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In This Issue

'V1naging your lob search in a
30 .n economy,
_a YiOCiation of VVomen host
, omen luidies panel
Student Profile Lincoln .1
c ACLilt talk golf C ours.eS.
OankruipltC and C.alee -nthony,
this week in the media

News Briefs

Animal Law Association
volunteers at animal sanctuary
Joint degree informational
meeting Feb. 5
ELULP informational meeting
Feb. 13
Trial Team makes semifinals at
mock trial competition
Fall 2010 Financial aid renewal
2009 Vis-Pre Competition Feb. 28
The Frederick W. & Grace P.
Brecht Scholarship

Send Us News

FlaLaw Online is published
each week school is in session
by the Levin College of Law
Communications Office:

Katie Blasewitz
Communications Coordinator
Editor, FlaLaw Online

Debra Amirin, APR

Lindy Brounley
Associate Director
Editor, UFLAW Magazine

Matthew Gonzalez

Juage Cariy I. ueiano, Juage Ivarcia Ivorales Howara ana Juage
Anne C. Conway were three of the five women judges that spoke
on a panel hosted by the Law Association of Women on Jan. 27.
(UF Law/ Joshua Lukman)

Managing your job search in a down economy

In this economy, the stark reality
is that students are going to have
I to change their search strategies
t, to find employment. Career
Services brought legal recruiting
consultant Ann Skalaski to speak
on Wednesday about how to
l manage job searches in this
economy. Skalaski served as the
assistant dean for career services at UF Law from 1991-1996
before starting her own company.

Law Association of Women hosts women
judges panel

On Jan. 27, the five judges seated
at the front of the Chesterfield
lSmith Ceremonial Classroom at
the Levin College of Law had at
least three things in common-all
had been practicing lawyers, all
are now judges and all are
women. In an advice, honesty and
laughter-rich panel discussion
sponsored by the Law Association of Women titled, "A
Conversation with the Judiciary: Perspectives of Women Judges,"
each of the five judges discussed her unique experiences as a
student, a lawyer, a judge, and as a woman.


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Upcoming Events

HLSA to discuss the DREAM Act
Feb. 2
Attention 1L's: Writing, revising,
editing your paper Feb. 2
On-Campus fingerprinting Feb 3
Guerrilla tactics for getting the
legal job of your dreams Feb. 4
"Law and Economics: Will Europe
Ever Catch Up To The U.S.?"
Feb. 4
Discovering your ideal career
through self-assessment Feb. 5
Family Law Society hosts Judge
McDonald Feb. 6
Nelson Symposium "The
Squeeze on Local Governments"
Feb. 13

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Senior Writer

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Law Student Writer

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Student Profile: Lincoln J. Schneider


Lincoln J. Schneider (2L) was settling out-of-
court disputes as early as the third grade,
when the elementary-age litigator successfully
petitioned the school administration after
being forbidden to enter a section of the
library reserved for older students. "I got to
read my 'Hardy Boys' and 'To Kill a
Mockingbird' even though they were in the
secondary school area," Schneider said. "I
guess some people are destined to go to law

At the beginning of every week,
check out The CCS BUZZ for a
quick synopsis of programming,
recruiting, networking and
volunteer and "SHIP"
opportunities available to you.
The CCS Buzz can be found in
FlaLaw Online, via link on your
Symplicity homepage after you
log in, or you can pick up a hard
copy in Career Services 244
Bruton-Geer Hall.

* The CCS Buzz


Faculty talk golf courses, bankruptcy and
Caylee Anthony this week in the media

Professor Michael Allan Wolf was quoted in the
New York Times discussing expensive golf
communities going bankrupt and closing golf
courses. The article focused on what it means
for homeowners who purchased expensive
homes or lots who have now lost all equity.
"They didn't care how much they spent on the
golf course because they were making so
much money on lot sales," said Wolf.

Upcoming Events

HLSA to discuss the DREAM Act Feb. 2
The Hispanic/Latino/a Law Student Association (HLLSA) invites
you to Cafe Cultural discussing the DREAM Act on Monday, Feb.
2, at 7:30 p.m. at La Casita (1504. W. University Ave.). The
DREAM Act addresses the tragedy of young people who grew up
in the United States and have graduated from U.S. high schools
but whose future is circumscribed by current immigration laws.
Please come and join us to discuss and learn more about the
DREAM Act and its pivotal role in the life of future generations.
Jean Pierre Espinoza who received his LL.M. in Comparative Law
with certification in International Trade and Business Law degree
from the from UF Law will be discussing the issue and will be
accompanied by students willing to share their personal accounts
with the DREAM Act. For more information contact Ela M.
Hernandez Andino at

Attention 1L's: Writing, revising, editing your paper Feb. 2
Join writing specialist Lois Randolph for "The Whole Paper-Some
Tips on Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Proof Reading Your
Paper" on Monday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. in HOL 360. This session
will provide important information and tips for your writing
assignments. Also be aware that Randolph is available on
Monday and Wednesdays from 9-4, in the Legal Research and
Writing offices for individual consultation and feedback on your

On-Campus fingerprinting Feb 3 & 4
On-Campus fingerprinting for The Florida Bar will be Feb. 3 & 4,

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from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in HOL 348. You will need to sign up for an
appointment and pay in advance. The Florida Bar will only accept
fingerprints electronically from L-1 Identity Solutions. View the
instruction sheet >

Guerrilla tactics for getting the legal job of your dreams
Feb. 4
Author and dynamic speaker Kimm Walton will share her advice
on job search strategies from her books on Wednesday, Feb. 4,
at 2 p.m. in HOL 180. She will also stay after the program to
answer your questions. The event is co-sponsored by the Center
for Career Services and BarBri.

"Law and Economics: Will Europe Ever Catch Up To The U.
S.?" Feb. 4
"Law and Economics: Will Europe Ever Catch Up To The U.S.?"
with Professor Ioannis Lianos, associate executive director of the
Jevons Institute of Competition Law and Economics at University
College London and commentary by Professor Jeffrey Harrison
Stephen C. O'Connell Chair, University of Florida Levin College of
Law, at Wednesday, Feb. 4, at noon in HOL 359.

Discovering your ideal career through self-assessment
Feb. 5
Hear speaker Dr. Martha Peters, author of Juris Types, on
Thursday, Feb. 5, at noon in the faculty dining room (2Ls &3Ls),
and on Friday, Feb. 6 at noon in HOL 360 for 1Ls. This program
will help students figure out their ideal careers. Many students
are not sure what they want to do upon graduation, and many
alumni are not happy with their jobs because they did not take
the time during law school to identify their values and learn
about the work environments where they would find career
satisfaction. Peters will help you stop and think about what is
going to make you happy, and what is going to be rewarding and

Family Law Society hosts Judge McDonald Feb. 6
The Family Law Society (FLS) will host Judge Ysleta W.
McDonald, Circuit Judge and former administrative judge of
family law for the Eighth Judicial Circuit on Friday, Feb. 6, at
noon in HOL 345. Food and drinks will be served. For more
information, join the Family Law Society TWEN site.

Nelson Symposium "The Squeeze on Local Governments"
Feb. 13
The Eighth Annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium will assemble
national and state experts to examine the pressures that local
governments are feeling as officials seek to continue serving the
public in the face of profound legal, financial, social, and political
challenges. The symposium will be held on Friday, Feb. 13, at the
UF Hilton Conference Center and will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more
information contact Barbara DeVoe at 352-273-0615.

News Briefs

Animal Law Association volunteers at animal sanctuary

by Andrew Friedman

1 Twelve Levin College of Law
l students got their hands dirty on
Saturday at Rooterville Animal

Sanctuary. They helped with farm
chores like repairing fences and
enjoyed the sunny, blue-skied
afternoon with more than a
hundred animals, including pigs, chickens, turkeys and a goat.
Most of the animals were rescued from factory farms, circuses
and other merciless conditions. The sanctuary is located in
Archer, about a half-hour southwest of campus, and is home to
more than 100 animals. The event was organized by the Animal
Law Association. ALA aims to educate the public about animal
abuse and how litigation and other legal means can protect the
lives of animals. The group is planning more events throughout
the semester. For more information contact Jamie Klapholz at

Joint degree informational meeting Feb. 5

Did you know that you can earn your law
." degree and a graduate degree at the same
S. time? Did you know that pursuing both
degrees at the same time can actually save
you time and money? In fact, in most
4 situations, under a joint degree program, a
student can obtain both degrees in
approximately two semesters less than it
would take to obtain both degrees if pursued
L separately. The joint degree programs are
credit-sharing arrangements that allow qualified students to
combine their legal studies with graduate work, resulting in two
degrees earned in a reduced amount of time. Joint degree
programs can be established in nearly any area, such as:
agribusiness, anthropology, building construction, business
administration, counselor education, criminology, decision &
information sciences, doctorate of medicine, educational
leadership, electrical & computer engineering, environmental
engineering, exercise and sport sciences, food and resource
economics, forest resources & conservation, history,
interdisciplinary ecology, Latin American studies, mass
communications, materials science & engineering, medical
sciences, pharmacy, political science, psychology, public health,
real estate, sociology, urban and regional planning. If you are
interested in learning about this opportunity, students are invited
to attend an informational session about joint degree programs
on Thursday, Feb. 5, in HOL 285C and visit at
edu/proqrams/joint/. Assistant Dean of Students Kari Mattox,, will address the requirements of the
program and answer questions.

ELULP informational meeting Feb. 13

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 at
noon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in
HOL 283. 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, and the summer study abroad in Costa Rica, and
find out about the Environmental and Land Use Law Society, the
Environmental Moot Court Team, the Public Interest

Environmental Conference, and our new LL.M. in Environmental
and Land Use Law. 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. This is an excellent opportunity for
currently enrolled certificate students to get answers to questions
about certificate requirements, course availability, etc. All
students with an interest are encouraged to attend, but especially
first- and second-year students this is the ideal opportunity to
get the best possible information to plan your academic program
for your remaining semesters. Contact ELULP Program Assistant
Lena Hinson at

Trial Team makes semifinals at mock trial competition

*- IThe UF Trial Team sent two teams
to The Florida Bar mock trial
competition this year in Miami on
Jan. 14 & 15. The first team
included four advocates, Ranaldo
Allen, Kailey Evans, Connie Jones,
and Maulik Sharma (all 3Ls). They
defeated Stetson and Miami in the
initial round. The second team was
composed of two advocates who argued both the plaintiff and
defense side of the trial, 3Ls Elizabeth Manno and David Mitchell,
along with witnesses played by 2Ls Allison Kirkwood and Jamie
Stephens. This team defeated FSU and Barry in the initial round.
Manno and Mitchell qualified for the semifinal round, but lost in a
5-4 split of the judges. The team was coached by Nick
Zissimopulos (JD 02), former UF Trial Team member who is
currently a criminal defense lawyer at the Gainesville firm Rush &
Glassman. Pictured from left: Elizabeth Manno, David Mitchell,
Jamie Stephens, Kailey Evans and Ranaldo Allen. (Not pictured:
Connie Jones, Maulik Sharma and Allison Kirkwood)

Fall 2010 Financial aid renewal reminder

For those of you who have not
already done so, now is the time
to apply for aid for the 2009-2010
academic year. I encourage you to
apply by April 1 using FAFSA on
the Web. Go to www.fafsa.ed.qov
and follow the instructions on the
site. After applying via FAFSA/
Renewal FAFSA on the 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 2009/2010 FAFSA.

2009 Vis-Pre Competition Feb. 28

The International Law Section of
the Florida Bar will bring together
law students, practitioners, and
scholars for the 2009 Florida Pre-
Competition for the Annual Willem
C. Vis International Commercial
Arbitration Moot in Orlando on
Saturday, Feb. 28. Every year
over 200 law schools from all over
the world gather at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial
Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong, China, to

argue a case based on complex aspects of international
commercial law. For many years, Florida's law schools have
strongly acquitted themselves at these premiere moot events,
consistently ranking among the top teams. This year, the
International Law Section continues this tradition by inviting
members of the bar and public to learn about and participate in
the event. The 2009 Florida Pre-Competition will be held at the
Florida A&M University College of Law located at 201 Beggs Ave.
in downtown Orlando. The competition will begin at 9 a.m.
Contact Arnie Lacayo at for more

The Frederick W. & Grace P. Brecht Scholarship

The Frederick W. & Grace P.
Brecht Scholarship ($1,000) is
available to students who meet
the following criteria: Home and
place of residence must be in
Brevard County, Florida or must
have graduated from a Brevard
County high school; accepted for
admission to a community college
or university in the state of Florida; enrolled as a full-time,
degree seeking student in an undergraduate, graduate, or
professional program; demonstrate financial need as determined
by the 2009-2010 FAFSA; minimum 2.0 GPA; and good moral
character and habits. The deadline to apply is May 15.
Scholarship recipients are selected annually; renewal is not
automatic. To be considered for renewal you must submit a new
application and complete each step listed in the procedures
section of the new application instructions. Applications are
available at

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