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 Career Services
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 People, scholarships and activ...
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Table of Contents
    Major gift for real estate law
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    Career Services
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Events and opportunities
        Page 4
        Page 5
    People, scholarships and activities
        Page 6
    Cape Town calls
        Page 7
        Page 8
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Major Gift for Real Estate Law
Donation from The Fund will provide $300,000 for UF law programs.

A major gift announced last
week by Attorneys' Title Insur-
ance Fund, Inc. (The Fund) will
help Florida deal with the state's
percolating real estate market
and develop knowledgeable
lawyers to serve that market.
After it is matched by the
state, the gift from The Fund,
the nation's first Florida Bar-re-
lated title insurance underwrit-
er, will provide $300,000 for
teaching and faculty research in
the area of real estate law at the
Levin College of Law.
"The demand continues to
escalate for well-educated legal
professionals versed in the
complexities of real estate law.
This endowment will provide
much-needed teaching and
faculty research support in this
key area," said Dean Robert
Jerry. "The gift also works hand-
in-hand with UF President
Bernard Machen's initiative to
make UF one of the nation's
premier research universities by
attracting and retaining high-
quality faculty and giving them
the tools they need to excel."

2 Career Services
4 Events
8 Calendar

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on the topic of real estate law.
"UF's law school has a
distinguished national reputa-
tion and a tradition of academic
excellence. With this instruc-
tional endowment, we are
carrying out The Fund's mission
to preserve and facilitate the
practice of real estate law," said
Charles J. Kovaleski, president
of The Fund. "Real estate drives
Florida's economy. This gift
Kovaleski represents The Fund's reinvest-
ne of five ment in the legal foundation
- the on which that critical piece of
aFlorida's economy stands."
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a title examination workshop
for students at law schools
across the state. The workshop
provides students with the
methods to help them ac-
curately examine titles in an
orderly and effective manner. It
also helps them easily identify
problems to look for when issu-
ing title insurance as real estate

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Former Death
Row Inmate
Speaks Today
Juan Melendez, who spent 17
years on Florida's Death Row
before being freed in 2002, will
speak to University of Florida
students, faculty and others on
the law school campus today.
Melendez, a former farmwork-
er, was 33 years old in 1984,
when he was convicted in the
murder of Delbert Baker, an
Auburndale cosmetology school
owner. He was released from
Union Correctional Institution in
2002 after the discovery of a
transcript in which another man
confessed to the crime.
Melendez will speak at 3 p.m.
in room 180A. The event is
sponsored by Floridians for
Alternatives to the Death
Penalty and the campus
branch of the National Law-
yers Guild, the Criminal Law
Association, the Association
for Public Interest Law, and
CaribLaw. For more informa-
tion, contact Collette Duke at

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Apply for Fall
Scholarships Now
Now is the time to apply for aid
for the 2005-06 academic year.
Students are encouraged to
apply online to save processing
time and reduce errors through
the system's built-in editing for-
mat. Just go to www.FAFSA.
ed.gov and follow the instruc-
tions. You can then check the
status of your application and
make corrections online.

Last Week to
Apply for Yegelwel
Feb. 28 is the last day to apply
for the Yegelwel Fellowship
in the Center for the Study of
Race and Race Relations. The
$2,000 fellowship supports
student research toward
the goal of reducing crime
motivated by hate, prejudice
or stereotyping. For further
details, see the center's
website at http://www.law.ufl.

Construction crews will soon
begin putting the finishing
touches on the Levin College of
Law's renovation and construc-
tion projects. But as construc-
tion nears completion, there
may be small problems that
have so far gone unnoticed:
lights that don't work, dents in
walls, etc.
These problems can be fixed,
but only if the contractors
know about them. If you
spot a glitch in construc-
tion, please report it to


Hints to help you in the legal profession.

Know Employers' Hiring
When a law student sets out
to find a job in the world of law,
timing is everything. Different
employers look for new employ-
ees at different times of the year.
As you start your job search,
make sure the kind of job you're
seeking is "in season."
Business and corporate legal
employers tend to hire on an "as
needed" basis, although if you
are interested in working during
summer in a corporate legal de-
partment, you may want to focus
your targeted mailings in the fall
and early spring. These employers

typically do not participate in on- ernment employers operate on a
campus interviewing programs. July 1 fiscal year. Typically, more
Some federal government public defender's and state attor-
agencies, particularly those with ney's offices participate in spring
honors programs, recruit each OCI, anticipating openings after
fall for positions beginning the July 1. Even so, unanticipated
following summer
or beyond. Other
agencies hire only As you start your job
when vacancies
occur, so a targeted search, make sure the
mailing can be you're
effective for these kind of Job you re

Most state and
local agencies hire
on an "as needed"

basis, depending on funding and
personnel needs. In Florida, gov-

Life as a State Attorney
State Attorney Harry Shorstein (JD 65) and Assistant State
Attorney Diana Boiling, both of the 4th Judicial Circuit, joined
UF law students last week to discuss "Life as a State Attorney."
Shorstein and Bolling discussed their office's four-year program,
which takes a new attorney from county court to felony divi-
sion and beyond. The speakers also discussed the importance of
the four-year commitment and the advantages of their office's
aggressive on-the-job training program. Students interested in
learning more about criminal law are encouraged to stop by the
Center for Career Services to pick up a handout.

seeking is "in season."

openings can occur at any time,
so students should stay in contact
with judicial circuit offices of
interest throughout the year. Fol-
low-through and persistence are
essential when you seek employ-
ment with under-resourced state
and local agencies.
Most public interest agen-
cies hire on an "as needed" basis
- when vacancies occur or as
new grants are received. Typi-
cally these agencies hire first- and
second-year law students for
the summer on a fellowship or
volunteer basis. These agen-
cies are less likely to recruit on
campus, as they would prefer to
hire someone who has worked
for them during a summer.
Networking and a demonstrated
prior commitment to public
interest are critical to obtaining
these positions.
Under federal hiring guide-
lines, federal courts accept
applications for post-graduation
judicial clerkships the day after
Labor Day of your third year of
law school. Typically interviews
are conducted and hiring deci-
sions made fairly soon after that
time. Florida's state courts accept

applications for postgraduate ju-
dicial clerkships at various times,
although many accept them
during the spring semester for
vacancies the following fall.
Small law firms tend to
recruit second-year law students
in the spring and third-year law
students in both spring and sum-
mer, following admission to the
Bar. Most do not recruit on cam-
pus, but expect students to apply
directly to them. They often hire
students who have worked for
them on a part-time basis during
the academic year.
Medium-large (50-99 at-
torneys) and medium-sized law
firms (20-50 attorneys) offer a
mixed bag of recruiting sched-
ules. Those in large cities such as
Atlanta or Miami tend to follow
large firm practices, including
hosting a formal summer pro-
gram, with recruitment exclusive-
ly in the fall except for a couple
of openings for outstanding 1Ls.
Other medium-sized firms are
less structured and may recruit
in the spring, fall, or on an "as
needed" basis. Targeted mailings
can prove successful with these
employers, who are not as likely
to visit campus as their metro-
politan counterparts.
Large law firms (100+ attor-
neys) recruit second- and third-
year students almost exclusively
in the fall for summer associates.
Large firms recruit primarily
through on-campus interviews,
supplemented by targeted mail-
ings. These law firms typically use
their second-year summer pro-
gram as the mechanism for hiring
new permanent associates.
Please note that the terms
"large firm" and "small firm"
depend largely on where you are
looking. Though a 10-person
firm in Gainesville may seem like
a large firm for that city, a 10-
person firm in Miami or Chicago
qualifies as a small firm.

On-Campus Interviews
Phase 2 on-campus inter-
views begin tomorrow, Feb. 22.
Employers are still signing up to
interview on campus, so be sure
you are signed up on eAttorney
and check your emails regularly.
Sign up on the Career Hotline by
sending a blank email to career-
No AOL accounts please.

One Quick Question
Stop by and ask Career
Services Center Director Jessie
Howell Wallace your career-
related questions today, Feb. 21,
from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in
the courtyard.

Practicing Law in Small
and Medium Firms
Hear a panel of legal pro-
fessionals as they discuss the
realities of practicing law at a
small or medium-sized firm.
Panelists include Gainesville
attorney Stephen Miller (JD
94); Lynn Schackow (JD 92) of
Schackow & Mercadante, PA. in
Gainesville; and Robert Appleget
(JD 73) ofTrow, Appleget & Per-
ry in Ocala. The event, sponsored
by Westlaw, will be held at noon
Feb. 23 in the Bailey Courtroom.
Lunch will be provided.

Alternative Careers:
Exploring Your Options
Learn about the many ways
you can use your JD degree in
non-traditional careers such as
legal publishing, compliance
and regulatory affairs, consult-
ing, human resources, lobbying,
mediation, real estate develop-
ment, legislative policy analysis,
consumer advocacy and many
more. If you want to explore the
numerous options available to
you, don't miss this workshop, to
be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 in the
faculty dining room.

VITA: Your Place for

Help at Tax Time

No time to do your own taxes? Don't want to spend half your return
on a tax preparer? Try the law school's Volunteer Income Tax Assis-
tance (VITA) program. An alternative to filing through an accountant
or "rapid refund" business, VITA enlists student volunteers to help
their fellow students and low-income Alachua County residents
- file their taxes free of charge.
Last tax season, law student volunteers prepared more than 600
returns and helped clients claim almost $190,000 in refunds. This
year, after only a week in operation, VITA volunteers have e-filed
34 student income tax returns. Student co-director Jeff Troiano (2L)
has led more than 60 law students through IRS training programs to
prepare and file returns as a pro bono service.
Many of VITA's clients qualify for the Earned Income Credit, which
entitles them to a refundable credit above and beyond what they
paid in taxes. Each year, area residents allow millions of dollars in
tax credits to go unclaimed. VITA seeks to help potential EIC recipi-
ents learn about and claim the refund.
To this end, Carolyn Kershner (3L) now coordinates the law school
program and Alachua County's fledgling program to draw together
the law school's experience with the county's resources. Co-director
Brooke Bornick (3L) has organized VITA's first working-homeless
outreach program to help the neediest claim their tax refunds in con-
junction with her Florida Bar Foundation public interest fellowship.
Anyone interested in VITA's services should bring a photo ID, Social
Security card, and tax forms (W-2s, 1098-Ts, etc.) to the Student
Organizations office in Bruton-Geer Hall on a Tuesday, Wednes-
day, or Thursday from 5-9 p.m. VITA will be closed during Spring
Break. Volunteers will assist international students with tax returns
beginning March 19.


Law and
One of the most powerful
people in the Federal Communi-
cations Commission will speak
at the Levin College of Law's
fourth annual Law and Technol-
ogy Conference, Feb 24-25.
FCC Commissioner Kevin
Martin will be the keynote
speaker at the conference, held
at Sheraton World Resort in
"Telecommunications regula-
tion, along with intellectual
property law, affects much of
what we do every day, from
watching television to using the
telephone to listening to the
radio to accessing the Internet,"
said Professor Thomas Cotter,
organizer of the event. "We hope
people attending the conference
will come away knowing more
about how the law impacts
our access to information and
Other presentations include:
* "Copyright and the Internet,"
with Cathryn A. Mitchell,
of MillerMitchell, P.C., of
Princeton, N.J.

* "Counterfeiting, Customs
Enforcement, Trademarks
and Design Patents," with F.
Leslie Bessenger and Virginia
Carron, both of Finnegan,
Henderson, Farabow, Garrett
& Dunner, of Atlanta.

* "Arbitration of Intellec-
tual Property and Licensing
Disputes," featuring John
M. Barkett of Shook, Hardy
& Bacon, of Miami; Jeffery
Feldman and James A. Gale
of FeldmanGale, P.A., of Mi-
ami; and William F. Hamilton,
of the Tampa-based Holland
& Knight, LLP.

For more information, contact
Barbara DeVoe at 392-8070.



Reno to Speak Here
The UF law school chapter
of the American Constitution
Society (ACS) will present "A
Conversation with Janet Reno"
Thursday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m.
in room 180A. The former
attorney general will discuss
the positions and progressive
efforts of ACS for 40 minutes,
followed by a 15-minute Q &
A session. Reserved seating in
the first few rows is available
to ACS members. Seating is
limited, though an overflow
room with live video feed will
be provided in room 285.
Admission is free and open to
the public.
In addition, ACS will hold a
small lunchtime reception for
Reno from noon until 2 p.m.
The reception will be available
only to ACS members.
If you are interested in join-
ing ACS, please contact Felix
Felicier at megator8@ufl.edu.

SG President Hopefuls
to Debate Here
Candidates for president
of UF's Student Government
will debate the issues at 6 p.m.
March 8 on the law school
Candidates Joe Goldberg (Ga-
tor Party), MacKenzie Mortiz
(Progress Party), and Dennis
Ngin (Impact Party) will go
head-to-head on professional
and graduate student issues
at the debate. The event will
be hosted by the Law Col-
lege Council, the Law School
Democrats, and the Law School
Questions for the candidates
can be submitted in advance to

Student Organizations: LCC: New Board
Apply Now for Funding Members, New Meeting

Student organization presi-
dents need to complete all
on-line SARs for student
activities from their organiza-
tional budgets by Wednesday,
March 9, at 3 p.m. All organi-
zational money not allocated
through SARS by that date
will be encumbered for special
requests for the remainder of
the fiscal year. Please contact
Law College Council Treasurer
Steven E. Martin for any ques-
tions concerning finances at

Trial Team Makes
Regional Semifinals
The Trial Team advanced
to the semi-final round of
the Regional ABA Compe-
tition held in Jacksonville
February 11-13. Participants
included (above, left to
right) witnesses Ray Domi-
nick (2L) and Sara Tobias
(2L), coach Tom Farkash,
and advocates Aisha Salem
(3L) and Whitney Untiedt

The Law College Council has
two new general board members:
Dina Finkel (1L) and Justin Maz-
zara (2L). The next general board
meeting will be held Wednes-
day, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in room
345. For any questions contact
LCC President Lee Harang at

LCC Elections Soon
Elections for the Law College
Council for the 2005-06 school
year will be held March 15. Posi-
tions available include president,
vice president, treasurer, secre-
tary, 14 at-large representatives,
and 14 student organization
representatives. Student organiza-
tions may nominate a candidate
as their organization's representa-
tive. These nominations require
the signature of the president
and one other officer; write-in
candidates for these positions
are not permitted. Nominations
are due in the green nomina-
tion box in room 151 by 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 23. Forms are
available in the student organi-
zation office, or from Noemar
Castro in Student Affairs. All
candidates must also attend an
informational meeting March
9. For any questions concerning
elections, contact LCC Elections
Commissioner William Reich at

Have a Ball
This year's Barrister's Ball will
be held Friday, March 18, at
the Sweetwater Branch Inn.
The party starts at 8 p.m. and
runs until 1 a.m, so bring your
dancing shoes. Ticket sales will
begin soon.

FlaLaw Seeks Writers
Looking for fun, flexible part-
time work (5-20 hours weekly) at
the law school? The UF College
of Law Communications Office
has opportunities available for
students with:
* Writing experience, particularly
news and/or feature writing
Publication design/production
experience, particularly with
Adobe InDesign and Photo-
shop and Microsoft PowerPoint
Help us make FlaLaw, UFLaw
magazine and other law school
publications informative and ef-
fective tools for students, faculty
and alumni.
To apply, e-mail your resume
and samples of your work to
Director of Communications
Debra Amirin at amirin@law.

JTLP Write-On
Topics Due
The Spring Write-On
Competition for the Journal
of Technology Law and Policy
is currently underway, and
topics are due by Friday, Feb.
25. Case comments will be due
no later than 5 p.m. March 7.
This competition is open to any
third-, fourth- or fifth-semester
student who has an interest in
intellectual property law and
would like an opportunity to
learn more about this fascinat-
ing and ever-changing area of
the law. Competition packets
are available in hard-copy
format in the JTLP office and
online at http://dogwood.circa.
Every comment of publishable
quality will be selected. The com-
ment chosen as "best comment"
will be published in the Journal.
Contact student works editor
Michael Bachman with case
comment topics or questions at

'Black for a Reason' Spotlights Causes
Around 30 students attended the "Black for a Reason" event
sponsored by the Black Law Students Association Feb. 16
in the law school cafeteria. The gathering was part of a
day-long event in which students wore all black to highlight
various causes of concern to people of color. Shown here are
BLSA members who organized the event.

Master Lexis/Nexis
Want to master your LexisNex-
is research skills? Then be sure
to attend the "Mastering Terms
and Connectors/Basic Review"
courses on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at
11 a.m. and noon in the faculty
dining room. Sign up to attend
on the LexisNexis "My School"
web page, or just show up. No
one will be turned away.

Be an Ambassador
"Introduction to Law School
and the Profession" ambassadors'
applications are now available in
the Office of Student Affairs.
Application deadline is Feb.
22 at 5 p.m. Interviews will held
Feb. 23-25. All applicants must
be second-semester students,
must be available to attend a
training meeting this semester,
and must be available to work by
Aug. 15.

Military Appreciation
The Law School Republicans
will host a military appreciation
reception in honor of all veterans,
active-duty personnel and reserv-
ists at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.
22 in the faculty dining room.
For more details, log on to www.

Hernandez Elected to
BOCC Board
Jared Hernandez (1L) was
recently elected as an executive-
at-large for the Board of College
Councils. Hernandez joins fel-
low UF law student Todd Brister
(3L), also an executive-at-large,
in administering BOCC rules
and entertaining finance special
requests. This is the first time two
law students have been on the
nine-person board responsible for
more than $300,000 in students'
activities and service fees.

Race and Law
Race scholars from law schools
around the country will gather
on the UF campus Feb. 24-26
to discuss how issues of race
can be incorporated into the
law school curriculum.
Keynote speaker Professor
David D. Troutt of Rutgers
University-Newark will deliver
his address at 7:30 p.m. Feb.
24 at the UF Hilton Conference
On Feb. 25, the conference will
host two panel sessions. In
"Telling Our Stories," panelists
will discuss the consequences
of teaching race in the law
school environment. A second
panel will focus on placing race
in the curriculum.
Speakers include:
* Keith Aoki, University of
* Alfred Brophy, University of
*John Calmore, University of
North Carolina
* Kim Ford-Mazrui,
University of Virginia
* Cheryl Harris, UCLA
* Tanya Hernandez, Rutgers
* john a. powell, Ohio State
* Gerald Torres, University of
* Gloria Valencia-Weber, Uni-
versity of New Mexico
The conference will conclude
on Feb. 26 with a law student
panel and a large group discus-
sion on race and pedagogy.
For more information, check the
website of the Center for Race
and Race Relations at http://




Samuel T. Dell Research Schol-
ar/Professor Winston Nagan,
along with Senior Research Fel-
low Craig Hammer, published
"The Changing Character of
Sovereignty in International Law
and International Relations," in
43 Columbia Journal of Transna-
tionalLaw 142-187 (2004).
Associate Director of the
Center on Children and Fami-
lies/Professor Kenneth Nunn
participated in a forum entitled
"Black (Inter)Nationalism, Civil
Rights, and the Illusion of Equal-
ity," an event hosted by the Black
Graduate Student Organization,
as part ofUF's celebration of
Black History Month. Nunn was
also mentioned in an Independent
Florida A//~.gro: article on the
Assistant Professor Christo-
pher Peterson's book Taming
the Sharks: Toward a Cure for
the High Cost Credit Market was

selected by Academia Magazine as
a recommended title for Winter
2005. Recommendations are
given to only 10 new, topical, au-
thoritative and accessible books
from the legal academy per quar-
ter. Peterson's book was described
as a "compelling overview, which
takes you on a tour of the plight
of the working poor."
Levin, Mabie & Levin Profes-
sor Berta Esperanza Hernan-
dez-Truyol published an article
titled "Asking the Family Ques-
tion" in Florida Law Quarterly
and will be presenting her work
with Jane Larson on "Prostitu-
tion Voluntary Bondage?
On Work, Slavery and Human
Rights," at the Global Impact of
Feminist Legal Theory confer-
ence in San Diego.
Stephen C. O'Connell Profes-
sor Christopher Slobogin spoke
on "Civil Liberties for People
with Mental Disability" at an
American Board of Forensic

Cuban-American Bar Endows Scholarship

The Cuban-American Bar Foundation pre-
sented Dean Robert Jerry with a $30,000 check
last month, to endow a Cuban-American Bar
Merit Scholarship. The check was presented
during the law school's alumni reception at the
Florida Bar Mid-Year Meeting in Miami.
This scholarship will be awarded to a law
student who has shown outstanding academic
achievement and significant scholarship on the
subject of human rights violations in Cuba or
the re-establishment of democratic rule of law in
The Cuban-American Bar Foundation was
formed by members of the Cuban-American
Bar Association (CABA) as a continuation of
their commitment to providing scholarships to
meritorious students in Florida.

CABF president Ramon A. Abadin (left) and past president
Victor M. Diaz (right) present Dean Robert Jerry (center)
with a $30,000 check to endow a scholarship for stu-
dents of Cuban-American descent.


Psychology meeting Feb. 10.
Slobogin also spoke Feb. 17 on
"Transaction Surveillance by the
Government" at the Mississippi
College of Law's Conference
on Computers and the Fourth
Director of the Center on
Children and Families Barbara
Bennett Woodhouse was hon-
ored as a "Hero for Children's
Rights" in the Winter 2005
issue of the ABA Human Rights
Journal. Woodhouse will also be
traveling to The Hague, Neth-
erlands, to attend the annual
meeting of the Executive Coun-
cil of the International Society
of Family Law this month.

In the News
Professor Michael Seigel was
quoted in a Feb. 11 Tallahassee
Democrat article about the case
of a man who allegedly robbed
banks to feed his daughter.








Cape Town Calls

A UF law summer study abroad program gives students the opportunity to see one of the world's most exciting
cultures in a time of great change. Don't miss your chance to study in South Africa.

UF law students can see first-
hand the historic legal and social
changes sweeping South Africa
- and get class credit by
participating in the UF Cape
Town Program this summer.
Professors from both UF and the
University of Cape Town offer
courses focusing on comparative
and international law and exam-
ining how race relations affect
the legal systems of both South
Africa and the U.S. Students can
earn up to six course credits in
the program, which lasts from
May 30 to July 5.
Program Director Winston P.
Nagan is a South African native,
Sam T Dell Research Scholar/
Professor of Law at UF, and hon-
orary professor at the University
of Cape Town.
Students can shadow mem-
bers of the South African Cape
Bar and accompany advocates
to sessions of High Court,
consultations with clients and
meetings with opposing counsel.
Some students stay on and work
with advocates throughout the
program to conduct research
and get involved in other profes-
sional activities.
Featured activities include:
Program with the South
African Cape Bar. This is one
of the most unique mini-intern-
ships an American law student
can experience. Students hear
lectures by members of the Cape
Bar, and are taken "behind the
scenes" to meet and interact
with advocates and staff. They
witness High Court proceedings
and may meet with clients and
Visit to South African Parlia-
ment. Students get an up-close
look at the workings of a rain-
bow democracy in an emerging

market country.
Students visit
with a South
African historian
who explains
the functions of
Parliament and
regales them
with tales of
Nelson Mandela,
Thabo Mbeki,
Walter Sisulu,
and other figures
of South African
Students also sit
in on a session
of Parliament,
including de-
bates and voting,
provincial and

local government
meetings, and
occasionally a
presidential address.
Cape Town City Tour. Stu-
dents visit Cape Town, a thriving
metropolis nestled between a
majestic mountain range and the
picturesque ocean. Students may
also visit the African savannah,
where they can observe animals
in the wild.
Youth Day Reception.
Students may attend a memorial
celebration of Youth Day at the
home of Professor Nagan, who
cooks and introduces them to
traditional South African fare,
such as curries, Samoosas and
Robben Island Visit.
Students visit Robben Island
Prison, where Nelson Mandela
was incarcerated for 18 of his 27
years behind bars.
Township Visit. A UCT pro-
fessor takes students on a guided
walking visit through a township
to show them the courage with


which township residents face
day-to-day existence.
UCT Dinner. A formal dinner
in UCT's famed Smuts Hall,
presided over by UCT Warden
Danie Visser and Dean Hugh
Corder. Students are served fine
fare and excellent South African
wines in a superb, historic atmo-
sphere and meet South African
and U.S. officials, dignitaries,
and advocates, including Moosa
Valli, the Consul General of the
U.S. in Cape Town.
The deadline to apply for the
program is March 18. For more
information or to obtain an ap-
plication, contact Noemar Castro
at 392-0421 or castro@law.
ufl.edu. Professor Nagan can
be reached at 392-9350 or
nagan@law.ufl.edu. Details are
also available on the program's
website at http://www.law.ufl.

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Study in the South
of France
The Montpellier Summer Pro-
gram allows Uf law students
to spend June 27-July 29 at
Montpellier University in the
south of France. Students in
the program get a chance to
live in and enjoy the rich culture
of France while studying
international and comparative
law under both French and
American professors.
Mornings and early afternoons
are devoted to law classes
(conducted in English). The
French and American students
also will meet with members of
the judiciary and legal profes-
sion. Students can transfer
up to six credit hours and pay
a single fee of $2,200. For
more information, contact
Noemar Castro in the Student
Affairs Office (castro@law.
ufl.edu) or Professor George
Dawson in the Dean's Office
(dawson@law.ufl.edu). You can
also visit the college's website:
dents/abroad/summer montpel-

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Activists, Industry Weigh Billboard Law
Forty years after passage of the Highway Beautification Act, activists and advertisers are still debating the
law's impact on the landscape. A UF law conference this month brought both sides together to discuss the law.

Marking the anniversary of
the federal Highway Beauti-
fication Act (HBA), outdoor
advertising industry leaders and
prominent billboard opponents
discussed the economic benefits
and constitutional and environ-
mental pitfalls of laws regulat-
ing roadside signs at the fourth
installment of the law school's
Richard E. Nelson Symposium
series, held Feb. 11.
Although the HBA has been
in place for 40 years, the law is
still a topic of heated debate be-
tween advertisers, government
officials and environmentalists.
Florida has about 22 billboards
for every 10 miles of highway
and is second in the nation in
the number of billboards that
fail to conform to the law. The
state has recently come under
scrutiny because of billboard

ads for strip clubs and white
supremacist groups.
Although the federal law was
intended to curb the spread of
billboards along interstate high-
ways, opponents argue the law
has failed to protect rural and
scenic areas because billboard
owners are allowed to cut down
trees and vegetation that block
a highway user's view. Oppo-
nents also contend the law isn't
actually being enforced, point-
ing to the 73,000 billboards
nationwide that don't conform
to the HBA.
"The act has failed to see
the reduction or removal of
non-conforming signs," said
Kenneth Towcimak, who is the
Office of Right of Way director
for the Florida Department of
Transportation. "Because the
acquisition of nonconform-

ing signs was never funded by
Congress, it makes the applica-
tion of the act at a state level
extremely difficult or impos-
However, Nancy Fletcher,
president and CEO of the
Outdoor Advertising Associa-
tion of America, believes the
law has done well to balance the
benefits billboard advertising
provides to local communi-
ties with the environmental
"HBA is a dynamic law that
balances billboard regulation
with business and property
rights," she said to an audience
of about 75 people. "Those
whoseek to ban billboards
don't take into account the
substantial economic benefits
to families, businesses and com-
munities across the country."

21 Career Services: Once
Quick Question, 10:30
a.m., courtyard

Former Death Row
inmate Juan Melendez
speaks, 3 p.m., 180A

22 Lexis/Nexis basic review
course, 11 a.m., faculty
dining room

Military appreciation
reception, 6 p.m., faculty
dining room

23 Career Services: Practic-
ing Law in Small and
Medium Firms, noon,
Bailey Courtroom

23 Law College Council
General Board meeting, 6
p.m., room 345

24 A Conversation with
Janet Reno,10 a.m., 180A

Career Services: Alterna-
tive Careers: Exploring
Your Options, 11 a.m.,
faculty dining room

Law and Technology
Conference welcome
reception, 5-7 p.m.,
Sheraton World Resort,

Public Interest Environ-
mental Conference recep-
tion with speaker Ott6n
Solis, 6 p.m., Florida Mu-
seum of Natural History

24 Race and Law Curricu-
lum Workshop keynote
address by David Troutt,
7:30 p.m. UF Hilton Con-
ference Center

25 Public Interest Eviron-
mental Conference panel
sessions begin, 8:30 a.m.,
J. Wayne Reitz Union

Law and Technology
Conference panel sessions
begin, 9 a.m., Sheraton
World Resort, Orlando

Race and Law Curricu-
lum Workshop panel ses-
sions begin, 8:30 a.m., UF
Hilton Conference Center

28 Spring Break begins