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UF LAW Vol.
46, Issue 2 SPRING 2010 CONTENTS
12 Supreme Visit 16 A Talent for Entertainment Law 63 Commencement 2010
Justice Clarence Thomas is the Marshall
Criser Distinguished Lecturer
4 DEAN'S MESSAGE
6 NEWS BRIEFS
32 BOOK ROUND-UP
UF Lawyers win on the sports field, on
the red carpet, and in the court of law
Letter from the senior director
Joseph W. Little pro bono
support fund challenge
Gift of $1 million will complete
Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center
Kevin McCarty (JD 86)
Jeffrey A. Neiman (JD 01)
Evan J. Yegelwel (JD 80)
A photographic retrospective
CLASS NOTES & ALUMNI PROFILES
37 2010 Young Alumnus Awards
42 Class notes
43 Ava Parker
44 lan Lis & Sarah Springer (JD 09)
46 Distinguished Alumnus Awards
49 Heritage of Leadership
51 Manisha Singh (JD 94)
53 John Leighton (JD 85)
55 Bruce Lasky (JD 91)
57 Fred Catfish Abbott (JD 78)
60 In memorial
62 CENTER FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Visit UF LAW online at www.law.ufl.edu/uflaw to view WebXtras, including:
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* Heritage of Leadership induction ceremony photos
* Commencement 2010 photo gallery
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- Audio interview of Prof. Joe Little on the
diversity of the U.S. Supreme Court
Q: U.S. News & World Report recently ranked
the University of Florida Levin College of Law
as the state's only top 50 law school, and in
a related article you referred to how the school
has improved over time. Can you elaborate
A: The U.S. News ranking methodology suffers from
several severe flaws, and there is no ranking system
that accurately assesses true institutional quality. The
reality, however, is that we ignore the rankings at our
peril. And some aspects of the various rankings can give
us a rough guide in evaluating certain aspects of our
progress over the years. In the U.S. News rankings just
released, for example, we improved in every category
except one, and we continue to rate especially high in
reputation for quality.
Of course, we don't need a news magazine to tell us
how we're doing with our student body quality. We have
steadily improved in this measure during the last decade.
The rankings do not measure improvements we have made
in our curriculum, changes in our facilities, increased out-
of-class educational opportunities for our students through
symposia, lectures, jurist-in-residence programs, and visits
by practitioners, or the strength of our
alumni support, but we are better in
all of these areas as well. And, of
course, the quality of our school
is demonstrated by the large
number of our graduates who
are members of the federal
and state judiciaries, not to
mention the dominance of our
graduates in the Super Lawyers
rankings, both state
line is this:
we are an
and we are
to get better
Q: What's next?
A: The legal profession is undergoing great change,
and the impact of that change on legal education will
be profound. For example, e-discovery didn't exist 30
years ago, but we now offer an e-discovery course twice
during the academic year and once during the summer.
We have a new course on law and entrepreneurship,
which explores the common legal and economic
issues faced by innovative start-up companies and
those who fund them. The law of intellectual property
is evolving quickly, as are laws related to the Internet
and our digital world. We have even had a course
taught on the Second Life platform a virtual world
within which we have constructed a virtual UF Law
on "Gator Island." Given the emergence of virtual law
firms practicing law without buildings or offices, the
idea of legal education occurring in virtual space is
no longer futuristic. We also feature courses taught
online. I don't believe this format will ever replace
the residential model in legal education, but we are
exploring innovative applications of online delivery
in some subject areas.
Q: What changes do you think might emerge from
the college's strategic planning process?
A: We have had two faculty committees this past
year looking at how our skills curriculum should be
improved, and in the fall the work of these committees
will be merged into the agenda of our strategic planning
committee. This committee is discussing curricular
innovations, such as how a course on the values and
culture of the legal profession could be incorporated
into our first-year curriculum.
One of the ideas that has emerged in this process
and will be implemented during the next year involves
extending our orientation program for first-year
students beyond the first few days of law school. The
restructured orientation program will include expanded
information that links academic advising to long-term
professional goals, plus more programs on the legal
profession and the practice of law. Some of this time
will be used to discuss what is commonly described
as "emotional intelligence" matters of judgment,
personal presence, and good sense in an effort to
deepen our students' understandings of these critical
aspects of being effective lawyers.
Q: What do you think will be different about
UF Law 10 years from now?
A: I believe we will have enhanced our skills program,
and we will have further developed our already
substantial program of using practitioners to teach niche,
substantive courses as adjuncts and to otherwise help us
with skills instruction, which requires small class sizes.
Technology is changing faster than most of us can
imagine, so it is difficult to predict how this will impact
us, but the one certainty is that it will. For alumni from
the 1970s and earlier, who would have thought reading
a case would involve, not going to the library and taking
a reporter off the shelf, but typing a cite into a keyboard
and reading the case online or printing the case out of
a machine on one's desk? And who would have thought
many courts would have paperless filing systems? UF
Law will continue to evolve in ways that prepares our
students for this rapidly changing world.
Just as we have seen the retirements over the past
decade of several faculty members important to the
history of this college, the faculty's composition will
continue to evolve. This natural state of change will be
guided by our continued focus on the recruitment of high-
quality new faculty members. These future additions to
the faculty will contribute to the UF Law lore future
graduates will share at alumni gatherings, similar to
the stories I hear from our current alumni about how
important their teachers were to their own careers and
One shared characteristic between today's alumni
and the graduates of tomorrow that I feel confident in
predicting with absolute certainty is they will join a long
and illustrious line of very proud Gator lawyers. m
UF LAW HAPPENINGS, EVENTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
UF Trial Team wins
Florida Bar competition
he University of Florida Levin Col-
lege of Law Trial Team won first
place which amounts to the state
championship at the highly-competi-
tive Florida Bar Chester Bedell Memorial
Mock Trial Competition Jan. 20-21 in Or-
lando. This marks the sixth time UF Law
has won the prestigious competition.
Members of the winning team include
Dana DiSano (awarded Best Advocate),
Dan Hogan, Kevin Sharbaugh and Melis-
sa Welch. Also competing from the team
were Wayne Atkinson, Allison Kirkwood,
Jamie Stephens and Kara Wick. Others
integral to the team's success were James
Baley, Rhett Parker, Tania Alavi and Nick
"This truly was a team effort. Since
late October, we spent nearly every free
moment preparing for this competi-
tion," DiSano said. "We all appreciate
the dedication of our two coaches, Nick
Zissimopulos and Tania Alavi, who spent
countless hours helping us improve our
advocacy skills in the months leading up
to this competition."
UF Law again ranked
as Florida s only top tier
.S. News & World Report rank-
ings of the nation's top graduate
schools released in April once
again place the University of Florida
Levin College of Law as Florida's only
top tier law school.* UF Law is 47th
overall, and 24th among all public law
schools. Its Graduate Tax Program is third
overall and continues to rank first
among publics. Its Environmental
Law Program is tied for seventh
among public universities
and 16th overall.
Peer and lawyer/
judge assessment scores
place UF Law in the top 40
on both counts: 38th overall and
17th among publics in peer assess-
ment, and 39th overall and 18th among
publics in lawyer/judge assessment. As-
sessment scores are often regarded as the
most accurate rankings categories, since
they do not rely on self-reported financial
and placement data that may be subject to
manipulation and are unverifiable.
"Compared to last year, the college
rose in both assessment scores and our
internal calculations showed improvement
in every category but one covered by the
U.S. News rankings formula," said UF Law
Dean Robert Jerry. "I emphasize, however,
that any improvements are due to our
ongoing efforts to become an even better
law school, and not in response to external
"I reiterate each year my concerns
about the validity of rankings, but I have
also always said we ignore them at our
peril," Jerry said. "I am pleased that
the U.S. News ranking reflects our
longstanding status as the state's
premier law school."
SThe University of Florida
Levin College of Law was
also ranked first in Florida, eighth
overall and fourth among public
schools by Super Lawyers in 2009 in the
first national ranking of law schools to con-
sider "output," i.e. the caliber of a school's
"Our school has been preparing its
graduates for significant leadership roles
for more than 100 years," Jerry said. "Our
18,000-plus alumni include numerous
leaders in law, business, government, public
service and education at the state and national
level. No other law school has produced as
many presidents of the American Bar Associa-
tion in the past four decades five including
2010-11 President Steve Zack."
UF Law graduates also are represented
by the majority of The Florida Bar presidents,
including its immediate past president, John
G. White III, and president-elect, Mayanne
Downs; four governors of Florida; and hun-
dreds of state senators and representatives
and Florida Cabinet members. Nine graduates
became college presidents, including at UF.
More than a dozen have served as deans of
law schools. It ranks fourth among public law
schools in 2010 (eighth overall) in the number
of its graduates serving as federal district and
circuit court judges; more than 250 gradu-
ates serve as state appellate and trial judges in
Florida, and many serve in those roles in other
states as well.
The school also boasts an impressive list of
distinguished visitors to campus, including five
U. S. Supreme Court justices in the last five
years. A series of major renovation and new
construction projects in recent years has trans-
formed the college's physical space and placed
it at the forefront of major law schools provid-
ing students with state-of-the-art facilities.
A $25 million expansion and renovation
project that concluded in 2005 made the UF
Law library the largest in the Southeast and
among the top 20 in the country, and added
two "towers" with state-of-the-art classroom
space. The first phase of construction on the
20,000 square-foot Martin H. Levin Advocacy
Center was completed in time to host the Oc-
tober 2009 oral arguments for the First District
Court of Appeal. The facility houses a fully
functional trial and appellate courtroom with
a 100-seat gallery, bench for seven judges,
judge's chambers, jury box, deliberation room
and attorney's tables. Construction on the
second floor is expected to begin in fall 2010,
with completion expected in spring 2011.
*The top tier has traditionally been defined
as the top 50, second tier 51-100, and so on. This
year on the U.S. News website, the two top tiers
are listed together as the top 100, and "Tier 3"
begins with 101.
UF law school first to open all-inclusive
domestic violence clinic
BY SCOTT EMERSON
A $449,785 U.S. Department of Justice grant to the University of Florida Levin Col-
lege of Law will fund a unique collaborative effort to assist low-income domestic-
violence victims with comprehensive legal, medical, mental and social services in
The new Intimate Partner Violence As-
sistance Clinic is a partnership between the UF
College of Law Center on Children and Families
and Virgil D. Hawkins Civil Legal Clinics, UF's
College of Medicine, Shands HealthCare, and
Gainesville's nonprofit Peaceful Paths Domestic
Abuse Network. The innovative clinic will be
staffed by UF law students certified to work with
survivors of domestic violence and by social and
mental health workers from Shands at the Uni-
versity of Florida and Peaceful Paths. The clinic,
which opened in May, will be located in the ob-
"The staff at the
clinic will conduct
assessments to determine
what services are
required and guide them
through each process."
stetrics, gynecology and pediatrics clinic at Shands at UF in Gainesville. The location was
chosen due to the number of abuse victims treated in the clinics.
"Currently, those experiencing domestic violence may have to set up several appoint-
ments to seek help through numerous providers, which can be very difficult for these
victims," said Teresa Drake, director of the clinic, a nationally recognized educator on
domestic violence and a former assistant state attorney with the Eighth Judicial Circuit
in Florida where she served as division chief for the domestic violence unit. "The staff at
the clinic will conduct comprehensive needs assessments to determine what services are
required and guide them through each process. The services provided by the clinic will
include medical treatment, mental health and housing counseling, and legal consultations
regarding protective injunctions, child support and court proceedings." m
Florida Bar President
Jesse H. Diner visits UF Law
UF Law students were offered a rare
glimpse into their own futures as
members of The Florida Bar during
the Feb. 23 visit of Jesse H. Diner, president
of The Florida Bar. In what has become
an annual event at UF Law which has
hosted three Bar presidents in as many years
- Diner, who was accompanied by Alvin
Alsobrook, a member of The Florida Bar
Board of Governors, spoke eloquently on the
Bar's efforts in support of the state's legal
In the intimate setting of a small class-
room, about 25 students enjoyed Diner's
brief presentation followed by a 40-minute
question and answer session. Diner, a share-
holder of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., firm
Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha,
PA., spoke on a variety of subjects, but
lingered on the Florida Legislature's respon-
sibility to properly fund the state's judicial
"Court funding is a new and extremely
important initiative of The Florida Bar. The
state's judicial system is being treated like a
state agency," Diner said. "Everyone recog-
nizes our three-branch system of government
and the separation of powers, yet everywhere
we turn we run into a brick wall in terms of
The Florida Bar and the Florida Supreme
Court have been working to raise public and
legislative awareness of the negative effects
of under-funding on the state's judicial sys-
tem, which Diner said suffered a 10 percent
Al brook. k
cut in funding last year. The reduced funding
resulted in layoffs and reduced court services
during a time of skyrocketing foreclosure
actions, which has restricted citizens' access
to the courts.
"People have a difficult time getting their
disputes resolved in a timely manner," he
said. "The courts are absolutely clogged."
Though the dramatic increase in foreclo-
sure filings provided an unexpected boost to
the courts' income through filing fees, Diner
said he expects the legislature to raid that
money from the State Courts Revenue Trust
Fund to pay for other state budget items that
are not related to the judiciary even as the
courts remain overwhelmed and courthouse
buildings and paper-based filing systems
grow more archaic.
During the Q&A session, one law stu-
dent asked what responsibility the Bar has in
assisting its members in job searches, espe-
cially as it applies to young lawyers.
"I think it is The Florida Bar's respon-
sibility to help young lawyers find jobs
whenever and wherever," Diner said. "The
Bar's Career Center website to help young
Former Chief Justice of the
Florida Supreme Court Charles
T. Wells served as the Peter
T. Fay jurist-in-residence this
January. On the final day of his
residency, Justice Wells spoke
to students in the Martin H.
Levin Advocacy Center, and
said, "As I leave the law school,
I feel very enthusiastic about
the talent of these students,
and what they will bring to the
profession. I have really enjoyed
my visit in the jurist program."
lawyers connect with employers debuted in
October, and we offer discounted business
services as member benefits. ... I remember
when I graduated from law school, how hard
it was to get that first job, and you feel, 'If I
could just get that first interview, I could get
Once young lawyers have that first job,
Diner recommends they go the distance to
prepare for every case, to put themselves into
the shoes of their opponents to understand
every angle and every argument that could
be used against them. During his 37 years of
practice, he said he's never found a short cut
"Don't ever become satisfied with being
good. Don't ever stop digging deeper to be
better," he said. "When they tell you the law
is a jealous mistress, they're not kidding."
UF LAW SEMINAR
The promises, pitfalls &
perils of social media
social media is fun, free and easy, and
more people each day use it for busi-
ness as well as for pleasure. But what
are the liabilities and legal pitfalls of using
Facebook, Twitter and other social media?
Are there special concerns related to client
confidentiality or public institutions operat-
ing under the Sunshine Law? The Levin Col-
lege of Law and University of Florida Stra-
tegic Communications Planning Committee
presented a seminar on the safe and effective
use of social media on Jan. 22 in the Ches-
terfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom.
The seminar is available as a free web-
cast at http://strategiccommunications.law.
ufl.edu/, and includes presentations from
Jon L. Mills, director of the Center for
Governmental Responsibility, professor
of law, and UF Law dean emeritus, who
provided an overview of the inherent con-
flict between social media and information
disclosure in public institutions; Stephen
C. O'Connell Chair and Professor of Law
Lyrissa Lidsky, who spoke on laws and
topics related to the Intemet and social
media, libel, public forums, free speech
and academic freedom; UF Chief Privacy
Officer Susan Blair, who spoke on confi-
dentiality, and offered case studies, recent
developments, and resources; UF Associate
Vice President and First Deputy General
Counsel Barbara Wingo, who provided an
overview of social media legal and policy
considerations specific to UF, including
public records, Sunshine Law, Acceptable
Use Policy, and student disciplinary is-
sues; UF Human Resource Services Vice
President Paula Fussell, who reviewed
employment-related issues; and, University
Relations Vice President Jane Adams, who
spoke on the networking power and poten-
tial of social media.
Center for Governmen-
tal Responsibility fellows
make a difference with
The Center for Governmental Re-
sponsibility Public Interest Law
Fellowship program is a cooperative
effort between The Florida Bar Founda-
tion and the center, which began in the
mid-1980s and provides low-income and
indigent citizens with valuable legal as-
sistance. The fellowships are financed
by the foundation from Interest on Trust
Accounts (IOTA) and more than $700,000
has been provided to help pay for the
practical legal education of selected third-
year law students. Students, supervised by
licensed attorneys, gain hands-on experi-
ence as advocates for the poor and serve
non-profit and government agencies such
as Florida Institutional Legal Services,
Southern Legal Counsel, Three Rivers
Legal Services, the State's Guardian ad
Five law students inducted
into UF Hall of Fame
ive UF Law students were inducted into the UF Hall of Fame
in April for their outstanding achievements and contributions
to the University of Florida. Since 1921, the University of
Florida Hall of Fame has recognized seniors and graduate students
Brevda who have consistently demonstrated an outstanding commitment to
improving UF through campus and community involvement, partic-
ipation in organized campus activities, and scholastic achievement.
S It is one of the most prestigious honors awarded to students by the
Division of Student Affairs at the University of Florida.
Please join us in congratulating these exceptional law students
on their dedication to the university:
Michael Brevda (3L) received a bachelor's degree from the
University of Florida where he was active in student government,
serving as treasurer of the Gator Party, an executive cabinet mem-
carton ber, treasurer of Students Taking Action Against Racism (STAAR),
a Florida Blue Key member, the director of federal lobbying, and
social chair of his fraternity, Theta Chi. At UF Law he served as
defense counsel for the Honor Court, and as a UF Supreme Court
Justice. After graduation, Brevda will join Wicker Smith in West
Clay Carlton (3L) received a bachelor's degree in finance from
the University of Florida. Carlton is a member of Florida Blue Key,
Sa justice on UF's Supreme Court, and a member of the historically
African-American fraternity, Iota Phi Theta, Inc. Carlton has interned
S with Chief Judge David M. Gersten of Florida's Third District Court
Michel of Appeal and for the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court, and he was a
summer associate for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Miami in 2009.
Matthew Michel (1L) earned master's degrees in history and
international business. He is currently president of the Graduate Stu-
dent Council and a graduate assistant for the Department of Spanish
and Portuguese Studies. He holds the national record for Dance
I Marathon after dancing seven years to raise money for the Chil-
dren's Miracle Network and Shands Children's Hospital. Michel is
also involved in the John Marshall Bar Association, Law College
Council, and Florida Blue Key Speakers Bureau.
Allison Sirica (3L) is a member of Florida Blue Key, a first-
sirica year tutor, and a teaching assistant. She has interned with the U.S.
Attorney's Office and the New York Office of the Attorney General.
Sirica was also a summer associate at Holland & Knight, LLP in
Samuel Warfield (2L) graduated magna cum laude from the
Warrington College of Business in finance with a minor in real
estate. He has previously served as president of his fraternity
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, vice president of alumni affairs for Florida
SBlue Key, and founded the Ehren Murburg Veterans Memorial
SScholarship. During his first summer of law school, Warfield
A interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in
Warfield Washington, D.C. m
Litem program and the Eighth Circuit pub-
lic defender's office. Included as part of
the students' nine-month commitment are
projects to promote to the law school and
greater community awareness of poverty
issues and public interest, and a required
course in poverty law. Visit www.law.ufl.
edu/uflaw to read The Florida Bar Founda-
tion Public Interest Law Fellows' articles to
learn more about their experiences.
Moring and Aronovitz
prevail in Maguire Appel-
late Advocacy Competition
lorida Moot Court Team members
David Hughes, C. Andrew Roy, Philip
Morning, and Cary Aronovitz (support-
ed by alternates Kevin Combest and Shelly
Garg) argued before a panel of five retired
chief justices of the Florida Supreme Court in
the 26th Annual Maguire Appellate Advocacy
Competition held in the UF Law Martin H.
Levin Advocacy Center on March 5.
The distinguished panel of retired chief
justices, all of whom are UF Law alumni,
included the Hon. Harry Lee Anstead (JD
63), Hon. Stephen H. Grimes (JD 78), Hon.
Parker Lee McDonald (JD 50), Hon. Ben F.
Overton (JD 67), and Hon. Charles T. Wells
"Today, we recognize not only the great
legal minds that comprise this distinguished
panel of judges, but also their strong ethic
and unwavering professionalism," said Rob
Davis, president of the Florida Moot Court
Team, after welcoming the guests to the
competition. "As we embark on our legal
careers, these are traits that all of us, I am
confident, will emulate with pride."
The purpose of the Maguire competi-
tion is to provide competitors with useful
critiques regarding their oral arguments be-
fore going on to compete against other moot
court teams from across the nation in the
American Bar Association's National Appel-
late Advocacy Competition.
Together, Moring and Aronovitz won
the competition for the respondent. Justice
Overton announced the winners and also
gave Moring the award for Best Oralist. Jus-
tice Anstead followed by congratulating the
Jessica Miles (3L)
SALSA and HLLSA merge to form new Latino/a Law School Association
U F Law's two Hispanic organizations, the Hispanic Latino/a Law .
Student Association and the Spanish American Law Student As-
sociation, have merged to create a new organization named the
Latino/a Law School Association (LLSA). The new executive board,
along with faculty advisor Professor Berta Hemandez-Truyol, hope the
result will be a stronger organization with the purpose of reaching out
to and including all Latino/a law students. "I am very excited about the
merger and want to offer our members a great first year by providing
them with the opportunity to attend academic events, participate in com-
munity service, and socials where they can have fun in a friendly, relax-
ing environment," said President Carmen Tankersley. The executive
board includes, from left: Gabriel Alonso, treasurer; Carmen Tankersley,
president; Benjamin Goodman, vice president; and, Mirelis Torres, sec-
UF law students at-
tend ADR conference
in Washington, D.C.
During spring break in March,
five UF Law Gators for Al-
ternative Dispute Resolution
(GADR) members represented the
University of Florida at the Media-
tors Beyond Borders Third Annual
Congress in Washington, D.C. At-
tendees were Zarra Elias (3L, senior
president), Chase Wiley (2L, vice
president), Alison Wender (1L), Mi-
chael Kelley (1L), and Rachel Loeve
(exchange student from the Nether-
The theme of the annual confer-
ence was, "Preparing to Serve," and
its main purpose was to bring the
leaders and members of the organiza-
tion together to exchange ideas and
learn various skills to promote and
spread various conflict resolution
programs and initiatives. More than
140 members from all over the world
attended the conference, including
renowned author Bernard Mayer,
United States Ambassador John
W McDonald and President Jamil
Mahuad, president of Ecuador from
1998-2000. Attendees also included
student representatives from the Ohio
State University Moritz College of
Law, University of Winnipeg Faculty
of Law in Canada, and University of
Maryland School of Law.
The five law school representa-
tives from GADR proudly repre-
sented UF Law at the conference. The
students learned practical mediation
skills from professionals as well as
various ways for students to partici-
pate in mediation missions in local
and foreign communities.
Chase Wiley (2L)
to the UF Jessup
Moot Court Team
n February, the Jessup team com-
peted in the 51st Annual Philip C.
Jessup International Law Moot
Court Competition, the world's larg-
est moot court competition with
participants from more than 500 law
schools in more than 80 countries.
The Jessup team placed sixth out
of 24 teams competing in the U. S.
Southeast Super Regional round,
reaching the quarterfinals for the
first time in school history. The par-
ticipants were 2Ls Matthew Kozyra,
Jason Taylor, Steven Blickensderfer,
Lindsey Franco, and Jennifer Shepa-
rd. The team also took home the title
of fifth best brief out of the 24 teams
that competed. Individually, Steven
Blickensderfer was named 15th best
oralist out of all individual oralists at
the Southeast Super Regional round.
UF Jessup competes annually in the
Philip C. Jessup International Law
Moot Court Competition, which fo-
cuses on public international law and
humanitarian law. m
UF Law names professor
and student of the year
BY IAN FISHER (3L)
When Rob Davis learned he was going to
argue in front of Chief Justice John Rob-
erts last year he said he was surprised
and thought someone was pranking him. He was
surprised again this semester when he was named
student of the year by the John Marshall Bar Assoca-
tion, or JMBA.
"There were five people who were finalists and
they're great people, so that's a question I had. Why
me?" Davis said. "But it's certainly an honor."
Davis won student of the year while Professor
Lee-ford Tritt won professor of the year for the sec-
ond consecutive year.
"I'm very humbled by the honor of being named
professor of the year," Tritt said. "And I feel so
unworthy of this recognition when I reflect upon
the great depth of wonderful professors that the law
school is blessed to have. My colleagues daily inspire
me and guide me. In reality, the students are prepared
and trained so well by the professors who teach first
year courses that teaching 2Ls and 3Ls is an effort-
Davis, who will work at Holland & Knight in
Orlando after graduation, had a great experience at
UF Law and congratulated the finalists for student of
the year: Clay Carlton, Jon Philipson, Jennifer White
and James Tyger. The highlight of law school for him
was arguing in front of Chief Justice Roberts for the
Moot Court Final Four.
Tritt, who taught Estates and Trusts, Estate Plan-
ning and Fiduciary Administration this year, thanked
his students for pushing him to improve, but said he
knows there is still more room for improvement.
"There is really nothing more important to me
than striving to be a good teacher," Tritt said. "This
award means that I will continue to strive to be a bet-
ter teacher so that I can be worthy of this honor." m
I STI IGUI S HI E D
LEC /LITURE SERElSll~l
SCOTUS Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
BY LINDY MCCOLLUM-BROUNLEY
The early February visit of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Clarence Thomas was an enlight-
ening experience for the students, faculty and staff of the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
For many of us, our only base of knowledge of Justice Thomas before his visit was that he is, arguably, one of the more
conservative justices on the Supreme Court. He is known for saying little during arguments and for speaking volumes in his
written opinions. He eschews the Washington social scene, and he is a very private man.
Justice Thomas' visit to UF Law as the Marshall M. Criser Distinguished Lecturer revealed an intellectual, engaging, and
curious person. During the two days of his visit, Justice Thomas good-naturedly shook hundreds of hands and posed for
hundreds of pictures with members of the Federal Bar Association, law students, faculty, staff, and even caterers and food
servers. His interest in each and every person he met was genuine and warm, regardless of how many people he'd already
met or how long his day had been. When asked tough questions, he answered thoughtfully, candidly and often humorously,
and he sought to find common ground with his audiences that transcended political affiliations or perspectives.
We at UF Law were privileged to meet Justice Thomas and to learn, in a very personal way, that he is a man of great integ-
rity, deep conviction, and of generous spirit. What a gift that understanding is, especially for those of us, this writer included,
who may have otherwise only viewed Justice Thomas and his work on the Supreme Court of the United States through the
singular lens of personal political convictions.
What follows are excerpts of Justice Thomas' responses to questions posed by four UF Law students before of a primarily
law-student audience of more than 300 during the Feb. 4, second annual Marshall M. Criser Distinguished Lecture Series,
generously established in 2007 by Lewis Schott (JD 46) in honor of his friend and fellow UF Law alumnus, Marshall M. Criser
(JD 49). A video of the lecture is available for viewing online at www.law.ufl.edu/uflaw.
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undermined by some of the things
that are written about our opinions,
on the reactions to the opinions,
many of which, I think, border on
The idea of assigning ulteri-
or motives to the opinions of the
court that people don't agree with
- rather than saying, simply, 'the
court doesn't agree with my argu-
ment' I think we do run the risk
in our society of undermining in-
stitutions that we will need to pre-
serve our liberties.
You are in law school now, and
one of the things you learn in law
school is that things aren't always
as they appear, that there are fac-
tual differences that you may have
overlooked, there are legal argu-
ments on both sides, or maybe three
sides. There are different approach-
es because we start with different as-
sumptions or we look at things dif-
ferently, from different perspec-
tives. That is the wonderful idea be-
hind having a multi-judge appellate
court. I think law schools should en-
courage the idea that these differenc-
es are acceptable in our legal system,
and in the end it is what strengthens
and informs our legal system. It is
how we change. It is the reason why
Plessy eventually ends with Brown,
because the system has to, over time,
absorb it, understand it and see when
it is wrong.
One of the things I love about
my colleagues, we can disagree.
I've sat for decades in conferenc-
es between justices Souter and
Ginsberg. Now, we do not normal-
ly agree on cases, but they are my
friends. I respect them.
Let's just start with our default
should always be, the institutions
must be respected and preserved.
Criticize within bounds, but don't
undermine. You're going to need
them one day, and you will not be
able to preserve the liberties that
you enjoy now if you don't have
these institutions. So, you change
them. You make them grow. You
strengthen them, but you don't un-
Jon Philipson (3L) asked about the
significance of a bust in Thomas'
chambers of his grandfather with
the quote, "Old man can't is dead. I
helped bury him."
That informed my entire life -
that it's worth the effort, it's worth
being here. My grandfather, I can
hear him now, he's haunting me. I
refer to him as 'that brooding om-
nipresence.' During law school, he
was always there, 'You can't quit.'
In response to Leah Edelman's (2L)
question regarding the court keeping
pace with changes in technology.
It's changed the way we work -
I mean, I have my Blackberry (to
laughter). ... But it's also changed
some of the issues. It's changed a
lot of the intellectual property is-
sues, it's changed the issues involv-
ing search and seizure, it's going to
change some privacy issues, it's go-
ing to change the regulatory struc-
It used to be that telecommu-
nications involved telephones.
TV was separate. Look how those
worlds now have merged. It's ab-
solutely fascinating. So, as they
merge, the issues that come before
us get, not only more complicated,
they also get almost unpredictable.
I think you all are in for some in-
teresting things because there used
to be these zones of privacy, these
zones when private information
caught up much more slowly with
public information. Now look how
they're merged. You put something
on your Facebook and it's there
on somebody's hard drive forever.
What are the implications of that?
We also see it with respect to
how the government can obtain
information in the criminal jus-
tice context. The issue is they don't
actually have to come onto your
property now to look into your pri-
vate affairs. They can seize it on-
line. The wiretapping cases used to
be interesting in the Fourth Amend-
ment area, just think what's going
to happen in the future when we're
talking about the Intemet providers
cooperating with the government,
or being able to tap into your over
the air or wireless transmissions.
All those things are changing and
they're changing very rapidly.
So it's exciting, but also, it
makes you a little bit apprehensive.
I think you all are in for the Brave
New World of technology in a way
that we, of course, couldn't have
Joshua Mize (3L) asked, "What role
do you think our Declaration of In-
dependence should have in our civil
society and what is its impact on the
My view of the Declaration is that
it informs the Constitution. This
is the only country, I think or
one of the few that starts with
the notion that we are inherently
equal and can only be governed by
our consent. As a result of that, the
government has to be limited, so
you have separation of powers and
some of the other enumerated pow-
ers that prevent the government
from becoming our ruler. I don't
know if that's happened already,
but the whole notion is that there is
a reason that we have the structure
of the Constitution that we have.
So you will see from time to time,
that I would write extensively on
the commerce clause and one of the
reasons for that is simply that we
have to contain the powers of gov-
ernment if we are to preserve our
It's a wonderful document. I
think what bothers me sometimes
is we get cynical about it. How can
you really believe in something that
you're cynical about?... Many of
you are passionate about your Flor-
ida Gators, but how passionate are
we about the principles that under-
lie our country? That's where the
real action is, and it's in this docu-
ment. Is it perfect? No. What hu-
man institution is perfect? The Ga-
tors aren't perfect or they would
have won the National Champi-
onship, but you are still passion-
ate about it. It's perfectable in your
lifetime, so you assume it's worth
saving. It's worth perfecting.
If this Constitution, this form of
government, had not worked, then I
certainly would not be here. I think
it's fascinating, this is my circuit,
the 11h Circuit, and it's fascinating
that in my lifetime, I could not go to
college in my circuit, or law school
in my circuit, and now, I'm a circuit
justice. The people who perfected
and applied this wonderful docu-
ment are the reasons why I'm here.
But if you didn't have as a starting
point, the Declaration of Indepen-
dence -just as Dr. Martin Luther
King said, it was the promissory
note to which we all were heirs -
and if we didn't have that inform-
ing the Constitution, there's no way
I could be here. Is it perfect? No.
Has everything been equalized? No.
But what we should ask ourselves
is have we used this document to
solve these problems, or are we
content with whining and complain-
ing? Are we content with throwing
stones or using the stones to build
something? I think this document
gives us the cement, gives us the
building blocks to do that.
Dwayne Robinson (2L) noted that
Thomas' opinions are thought to
be contextualist interpretations of
the Constitution, interpreting the
Constitution as it was written. Rob-
inson asked how different Thomas
thought our society would be today
if the court had consistently taken
contextualism as the majority point
Well, that's a good question,
Dwayne. I think that segregation
would never have occurred. I think
the approach I would have taken,
and one that I try to take, is the one
of the first Justice Harlan. ... He
was the lone dissent in Plessy v.
Ferguson, and if you look at what
he said, 'Look, here are my preju-
dices. Here are my biases,' and he
said in the opinion you don't
have to agree with it, I don't par-
ticularly agree with him but
he said in his view the white race
would be superior for all time.
But, then he goes on to say, 'But,
this document, this Constitution,
knows no caste and knows no col-
When you try to apply this
broad, all encompassing Constitu-
tion, you try to go back and look
at the intent of the people who
drafted it, and the words they used
and try to understand it. That is an
awesome undertaking sometimes. It's
enormously difficult, but what I try to
do, Dwayne, is to separate my own
views, just as Justice Harlan did, from
what the framers said. ... I'm not into
worshipping methodologies, textual-
ism, originalism, call it whatever you
want. My approach is simply to find a
way to be true to the intent of the draft-
ers of our Constitution.
Jon Philipson asked about a story in
Thomas' book, My Grandfather's Son,
where he relates the experience of find-
ing a wallet stuffed with hundreds of dol-
lars, more than his monthly pay, during a
time in his life of extreme hardship.
What occurs to you is, 'It's not mine.
It's not mine.' That informs the way I
do my work. ... It's the same attitude
that I had toward that wallet that I have
toward your Constitution and your
laws. 'It's not mine.' It's our Consti-
tution and we [the justices of the Su-
preme Court] have been given a spe-
cial trust to interpret and to guard and
to safeguard your Constitution and
your laws. It's not mine to play around
with, to insert my opinions, to override
what's already there. It's like Harlan; I
can have my opinions, but they are not
to displace your Constitution and your
laws. So yes, we can talk about the
wrongs in the legal profession. It has
problems. But we can also talk about
its perfectability by you all. You're go-
ing to have your turn. You're going to
have your issues when you get out, we
all do. When I went to law school, they
told us, 'You are going to be the future
leaders,' and I went, 'Yeah, right! I'm
from Savannah, Ga., what am I go-
ing to lead?' But less than two decades
later, you're there and you look around
when you show up on that court and
you say, 'Here we are.'
Lincoln had this wonderful, won-
derful quote, at least it was attributed
to Lincoln that's good enough for
me because I like Lincoln and I like the
quote (to laughter) and the quote was,
"I will prepare myself and when the
time comes, I will be ready." And your
turn is coming. So you can spend your
time worrying about what's wrong, or
you can get ready to correct it when
you have your turn, when you're the
governor, when you're the legislator,
when you're the president. ... Your turn
is coming, so use your time to focus on
the wrongs and prepare to make them
right when it's your turn. 0
FROM A STUDENT'S PERSPECTIVE
BY MICHAEL KELLEY (2L)
cooking up from your notes to find that a justice of the Supreme Court of the United
States has just walked into your classroom is quite a shocking experience. "Shocked"
adequately describes the reaction of most of us as Justice Clarence Thomas made
a surprise visit to our civil procedure class with Professor Amy Mashburn last semester.
Regardless of individual political or ideological positions, everyone seemed genuinely
interested and open to what Justice Thomas was there to say.
What made the experience outstanding for me, a first-year law student, was the
opportunity to engage Justice Thomas one-on-one in a discussion regarding an apparent
discrepancy in two of his opinions. It started off great. I expressed gratitude for his thorough
summary of commerce clause jurisprudence in one highly important case, United States v.
Lopez, 514 U.S. 549 (1995), which was very helpful in explaining the evolution and scope
of Congress' commerce power. He remembered this case in detail and graciously nodded his
head in appreciation of affirmation he likely did not require from me.
My opportunity to ask a meaningful question headed for disaster when I attempted to
invoke his ability for instant-recall by comparing his opinion in Lopez with that of the slightly
less momentous decision of
Pierce County, WA v. Guillen,
537 U.S. 1291 11 ). Partly -.
because our casebook had
edited this opinion in such a
way as to make it seem more
about the commerce clause
than it actually was and
partly due to the fact that,
to paraphrase the justice's
own words, he deals with
thousands of cases he
didn't remember the case and
incredulously asked, with
more than a little humor, how
I expected him to remember
minor details of just one case
without advance notice. He
said he could not believe I was
calling him out in front of the class like this. This response sent the class into an uproar of
laughter as I backtracked to try to rearticulate my question.
I quickly explained that in Guillen he seemed to concede a point that he had not otherwise
been willing to concede in any other opinion before or since. I asked him if it was because
of political pressure, or if the concession was necessary to garner a unanimous opinion, or if,
in context, there was not a discrepancy at all. He suggested the latter was likely the case but
admitted that my question stumped him and promised to get back to me with an answer. He
took down my name and e-mail address and then turned his attention to the rest of the class
to explain his view on the rule of law in our country. He enthusiastically explained how we
could improve upon what has been laid before us and challenged us to be the change that we
wanted to see.
During his address to the entire law school on the following day, Justice Thomas made
note to me in the audience that he had my answer, and he responded to me via e-mail to
ensure he had adequately answered my question. I told him that he had.
Justice Thomas' generosity with his time, candor in responding to our questions,
enthusiasm about how we could effectuate true change through the practice of law, and
encouragement to tune out skepticism and cynicism was refreshing and inspiring. It
revitalized my commitment to the pursuit of the law, and my interaction with Justice Thomas
was truly a memory I will keep with me for many years to come. m
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What do Bill Cosby, Tiger Woods, Bobby Knight,
Stan Lynch and a host of other celebrities, ath-
letes, coaches and entertainers have in common?
TBhey are just a few of the high-
profile clients of some of the
most talented sports, music
and entertainment lawyers to
graduate from the University
of Florida Levin College of
Law. UF Law alumni have built successful
careers navigating the maze of media issues
that athletes, musicians or celebrity clients
confront on a daily basis. Because of the
close relationships they've forged with their
clients, these attorneys often provide advice
and counsel that extend beyond legalities
into the realm of private and personal. Their
expertise encompasses broad areas of the
law, ranging from negotiating legal contracts,
managing personality brands, structuring
business partnerships, to handling any
privacy, trademark or copyright disputes.
Entertainment law has been profoundly
impacted by the Digital Age, where
computers and mobile devices provide
instant and constant connection to the
Intemet. The resulting digitalization of
content has transformed the way performers
reach their audiences and compels them to be
proactive in managing their online "brands."
By combining legal know-how with online
marketing and social networking skills,
UF sports, music and entertainment law
practitioners are plotting their own courses
through emerging terrain.
Pioneering the new relationship between
the music industry and social networking
is MySpace Music, an online platform that
allows artists and record labels to distribute,
promote and sell their content online. As
executive vice president and general counsel
for My Space, a social networking site owned
by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation,
Lin Cherry (JD 91) played a critical role
in negotiating the joint venture agreements
between MySpace and the four major record
labels Sony, Warner, Universal and EMI,
plus agreements with numerous indie labels
- that led to the creation of the platform.
Cherry manages a team of more than
15 lawyers headquartered in the company's
Beverly Hills, California, office, and in
several international satellite offices.
Although she and her team generally handle
all legal issues relating to the operation of the
social networking giant one of
the world's largest, with more than
100 million users worldwide Cherry
broke new ground with the September
2008 launch of MySpace Music.
"We are providing a scalable and
innovative platform to allow artists and
labels to monetize their content," Cherry
said. "That's hugely powerful, especially
now when the music industry is looking for
alternative business models."
With features such as free streaming of
audio and video content from a wide range
of artists, playlisting, artist profile pages,
analytics dashboards, charts and a new
music homepage, MySpace Music provides
robust social tools for the searching, sharing
and sales of music and other content online.
Not surprisingly, Cherry believes MySpace
is uniquely positioned to influence the way
people consume content across the Web.
"MySpace is a one-of-a-kind social
platform offering users free access to one
of the most comprehensive catalogues of
audio and video for unlimited streaming and
playlisting," Cherry said.
With the decline of music sales in
traditional retail outlets and the surge in the
number of songs sold online, record labels
were more open to jumping on-board at
the time MySpace Music was established.
MySpace Music has been a tremendous
success within its first year, MySpace
Music experienced a whopping 1,017
percent increase in year-to-year traffic,
further cementing the site's status as an
"The agreements for MySpace Music
were pioneering deals in many ways,"
Cherry said. "We were in uncharted territory
and trying to do something really powerful
- we didn't necessarily know how or
whether it would work going into it,
but weknew that we, MySpace and the
music companies, needed each other."
The process of getting clearance for the
enormous volume of music rights before
the platform could go live contributed to the
complexity of the deal negotiations because
of the number of individuals and variables
involved, Cherry said.
"The music industry is very challenging
from a variety of perspectives, including
from a rights perspective, and there are
certainly benefits in having the labels on-
board," Cherry said. "One of our advantages
in setting up the joint venture was that we
had a history of being a good copyright actor.
This is something that was dictated at the
highest levels of News Corp and helped us to
earn the trust of the labels."
Trust is key to the relationships
that Paul J. Healy (JD 88) builds with
his clients. As a seasoned sports agent
and solo practitioner at Pro First Sports
Management in Jacksonville, Florida,
Healy negotiates contracts between
athletes and NFL teams. But sports-agent
contracts are only a sliver of the work an
agent handles for a client. Healy credits
his legal education at UF with giving
him the solid foundation and resources
to tackle the myriad of legal issues sports
"Contracts are really the tip of the
iceberg, but 90 percent of the iceberg is
below the water," Healy said. "With a player,
there are so many matters that need to be
handled off the field year round, including
negotiating sponsorships, financial planning,
managing public relations and dealing with
all business and personal legal matters."
"The best thing to do is to get work
with an NFL team or with someone
who is already in the business so you
can learn the ropes.
"Licensing is also changing ... people don't
only want to use an athlete's name and
likeness for TV commercials but also for
social media, such as Twitter and Facebook.
Besides being a sports agent, Healy enjoys
sharing his knowledge of the sports business
with aspiring agents through speaking at
conferences such as the 2010 UF Sports Law
Symposium, one of only a few sports law
symposia hosted across the nation, and by
teaching at Florida Coastal School of Law.
Healy got his start by teaming up with
his former partner, established agent Gene
Burrough, in the mid-1990s. Although the
two represented more than a dozen NFL
athletes at one point, he now works only with
an exclusive handful of players the most
prominent of which is Oakland Raiders' star
placekicker, Sebastian Janikowski. Healy's
persistence and industry knowledge in
getting the best deals for his clients resulted
in an unprecedented four-year, $16-million
contract being signed between Janikowski
and the Raiders in February, guaranteeing
Janikowski $9 million in the first two years.
The deal made Janikowski the highest-paid
kicker in National Football League history.
With the addition of a new business
partner and an impressive list of clients, Healy
said his company, Pro First Sports, is poised
for growth. He plans to recruit new athletes
to take his company to new heights. With
more than 1,000 certified NFL agents pursing
the 250 drafted players each year, however,
the odds of establishing a successful agency
are tough. So how does one launch a career
in athlete representation?
"The best thing to do is to get work with
an NFL team or with someone who is already
in the business so you can learn the ropes,"
Healy said. "You do the math. To start on your
own, you would have to be very fortunate or
Recent UF Law graduate Darren Heitner
(JD 10) perhaps knows this all too well, but he
has given himself the best possible start. He
founded his own full-service sports agency,
Dynasty Athlete Representation, even before
attending law school. The agency boasts a
roster of nearly 50 clients in both the sports
and entertainment worlds. To capitalize on an
otherwise spirited sports-agent business
Heitner uses his knowledge of online
technologies to build a competitive
"I provide my clients
with the gamut of online
promotion tools and networking
opportunities," Heitner said. "It's
necessary to compete, or the
player will find another agency
who offers him more for less."
Heitner's role as sports agent, combine. .
with his legal skill, has helped him recogi", .
the areas of the law, such as licensing, li,.ii
are being impacted by new media.
"In many ways, licensing is the saiin.
as it's always been," Heitner said. '"! I.,
company wants a spokesman for a produ., I
to gain trust from the general audie'i.
and hopefully to increase the number .!
consumers. But licensing is also changing- ii
that people don't only want to use an athle I
name and likeness for TV commercials I-.,i
also for social media, such as Twitter .i..Il
Consequently, Heitner envisions gre.i'ki
emphasis being placed on the use of soL i.,!
networking and other outlets for fostering an
interaction between athletes and their fans.
"You might see an athlete logging on a
particular platform or posting certain things
about a sponsor on their Facebook page.
Even though it's not as measurable as TV, I
think we're going to see more of that because
companies may view it as having a large
image impact on their target demographics,"
But greater use of the celebrities' image
to promote the company's brand also
underscores the importance of a morals
clause in licensing contracts, Heitner said.
The number of celebrity mishaps caught in
the limelight, such as the recent incidents
involving Tiger Woods and Gilbert Arenas,
make it imperative that a company using
a celebrity's name and likeness include
provisions regarding the prohibition of
certain behavior in a person's private life.
"I think now you'll find even more so that
the player is tied to their brand," Heitner said.
"Companies have a lot to gain by associating
with athletes, but they also have a lot to lose.
That's why a morals clause is really non-
On the other hand, cases involving the
improper use of the celebrities' names and
likenesses also emphasize the importance
of including a quality control clause in the
licensing contract to protect the athlete.
"As an advocate for the athlete, I want
the quality control clause to be as broad as
possible," Heitner said. "It ensures that the
company doesn't have free rein to do anything
that they want with the athlete's likeness.
It's all about quality control measures in
considering the longevity of the brand."
Building a brand is Nick Nanton's
(JD 04) forte. As the co-founder of the
Celebrity Branding Agency, he helps his
clients gain credibility and recognition in
the industry by using his knowledge of
law and entertainment as it applies it to the
"I teach my clients how to become the
best-known expert in their industry by using
the principles that entertainers use to lock out
their competition and be in demand," he said.
Reality televisions series such as "The
Apprentice" and "American Idol," through
which private individuals can become
"My job is to create enough buzz
about my clients through the creation
and distribution of content that the
media comes to us."
very public in a short time, highlight the
importance of having a clear and concise
message to gain approval and recognition
from the crowd. While not all of Nanton's
clients have appeared on a reality TV show
or own an Inc. 500 company like clients
Bill Rancic, winner of the "The Apprentice"
season one or founder and CEO of Ali
International, Ali Brown Nanton assists
them in the development of their brands
by helping his clients create their own TV
shows, magazines and websites, to setting
up their Twitter accounts or helping them
get on Facebook and engage with fans.
After graduating from law school,
Nanton formed a partnership with his
longtime mentor, J.W. Dicks, to create the
Celebrity Branding Agency. Nanton and
two other partners now operate out of the
agency's Winter Park, Florida, office.
"My job is to create enough buzz
about my clients through the creation and
distribution of content, that the media
comes to us," Nanton said.
One of the first things
Nanton does for his clients
help them determine their key
message to solidify their position
n the marketplace. For financial
expert Mitch Levin, this included
carving out an unoccupied niche
in In i financial management market. As
li1 I !nancial Physician," Levin draws
.r I i.wledge from his former career as
.ii c- c. surgeon to help other physicians
nm.i i.I_.c their money for maximum return
ni' i.i' c.stment.
ii this new economy, I tell my clients
I I.- c got to be in the media business -
'.. .i c got to be creating your own media so
li.,I .1a can control the message," Nanton
..,.I No that's what we do by helping them
S!c..l. Il eir own content, much like Oprah or
I )i I'I I and then pushing that content through
'.! i.., outlets both online and offline."
Ii.. amount of preparation, however,
L..ii prevent crises from occurring,
c .Lplie t.lly when the notorious lifestyles of
..inc .i hletes, entertainers or musicians are
nlilled. When all else fails, the pros call
Mark NeJame (JD 84), leading defense
and trial attorney and senior partner in
the Orlando-based firm, NeJame, LaFay,
Jancha, Ahmed, Barker & Joshi, PA.
For 25 years, NeJame has defended and
represented celebrities and regular Joe's
against prosecutions and accusations as
well as bringing claims against alleged
wrongdoers. Though the majority of
his clients are private figures, NeJame's
knowledge of the media and reputation as a
winning attorney makes him a clear choice
for high-stakes cases and high-profile
clients seeking legal counsel. Those who
have retained him include many
politicians and superstar athletes
such as Tiger Woods, Shaquille
O'Neal, and the grandparents of Caylee
Anthony, whose mother, Casey, is
facing trial for her murder. Not afraid
to take on celebrities or the powerful,
he has brought claims against Charles
Barkley and others for their bad behavior.
NeJame grapples with any number of
issues on behalf of his clients including
criminal investigations and prosecutions,
civil suits and litigation-related matters,
media relations, and business and
"My role is often one of a consigliore,
being available to advise, assist and
provide counsel on a plethora of matters,"
NeJame said. "Having a criminal division,
a civil/commercial litigation division, an
immigration division and a personal injury
division certainly helps when matters and
issues need to be evaluated."
The attention given to the sometimes
salacious details associated with criminal
charges can have a huge impact on the
public's perception and the outcome of the
case. Thus, knowing how to manage the
media and respond to their questions has
become an essential element of NeJame's
"We are a media-driven culture and
public opinion is often gauged by the
public's response to media reports," NeJame
said. "If people see you or read about you
in the media then you have the ability to
impact them and to help your client against
the onslaught of criticism, speculation and
attention that typically attaches to them."
The public's appetite for sensational
gossip exemplified by the amount of
media attention the Casey Anthony trial has
drawn can be difficult when attempting
to communicate a specific message about
a client's case or trial. NeJame said this is
why it is especially critical that an attorney
in a high-profile case know when, and
when not, to speak.
"I find too many lawyers are intimidated
and fearful of the media or they are simply
"If people see you or read about you ...
then you have the ability to impact them
and to hep your client against the on-
slaught o criticism."
ignorant as to what is involved and blow it
on behalf of their clients when dealing with
the media," NeJame said. "Not knowing
when to go off the record or how to go off
the record; not understanding the dynamics
of a newsroom; not having or cultivating
media contacts; and not knowing how
to respond in short but effective statements
on behalf of your client are but a very few
of the dangers and pitfalls that the attorney
for a celebrity client or high profile case
can encounter when dealing with the
NeJame said understanding media
and learning how to manage it is just one
weapon a top lawyer should have in his
arsenal. In an industry influenced so heavily
by the media's message, it is important that
a good lawyer be increasingly creative and
flexible in approaching the client's cause,
"Be proactive and anticipatory, not
simply reactive and complacent. Ascertain
what the client's needs are and set out a
strategy," NeJame said. "Like a master
chess player, a strong attorney must be
several moves ahead of his or her opponent
so that if a scenario or crisis erupts it has
already been anticipated and a plan of
action is in place." m
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Associate Professor of History
Dale was appointed to another five-year
term on the editorial board of Law and
History Review. According to the pub-
lisher's website, Law and History Review
is America's leading legal history journal,
encompassing American, European, and
ancient legal history issues. The journal's
purpose is to further research in the fields
of the social history of law and the history
of legal ideas and institutions. The journal
features articles, essays, commentaries by
international authorities, and reviews of
important books on legal history.
Klein has been appointed to a commit-
tee of the National Academy of Sciences,
National Research Council, to study
sustainable water and environmental
management in the California Bay-Delta.
According to the National Research Coun-
cil website, the committee
experts was convened at the
Congress and the department
terior and Commerce to revi
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Senior Lecturer in Law and
International Trade Law Pro,
Powell was promoted to sen
Powell is an affiliate lecturer
Department of Food and Res
nomics, affiliate faculty men
Center for Latin American St
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ve been and
Director, Intimate Partner Violence
Assistance Clinic (IPVAC)
ously achieve Drake is the director of the UF Law
stainable Bay- Center on Children and Families Intimate
upply. It is ex- Partner Violence Assistance Clinic.
issue a report The clinic, which opened in May and
ow to most which is the first of its kind in the nation,
ce and adap- is a partnership between the UF College
nto holistic of Law Center on Children and Families
nd restoration and Virgil D. Hawkins Civil Legal Clin-
ics, UF's College of Medicine, Shands
HealthCare, and Gainesville's nonprofit
Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network.
Director, The innovative clinic will be staffed by
gram UF law students who have been trained
and certified to work with survivors of
domestic-violence and by social and
in the U mental health workers from Shands at
source Eco- the University of Florida and Peaceful
nber in the UF
Paths. Drake comes to UF Law from her
udies, and on .
ial Agricural position as assistant state attorney and
al Agricultural division chief of the Office of the State
Attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit. As as-
sistant state attorney, Drake has served
as the criminal intern clinic director, divi-
sion chief of the Domestic Violence Unit,
and has worked in Child Welfare Legal
Services. Drake earned her bachelor's
from Drexel University College of Media
Arts & Design in 1980, and her Juris
Doctor from the UF Levin College of
Law, with honors, in 1994.
Francis T.'Frank' McCoy
BY IAN FISHER (3L)
Professor Frank McCoy passed away May 22, 2009, at the age of 86, to little fanfare or rec-
ognition within the legal community. As he was in life, so he was in death modest and
unassuming. Yet his was a life packed full of adventure, intrigue and accomplishment.
One might never know that McCoy had traveled the world, knew at least a dozen languages,
was trained as a paratrooper, or worked as an operative in China for a top secret government
organization that preceded the CIA, serving with Chinese forces to defeat the Japanese during
World War II. Later, he worked for the United States Foreign Service, parlaying his eloquence in
various languages into successful missions in Shanghai, Tokyo and Madagascar holding his
ground as the Chinese Nationalists fled to Taiwan to escape the advancing Chinese Communist
troops. McCoy's unassuming demeanor and gentle personality rarely revealed the adventures of
"He would never talk about himself or his accomplishments," said Dennis Calfee, a UF
professor of law and Alumni Research Scholar. "The only way that we were able to [learn any-
thing] was that we worked with him for years and picked up details along the way."
McCoy served in the United States Army after earning his undergraduate degree at UF and
served in the Office of Strategic Services (now the CIA) during World War II in China. Follow-
ing his service, McCoy returned to UF and earned a master's degree in geography, writing his
thesis on Miami International Airport. For research, he worked for Pan American Airways as a
flight attendant, flying to Cuba, South America and Central America, said Joe Little, an emeritus
professor of law and Alumni Research Scholar. Little and Calfee also found a Pan Am advertise-
ment encouraging travel to Guatemala in which McCoy was featured.
"Of course we wondered what else he was doing," Calfee said. "We'll leave that to specula-
tion whether he was working for the government at that time."
After earning his master's, McCoy joined the United States Foreign Service but returned
to Gainesville for law school, graduating with his law degree in 1955. He began his more than
40-year career at UF Law in 1956, first as a law librarian, then as a tenured member of the law
school's teaching faculty. He married Mary Watson McCoy, who was a UF librarian and also a
WWII "China hand." Mary predeceased McCoy, leaving no children or immediate relatives.
Though McCoy retired in 1998, he continued to teach until 2003 and maintained his office
at the law school until his death. When he died, UF Law lost a one-of-a-kind wealth of knowl-
edge, Little and Calfee said. McCoy was the only UF Law professor teaching admiralty law, but
also taught family law and legal history.
"He was an absolutely incredible resource," Calfee said. "It didn't matter what you asked
him, he could come up with something."
At McCoy's funeral, Little met someone who served with McCoy in his Gainesville reserve
"He said to me, 'When I first met Frank and he came to Gainesville and joined our unit, I
thought he was joshing us on some of these things going to China and all that,' "Little said.
"Then this guy told me a story, he said 'We were in Washington on our two-week duty one time.
We went into this Chinese restaurant. Frank disappeared and after a while, he came back with
the proprietor of this place speaking Chinese. He had known this guy in China when he was
over there. And everything else that I found out about Frank later was exactly the way he had
Little and Calfee said McCoy was as good a friend and confidant as a person could have.
"We miss him," Calfee said. "We dearly miss him." .
McCoy may be remembered by donations to the reserve collection of the University ofFlorida College ofLaw
Library, Law Center Association, Inc, 2500 SW 2ndAvenue, Gainesville, FL 32611.
"He was an absolutely
Calfee said. "It didn't
matter what you asked
him, he could come up
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"Don't ask, don't tell... has
a cute name that sounds
innocuous and fair.
The problem is that the
nickname has almost no
relation to the actual law."
DIANE MAZUR Professor
for 'don't ask, don't tell'
BY LINDY MCCOLLUM-BROUNLEY
on't ask, don't tell" is a light-hearted name for a heavy-handed federal law
prohibiting gay people from serving in the military. Since the law was enacted in
1993, more than 13,500 service men and women have been discharged from the armed
services for being gay.
'Don't ask, don't tell' is not exactly what most people think it is," said Diane Mazur,
a University of Florida professor of law and Gerald A. Sohn Research Scholar. "It has a
cute name that sounds innocuous and fair. The problem is that the nickname has almost no
relation to the actual law."
"Don't ask, don't tell" dictates that people will be summarily discharged from military
service if it becomes known that they are gay. That's bad news for the 65,000 gay men and
women the Urban Institute estimates to be in active-duty military service, the National
Guard, or the Reserves. Losing valuable servicemen and women also is bad news for an all-
volunteer military stretched to its limits after 10 years of fighting on two fronts.
Many Americans 75 percent, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll -
believe the policy should be scrapped. Even the military's top brass have had a change of heart,
with Colin Powell, who in the past had been the policy's most ardent defender, now calling for its
end and both Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm.
Michael Mullen testifying before Congress in February that the policy should be repealed.
During that Congressional hearing, two legal memos regarding suspension of the "don't
ask, don't tell" policy were central in the exchange between members of Congress and
Pentagon officials. The first memo outlined the president's "stop loss" authority to suspend
"don't ask, don't tell." The second outlined several legal options available to the secretary
of defense to moderate the impact of "don't ask, don't tell" on military separations until
Congress decides whether or not to repeal the law.
Mazur authored the memos in her role as the legal co-director of the Palm Center, a
research subdivision of the University of California at Santa Barbara and the leading research
organization on "don't ask, don't tell" issues. Her areas of legal research, which include civil-
military relations under the Constitution, civilian control of the military, military law, and
military service issues, are informed by her own service as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.
So far, the president has not exerted his authority to suspend "don't ask, don't tell," but
Gates announced on March 26 that the Pentagon would implement variations of several of
the options listed in Mazur's memos as means to ameliorate military discharges under the
"don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Under the new regulations, 'credible' reports must be direct observations of a violation,
not speculation based on hearsay or on what 'looks gay.' Also, the military will no longer
rely on reports from people considered 'unreliable,' including those who have suspect
motives or who are opposed to the service of gay people generally.
"What it means in practical terms is that more openly gay people will be serving in the
military," Mazur said. "When the military requires that someone as senior as a general
or an admiral approve any action under the policy, it means the military believes that
enforcement is interfering with military effectiveness."
"These are big steps toward eventual repeal." 0
ToreadProfessorMazur's "don't ask, don tell" memos, vslt www.law.ufl.edu/uflaw
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civil rights movement
has sought out white
allies, says Kenneth
Nunn, a law professor
at the University of
Florida who teaches
a course in African-
American history and
the law. 'We have
all understood that
nothing is going to
change in America
unless the majority
feels it is the right
thing to do,'says
reason the Oregon
group can undertake
this initiative, he says,
is because they are a
you are talking about
it's very difficult to do
anything that is racially
targeted,'he says. 9
Professor of Law
Feb. 9, Christian Science
Monitor, "Oregon Civil Rights
Group Offers Scholarships to
i i Case law may be on the jails'side, said John
F. Stinneford, assistant professor of law at the
University of Florida. Stinneford said courts have
found similar jail restrictions Constitutional if they
represent a legitimate government interest. 'Obvi-
ously, there are certain types of communication
the prisoners won't be able to receive via postcard,'
Stinneford said.'But I'm not sure that is going to
be a big enough of a problem to overcome.' J
-JOHN STINNEFORD, Assistant Professor
March 1, Fox News/Associated Press/
Boston Herald/Lakeland Ledger/NW Florida
Daily News/Gainesville Sun, News Press,
Ocala Star Banner, "Florida Jails Limit
Inmate Mail to Postcards Only"
' 'Apologizing is
a humbling step that
gives the people you've
offended some power
over you,'says Jonathan
Cohen, a law professor
at University of Florida
who studies the legal
aspects of apologies.
'There's a particular
drama that comes when
it's very powerful people
who are taking that step
in the public eye. "The
biggest mistake people
typically make is wait-
ing too long to apolo-
gize, meaning they do it
reactively once the issue
has broken out, almost
like a type of damage
'The best way when
corporations discover a
problem is to proactive-
ly accept responsibility
for the problem.'
Professor; Associate Director,
Institute for Dispute Resolution
March 3, TheStreet.com, "Toyota,
Tiger Here's How to Apologize"
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"The Supreme Court
largely cast out the
window all previous
in the political arena."
MICHAEL SIEBECKER Associate Professor
Expanding the role of
shareholders in the wake
of Citizens United
BY LINDY MCCOLLUM-BROUNLEY
T he U.S. Supreme Court's Jan. 21 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election
Commission was a landmark decision that unraveled 100 years of campaign finance
restrictions on corporate speech and gutted the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign
Reform Act of 2002.
"Citizens United significantly lifts many of the restrictions on corporate speech. That
change, for some of us, represents a tectonic shift in the ability of corporations to play an
increasingly dominate role in all aspects of social, economic and political life," said Michael
Siebecker, a Levin College of Law associate professor who has written extensively on
the intersection of law and political theory in the areas of securities regulation, business
organizations and corporate social responsibility.
"Now, corporations have basically the same rights as individuals with respect to political
speech the Supreme Court largely cast out the window all previous concerns about
corporate dominance in the political arena," he said.
Siebecker explores how this new dynamic will affect the nature of the corporation, its
role in society, and its relationships with investors, consumers, and other stakeholders the
corporation serves in his article, "A New Discourse Theory of the Firm: Promoting Efficient
Shareholder Suffrage After Citizens United. Set to be published in George Washington Law
Review in early fall 2010, Siebecker's article outlines his 'discourse theory' of the corporation
that borrows from theories of political justice to reshape some of the basic tenets of corporate
"If we think of corporations as profit-maximizing entities, their motivation for getting
into the debate is simply to make money, not to do what is morally good or desirable
for society. Those who own the corporation the shareholders have very little role
in shaping these practices and projects of the corporation," Siebecker said. "Because
corporations increasingly dominate the political field, it seems that we should give greater
say to shareholders, stakeholders, consumers, and members of the communities that the
corporations inhabit to determine the direction that corporations take."
Siebecker, who earned two law degrees and a doctorate in political philosophy
from Columbia University, has written extensively on this idea of evolving corporate
democratization and social responsibility. He believes shareholders will have greater
influence on the corporation when they can nominate their own slate of directors on the
corporate proxy, an idea the Securities and Exchange Commission is considering as a new
rule. He said this would be especially effective in promoting corporate social responsibility
when voting is done in aggregate by intermediary institutional investors, like huge retirement
funds or hedge funds that have specific expectations of corporate behavior. Siebecker said
investments using socially responsible screening criteria currently exceed $14 trillion
"I think Citizens United makes it clear that a re-conceptualization of the firm is necessary
and should focus on speech and in bringing people into the discourse about the direction that
corporations take and the role they play in society," Siebecker said. "A discourse theory of
justice rests on the notion that full, fair and adequate discourse will result in just rules for
society, and I think the same is true for the corporate realm." 0
UF LAW FACULTY IN THE NEWS
6 Getting better,
mean good enough,
said Jon Mills,
a University of
Florida law school
dean who helped
file a lawsuit in
with violating the
state constitution by
not providing high-
may be one of the
most improved in
Mills, a former
of the House.'But
if we move from
No. 50 to No. 40,
that still isn't high
Professor; Director of Center for
Jan. 14, St. Pete Times,
"Florida Schools Rated Eighth"
Si 'This looks like a'fix-it-first'attempt to avoid
any appearance that there's price collusion going
on. That's what the concern would be if I were an
antitrust enforcer,'said William Page, a senior asso-
ciate dean at the University of Florida's Levin
College of Law and a former attorney in the U.S.
Department of Justice's antitrust division. The
Marvel licensing contract, Page noted, creates'a
direct avenue of potential communication be-
tween competitors in the theme-park market.' J
-WILLIAM PAGE, Senior Associate Dean
for Academic Affairs; Marshall M. Criser
Eminent Scholar in Electronic Communications
and Administrative Law; Professor
Feb. 1, Orlando Sentinel, "Marvel
Superheroes Could Pose Antitrust Risk
for Disney, Universal" Page provided his
perspective regarding possible antitrust
violations as Marvel superheros are
integrated into Disney and Universal .
S( 'As conspiracy
theories get more
complex, and par-
ticularly for people
who are more actively
engaged in it, it is an
which requires a good
amount of reading
skills,'says Mark Fen-
ster, a law professor
at the University of
Florida and the author
of Conspiracy Theories:
Secrecy and Power in
American Culture. 'You
see a lot of people
who have received
high levels of institu-
tional education. For
this reason, conspiracy
theorists may well be
of somewhat higher
than average income
level and wealth.'
Associate Dean for Faculty
Development; UF Research
Jan. 30, AlterNet, "Jesse
Ventura Takes the Soaring
Interest in Conspiracy Theory
to TV And Viewers are
Flocking to It"
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SHANI KING Assistant Professor
Is international adoption always best?
BY TROY HILLIER (2L)
"There are children who
clearly would have a bleak
life and few opportunities
in their countries, but legal
scholars tend to describe all
sending countries as poor
... when the reality is more
nuanced than that."
he 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti on Jan. 12 killed more than 200,000 people
and displaced millions more. Rescuers poured into the country in the chaotic aftermath of
the disaster, but the imprisonment of 10 American missionaries caught leaving the country
with 33 children many of whom had surviving parents in Haiti shocked the world.
News coverage of the adoption scandal and the tens of thousands of Haitian children
orphaned or abandoned because of the earthquake opened an interesting dialog about
international adoption: What is best for these orphaned or abandoned children, why, and
who should decide?
Shani King, a University of Florida assistant professor of law ponders these questions in his
recent article published in the Michigan Journal ofInternational Law titled, "Challenging Mono
Humanism: An argument for changing the way we think about intercountry adoption."
King, who serves as the co-director for UF Law's Center on Children and Families,
doesn't presume to give final answers to these questions, but instead attempts to broaden
discourse on the issue.
"I wrote the article because I wanted to contribute to and expand a debate that often seems
binary and underinclusive," King said. "That debate has recently become particularly polarized.
On one hand, there is the argument that international adoption violates the human rights of
children, sometimes the rights of their birth parents, and wrongly protects the rights of adults
who want to become parents. The other view, much more widely accepted, is that international
adoption protects the rights of children and provides them the only chance they will have to grow
up in a loving home with a family that cares for them. "
King aims to broaden this debate by identifying narratives in legal scholarship that reflect a
narrow conception of children that often fails to reflect their family, community, and culture. His
work provides possible counter-narratives designed to make society rethink the conversations
we have about international adoption. For example, King identified what he calls the "improved
life chances" narrative, which suggests that the United States provides better opportunities for
children from developing countries.
"There are children who clearly would have a bleak life and few opportunities in
their countries," he said, "but legal scholars tend to describe all sending countries as poor,
impoverished and bereft of opportunity, when the reality is more nuanced than that."
King said these dominant narratives reflect only one side of the story, and his
scholarship seeks to contribute to the creation of a healthier and better-balanced
"I'm not saying that there's no truth to these narratives," King said. "But
while there is some truth to them, we should have a more nuanced conversation
about international adoption if we are to protect all children, including those
who may have a legitimate option of being raised by their birth parents or other
caregivers in the context of their culture."
The importance of this discussion is not just a mere scholarly conversation for
King. Hanging in the balance of this question is the future of thousands of children,
and King said his main goal is to give them a voice and to assure their rights are
"I think it's only through a nuanced and more accurate discourse that we'll meet our
Irue responsibilities under international law to protect the international human rights of
i lese kids," King said.
"It's important that when we think about and talk about international adoption, we
I ink about the concept of societal responsibility," he said, "and whether we're meeting our
S ,e -llective responsibility to these children." 0
'adProfessor Kng's journal article, visit www.law.ufl.edu/uflaw
UF LAW FACULTY IN THE NEWS
SL Even if Gov. Charlie
Crist vetoes the recent
abortion bill that would
require women seeking
an abortion to view an
ultrasound and listen to a
description of the fetus, the
issue could still continue
to come up in the Leg-
islature. The final fate of
the law could also end up
resting with Anthony Ken-
nedy in the U.S. Supreme
Court, who frequently
makes the deciding vote. 'I
think it's unconstitutional,'
said Fletcher Baldwin, a
constitutional law expert
and professor emeritus at
the University of Florida.
Baldwin said he believes
the bill is an effort to get
the Supreme Court to
reconsider Roe vs. Wade,
the landmark case that
established abortion rights.
Still, Baldwin said that even:
if Crist vetoes the bill, he
expects to see it come back
in the Legislature. y
Emeritus Professor and past
recipient of the Chesterfield
Smith Professorship; Director
of UF Center for International
Financial Crimes Studies;
Honorary Fellow, Society
for Advanced Legal Studies,
University of London
May 9, The Florida Times-Union,
"Abortion Debate Could Continue,:
Even With Crist's Decision"
| | The Northern District of Florida, which
stretches from Pensacola to Gainesville, covers
a heavily Republican region peppered with ac-
tive and retired military members. And the court
has a conservative bent, points out Mike Seigel,
a law professor at the University of Florida and
a former federal prosecutor. 'They could have
brought it anywhere,'Seigel said. 'I assume they
decided the best shot was in a district where the
judges have been around awhile and have been
appointed by a conservative president.' J
Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor
March 24, Pensacola News Journal, "Why Did
Attorneys General File Health Care Lawsuit in
T The five states
known to be part
of the inquiry ac-
counted for almost
39%, or $31 billion,
of U.S. corn and
soybeans last year,
based on U.S.
top of the federal
the lawsuit and po-
and it can increase
costs for Monsanto,'
said Daniel Sokol,
a law professor at
the University of
Florida in Gaines-
ville who edits a
blog on antitrust
policy. J J
March 10, Bloomberg
7-state probe threatens profit
from 93% soybean share"
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"I think most people
put Social Security and
Medicare in a different
category because they
contributed to it, and they
feel they are entitled to it."
PATRICIA DILLEY Professor
Through the donut hole
BY LINDY MCCOLLUM-BROUNLEY
Te legislative drama surrounding the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable
Care Act ignited a furious national debate on the role of government.
Many Americans on the left say affordable health care is a fundamental
human right and that government has an obligation to address disparities in access to
health insurance and affordable care. Others on the right reject government sponsored
health insurance and federal tinkering in the private insurance markets as un-American
redistributions of wealth.
"It's always struck me as ironic and in fact, it's instructive but the language used
by various politicians in the debate over Social Security in the '30s, over Medicare in the
'60s and the debate this past year over health care are identical," said Patricia Dilley, a
University of Florida Levin College of Law professor law specializing in federal income
tax, deferred compensation, tax policy and elder law. "Identical things were said, 'Social
Security is socialism,' yet it's now part of the fabric of our society."
Dilley has special insight on the Social Security program due to her work as a legislative
analyst for the Social Security Administration and as the staff director for the U.S. House of
Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security. As staff
director for the Subcommittee on Social Security, she played a significant role in developing
the legislative language for the refinancing of Social Security and other amendments to the
program, including raising the retirement age, in the 1980s.
She said that Americans view Social Security and Medicare as pseudo annuities you
get out what you paid in. In actuality, both programs are redistributive because they give
somewhat higher benefits to lower paid workers, and because anyone who can demonstrate
he or she worked and paid into the system for the requisite quarters of coverage is entitled to
the benefit, regardless of how much they or their employers paid into the programs.
"I think most people put Social Security and Medicare in a different category because
they contributed to it, and they feel they are entitled to it because they worked," Dilley said.
"It's their program in a way that other government programs don't seem to be. They don't
think that's socialism... That's something different."
Dilley explores this schism in public perceptions and the long-term funding of Social
Security in her article, "Through the Donut Hole: Reimagining the Social Security
Contribution and Benefit Base Limit," printed in the May issue of Administrative Law
Review. The article also analyzes how Social Security may be transformed by attempts to
"The next big thing coming is the president's newly-appointed Deficit Commission.
Many of the people he appointed are deficit hawks who have made careers out of wanting to
cut or privatize Social Security," Dilley said. "In the article, I talk about President Obama's
campaign proposal to address long term deficits in Social Security by applying the Social
Security payroll tax just to people who earn over $250,000 a year, thereby creating a gap in
the current base, which is $106,800, hence the 'Donut Hole' name."
Any talk of implementing the donut hole tax base for Social Security is likely to result
in a firestorm of protest from those who object to wealth redistribution policies, but Dilley
said the wealthy will benefit from the donut hole in ways they may not realize.
"Social Security was explicitly intended by its founders to serve as a social stabilizing
mechanism, to provide a modest retirement income those who had worked all their lives and
contributed to society could count on," she said. "I think that gets to the philosophic heart of
the program, because it's not something you're paying for, it's something you're earning." .
To read Professor Dilley 's journal article, visit www.law.ufl.edu/uflaw
UF LAW FACULTY IN THE NEWS
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SThe Florida Sen-
ate's Committee on
Education Pre K-12
approved a consti-
that would repeal a
ban on public funding
of religious organiza-
tions. Joseph Little
commented on the
such an amendment
if it were to become
a law. 'The position
of the people of the
United States since
1790 is,'We don't
want to have state
religion, we don't
involved in religion,"
said Little, a constitu-
tional law professor
at the University of
April 7, The Miami Herald,
"Ban on Public Funding
of Religious Organizations
Nears an End," April 22,
The Washington Post, The
Answer Sheet blog
4 4 John Doe No. 1 v. Reed is one of the final cases
retiring U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul
Stevens will hear. Doe is a First Amendment challenge
to the Washington Public Records law, which requires
disclosure, upon request, of the identity of signers of a
petition for a statewide referendum. The petition here
called for a referendum challenging a 2009 state law
expanding the rights of registered domestic partners.
'On the one hand, there's this question of access to
government and transparency in government, and on
the other side is protection of anonymous speech, a very
important and still emerging doctrine,'she said.'The Su-
preme Court has demanded a real showing of the possi-
bility of intimidation before being willing to compromise
transparency values. But anonymity is a big issue right
now and privacy too because of the Internet.' J
Stephen C. O'Connell Chair;
April 26, The National Law Review,
"High Court Faces Blockbuster
Cases as Stevens' Retirement
Nears"; April 27, GavelGrab.org
(( The nomination
of Elena Kagan as
U.S. Supreme Court
justice allows for the
possibility of three
female justices on
the court. As the
role of women has
grown at the UF
Law school, so has
in law in general....
When Sharon Rush
graduated from Cor-
nell University Law
School in 1980, one
woman was on the
faculty there. No
women were on the
U.S. Supreme Court.
...'The classes are
almost 50-50 now
at most law schools,'
Rush said.'It doesn't
even compare.' !
-SHARON E. RUSH,
Irving Cypen Professor;
Associate Director, Center
on Children and Families
May 11, The Gainesville Sun,
"UF law school reflects growing
role of women"
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IN BIBLICAL LAW
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The Law of American State
* ROBERT F. WILLIAMS
This Oxford University Press
book provides complete coverage
of the legal doctrines surround-
ing, applying to, and arising from
American state constitutions and
their judicial interpretation. Us-
ing specific examples, Robert F.
Williams, Distinguished Profes-
sor of Law at Rutgers University
School of Law, Camden, provides
legal analysis of the nature and
function of state constitutions by
contrast to the federal Constitu-
tion, including rights, separation
of powers, policy-based provi-
sions, the judicial interpretation
issues that arise under state
constitutions and the processes
for their amendment and revision.
Reference is made to history and
political theory, but legal analysis
is the primary focus.
Stand Up to the IRS, 10th Ed.
* FREDERICK W. DAILY (JD 68)
The Internal Revenue Service is the
taxpayer's worst nightmare, and for
good reason a tax bill or other
notice can come out of nowhere
and wreak havoc on your life. But
now you can confront America's
most intimidating government
agency with confidence. Stand Up
to the IRS reveals the tactics used
by IRS and how to deal with them.
This book even contains confidential
forms used by IRS agents during
collection interviews and audits.
Named a "Best Tax Book" by En-
trepreneur.com, the 10th edition of
Stand Up to the IRS is completely
updated with the latest rules, regu-
lations and tax numbers.
Justice and Compassion in
* RICHARD H. HIERS (JD 83)
The theory and praxis of biblical
law in the historical and contem-
porary landscape of American law
and culture is contentious and
controversial. Richard H. Hiers,
University of Florida professor
emeritus of religion, and affiliate
professor of law, provides a new
consideration of the subject with
an emphasis upon the underlying
justice and compassion implicit
within. Special consideration is
given to matters of civil law, the
death penalty, and due process.
The book draws on, and in turn
relates to three areas of scholar-
ship and concern: biblical studies,
social ethics, and jurisprudence.
Litigating Premises Security Cases
* JOHN ELLIOTT LEIGHTON
This two-volume publication cov-
ers all aspects of a premises secu-
rity case, helping plaintiff attorneys
achieve full compensation for inno-
cent victims injured when business
proprietors and property owners
fail to protect them against fore-
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LAWYERS CROSSING LINES
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seeable crime. This practice guide
provides a detailed road map and
complete resources for handling
these cases from the moment the
client walks in the door through
successful settlement or verdict.
Its complete methodology provides
all the resources needed to win a
premises security case, including
expert legal analysis to help deter-
mine and prove a liability case and
establish foreseeability of criminal
conduct. (Thomson West)
Torts: The Civil Law of
Reparation for Harm Done
by Wrongful Act, 3rd Ed.
* LYRISSA LIDSKY WITH
JOE LITTLE, AND ROBERT
LANDE as third co-author.
This casebook concentrates on
negligence as the primary vehicle
for teaching tort law. It provides
the historical background for each
negligence principle so that students
understand how current tort law
developed. An introductory chapter
presents the primary ideas of negli-
gence law, and subsequent chapters
develop the law of negligence in
detail, including defenses, compara-
tive fault, damages, and multi-party
considerations. The second part of
the book covers intentional torts,
strict liability, products liability, tor-
tious invasion of property interests,
workers' compensation, no-fault
automobile reparations, defamation,
privacy and constitutional torts.
Lawyers Crossing Lines, 2nd Ed.
* MICHAEL L. SEIGEL AND
JAMES L. KELLEY
Lawyers Crossing Lines (Carolina
Academic Press) is a collection of
true stories about lawyers from all
segments of the legal profession.
The authors, Michael L. Seigel,
University of Florida Research
Foundation Professor and professor
of law at the University of Florida
Levin College of Law and former
first assistant U.S. attorney for
the Middle District of Florida, and
James L. Kelley, who prior to his
death practiced law for more than
30 years and taught professional
responsibility at Georgetown Uni-
versity Law Center, chronicle those
who have transgressed ethical
boundaries in a big way. Primarily
designed as a supplemental text
for U.S. law students enrolled in
professional responsibility courses,
the book can also be used as the
foundation for advanced seminars
in ethics. A teacher's manual is
Land Use Planning and the
* MICHAEL ALLAN WOLF, WITH
CHARLES M. HAAR
Exploring the intersections between
land use planning and environmen-
tal law is the focus of Land Use
Planning and the Environment: A
Casebook (ELI Press). Designed pri-
marily for the classroom, the book
takes a comprehensive approach
to the instruction of planning and
zoning law, regulatory takings, and
environmental topics. The casebook
is authored by Charles M. Haar,
Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law,
emeritus, Harvard University and
visiting member, Institute for Ad-
vanced Study, Princeton University,
and Michael Allan Wolf, Richard E.
Nelson Chair in Local Government
Law, University of Florida Levin
College of Law and general editor of
Powell on Real Property, the lead-
ing treatise on real property. m
UF LAW DEVELOPMENT & ALUMNI AFFAIRS
Dear Alumni and Friends,
The law school needs your help in reaching our Florida
Tomorrow capital campaign goals. We have a little
more than two years remaining in the campaign, with
more than $20 million left to raise to reach our goal of
$47 million. Every dollar, pledge and commitment for
any amount counts.
Did you know...
You can make a pledge over five years, and as long as you document it
with us by 2012, the full amount of the pledge will count in our campaign
If you will be age 65 by the end of the campaign, a bequest or an
insurance policy will count in our totals?
You can even designate a percentage of your estate, and the current
estimated value that you provide will count towards the campaign?
An endowment can be established in your name or your business name
for just $30,000, and can be paid over the course of five years?
There are room-naming opportunities available within our newest spaces
for as little as $60,000, and highly visible center and program naming
opportunities for as much as $10 million?
Benefits to giving back:
Every gift has an impact that improves the law school, by directly
impacting students and faculty. By making your law school better, you
enhance the value of your own diploma.
Naming opportunities offer promotion and exposure of your law firm to
the top students in the state of Florida.
Gifts over $50,000 receive special mention in this magazine, in addition
to the annual report listing.
Cumulative giving of $100,000 or more receives special honoree
recognition at regional (hometown) UF President's Council events and
name listing on the college's new, permanent Donor Wall in the Lawton
Chiles Legal Information Center.
If you have not already thought about how you might maximize your contribution
to the Florida Tomorrow campaign, please call me at (352) 273-0640 or e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Senior Director of Development
* Andy (JD 74) and Lin Fawbush made
a gift of $250,000 as a portion of a life
insurance policy to establish the Andrew
and Melinda Fawbush Law Endowment.
* Scott (JD 83) and Lisa Hawkins pledged
$100,000 to establish the Scott G. and
Lisa V. Hawkins Character and Leader-
ship Scholarship Endowment.
* Teri Levin made a gift of $1 million to
complete the Teri and Allen Levin second
floor space in the Martin H. Levin
* Joe Milton (JD 69) gave a gift of $30,000
in unrestricted funds.
* Clifford Schulman (JD 72) made a
$50,000 bequest to establish the CA. and
M.W. Schulman Tuition Scholarship.
* Shook, Hardy & Bacon Foundation made
a $30,000 pledge to fund the first Florida
Opportunity Scholars for Law.
Class of 2010 Gift
congratulations to the Class of 2010
for raising $79,072 in pledges and
35 percent participation toward
the class gift (as of May 10). A special
thank you to the class gift co-chairs for
2010, Rob Davis, Blake Harris and Sara
Younger. For a complete listing of donors
to the 2010 class gift, please read further in
the online edition of UF Law magazine at
Joseph W. Little Pro Bono
Support Fund challenge
established by Philip A. (JD 73) and Phyllis S.
DeLaney (BDAE 92), the Joseph W. Little
o Bono Support Fund offsets out-of-pocket
expenses incurred by students who volunteer for pro
"Professor Little has represented indigent clients
in many cases of local public interest over the past
four decades, frequently paying costs out of his own
pocket," DeLaney said. "When I heard of his pending
retirement and despite the horrible economy for a
real estate closing practice attorney such as myself -
I decided to start the endowment of a fund to pay costs
for the student law clinic's indigent clients and to fund
indigent legal assistance by students in areas impacted
by natural disasters to recognize Professor Little's de-
cades of public service."
To date, and with the DeLaneys' founding gift, the
endowment has received gifts from UF Law profes-
sors Lyrissa Lidsky, Dennis Calfee and from Joe Little
Little joined the faculty
at UF Law in 1967 and is
a widely known legal ad-
vocate and expert in torts,
local government law, U.S.
and state constitutional law
and employment legisla-
tion. His pro bono ethic
is mirrored in the strength
of UF Law student advo-
cacy efforts, which fulfill a
service and contribute to student career development,
honing legal skills that increase the value of new grad-
uates to potential employers. The Class of 2010 com-
pleted 9,204 pro bono hours, and it is anticipated the
fund will increase opportunities for students to serve in
these advocacy roles.
"The professor of my first class at UF Law in 1971
was Joe Little and I learned what a law professor was
and what was expected of me in the first 15 minutes
of the class. All of us who took classes with Professor
Little will remember that he does not waste words,"
DeLaney said. "I challenge you, his former students,
to contribute to the endowment in recognition of Pro-
fessor Little's impact on your career, so that a sufficient
corpus will be built up to properly fund the needs of
UF Law's indigent clients."
To make a contribution to the Little fund, contact
the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at (352)
Gift of $1 million will complete second floor of
$1 million gift will complete the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin
College of Law's Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center and bring the total of
Levin family gifts to the law school to nearly $30 million, including state
matching funds. The gift from Teri Levin, Fredric G. Levin's sister-in-law, honors her
late husband, Allen Richard Levin, and will fund the construction of classrooms, offices
and meeting spaces on the second floor of the center.
Allen R. Levin, a University of Florida graduate and a well-known property
developer and philanthropist in Pensacola, died in January 2007 at the age of 62. A
proud family man, he was widely respected for his vision regarding development and
beautification of the Gulf Coast area.
"Allen was a humble man and a great leader who loved all of his brothers and was
particularly close to his nephew, Martin H. Levin, a UF Law graduate and namesake of
the new advocacy center," Teri Levin said. "We thought naming the mezzanine level
of the new advocacy center would be a fitting tribute to Allen and a way to keep his
memory and legacy alive."
Fredric G. Levin (JD 61), a prominent Pensacola attorney and UF Law alumnus and
the college's namesake, donated $2 million dollars as the lead gift to build the advocacy
center, named for his son, Martin H. Levin (JD 88), who graduated first in his class at
The first phase of construction on the 20,000 square-foot Martin H. Levin Advocacy
Center was completed in time to host the October 2009 oral arguments for the First
District Court of Appeal. The facility houses a fully functional trial and appellate
courtroom with a 100-seat gallery, bench for seven judges, jury box and attorney's
tables. The main floor also includes judge's chambers and a deliberation room.
Construction on the second floor is set to begin in fall 2010, with completion expected
in spring 2011.
"I feel really good about this donation because I know it would have made Allen
very happy to have his name on the building with his brother Fred and nephew Martin,"
Teri Levin said. "This is a great tribute to a great man." E
Kevin McCarty (JD 86)
K evin McCarty (JD 86) stepped
into the Office of Insurance
Regulation as Gov. Jeb Bush's
appointee for insurance commis-
ioner in 2003.
One year later, all hell broke loose.
"In 2004 and 2005, we had eight named
storms that made landfall within 16 months,
reaching $36 billion in insured losses," Mc-
Carty said. "All but one or two counties in the
state, at one point or another, were declared a
disaster area; so it was a very trying time for
the office, not only to the effect of ensuring
that policy holders were being paid for claims
but also working collaboratively with various
government agencies to provide storm relief to
people who were beset by the tragedy."
Fortunately for Florida, McCarty was al-
ready a pro at managing volatile insurance mar-
kets caused by hurricane devastation. Follow-
ing his early work at the Florida Department
of Labor & Employment Security, McCarty
joined the Florida Department of Insurance in
1991 as a strategic private market expert. He
is credited with implementing strategies to
strengthen the private insurance marketplace
following the $26 billion in damages caused by
Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
"Insurance is the keystone for rebuilding in
a community after a disaster," McCarty said.
"You have federal money, but the bulk of the
money that comes in after a disaster is insurance
money. Making sure that people had money to
rebuild their homes, return to their jobs, and re-
turn the economy to a more stable environment
was very important for Florida."
Following the devastating hurricanes in
2004, McCarty mobilized the Office of Insur-
ance Regulation's 300 employees, 29 of whom
are attorneys, to assure policyholders had the
basic essentials to rebuild their lives and com-
munities. McCarty who was recently elected
vice president of the National Association of
Insurance Commissioners said the Office
of Insurance Regulation works hard to strike
a balance between protecting consumers and
promoting a robust insurance marketplace for
the state's $100 billion insurance industry.
"Regulation of insurance is very different
from most other government agencies, because
most other agencies are either charged with ad-
ministration of a program or for policing a par-
ticular area of concern," McCarty said. "With
insurance, you have to wear two hats. On the one
hand, you are the first line of consumer protection
for the people of Florida; and on the other hand,
you are also the person responsible for building
sound financial markets in your state, and for
building a vibrant marketplace where goods and
services are available to consumers because a
vibrant market is also a consumer protection."
Skyrocketing insurance rates in 2006 follow-
ing the back-to-back devastation of the 2004-05
hurricanes made fostering a vibrant marketplace
somewhat of a challenge for McCarty. Global
reinsurers, the companies that sell insurance to
insurance companies to dilute risk by spreading
it worldwide, reacted to the anticipation of yet
a third devastating hurricane season by dramati-
ALUMNI LEADERSHIP 0
cally increasing their rates for reinsurance, some-
times by as much as 60 percent. The burden of that
extra expense was passed onto Florida consumers
and insurance premiums ballooned.
"In the aftermath of rate increases in 2006, the
Florida Legislature, particularly the Florida Sen-
ate, wanted the Office of Insurance Regulation
and its own office to discover whether or not there
was price fixing, whether there was collusion, and
whether there were any violations of Florida law,"
Toward that end, the Office of Insurance Regu-
lation opened investigations into the state's major
carriers' rate increases, and document requests
were made. Allstate Insurance defied the order,
claiming the documents to be privileged, trade
secret information. McCarty's office sued for the
records, was sustained in court, and, in January
2008, suspended Allstate from doing business in
the state until the documents were produced. All-
state appealed the suspension, but it was upheld
in district court, leaving Allstate no choice but to
finally capitulate, after months of brinksmanship,
and hand over the requested documents. The com-
pany also paid a $5 million fine and agreed to write
another 100,000 policies in the state.
"I think that was a success story where the Of-
fice of Insurance Regulation stood up to big insur-
ance and big insurance blinked," McCarty said.
Though McCarty and the Office of Insurance
Regulation have been instrumental in helping the
state and its insurance marketplace recover their
sea legs following the severe hurricane seasons of
2004-05, the office has enjoyed other achievements
in which McCarty takes great satisfaction. These
include the Senior Protection Act of 2008 aimed
at protecting seniors from fraud when purchas-
ing annuities, and success on gaining "freedom to
travel," which prevents life insurance companies
from denying coverage for or raising rates on poli-
cyholders based on their country of origin or intent
to travel to foreign countries. McCarty's office has
also been successful in decreasing workers' com-
pensation rates by more than 60 percent over the
last seven years, and assisted with the passage of
House Bill 1A in 2007 to expand the role of the
Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.
"When I was in law school, I never thought I
would end up in insurance," McCarty said. "But I
do think, in terms of working in public service, this
is the kind of work that is really cut out for attor-
neys, because every day when you go to work, you
are doing something to protect those people who
are unable to protect themselves during financially
vulnerable times. It is very rewarding work." 0
2010 Young Alumnus Awards
he University of Florida Alumni Association, Inc. has established the Outstanding
Young Alumni Award to recognize alumni who are 35 years of age or younger
and have distinguished themselves in their profession and community. The Levin
College of Law is proud to announce two UF Law graduates recognized this year as
Outstanding Young Alumni.
J. GRIER PRESSLY III (JD 99), who was recently recognized as a
"Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, is a litigation and
trusts and estates attorney with his family's West Palm Beach firm, Press-
ly & Pressly, P.A. Pressly, his father, James G. Pressly Jr. (JD 72), and his
'. uncle, David Pressly (JD 79), are all double Gators and long-time sup-
porters of the University of Florida and the Levin College of Law.
Pressly graduated with honors from UF Law and was admitted to
The Florida Bar in 1999. Among his many accomplishments during
his college career at UF, Pressly was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and
Florida Blue Key (and a producer of Gator Growl in 1997), and he was
inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame, which is the highest honor bestowed on
Pressly continues to serve his profession, community and the University of Florida. He has
served as a member of the University of Florida Law Alumni Council, and currently serves on
the Gator Boosters Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Palm
Beach County Bar Association, and is a past-president of the association's Young Lawyers
Section. Pressly also is a member of The Florida Bar, is a director on the board of the Legal Aid
Society of Palm Beach County, and is a director on the board of the Historical Society of Palm
Pressly co-authored updates to Florida Estates Practice Guide (LexisNexis), and the
chapter, "Removal of the Personal Representative and Surcharge," in Litigation Under
the Florida Probate Code, 2000. He also co-authored the journal article, "Payment of the
Student Athletes: Legal and Practical Obstacles," Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law
GREGORY S. WEISS (JD 98) is a partner at the Palm Beach Gardens
firm, Leopold~Kuvin, P.A. He focuses his practice on business, antitrust,
commercial and corporate litigation, as well as select product defect,
automotive crashworthiness and personal injury litigation.
Weiss is a double Gator who completed the Army R.O.T.C. program
and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army
following earning his undergraduate degree in 1995. During law school,
Weiss served as the chairman of the Justice Campbell Thomal National
Moot Court Board and was selected to the Order of the Barristers.
Following graduation from law school, Weiss served as an officer in
the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps at the 82d Airbome Division, Ft. Bragg, North
Carolina, U.S. Army Forces Command, Ft. McPherson, Georgia, and the Defense Language
Institute, Presidio of Monterey, California. In addition, Weiss completed a one-year deployment
to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II, serving as the Chief of Military Justice for the 13th
COSCOM in central Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.
Before joining Leopold-Kuvin, Weiss practiced for several years as a commercial litigator,
focusing on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation in both state and federal
courts. He is a member of The Florida Bar, the California Bar, and the bars of the U.S. district
courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern districts of Florida. Weiss is the chairman of the
Martin County Bar Association Litigation Committee, is president-elect of the University of
Florida Law Alumni Council and is an active member of the American Inns of Court. 0
ALUMNI LEADERSHIP 0
Jeffrey A. Neiman (JD 01)
J effrey A. Neiman (JD 01) has what
he considers the best job a lawyer can
have. "Getting to stand up in court
and say, 'Jeffrey Neiman, on behalf of
the United States,' it doesn't get much
better than that"
His position as an assistant U.S. attorney
for the Southem District of Florida placed him
at the epicenter in 2008 of one of the largest fi-
nancial crime investigations the United States
has ever seen one that involved charges
against Swiss mega-bank, UBS, which, for
decades, had concealed its banking practices
from criminal tax investigations behind a
shroud of secrecy.
It was a case Neiman could not have imag-
ined for himself when he joined the Depart-
ment of Justice through the Attorney General's
Honors program after graduating from law
school. Neiman cut his teeth for nearly four
years in the department's tax division, inves-
tigating and prosecuting criminal tax cases
across the nation, primarily in Las Vegas and
"It was litigating out of a suitcase," Nei-
He then spent more than two years with
the Department of Justice's criminal division
in Washington, D.C., litigating corporate se-
curities, health care fraud and other types of
white collar crimes before returning to his
own South Florida backyard tojoin the United
States Attorney's Office in 2008.
"One day, I got a phone call from one of
my old colleagues, Kevin Downing, at the tax
division in D.C.," Neiman said. "He called me
up and said, 'Hey, we've got a case and have
venue in your district. Do you have any inter-
est in working with us?'And I said, 'Of course,
With that call, Neiman plunged head-first
into the UBS case. He and his team devoted
the next 18 months to interviewing and inves-
tigating UBS bankers, managers, clients and
executives. With sufficient evidence, they in-
dicted former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld
for helping an American client conceal $200
million from the Internal Revenue Service.
Neiman's team also obtained the indict-
ment of Raoul Weil, the No. 3 executive at
UBS and overseer of the global wealth man-
agement unit. Weil was charged in the South-
em District of Florida for conspiring to help
approximately 19,000 wealthy Americans
hide as much as $20 billion of taxable income
from the IRS.
But the revelations didn't end there. Nei-
man and his team discovered that in one year,
UBS sent bankers to the U.S. on more than
3,800 occasions to wine and dine potential
clients at events such as the annual NASDAQ
tennis tournament on Key Biscayne and Art
Basel on Miami Beach, he said. These bankers
were trained to maintain a specific modus ope-
randi to avoid detection while in the U.S.
"Dress as a tourist when you get off the air-
plane, indicate that you are not here for work
purposes when you fill out the immigration
paperwork, don't stay in a hotel for more than
one night, don't bring any documents with you
and delete any client files from your comput-
ers before you go back to the airport," Neiman
said. "Those were some pretty amazing steps
being taken by a huge financial institution,
one of the largest banks in the world, to help
Americans evade taxes," Neiman said.
Soon after, the bank entered into a de-
ferred prosecution agreement to avoid crimi-
nal indictment, which Neiman helped nego-
tiate. In the settlement, the bank agreed to
pay $780 million in restitution to the U.S.
government and to refuse to provide banking
services to U.S. clients unless they agreed to
disclose the accounts to the IRS. Neiman said
that the most groundbreaking element of the
investigation, however, was that for the first
time in the history of Swiss secrecy, the Swiss
bank doors were open for the public to see.
"It has made banks around the world -
in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore or
wherever they may be more cognizant of
the fact that they have a problem if they are
helping Americans cheat on their taxes," Nei-
Although there have already been nine
guilty pleas of U.S. citizens to various tax
crimes, Neiman expects others will follow.
The success of the investigations has also
opened up a floodgate of 14,000 U.S. taxpay-
ers who have made voluntary disclosures of
their tax sins, resulting in an influx of leads
for investigating offshore accounts in other
tax havens and banks, he said.
Jeffrey H. Sloman, the U.S. Attorney for
the Southern District of Florida and Neiman's
ultimate supervisor, said the results of the de-
ferred prosecution agreement with UBS are
"Neiman brings energy and commitment
to his work, which reflects positively on the
U.S. Attorney's Office," Sloman said. "The
case has changed the landscape of offshore
The investigation has also caused Swit-
zerland and other counties to enter into new
treaties with the U.S., which provides for
broader disclosure of information in banking
procedures, Neiman said.
For their hard work, Neiman and his team
were awarded the John Marshall Award, the
highest award presented to an attorney for
contributions and excellence in legal perfor-
mance, at the 57th annual Attorney General
Awards Ceremony in the nation's capitol. He
hopes the investigations will be a priority of
the government for years to come.
"There's always going to be somewhere
to hide the money, but we have to make it as
difficult as possible for people to do so," he
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Evan J. Yegelwel (JD 80)
SA ways surround yourself
with people of the highest
ethical and moral character."
That's the philosophy by
A which Evan J. Yegelwel (JD
80) lives life and practices law.
If his success as a board certified
personal injury attorney with Jacksonville
firm Terrell Hogan Ellis Yegelwel P.A. is
any indication, Yegelwel's philosophy
must be an effective one that, and his
devotion to the law, which has been an
interest of his since childhood.
"I was influenced by lawyers and their
role in society. I was moved by efforts
lawyers had undertaken in representing the
people who had less influence in society,
such as immigrants and minorities,"
Yegelwel said. "I thought the profession of
a lawyer was a very noble one and had a
significant impact in sustaining our country
as a democracy."
For decades, Yegelwel has been a
member of the Anti-Defamation League's
Florida Board of Directors, and he notes that
the ADL is the preeminent organization in
the United States that fights anti-Semitism,
ethnic and religious bigotry, racism, and
"I am personally very concerned about
extreme elements in this country, both on
the right and on the left, as they challenge
and jeopardize our freedom," Yegelwel
said. "When extremists percolate and go
unchallenged, history shows the horrors
that can occur."
In 2000, Yegelwel combined his desire
to give back to the law school with his
interest in promoting social justice. He
founded the Evan J. Yegelwel Fellowship at
UF Law, which places University of Florida
law students in legal internships with the
ADL. The fellowship enables one second-
year law student each summer to spend
8-10 weeks working for the ADL regional
office in Boca Raton, Fla. Yegelwel said
he has been impressed with the caliber of
students the fellowship has benefited and
called the feedback he has received from
the students heartwarming.
In recognition of his devotion to
social justice, Yegelwel was presented
with the 2009 Anti-Defamation League
Jurisprudence Award in December. The
award is given each year to an outstanding
lawyer who believes in and adheres to the
tenants of the ADL.
"He's a tremendously well-respected
community leader. He believes very
strongly in making this country safe
for everyone and in giving everybody
an equal opportunity to succeed in this
country," said Andy Rozencrantz, ADL
Florida regional director. "I know in the
Jacksonville legal community, he is very
well respected not only as a lawyer, but
as somebody who believes in giving back
to the city."
In addition to crediting his education
at the University of Florida College of
Law, Yegelwel also credits his success to
the support of his family and his partner
and mentor for the past 26 years, Wayne
Hogan. Hogan is a past president of the
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.
"My association with Wayne has
probably been my most valued career
achievement, even more important than
some unique jury results," Yegelwel said.
"I cannot emphasize how important it is to
have a proper mentor."
Of the value of mentorship, Yegelwel
said humbly, "I really believe that no
person is an island and we are really just
the sum of our life's experiences and the
influences of the people we've encountered
along the way. While on our life's journey,
we must never forget those people and
institutions that contributed to our personal
"I am always proud to be a member
of the legal profession, and I am always
grateful I received my legal education at
the University of Florida," he said. 0
UF LAW ALUMNI LAURELS
RAY FEEIRIE RO IL. ID 0 1[ Has been named
cIancelloi of Nova S.OL thclstci n Unlive\lit\.
Ferrero served as president and CEO of Nova
Southeastern from 1998 through 2009 and
became chancellor and CEO on Jan. 1.
Sydney Beaver recently published his first
novel entitled, The Catalyst. He lives with
his wife Juliette Brelle in the woods north-
west of Houston, Texas, near the small
town of Magnolia. Presently, he is working
on the second novel in a planned Bankston
Charles "Bud" R. Stack of the High Stack
Gordon Law Firm has been a member of
Super Lawyers since 2006.
Ivan M. Diamond was named the Louisville
Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year.
Diamond works in the Louisville office of
Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC and is
a member of the Corporate and Commercial
Practice Group. He is the Banking
and Financial Companies Team co-chair
and the Securities Team co-chair.
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The Hon. Robert M. Johnson received
appointment from the Senate Ethics
Committee as a trustee for New College
of Florida in Sarasota.
Gerald F. Richman, president of the law
firm of Richman Greer, PA, in West Palm
Beach, was appointed to the executive
committee of the Palm Beach County
Criminal Justice Commission. He was
also named among the Top Attorneys
of South Florida for 2010 by the South
Florida Legal Guide.
William A. "Bill" Hamilton III has
become a founding partner of the newly-
established Tampa office of Quarles &
Brady LLP. Hamilton is board certified
in business litigation and intellectual
property by The Florida Bar. Hamilton
currently teaches electronic discovery
and digital evidence as an adjunct
professor at the Levin College of Law.
Barry S. Sinoff has been recognized
as by Super Lawyers since 2008,
Best Lawyers in America since
1995, has been Martindale Hubbell AV
rated since 1983, and included
in the Bar Register of Preeminent
Lawyers since 1999.
Kirk N. Kirkconnell became a fellow
of the American College of Trial
Lawyers. Kirkconnell is a partner in
the Winter Park criminal defense firm
of Kirkconnell, Lindsey, Snure, Yates
& Ponall, PA. He is board certified by
The Florida Bar and the National Board
of Trial Attorneys as a criminal trial
Alan G. Greer, a shareholder of the
firm Richman Greer, PA, was named
among the Top Attorneys of South
Florida for 2010 by the South Florida
Tom Sherrard, of the Nashville firm
Sherrard & Roe, PLC, is among
Tennessee's Best 150 Lawyers on the
annual list compiled by BusinessTN
magazine. He is cited for his corporate
ALUMNI PROFILE O
Ava Parker (JD 87)
Newest chair of the Florida Board of Governors gives back to community
BY MATT WALKER
s an undergraduate student in the
University of Florida College of
journalism and Communications,
double Gator Ava Parker (JD 87) hadn't
considered a career in the field of law until
she went to court... kind of.
"I had an opportunity to work at traffic
court," Parker said, "and eventually I served
as chief justice."
Parker, who was recently elected as the
chair of the Florida Board of Governors, said
her experiences in student government at UF
opened her mind to new possibilities, which
eventually led to her enrollment in UF Law.
That open-mindedness, and a desire to help
those who are less fortunate, has resulted in a
diverse range of projects for Parker.
"What I love most is that I have a
unique opportunity to help people and
to develop public policy that impacts the
community," she said. "I have several
goals that I would like to achieve with my
service: one, ensure that the interests of
underserved and economically challenged
groups are represented and protected; two,
encourage and support economic growth and
development; and third, as a personal goal,
develop positive relationships."
These themes are evident in much of
Parker's work, and she somehow manages to
juggle an impressive number of activities.
Parker is the chair of the Jacksonville
Transportation Authority, she serves on
the judicial nominating commission of the
Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida and on the
advisory board for Broadband for America,
and she is the president of Linking Solutions,
Inc., a consulting company. She's also a
practicing attorney and partner at Lawrence
and Parker, PA., in Jacksonville, and
Parker and her husband, Rep. Joseph "Joe"
Gibbons, are the proud parents of two nine-
month-old twins, Parker Joseph and Bailey
Parker said she sees her position as chair
of the board of governors as a wonderful
chance to serve the state.
The board of governors serves to
guide and advance the university system in
Florida. Parker said as chair of the board,
she is involved with issues such as budgets,
tuition programs, funding new buildings and
encouraging the promotion of programs, like
the New Florida program.
"New Florida's effect will be significant
on the State University System and on the
state of Florida," Parker said. The program
will promote education in the areas of
science, tecliii.ni, 1. .ii. and engineering,
increasing jobs and economic benefits
throughout the state.
The program calls for an additional
25,000 graduates per year by 2015, which
means that Florida's university system will
send 100,000 new college graduates into the
state economy on an annual basis, she said.
"That's a huge injection of talent every
year and that's how to build a new sector
of the Florida economy; one based on
knowledge, research and innovation."
The board is also moving forward on
other fronts, recently dropping a lawsuit
against the state Legislature over who has
the authority to govern the state university
"We decided we would try a new
approach, and we began a series of long
conversations with legislative leaders.
The question was, could we resolve these
issues of university governance in a friendly
fashion? We discovered that, yes, we could."
Parker's other activities' goals aren't
much different from her actions on the board
- they often revolve around a sense of
cooperation, giving back and educating.
As an attorney, Parker primarily
practices in two areas; public finance, where
she serves as a part of bond transactions
for school boards and local governments;
and representing churches, like the 11th
Episcopal District of the African Methodist
Episcopal Church, which she also attends.
Parker said her work with churches provides
the n'ic ii binds together all ofher
other activities. It enables her to connect
with underserved communities via projects
like her consulting company.
Through Linking Solutions, Inc.,
Parker said she coordinates and organizes
education and outreach activities for
telecommunications programs for
underserved communities. This is
accomplished by working closely with the
Public Service Commission's Office of
Public Information and Florida's Office
of Public Counsel. Similarly, with her
involvement with Broadband for America,
the goal is to create accessible broadband
Intemet access for all sectors of society.
Parker said she has always tried to be
open to new experiences in her career and
she advises graduating law
students to adopt an
giving approach to
their profession and
"It is so
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"I had been thinking of
an original proposal idea
for quite a while."
Ian Lis & Sarah Springer (JD 09)
BY IAN M. FISHER (3L)
after nine years together without a ring, Ian Lis felt he had to come up with a
spectacular marriage proposal to girlfriend, Sarah Springer. The two graduated from
UtF Law in 2009, are double Gators, and had been sweethearts since high school. In
his quest for Springer's hand, Lis decided to enlist Tim Tebow one of the most famous
Gators ever to make the proposal memorable.
Lis' audacious plan unfolded during a Tebow autograph signing, held in Palm Beach on
March 27. As the couple approached Tebow, the Gator gridiron-great shook Springer's hand
and said, "Sarah, I think Ian has a question for you." Tebow then pulled out a ring while Lis
dropped into position on one knee. A YouTube video of the ensuing engagement ring hand-
off and Springer's tearful "Yes!" may be one of Tebow's most memorable plays and has
been viewed more than 300,000 times.
"I had been thinking of an original proposal idea for quite a while," Lis said. "But it
wasn't reality until we graduated from law school and I could actually afford to go buy a
Lis discovered that Tebow would be signing autographs in the area under contract with
Palm Beach Autographs. It happened that Lis' sister had a friend at the company to whom
she pitched the proposal idea he thought it would be a go, right from the start.
"He said he thought Tebow would enjoy it and would agree to go along with it," Lis
said. "I was actually pretty confident the whole time that he would do it just because I think
we all know what Tebow's demeanor is when it comes to doing things like this, and he's not
standoffish when it comes to helping the public out."
Lis, now an associate with Tripp Scott in Ft. Lauderdale, got the final go-ahead the night
before the signing. His proposal caught Springer completely by surprise.
"We had just looked at wedding rings for the first time two months ago," said Springer,
now an associate at Waldman, Trigoboff, Hildebrandt, Marx & Calnan in Weston. "We
looked at some just to kind of figure out what I liked, so I had no idea it was coming."
She can hardly remember what was going through her head when the ring flashed before
her eyes or what Tebow said afterwards.
"Immediate shock," she said. "I was too shocked to really have anything significant
going through my mind. If,.n ili ii it was probably, 'I can't believe this is happening
here.' ... I barely remember what he was saying on the stage. I was just in such shock. I
hugged him [Tebow] three times because I figured this was my opportunity."
Afterward, Tebow texted his agent asking for an invitation to the couple's wedding,
which they said they will gladly extend. But the big question for many is why Springer
didn't say 'yes' to Tebow instead?
"Despite Tebow's many attributes, he's not the man for me," Springer said. "Ian is."
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John M. Brumbaugh, a shareholder of the
firm Richman Greer, PA, was named among
the Top Attorneys of South Florida for 2010
by the South Florida Legal Guide.
Larry B. Alexander of the West Palm Beach
firm, Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, PA,
was named among the Top Attorneys of
South Florida for 2010 by the South Florida
Darryl M. Bloodworth, a shareholder in
the Orlando office of Dean Mead, has been
named "Orlando Best Lawyers Bet-the-
Company Litigator of the Year" for 2010.
Bloodworth is board certified in civil trial
law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal
Specialization and is certified by the Florida
Supreme Court as a circuit civil mediator.
Stephen N. Zack, administrative partner of
the Miami firm, Boies, Schiller and Flexner
LLP was named "Gran Caiman" by the
University of Florida Association of Hispanic
Alumni. The award was presented to Zack
during the Gator Guayabera Guateque,
an annual fundraiser benefitting Hispanic
Brumbaugh 70 Zack 71
Brumbaugh 70 Zack 71
student scholarships and the Institute of
Hispanic-Latino Cultures at UF, held May 7
in Doral, Florida.
William H. Andrews was named
Jacksonville's 2010 Labor & Employment
Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.
Bruce Bokor was recognized as the "Tampa
Area Best Lawyers Trusts and Estates
Lawyer of the Year" for 2010 by Best
John M. Dart, partner of Adams and Reese
LLP has been named partner in charge of
the firm's Sarasota office. Dart is responsible
for the overall administration of the Sarasota
office, which includes 10 attorneys and
27 total staff. Dart is board certified in real
estate law by The Florida Bar.
Paul W. A. Courtnell Jr., a shareholder in
the West Palm Beach office of Gunster,
Yoakley & Stewart, PA, has been named a
Leader in Their Field: Leisure & Hospitality
by Chambers and Partners, a UK-based
Jeffrey R. Garvin, of Garvin Law Firm in
Fort Myers, was inducted as a fellow into
the American College of Trial Lawyers
during the organization's spring meeting,
held in Palm Springs, California. The
ACTL is an invitation-only organization
dedicated to improving the standards
of trial practice and the administration
Gerald A. Rosenthal, founding partner
of the West Palm Beach firm, Rosenthal,
Levy & Simon, now celebrating its 25-year
anniversary, has been voted treasurer-elect
of the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy
Group. He has been recognized as best in
class in both ethical standards and quality
of legal work by Martindale-Hubbell,
marking 20 years of his receiving AV
rating. In addition, Rosenthal, for 25 years,
has been named to South Florida's Best
Andrew J. Fawbush, of Smith, Gambrell
& Russell, LLP, was recently named
partner in the firm's Jacksonville office.
In addition to his inclusion in the Florida
and New York Super Lawyers lists for
employee benefits and ERISA, Fawbush
was selected as one of the Best Lawyers
in America for employee benefits and as
one of the Top Employee Benefits Lawyers
by the International Bar Association.
Frederick W. Leonhardt, senior partner for
government affairs at GrayRobinson, PA,
has been appointed the new chairman of
the Presidents Council, Commercial Real
Estate Forum of Central Florida.
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O DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
Distinguished Alumnus Awards
"Ifyour actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader"
-JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
The University of Florida recognizes Distin-
guished Alumni as graduates who have ex-
celled in his/her chosen field or have per-
formed outstanding service for the university. It is
gratifying to note that nearly 30 percent of all UF's
Distinguished Alumni honored since the inception of
the program have been Levin College of Law gradu-
ates. We are extremely proud to honor and recognize
three UF Law alumni with 2010 University of Flori-
da Distinguished Alumni Awards.
STEPHEN N. ZACK, 2010 UF Law Commencement Speaker
When University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus
Stephen N. Zack (JD 71) takes office as president of
the American Bar Association this August, he won't be
the first Gator to hold the prestigious office, but his
election will still be one for the record books.
Zack, an administrative partner at Boies, Schiller
& Flexner LLP, will be the first Hispanic-American
president of the ABA in the organization's 130-year
history. Following his installation as ABA president,
Zack will lead the organization's 410,000 members
and nearly $100 million budget, and he has already
hit the ground running in promoting his agenda as
ABA president to provide appropriate financial
support of the judiciary and improving civic educa-
Zack has a long history of leadership and achieve-
ment. During law school, he was an active member of
the University of Florida student body and served as
president of Florida Blue Key. In addition to the long
list of professional leadership roles he has held in the
ABA, The Florida Bar, his local bar association and in
his community, Zack is also a founding member of the
Cuban-American Bar Association and was the first
Hispanic-American and youngest president of
The Florida Bar. His career is marked by outstanding
service to Florida's citizens as general counsel to Gov.
Bob Graham, as chair of the state's Ethics Commis-
sion, as an appointee of Gov. Lawton Chiles to the
Florida Constitution Revision Commission, and, most
historically, as trial counsel for Presidential Candidate
Al Gore during Bush v. Gore.
In a career spanning nearly four decades, Zack has
always been a tireless participant in and advocate for
the rule of law. His passionate belief in the civic re-
sponsibility of those who are governed to participate in
their governance is a cornerstone of his agenda as ABA
president, as is his devotion to the judiciary and its role
in guaranteeing the Constitutional rights of every
citizen. Zack holds dear the responsibility of the legal
profession to uphold the laws of the country a
devotion to the rule of law that his family's experience
fleeing Cuba and Fidel Castro's repressive regime in
1961 helped hone.
"In 1961 the first indication of the loss of liberty in
Cuba was the attacks on the judiciary. It went downhill
from there," Zack said. "All constitutions are only
words unless there is a commitment by the citizens to
accept and defend those rights."
STEPHEN H. "STEVE" GRIMES
Double Gator, Florida Supreme Court Justice-
emeritus, and UF Distinguished Alumnus Stephen H.
Grimes (JD 54) is a jurist known for his dedication to
the law, to public service and for his work ethic, intel-
lect, and personal integrity. At UF, Grimes was presi-
dent of his social fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, served
as editor-in-chief of the Florida Law Review and was
a member of Florida Blue Key, Phi Delta Phi legal
honor society, and the Order of the Coif. Grimes
served his country in the U.S. Navy between 1951 and
1953, and, following his graduation from UF Law in
1954, he joined Holland & Knight, becoming head of
the firm's litigation department. He served as president
of the 10th Judicial Circuit Bar Association in 1966
and became a fellow of the American College of Trial
Lawyers in 1971. In 1973, Grimes was appointed to
his first judicial position on the Florida Second District
Court of Appeal, where he served until 1987 and as
chief judge from 1978 to 1980. Gov. Bob Martinez
appointed Grimes to the Florida Supreme Court in
1987, and he served as chief justice of the court be-
tween 1994 and 1996. After his retirement from the
court in 1996, Grimes returned to Holland & Knight
as partner and the firm's "Senior Statesman," where he
continues to mentor young lawyers. He has been
recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer, and is among
the "Best Lawyers in America" for white collar crimi-
nal defense, appellate law and commercial litigation.
KENNETH HOOD "BUDDY" MACKAY JR.
During his nearly 30-years in pub-
lic service, double Gator and UF Dis-
tinguished Alumnus Kenneth Hood
"Buddy" MacKay Jr. (JD 61) has fo-
cused on improving the quality of life
for Floridians, preserving and protect-
ing Florida's environment, and ensur-
ing the fiscal responsibility of govern-
ment. As a UF undergrad, MacKay was
inducted into the University of Florida
Hall of Fame. Following his graduation
from UF with his bachelor's in 1954,
MacKay served in the U.S. Air Force
between 1955 and 1958, achieving the
rank of captain. He then returned to UF
to earn his law degree, graduating in
1961 and settling down in Daytona
Beach to practice law. In 1968, Mac-
Kay was elected to the Florida House
of Representatives. He was subse-
quently elected to the Florida Senate in
1975, and later to the U.S. House of
Representatives, where he served from
1983 to 1989. In 1988, MacKay ran for
the U.S. Senate but lost in a very close
race to Connie Mack III. In 1990,
MacKay was elected lieutenant gover-
nor on the ticket headed by Gov. Law-
ton Chiles, and they served two terms.
With term limits preventing Gov. Chil-
es from running again, MacKay ran for
governor but lost the election to Jeb
Bush. Tragically, MacKay became the
state's 42nd governor due to the un-
timely death of Gov. Chiles 23 days
before the end of his term. Following
his retirement from public office after
his term as governor, MacKay contin-
ued to serve his country as a special
envoy to the Americas, appointed by
President Bill Clinton, between 1999
and 2001. He remains devoted to Flori-
da, and, as a certified mediator, estab-
lished a project in the 5th Judicial
Circuit of Florida to use mediation to
resolve child-protection dependency
cases. The mediation program has now
been adopted by 19 of Florida's 20
Charles Modell was listed among the Min-
nesota Super Lawyers, and was named
among the Top Attorneys of South Florida for
2010 by the South Florida Legal Guide. He
has also been included in the International
Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers.
Dennis J. Wall hosted a webinar on "Insur-
ance Rescission vs. Post-Claim Underwrit-
ing;" led the Insurance Law Committee
Seminar of the Orange County Bar Associa-
tion; authored "The Florida Standard Jury
Instructions Committee Alters Florida Insurer
Bad Faith Law with Proposed Jury Instruc-
tions," published in the Insurance Litigation
Reporter; co-authored the article "Construc-
tion-Defect Claims, A Step-By-Step Guide for
Handling a Typical Loss;" and was elected to
the American Law Institute.
C. David Brown II of Windermere, chairman
of the Broad & Cassel law firm, has been ap-
pointed to the University of Florida Board of
Trustees by Gov. Charlie Crist. Brown, who
has previously served as a UF trustee, suc-
ceeds Earl Powell and will serve a term set
to expire Jan. 6, 2015.
Robert J. Merlin of Robert J. Merlin, PA,
located in Coral Gables, has been elected to
the board of The Florida Chapter of the As-
sociation of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Merlin is a board-certified marital and family
Virginia Bogue, an attorney in the bank-
ruptcy practice group at Howick, Westfall,
McBryan, & Kaplan, LLP served as a fea-
tured speaker at the Georgia Institute of
Continuing Legal Education's 2010 Real
Wall 77 Hollingshead 80
Property Foreclosure Seminar in April. Bogue
gave an update on bankruptcy and motions
to strip junior liens in bankruptcy cases.
Neisen Kasdin, shareholder and chair of
Akerman Senterfitt's land use and entitle-
ments practice, was named "Humanitarian
of the Year" at the eighth annual Building
Our Community Awards luncheon of the
March of Dimes Florida chapter. Kasdin also
currently serves as vice chair of the Board of
Directors for the Miami Downtown Develop-
David M. Layman, of Greenberg Traurig, PA,
was recently recognized as "Lawyer of the
Year for Real Estate in West Palm Beach,"
Best Lawyers in America, 2010.
Larry Sandefer was named to the Martin-
dale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
John J. Scroggin (LLMT) was named a
Georgia Super Lawyer in 2009 and 2010.
Jonathan C. Hollingshead, of the Orlando
firm, Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson,
Talley & Dunlap, PA, was accepted into to
the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Hollingshead, a shareholder practicing in
the areas of commercial, construction and
employment litigation, is chairman of Fisher
Rushmer's executive committee. He is a
Florida Bar board-certified civil trial lawyer.
Introducing MILO PHILLIPS (Class of
2030?), grandson of Randy Meg Kammer
(JD 78) and Jon Phillips (JD 79).
GLENN J. WALDMAN (JD 83) was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the Govern-
ing Board of the South Florida Water Management District for a four-year term
commencing March 2010. Waldman is the founder of Waldman Trigoboff Hildeb-
randt Marx & Calnan, P.A., a South Florida-based complex commercial litigation
firm. He is also a certified arbitrator, and a circuit and federal court mediator.
Lewis F. Murphy was listed in Chambers
USA for commercial litigation 2007-2009;
as a Super Lawyer for litigation every year
since 2006; in Best Lawyers since 2005 in
multiple categories and was selected as Best
Lawyer's Miami Lawyer of the Year for "Bet
the Company Litigation" 2009; and, in the
South Florida Legal Guide since 2003.
Gregg S. Truxton of Bolanos Truxton, PA, has
achieved his 20th consecutive Martindale-
Hubbell AV rating, the highest possible Peer
Review Rating of legal ability and ethical
Kimberly Leach Johnson, co-managing
partner of Quarles & Brady and member of
the firm's executive committee, was awarded
the "FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction
Wealth Manager" distinction for 2010 by
Gulfshore Life magazine.
Terence "Terry" J. Delahunty Jr., LEED AP,
a shareholder in the Orlando office of Gray-
Robinson, PA, has been elected to the Uni-
versity of Florida Real Estate Advisory Board
(REAB). In addition, Delahunty was recently
awarded the Central Florida Commercial
Association of Realtors "Community Service
Award" for Orange County.
Julia L. Frey, attorney with Lowndes,
Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed, PA, has
been re-elected as a trustee to the board of
WMFE, a group of Orlando-area, non-profit
public broadcasting stations, for an addi-
tional three-year term.
Richard A. Jacobson, a shareholder in the
International Practice Group of Fowler White
Boggs PA, in Tampa, was recently elected to
the Board of Directors of Terra Lex, an inter-
national network of 160 foreign and U.S. law
firms in more than 100 countries. Jacobson
provides international tax and corporate as-
sistance to U.S. and foreign clients doing
cross border business.
Gary B. Leuchtman, of the Pensacola firm
Beggs & Lane RLLP has been named a
Super Lawyer and currently serves as the
chairperson of the Wills, Trusts and Estates
Certification Committee of The Florida Bar
and on the Board of Governors of United
Way of Florida.
Joel D. Rosen, partner at High Swartz LLP
in Norristown, PA, has been named a 2010
Legal Eagle by Franchise Times Magazine.
A member of the American Bar Association's
Forum on Franchising, Rosen focuses his
practice on franchise law, business and
commercial law, employment law and
trademark/copyright law. Prior to joining
High Swartz in 2007, he was the owner of
the Law Offices of Joel Rosen; previously he
was the vice president/general counsel of
Kenneth J. Bush, of Kenneth J.
Bush, PA, was named among the Top
Attorneys of South Florida for 2010 by
the South Florida Legal Guide.
John 'Jay' G. White III, a shareholder
with Richman Greer, PA, in West Palm
Beach, received the 2010 Professionalism
Award from the Palm Beach County Bar
Association. White was recognized for
demonstrating professionalism, the highest
of ethics and service to the legal community.
Mark Alexander, who is listed in the
2010 Best Lawyers in America guide,
recently left the national law firm of
Holland & Knight in Jacksonville to open
a boutique firm, Alexander DeGance
Johnson 81 Delahunty 82
Frey 82 Jacobson 82
HERITAGE OF LEADERSHIP O
Heritage of Leadership
"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on."
he Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society inducted two outstanding UF Law grad-
uates on April 9. The Class of 2010 included James J. Freeland and Raymer F. Maguire
Jr. Both men made significant contributions to the state and university. Established by
the Law Center Association Board of Trustees, nominations to the Heritage of Leadership
Recognition Society are made by a selection committee to be permanently honored on the
Levin College of Law Heritage of Leadership Wall.
CLASS OF 2010
JAMES J. FREELAND Class of 1954
University of Florida Professor of Law (1957-95); Co-founder and Director, UF College of Law
Graduate Tax Program (1977-82); UF Distinguished Faculty Award (1968); UF Distinguished Service
Professor (1982); The Florida Bar Tax Section's inaugural Outstanding TaxAttomey (1982).
RAYMER F. MAGUIRE JR. Class of 1948
Partner, Maguire Voorhis & Wells; President, Florida Blue Key (1947-48); President, UF Alumni
Association (1959-60); Director, UF Foundation Board of Directors (1959-70, 1972-81); Founding
Chairman (1967-72) and Trustee, Valencia Community College Board of Trustees (1967-86); UF
Distinguished Alumnus (1975).
For complete biographies and a photo album of the ceremony, visit www.law.ufl.edu/uflaw.
Deeno Kitchen (JD 67), at left,
whose generous gift sponsored
the installation of the Heritage
of Leadership Display, and
Dean Robert Jerry.
Making the List
(Editor's note: The individuals below self-reported their selections to the following lists.)
Best Lawyers in America 2010
Wendy L. Aiken (JD 78)
Larry B. Alexander (JD 71)
Mark Alexander (JD 84)
Bruce H. Bokor (JD 72)
Charles H. Carver (JD 88)
Robert J. Dickman (JD 70)
Manuel Epelbaum (JD 80)
David A. Friedland (JD 88)
Jeffry R. Garvin (JD 73)
Gordon H. "Stumpy" Harris (JD 65)
William "Bud" Kirk (JD 68)
David M. Layman (JD 79)
Leslie J. Lott (JD 74)
G. Carson McEachern (JD 72)
David S. Nelson (JD 87)
Eugene K. Pettis (JD 85)
Gerald A. Rosenthal (JD 73)
Barry S. Sinoff (JD 67)
Mark E. Stein (JD 89)
Florida Super Lawyers 2009
Kenneth J. Bush (JD 83)
Frederick C. Craig (JD 81)
David Friedland (JD 88)
Roland Gomez (JD 63)
Leonard E. Ireland Jr. (JD 60)
Leslie J. Lott (JD 74)
Dennis Michael McClelland (JD 96)
David S. Nelson (JD 87)
John B. Neukamm (JD 84)
Larry Sandefer (JD 79)
Thomas C. Saunders (JD 80)
Barry S. Sinoff (JD 67)
Mark Stein (JD 89)
Brian D. Stokes (JD 84)
Florida Super Lawyer 2010
Larry B. Alexander (JD 71)
Roland Gomez (JD 63)
Linda S. Griffin (JD 84)
Leonard E. Ireland Jr. (JD 60)
Gary B. Leuchtman (LLMT 82)
G. Carson McEachern (JD 72)
John B. Neukamm (JD 84)
Michael Posner (JD 85)
Gerald A. Rosenthal (JD 73)
Thomas C. Saunders (JD 80)
Barry S. Sinoff (JD 67)
Brian D. Stokes (JD 84)
Florida Super Lawyer -
Rising Stars 2009
Debra R Klauber (JD 95)
Bret Jones (JD 04)
Kathryn F. Whittington (JD 00)
Tad A. Yates (JD 04)
Florida Trend Legal Elite 2010
Charles H. Carver (JD 88)
Jeffrey R. Garvin (JD 73)
Florida Trend Legal Elite 2009
Kenneth J. Bush (JD 83)
Charles H. Carver (JD 88)
David Friedland (JD 88)
Leslie J. Lott (JD 74)
Dennis Michael McClelland (JD 96)
Eugene K. Pettis (JD 85)
Mark Stein (JD 89)
Tad A. Yates (JD 04)
Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide
Eugene K. Pettis (JD 85)
Barnett. The firm is one of Jacksonville's
only free-standing practices representing
management in labor and employment
Linda S. Griffin (LLMT), a fellow in the
American College of Trust and Estate
Counsel, recently spoke on disclaimers
to the Pinellas County Estate Planning
Council; moderated the First Annual
Pinellas County Professionals Seminar for
attorneys and CPAs; spoke for The Florida
Bar on "The New Frontier Conversions
from IRAs to Roth;" and spoke in Fort
Lauderdale and Tampa on "Initial Estate
Administration" on behalf of The Florida
Bar Young Lawyers Section.
Jeffrey Sandier was recently promoted to
partner of the Atlanta-based real estate
closing firm Morris, Hardwick, Schneider.
Sandier manages the firm's Florida
Brenna Malouf Durden, of Lewis,
Longman & Walker, spoke at the 2010
"Going Green, $ave$ Green" forum, in
Jacksonville on Jan. 28. The forum was
hosted by the Jacksonville Community
Mark R Gross, a founding partner of
the California firm Brot & Gross, LLP,
was named a Southern California Super
Mark W. Klingensmith was elected mayor
of Sewall's Point, Florida. Klingensmith
is an attorney and shareholder in the
law firm of Sonneborn Rutter Cooney &
Klingensmith PA, West Palm Beach,
and is chairman of the Martin County
ALUMNI PROFILE O
Manisha Singh(JD 94)
From D.C. to Seattle, shaping foreign policy
in both Washingtons
BY MATT WALKER
K s a political appointee in the U.S. State Department, Manisha Singh (JD 94) provided
leadership and created policy as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of
economic, Energy and Business Affairs. Now, as the first executive director of the
Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services at the University of Washington School
of Law, she is still crafting policy, but this time in an academic setting.
"The goal of the Barer Institute is to utilize lawyers as leaders in providing advice and
solutions to accomplish humanitarian aid objectives," said Singh. "Because I would be the
first person to serve as director, I thought it was a neat opportunity to shape and define a
brand new institute."
Using U.S. foreign assistance as an example of problems the institute will address,
Singh said there has been no good tracking mechanism in place to monitor how effectively
U.S. aid has been used in other countries. Less than one percent of the U.S. federal budget
goes to humanitarian aid and this money should be more effectively targeted than it is now,
"If a country is receiving money to build hospitals, do they have the capacity to do so,
and later do they have the resources, like doctors and nurses to staff such hospitals? If not,
then we should insure that our aid packages have an infrastructure and training component
as well," Singh said. "Isn't that better than just, 'Here's X amount of money for hospitals?' "
Lawyers can play an important role in these areas because how the aid programs are
implemented is based on legislation, whether it is executive branch or legislative branch
action, she said. Within this framework, the institution will focus on health care, education
and economic development; providing legal roadmaps, advising policy decisions and
creating viable solutions with long-term benefits.
Although this is Singh's first position in an academic institution, her background in the
legal field and in government made her a prime candidate for the job as executive director.
In addition to working at the State Department, Singh has served as deputy chief counsel
to the Republican staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Sen. Richard Lugar
(R-Ind.); a position where she drafted legislation, wrote statements for senators and was
even asked to sit in with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a meeting with
the president of Panama.
"The times I assisted Secretary Rice were just amazing, she's one of the smartest people
you'll ever meet," Singh said. "Just to see her in action with these heads of state wow.
She can more than hold her own with any head of state."
Although Singh spent a lot of time working in Washington, D.C., and now lives in
Seattle, she still appreciates coming home to visit her family in Lake Alfred, where her
father is a UF faculty member at the IFAS extension.
"The nice thing about having parents in Florida is that the weather is always better than
wherever I am," Singh said.
Singh is also appreciative of her education at the UF Levin College of Law.
"For any UF grads who want to work in Washington or work in the foreign policy field,
I very much encourage them," she said. "I think the University of Florida has a good name,
a good reputation. That's where my training is; that's where I learned to be a lawyer and I've
made my career based on my training at UF." 0
"Because I would be the
first person to serve as
director, I thought it
was a neat opportunity
to shape and define a
brand new institute."
Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army MIKE FERGUSON (JD 89)
led a delegation of civilian aides at Arlington National Cemetery on
March 23 to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The event was
particularly significant for Ferguson as his own Father, PFC Lloyd G.
Ferguson of Pensacola, Florida, was killed in action during the 8th In-
fantry Division's march on the Cologne-Aachen area in WWII and is
buried in the National Cemetery at Henri St. Chapelle, Belgium.
Eugene K. Pettis, a co-founder and
managing partner of Haliczer Pettis &
Schwamm, was named a Best Lawyer in
medical malpractice and personal injury
litigation in the 2010 edition of The Best
Lawyers in America; named a finalist in
2009 in the "Law: Litigation" category
of the South Florida Business Journal's
"Key Partners" awards; named to the
list of Florida Super Lawyers from 2006
to 2009 as selected by Law & Politics
magazine; named to the South Florida
Legal Guide "Top Lawyers" list in South
Florida for 2008, 2009 and 2010; and
named to Florida Trend's peer-voted
"Legal Elite" 2008 and 2009 lists.
Lynne Borsuk was named as a Georgia
Super Lawyer and among Georgia Trend's
Legal Elite in 2009.
James Etscorn, Baker & Hostetler LLP,
has been appointed managing partner
in the firm's Orlando office. Etscorn has
served as Litigation Group coordinator
for the Orlando office and as chair of
the firm's national Product Liability and
Toxic Tort Practice. He will manage the
58-attorney office while maintaining his
significant litigation practice.
Patrick J. McNamara, a partner with
the Tampa law firm of de la Parte &
Gilbert, PA, has been appointed to the
executive committee of Prevent Blindness
Florida, a non-profit organization that
promotes healthy vision through advocacy,
education, screening and research.
David A. Friedland, of Lott & Friedland,
was named among the Top Attorneys
of South Florida for 2010 by the South
Florida Legal Guide.
Brian Feldman was made partner at
Allison and Partners. Feldman is the first
non-founder to become a partner in the
nine years since the firm began, and he
manages two of the firm's eight national
offices, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.,
where he leads the agency's healthcare
and public affairs practices.
Mark E. Stein, a shareholder with the
Intellectual Property Law Firm, Lott
& Friedland, PA, in Coral Gables was
named as a Best Lawyer in Intellectual
Property by the 2010 The Best Lawyers
in America, and as a Top Lawyer by the
South Florida Legal Guide 2010.
Joseph L. Amos Jr., of Fisher, Rushmer,
Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap,
PA, was accepted into the American
Board of Trial Advocates and spoke at the
Council of Litigation Management's annual
conference in Ponte Vedra Beach. Amos
currently serves on the Florida Supreme
Court Civil Jury Instructions Committee,
and is a contributing member of The
Florida Bar Trial Practice Committee, as
well as the Defense Research Institute and
Florida Defense Lawyer's Association.
Yolanda Cash Jackson, shareholder
of Becker & Poliakoff, PA, was elected
to the firm's management committee,
as one of the first of two women ever
elected to the committee. Jackson heads
the Tallahassee lobbying practice with a
proficiency in state government funding
and appropriations. She is an active
member of the Orange Bowl Committee,
The Carrie Meek Foundation, the Greater
Miami Chapter of the Links, Inc. and the
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Lance M. McKinney, certified elder
law attorney and partner of Osterhout,
McKinney & Prather, PA, was appointed
president of the board of directors of the
Lee County Chapter of National Alliance on
Mental Illness. McKinney also celebrated
20 years of business with his law firm in
ALUMNI PROFILE O
John Leighton (JD 85)
A remedy for injustice
BY IAN M. FISHER (3L)
You've likely seen them while vacationing at the beach -boats towing massive
parasails hundreds of feet in the sky. The people strapped in look like they're having
the time of their lives, but the rides can be deadly.
In August 2007, sisters Amber May and Crystal White, 15 and 17 respectively, went on
vacation in South Florida. They took advantage of the parasailing adventure offered through
the Wyndham Resort they were staying at on Pompano Beach. The weather turned during
their ride and heavy winds pushed the boat too close to shore and snapped the rope tethering
the Whites' parasail. Riding the wind, the parasail crashed into a building. Crystal suffered
major head trauma, but Amber May's neck was broken and she died two days later.
The family turned to experienced trial lawyer, John Leighton (BA 82, JD 85), an expert
in resort torts the emerging area of law that deals with vacation-related injuries caused by
negligence. The Amber May White case is now settled, but Leighton hasn't finished fighting
for her. He is advocating for legislation to regulate the currently unregulated industry and
crack down on rogue operators whose rides are dangerous. Leighton said he's served as
counsel in several parasailing cases, but Amber May White's was the most tragic.
"This is the most outrageous and unfortunately it takes terrible tragedy and outrage
before we make any changes and even have a bill," Leighton said. "Here we have a bill but
we don't yet have a law."
The bill, which would regulate the industry and install mandatory safety standards,
failed due to intense lobbying by the resort industry, Leighton said.
The legislation would make industry minimum standards outlined by the Professional
Association of Parasail Operators, or PAPO, into law and would enforce codes of conduct
recommended by the organization, which is in favor of legislation to improve industry
"You have to be a certain number of feet offshore, you have to have a spotter on the
boat, you can't go up too high, you can't go up in certain winds common sense things,"
Leighton said. "But right now, nothing prevents anyone from going into the parasailing
business. There's nothing that says I can't take you up in 40-knot winds."
Leighton is an expert on resort torts and premises security litigation, which is the area
of law addressing criminal injury on private property that should have been better secured.
Leighton speaks nationally about both, and has written a two-volume treatise on premises
security litigation, Litigating Premises Security Cases (Thomson-West).
In addition, representing victims of violent crimes is a passion of his, and he has chaired
the Inadequate Security Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice since
1996. Leighton knew he wanted to be a trial lawyer since he joined his high school debate
team and began thinking of law school.
"I've always thought that there needed to be a remedy for people who were injured
because of someone else's negligence or intentional acts," Leighton said. "Just in terms of
basic equities, I've always thought that the civil justice system was critical to keeping a
society in balance. It's just something I've always liked to do." u
"Just in terms of basic
equities ... I've always
thought that the civil
justice system was critical
to keeping a society in
Edward M. Mullins, shareholder of
Miami-based Astigarraga Davis, has been
elected to the American Law Institute.
Mullins is a member of the American
Bar Association, serving as co-chair of
the International Litigation Committee
and chair-elect of The Florida Bar
International Law Section.
Christopher W. Boyett, a partner
in Holland & Knight's Miami office,
has, over the past several years, been
amongst the Best Lawyers in America,
Florida Trend's Legal Elite, and Florida
Julio C. Jaramillo has been named
adjunct professor of pretrial litigation
skills at the University of Miami School
of Law. He will be teaching students
essential pretrial skills in addition to
maintaining his active trial practice.
John V. Tucker, founding shareholder of
Tucker & Ludin, PA, in Clearwater, was
appointed vice-chair of the American
Bar Association's Health and Disability
Insurance Law Committee for 2009-
2010 and was a speaker at the ABA Tort
and Insurance Practice Section Annual
Midwinter Symposium on Issues and
Litigation Relating to Life, Health and
W. Lee Dobbins, of Dean, Mead, Minton
& Zwemer, was recently elected a
shareholder in the firm's Ft. Pierce office.
Dobbins practices in the areas of zoning,
land use and commercial real estate
Mary Anthony Merchant, partner of
Atlanta firm, Ballard Spahr, in the
property and litigation departments, was
named to the 2010 Law360 Intellectual
Property Editorial Advisory Board. She
is the leader of the biotechnology team
in the patents group and a member of
the intellectual property litigation, life
sciences/technology, trademarks, and
Jack R. Reiter, a partner in
Adorno & Yoss LLP, was named
among the Top Attorneys of South
Florida for 2010 by the South Florida
Paul J. Scheck, Shutts &
Bowen LLP partner in the firm's
Orlando office, has been elected
secretary of the Orange County Bar
Association and re-appointed for a
second term to the Board of Trustees
of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange
County Bar Association. Scheck is
a partner in the firm's Labor and
Employment Practice Group.
Richard "Chip" Thompson II has
left the firm, Troutman Sanders, to
start his own firm, Mercer Thompson
Marc A. Wites, a shareholder
of Wites & Kapetan, PA, authored
the 2009 edition of Florida Causes
of Action and the 2009 edition of
The Florida Litigation Guide.
Daniel T. O'Keefe, partner in the Orlando
office of Shutts & Bowen, has been
reappointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to a
W. WESLEY MARSTON'S (LLMT 92) photograph of a light-
ning strike over the Downling Bridge in Tappahannock, Vir-
ginia, was the winning alumni entry in the University of Florida
Science of Elegance Art Competition. Marston shares his pho-
tography skills with students in grades four through 12 at
Gainesville's A. Quinn Jones Center, and was recognized as the
school's 2009 Teacher of the Year.
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Bruce Lasky (JD 91) A long and winding road
BY JIM HELLEGAARD
ruce Lasky (JD 91) was on a journey, but he didn't know where he was going. So, he did what any smart
young man would do. He called his mom.
His call home came after a year of backpacking and volunteering through Southeast Asia. In Pembroke
Pines, Florida, a world away from Bangkok, Thailand, that autumn of 2000, his mother, Sylvia, answered his call
with a request one that would help point him in the right direction.
"She asked if I could find two underprivileged kids for her to sponsor," Lasky said. "She didn't care where
they were, but she wanted me to find a family and maybe give money directly to that family, not an organization."
Sylvia Lasky soon received an envelope with photos of 65 children. "I called her and she's like, 'I've got 65
photos. I asked for two kids.' So, I said, 'All right, we just need to find more sponsors."'
From the meager $800 he raised through e-mails to family and friends, Lasky started a village development
and educational project that grew into Sustainable Cambodia. The organization reflected his mother's idea of
guaranteeing donors that 100 percent of their gifts would be spent on children and communities, rather than on
international administrative fees.
After a long battle, Sylvia became seriously ill with cancer and Lasky returned to the U.S. to be with her. She
passed away not long after his return.
While at home, Lasky met David Pred and Carol Mosley. The three began an independent organization named
Bridges Across Borders, a sister organization to Sustainable Cambodia that became a grassroots international
organization focusing on the belief that peace, sustainable development and human rights are interdependent and
Lasky helps oversee the work of Sustainable Cambodia and is the director of Bridges Across Borders
Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE). As an adjunct professor of law at Chiang
Mai University in Thailand, Lasky assists in strengthening the university's Clinical Legal Education program,
which BABSEA CLE supports. Lasky said BABSEA CLE and Sustainable Cambodia take holistic approaches
based upon the understanding that bringing sustainability and justice to communities requires tackling a variety of
problems and issues.
BABSEA CLE aims to empower vulnerable and under-served communities by creating and strengthening
sustainable legal and human rights education and access to justice programs worldwide. This is accomplished by
working globally to connect people, organizations, and resources through social justice focused community and
clinical legal education programs.
In honor of his mother's idea of helping children, Sustainable Cambodia established The Sylvia Lasky
School in Pursat, Cambodia, offering instruction in math, science, computers, history, geography, English and
human rights. Job skills training, micro-credit small business loans, alternative agriculture initiatives and an
animal husbandry program are also provided. The organization also helps to develop water wells in Pursat, where
residents previously relied on water collected in cisterns during the rainy season. The wells are used to irrigate the
alternative agriculture systems the organization has set up in the village.
A decade has passed since Lasky left Gainesville and set out on his journey. He thinks his mother would be
proud of his work.
"That's a driving force. And I think that's really important," Lasky said. "It's not, in that sense, losing her
- you know, if she were still alive she probably would be telling me to get a more traditional job at this point,
because she was a Jewish mother."
"But I believe that she would be happy to know that we're out there doing what we're doing," he said."
"She asked if I
could find two
kids for her
She didn't care
were, but she
wanted me to
find a family."
Above: Villagers from Pursat,
Cambodia, with Bruce Lasky
(center with Khmer scarf), legal
fellow intern Adela Scotkova (in
beanie and red blouse) from the
Czech Republic where she is now
a judge, and David Pred (in light
blue shirt), the executive director
CAPT. FRANK G. MACKOUL II (JD 97) was named Naval Aviation Schools
Command's Pilot Instructor of the Year. As a flight instructor teaching both
basic and advanced aerodynamics, Mackoul managed the training schedule
for 1,503 flight students from 11 different countries during 10,458 hours of
student training. He has flown combat missions during two tours in Iraq. He
will retire from the U.S. Marine Corps in July and plans to return to his
hometown of Jacksonville to practice aviation law.
two-year term on the East Central Florida
Regional Planning Council.
D. Fernando Bobadilla has left the Miami
firm formerly known as Lipscomb, Brady
& Bobadilla, PL, to continue his boutique
national business litigation and intellectual
property practice as The Bobadilla Law
Firm. Bobadilla is a bilingual business
litigator and board-certified intellectual
property lawyer in Miami.
Michael V. Kruljac accepted the position
of chief patent counsel for Georgia-Pacific.
He was formerly senior intellectual
property counsel for Imerys.
Isabelle Lopez, of Lewis, Longman &
Walker, PA, has been elected to serve
as vice-chair of the Jacksonville Human
Rights Commission for the 2010 term.
Lopez is board certified in city, county
and local government law, is a member
of the Statewide Board Certification
Committee, and is a certified county and
Dennis Michael McClelland has been
listed as a Florida Super Lawyer, in
Florida Trend Legal Elite, and in Best
Lawyers in America for the past several
years, including 2009.
Peter A. Schoemann (LLMT), a partner
in the firm Broad and Cassel's Orlando
office, was appointed chair of the
Board of Directors for the Advocacy
Center for Persons with Disabilities,
Inc. Schoemann has served on the
organization's board since July 2005,
and also currently serves as chair of its
Rick Ellsley recently opened
Ellsley Sobol in Plantation. Ellsley
was formerly a partner with Krupnick
Campbell Malone Buser Slama
Hancock Liberman & McKee, PA in
Fort Lauderdale. His new law firm
specializes in personal injury and
wrongful death matters.
Craig D. Feiser is now of counsel to the
Jacksonville firm Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes,
Rogerson & Wachs, and will practice in
Jay M. Sakalo, partner and practice
group leader in the Restructuring &
Bankruptcy Group at Bilzin Sumberg
Baena Price & Axelrod LLP in Miamiwas
selected by Law360 as one of 10 "Rising
Stars" in the bankruptcy practice area,
nationwide. He was recognized by the
publication for his experience in securing
critical deals in some of the largest
and highest profile cases filed in the
country. Sakalo has been recognized
for his accomplishments in bankruptcy
matters in The Best Lawyers in America,
Chambers USA, Florida Trend's Legal
Elite, and South Florida Legal Guide.
Gregory S. Weiss, of Leopold-Kuvin,
PA, was made partner in the firm's Palm
Beach Gardens office. He was recognized
by the Levin College of Law as a 2010
Outstanding Young Alumnus.
Sakalo 98 Weiss 98
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Fred Catfish Abbott (JD 78)
One field leads to another
BY IAN FISHER (3L)
f Fred Catfish Abbott (JD 78), a plaintiff's attorney in Jacksonville, had a dollar for
every time he's heard it, he wouldn't have to practice law but when he introduces
himself, the inevitable question is, "Where did you get a name like Catfish?"
"More of my friends call me 'Catfish' or 'Fish' than they do my legal name," Abbot
said. "I've always wanted to change my name, and three years ago I legally changed it."
Abbott's country-boy roots earned him the nickname during his freshman year on UF's
football team in 1968. He'd fallen in love with Gator football as a boy, and spent his high
school football years dreaming of being a Gator and training hard to be worthy of a football
scholarship to UF. As a senior, he'd been told the team would offer him a scholarship on
"A week comes and goes I don't hear from them. Two weeks come and go I don't
hear from them," Abbott said. "So I literally called the athletic department and spoke to the
coach that was recruiting me and he hemmed and hawed and said, 'Well we just misplaced
your scholarship, but it's here on my desk. We'll come down there this weekend and sign
you.' I said, 'No you, won't.' He said, 'Why not?' And I said, 'Because I'm driving up there
tomorrow and signing,' and I did."
Eventually, Abbott was drafted and played for three years in the National Football
League and the U.S. Football League. During the offseason, he returned to Gainesville to
take graduate classes. He lifted weights with Bill DeCarlis (JD 72), a local attorney, and
became interested in being a trial lawyer. After Abbott re-injured his knee, it was clear his
football career was over.
"When I got hurt, I tore all four ligaments and both cartilages in my knee," Abbott said.
"DeCarlis walks into the hospital room with an LSAT application and said, 'Catfish, it's
time for a career change.' I signed the LSAT application, went to Gainesville about seven or
eight weeks later, took the LSAT, got into law school, and the rest is history."
After law school, Abbott practiced in Gainesville for a short time before getting married
and moving to Jacksonville, where he started his own firm. He said his secretary made
more money than he did, at first but he eventually built up his practice to the successful
practice it is today.
Besides football, Abbott's first love is trial work and he credits the Jacksonville Justice
Association, a non-profit organization of civil trial attorneys that works to protect and
ensure justice for North East Florida, for helping him as a young trial lawyer in town. He is
now the president of the JJA and he is passionate about the role of trial lawyers in society
to hold businesses and people accountable for the harm caused by their negligence or
malfeasance. After more than three decades practicing law, stepping into court still gives
Abbott a thrill.
"It's like playing football except you get to play every position on the field ... When
you start a trial, it is that same adrenaline rush," Abbott said. "The good news is you don't
physically get hurt." .
"It's like playing
football except you get
to play every position
on the field."
JOHN M. HOWE (JD 98), founding attorney of the Law Offices of John
M. Howe, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Historical
Society of Palm Beach County and was named president-elect of the Palm
Beach County Bar Association. He is the first African-American to have
been elected president-elect in the association's history.
Joe Jacquot, deputy attorney general for
Florida and chief of staff for Attorney General
Bill McCollum, argued the case, Florida v.
Powell, before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Michael J. Wilson, shareholder of Williams,
Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen in Sarasota,
was recently elected to the firm's manage-
ment committee and is the youngest attorney
ever to have served on the committee.
James O. "Joby" Birr III, has been named
a shareholder for Gunster, Attorneys at Law
in Jacksonville. Birr, who joined the firm in
2008, concentrates his areas of practice in
construction law and commercial litigation.
Birr is board certified in construction law
and was named a Florida Super Lawyer's
Rising Star in 2009. He is a member of the
Jacksonville Bar Association and is on the
Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Public
William R. Ponall was recently named part-
ner at the law firm of Kirkconnell, Lindsey,
Snure, Yates & Ponall, PA, in Winter Park.
He continues to represent clients in state and
federal criminal appeals and post-conviction
Craig M. Stephens (LLMT), of Sirote & Per-
mutt, recently co-authored and published the
third edition of J.K. Lasser's New Rules for
Estate and Tax Planning. Stephens is co-
chair of the firm's Estates, Wills, and Trusts
practice group. His practice focuses on rep-
resenting individuals in the estate planning
process, with a focus on tax minimization
Bradley R. Gould has been elected share-
holder in the law firm of Dean, Mead, Minton
& Zwemer. Gould practices in the areas of
federal income, estate, and gift tax law; fami-
ly business succession planning; and probate
and trust administration.
Cindy Krauss, of Porter & Hedges, was
elected partner in the firm's Houston, Texas,
office. Krauss practices in the commercial,
industrial, residential and energy-related real
estate areas, where she represents purchas-
ers, sellers, lenders, developers, landlords
and tenants in acquisition, disposition,
financing, development and leasing transac-
Maggie D. Mooney-Portale, of Lewis, Long-
man, & Walker, PA, was elected a share-
holder of the firm. Mooney-Portale's practice
focuses on environmental, governmental,
special taxing districts, administrative law,
Caren Skversky joined the law firm of Con-
stangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, as an associ-
ate in the firm's Tampa office, focusing on
employment law litigation.
John Palmerini recently joined the Orange
County School Board as associate general
counsel for Litigation and Employment Law.
Karen Richman, formerly of the Navy Judge
Advocate General's Corps, joined Dykema
as an associate in the firm's Dallas, Texas,
office. Her practice focuses on litigation,
with an emphasis on business and com-
Vanessa Zamora Newtson has joined the
Law Office of Maggie Jo Hilliard, PA, in At-
lantic Beach. On March 27, she exchanged
wedding vows with fellow UF alumnus Paul
Newtson at the University Auditorium.
Donna M. Bailer (LLMT) has become a
shareholder in the law firm of Feld, Hyde,
Wertheimer, Bryant & Stone, in Birming-
Melissa Fernandez, an associate at the firm
Richman Greer, PA, was named a "Top Up
and Comer" for 2010 by the South Florida
Krauss 01 Richman 02
Whalen Kuller, former associate in Jones
Day's Atlanta office, announced the open-
ing of Kuller Law Group LLC, in the greater
Atlanta metropolitan area.
Hale Sheppard (LLMT), of Chamberlain
Hrdlicka, was promoted to equity share-
holder within the firm's Atlanta practice.
Sheppard has recently been ranked in the
2010 Chambers USA guide to the top at-
torneys in the nation, and has published
more than 60 articles, including pieces
in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law
Journal and the Columbia Law Review.
Sharon Ellis recently joined the Miami
office of Howard Ecker + Company as
managing director. Ellis specializes in rep-
resenting corporate tenants in commercial
office lease transactions, corporate build
to suit projects and purchase/sale negotia-
Bret Jones was named as one of the Or-
lando Business Journal's 2009 "Top 40
Kevin Jacobs, Ropes & Gray LLP Wash-
ington, D.C., was recently the recipient of
an American Bar Association 2010 Nolan
Fellowship. Nolan Fellows are young tax law-
yers who are actively involved in the section
and have demonstrated leadership qualities.
Diana Lourdes Dick announced the forma-
tion of her firm, the Florida Finance Law
Firm, in Miami.
Michael J. Faehner (LLMT) has opened his
own office, M. Faehner LLC, in Clearwater.
He will continue his practice in estate/
trust planning tax, corporate, charitable
planning and trustee work involving unique
Oshia S. Gainer has joined the firm of
Clarke, Silverglate & Campbell, PA, as an
Joshua H. Huber, an assistant attorney gen-
eral for the Office of the Attorney General for
the District of Columbia, recently prosecuted
and won two murder trials.
Steven E. Martin, of Martin Law Firm PL,
has become an agent of Old Republic Na-
tional Title Insurance Company, through At-
torney's Title Fund Services, LLC.
Brikena Isai Tomasic of Lowndes, Drosdick,
Doster, Kantor & Reed, PA, has recently been
appointed to serve as chair of the Profes-
sional Education Committee for the National
Association of Women in Construction (NA-
WIC), Greater Orlando Chapter.
lan M. Alperstein and Lauren M. Marks (JD
08) were married on Feb. 20 in Ft. Lauder-
dale. lan is an associate at Rubinton and
Laufer PA in Hollywood, and Lauren is an
associate at Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP,
also in Hollywood.
Jonathan P. Huels, an associate with
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed,
PA, in Orlando, was recently appointed to the
Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education
Center as an executive board member.
Summer LePree (LLMT), of Holland &
Knight LLP Miami, was recently the recipient
of an American Bar Association 2010 Nolan
Fellowship. Nolan Fellows are young tax law-
yers who are actively involved in the section
and have demonstrated leadership qualities.
Nina Lacevic joined Fee & Jeffries, PA, in its
business litigation group and will focus her
practice on intellectual property and business
Marshall R Bender recently joined the
commercial litigation group at Quarles &
Brady in the firm's Naples office.
Crystal Espinosa Buit, of Lowndes, Drosdick,
Doster, Kantor & Reed, PA, was invited to co-
present a law review seminar titled "Where
Do We Go From Here? Law in the Instant
Media Age," at Barry University Dwayne O.
Andreas School of Law in Orlando. The pre-
sentation focused on the burgeoning laws of
e-discovery and technology.
Philip M. Bresson recently joined the
corporate services group at Quarles & Brady
in the firm's Naples office.
Tristan K. Harper has joined the Pensacola
firm Moore, Hill &Westmoreland, PA, and
will practice in the areas of community as-
sociation law, environmental law, real estate
law and litigation.
Lyndie M. James, recently joined Baker &
Hostetler LLP as an associate in the firm's
David N. Torre received the U.S. Green
Building Council's Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design Accredited Profes-
sional (LEED AP) designation for New Con-
struction and Major Renovations. m
0 IN MEMORIAL
Robert "Bob" J. Beckham (JD 55), passed
away on Sept. 14, 2009, at the age of 79.
Beckham was a partner in the Jacksonville office
of Holland & Knight, and was a prominent trial
lawyer specializing in personal injury litigation and
professional malpractice law.
Beckham's friend and law partner since 1976,
Bobby Schultz, was quoted in The Florida Times
Union as saying Beckham "was called upon to
represent those who occupied the highest positions
in our community as well as the weak and the
poor. Irrespective of their status in life, Bob labored
tirelessly for them." Indeed, Beckham volunteered
his enormous legal expertise to the Innocence
Project, and in one 2007 case, used DNA evidence
to exonerate and free a man convicted for the 1994
stabbing death of his pregnant sister-in-law.
Beckham served as chairman of the Trial
Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, as chairman of
the Florida Supreme Court Nominating Commission,
vice chairman of the Florida Tort Litigation Review
Commission, was a member of many professional
associations, and was a fellow in both the American
College of Trial Lawyers and the International
Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Beckham is survived by his wife, Emily A.
Beckham; two sons Gene and John Beckham, both
practicing attorneys; a brother, Walter H. Beckham
Jr.; and three grandchildren.
C. Harris "Ditt" Dittmar (JD 52) passed away
Sept. 13, 2009 at the age of 83. Considered one of
the nation's best criminal attorneys while in active
practice, Dittmar practiced law at the Jacksonville
firm Bedell, Dittmar, DeVault, Pillans & Coxe, PA.
He first came to the firm, working as a law clerk, in
1951 when the firm was named Bedell & Bedell of
Jacksonville. Two of his more notable cases include
the successful defense in 1974 of U.S. Sen. Edward
Gurney, a member of the Watergate Investigating
Committee accused of conspiracy, perjury and
bribery in illegal fundraising, and, in 1987, he won
a $38-million verdict on behalf of businessman F.
Browne Gregg in a civil fraud case.
Dittmar earned his undergraduate and law
degrees from the University of Florida, where
he served as editor in chief of the Florida Law
Review and from which he graduated with high
honors. He went on to serve as a trustee of the
Law Center Association, was a member of the
President's Council, and served on the Florida
Board of Governors. He was also active in
professional organizations, serving in the House of
Delegates of the American Bar Association, on the
Board of Regents of the American College of Trial
Lawyers, and was a fellow in both the International
Association of Trial Lawyers and the International
Society of Barristers.
Dittmar is survived by his wife of 58 years,
Anice; a son, Charles Harris Dittmar Jr. (JD 85); a
daughter, Christine Dittmar Cushman; two brothers,
Rabun H. Dittmar and Bennett H. Dittmar; and four
On Aug. 9, 2009, Roberta Fulton Fox (JD 67)
passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle
with breast cancer. Her death quieted an outspoken
and colorful voice championing women's and
children's rights in Florida.
One of only four women in the UF Law Class of
1967, Fox was an ardent double Gator. She served
in the Florida House of Representatives between
1972 and 1982. Her legislative achievements
include the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act,
which was passed into law in 1977, background
checks of adults seeking employment working with
children, changes to the evidence code enabling
child victims of abuse to testify via video, and
an equal educational opportunity act in Florida.
According to the Miami Herald, Fox's greatest
legislative disappointment came in 1982 when
the Equal Rights Amendment failed to pass in the
Florida Senate following Fox's successful campaign
to pass it in the House.
Following her service in the state Legislature,
Fox returned to private practice at her firm Roberta
Fulton Fox, RA., in Coral Gables. According to the
book Beyond Julia's Daughters, which profiles 300
prominent Miami-Dade women, Fox accepted cases
that "led to the implementation of the food stamp
programs in rural Florida and on civil litigation
regarding desegregation of structures and schools in
the Central Florida farm belt."
Fox is survived by her law partner and husband
of 36 years, Mike Gold, and stepdaughter, Shari
D. Burke Kibler III (JD 49), chairman emeritus
of the law firm Holland & Knight, passed away Dec.
13, 2009 at the age of 85.
Kibler's distinguished career as a leader began
during World War II when he served as an artillery
forward observer in the European Theatre and was
awarded the Bronze Star for Valour and the Purple
Heart with oak leaf cluster. Following his service
in the military, Kibler attended UF on the GI Bill,
earning both his undergraduate and law degrees.
He was inducted into Florida Blue Key, and was a
member of Phi Delta Phi and Alpha Tau Omega.
As an attorney, Kibler served on the President's
Council, on the UF Foundation board of directors,
served as president of the UF Alumni Association,
was recognized with a UF Distinguished Alumnus
Award, and was a member of the University
of Florida Law Center Association, which
recognized his efforts with the Law Center
Association Trustees Award.
In addition to serving on the boards of
many businesses and banking interests,
Kibler served as general counsel for the
Florida Citrus Commission, the Florida
Phosphate Council, Inc., the Florida
World's Fair Authority, and the Florida
House. Dedicated to economic growth and
education in the state of Florida, Kibler
also served on the Board of Regents of the
Florida State University System, the Council
of 100 Task Force on Higher Education, the
Governor's Commission for Government by
the People, and the Florida Postsecondary
Education Commission, among others.
He was a member of the American Law
Institute and the American Judicature
Preceded in death by his wife of 51
years, Nell Bryant Kibler, Kibler is survived
by wife Carolyn Ewing Kibler; four children,
David B. Kibler IV, Thomas Bryant Kibler,
Jacquelyn Thompson and Nancy Dew Ross;
and six grandchildren.
Stanley B. Levin (JD 63) passed away
on April 10, 2009 at the age of 70 years.
A partner in the Pensacola firm Levin,
Warfield, Middlebrooks, Mabie, Thomas,
Mayes & Mitchell with his brothers David
(JD 52) and Fredric (JD 61), Levin was an
estates and trusts attorney known for his
personal integrity, honesty and selflessness.
Divorced in the early 1980s, Levin was
granted custody of his young son, Sherrod,
and managed to juggle his career with
being a devoted single parent. He set aside
one day each week to leave his busy law
practice to serve as a teacher's aide in his
son's school, and kept his son busy with
Though an excellent attorney, Levin's
lifetime devotion was to the sport of boxing.
Though he represented many boxers over
the course of several decades, he is credited
with discovering, mentoring and managing
boxing great, Roy Jones Jr. According to
a report by www.thesweetscience.com,
a website for boxing aficionados, Levin
first met Jones at the Pensacola boxing
gym where Levin's son also boxed, and
Jones became like a second son to Levin.
Jones called Levin "Stan the Man," and
with Levin at his back, Jones went on to
represent the U.S. in the 1988 Olympics,
winning silver, and embarked on a hugely
successful boxing career spanning more
than two decades. Levin was recognized by
the Boxing Writers Association of America
with the Rocky Marciano Manager of the
Year Award in 1994, and, with his brother
Fredric, the Co-Manager of the Year Award
Levin is survived by his son, Sherrod
Levin, and his brother, Fredric Levin.
John Alan Walker (JD 96) passed
away on Dec. 14, 2009, from colon
cancer at the age of 44. Considered a
young, up and coming attorney, Walker
was the chief legal officer and vice
president for human resources at Barry
University in Miami.
Walker served in the U.S. Air Force,
and, following his separation from the
Air Force in 1992, pursued law school
at UF He was awarded the UF Law
Claude Pepper Award for Outstanding Law
Student of the Year in 1995, was elected
student body president of UF Law, and
was inducted into Florida Blue Key.
Before joining Barry University as the
institution's first in-house general counsel,
Walker represented the university for
10 years as a partner in the firm Jones
Walker, LLP, specializing in labor and
employment law. Prior to that, Walker
was an associate at Jorden Burt, LLP and
Muller Mintz, PA. He was a member of
the National Association of College and
University Attorneys editorial board, the
Labor & Employment Law and Business
sections of The Florida Bar, and was a
member of The Florida Bar's Education
Walker was a dedicated athlete, and
qualified to represent the United States in
the International Triathlon Union's World
Duathlon Championships held in Rimini,
Italy in 2008. He served as the legal
counsel for the United States Adventure
Racing Association National Executive
Board, and as the organization's general
Walker is survived by his wife,
Vanessa Costigan Walker; his father and
stepmother, John and Terry Walker; his
mother and stepfather, Bari and Vince
Reali; his brother Michael Kwiatkowski;
and his sisters, Wendy Bennett, Jody
Walker and Kristie Walker. m
For a complete listing of UF Law alumni passing
since May 2009, visit www.law.ufl.edu/uflaw.
CENTER FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Eight law students to
become judicial clerks
A judicial clerkship provides a rich
learning environment and profes-
sional development opportunity,
whether obtained immediately upon gradu-
ation or one to two years after practicing
law. The Center for Career Development has
many resources available to assist both UF
Law students and alumni seeking judicial
Eight law students have been selected
by federal and state judges to serve as
clerks upon graduation from UF Law.
Congratulations to the following May
2010/2011 graduates who will begin their
legal careers as federal and Florida Supreme
Court judicial law clerks:
* Ryan Eastmoore, Senior Judge Susan
Bucklew, U.S. District Court for the
Middle District of Florida
* Jeffrey Fabian, Magistrate Judge Eliza-
beth Jenkins, U.S. District Court for the
Middle District of Florida
* Andres Healy, Circuit Judge Richard
Tallman, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
* Anne McAdams, Chief Judge Anne
C. Conway, U.S. District Court for the
Middle District of Florida
* Jon Philipson, Chief Judge Anne C. Con-
way, U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Florida
* Jessica Swarm, Senior Judge G. Kendall
Sharp, U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Florida
* Erica Tate, Judge Charles R. Wilson,
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
* Jay Yagoda, Justice Barbara J. Pariente,
Florida Supreme Court
UF Law students recognized
for community service
he Class of 2010 dedicated a total of
2,763 hours to community service -
nearly three times that of the previous
class. They also accrued 9,204 hours of pro
bono work, compared with 8,096 from last
year. The combined volunteer hours for the
class totaled 11,967.
Christopher First was recognized as
student of the year for leading the class with
the most pro bono hours by working with the
Fall 2010 On-Campus Interviews
12th Circuit Public Defender's Office. Penny
Taylor-Miller received student of the year
honors for the most community service hours
through her work with Fort White Elementary
School and the Girl Scouts.
Certificates of recognition were awarded
to 100 students within the Class of 2010,
and were divided into three categories: the
first was for 35-69 hours of volunteer time in
either community service or pro bono work;
a certificate of excellence was awarded to
students with 70-104 hours; and the certificate
of outstanding achievement was given to those
who volunteered 105 hours or more.
Calling all Gator Lawyers
oes your firm have a job opening?
Want to get the word out to other
Gator lawyers? Send us your job
postings and project-based or contract posi-
tions for inclusion in the UF Law Center for
Career Development's Symplicity job bank,
we'll help spread the word. The Center for
Career Development is also ready and will-
ing to assist your firm with all aspects of
recruiting for vacancies, listing job open-
ings, coordinating resume collections and
hosting on-campus interviews. Contact the
center at 352-273-0860, or visit www.law.
more information. 0
On May 14, UF Law graduated 344 new lawyers and conferred LLM degrees
on 40 graduate students. Steve Zack (upper right), a member of the class of
1971 and, when he takes office in August, the fifth UF Law graduate to
become president of the American Bar Association served as the key-note
speaker for the ceremony. Zack also was recognized, along with Stephen
Grimes (JD 54) and Kenneth Hood "Buddy" MacKay Jr. (JD 61), as a Univer-
sity of Florida Distinguished Alumnus during the ceremony.
To view the complete photogallery of commencement pictures, including
Distinguished Alumnus Awards, visit www.law.ufl.edu/uflaw.
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