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March 3, 2008 I Vol. XI, Issue 24

Torture and Interrogation Topic of Great Debate

q What is torture? How far should interrogation go?
S These questions will be the topic of debate in a special
presentation sponsored by the University of Florida
Federalist Society at noon Monday, March 3, in the
SChesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (180
Holland Hall) at the UF Levin College of Law.
Participating in the discussion will be retired U.S. Army
Colonel Michael Pheneger (pictured left), who was
deputy director of intelligence for Central Command
and director of intelligence for U.S. Special Operations
Command, and Ohio Northern University Law
Professor Michael Lewis, a graduate of the U.S. Navy's
prestigious "Top Gun" pilot school who flew F-14's in Operation Desert
Shield and now teaches the Law of War and International Law, among other
topics. Moderating the event will be UF Law Professor Diane Mazur, a
former officer in the U.S. Air Force and an expert in military law,
Constitutional law, and civil-military relations. A reception will follow the event
in the Faculty Dining Room and a free lunch will be served. For more
information, contact Bobby Long at

Career Services: Judicial Clerkships and Interviewing From
The Firm's Perspective in The CCS Buzz

Learn more about judicial clerkships and
interviewing from the firm's perspective 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
* The CCS Buzz

Career Spotlight: Kelly Davis

Law students work diligently their first year to make
first-class grades in order to be considered for a
summer associate position with a good law firm, which
they hope will put them in good standing to be offered
a job by the firm after law school. But most students
don't realize this summer opportunity is as much an
interview for students as it is for the law firm. Kelly
Davis (JD 06) insists that during this three-month
interview it's important for students also to "interview"
the firm to insure it is the right fit, because the firm
could eventually be their employer. It's important to
make the most of this opportunity and work the
situation to your benefit, Davis said. As a summer associate, students should
research the firm to determine if their personality fits well and adds to the
cohesiveness of the work environment. While it is sometimes overlooked,
proper etiquette is essential for students to maintain as summer associate.
"Don't be crazy; don't be the person they are talking about by the water
cooler on Monday morning," Davis said.

Blocker and Cobb Take First Place in CSRRR's Griot Race,
Law and Justice Oral Competition

The team of Jonathan Blocker and Lorna
Cobb (pictured left), both second-year UF
law students, captured first place and a
check for $2,500 in the Center for the
SStudy of Race and Race Relations'
inaugural Griot Race, Law and Justice
:... Oral Competition Feb. 23 in the
Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial
SClassroom. The team of Gloria Bowens
-m ~and Johann Smith took second place and
$1,500, and Megone Gordon and DeMone Lee were awarded third place
and a prize of $1,000 in the competition, which is designed to support the
development of legal oratory and research skills in defense of racial equality
and justice. Teams presented arguments before a panel of judges, including
UF Law Professor Juan Perea, Dean Catherine Emihovich of the UF College
of Education and Angelique Nixon, a Ph.D. student in English, in response to
a hypothetical involving race-based hate speech at an Alachua County high
school. Plans are underway for Griot II. For further announcements, check
the center's website at

Summer Program in Costa Rica Offers a Unique Classroom
for Studying Environmental Law

It's not everyday that you have to take a raft to get to
your lodge that is secluded in the middle of the
rainforest on the bank of the Pacuare River. But, this
was the case for a group of outgoing UF Law students
who spent the summer studying environmental law
while partaking in adventures in Costa Rica. The group
of students spent six weeks taking classes with
international students, experiencing the wildlife of
Costa Rica and helping the local Costa Ricans with
current environmental projects, including tagging sea
turtles. Traveling abroad usually involves having to go
outside one's comfort zone, but for some it is more of a
risk than others. Second-year law student Andrew Beckington made the trip
to the Spanish-speaking country without any prior experience with the
language. However, he insists trying something this new was well worth it.
"Everything was new to me-definitely a different world," he said. "It was a
huge learning experience."

UF Law Students Honor Catherine Barclift by Running in
LifeSouth Five Points of Life Half-Marathon

About 50 University of Florida law
Students and friends of the late Catherine
Barclift ran in her honor at the LifeSouth's
Five Points of Life Half Marathon on Feb.
S* 24. A first-year UF law student, Barclift
I was training for this race when she was
1 struck by a vehicle while jogging and died
one day later on Nov. 6. First-year law
student Alex Perrin and other friends said
Sthe important part of the race was about
honoring Barclift, not having the endurance to run the entire race. "It is a way
to remember her and honor her life in turn-a very special day for many
people," Perrin said.

Travel to Tallahassee to See The Florida Supreme Court In
Action This Thursday

Interested in seeing the Florida Supreme
Court in action? Then sign up for the trip
this Thursday, March 6, sponsored by the
UF College of Journalism and
Communications and the Gainesville
Professional Chapter of the Society of
Professional Journalists. Free
transportation to and from Tallahassee
will be provided, along with a
complimentary lunch. Participants will
view oral arguments on the privacy tort of "False Light," tour the Florida
Supreme Court, and hear a panel discussion with First Amendment experts,
attorneys and journalists. Contact by Monday, March 3,
to register.

Professor Christine Klein Discusses Recent Issues Facing
St. Johns River and Who Can Use Its Water

UF Law Professor Christine Klein was quoted in an
extensive article in the Florida Times-Union discussing
wthe recent issues facing the St. Johns River and who is
permitted to use the water. Klein said the issue of
moving water from one place to another is new to
S. Florida, but not to people in Western states, where an
arid climate makes water shortages a constant threat
to survival. There, water is piped hundreds of miles
away, nothing like what's being proposed here. But it's
never enough. "Although it might be an attractive short-
term solution, it never seems to really satisfy long-term
needs," Klein said. "It doesn't solve the underlying
problem, which is growth and growing water consumption." 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 &


Professor Katheryn Russell-Brown Discusses Black Protectionism
UF Law Professor Katheryn Russell-
Brown (pictured left), director of the
Center for the Study of Race and Race
Relations, spoke to an audience of UF
S: law students Thursday, Feb. 28, on the
issue of racial protectionism. At the event,
sponsored by the Black Law Students
Association (BLSA), the American
Constitution Society for Law and Policy
(ACS), Law School Democrats, and Lexis-
Nexis, Russell-Brown spoke on her book, Protecting Our Own, and
explained why racial protectionism, particularly black protectionism, exists,
touching on such high-profile cases as O.J Simpson, Michael Vick, Michael
Jackson, and Rodney King. Why the need for protectionism, even when
certain high profile African-Americans choose not to identify themselves with
the African-American community? Russell-Brown says, "Protectionism is not
a black thing, it exists in other racial groups and in exclusive professions."
Afterwards, Marie Triche, the student who organized the event, said, "I was
excited to see the support from students who came out to hear Dr. Russell-
Brown speak on her book. This event was controversial, yet insightful."

UF Law Student Jana Wasserman Awarded Yegelwel Fellowship to
Work With Anti-Defamation League
Second-year UF law student Jana B. Wasserman
(pictured left) has been awarded the 2008 Evan J.
Yegelwel Fellowship. The fellowship award provides a
UF law student with a stipend and summer work
experience at the Anti-Defamation League's Florida
Regional Office in Boca Raton. Wasserman is a
graduate of the University of Florida, with a bachelor's
degree in Criminology and English. She is conversant
in American Sign Language, and is interested in
extending her advocacy skills to individuals with
hearing disabilities and the deaf, to ensure that they
have proper legal representation.

Former National Bar Association President Simmons Speaks With UF
Law Students
Evett Simmons (pictured right), former
president of the National Bar Association
and current partner at Ruden McClosky P.
A., speaks with UF law students following
her presentation Thursday, Feb. 28, in
345 Holland Hall. Simmons, who is also
past president of the Port St. Lucie Bar
Association and a former member of The
Florida Bar Board of Governors, the State
of Florida Judicial Qualifications
commission, and the Board of Directors of Enterprise Florida, Inc.,
discussed her past and current experience with The Florida Bar, challenges
that she faced within the legal profession both as a woman and as a woman
of color, how she balanced her partnership with Ruden McClosky P.A. and
her proprietary endeavors, and diversity in the workplace. The event was
sponsored by the UF Law Division of the American Bar Association.

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.

Beate Sirota Gordon, Leading Human Rights Advocate in Japan, to
Speak at UF March 24
Beate Sirota Gordon (pictured center), a
S leading human rights advocate and one
of 24 people who worked under Gen.
Douglas MacArthur on the Constitution of
Japan in 1946, will speak at UF at 6 p.m.
Monday, March 24, in Turlington Hall L07.
A reception will follow the event. Gordon's
father taught in the Tokyo Academy of
Music before World War II, so she grew
up in Japan, surrounded by musicians
and artists. She became fluent in Japanese and four other languages. She
returned to Japan after VWII, became a member of MacArthur's staff and
was asked by him to help write a new constitution for Japan. She and her
group did just that, using only resources available to them in Japan. The
document they created, which gave legal rights to Japanese women for the
first time, has remained essentially unchanged since then.


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