Group Title: Fla Law: newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
Title: Fla law newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
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Title: Fla law newsletter of the University of Florida College of Law
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Creator: Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Levin College of Law
Publisher: College of Law Communications Office
Place of Publication: <Gainesville FL> College of Law Communications Office 1997-
Publication Date: September 8, 2009
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Sparky Awards at UF
Laying down the L.A.W. for women's
issues UF College of Law ranks in top 10 for Hispanic
Harn Museum seeks spring 2010 interns students
Welcome new visiting and adjunct legal
skills professors
skills profe s The University of Florida Levin College of Law
Research assistant needed in Center for has again been named one of the top 10 law
the Study of Race and Race Relations schools for Hispanics by Hispanic Business
Get involved with Environmental and Magazine. This marks the seventh time in nine
Land Use Law years that the college has earned this
Inn of Court accepting applications distinction for its recruitment, retention and


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quality education of Hispanic students. The
assessment ranked UF Law eighth overall, and
fifth among U.S. public schools. Berta
Hernandez-Truyol, UF Levin Mabie and Levin
Professor of Law and one of four tenured Hispanic faculty, said
UF Law provides Hispanic students with a quality education and
unique opportunities to become involved in active Hispanic
organizations and programs.

Health and safety reminders and updates

We are now in the heart of the
hurricane season. The Levin
College of Law follows University
of Florida policies and procedures
regarding school closings and
other matters, and the latest
information will be posted on the
UF Home page at
Updated information on school
closings and related matters will also be available on local radio
and TV stations and by calling UF at 352-392-3261 (which is

Cardenal. You are the winner of last
week's trivia question. Pick up your prize
in 287 Holland Hall.

This week's question:
Please answer in the form of a question.
Example: What is [insert answer here]?

A: The act of making someone
"whole" (give equal to what
they have lost) or protected
from (insured against) any
losses which have occurred or
will occur.

E-mail my answer

Career Development

Read the CCD BUZZ each week for a
quick synopsis of programming,
recruiting, networking and volunteer and
"SHIP"opportunities available to you.

Send Us News

activated during emergencies only). We will also link to this
information from the law school home page at

Alumni Profile: Cathryn A. Mitchell

Many attorneys dress for work in
suits. Others prefer business
casual. But for a few years,
Cathryn A. Mitchell (JD 88)
commonly showed up to work
dressed looking more ready to
play a quick tennis set than to
litigate. From 1991-93 Mitchell
was the in-house corporate
counsel for Prince Sports, a tennis/racquet sports company in
Princeton, N.J.

Managing stress and practicing self-care
methods in law school

As we start a new semester, it is imperative
that students practice effective self-care
methods in order to prevent the negative
effects of stress. For law students, stress can
be a result of the overwhelming work load,
intimidating classroom dynamics, excessive
competition, student loan debt, personal
isolation, lack of feedback from professors,
and the grading and ranking system. So what
does self-care look like, and why do you need
to start now, before you're actually stressed out? Self-care is
personal health maintenance. It is any activity of an individual,
family or community, with the intention of improving or restoring
health, or treating or preventing disease.

Faculty in the news

Jacobs discusses her class "Crime in the
Virtual Context" for the Independent Florida
Alligator. Jacobs is now using Second Life, a
computer simulation that allows users to
create computer versions of themselves and
interact with each other in a virtual classroom.
Jacobs said she already had her own Second
Life persona when she discovered student-
created Gator Nation Island and was both
hesitant and excited to become involved with
it on an academic level. "With any new technology you risk
massive failure when you are an early adopter but the possible
benefits were intriguing to me," she said.
Faculty Scholarship & Activities >

Upcoming Events

Beyond OCI, Sept. 8
It's not too late to start the next phase of your job or internship

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
Communications Director

Lindy Brounley
Associate Director
Editor, UF LAWMagazine

Scott Emerson
Senior Writer, Media Relations

Fredric G. Levin College of Law
2500 SW 2nd Ave.
P.O. Box 117633
Gainesville, FL 32611

search for next summer. What should be your search strategies
now? Where should you be looking? What resources have you not
considered? Career counselors will be on hand this Tuesday,
Sept. 8, at noon in 345 HOL to discuss topics and strategies,
including informational interviewing, targeted mailings and
networking with the right typeof employers. If you find yourself
scratching your head and not knowing what your first or next
step should be, make plans to join us for an informative panel
presentation. Open to all 2L and 3L students.

International Law vs. the American Constitution, Sept. 9
The Federalist Society invites you to attend "International Law
vs. The American Constitution: A Debate on the Use of Foreign
and International Law in American Constitutional Jurisprudence"
with Professor John McGinnis Professor of Law, Northwestern
University Law School and Professor Winston Nagan Samuel T.
Dell Research Scholar Professor of Law, University of Florida
College of Law. The event will be held on Sept. 9, at noon in 285c
HOL. A Q&A session will follow. This event is open to the public
and free Publix subs will be provided.

New York Practice, Sept. 9
New York is one of the largest and, many say, the most exciting
legal job markets in the world. It is not only the center of the
world's financial markets, but it is also at the center of theater
and publishing. New York is also the home of many government
and not-for-profit employers including the United States Court of
International Trade, the United Nations, the American Civil
Liberties Union and LatinoJustice. Please join NY native, Career
Development Counselor Karen Miller on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at
noon in 345 HOL to learn more about public and private sector
possibilities and how to increase your marketability to these

Environmental Moot Court tryouts: Application deadline
Sept. 18
Interested in environmental law? Want to hone your brief-writing
and appellate advocacy skills? Students in their second year can
try out for a coach position on the Environmental Moot Court
team which will represent UF at the National Environmental Moot
Court Competition in February 2010 in White Plains, New York.
The coach provides logistical support to this year's competition
team and attends the National Environmental Moot Court
Competition in February in a support role. The coach is also
automatically a member of the 2010-2011 competition team. The
application process includes a written submission (resume and
argument section of your brief from Appellate Advocacy) and an
oral argument tryout. You should remove your name and contact
information from the resume and writing sample and identify
your application with the entrant number you will be assigned
when you submit your material. Early application is encouraged.
Applicants are asked to sign up for an oral argument time slot at
the time of submitting their written material. Written applications
are due Friday, Sept. 18, by 4 p.m. in 319 Holland Hall. Oral
argument tryouts are scheduled the week of Sept. 21. For more
information, contact Lena Hinson at or 273-

Got Etiquette? Sept. 29
Come enjoy a three-course meal with Catie Witherspoon, a
consultant with Skalaski Consulting, on Sept. 29, at 5:45 p.m. at
the Hillel House. Learn about proper etiquette during an interview
or reception, breaking into an ongoing conversation, and
connecting other professionals. In this economy, it is vital you set
yourself apart from the rest. We can show you how! Hosted by

UF FAWL and the Center for Career Development and co-
sponsored by JMBA. Pick up tickets in the JMBA office for $14.

News Briefs

Sparky Awards at UF
The Sparky Awards is a
nationwide contest that
encourages students to think
about and express themselves
about the value of an open
exchange of information in our
society. UF is sponsoring a local
site for the competition, and all
UF students are eligible (that means law students too).
Individuals or teams may enter. Create a two-minute video
expressing the contest theme: "the value of sharing information."
Video cameras and editing software are available at Library West.
The deadline for the contest is Oct. 26, and winners will be
notified at a celebration Nov. 4. The winner will receive a 16GB
iPod Touch; two runners up will receive Flip video cameras. Visit for more information and
complete contest rules. Feel free to ask a law librarian if you
have questions.

Laying down the L.A.W. for women's issues
This week, the Law Association for
Women (LAW) began planning
some of this year's events,
including the always popular
Annual charity auction, various
social outings, meet and greets,
and several speakers
commentating on highly publicized
current political issues. With over
a 30-year history at UF, LAW boasts an extensive and impressive
alumni base and is consistently one of the most prolific
organizations on campus. LAW has maintained their continued
mission of raising awareness of women's issues, providing service
to women in the community and building a network of alumni,
faculty and other prominent female leaders. Look for LAW at
Wednesday's (Sept. 9) organization fair for information on how to
get involved in this year's festivities, and mark your calendars for
the first general meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Harn Museum seeks spring 2010 interns
S The Harn HIuseum of Art seeks student
interns for Spring 2010 with interest in
copyright la\w. The deadline for Spring
2010 internship applications is Oct.1,
2009. For more information visit our
"\work with us" site or call Intern
Coordinator Allysa Browne at 352-392-
9826 x2149, e-mail abrowne@harn.ufl.
edu or download information and an application .

Welcome new visiting and adjunct legal skills professors
We are pleased to welcome Professor Shalini Ray as a visiting
legal skills professor in the Legal Research Writing and appellate
advocacy department and Professor Stephanie Higgins as an
adjunct teaching in the department while Professor Leanne
Pflaum is on sabbatical.

Research assistant needed in Center for the Study of Race
and Race Relations
Research assistant needed to help
carry out the goals and mission of
the Center for the Study of Race
and Race Relations.
SResponsibilities include
researching and writing articles for
the yearly newsletter, organizing
aspects of the center's programs
and events, participating in center-
sponsored activities, and providing administrative support.
Candidate must have excellent organizational and writing skills.
Contact Melissa Bamba at or 273-0614 to

Call for Student Recruitment Team applicants
The Office of Admissions is seeking
students, regardless of year, to
help bring the nation's top
candidates to the Levin College of
Law. Members of the team
conduct campus tours, participate
in panel discussions, discuss their
law school experiences with
prospective & admitted students
and travel to cities around the state and nation-wide for
recruitment purposes. As a member of the Student Recruitment
Team, you will be trained to answer inquiries from prospective
law students in regards to the admissions process as well as UF
Law. One to two hours per week is the minimum time
commitment for the program. If you are interested in becoming
part of the Student Recruitment Team, please contact Noemar
Castro at for an application form or more

Get involved with Environmental and Land Use Law
The Environmental and Land Use
Law Program offers students many
opportunities to learn about this
exciting area of law and develop
relevant skills, by earning a
Certificate in Environmental and
Land Use Law, or enrolling in any
of the wide array of course
offerings, including the
Conservation Clinic, summer externships, and the Summer Study
Abroad in Costa Rica. In addition students can gain experience
and knowledge, broaden their networks, and get to know fellow
students and faculty by participating in the Environmental and
Land Use Law Society, the Environmental Moot Court Team, and
the Public Interest Environmental Conference. We will hold an
informational meeting about the available opportunities during
the spring semester. If you want to learn more now, please visit
our Web site at, or contact Lena Hinson at if you have specific questions or want to set up
an appointment with Director Alyson Flournoy.

Inn of Court accepting applications
The James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of
Court, which meets in Gainesville, is accepting
student applications for participation in the
esteemed American Inns of Court, a national
legal mentoring organization that teams law
students (pupils) with new lawyers

(associates), seasoned practitioners
(barristers), judges, and senior lawyers
(Masters of the Bench). The Inn meets six to
eight times per year. Selected students
participate in regular meetings, at no cost to student members.
Meetings include a mixer, dinner, and an educational program.
All group members of the Inn prepare and present programs
which address issues, techniques, problems, and ethics of the
practice of law. Student membership is an excellent opportunity
to work with, and observe, outstanding members of the legal
profession, while learning trial techniques and other essential
legal skills. Applications are available in the Legal Research &
Writing office. Deadline is Sept. 18. For more information, please
contact Senior Legal Skills Professor Diane Tomlinson at

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