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Publication Date: October 8, 2007
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October 8, 2007 I Vol. XI, Issue 8

Florida Supreme Court Justices Wells and Anstead Among
Judges for Moot Court Final Four Oct. 12

This year's University of Florida Justice
Campbell Thornal Moot Court Team
Intramural Tryout Competition concludes
with the Final Four at 9:30 a.m. this
Friday, Oct. 12, in the Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180A). The
Moot Court Team holds tryouts for eligible
third semester students each fall
semester. Students trying out for the
team must submit an appellate brief and
prepare two oral arguments. After the team picks its new members, the top
four finishers and one alternate compete in "The Final Four." This year's
Final Four will feature Shawn Taylor and Dante Trevisani representing the
petitioner, and Jennifer Jones and Tim Haughee representing the
respondent (Andrew Hoffman is the alternate). In teams of two, the
competitors will present oral arguments in front of a panel of prestigious
judges, including Florida Supreme Court Justices Harry Lee Anstead and
Charles T. Wells; Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson from the 1 1th Circuit Court
of Appeals; District Judge Steven D. Merryday from the Middle District of
Florida; and District Judge Stephan P. Mickle from the Northern District of
Florida. The arguments are open for observation by fellow students, alumni,
and faculty. The Final Four Competition is sponsored by Zimmerman, Kiser
& Sutcliffe, P.A. Read more about the case on appeal by clicking on the link
READ MORE>>www.law.ufl.edu/flalawonline

Career Services: The Federal Student Loan Forgiveness
Law Helps Public Service Lawyers

On Sept. 27, President George W. Bush
signed the College Cost Reduction and
Access Act. This act helps public service
lawyers by lowering monthly student loan
payments on federally guaranteed
student loans (Income Based Repayment
or IBR), and cancelling remaining debt
Saafter 10 years of income-based
repayment (public service forgiveness).

This exciting legislation is for those of you with a desire to enter public
service, but who are also wondering how a public service salary can be
stretched to pay not only your basic living expenses but also your student
loan payments. To find out how this new law can help you, Equal Justice
Works has prepared the following useful summary:
http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/files/ejw_college_cost_reduction. pdf

Additional Career Services Articles
* Programming This Week
* Important Upcoming Deadlines
* Save The Date: Fourth Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic Oct. 27

Career Spotlight: Charles E. "Chuck" Hobbs, II

Although Charles E. "Chuck" Hobbs, II
(JD 98) has practiced law for less than a
decade he has already made history-
and headlines. Hobbs, who practices in
the areas of criminal trial law, appeals,
personal injury and wrongful death, was
the lead defense attorney behind
Florida's first hazing trial, which was
televised last fall on Court TV. Hobbs
represented four of five members of the
Alpha Xi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity on trial for allegedly
participating in the hazing of a pledge at Florida A&M University.
READ MORE>>www.law. ufl.edu/flalawonline

Clinics Offer Rare Law School Opportunity to Apply
Classroom Theory in a Practice Setting

Interested in counseling clients, advising
government agencies regarding policies,
or even doing a jury trial? You should
look closely at one of the law school's
excellent clinic programs. Clinics offer the
rare law school opportunity to apply
classroom theory in a practice setting
while learning valuable lawyering skills.
Students are closely supervised by one of
our highly experienced clinical professors/
practitioners. In a number of the clinics, students gain valuable experience
collaborating with social workers, mental health and family counselors,
environmental and land use professionals, or alternative dispute resolution
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

Deadline Oct. 10 for Spring 2008 Study Abroad, Including
New Program with University of Costa Rica

S~ UF Law has seven ABA-approved
u semester exchange programs and the
deadline to apply for Spring 2008 is this
Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Don't miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime. Spring opportunities include
(all programs are taught in English except where noted):

Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany (April-July;
must be fluent in German)
Leiden University, The Netherlands (Feb.-June; also available in fall)
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (Feb.-June; minimum 3.0
Pontificia Universidade Catolica-Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO), Brazil
(March-July; must be fluent in Portuguese-one-month language
preparatory course available for Spanish speakers)
University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica (also available in fall;
must be fluent in Spanish; minimum 3.0 GPA)
University of Montpellier, France (Jan.-May; also available in fall;
many classes are taught in French)
University of Warsaw, Poland (Feb.-June)

If you are interested in studying abroad, check out the UF Law study abroad
website at http://www.law.ufl.edu/students/abroad/. You'll find links to all of
our partner institutions and the student exchange application.
READ MORE>>www.law. ufl.edu/flalawonline

Challenge of Protecting Trade Secrets in a Digital World
Among Topics Discussed by UF Law Faculty

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. Among other news, Professor
Elizabeth Rowe (pictured left, standing)
discusses the challenge of protecting
trade secret information in a digital world,
and Professor Christopher Slobogin
(pictured seated) writes about the U.S.
Supreme Court's recent rulings in criminal mental health cases.
* Faculty Scholarship & Activities


Fathers' Rights Movement Topic of Oct. 26 Lecture Presented by UF
Center on Children & Families
it" w- B The UF Center on Children & Families
S-. 2007-2008 lecture series, "Families in
... Transition," presents "The Fathers' Rights
.. Movement, Law Reform and the New
SPolitics of Fatherhood: Reflections on the
S i. UK Experience," with Richard Collier,
professor of law and social theory,
l Newcastle University, Newcastle Law
School, in the United Kingdom, Friday,
Oct. 26, at noon in the Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180). A lunch reception will follow in the
Faculty Dining Room. Collier is the author of several books on law and
fathers, fathers' rights and legal reform, and law and masculinities. This is
the first of four lectures to be presented this academic year, all of which will
be open to faculty, staff and students.

Levin College of Law Honor Committee Holding Elections
The Levin College of Law Honor Committee will be holding elections to elect
representatives for the 2006 and 2007 entering classes and for LL.M.
students on Thursday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Honor Committee
administers the Honor Code. In this capacity, the Honor Committee has the
authority to do all actions which are necessary for the proper administration
of the Code. It is composed of law students, two faculty advisors, the Levin
College of Law associate dean for students, and a representative of the
University of Florida Office of Student Judicial Affairs. Five students will be
elected from the Fall 2006 entering class, five from the 2007 entering class,
and two students will be elected to represent LL.M. students. To run for a
position, contact nsbgator@ufl.edu for a registration form and the rules. The
deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 8. Registration forms are available in the
Office of Student Affairs, 164 Holland Hall.

UF Law Alumni Council Happy Hour at
orre 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
Mchael Se .l. 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.

Jury Duty Notices Sent to Half of Fall 2007 Entering Class Students
Notices of jury duty have been sent to half of the Fall 2007 entering class.
These students are required to serve on a jury for Trial Practice or Clinics
(see http://www.law.ufl.edu/students/policies.shtml#15) and will lose
registration priority if they shirk their duty. The notices are also posted on the

2Ls are also reminded that if they missed their jury duty last fall they need to
come to the Clinics (Bruton-Geer 105) and sign up.

Third-Year Law Student Cameron
SWilson Takes First Place in UF Law's
Annual Art Show
Third-year UF Law student Cameron
Wilson (pictured left) was awarded first
place in the Levin College of Law's Third
i | Annual Art Show, which is currently on
S display on the first floor of the Chiles
Legal Information Center. The art show,
which opened Sept. 28, includes work
from faculty, staff and students, and will continue through the end of October.
Wilson's acrylic and mixed media piece is titled "A Fear of Aging."

The Docket Resumes Oct. 15
The John Marshall Bar Association (JMBA) needs your help putting together
a monthly social calendar that will be placed in The Docket (the official JMBA
newsletter). JMBA wants to make sure that everyone is well aware of all the
events going on. The first issue is set to be published Oct. 15. If you would
like your events publicized in The Docket, please send information to
ufdocket@gmail.com by Oct. 8. The Docket welcomes information on social
events, philanthropy events, speakers, and general meetings open to all law
students. You may include, in one email, all events through December or
update the editors as needed. There will be three issues this semester
(deadlines are Oct. 8, Nov. 1, and Nov. 26).

HLLSA Announces Upcoming Fundraiser Events
,The Hispanic and Latino/a Law Student
Association (HLLSA) executive board
would like to thank all the students who
attended HLLSA's first meeting of the
semester Sept. 27, which drew more than
40 students, and would like to announce
the following events. Sabor Latino 2007
HLLSA Social and Fundraiser will take
place Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Come enjoy
delicious Latin food and a mix of Latin
music, including, salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton and more. Minimum
$3 donation. Proceeds will be used toward our "Blankets for Babies"
community service project. Tabling for the event will take place this week in
the Schott Courtyard. HLLSA will also host a Wine Tasting Fundraiser Oct.
26 at 6 p.m, where you can learn about wine as you sample numerous
varieties and bond with fellow students and professors. We would also like to
note that HLLSA was featured in the October issue of the ABA Student
Lawyer magazine for hosting our Diversity Day event, "Thriving in a Law
Firm: Diverse Attorneys Share Strategies for Success," last spring (pictured
above), a panel discussion and reception about the experiences of minority
attorneys in the practice. For more information, including the locations for
these events, e-mail ufhllsa@gmail.com.

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
private loan companies who will make Bar Exam loans to students who 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:

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