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January 28, 2008 I Vol. XI, Issue 19

14th Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference
Looks at Florida's Role In Global Issues

The University of Florida Levin College of
l ( Law's 14th Annual Public Interest
Environmental Conference (PIEC) will be
Held Feb. 28- Mar. 1, 2008, at the UF Law
campus. The theme of this year's conference
is "Reducing Florida's Footprint: Stepping Up
to the Global Challenge." The conference
will focus on Florida's role in global issues on
energy, land use, biodiversity, and water.
The PIEC will take place in conjunction with
the 1st Annual University of Florida Water
Symposium "Sustainable Water
Resources: Florida Challenges, Global
Solutions." On the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 27, the PIEC opens with a
pre-conference keynote speech by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an Inuit climate
change and human rights activist and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. The
speech will be held at the Reitz Union Ballroom and is free and open to the
public. Doors open at 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by UF Office of Sustainability,
the conference is free for all UF students, faculty and staff. The PIEC pre-
registration fee is $85, and the on-site registration is $100. Both fees include
all program activities except the banquet, which is an additional $35 for all
Conference attendees. The post-mark deadline for pre-registration is Feb.

Career Services: The CCS Buzz Catches You Up On Spring
Recruitment, Upcoming Job Fair In Atlanta

Catch up on what's happening with spring
recruitment and an upcoming job fair in
Atlanta in this week's issue of The CCS
Buzz, your source for a quick synopsis of
programming, recruiting, networking,
volunteer, and "SHIP" opportunities
available to you. The CCS Buzz can be
found in FlaLaw OnLine, via a link on
your Symplicity homepage after you log
in, or you can pick up a hard copy in
Career services at 244 Bruton eer Hall.

Click below to download The CCS Buzz, your weekly guide to what is
important to your career and professional development:
* The CCS Buzz

Career Spotlight: Cary Davis

It's not often someone makes the jump from journalist
to attorney, but UF Law alum Cary Davis (JD 06) has
done just that, and loves being part of the action.
S Davis, who practices media law, intellectual property
and commercial litigation for the firm Helms Mulliss &
Wicker in Charlotte, N.C., spent seven years as an
award-winning reporter with the St. Petersburg Times
and the Ocala Star-Banner. After spending so much
time writing about the police and the law, it was time to
be the one helping to make the news, Davis said. "I
spent a lot of time sitting in court rooms as a member
of the audience, thinking to myself, 'Hey I can do that,'" he said. "I really
wanted to start influencing and figuring out how to work with the law, and I
wanted to be a player in the game."

Sheriff Sadie Darnell To Speak on Mental Health Issues of
Prisoners in Alachua County

r Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell (pictured left) will
speak about the mental health issues of prisoners in
Alachua County at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in
the College of Education's Terrace Room in Norman
Hall as part of the University of Florida Counselors for
Social Justice's Community Speaker Series. It will be a
brownbag dinner meeting so bring your dinner. For
more information, go to Sheriff Darnell
was sworn in as the first female sheriff of Alachua
County on Nov. 14, 2006. She is a 30-year veteran of
*,. the Gainesville Police Department, having been
promoted through the ranks to Police Captain, before
retiring and ultimately returning as the agency's Community Relations
Coordinator working with special needs citizens and victims. Sheriff Darnell

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degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, and an Associate of Arts
Degree from Santa Fe Community College. Her community involvement
includes being the past president of the Gainesville Commission on the
Status of Women, Board of Trustees of Peaceful Paths, volunteer for
Interfaith Hospitality Network for homeless families, Leadership Gainesville
XXII, board member of The Preserve, transitional housing for homeless
boys, board member of the Coalition for Suicide Prevention, National
Alliance for the Mentally III, Alachua County Humane Society and advocate
for crime victims.

Florida Presidential Preference Primary Tuesday

SPolls in Alachua County will be open from 7
a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, for the
Florida Presidential Preference Primary.
Florida is a closed primary state, so you may
A id f vote only for candidates of the political party
O T in which you are registered, unless all
candidates for an office have the same party
affiliation and the winner will have no
opposition in the General Election. All
registered voters may vote in non-partisan
elections, on issues, and for any candidate
in the General Election. All voters in line at 7
p.m. will be allowed to vote. You must vote
in the precinct where you live. Check your
voter information card for the location of your polling place or use the
precinct finder on the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections website at

UF Law Student Eric Gold, 26, Strived to Conquer Despite
Host of Medical Challenges

When Eric Gold faced a serious medical challenge in
his life, he turned it into a crusade to help others.
Diagnosed with diabetes at age 7, he went on to help
develop a summer camp for kids with that disease.
After coming down with a lung disease five years ago
and later having a double lung transplant, he ran a half-
marathon and became a speaker on behalf of organ
and tissue donation. On Sunday, Jan. 20, Gold died in
a Gainesville hospital of pneumonia related to his most
recent medical battle, this time with cancer. He turned
26 just six days earlier.

Poverty Law Expert April Charney to Discuss Public Interest
Lawyering Friday, Feb. 1

April Charney, a nationally recognized
expert in poverty law issues, will present
"Public Interest Lawyering: Doing Well
While Doing Good," a talk about the
,- issues that face low-income communities
4 and what lawyers and law student
S*' volunteers can do to make a difference,
at noon Friday, Feb. 1, in the Bailey
Courtroom at the UF Levin College of
9 Law. Charney (pictured far left), an
attorney with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, will talk with students specifically
about consumer law issues in light of the current economy-from credit card
debt to mortgage foreclosures to rent-to-own and payday loan businesses.
Charney's talk is presented by Three Rivers Legal Services. The talk is open
to the entire student body, and is also part of a training for law students who
have volunteered to go out in the community to teach people about their
rights and responsibilities under the law-and how to protect themselves
from credit sharks and housing problems. Lunch will be provided. For more
information, contact Whitney Untiedt at 352-372-0519.

Professor Fenster's Book on Conspiracy Theories
Referenced in Blog Discussing 9/11 Attacks

UF Law Professor Mark Fenster (pictured left) recently
was quoted in a blog on, which
discusses speculation that federal officials assisted in
the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them
so the United States could go to war in the Middle
East, according to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio
University poll. The blog referenced his book
Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American
Culture, which said the poll's findings reflect public
anger at the unpopular Iraq war, realization that
Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass
destruction and growing doubts of the veracity of the
Bush administration. "What has amazed me is not that there are conspiracy
theories, but that they didn't seem to be getting any purchase among the
American public until the last year or so," Fenster said. "Although the Iraq
war was not directly related to the 9/11 attacks, people are now looking back
at 9/11 with much more skepticism than they used to." Keep up with what UF
Law faculty are saying in the media and writing about in scholarly
publications in FlaLaw Online's weekly updates on Faculty Scholarship &
* Faculty Scholarship & Activities


News Briefs

Michigan's Clarkson to Discuss the Need for Economic Development in
Indian Country
Gavin Clarkson (pictured left), assistant professor in
the School of Information and visiting professor in the
School of Law at the University of Michigan, will speak
at noon Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Faculty Dining Room
as part of the UF Levin College of Law's Faculty
Enrichment Series. His talk is on "Accredited Indians:
Increasing the Flow of Private Equity into Indian
Country as a Domestic Emerging Market."
Demonstrating a commitment to scholarly
engagement, UF Law's faculty colloquium series hosts
some of the nation's top legal academics as they
present their current work to the law school faculty.
The series provides a forum for provocative and innovative legal scholarship
and gives UFLaw faculty the opportunity to exchange ideas with other
scholars, foster relationships with other institutions, and collaborate on works
in progress. Although this series is primarily oriented toward faculty, students
are welcome to attend provided they first contact Professor Christine Klein,
associate dean for faculty development. For more information, go to: http://

Restoration of Civil Rights Project Volunteer Training Session Jan. 31
The Restoration of Civil Rights Project
volunteer training session for the Spring
08 semester will be held at 5 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31, in 283 Holland Hall.
Please contact Allison Riggs at if you plan to attend the
training session. If you've attended a
training session previously, you do not
have to attend this one unless you would
like to review the rules and process. However, if you do not attend, please
email Allison to sign up for the workshops to be held Feb. 7, March 6 and
April 3, 5:30-7 p.m., at the UF Eastside Campus Community Room on Waldo

Deadlines Approaching for ABA-Approved Summer Programs in
France, South Africa and Costa Rica
Students interested in any of the ABA-
approved summer programs in France,
South Africa and Costa Rica should act
quickly before all the spots are taken. The
deadline for all three programs is March
21. For more information on these
programs, click on the links below.

San Jose, Costa Rica
Paris and Montpellier, France
Cape Town, South Africa

Fall 2008 Financial Aid Renewal Reminder
For those of you who have not already
done so, now is the time to apply for aid
for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Students are encouraged to apply
electronically using FAFSA/Renewal
FAFSA on the web since it can save you
processing time and has a built in editing
Mir format to reduce errors. Just go to FAFSA/

Renewal FAFSA on the web at http:// and follow the
instructions on the site. After applying via FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA on the
web, you can check the status of your application and/or make corrections
online. You will need to use your Federal Access Code (PIN) to complete the
renewal electronically.

Scholarship Opportunity for Brevard County Students
Students from Brevard County are
encouraged to apply for the Frederick W.
& Grace P. Brecht Scholarship. The
award amount is $1,000. The criteria for
the scholarship stipulates that the
Student's home and place of residence
must be in Brevard County, Florida, or
must have graduated from a Brevard
County high school. The student must be
accepted for admission to a community
college or university in the state of Florida, enrolled as a full-time, degree
seeking student in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program,
demonstrate financial need as determined by the 2008-2009 FAFSA,
maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, and good moral character and habits. The
deadline is May 15. Scholarship recipients are selected annually; renewal is
not automatic. To be considered for renewal you must submit a new
application and complete each step listed in the procedures section of the
new application instructions. Applications are available at
pub/forms.html#apps. If you are a Brevard County resident or graduated
from a Brevard County high school and demonstrate financial need as
determined by the 2008-2009 FAFSA, it is strongly recommended that you
apply for this scholarship.


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