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Table of Contents
    Key Patriot Act player to give Dunwody lecture
        Page 1
    Career Services
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Meet the Faculty
        Page 4
    Scholarship and activities
        Page 5
    CLA prison tour brings mixed emotions
        Page 6
    Grant to UF Law helps establish new UCR clinic
        Page 7
    Are you stressed?
        Page 8
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Key Patriot Act Player To Give Dunwody Lecture

Georgetown Law Professor and for-
mer U.S. Assistant Attorney General for
Legal Policy Viet Dinh will be keynote
speaker at the Florida Law Review's
Dunwody Lecture Feb. 27. A noted legal
scholar, Dinh played a key role in imple-
menting the controversial Patriot Act after
the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"Viet Dinh's acceptance is a coup for
Law Review and a tremendous honor for
the entire law school. His visit is an indication of
UF's rising prominence in the national scene,"
said Cheryl Priest, Florida Law Review assistant
symposium editor. "Given the debate surrounding
the Patriot Act, we hope students, faculty and the
community will come with questions for Mr.
Dinh also has served as deputy director of
Asian law and policy studies and co-director of
the joint program in law and business administra-
tion at Georgetown University.
He was U.S. assistant attorney general for
legal policy 2001-03, where, as the official
responsible for developing and coordinating fed-
eral legal policy, he contributed to numerous

Reception for Students
Interested in Business Law
The Business Law Section of The Florida Bar
will sponsor a reception for students interested in
business law to "eat, drink and hobnob with busi-
ness lawyers" this Thursday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m., in
the Faculty Dining Room. Topics will include how
students can attend committee meetings and par-
ticipate in activities of the Business Section.
ETELS Elections Wednesday
The Estates Trusts and Elder Law Society
(ETELS) will hold general elections and meet for
the last time Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m., 350

diverse policy initiatives, including drug
demand reduction, ban on racial profil-
ing, child protection, combating human
trafficking, DNA testing, reduction of
gun violence, and civil and criminal
justice reforms.
After 9/11, Dinh conducted a com-
prehensive review and revision of
Department of Justice priorities, policies
and practices to ensure all available
resources are dedicated to protecting America
against terrorist acts. He played a key role in
implementing the USA Patriot Act and revising
attorney general guidelines governing federal
law enforcement activities and national security
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Dinh came to
America as a refugee in 1978 and grew up in
California. He graduated magna cum laude from
Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where
he was a class marshal and Olin Research Fellow
in Law and Economics. He clerked for Judge
Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme
Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. O

Holland Hall. For information: ETELS Vice
President Danielle Burns (.li.i,,,ii .i .... .. ').
Volunteer with VITA
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a
pro bono organization that assists low income
individuals and students in filing their income tax
returns. Volunteers are always needed, and service
offers a great way to do some good in your com-
munity while you gain practical experience. For
information or to volunteer this spring, contact
Carolyn Kershner at, .. /I ,/I.../ ,il.. /I by next
Monday, Nov. 24.
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Award Winning
Filmmaker Speaks
Here Tuesday
All are invited to a
presentation by Emmy
Award winning environ-
mental documentary film-
maker Steve Robitaille
(above, on the cover of
his video, "The Wild Heart
of Florida") this Tuesday,
Nov. 18, 6 p.m., in the
Bailey Courtroom. The
presentation is hosted by
the Environmental and
Land Use Law Society
(ELULS). Robitaille is co-
producer with his partner,
Leslie Gaines, of the pub-
lic television and radio
series "Expedition
Florida." The second film
in the series, "The Wild
Heart of Florida," received
five Emmy Awards and
the third and most
recent, "Wild Alachua,"
has been nominated for
two Emmy Awards.
Robitaille will show clips
from his films and speak
about the use of film in
environmental advocacy.
Food and refreshments
served. For information:
ELULS Vice President Ryan
Osborne (ryeosb@ufl.edu).

Fredric G. Levin College of Law



Support Class Gift
Representatives of the
Levin College of Law's Fall
2003 class have set their
goal at $25,000 $125
for each graduating stu-
dent to be presented
to Dean Robert Jerry at
December commencement.
Commemorative Class
of 2003 mugs (above) will
be given to students who
pledge a minimum of $125
over five years ($25 a
year) and make their first
gift before graduation.
Contributors also will
receive a gold Gator lapel
pin to wear at graduation
and will be recognized in
the law school's annual
report and on signs after
Gifts are tax
deductible as allowed by
law, and can be unre-
stricted or restricted to
specific programs, organi-
zations, or a generic stu-
dent organization fund.
To participate, bring
your check payable to
"Law Center Association"
and marked "Fall 2003
Class Gift" to Tena Canter
in the Dean's Office.
For information: Fall
2003 Class Chair Sarah
Rumpf (sarahr@ufl.edu).

Exam Change
Forms Due by
Noon Today
Students who need
to change their exam
times or request accom-
modations must submit
the appropriate form to
Student Affairs by noon
today. Contact Student
Affairs (392-0421) for
more information.

Pro Bono Hours Due for Dec. Grads
Students graduating this December who have
completed pro bono hours while in law school
must turn in their hours to Career Services by
Wednesday, Nov. 26, to receive a pro bono certifi-
cate this semester. If you have turned in 35 hours
or more, your name will be on the Pro Bono
Certificate List posted outside the Career Services
Office. Please come by to check.

Get Started on Your job Search
Career Services has been meeting with first-
semester students to assist them with their job
search strategies, as instructed by the National
Association of Law Placement. The following tips
are targeted for 1L's, though they should be useful
to all students.

resume is your personal marketing tool. It pro-
vides a snapshot of your career and sets you apart
from other job searchers. Appearance is every-
thing. Most employers spend about 30 seconds
scanning a resume, so it must be error free, pleas-
ing to the eye and concise. Carefully design your
resume to weave your background into a positive
advocacy document that showcases your accom-
plishments. Career Services' Resume Writing
Workshop Nov. 10 emphasized the following
important tips for writing a quality resume:
* Inventory your skills, experiences, accomplish-
ments, education, personal strengths, weaknesses,
likes and dislikes before writing your resume.
* Use action verbs like prepared, researched, drafted
and organized.
* Focus on aspects of your background that demon-
strate characteristics that will make you a success-
ful lawyer.
* Avoid using personal information such as age and
marital status, but do include interests and partici-
pation in organizations to individualize your
* Make your resume visually attractive and try to
make it fit neatly on one page.
* Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical
errors. Have someone else proof it for you,
preferably staff in the Center for Career Services.
* Use reverse chronological order for education and
* Do not use the word "I."
* Be honest.
* Utilize the Center for Career Services, including

individual counseling, handouts, career resource
library and our Web site.
For more tips on writing your resume, visit
the career services Web site at wwi /. n il l.. li,/
career/resources/ and make an appointment with
one of our professional attorney counselors.

Many legal employers request writing samples
from students they are interviewing. Although
there are no set rules about what makes an ideal
writing sample, there are guidelines:
* Submit a writing sample that is solely your own
work, not heavily edited or co-authored. Keep your
sample less than 10 pages if possible. It should be
your best research and writing, completely error-
free, neat, and preferably on an interesting topic.
Submit work that is law-related, not a policy,
technical or thought piece.
* Most students use something that was prepared for
Legal Research & Writing or Appellate Advocacy.
You can use work that was prepared for an employ-
er, but first get permission from your employer and
indicate that you have permission in a cover memo
to the sample. If you choose to use something from
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your employer, make sure to redact relevant infor-
mation by changing facts and names, not just
blacking out words.
* If you choose to use your first-year memo from
Legal Research & Writing, don't just print off a
copy and distribute it to employers. Take a close
look at the work and decide whether or not it repre-
sents your best research and writing skills. Once
you have selected the writing you would like to
submit to employers, read through it carefully to
ensure you have clearly articulated the issuess.
Make sure each topic sentence is clear and concise
and the paper follows a logical structure with no
obvious gaps. Check to see that you do not use a
passive voice and that you have no typos. Lastly,
ensure you have done sufficient research and you
have carefully checked all your cites.

SKILLS. According to Random House Webster's
College Dictionary, networking is the "informal
sharing of information and services among indi-
viduals or groups linked by a common interest."
This activity is something everyone in the legal
profession does as a regular part of the practice of
law. Attorneys mingle with other attorneys, corpo-
rate and community leaders, and many others in
order to generate business and meet potential
clients. So why are law students so intimidated by
the concept? Networking is really nothing more
than getting involved with the legal community
and learning about the profession.
* Start networking with people you know. Let
everyone know you are in law school and begin-
ning your legal career. Make copies of your
resume and give them to everyone you and your
family know. Don't limit this to lawyers.
Remember, nonlawyers know lawyers and some
work with them on a regular basis. By distribut-
ing your resume to people and informing every-
one you know of your job search, you've started
the process known as networking.

* Some natural networking opportunities are
facilitated by the Center for Career Services.
Programs featuring attorneys as speakers provide
an excellent opportunity to connect with poten-
tial future employers. Also, the Alumni Mentor
program matches students with attorneys for
long-term advisor relationships.
* One of the great things about networking is that
you can start anytime, and it is never too early or
too late to begin. Also, you can do as much net-
working as your time allows. If you can only
contact a couple of attorneys at a time, that's
fine. Set up your contact list and plan to work it
as you have time, sending letters and scheduling
calls based on your schedule. And remember,
networking is a "no lose" proposition. Even
if you don't find a job immediately, important
connections will be made that will greatly
enhance the development of your legal career. O

* Don't be afraid that you will offend people by
asking them about the legal profession or hand-
ing them your resume. Imagine how you would
feel if someone even a complete stranger -
who was interested in going to law school con-
tacted you to ask about your experience and for
your advice. Would you feel annoyed at dis-
cussing it? Would you behave rudely? Or, would
you be friendly and offer advice and encourage-
ment? Would you tell them about what it is you
have enjoyed and disliked about law school?
Chances are you'd be more than happy to share
your experiences with a future lawyer. Attorneys
feel the same way about students contacting
them about the profession.
* By networking, you are developing contacts that
will be helpful to you throughout your entire
career, and you also are laying the groundwork
to be the first to know if any jobs open up in the
area. Since many attorneys only hire when they
are inundated with work, and since they already
get resumes in the mail every day, positioning
yourself for future work is the most effective
way to job hunt.
* Remember, no time spent on developing your
career is wasted time. Learning about aspects of
the legal profession, practice areas and employ-
ment settings will help you set your career goals,
make informed career decisions, and communi-
cate those decisions intelligently in job inter-
views. Getting to know members of the legal
profession will help you to be aware of job open-
ings and to be a better attorney after you pass the

For information:
Associate Dean for
Administrative Affairs
Patrick Shannon

on Schedule
The Levin College of
Law's construction proj-
ect is on schedule for
completion by the begin-
ning of classes in Fall
2005 (see below). Stay
updated over winter
break at www.Iaw.ufl.
edulconstruction, where
a webcam with real time
views of the project will
soon go live.
* Construction of steel
structures for the new
education towers is
underway, and the
courtyard will alter
dramatically by spring.
* The third-floor library
will close in December.
* In the spring, the cafe-
teria and bookstore will
close and the library
will move off-site.
* Holland Hall classrooms
will be demolished and
library renovations will
begin in May. New class-
rooms will be complet-
ed for use in the fall.
* Beginning in March
2005, Holland Hall
renovations will be
completed and the
library, bookstore and
cafeteria will return.

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Flu Shots Offered
Again Thursday
An annual flu shot
can prevent illness from
type A and B influenza
viruses, which strike
10 to 20 percent of the
population of the United
States every winter. The
University of Florida
Student Health Care
Center offers annual pre-
ventive shots, and will
give them again at the
Levin College of Law
Thursday, Nov. 20, 9
a.m.-2 p.m., on the con-
course. The shots are free
for students (with ID)
and $15 for staff and
faculty (cash only).

Alumni Holiday
Party Date
The date of the
Alachua County Law
Alumni Holiday Party has
changed to Tuesday, Dec.
9, 6-8 p.m., at Bob and
Lisa Jerry's home.
The Florida Bar
Midyear Meeting Gator
Law Alumni Reception is
still scheduled for
Thursday, Jan. 15, 6:30-8
p.m., Jasmine Room,
Miami Hyatt.
For information:
Assistant Director of
Development and Alumni
Affairs Kerrie L. Mitchell

Clarence J. TeSelle Professor
of Law Marty McMahon teaches
in the Graduate Tax Program,
although no one there is actually
willing to admit to hiring him. He
used to be the Laramie
Leatherman Professor of Law at
the University of Kentucky
College of Law, but the rumor is
that the dean there got so tired of
him rescheduling classes to go
bass fishing that he told Marty to
go someplace where the fishing
was better and gave Florida a
glowing, if imaginative, recom-
mendation regarding Marty's
teaching credentials.
He is a 1971 graduate of
Rutgers College, where he
majored in narcolepsy, and a 1974 graduate of
Boston College Law School, where he minored in
racquetball. While in private practice in New
Hampshire from 1974 to 1979, he slept through
evening classes as a part time student at Boston
University Law School, from which he purchased
an LL.M. in Taxation in 1979.
This paper credential fooled the University of
Kentucky into thinking that he actually knew
something about tax law and enabled him to retire
from practice to the gentrified life of being a law
professor. While he was at UK, many people -
mostly his own colleagues suggested that he
leave and go elsewhere. On several occasions the
dean and his faculty colleagues at Kentucky
shipped him off elsewhere to teach for a while,
and he has visited at the University of Virginia
and at Florida. (Amazingly enough, Florida took
him back again in 1997!)
To get revenge on his UK colleagues, in the
mid-1980s he went to work as a professor-in-
residence at the Office of Chief Counsel of the
Internal Revenue Service, where he suggested that
the entire UK faculty be audited. Because little
revenue was raised from the audits of school
teachers he suggested, however, he was relegated
to tasks like helping to devise the interest tracing
rules in Treas. Reg. 1.163-8T.
To satisfy the lust for money of the bursars of
multiple universities, thereby keeping his one col-
lege-age son and post-college-age-but-perpetual-
student other son mollified, if not cheerful, he
moonlights as a book author. He has ridden on
Boris Bittker's coattails by coauthoring three edi-

tions of a treatise, Federal Income Taxation of
Individuals, with this Titan of Taxation. His law
school mentors, Paul McDaniel and Hugh Ault,
felt sorry for him and let him coauthor multiple
editions of four casebooks on basic income tax,
corporate tax, and partnership tax. Although he
much prefers writing casebooks (because his stu-
dents have to buy them, thereby generating royal-
ty income to pay for college tuition and car insur-
ance for those two sons), to get tenure and keep
his job he has been forced to write several dozen
law review articles about taxation, including one
in 1981 that suggested the cockamamy idea of
taxing kid's income at their parents' rates. (Who'd
ever be crazy enough to agree with that notion!)
It's rumored, however, that he really got tenure by
jogging two paces behind the dean no matter how
slow the pace.
All of those articles that nobody actually
reads also appear to have gotten him elected to the
ALI, but many people consider it to be a case of
mistaken identity. At another conference quite a
few years ago, he said something so long winded
and confusing that it was mistaken for profundity,
causing one of the prominent tax lawyers in atten-
dance to nominate him for fellowship in the
American College of Tax Counsel. Since his scant
royalties are devoured by college tuition, food
allowances for his sons, and car insurance, to see
the country he's willing to go anywhere for a
mini-vacation paid for by a CLE sponsor; and
over the years he has found a surprising number
of suckers to subsidize his thinly disguised vaca-
tion travel. (Hush now don't tell the IRS.) O



* Legal Skills Professor and Costa Rica
Program Director Tom Ankersen and
University of Costa Rica Law School
Dean Rafael Gonzalez Ballar traveled
to Shanghai, China, at the invitation of r .
the IUCN-World Conservation Union
Commission on Environmental Law to
participate in the inaugural meeting of
the IUCN International Academy of
Environmental Law. More than 70 law -'
schools representing 30 countries partici-
pated in the meeting, which was intended to form
"a new learned society in the field of environmental
law." Other invited U.S. law schools included Pace,
Lewis & Clark, Vermont and University of Oregon.
The meeting was organized by the Environmental
Law Department of Shanghai Jiao Tong University,
which also convened a concurrent colloquium on
the law, energy and sustainable development. The
IUCN Commission on Environmental Law used the
occasion to designate the University of Costa Rica
Environmental Law Program as an "IUCN Center
of Environmental Law Excellence," one of 10 such
centers located in developing countries worldwide

(Announcements, Continued)
'Operation Christmas Child'
The law school's Christian Legal Society is
promoting "Operation Christmas Child," a minis-
try of Samaritan's purse, to fill shoeboxes with
toys for children in 77 countries. The children -
many of whom reside in war-torn or impoverished
nations also will receive a booklet explaining
the meaning of Christmas. Boxes will be collected
in the Student Affairs Office Nov. 17-21 and dis-
tributed to children in time for Christmas.
Contributions are welcome from both individuals
and groups. For information and/or brochures:
M olley M etzler i(11/, l 1./:/.. l ,.t. ,.').

Donate Coats & Boots for Needy
Today is the last day to donate coats and boots
through the W. George Allen Chapter of the Black
Law Students Association (BLSA) project for
those in need at the St. Francis House. Drop off
donations (used or new) in the BLSA Office. For
information: Alero Afejuku .,;i.%,.,n.., ,il...InI

Unlicensed Law Practice Issues
Director of The Florida Bar's Unlicensed
Practice of Law Division Lori Holcomb will speak
(Announcements Continue Page 6)

and the second in Latin America. The
designation specifically recognized
recent curricular developments at the
University of Costa Rica Law School,
Faenst including its joint program with the
Levin College of Law.
SAssistant Professor Mark Fenster was
quoted in an Orlando Sentinel article on
eminent domain actions pending in
idsk, Daytona Beach, and was interviewed by
German Radio in Cologne for a news story on con-
spiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
* Levin, Mabie and Levin Professor of Law Berta
Esperanza Hernandez-Truyol published
"Glocalizing Terror," 81 Oregon L. Rev. 941
* UF Research Foundation Professor Lyrissa Lidsky
was interviewed by Us weekly magazine about the
Rosie O'Donnell breach of contract trial, and by a
Minnesota radio station about camera phones and
invasion of privacy. She spoke on Florida Law
Review's Medical Malpractice Reform Panel
Nov. 6. O

'Beyond Brown:
Children, Race
and Education'
The conference
"Beyond Brown: Children,
Race and Education" is set
for March 25-27 in
Gainesville. The event is
co-sponsored by the
Center on Children & the
Law and Center for the
Study of Race & Race
Relations, and marks the
50th anniversary of the
landmark case of Brown v.
Board of Education, in
which the Supreme Court
held that segregated
schools were unconstitu-
tional. Invited speakers
include Congressman John
Lewis, civil rights attorney
Elaine Jones, and many
others from education, law
and government. Speakers
will explore the history
and legacy of the decision
and its implications for
today's children and edu-
cational policies. Topics
will include multidiscipli-
nary perspectives on the
"Brown Children's" heroic
role in the struggle for
civil rights; how children
acquire racial and ethnic
identity; roles of integra-
tion and separation in
education; equality for
children of different sexes,
ethnic or language groups
and children with disabili-
ties; implications of school
reform on equal opportu-
nity for children; and how
we can contribute as citi-
zens and professionals to
realizing the promise of
Brown. Continuing educa-
tion credits available.
For information, go to:
or contact Program
Assistant Debbie Kelley
(Kelley@ law.ufl.edu or

Student Efforts
Ensured Success of
UF Homecoming
UF law student Kelley
Richards (2L) was general
chair of UF's Homecoming
2003. His fellow Florida
Blue Key members report
that Kelley worked hard
since last December on
planning Homecoming
events and activities, and
his efforts were a major
factor in the event's
"Managing law school
studies and being
Homecoming chairman is
an amazing thing," said
Carey Richards.

Gather Bar Info.
Over Break
First-semester stu-
dents are urged to gather
information needed to
complete registration for
The Florida Bar during
winter break. The "180
day deadline" is Feb. 16.
In an open letter to
students, UF College of
Law graduate janella K.
Leibovitz wrote, "In look-
ing back there is only one
thing I would have done
differently. I would have
sent in my Bar applica-
tion early. I could have
paid $50 for early regis-
tration, but since I wait-
ed I ended up paying
$500 for registration on
top of the $375 exam
cost. My procrastination
cost me $450. And there
is another reason to get
your application in early.
The Bar's background
investigation takes 6-8
months. If you wait until
your last semester, you
risk passing the Bar but
not being admitted
because your investiga-
tion will not be complet-
ed in time. Learn from
my mistake. Get your
application in at a bar-
gain price. It will save
you money and anxiety."

CLA Prison Tour Brings

Mixed Emotions
-By Edrene lohnson (2L)
"Why in the world would anyone want to
visit a prison?" This was the most common ques-
tion encountered as the Criminal Law Association
planned its Nov. 6 tour of the Florida State Prison
in Raiford, Florida. The decision to visit the
prison that housed infamous "old sparky" inspired
a sense of curiosity in individuals who have
known since birth their purpose in life is to prac-
tice criminal law as well as in those who will
never see criminal law as a career option.
The group visiting the prison had diverse
personal reasons for doing so, but they shared
mixed emotions of apprehension, sympathy and
shock as they entered a "prisoner's reality" that
Murderers, rapists and drug dealers reside in
Florida State Prison. Those sent to this prison
either have been sentenced to death or deemed
uncontrollable "troublemakers" and placed there
because they were unable to behave in their origi-
nal institutions (detention centers for offenders).
While the thought of standing a few feet away
from the most vicious criminals in the state of
Florida may have been a little terrifying, there was
never a safety issue during the visit, because
inmates were confined to their cells or restrained
at all times. Although safety was, of course,
important, some visitors felt sympathy for the iso-
lation these prisoners faced as a consequence of
their actions. All prisoners are confined to their
one-man cells for extended periods.
"I learned that inhumane does not always
relate to physical abuse," said Christopher O'Neal,
Criminal Law Association member and president
of the Black Law Students Association. "It is
amazing how much we take our ability to partici-
pate in human contact during daily interactions for

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here Tuesday, Feb. 3, noon, in Holland Hall
Holcomb provides practical advice on how
students can avoid problems in areas such as busi-
ness cards and titles on correspondence, and types
of activities students can legally undertake without
conducting the unauthorized practice of law. Her
presentation is particularly valuable for part-time

Others focused on the crime instead of the
"I am less sympathetic to the conditions these
inmates experience when they are sent here
because they are unable to behave in their original
institutions," said Criminal Law Association mem-
ber Mike Linn.
The need to isolate prisoners was better
understood when tour members were shown vari-
ous handmade weapons. One inmate was able to
produce a gun using the residue from matchbooks
as gunpowder, a testimony to the shocking level
of skill and ingenuity prisoners possess.
Feelings continued to run high as the tour
ended in the death chamber with a detailed
account of how a death sentence is carried out.
Emotions and opinions varied, but all in the
group agreed with their fellow visitor, Elizabeth
Crowder, when she said, "This was definitely an
activity I'm glad I experienced." E
Note: The Criminal Law Association Prison Tour was so
successful that the organization plans to offer it again next
semester. Watch FlaLaw for details.

law clerks, clinic or pro bono program partici-
pants, summer associates or certified legal interns.

Enter Essay Contest by Jan. 30
Students are encouraged to enter The Florida
Bar's Law Student Professionalism Essay Contest.
Essays will be judged on caliber (relating to pro-
fessionalism issues/topics), creativity, organiza-
tion, writing style, and technical expertise. They
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(Announcements, Continued)
must be submitted to Associate Dean for Students,
Professionalism and Community Relations Gail
Sasnett in Student Affairs by Jan. 30.
The Bar's Law School Subcommittee of the
Standing Committee on Professionalism reviews Team Represents
entries and selects the winner, who receives Team Represents
$1,000 and expenses paid to the award ceremony UF, University of
at the Florida Supreme Court. The winning essay Costa Rica at
is published in the Florida Bar Journal and News International
and on the Bar Web site. Environmental
The winner's law school receives a trophy .. Moot Court
designed by Hugh Nicholson, "The Lion of The University of
Florida and University of
Justice," which is housed at the law school and Costa R ica recently col-
passed on each year. UF law student Kimberly elaborated to participate
Rothenburg (3L) won the contest last year. in the 2003 International
For information: Student Affairs (392-0421). Environmental Moot
Court Competition at
Legal Affairs Writing Contest Stetson University. The
Students are invited to enter the first annual .. ........ ..... competition, held Oct.
Legal Affairs Writing Contest for Law Students 31-Nov. I in St.
sponsored by Legal Affairs magazine. Entries Petersburg, featured 27
teams from the U.S.,
should be in the form of a 1,500 word argument Costa Rica, India,
about a significant legal topic, are due by Jan. 7, Australia and New
and will be judged on ingenuity, clarity, strength Zealand. The University of
of support for the argument, and style. The winner Florida/University of
will receive $2,000 and have their article pub- Costa Rica team was
lished in Legal, I fi,, Visit ww I a.., . rg comprised of Coach
Thomas Ruppert (3L),
for information and contest guidelines. EO Paul Ghiotto (3L), Alex
Figares (2L) and Maria
Fernanda Esquivel (UCR),

Grant to UF Law Helps

Establish New UCR Clinic
A grant from the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation to the UF Levin College of
Law has provided funding for Center for
Governmental Responsibility (CGR) Conservation
Clinic/Costa Rica Program Director Tom Ankersen
to help establish a new Environmental Law Clinic
(Consultorio Ambiental Juridico) at the University of I
Costa Rica (UCR). The new clinic, modeled loosely
after the UF Conservation Clinic, will operate
throughout the year and provide UF Costa Rica Daniel Aguillar (from left, standing), Jose Pablo Sanchez,
Program Clinic students opportunities to participate UF Conservation Clinic Director Tom Ankersen, University
in the Consultorio's activities. The new Consultorio of Costa Rica (UCR) Law Dean Rafael Gonzalez Ballar, UF
office includes ample workspace for students and Dean Emeritus and CGR Director Jon Mills and (seated)
staff, two computers, telephone, ethernet access Maria Fernanda Esquivel, Program Co-Director Shirley
and a conference room on the newly remodeled Sanchez and Gladys Martinez met in Costa Rica last
sixth floor of the UCR law school. month. UCR students Aguilar, Sanchez, Esquivel and
UF College of Law Dean Emeritus/CGR Martinez work at the new UCR Environmental Clinic.
Director Jon Mills and CGR Development Director JoAnn Klein visited Costa Rica in October to begin
preparations for the college's annual Law in the Americas Conference which will be hosted by UCR
law school this year and toured the new facilities during their visit. O

all of whom had partici-
pated in UF's 2003 sum-
mer program in interna-
tional environmental law
at the University of Costa
Rica. The joint moot
court team is another
result of the active aca-
demic partnership
between UF and UCR in
the field of international
environmental law.
For information on
the Costa Rica program
and other UF/UCR collab-
orative legal projects,
visit the Conservation
Clinic's Web site at:

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Fredric G. Levin
College of Law
* Robert H. Jerry, II, Dean
* Stuart R. Cohn, Associate
Dean for International
SMichael K. Friel, Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs

* William H. Page, Associate
Dean for Faculty

Are You Stressed?
SBy Resource Counselor Ali Kane

Are you rInesel This "Stress Test" designed
by Dr. Frank C. Richardson can help you decide.
Answer yes or no to the following:
1. Do you worry about the future?
2. Do you sometimes have trouble falling asleep?
3. Do you often reach for a cigarette, drink or tranquilizer in
order to reduce tension?
4. Do you become irritated over basically insignificant
5. Do you have less energy than you seem to need or would
like to have?
6. Do you have too many things to do and not enough time
to do them?
7. Do you have headaches or stomach problems?
8. Do you feel pressure to accomplish or to get things done?
9. Are you very concerned about either being well-liked or
10. Do you perform well enough in life to satisfy yourself?
11. Do you get satisfaction from the small joys or simple
pleasures of life?
12. Are you able to really relax and have fun?
Scoring: 1 point for a YES answer to 1-9 or NO answer to 10-
12. A score of 4 or more suggests that you may be under sig-
nificant stress.

Common misconceptions
* We always know when we are under stress. We can become
so used to feeling stress that we are unaware of it. Stress can
affect our relationships with others or even damage our bodies
even in the absence of feelings of frustration or anxiety.
* Stress only affects those who lead high-pressure lives.
Many ordinary individuals experience the constant stress of
worry, leading unfulfilled lives, or of not being what they
would like to be.
* The only way to lower stress is to change your surround-

ings or take medication.
Changing your outlook on life
is the most reliable and effec-
tive way of reducing stress. Is
the glass half empty or half
full? The outlook you choose
determines your stress.
* Stress is caused by events that happen to us. It is not events
in themselves that cause our distress, but rather the views we
take of events.
* Emotions have a will of their own and cannot be con-
trolled. We can change our feeling by first changing our
behavior or by changing our thinking. For example, getting
some work done can keep us from worrying about it. Creating
a new understanding of a situation can make it less threaten-
ing or stressful.

If you find yourself experiencing significant
stress, you may find it useful to engage in balanc-
ing activities such as exercise, social or creative
activities, meditation, yoga, religious practices or
anything you consider fun and enriching. Getting
enough sleep and eating right also are important
factors. O

Resource Counselor Ali Kane (top) provides confi-
dential, free counseling and stress reduction services -
including yoga and meditation classes to the law
school community. Contact her at 392-0499 or
alikane@ufl.edu for an appointment. Counseling also
is available through the Counseling Center or Student
Mental Health Services on campus. If an after-hours
crisis occurs, contact the Alachua County Crisis Center
at 334-0888.

* M. Kathleen "Kathie" Price, I,,
Associate Dean for Library
and Technology See Calendars Online at WWW. law. ufl. edu
* Gail E. Sasnett, Associate November
Dean for Students, 17 LCC General Board Meeting, 6 8 p.m., 296 HOL
Professionalism and 18 ELULS Speaker Steve Robitaille, 6 p.m., Bailey Courtroom
Community Relations 19 Brown Bag Lunch, "Speak Out: Have We Grown Since Virgil
* j. Patrick Shannon, Hawkins?" Noon, 297 HOL
Associate Dean for ETELS Elections & Meeting, 5 p.m., 350 HOL
Administrative Affairs ............................20 Flu Shots, 9 a.m. 2 p.m., Concourse
* Donald j. Hale, Senior Business Law Student Reception, 5 p.m., Faculty Dining Room
Development Director 21 Faculty Enrichment, LIC Director Kathie Price, "Books,
Bricks & Bytes: Legal Information Services for the Decade,"
A Linda Calvert Hanson, Noon, Faculty Dining Room
Assistant Dean for "25 Swamp Caucus Mlcilln W\Vih Speaker Rep. Larry Cretul,
Career Services 11 a.m. Noon, F. ,11. I ....... Room
* Richard L. Ludwick, 26 Classes End
Assistant Dean for Students
SJ. Michael Patrick, Assistant December
Dean for Admissions I Exam/Reading Period Begins
9 Alachua County Law Alumni Holiday Party,
6-8 p.m., Jerry Home
12 Exam/Reading Period Ends
19 Law School Graduation, 2 p.m., O'Connell Center.
S* I l I Reception follows at O'Dome.
n 25 Christmas Holiday

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