Group Title: Fla Law: newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
Title: Fla law newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
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Title: Fla law newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
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Creator: Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Levin College of Law
Publisher: College of Law Communications Office
Place of Publication: <Gainesville FL> College of Law Communications Office 1997-
Publication Date: February 4, 2008
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol.1, no. 1 (Oct. 6, 1997)-
General Note: Weekly during the school year with a biweekly insert, numbered separately called: The Docket.
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February 4, 2008 I Vol. XI, Issue 20

Running For Catherine: Honoring a Classmate One Mile at
a Time

When 22-year-old Catherine Barclift was killed while
Straining for the Feb. 24 Five Points of Life Half
Marathon, her classmates at the University of Florida's
Levin College of Law were left both stunned and filled
with grief. Now a group of more than 50 of her
classmates and friends have signed on to run in her
honor in that same race that's sponsored by LifeSouth
Community Blood Centers, with an effort they've
dubbed "I'm Running for Catherine." Alex Perrin and
d Justin Leak, who are both first-year law students and
were classmates of Barclift, have helped organize the
effort. Leak says he didn't know Catherine-Cat to her
friends-personally, but he could see the impact her
death on Nov. 6 had on his fellow students. Barclift
I was struck and critically injured as she was running
home to her apartment and died the following day. "I was out for a run and I
thought we needed to do something to honor her," Leak says. "I thought 'She
was preparing for a half-marathon, why don't we run in her honor'."

Career Services: The CCS Buzz Gives You The Latest On
White House Internships, Summer Clerkships

Learn about placements available in the
White House Internship Program and the
secrets to a successful summer clerkship
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 Geer
Hall. Click below to download The CCS Buzz, your weekly guide to what is
important to your career and professional development:
* The CCS Buzz

UF Law will be hosting military recruiters on campus during the month
of February. To read the Levin College of Law's statement regarding
nondiscrimination and military recruiters click below.

Career Spotlight: Winifred L. Acosta NeSmith

UF Law alumna Winifred L. Acosta
NeSmith (JD 95) may practice in
Tallahassee, but she still stays true to her
roots in the small North Florida town of
Live Oak. Her busy schedule as the
assistant U.S. attorney of the Northern
District of Florida did not stop Acosta
SNesmith from visiting her hometown to be
honored for her many contributions back
to the community. Last March she was
honored by Mayor arth "onny" Nobles with the Live Oak "key to the city"
and a proclamation. She is believed to be the first African American to
receive this honor. She also received numerous other awards from her high
school, church, family and civic organizations. "If we are moved with
compassion, our time, talent and/or treasures will touch more lives than we
can ever imagine for longer than we could ever imagine," said Acosta
NeSmith in her keynote address at a banquet benefiting the Boys and Girls
Club of Suwannee County.

Families In Transition Lecture Series Continues With Talk
by Angela Mae Kupenda Feb. 19

The Center for Children and Families 2007-08 lecture
series, "Families In Transition," continues at noon
Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom (180 Holland Hall) with a
presentation by Angela Mae Kupenda, professor of law
at Mississippi College School of Law School.
Kupenda's talk, "Learning from Family Law to Address
America's Family-Like Race Dysfunction," is co-
sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and
Race Relations. A scholar of family law issues and
critical race theory, Kupenda (pictured left) will be
speaking on the relationship between family law and
communities of color, using as her framework the analysis of relationships of
abuse developed by domestic violence scholars. Kupenda is the second of
four talented scholars with multidisciplinary expertise to address critical
issues in family law at the law school during the academic year.

Inaugural UF Sports Law Symposium, "From the Locker
Room to the Board Room," Kicks Off Friday

The University of Florida Entertainment
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U with the Law College Council, the Sports
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FRIDAy FFE:IUARY 8THr Law Symposium: From the Locker Room
S-- +-- f to the Board Room, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday,
FREE Feb. 8, in the Auditorium of the UF Reitz
TO A.L STFr cNI Union. This event is free and open to all
UF students. Panels and speakers will
r....'.... run throughout the day and guests may
S--'. .... -". : .... come at any point during the event and
^" o stay as long as they like. The purpose of
S this event is to give students a 360-
degree view of the world of sports from the time an athlete is recruited out of
high school, to their college career, to their decision to go pro, and to their
life after sports. To accomplish this, we will be having four panels: coaches,
players, agents, and sports executives, as well as two keynote speakers.
These panels will feature an open Q&A format so students will have ample
opportunity to ask questions to all of our panelists.

Student Blends Passions for Media and the Law in Pursuit
of Dual Degrees

Many law students get overwhelmed when just trying
to balance their law school classload during the
semester, and not many students can handle the
pressure of pursuing a master's degree on top of their
JD curriculum, but second-year law student Adrienne
Biddings is doing just that. North Carolina native
Biddings, 23, is simultaneously pursuing her master's
degree in mass communications and JD, planning to
graduate in May 2009. Her passion for pursuing two
graduate degrees in such a short period of time came
from her interest of the media and her future goal of
working within media law.

Whitman Discusses Land Owner Who Was Ordered To Pay
$2.3 Million For Clearing Forest Without Permit

UF Law Visiting Professor Dale Whitman (pictured left)
recently was quoted in the Tallahassee Democrat in an
article discussing a Leon County landowner, Johnny
Petrandis II, who was ordered by a judge in September
to pay a $2.3 million fine-the largest ever awarded to
Leon County-for contempt of court involving his
clearing more than 60 acres of high-quality forest in
2004 without a permit. The judge in the case is holding
a hearing to determine whether the cost of the
environmental damage can be documented and
whether Petrandis can pay. This case is being
compared to someone getting pulled over for a
speeding ticket but claiming they can't afford to pay it and being left with a
warning. Whitman said it's not the same as arguing a speeding ticket
because traffic fines are set in statute. Courts have a lot of discretion to issue
contempt of court fines but it is not unlimited. "You can hurt, but you can't kill
-so to speak-financially," he said. "You have to give an award that is
commensurate with the individual's ability to pay." 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 & Activities.
* Faculty Scholarship & Activities


News Briefs

Student Teams Compete in CSRRR Griot Race, Law & Justice Oral
Competition Feb. 23
Ten teams of students will compete in the Center for
the Study of Race and Race Relations' Griot Race,
Law & Justice Oral Competition on Saturday, Feb. 23,
9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial
Classroom (180 Holland Hall) at the University of
Florida Levin College of Law. The Griot Oral
Competition is designed to support the development of
legal oratory and research skills in defense of racial
equality and justice. The team finishing in First Place
will be awarded $2,500, with $1,500 going to the
second place team and $1,000 to third place. Breakfast
and lunch will be provided, and the law school
community is encouraged to come and support these teams of students. For
more information contact the CSRRR at: or 352-273-0614.
To download a pdf of the competition flyer, click here.

UF Trial team Holds Spring Intramural Tryouts
The award winning University of Florida
Trial Team is currently holding intramural
tryouts to select new members. Thirty-
seven second-year law students began
the competition in the first round on Jan.
A S28. There will be two additional rounds,
and the new members will be announced
after the third round on Feb. 10. The Final
Four competition will be held Friday, Feb.
15, at 10 a.m. in the Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom (180 Holland Hall) and is open to all students and
faculty. The Trial Team would like to extend a special invitation to all 1Ls to
attend the Final Four competition. It is a great way to see the Trial Team in
action and what they do.

Deadlines Approaching for Summer and Fall Externships
The deadline for Summer and Fall externship applications is Feb. 13, at
noon. A completed Externship Preference Form must be submitted with
applications. For more information on the externship program go to http:// The Levin College of Law's
Externship Program offers a "real world" experience not found in the
classroom and exposes students to a variety of opportunities in the legal
profession, while they earn academic credit. Placements are available at
government agencies; in judges' chambers; and with nonprofit legal
institutions. Externships help students develop the practical skills, poise and
confidence necessary to be effective practitioners in the courtroom and the
law office, and expose them to particular areas of interest. Externships also
provide insight into professional responsibility and the operation of the legal
system. Additionally, the externship experience enhances the legal resume,
and provides important networking opportunities

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.
1 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
format to reduce errors. Just go to FAFSA/
Renewal FAFSA on the web at http:// and follow the

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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.


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