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February 18, 2008 I Vol. XI, Issue 22

Government Surveillance Puts Privacy at Risk, Professor
Christopher Slobogin Writes in New Book

Acts of surveillance by the United States government,
from the increasing use of closed-circuit televisions
and global positioning systems to a wide array of
sophisticated technologies that can access records
about our activities, represent an insidious assault on
Snthe freedom of Americans that the law has failed to
i4 respond to, according to a new book from University of
I Florida Levin College of Law Professor Christopher
SSlobogin. In his book, Privacy at Risk: The New
.i Government Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment
S(University of Chicago Press), Slobogin writes, "The
'.-- assault comes from government monitoring of our
communications, actions, and transactions. The failure results from the
inability or unwillingness of courts and legislatures to recognize how
pervasive and routine this government surveillance has become."

Career Services: Public Interest Week and Volunteer
Opportunities Highlight The CCS Buzz

Public Interest Week and volunteer
opportunities 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. lick below to download The CCS Buzz, your weekly guide to what is
important to your career and professional development:
* The CCS Buzz

Career Spotlight: Fair C. Kim

For law students who want to get great experience and
give back to their country at the same time, they need
look no further for a good example than UF Law
alumnus Fair C. Kim (JD 06), who currently serves as
a U.S. Coast Guard JAG officer in Miami. Kim, who
worked on the Journal of Law and Public Policy during
his time at UF Law, says his current jobs allows him to
work on more types of law than what most firms offer
to their new associates. "There is definitely a diverse
practice because we do lots of different things with
interesting fields of law," he said. "In any given day I
get to work on operational law, law of troop
engagement, domestic law enforcement such as federal prosecution of drug
and migrant traffickers and environmental crimes."

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,
.is 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.

Summer Spent Studying Abroad An Experience That's
Worth The Price, UF Law Students Report

Not many students can admit that while in
law school they participated in the
running with the bulls in Pamplona,
Spain, or witnessed the Tour de France.
But some UF Law students are taking full
advantage of having the opportunity to
have once-in-a-lifetime adventures while
studying the law and receiving UF credit
in France. While law students sometimes
spend the summer working full-time jobs
to gain experience and pay off loans,
other law students found traveling
through western Europe and learning
firsthand about international and
comparative law while experiencing

abroad while in law school but struggle with the difficult decision between
going overseas versus gaining experience in the workforce and making a
living after their first year of law school. It is a difficult decision for many
because sacrificing a paycheck involves the reality of becoming even more
in debt with student loans. But second-year UF law student Jon Eichelberger
(pictured above) did not think twice when deciding to go abroad and put it all
into perspective, saying "With all the debt you already have in law school,
what's a little more." Adds fellow 2L Elizabeth Moum, "It's so worth the

Music Law Conference Hits The Right Note With Musicians,
Attorneys and Business Executives

When Brian Mencher (JD 02) organized the inaugural
Music Law Conference, he was just like any other law
student trying to make a difference. After being
rejected three times from UF Law, he made a promise
to himself that he would graduate in the top 3 percent
of his class and leave his mark with the school. Well,
he accomplished both of these goals and set the
foundation for one of the largest conferences held at
the Levin College of Law. The 6th Annual UF Music
Law Conference, held on Feb. 16 in the Chesterfield
Ceremonial classroom, explored 360 degrees of the
music industry and how the music business is
integrated with everything from film, television and changing technologies to
music sharing and merchandising.

Nelson Symposium Explores Many Implications of Going
Green for Local Governments

UF Law students and faculty, state and
local government agency representatives
and building contractors gathered to
discuss the many implications of "Going
Green" to improve the environmental
landscape for future generations. The
Seventh Annual Richard E. Nelson
Symposium featured a diverse panel of
speakers from law and related fields to
explore the construction of green building,
its positive impact on the environment and its implications for state and local
governments. The conference, entitled "Green Building: Prospects and
Pitfalls for Local Governments," examined topics including the legal
landscape of Green Building, Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) and other certification programs, the state of Florida's climate
change initiatives and private environmental lawmaking.

Need For Volunteers in Low-Income Communities Greater
Than Ever, Expert Tells UF Law Students

With many experts predicting an
economic recession in the U.S. in 2008,
the need for volunteers in low-income
communities is greater than ever, April
Carrie Charney, a nationally recognized
hEat Rmlti expert in consumer law, told a group of
.~1 Aicn University of Florida law students Feb. 1.
The students learned about the Rural
Outreach Project, a volunteer program
funded by Three Rivers Legal Services,
which teaches students about the rights of lower income families, while
giving those families an opportunity to interact with current lawyers about
these issues. Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps attorney for Three Rivers,
Whitney Untiedt, said Charney (pictured above) was brought to the law
school to talk to the volunteers about the issues facing low-income
communities and how law student volunteers can make a difference in their

Mills Argues Crist Violated Florida Constitution When He
Agreed With Seminole Tribe to Expand Gambling

UF Law Professor Jon Mills, director of UF's Center for
Governmental Responsibility, was quoted in stories in
newspapers across the state when the Florida
Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a Seminole
Indian gaming case. After Governor Charlie Crist
signed an agreement with the tribe in November that
allows for Vegas-style slots and games such as
blackjack and baccarat at its seven Florida casinos,
Mills, acting as an attorney for the Florida House, said
Crist violated the Florida Constitution when he agreed
with the tribe to expand gambling in the state. Mills
also argued that any agreement made by the governor
should be approved by the Legislature. But attorneys for the governor and
the tribe argue that Crist was only acting on existing state and federal law
and was under a federal order to negotiate with the tribe. "This compact, as it
stands before you, is unconstitutional," Mills said. The high court has no
timetable for a ruling. 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


Allen and Wilson Take Top Honors at UF Trial Team Final Four
....- Jeffrey Wilson and Ranaldo Allen took
best team honors over Nickisha Webb
and Dave Mitchell at the University of
Florida Trial Team Final Four Competition
Friday, Feb. 15, in the Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom. Allen (pictured
left) was named best advocate in the
competition. The trial was a murder case
in which defendant Tyler Ryan was
accused of murdering his twin brother,
Jamie Ryan (Allen and Wilson represented the defendant, while Webb and
Mitchell represented the State of Sparta). Thirty-seven second-year law
students began the competition in the first round on Jan. 28. The competition
was presided over by Judge Paul C. Huck, a U.S. District Court judge and
UF Law graduate. As a result of the intramural competition, the Trial Team
announced the addition of the following new members: Allen, Shylie Armon,
Matthew Belisle, Michael Bradenham, Andrew Kwan, Caroline McCrae,
Mitchell, Hannah Purkey, Webb, and Wilson. There will be an informational
meeting for all interested 1Ls later in the semester regarding Trial Team
tryouts for next fall.

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.
SKupenda'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.

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
will speak about their lives as public interest lawyers,
the legal issues that they're working on, and
opportunities to get involved. At noon Wednesday,
Feb. 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

Costa Rica Focus of Conservation Clinic Session Feb. 21
P e Students and faculty interested in Costa
SRica and in Law and Policy in the
Americas should consider attending a
special session of the Conservation Clinic
on Thursday, Feb. 21, at noon in 359
Holland Hall. Amy Daniels, Ph.D.
candidate and NASA fellow will present
"Using Geospatial Data in Land Use/Land
Cover Change Policy Making: The Case
th of Costa Rica's Environmental Service
Payments Program" with guest commentary from Otton Solis, UF Center for
Latin American Studies, visiting eminent scholar, and president, Citizens
Action Party, Costa Rica. Daniels will present results from her dissertation
research, some of which was conducted under the auspices of the UF Law
Conservation Clinic in Costa Rica. Her research employs landsat data to
detect forest cover change and correlates that change to policies that create
incentives for reforestation paid for by a carbon tax. Solis will comment on
the relevance of her findings to national policy and Costa Rica's pioneering
environmental service payments program. For more background on Solis, go
to B3n_Sol%C3%ADs.

'Pathways to Employment' Brings Law Students Together With
The International Law Society (ILS), in conjunction with
the Center for Career Services and the ABA Section of
International Law will host "Pathways to Employment,"
a unique forum that brings law students together with
experienced practitioners, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21,
in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (180
Holland Hall). Panelsists will discuss internship
opportunities, networking with legal experts around the
world, understanding other legal systems and cultures,
becoming active in international organizations and
societies, and developing legal and interpersonal skills.
A reception will follow this event and food will be
provided. Panelists include Manjit Gill, Becker & Poliakoff (pictured above);
Armando A. Olmedo, Univision Communications, Inc.; and Stephanie Reed,
Traband, Proskauer Rose LLP. UF Law Professor Stuart R. Cohn, associate
dean for International Studies and Gerald A. Sohn Scholar, will moderate the

Central Florida Diversity Picnic Brings Florida Law Students, Lawyers
and Judges to Tampa This Saturday, Feb. 23
All minority law school students from all Florida law
schools are invited to attend the Central Florida
Diversity Picnic, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at the
Stetson University College of Law's Tampa Law
Center, 1700 North Tampa Street. The event will allow
law students from diverse backgrounds an opportunity
to meet and establish mentoring relationships with
attorneys and members of the judiciary from all of
Central Florida, including Florida Bar President Frank
Angones. The picnic begins at 1 p.m., so come hungry,
as the picnic will feature a great variety of food, live
entertainment, activities and games for the whole
family. The picnic is modeled after the successful Minority Mentoring Picnic
held in South Florida. Law student groups can apply for subsidized
transportation. For mor information, contact Tony Cabassa at RSVP to or 813-221-7777.


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.

BLSA Presents Speaker and Documentary to Increase Awareness of
The Black Law Students Association marked National
Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day with a presentation
Bonita Young (pictured left) and tabling in the Schott
Courtyard, where students handed out condoms and
red ribbons to spread awareness of people afflicted
with AIDS in Florida. Later in the day, BLSA presented
the documentary, "The Agronomist," which focuses on
the deadly cost of political speech when adamantly
banned by government through human rights activist
Jean Dominique.

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
Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law, and
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.

Nicholas Wolterstorff to Present Lecture on "Speaking Up For Rights"
Feb. 19
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus
of Philosophical Theology at Yale University and senior
scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
at the University of Virginia, will present a lecture,
"Speaking Up For Rights," Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m.,
in the University of Florida's Keene Center (Dauer
Hall). As a philosopher, Wolterstorff has published in

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career including epistemology, metaphysics,
aesthetics, and he is currently working in ethics
focusing on love and justice. His book, Justice: Rights
and Wrongs, is just out on Princeton University Press. He has presented the
Wilde Lectures at Oxford University and the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews
University. Wolterstorff will also present a lecture on "Love and Justice,"
Monday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Study Center at 112 NW 16th
Street. The Culture Seminar is an initiative of the Christian Study Center of
Gainesville that works in cooperation with the University of Florida to explore
the intellectual and cultural resources of the Christian tradition for
understanding and responding to the challenges created by contemporary
cultural change. For more information visit

University of Chicago's Martha Nussbaum to Present Lecture on
"Liberty of Conscience" Feb. 21 in Jacksonville
S Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service
SProfessor of Law and Ethics at the University of
Chicago, will present a lecture, "Liberty of Conscience:
The Attack on America's Tradition of Equal Respect,"
Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the University
Center at the University of North Florida in
Jacksonville. The lecture is presented by the University
of North Florida Distinguished Voices Inquiry and
Insight Lecture Series in conjunction with the UNF
Department of Philosophy. This event is free and open
to the public. However, tickets are required and may be
ordered online at (click the "Lecture
Series" button). Directions will be printed on the ticket. For further
information, contact Jen Urbano at 904-620-1623.


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