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February 11, 2008 I Vol. XI, Issue 21

UF Music Law Conference Takes The Stage Feb. 15-16

-._ The ins and outs of the music business will be explored
_.. at the Sixth Annual University of Florida Music Law
."-p-- Conference, "Music & Mixed Media," Friday and
I Saturday, Feb. 15-16. The conference will center on
the music business as it remixes everything from film,
television and changing technologies to music sharing
.. and merchandising. Conference schedule, registration,
-'. speaker bios, hotel and directions are available online
-at The UF Music
Law Conference allows people from different sides of
the entertainment industry to learn from each other and
--.- -- network, said UF Law student Gerard Kardonsky,
-.. executive director of this year's conference. "We will
Explore how the world of music branches into
entertainment, media, digital and retail markets and also discuss new forms
of distribution, ethical issues, and protecting musicians' rights," he said. CLE
credits are available for attorneys attending the conference-seven general
CLE (including one ethics hour) and seven Intellectual Property Certification

Career Services: Spring On-Campus Interviewing and
Upcoming Job Fairs Highlight The CCS Buzz

Spring On-Campus Interviewing and
upcoming job fairs in Atlanta (pictured
left) and Indianapolis highlight 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

t The University of Florida Levin College
of Law will be hosting military
recruiters on campus during the
month of February. To read UF Law's
statement regarding nondiscrimination
iand military recruiters click below.


Career Spotlight: Sherri L. Johnson

As a rising woman leader in Florida's legal community,
UF Law alum Sherri L. Johnson (JD 97) is urging
female UF Law students to get involved and begin
making contact with female attorneys and judges
throughout Florida. Johnson, who specializes in
property tax litigation in Sarasota, is this year's
president of the Florida Association for Women Layers
(FAWL). In addition to social opportunities, the
organization is a great way to make business
connections, Johnson said. "I've met all of my best
friends through the association, and it's a great way to
meet attorneys and judges from around the state," she
said. "It's a great luxury to be able to travel all around the state and know
people in Tallahassee, Jacksonville and South Florida."

Nelson Symposium Focuses on Prospects and Pitfalls of
Green Building Practices For Local Governments

The implications of a wide range of efforts
on the local, state and national levels
designed to encourage and require green
building practices will be explored at the
Seventh Annual Richard E. Nelson
Symposium, Friday, Feb. 15, at the
University of Florida Hilton Conference
Center. Presented by the University of
Florida Levin College of Law and co-
sponsored by The Florida Bar
Environmental and Land Use Law Section and The Florida Bar City County
and Local Government Section, this year's conference is entitled "Green
Building: Prospects and Pitfalls for Local Governments." The event will draw
experts from law and related fields to discuss topics such as Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and other certification programs,
state and local climate change initiatives, private environmental lawmaking,
building industry and local government programs, and national trends.

Merrill to Deliver First Annual Wolf Family Lecture in the
American Law of Real Property Feb. 22

S- Columbia University Law Professor Thomas W. Merrill
will deliver the first annual Wolf Family Lecture in the
American Law of Real Property at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb.
22, in 285B Holland Hall at the University of Florida
Levin College of Law. A reception will follow Merrill's
lecture. This event is free and open to the public. The
title of Merrill's lecture is "Populism and Public Use."
The lecture series was endowed by a gift from UF Law
Professor Michael Allan Wolf and his wife Betty. Wolf,
the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law,
Sis the general editor of a 17-volume treatise, Powell on
Real Property, the most utilized treatise in the country
in the area, which is cited regularly by the courts, including several recent
citations in the United States Supreme Court.

UF Law Professor Berta E. Hernandez-Truyol Takes Home
2008 Clyde Ferguson Award

University of Florida Law Professor Berta E.
Hernandez-Truyol (pictured left) has been awarded the
16th annual Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority
Law Section of the Association of American Law
Schools (AALS). The honor, named for one of the first
African-American tenured professors at Harvard Law
School, is "granted to an outstanding law teacher who
in the course of his or her career has achieved
excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and
scholarship," according to the AALS. Hernandez-
Truyol, who was honored along with University of
California, Berkeley Law Professor Angela Harris,
received the award at the AALS annual meeting in New York Jan. 2-6, 2008.
The honor recognizes Hernandez-Truyol for her dedication to scholarship,
teaching and public service. She is the second UF law professor to win the
award in recent years, joining Kenneth Nunn, who was honored in 2001.

Inaugural UF Sports Law Symposium Draws Diverse Crowd

The University of Florida Entertainment
and Sports Law Society's inaugural
Sports Law Symposium, "From the
Locker Room to the Board Room," drew a
diverse crowd Friday, Feb. 8, to UF's
Reitz Union Auditorium for a series of
discussions involving players, coaches,
Agents and executives. The focus for this
first-ever symposium, held in conjunction
with the Law College Council, the Sports
and Entertainment Business society and the Undergraduate Sports
Management Club, was to take a 360-degree look at each aspect of the
world of sports. Marc Isenberg (pictured above with student), author of
Money Players: A Guide to Success in Sports, Business & Life for the
Current and Future Pro Athletes, served as the morning keynote speaker
and moderated the panel of student-athletes. During the afternoon, former
vice president of the New Orleans Saints and current city councilman of New
Orleans, Arnie Fieklow spoke on the different aspects of management in
professional sports while also moderating the panel with executives.

Dekle Discusses Legal Issues Surrounding Competency of
12-year-old Accused of Murder

Legal Skills Professor George R. "Bob" Dekle was
quoted in a Feb. 1 Miami Herald article discussing the
competency of a 12-year-old boy accused of beating
his 17-month-old cousin to death with a baseball bat. A
second doctor has been brought into the case to
examine this young boy for competency in
understanding fully the legal proceedings. Dekle, a
former prosecutor, said the standard for competency is
the same regardless of age. "It's whether or not you
can understand the nature of the charge and be able to
discuss your case in a meaningful fashion with your
lawyer and manifest appropriate courtroom behavior,'"
he said. Dekle also said the issue becomes trickier with young people. "It has
to do with life experience," he said. "And the older you get, the more you've
been exposed to, the more sophisticated you become, hopefully." 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


Remembrance Service Wednesday for Eric Gold
A remembrance service will be held at the UF Levin
College of Law at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the
Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (180
Holland Hall). Members of the law school community
will speak about Eric's special qualities and
r -contributions. Members of Eric's family also plan to
attend and participate in the remembrance service.
Gold, a second-year law student, passed away on
Sunday, Jan. 20, after a very difficult battle with cancer
and CMV pneumonia. Eric received a Bachelor of
Science in Communication in June 2003 and Master of
Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in June 2005 from
Northwestern University. He started law school in the Fall 2006 semester.
Read more about Eric at

Deadline Monday to Apply for 2008 Ambassador Program
-8 I Noon Monday, Feb. 11, is the deadline to
apply for the Introduction to Law School
and the Profession (ILSP) 2008
Ambassador Program. Ambassadors are
current students who are selected for
their interest in helping new students prior
to, during, and even after the ILSP. If you
are interested in being a part of the
ambassador team, now is the time to
apply. Applications (which need to be
typed arid turned in with your resume to the Office of Student Affairs) are
available at If you wish to be
considered for a Coordinator position, an additional application is required.
For more information, contact Michelle Ocepek in Student Affairs,


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.

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.
28. 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

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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

UF Law Students Volunteer at Local Animal Sanctuary
UF law students recently gave back to the
community by spending their Saturday
volunteering at Rooterville, a local animal
sanctuary. Located in nearby Archer,
Rooterville is home to nearly 100 pot-
bellied pigs, most of which carry a similar
history of abandonment and neglect. The
sanctuary has other animals too,
including a former farm pig that ironically
had the good fortune of falling off a truck
on the way to slaughter and wandering into the yard of a compassionate
family who called upon Rooterville for help. Law students corralled animals
for vaccinations, assisted with facility maintenance, and brushed the pigs,
which, judging by their sounds and posture, was the animals' favorite student
contribution. Charles King, president of the Animal Law Association, says "in
addition to the intrinsic rewards of volunteering, it was hard not to develop an
increased awareness of the sentient characteristics these animals displayed.
They showed us that they can be playful, thankful, and even mischievous. In
this era of animal commoditization, our existing laws should be evaluated to
recognize this and provide minimum standards of humane protection."

APIL Kicks Off Public Interest Week Activities Feb. 19
.. The Association for Public Interest Law kicks off its
annual Public Interest Week at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.
19, with a panel of Gainesville public interest lawyers
from Three Rivers Legal Services, Southern Legal
Counsel, Florida Institutional Legal Services, the Public
Defender's Office, and the State Attorney's Office, who
Swill speak about their lives as public interest lawyers,
r the legal issues that they're working on, and
opportunities to get involved. At noon Wednesday,
SFeb. 20, APIL will host Sylvia Walbolt (pictured above),
a shareholder in the law firm of Carlton Fields in
Tampa who recently received the 2008 Tobias Simon
Pro Bono Service Award, and last year was awarded
The Florida Bar President's 2007 Pro Bono Service
Award for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. She is a former President of the
Florida Bar Foundation, on the Board of Directors for the Lawyer's
Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and a graduate of UF Law. She will
be speaking about how to engage in public interest law while working in the
private sector. At noon Thursday, Feb. 21, a panel of students will speak
about their summer experiences with public interest law. Come and listen to
their advice about getting jobs and see what it's like to work in different
public service organizations. Locations will be announced soon. Free lunch
will be served each day.

ELULP Informational Meeting March 5
The Environmental and Land Use Law Program offers
many opportunities for you to become involved and
learn about these important areas of law. There will be
an informational meeting from noon to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 5, in 355D Holland Hall. At the
meeting, you'll learn critical information about the ELUL
program, including the requirements for earning a

details about the curriculum, including the
Conservation Clinic, summer externships, Summer
Study Abroad in Costa Rica, the Environmental and
Land Use Law Society, the Environmental Moot Court
Team, and the Public Interest Environmental Conference. Students who
attend will also have the chance to meet and talk with some of the ELULP
faculty and to get individual advice on course selection for summer and fall
and career development guidance. All students with an interest are
encouraged to attend, but especially first-year students-this is the ideal
opportunity to get the best possible information to plan your academic
program for your second year. This is an excellent opportunity for currently
enrolled certificate students to get answers to questions about certificate
requirements, course availability, etc.


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