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FROM THE DEAN
How Law Professors Make Their Mark
DEAN ROBERT JERRY
have spent almost 30 years of my
life on law school campuses, first
as a law student and later as a law
professor and dean. During that
time, I have been privileged to
work with a distinctive group of
people who are, without a doubt,
I refer, of course, to my
The law professors
I have known through
the years, including my
outstanding colleagues at
our own law school,
are fascinating individuals
who are as different as they
are alike. Yet I have
observed some common
of any law school.
law reform andimprovements in the system ofjustice.
Thus, legal scholarship, as measured by the quality
and quantity of scholarly publications, is a vital part
of any professor's activities and usually complements
and enhances the teaching function. Yet, I think for
many it is the role of teacher that provides profound
satisfaction and constant opportunities to tangibly
shape the lives of students. In this regard, I agree
For law professors,
equates to generating
ideas that promote law
reform and improvements
in the system of justice.
with my colleague Kent
Syverud, now the law dean
at Washington University-
St. Louis, who made this
point in an article he wrote
about teaching. With the
exception of a very few of
us, most of us will change
the world more through our
students than through what
characteristics as they engage in their vocation of
teaching, research and service. My personal
experience is that most of these men and women are
determined, hard-working, intellectually gifted and
passionately committed to educating the quick minds
that scrutinize them in the classroom. They study,
debate, inspire and lead in the hope of building a
more equitable world.
The purposes of the modem university, of which
law schools are a part, are to transmit and discover
knowledge. For law professors, discovering
knowledge equates to generating ideas that promote
Several articles in this issue demonstrate the
significant ways our alumni are making their marks
on the world, including serving as distinguished
judges, lawyers and public servants. But what this
issue also highlights is how some of our alumni are
changing the world by teaching in universities across
the nation. As a law professor, I find it particularly
gratifying to see our graduates answering the calling
to train the next generations of lawyers. This is
another reason I am both privileged and proud to be
a member of the faculty and the dean at the Levin
College of Law at the University of Florida. 0
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legal solutions to a wide range of
important growth management
issues-especially those that affect
agriculture, green space, water resources
and energy-is easier thanks to a new
partnership between UF's Extension
Service and the Levin College of Law.
The Extension Service is now
working closely with the Conservation
Clinic,housedin the law college's Center
for Governmental Responsibility, to
promote smart growth and sustainability
solutions throughout the state.
Dean Robert Jerry said smart growth
and sustainability are key issues in
Florida, and have long been a focus of
the college's Environmental and Land
Use Law Program as well as a number
of units in UF's Institute of Food and
"An interdisciplinary approach is
vital to successfully managing these
areas, and this partnership with the
Extension Service will greatly amplify
available intellectual and physical
resources," Jerry said. "Conservation
Clinic projects also leverage taxpayer
dollars by utilizing the time and talents
of law students under faculty guidance.
The students benefit, too, by gaining
hands-on, real world experience."
'With Florida's population expected
to double in 50 years, growth
management will continue to be one of
the most urgent, difficult and potentially
contentious issues facing the state," said
Larry Arrington, dean for extension.
The Conservation Clinic provides
environmental and land use law
services to Florida communities
and non-government organizations
and university programs such as the
Extension Service and Florida Sea
Grant College Program, said Tom
Ankersen, director of the clinic. Among
other projects, the clinic has consulted
with local government on ordinances
and comprehensive plan policies, state
statutes and conservation easements.
"Demand for clinic legal services
has been growing, and much of this has
come through requests generated by
our expanding relationship with UF's
Extension Service, which has offices
in every county," Ankersen said.
In the next 50 years, more than
11 million new homes-along with
millions of square feet of commercial
space and thousands of miles of
new roadways-will be needed to
accommodate the influx of residents,
according to Pierce Jones, director of
the Extension Service's Program for
Resource Efficient Communities.
'To achieve the kind of resource-
efficient growth we need, our commu-
nity planning efforts require cross
disciplinary collaboration with building
professionals, local governments, water
management districts and other agen-
cies," Jones said. The Program for
Resource Efficient Communities works
with these and other collaborators
to promote the adoption of best
design, construction and management
practices in new residential community
developments that measurably reduce
energy and water consumption and en-
vironmental degradation, he said.
Honored by UF
For her commitment to the Univer-
sity of Florida and accomplishment in
her chosen field, Martha Barnett
(JD 73) was honored as a UF Distin-
guished Alumnus at the Levin College
of Law's commencement ceremony in
May. Barnett, former president of the
American Bar Association and a partner
in the law firm of Holland & Knight, also
delivered the commencement address to
the Spring 2007 graduates.
After graduating from law school,
Barnett became Holland & Knight's
first female attorney and now serves as
chair of the firm's Directors Committee,
the firm's highest policy-making body.
As a member of the ABA, she held
numerous key roles, including chairing
the House of Delegates, a task force
that studied women in the legal
profession, and one of its most
significant sections, Individual Rights
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist recently
appointed her to serve on the Taxation
and Budget Reform Commission.
Tell Your Story
Just about every alumnus has at
least one or two great stories to tell
about their time in law school. Now you
can share your experiences with class-
mates and read about almost 100 years
of historical events at UF Law on a new
section of the college's website. To post
your story, just complete an easy-to-use
form at www.law.ufl.edu/history.
UF Law offers several online CLE
courses and course materials (developed
by Professor Steve Willis), including
"Family Law Tax Issues" and "Financial
Calculations for Lawyers." Learn all the
details at www.uflcle.com.
Historic Preservation Benefits Florida
H historic preservation enhances
the quality of life of Floridians
through economic and cultural
contributions to an improved sense
of place, according to a new study
from the Center for Governmental
Responsibility at the Levin College of
Law and the Department of Urban and
Regional Planning, both at the University
'Determining a specific dollar
value for quality of life is a challenging
undertaking," said project co-director
Timothy McLendon (JD 94), staff
attorney at the Center for Governmental
Responsibility. 'Therefore, we offered
local decision makers a number of options
for protecting historically valuable assets
that contribute to the community."
The report includes models and tools
available to further historic preservation
in Florida and to measure the impact of
historical structures, events and related
activities on the enhancement of the
quality of life in Florida.
"We're excited to have this
wonderful study to confirm that along
with the economic impacts that result
from historic preservation, the quality
of life is indeed improved as well,"
said Caroline Tharpe Weiss, executive
director of the Florida Trust for Historic
Preservation, which provided key
support for the study.
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Yet another UF team has brought
home a national title. The Levin
College of Law Black Law Students
Association (BLSA) Trial Team took
top honors at the National BLSA
Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial
Competition in Atlanta, defeating
Georgetown in the semifinals and
Georgia State in the final round.
Team members were (clockwise from
lower left) Jessica Anderson, Camille
Warren, Alicia Phillip and Ronisha
Beasley. "After months of hard work
and frustration, this has turned
out to be an amazing experience
that we as a team are very proud
of," Anderson said. "The women
I competed with are phenomenal
litigators and I'm humbled to share
this honor with them."
CALENDAR 2007 Alumni Events
UF Law Alumni Reception
The Levin College of Law will hold
a UF Law Alumni Reception at
The Florida Bar annual meeting at
6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the
Orlando World Center Marriott. This
reception, open to all UF Law alumni,
will provide graduates with the
opportunity to network and reconnect
with friends and colleagues from
around the state. They will also hear
from Dean Robert Jerry, who will
provide an update with the latest news
from the college.
CLE Program, BBQ & Gala
"Florida Tomorrow: The Campaign
for the University of Florida" will
have its official kickoff Friday, Sept.
28, when the entire university will be
"Showcasing The Possibilities" with
various events across campus from
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Law alumni can attend a CLE
program at the Levin College of Law
and enjoy the Gene & Elaine Glasser
barbecue lunch, which will enable
them to interact with students, faculty
There will also be a private
donor gala event that evening at
the O'Connell Center. If you are
interested in learning more, please
contact Kelley Frohlich, senior
director of Development, at 352-273-
0640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Graduate helps UF Law students
gain Latin American experiences
BY KAYLA HARRIS
people always say they love their job. Chris
Markussen (JD 72) loves her job. She en-
joys it so much she underwrote a study
tour in Chile for 10 UF Law and graduate
students, hoping they would discover the
enthusiasm she has for international busi-
ness and law.
As the chief counsel of international business for MetLife,
Markussen said she felt 'The Legal Institutions of the Ameri-
cas Study Tour: Chile" program was an opportunity for the
students to view the interrelatedness between countries and
better understand our global economy. UF Law student Peter
'I return from Chile convinced more than ever that a com-
mitment to vibrant international trade is the key to America's
long-term national security, world order and peace," said Lynch.
Trade can focus nations on their similarities rather than their
UF law students (left) differences, maintaining dialogue and an
in Chile; Markussen and inclination to work things out as partners,
her husband, James, on
a trip to China. rather than leaving heads of state to focus
on differences and interact through brinksmanship, sanctions,
and threats of force, he said.
'Competent attorneys to support the needs of these business-
es, and to operate dispute resolution mechanisms for international
trading partners are essential,"Lynch added.
The program provided practical exposure to Latin Ameri-
can legal systems while promoting ties with law schools
and political figures in the region. The students spent their
spring break traveling throughout Chile visiting major legal
institutions, from Chile's new Justice Center to the Justice
Studies Center of the Americas, from a Chilean law school to
leading law firms.
"It's a wonderful chance for people to see how another
culture does business, thinks and approaches the law, "Markus-
sen said. I wanted to participate in giving an opportunity
to law and graduate students to become as enamored with
international work as I am."
In addition, the students spent time exploring Chile's
history. The students' itinerary followed the development of
Chile's legal system. Their trip began with a discussion of
the progression of the system at
Diego Portales University School
of Law followed by a tour of
the Villa Grimaldi Torture Cen-
ter in Santiago. This complex
was used to torture political
prisoners during Augusto Pino-
chet's rule. The students spent
the rest of their trip learning
about reforms to the system that
have led to Chile's stability and
free trade agreements.
Markussen, who frequently
starts her day with a 5 a.m. con-
ference call with Hong Kong and
ends her day at 10 p.m. talking to
colleagues in Australia, expected
the wide variety of activities to
provide the students with a better
understanding of their world.
SEEING THE SIMILARITIES
'I hope the students feel a
sense of connectedness with peo-
ple in other parts of the world.
They saw another culture. They
met people that they see similari-
ties with that they can learn from,"
she said. 'I think it's important
for the future of the world, gener-
ally, for people to understand each
other and figure out how they can
work together and support each
other and have empathy and sym-
pathy for each other and for how
each other lives."
Markussen has spent the
majority of her career building
her global view of business and
law. Having practiced business
in Europe for years, Markus-
sen first became interested in
Chile after negotiating with joint
venture partners in the Latin
American country for MetLife.
She said she was impressed
by the law firms there, and she
found the businesspeople to be
'There's no other part of the
company or no other type of law
I'd rather practice because of all
the variations and the challenges
of working in all these cultures,"
Top Attorneys Teach Drafting
Law students at the Levin College
of Law are getting a taste of the life that
awaits them at corporate law offices
thanks to a new business document
drafting course taught by top attorneys
who travel to Gainesville to teach the
The course was developed by
Professor Stuart Cohn and Miami
attorney Daniel H. Aronson, co-chair
of the Corporate & Securities Group at
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod
With support from UF Law Dean
Robert Jerry, Cohn and Aronson enlisted
three prominent business lawyers
as adjunct professors: Lou Conti, a
partner with Holland & Knight who
splits his time between Orlando and
Tampa; Gardner Davis, a partner in the
Jacksonville office of Foley & Lardner;
and Gregory C. Yadley, a partner in
the Tampa office of Shumaker, Loop
& Kendrick and co-chair of the firm's
Corporate Practice Group.
"There are very few law schools
that offer anything like this," Aronson
explained. "There was no real precedent
for what we wanted to do. We knew
Georgetown and NYU offered skills-
focused courses, but no other law
schools offered anything close. While
I applaud the administration and
our adjunct professors, the heroes
here are the 20 students who went
through a brand new course, four
different professors, and a ton of work
to understand and draft corporate and
transactional documents that corporate,
securities and M&A attorneys deal with
The two-credit course went well
beyond issues of how best to draft
a document, Cohn said. The course
addressed negotiation and transaction
skills, and writing assignments included
drafting letters of intent, employment
agreements and representations and
warranties in a merger agreement,
among other documents.
"The students very much
appreciated seeing top attorneys
come in and talk about their practice
experiences," Cohn said. "This wasn't
a class with a lot of war stories. It
was an opportunity to hear highly
experienced attorneys talk about real-
life drafting issues, practical solutions
to those issues and real-life situations
in terms of dealing with clients, finding
out exactly what clients have in mind,
and negotiating differences between
Most of the students were in
their third year and plan to pursue a
corporate and/or transactional practice.
"Most of the classes are microcosms
of the experiences, skills and tools that
corporate law partners and supervisors
endeavor-often on an ad hoc basis
-to transmit to junior associates
and attorneys early in their careers,"
Feedback from the course has been
very positive, and plans are underway
for development of additional skills-
based offerings in the business law
curriculum, including in the areas of
mergers & acquisitions and advanced
corporate finance. Aronson said the
course should allow students to "hit the
ground running" after graduation and
thus should make them more attractive
at both law firms and corporate law
Conti, who knew Cohn through their
work on a number of legislative drafting
projects for The Florida Bar, said the
students displayed surprisingly good
drafting skills throughout the course.
"Most of the young associates in
our office keep saying they wish they
had something like this when they
were in law school, because when you
come into practice you literally do not
know where to start in many cases,
particularly in a transactional practice,"
said Conti, who previously taught as
an adjunct at Widener University and
It's easy to look at form documents
and see what somebody else has
done before, Conti explained, but it
takes experience to understand why
provisions are there or not there, and
how to negotiate the relative tweaking
of those provisions. Without a senior
lawyer to mentor them and take the
time to sit down and explain a lot of the
drafting and language issues, he said,
young associates typically have to learn
business document drafting on "a catch-
-By James Hellegaard
A Right to
Autopsy photos. Court records. Open mail.
How far is too far in the public's need to know?
f they were two boxers
slugging it out in the
ring, the notion of privacy
would appear to be on weak
legs, up against the ropes
and fighting in vain against the
formidable and persistent opponent
that is the public's desire for access to information.
Around the world, people are consuming information
like never before, gobbling up all they can and asking for
more as everyone from media outlets to courts of law try to
keep up with the voracious and insatiable demand.
All of which begs questions that have been tossed
around for centuries: Do we really need to know all of this?
Do we have a right to know? Is anybody being hurt by
this information being out there, and if so, does anybody
Judge Jacqueline Griffin (JD 75) of the Fifth District
Court of Appeals of Florida has spent the last few years
serving on the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Privacy
and Court Records, at the end of which, over her "continuous
and strenuous objection," the majority of that commission
made the recommendation that court records should
henceforth be put on the Internet to allow public access to
electronic court records.
"At the end of the day I think that I've concluded that
privacy is something that is highly subjective," Griffin said.
'What is one person's privacy is another person's stock-in-
trade-information that they want, and they want to sell it or
use it for whatever purpose they have. It's everybody else's
Griffin spoke these words at the first annual Center for
Governmental Responsibility Symposium (CGR) on 'Privacy
Law: Perspectives of National Security, the FirstAmendment,
the Media, and the Individual," held earlier this year at the
Levin College of Law. Other speakers included Mike Foley,
Hugh Cunningham Professor in Journalism Excellence at
UF's College of Journalism & Communications; Gregg D.
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Conway (JD 75), U.S. District Judge for
the Middle District of Florida; and Fletcher N.
Baldwin, Jr., Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law and director
of the Centre for International Financial Crime Studies. Jon
Mills, UF Law dean emeritus and CGR's founding director,
moderated the discussion.
'Privacy as a concept is probably vestigial," Griffin said.
'There's so much information out there about every single
human being that there's probably going to be an avenue to
find this information if anybody just looked for it."
Conway agreed. In federal courts, everything is required
to be electronically filed and placed on the Internet. 'One of
our big issues is redacting personal information and whose
responsibility it is," Conway explained. 'The lawyers don't
want to do it. The court doesn't want to do it. The court
reporters don't want to do it. And somebody's got to do it."
COMPLEX ISSUES TO CONSIDER
While perhaps timeless, these conflicting issues have lost
none of their urgency. More recently, two more fighters have
entered the ring-security and the Internet-ganging up on
privacy and making for an apparent mismatch.
"Security is at the top of everybody's agenda," said Mills,
who has studied privacy issues and been involved with legal
cases in this area throughout his career as well as chaired
the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Privacy and Court
Records. 'There are a number of reasons that we invade
privacy. Security is top of the list. In some cases we intrude
on privacy to protect our sense of morality. We have a whole
series of reasons why we authorize invasions."
To launch the symposium discussion, Mills presented
several real-life scenarios, including cases that touched on
issues of privacy:
* A case in which an expectation of privacy in the seclusion
of one's own bedroom was not considered reasonable when
the individual was involved in a lesbian relationship and in
a child custody fight with her husband.
* A medical examiner who allowed a cable network film crew
to follow him to a hotel room where a woman had been
thrown to her death from the balcony by her husband, who
then died when he fell or jumped. The film crew recorded
the crime scene, including the woman's dead body, and the
next morning shot photos of the nude bodies.
* President George W. Bush, who late last year issued a
"presidential signing statement" related to a Postal Service
bill, which said a subsection of the Postal Accountability
and Enhancement Act "provides for opening an item of a
class of mail otherwise sealed
against inspection." I
Baldwin sees the Postal In the rac
Accountability and Enhancement
Act as "the final nail in the com pa'
coffin"-the latest in a series of
invasive steps taken in the wake of has a fight
9/11 by the Bush Administration
to trample on individual privacy
rights in the name of national security and the ongoing war on
terrorism. Baldwin called Bush "the poster child for mission
creep," a term used to describe the expansion of a project or
mission beyond its original goals.
"It goes on and on," Baldwin said. 'It's so embarrassing
that if you wrote this as a law exam they would throw you out
of the room. Police states don't even go this far. The principle
in each of these acts and beginning with the Patriot Act is to
ignore the third branch of government. They're trying to keep
out the judges. The attorney general in speaking to this act
and the Military Commissions Act, in effect, said the federal
judges ought to take note that they're secondary in this war
EARNHARDT FAMILY SPEAKS UP
Those concerned with privacy have scored the occasional
victory, however, perhaps most notably in 2001 when the
Florida Legislature passed a law known as the Earnhardt Family
Protection Act. The bill, named for NASCAR legend Dale
Earnhardt, who died when his car crashed into the wall of the
final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, made autopsy photographs,
video and audio recordings confidential. Violators could be
charged with a third-degree felony that could be punishable by
jail time and up to a $5,000 fine. Mills, one of the lawyers who
represented the Earnhardt family, said they were concerned
that photos from Earnhardt's autopsy would be published in
newspapers or websites.
'They don't care whether The New York Times doesn't
publish it but the National Enquirer does," Mills explained.
'The damage to the family is the same."
Still, some have problems with the law, including Thomas,
a media lawyer whose clients must struggle to abide by it.
Thomas noted that the push for the law came about after the
Orlando Sentinel wanted to review the photos of Earnhardt's
autopsy specifically to examine the damage to his neck in an
effort to determine whether Earnhardt may have survived had
he been wearing a Head And Neck Support (HANS) device,
which was used by only six drivers in the 43-car field in the
Daytona 500 that day.
"So the purpose for looking at the photograph or looking at
Dale Earnhardt's dead body was totally legitimate," Thomas
said. "And for 50 years in Florida, as long as we've had a
photographer, the press has had access to autopsy photographs,
and never once, not one abused situation."
Griffin, who sat on the case, said the Earnhardt family was
unique in its ability to get the Florida Legislature, which has
control over public records, to enact
a statute that retroactively forbade
for profits, the publication of the photographs.
'What the media accomplished
sion still was to make far more confidential
that which historically had not
ng chance. been confidential," she said. \ly
position has always been that the
media runs the risk-through its
enthusiastic support of Internet access to court records and
all of this-that the Legislature, as these things come to their
attention, will enact more legislation that will make these
things completely confidential."
Still, the game has changed, or rather, come full circle.
The days of Ben Franklin and the "citizen journalist,"
Thomas pointed out, eventually gave way to huge media
conglomerates. Now, with the proliferation of personal
Internet sites and the blogosphere, we're in some ways back
where we started. But does that necessarily mean the rules of
journalism are also changing?
'Media ethics is not an oxymoron," Foley said. 'I believe
that in responsible newsrooms-and maybe there are a
dwindling number there, I don't know-but every bit of
information is weighed on its own. Do we publish this? Does
this meet our standards? There are no standards on the Internet
... and that's a very grave danger."
While many may assume the media will publish just
about anything to draw readers or viewers or clicks to their
websites, Foley believes otherwise. Many more photos
and stories come to the attention of editors that are never
published. In the race for profits, compassion still has a
'These are debated and debated, and one editor will
argue one thing and another editor will argue another thing,"
Foley said. "And finally it gets down to the executive editor
and then he lies awake all night with his stomach hurting.
Does the public need to know this? It's all public record. But
does the public have to know this? Do I ruin all these
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BY JAMES HELLEGAARD
hen Gene Moore arrived in
Boynton Beach in 1957, it was
a small town of a few thousand
residents on the southeast coast
of Florida. He was 28 years old, a
young lawyer just two years out of
law school, in a place where there
weren't a whole lot of lawyers.
'They had nothing down here," says Moore, who
would go on to serve as attorney and mayor for the city.
When he arrived, there was no municipal water treatment
or a municipal tennis court. There was, however, plenty
'That was good because we could address those problems
with the need being there," says Moore (JD 53), now 78.
'We just had to come up with the answers. We would run for
office, get into city government and solve those problems.
Because they were there. Down here everything was open
for us to do it and take the responsibility and pride in doing
it. You were a pioneer because the need was there."
In retrospect, he would not have done anything differently.
His choice to start areal estate practice proved to be a good one
as South Florida experienced unprecedented growth. Moore
enjoyed having the type of practice over which he could have
total control with little of his time spent in litigation or in the
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steadily broadened well bi. ilnd lic 1 I liinuI,
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in,"he says. "You deal %A ili p1i. plc i '.i ilii. \.cli, I %. d.iall
with a lot of people, and iI I'.cii b \ i- it\. ldinii' .nd1 i t.i
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early age to West Virgil.i Ic.l ii ~it ll' Ni l i li 1 iiiida.i
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childhood delivering on luii, 1hc.ti;L,,,A';4
When he graduated Il I Iutln111 I 111k I li_
School, Moore won Il11 nIt' lipl, III'\ 'Lii i..lii
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who coached several IuirLi .l 'll.e'L c pi' 1 .al .11
Pam Beach High, direct d \ It1, 1it i' 1, .id f aI lllt. I
Citadel in Charleston. .
"He talked me into g iilnl I didn I k ii'lii l II
was," recalls Moore. 'I didln it i'n kii'\ 11 I Illllllii%
school until I got up their
Moore arrived in 194' anid h und liin I ll~t I intiI' li
a spot on the sports team 'lth I ill ai i Ii l had
recently returned from filhliin ii i \\ I Il \\ .ii i
Moore at 1950.
basketball team and the baseball team my first year," says
Moore, who received six varsity letters at the school. After
surviving his first year, when he would write letters home
imploring his parents to get him out, Moore began to enjoy
the camaraderie and saw the advantages of the discipline life
in the school was instilling in him.
TURNING DOWN PRO BALL
A baseball team captain in college, Moore flirted with
an opportunity to pursue the dream of so many young men
when he received a contract offer to play professionally with
the Philadelphia Phillies. The club was led by future Hall of
Famers Richie Ashburn in center field and hard-throwing
pitcher Robin Roberts-part of a team of young stars that
would earn the nickname 'The Whiz Kids."
The year was 1950. That fall, the Phillies won their first
National League pennant in 35 years before being swept in
the World Series by the New York Yankees. Moore meanwhile
was in Gainesville, where he'd enrolled for law classes at the
University of Florida. He had passed on his childhood dream
of playing baseball to pursue a career in law.
'I lost the opportunity to play professional baseball, which in
retrospect was a break," he says. 'It worked out good for me. I
might have never made AAA or AA in baseball. Who knows?"
In law school, Moore made lasting friendships with
a few of his classmates, some of whom he still sees on
occasion. Last year, on behalf of the class of 1953, Moore
honored the memory of one of his former classmates when
he made a bequest creating the Leo Wotitzky (JD 53) Dean's
Discretionary Fund, which will help provide the college
with the means to sustain high standards of learning.
One of Moore's former law professors, Clarence John
TeSelle, stands out in his memory for the effect he had
on his students. A few years ago, with the support and
approval of his classmates, Moore funded and presented to
the law school a bust sculpture of TeSelle, who taught at
UF 1928-1958 in areas such as legal ethics, trial procedure
and techniques, evidence, military law and federal
rules. Moore recalls the unsettling feeling he got
when called on by the professor. Even military school
didn't quite prepare him for Professor TeSelle's command
of the classroom.
"'Moore, stand up!' You remember it, I tell ya, 50 years
later. You remember what he taught you, too."
Shortly after graduating from UF Law in 1953, Moore
was called into the service, gaining good experience trying
courts-martial as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Judge
Advocate General's Department for two years in Sampson,
New York. He returned to Florida in 1955, taking a job with
a big law firm in West Palm Beach for three years before
moving to Boynton Beach to form a partnership with local
attorney Bob Griffith.
BUILDING A COMMUNITY
Moore began handling real estate deals in his practice
and soon became involved in the community, helping to form
the local Jaycees and serving as president of the Chamber of
Commerce. Moore ran for the Florida Legislature in 1963
and lost. Over a quarter century later, he sought and won
election as mayor of Boynton Beach.
Proud of what he was able to accomplish in two years in
office, from 1989 to 1991, Moore nonetheless acknowledges
he was not the most well-liked guy in town. The Palm Beach
Post described him as "brash but dedicated" and "probably
the fastest lip in politics." Never backing down from a good
political fight, Moore is proud of the nickname he earned
while in office, 'The Kamikaze Mayor." Seeing how the city
has grown to more than 50,000 residents, Moore realizes the
pioneering role he and others leaders at the time had on the
'There are a lot of things that we were able to accomplish
here, "he says. 'There was basically nothing here when we first
came down. A bunch of guys got active through starting the
Jaycees chapter down here. Then we got active and took over
the city. A couple of guys were elected to the city commission
and I was appointed the city attorney. We got a lot done."
CONTINUING TO GIVE BACK
His political life behind him, Moore continues to give to
his community as best he can. Several years ago he stepped
to the plate with the first $5,000 and raised the remaining
$20,000 to affiliate the local youth sports league with the
national Police Athletic League, which targets at-risk youth
and includes football, baseball, basketball and track teams, as
well as cheerleading squads.
Moore recently took on the task of helping to form a new
booster club to support Boynton Beach High School, which
opened in 2001.
'We fought like hell to get this high school here, and then
there was this big vacuum of not having an amalgamation of
alumni,"he says. We want to have mentor services for the kids
and do whatever we can to help."
Moore recently was honored by the Southern Conference
with a Distinguished Service Award. Les Robinson, the athlet-
ics director at The Citadel who has known Moore for several
years, said he has given generously to the school and success-
fully challenged others to do the same.
"Gene Moore is one of the more fierce competitors I
have been associated with," Robinson says, "and I can see
why he has had so much success as a lawyer, mayor and
TED WILLIAMS' FRIEND
For all his success, even Moore's heart raced a little bit
when a friend asked him many years ago if he would like to
meet baseball legend Ted Williams at his home in Islamorada
in the Florida Keys. Moore responded with the enthusiasm
you would expect from a man who grew up during the era
when 'The Splendid Splinter" earned his reputation as the
greatest hitter who ever played the game. It was the start of
a friendship that would last many years until Williams' death
in July 2002.
Moore became a Boston Red Sox fan almost as a matter
of course, hanging out with Williams, representing him
in real estate deals and fishing with him in at his fishing
camp in Canada and elsewhere. While Williams' reputation
for being a bit irascible at times was well-deserved,
Moore remembers how his old friend kept his sense of humor
even in the wake of two strokes. Moore is knocking away at
a piece of fiction in which Williams, and particularly the fate
of his famed remains, play a central role. It will be titled The
Curse of The Splendid Splinter.
"He was a real good friend," Moore says. 'There wasn't
anything he wouldn't do for you."
These days, Moore puts in a half day at the office four
days a week. He spends much of the rest of his time reading
books at a clip of five every week, enjoying the company of
his friends, and talking up the exploits of his grandchildren,
who live in Atlantic Beach, Fla. and Oakland, Calif.
While he has a difficult time distinguishing any one of
his many accomplishment as being his greatest, he says,
Moore's relationship with his grandchildren is his most
treasured. One grandson, he's proud to report, is in the
starting five for Jacksonville's Fletcher High School
Today, Moore looks back and sees how fortunate he's been.
More often than not, the breaks have gone his way, like a ground
ball taking a room-service hop right into his baseball glove.
I % ,.l Ii .l, there was a turn in the road," he says, 'I
WE ARE THE
UF Law alumni celebrated all over the world in January
and again in April when the Gators took on Ohio State
to bring home both a national football AND basketball
championship. Many in the Gator Nation also traveled
to the games-one in Phoenix and one in Atlanta-to
support their teams. What a year.
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It seems everyone has Gator
fever these days, but there was
plenty of gridiron greatness taking
place back in the mid-1960s to
early 1970s when four Jacksonville
UF Law graduates played under
famed UF Head Coach Ray Graves.
The four attorneys-as featured
in the cover story in Jacksonville
Lawyer Magazine last fall-are
(from left) David Peek (JD 78) of
Peek, Cobb & Edwards, Bill Dorsey
(JD 73), Gene Peek (JD 72) of
Peek, Cobb & Edwards; and Fred
Catfish Abbott (JD 78) of Abbott &
During that timeframe Steve
Spurrier won the Heisman, Larry
Smith made the longest run in
Orange Bowl history, and John
Reeves broke the NCAA record for
total passing yards.
The four remain close friends
today and are founding members
of the Silver 60s Association, an
organization made up of former
Gator players who played under
Graves-UF's winningest football
coach, second only to his own
former player, Steve Spurrier-
between 1960 and 1969.
Abbott, who played at UF
from 1968 through 1972, went
on to play professionally for the
Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins
and Philadelphia Eagles.
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Tribute Gift To
Former UF President
Series At Law School
I n a tribute to former University of
Florida President Marshall Criser
(JD 51), fellow Levin College of
Law alumnus Lewis Schott (LLB 46)
of Palm Beach has given $600,000 to
the university to create a permanent
The gift will be
used to establish
fund for the series,
to be named the
Marshall M. Criser
criser Lecture Series at
UF's Levin College
'The goal of
the speaker series
is to host two
Schott on topics of
to law students," said Robert Jerry, dean
of the law school.
Criser served as president of UF
from 1984 to 1989 and was appointed by
then-governor Jeb Bush to be a founding
member of the newly formed UF Board of
Trustees in 2001. He served as chairman
of that board until he stepped down in
2003 to become chairman of Scripps
Florida Funding Corp., where he served
until Dec. 21, 2006.
During his legal career, Criser spent
31 years as an attorney in the Palm Beach
law firm of Gunster, Yoakley, Criser &
Stewart before coming to UF. After his
presidency at UF he practiced law in
Jacksonville until he retired as a partner
of the national firm McGuireWoods.
Criser now resides in Gainesville.
'Marshall Criser has devoted a major
part of his life to the University of Florida,"
said Schott. \, president, trustee,
healthcare advocate, legal counsel, state
regent and student, he has played many
roles. It is an honor to be able to continue
his influence at UF by establishing this
lecture series in his name."
Criser earned his bachelor's degree
in business administration from UF in
1949 and his law degree in 1951. He also
has served as a trustee for the UF Law
Center Association and as president of
The Florida Bar.
'The outstanding leadership Marshall
Criser has shown throughout his career
provides an example for the aspirations
we want our students to hold," said
Dean Jerry. 'In honoring Marshall with
the named lecture series, Lewis Schott
has also again enhanced the law school
in a way that will enrich the academic
experience of our students."
Bequest Supports Book
Collection in LIC
orty years ago William B. "Bill"
Conner (JD 67) made a name
for himself at the UF College of
Law, where he excelled in academics
and extracurricular activities. Shortly
after graduating, cancer cut his bright
future short. His brother, James F.
"Jim "Conner II, made sure the memory
of Bill and their parents, Dr. Fred and
Mrs. Jo Conner, who originally created
the fund in 1968, were honored by
permanently endowing the William
B. Conner Browsing Collection Fund
through his estate plans. The bequest
supports a collection of nonacademic
legal interest books in the Chiles Legal
Alumni and friends continue to provide
much needed gifts that strengthen all
areas of the college. Recent significant
* $300,000 gift from Betty Poucher to
support the Allan L. Poucher (JD 42)
Legal Education Series, a new lecture
series for the Florida Law Review.
* $184,678 gift from the estate
of Robert B. Cole (JD 35). Cole
was a partner in the now dissolved
Miami law firm of Mershon, Sawyer,
Johnston, Dunwody & Cole. The gift
will create an endowment to fund
faculty support, research and adjunct
faculty in the area of health law.
* $104,552 from Edward Downey
(JD 74), of Downey & Downey in
Palm Beach, to create an endowment
to support education, teaching and
research in the areas of estates, trusts
and fiduciary administration.
Two Grads Win
Two tireless members of the Law
Alumni Council Executive
(JD 98) with the Tampa firm of Bush
Ross, and Misty Chaves-Taylor
(JD 95), a partner of the West Palm
Beach office of Wadsworth, King &
Huott-have been presented with
Outstanding Young Alumni Awards
at the University of Florida.
Both alumni actively support the
college through programs such as
Law Firm Giving and Call 10 and
have an extensive array of leadership,
philanthropic and professional or
Andersen has extensive experi-
ence handling complex civil litiga-
tion matters in both state and federal
courts and in alternative dispute res-
olution settings, including arbitra-
tion and mediation, as well as bond
counsel, underwriter's counsel and
disclosure counsel in complex pub-
lic financings. Taylor's practice areas
are insurance defense and medical
"Volunteers are a key component
of a successful annual fund program,
and these two individuals exemplify
the impact volunteers can have,"
said UF Law Dean Robert Jerry.
"And beyond their fund-raising
skills, they are just great people and
Alumni Affairs Welcomes New Staff Members
wo new staff members have
joined the Office of Development
& Alumni Affairs to assist with
fund raising and alumni activities for the
Levin College of Law. They are Vince
PremDas, director of development,
and Victoria Rudd, assistant director
PremDas moves over from the UF
College of Medicine, where he was
director of Alumni Affairs. At the law
school, he will be responsible for major
gifts fund raising and working with the
LCA Board. He earned a bachelor's degree
from UF in exercise and sport science.
Rudd comes to UF from the devel-
opment operation at the Environmental
Law Institute in Washington D.C. She
earned her B.S. from York College of
Pennsylvania and her graduate degree
from Seton Hall University. Victoria will
be raising money to build the annual fund
Alumni Affairs staff includes (from left), Kristina
Bullard, Jennifer Koepfinger, Andrea Shirey, Kelley
Frohlich, Vince PremDas and Victoria Rudd.
and work with the Law Alumni Council.
In other staff changes, Andrea Shirey
was promoted to director of Annual
Fund & Stewardship Programs, Jennifer
Koepfinger was promoted to program
assistant and Kristina Bullard is the new
More than 150 oral competition teams Irom around the world, including a team of live UF
Law students, took on a breach of contract problem in the recent William Vis Internalional
Commercial Arbiliation Mool in Vienna, Austria. The students--hom left, Christian Waugh,
Jesus Suarez, Sasha Vasquez, Renee Meenach, David Lane-were judged by international
lawyers, judges and commercial arbitrators served as arbitrators. Traveling with the group was
attorney Eddie Palmer (JD 851 with Rivero, Palmer & Mestie in Miami, who has supported the
team financially for several years and serves as an adviser.
Suprising facts about who gives and why
sheds light on law school realities.
BY KATHY FLEMING
Law school tuition
takes care of all
of the college's
Revenue from tuition covers less than half
the cost of running a law school. In fact,
of all state law schools, only eight other
public law schools had lower tuition in
2005-06 than the University of Florida.
As a result, very few other law schools
spend less per student than Florida. Even
with state support (see I\ ill #2), we are
having difficulty catching up with what
our peers can invest in the instructional
program. Private money is needed to
provide our margin of excellence in areas
* scholarships and stipends to attract
diverse, top-flight students
* resources to recruit, develop and retain
talented teachers and scholars (such as
student research assistants and funds
for research, travel to conferences, and
* public interest fellowships for students
* library resources
* moot court, trial team, and other
* career service workshops and
* a technologically advanced learning
2 The state has full
supporting our law
The state of Florida supports higher education
in general, and the law school specifically,
but with the other responsibilities facing
our Legislature, it is not realistic to expect
this support to increase over time. In fact,
the percentage of funding provided by the
state has decreased over the years, and we
do not expect a reversal in that trend. When
the responsibility is shared between the state
and the law school's stakeholders-faculty,
students, and alumni-the results are tangible:
* a superior curriculum and educational
* well-prepared graduates who will be
leaders in their workplace settings, their
communities, the state and the nation
* public service on a local, state, national
and international level
* an enhanced reputation for the UF
Levin College of Law, which reflects
positively on all graduates.
* SS SO SOOSOSOSOSOSO .
The college has
a large enough
endowment to cover
Although private gifts allowed the college
to weather reductions in state funding that
occurred earlier this decade, as grateful
stewards of these private gifts, we spend only
a small portion-less than four percent-of
the market value of the college's endowment
each year. The endowment is akin to the
college's .i% iing" account, and we need
more endowments to produce income that
will help fund the college's "checking"
account for ongoing programs.
4 Only highly
have an obligation to
support the college.
Our society tends to equate how much
someone earns with success. The law
school is founded on ideals that nurture
champions in all types of practice settings.
We encourage alumni to give back based
on their means, whether they practice in the
courtroom, in the boardroom, or in public
service. This will allow the college to prepare
another generation of lawyers to embrace
the full spectrum of opportunities that await
them after graduation.
Only older alumni
should give back to
The law school belongs to every
alumnus. Recent graduates received
a tremendous financial benefit from
graduating from a law school that
is supported by the state and those
donating alumni who came before them.
Did you know that several private law
schools, including some in Florida,
charge more than $1,000 a credit hour?
So where some law graduates are
paying close to $90,000 just for
tuition at law school, our students
pay closer to $27,000. The college,
obviously, does not seek equal gifts
from our alumni, but does ask for equal
support-because the college belongs to
all of us. Alumni could consider giving
annually an amount equal to one billable
hour, as suggested by Dean Robert
Jerry. Or, one might consider donating
the cost of one credit hour of private
law school tuition.
6 Undergraduate days
The undergraduate years usually
summon fond memories of growing
up and experiencing new friendships,
an active social life and newfound
independence. Law school, on the other
hand, can evoke recollections of long
study hours and intense examinations.
The reality is that your law school was
responsible for drafting the blueprint
for the rest of your professional life
and providing you with comprehensive
legal training and experience that led,
we hope, to a fulfilling career. The law
school would like you to be counted
among its supporters. 0
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Judge Susan Harrell Black (JD 67)
11th Circuit Court Of Appeals
She broke much ground and opened many doors.
When George H.W. Bush appointed Susan Harrell Black to
the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1992, Black became the first
Florida woman to sit on the 11th circuit.
When Jimmy Carter appointed her to the federal bench in
1979, Black became the first woman to sit on a federal district
court in Florida. In 1990, she was the first woman in the llth
Circuit to become chief judge of a district court.
Black was one of two women in her UF Law graduating class
of 100-and one of five women enrolled at UF Law at that time.
'It was the norm for women to get through college early
and get married shortly after they graduated,"Black said. 'I was
so anxious to get through law school, I even went through the
summer. At 23, I actually felt old to be in school."
Though her heart was set on doing trial work, Black started
her career practicing commercial law in the late '60s.
"At that time, the belief was that women wouldn't be good
litigators," Black said. 'So it was difficult to join a litigation
After practicing commercial law for a few years, Black
managed to find work with a newly elected state attorney, Ed
Austin. That was 1969, and Black was the first woman to become
an assistant state attorney in Florida's 4th judicial circuit.
'Trial work didn't seem strange to me," Black said. 'I'd
debated all through college. I was used to arguing in front of
The 1970s had a few more firsts in store for Black. She
became the first woman county judge in Duval County. In 1975,
she became the first woman circuit judge in Florida.
Though it was outside the norm in the '60s for women to
become lawyers, Black's father, William H. Harrell, a lawyer
and later a judge, was supportive of her desire to go to law
school. His views were traditional and reflected the times, but
he also believed in education. His son, William H. Harrell Jr.
(JD 74), also went to UF Law.
"During World War II my father was a B 17 pilot. His plane
was shot down and he was captured by the Germans," Black
said. 'If he hadn't made it home, my mother would have had
to raise me alone. I think that experience enabled my father to
see the benefits of a woman's self-sufficiency."
Black still remembers some of her UF law professors. 'I
didn't like Tax, but Jack Freeland was a great teacher and made
it interesting," Black said. "And I had Constitutional Law with
Fletcher Baldwin. He was so enthusiastic and made the subject
Beyond the education she received, Black sees her law school
experience as crucial to her professional accomplishments.
"Almost every job I got was because a UF lawyer helped
me get it," she said. 'I met a lot of people, fine people, in law
After more than three decades, Black still enjoys being a
"A friend of mine calls being a federal judge the best job in
law land, and I agree," said Black. 'It's everything great about
being a lawyer. It's intellectually challenging and fun. Also, I
get to be a generalist. As a judge, I see many lawyers who are
great specialists, and they teach me about their fields."
Black has been married for 40 years. Her daughter, age 20,
is not presently interested in a legal career, but that door will
be open to her-as it is to so many women-partly because of
the paths taken by Judge Susan Harrell Black.
Judge Bruce Kasold (JD 79)
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
'Duty, honor, country"-it is the
famous motto of the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point. This motto still
guides Judge Bruce Kasold of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
more than 30 years after his West Point
graduation in 1973.
"Judges have a duty to their country,"
Kasold said. "A duty to apply the law."
Kasold was a public servant from the
beginning and retired from the Army as
a lieutenant colonel after more than 20
years of service. Before the Army sent
him to law school, Kasold was an air
defense artillery officer. After graduating
from UF Law, Kasold served in the
In 1994, he joined Holland & Knight
law firm and worked in commercial and
government contracts litigation.
A few years into private practice,
Kasold again heard the call of public
service, which led him to the position
of chief counsel for the U.S. Senate
Committee on Rules andAdministration.
In that position, during the 1990s,
Kasold marshaled the Senate's largest
series of campaign finance hearings in a
decade and conducted an investigation
into allegations of election fraud for a
Senate seat. It was the first time since
the 1950s the U.S. Senate conducted a
full investigation into an election.
'The election-fraud investigation
created major turmoil in the Senate,"
Kasold said. 'But the chairman of the
committee, Sen. John Warner, treated
all cordially and fairly throughout the
investigation, and I held frequent staff
meetings to ensure all parties understood
the scope, complications and progress
of the investigation. After it was over,
both sides were still talking to me
because, I believe, people perceived
my handling of the investigation as fair.
That's when I began thinking about
becoming a judge."
In 1998 Kasold became chief counsel
for the secretary of the Senate and
sergeant at arms. In that non-partisan
position, he advised Senate leaders on
general legal matters and political issues.
He held that position until 2003, when
President George W. Bush appointed him
to the federal bench.
In part, it was encouragement from
Chesterfield Smith (JD 48) a few years
earlier that compelled Kasold to take steps
toward the judicial appointment process.
Smith was overseeing the expansion of
the Washington, D.C., branch of Holland
& Knight when Kasold was leaving
by individual judges instead of panels.
Individually, Kasold hears roughly 275
'I enjoy serving on this court,"
Kasold said. 'I appreciate our veterans.
Our court provides the procedural due
process they deserve."
Not having practiced in the area of
veterans' benefits before joining the
court, Kasold's adjustment to the bench
involved a few months of intensely
studying applicable law.
'The APA doesn't apply, but the
concepts are similar," he said. "And
lessons from my old Constitutional
Law class at UF were also helpful-
actually, those lessons have been helpful
throughout my career."
Another adjustment involved the
robe itself. 'When I first sat down, it was
tight around my back and body, causing
me to rise and lift the robe," Kasold said.
'It was obvious from the bench and
beyond, which compelled some laughter
in the court."
Kasold finds nothing negative about
being a judge. He enjoys preparing
for cases and finds oral arguments
"Judges are very well prepared to hear
oral argument, but each judge in a panel
may view the issues from a different
angle," he said. 'It is quite interesting to
listen to the questions other judges have
and the answers provided by counsel."
"In that non-partisan position, he
advised Senate leaders on general
legal matters and political issues."
service and seeking to join the firm.
Smith conducted Kasold's interview
and became a friend and mentor, and
eventually encouraged him to look
toward the judiciary.
Hearing roughly 3,000 cases each
year, the Veterans Appeals Court is
different from other U.S. appellate
courts, in that most cases are decided
Like many judges, one thing troubles
Kasold: unprepared lawyers.
'It happens more than you might
think," Kasold said. 'It's a waste of the
court's time. What do you do with a 1,000-
page record that has no references, for
example? Whether your client is pro bono
or paying a million dollars, a lawyer's
service should be professional. Period."
Judge S. Jay Plager (JD 58)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Some remember him as a young
professor at UF, where he began
teaching fresh out of law school in 1958.
That was a few years after Sheldon Jay
Plager took part in the Korean conflict
as a Navy ensign-and a few decades
before his 1989 appointment to the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal
'Essentially, I had three careers
before becoming a judge," Plager
said. 'Originally, I wanted to be a
Navy admiral, but that's not a family-
friendly job, so I went landside to
become a trial lawyer. UF prepared me
well to practice and then preempted
Plager embarked on a 30-year
career as a legal scholar, focusing
on property and environmental law,
with teaching stints first at UF, the
University of Illinois, and then
a deanship at Indiana University
School of Law in Bloomington. His
numerous publications include a
book about Florida water law that he
co-authored with UF Law Professor
Fletcher Baldwin and then-UF Dean
Along the way he spent time at
Columbia University, the University
of Wisconsin, Stanford University,
and Cambridge University in England.
Somehow, Plager managed to stay
active in the U.S. Navy Reserves, from
which he was honorably discharged as
a commander in 1971.
'I never could keep the same job
very long, so I had to get used to new
challenges. Of all the careers I thought
about, becoming a judge, particularly
on a federal court of appeals, was not
one of them," Plager said. 'It was
purely serendipitous-being at the
right place at the right time."
The "right place" was the Executive
Office of the President of the United
States, through positions at the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) under
presidents Ronald Reagan and George
H. W. Bush. In one of two positions he
held at OMB, Plager's office oversaw
about half a trillion dollars a year in
'For someone who struggles to
balance his checkbook, that was a real
challenge," said Plager.
'Typically, there are two routes to
a federal court appointment," Plager
older than most of them, which seemed
to give me an advantage. During the
Reagan era, White House staff were
not always enamored of HHS's social
programs, but I was pretty relentless
and had some success pushing the HHS
secretary's program. After awhile, the
OMB guys said, 'Hey, why don't you
come work for us.' That sounded like
fun, so I did."
"I still refer back to basics I
learned in my first year of law school,
and I can still hear my first
year law professors."
said. 'One is to be politically active.
The other is to come to the attention
of the president in some other way.
In my case, during the time I worked
at OMB I worked closely with the
president's legal staff, and in addition
assisted then-Vice President Bush in
his regulatory review role. When he
became president, I was asked to stay
on to help get through the transition,
and then I guess they had to find
something else for me to do. A federal
court appointment is one of those offers
you can't refuse."
Even his stints at the OMB came
about serendipitously. President Reagan
chose Indiana's former governor,
Otis "Doc" Bowen, as secretary of
Health and Human Services (HHS).
Bowen needed staff that understood
Washington. Plager was just retiring
after seven years as dean of the
Indiana Law School. Having worked
in the regulatory field for years, and
having served as an adviser to the U.S.
Environment Protection Agency, Plager
fit the bill to become counselor to the
under-secretary of HHS.
"At HHS, I regularly negotiated
with the White House staff on behalf
of the secretary," Plager said. 'I was
During his years on the bench,
Plager has seen considerable change,
not only in the cases, but in the way
'The technology is amazing,"he said.
'I can work at home and still have access
to my office files, and work by computer
and fax and phone with my law clerk and work involves the application of 'We get our share of each. When
administrative assistant. It wasn't that federal legislation, including some they combine in the same case, finding
easy when I first took the bench. pretty convoluted statutory programs. the right answer to a dispute can be
"Another change is that law is more Statutory drafting and interpretation harder than it should be," he said.
of a business than it used to be. Because are not always given the emphasis they Though he doesn't teach classes
of that, not all lawyers who enter the deserve in law school. Other cases we regularly any more, the quality of legal
practice these days choose to stay with hear are often fascinating insights into education is a subject that still concerns
it. That has a side advantage Plager.
for us judges-we can ,
attract some top notch young
lawyers as law clerks. Of
course, the fact that they can
leave clerking and command
salaries that are higher than
their judges doesn't hurt
either ... at least it doesn't
hurt the law clerks."
Plager took senior
judge status in 2000, which allows him
to have a part-time hearing schedule.
His enjoyment of the job prevents him
from fully retiring.
"Being on the bench is a constant
learning experience. Much of our
'Another change is that
law is more of
a business than
it used to be."
"I graduated from law
school nearly 50 years
ago, but I still refer back
to basics I learned in my
first year of law school,
and I can still hear my
first year law professors,
like Professor Day,
talking to me. Sometimes
I worry about the
the latest cutting-edge technology," education that law students are
he said. getting these days. It's crucial
Two things that Plager encounters for lawyers to get the foundation in
as a judge particularly frustrate him: basics, like the big three-Property,
poorly prepared lawyers and badly Contract, Torts-that I was fortunate
drafted legislation. enough to get at UF." *
UF Alumni Serving as Federal Judges
Rosemary Barkett (JD 70)
Susan Harrell Black (JD 67)
William John (Sr. Status) Castagna (JD 49)
Anne C. Conway (JD 75)
Miles Davis (Magistrate Judge) (JD 73)
William R Dimitrouleas (JD 75)
Patricia C. Fawsett (JD 73)
Peter Fay (JD 56)
Steven H. Friedman (JD 77)
Jose Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (Sr. Judge) (JD 57)
William Terrell Hodges (JD 67)
Marcia Morales Howard (JD 90)
Paul C. Huck (JD 65)
Elizabeth Jenkins (Magistrate Judge) (JD 76)
Bruce E. Kasold (JD 79)
James Lawrence King (JD 53)
Richard A. Lazzara (JD 70)
Howell Webster Melton Sr. (JD 48)
Steven Douglas Merryday (JD 75)
Stephan R Mickle (JD 70)
Donald M. Middlebrooks (JD 72)
James S. Jr. Moody (JD 72)
John Henry II Moore (Sr. Status) (JD 61)
Hugh Morgan (Magistrate Judge) (JD 68)
Thomas Morris (Magistrate Judge) (JD 71)
Maurice Mitchell Paul (JD 60)
Sheldon Jay Plager (JD 58)
Gregory A. Presnell (JD 66)
George Proctor (JD 49)
Raymond Ray (JD 71)
William C. Sherrill Jr (Magistrate Judge) (JD 68)
John Richard Smoak (JD 72)
Ursula Mancusi Ungaro-Benages (JD 75)
George Cressler Young (Sr. Status) (JD 40)
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I arrived at the law school in the
fall of 1953, three days after classes
had started. I had come straight from
the Korean War and military uniforms
were the only clothes I had.
As I was walking around trying
to figure out where I was going to
live, I spotted another guy walking
across campus in uniform. His
name was Reubin Askew and he,
too, was looking for a place to live.
The dorms were full, apartments
were rented and prospects for
housing were looking bleak.
We decided to join forces and
began to literally knock on every
door in the neighborhoods nearby.
Finally, in a little house off 13th
Street, two little ladies agreed to
let us live in their spare room if we
promised to behave.
It worked out great, and Reubin
and I became lifelong friends. Many
in our class went on to become
leaders in the state, and Reubin
(JD 56) went on to serve as
Peter T. Fay (JD 56)
Judge, U.S. 11th Circuit
Court of Appeals, Miami
One of my fondest and most
useful recollections is the day a very
well-liked and well-known criminal
law professor chose me to illustrate
a point. He asked me and a fellow
law student to act out a fake fight
and burst into his classroom still
punching. Well, of course we did
Afterwards, the professor asked
each of the students to describe
what they'd witnessed and to
provide a description of the two
assailants. At the time, surprisingly,
the students' recall varied widely.
For the most part their memories
were inaccurate and truly not very
That day I learned a valuable
lesson: Things are rarely what they
seem. Even when witnessed by the
most astute observer.
Over three decades as a lawyer
I've never forgotten the sage advice
of that criminal law professor. When
dealing with the human factor
much is left to chance. That reality
presents many opportunities for the
skilled lawyer. No matter the odds
of success or failure and no matter
how clear cut any case seems from
the outset, I dig deeper to find out
what's really going on.
In my estimation the lesson of
that day wasn't the law. It was how
to practice law!
Gerald A. Rosenthal (JD 73)
Rosenthal & Levy
< The staff of the Summer
1955 issue of Florida Law
Review pose for their publica-
tion: (left to right, sitting)
Reubin 0. Askew, notes editor;
D.L. Middlebrooks, editor-in-
chief; James E. Travelstead,
comments editor; (standing)
Rollin D. Davis, Jr., business
manager; Robert B. Mautz, fac-
ulty advisor; Edward A. Stern,
articles and book review editor;
Peter T. Fay, symposium editor;
Eugene L. Roberts, member of
the board; Mandell Glicksberg,
faculty advisor; and John W.
Sheppard, member of board.
Happy, touching or
humorous, we want
your law school
to Editor Kathy
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nishing Breed J /I 1
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here is a good lunch crowd early on
a Monday afternoon at the Seineyard
Restaurant south of Tallahassee. As the
hostess leads the group to their table,
heads turn up and one man nudges his
wife, motioning her attention toward
the four gentlemen, all of whom have
been key players in Florida's rich political history and
fixtures in this area for more than a half century. Among them
are retired appellate court Judge Tom Barkdull (JD 49),
former Florida Sen. William Dean 'Wig" Barrow (JD 53),
former Senate President and Speaker of the House Mallory
Horne (JD 50), and prominent local attorney Dexter
Douglass (JD 55).
As everyone tears into a delicious lunch of broiled and
fried seafood, the men continue a discussion that began 20
minutes earlier when Barkdull stopped to pick up Douglass
outside his office on
Call Street. The talk 1
skips easily from plans 1
to go fishing to wild
,1 / .1 r 1
camping trips long past,
and, of course, politics.
Douglass, legendary for
his intensely competitive
nature both in the
courtroom and in the political arena, spends much of his time
listening to the stories being passed around, interjecting a
comment here and there, and smiling and laughing often with
the men he has known for much of his life.
Barrow goes back the longest, meeting Douglass
65 years ago when they were young boys growing up in
Panhandle town of Crestview. He recalls the time when they
were 11 or 12 years old and challenged two local teenage
girls to a game of strip poker. The boys lost badly,
giving up as they were down to their underwear. The
girls hadn't shed a stitch. "I believe they were cheatin,'"
Douglass entered law school in 1950 when Florida
graduates were admitted to the Bar upon graduation, the
"diploma privilege." He interrupted his education to serve
in the Korean War, returning to graduate in 1955. Douglass
came to Tallahassee, launching his law practice literally one
day after graduating from UF Law.
He represented his first criminal defendant client for free.
Fred Wallace was a black janitor who stood accused of stealing
$400 by his employer, the Tallahassee Elks Lodge. Douglass
won an acquittal.
"For a number of years in my practice I might be in the
Supreme Court today, in the small claims court tomorrow,
and federal court next week," he says. "So in the course of
my practice, I guess I've handled just about everything you
Though he now counts Douglass among his closest friends,
Home had the misfortune many years ago of getting to know
his courtroom style as an adversary. Douglass, he says, is not
a lawyer you want to see on the opposing side.
"He's very intense and focused to the point where he just
makes everyone around him go crazy, especially if you're the
opponent," says Home, who has known Douglass for more
than 55 years. 'He really develops a dislike for you during
that experience. And, in disliking you, he takes pleasure in
making your life miserable."
Home calls Douglass a brilliant man with a retentive
memory, as well as an avid reader with immense knowledge
of Florida political history and legal history. 'He's
Barrow says Douglass is "a man who was raised on the
land and the soil,"recalling how the two of them made money
in their younger days cutting paper wood with a crosscut saw.
and integrity allow him
.. to stand out, he says.
from childhood on
had the ability of
T total recall," Barrow
says. 'He's absolutely
brilliant. The other thing
that set Dexter apart was, he always told it like it is. He told
you exactly like it is whether you liked it or not. He's very
good at expressing himself, and he's absolutely fearless. He is
the last of a vanishing breed."
At 77, Douglass can look back on a career that has left
an indelible imprint on Florida, particularly on government.
He served as general counsel to his old friend, the late
Gov. Lawton Chiles, and represented U.S. Vice President
Al Gore in his challenge to the 2000 presidential election
Perhaps his greatest legacy will be his service on the two
Florida constitution-revision commissions, including being
chairman in 1998 when the 37-member commission crafted
13 revisions to Florida's governing document-12 of which
were approved by voters.
The results of that effort included restructuring the Florida
Cabinet, merging several agencies into the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, ensuring voters could
continue electing circuit judges until changed by the voters,
and affirming Florida's commitment to high-quality public
schools. Douglass said the bi-partisan spirit and make-up of
the commission-19 Democrats and 18 Republicans-had a
significant impact on the commission's success.
'That turned into a great job, a lot of fun," Douglass says.
'We had a good group of people and got a lot done."
Barkdull, the only person who served on all three Florida
Constitution Revision Commissions in the 20th Century,
remembers hearing about Douglass before they even met as
underclassmen at UF.
"His reputation preceded him," says Barkdull, who was a
few years ahead of Douglass in school. "I heard about him
from some people from West Florida. They said there's this
freshman boy that's going somewhere. He's a good orator, they
said, so I went over and heard him make a campaign speech
and he was pretty good."
He had a chance to see Douglass in action years later when
he appeared before the Judicial Qualifications Commission on
which Barkdull sat as a judge.
"I think he's one of the best lawyers that I know,"Barkdull
says. "He's the kind of lawyer that would try most any case. He
studies them hard and he's good. I don't think there's anybody
in North Florida that's any better in front of a jury than he is."
Douglass's affiliation with the Democratic Party is an
integral part of who he is. His father was W. D. 'Cooter"
Douglass, a newspaper publisher in Okaloosa County and a
popular radio newscaster whose staunch Democrat views were
broadcast throughout the Panhandle. His mother, Marie Folmar
Douglass, owned and operated two restaurants in Crestview.
Douglass was born in Pensacola on December 6, 1929,just
weeks afterBlackMonday and theonsetof theGreatDepression.
\ ly dad used to say I was conceived in prosperity and born in
depression,"he says. "And it was depression alright. "Likejust
about every other business, his father's newspaper business
went broke, and he landed a job selling snuff all over West
Florida. 'He sold two carloads a week of snuff, if you can
believe it," Douglass says. "Apparently everybody used snuff
in those days, all the old women, everybody."
After landing work with the U.S. forest service, his father
moved the family to West Florida, to the Blackwater Forest
in Munson, coincidentally near to Walton County where the
Douglass family had originally settled as a pioneer family
in the 1820s and his mother's family had arrived in the late
1890s from Alabama. Coming from Tallahassee, Munson was
"in the boonies," he recalls. For a young boy, it turned out to
be heaven on earth.
'It was a great deal for me,"Douglass says. 'I didn't think
so at the time. It was a hell of a culture shock to go from here
to Munson. I got to Munson and we had the only electricity and
running water within 15 to 20 miles of where we lived."
When he first arrived at the elementary school, Douglass
stood out, but not in a good way. 'I wore short pants, the only
kid in 20 miles with short pants going to school in the fifth
grade," says Douglass, his eyes lighting up at the memory.
"And I wanted some dungarees like these old ragged things
everybody was wearing. So I got 'em."
Douglass soon learned just how fortunate he and his
family really were. Most other kids at his school literally
didn't have anything to eat. He and his sister would give
them their sandwiches. When they came home and ate their
dinners like they were starving, their mother asked why.
"And I said, 'Well, the other children didn't have anything
to eat,' "says Douglass, who says it was at his sister's urging
that he joined her act of kindness. "I really was impressed by
how poor these people were. But they were all my friends,
or became so."
Munson was not a big place, to be sure, but growing up
there would leave a huge impression on Douglass.
'We went all over that great forest, and I learned a lot
about the woods and about snakes and fanning and fighting
fires and everything else, I guess," he says. 'I just had a real
wonderful experience there."
In 1940 the Douglass family moved to Crestview,
population 970. His father bought the newspaper, and Dexter
worked there and in his mom's restaurant and did whatever
else he could to make a buck, from selling wood to raising
and dressing chickens. "I always had something going. My
mother made dar sure I was always working."
Though Munson and Crestview were not big places,
politicians campaigning in the area, including U.S. Sen.
Spessard Holland (JD 16), always stopped at the Douglass
house on their way through.
"I went to all the political rallies with my dad, "Douglass
says. "Everybody that came to Munson came to our house. I
got to meet them all. I was very impressed. When we went to
Crestview it was the same thing. We were right in the middle
of it. So I just had a great upbringing."
BECOMING A LAWYER
After graduating from high school, Douglass came to
Gainesville, where he worked at the radio station and earned
his bachelor's degree in journalism from UF He knew from
a young age that he wanted to be a lawyer.
"I always loved to go down to the courthouse and
watch the trials when I was in Crestview," he explains. "I
remember going down and watching even coroner's juries,
anything. So I had a real good background in the law, from
the bottom. I guess I was raised with a feeling for the poor,
the underdogs, because my dad had it."
Douglass began practicing law with Caldwell, Parker, Foster
& Wigginton, the biggest law firm in Tallahassee. Douglass
developed a strong following, eventually deciding to form his
own firm, which would grow to as many nine lawyers.
Many of the friendships he'd made while at UF would
impact his career, most notably with the late Lawton Chiles
(JD 55). The two met while undergraduate students at UF and
got to know each other through their service in ROTC, student
politics and as leaders in their fraternities. Douglass also
knew the woman who would become his friend's wife, Rhea
Chiles-both were on the staffs of the Alligator newspaper
and the Seminole yearbook.
Douglass and Chiles both served in Korea and graduated from
UF Law just months apart in 1955. When Chiles first ran for the
U.S. Senate in 1971, Douglass had little hesitation in deciding
to cut back on his own
practice to work on his
friend's campaign. While I
Chiles served 18 years
in the Senate, Douglass
continued to make his
mark as a lawyer.
The cases he took on
earned him selections in three categories in the book Best Lawyers
in America-personal injury plaintiff, commercial litigation and
criminal defense. Douglass developed a reputation as a lawyer
who would fight successfully for clients of all walks of life and all
races. He won verdicts to improve the minority hiring practices of
companies and schools and represented numerous indigent clients
pro bono in criminal cases. In 1989 Douglass and his partner
Thomas Powell won the acquittal of a rural black family accused
of killing three white attackers.
He also won numerous multimillion-dollar settlements
for individuals in personal injury cases, including a 1981
settlement for $5.5 million-from an all-white jury-that
was then the nation's largest amount ever awarded to a black
plaintiff. The man, who had been crushed between his truck
and a trailer while loading in a limestone mine near Perry, Fla.,
wasn't killed, but his life, and that of his wife, had been ruined.
For Douglass, the victory was particularly satisfying because
he thought the defendants were trying to take advantage of the
man because he was black. The verdict included $1.05 million
for the man's wife for loss of consortium.
"For black people that was just totally unheard of. They were
good people and they were badly damaged," Douglass explains.
'I've enjoyed representing the underdog from time to time. And
I've enjoyed representing the upper dog occasionally because they
pay well. My philosophy's more attuned to being a Democrat."
Those Democratic ties would come up again in 1995, when
Chiles called on his good friend as the state took on tobacco
companies. Though Douglass declined the invitation to get
involved on the trial team for Florida's lawsuit against tobacco
companies in the 1990s, he did take on the supervisory power
for the governor over the litigation challenging the statute. When
Publix, Associated Industries and other special interest groups
brought suit to declare that statute unconstitutional, Douglass
argued successfully for the constitutionality of the statute in
circuit court, eventually winning a 4-3 decision by the Florida
When Chiles died during his final month in office in 1998,
Douglass immediately went to the Governor's Mansion to try
to help, answering questions from the press and shedding tears
with old friends.
Shortly afterward, Douglass went back into full-time
practice, trying a case on behalf of a woman who was suing
her insurance company, which had refused to settle within
the limits of the her $300,000 underinsured motorist policy.
Convinced the woman was faking her injuries, the insurance
company put her under
S1 surveillance, a move
that backfired when
the jury saw the tapes.
f The insurance company
J offered the woman
*' 1 $50,000. The jury's
verdict was $1.3 million.
1 It was settled with the
insurer for a figure much
higher than her policy
limits because of the company's bad faith in refusing to settle
"So I felt like it was time for me to sort of slack off for a little
bit," Douglass said.
THE HONORS COME
His "duty and service to the public" was honored last year
when The Florida Bar Foundation recognized Douglass with its
annual Medal of Honor. Considered the state's most prestigious
award for attorneys, the Medal of Honor has been bestowed in
the past to former Gov. Reubin Askew (JD 56), former U.S.
Attorney General Janet Reno, ABA Presidents Chesterfield
Smith (JD 48) and Martha Barnett (JD 73), Attorney General
Richard Ervin (JD 28), Robert M. Ervin (JD 47), and other
luminaries of the Bar.
Today, Douglass spends much of his time mediating cases,
along with working some appeals related to constitutional law;
and occasionally consulting with lawyers on trials.
He and his wife Terese live on a farm northeast of Tallahassee,
where Douglass still gets up at 5 a.m. every day and looks after
a few cows. After open-heart surgery a while back, he began
walking every morning and now works out at the gym in an
effort, he says, to "stay in shape for an old man."
Every Monday, as the noon hour approaches, on a day like
the one that brings these buddies to the Seineyard Restaurant,
you can find Douglass waiting for his old friend Tom Barkdull
to pick him up for lunch.
'I get along pretty good," he says. "I'm doing what most
old lawyers do. Still coming to the office everyday and having a
practice of sorts and keeping active in what I love to do."
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l\ .a lire litlig:illton inm II iI,, lie was interning over the
summer. No one in the firm was knowledgeable about the
subject, so the intern-who had just taken Bohannon's
class the previous semester-gave a short presentation to
the entire office, including senior partners.
'He felt like a hero for helping them, and I felt like
a hero for helping him," Bohannon said. 'I simply love
She discovered she loved law during her first days as
a student at the UF Law school in 1994, when she realized
the substance of the information and the intensity of the
environment sparked a passion-for the first time-for the
actual process of learning.
'I would watch how my teachers taught and how
much they enjoyed their jobs. I liked them as teachers and
as people, and I felt inspired," she said.
She was so inspired that she finished first in her class,
served as editor-in-chief of Florida Law Review, began
publishing, and clerked in a federal appellate court. She
began as an adjunct professor and became an associate
professor at Iowa in 2002, the same year she was nominated
for a teaching award.
About 125 UF Law graduates stand behind the lectern
at law schools across the country. About a quarter of
them are LL.M. graduates of UF's top-ranked graduate
tax program. Countless others serve as adjunct faculty,
bringing their practice expertise into the classroom.
Still others-such as Henry Mallue, Jr. (JD 69), who
is on business faculty at the College of William and Mary,
and Sandra Chance (JD 90), who is on the University
of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
faculty and directs the Brechner Center for Freedom of
Information-teach within other university colleges.
To have a career in the hierarchical and highly
competitive academic profession, the golden path usually
requires a law degree from a top law school. Paths similar
to Bohannon's also are helpful: outstanding academic
performance in law school, senior level work on the law
review, a prestigious judicial clerkship and earning a
LL.M. or S.J.D. degree.
'Our law school is an excellent training ground because
it provides the kind of in-depth learning experience
necessary for teaching, especially in the subject areas
in which we have particular depth such as taxation,
environmental law and family law," said Michael Seigel, a
UF Law professor and former associate dean for academic
affairs who-like many of the UF Law faculty-followed
the traditional path into teaching. His credentials include
graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School,
serving as an editor of its Law Review, clerking for a U.S.
Court of Appeals judge and working as a federal litigator.
'We also have faculty anxious to be mentors to aspiring
academics, doing such things as advising them on post-
JD work and even helping them to get published-which
is almost a prerequisite to being hired as a law professor
these days," Seigel said. "So many of us love to teach that
we surely communicate by our passion for the job that
teaching is a wonderful profession."
Once ensconced, the life of a law professor consists
of three pursuits that are both stimulating and stressful:
teaching, service and research. Whether carrying a
teaching load of several classes, serving on university and
professional organization committees, doing pro bono
work, or performing crucial scholarship, the hours are
long and the commitment to better the world is real.
Scholarship, in particular, allows law professors to
examine legal issues in depth to question or improve the
legal system and influence social policy.
'I think that any law school that aspires to be a great
law school has an obligation to society to produce scholars
who do good for society," said UF Law Professor Marty
For the UF law graduates that went on to teach
across the nation, and those who provide a glimpse into
their daily lives here, there is little doubt that being a law
professor requires a considerable amount of talent, skill
Professor Donald Hall (JD 68), a Vanderbilt University
Law School professor retiring next May after 37 years of
teaching, said teaching law is a 'tremendous" experience.
Said Hall, 'I could not imagine a more energizing,
challenging and rewarding career."
* Teaching awards at every law school
where he has taught, including the
University of Athens in Greece
* Eleven books, including two
casebooks and more than 100
* Judicial Fellow for Supreme Court
of the U.S. Chief Justice Burger
and as the acting administrative
assistant to Chief Justice
Visiting Professor of Law, William & Mary University
Professor of Law, Florida International University
Every good teacher begins-and truly remains-a student of his subject.
My teaching vocation traces back to the first day of Professor Fletcher Baldwin's
storied course in constitutional law. His reputation as a teacher, scholar and appellate
advocate preceded him, and we were intimidated just sitting there. He began to call on
student after student, but each in turn struggled with his Socratic questioning.
Then, I heard those fateful words every nervous 1L dreads, no matter how prepared he
may be: 'Mr. Baker, can you tell me about Marbury v. Madison?" For the rest of the class
period, he and I went back and forth about that famous case-he did not call on anyone else.
After class, some classmates even came up to congratulate me, probably partly out of
a sense of relief. At the end of the semester, I got up the nerve to climb the stairs to his
office. A little out of breath to be alone with "the Professor," I volunteered to work on his
cases-one of which went all the way to the Supreme Court.
Fletcher Baldwin became my mentor and friend. Observing his dedication to teaching
and the fulfillment it brought him, I decided to become a law professor. Some 30 years
and five law schools later, after teaching thousands of students, I still get excited when it
is my turn to call on a student to recite on Marbury v. Madison.
Professor of Law, Pace University
When I was at UF in the mid-1980s the school had a wonderful tradition of
presenting first year law professors with gifts at the end of the semester.
Choosing a class gift was a source of some stress as we wanted to personalize
the offering. I clearly remember, for example, that we ordered a case of
Washington State apples for Professor Dawson, to remind him of his home state.
What I found so wonderful about this tradition was that it only worked
because our professors each shared a little of their own personality with us. The
humanization of our law professors was particularly appealing since it came
during a time when the dreaded Professor Kingsfield of 'The Paper Chase"
television show was the embodiment of those who taught law. Most importantly,
it gave us a true connection with our professors beyond the text books or subject
I try to share enough of myself with my students so that they get a sense of
who I am outside the classroom. This personal connection, which I so fondly
remember from my days as a law student, helps teach my students about the
humanity of the law and that personality and personal experience are as important
to the law as is precedent.
* Ottinger Award for Outstanding
Teaching, Scholarship and
Service, Pace Law School
* Co-Founded and chaired the
American Association of Law
Schools Section on Academic
* Former staff attorney, Council of
the City of New York (where she
drafted the NYC window guard
law and contributed to the NYC
The humanization of our law professors was particularly
appealing since it came during a time when the dreaded
'Professor Kingsfield' of'The Paper Chase' television
show was the embodiment of those who taught law.
E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law
Vice Dean, Syracuse University
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Professor of Law, Marquette University
Old things always held a fascination for me, from researching my family's arrival
in 1734 Philadelphia as indigent religious refugees, to reading Sumerian cuneiform
from black market tablets for my UF degree in history, to my favorite times playing
cards with my grandparents, who lived to ages 94 and 96. The durability of the
knowledge calls for respect.
My calling in the law came by chance when I worked with elderly people in Alachua
County and found their unsolvable problems to be legal in nature. A body of law and
policy termed "elder law" was at the brink of recognition by policy makers and the bar,
and I needed to know all about it-and tell the story to legislatures, communities and
Writing up Florida law on aging issues for the Center for Governmental
Responsibility and teaching elder law for the first time to a dozen law and graduate
students became the segue to the first casebook in the field.
My students, whether in Gainesville, Milwaukee, Maine or Miami, are the path to
better lives for elders, and ultimately to a better history of our culture as one that values
depth of knowledge and durable ideas.
Professor of Law, Fordham University
I was mesmerized by Professor Baldwin in my first-year Constitutional Law class.
As I watched how he handled the class, I realized this is what I wished I could do.
He was challenging us to look at life and the world from a new perspective. All my
previous educational experiences had been in math and science. His class opened my
mind to what to me was unexplored territory.
It began my dream of becoming a professor of law.
Jack Freeland showed me that a seemingly dry subject like tax could be not only
interesting but exciting. After my first year in Income Tax, I constantly pursued a goal
of teaching law. I greatly admired the ability to generate enthusiasm for a subject in
students who had never been exposed to the subject before.
Ultimately, I believe that that is my job, passing on the enthusiasm that I have for a
subject to a whole new generation of lawyers.
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taxpayer litigation clinic
* Three books, including Federal Tax
Liens, which is used as a training
guide by the IRS.
* Mediator for the U.S. District Court,
Southern District of New York
* Keefe Award by Fordham law
students for contributions to the
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subject like tax could be not only interesting but
exciting. After my first year in Income Tax,
I constantly pursued a goal of teaching law.
Distinguished Professor of Law
Associate Director, Center for State Constitutional Studies
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Oklahoma City University
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been teaching tax at Oklahoma City University ever since.
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appealing, and that they were unlikely to do well-only to discover, to their surprise, that
they enjoyed the studV of tax law and that they did very well indeed I have had students
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I began law school at the age of 34 as a single mother of
three small children. Survival and a subsequent job ...
were my primary concerns. I found myself, however,
completely seduced by the intellectual excitement ...
Professor of Law
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
University of Denver
My professional path has remained unconventional and, in some senses, miraculous.
I received my undergraduate degree from an extension program that Rollins College
offered at Patrick Air Force Base, an inauspicious beginning for an academic.
I also began law school at the age of 34 as a single mother of three small children.
Survival and a subsequent job that could support me and my children were my primary
concerns. I found myself, however, completely seduced by the intellectual excitement
involved in the study of law. After final exams (do I dare admit this?), I would sit
quietly in the library and read constitutional law cases in their unedited glory.
After graduation I worked as a civil litigator for several years in Gainesville. I
loved litigation (still do), but I craved more intellectual depth. After much agony I
decided to become a law professor, a nearly impossible task at the age of 40. Many
counseled me against this improvident decision, and my lawyer friends had great
difficulty accepting my decision to close my practice. Some never did.
Due to life experiences and professional exposure, I decided that I wanted to teach
family law from an interdisciplinary perspective. I spent the next three years in graduate
school and earned a masters degree in family sociology.
The year after I earned that degree, I received an offer to teach at the University
of Denver College of Law-a slightly miraculous turn of events for a 43-year-old
graduate of an extension program. To complete the miracle, I always had wanted
to live in Colorado, and the law school actually wanted me to teach family law and
Over the years as an academic, I have maintained my love of law practice as well
as theory. I have served as an expert consultant on numerous Colorado divorce cases,
set several precedents in Colorado, and supervised students in family law and child
I bring to my scholarship practical as well as interdisciplinary and feminist insights.
In 2006 I published my first book titled, Constructive Divorce: Procedural Justice
and Sociolegal Reform. I currently am writing a second book that tells the life and
legal stories of mothers who lost custody of their children when they made allegations
of child sexual abuse against the fathers. Recently I became the associate dean for
Academic Affairs at my law school, where I continue to teach and write.
The moral of this story: Choose and live your path in law with passion-the
rewards are many.
* Helped set several precedents in
the Colorado Court of Appeals and
the Colorado Supreme Court
* Book Constructive Divorce:
Procedural Justice and Sociolegal
Reform in 2006
* Presented the Provost's Lecture
about my scholarship to the
University of Denver academic
community in 2007
Assistant Professor of Law, Villanova University
* Senior research editor on Florida
* Clerked for the Honorable Susan H.
Black on the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the 1 th Circuit
* Associate specializing in employee
benefits and financial products tax
at Davis & Harman, Washington,
I was bitten by the teaching bug during my second year of law school when I worked
as a teaching assistant for two of my professors. I thoroughly enjoyed working with other
students, helping them comprehend legal concepts as well as improve their analytical and
Several years after graduation, however, I continued to work in private practice at a
Washington, D.C., boutique tax firm. I was fortunate to be working with a phenomenal
group of attorneys on both technical tax matters and more policy-oriented matters related
to employee benefits. While I enjoyed my practice tremendously, I knew I ultimately
wanted to take the time to fully explore issues of interest to me and use my own voice
rather than a client-directed voice.
When the opportunity arose in 2005 to return to the Levin College of Law as a
visiting assistant professor, I knew the time was right to pursue my academic interests.
I am now thrilled to be a member of the Villanova faculty, teaching in both the J.D. and
Graduate Tax programs.
Assistant Professor of Law, Florida A&M University
I started teaching Tax in the fall of 2004. One or two weeks into the class, a
student asked me when they were going to go through a 1040 form. I responded to
her: not in this class. That was the last time I saw her.
I lost a few more students who were not willing to go through the challenges of
the class. Although most students appeared interested, I was not sure whether I had
gotten anybody excited about tax as my first tax teacher, Walter Nunnallee, had me.
The following semester, I heard a timid knock on my door. It was the quietest
student in the class. She proceeded to tell me how exciting the class was to her and
how she loved the challenges I put the class through by forcing them to back their
answers with applicable code sections. I was floored!
This is when I decided that I had made the right move after all (the student, along
with a classmate, is currently pursuing an advanced taxation degree at the University
* Accepted in the Graduate Tax
Program at the University of
* Published regulations while at
* Book, A Complete Introduction
To Corporate Taxation, with
Gail Levin Richmond (Nova
Southeastern University School
The following semester, I heard a timid knock on
my door. It was the quietest student in the class. She
proceeded to tell me how exciting the class was to
her and how she loved the challenges ...
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Graduate Program in Taxation
University of Washington, Seattle
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Remembering Law School
BY ANDREW J. MCCLURG (JD 80)
cO 6LN&7Nfr FOUTC IMWR5N
he first year of law school. Nothing re- J Tl "' 4~[FF f l5 COOP
sembles it. Like boot camp and other 5. 1 I 1T y rST : VEST JITHI
trials by ordeal, it can be appreciated J
only by those who share it. Indoctri- %I YW S Or- THV F V1EA 01 f 5RM F
nated by and incubated in the weird W IN i( LG A"r n F7 1 I E7j OF
and wonderful traditions of U.S.
legal education, being a 1L leaves an Tnf7C fATIO O THF W 1TV ST
imprint as deep as the life-altering
.' i K' I.' I',
l l.i.I n thlt Il the Socratic and case methods continue to evoke the same ex-
\, 1%|.v I N.ad1- citement, confusion, fear, frustrations, bonding under fire, and
SI-.d i I1 ii mIlh. utter exhaustion among 1Ls that we all experienced in our first
year at UF.
Contemplating those traditions for this article brought back
University of a flood of memories, so many that I began experiencing Post-
Florida Col- Traumatic Stress Disorder-type flashbacks in nightly dreams.
lege of Law The first night I was in Criminal Law when the professor
in 1980. As a called on me. Orating like Socrates on speed, he posed a clas-
longtime law sic law school hypothetical:
professor, 'Mr. McClurg, A shoots at B, but misses and hits C, who
I've had the loses control of her car and crashes into D, driving a school
privi- bus full of children-H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O and P-down a
lege of winding mountain road. The school bus careens into a gas
teach- pump at the same instant lightning hits the pump. In the
iing thou- explosion, a piece of glass, E, hits F, walking his dog, G,
,a iIds of stu- nearby. G gets loose, tries briefly to mate with Q, then attacks
d, ns at six R as he carries an armload of law books up a staircase. The
l% I schools. books fall on T, causing massive head injuries. T is rushed to
II l lter year, the ER by EMTs, gets CPR from an RN and an IV from an
lh ,In uhlt the MD, but he's DOA. What color is the school bus? Mr. Mc-
lu liitiu it's ddjA Clurg? Mr. McClurg?"
i ill \er again: I had blanked in a panic attack at the first utterance of my
[I ilh, lol's rites name. Like all students, I hated the Socratic method back in law
:, Yi ss pi,,e such as school. As a professor, I've come to appreciate the great useful
ness of dialectical questioning as a tool for unearthing new
knowledge. Plus, it's fun scaring the hell out of people.
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The next night it was Property. The professor was
explaining the Rule Against Perpetuities. You have to
respect the Rule Against Perpetuities. For one thing,
no other legal rule has doctrines that sound like old
blues tunes. The "Bad as to One, Bad as to All" and
"Unborn Widow" rules could have been classic hits
for Muddy Waters.
But the main reason to admire the Rule Again't Per-
petuities is that it has managed to remain a quiiiU.t, -inilI
law school rule even though it is hardly 1\ .i ti,.d .and
even less often understood. Studies she" illi a.Inioi J
all lawyers know about the Rule Again>i l'tY.pIuiiiii.
is that, for reasons never fully developed 21
years" is important to property law.
In the dream-nightmare, as it
turned out-I was in Property class
scribbling furiously to keep up with
the professor's illumination of the
rule. Here's a side-by-side match-up
of what the professor said and what I
wrote down in my notes:
Prof: No contingent future
interest in a transferee is good
unless it must vest or fail to
vest within 21 years of the death of some life in being at the
time of the creation of the interest.
My notes: No astringent football interest?? ... must vest
OR FAIL TO VEST ... 21 years ... death ... life in bean???
... creation? interest???????
Prof: The rationale for the rule is straightforward. It's de-
signed to limit efforts by grantors to restrict the free alienation
of property by burdening it with contingent future interests.
My notes: Rationale for rule straightforward-designed
to limit grantees ORS something, something, some-
thing -SLOW THE **** DOWN!-Alien Nation of Prop-
erty? ... BUY GILBERT'S!!!
Prof: The simple way to understand the rule is to re-
member that it all has to do with the vesting or failure to
vest of a contingent future interest within the lifetime of a
measuring life or 21 years after that person's death.
My notes: Simple way to understand rule is to remem-
ber that it has to do with ... 21 YEARS, 21 YEARS, 21
My Civil Procedure dream was the most alarm-
ing. Our professor spent a long time talking about Pen-
noyer v. Neff, but I never understood it. The more he
talked, the more confusing everything became. Mostly
what I remembered about Pennoyer v. Neff was the name.
"A Torts student once reported
a grisly dream in which
I had him tied to a
stake while peppering him
with questions about battery."
This phenomenon is common among lawyers I meet.
Everyone well remembers "Pennoyer v. Neff," but beyond
the name they have only a dim recollection that the case had
something to do with personal jurisdiction.
In my dream, it was the night before the Civ Pro exam.
My knowledge and understanding of Pennoyer were trying
to gain access to my memory, but encountered a gland in my
brain claiming to be the Keeper of the Memory.
This gland explained it was his job to check the creden-
tials of every fragment of thinking that came along. Accord-
ing to the gland, law students frequently experience vague,
stupefied thoughts masquerading as knowledge, and it's the
gland's job to send them packing. Here's what happened:
Bouncer Gland: Hold it. Identify yourself.
My Memory: Pennoyer v. Neff
Memory: And what, pray tell, is a Pennoyer v. Neff?
Memory: Pennoyer v. Neff
Gland: Circumstances of memory?
Memory: Pennoyer v. Neff
Gland: Witnesses to the alleged memory?
Memory: Pennoyer v. Neff
Gland: Emotions experienced when memory incurred?
Memory: Pennoyerism, neffistration.
Gland: Comprehension level?
Memory: Pennoyer v. Neff
Gland: I'm sorry. You don't qualify as a memory. You
can't come in here. But have a nice day.
Memory: Pennoyer v. Neff
A quarter-century later, 1Ls are still forced to endure the
same anxiety-ridden rituals. Some even have real nightmares.
A Torts student once reported a grisly dream in which I had
him tied to a stake while peppering him with questions about
battery. Each time he answered, I shouted, \\ iiing'" and
lopped off a limb with an axe, saying "Is that a battery? Is
that a battery?" (Obviously, the dream was ridiculously far-
fetched. I never would have asked such an easy question.)
Is it time to change the way we do things? Should law
schools continue to torment students with the Socratic meth-
od and make them master arcane rules that most of them will
never use? Absolutely!
The trend in legal education is out with the old, in with the
new. Traditions are condemned as out of step with the times,
justifiably so in some areas. Change is essential to any insti-
tution. Much needed diversity among students and faculty is
increasing. More emphasis is placed on practical lawyering
skills. More schools are incorporating international and com-
parative law offerings in response to globalization.
But tradition is also important, including the use of rigor-
ous classroom method to teach critical thinking skills. Some
condemn as a meaningless platitude the adage that law school
teaches one to "think like a lawyer," but if learning to think
like a lawyer means learning to reason well, the U.S. legal
education system-including the infamous Socratic method
that is its hallmark-works.
Think back. Can any of us deny that we started law school,
to quote John Housman's Oscar-winning Professor Kings-
field in 'The Paper Chase," with "skulls full of mush?" And
yet, although we didn't appreciate it at the time, the Socratic
arena trained us to be facile, analytical thinkers and astute
legal problem solvers. Sure we were emotionally scarred, but
in most cases, actual physical injuries were minor.
The great successes of my colleagues from the Class of
1980 (including fellow law profs Robin Malloy (JD 80) at
Syracuse and Al Garcia (JD 81) at St. Thomas) and all the
other distinguished UF law graduates show the system has
long functioned well in Gator Country.
I'm grateful to UF and to my law professors for demand-
ing my best. In their honor, I've accepted with solemnity, and
some awe, the duty of carrying the torch of law school tradi-
tions forward. So excuse me while I get back to scaring the
hell out of people. 0
Andrew J. McClurg holds the Herbert Herff Chair of Ex-
cellence in Law at the University of Memphis. He was a mem-
ber of the founding faculty at Florida International University
College of Law and previously taught at the University of Ar-
kansas at Little Rock (Nadine Baum Di,, it, Ji.. I, Professor
of Law), Wake Forest University, University of Colorado and
Golden Gate University. McClurg is the author/editor of sev-
eral books and numerous law review articles that have been
cited in more than 175 Jiffi. j journals. He is the recipient
offive teaching awards. From 1997-2001, he wrote a monthly
humor column for the American Bar Association Journal.
*Portions of this article were adapted from The Law School Trip (The Insid-
er's Guide to Law School). Copyright 2001 Andrew J. McClurg.
What makes a law professor a memorable mentor?
BY MICHAEL ALLAN WOLF
he accounts found in the
pages of this issue of the
many talented University of
Florida law graduates who
have pursued productive
careers as law professors
make for very interesting
reading. I have had several productive encounters
with UF-trained law professors during my own
career. For example, Judson Temple (LLMT 76,
Oklahoma City University) and David Brennen
(JD 91, LLMT 94, University of Richmond, now
University of Georgia) were valuable colleagues
at former law schools, Mary Jane Angelo (JD
87) is my office neighbor at UF, Robin Paul
Malloy (JD 80, Syracuse) has included one of my
essays in a new book he is editing on eminent
domain, and I have relied on the authoritative
state constitutional law scholarship of Robert F.
Williams (JD 69, Rutgers).
I admit feeling a bit envious that so many UF
law graduates look back fondly on professors
who served as inspirations and mentors. By
contrast, many of the teaching, testing, and
advising practices that I have employed over the
past 25 years of law teaching, and my decision
to become a law professor, were shaped more as
a reaction u,i.,ii,, what I had experienced as a
law student in the mid-1970s.
There was but one faculty member with
whom I had the opportunity to form a personal
relationship in law school, a task made especially
difficult by the barriers, physical and otherwise,
that separated professors from their students.
Professor Richard Alan Gordon, known as the
'Kingsfield of Georgetown" in those post-"Paper
Chase" years-was the exception to the rule.
Dick was a gifted teacher in
the demanding and sometimes
humiliating Socratic mold-
students were required to stand
and were often on the spot
for a half-hour at a time as
we all learned that there was
no right answer, no matter
how hard we tried. I was one
of only a few students each
year who had the opportunity
to get to know Dick outside
the classroom, and I learned
that he gave up much by
assuming that untouchable,
Kingsfieldian persona. Most
of my classmates were afraid
to approach him during
class breaks, as they passed
him in the hall, or in any
other informal setting. When
I chose to be a legal academic,
I consciously refused to assume
Dick's in-class persona and the 2
unrelenting pedagogy that, in
my view, created unnecessary
distance between teacher and student.
I would be less than honest if I represented that
I had no mentors as a law professor, although that
would certainly help explain my shortcomings.
Upon graduation from law school, I began
interdisciplinary graduate work in American
studies, where I had the very good fortune to come
within the zone of influence of two outstanding
legal scholars, Charles Haar and Morton Horwitz.
From Charles I found a legal discipline-land-
use planning-that captured my imagination and
passion and, more importantly, a good friend and
collaborator on a wide range of fascinating projects
Michael Allan Wolf
joined the Levin
College of Law
faculty in 2003 as the
first occupant of the
Richard E. Nelson
Chair in Local
S Virginia property and real estate law, and he never made
me feel like I was the junior member of our collaborative
partnership. From my close friend Wade I learned the
value of maintaining relationships with former students as
they make their way through the complex challenges and
rewards of law practice. In this way, the former student,
who is constantly in touch with the real-world implications
of legal doctrines, often becomes the old prof's teacher,
which is certainly a win-win result.
"I learned the value of
with former students
I !as they make their way
through the complex
rewards of law practice."
to this day. From Mort, I learned that by choosing to be a
teacher-scholar in a law school, one need not sacrifice one's
empathy or intellectual curiosity, or feel confined within
unbreachable disciplinary walls.
When I began my career as a law teacher at Oklahoma
City University, I encountered Marjorie Downing, a
tenured colleague to whom I still refer as "my property
teacher." (Several years later at a law professors' meeting,
I introduced myself to my actual property instructor, who
had apparently been assigned to that first-year course by
an administrator who failed then to recognize the new
professor's very strong talents in other legal disciplines.
Upon learning that I had been in the class, my former
professor apologized to me.) Marge was patient with my
questions about future interests and the peculiarities of
Oklahoma property law, and I was impressed by the deep
respect that this independent thinker garnered from faculty,
alumni and the community.
I was doubly blessed when, upon taking my next
teaching position, at the University of Richmond, I again
found a kindred and supportive spirit in property professor
Wade Berryhill. Wade was, and still is, the master of
When I joined the Levin College of Law faculty in
2003, I did so as a chaired professor with more than
two decades of experience. At this stage of my career,
I faced the new and important task of being a valuable
resource for my colleagues who were less, how should I
say it, seasoned. Being an untenured law professor can
be as exhilarating as it is challenging, given the need
to impress several important constituencies-students,
senior colleagues, administrators and law review editors
at other schools.
As those familiar with the Levin College of Law know
very well, we have a highly talented group of teacher-scholars
who are at the early stages of what promises to be very
impressive careers. As a member of the faculty appointments
committee, I have the pleasure of getting to know some of
these faculty members even before they make their way to
Gainesville, and I can assure my readers that our law faculty
takes its recruitment obligations very seriously.
Tenured professors are also encouraged to serve
as mentors, and I can only hope that, when my younger
colleagues look back on the formative years of their careers,
they will be able to recall members of Levin's excellent
"senior corps" with the same fondness that I have expressed
in this essay for those who taught me by example. Certainly
that is a valuable goal worthy of serious pursuit. 0
Leonard Riskin Brings Mindfulness to
Teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution
After more than 20 years at the
University of Missouri School of
Law, where he worked as director
of the Center for the Study of Dispute
Resolution (CSDR), Leonard L. Riskin has
joined the Levin College of Law faculty.
'This is a terrific law school,"Riskin
replied when asked why he came to UF
Law. 'There are lots of great people on
the faculty, and in the student body."
A noted authority in alternative
dispute resolution, Riskin began teaching
his first classes at UF Law in January.
He teaches the course 'Negotiation,
Mediation, and Other Dispute Resolution
Processes," and a one-credit pass/
fail lab course attached to that course
Under his direction, the CSDR
distinguished itself as the premier
law school dispute resolution center
in the nation. Riskin has written
several books and numerous articles
on alternative dispute resolution,
articles on law and medicine and torts,
and essays for popular magazines. In
recent years, he has written about the
benefits of mindfulness meditation
for lawyers and mediators. He also
has been chair of the sections on
Law and Medicine and Dispute
Resolution of the Association of
American Law Schools.
Riskin has been teaching
mindfulness meditation to law students,
lawyers and mediators since 1999. He
describes mindfulness as "a particular
way of paying attention-moment
to moment without judgment-to
whatever passes through the mind or
through any of the senses."
It is of particular value to lawyers
and law students, he said, to help them
deal better with stress and to help them
perform better. Riskin noted there's a
great deal of anxiety and depression in
the legal profession, from law students to
lawyers and judges.
'It also can help people perform better
by increasing their ability to be calm
and to focus moment-to-moment while
they're doing any of the activities that a
lawyer does like listening or negotiating
or advocating," he explained.
Riskin has taught mindfulness
meditation to law students, law faculties,
and lawyers throughout the United States
and abroad. While he acknowledges
meditation is not for everybody, greater
awareness of meditation across society
as a whole has led to a growth in its
use in many more areas in recent years,
including medicine and athletics, as well
as in large corporations and law firms.
'I was interested in trying to address
a lot of the unhappiness and suffering
that I saw in the legal profession-in law
school and in practice. And I thought that
some of the suffering was attributable
to the adversary process, and to the
fact that the adversary process for law
school education bred a lot of misery,"
he said. 'Education in alternative dispute
resolution and mindfulness can help
address this problem."
The prevalence of alternative dispute
resolution in Florida was a factor that
attracted Riskin to UF. Alternative dispute
resolution has been utilized by the Florida
Court System to resolve disputes for over
30 years, starting with the creation of
the first citizen dispute settlement center
in Dade County in 1975. Since then,
the uses of mediation and arbitration
have grown as the Florida Legislature
and judiciary have created one of the
most comprehensive court-connected
mediation programs in the country.
'florida is a terrific laboratory for
studying dispute resolution," he said.
Uphoff Serves As
Gordon and Jones
evin College of Law Professor
Michael W. Gordon and Clifford
Jones, associate in law research
and lecturer in the school's Center for
Governmental Responsibility, are among
seven University of Florida faculty
members who have been awarded
Fulbright Scholar grants to lecture or
conduct research in other countries
during the 2006-07 academic year.
Gordon, the John H. and Mary
Lou Dasburg Professor, will be going
to the Portuguese Catholic University
in Portugal, while Jones heads off to
Germany to conduct research at the Max
Planck Institute for Intellectual Property,
Competition and Law. They are among
about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals
who will travel abroad as part of the
program sponsoredby the U.S. Department
of State to build mutual understanding
between residents of the United States and
the rest of the world. UF also is hosting
five Fulbright Visiting Scholars during the
current academic year.
'The Fulbright program is highly
competitive and selects talented faculty
from all over the world," UF Provost
Janie Fouke said. 'The University of
Florida is proud both to be the home for
these recipients and to be the home of
faculty who attract awardees from other
countries. Our students are the ultimate
winners, though, because they have the
opportunity to interact with folks who
are among the most accomplished in
Rodney J. Uphoff has joined the
faculty as a visiting professor and
interim director of clinical and skills
programs. He comes to UF from the
University of Missouri School of Law,
where he was Elwood Thomas Missouri
Endowed Professor of Law and director
of the University of Missouri South
Africa Educational Program.
Before joining the Missouri faculty
in 2001, Uphoff taught for 11 years
at the University of Oklahoma, where
he served as their director of clinical
education for three years. Uphoff also
was one of the lawyers appointed to
defend Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma
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Professor Says Icon is Causing Harm
BY SUSAN VERGNANI
he Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn, the iconic American
classic, should be removed
from mandatory reading lists
in public secondary schools
because of its racist content,
according to a new book by
civil rights lawyer and Irving Cypen Professor
In "Huck Finn s "Hidden" Lessons, Rush, who
co-founded the Center for Race Relations at the law
college and is an associate director of the school's
Center on Children and Families, brings a new
perspective to the long-running controversy in the
United States over whether Mark Twain's 19th
century tale of friendship between a boy and a
runaway slave is racist.
Secondary school students are not emotionally
and intellectually mature enough to properly
understand the novel, according to Rush. This results
in the isolation of black children in mixed race
classrooms where the novel is taught, a phenomenon
that Rush describes as emotional segregation. It is
her key premise for wanting the book taken off of
mandatory school reading lists.
Inspired to write Huck Finn 's "Hidden Lessons due
to her experiences as the white adoptive mother of a
black child (which also prompted her to write Loving
Across the Color Line in 2000), Rush painstakingly
examines what she views as The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn's racist content, including Twain's
use of a derogatory racial epithet no less than 200 times.
She also is concerned that Huck and Jim's relationship is
presented as 'loving,"even though Huck treats Jim with
tremendous disrespect. Her book also explains why
Rush thinks the classic's continued presence on schools'
required reading lists is a prime example of the systemic
racism that still exists in contemporary society.
'I think 'Hidden'Lessons provides a wonderful tool
for understanding racism better than we do, and I hope
that it helps us heal," Rush said. 'With better
understanding we can move towards achieving equality
in education and in general. If I achieve my goal, a
teacher who reads my book and understands it would
not feel good about teaching Huckleberry Finn in middle
school or high school as part
of a mandatory curricula."
scholar Joe Feagin, a sociol-
ogy professor at Texas A&M
University who has written
extensively on race relations
and racism, thinks the book
is both a compelling and sub-
stantive argument for remov-
ing it from secondary school Rush
required reading lists.
'Though the holistic
portrait of Twain has some positive points, he's also
infected with the systemic racism of his day," Feagin
said. For example, why didn't Twain have Huck
speaking in dialect as much as Jim, and why aren't
there more white caricatures in the first edition? Further,
why is Huck treated in such a half-deified way? He
offers a very white man's perspective of the day."
Another misperception of The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn from Rush's perspective, that she
hopes her book will debunk, is the widely held view
that the canonized classic is actually antiracist.
'It perpetuates racism under the guise of undoing it,
because it often is taught as if it were an anti-racist
classic," Rush said. 'This is even more pernicious.
There is no other book out there with Huck Finn's
stature-it has been translated into hundreds of
languages, which for me means there is widespread
harm associated with it."
Katheryn Russell-Brown, a black faculty
member and director of the Center for the Study of
Race and Race Relations at UF Law, hopes skeptics
will acquaint themselves with Rush's assessment before
dismissing it outright.
'I think what Professor Rush has managed to do is
have us take a second look at Huck Finn and ask
whether the book deserves the reverence it currently
has, considering what it says," Russell-Brown said.
"Her book challenges the dominant paradigm of what's
acceptable, and a lot of people will be hesitant about
pulling it from required reading lists. But it should be
considered because of the message of inequality it
sends about race to all students, black and white."
Since November 2006
Mary Jane Angelo Published Costanera Sur: Gateway
Assistant Professor to the Osa. A Scenic and Conservation
* Presented "Rapanos, Carabell and and Development Corridor in Costa
Beyond" (an analysis of recent U.S. Rica, proceedings of the "Sustainable
Supreme Court decisions addressing Tourism 2006" Conference, Verona,
jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act Italy (with M. Gurucharri).
at the Florida Wetlands Conference). m Appointed to serve as UF
provost's ex officio representative on
Thomas T. Ankersen UF sustainability committee and to
Legal Skills Professor; Director, assist in the development of propos-
Conservation Clinic als to advance sustainability
m Published \niiiihiiu \way: Govern- in the curriculum.
ment Regulation and the Rights of Navi- m Funded to develop a 'Program of
gation in Florida, Technical Publication Land Use Law Extension and Service
USA Today, Sept. 9, 2006
I6 Our families are more unstable.
There are more divorced and
blended families. We also are more
aware of the psychological impact of
children losing emotional attachments
with close relatives.
Barbara Woodhouse, Professor, Center on Children and Families Director, commenting
about courts increasingly siding with grandparents over visitation rights, especially in
the cases in which one of the parents is dead.
# 157, Florida Sea Grant (revision of
1999 work) (with R. Hamann).
* Served as co-chair and presenter,
'From Stem to Stem: Boating and Water-
way Management in Florida" conference
(Florida Sea Grant, Center for Govern-
mental Responsibility, Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission).
* Presented L...i. i a la Playa:
The Law of Coastal Access in a
Comparative Context," at the Interna-
tional Seminar: Sustainable Tourism
and Coastal Development, University
of Costa Rica.
Learning,"UF IFAS Cooperative
Extension Service, $40,000.
* Co-principle investigator, 'Protect-
ing Florida's Water Quality, Identifying
and Overcoming Barriers to Implemen-
tation of Low Impact Development
Practices," UF Water Institute Program
Initiation Fund, $25,000.
Fletcher N. Baldwin, Jr.
Director of UF Center
for International Financial
Crimes Studies; Chesterfield Smith
* Published article, 'Exposure of
Financial Institutions to Criminal
Liability," 13 J. of Financial Crime
* Co-authored article, 'Down to the
Wire: Assessing the Constitutionality
of the National Security Agency's War-
rantless Wiretapping Program: Exit The
Rule of Law," (with Robert Shaw), 17
University of Florida Journal of Law
and Public Policy 430 (2006).
Jonathan R. Cohen
Professor; Associate Director,
Institute for Dispute Resolution
* Published chapter, 'The Culture
of Legal Denial," in The Affective
Assistance of Counsel: Practicing
Law as a Healing Profession, ed.,
Marjorie A. Silver (Carolina Academ-
ic Press, 2007).
Stuart R. Cohn
Associate Dean for International
Studies; Professor; Gerald A. Sohn
Scholar; Director of International and
Comparative Law Certificate Program
* Appointed as the Florida liaison
to the American Bar Association's
Business Law's Committee on
* Published revised two-volume
treatise, Securities Counselingfor
Small and Emerging Companies
m Spoke on 'Overlapping Financial
and Legal Concerns for Start-up and
Capital Raising Companies" to the
Florida Institute of Certified Public
Accountants at the Florida Gulf
Coast University Accounting and
Professor; Gerald A. Sohn Scholar
* Presented to the Bankruptcy/UCC
Committee of the Business Section of
The Florida Bar concerning the amicus
curiae brief he submitted to the U.S.
Supreme Court in support of a petition
for writ of certiorari. His argument
on behalf of the National Association
of Bankruptcy Trustees concerns ap-
plication of the in pari delicto doctrine
against a trustee in bankruptcy.
m Participated in Jacksonville Bank-
ruptcy Bar Association panel discussion
on the developments in Chapter 11 bank-
ruptcy cases following the sweeping 2005
amendments to the bankruptcy code.
George R. Dekle
Legal Skills Professor; Director,
Criminal Law Clinic-Prosecution
* Spoke on pretrial motion practice
in capital cases at the Western Regional
Capital Litigation Seminar sponsored
by the National District Attorneys As-
sociation and other organizations.
Patricia E. Dilley
* Spoke for the Section of Employee
Benefits program on 'Teaching Em-
ployee Pensions in the Land Where
401(k) Plans are King" at AALS
m Presented 'The Dependency of
Independence: 9/11 and the Indepen-
dent Commission Form" to the faculty
at the Brooklyn Law School.
USA Today, Oct. 10, 2006
6I What's interesting about this case is
that (Scheff) was so vested in being
vindicated, she was willing to pay court
costs. They knew before trial that the
defendant couldn't pay, so what's the
point in going to the jury? 99
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor, commenting on
the case in which a Florida woman sued a Louisiana woman for defaming her on an
Internet blog and was awarded $11.3 million.
Professor; Director, Environmental &
Land Use Law Program
m Presented 'Wetlands Conservation
and Metropolitan Growth" at Georgia
State University College of Law.
* Published CPRfor the Environment:
Fi,..ial,,o. New Life into the Nation's
Major Environmental Statutes, A
S,.. I1 ,1i Sourcebook of Progressive
Ideas for Members of Congress and
Staff (co-edited and co-authored intro-
duction with Matthew Shudtz).
Michael W. Gordon
John H. & Mary Lou Dasburg Professor
* Published article, 'Forum Non Conve-
niens Misconstrued: A Response to Henry
Saint Dahl,"38 Inter-American Law
Review 141 (2006).
m Organized and presented two pan-
els on "A Documentary Sale from the
United States to Chile" and 'Foreign
Investment and Trade Issues in Con-
temporary Latin America," and ap-
peared on a third panel on "Doing
Business in Civil Law Tradition
Nations" at the ABA International
Law Section Fall meeting.
St. Petersburg Times, Oct. 20, 2006
I One of the concerns about the death
penalty (is) that the stakes are so high,
defense attorneys pull out all the stops.
So there's a real tension between the
defense attorney's desire to explore every
avenue and the court's desire to get an
efficient resolution of the case. 99
George Dekle, Legal Skills Professor, Director of Criminal Law Clinic-Prosecution,
quoted in an article about the numerous measures attorneys, like those representing
alleged cop killer Alfredie Steele, Jr., go through to effectively represent their client.
* Prepared and presented 'International
Commercial Transactions" and 'Inter-
national Civil Litigation" for Nokia law-
yers in Latin American offices.
m Participated in a panel on Canadian
culture and the NAFTA at the Canadian
Embassy in Washington.
* Spoke on litigation and arbitration
between parties in Mexico and the United
States, and on recent decisions of U.S.
courts applying Mexican law, at the U.S.-
Mexico Law Institute program. He was
re-elected to the Board of Directors of the
Institute and elected vice chairman.
Linda Calvert Hanson
Assistant Dean for Career Services
* Published article, 'The Law School
Perspective of Small Firm Practice," in
the Fall 2006 issue of Link, a journal of
the General Practice, Solo and Small
Firm Section of The Florida Bar.
* Panelist at the ABA mid-year meet-
ing in Miami on "Small Firm Practice:
A Blue Print for Success."
Stephen C. O'Connell Chair
m Cited three times (two different
works, with R. Blair as co-author on
each) in U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Thomas's opinion for a unanimous
court in Weyerhauser Co. v. Ross-
Simmons Hardwood Lumber Company,
Inc., 2007 WL 505794 (U.S. 2/20/07).
m Published article, 'Trademarkand
Status Signaling: Tattoos for the
Privileged," Florida Law Review,
* Published article, "An Instrumental
Approach to Market Power and
Antitrust Policy," SMU Law Review,
* Presented talk at the American Loy, former c(
Association of Law Schools 2007 Coast Guard a
meeting, 'Teaching Economic Homeland Sec
Justice." (JD 06), Wash
* Presented talk at the Music Law and adjunct pr
Conference at the UF College of Washington L
Law 2007, 'What Musicians and Published a
Composers Need to Know About Achieving Ex
Copyright." Leadership (A
The Tampa Tribune, Nov. 1, 2006
SThe new adoration of troops, and
considering their mere agreement
to serve as exceptional, was a
fundamental change in how America
raises its military force. 99
Diane H. Mazur, Professor. Compare it with the Vietnam era,
she said, when men were drafted and serving their country was
a matter of "you do what you gotta do."
Richard Hiers Clifford Jone
Affiliate Professor Emeritus Associate in L
* Appointed chair of the Advisory Center for Gov
Committee for the Journal of Law m Published 'I
and Religion. in European Cc
* Published article, "Justice and Enforcement A
Compassion in Biblical Law in (1) Competition
Convergence, Vol. 1, Eckerd College Published '
(2006), pp. 75-95, from a collection of Competition Pc
essays by Community Fellows of the Conflict, Conv
Center for Spiritual Life at Eckerd. in H. Ullrich, E
Jerold H. Israel F .. ,. -. Wh
Professor, Samuel T. Dell (Edward Elgar
Research Scholar Presented a l
m Published 2007 pocket parts for vol- Paper on Privat
umes 1-6 of Criminal Procedure, 2nd ed., Europe: Chann
(with co-authors Wayne LaFave & Nancy at the Amsterda
King), 792 pages, (West Thomson). Economics, Un
Robert H. Jerry, II Presented "I
Dean; Levin Mabie and Levin in American El
Professor Campaign Fina
* Published editorial in the Miami series in Leipzi
Herald, "A National Policy for on "Contesting
Disasters," on the need for a national American Soci
catastrophe policy to deal with natural by the Universi
disasters. Co-authors were James University of J
commandant of the U.S.
nd deputy secretary of
;urity, and Steve Roberts
ington, D.C., lawyer
ofessor at George
chapter, "Defining and
cellence,"in Law School
[he Third Devolution
petitionn Law: Private
after the Green Paper", 3
i Law Review 1 (2007).
)licy in the EU and USA:
ergence, and Beyond"
d., The Evolution of
ich Competition? 17
ecture, 'The White
e Antitrust Damages in
mn Center for Law and
diversity of Amsterdam,
sections: The Role of
nce Law" at a lecture
g and Jena, Germany,
the Public Space in
ety. "It was sponsored
ty of Leipzig, the
ena, the German Fulbright
Commission, and the American
* Presented 'Private Enforcement Of
Antitrust Law: Lessons From The US
Experience" at the Conference on Private
Enforcement in Competition Law: Legal
and Economic Issues, sponsored by the
Center for European Policy Studies and
European Center for Austrian Economics
Foundation in Brussels, Belgium.
m Presented 'The Second Devolution
of European Competition Law:
The Political Economy of Antitrust
Enforcement Under a 'More Economic
Approach,' "at the 25th Annual
Conference on New Political Economy.
It was held at the Center for the Study of
Law and Economics at the University of
the Saarland, Saarbruecken, Germany.
Christine A. Klein
Professor; Associate Dean for
* Presented paper on 'The Law of
the Lakes: From Protectionism to
Sustainability" at the Institute for
Trade in the Americas (\ 11 Ilig.ul State
University) Symposium on the Great
Lakes Water Basin: International Law
and Policy Crossroads.
Paul J. Magnarella
Affiliate Professor; Professor of
Criminology, Law and Society
* Published 'The Hutu-Tutsi Conflict
in Rwanda," in S.C. Saha, ed.,
Perspectives on Contemporary Ethnic
Conflict, New York/Oxford: Lexington
* For three months (Oct., Nov., Dec.
2006) Oxford University Press ranked
his article, 'The Background and Causes
of the Genocide in Rwanda" (2005),
first among the 50 most frequently read
articles in its Journal of International
* Delivered the World Affairs
Council's Great Decision Lecture
(Feb./March 2007), 'War Crimes and
International Criminal Tribunals,"
at the University of North Carolina
(Asheville) and Brevard College.
The Miami Herald, Jan. 2, 2007
. The timing of future natural disasters
is unknown, but that they will occur
is absolutely certain. Now is the time
to prepare a comprehensive, cohesive
and coordinated national policy to deal
with them. 9
Robert H. Jerry, II, Dean, Levin Mabie and Levin Professor, co-authored an editorial about the
need for a national catastrophe fund and mitigation measures in preparing for natural disasters.
Diane Mazur Martin J. McMahon, Jr.
Professor Clarence J. TeSelle Professor
0 Presented on a panel at Harvard Law m Published book, Study Problems for
School about judicial deference to mili- Federal Income Taxation of Business Or-
tary personnel policies such as 'Don't .. I,,,,. ,. ''. (4th Ed.), and accompanying
Ask, Don't Tell" with Harvard profes- Teacher's Manual (with P McDaniel &
sor Laurence Tribe, the preeminent D. Simmons) (Foundation Press, 2006).
constitutional scholar and Supreme Published 2007-1 Semi-Annual Cumu-
Court advocate. lative Supplement to Bittker, McMahon
m In the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals 7 Zelenak's Federal Income Taxation of
case Rasul v. Rumsfeld, a suit by British Individuals, Third Edition (Warren, Gor-
citizens alleging torture at Guantanamo ham & Lamont, 2002) (with Lawrence
(and later released), joined an amicus A. Zelenak).
brief of retired military officers and mili- m Published article, "Recent Develop-
tary law scholars arguing that immunity ments in Federal Income Taxation: The
for defense officials is inconsistent with Year 2005," 8 Florida Tax Review 5
military tradition and law. (2007) (with Ira B. Shepard).
Presented "Recent Income Tax De-
Paul R. McDaniel velopments" at the American Bar As-
James J. Freeland Eminent Scholar sociation, Tax Section, midyear meeting
in Taxation; Professor (jointly with Prof. Ira Shepard).
m Presented lecture, 'Worldwide or Ter- m Presented 'Tax Pitfalls and Planning
ritorial Income Taxation: Which is Better Opportunities in the Formation of Part-
for the United States?"at the annual Her- nerships and LLCs" at the University
man Goldman Memorial Lecture before of Montana School of Law, 54th An-
New York City Bar Association. nual Tax Institute.
New York Times, March 1, 2007
6 Most incompetency claims in
federal court are denied and most
defendants found incompetent are
clearly psychotic. JJ
Christopher Slobogin, Stephen C. O'Connell Chair,
Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry, quoted in a story about
a federal judge finding Jose Padilla competent to stand
trial on terrorism conspiracy charges.
m Elected to Board of Directors, The
Theodore Tannenwald Jr., Foundation
for Excellence in Tax Scholarship.
Professor; Samuel T. Dell Research
Scholar; Director, Institute of
Human Ri'1,hi and Peace Development
* Appointed as acting judge on the High
Court of South Africa, a court of law
which, when constituted in 1994, inher-
ited the jurisdiction of the provincial and
local divisions of the Supreme Court of
South Africa that was formally abolished
following the post-apartheid settlement.
William H. Page
Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar in
Electronic Communications and Adminis-
trative Law; Professor
m Published The Microsoft Case: Anti-
trust, High Technology, and Consumer
Welfare with John Lopatka (University of
Chicago Press, 2007).
Juan F. Perea
Cone Wagner Nugent Johnson,
Hazouri and Roth Professor
* Moderated a panel on \" Al.Uiiin
from the Dream: The New Struggle
for Diversity in the Legal Academy,"
presented by the AALS Committee on
Recruitment and Retention of Minority
Law Teachers, at the AALS national
* Named to the Research Committee of
m Delivered two presentations on the
role of constitutional courts in Latin
m Appointed to a term on the AALS
Membership Review Committee.
Assistant Professor; Executive Director,
Center for Information Research (CIR)
m Named the Jurisdynamic Idol by
Jurisdynamics, which identifies junior
faculty members and other aspiring
scholars in law and allied fields.
St. Petersburg Times, Nov. 30, 2006
I Officers are symbols of something more
than just individuals who have committed
an offense. The jury may reach a verdict
based on the value of those symbols to
them. Sometimes people use these
cases to send messages for support
of the police department as a whole. a
Kenneth Nunn, Professor; Associate Director, Center on Children and Families, quoted in
an article about the arrest of eight correctional officers for the death of 14-year-old Martin
Lee Anderson and the difficulties faced when prosecuting law enforcement officers.
America and the United States at UF, and
on 'Straightening the Forked Paths "about
Section 5 of the 14th Amendment at the
University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
* Published a book chapter, \ h
Profundo Azul: Why Latinos Have a
Right to Sing the Blues," in Colored
Men and Hombres Aqui: Hernandez
v. Texas and the Emergence of Mexi-
can-American Lawyering (Michael A.
Olivas, ed., 2006).
* Completed Race & Races: Cases and
Resources for a Diverse America (2d.
ed. 2007) (with Delgado, Harris, Stefan-
cic & Wildman).
Christopher L. Peterson
* Testified in April before a U.S. Sen-
ate Banking Committee's Subcommittee
on Securities, Insurance, and Invest-
ment hearing on "Subprime Mortgage
Market Turmoil: Examining the Role of
Securitization. "He discussed his article
'Predatory Structured Finance," which is
forthcoming in the Cardozo Law Review.
m Debated Dr. Michael Maloney, an eco-
nomics professor at Clemson University,
on the efficacy of usury law. The debate
was broadcast by National Public Radio's
affiliate station at Utah State University.
m Presented paper, I ,uIl Law
and the Christian Right: Religious
Political Power and the Geography
of 'Payday' Lending Regulation" to
the faculty at Catholic University of
America, Columbus School of Law in
m Published opinion editorial, "Clean-
ing up a Consumer Lending Mess," in
the Boston Globe.
* Paper, "Predatory Structured Fi-
nance," Cardozo Law Review, made
SSRN's "all-time hits" list for Leg-
islation and Statutory Interpretation,
making his paper one of the ten most
downloaded papers in this class since
the inception of SSRN.
* Published "Preemption, Agency
Cost Theory, and Predatory Lending
by Banking Agents: Are Federal Regu-
lators Biting Off More Than They Can
Chew?" in 56 American Law Review
m Interviewed on Public Radio
International's 'Marketplace" about
how state legislatures are likely to
respond to a recent public relations
push by a payday loan industry trade
Faculty Profile: George Dawson
University of Florida Levin College of Law since he arrived
in 1981, but a few times during the year he leaves his
home in Gainesville to export the UF Law name and share
his expertise with law students around the world.
In addition to teaching at UF Law, Dawson is in his eighth
year as the director of the College of Law Summer Program at the
University of Montpellier in France, a program jointly sponsored with
Levin. Each year 25 to 30 students from UF travel to study in France
for five weeks to take classes with UF professors, including Dawson.
"The program allows students to take the classes they need
in a different environment and in a different way," said Dawson,
who earned an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the
University of Chicago. "It also allows them to involve themselves
in the French culture, while still taking classes from UF Law
He also travels to Poland to participate in the United States
Law at Warsaw Program in which faculty travel to the Center for
American Law Studies at the University of Warsaw. For two weeks
at a time, Dawson teaches nine classes in Warsaw and gives a final
exam in United States contract law.
However, Dawson's most important and
time consuming role is in Gainesville, where
he serves as associate dean of academic
affairs and carries the responsibility of
making sure students are prepared to leave
Levin and enter the working world with
a solid legal foundation. The job entails
everything from curriculum planning to
"In this role of associate dean of academic affairs, I am the
connection between the students and the faculty," Dawson said. "My
major role is to take the responsibility to help the faculty accomplish
their goals in the classroom so they can better prepare students for
the practice of law."
Even with all his work around the world and as an associate
dean, Dawson still finds time to teach Estates and Trusts most
semesters. He also works closely with the Admissions Office.
"Because I was president of the Law School Admissions
Council in the '90s, it made sense for me to get involved with our
admissions process," he said.
Gregg D. Polsky
I '\ili', Associate Professor of Law;
Associate Professor of Law, University
of Minnesota Law School
m Appointed the Professor-in-Residence
in the Office of Chief Counsel of the In-
temal Revenue Service for the 2007-2008
academic year. He will serve as a special
assistant to Chief Counsel Don Korb.
* Published article, 'Reforming the
Taxation of Deferred Compensation," 85
North Carolina Law Review 571 (Janu-
ary 2007) (co-authored with Ethan Yale).
m Appointed to the Board of Editors of
the Journal of Deferred Compensation
* Presented 'The Tax Code's Misguid-
ed Attempt to Control Executive Com-
pensation" at Seton Hall Law School's
* Presented 'Regulating Independent
Political Organizations" at the First
Amendment Law Review's annual
symposium at the University of North
Carolina Law School.
* Cited five times by majority opinion in
Washington Supreme Court decision of
Van Pham v. City of Seattle, 151 P3d 976.
m Cited by the Federal Election Com-
mission in support of its decision de-
clining to create a per se rule regulating
independent section 527 organizations as
political committees, Federal Register,
Vol. 72, No. 25 at 5598.
Director, International Trade
* Presented paper on 'Nature of the
Obligation of States to Use Trade Instru-
ments for the Advancement of Environ-
mental, Labor, and Other Human Rights"
at Idaho International Law Symposium.
Leonard L. Riskin
Chesterfield Smith Professor
m The Journal of Dispute Resolution
published a symposium of articles
based on the symposium honoring him
held at the University of Missouri-
Columbia School of Law last October.
Riskin was the founding director and
a senior fellow of the Center for the Participated in a panel and presented
Study of Dispute Resolution. a lecture, "An Update on the Federal
* Appointed to the AALS Professional Rules of Criminal Procedure," to mem-
Development Committee. bers of the Stetson Law faculty.
* Appointed to the Advisory Board of Published an editorial, "Corporate
ProDialogo, a Peruvian NGO dedicated America Fights Back," in The Washing-
to conflict resolution and prevention, ton Post.
m Published essay, \\" .11.n in Law- m Published a letter to the editor,
yering: A Primer on Paying Attention," "Down With the Ship," in the American
in Marjorie A. Silver, ed., The A fK. i, Bar Association Journal.
Assistance of Counsel: Fi.,t. ii. Law m Appointed to The Florida Bar Task
as a Healing Profession (Carolina Aca- Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege.
demic Press, 2007).
* Gave a public lecture at Suffolk Law Michael R. Siebecker
School, 'Defining the Problem in Court- Assistant Professor
Oriented Mediation," and a presentation Published article, "Corporate Speech,
to the law faculty, 'What Every Law Securities Regulation and an Institutional
Student Should Know about Conflict Approach to the First Amendment," in
Resolution: The Top Ten Ideas." William and Mary Law Review.
Elizabeth A. Rowe Christopher Slobogin
Assistant Professor Stephen C. O'Connell Chair,
m Published article, "Saving Trade Edwin A. Heafey \I 7ini,' Professor
Secret Disclosures on the Internet ofLaw, Stanford Law School
Through Sequential Preservation," Spoke on 'Public Camera Surveillance
42 Wake Forest Law Review 1 (2007). and the Right to Public Anonymity" at
* Quoted in Gainesville Sun article, "UF I nilinkini Visual Privacy" confer-
Leads Way With Anti-Piracy Technol- ence at Berkeley Law School.
ogy,"about steps by recording industry to Commented on Richard Salgado's
address piracy among college students. paper at the "Search and Seizure in the
Digital Age" conference at Stanford
Mike Seigel Law School.
Professor Gave a talk on "Preventive Justice
m Named by UF Law students as 2007 and the Implications of Bioscience"
Professor of the Year. at Stanford's Center for Law and the
m Co-authored a chapter, "Federal Pros- Biosciences.
ecutorial Power and the Need for a Law m Co-authored a chapter titled
of Counts," in Joan MacLeod Hemin- "Federal Prosecutorial Power and
way, ed., Martha Stewart's Legal Trou- the Need for a Law of Counts" in Joan
bles (Carolina Academic Press, 2006). MacLeod Heminway, ed., Martha
Belleville News Democrat, Feb. 9, 2007
SThere's a great deal of mental and
emotional suffering in this profession.
Mindfulness meditation is a terrific way
for some people to feel better. 9 9
Leonard L. Riskin, Chesterfield Smith Professor, recommended
meditation to combat "a great deal of mental and emotional
suffering in this profession," in a story about the growing focus
on meditation in law schools.
The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2007
Il I've never seen it in a single-mother
will. She intentionally disinherited
Lee-ford Tritt, Director of Center for Estate and Elder Law
Planning and Estates and Trusts Practice Certificate Program,
quoted in an article about Anna Nicole Smith's estate and its
lack of provision for her 5-month-old daughter.
Stewart's Legal Troubles (Carolina
Academic Press, 2006).
* Spoke at the Section on Criminal Jus-
tice/Section of Law and Mental Disability
program, 'Insanity and Beyond: Current
Issues in Mental Disability and Criminal
Justice," at the AALS annual meeting.
* Spoke about prosecutorial discretion
in Florida death penalty cases at a con-
ference on "Life and Death Decisions:
Prosecutorial Discretion and Capital
Punishment in Missouri," St. Louis
University School of Law.
m Gave a talk, 'Twelve Objections
to Ecological Jurisprudence," at
the Munsterberg Conference, John
Jay College of Criminal Justice,
m Gave a workshop on 'The Liberal
Assault on the Fourth Amendment"
at Stanford Law School.
m Spoke at a conference on "Citizen
Ignorance, Police Deception and the
Constitution," on the topic 'Lying
and Confessing," Texas Tech Law
m Published 'Tarasoff as a Duty to
Treat: Insights from the Criminal Law,"
in Cincinnati Law Review.
* Published "Dangerousness and Ex-
pertise Redux" in Emory Law Journal.
Associate Professor; Director of
Center for Estate and Elder Law
Planning and Estates and Trusts
Practice Certificate Program
* Spoke at University of Miami School
of Law on 'Estate Planning Issues and
Strategies for Non-Traditional Families."
* Published Liberating Estates Law
from the Constraints of Copyright, 38
Rutgers Law Journal 61 (2006).
Christopher A. Vallandingham
Foreign and International Law
* Chief organizer of the "Intelli-
gence and Ethics 2007" conference
in Springfield, Va.
Faculty Profile: Christine Klein
E environmental patriotism will become a well-known phrase in
every household, regardless of political affiliation, if Professor
Christine Klein has her way.
Klein is researching methods of environmental protection and
developing the idea that conservation is a "bipartisan family value."
Simply put, Klein is a passionate believer that conservation is the highest
expression of patriotism, and one of the best ways to ensure that the
nation's environmental wealth will be passed on to the next generation.
Long a stalwart supporter of employing the law to protect the
environment, Klein began practicing water allocation law in the western
United States right out of law school in 1987. She worked at the
Colorado Attorney General's Office, focusing on an innovative state
program that acquired western-style water rights to maintain minimum
stream flows and lake levels to preserve the natural environment.
Later she moved to Michigan State University, where she taught
water law and studied the Great Lakes system. There, she was intrigued
by the growing opposition to water "export" out of the Great Lakes to
other regions of the country.
Klein joined the UF law faculty in 2003. She has followed with
interest the developing debate in Florida over the potential transport of
water from water-rich areas such as North Florida to more populated
areas of the state.
Drawing from her experiences in Colorado, Michigan and Florida,
she argues that "the search for new water sources should not be the
default principle of water management." Instead, Klein is urging a focus
on reducing the demand rather than increasing the supply. Regardless of
the region, she feels conservation efforts can significantly whittle down
the ever-increasing demand.
"I am trying to find a middle ground
to maintain the link between land and
water and to preserve the integrity of
watersheds," Klein said.
Her actions are gaining notice.
This past year Klein was invited to join
the Center for Progressive Reform, a
network of 50 progressive scholars from
universities across the country. They
are committed to protecting public health, safety and the environment
through research, analysis and commentary.
She said she is honored to be affiliated with the Center for
Progressive Reform and has joined its effort to structure the next
generation of environmental law. Her work there parallels her
research. Currently, she is canvassing water laws of all 50 states
to identify methods of regulating the export of water from one
watershed to another. She is particularly interested in identifying
models of sustainability currently in use that may serve as models
for other states.
"I am proud to be at a university like UF because there is a
campus wide effort to maintain sustainability," Klein said, referring to
the university's initiative to become a global leader in sustainability.
"Conservation to manage demand-rather than a broad geographic
search for new supplies of water, oil, and other natural resources-is the
most equitable and cost-effective approach."
Professor; Associate Director,
Center on Children and Families
* Panelist on 'Teaching Non-profit
Law" at the AALS annual meeting of
the Section of Non-profits.
m Published 'People in Glass Houses"
in 113 Tax Notes 477 (2006).
* Presented 'Family Law
Economics: Ruminations on
Property" to Family Law Section
of the Collier County Bar Associa-
tion at its annual Family Law
Michael Allan Wolf
Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local
Government Law; Professor
* Published an Expert Commentary
for LexisNexis on Mendota Golf LLP
v. City of Mendota Heights, 708 N.W.
2d 162 (2006).
* Spoke at the "Preservation 101"
seminar sponsored by Florida Trust
for Historic Preservation in 'Who's
Afraid of Property Rights?, Or: How
I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love
m Hosted and served as a presenter for
the Sixth Annual Richard E. Nelson
Symposium, "From Fairways to
Driveways: Legal Implications of Golf
m Spoke at CLE International's
Regulatory Takings program.
* Published 'Looking Backward:
Richard Epstein Ponders the
'Progressive' Peril," 105 Michigan Law
Review 1233 (2007).
Barbara B. Woodhouse
David H. Levin Chair; Director,
Center on Children and Families
and the Family Law Certificate
Program; Co-Director, Institute for
Child and Adolescent Research and
* Advised Fordham University in
developing its multidisciplinary center
on child advocacy.
* Presented the keynote speech at a
St. John's University conference on
Boston Globe, March 3, 2007
SWhen the CEO of HSBC, one of the
world's largest banks, and legal aid
attorneys who represent poverty-
stricken Americans find something to
agree on, it is no small event. 9
Christopher L. Peterson, Associate Professor, in an op-ed piece
that encouraged leaders to rethink national credit policies.
"Race, Class, Culture and the Child Spoke on objective expert witness
Welfare Crisis." testimony at the Florida State Child
* Spoke at a ceremony for the renam- Protection Team Conference.
ing of Arizona State's law school, in Presented at the Harvard Law Child
honor of retired U.S. Justice Sandra Advocacy Conference on the Center
Day O'Connor. on Children and Families Multidisci-
m Published \\n u.ng for Loving: plinary Programs.
The Child's Fundamental Right to Spoke to the UF Department of
Adoption," 34 Capital U. L. Rev. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on
297-329 (2005). eyewitness testimony of children,
* Named the Fernand Braudel 'The Child Witness."
Senior Fellow at the European
University Institute in Florence, Italy, Danaya C. Wright
for September 2007-January 2008 Professor
to do a comparative law study of Published column in 'The Blog,"In-
child welfare rights and the ecology side UF, on UF Senate Policy Councils,
of childhood in the U.S. and the through which the Senate takes a proac-
European Union. tive role in policy changes and guards the
Monique Haughton Worrell academic mission of UF Wright currently
Legal Skills Professor; Supervising At- serves as Faculty Senate Chair.
torney, Child Welfare Clinic m Presented 'The Legacy of Colonial-
m Presented "In Defense of Juveniles: ism: Religion, Law, and Women's Rights
Due Process Failures in the United in India" at a conference at Washington
States Juvenile Justice System" at the and Lee School of Law on gender rele-
International Society on Family Law vant legislation in Muslim and non-Mus-
Conference in 2005; proceedings pub- lim countries. It was sponsored by Wash-
lished in 2007. ington and Lee and Harvard University.
The Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2007
LLThe attorney-client privilege is not an
end unto itself but a means to an end. I
Michael L. Seigel, Professor, in an op-ed article about the push
by big business to restrict or prohibit prosecutors of big business
cases from requesting material that would be confidential under
BY KATHY FLEMING
hen Osmond Howe (JD 66) answers
his cell phone, he asks if he can call
back in 10 minutes.
"I'm at a dealership buying a red
Ferrari for a client," he says. "He's a
Turns out the client is a Brazilian
businessman who has a stable of nice cars, including a Bentley
and Rolls Royce, and always has Howe handle the purchases.
The purchase of a posh automobile is downright
conventional compared to the numerous quirky requests
Howe has handled in a 30-year practice focused on real estate
and international law.
Later, from the comfort of his spacious waterfront office on
Brickell Key, a tiny exclusive island just across from Miami's
downtown, Howe says it is hard to pinpoint the most exotic request
he ever received. He remembers the time one of his wealthiest
clients called and asked that he charter two 747s within 48 hours
because the family was moving back to the Middle East. One jet
was for the family, and the other was for their possessions.
Howe can tell these stories all day. Not unlike public
radio's Garrison Keillor, with measured words and a twinkle
in his eye, Oz Howe relays anecdote after anecdote, pulling
the listener into situations with him all over the world. While
he has been tremendously successful during a time when
Florida in general, and Miami in particular, was becoming a
sizzling international business community, it quickly becomes
clear Howe enjoys the people as much as the work.
Many of the more out-of-the-ordinary situations emerge
from his 17-year relationship with Saudi Prince Turki bin
Abdul Aziz Al Saud, a brother of the King of Saudi Arabia
and third in line to the throne. That affiliation began in 1987
when a London colleague called seeking assistance with
a South Florida property title for the prince's father-in-
law. When it was time for payment, the father took Howe
downtown to the bank.
"Here we were, walking down Flagler Street in
downtown Miami holding hands-that's common for Saudi
businessmen-and we go into the bank. I had a sizable fee,
$50,000 I think, and his aide has the bank fill a shopping bag
with money,"Howe recalls, shaking his head, still incredulous.
'We get back into the limo and he hands me the bag and says,
'take your money.' I count out the money, but tell him I don't
have anything to put it in. He dumps out the remaining money
on the floor and gives me the bag. I went back to my office
and dumped it on the office manager's desk and asked him to
take care of it."
A few months later Howe was invited to meet with the
prince's wife, at their massive estate in Indian Creek Village
in Miami, considered one of the wealthiest municipalities in
the United States. As requested, he arrived at their gate at 11
a.m. That's when he learned yet another international lesson-
he was supposed to come at 11 p.m. because that is the time
they conduct business. He returned that evening and waited
in a lavishly decorated room, watching dozens of bodyguards
come and go.
"Almost two hours later, the princess came into the
room, beautiful and dressed to the nines," he says, "She is
very intelligent, and
everything is very
calculated from where
she sits to what she says.
In her sing-song voice,
she asks me, 'What can
you do for me?' So I tell
her I can do this and I can
It was the start of a close r
his fashion designer wife and
many times to count and pi
FROM DIAMONDS TO BODY
For instance, there was
diamond jeweler Michael
her one-of-a-kind 70-carat
Sotheby's catalog, about to
princess had not even realize
"I want my diamond bac
lawyer conferred with Graff, 1
to contest the ownership, and
to stand up at the auction and
diamond would be challenges
unfortunately, the diamond w
sellers in keeping with Swiss
recover her gemstone," How
As just one of the family
confer with each other-
assignments involving real
and acquisitions and sales. 7
common: teach the prince's y
international bankers, photo
trip of designer clothing
particular day, find a pain do
a need to provide security ii
international families and international businessmen
and dignitaries, so he formed the Strategic Tactical
"It does keep the practice from becoming boring," he
ONE END OF THE STATE TO THE OTHER
That he has these outlandish experiences is still
somewhat of a puzzle for the tall, elegant lawyer,
though he was ambitious from the start. Raised at the other
end of the state, the Pensacola native comes from a long
line of motivated Howes, as evidenced by original certificates
on his office wall, in which his great grandfather was named
the British vice counsel of the region by Queen Victoria
and was accepted by U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes
After graduating from UF Law, where he served as
notes editor and editor-in-chief of the Florida Law Review,
he turned down more
One of his wealthiest clients lucrative offers and
opted to work at the
second oldest Miami law
called and asked that he charter firm, Mershon Sawyer
Johnston Dunwody &
tWO 747s within 48 hours. Cole.
"Miami was intriguing
to me. It was unique and I
relationship that has taken Howe, wanted the excitement of a larger city," he says. He worked
Their two daughters abroad too at Mershon in real estate for almost 30 years, heading up
resented him many memorable the firm's real estate department of about 20 attorneys for
Albert Quentel (JD 59), an early mentor of Howe's at
GUARDS the firm, remembers the young lawyer as a quick study
the time renowned London with natural analytical abilities and a calm, steady style
Graff alerted the princess that of negotiation.
diamond was on the cover of a "All of those abilities make him an excellent lawyer,
go to auction in Geneva. The but what makes him a superb lawyer is the confidence and
ed it was missing. loyalty of his clients," says Quentel, who left Mershon in
k," she told Howe. The Miami 1971 to join Greenberg Traurig as the fifth principal.
ocatedcertificates of authenticity "He brings a lot of ingenuity to his law practice. I'll
eventually hired a Swiss attorney never forget when he bought his first house and walked
announce that the auction of the away from the closing with a check, even though he was
. 'The auction was stopped. But the buyer," Quentel says. "Oz had gotten the seller to let
as given back to the mysterious him assume the first mortgage and take a purchase money
law, and the princess has yet to second mortgage. The broker was miffed, 'If I had known
e said. the seller would take a deal like that, I could have sold this
's many lawyers-who seldom house six months ago.' Oz's rejoinder was 'Well, why
Howe carries out the usual didn't you?'"
estate, business investments As Miami grew, so did the deal making. For many years,
he unusual requests are just as Howe recalls, the largest real estate loan a Florida bank could
Toung daughter how to deal with make was $5 million.
)graph and catalog a shopping "And then all of a sudden, the loans jumped up there when
worth millions, and on this the big banks entered the market," he says.
ctor in Japan. In 2005 there was On Christmas Eve, 1974, he was closing a loan in New
i high risk areas for prominent York when he was told that two Chicago businessmen wanted
to build a big condo building in Miami
and needed to close a loan in four
days. The deal went so fast that the
commitment letter wasn't signed until
after the loan closed.
'The loan was $23.5 million and the
Miami Herald and radio stations came to
cover it because it was the largest loan
ever closed in Florida,"he said. \ly fee
was $28,000, which was more than I used
to bill in a year as a young lawyer."
REPRESENTING TOP CLIENTS
He represented many of the world's
largest financial institutions and
prominent real estate developers, and
played a role in financing numerous
Florida landmarks, including the
Wachovia Financial Center (originally
the Southeast Financial Center)
and most recently the Loews Miami
After the Mershon firm closed in
1995, Howe eventually joined with Wes
Robinson (JD 81) andNicWatkins toform
Howe, Robinson & Watkins. He remains
an active member of the prestigious
American College of Real Estate Lawyers
and has long been listed as a member of
the Best Lawyers in America.
A trustee of the UF Law Center
Association and founder of the college's
prominent Dunwody Lecture, Howe
spends a great deal of time serving the
community he has helped grow.
One organization that has brought
immense satisfaction is the Community
Partnership for Homeless, which has
been recognized as a national model
for dealing with homelessness. Howe
has served as general counsel since
its inception and was responsible for
resolving a complex contract with the
county that has not been changed in 14
"At the time we were negotiating
that contract, it appeared hopeless.
Osmond stepped in and said 'Let me see
what I can do.' He handled i.i\ ildini.
protected the organization and got
through all that bureaucracy," says
founding Chairman Alvah Chapman,
also the former CEO of Knight Ridder
and one of South Florida's most
influential business and civic leaders
over the past four decades.
'Osmond is deeply interested in the
homeless and his commitment to service
is very real," Chapman adds. "I have a
lot of confidence in him."
In his waterfront office filled with
informal photos of family and people
like Dick Cheney, John Templeton
and the Saudi Royal family, Osmond
Howe is still a man looking for the next
"You don't get rich by hanging
around the rich. While being on a
retainer provides a stable income, you
don't make money while you sleep,
which is what the rich do,"he says. For
that reason, he is contemplating joining
forces with an affluent Malibu client in a
new international joint venture that will
require him to live in Asia for a while as
a co-owner and general counsel.
"I was never in practice to get rich,
and I realize I have paid more attention
to enjoying the moment than taking
advantage of it,"he reflects. "I've spent
years keeping clients profitable and out
of legal trouble and it's been exciting.
My client wants me to get into this
business, but now I have to decide what
is right for me."
'The very rich have very few people
they feel comfortable with and who they
trust," Howe says. "Sure, there may be
better lawyers, but for some reason they
want me." *
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James E. Cobb, a founding partner at Peek, Cobb &
Edwards, was awarded the University of North Florida's
Presidential Medallion for Outstanding Service, the universi-
ty's highest form of nonacademic recognition, given to local
civic leaders who have helped guide UNF's progress.
Stephen W. Sessums was awarded the first Lifetime
Achievement Award by the Florida Chapter of the American
Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in appreciation for his
work with the academy and in furthering the practice of
Larry S. Stewart, of Stewart Tilghman Fox & Bianchi, was
awarded the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's
Pursuit of Justice award in recognition of his lifelong devotion to
the legal profession and for significant contributions to the pur-
suit of justice. He was also named to the Top 500 of leading plain-
tiff lawyers by Lawdragon magazine and was appointed to the
Program Committee of the Council of the American Law Institute.
The second edition of Michael L. Jamieson's book,
Remembrances: My Life with Chesterfield Smith: America's
Lawyer, was published recently and is available at major
I. Michael Colodny, a partner with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld,
Karlinsky & Abate, was recognized in South Florida Legal Guide
in the government relations and insurance law categories.
Steve Rossman, founding partner of Rossman Baumberger
Reboso & Spier in Miami, was elected secretary of the
national board of Easter Seals and became a member of the
board's executive committee.
Donald J. Sasser, of Sasser, Cestero & Sasser in West Palm
Beach, was elected president of the International Academy
of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Joseph P Milton, a Jacksonville attorney, has become
certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million
and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements.
He is a board-certified civil trial lawyer and a board-certified
admiralty and maritime lawyer.
Judge John E. Futch, of the 5th Judicial Circuit Marion
County Court, was awarded the Outstanding Jurist Award
by the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar.
Walter "Skip" Campbell was appointed to the board of
advisers of the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR)
at the UF Levin College of Law. Campbell is a shareholder
with Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock
Liberman & McKee and a former Florida senator.
Daniel Richardson, of Lewis, Longman & Walker's
Jacksonville office, was elected a shareholder of the firm.
Leslie J. Lott, past director of the International Trademark
Association and founding partner of the intellectual property
firm Lott & Friedland in Coral Gables, spoke at the Intellectual
Property Litigation and Insurance Seminar. She also spoke at
the Florida Bar 2007 midyear meeting in Miami about "I.P
Rocks: Intellectual Property and the Entertainment Business."
Richard A. Murdoch became a shareholder of Buckingham,
Doolittle & Burroughs and is working out of the Boca Raton
Wayne E. Flowers, of the Jacksonville office of Lewis,
Longman & Walker, was elected chairman of the St. Johns
County Housing Finance Authority.
James A. Earp was elected Circuit Judge for Brevard County.
Jeffrey Pheterson, shareholder in Buckingham, Doolittle &
Burroughs Boca Raton's office, was elected chairman of the
Board of Trustees of Bethesda Memorial Hospital. jpheter-
Judge Judy M. Pittman, former chief judge and current family
law administrative circuit judge for Florida's 14th Judicial Circuit
Talbot 'Sandy' D' Alemberte
Receives High Honors for Public Service
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presented tor providing extraordinary legal services
to those who otherwise could not afford them, while
the Drinan Award recognizes unsurpassed commit-
ment to the legal profession in the advancement and
protection of human rights, civil liberties and social
D'Alemberte, president emeritus of Florida State
University and now with the law firm Hunton &
Williams, has a more than 40-year history of pro
bono service and was in the forefront of the early
days of the modern dispute resolution movement.
He co-founded the central European and Euro Asian
and Eastern European Law Institute while president
of the ABA, thought to be the largest single pro
bono project in the history of American law.
Other accomplishments include providing pro
bono representation to four Florida death row
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F. Drinan, a leading advocate tor international
The Tobias award pays tribute to Miami civil
rights lawyer Tobias Simon, who died in1982,
and is believed to be the first of its kind in the
country conferring recognition by the state's high-
est court on a private lawyer for voluntary, free
legal services to the poor. A permanent plaque
listing the names of all award recipients hangs in
the Lawyers' Lounge of the Florida Supreme
Court Building in Tallahassee. Throughout the
years, four other UF Law alumni names have
been engraved on this plaque:
Neil H. Chonin (JD 61) in 1984
William Sheppard (JD 67) in 1985
Herbert L. Allen (JD 68) in 1989
Leon B. Cheek III (JD 72) in 1995.
in Panama City, was named the Lee University 2006 Alumna
of the Year, where she received her undergraduate degree.
Dennis Wall spoke to more than 100 members of the
Jacksonville Claims Association.
Larry Hames (LLMT), of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor &
Reed, and his wife, Jane, were selected as honorary chairs
of the annual gala and fundraiser for the Winter Park Day
Nursery. Larry was also appointed to the board of directors
for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.
Hilarion "Lari" Martinez was designated as a U.S.
Department of State diplomat in residence at Florida
International University's International Relations
Department. He also earned a M.S. degree in national
security strategy from the National War College.
Lawrence "Larry" E. Sellers, Jr., a partner in Holland &
Knight's Tallahassee office, has been elected to a third term
on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar. Sellers was
elected to the two-year term without opposition to represent
the lawyers of the 2nd Judicial Circuit.
John J. "Jeff" Scroggin (LLMT) is the founding editor of the
National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
(NAEPC). Scroggin presented at the 2007 Million Dollar Round
Table, the State Bar of Georgia's 2006 Annual Estate Planning
Institute, the 2006 Georgia Tax Conference, and the 2006
meeting of the Financial Planning Association. He was appoint-
ed to the Strategic Planning Committee for the National
Association of Estate Planners and Councils and appointed as
vice-chairman of the North Fulton Community Foundation.
Tenth Judicial Circuit Judge Ralph Artigliere was recently
awarded the William M. Hoeveler Judicial Award for out-
standing professionalism and contributions to the judicial
Linda A. Conahan, from the Ft. Lauderdale office of
Gunster Yoakley & Stewart, was named in the 2007 edition
of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of com-
Dennis J. Wall was elected to the Association of Defense
Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Nelly N. Khouzam was presented
with the William Castagna Award for Judicial Excellence, which
recognizes a member of the Pinellas County judiciary who dis-
plays the highest standards of judicial excellence in knowledge of
the law, ethics, civility, professionalism and demeanor.
William R. "Bill" Lane, Jr. (LLMT), a Holland & Knight partner,
was recently appointed to a one-year term on the board of
directors of All Children's Health System.
Jeanne Tate, managing partner of Jeanne T. Tate, was
named the 2006 Outstanding Leader by the Greater Tampa
Chamber of Commerce.
Paul Mandelkern (LLMT), of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor
& Reed, was re-elected to the Board of Directors and elected
as secretary of the Florida Academy of Healthcare Attorneys.
Michael D. Minton (LLMT), president-elect of Dean Mead,
has been appointed to a one-year term on the Orlando
Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors.
Terrence J. Delahunty, of Foley & Lardner, was named
president-elect of the central Florida chapter of the National
Association of Industrial and Office Properties.
Janet Courtney, of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed,
was named in Who's Who in American Law as well as
Marquis Who's Who.
Robert H. Dellecker, a partner with the law firm Dellecker,
Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier, has been elected to the
Board of Directors of the Central Florida division of the
March of Dimes Florida chapter.
James A. Gale, co-founder of the intellectual property law
firm of Feldman Gale, was named chair of The Florida Bar's
inaugural committee for Intellectual Property Law
Certification for a three-year term.
William F. "Bill" Hamilton, a Florida Bar board-certified
business litigation partner in the Tampa office of Holland &
Knight, has been named a member of the Board of Directors
of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce for 2007
and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Elizabeth M. Hernandez, city attorney of Coral Gables, was
recognized by the Miami-Dade County Commission, as an
honoree of the "In the Company of Woman" award during
Women's History Month 2006. Hernandez was recognized
for her contributions in improving the quality of life and
justice in the community and specifically her role in plan-
ning and providing diversity sensitivity training seminars to
judges in the 11th Judicial Circuit.
Edmond D. "Ted" Johnson has joined the firm Pepper
Hamilton as a partner in the Wilmington office.
Glenn J. Waldman, a shareholder of Waldman, Feluren,
Hildebrandt & Trigoboff in Weston, has written "Federal Court
Sanctions Against Attorneys Under 28 U.S.C. 1927 -the 11th
Circuit Court of Appeals Attempts to Divide the Standard for
Multiplying the Proceedings in Bad Faith," which published in
The Florida Bar Journal in January. It was his sixth article in
the Journal. He was also named in Law & Politics' 2007 maga-
zine as a "Florida Super Lawyers," and as one of the "Florida
Legal Elite" in Florida Trend. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Alexander, a partner in the Jacksonville office of
Holland & Knight, has been named practice group leader for
the firm's national Labor & Employment Practice Group.
Donald C. Dowling, Jr. is international labor and employ-
ment counsel at White & Case in New York City, where he
represents U.S. based multinational employers in cross-bor-
der employment law matters. email@example.com
John E. Leighton, a civil trial lawyer in Miami with Leesfield
Leighton & Partners, authored the two-volume treatise
Litigating Premises Security Cases, (Thomson-West
Publishers). Leighton was re-elected as chairman of the
Inadequate Security Litigation Group of the Association of Trial
Lawyers of America and elected vice chairman of the Academy
of Trial Advocacy. He also was re-certified as civil trial special-
ist by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
David M. Silberstein (LLMT) was elected to the 2007 execu-
tive committee of Kirk Pinkerton law firm, with offices in
Sarasota and Bradenton.
Ellen M. (Waldman) Leibovitch has become Of Counsel to the
firm of Schwarzberg Spector Duke Schulz & Rogers. Leibovitch
is board certified in labor & employment law by The Florida Bar
and predominantly counsels and defends employers.
Michael D. Simon, from the West Palm Beach office of Gunster
Yoakley & Stewart, was named in the 2007 edition of the Best
Lawyers in America in the practice area of trusts and estates.
Reginald Mombrun (LLMT) published a book, A Complete
Introduction To Corporate Taxation, with Gail Levin Richmond,
an associate dean at Nova Southeastern University School of
Law. Mombrun has been teaching at FAMU College of Law
since August 2004.
Roderick C. McDonald joined the Syracuse, N.Y., law firm of
Bond, Schoeneck & King as senior counsel and member of the
firm's business law department.
Kimberly B. Rezanka, a member of Dean Mead's Viera office,
was recently sworn in as president of the Brevard County Bar
John V. Tucker, of Tucker & Ludin in Clearwater, presented
"ERISA: Liens and Much More, A Primer For Claims and
Federal Litigation Under the Employee Retirement Income
Security Act" to the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association.
Michael G. Schwartz (LLMT), from the Cincinnati office of
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, was named in the 2007 Best
Lawyers in America list in the practice area of tax law and trusts
Edson Briggs, Jr., was promoted to partner at Ferrell Law,
where he has practiced for more than six years in the areas
of international and domestic commercial litigation and arbi-
tration, anti-money laundering and employment law.
David A. Brennan (LLMT), professor at the University of
Georgia, will be the new AALS deputy director in August.
Jonathan S. Gilbert, a real estate attorney with Gunster,
Yoakley & Stewart in West Palm Beach, was promoted to
firm shareholder. He was also appointed chair of the Young
Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach
Steven D. Lehner and Suzanne McCaffrey Lehner married
in 1995 and they have two children. Steven is a capital
partner with Hinshow & Culbertson. Suzanne prosecuted
with the 6th Judicial Circuit and acted as in-house
counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company. She is
now litigating part-time with the law firm of Reywart,
Jones, Russo & Gugton.
Curt P. Creely, senior counsel at Foley & Lardner in Tampa,
was elected to partner. His practice focuses on securities
law, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate business
Isabelle C. Lopez has joined the Jacksonville firm of Lewis,
Longman & Walker as a senior attorney.
William "Bill" Goza
After UF Law Comes Distinguished Career
ixty-six years ago in Miami, where
William "Bill" Goza (JD 41) was work-
ing as a clerk in a law firm, his employ-
er offered to pay for him to complete his law
school education at a local university. Even
though he didn't have the funds to complete
his education, he declined. In his mind, it was
the University of Florida or nothing.
Goza did find the money. The same employer
agreed to give him $50 a month, which in those
days would cover all expenses of room, board
and living at UF, provided he would work for their
law firm upon graduation.
"I'd rather not have a law degree than
have one that did not come from the
University of Florida," Goza said. "I was deter-
mined to finish my law degree at UF."
He did finish, graduating in 1938 with a
bachelor's in business administration and in
1941 with a law degree. While on campus he
was involved in numerous activities, including
serving as a member of Florida Blue Key and as
president of the John Marshall Debating Society.
After graduation Goza found himself in the
thick of World War II, where he was a battery
commander of the 54th Armored Field
Once the war ended, Goza returned to
Miami briefly to fulfill his obligation practice
with his sponsoring law firm. Not long after, he
returned to his hometown of Clearwater to
open Goza & Hall. He served his profession
and community as a municipal judge, city
attorney, president of the Clearwater Bar
Association and president of both the
Clearwater Junior and Senior Chambers of
Commerce. In 1970 he was even named
But after a successful 35-year career in
estate planning, Goza felt it was time to move
back to one of his favorite places...Gainesville.
The move allowed him to focus on another
passion-forensic sciences. As a fellow of the
American Academy of Forensic Sciences and
associate director of the William R. Maples
Center for Forensic Medicine at the University
of Florida College of Medicine, Goza assisted
the late William R. Maples on numerous proj-
ects, including those related to Francisco
Pizzaro in Peru, Joseph Merrick (the Elephant
Man) in London, President Zachary Taylor in
Louisville, Ky., and Czar Nicholas II and family
"I moved around for a few years after retir-
ing, but I knew in my heart Gainesville was the
place I wanted to end up," Goza said. "I enjoy
the community and still attend Gator football and
basketball games with my wife Sue."
His numerous achievements as both a stu-
dent and during the course of his career result-
ed in many UF awards, such as induction into
Hall of Fame in 1941, the Distinguished
Alumnus Award in 1976 and an honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters in 1985.
"I have many fond memories of my days
as a Gator and I am thankful every day for the
opportunities the University of Florida has
granted me," he said.
John Ruffier, of Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, was
featured by Orlando Business Journal among the top vote
recipients of Central Florida lawyers winning peer approval.
He was also listed in the publication's "Best of the Bar."
Stephen Fulton Shaw was awarded a Ph.D. degree from the
UF School of Design, Construction & Planning. The topic of
his dissertation is fairness of school impact fees.
Dabney D. Ware, senior counsel at the Jacksonville office of
Foley & Lardner, was elected as a partner. Ware is a member of
the Litigation Department and the Labor & Employment Practice.
Chad S. Bowen, a partner with the Tampa law firm of
Jennis, Bowen and Brundage, received his national certifica-
tion in business bankruptcy law.
Darin S. Christensen (LLMT), from the West Coast law
firm Bullivant Houser Bailey, was selected as a 2006
Oregon Super Lawyer for his tax law practice.
Charles C. Connors (LLMT) is an Atlanta-based partner for
the timberland law practice of Powell Goldstein.
John T Marshall, a Holland & Knight associate in Tampa, was
made a partner. He is a member of the firm's Real Estate Section
and practices in the areas of civil litigation, land use and zoning.
Vincent E. Miller opened the law office of Vincent E. Miller in
Delray Beach. The firm's practice areas include business
litigation and complex personal injury. Miller is married to
Jennifer Quildon-Miller (JD 97), and they live in Boca Raton.
Todd B. Reinstein was elected partner with Pepper Hamilton
in Washington, D.C. He focuses on the corporate structuring
of domestic and international transactions, corporate tax
counseling, tax due diligence, tax shelter compliance and the
overall tax aspects of bankruptcy and workouts.
Jeffrey Rubinger was elected partner of Holland & Knight in Ft.
Lauderdale. Rubinger is a member of the firm's Business Section
and practices in the area of domestic and international taxation.
Anthony J. Scaletta (LLMT) was elected partner of Baker &
Hostetler. Scaletta is a member of the tax group and concen-
trates his practice in private wealth planning and tax contro-
versy and litigation matters.
Nicole K. Atkinson, an associate with the law firm of
Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in West Palm Beach, was named
to the Board of Directors of Hospice Foundation of Palm
Matthew G. Breuer was elected partner of the Jacksonville
office of Foley & Lardner. Breuer is a member of the Business
Law Department and the firm's Real Estate Practice.
Bradley J. Bondi recently became a partner with the interna-
tional law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C. He is
a member of the Litigation, Securities & Shareholder
Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense practice groups.
Rebecca C. Cavendish, of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in
West Palm Beach, became a firm shareholder. She concen-
trates her practice in products liability, complex commercial
litigation and employment law. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fabienne E. Fahnestock became a firm shareholder at the
Ft. Lauderdale office of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart. She
concentrates her practice in appellate law, real estate, complex
commercial litigation and estates and trusts.
Scott Ponce was made partner at Holland & Knight in Miami.
Ponce is a member of the firm's Litigation Section and practices
in the areas of complex civil and commercial litigation, with an
emphasis on class action litigation and media law.
Lorraine O'Hanlon Rogers was named managing member of
Schwarzberg Spector Duke Schulz & Rogers's new northern Palm
Beach County office. She focuses her practice on employment law
defense, including Title VII, ADA accommodation, Family and
Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act litigation.
Daniel A. Thomas, of Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart's West Palm
Beach office, was promoted to firm shareholder.
Jeffrey T. Donner opened Donner Law Firm in Miami. The firm
maintains a full-service dispute resolution andlitigation practice
concentrating in the areas of appellate, government, administra-
tive a nd commercial litigation email@example.com
Marine L. ris became a partner in Latham, Shuker, Barker,
Eden & Beaudine and practices in the area of bankruptcy,
Chapter 11 reorganizations, and creditors' rights.
Paul A. Hechenberger, a member of Shutts & Bowen's
Corporate Transactions Practice Group in Orando, was elected
partner in the Orlando office. He handles matters involving cor-
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porate taxation controversies and planning, m erg and acquisi-
Eden&Baeaudntes and practice in thelare of beankrpltc y l
tons, general corporate law and business transactions.
Maelissa GrossArnold, of Lewis, Longman & Walker's
Jacksonville office, was elected a shareholder of the firm.
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Aliette del Pozo Rodz was elected partner in Shutts & Bowen's
Miami office. She is a member of the Litigation Department,
focusing her practice in general business litigation matters and
international dispute resolution.
Alec D. Russell is a shareholder with GrayRobinson law firm.
s-Arr:d 99 Juliann N. Hickey was appointed vice president and National
Title Service (NTS) commercial underwriter in the Philadelphia
branch of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.
Ashley B. Moody became a circuit court judge for the 13th
Jos4 A. Negroni opened his own firm, Feinstein & Negroni,
specializing in personal injury in the South Florida area.
Pozo Rodz 99
Douglas 1. Wall moved to the law firm of Alvarez, Sambol,
Winthrop & Madson. Wall is continuing with construction defect
law, and added the areas of commercial litigation and intellectual
property to his expertise. DIW@aswmpa.com
Beverly R. McCallum was appointed as an assistant U.S. attor-
ney for the District of Arizona. She previously served as an assis-
tant state attorney in the 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida and as a
special assistant U.S. attorney for the United States Attorney's
Office for the District of Arizona.
David Scileppi, an attorney at the Ft. Lauderdale office of Gunster
Yoakley, joined forces with colleagues and associates throughout
tfer 05 South Florida to form a new non-profit organization called Orbis.
The new group of business professionals has dedicated them-
selves to the growth and viability of the local economy.
Christopher J. Hand, a Jacksonville attorney, joined the consumer
injury law firm Terrell Hogan.
irdoken 05 Hale E. Sheppard (LLMT) published "New Penalties for
Undisclosed Foreign Accounts: Putting the Cart before the
Horse?" in 8(3) Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure (2006)
and "Evolution of the FBAR: Where We Were, Where We Are,
and Why It Matters," 7(1) in University of Houston Business
Leads National Professional Association
U F Law alumna Elizabeth Hernandez (JD
83) is now leading one of the largest
minority bar organizations in the United
States, the Cuban American Bar Association
(CABA). The organization includes judges, lawyers
and law students of Cuban and Cuban-American
descent, as well as those interested in issues
affecting the Cuban community.
"We are the advocates who ensure equal
access and opportunity to all," said Hernandez.
"It is exhilarating."
During her presidency, Hernandez hopes to
"expand on the basic premise that motivates the
organization, which is to complete diversity in all
of its firms, not just at the bottom, but at the
board level as well." The group provides yearly
scholarships to all Florida law schools and runs a
pro bono clinic providing free legal services to hun-
dreds of qualified low income minorities.
& Tax Law Journal (2006). Sheppard was selected as an edi-
tor of a monthly column in the Journal of Taxation analyzing
notable IRS rulings and was recently named a shareholder of
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin.
Shireen Hormozdi recently joined the Tampa office of Rumberger,
Kirk & Caldwell as an associate. Her practice concentrates on sev-
eral areas, including products liability, premises liability, casualty
defense and commercial litigation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert S. "Bob" Jacobs was elected director in the Tampa Bay
area of Florida's Children First (FCF), a statewide, non-profit
organization funded in part by the Florida Bar Foundation, which
fights for the legal rights of at-risk children.
Kevin D. Slattery opened Kevin D. Slattery, PA., an
immigration law firm in Tampa specializing in employment-
based and family-based immigration matters. His firm also
handles naturalization cases and represents clients in
removal (deportation) proceedings before the immigration
Matthew J. Carson joined the Tallahassee office of Rumberger,
Kirk & Caldwell as an associate practicing in commercial
litigation, employment and labor law, and appellate work.
Rebecca N. Shwayri joined the Orlando office of the national law
firm, Baker & Hostetler, as an associate.
Michael J. Schefer joined Parr Waddoups Brown Gee & Loveless in
Salt Lake City, Utah, as an associate. Schefer is practicing in the
firm's business transactions group with emphasis on business
organization, commercial finance and leasing, M&A and securities.
Ajda M. Demirdoken joined the Orlando office of Baker &
Hostetler as an associate.
Rhada V. Thakkar joined Williams Parker Harrison Dietz &
Getzen and will practice in the area of health law.
Jorge A. Castillo joined the Orlando office of Baker & Hostetler
as an associate.
Hernandez has served as chief legal officer for
the City of Coral Gables for more than 10 years,
during which time she has tackled more than a
"My most challenging role is to be able to
ignore the political storms of a given moment
and persevere in advising and representing my
clients in the appropriate manner. Sometimes
the negativity that motivates a reporter or mal-
content permeates the atmosphere, and we need
to rise above personal attacks to properly advise
and represent our client," she said.
Even with her demanding job as city attorney,
Hernandez said she stays active in organizations
such as CABA because of the opportunities to
mentor young attorneys and encourage them to
become active in public service.
"I am very fortunate in that my job is my passion."
Receives National Award for Protecting At-Risk Children
BY SUSAN VERGNANI li
C children's welfare has long been a focal point of
Steve Uhlfelder's (JD 71) life. So it was fitting that ..i
his four-year-old grandson was by his side at the
governor's mansion when he received the Daily
National Point of Light Award for outstanding public service
in October 2006.
Uhlfelder hasn't spent his career in public service, but
it would be easy to make that mistake about him, given
his lengthy legacy of volunteer work and advocacy on
behalf of youth.
His love of children first found him in premed at UF,
with a plan to become a pediatrician. But his other pas-
sion, politics and government, caused him to rethink
that choice. He struck a good balance with law school,
knowing it would afford him opportunities to impact
public policy, particularly through educational initiatives
It is clear Uhlfelder chose the
correct path since his advocacy "I want every child in my community to have
on behalf of youth speaks for
itself. He has been the steward of adequate child care and healthcare.You have to
programs such as the Florida shoot high, or you will never reach a decent goa
Mentoring Partnership with
206,000 volunteer mentors, After many years with the international law firm
Holland & Knight's Opening Doors tutoring/mentoring pro- Holland & Knight, Uhlfelder opened his own law pr
gram, which has helped more than 12,000 children tice in Tallahassee in 2002. Having his own firm h<
across the nation, and the Florida Children's Coalition, given Uhlfelder the flexibility to devote a larger per-
which led the effort to obtain $23 million in initial fund- centage of his time to pro bono and volunteer work
ing for the state's pre-K program for at-risk kids. with children. Eventually he hopes to devote as mu
"I believe we will be judged by how we treat our most as 50 percent of his time working with children,
vulnerable," Uhlfelder said. "I learned as a public defend- Uhlfelder said.
er early in my career that most criminals are not born. "I want to help find a mentor or tutor for every at
The way children are raised, treated, educated and nur- risk child in my community that needs one," he said.
tured determines whether they go to college or jail." "And I want every child in my community to have ade
But Uhlfelder's public service agenda doesn't stop quate child care and healthcare. You have to shoot hi
with children. In 2004 he was appointed volunteer CEO or you will never reach a decent goal."
of the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund, which raised $24 Despite his busy schedule, Uhlfelder has found til
million in donations and pledges. to tutor once a week in Leon County for the past 19
During his years in governmental law, the skill and years. Further, the Florida Mentoring Partnership, whi
influence Uhlfelder garnered representing companies such Uhlfelder co-chairs, recently inaugurated the Classroo
as General Electric, Microsoft, the Pearson Publishing Mentoring Connection at a Leon County elementary
Group and UPS served him well when it was time to school. The new program targets at-risk elementary
champion educational initiatives such as funding for the school boys facing the FCAT test for the first time and
state's pre-K program and helping to secure the contract will be used as the statewide model.
for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). While he has numerous awards, it is obvious that
In keeping with his commitment to education at all not the reason he devotes so much of his time and
levels, Uhlfelder helped launch and currently co-chairs the resources.
Florida Campus Compact, which promotes service on "You cannot separate your professional life from t
Florida college campuses. Other volunteer positions in rest of your life," Uhlfelder said. "Lawyers are judged
higher education have included top roles on the Florida not only by what they make and do, but also by what
Board of Regents, the board of trustees of Florida State they give to others. If someone had not saved my fath
University, the Florida Board of Governors and the J. when he was a child, he might have been killed by th
William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the largest Nazis along with his parents. I want to help 'save' ms
international exchange program in the world. children's lives during my lifetime." .
Daily Point of Light
Award (from left)
then president of
National Points of
Bridger Barrett, and
Gov. Jeb Bush.
Charles 'Chuck' Hobbs
Hazing Case Brings National Attention
Although Charles "Chuck" E. Hobbs, II (JD 98) has
practiced law for less than a decade he has
already made history-and headlines.
Hobbs, who practices in the areas of crimi-
nal trial law, appeals, personal injury and wrongful
death, was the lead defense attorney behind Florida's
first hazing trial, which was televised last fall on Court
TV. Hobbs represented four of five members of the
"What I do is not unique.
I am just a small component
in ensuring the voiceless
have a voice."
Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on trial
for allegedly participating in the hazing of a pledge at
Florida A&M University.
Three fraternity brothers accused in the case avoided
prison by pleading no contest in March to a lesser charge
in the beating of a prospective member. Each received pro-
bation, including 30 days in a sheriff's work camp, after
entering the pleas to misdemeanor hazing. Prosecutors
offered the plea deal only after two mistrials on felony haz-
ing charges. The second jury convicted two other fraternity
brothers who were subsequently sentenced to two years in
prison. Their cases are currently on appeal.
The Kappa Hazing case is not Hobbs' first time gar-
nering national media attention. In 2003 Hobbs represent-
ed Florida State University's former star quarterback and
now pro-football player Adrian McPherson in his Court TV-
televised trial for gambling violations. Hobbs and co-coun-
sel Grady Irvin's tactics left the jury in that case dead-
locked and a mistrial was declared.
But in the midst of flashing cameras, Hobbs says he
strives to be a voice for the voiceless, a goal he attributes
to the skills he learned at the Levin College of Law and to
the professors he learned those skills from.
"Law school helped to sharpen my analytical reason-
ing ability and oral advocacy skills," Hobbs said. "I had
the pleasure of studying under the late Professor Gerald
Bennett, who was widely considered one of the preemi-
nent experts in trial advocacy in the state of Florida. I also
had the privilege of studying criminal law under Professor
Kenneth Nunn. Professor Nunn also heightened my
awareness of the law as a means of social justice through
his Race and Race Relations seminar."
Hobbs started his legal career as an assistant state
attorney and worked for several firms, including the Law
Offices of Frank Sheffield and Knowles & Randolph. Hobbs
has also served as an adjunct professor at Florida A&M
University and is a freelance writer whose columns appear
in several statewide newspapers. During his tenure in
Gainesville Hobbs was an editorial writer for the
Independent Florida Alligator.
According to Professor Nunn, Hobbs was a dedicated
student who worked hard in and out of the classroom.
"Chuck always had opinions and would speak his
mind when he had the opportunity," Nunn said. "Chuck
was very instrumental in the Street Law Program I ran at
the time to provide legal information to middle school-aged
students in low-income areas of Gainesville. He was very
popular with them, and he was very committed to giving
back to his community."
UF Law alumni played a role in his aspirations
"A number of UF law black alumni, including U.S.
District Court Judge Stephan R Mickle (JD 70) and noted
trial lawyer W. George Allen (JD 62), inspire me because
they have broken barriers," Hobbs said.
The impact these alumni have had on Hobbs has
allowed him to reach for even higher heights in the
legal community-so high, in fact, that he may make
Florida history again.
"I eventually hope to become the first black elected
state attorney in Florida," Hobbs said. "I am strongly con-
sidering running for the same in the 2nd Judicial Circuit
upon the retirement of my first boss, the Hon. William
Meggs, in 2012."
Hobbs' experience with Professor Nunn's Street Law
Program, which led Hobbs to a chance meeting with his
wife, Brooke, planted a seed in him that has now grown
into a desire to begin his own mentoring program with
other young African-American professionals in North
Florida's communities. The program will focus on nurtur-
ing, educating, empowering and inspiring young men.
"What I do is not unique," said Hobbs. "I am just a
small component in ensuring the voiceless have a voice." .
the high profile
Professor Emeritus Francis A. Allen, a leading
legal educator and thinker, has died at age 88. Allen
taught criminal law for more than 40 years and was a
principal architect of the provision of legal counsel to
indigent defendants, both through his scholarly writ-
ings and his chairmanship of the Attorney General's
Commission on Poverty and the Administration of
Federal Criminal Justice, which led to the Criminal
Justice Act of 1964 and the Bail Reform Act of 1966.
An authority on both criminal law and juvenile delin-
quency, Allen helped write the Model Penal Code of the
American Law Institute and was the principal architect of
the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961, which among other
things decriminalized sexual acts between consenting
adults of the same sex.
Allen began teaching at the University of Florida
in 1986 as the newly appointed Huber C. Hurst
Eminent Scholar after retiring from the University of
Michigan as Edson R. Sunderland Professor Emeritus.
Allen remained an emeritus professor even after he
ceased teaching in 1994.
Allen wrote numerous articles and reviews and
delivered guest lectures at many law schools. Allen's
books include The Borderland of Criminal Justice,
The Crimes of Politics (originally delivered as the
Holmes Lectures at Harvard), Law, Intellect and
Education, The Decline of the Rehabilitative Ideal
(Storrs Lectures, Yale), and Habits of Legality (Cooley
Upon graduation from Northwestern University
School of Law in 1946, Allen served as clerk to U.S.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Vinson. After leav-
ing the court, he became a member of the law faculties
of Northwestern (1948-1953), Harvard (1953-1956),
the University of Chicago (1956-1962 and 1963-1966)
and the University of Michigan (1962-1963 and 1966-
1986), serving as dean of the Michigan law school
from 1966-1971. He was elected president of the
Association of American Law Schools in 1976.
Allen was a visiting professor at Northwestern,
Boston College and the University of Chicago, a
scholar in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation in
Bellagio, Italy, twice was in residence at the Salzburg
Seminar of American Studies, and was a visiting
expert at UNAFEI, a United Nations agency con-
cerned with the problems of criminal corrections,
located in Japan.
Allen was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1971 and
1973. He received honorary degrees from Cornell
College, the University of Victoria (British Columbia)
and the University of Chicago, and received the
Fellows Research Award of the American Bar
Foundation. He was elected to the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences in 1975.
Donald A. Mulligan Sr., of Temple Terrace,
thought to be one of the oldest students to graduate
from UF Law, has died. He was 69. He enrolled at the
Levin College of Law in January 2001 at age 63 and
graduated in May 2003 at age 65.
Before enrolling at UF Law, Mulligan served as
vice president of corporate taxes in TECO Energy's
tax department, where his duties often included leg-
islative affairs in Washington, D.C.
For two decades he had an active involvement in
youth soccer, serving as the executive director of the
Tampa Bay Sun Bowl, a local youth soccer tourna-
ment. After graduating from UF Law, Mulligan
worked as a tax consultant and continued his work as
executive director of the Sun Bowl.
He enrolled in law school because it was something
he had always wanted to do, said his son Brian, who grad-
uated from UF Law in 2000 with a JD/MHA joint degree.
After watching his son enroll at UF and his daughter, Ann
Mulligan, enroll at Northwestern University's School of
Law in that same year, he decided the time was right and
he pursued his earlier aspiration.
George A. Smathers (JD 38), a former
Democratic senator from Florida who forged friend-
ships with presidents, waged war against communism,
and focused on international issues, has died at the age
After graduating from the University of Florida,
he served as an assistant U.S. district attorney, and
then entered the Marine Corps during World War II.
He later became a special assistant to the U.S. attorney
general from October 1945 until his resignation in
January 1946 to begin his campaign for
Representative in Congress.
Smathers was elected to the United States Senate
in 1950 and re-elected in both 1956 and 1962, serving
until 1969. In Congress Smathers helped pass bills to
create Medicare, the Small Business Administration
and Everglades National Park. He pushed for federal
holidays to be moved to Mondays and supported the
war in Vietnam.
After voluntarily leaving office in 1969, Smathers
became a lobbyist and entrepreneur with varied business
ventures, ranging from orange groves to car dealerships. In
1991, he gave a $20 million gift to the University of
Florida library system, now known as the George A.
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BY KAYLA HARRIS
Gail Sasnett-Stauffer has assisted
new mothers juggling newborns and law
school, panicked students in jeopardy of
losing their careers due to honor court
violations, students dealing with crippling
illnesses, young students who lost family
members, and numerous men and
women coping with emotional distress.
Of the handful of people at the law
school who touch just about every aspect
of a student's educational experience,
Sasnett-as associate dean for Student
Affairs, Professionalism and Community
Relations-has used her ample counseling
skills to help students meet their goals
inside and outside the classroom. Now
retiring after 35 years serving the state and
13 years in this central role at UF Law, she
said there have been some surprises along
the way as she supervised every area from
orientation to graduation and registration to
For example, on taking the position,
she didn't expect to spend so much time
working directly with the students ...
men and women who turned out to be
"phenomenal" and continue to invite her to
their weddings and send Christmas cards.
"Working with the students was the
best part of my job. They are appreciative
of someone being able to help them.
The students are so bright and often
unaware of how smart and energetic
they are," she said.
In addition to her 60+ hour work
weeks at UF Law, Dean Sasnett was
active in her community and the legal
profession as president of the National
Association of Women Lawyers, the
Association for Academic Women at UF,
and the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville, to
name a few of her leadership ventures.
She also made an impact on the state
with her work regarding the handling
of drug and alcohol crimes in the state
court system. She became active in
the issue after noticing the devastating
effects alcohol had on students and
families, and she realized the principles
of drug court could be applied to those
battling alcohol issues. This system uses
the "carrot and stick" approach, which
rewards good behavior and punishes
bad behavior. Sasnett said, though the
process is slow, Florida has started to
implement DUI courts.
Sasnett's devotion to her work and
her students is evident to those around
her. According to a coworker, Carol Huber,
Sasnett was involved in all aspects of the
"Gail was extremely concerned not
only about the students' academic success
but really their overall success in life,"
said Huber, financial aid coordinator. "She
is a very caring individual and this showed
in her interactions with the students,
faculty and staff."
Her caring approach to her job
continues to resonate with students even
after graduation. Bill Falik (JD 06) said Dean
Sasnett was instrumental to his success.
"Dean Sasnett's supportive disposition
was unspoken motivation that allowed
me to achieve a far richer law school
experience than would otherwise have
Retired only in title, Dean Sasnett
now is turning her attention to helping
others and using her law degree as a
county court mediator and dependency
"Lawyers often have to cut
themselves off from feeling. It just goes
with the territory," she said. "I believe
you also can solve problems effectively by
giving people permission to feel and by
connecting with them."
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UP AND COMING
Entertainment Law Up Close
BY ALINE BAKER
hen Gerard Kardonsky
entered his first year of law
school, he wasn't even sure
he liked lawyers.
As the owner and
manager of the label
Noisepolluter Records in
Dallas, Texas, Kardonsky said he had not always had
pleasant experiences with lawyers and felt the only way
to fix this situation was to go to law school.
'I realized I would be more of an asset for my
record label if I had the insight
of a lawyer when entering a III realized
meeting," said Kardonsky,
who earned his bachelor's more of an
degree at Texas A&M. 'You record labe
immediately gain more
respect when someone knows insight of a
you have a law degree." entering
Now planning to graduate
in May 2008, his uncertainty
about lawyers has changed, primarily because of those
he met through law school events.
Kardonsky said the more he has interacted with
entertainment lawyers, the more he realizes the
"cut-throat" stereotypes of many lawyers is a false
"I am more of a laid-back kind of guy," Kardonsky
joked. "I realized that many entertainment lawyers are
more easygoing sort of people like me."
As the person responsible for organizing the 2007
Live Music Showcase, the kickoff to the student-run
annual Music Law Conference (chaired by UF Law
student Brian Frankel) and the newly-elected executive
director of next year's conference, Kardonsky said he
appreciates the numerous opportunities law school
has offered him. His involvement with the Music Law
Conference-which connects musicians, lawyers,
students, academics, policy makers and entertainment
executives at the Levin College of Law -has given him
confidence with others in the field as well as real insight
into an industry in which he has already worked for six
years, he said.
Kardonsky, 25, debuted his natural musical abilities
at the age of 4 when he started taking piano lessons. By
the age of 10 he was easily playing the saxophone and
clarinet. Just recently, Kardonsky has started learning to
play the guitar.
After serving as the business manager for his father's
jazz band in Dallas, Kardonsky started Noisepolluter
Records in 2001 as the next natural step in his passion
for music and business. His label now represents seven
bands from various music genres, some of which are
finding regional and financial success throughout Texas.
Though law school keeps him busy, he is able main-
tain his business from home thanks to technology and the
three-hour time difference in California, where the enter-
tainment industry is located.
I would be As Kardonsky heads into involved in
his last year as a law student, several areas of
asset for my he said he realizes law school is the musicfield.
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journey to\a.utl ilk J 'uekt IIl
lawyer when his record al., I
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school at the University ol
Florida," Kardonsky said.
Because Gainesville has
a large talent pool and easy
access to larger markets,
he plans to build a stu-
dio here after graduation
and watch his company
grow into a record label
that represents all genres
'I am a lover of
music. Just imagine
life without music. A
scary movie without
music wouldn't be very
it?," Kardonsky said,
grinning. 'I want
to bring music to
all types of
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