Title: Fla Law: newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
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Publication Date: October 1, 2007
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October 1, 2007 I Vol. XI, Issue 7

UF Trial Team Concludes Tryout Process With Final Four
Competition Friday, Oct. 5

The University of Florida's award-winning
Trial Team will hold its biannual Final
Four Competition at 8:30 a.m. Friday,
Oct. 5, in the Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180A). The
Trial Team would like to congratulate Fall
2007 new Trial Team members Elvis
Santiago, Jason Pill, Elizabeth Manno,
Connie Jones, Kailey Evans, Nicole
Mouakar, Maulik Sharma and Kerri
Mc over. This year's case for the Final Four Competition will be The State
of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb, a criminal law case. Elvis Santiago and Jason
Pill (first alternate for Connie Jones, who will not be able to make the
competition) will represent the State of Lone Star. Kailey Evans and Nicole
Mouakar will represent the defendant, Tony Grubb. Rumberger, Kirk &
Caldwell, a litigation firm with offices in Florida and Alabama, will again
sponsor the competition. Over 50 competitors began the tryout process,
which lasted three rounds, culminating with the selection of these talented
eight new members. Please show your support by coming to the Final Four
Competition on Friday to watch these competitors in action. If you have any
questions regarding the Final Four Competition, contact Karen Derby at

Career Services: Let's Get
Career Options

Real-Exploring All of Your

This week, UF Law's Center for Career
Services tries to dispel some of the
popular myths you may have been told
about finding your first job in the legal
field and tells you what the reality is. For
starters, it's important to remember this:
The best jobs do not always go to the
best candidate. They go to the best job
READ MORE>>www.law.ufl.edu/

Additional Career Services Articles
* Jacksonville Networking and Football Event
* 1Ls-Stay Tuned For Networking Events During Holiday Break
* Programming This Week
* Important Deadlines
* 4th Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic Oct. 27

Career Spotlight: Jeffrey Hinds

q Working for a large firm can be the number one goal
for many, but Jeffrey Hinds (MA, JD 94) says owning a
firm or working for a small one can really show how
hard work pays off. Hinds, who practices eminent
domain and condemnation law in Tampa, originally
wanted to be a criminology professor while he was an
undergrad at the University of Florida. He said he
Decided to go to law school to get a better view of the
el) law. "I had fantastic professors in the criminology
department, and a couple had law degrees," he said. "I
wanted to get that unique perspective of the law and
the ability to practice would make me better at doing
READ MORE>>www.law.ufl.edu/flalawonline

Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations
Announces First Oral Competition

The University of Florida Center for the
Study of Race and Race Relations
(CSRRR) is pleased to announce its
first oral competition. The Race, Law
and Justice Oral Competition provides
law students with an opportunity to
research, discuss and debate important
issues of race and justice. The subject
for this year's competition is race-based
hate speech. The hypothetical that
students will research and debate is
based upon an actual incident involving
racial conflict between white and black high school students in a South
Carolina town. White students wore T-shirts emblazoned with the
confederate flag and "100 percent cotton and you picked it." Black students
responded by having T-shirts printed with the confederate flag in red, black,
and green-the colors of African liberation.
READ MORE>>www.law.ufl.edu/flalawonline

Center for Children and Families Announces Lecture Series
for 2007-2008 Academic Year

The University of Florida Center for
Children and Families will host a lecture
series this academic year that brings four
talented scholars to the Levin College of
Law with multidisciplinary expertise to
address critical issues in family law. Mark
your calendar for these lectures, which
will be open to faculty, staff and students.
READ MORE>>www.law. ufl.edu/

UF Law Faculty Discuss Timely Topics, Including the Jena 6
and Decision-Making in Mediation

Read what UF Law professors are saying
in the media and writing about in
scholarly publications in FlaLaw Online's
weekly updates on Faculty Scholarship &
Activities and UF Law Faculty In The
News. Among other news, Professor
Kenneth Nunn (pictured right) talks about
the recent questions of bias in U.S.
justice regarding the "Jena 6" case in
Louisiana, and Professor Leonard Riskin
(pictured left) publishes an article on decision-making in mediation.
* Faculty Scholarship & Activities
* Faculty In The News


Join Clean-Up Effort at Law School Woods Work Day Saturday, Oct. 6
All faculty, staff and students are invited
to join the Environmental & Land Use
Law Society in clean-up efforts at the law
school woods 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday,
Oct. 6. Volunteers will be cleaning up
trash and debris, working with exotic
invasives, mulching, and other restorative
activities. Water will be available, but
Students should bring a water bottle and
wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.
For more information about the day or the restoration project, please contact
Ashley Henry at acraft@ufl.edu.

Florida CFO Alex Sink Speaks to Law School Democrats
Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
spoke to the Law School Democrats and
other guests on Friday, Sept. 21. Sink is
the highest-ranking Democrat and
highest-ranking woman in Florida state
government. After giving the audience an
overview of what the CFO position entails
Sand a brief description of her life in the
political arena,Sink took questions from
the audience. She discussed the possible
expiration of PIP, the state government's role in promoting environmental
responsibility, the changing rules regarding the restoration of civil rights
following felony conviction, and many other topics. "It was an enlightening
discussion and a fantastic opportunity for UF Law students to get a better
understanding of Florida state government," said Allison Riggs, the group's
president. Pictured here from left to right are Erin Condon, vice president,
Sink, and Riggs.

Environmental Law Students Garner Writing Honors
Three Levin College of Law students were recognized over the summer for
their outstanding writing on topics related to land use and environmental law.
Yee Huang's paper "Fifth Amendment Takings & Transitions in Water Law"
won the $5,000 First Prize in the 2007 Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law
Essay Contest sponsored by the Roscoe Pound Institute. Her paper will be
published in the Denver Water Law Review. Also this summer, two UF Law
students were recognized for their writing by the Florida Bar Environmental
and Land Use Law Section. Gregory Zhelesnik's paper titled "Critical Habitat
Designation: An Analysis of the Effectiveness Debate" won second place in
the annual Maloney Essay Contest, a competition sponsored by The Florida
Bar ELULS and named in honor of former UF Law Dean and water law
scholar Frank Maloney. Jariel Bortnick's "From Fertile Grounds to Troubled
Compounds: Florida's Failed Shopping Malls and Their Mixed-Use
Redevelopment Options" was the third place winner in the same competition.

UF Law Alumni Council Happy Hour at
Orlando's UrbanThink! Bookstore Oct.
The University of Florida Law Alumni
Council would like to invite all Central
Florida area alumni, students, and friends
of the UF College of Law to a happy hour
on Thursday, Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m., at the
UrbanThink! Bookstore, 625 East Central
Mldcal SegIL | Blvd., Orlando. Our special guest will be

UF Law Professor Michael Seigel, who
will be signing copies of his book,
Improbable Events: Murder at Ellenton Hall, an exciting murder mystery that
takes place in a law school. We are currently planning to have these events
two or three times a year, and limited sponsorships are available. Please
contact Sarah Rumpf at srumpf@cfl.rr.com if you or your firm are interested.
Current sponsors are UrbanThink! Bookstore; Harris, Harris, Bauerle &
Sharma P.A.; and Gatorlando, LLC. Remember to RSVP and support your
College of Law. Check out the online invitation.

Florida Law Review Welcomes New Members
Florida Law Review, the student-edited publication containing articles by
legal scholars expert in various areas of the law, as well as works by student
members, welcomes the following new members: Patty Alten, Katrina Barry,
Marshall Bender, Lance Berry, Carly Cohen, Dave Crane, Christropher
Deem, Angela Deffenbaugh, Lawrence Dougherty, Crystal Espinosa,
Michael Friedman, Jason Giller, Erin Graham, Matthew Grosack, Dennis
Gucciardo, Issa Hanna, Ann Hove, Heather Howdeshell, Margaret Hunt,
Irina Ivanova, Mary Jackson, Jennifer Jones, David Karp, Robert Kauffman,
Sasha Lohn, Adam Losey, Alison Maddux, Giannina Marin, Molly McCrae,
Amanda O'Dell, Troy Pratten, Kristen Rasmussen, Brandon Richardson,
Jonathan Rodriguez, Marisa Rosen, Lindsay Saxe, Rachel Schiffman,
Richard Shane, Charles Short, Jason Stark, Dana Trachtenberg, Dante
Trevisani, Johann Van Lierop III, Stephanie Varela, Natasha Waglow,
Zachary Warren, Ryan Watstein, Matthew White, and Ben Williamson.

Journal of Law & Public Policy Hosts Annual 'How to Get Published'

The Journal of Law & Public Policy is
hosting its annual 'How To Get Published'
seminar with Professor Michael
Siebecker at noon Thursday, Oct. 4,
Holland Hall Room 359. This will be a
great opportunity for all law students,
especially those on a journal, who are
interested in publishing a note or other
article. Professor Siebecker will discuss
what makes a great legal article and how
you can write one. In 2006, Professor Siebecker published Part I of his work
on corporate speech with the William & Mary Law Review and is currently
working on Part II. Come learn from the best. Lunch will be provided. The
Journal of Law and Public Policy is an interdisciplinary, non-partisan
organization devoted to the study, commentary and analysis of domestic
legal and social issues. Please visit http://grove.ufl.edu/-jlpp/ for more

Second- and Third-Year Student Scholarship Applications Available
Available scholarships for second- and third-year law students are now
available and listed along with eligibility requirements on the Financial Aid
Bulletin Board on the concourse. We are in the process of making the list of
scholarships and eligibility requirements available on our website, but until
that time you will need to check the bulletin board. (Current scholarship
recipients are not eligible.) Applications can be obtained from the Office of
Student Affairs, 164 Holland Hall (rack by front door) and must be returned
by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5. For more information, contact Financial Aid
Coordinator Carol Huber at chuber@ufl.edu.

Loans Available for Bar Exam Expenses
Are you making plans to take the bar and wondering where you will come up
with the financing necessary for these out of pocket expenses? There are

in their final year of law school. These loans can be used for a student's
living expenses while studying for the Bar, Bar prep classes and other Bar-
related expenses. You may borrow from as little as $500 to as much as
$15,000. For more information regarding these private loans you should
contact the lenders directly at:

* Access Group, 800 282-1550, www.Accessgroup.org
* Key Education Resources, 800 539-5363, www.Key.com/law


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