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Table of Contents
    Ginsburg visit honors late UF law grad Chesterfield Smith
        Page 1
    Career Services
        Page 2
    Career spotlight
        Page 3
    Calendar of events
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Briefs: news and events
        Page 6
        Page 7
    Scholarship and activities
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VOL. 10, NO. 4 September 18,2006
VOL. 10, NO. 4 September 18, 2006

Ginsburg Visit Honors Late UF

Law Grad Chesterfield Smith

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with a host of
other dignitaries, will be on the law school
campus Thursday and Friday as the Levin
College of Law celebrates the dedication
of the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial
A 1948 graduate of the UF law school,
Chesterfield Smith was founder and chair-
man emeritus of the national law firm
Holland & Knight and president of the
American Bar Association in 1973. The
classroom was funded through a leadership
gift from the Holland & Knight Chari-
table Foundation Inc.
Justice Ginsburg along
with UF President Bernie
Machen, Levin College of
Law Dean Robert Jerry, and
dignitaries from Holland &
Knight will address lawyers
from Holland & Knight, UF
alumni, faculty and staff at
the dedication Thursday at
11 a.m. Video of the private,
invitation-only event will be
streamed live over the Inter- Chesterfield S
net, and available through a
link on the UF Law home page,
Hundreds of law students will have the
chance to see Justice Ginsburg in person
on Friday when she delivers a 9 a.m.
lecture in the Marcia Schott Courtyard.
Tickets were handed out last week and are
required for admission to this event. This
is a closed classroom event, and rules and
policies for classroom conduct will apply.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to
arrive at the law school before 8:30 a.m.
to alleviate crowding. Everyone is asked
to leave backpacks or umbrellas at home
or in their cars. This will reduce the time


needed for searches. Gates will open
Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 8:40 a.m.
Students with balcony seat tickets must
enter through security gates via the south
entrance. All others may enter there or
via the west entrance. The east entrance
will be closed. Everyone must have a cur-
rent Gatorl ID card for admission to the
law school campus Thursday and Friday.
Morning classes will be canceled on Friday,
and the library will be closed until noon.
The founder of Holland & Knight in
1968, Chesterfield Smith (1917-2003)
was one of the country's most prominent
lawyers. Smith's legendary act
came in 1973 when he was
president of the American
Bar Association. In what was
dubbed the Saturday Night
Massacre, President Rich-
ard Nixon fired the special
prosecutor investigating the
Watergate scandal, prompting
the nation's attorney general
and top assistant to resign.
Almost immediately, Smith
spoke out, telling the nation
and the president, "No man is above
the law." He went on to lead the ABA's
effort to call for an independent counsel
to investigate Nixon. His early voice of
leadership altered history by becoming a
catalyst in Nixon's ultimate resignation.
Smith first met Ginsburg in 1978 on
an ABA trip to China. They became good
friends. In 1993, Smith wrote a key U.S.
senator to offer his support for her nomi-
nation to the court.
Expressing appreciation for Smith's
gesture, Ginsburg sent him a hand-writ-
ten note: "All my life I will try to be the
person you described. With so much ap-
preciation, Ruth."

Welcome Rachel E.
Inman, New Associate
Dean for Students
The Levin College of Law today
welcomes Rachel E. Inman, our
new associate dean for students.
Inman comes to UF Law from the
University of Tennessee College
of Law, where she worked as as-
sistant dean for student affairs.
Inman, who earned
her J.D. from UT,
previously served
as the law school's
director of student
judicial affairs
Inman (1997-99).
Inman was previously assistant
director for student conduct at
UT (1994-97), and she also served
as assistant general counsel for
the Tennessee Department of
Health during 1993-94.
At UT, Inman oversaw stu-
dent registration, scheduling
of classes, administration of
examinations, grade reports,
class rankings, transcripts,
grading policies, interpretation of
academic policies, and rules and
guidelines regarding matricula-
tion at the College of Law.
A 1990 graduate of Carson-
Newman College with a B.S. in
Business Management, Inman is a
member of the National Associa-
tion of College and University
Attorneys and the Association for
Student Judicial Affairs.
Inman's arrival allows Gail Sas-
nett to focus on special projects
and assist with the transition in
the year before her retirement.

U F Levin College of Law
The Foundation for The Gator Nation



Career Services Programs
See the calendar on pages 4-5 for
upcoming Career Services Programs.

Upcoming Deadlines
Sept. 18, 2006
Department of Justice, Attorney
General's Honors Programs
Sept. 19, 2006
Equal Justice Works Fellowship
Sept. 29 -Oct. 10, 2006
Foley & Lardner Minority
Scholarship Program
Central Intelligence Agency,
Paid Summer Legal Clerkship
Program for 2Ls
Environmental Protection
Agency, Office of the General
Counsel Paid Summer Honors
Program for 2Ls
Nuclear Regulatory Commis-
sion Paid 2-Year Clerkship for
3L Atomic Safety & Licensing
Board Panel
Federal Trade Commission,
Antitrust Scholars Summer
Program, Paid for 2Ls
Federal Reserve Board Summer
Law Clerk Program for 2Ls
Postal Service Honor Attorney
Program for 3Ls
U.S. Dept. of Transportation,
2008 Honors Attorney Program
for 3L, JLC, Recent Grads
Comptroller of the Currency,
Chief Counsel's 2007 Employ-
ment Program for Law Gradu-
ates 3L, JLC, LLM, Grad (10/2)
Federal Deposit Insurance Cor-
poration, 2007 Legal Division
Honors Program, 3L, JLC, LLM
U.S. Office of Personnel Man-
agement, Presidential Manage-
ment Fellows Program for 3Ls
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Honors Internship Program for
2Ls, 3Ls & LL.M.s

Careers with the Federal
During the Sept. 5, 2006, Federal Career
Opportunities Panel, Professor Michael
Seigel and 2L Lawrence Scheinert shared
their insights with students regarding ob-
taining positions with the federal govern-
ment, as well as their experiences within
the federal government.
Seigel, former judicial law clerk to the
Honorable Edward R. Becker, United
States Court of Appeals for the Third
Circuit, was a special attorney for four
years with the United States Department of
Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeer-
ing Section, before spending four years as
first assistant United States attorney for
the Middle District of Florida in Tampa.
Scheinert was selected to participate in the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,
Honors Law Program, in the Division of
Enforcement in Washington, D.C. last
Scheinert said one of the highlights of
his position was an opportunity to have
immediate involvement in major, front
page cases as a law student. He was given
a good deal of responsibility from the get-
go. He also had exposure to some of the
best defense attorneys, as they were sitting
across the table from him and defending
their clients against SEC action.
As a U.S. Attorney, Seigel enjoyed
having a true trial practice, and he was
immediately given much responsibility. He
thus gained a great deal of experience in a
short amount of time. While sometimes
daunting, the fact that he stood in court as
the United States was an honor.
As far as obtaining jobs within the
federal government, both speakers advised
not to underestimate the importance of
your cover letter. It is the initial way you
can express your unique and dedicated
interest in the federal position for which
you are applying. Scheinert shared that his
supervisor at the SEC told him that his
cover letter was highly instrumental in his
being offered his paid, summer position,
as it clearly displayed his desire to work for

the SEC and his commitment to the fields
in which the SEC is primarily involved.
Seigel said it's critical to convey in your
cover letter not only a demonstrated inter-
est, but also an assurance that "this is what
I want to do."
Other tips from our speakers included:
"Foot in the door" theory: Even
though you might not land a position
in the first agency or department of
your choice, once you get your foot
in the door with the federal govern-
ment or a specific agency and gain
experience and prove yourself, it will be
easier to transition to other areas from
the "inside."
Follow-up using "polite persistence":
Remember, typically for federal jobs
you apply to a practicing attorney, not
a recruiter whose sole job is to work
with applicants. For these attorneys,
resumes and hiring decisions can get
buried beneath their caseload, so a
polite reminder from you can get the
ball rolling. This is also another way
to express your dedication to a certain
field, agency, position, etc.
Seigel mentioned that a federal judicial
clerkship also can be a springboard into
a federal agency.
Wondering Why You Should Consider
Legal Employment Within the Federal
Very large legal employer over 22,500
federal agency attorneys, for example
the Department of Justice employs
almost 8,200 attorneys, the Depart-
ment of Defense over 2,500 and the
Department of the Treasury employs
about 2,100 attorneys.
Federal employees can receive up to
$10,000 per year in student loan re-
payments, and up to $60,000 total.
Increasing opportunities as federal
workforce "ages out" into the "looming
retirement boom."
Older workers make up over 50% of
the federal government workforce and
a substantial proportion are reaching
retirement age.

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Of the older workers, a high percentage
are employed in positions that require
specialized education such as in the
legal profession.
Having work experience in a federal
agency provides a solid career path
toward future employment within law
firms and the corporate world. For
example, if you wish to be a corporate
immigration lawyer, the experiences
gained and contacts made working for
U.S. Immigration and Customs En-
forcement would prove invaluable.
Entry-level government lawyers typi-
cally are given greater responsibility in
handling a case load and trying cases
much earlier than a new associate in a
private firm who could still be doing
research and writing memos.
Fulfills a desire to serve the public.
Sizeable number of positions are in
Washington, D.C., but 88% of the
positions are located outside of D.C. in
other large cities with regional offices.
A recognition that while the start-
ing salaries tend to be less than in the
private sector, attractive benefit pack-
ages that include retirement pensions,
student loan repayment assistance
plans, flextime, a more predictable work
schedule and more, can outweigh the
compensation difference.
Job security. Even in an economic
downturn, your job is protected.
Challenges to Finding Federal Jobs:
Less likely to interview on campus a
number do participate in Equal Justice
Works Conference and Job Fair (U.S.
Department of Justice, Department of
State, Department of Education, U.S.
Equal Employment Opportunity Com-
mission will be interviewing at Equal
Justice Works. For application instruc-
tions go to www.equaljusticeworks.org
then select job fair employers).
De-centralized hiring means that each
agency hires separately and lists open-
ings in different places so it can be
difficult to locate openings.
Attorney positions in the Federal Gov-


Andrew Fawbush and

Peter Baumgartner of LeBoeuf Lamb

Andrew Fawbush and Peter Baumgartner,
attorneys from the law firm of LeBoeuf
Lamb, spoke to UF Law students Sept. 8
about practicing in big cities. Fawbush, who
practices in LeBoeuf's Jacksonville office
and is licensed to practice in New York and
Washington D.C., and Baumgaertner, who
works in the firm's New York City office,
provided insight into obtaining employment
in large cities, as well as what a large city
practice is really like.
Since it can be difficult for Florida grads to
break into big cities in the Northeast and
the West Coast right out of law school, the
attorneys suggested students interested in
practicing in a big city should target firms
that have a presence in larger cities such
as New York and Los Angeles as well as
many smaller cities throughout the country.
Baumgaertner, a William and Lee graduate,
initially joined LeBoeuf Lamb's Jacksonville
office. Like Fawbush, his work with major
clients gave him the opportunity to join
the New York City office, a transition he is
happy to have made. Fawbush, who earned
his undergrad and law degrees at UF, chose
to stay in Florida, but frequents New York
City as needed.
The key is to network. The best way to land
a job in the city you desire is to find Florida
law grads or alumni from your undergradu-

ernment are in the "excepted service,"
usually found under an appointment
called Schedule A. By being in the
excepted service, attorney positions are
not covered by regular civil service hir-
ing procedures. Agencies may hire for
attorney positions directly, outside of
the Office for Personnel Management.
* Rigid bureaucratic process requires
strict adherence to completing appro-
priate forms and following deadlines.

ate institution, let them know you want
to practice in their city, and try to set up
an informational interview. Even if their
firm is not hiring, they might know who is
hiring, and they can open roads for you that
otherwise might seem unavailable.
Baumgaertner encouraged students to do
research and attend career fairs where the
firms with offices in major cities recruit.
This requires extra effort and expense on
your part, but it provides you with the
requisite exposure and access to those who
practice in cities such as New York.
Finding employment with a federal govern-
ment agency is an excellent way into New
York City firms, Baumgartner said. For
example, if you would like to be an attorney
working on large mergers and acquisitions,
a stint with the SEC will provide you with
specialized knowledge and an insider's point
of view that New York firms covet. Consider
the fields in which you want to practice,
and research which federal agency might be
a logical stepping stone for that field.
While work in a New York firm typically
requires an immense time commitment, the
payoff is working with the kinds of high-pro-
file clients, deals, and cases that are on the
front pages of major newspapers. A New
York practice can be extremely exciting and
cutting edge.

Agencies have early application dead-
lines such as TODAY (9/18) for the
Department of Justice, Attorney Gen-
eral's Honors Programs for 3Ls & LLM
& Paid Summer Law Intern Program
2Ls & 3Ls. To access the application,
please go to www.usdoj.gov/oarm/ and
select "Opportunities for Attorneys" or
"Opportunities for Law Students" for
the appropriate links.

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* Career Showcase, Day One (Non-Techni-
cal). Features employers who are hiring for
positions in accounting, banking, consulting,
human resources, management, retail, sales,
etc., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., O'Connell Center
* Writing Workshop: Paragraphing, 1 p.m.,
Bailey Courtroom
* Association for Law and Business Meeting,
6 p.m., HOL 345

* Trial Team Educational Seminar, 7 p.m.,
HOL 283
* Deadline to apply for Spring 07 externships,
noon, Career Services
* Writing Workshop: Sentence Structuring, 1
p.m., Bailey Courtroom

"Justice is like the North

Star, which forever remains

in place and all other stars

turn toward it."

-Chesterfield Smith

(UFJD 48)


of Events

Tuesday SEPTEMBER 19 Wednesday SEPTEMBER 20

* Law Review Write-On Competition Infor-
mational Meeting, 6 p.m., HOL 355C
* Health/Tech Law Society Organizational
Meeting, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., HOL 283
* Class Gift Committee Meeting, noon, Read-
ing Room, Holland Hall, 2nd floor
* Career Showcase, Day Two (Technical).
Hosts employers seeking candidates for tech-
nical positions in computer science, construc-
tion, information systems, scientific research,
etc., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., O'Connell Center

* Lino Graglia, Univ. of Texas, on affirmative
action, Federalist Society, 2 p.m., HOL 345
* SALSA Meeting with speaker Mayda Prego,
president of Region 7 of the Hispanic Na-
tional Bar Association, noon, HOL 345
* Entertainment Law Review General Board
Meeting, noon, HOL 359
* Career Services Program, One Quick Ques-
tion, 9:45-11:15 a.m., Schott Courtyard
* Phi Delta Phi Informational Meeting, 6
p.m., HOL 284

Tuesday SEPTEMBER 26 Wednesday SEPTEMBER 27

* Career Services Program, Beyond OCI:
Exploring ALL Your Options, noon, Bailey

i I

Tuesday OCTOBER 3
* Career Services Program with APIL: Public
Interest Law Careers, noon, FDR

* Breakfast with the Dean, 8 a.m., FDR
* American Constitution Society Meeting,
lunch lecture with Professor Winston Nagan:
"Unitary Presidency: What's Left of the
Constitution-Preliminary Thoughts," noon,
HOL 345
* Career Services Program, One Quick Ques-
tion, 9:45-11:15 a.m., Schott Courtyard

Wednesday OCTOBER 4
* Speaker Series: Xuan-Thao Nguyen, SMU
Deadman School of Law, 11:30 a.m., HOL
* JLLP Writing Competition Meeting, 6 p.m.,
HOL 283
* Career Services Program, One Quick Ques-
tion, 9:45-11:15 a.m., Schott Courtyard

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Thursday SEPTEMBER 21
* Dedication of the Chesterfield Smith
Memorial Classroom, with U.S. Supreme
Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg (Closed event, to be available
online as a live broadcast. Click on "Dedica-
tion" link on the law school home page, www.
* LAC Executive Committee, 9 a.m., FDR
* Moot Court Oral Argument Seminar, 6
p.m., HOL 359

Thursday SEPTEMBER 28
* Career Services Program, The Employer's
Perspective of OCI & Callback Interviews,
with Kaye Daugherty of Rumberger, Kirk
& Cadwell, P.A. of Orlando, noon, FDR
* Moot Court Tryouts, 5-10 p.m., HOL 359
* American Constitution Society Social, 7
p.m., Gator's Dockside

Thursday OCTOBER 5
* Graduate Tax Program Presents: "Providing
Tax Advice in a Changed Law Enforce-
ment," 11 a.m., HOL 180
* Career Services Program with BLSA, Final
Mile I: Bar Application, noon, Bailey Court-

* U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg Lecture to Law Students
(closed classroom event), 9 a.m., Schott
* Career Services Program Panel of Alumni
Practitioners, 1 p.m., FDR
* Morning classes canceled; classes resume at

* Moot Court Tryouts, 5-10 p.m., HOL 359
* Gator Soccer vs. Georgia, 7 p.m., James G.
Pressly Stadium
* Deadline for Foley Minority Award Pro-
gram, Career Services
* Speaker Series Eleni Koulourioti, Fortis
Bank, noon, HOL 345


Friday OCTOBER 6
* Homecoming Weekend Begins. Afternoon
classes are canceled. Morning classes will still
be held.

Sat./Sun SEPTEMBER 23/24
* Saturday, Home football game,
Gators vs. Kentucky, 7:45 p.m.
* Sunday, Gator Volleyball vs. Alabama, 1:30
p.m., O'Connell Center

Sat./Sun SEPT. 30/OCT. 1
* Saturday, Home football game,
Gators vs. Alabama (time TBA)
* Saturday, BLSA Interview Workshop, 10
a.m., BG 136
* Sunday, Moot Court Tryouts, 11: 30 a.m. to
8 p.m., BG 136
* Sunday, Fall Residency Reclassifications

Sat./Sun OCTOBER 7/8
* Saturday, Home football game, Gators vs.
Louisiana State University (time TBA)

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News & Events

Journal of Law & Public
Policy Explores Relevance
of Culture
The August 2006 issue of the University
of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy
is available for subscribers and single
issue requests.
This symposium issue contains six
articles from distinguished professors
across the country, including UF Law Pro-
fessor Kenneth Nunn, who offers a new
and comprehensive definition of culture
and discusses the relevance of culture to
substantive criminal law.
The articles explore the importance of
culture in the sphere of criminal law.
Other authors include:
* Professor Nancy Kim of California
Western School of Law
* Professor Elaine Chiu of St. Johns
University School of Law
* Professor Camille Nelson of Saint Louis
University School of Law
* Professor Kay Levine of Emory School
of Law
* Professor Janet Hoeffel of Tulane
University Law School
The Journal of Law & Public Policy
is a student-run organization with the
primary purpose of publishing scholarly
articles on contemporary domestic legal
and social issues facing public policy
decision-makers. Members include law
students and graduate students attending
the University of Florida. Members are
responsible for article selection, research-
ing, editing, and preparing each volume
for publication.
The journal currently publishes three
times per year. For individual copies or
subscription information, contact Staff
Editor Victoria Redd at reddva@law.ufl.
edu or (352) 273-0906.

Phi Delta Phi Accepting Appli-
cations for New Members
Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity is ac-
cepting applications for new members.
Students may pick up an application in
Student Services or from the Phi Delta Phi
table located in the courtyard Sept. 20 and
27. Students may submit their applica-
tions to the box in Student Services until
4:30 p.m. on Sept. 27. The informational
meeting is Sept. 20 in Room 284 at 6 p.m.
Pizza will be served at the meeting.

Research Participants Needed
for Focus Groups
The Center for the Study of Race and
Race Relations (CSRRR) will be conduct-
ing focus group discussions for a study on
race and law education. All students are
welcome and encouraged to sign up. $10
incentive paid upon completion. If you are
interested or have any questions, contact
Melissa Bamba, assistant director, CSRRR,
room 370A Holland (273-0614, bamba@

Scholarship Applications
Available Beginning Sept. 18
Continuing Student Scholarship ap-
plications for second-and-third-year law
students are available beginning Monday,
Sept. 18. Scholarships, along with eligibil-
ity requirements, are listed on the financial
aid bulletin board. Applications can be
obtained from Student Affairs. (Cur-
rent scholarship recipients not eligible.)
Deadline for filing applications is 5 p.m.,
Thursday, Oct. 5.

Writing Workshops Scheduled
Professor Lois Randolph, writing
specialist, will be conducting workshops
in the Bailey Courtroom on Mondays at 1
p.m. The topics are:
Sept. 18, Paragraphing
Sept. 25, Sentence Structuring
Oct. 2, Punctuation
Oct. 9, Modification

Oct. 16, Word Choice
Randolph is available for individual,
private conferences with students in Room
332. Her office hours are 9 a.m. 4:30
p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
on Tuesday. Students can make appoint-
ments for these conferences at the LRW
office, 250 Bruton-Geer.

Homecoming Class Schedule
UF President Bernie Machen recently
announced the university will be closed
Friday, Oct. 6 (the day of the Homecom-
ing Parade), except that classes will be
held in the Levin College of Law and the
College of Medicine. The law school will
hold classes Friday, Oct. 6, in accordance
with the previously announced schedule:
Classes will meet as regularly scheduled
until 1 p.m., and classes that are scheduled
for 1 p.m. or later are cancelled. The Legal
Information Center will be open October
6 until 5 p.m.

Legal Scholar to Discuss
"Great Cases in Art Law"
Stanford Law Professor John Henry
Merryman, an internationally renowned
expert on art and cultural property law
and comparative law, will discuss "Great
Cases in Art Law" Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at
the University Auditorium.
Merryman, Stanford Law School's
Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B.
Sweitzer Professor of Law, emeritus and
affiliated professor in the Department
of Art, emeritus, will discuss prominent
art law cases, including Richard Serra's
"Tilted Arc" case, the Cincinnati Con-
temporary Art Center's 1990 Mapletho-
rpe prosecution, the Elgin Marbles saga,
and the Leonardo "La Bell Ferroniere"
trial. The Eminent Scholar Lecture series
is organized by the School or Art and
Art History through the Harn Eminent
Scholar Endowment and is co-sponsored
by the Harn Museum of Art.
Note: Additional meetings and events
are listed on the calendar on pages 4-5.

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Program Provides Opportunity for Law

Student to Broaden His Perspectives in Chile

Law student Jes6s Suarez (2L) completed a program this summer
with the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (Centro de Estudio
de Justicia de las Americas / CEJA) in Santiago, Chile, researching
the relationship between judicial sector modernization and economic
development, as part of the University of Florida Law & Policy in the
Americas Program.
CEJA was chartered in 1999 by the General Assembly of the Organiza-
tion of American States. CEJA's mission is to study judicial systems
in the Americas and to develop innovative plans for justice sector
"Chile is a modern country that is often overlooked as a place to study,
live and do business," said Suarez. "The opportunity to collaborate
with attorneys, law students and other professionals from around the
word helped me to broaden my global perspectives and hone my ability
to communicate in legal Spanish."
Suarez received a UF International Center (UFIC) Coca-Cola World
Citizenship Program award, a fellowship designed to support graduate

What is a Resource Counselor?
-By Resource Counselor Whitney F. Nobles
So far this year I have had the pleasure of working with some
of you and meeting students within the law school. For those of
you who I have not met, I thought that I would take some time to
explain the role of a resource counselor and a little bit about the
counseling field. As a resource counselor, I am here to listen to any
emotional, mental, or personal problems that you might be having.
It is not unusual for students to feel stressed or anxious during the
school year, and these are some examples of problems in which you
might seek my assistance.
Many students have expressed concerns about seeking assistance
from the resource counselor based on a fear that confidentiality will
be breached. Services rendered by the resource counselor are not
shared to any member of the staff unless permission has been given
or an extreme circumstance arises (i.e., harm to self or others).
I encourage you to seek help for any situation that you are hav-
ing difficulty managing, no matter how great or small. No instance
of anxiety, depression, or like problems will be disclosed to anyone.
These discussions will have no bearing on one's ability to gain
employment or insurance based on what is discussed within the law
school or particularly with the resource counselor.
Mental health professionals practice in a variety of settings,
including independent practice, community agencies, managed
behavioral health care organizations, integrated delivery systems,
hospitals, employee assistance programs, and substance abuse
treatment centers. Mental health counselors provide a full range of
services including crisis management, psychotherapy, alcoholism,
and substance abuse treatment, in addition to many others.
However, counselors, such as a resource counselor, have no for-
mal training in curriculum management, advising on school related

students working and conducting
research in the developing world.
While in Chile, Suarez performed
research for the legal component
to the Latin American Busi-
ness Environment Report and
presented a report surveying the
role of the private sector, interna-
tional arbitration and judicial
reform in Chile.
Similar exchanges are available
through the Law & Policy in the Americas Program in San Jose, Costa
Rica; Santiago, Chile; Lima, Peru; and Curitiba, Brazil, in the areas of
human rights, property rights, trade, and judicial reform. Interested
students are encouraged to contact Program Director Meredith Fensom
at fensom@law.ufl.edu.

issues, or career services. There is staff in place to assist you in these
matters, namely the assistant deans and career services office.
Counseling professionals abide by a strict code of ethics and laws
that regulate their practice. At any time, you have the right to ac-
cess your records or refuse services. Additionally, the law states that,
"Mental health counselors have a primary obligation to safeguard
information about individuals obtained in the course of practice,
teaching, or research.

"It is not unusual for students

to feel stressed or anxious

during the school year."

"Personal information is communicated to others only with the
person's written consent or in those circumstances where there is
clear and imminent danger to the client, to others or to society.
Disclosure of counseling information is restricted to what is neces-
sary, relevant and verifiable." Therefore, by law, your rights as a
client are protected.
I hope that this clarifies any misgivings of the work that is done
with the resource counselor or any recommending staff. Please feel
free to email me at noblesw@law.ufl.edu with any questions that
you might have or to set up an appointment. I look forward to
meeting and talking with you soon.

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& Activities

Mark Fenster
Associate Professor
* Presented "Takings, Version 2005: The Legal
Process of Constitutional Property Rights" at
Florida State University Law School on Sept. 7.
Jerold H. Israel
Ed Rood Eminent Scholar in Trial Avocacy and
* Published Criminal Procedure--Constitutional
Limitations in a Nutshell, 7th edition, with Wayne
Lafave (Thomson/West).
* Published Criminal Procedure and The Constitu-
tion, 2006 edition, with Yale Kamisar, Wayne
LaFave, & Nancy King (Thomson/West).
* Published 2006 supplement to Modern Criminal
Procedure (with Kamisar, LaFave, King, and
Orin Kerr), the 2006 supplement to White Collar
Crime (with Borman, Podgor, & Henning) and
the 2006 Pocket part to Criminal Procedure
Hornbook (with LaFave & King).
Clifford A Jones
Visiting Assistant Professor in Law Research
* Presented a paper in Munich, Germany Sept.
12-13, "Patent Power and Market Power:
Rethinking the Relationship between Intellectual
Property Rights and Market Power in Antitrust
Analysis," to the Conference on Intellectual
Property and Competition Law, sponsored by
Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property,
Competition, and Tax Law.
Elizabeth T. Lear
* Published "Congress, the Federal Courts, and
Forum Non Conveniens: Friction on the Frontier
of the Inherent Power," 91 Iowa Law Review
1147 (May 2006).
Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky
Professor; UF Research Foundation Professor
* Her article, "Authorship, Audiences & Anony-
mous Speech" (co-authored with Tom Cotter)
was published on the Social Science Research
Network Web site.
Diane H. Mazur
* Published "A Blueprint for Law School Engage-
ment with the Military," 1 Journal of National
Security Law & Policy 473 (2005).
Lars Noah
* Published "Treat Yourself: Is Self-Medication
the Prescription for What Ails American Health
Care?" 19 Harvard Journal of Law & Technol-
ogy. 359 (2006); "Managing Biotechnology's

[R]evolution: Has Guarded Enthusiasm Become
Benign Neglect?" 11 Virginia Journal of Law
& Technology 4 (2006); "A Drug by Any Other
Name... ?: Paradoxes in Dietary Supplement
Risk Regulation," 17 Stanford Law & Policy
Review. 165 (2006).
Michael L. Seigel
* Published a law review article, "The Effective
Use of War Stories in Teaching Evidence," 50 St.
Louis Law Journal 1191 (Summer 2006).
Christopher Slobogin
Stephen C. O'Connell Chair; Affiliate Professor
of Psychiatry; Adjunct Professor, University of
South Florida Mental Health Institute; Associ-
ate Director, Center on Children and Families
* Published "Competency in the Criminal Context:
An Analysis of Robert Schopp's Views," in
Behavioral Sciences and the Law.
* Participated in a conference Sept. 8 at the
University of California Boalt School of Law on
"Governing and Living in a Time of Terror: Law
Beyond 9/11."

In the News
Mark Fenster
Associate Professor
* Quoted in U.S. News & World Report, The
Australian (a newspaper), the South Florida
Sun-Sentinel, and the Toronto Star on the 9/11
Commission Report and conspiracies surround-
ing 9/11.
Christopher L. Peterson
Associate Professor
*Albuquerque News Journal, July 17, 2006. Re-
search on payday lending was used in an article
about senatorial efforts to put a cap on payday
lending interest rates.
* Center for American Progress, July 19, 2006.
Reprinted the article that ran two days earlier in
the Albuquerque News Journal.
Michael Allan Wolf
Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government
Law; Professor
* Herald Tribune, August 31, 2006. Quoted in a
story about an adult club in Sarasota County
fighting the Bert J. Harris Jr. Private Property
Rights Protection Act and that could end up set-
ting a stage legal precedent in the process.