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April 14, 2008 I Vol. XI, Issue 29

Ponce to Speak at UF Law Commencement May 9

Attorney S. Daniel Ponce (JD 73) will be the keynote
speaker at the Levin College of Law's commencement
ceremony May 9. Ponce, former Florida Blue Key
president, is a partner in Leon, Ponce & Fodiman, P.A.,
a Miami-based law firm that specializes in complex
business and commercial litigation. He has been a
lawyer in the State of Florida since 1974 and a
Certified Public Accountant since 1972 and is admitted
to practice law in all courts of the State of Florida and
Federal Courts, including the United States District
Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts
of Florida, the Eleventh and Fifth Circuit Court of
Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Judge William H. Pryor Jr. to Deliver Annual Dunwody
Distinguished Lecture in Law April 18

The Hon. William H. Pryor Jr. will deliver the 27th
annual Dunwody Distinguished Lecture in Law at 10:00
a.m on April 18 in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial
Classroom (180 Holland). This event is open to the
public and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The lecture, hosted by the Florida Law Review, is
entitled "The Perspective of a Junior Circuit Judge on
Judicial Modesty." Judge Pryor is a judge for the
Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and former
attorney general of Alabama. He is an adjunct
professor of federal jurisdiction at the University of
Alabama School of Law and he is active in the
Alabama Law Foundation, the Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education,
and the American Law Institute. The Florida Law Review Dunwody
Distinguished Lecture in Law series was established by U.S. Sugar
Corporation and the law firms of Dunwody, White & Landon, P.A. and
Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody & Cole in honor of UF Law graduates
Elliot and Atwood Dunwody.

Center For Governmental Responsibility Fellows Make a
Difference With Public Service

The Center for Governmental
Responsibility (CGR) Public Interest Law
Fellowship program is a cooperative effort
between The Florida Bar Foundation and
CGR that began in the mid-1980s and
provides low-income and indigent citizens
with valuable legal assistance. The
fellowships are financed by the
Foundation from Interest on Trust
Accounts (IOTA) and more than $700,000
has been provided to help pay for the practical legal education of selected
third-year law students. These students, supervised by licensed attorneys,
gain hands-on experience as advocates for the poor and serve non-profit
and government agencies such as Florida Institutional Legal Services,
Southern Legal Counsel, Three Rivers Legal Services, the State's Guardian
ad Litem program and the Eighth Circuit public defender's office. Included as
part of the students' nine-month commitment are projects to promote to the
law school and greater community awareness of poverty issues and public
interest, and a required course in poverty law. Read each Florida Bar
Foundation Public Interest Law Fellows' article to learn more about their
* Katy Debriere
* Nicole Griffin
* Chelsea Simmons
* Darian Williams

Career Services Welcomes New Assistant Director Kristen

UF Law would like to welcome new Assistant Director
for Career Services Kristen Bryant. Bryant has a
Bachelor of Arts from UF and received her JD from
Loyola New Orleans College of Law. After law school,
Bryant worked as a court attorney for three years at
Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court in Louisiana. Bryant
said she is excited to be back home in Florida working
directly with students to help prepare them for law
careers. "I have the opportunity to help students figure
out what they are going to do as a career, which is a
very life-changing decision," she said. "It is very
rewarding to be involved in the process." Bryant said
her future goals include overhauling the pro bono and community service
projects to create several certifications students can receive for their
dedication. Bryant replaces Samara (Sam) Sarno, who is relocating to New
Hampshire, where her husband will begin his medical practice.

Also, don't miss 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

Alumna Combines Passions as Advocate for Incarcerated
Womens' Rights

For some people it's just in their blood. This is the case
for Virginia Hamner (JD 06) and her passion or
women's rights. While growing up, Hamner was always
involved with women's rights advocacy, but it wasn't
until she was a women's studies student at
Georgetown University that she realized that she could
incorporate her passion for women's rights with her
future career as an attorney. After her first year at UF
Law, Hamner said she needed to engage in more
grassroots, progressive politics that she was used to
as a high school and undergraduate student. As a
result, she decided to pursue a master's degree in
women's studies while simultaneously earning her law degree. Advocacy
work has always been in her blood. Even as a high school student Hamner
was an activist for women's rights. She worked tirelessly promoting pro-
choice issues and organizing peaceful protests. Her advocacy work
continued "unofficially" throughout her days at Georgetown University where
she was involved with feminist advocacy for the reproductive rights of

Student Profile: Legislative Intern Gains Hands-On
Experience in Tallahassee

The Gator Nation is everywhere even in Seminole
territory. Third-year UF Law student Jesus Suarez
found this to be true as a visiting student at Florida
State University College of Law while interning at the
Florida House of Representatives. The current
Legislative Intern Program has 12 graduate students,
including 10 second-and third-year law students, who
work in various offices within the Florida House of
Representatives. Of the 10 law students in the
program, nine are students at Florida State University
College of Law, which leaves Suarez the lone Gator in
the bunch. But being the only Gator does not faze him
because of the support of UF alumni in the area. "There are tons of Gators in
the Capitol and throughout Tallahassee," Suarez said. "It feels like home."

Career Spotlight: Nancy Baldwin

As each guest twirls a black umbrella and moves
ceremoniously to the sounds of "When the Saints Go
Marching In," the ashes of Nancy T. Baldwin (JD 93)
will be scattered at the water's edge. The ceremony is
part of her funeral plans that she has carefully detailed
and shared with her family and friends. Although the
elder law attorney doesn't advocate others to follow a
similar plan, she does believe that given adequate time
and assistance to consider one's values, beliefs and
goals it is possible to create a plan for both living and
dying that will empower individuals. The specialty of
elder law is different than other areas of law. "It is
usually not adversarial; it can be intergenerational," she said. It can involve
entire families and be geared towards clients planning for their own future.
"One gets to be involved in the planning for his or her own life," she said.

Fenster Receives Distinguished University of Florida
Research Foundation Professorship

UF Law Associate Professor Mark Fenster has been
selected to receive a University of Florida Research
Foundation Professorship Award for 2008-2010. This
professorship recognizes faculty who have established
a distinguished record of research and scholarship that
is expected to lead to continuing distinction in their
field. Fenster, a graduate of Yale law school and
whose teaching and scholarship includes property,
land use, administrative law, intellectual property, torts
and legal and cultural theory, joined the UF Law faculty
in 2001. Prior to joining the UF Law faculty he was an
environmental and land use law fellow for Shute Mihaly
& Weinberger in San Francisco and clerked for Judge Carlos Lucero of the
10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. In addition to his scholarship and
teaching, Fenster is the author of Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power
in American Culture and has published numerous law review articles.

Page to Serve as Next Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor Bill Page will serve as UF Law's next senior
associate dean for academic affairs. Page joined UF
Law in 2001 as the Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar
in Electronic Communications and Administrative Law.
Page, whose teaching and scholarship includes
antitrust, civil procedure, administrative law,
telecommunications, local government, intellectual
property, constitutional law and energy policy, has a JD
from the University of New Mexico and an LL.M. from
the University of Chicago. He came to UF Law from
Mississippi College School of Law where he served as
the J. Will Young Professor of Law. "I believe Bill is an
excellent choice, and that he is the right colleague to serve in this leadership
role," Dean Robert Jerry said. Page is the author of The Microsoft Case:
Antitrust, High Technology, and Consumer Welfare, among other books, and
has extensively published articles in prominent law journals.

Students Receive Book Awards for Academic Excellence
Students, faculty and friends of the law
school gathered in the Chesterfield Smith
Ceremonial Classroom April 11 to honor
Book Award recipients for the fall
semester. Presented every semester,
Book Awards recognize the top
performers in each class, and give alumni
a chance to support academic excellence
at the Levin College of Law. More than
100 students were honored for their
performance in classes in the fall. Multiple award winners included Emily
Banks, Joseph Flack, Daniel Glassman, Kate Haddock, Michael Hersh,
David Karp, Adam Losey, Jason Pill, Lindsay Roshkind, Lawrence Scheinert,
Brent Steinberg, Martin Strauch, Kara Wick and Ben Williamson. If you have
recieved a Book Award, but weren't able to attend the April 11 ceremony,
you can pick up your plaque in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs
at 267 Holland Hall. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
SSee the full list of winners and sponsors.

Little, Adamczyk Named Professor, Student of the Year
Professor Joseph Little and
student Steve Adamczyk (3L)
have won two of the law school's
highest honors. Little was named
Professor of the Year and
Adamczyk was named Student of
the Year by the John Marshall
Bar Association, which presented
the awards at the Multicultural
Fair April 10. JMBA selects the
Professor of the Year by a vote
of JMBA members. The Student
of the Year is selected by a group of judges who evaluate nominees based
on academics, campus involvement, independent community service, co-
curricular activities and leadership.

Volunteers Plant Pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness
AN UF's Family Law Society, in conjunction with the
,W Alachua County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force
S .and North Florida Regional Medical Center, hosted its
annual "Winds of Change" on April 13. The event was
1 held to foster awareness of child abuse in the
-. ".- community. The Family Law Society and nearly 30

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SDarnell, "planted" 1,904 pinwheels to represent each
substantiated case of child abuse or neglect in Alachua
County in 2007. The pinwheel display will remain on
the front lawn of the hospital for the duration of April in
recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Moot Court Team Finishes in Top 8 in Chicago Competition
The Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Board is one
of top eight moot court teams in the nation. The team
of Elizabeth Faist, Michael Schuster and Jennifer
Jones (pictured left to right) competed in the American
Bar Association Law Student Division National
Appellate Advocacy Competition National Finals in
Chicago on April 3-4. As one of only 26 regional
champions to advance to the National Finals, the team
advanced to the quarterfinals or "elite 8" after beating
Michigan State, but by a split decision, the team's run
ended with a close loss to South Texas. The ABA
National Appellate Advocacy Competition is the largest
and most prestigious moot court competition in the
United States.

Legal Information Center Extended Exam Hours Begin April 18
Extended hours in the Legal Information Center for the
exam period will begin on Friday, April 18, and will run
through Thursday, May 1, as follows:
Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m. 2:00 a.m.
Sun 1:00 p.m. 2:00 a.m.
t On Friday, May 2 the library will be open 7:30 a.m. -
5:30 p.m. The library will be closed Saturdays and
V Sundays after exams have ended until the beginning of
the summer term.


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