization of
American States. In 1974, he returned to the U.S., where he thought
he would spend two years with World Bank before moving back into
"Those two years turned into a 21-year detour," he said laughingly.
It would be 1995 before that detour routed him toward
,i 4 "'< h
Emerging Markets Partnership (EMP), an international private equi-
ty firm with headquarters in Washington. Approached by an EMP
partner he had known for more than 20 years, he accepted a position
as managing director and chief executive officer for EMP's Latin
America Infrastructure Fund.
"I was very credible having worked in the World Bank group and
having principal responsibility for private sector investments, first for
Latin America and then for infrastructure projects throughout the devel-
oping world," he said.
For Santos, having the chance to get back into the private sector and
mobilize as much money as possible for Latin America was a perfect fit.
As a first-generation American born to Cuban immigrants, Santos has
strong ties to Latin America. Though born in New York, he traveled to
Cuba as an infant and spent most of his first five years there during
World War II before returning to the states.
Grateful for the opportunities presented at UF, he stresses the
importance of his finance and law degrees and feels fortunate to have
shaped a career based on his interest in economic development in the
Washington turned out to be a good fit as well. "It provides both an
intellectually vibrant legal environment and a socially significant base in
which a legal career can be developed," Santos said.
Santos is married to another member of the Bar, Barbara Sophios
Santos, who graduated from Boston University Law School. The two
met "in the romantic halls of the Securities and Exchange
Commission." They have three sons Damon, a chemical engineer-
ing graduate of Dartmouth; Alexis, a biology graduate of Harvard;
and Christopher, a physics graduate of Amherst.
28 UF LAW
"-seIt s te bjob I ever had."
ABRAHAM "HAP" SHASHY (JD 73)
Principal, KPMG, LLP
andles federal tax planning for U.S. and
foreign corporations, and former chief
counsel for the Internal Revenue Service
"The notion of going to law school
actually started because of an old family
friend. He was a lawyer in our hometown
S- of Ocala and he planted the bug," notes
Abraham "Hap" Shashy. "I contemplated the idea during high school
and occasionally discussed it with my dad."
That notion took him all the way to the top of the nation's tax
collection agency the Internal Revenue Service, an organization
that touches every American.
Now a principal and tax consultant with KPMG accounting
firm in D.C., he is more than satisfied he pursued the profession, and
is grateful for the experiences UF afforded him as both an undergrad
studying political science and as a law student.
"The tax courses I took from Dick Stephens, Jack Freeland and
Steve Lind confirmed I would pursue tax law," he said. "A lot of
people think tax law is all about numbers, but in fact it is very
conceptual. My courses and the work I did with professors really
sparked my interest in tax law.
"I wound up becoming Dick Stephens' and Steve Lind's
research assistant and after graduating in December '73, I
remained on campus and taught legal writing and a research
course until August of '74."
He then headed north to New York University, where he earned
his Masters in Taxation in 1975. Afterward, he practiced law at a
Manhattan firm while teaching as an adjunct professor for NYU
"Then Jones Day a firm now employing 2,000 lawyers in 27
locations throughout the world approached me about practicing
in its Dallas office," he said. "I really liked the people and wound up
working there until 1990."
It would be his next career move that placed him in the heart of
the nation's capital. After being sworn in, President George H. Bush
appointed Shashy as chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.
"I was responsible for overseeing all IRS litigation in the U.S.
Tax Court, and also oversaw the issuance of IRS regulations and
rulings," he said.
He doesn't waver when he adds, "It was the best job I ever had."
Shashy said the huge organization does a good job of adminis-
tering a very complex set of rules that affect virtually every citizen
and business in the country. "Given the complexity of the tax system,
the IRS' success is based on two things: fair enforcement of the tax
rules and timely guidance about questions and issues," he explained.
"Hopefully, the IRS will stay focused on those parts of its mission.
In 1993 he stepped down and joined the D.C. law firm King &
Spalding to resume private practice. In 1999, he joined McKee
Nelson Ernst & Young (now known as McKee Nelson), and by 2000
decided to move on to KPMG as a principal in its Washington
National Tax Practice (WNTP), where he handles federal tax plan-
ning for U.S. and foreign corporations. The WNTP is considered
one of the largest and most technically diverse tax knowledge centers
in the world.
Tax law, Shashy assures, has proven to be anything but boring.
"Tax practice is extremely interesting because it is intellectu-
ally challenging. It applies in virtually every aspect of business and
spans the board in terms of industry and business," he said. "The
context of tax law is varied and I have learned a lot about many
As for his "Hap" nickname, "it's one my grandfather gave me
because I was a happy baby. It stayed with me all these years,
although over time it has been shortened from 'Happy' to 'Hap."'
For those who have benefited from his legal talents and for
the millions of people served by the IRS, it also has been fortunate
that the family friend suggestion that he pursue law stayed with
him as well.
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puli polc isue andgoernmnt.
JANET STUDLEY (JD 76)
Partner & Government Law Section Leader, Holland & Knight
(Standing by Chesterfield Smith portrait)
H as been with the firm for 23 years, working in and
now chairing state and federal legislative and
public policy practices, regulatory practices, and
the Indian Law Practice Group; and was U.S.
Senate subcommittee counsel
Janet Studley responds immediately when
naming what most impacted her career.
"The law school's center for Government Responsibility (CGR),"
she said quickly. "It was headed by Jon Mills (who founded and directs
the center and was Levin College of Law dean 1999-2003). The work
I did there and the relationships I developed because of it proved to
"Because of the issues I handled in CGR, I learned what lawyers
could do with the important tools government and policy making
provide. This focused my interest and really channeled my career,"
Studley said. "That was the key starting point for what has become
28 very satisfying years as a lawyer."
Professors Steve Rubin and Steve Stitt also were influential.
"I gravitated toward courses involving public policy and govern-
ment regulation, and they helped shape my career," said Studley.
While she concedes her reasons for coming to Gainesville in the first
place might seem a bit romantic, her reasons for enrolling in the UF
College of Law after earning an economic degree from Emmanuel
College in Boston were purely practical.
"I originally went to Gainesville because my boyfriend at the time
enrolled there for his Ph.D.," she said. "I took a job at a local savings and loan
and quickly realized my future would be limited without another degree."
Choosing law over an MBA because she believed it would give
her more versatility, she graduated from UF in 1976 and never
looked back. After clerking for Judge Bryan Simpson, U.S. Court
of Appeals (5th Circuit) in Jacksonville, she looked for positions
with firms in Florida and Washington, as well as government posi-
tions in Washington.
She interviewed to be counsel to a U.S. Senate subcommittee,
chaired by the late Sen. Lawton Chiles (JD 55), which appealed to her
interest in public policy. Because of her CGR work experience and a
recommendation from Mills, she was offered the position and served
as counsel to the subcommittee for four years.
In 1980 Chiles introduced her to the late Chesterfield Smith (JD
48), founder of Holland & Knight now a global firm employing
1,250 attorneys serving every area of the law.
"I've been at Holland & Knight since 1981, became partner in
1985, and have worked almost exclusively in public policy and legis-
lation, which is something I really enjoy. Involvement with clients is
enormously enriching and makes what I do far more interesting."
She cites the example of her work with PanAmSat a provider
of global video and data broadcasting via satellite which was found-
ed by an entrepreneur who hired her to help with international satel-
lite policy issues. "The founder became my close friend and mentor,
and is a truly extraordinary and fascinating person.
Studley said the CEO of another client, Vitas Healthcare
Corporation, who happens to be a minister, became such a close
friend that he officiated at her wedding.
"I don't know if it is the nature of the practice or just my nature,
but I tend to become closely identified with my clients and their inter-
ests," she said. "I think in a legislative practice there is much opportu-
nity to spend many hours with clients in person, and I tend to remain
in close contact by phone and e-mail."
Despite the time given to clients, she finds time for her interests
as well. Studley loves to travel, especially to her ancestral home of Italy.
She enjoys the theater, movies, books, good food and wine, exercising
and family. She lives with husband Robert Trout, a litigator concen-
trating in white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation, and
has two stepsons, Carter and Philip Trout both graduates of the
University of Virginia.
While Studley could practice with Holland & Knight in just
about any city, she remains in Washington.
"I stay in Washington for the same reasons I came here-public
policy issues and government," she said. "It also is an extremely inter-
esting city, filled with people of diverse backgrounds from all over the
world. I find it very stimulating both intellectually and culturally." *
30 UF LAW
BY SHARON COLE
ust as Frederick Leonhardt (JD 74) was
about to sign with an established
Tampa law firm upon graduation 30 years
ago, providence intervened. He was
approached by J. Hyatt Brown (JD 70), then
a member of the Florida House of
"He told me, 'You don't want to practice
in a stodgy old law firm for your entire
career...get out there and have more fun!'"
Leonhardt said with a slight southern drawl.
Never one to back down from a
challenge, the fearless Gator accepted.
He spent the next year serving as
counsel to the House of Representatives,
acting as attorney for the Committee on
Growth and Energy. He wrote energy
resource laws, was drawn into the exhila-
ration of law making, and fast became
"hooked on government law."
"I quickly realized how many different
points of view exist on any single issue,"
said Leonhardt. "Every time we thought we
had an answer there was someone with a
different perspective who wanted a different
answer. We spent an inordinate amount of
time working out solutions everyone could
live with. It is a very healthy process for our
form of government."
Leonhardt's time in the capital city
would prove invaluable over the course of
his career as he practiced government law
and earned recognition, such as being
named "Most Influential Business Person
of the Year" by the Orlando Business
Florida Trend listed Leonhardt among the "Most Influential Floridians" in 2004.
Florida Trend listed Leonhardt among the "Most Influential Floridians" in 2004.
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Journal (OBJ) in 2004 by an anonymous
independent board. Florida Trend listed
Leonhardt among the 174 "Most
Influential Floridians" in its November
"Florida Trend's publisher just handed me
the November issue, and I was floored. Then I
received a call from OBJ. What an honor ...
what a day," said an elated Leonhardt.
But it just may be that those early
years in the House benefited him the most
when he was elected chair of Florida's
Chamber of Commerce for 2004, a com-
manding position in which he presided
over the largest federation of businesses,
chambers of commerce and business asso-
ciations, representing more than 120,000
member business and three million
employees in every legislative district.
During his year-long tenure, he
pushed to raise the bar on the chamber's
pro-business agenda, setting the stage for a
more thoughtful constitutional amend-
ment process in the business community
- an accomplishment he counts among
his most significant.
"Right now, Florida has one of the
easiest constitutions in the country to
amend, second only to California," said
Leonhardt. "This wreaks havoc on busi-
nesses, which count on a stable environ-
ment to thrive."
Under the current law, amendments
can slip by with little time for debate, like
the one that regulated the size of pens for
pregnant pigs. "That amendment basically
put pig farmers out of business overnight,"
says Leonhardt. "Now every one of those
farms is gone and every pig slaughtered
because of it."
An amendment abolishing sales tax
exemption did not make the ballot.
"Businesses come to Florida because of sales
tax exemption on their products," he said.
"Imagine setting up or expanding your busi-
ness here only to find out a year later your
business products were not exempt."
As the result of his efforts, the chamber
launched VoteSmartFlorida.org, an alliance
of citizen, business and community groups
advocating solutions to the constitutional
dilemma. That initiative succeeded in
passing its "No Surprises" provision,
which called for more sufficient time for
amendment education and debate. It was
placed on the Nov. 2, 2004 ballot, and
The chamber's Political Institute -
a million-dollar grassroots political action
coalition made of proponents of a pro-
business legislature also was created dur-
ing his chairmanship.
"I think I brought something to the
table that members needed a thorough
understanding of legal implications
and how constitutional amendments
impact businesses," he said. "Members took
great comfort in having someone with
that knowledge representing them
in Tallahassee." Leonhardt is just the
third practicing lawyer to chair the chamber
"If I could bottle and sell Fred's energy
and enthusiasm for good causes I would be
a millionaire," said Lt. Governor Toni
Jennings, who supports his work in protect-
ing businesses big and small. Jennings was
the chamber's chair-elect when Gov. Jeb
Bush named her his second in command.
She then supported Leonhardt's succession
to the nomination committee.
Sam Bell, a 14-year Florida legislator
and honorary UF Blue Key member,
"Fred was my campaign manager
when I ran for legislative office and we won.
So that tells you something," said Bell.
Bell lured Leonhardt to the firm of Cobb
& Cole in 1975, becoming his mentor and
friend. "I like to say he's had excellent train-
ing," laughed Bell. "He has always been very
well organized, attentive to detail and very
articulate. He clearly represents the position
of his clients today, and did so as a young
man. I take a lot of pride in his success."
That success is evident in Leonhardt's
work with GrayRobinson law firm in
Orlando. Recent coups include represent-
ing a large international developer -
Euro-American that just broke ground
on a $200 million residential project in
downtown Orlando. And it was his negoti-
ations that successfully organized a team to
build the new $600 million expansion of
the international convention center
"Our firm had three clients competing
for that job and I convinced them to form a
joint venture," said Leonhardt. "The strate-
gy worked. Our team won the project and
built the convention center on time and
Leonhardt credits the University of The Docket, the UF law student newspaper.
Florida, where he also earned a B.A. in psy-
chology, with preparing him for his career
with its "holistic approach to life."
"Not only does UF have academic
courses taught by exceptionally good peo-
ple, it also offers numerous opportunities to
develop all sides of one's personality and
perspective," he said.
He took advantage of those opportuni-
ties by staying active in student government
and serving as vice president of Florida Blue
Key, president of his fraternity, Delta Chi,
Gator Growl director and editor-in-chief of
He also received a book award in a class on
corporations, taught by visiting University
of Michigan Professor Scott Van Alstyne,
one of his most influential professors.
Looking back over his years in the legal
profession, Leonhardt expresses unequivocal
satisfaction for every decision he has made in
regards to his career and his practice of law.
While he shows no signs of slowing down his
frenetic pace, he has, he says, found home.
"This is it," he concluded. "I'm settled now."
Leonhardt and his wife, Vicki, reside
in Orlando. *
"HE IS PROBABLY THE BEST LAWYER LOBBYIST IN TALLAHASSEE. HIS ABILITY
TO EVALUATE A SITUATION AND OBTAIN FAVORABLE RESULTS IS UNEQUALED."
Leonhardt joined GrayRobinson in
1992. The firm is one of the largest in Florida
with nine offices employing 200 lawyers. The
full-service firm provides legal services for
Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses,
lending institutions, local governments, major
developers, entrepreneurs and individuals.
"I've watched Fred now for way over 10
years and I've seen him grow exponentially.
He is probably the best lawyer lobbyist in
Tallahassee," said GrayRobinson Chairman
of the Board and Founding Director Charles
Gray (D 58). "He is so energetic and
dynamic that he naturally gravitates to the
chairmanship of any organization he's in. His
ability to evaluate a situation and obtain
favorable results is unequaled."
That leadership includes serving as
founding chairman of the Florida Sports
Commission, president of the Central Florida
Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and
founding chairman of a school dropout pre-
vention program in Orange County.
"Fred is always upbeat and optimistic,"
said Robie Robinson (D 66), a founding
partner at GrayRobinson and former chair-
man of the Law Center Association Board of
Trustees. "He can always find something
nice to say about everyone."
It's true. Leonhardt, a first-name basis
Republican who served on the Bush-Cheney
Finance Committee and played an active role in
the recent Presidential election, once was a
full-fledged Democrat. In fact, he was once
president of the Florida Young Democrats in
"In 1979 I attended the Young Democrats
State Convention. At that time, my mentors were
people like Hyatt Brown and Sam Bell both
political moderates which was characteristic
of Democrats then," said Leonhardt.
So why the switch in the late 1980s?
"What I sense today is that the moderate
point of view is better reflected by Republicans
than Democrats," he said.
"I've also found by practicing law over the
years and through community involvement, that
Republicans have a better understanding of how
the free enterprise system works," he added.
"We have a greater appreciation for healthy
business environments and how to let the entre-
preneurial spirit thrive."
He does point out that he doesn't define
people by party affiliation. "I support people
more than parties."
Leonhardt served on Gov. Jeb Bush's
Growth Management Study Commission, and
is now on the board of directors of Enterprise
Florida, a public-private partnership responsible
for leading Florida's statewide economic
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A LAW SCHOOL TRADITION BY MORGAN LORD
Editor's note: Wilbert Langston, original owner of the law school institution Wilbert' store, was an institution
unto himself. S : '". just after this article was completed, he died fllon,,',;g a brief illness and after 40 years of
serving the UF law community. Faculty and students have established a memorial fund in his honor. For more
information, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at 352-392-9296.
t was the year when half a million baby boomers flocked
to Woodstock, Neil Armstrong took the first step onto
the moon, The Archies "Sugar Sugar" was number one
on the music charts, and the College of Law moved
down the road into the new Holland Law Center.
It was 1969, and Wilbert's, the small grocery just
across the street, was about to change forever.
"I remember students walking into the store," said
retired storeowner Wilbert Langston, 75, in an interview
shortly before his death in August 2004. "All the males
were clean-shaven, sporting crew cuts and button-down
shirts with jackets. The few females wore knee-length
dresses and bouffant hairstyles."
Later came cut-off jeans, tie-dye T-shirts, long hair,
Afros and bare feet. "I watched as more women and minori-
ties became law students. The best, though, was to see the
hair styles change throughout the decades," Wilbert said.
Built in 1945, the Wilbert's building began life as a fur-
niture store and grocery store, with a produce section and
a butcher. It was a convenient and frequent stop along old
Newberry Road for downtown workers to pick up milk
and bread on the way home each afternoon. Around 1960,
the store became Fanelli and Edwards's grocery store, and
then in 1964, Wilbert Langston and wife Betty bought the
store and planned to name it Langston's Grocery.
"Wilbert's" was born instead when sign makers stopped by
in their absence. When asked the owner's name, the truck
driver said he only knew him as "Mr. Wilbert."
When law students started taking over the area, not
everyone was happy. Wilbert remembered neighborhood
residents grumbling about hedges being trampled, park-
ing interfering with driveways, and congestion in the
streets. Local news station reporters came out to inter-
view angered homeowners.
"When reporters stopped in and wanted me to say
something derogatory, I just said, 'Keep em' coming!'"
The influx of students changed everything. "Meat
and produce went out and junk food and beer came in,"
Wally Pope (JD 69), now with Johnson, Pope, Boker,
Rupple & Burns, LLP, in Clearwater and Tampa, was part
of the initial group of students presided over by Dean Frank
Maloney. "We all loved that little store across the street, but
the dean hated it and thought it was shabby looking. We
thought it was the greatest thing that could happen to
us...and we found antagonizing the dean fun, too."
By early 1970 the store had become the hub of the
"My Holland Hall office overlooked Wilbert's," said
Mandell Glicksberg, retired UF graduate and professor
emeritus. "It was a student hangout for coffee and snacks,
and a place to congregate and talk."
At that time no food was available at the law school so
students and faculty frequented Wilbert's for coffee, cold
drinks, candy bars and sandwiches. "Wilbert's was our oasis,
said Gwynne Young (JD 74), with Carlton Fields in Tampa.
34 UF LAW
"The best, though, was to
see the hair styles change
throughout the decades..."
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When Richard Hamann lived in the garage
apartment behind Wilbert Hall 20 years
ago, he never worried about traffic jams delaying
his arrival at work.
"It was a wonderful 50-foot commute," said
Hamann, an associate in law research for the UF
Center of Governmental Responsibility (CGR), who
worked in a CGR office housed in Wilbert Hall.
The two-story home just west of Wilbert's
was built in 1918 and officially called the Cheeves
House. The nickname stuck when the student
newspaper slipped and printed "Wilbert Hall"
on a campus map.
Dean Emeritus Jon Mills, who also worked
there, jokes it was "the only building that got its
name without having to pay five million dollars
The Levin College of Law rented Wilbert Hall
from 1975 to 1984 from Wilbert Langston, who also
owned most of the property between 25th and 26th
Streets. The temporary office building lasted until
the new CGR home was erected in Bruton-Geer Hall,
then was torn down in 1991 after termites invaded.
Both Hamann and Mills recall the homelike
environment of Wilbert Hall. Old bedrooms housed
offices, and the sunroom was transformed into a
break area for the handful of employees. Fertile soil
graced the garden, pecan trees surrounded the
house, and fossilized coral was embedded in the
"Wilbert Hall had the oldest shag carpeting in
all of Gainesville," Williams said. "The floors
creaked and the stairs were a bit of a challenge.
But, it was a wonderful place to work."
What overwhelms the memory of these ex-
Wilbert-Hall workers is the festivity that filled the
house every December when the law school faculty
held the annual holiday parties.
"It was a good place to have a party," Mills
says. "You were able to wander around."
Each year, partygoers used Hamann's upstairs
apartment fridge for overflow food. "Somehow I
acquired an alligator in the refrigerator," Hamann
said. "A dead alligator. It freaked out a bunch of
people when they went to get their hors d' oeuvres
from the refrigerator."
with additional reporting by Morgan Lord
"There was no cafeteria and we were really iso-
lated," Young said. "Wilbert's was where every stu-
dent went for a soft drink or a sandwich. I always
thought of Wilbert's as a lifesaver for us."
Twelve years after Wilbert opened the store,
his business partner and wife of 25 years, Betty,
passed away. Wilbert worked 18 hour days to
keep the store open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. for "law
student hours." Son Steve, then 17 and a high
school senior, decided to postpone college to help
out his father.
Less than two years later, Steve acquired the
business from his dad and began updating invento-
ry by adding textbooks and Xerox machines.
The copiers ran incessantly. Students would roll
Wilbert's dolly across the street to cart books over
from the law school to make copy after copy.
"Within a year, I had bought two high volume
copy machines," Steve said. "At their peak, the
store's machines produced 120,000 copies a
Though supplies at Wilbert's evolved, the build-
ing itself could not be expanded due to legal restric-
tions. The store still stands as the original structure,
with the same unpaved, dusty parking lot.
Steve, now 45, has worked at Wilbert's longer
than his father with 27 years under his belt ver-
sus his dad's 21.
"For the longest time, on game days and alum-
ni days, all the alums came in to see him [Wilbert],"
Steve said. "Now, they actually come in to see me
and to ask about Penny and our kids."
"Some customers still call me 'Wilbert,'" Steve
said, "but I don't correct them. I feel honored when
someone calls me by Dad's name."
"Wilbert's is indefinitely stuck in the '60s," said
Distinguished Professor of Law and Stephen C.
O'Connell Chair Walter Weyrauch, Gainesville res-
ident for more than 50 years. "Because the store is
'grandfathered' in, there can be no major improve-
ments to the premises."
But many agree Wilbert's uniqueness is due to
the very fact it cannot change.
"It's nice to still have a neighborhood store that
looks generally the same," said Frank McCoy, UF
Law professor emeritus. "Wilbert's is always there.
It's very pleasant, the people are helpful, and you get
what you need."
"IfI ever needed a copy, a drink, a conversation
or just some walking exercise, Wilbert's was the
place to go," said Scott Hawkins (D 83), with
Jones Foster Johnston Stubbs in West Palm Beach.
"Being a law student can be tedious, but I could
always go over to Wilbert's to just have a normal
conversation. It really made me appreciate the sim-
ple things you can count on.
Steve agreed "it would not be the same if I had
a store out by the Interstate and everyone who came
in was different each day."
Heather Brock (JD 93), with Fowler Boggs
White Banker in Tampa, said, "Steve was a friendly
face who was always there to ask us what was going
on. I saw him every day for my morning coffee, my
lunch break, my frozen yogurt study break, and my
late night snack. It's pretty amazing how many
lawyers that man knows, and how they all seemed
to come to him for words of wisdom or advice."
Summers can be quite tough, Wilbert said, but
this year thirsty construction workers kept the store
active. When the Bruton-Geer Hall cafeteria closed
for recent renovations, Wilbert's saw another
increase. Every morning at eight, Steve's wife, Penny
Langston, makes fresh sandwiches, salads and
wraps, which sell out by lunch.
Wilbert, 75 at the time of his death, remar-
ried and loved the country life in Lake Butler with
his wife, Vivian. The two got married in 1979 and
moved to the country a few years later. Wilbert
believed all the change was for the best and said
he could never run the store the way his son does.
"When I was storeowner, I ordered everything
with pencil and paper," Wilbert said. "Now Steve
does everything with a computer and zapper."
"He's a kid who took over the store and really
added to it a real success story.
Steve and Penny's children, Jennifer, now 21,
and Steven, 16, spent some time helping at the
store, but they've found their own paths. "Jennifer
is now at Flagler College in St. Augustine," Steve
said. "And Steven is working for my rental property
Steve and Penny support the law school by vol-
unteering and pledging for various law school cam-
paigns, including the Graduating Class Gift and the
Florida Law Review & Endowment Fund. Penny
also has volunteered as a witness for Criminal
Justices' mock trial series.
When Steve thinks back to his early days in the
family store, where he has spent more than half his
life, his thoughts again return to the students.
"All of the guys were wearing coats and ties and
the ladies were wearing dresses and up-dos," Steve
said. "And they were so much older and taller. Next,
I remember when they started being my age, and
now they're all younger, and definitely not wearing
coats, ties and dresses." E
36 UF LAW
"IT'S AMAZING HOW MANY LAWYERS THAT MAN KNOWS,
AND HOW THEY COME TO HIM FOR WORDS OF WISDOM."
OF LAW ALUMNI
Note: Individual alumni pictures below
George Armistead Smathers, U.S. sena-
tor 1951-69, marked his 91st birthday at his
home in Miami in November. In his career, he
worked as an assistant federal prosecutor in South
Florida in a series of publicized corruption trials.
During World War II, Smathers served in the
Marine Corps in the South Pacific. In 1946, he
won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives,
entering Congress with fellow freshmen John E
Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who became
Wm. Reece Smith Jr., past president of
The Florida Bar and one of four Gators to serve
as American Bar Association president, recently
celebrated his 50th anniversary with Carlton
Fields PA, in Tampa. He also was honored by
Bay Area Legal Services with the "Spirit of
Philanthropy Award" for his career-long mission
to help ensure equal access to justice and pro
bono legal services to indigent individuals. Smith
helped create Florida's first statewide legal services
program, Florida Legal Services Inc., and served
as its first president. He was also selected as one
of Florida Trend magazine's "Florida Legal Elite"
Leon Brush, retired attorney and at-large
member of UF Law's Alumni Council 2003-04
Executive Committee, continues to volunteer at
least once a week with Gulfcoast Legal Services of
Charlie Gray, of GrayRobinson PA, was ranked
#19 in the 50 Most Powerful People in the city of
Orlando survey; published in the July 2004 issue
of Orlando Magazine.
Judge Leroy H. Moe is a senior circuit judge
of the 17th Judicial Circuit for Broward County,
civil division. Appointed by Gov. Rueben Askew
to the circuit bench in 1971, he was elected in
1972 and ran without opposition five times
The New Jersey Trial Lawyer Association awarded
Larry S. Stewart of Stewart Tilghman Fox
& Bianchi PA, Miami, the Gold Medal for
Distinguished Service in recognition for serving
as founding president and driving force behind a
pro bono organization that provides legal services
to September 11th victims. He was also elected
to the council of The American Law Institute
Gordon "Stumpy" Harris, founding parter of
the Orlando-based law firm of Harris, Harris,
Bauerle & Sharma, was appointed to serve on the
Real Estate Advisory Board to the Center for Real
Estate Studies at the University of Florida
Warrington College of Business. He has also been
recognized as a leader in eminent domain and con-
demnation law with his admission to the elite
Million Dollar Advocated Forum. This prestigious
group acknowledges achieving a verdict or settle-
ment of one million dollars or more. On another
front, he recently donated his 30-foot motor home,
which was auctioned off for $40,500, to benefit the
UF athletic program. Harris is an AV-rated trial
lawyer with extensive experience in negotiation and
trial advocacy of complex commercial cases involv-
ing condemnation, property rights, valuation, utili-
ties, construction and commercial claims.
Robert T. Mounts continues to serve as special
assistant to the deputy commander, U.S. Forces
Korea for International Relations and as United
States secretary to the Status of Forces Agreement
Joint Committee in Seoul, Korea.
Stephen Rossman and Charles
Baumberger, co-founders of Miami law
firm Rossman Baumberger Reboso & Spier,
PA, celebrated the 30th anniversary of their
Louis Kwall is serving a three-year term
on the voluntary board of directors of the
Orlando-based Florida Bar Foundation.
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Joe Scarborough, partner with Levin
Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Echsner &
Proctor PA in Pensacola, is host of the
TV show "Scarborough Country" on
MSNBC. A former U.S. House Republican
congressman from 1994-2001, he also is a
member of the President's Council on the 21st
Century Workforce following appointment by
Joseph P. Milton received the National
American Board of Trial Advocates Master in
Trial Award for 2003 and has been elected
treasurer of the American Board of Trial
Sarasota attorney John C. Patterson Jr.
began a three-year term on the voluntary board
of directors for the Orlando-based Florida Bar
Joseph M. Williams III, vice president and
general counsel for Memphis Light (Gas &
Water Division) presented a case study to the
legal section of the American Public Power
Association. In the first transaction of its kind
in the country, Memphis Light plans to issue
$1.5 billion in tax-free bonds to prepay electric-
ity supply from the Tennessee Valley Authority
for 15 years, which is expected to save ratepay-
ers $225 million. Williams is the outgoing chair
of the APPA legal section.
The Miami Art Museum recently elected
Cesar Alvarez to its Board of Trustees.
Alvarez, president and chief executive officer of
Greenberg Traurig LLP, is recognized as one of
the "100 Most Powerful People in Miami and
South Florida" by Miami Business Magazine and
South Florida CEO Magazine.
Hal H. Kantor, of Lowndes Drosdick Doster
Kantor & Reed PA, was re-elected for a third
term as president of the board of directors for
Orlando Museum of Art. Kantor's firm recently
Kantor 72 Markus 73
celebrated its 35th anniversary with a proclama-
tion from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. He also
was named by Orlando Magazine as one of the
"50 Most Powerful People" in Orlando.
Andrew Joshua Markus, who heads the
International Trade and Transactions Practice
Group with Carlton Fields in Miami, was named
one of South Florida's "Top 101 Global Leaders"
by South Florida CEO magazine. Markus also is
the first Florida attorney to be installed as chair
of the American Bar Association Section of
International Law and Practice. He is the chair
of The Florida Bar's International Certification
Committee, member of the British American
Business Council, advisory board member of the
Florida Brazil Institute, and a founder and board
member of the Commercial Dispute Resolution
Center of the Americas.
The Florida Chapter of the American Board of
Trial Advocates nominated 4th Circuit Chief
Judge Donald R. Moran Jr. its Jurist of the
Year for his commitment to preserving the right
of civil trial by jury. Moran recently was re-elect-
ed to his sixth two-year term as chief judge and is
a member of the Supreme Court's Trial Court
Gerald A. Rosenthal, senior parter at
Rosenthal & Weissman PA in West Palm
Beach, is head of Catastrophic Injury
Trial Team (CITT). The CITT currently
handles more than 150 cases on the behalf
Leighton Yates, corporate practice group
leader of Holland & Knight's Orlando office,
was selected as the Florida Association of
Blood Bank's 2004 Board Member/Trustee
of the Year. Yates has served on the board of
Florida's Blood Centers, formerly Central
Florida Blood Bank, since 1977, and as
general counsel for the organization.
S. Daniel Ponce co-founded a new firm,
Legon, Ponce & Fodiman, PA in Miami.
The firm succeeds Wallace, Bauman, Legon,
Fodiman, Ponce & Shannon, PA and was
organized to emphasize its primary focus on
trial law and complex commercial litigation
Leslie J. Lott, a director of the
International Trademark Association and
founding partner of Lott & Friedland PA in
Coral Gables, was featured in the Trendsetters
section of Florida Trend magazine. She also
spoke at the Worldwide Forum on Trademark
Protection in Geneva, Switzerland, and at
Practicing Law Institute's "Ninth Annual
Institute for Intellectual Property Law"
conference in New York. She recently was
appointed to the Trademark Public Advisory
Committee of the United States Patent and
Trademark Office, and is a member of
CPR/INTA Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
for Resolution of Trademark Disputes. Lott has
been listed in The Best Lawyers in America
annually for the past seven years.
Michael T. Moore, founding partner of
Moore and Co. PA, Coral Gables, has been
appointed general counsel and corporate
secretary to the International SeaKeepers
Society, which is dedicated to protecting the
world's oceans. He also is chairman of the
board of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation,
which provides funding for morale and
education programs. During his law practice,
Moore has chaired his firm's Marine and
Aviation Practice and has served several terms
on the firm's board of directors.
R. Terry Rigsby joined the Tallahassee office of
Carlton Fields Law firm as a shareholder in the
Government Law and Consulting Program.
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38 UF LAW
Uhlfelder Takes Top Leadership Roles
Board of Governors member and
Tallahassee attorney Steven J.
Uhlfelder (JD 71) was named chair
of the J. William Fulbright Foreign
Scholarship Board following his elec-
tion by its members in Washington,
Uhlfelder is leading the 12-member
board, which is appointed by the
president and oversees the United
States' flagship international educational
"This is a tremendous honor for
me to chair this prestigious board," said
Uhlfelder. "I've dedicated my life to
improving opportunities for students
and look forward to carrying out the
vision and goals of Senator Fulbright of
increasing mutual understanding among
nations through educational and cultur-
Uhlfelder was appointed to the
Fulbright Board by President George
W. Bush in 2001. He has served on the
board's executive committee since his
appointment to the board, and served
as vice chair during the past year.
"Steve Uhlfelder will be an excel-
lent leader of the Fulbright Board," said
Sen. Birch Bayh, a veteran board mem-
ber. "Not only will he help maintain
this board's wonderful tradition, Steve
also will guide the program in new
directions that will enhance our critical
Uhlfelder also was selected by Gov.
Jeb Bush to serve on both the Florida
Board of Governors for the State
University System and the Board of
Trustees for Florida State University.
He also chairs the Governor's
Mentoring Initiative, which has recruit-
ed more than 130,000 Floridians to
guide at-risk children in public schools,
and co-chairs Florida Campus
Compact, a statewide organization that
promotes service on Florida college
"Steve Uhlfelder has been an asset
to the Board of Governors and a leader
in Florida's education system," said
Education Commissioner Jim Home.
"We extend our congratulations and are
confident he will make Florida proud in
his new role."
The Fulbright educational exchange
program provides more than 250,000
participants selected for their academic
achievement and leadership potential -
the opportunity to observe each other's
political, economic and cultural institu-
tions, exchange ideas, and embark on
important joint ventures in 140 countries.
Keep Learning at the Law School
Dean Robert Jerry and the faculty invite UF law alumni to attend and partici-
pate in upcoming Friday lunch colloquia and workshops by notable guest
speakers and UF law faculty. The events, to be held at the law school, are on
a space-available basis due to limited seating. The speaker schedule and
online registration are available at www.law.ufl.edu/faculty/enrichment.shtml.
In addition, alumni are encouraged to attend faculty-organized conferences,
workshops and lectures, where they can learn from national experts, dis-
cuss cutting-edge topics of interest, and earn CLE credits. Upcoming events
are listed on the magazine's back cover as well as the law school's website
More information about these programs will be forthcoming in UFLaw
E-News (subscribe at http://law.ufl.edu/lists/flalaw/) and UF Law magazine.
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Jerry Curington, an assistant deputy
attorney general, won The Florida Bar's
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm
Section's "Tradition of Excellence Award."
Established in 1994, the award recognizes
Bar members who work on improving the
standing and reputation of lawyers in the
community. Five of nine recipients are also
UF law graduates: Ben Overton (JD 52),
Lewis H. Hill (JD 55), Professor Mandell
Glicksberg (JD 51), Frank D. Hall (JD 51),
and Raymond Ehrlich (JD 42).
Susan W. Fox, formerly with Macfarlane
Ferguson & McMullen's Tampa office, and
Wendy S. Loquasto have opened Fox &
Loquasto PA. The firm has offices in Tampa
and Tallahassee and concentrates in appellate
Tampa shareholder of Carlton Fields law
firm, Nathaniel L. Doliner, addressed
"Effective Negotiating Strategies in Mergers
and Acquisitions" at the American Bar
Association Corporate Counsel Conference
in Washington, DC.
Charles Modell, chair of the franchise
practice group at the Minneapolis firm of
Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd.,
Fox 76 Doliner 77 Modell 77
was re-elected to a second term on the
governing committee of the American Bar
Association's Forum on Franchising. He serves
as Forum finance officer and will be chair of its
October 2004 national program in Vancouver,
Atlanta-based attorney John J. Scroggin,
(LLMT 79) was named co-editor of Commerce
Clearing House's Practical Estate Planning
Magazine and was appointed to the Capital
Trust Company of Delaware's Attorney
Advisory Committee. He also was recently
published in several publications and has
been quoted in several media outlets such
as The Wall StreetJournal and NPR's "Talk
of the Nation."
President Bush appointed Bruce E. Kasold
a judge of the United States Court of Appeals
for Veterans Claims. At the time of his nomi-
nation, Kasold was serving as chief counsel
for the secretary of the Senate and Senate
sergeant-at-arms and has been director for
the Pentagon Federal Credit Union since 1989.
He was chief counsel for the United States
Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
from 1995 to 1998. In previous years, Kasold
practiced law with Holland & Knight and was
an attorney for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate
Charles Alexander Buford, partner
at Harper Kynes Geller & Buford, PA in
Clearwater, was elected to the Board of
Trustees for St. Petersburg College Foundation.
He is board-certified in business litigation
and as a civil trial lawyer.
Carlton Fields shareholder Anthony Pelle of
Miami was named chair-elect of the Health and
Disability Insurance Law Committee of the
ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
through 2004 and will serve as chair in 2005.
Pelle is experienced in benefit claim litigation
and class action defense on behalf of life, health
and disability insurers. He is a member of The
Association of Life Insurance Counsel and of
the firm's Insurance and Products and Toxic
Tort Liability Practice Groups.
John K. Round (LLMT 80) partner at
Strasburger & Price LLP in Dallas, was elected
a fellow of the American College of Trust and
Estate Counsel. Approximately 2,700 lawyers
from throughout the country make up the
college in which fellows are nominated by other
fellows in their geographic areas and elected by
membership based on professional reputation,
legal ability in trusts and estates and contribu-
tions to these fields through lecturing, writing,
teaching and bar activities. Round is board-
certified in estate and probate law by the Texas
Board of Legal Specialization, and currently
serves as chair of Strasburger's Tax, Estate
Planning and Employee Benefits Practice.
Robin Paul Malloy was named the E.I.
White Chair and distinguished professor of law
and was appointed senior associate dean for
academic affairs at the Syracuse College of Law.
Luis A. Abreu, partner with Carter Craig
Bass Blair & Kushner in Danville, Virginia, was
recognized as a top lawyer in Family Law in the
Commonwealth of Virginia by Virginia Business
Magazine in 2002 and 2003. Abreu practices in
debtor-creditor relations and family law.
Richard B. Comiter (JD 80, LLMT 81)
with Comiter & Singer in Palm Beach and
Palm Beach Gardens, is serving as chair of the
Tax Section of The Florida Bar. Comiter is
nationally recognized in taxation and trusts and
estates in Woodward & White's The Best
Lawyers in America, and is a Fellow of the
American College of Trust and Estate Councils.
C. Kelley Corbridge joined Kirk-Pinkerton
and practices in both Sarasota and Venice. He
is a certified trust and financial advisor treasur-
er and vice president for All Faiths Food Bank,
Inc., board chairman of Take Stock in Children
of Sarasota County, Inc. and past chair and cur-
rent board member of Community Foundation
of Sarasota County, Inc.
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40 UF LAW
CRAPS: Chronic Research
Anxiety Phobia Syndrome: A
full-blown anxiety attack that
occurs when Sisters are given a
legal research assignment they
don't understand and don't
know how to even begin.
Hasta La Vista Litigation:
Opposing counsel writes hate-
ful and intolerable accusatory
letters personalizing the dispute
as if the Sister had committed
the wrong herself
Appreciating the Queen
Beast: Generating revenues on
behalf of Sisters' employers.
r ...al wor
What really goes on in
the legal profession
from a female point of view
provides plenty of saucy
fodder for Deborah Lifshey
Turchiano's new book,
Uncensored Guide for Women
Practicing Law in the Real
World" (Sphinx Publishing).
Turchiano (JD 93), with
co-authors Lisa Sherman and
Jill Schecter, humorously
serve up insights and secrets
about everything from the
"testosterone tyrant" and the
"annual billathon" to how to
conquer the "Beast" the law
culture they affectionately
describe as the "slightly quirky
and eccentric subculture of
A New York City specialist in
employment contracts and
for Fortune 500 executives,
Turchiano has published
numerous articles and chap-
ters in books such as
The Professional's Guide to
Current Issues & Practices"
(2004) and "Corporate
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Jeffrey Feldman, Alumni Council member
since 2002, is celebrating the 10th anniversary
of FeldmanGale PA, a firm he co-founded with
James Gale (JD 83).
Michigan law firm Warner Norcross & Judd
LLP partner Paul R. Jackson (LLMT 81)
was appointed to the Tax Council for the State
Bar of Michigan's Taxation Section. Jackson
is co-chair of the firm's Tax Practice Group
and also is a member of the Michigan and
American Bar Associations.
Palm City attorney David H. Lowe IV,
Florida-certified Circuit Civil Mediator and
Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator,
served as president of the more than 260,000
member UF Alumni Association.
Howard Rosenblatt PA of Gainesville
was named the Selective Service Region II
Board Member of the Year for his continued
dedicated service. Region II is one of three
regions in the United States and represents
15 states, from Virginia to Texas.
Carl J. Zahner II is the director of the
Center for Professionalism for The Florida Bar.
UF Vice President and General Counsel
Pamela Bernard was awarded the
Distinguished Service Award from the
National Association of College and University
Attorneys at the association's 44th annual
conference in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
The National Bar Association elected Linnes
Finney Jr. as vice president. He is a partner
at Gary Williams Parenti Finney Lewis
McManus Watson & Sperando in Ft. Pierce
and is board-certified in civil trial advocacy.
Michael D. Joblove, attorney with Miami's
Genovese Joblove & Battista PA, spoke at the
American Bar Association's Franchise Forum.
Joblove leads the firm's franchise litigation
practice and concentrates on franchise law,
estate law and general commercial litigation.
Mark J. Wolfson, parter at Foley & Lardner
in Tampa, is secretary-treasurer of the Executive
Committee of The Florida Bar Business Law
Lowe 81 Bernard 81 Wolfson 82
Lowe IV 81 Bernard 81 Wolfson 82
Section and has been voted chair-elect of the
Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. In
2002-03, Wolfson chaired the Business Law
Section's Legislation Committee. He is chair of
his firm's Litigation Department in Tampa and
leader of the firm's Business Reorganizations
Practice Group for the Southeast region.
Kenneth Bush of Kumer Rubinoff & Bush in
Miami was named among top lawyers in South
Florida in the 2004 edition of South Flornid Legal
Guide. Bush was selected in Personal Injury and
Personal Injury-Medical Malpractice categories
based on a poll of attorneys and judges.
James Gale is celebrating the 10th anniversary of
FeldmanGale PA, a firm he co-founded with
Jeffrey Feldman (JD 81).
Guilene Theodore, board-certified as a city,
county and local government law specialist, was
named parter at Ruden McClosky Smith Schuster
& Russell PA, in its Tampa office. She is a transac-
tional lawyer, concentrating in local government
issues including public bidding and construction.
The Florida Supreme Court has certified Theodore
as a Circuit Court Civil Mediator.
Michael A. Bedke, parter at Piper Rudnick in
Tampa, was elected to a three-year term on the
ABA Board of Governors representing District 8,
which is composed of Florida and Texas. Bedke,
Bush 83 Theodore 83 Klug 86
who practices in real estate, corporate and securities,
homeland security, and sports facilities develop-
ment, just concluded a term as chair of the ABAs
Standing Committee on Membership, and also
chaired the ABA Commission on Domestic
Violence and the ABAs Young Lawyers Division.
David C. Willis, parmer at Rumberger, Kirk &
Caldwell, PA, was appointed to The Florida Bar
Business Committee, which oversees all applications
for Business Law Certification and also prepares the
Lawrence Marraffino is in private practice in
C ..... II. ~ ..h..I h in personal injury, bank-
ruptcy, and commercial litigation, and is an adjunct
faculty member at UF teaching Law Office
Management and Practical Skills.
Lisa Stotsbery continues to work in Jacksonville
as a trial attorney for the U.S. Small Business
Administration and holds appointments as special
assistant United States attorney for the Middle and
Northern Districts of Florida.
Michael Hoefges has retired from private
practice and is now an assistant professor in
Media Law in the School of Journalism and
Mass Communications at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
H. Douglas Garfield was recently appointed the
worldwide global customs and trade director for
PepsiCo, Inc., and is responsible for spearheading
the company's overall global trade strategy by creat-
ing the first centralized corporate cross-border logis-
tics department for PepsiCo.
Barbara Levy has been promoted to general
counsel for the Pharmaceutical Care Management
Association in Washington, D.C.
Broad and Cassel in Tallahassee promoted
Maureen Daughton to partner. She is a
member of the Labor and Employment Practice
Group and has represented clients at the trial
and appellate levels.
Charles Klug was made partner at Ruden
McClosky Smith Schuster & Russell PA in its
Tampa office. Klug concentrates in commercial real
estate transactions, local government procurement,
construction contracting, land use regulation and
sovereign submerged lands matters. He is board-cer-
tified in real estate law and city, county and local
Christopher Lockard currently holds the
Cafferty Fellowship at Catholic Charities USA,
where he serves as legislative counsel and social poli-
cy advocate in Washington, D.C. Lockard practiced
,, I,, i ,,I ,.seven years in San Diego before
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42 UF LAW
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
Justice Charles Wells
H e's a very busy man, and always has
been. On a typical day, Florida
Supreme Court Justice Charley Wells
(JD 64) arrives at the court at 6:30 a.m.
to read his newspapers the Wall Street
Journal, St. Petersburg Times and Orlando
Sentinel- before the rush begins. Because
once the court building comes alive, it's
non-stop until the day ends.
A proud "Double-Gator" who has
been recognized as a Distinguished
Alumnus of the University of Florida,
Wells earned his bachelor's in 1961 and
law degree in 1964. As an undergraduate,
he participated in UF's homecoming and
Florida Blue Key, and was elected to the
UF Hall of Fame in 1961.
After graduation, Wells received one
Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Pariente (from left), Harry Anstead and Peggy Quince and
(not pictured) Charles Wells, Fred Lewis and Raoul Cantero, along with Florida Fourth DCA Judge
Fred Hazouri, judged the Final Four and visited classrooms to advise students as part of the annual
Moot Court fall Final Four tradition. Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe sponsored the competition.
"If there are no oral arguments on a
given day, I'll probably have 15 jurisdic-
tional decisions to consider," Wells said.
"After jurisdictional questions are decided,
I work through cases trying to develop
Then there's preparation for the
Wednesday conferences, where the justices
come together to discuss circulated opin-
ions. Cases are assigned randomly, and oral
arguments heard in about half.
"I have three law clerks," Wells said.
"But I like to do a lot of my own
of the three highest bar exam scores in the
state in 1965, and spoke at the induction
ceremony at the 2nd District Court of
Appeals. He practiced in his father's firm
in Orlando 1965-69, then spent a year as a
trial lawyer for the U.S. Justice
In 1970, he returned to his father's
firm and remained there until 1976, when
he formed his own Orlando firm, Wells,
Gattis, Hallowes & Carpenter, PA. He
practiced there until 1994, when Governor
Lawton Chiles appointed him to the
Florida Supreme Court. He became chief
justice of the Florida Supreme Court in
July 2000, a position that rotates among
the justices every two years, and made his-
tory when presiding over cases that came
before the court during Election 2000.
During his 28 years of private prac-
tice, Wells also found time for civic activi-
ties, including involvement in the Orlando
Area Chamber of Commerce, Orlando
Jaycees, Orange County YMCA, and
Professional Division of the United Appeal
of Orange County.
"Community involvement is very
important," Wells said.
He feels pro bono work is equally
important, and spent 14 years working
with the Orange County Legal Aid
Society, serving on the organization's
Board of Trustees 1988-89. The society
gave him its Award of Excellence in 1989
for outstanding pro bono service. He also
volunteered for nine years in the Guardian
Ad Litem Program, representing dependent
and abused children in court proceedings.
Wells also participated in the Orange
County Bar Association for years serv-
ing as president 1989-90 and on The
Florida Bar's Board of Governors.
He has remained involved with his
alma mater, serving as president of the
Orange County Chapter of UF's Alumni
Association and returning to Gainesville
- along with his fellow justices -
to judge the Justice Campbell Thornal
Moot Court Final Four Competition
Among other credentials, Wells has
been a certified mediator in both state
and federal courts and was admitted to
practice by all Florida courts and several
federal courts, including the U.S.
Supreme Court. m
BY DEBORAH CUPPLES (3L)
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entering the Society of Jesus to study for ordination
as a Roman Catholic priest. During the 10 years of
formation, he obtained a master's degree in philoso-
phy, master's in theology and master of divinity. He
also performed numerous pastoral ministries,
including assisting head counsel in a death penalty
defense case in Louisiana, initiating the pro bono
program at Loyola University New Orleans School
of Law and serving as a consultant to the American
Bar Association on pro bono programs.
Philip A. Diamond of Carlton Fields law firm in
Orlando has served since his election in 2002 on
the Orlando City Commission.
The Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission
appointed Las Vegas attorney Kathleen Paustian
vice-chairwoman of the Standing Committee on
Judicial Ethics and Election Practices. She has served
on the committee since 2001 and is of counsel to
Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel. Paustian primari-
ly represents management clients in discrimination
and employment law matters and appears regularly
before the Nevada Equal Rights Commission,
Federal Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission and Federal Department of Housing
and Urban Development.
Barbara A. Eagan, formerly of Arnold Matheny
& Eagan PA, became a shareholder in Broussard
Cullen DeGailler & Eagan PA in Orlando. Eagan
will continue her practice in appellate law, employ-
ment and commercial litigation, and land use
and local government law.
Jeff Jonasen, partner at Baker & Hostetler
LLP, was elected treasurer for and serves as a
member of the board of directors for the
University of Florida Alumni Association.
The Daughters of the American Revolution
recently awarded John T. Leadbeater
the "Americanism Medal" for extraordinary
qualities of leadership, trustworthiness,
service and patriotism as a naturalized citizen.
Leadbeater retired last year from the U.S. Army
Reserves as a lieutenant colonel after serving
in Southwest Asia for 10 months. He
supported Operation Enduring Freedom as
a mobilized reservist following the September
11th terrorist attacks.
Judge Jorge J. Perez of the 11th Judicial
Circuit served as moderator at a recent
Federalist Society reception in Miami. Jeb Bush
appointed Perez to the Circuit Court, where he
presides in the Juvenile Court Division. From
1995 to his appointment to the bench, he was
an assistant district counsel for the Department
of Homeland Security.
Patrick St. George Cousins of
Cousins Law Firm PA, West Palm Beach,
announced that the firm recently became
general counsel for The Artist Formerly
Known as Prince and Paisley Park Enterprises,
his mega corporation.
David J. Utter, director of the Juvenile
Justice Project of Louisiana in New Orleans,
was named 2003 Distinguished Attorney by the
Louisiana Bar Foundation.
Noel G. Lawrence began his second one-
year term on the voluntary board of directors of
the Orlando-based Florida Bar Foundation and
is the president of Florida Legal Services.
Jack A. Weiss (LLMT 92) became shareholder
at Fowler White Boggs Banker in St. Petersburg.
He is a member of the Workers' Compensation
Practice Group. Weiss is AV rated by Martindale-
Hubbell and is a Florida Bar board-certified work-
ers' compensation lawyer.
Kenneth Curtin was named parter at Ruden
McClosky Smith Schuster and Russell PA, in its
Ft. Lauderdale office. He practices commercial,
construction and general civil litigation.
Keith Grossman, JD, joined the law firm of Roosa,
Sutton, Burandt & Adamski, LLP in Cape Coral as
general attorney and certified family law mediator.
William N. Halpern was added to the real estate
department at ShuffieldLowman law firm in Orlando.
Belinda B. de Kozan became partner at
McDonald Fleming Moorhead Ferguson Green
Smith Blankenship Heath & de Kozan LLP. She
has over 12 years of experience in i 11 ...1
representing clients primarily in personal injury and
wrongful death suits, insurance disputes, and busi-
ness and real estate litigation. She is a member of
the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, U.S.
District Court for the Northern District of Florida,
Escambia -Santa Rosa Bar Association and the
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
Hunter J. Brownlee (LLMT 96) recently
became shareholder at Fowler White Boggs
Banker in its Tampa office. He is a member of
the Tax Practice Group, and concentrates in
federal and state taxation, mergers and acquisi-
tions, and corporate and partnership law.
Brownlee is former chair of the New Tax Lawyers'
Division of The Florida Bar Tax Section.
Gene Crick (LLMT 92) associate in the Orlando
office of Broad and Cassel, will become Of Counsel
to the firm. He is a member of the Affordable
Housing and Tax Credit Practice Housing Group,
and provides clients with tax expertise, primarily in
the areas of partnerships, limited liability compa-
nies, corporations and tax exempt entities.
Holland & Knight partner Edward Diaz
transferred his practice from Palm Beach to the
firm's Miami office. He continues as a member
of the South Florida labor and employment
team and the litigation section. Diaz is a past
president of the Hispanic Bar Association of
Palm Beach County and holds the highest rat-
ing assigned by Martindale Hubbell.
Perez 88 Lawrence 89 Curtin 91 Halpern 91 Brownlee
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44 UF LAW
UF Law Alumni Eighth in Nation
According to the Leiter Reports, the
Levin College of Law is eighth in
the nation following Harvard, Yale,
Texas, Virginia, Michigan, Georgetown and
Columbia and ahead of Stanford, Cal and
Penn in the number of its graduates
serving in federal judgeships.
UF law alumni include:
* Rosemary Barkett, U.S. Court of Appeals
for the 1 th Circuit
* Susan Harrell Black, U.S. Court of
Appeals for the 11th Circuit
* Peter Thorp Fay, U.S. Court of Appeals
for the 1 th Circuit
* S. Jay Plager, U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Federal Circuit
* William John Castagna, U.S. District
Court, Middle District of Florida
* Anne C. Conway, U.S. District Court,
Middle District of Florida
* Patricia C. Fawsett, U.S. District Court,
Middle District of Florida
* William Terrell Hodges, U.S. District
Court, Middle District of Florida
* Bruce Kasold, U.S. Court of Appeals for
* Richard A. Lazzara, U.S. District Court,
Middle District of Florida
* Howell Webster Sr. Melton, U.S. District
Court, Middle District of Florida
* Steven Douglas Merryday, U.S. District
Court, Middle District of Florida
* James S. Jr. Moody, U.S. District Court,
Middle District of Florida
* John Henry Moore II, U.S. District
Court, Middle District of Florida
* Gregory A. Presnell, U.S. District Court,
Middle District of Florida
* George Cressler Young, U.S. District
Court, Middle District of Florida
* Stephan P Mickle, U.S. District Court,
Northern District of Florida
* Maurice Mitchell Paul, U.S. District
Court, Northern District of Florida
* William P Dimitrouleas, U.S. District
Court, Southern District of Florida
* Joe Oscar Eaton, U.S. District Court,
Southern District of Florida
* Jose Alejandro Jr. Gonzalez, U.S. District
Court, Southern District of Florida
* Paul C. Huck, U.S. District Court,
Southern District of Florida
* James Lawrence King, U.S. District
Court, Southern District of Florida
* Donald M. Middlebrooks, U.S. District
Court, Southern District of Florida
* Ursula Mancusi Ungaro-Benages, U.S.
District Court, Southern District of Florida.
Brown replaces Criser on UF Trustees Board
Orlando attorney David Brown (JD 78) has replaced
Marshall Criser (JD 67) on the University of Florida's Board
of Trustees, where he will serve a four-year term.
Brown is chair of the Orlando law firm of Broad and
Cassel and known for his expertise in government relations,
land use and environmental law, and real estate. He is gen-
eral counsel for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and
eminent domain attorney for the Orlando-Orange County
He also is a member of the Council of 100, which pro- Brown
vides advice on key Florida issues from a business perspective to the governor, and
was appointed by Gov. Jeb. Bush to the Florida Transportation Commission in 1999,
where he served as chair for two years.
UF President Emeritus Marshall Criser, Jr. (JD 51) resigned as trustees chair in
November after Gov. Bush appointed him to an oversight board of the new Scripps
Florida Research Institute in Palm Beach County. Criser was president of UF 1984-89,
and chair of the Florida Board of Regents 1974-77. He retired as a partner from the
Jacksonville law firm McGuire Wodds, LLP He is a member of the UF Hospital Board
and an ex-officio director of the UF Foundation.
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Law Alumni Among the Best
Exactly 66 alumni from the Levin College of Law were recognized as among the
best in their field of practice in the 2003-04 issue of Chambers USA: America's
Leading Business Lawyers. Researchers spoke with thousands of clients and
attorneys throughout America, in an attempt to rate the lawyers objectively and
independently. The directory is published by Chambers and Partners Publishing
of London, England. UF graduates listed were:
John-Edward Alley (JD 62), Ford
8 Harrison LLP
Victor Alvarez (JD 85), White 8
William Andrews (JD 72), Coffman,
Coleman, Andres 8 Grogan
Kimberly Ashby (JD 80),
Leslie Barnett (JD 71), Barnett, Bolt,
Kirkwood 8 Long
Bernard Barton (JD 75), Holland
Bruce Bokor (JD 72), Johnson, Blakely,
Pope, Bokor, Ruppel 8 Burns, PA
Robert Bolt (JD 71), Barnett, Bolt,
Kirkwood 8 Long
Stephen Bozarth (JD 68), Dean, Mead, Egerton,
Bloodworth, Capouano 8 Bozarth PA
Joel Bronstein (JD 75), Bronstein, Carlson,
Gleim 8 Smith, PA
Charles Cacciabeve (JD 81),
J. Thomas Cardwell (JD 66),
Neil Chonin (JD 61), Chonin 8 Sher
Richard Comiter (JD 80), Comiter 8 Singer
Barry Davidson (JD 67), Hunton 8 Williams
Lauren Detzel (JD 77), Dean, Mead, Egerton,
Bloodworth, Capouano 8 Bozarth PA
John DeVault (JD 67), Bedell,
Dittmar, DeVault, Pillans 8 Coxe
Nathaniel Doliner (JD 77), Carlton Fields
Charles Egerton (JD 69), Dean, Mead,
Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano
8 Bozarth PA
Robert R. Feagin, III (JD 64), Holland
8 Knight LLP
Robert Glenn (JD 72), Glenn
Rasmussen Fogarty 8 Hooker
Lawrence Gragg (JD 75), White 8 Case LLP
Alan Greer (JD 69), Richman Greer Weil
Karl B. Hanson, Jr. (JD 71), LeBoeuf, Lamb,
Greene 8 MacRae, LLP
Benjamin Hill (JD 65) Hill, Ward 8
Jerome Hoffman (JD 78), Holland 8
Michael Hornreich (JD 83), Greenberg
Robert Hudson (JD 71), Baker 8 McKenzie
Kevin Hyde (JD 88), Foley 8 Lardner
Michael Jamieson (JD 64), Holland 8 Knight LLP
Richard Josepher (JD 77), Tescher, Gutter,
Chaves, Josepher, Rubin, Ruffin 8
Hal Kantor (JD 72), Lowndes, Drosdick,
Doster, Kantor 8 Reed PA
Ed Koren (JD 74), Holland 8 Knight LLP
Rutledge Liles (JD 66), Liles, Gavin,
Costantino 8 Murphy
Alfred J. Malefatto (JD 79), Greenberg
James E. Moye (JD 81), Moye, O'Brien,
O'Rourke, Pickert 8 Martin, LLP
Robert Norton (JD 70), Allen, Norton 8 Blue
Leslie O'Neal-Coble (JD 77), Holland
8 Knight LLP
Lynn Pappas (JD 76), Pappas, Metcalf,
Jenks 8 Miller
Robert Pierce (JD 76), Ausley 8 McMullen
Wallace Pope (JD 69), Johnson, Blakely,
Pope, Bokor, Ruppel 8 Burns, PA
Henry Raattama (JD 67), Akerman Senterfitt
Steve Rakusin (JD 74), Stephen Rakusin, PA
Gerald Richman (JD 64), Richman, Greer, Weil,
Brumbaugh, Mirabito 8 Christensen
Fred Ridley (JD 74), Foley 8 Lardner
Harley Riedel (JD 74), Stichter, Riedel,
Blain 8 Prosser
William Scheu (JD 70), Rogers, Towers, Bailey,
Jones 8 Gay, PA
Clifford Schulman (JD 72), Greenberg
James Seay (JD 74), Holland 8 Knight LLP
Lawrence Sellers (JD 79), Holland 8 Knight LLP
Roger Sims (JD 74), Holland 8 Knight LLP
Paul Singerman (JD 83), Berger Singerman
Richard Siwica (JD 83), Egan, Lev 8 Siwica
Jim Slater (JD 72), Broad 8 Cassel
Sidney Stubbs (JD 65), Jones, Foster,
Johnston 8 Stubbs, PA
Donald Tescher (JD 69), Tescher, Gutter,
Ghaves, Joespher, Rubin, Ruffin 8
Archibald Thomas (JD 48), Law Offices of
Archibald J. Thomas, III
William Townsend (JD 71), Holland 8
Samuel Ullman (JD 67), Steel, Hector 8
Murray Wadsworth (JD 62), Wadsworth,
Davis 8 Wadsworth, PA
Sylvia Walbolt (JD 63), Carlton Fields
Jeffrey Warren (JD 72), Bush, Ross, Gardner,
Warren 8 Rudy, PA
Lee Weintraub (JD 91), Becker 8 Poliakoff, PA
Michael Wilson (JD 86), Broad 8 Cassel
Mark Wolfson (JD 82), Foley 8 Lardner
Peter Zinober (JD 69), Zinober 8 McCrea, PA .
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William Large has been appointed by Gov. Jeb
Bush as his deputy chief of staff. Large previously
served as general counsel for the Department of
Health and director of the Governor's Task Force on
Professional Liability Insurance.
Jeff Bartel from the law firm of Stearns
Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson,
PA joined Florida Power and Light as vice presi-
dent of external affairs.
Kimberly Page Walker, shareholder of
Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen and
board-certified employment law attorney, was
elected president of the Teen Court board of
directors for Sarasota County. As the first such
program in Florida, Sarasota's Teen Court
administers criminal justice to Sarasota and
Venice youth offenders of first-time misde-
meanors through a beneficial peer court system.
Walker practices in labor and employment law
and employment litigation.
The Orange County Bar Association recently
awarded Tad A. Yates, attorney with
Kirkconnell Lindsey Snure & Yates PA in Winter
Park, the Lawrence G. Mathews Jr. Young Lawyer
Professionalism Award. Yates also was elected to
the association's executive council.
Robert Fellman has transitioned out of
correctional healthcare and into assisting state
Medicaid agencies with their ongoing clinical
reviews of therapeutically equivalent drug classes
for purposes of constructing preferred drug lists
and formulary management protocols for
Scott Atwood has been re-elected president
of The Florida Bar's Out-of-State Practitioners
Division as well as a member of The Florida Bar
YLD's Board of Governors. He is a partner with
Weathersby, Howard & Kuck, LLP in Atlanta,
specializing in labor and employment law.
Christopher G. Commander recently
made parter at Holland & Knight LLP in
Jacksonville. He is a member of the Business Law
Section and focuses on general corporate, corporate
finance, mergers and acquisitions and real estate.
Foley & Lardner LLP promoted Michael D.
Crosbie to partner in its Orlando office. Crosbie
concentrates in intellectual property and commer-
Susan B. Kubar was elected to parmer at the
national law firm Quarles & Brady LLP The firm
has more than 420 practicing offices all over the
United States offering an array of legal services to
corporate and individual clients.
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46 UF LAW
Grandparents in Need
F or a growing number of grandpar-
ents, raising children hasn't ended.
Nationwide, grandparents are raising more
than 3.9 million grandchildren, up 76 per-
cent from 1970. In Palm Beach County,
where Tim Stevens (JD 03) is a legal aid
attorney, there are more than 8,000 grand-
parents rearing approximately 13,000
Because of these alarming statistics and first-hand case
experiences, Stevens created the Grandparent Caregiver Project,
which provides grandparents with legal assistance to obtain cus-
tody, public assistance, housing, medical care, education, and other
support services for their grandchildren. The first of its kind in the
state, the program earned him an Equal Justice Works fellowship
through The Florida Bar Foundation for 2003 and 2004.
Stevens said grandparents are assuming care for various
reasons, such as economic hardship, family violence, teen
pregnancy, and a host of birth parent crises, including illness,
incarceration, unemployment, substance abuse or death.
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Grads Honored by Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Lake Lytal Jr. (JD 65) and Julie H. Littky Rubin (JD 93) of Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Fountain
E Williams, LLP were honored with two of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers highest
Lytal received the Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribu-
tions to the civil justice system, community and the environment.
Academy Executive Director Scott Carruthers said Lytal has had a career of excel-
lence, contributed millions of dollars to community and charitable organizations, endowed
a scholarship for minority students at the UF law school, and has earned countless
Littky Rubin, head of the West Palm Beach firm's appellate department, received the
S. Victor Tipton Award for Superior Achievement in Legal Writing based on her outstand-
ing advocacy through a tradition of excellence.
Among Littky Rubin's successes cited by the Academy: convincing the Florida
Supreme Court to adopt the "indivisible injury rule," which benefits those injured in multi-
ple accidents, and persuading the court that information on frequency of using an expert's
testimony and fees paid to the expert during the prior three years is discoverable.
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James M. Matulis was made shareholder at
Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa. He is a
member of the Products Liability Practice Group
and concentrates in intellectual property negotiation
and litigation, including resolving disputes over
patents, trademarks, copyrights, Internet issues and
product liability claims.
Mike Murphy was elected to the county court
bench in Orange County, Fla.
Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed PA in
Orlando recently made Thomas Norsworthy
a senior associate. He practices in real estate transac-
tions, development and finance.
Misty M. Taylor, a member of the Law Alumni
Council, was recently named parmer at the law firm
George, Hartz, Lundeen, Fulmer, Johnstone, King
Lynne Bachrach joined the law firm ofLowndes,
Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed as an associate
practicing in real estate transactions and develop-
ment and finance.
R. Scott Collins (LLMT 98) shareholder with the
firm Williams, Parker, Harrison, Deitz & Getzen in
Sarasota, has been granted board certification in
wills, trusts and estates by The Florida Bar Board of
Legal Specialization and Education. He also was
elected chair of the Sarasota County Bar Association
Estate Planning and Probate Section as well as
appointed to the advisory board of the University of
Florida Shands Cancer Center. Collins practices in
taxation, estate planning and administration, and
Suzanne E. Gilbert was made parter at Holland
& Knight LLP in Orlando. She is a member of the
Litigation Section and practices in the areas of com-
mercial litigation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights.
Gilbert was recently nominated to serve as Young
Lawyers Division member-at-large representative to
the ABA Board of Governors. She will spend one
year as the nominee and two years on the board.
Dennis M. McClelland was elected parmer at
Holland & Knight LLP in Tampa. He practices in
the firm's Litigation Section and specializes in labor
and employment law.
Kathryn B. Williams recently became partner at
Holland & Knight LLP in Orlando. She is a mem-
ber of the Real Estate Section and concentrates her
practice in real estate transactions, development and
finance, commercial leasing and mortgage banking.
Todd D. Mayo has joined the law firm of
Cleveland, Waters & Bass in Concord, N.H.
Jeremy M. Sensenig, former lead attorney of
the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach, opened the
Sensenig Law Firm, PA located in Sarasota.
Marve Ann Alaimo, attorney with Cummings &
Lockwood in Naples and Bonita Springs, achieved
board certification in wills, trusts and estates law. She
was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for
the National Kidney Foundation of Florida.
Aaron R. Resnick, an associate member of
Guster Yoakley & Stewart in Miami, has been
elected to the board of directors of the Dade County
Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.
J. Cater Randolph II, parmer with the Palm
Beach law firm Mettler, Shelton, Randolph &
Marek, has been selected as a member of the board
of directors of the Palm Beach Chamber of
Commerce. He practices in the areas of trust and
estate planning and administration.
Harvey E. Oyer III became shareholder in
Gunster Yoakley and is a member of the firm's
real estate department in its West Palm Beach
office. Oyer is on the Palm Beach County cen-
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tennial committee (planning for the County's
100th anniversary in 2009) and is a member
of the board of directors of the Palm Beach
County Cultural Council. He recently received
an award from the Florida Society Colonial
Dames XVII Century in recognition of his his-
torical contributions to South Florida and was
inducted into the British Order of St. John for
his service to mankind.
Holland & Knight Associate Marco Ferri has
been elected vice president and a member of the
board of directors for Italy-America Chamber of
Commerce Southeast, Inc.
Colleen M. Fitzgerald has joined GrayHarris
as an associate in the firm's Tampa office practic-
ing business and commercial litigation with focus
on securities litigation and arbitration.
Andrew Fussner was named the national
director of bequest administration for the
American Heart Association and will oversee the
receipt of $100 million in bequest revenue for
the AHA nationally, and was placed on the
Tampa Bay Business Journals' "30 under 30" list.
He also was reappointed to the UF Foundation
board of directors as a special appointee serving
on the alumni giving committee.
Samuel A. Maroon joined Akerman Senterfitt
as an associate in its Jacksonville Litigation
Group specializing in admiralty insurance
defense, commercial insurance defense, general
civil litigation and representation of management
in labor and employment matters.
Jacob Segal, co-founder of the law firm
Landau & Segal PA, celebrated the two-year
anniversary of the firm, in Hollywood, Fla. The
firm specializes in personal injury cases through-
out the state.
William R. Shilling has opened his own law
firm as a general practitioner in Carolina Beach,
NC, a small island just south of Wilmington.
Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed PA
in Orlando made Ormend Yeilding a senior
associate. He practices in real estate transactions,
and development and finance.
Derek Acree, a member of The Florida Bar,
joined the law firm of Nason, Yeager, Gerson,
White & Lioce, PA, as an associate and will be
practicing real estate law.
Brandon Biederman recently joined the
Builders Association of South Florida as director
of governmental affairs for Broward County.
Biederman was previously a legislative aide to
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48 UF LAW
BOOK AWARD HONORS
T he memory
of W Fred
Turner (JD 48),
the attorney in the
case, will live on at
the UF College of
Law through an
Book Award created through a $40,000
gift from his daughter.
Turner, 81 at the time of his death,
was an avid Gator and renowned attorney
and judge who was born, raised and spent
his career in Bay County, Florida. The
award will provide unrestricted support for
students, faculty and programs through the
Annual Fund in perpetuity, and a plaque
will be presented each year to the top stu-
dent in the course, which allows UF law
students to gain valuable practical experi-
ence by participating in actual criminal
legal matters under supervision of the
Public Defender's Office.
Gideon v. Wainwright:
W. FRED TURNER
BY DENNIS W. ARCHER,
2003 President, ABA
W. Fred Turner's name is not a house-
hold word. But his work, as the lawyer
chosen to represent Clarence Earl Gideon
after the Supreme Court made its land-
mark 1963 ruling in Gideon v. Wainright,
guarantees him a place in the heart and
spirit of American law and justice.
In March of 2003, we celebrated the
40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme
Court's Gideon ruling, establishing the
right to counsel for indigent defendants in
criminal proceedings. This decision caused
the most significant transformation in
American criminal justice history, and
brought about a profound shift in social
justice: recognition that every defendant,
whether wealthy or poor, is guaranteed the
right to counsel. At its core, Gideon is the
promise of justice for even the poorest and
most vulnerable citizens in our society.
But it was Turner's subsequent repre-
sentation that won Gideon an acquittal,
and gave life and meaning to the decision.
Turner did the work that kept Gideon's
promise. As Earl Warren observed, it is the
spirit and not the form of the law that
keeps justice alive. It can also be said that
it is the upholding of the law through its
diligent, competent practice that sustains
our justice system.
Fred Turner died Nov. 23, 2003, at
his home in Panama City, Fla. His passing
gives us pause, to reflect on how well we
have met or missed the mark set by the
Gideon decision some 40 years ago. The
meaning of Aristotle's comment, that it is
in justice that the ordering of society is
centered, is made clear in Turner's efforts
for Clarence Gideon. His work brought
justice to one of the least among us, giving
strength and steel to the legal system that
is our nation's backbone. u
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Dean Robert Jerry met with UF College of Law Grand
Guard members and their spouses who returned to
campus for a reunion. Professor Emeritus Mendy
Glicksberg and Joyce Glicksberg, Joe (LLB 54) and
Linda Reynolds of Dunnellon, and Frances and Virgil
(JD 51) Mayo of Blountstown enjoyed a tour of the
law school's new facilities and conversation with
others who graduated 50-plus years ago.
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State Senator Ron Klein and worked primarily on
biotech, economic development, transportation
and technology related issues.
Matthew Landau, co-founder of the law firm
Landau & Segal PA, celebrated the two-year
anniversary of the firm, which specializes in
Hunter W. Carroll, with Carlton Fields
law firm, has been elected chairman of the
Young Lawyers Division and an executive
committee member of the St. Petersburg
Carlton Fields attorney Cristina Alonso has
been elected parliamentarian of the Board of
Governors of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers
Larry Benton "Ben" Alexander joined
Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach as an associate
in the real estate and mortgage financing practice
Gilbert Evans Jr. was named vice president
and assistant general counsel for St. Johns River
Community College. He is one of the youngest
vice presidents ever appointed by the educational
Lara Jane Osofsky, of Daniel Kaplan PA in
Aventura, is engaged to marry Michael Leader.
Gregg Rivkind joined Ruden McClosky
Smith Schuster & Russell PA in Ft. Lauderdale
as an associate in the Tax Practice Group. Prior
to joining the firm, Rivkind practiced with
Arthur Andersen LLP in Miami and BDO
Seidman LLP in New York City.
Timothy Shane Taylor, experienced in com-
mercial litigation and construction law disputes
in federal and state courts, recently joined
Carlton Fields in Miami as an associate in the
Construction Practice Group.
Kristina Tucker, formerly with Holland &
Knight LLP, joined Nexsen Pruet Jacobs &
Pollard LLC as an associate in its Charleston,
S.C., office. She concentrates in malpractice
defense and employment litigation.
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Jessie Michael Tilden has joined the law firm
of Carlton Fields in Tampa as an associate and is in
the Construction Practice Group.
Loren Fender recently joined the Miami law
firm ofRumburger, Kirk & Caldwell PA, as an
associate practicing in the areas of insurance defense
matters and products liability
New Specialty Court Created
In an effort to clear a large backlog of
business cases languishing in the
Florida court system, officials of the
state's 9th Circuit have created a new
specialty court and named UF law alum
Judge Renee Roche (JD 84) to head it.
The Orlando business court, covering
cases in Orange and Osceola counties,
began operating in February to hear
business disputes only. A number of
other states have similar business
courts, but this is the first in Florida.
Leonard Keen was appointed vice president of
strategic and legal affairs for Lake Mary-based
Kinetics, Inc., a provider of enterprise and self serv-
ice technology solutions to the travel industry. Prior
to joining the company, Keen was an attorney with
Allen Dyer Doppelt Milbraith & Gilchrist PA in
Orlando, and served in executive roles in various
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Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed in Orlando, was
recognized as a National Football League Players
Association (NFLPA) certified contract advisor.
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He is active in his firm's sports law practice, which
encompasses player contract negotiations, review
and development of endorsement opportunities,
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Schuster & Russell PA in West Palm Beach as an
associate in the Litigation Practice Group concentrat-
ing in securities and health law litigation.
Williams, Parker, Harrison, Deitz & Getzen
announced that Stacy J. Borisov joined the
Sarasota-based firm practicing I 1.. ... ...... ... Il-
ing health, probate, and appellate law. Prior to joining
the firm, Borisov served as staff attorney to Justice
Charles T Wells of the Supreme Court of Florida.
Rhonda Chung-de Cambre, an attorney with
Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc., in Gainesville, has
been elected to The Florida Bar Young Lawyers
Division Board of Governers for 2004-06.
Erin Ackor joined the Miami law firm of Moore
and Co. PA, and will specialize in all aspects of
marine and aviation law.
Alexis Calleja recently joined Rumberger Kirk &
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products liability and asbestos defense litigation.
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an associate practicing in developments of regional
impact, land use & zoning, real estate transactions,
and development & finance.
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real estate development.
Lauren Heatwole joined Lowndes Drosdick
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and marital law and labor and employment law.
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Jeffery L. Mapen has joined the law firm of
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as an associate
in the firm's Atlanta office, practicing in the area
of toxic torts and pharmaceutical and medical
Marc Matthews joined Holland & Knight in Orlando
as an associate in the firm's litigation department. Prior to
working with the firm, Matthews was a licensed athlete
agent and a certified contract advisor with the National
Football League Player's Association.
Elizabeth Alexander Maxwell, in partnership with
her husband, has founded Maxwell & Maxwell PA in
Okeechobee. She and her husband welcomed their first
child, Alexander Gage Maxwell, on Nov. 5, 2003.
Lori A. Nazry joined Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell PA
in Orlando as an associate practicing general civil
Cheryl A. Priest has joined Foley & Lardner LLP in
the firm's Jacksonville office as a member of the
Litigation Department and General Commercial
Litigation Practice Group.
Rafael Ribeiro joined the Orlando office of Baker
& Hostetler LLP and will practice with an emphasis
on general commercial litigation. The firm is among
the nation's 100 largest law firms with 590 attorneys
serving clients throughout the world.
Hale Sheppard (LLMT 03) with Sharp, Smith &
Harrison, PA, in Tampa, has published several
articles recently in publications that include Tax
Notes International, Vanderbilt Journal of
Transnational Law, Journal ofMultistate Taxation
and Incentives, Northwestern University Journal of
International Law and Business, University of Texas
International Law Journal and Worldwide Tax
Daily. He specializes in global tax planning,
cross-border business transaction, and international
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Gentle, PA in Orlando.
Doug Walker recently joined Holland & Knight in
Orlando as an associate focusing on construction and
Kelly A. Zarzycki has joined the Tampa law firm of
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litigation, business transactions, health care, personal
injury, and corporate law. 0
Professor Emeritus James Quarles
Levin College of Law Professor Emeritus (1969-96)
Levin College of Law Professor
Emeritus James C. Quarles passed
away Feb. 14, 2004 at the age of 82.
"His was a well-lived life," said
Professor Joseph Little. "He was a con-
summate Southern gentleman, with all
the attendant virtues: courteous, soft-
spoken, moderate in word and deed,
generous, serious when required,
piquantly humorous when appropriate,
unerringly true to his word, and unfal-
tering in shouldering more than his
share of any burden."
Quarles was preceded in death by
his wife, Prudence Quarles, and left
behind his sons, UF law graduates
James Peyton Quarles (JD 75)
of South Daytona Beach and
Christopher Sinclair Quarles (JD 79)
of Ormond Beach, a daughter,
Rebecca Q. McLeod of Tallahassee,
his former wife, Audrey Clark of
Gainesville two grandchildren and
"I am very proud of my father's
legacy. He taught literally thousands of
law students over a career that spanned
more than 50 years," said Chris
Quarles. "In my work as an assistant
public defender doing capital appeals,
I talk to many lawyers around the
state. Almost weekly, I encounter
lawyers who were taught by my father.
Many comment on his dry wit and
tough grading policy."
Quarles' chief love was teaching.
While at Mercer University and UF, he
taught almost every course offered in a
traditional law curriculum, concentrat-
ing at UF on his favorites, United
States Constitutional Law and
told me that
"Initially disillusioned with law school,
they chose to finish after enrolling in
my father's criminal or constitutional
law class. They fell in love with the
subject and credit my father with the
fact that they stayed in school."
He was recruited from Mercer,
where he served as law dean, in 1969 to
become executive director of the now
defunct Florida Law Revision
Commission, then housed at the UF
College of Law. He was appointed pro-
fessor of law shortly thereafter, and soon
earned a reputation for active service on
numerous law school committees.
"Year after year he did more com-
mittee work than anyone else, and
semester after semester he taught more
students than any other faculty mem-
ber," said Little. "This is not merely to
acknowledge that Jim always earned
his pay. It also acknowledges a huge
institutional debt. Jim's capacity and
willingness to do more than his share
freed others to pursue interests that
often were much less connected to the
institution and its students."
"He was a wonderful colleague and
an exquisitely sensitive human being,"
said Professor Winston Nagan. "He had
a wry sense of humor, touched with
great gentility. He will be missed." u
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I attended a funeral recently
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he greeted you. His handshake
squeezed blood from your hand
and pushed it back up your arm.
Yet, like many who face a battle
with cancer, his body fought long
and hard but eventually gave
The memorial service was a
snapshot of the celebration that
was his life. There was singing,
long and loud, including the
Battle Hymn of the Republic to
acknowledge his veteran status as
a proud Marine, and Take Me
Out To the Bitii..:, to signify his
many years of Little League
coaching and umpiring.
George's wife, two daughters
and son sat in the front row with
the rest of the family members
while his many friends filled the
church. It was clear his relation-
ships defined his life and his legacy.
When the Marine Honor Guard
played Taps on the bugle at the
gravesite, his spirit spread among
us like the sun glowing from
behind the clouds.
As I drove home from the
funeral I realized George had left a
clear trail of what was meaningful
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Like George, you too have a
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