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Conference to Highlight International Issues
Terrorism, dispute resolution and the rule of law are topics at the Legal and Policy Issues in the Americas
Conference, to be hosted in Gainesville May 15-17 by the Center for Governmental Responsibility.

Lawyers, scholars and law
enforcement officials from across
the Western Hemisphere will
come to the University of Flori-
da's Levin College of Law in May
to discuss the rule of law, dispute
resolution, and techniques for
fighting terrorism.
The sixth annual Confer-
ence on Legal and Policy
Issues in the Americas will
bring dozens of law and policy
experts together to discuss
pressing legal and policy issues
facing the United States and
its neighbors in both North
and South America.
"One reason we have the
conference is to compare and
contrast the different justice
systems in countries through-
out the Americas," said JoAnn
Klein, director of development
for the law school's Center for
Governmental Responsibility,
which is organizing the confer-
ence. "These differences are be-
coming increasingly important
in the age of global commerce,
because the workings of the jus-
tice system can affect the ability
of a person or company to work
in a given country."
Attendees will meet May 15
and May 16 for discussions on
the similarities and differences

2 Career Services
4 Events
8 Calendar

Scholars and legal professionals gather for the annual Legal Policy Issues in the
Americas Conference. Shown here is last year's conference, held in Costa Rica.

between justice systems through-
out the Americas, with a focus
on countries that are currently or
have recently undergone justice
system reform.
The conference will recon-
vene May 17 for a series of
discussions on efforts to stop
money laundering and fund-
raising for al-Qaeda and other
terrorist groups. The tri-border
area of Brazil, Paraguay and
Argentina has been linked to
activity by Islamic fundamen-
talists, and Latin American
countries such as Colombia face
ongoing battles with domestic
guerrilla groups.
Speakers at the event include:
* Former Florida Governor
Kenneth "Buddy" McKay,
who served as special envoy
of the Americas under the
Clinton Administration

Gay Rights
in Spotlight at

* Dennis Jett, dean of UF's
International Center and
former United States ambas-
sador to Peru
* Peter German, director
general of the Financial
Crimes Division of the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police
* George Henry Millard, police
chief of Sao Paolo State in Brazil
* Alan Lambert, consultant
for the British Foreign and
Commonwealth Office's anti-
money-laundering program.
The conference is free and
open to the public with regis-
tration. Lawyers who wish to
obtain CLE credits must pay
a $150 fee. Seating is limited,
and registration ends April 11.
For more information,
contact Lenny Kennedy at

Draws 200

All Invited to
Diversity Session
Associate Dean Gail Sasnett
and Lexis-Nexis Representative
Bonita Young will present the
interactive session "Multicul-
turalism and the Law" at noon
March 30 in room 345. Re-
freshments will be served. Both
Sasnett and Young participated
in a training session held last
summer by The Florida Bar, and
are eager to share their insights
with you. This participatory
session is co-sponsored by the
Association for Public Interest
Law, National Lawyers Guild,
Black Law Students Associa-
tion, CaribLaw, Asian/Pacific-
American Law Student Associa-
tion, International Law Society
and Spanish-American Law
Students Association.

CSRRR Spring
Lecture April 11
A leading authority on the history
of slavery will be the speaker at
this year's Spring Lecture hosted
by the Center for the Study of
Race and Race Relations.
Paul Finkelman, the Chapman
Distinguished Professor at the
University of Tulsa's College of
Law, will deliver a speech titled
"Affirmative Action for the
Master Class: Understanding
the Proslavery Constitution and
Its Implications for 21st Cen-
tury America" at 1 p.m. April
11 in the teaching classroom at
Emerson Alumni Hall.
The lecture is free and open to
the public.

Hints to help you in the legal profession

Culture and Crime
in Spotlight at
Should a defendant raised in a
foreign culture be excused for
criminal acts acceptable in that
culture? When can a "black
rage" defense help a defendant
in a criminal case?
These questions and more will
be discussed at the Culture and
Crime Symposium, to be held
April 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
in the faculty dining room.
Sponsored by the American Bar
Association's Criminal Justice
Section and its Section on
Individual Rights and Respon-
sibilities, the symposium will
address the use of culture as a
criminal defense.
Scheduled speakers include
New York University Law
Professor Holly Maguigan,
author of a 1995 article that
sparked debate on whether
multiculturalists and feminists
were on a collision course in
the courtroom; University of
Southern California political sci-
ence professor Alison Dundes
Renteln, author of the 2004
book "The Cultural Defense";
and several other scholars who
have written about cultural de-
fenses, as well as practitioners
who have used such defenses
in court.
The event is free and open to
UF law students and faculty.


Fall OCI to Begin Early
The on-campus interview pro-
cess for Fall 2005 semester will
begin Aug. 15 a week before
fall classes begin.
Staff at the Center for Career
Services decided on the date after
surveying students and discussing
the issue with the administra-
tion. The early start is expected to
make UF more competitive with
Georgia law schools, eliminate
parking challenges and minimize
class disruptions. Every OCI-par-
ticipating student surveyed after
Fall OCI favored the early start.

Fall 2005 OCI dates will run
for seven weeks, from Aug. 15
through Sept. 30. All interviews
will be held at the law school.
Bidding on legal employers will
begin in mid-July. If you will be
fulfilling military obligations and
will not have computer access
during that time, be sure to make
advance arrangements with the
Center for Career Services.
On-Campus Interviews will be
done in seven phases, each noting
the chronological week of OCI
and nothing more. Bidding for
Phase 1 will run July 4-10, Phase
2 July 11-17, Phase 3 July 18-24,

Phase 4 July 25-31, Phase 5 Aug.
1-7, Phase 6 Aug. 8-14, and
Phase 7 Aug. 15-21.
Also, as of April 1, Career Ser-
vices will replace eAttorney with
Symplicity Software to improve
the recruitment process and
job bank capabilities. It will be
critical to obtain new Symplicity
instructions prior to leaving for
the summer. Before any student
may participate in Fall OCI, they
must sign and return an updated
OCI policy and procedure form
that will be available online on
April 15.

Career Services

One Quick Question
Career Services Assistant Direc-
tor Carol Kuczora will be available
from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
today, March 28, in the courtyard
to answer your questions about
externships, mock interviews,
resumes, cover letters, career de-
velopment suggestions and more.

Practicing Health
Care Law
Join Research Associate
Barbara Noah and a panel of
guest speakers, including Charles
"Chip" Koval (JD 85), Rich-
ard Jones (JD 60), and David
Delaney (JD 97) at noon March
30 in the faculty dining room to
discuss the real world aspects of
practicing health care law. This
expanding field of the law has
opportunities in corporate for-
profit and non-profit categories
in addition to federal, state,
county and city governments.

Judicial Process Lecture
Series, No. 4
Join the Hon. Maurice Paul,
District Court Judge for the
Middle District of Florida, for his
discussion of the role of externs
and clerks, characteristics that
judges seek in a clerk, the Ab-
stention Doctrine, multi-district

James F. Bailey, Jr.
Scholarship Award
Applications are available for the
James E Bailey, Jr. Scholarship Award.
To be eligible for this scholar-
ship, an applicant must: 1) be
a first- or second-year student
attending a Florida law school; (2)
have a grade point average of 2.5
on a 4.0 scale; and (3) be from or
have strong ties to the Jacksonville,
Florida area and plan to return to
Jacksonville to practice law.

Programming This Week:
litigation, federal preemption and Mandatory 1L Career
more, at 6 p.m. March 30 in the Services Orientation
faculty dining room. Paul's judi-
cial law clerk, Scott Underwood First-semester students must
(JD 03), will also be joining the attend a career services oriental
discussion to give perspectives tion April 1 in room 180A. Ses
sions for Section 1 are scheduled
on a successful judicial extern-
for 10 am and Section II students
ship. This is the fourth class of a for 10 am and Section students
are scheduled for noon. This is
five-class series that is mandatory are scheduled for noon. This is
for all Summer and Fall 2005 your opportunity to meet the
judicial externs. All students are Career Services staff and counsel-
judicial externs. All students are
welcome. Students who have ors and learn about externships,
not yet been placed in judicial ex- career opportunities, recruitment,
ternships are strongly advised to job fairs and more. Discover the
attend the live lectures, as space many ways you can benefit from
for video make-up sessions will utilizing the programs, services,
be very limited. counseling and assistance of
Career Services.
The Unlicensed
Practice of Law Paying for Your Ideals
St r Want to spend your career
Come to room 285B at noon
March 31 to hear Lori Holcomb, work for the public good
director of The Florida Bar's Un- and pay offyour student loans
at the same time? Come to
licensed Practice of Law Division, h a
"Myths and Realities in Fund-
provide practical advice for law "Myths and Realities in Fund
students wo plan to ork law ing a Career in Public Service," a
students who plan to work as law
clerks, perform pro bono work workshop held at 11 a.m. March
clerks, perform pro bono work 30 in the faculty dining room.
or participate in the law school's ored y te eer fr
clinical programs. Holcomb will Cosponsored by the Center for
clinical programs. Holcomb will Career Services and the Associa-
focus on the many pitfalls law
Sm tion for Public Interest Law, the
students may encounter, such
d nt m r, event is ideal for anyone thinking
as the use of business cards, title e t is ie or non
about government service, work
on correspondence and limits on
advising and representing clients as a public defender, or legal aid
advising and representing clients
as a certified legal inte and other non-profit positions.
as a certified legal intern.will be served.
Lunch will be served.

Applications are available from
Financial Aid Coordinator Carol
Huber, 164 Holland Hall. Applica-
tions are due April 15.

Summer Financial Aid
To be considered for summer
financial aid, you must have a
completed 2004-05 FAFSA on
file with UF and have indicated
you will be enrolled for Sum-
mer 2005 Term for a minimum
of three credit hours for J.D.
students and four credit hours for

graduate students.
The yearly limit on Federal Direct
Loans is $18,500. Many students
may be unable to meet expected
summer enrollment costs with their
remaining eligibility for this type
loan. Options for additional summer
funding include limited Federal
Perkin's loan funds, private student
loans and Federal Work Study.
For information or to review
aid options, contact Financial Aid
Coordinator Carol Huber, 164
Holland Hall.

Student Loan
Interest Rates
Interest rates are now at an
all-time low for Federal Student
Loans. This will change July 1,
when interest rates are expected
to go up by more than 1 percent.
You may want to consider con-
solidating your federal student
loans before that date to lock
in a fixed rate.
For information about Direct
Loan Consolidation go to:
or call 1-800-557-7392.

The Attorney-CPA Founda-
tion now offers scholarships
to law students who are
entering their third year of
law school and have obtained
a CPA certificate. This year
the Foundation will award
amounts ranging from $250
to$1,000 to 10 students
who will be graduating from
law school in 2006.
Applicants will be evaluated
based upon their academic
performance, leadership in
the school and community,
and need for assistance in
completing their studies.
Scholarship applications
should be postmarked by
April 30. Applications are
available online at www.
attorney-cpa.com or from Fi-
nancial Aid Coordinator Carol
Huber,164 Holland Hall.



Awards Gala April 7
Dean Robert Jerry, Associ-
ate Dean Gail Sasnett and
Assistant Dean Linda Calvert
Hanson will be among those
recognizing students and
student organizations who give
their time to help others at a
Volunteer Awards Gala April 7.
The Center for Career Services,
Office of Student Affairs,
John Marshall Bar Association
and Law College Council have
teamed up to transform the an-
nual Career Services Pro Bono
Brunch into an elegant evening
invitation-only affair in the
Reitz Student Union Arredondo
Room, and have added five
new recognition categories in
addition to honoring students
who donate 35 hours or more
through UF's Pro Bono or Com-
munity Service projects.
"They are friends, classmates
or coworkers. They attend
classes with you, live in your
community and give back to
their communities in so many
ways. They don't look for gain
or glory; they just do it because
it needs to be done and be-
cause they care," said Student
Affairs Coordinator Noemar
Castro. "The law school wants
to recognize these heroes in our



Title Examination
On April 1 at 1 p.m., the Of-
fice of Student Affairs will hold
a title examination workshop
for interested students. David
Mesnekoff from the Attorneys
Title Fund will do the presenta-
tion. The workshop will be held
in room 180A.

LAW Clothing Drive
The Law Association for
Women (LAW) is holding a
clothing drive through the end
of March. All items will be
donated to the Peaceful Paths
Women's Shelter. Law students,
faculty and staff are encouraged
to donate new or gently used
clothes and toiletries (lotions,
sample make-up, hair dryers,
etc.) by leaving them in the
pink boxes outside the JMBA
office. Donations are needed
for males and females of all
ages; baby items are especially

JMBA Golf Tournament
The John Marshall Bar As-
sociation will host its sixth
annual charity golf tournament
April 2. All students and faculty
are invited to come out to the
Ironwood Golf Course and play.
Proceeds will go to the Make a
Wish Foundation. A $50 per-
player cost covers greens fees,
cart fees, food and drink. Come
by the JMBA office for more
details or to sign up.

Donate a Day to
Promote Public
Interest Law
The Association for Public
Interest Law encourages stu-

dents who have accepted paid
summer or permanent positions
to make a tax-deductible dona-
tion of the equivalent of one
day's salary to APIL's summer
fellowship program. The pro-
gram allows UF law students to
spend their summers volunteer-
ing for nonprofit legal organiza-
tions without the added burden
of summer loans. To participate
in the Donate-a-Day fundraiser,
come to APIL's table on the
concourse from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,
March 28-31 and April 4-6 or
send an e-mail to ufpublicintere


Win an iPod at
After a one year hiatus,
Lawlawpalooza is back. The
Association for Public Interest
Law hosts the event each year
to help raise money for the
Summer Fellowship Program.
This year's Lawlawpalooza will

be held April 6 at the Purple
Porpoise from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
and will showcase the bands of
UF law students including The
Kindred, featuring Jon Lorimer
(1L), and Lux, featuring Cam-
eron Siggs (1L).
Tickets for this year's Law-
lawpalooza cost $5 and can be
purchased starting today, March
28, on the concourse. Tickets
will also be available for $5 at
the door. Anyone who buys an
advance ticket from the APIL
table on the concourse will be
entered into a drawing for a
free iPod Shuffle. APIL will also
give out gift certificates to local
businesseses. For more informa-
tion, e-mail APIL at ufpublicint

CLA Officer Elections
The Criminal Law Associa-
tion will hold officer elections
for the 2005-2006 school year
March 30 at 5:30 p.m. in room
355A. All positions are available
(president, vice-president, sec-
retary, and treasurer.) For more
information, contact CLA at

Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes
Celebrate Diversity Day April
4 by joining students from
the American Constitution
Society, the Black Law Stu-
dents Association, the Jewish
Law Students Association and
CaribLaw for a symposium on
discrimination and diversity in
education. Held in the faculty
dining room from 2-4 p.m., the
event, titled "Brown Eyes/Blue
Eyes: Diversity and Discrimina-
tion in Education," will include
a screening of the documentary
"Eye of the Beholder," a guest

speaker from the Anti-Defama-
tion League, and a roundtable
discussion of diversity issues on
the UF campus and at the law
school. The event will be ca-
tered by the Hillel Foundation.

FIJL Welcomes
Write-Ons, Grade-Ons
The Florida Journal of Interna-
tional Law welomes its Spring
2005 write-on and grade-on
Write-ons include Ivan
Ivanov, James Kirkconnell
and Jennifer Staman. Grade-
ons include Thomas Allison,
Ryan Corbett, Jason Hawkins,
Christine Menendez and Sarah

JTLP Board Meeting
The Journal of Technology Law
and Policy will have a general
board meeting March 30 at
6 p.m. in room 285C. This
meeting is mandatory for all
members of the Journal. Items
for discussion include an up-
coming banquet, grade-on and
write-on invitees and changes
to bylaws. For more informa-
tion, e-mail Radha Thakkar at

Registration Begins
Today; Keep it Honest
Registration for the next
semester begins today, March
28. The Office of Student Af-
fairs would like to remind all
students that they should only
register for classes they intend
to take -and avoid register-
ing for classes to hold them for
friends who have lower registra-
tion priority.

Discuss Disabled
Issues at Conference
Join activists, scholars and oth-
ers to discuss issues affecting dis-
abled people including higher
education, sexuality, and media
coverage at the "Building a
DisAbility Movement" conference
on the UF campus April 7.
Featured speakers include
sexologist Dr. Mitch Tepper,
artist Sunny Taylor, and talk-
radio host Greg Smith, star
of the PBS documentary "On
the Roll." For information and
registration go to http://grove.

Free Copies? Yes
Free Paper? No
The Office of Student Affairs
would like to remind all students
that the existence of free copiers
on campus does not imply that
an unlimited supply of free paper
is available.
In recent weeks, some students
have been spotted taking large
amounts of blank paper from
free copiers on campus. Staff at
Student Affairs and the Library
say this paper is not for personal

Florida Law Review
Welcomes Write-Ons
The Florida Law Review Wel-
comes the following new mem-
bers from its write-on com-
petition: Joshua Curry, Ryan
Koslosky, Francisco Ferreiro,
John Siebert, Susan Warner,
Michelle Reiss and Juliet Sy.

Environmental Moot
Court Tryouts
Interested in environmental
law? Want to hone your brief-
writing and appellate advocacy

skills? Students in their third
semester or higher are invited
to try out for the Environ-
mental Moot Court team,
which will represent UF at the
National Environmental Moot
Court Competition in Feb-
ruary 2006 in White Plains,
New York. The application
process includes a written
submission and oral argument
tryout, described below. Writ-
ten applications are due April
1 by 4 p.m. in room 319.
Oral argument tryouts will be
held during the week of April
11. To apply, submit a copy of
the argument section of your
appellate advocacy brief to Marla
Wolfe in room 319, along with a
resume that lists relevant courses
you have taken or are currently
taking, any relevant extra-cur-
ricular or work, and whether you
are enrolled in the environmental
certificate program. For more
information, contact Professor
Alison Flournoy at flournoy@law.
ufl.edu or 392-3572.

Professor At-Home Lec-
ture Series Continues
The American Constitution
Society, National Lawyers'
Guild, CaribLaw, and the Law
School Democrats are spon-
soring a lecture by Professor
Fletcher Baldwin on "The
Role of the First Amendment
in Terrorist Financing." Every-
one is invited to attend this
event on April 1 at 6 p.m. at
Baldwin's home. To RSVP and
for directions, contact Felix
Felicier at megator08@ufl.
edu or Steckley Lee at

Improbable Events
Author to Sign
Associate Dean for Academic
Affairs Michael Seigel will
read passages from and sign
copies of his novel, Improbable
Events: Murder at Ellenton Hall,
at Goerings Books at 8 p.m.
March 30.
Improbable Events is a mystery
novel set on the campus of the
fictional Tampa Bay Univer-
sity School of Law, where a
student is found murdered in
a classroom. Mark Bolton, an
associate dean at TBU, sets
out to solve the murder, while
navigating the political mine-
fields of academic life.
The reading is the latest install-
ment Goerings' "University
Professor Book Talk Series,"
held Wednesday nights at the
bookstore. The event is free
and open to the public.





Legal Skills Professor Alison
Gerencser and her mediation
clinic students spoke to media-
tors from the 8th Judicial Circuit
on "The Quality of Mercy: Apol-
ogy and the South African TRC."
Professor Cally Jordan was
invited to participate in the fifth
annual Law and Business Confer-
ence at Vanderbilt University
Law School March 18, 2005. The
topic was "International Corpo-
rate Governance."
Affiliate Professor Paul
Magnarella recently published
"Communist Chinese and Asian
Values' Critiques of Universal
Human Rights," in he Journal of
Third World Studies, v. 21, n. 2,
pp. 179-192 (2004).
UF's Environmental and
Land Use Law Society has suc-
cessfully bid to host the 2006
Conference of the National As-
sociation of Environmental Law
Societies. Organizers expect to
hold the conference in conjunc-
tion with the Public Interest
Environmental Conference Feb.
24-25, 2006.

Faculty Weigh in on
Schiavo Case
Several faculty members were
asked to comment last week on
the case ofTerry Schiavo, the
severely brain-damaged woman
whose husband and parents
disagree about the removal of her
feeding tube.
Chesterfield Smith Professor
Fletcher Baldwin Jr. spoke on
AM850 on March 22. Baldwin
agreed with a federal judge's deci-
sion to refuse reinsertion of the
feeding tube. He said the judge
acted appropriately in the situa-
tion, while members of Congress


had overstepped their bounds.
Alumni Research Scholar/Pro-
fessor Joseph Little was quoted
in The Orlando Sentinel March
18 regarding a subpoena being
issued to Schiavo by Congress.
The story was carried in a num-
ber of newspapers around the
country, including:
The (Ft. Lauderdale) Sun Senti-
nel, Bradenton Herald, Tallahassee
Democrat, Grand Forks (N.D.)
Herald, Philadelphia Daily News,
Macon (Ga.) Telegraph, Columbus
(Ga.)Ledger-Enquirer, Duluth
(Minn.) News Tribune, Myrtle
Beach (S.C.) Sun News, Wilkes-
Barre (Pa.) Times Leader, Ft.
Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel,
Biloxi (Miss.)Sun Herald, Kansas
City Star, The Sacramento Bee,
(New York) Newsday, Palm Beach
Post, and The (St. Paul, Minn.)
Pioneer Press.
Little also was quoted in The
St. Petersburg Times March 21
in an article titled "What the
Experts Say." Little predicted the
case would continue to the U.S.
Supreme Court.
Center for Governmental
Responsibility Research Associate
Barbara Noah was quoted in The
Palm Beach Post March 19. She
said the Schiavo case serves as a
painful reminder of the need for
living wills. She was quoted in a
March 25 Orlando Sentinel story,
in which she said the case could
lead to a flood of similar issues
reaching U.S. Congress. Noah
also spoke about the case March
22 with AM 760, an Air America
affiliate in Boulder, Co.
Professor Lars Noah was
quoted in a March 23 New York
Times story on the case. Noah
said a federal appeals court would
rule in favor of Schiavo's parents
"in a heartbeat" if two or three

of the judges on the panel were
Professor Sharon Rush ap-
peared on The Dan Abrams Show
on MSNBC on March 22. Rush
commented on the federal ap-
peals process and how it would
apply in the case. Rush also spoke
about the case on AM850.
Director of the Center on
Children and Families/Professor
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
spoke on AM850 March 21
regarding Congressional inter-
vention in the case. She said the
Florida Legislature is capable
of coming up with sufficient
guidelines without action from
the U.S. Congress.

Also in the News
Joan Flocks, Director of
the Social Policy Division of
the Center for Governmental
Responsibility, was quoted in a
March 20 Palm Beach Post article
on birth defects found in a farm-
worker community in southwest
Dean Robert Jerry was quoted
in The Independent Florida Al-
ligator March 24 regarding a bill
before the Florida Legislature
that would establish a statewide
code of academic freedom.




B. Noah

L. Noah





Miami Controversy Set Stage for Modern Politics
Anita Bryant's campaign against a gay rights ordinance set the tone for a generation of social conservatives,
says Yale law scholar William Eskridge in this year's Dunwody Distinguished Lecture at UF's law school.

Singer Anita Bryant gained
nationwide notoriety and
became an object of ridicule in
some circles for a series of
statements she made about the
gay lifestyle in the late 1970s.
But Bryant's 1977 crusade
against a Miami/Dade County
gay rights ordinance set the tone
of American politics for more
than a quarter of a century,
according to Yale law scholar
William Eskridge.
"Anita Bryant revolutionized
American politics," Eskridge told
a crowd of more than 100 people
at the 2005 Dunwody Distin-
guished Lecture in Law.
A widely cited constitutional
scholar, Eskridge is also one of
the nation's leading experts on
gay rights and the law. His 1996
book The Case for Same Sex Mar-
riage examined the idea of gay
matrimony years before the issue
came to dominate the headlines.
His work was also cited by the
U.S. Supreme Court in its deci-
sion in Lawrence v. Texas, the
2003 case that overturned state
sodomy laws.
Eskridge is now working on
a book that traces the history of
gay rights under American law.
Eskridge believes the battle over
the Miami/Dade discrimination
ordinance, dismissed by some
as a sideshow of the gay rights
struggle, was actually a pivotal
point in American politics.
Bryant led Save Our Children,
an organization dedicated to re-
pealing an anti-discrimination or-
dinance that extended protection
to homosexuals. Dade County
voters repealed the ordinance
by a two-to-one margin, but
Bryant's provocative statements
about the gay lifestyle sparked
scorn from people in many other

More than 100 people gathered for this year's Dunwody Lecture. Shown here are
(from left) Neil Chrystal of Dunwody, White and Landon; Dunwody speaker William
Eskridge, John A Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School, Florida Law
Review Editor Meredith Fields; and Review Editor-in-Chief Cory Andrews.

parts of the country, permanently
sidelining her singing career.
Even so, Eskridge contends,
Bryant's arguments were more
sophisticated than the rationales
many jurists were using in gay-
rights cases at the time.
Judges upheld sodomy laws largely
because earlier judges had done the
same, Eskridge said but Bry-
ant couched the issue as a conflict
between the rights of gay people and
the rights of parents who wanted to
"protect" their children from expo-
sure to the gay lifestyle.
"What was novel about Save
Our Children was its mating of
a body politics of disgust and
contagion with a family politics of
protecting our children," Eskridge
Speaking at the annual Dun-
wody Dinner the night before the
lecture, Eskridge praised crusading
attorneys who advocated reform
of sodomy laws years before the
gay rights movement came into
the mainstream including UF's
own Professor Jerry Israel and

Professor Emeritus Frank Allen,
who drafted proposed penal codes
for commissions in Michigan and
Illinois that urged repeal of state
sodomy laws.
Eskridge is the 24th speaker in
the annual Dunwody Lecture Se-
ries, which brings preeminent legal
scholars, selected by the editors of
the Florida Law Review, to UF for
a lecture every spring. The series is
funded by gifts from the law firm
of Dunwody, White and Landon,
PA.; the law firm of Mershon Saw-
yer, Johnson Dunwody and Cole;
and the U.S. Sugar Corporation.
Law Review editor-in-chief Cory
Andrews said he and other mem-
bers of the Review were "excited
and overwhelmed" by the interest
the law school community showed
in this year's lecture.
"An event like this shows
that the law school is indeed a
community," he told the crowd
at the Dunwody dinner. "I want
to thank you all for making this

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Bar-prep classes and other
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$11,000. For more information
regarding these private loans,
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UF to Phase
Out Forwarding
As of Oct. 1, students at UF will
no longer be able to forward
their Gatorlink e-mail to third-
party addresses, the university
announced last week.
UF administrators rely on
Gatorlink to disseminate
important announcements to all
UF students. But the growing
problem of spam has forced
many e-mail providers to install
spam-blocking software that
blocks messages from the un-
versity. The result is that many
students miss important news
about events on campus.
Students will still be able to
forward Gatorlink accounts to
other e-mail accounts with ufl.
edu addresses.


College of Law
* Robert H. Jerry, II, Dean
* George L. Dawson,
Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs
* Stuart R. Cohn,
Associate Dean for
International Studies
* Thomas F. Cotter,
Associate Dean for
Faculty Development
* Michael K. Friel,
Associate Dean E
Director, Graduate
Tax Program
* M. Kathleen "Kathie"
Price, Associate Dean
for Library and
* Gail E. Sasnett,
Associate Dean
for Students,
Professionalism and
Community Relations
* J. Patrick Shannon,
Associate Dean for
Administrative Affairs
* Linda Calvert Hanson,
Assistant Dean for
Career Services
* Richard L. Ludwick,
Assistant Dean for
* J. Michael Patrick,
Assistant Dean for
* Donald J. Hale,
Senior Director of
Development and
Alumni Affairs
* Debra D. Amirin,
Director of

* Tim Lockette,
Editor, FlaLaw

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200 Attend Professionalism Symposium
Large crowd of students and local lawyers urged to balance life and work to keep stress under control.

Coping with stress was a
major theme at this year's
Professionalism Symposium, an
event for second-semester law
students, lawyers and judges,
held March 18.
Sponsored by the Office of
Student Affairs, the 8th Judicial
Circuit Bar Association and the
law firm of Levin Papantonio, the
event attracted a crowd of around
200 including more than 50
local attorneys, who attended the
event to collect CLE credits.
"The response from local at-
torneys has been very positive,"
said Associate Dean for Students,
Professionalism and Community
Relations Gail Sasnett.
Speakers covered a wide vari-
ety of topics. Keynote speaker
Carl Zahner, director of the
Florida Bar's Center for Profes-
sionalism, told the crowd that
stress management is a key to
survival in the legal profession.
Zahner cited a 1991 Johns
Hopkins study that listed suicide
as the third leading cause of death
for lawyers. According to that

More than 200 law students and local attorneys gathered at the Levin
College of Law March 18 for the annual Professionalism Symposium.

study, the suicide rate among
lawyers is double the national
average, and attorneys are 33
percent more likely to suffer from
serious mental health diseases
than other professions. Eighteen
percent of attorneys suffer from
alcoholism, according to the
study three times the rate for
the rest of the population.
"Stress causes all of these
problems it's the most
destructive thing about our
profession. We can't eliminate
stress, but one way to make

the stress manageable is to act
professionally," Zahner said.
Lawyers can practice zeal-
ously, profitably and profession-
ally all at the same time, Zahner
said. But to do so, he said, an
attorney must make a conscious
decision: the decision to live
your life ethically and profes-
sionally, or to concede to the
"winning is all" mentality.
"In the long run, whether you
practice with honor and integri-
ty will determine how successful
you will be," Zahner said.


28 One Quick Question,
10:30 a.m., courtyard

30 Career Services: Myths
and Realities of Fund-
ing a Career in Public
Service, 11 a.m, faculty
dining room

Multiculturalism and the
Law, noon, room 345

Career Services: Practic-
ing Health Care Law,
noon, faculty dining room

CLA officer elections,
5:30 p.m., 355A

30 JTLP board meeting,
6 p.m. room 285C

Career Services: Judicial
Process Lecture Series,6
p.m., faculty dining room

31 Career Services: Unli-
censed Practice of Law,
noon, room 285B

1 Career Services: Manda-
tory Orientation for 1Ls,
10 a.m. and noon, 180A

Tide Examination Work-
shop, 12:30 p.m., room

1 The Role of the First
Amendment in Terror-
ist Financing, Fletcher
Baldwin's residence, 6 p.m.

2 JMBA Golf Tournament,
Ironwood Golf Course,
time TBA

Culture and Crime Sym-
posium, 10 a.m., faculty
dining room

4 Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes:
Diversity and Discrimi-
nation in Education, 2
p.m., faculty dining room