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    Career services
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    Calendar of events
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    Briefs: news and events
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VOL. 10, NO. 21 February 12, 2007

Gift Establishes Endowment to

Honor Former UF President Criser

In a tribute to former University of Florida
President Marshall Criser, fellow UF Levin
College of Law alumnus Lewis Schott (BA
'43, LLB '46) of Palm Beach, Fla., has given
$600,000 to the university to create a perma-
nent lecture series.
The gift, announced last
week, will be used to estab-
lish an endowment fund
for the series to be named
the Marshall M. Criser
Distinguished Lecture Se- Jerry
ries at UF's Levin College
of Law.
"The goal of the speaker series is to host
two prestigious national and international

After more than 20 years at the University
of Missouri School of Law, where he worked
as director of the
Center for the Study
of Dispute Resolution
(CSDR), Leonard L.
Riskin has relocated to
Last week, as tem-
peratures in Columbia,
Missouri hovered near
freezing, Riskin sat back
in a chair in his office at
the University of Flori-
da Levin College of Law
and smiled. Outside,
the sun was shining and
the temperature was ris-
ing toward 70 degrees.
"This is a terrific law
school," Riskin replied
when asked why he Riskin

speakers annually on topics of particular in-
terest to law students," said Robert Jerry, dean
of the law school.
Criser served as president of UF from 1984
to 1989 and was appointed by then-Gov.
Jeb Bush to be a found-
ing member of the newly
formed UF Board of Trust-
ees in 2001. He served as
chairman of that board
until he stepped down in
chott Criser 2003 to become chairman
of Scripps Florida Fund-
ing Corp., where he served
until Dec. 21, 2006.
Cont. on page 7

came to UF Law. "There are lots of great
people on the faculty, great students, a great
dean." Then, Riskin
added: "And I like
avoiding the ice and
A noted authority
in alternative dispute
resolution, Riskin began
teaching his first classes
at UF Law in January.
He teaches the course
"Negotiation, Media-
tion, and Other Dispute
Resolution Processes,"
and a one-credit
pass/fail lab course at-
tached to that course on
Under his direction,
the CSDR distinguished
Cont. on page 7

Tickets on Sale Today
for Barrister's Ball
The John Marshall Bar Association
invites you to attend the Spring
2007 Barrister's Ball Formal, to be
held Friday, March 2, at the Para-
mount Plaza Hotel and Conference
Center, 2900 SW 13th St.
An elegant evening of cocktails,
dining, and dancing, the Barrister's
Ball will also include an announce-
ment of the 2006-2007 Student
and Professor of the Year, as well
as Barrister's Superlatives. The
program for the evening begins a
Cocktail Hour at 7 p.m. A full sit-
down dinner for 400 guests follows
at 8 p.m. Dancing with DJ A Train
from Miami will start at 9 p.m. and
continue until 1 a.m.
Tickets will be available beginning
Monday, Feb. 12, at the JMBA
office. Cost is $40 for JMBA
members and $60 for non-JMBA
guests. Ticket prices include dinner,
hosted cocktails, DJ, and dancing.
Buy your tickets as soon as they go
on sale as they sell out quickly and
only 400 seats are available.For any
further questions, please contact
Melissa Knight, vice president of
social services, John Marshall Bar
Association at mjknight@ufl.edu.

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Leonard Riskin Brings Mindfulness to

Teaching of Dispute Resolution



Welcome Jocelyn Ferguson
to Career Services
Welcome to Assistant Director for Career
Services Jocelyn Ferguson. Jocelyn will
administer career education programs
and workshops as well as 1L initiatives,
including the 1L resume tutorial and
shadow program. She also will serve as
one of the primary career counselors to
first-year students.
Jocelyn earned her undergraduate degrees
in Psychology and Criminology from the
University of Florida and her Juris Doctor
from the University of North Carolina
School of Law.
As a member of the North Carolina Bar,
she was a civil litigation associate for
three years at Morris York Williams Surles
& Barringer, LLP in Charlotte. Before
graduation from law school, she also
worked in the investigative division of
the New York County District Attorney's
Office and interned in the Atlanta office of
the United States Attorney's Office in As-
set Forfeiture. Please join Career Services
in welcoming Jocelyn.

Dress for Success
Feb. 14, noon, Holland 355D. Join CCS to
discuss tips every successful law student
needs to know about dressing the part,
whether it be for interviews, summer, or
permanent positions.

Florida Public Defender
Association Job Fair
3Ls must submit a cover letter and resume
by Feb. 26. Interviews will be held in
Orlando on March 2. For more information
go to www.flpda.org/pages/jobfair.

Public Interest Law Week,
Feb. 19-23
Feb. 20: Public Interest Student Panel
Feb. 21: Public Interest Practitioner Panel
Feb. 22: Public Interest Faculty Panel

Military Recruiters at UF Law
The University of Florida Levin College of
Law, as an equal opportunity institution of
higher education, conforms to all applicable
laws prohibiting discrimination, and is commit-
ted to nondiscrimination on the basis of race,
color, religion, national origin, social condition,
sex, sexual orientation, age and handicap in its
programs and activities.
In compliance with this policy the law
school's Center for Career Services is committed
to supporting an equal and fair evaluation of its
law student and graduate job applicants on the
basis of his or her individual merits. Therefore,
the center is available only to employers whose
employment practices are in compliance with
the law and the school's nondiscrimination
policy The one exception to this nondiscrimi-
nation policy is that while the center does not
condone the practice, the military may pursu-
ant to its regulations, discriminate on the basis
of sexual orientation.
Federal law provides that law schools that
deny access to military recruiters may lose
certain types of federal funding. Accordingly,
the UF Levin College of Law will permit on-
campus military recruitment. To ameliorate
the potentially discriminatory impact on its
students, measures have been implemented,
including: 1) Posting of the center's position
statement that the military discriminates in
a manner not permitted by the law school's
nondiscrimination policy; 2) Making available a
collection of newsletters and materials related to
gay and lesbian practitioners; and/or 3) Holding
a forum/panel discussion on various forms of
discrimination and how they affect the legal
profession. Recruiters from the United States
Military will be on the UF Levin College of
Law campus in late February and early March
to interview students interested in legal careers
in the various branches of the armed services.
The Solomon Amendment
The Solomon Amendment, enacted in 1995,
denied Department of Defense funding to
colleges and universities that barred ROTC or
military recruitment access. The second incara-
tion of the Solomon Amendment, enacted in
1997, dramatically extended the reach of Solo-
mon by including in the list of at-risk funds all

monies from the Departments of Labor, Health
and Human Services, and Education.
"Because the Levin College of Law and our
university are committed to actively promot-
ing equal opportunity policies and practices,
we require those who recruit our students for
employment to adhere to equal opportunity
policies and to give our students equal and fair
evaluation," said Dean Robert Jerry "We recog-
nize, as the college's policy on'Nondiscrimina-
tion and Military Recruiting' states, that the
military, by discriminating on the basis of sexual
orientation, does not conform to these policies.
In response to the Solomon Amendment, the
college decided several years ago to permit on-
campus military recruitment but, consistently
with AALS policies and the practices of many
other law schools, to take ameliorative measures
in response to the military's violation of the
college's policy."
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
The presence of military recruiters has stirred
protests on some college campuses, most re-
cently at New York University, where members
of the law school community expressed their
opposition to military recruiters and students
passed a resolution opposing recruiting on
campus because of the U.S. military's "Don't
Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
Third-year law student Jorge Tormes,
president of the UF chapter of OutLaw, a
group that provides lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgendered students and their supporters an
outlet to express and discuss their views, said the
group doesn't necessarily have anything against
the recruiters, but they do oppose the "Don't
Ask, Don't Tell" policy. "We realize that they're
kind of just doing their job," he said. "But at the
same time it is an employment opportunity that
a lot of people are categorically prohibited from
applying who are not necessarily willing to hide
part of their identity."
One problem Tormes sees on the UF campus
is a lack of knowledge about the "Don't Ask,
Don't Tell" policy and the difficulties it presents
to LGBT students who aren't comfortable
in being forced to deny an important part of
who they are. "I feel like a lot of students don't
even realize that the military discriminates," he
said. "When they see JAG, I don't think they

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automatically think'I can go apply, but a certain
gay person can't go apply for the same job as me'
So, I think there needs to be more education on
that issue."
Open Doors a Path to Reform
UF Law Professor Diane Mazur said law
schools should keep their doors open to military
recruiters-because this may be the quickest
way to reform Pentagon policy "In general, law
schools are right to turn away recruiting efforts
from employers who discriminate," said Mazur,
a former Air Force officer. "But the military isn't
just any employer, it's an institution of constitu-
tional significance. When we shun the military,
we deny ourselves the ability to influence the
Pentagon's policies."
Mazur is a vocal opponent of military policies
discriminating against gays. Still, she argues, the
battle over on-campus recruiting has led to a
"spiral ofshunning" that broadens the cultural
gap between the legal community and the
Since the early 1980s, civilian courts have
deferred to the Pentagon on most cases involving
the rights of individual soldiers, Mazur notes.
The reason: judges see the military as a sepa-
rate society, run according to imperatives that
legal scholars aren't qualified to understand. If
legal scholars had a closer relationship with the
military, Mazur says, they would be emboldened
to question its policies in greater detail and the
military might be more inclined to listen to their
"We can engage the military without sup-
porting its policies," Mazur said. "We don't
discourage our students from working for legisla-
tors who voted for these policies, or clerking for
judges who upheld them."
To exert a greater influence on the mili-
tary, Mazur says, law schools should not only
welcome recruiters they should encourage
more research into military law. At present,
Mazur says, law schools produce only a trickle
of scholarship on military law topics other than
"Don't Ask Don't Tell," almost all of it written
by law professors who are also military veterans.
Ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have
brought up new issues in military law-such as
the uses of the National Guard and the proper
role of civilian contractors in combat-that beg


William S. Henry (JD 95), The Florida Bar

Young Lawyers Division Liaison to UF Law

As a law student at the University of Florida,
Bill Henry kept himself busy with leadership
positions in organizations throughout law
school. He served as the managing editor
and student works editor for the Journalof
Law and Public Policy, was vice president of
the Board of College Councils, and treasurer
of the Law College Council. He was also
treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta and a member of
the John Marshall Bar Association.
Today, in addition to being the liaison to UF
for The Florida Bar's Young Lawyer Division,
Henry serves as the hiring attorney for his
law firm, Burke, Blue, Hutchison, Walters
& Smith, a position that provides him with
insight into how law students can best
position themselves to land a job when they
"Employers certainly look at any leadership
or community involvement type position,"
he said by telephone from his Panama City
office. "One of the things that we do look at,
in addition to people who did well in school,
we also look for folks who are outgoing and
are interested in becoming involved and tak-
ing those sort of leadership roles."
Emphasis on community involvement and
leadership continues for attorneys at the
firm, Henry explained. While many firms

for analysis by scholars from a wide range of
"Law schools ought to be the principal players
in legal reform of any nature," she said. "Keeping
recruiters at arms' length may allow us to feel
that we're standing up for our principles, but it's
costing us our ability to take part in that reform."

IP and Patent Law Job Fairs
The Third Annual Southeastern Intellectual
Property Job Fair, hosted by Georgia State
University College of Law, will be held Tuesday,
July 31, in Atlanta. This job fair is not a "patent
lawyer" interview program exclusively. Timeline
and pre-registration forms are available in Career
Services. Registration forms and a check for $25
(payable to Georgia State School of Law) are due
to Career Services by Feb. 16, at 5 p.m.

base compensation and bonuses strictly on
productivity, Henry's firm takes a broader
view and rewards attorneys who take on
more community involvement activities. "It
enhances your profile and provides recogni-
tion in the community which benefits the
firm," he said.
In addition to presenting programs at UF
Law to help students prepare for entering
the profession, The Florida Bar's Young
Lawyers Division annually awards scholar-
ships, giving out 10 $2,000 scholarships to
law students throughout the state last year.
Information on these scholarships and other
YLD programs is available on their website at

2007 Patent Law Interview
Program-Loyola Chicago
This job fair will be held at the Marriott Suites
O'Hare on August 2-3. Last year's program
included 150 patent law employers. Participa-
tion is handled through Symplicity, just as our
on-campus interview program. You will,
however, receive a new log-in for this pro-
gram. This fair is only for students returning
to law school in fall 2007. It is for summer
associate and entry-level attorney positions
for 2008. The only exception is for a law
graduate studying for an LLM in Intellec-
tual Property. For more information, come
to the CCS.Deadline to register (with a $35
check to Loyola University Chicago School
of Law) to UF Career Services is Feb. 23.

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of Events

Monday FEBRUARY 12
* Dr. Richard Lapchick, endowed chair of the
UCF sports management program, presents
a lecture on "Sport: Bridging America's
Racial Divide," noon, Chesterfield Smith
Ceremoial Classroom (HOL 180)
* CCS Program: One Quick Question, 1:45-
3:15 p.m., Bruton-Geer 244
* HLLSA Meeting, noon, Bailey Courtroom

Monday FEBRUARY 19
* Public Interest Law Week begins
* CCS Program: One Quick Question, 1:45-
3:15 p.m., Bruton-Geer 244

Monday FEBRUARY 26
* CCS Program: One Quick Question, 1:45-
3:15 p.m., Bruton-Geer 244

Tuesday FEBRUARY 13
* Chaplain James Yee, former U.S. Army
Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, "For God and
Country: Faith and Patriotism under Fire,"
describing his experiences in Camp Delta,
his own detention, and addressing key con-
temporary civil liberties issues, 8 p.m., Reitz
Union Grand Ballroom

Tuesday FEBRUARY 20
* Public Interest Student Panel, 1 p.m.,
Room TBA

Tuesday FEBRUARY 27
* ACS Food for Thought lecture, noon, BG 136
* UFPA presents Kris Kristofferson, 7:30 p.m.,
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts

Wednesday FEBRUARY 14
* CCS Program: Dress for Success, noon
* Center for European Studies presents "A
Current Perspective of Entangled Alliances:
Greece Turkey and Cyprus," with Harriet
L. Elam-Thomas, Ambassador in Residence
(UCF), 2:15 p.m., Anderson Hall 216
* Gator Men's Basketball vs. Alabama, 8 p.m.,
O'Connell Center
Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday FEBRUARY 21
* Public Interest Practitioner Panel, 1 p.m.,
Room TBA
* Gator men's basketball vs. South Carolina, 8
p.m., O'Connell Center

Celebrate Black History Month

Throughout February

To view a complete listing of

all Black History Month 2007

events, visit the Web at


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Thursday FEBRUARY 15
* CCS Program: One Quick Question, 9:45-
11:15 a.m., Bruton-Geer 244
* ACS Food for Thought lecture, noon,
HOL 345
* Breakfast with the Dean, 8-9 a.m., FDR
* Black History Month 2007 presents Annual
Black History Month Comedy Show featur-
ing comedians Damon Williams and Darren
"DS" Sanders, 8 p.m., MSB Auditorium

Thursday FEBRUARY 22
* Public Interest Faculty Panel, 1 p.m., Room
*ICAIR Speaker Series: Sharona Hoffman,
professor of law & bioethics, and Andy
Podgurski, associate professor of electrical
engineering & computer science, both from
Case Western, noon, HOL 345

Thursday MARCH 1
* PIEC Conference Reception, 6-9 p.m.,
President's House

Friday FEBRUARY 16
* Trial Team Final Four, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.,
HOL 180


Friday FEBRUARY 23
* Faculty Enrichment Luncheon with Amy
Sinden, associate professor of law, Temple
University, noon, FDR
* Moot Court Final Four, 8-11:30 a.m.,
HOL 180

Friday MARCH 2
* PIEC Conference, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Levin
College of Law
* PIEC Banquet, 7 p.m., Florida Museum of
Natural History

Sat./Sun FEBRUARY 17/18
* Saturday, Class of Fall 2001 Reunion, 8 a.m.-
2 p.m., Courtyard/FDR
* Saturday, Black Student Union presents 18th
Annual Florida Invitational Step Show, 7
p.m., O'Connell Center
* Sunday, A Celebration ofWine 2007, 1-4
p.m., Reitz Union Ballroom

Sat./Sun MARCH 3/4
* Saturday, PIEC Conference, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
* Sunday, Gator men's basketball vs. Kentucky,
noon, O'Connell Center

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News & Events

Apply by Feb. 16 to be a
Children's Fellow
The Center on Children and Families is
taking applications from students who
have completed three or more semes-
ters of law school for appointment as
Children's Fellows for 2006.
Self-motivation and commitment are
a must. The purpose of the Children's
Fellow program is to recruit and mentor
individuals who are interested in advo-
cacy for children and youth.
Children's Fellows contribute an impor-
tant dimension to the work of the center.
They are involved in organizing and
hosting the center's honorary lectures
and conference. They attend meetings of
the center's faculty and work under the
guidance of the faculty on research and
writing projects such as amicus briefs
and position papers on issues of current
importance. The Fellows also discuss
the projects in which they are engaged
and hear from a guest speaker from the
children's advocacy community.
Those selected as Children's Fellows will
receive a honorarium of $1,000 upon
the completion of their hours. They will
be listed in CCF publications. Fellows
can expect to devote approximately 100
hours over the course of the year to CCF
related activities either in the CCF offices
or in external projects.
Applicants should send an email describ-
ing their backgrounds and interests to
Debbie Willis, program coordinator for
the Center on Children and Families, Hol-
land Hall Room 368A, PO Box 117625,
Gainesville FL 32611-7625, or email her
at kelley@law.ufl.edu. For more informa-
tion about the center, call 273-0613 or
visit their website at http://www.law.ufl.

Microsoft Vista Printing
UF Computing Services would like to
make the law school community aware
of an issue they will encounter if using a
PC running Microsoft Vista. Pay print-
ing at the Law School is not available for
PCs running Vista. This is also the case for
pay printing services provided by CIRCA
anywhere on UF Campus.
The reason for this problem is that pay
printing services on campus use third-
party software that will not run on Vista.
CIRCA is currently working to find a so-
lution to this problem. We want to make
students, faculty and staff aware of this
printing problem so that they may better
weigh the pros and cons of the important
decision of upgrading to Microsoft Vista.

Join the Class Gift Committee
The UF Levin College of Law would not
be what it is today without support from
its former students. Now it is your chance
to make a difference and leave a legacy for
future generations of students.
Five committee members are needed
for the Spring 2007 Class Gift campaign.
Members help the class raise money for
the class gift campaign, have the oppor-
tunity to network with alumni and are
invited to join the Law Alumni Council
(the law school's volunteer board) upon
graduation. If you have any questions
about the committee or responsibilities,
please call Andrea Shirey in the Office of
Development & Alumni Affairs at 273-
0640 or email shirey@law.ufl.edu.

Scholarship Opportunity
Student who make their home and place
of residence in Brevard County, Florida,
or graduated from a Brevard County high
school, and demonstrate a financial need
are encouraged to apply for the Frederick
W. & Grace P. Brecht Scholarship. The
award amount is $1,000, and applications
are available in Student Affairs (HOL
164). The deadline is May 15.

Eco-Run Saturday, Feb. 17
Come run or walk with your fellow
law students and professors in the Second
Annual Eco-Run, on Saturday, Feb. 17,
at 8 a.m. Proceeds from this fun 5K run
benefit the Public Interest Environmental
Conference and will help bring nationally
known speakers to the conference and pro-
vide scholarships to students from other
schools to attend the conference.
Registration after Feb. 7 or on the day
of the run is $15. Registration forms are
available at http://plaza.ufl.edu/countach.
For more information, please contact
Joanna Theiss at jtheiss@ufl.edu or (239)

ABA Chapter Accepting
Nominations for Board
The UF Chapter of the American Bar
Association (ABA) is accepting nomina-
tions for its executive board officers-
president, vice president, secretary, and
treasurer. This is a great chance to become
involved with a national organization.
Last day to enter nomination is Feb 19 at
noon. To send nominations and address
questions, contact ashhop@gmail.com.

Financial Aid Reminder
For those students who have not already
done so, now is the time to apply for aid
for the 2007-2008 academic year. Students
are encouraged to apply electronically
using FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA on the web
since it can save processing time and has
a built-in editing format to reduce errors.
Go to FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA on the web
at http://www.FAFSA.ed.gov and follow
the instructions on the site. After applying,
you can check the status of your applica-
tion and/or make corrections online. You'll
need your Federal Access Code (PIN) to
complete the renewal electronically.

Note: Career Services programs and
additional meetings and events are listed
on the calendar on pages 4-5.

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Gift Establishes Endowment to Honor Criser

Cont. from page 1

During his legal career, Criser spent 31 years as an attorney in
the Palm Beach law firm of Gunster, Yoakley, Criser & Stewart
before coming to UF After his presidency at UF he practiced law
in Jacksonville until he retired as a partner of the national firm
McGuireWoods. Criser now resides in Gainesville.
"Marshall Criser has devoted a major part of his life to the
University of Florida," said Schott. "As president, trustee, health-
care advocate, legal counsel, state regent and student he has played
many roles. It is an honor to be able to continue his influence at
UF by establishing this lecture series in his name."
Criser earned his bachelor's degree in business administration
from UF in 1949 and his law degree in 1951. He also has served
as a trustee for the UF Law Center Association and as president of
the Florida Bar. "The outstanding leadership Marshall Criser has
shown throughout his career provides an example for the aspira-
tions we want our students to hold," said Dean Jerry. "In honoring
Marshall with the named lecture series, Lewis Schott has also again
enhanced the law school in a way that will enrich the academic
experience of our students."
Schott's gift is eligible for matching funds from the state of

"Marshall Criser has devoted

a major part of his life to the

University of Florida...It is an

honor to be able to continue his

influence at UF."

-Lewis M. Schott

Florida's Major Gifts Trust Fund, which could increase the speaker
series endowment to more than $1 million.
A longtime contributor to UF, Schott gave $100,000 to the law
school in 2004 to honor his late wife, Marcia Whitney Schott. The
two earned law degrees from UF in 1946. The college's courtyard
is named in her honor.

Bringing Mindfulness to Dispute Resolution
Cont. from page 1

itself as the premier law school dispute resolution center in the nation.
Riskin has written several books and numerous articles on alterna-
tive dispute resolution, articles on law and medicine and torts, and
essays for popular magazines. In recent years, he has written about
the benefits of mindfulness meditation for lawyers and mediators. He
also has been chair of the sections on Law and Medicine and Dispute
Resolution of the Association of American Law Schools.
Riskin has been teaching mindfulness meditation to law students,
lawyers and mediators since 1999. He describes mindfulness as "a
particular way of paying attention-moment to moment without
judgment-to whatever passes through the mind or through any of
the senses."
It's of particular value to lawyers and law students, he said, to help
them deal better with stress and to help them perform better. Riskin
noted there's a great deal of anxiety and depression in the legal profes-
sion, from law students to lawyers and judges.
"It also can help people perform better by increasing their ability to
be calm and to focus moment-to-moment while they're doing any of
the activities that a lawyer does like listening or negotiating or advocat-
ing," he explained.
Riskin has taught mindfulness meditation to law students, law
faculties, and lawyers throughout the United States and abroad. While
he acknowledges meditation is not for everybody, greater awareness
of meditation across society as whole has led to a growth in its use in
many more areas in recent years, including medicine and athletics, as

well as in large corporations and law firms.
Riskin said, "I was interested in trying to address a lot of the
unhappiness and suffering that I saw in the legal profession-in law
school and in practice. And I thought that some of the suffering was
attributable to the adversary process, and to the fact that the adversary
process was the model for law school education bred a lot of misery.
Education in alternative dispute resolution and mindfulness can help
address this problem."
The prevalence of alternative dispute resolution in Florida was a fac-
tor that attracted Riskin to UE Alternative dispute resolution has been
utilized by the Florida Court System to resolve disputes for over 30
years, starting with the creation of the first citizen dispute settlement
center in Dade County in 1975. Since then, the uses of mediation and
arbitration have grown as the Florida Legislature and judiciary have
created one of the most comprehensive court-connected mediation
programs in the country. "Florida is a terrific laboratory for studying
dispute resolution," he said.
Riskin's principal emphasis is on teaching courses in dispute resolu-
tion and mindfulness, in addition to writing a book on mindfulness
for lawyers. In the meantime, he and his wife, Catherine Damme (she
goes by the name of Casey), are enjoying their first winter in Gaines-
ville, along with their two border collies, Barney and Matilda. Their
house is just a 10-minute walk from the law school.
"I like it a lot," Riskin said. "It's been very friendly and stimulating.
And the weather's been terrific."

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& Activities

Pedro Malavet
*Appointed to a term on the
Association of American Law
Schools Membership Review

Michael L. Seigel
* Co-authored a chapter titled,
"Federal Prosecutorial Power and
the Need for a Law of Counts" in,
Joan MacLeod Heminway, ed.,
Martha Stewart's Legal Troubles.

Christopher Slobogin
Stephen C. O'Connell Chair; Asso-
ciate Director, Center on Children
and Families
* Co-authored a chapter titled "Fed-
eral Prosecutorial Power and the
Need for a Law of Counts" in Joan
MacLeod Heminway, ed., Martha
Stewart's Legal Troubles.


In the News

Jeffrey L. Harrison
Stephen C. O'Connell
* The Gainesville Sun, Feb. 4. In
an article on the shutting down
of a church Super Bowl party
because of orders from the Harrison
NFL due to copyright issues,
he said, "There is always this process of making
sure that people are aware of your rights."

Seigel Michael Allan Wolf
Richard E. Nelson Chair
in Local Government Law,
Sarasota Herald Tribune,
Feb. 5. In an article about the
Richard E. Nelson Symposium
Sl n which touched on a particu-
Slobogin lar case regarding the Sarasota Golf Club's
members attempts to halt development of their
course, he said, "That factor is, if not unique,
highly unusual."

Symposium Explores Legal Implications of Golf Course Conversions
The Sixth Annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium drew a large audience on Feb. 2 to the UF Hilton Confer-
ence Center, where an unprecedented panel of experts assembled to discuss the legal aspects of a growing
real estate development phenomenon in Florida and throughout the nation-the conversion of existing golf
courses into more intensive land uses. Pictured above are two of the event's speakers, Ronald L. Weaver,
left, of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in Tampa, and Thomas D. Shults, right, of
Kirk-Pinkerton in Sarasota. The symposium honors Richard E. Nelson-who served with distinction as
Sarasota County attorney for 30 years-and Jane Nelson, two UF alumni who gave more than $1 million
to establish the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, which sponsors the annual event.