From the Dean
We are all proud of our membership in the Gator Nation, and we are grateful for the enduring benefits we receive from our affiliation
with the College of Law at the University of Florida.
By nearly every measure, the University of Florida Levin College of Law is an excellent law school. We have achieved exceptional
quality in our programs, faculty and student body, but this would not have occurred without the generosity and loyalty of our alumni
As recent visitors to our campus know, the love of our alumni for their college of law is evident everywhere you look from our
beautiful, state-of-the-art classrooms to the elegant functionality of the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center. Less tangible but of
even greater importance is the quality of the education we offer our students, and the significant impact these students go on to have on
our profession and our world.
We are proud of our tradition of preparing law students for leadership roles in the workplace, the profession, our communities, the
state and the nation. What is Florida Tomorrow? Florida Tomorrow is about affirming this tradition and extending it more fully into the
future. By the conclusion of the Florida Tomorrow campaign, we hope to add resources that will further develop and expand innovative
program areas that impact policies and decisions not only at home but also throughout the world. We hope to have resources sufficient to
attract and retain top faculty, support our students through enhanced programming and financial aid, and continue the transformation of
our facilities into the academic space that is best suited to prepare our students to practice law and to lead in the world of tomorrow.
I invite you to read more about what your support can mean for Florida Tomorrow in this publication and others. I also invite your
questions, and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss possibilities for partnership with your college of law further. Thank you for
your interest and support.
Dean Robert H. Jerry, II
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The Promise of Tomorrow
What is Florida Tomorrow? Here at the University of Florida's
Fredric G. Levin College of Law, we believe it's an opportunity,
one filled with promise and hope. It's that belief that inspires the
university's capital campaign to raise more than $1 billion.
The Florida Tomorrow campaign will shape the university, cer-
tainly. But its ripple effect will also touch the state of Florida, the
nation and the entire world. Florida Tomorrow is pioneering research
and spirited academic programs. It's a fertile environment for
inquiry, teaching and learning. It's being at the forefront to address
the challenges facing all of us, both today and tomorrow.
What is Florida Tomorrow? At the Levin College of Law, it's our
pledge to support faculty, students and programs. It's our com-
mitment to improve the legal system, here at home and around
the globe. And it's our promise to future generations to prepare
tomorrow's next great leaders.
UF College of Law
Florida Tomorrow Campaign Goals
Program Areas and Centers
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Florida Tomorrow is a place ..
where our natural resources and rights are protected.
On Florida's shores, where erosion and development are
squeezing coastal animals out of their habitats and homeowners
are losing backyard beaches to the sea, UF law students drew a
line in the sand.
Ryan Osborne and Heather Brown collaborated with graduate
students in wildlife ecology and interdisciplinary ecology to help
a sea turtle advocacy group draft legislation that put purchas-
ers of coastal property on notice that they are buying an eroding
shoreline that they share with endangered sea turtles and other
That endeavor illustrates what UF's Environmental and Land Use
Law Program is all about, says Alyson Flournoy, its director. The
program, she explains, is meant to instill in its students vigorous
independence and professionalism essential qualities for protect-
ing the state's natural resources against damage and contamination.
To accomplish that, the integration of land use law and envi-
ronmental law is essential, she says. So is Flournoy and her team's
association with UF's Center for Governmental Responsibility,
as well as their ties with an array of other UF academic depart-
ments wildlife ecology, environmental engineering, urban and
regional planning, and agriculture.
Students in the Environmental and Land Use Law Program
are also active in UF's Conservation Clinic, directed by Tom
Ankersen. It's there that students truly take charge.
Erika Zimmerman was one of those students. She drafted
a petition to UNESCO on behalf of the Belize Institute of
Environmental Law and Policy to list Belize's Barrier Reef as a
threatened world heritage site. Her petition, noted by both The
New York Times and BBC, inspired two other petitions filed on
behalf of Mount Everest and a World Heritage site in Peru.
Ankersen notes that the Conservation Clinic and its students
serve as a model for international initiatives in developing coun-
tries such as Costa Rica, where a joint UF-University of Costa Rica
program allows students to work across cultural boundaries. Of
course, issues closer to home are also actively addressed by the
"Our program has had demonstrable success providing state
and local governments with policy approaches that have been
enacted into law," he says.
Florida Tomorrow is a day
when all people live under the Rule of Law.
A trial lawyer, Jennifer Zedalis believes, is like an artist. Sketch
an argument. Add details. Paint a picture that convinces a judge
Like all artists, it's practice, Zedalis knows, that can make a
good law student a great trial lawyer. And as director of the Trial
Practice Program at the Fredric G. Levin College of Law, she's
passionate about training that next generation of trial lawyers to
be masters at their craft.
"The most visible lawyers in our culture are those arguing cases
in front of juries," she says.
Consequently, trial lawyers represent not only their clients,
but the whole profession. In order to do both effectively to
become what Zedalis calls "mature" lawyers students in Trial
Practice undergo rigorous training. In addition to traditional
coursework, they attend lectures and discussions, participate in
weekly workshops taught by practicing attorneys and judges,
and hone their skills through one-on-one video critiques. Ethical
conduct, integrity, professionalism and devotion to client are
stressed. So is the need to understand increasingly complex
scientific evidence, such as DNA and data from fields like engi-
neering, forensics and medicine.
As law becomes more specialized and places more demands
on its practitioners, training new trial lawyers to understand and
successfully meet those demands becomes even more essential,
"The higher the standard set for the profession," she says, "the
more noble the profession."
Toward that end, students completing Trial Practice some
90-plus each semester can intern through the State Attorney or
the Public Defender's Office, representing actual clients before real
judges. Or they can assist indigent members of the community
through the Virgil Hawkins Civil Law Clinic. Students also com-
pete to be on UF's Trial Team, which has won national titles three
times in the last five years, including the National Civil Rights
Advocacy Competition and the National Civil Trial Competition.
All that preparation pays off in the end, Zedalis says. Students
are taught to think quickly, synthesize information from other
disciplines, understand and apply subspecialties in law and com-
municate effectively and persuasively all while adhering to the
highest principles exemplified by the profession.
After all, Zedalis says, "trial practice is an art form."
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Florida Tomorrow is a belief ...
that everyone deserves equal, informed and fair representation.
At the Fredric G. Levin College of Law, children are important
clients. Barbara Bennett Woodhouse makes sure of it.
Woodhouse is director of the law school's Center on Children
and Families. The center, established in 2001, has an ambitious
vision. Woodhouse and her team see the center as a spearhead in
efforts to serve Florida's most vulnerable residents: its children.
To put it in simple terms, the center's mission is to make sure all
neglected and abused children receive integrated help from pro-
fessionals in law, social services, education and mental health.
"We make a difference," Woodhouse says, "because we are
involved at every level from the trenches to the Supreme Court."
With legal issues nowadays affecting families and children
so commonplace there are 1.2 million divorces each year and
more than 21 million children involved in some form of custody
or child support dispute the need for coordinated services has
never been greater, Woodhouse explains, especially when resolu-
tion and problem-solving, rather than litigation, is the goal.
To that end, UF's Center on Children and Families now
includes the Child Welfare Clinic. The clinic is one of the first in
the country devoted to teaching law students the skills to col-
laborate with physicians, nurses and social workers in a unified
approach to child protection. Another program in the UF Law
Virgil Hawkin's Civil Clinics, Gator TeamChild, makes it pos-
sible for law students to learn firsthand the art and science of
child advocacy. Through Gator TeamChild, UF students become
Florida Supreme Court-certified legal interns and represent at-
risk and indigent children in the 16-county area surrounding
Gainesville. The program provides practical, ethical and inter-
disciplinary experience in cases involving custody disputes,
delinquency, domestic violence and healthcare.
To date, some 50 graduates of the Levin College of Law have
earned a Family Law Certificate, creating what Woodhouse calls
a ripple effect in society. In training a new generation of child-
centered advocates, Woodhouse and the other founders of UF's
Center on Children and Families hope to see that salutary effect
strengthen and spread.
As Woodhouse explains, the center's initial leadership role -
based on the philosophy of inclusion and collaboration might
well serve as a model for other similar and much-needed state-
Nearly every aspect of modem civili-
zation relies on the rule of law and the
decisions and counsel of generations of
those who have studied it. The importance
of legal education to the vitality of the rule
of law cannot be overstated.
For nearly a century, the law school at
the University of Florida has taught and
shaped the characters and opinions of
thousands of men and women who have
studied here before going on to practice
law and serve in leadership roles around
the globe. From public policies to private
contracts, from judges to captains of indus-
try, from the courtroom to the boardroom,
the Gator Nation truly is everywhere.
Your support through the Florida
Tomorrow campaign not only has an imme-
diate and obvious affect on your area of
choice but also creates ripples of change
that will resonate for many years to come.
For example, when Kevin Malone (UF
Law JD '73) funded the startup of the
Conservation Clinic in the law school's
Center for Governmental Responsibility in
1999, he could not have foreseen that just
six years later a law student enrolled in the
clinic would be working to save Belize's
Barrier Reef or that students would soon
be influencing state and local government
environmental and land use law and pol-
icy before they even graduate.
What is required to both sustain this
record of success and build a great law
school for tomorrow?
Faculty are the heart of any academic
institution. To recruit and retain the best,
we must build an intellectual commu-
nity rich in energy and productivity that
enables individual faculty members to
set and attain high professional aspira-
tions. The best faculty do more than pass
on knowledge to their students; they also
ignite a lifelong passion for the law. It is
vital that the practitioners and leaders of
Florida Tomorrow have access to the best
scholars and teachers we can provide.
Updated facilities are key to the acqui-
sition of top faculty and their ability to
teach, as well as to the ability of students
to learn. Funds for renovations and tech-
nological enhancements and training are
vital to the modern learning environment.
Other areas of great
> Graduate Tax Program.
The college's premier signature program, the
GraduateTax Program is widely recognized
by tax scholars and practitioners nationwide
as one of the very best. Graduates continue
to be principal architects of U.S. tax policies
and their application, and alumni of the new
LL.M. in International Taxation influence tax
laws far beyond America's shores.
0 Center for Governmental Responsibility.
Faculty and students in the Center for
Governmental Responsibility Florida's
senior legal and public policy research institute
-conduct research on issues relating to pub
lic policy development and implementation at
the local, state, federal and international level.
0 Center on Children and Families.
The Center on Children and Families pro
motes quality advocacy teaching and
scholarship in children's law and policy
through a team of UF faculty with exper-
tise in criminal law, juvenile justice, psychology
conflict resolution and human rights.
0 Center for Estate and Elder Law Planning.
The Center for Estate and Elder Law Planning
looks toward meeting the needs of an aging
population by administering the Certificate
Program in Estates and Trusts Practice, inte
grating teaching, training, research, scholarship
and public service, and advancing estate
planning and elder law knowledge, profes
sionalism, skills and policy by educating and
training students and lawyers.
0 Center for the Study of Race
and Race Relations.
Committed to de-stigmatizing race in
America and fostering communities of dia
logue, the CSRRR creates and supports
programs to enhance race related curriculum
development for faculty staff and students in
collegiate and professional schools.
SEnvironmental and Land Use
This relatively new program has already been
recognized as a national leader As concern
over the Earth's climate and related con
servation issues grows, the need for trained
graduates who can knowledgeably address
policies and laws in these specialized areas
becomes critical for all of us.
Other areas offering significant oppor-
tunities for leveraging private support
dollars include international and com-
parative law, clinical programs, trial
advocacy, dispute resolution, study
abroad, international faculty exchange
programs and certificate areas.
The primary reason for the Levin
College of Law's existence, now and in
Florida Tomorrow, is to provide an acces-
sible, quality educational experience to
its students. Florida residents should
have the option to pursue the best pos-
sible legal education within their own
state, and it is within our reach to make
a Florida diploma one of the most highly
prized in the nation. Scholarships make
it possible for deserving students to pur-
sue their studies at UF, and a proposed
Loan Repayment Assistance Program will
bridge the gap between a private sector
salary and one for a lawyer in the public
or public interest arena, thereby support-
ing public-spirited graduates who aspire to
the highest ranks of the "citizen-lawyer."
Campaign support also will help
future students through a strong set of
services, such as career counseling, place-
ment and financial aid counseling, and a
broad range of other support activities, as
well as enhanced experiential and train-
ing opportunities for students through
co-curricular student organizations.
Florida Tomorrow, in short,
will be when private generos-
ity translates into the public
good, and membership in
the Gator Nation is recog-
nized everywhere as being
synonymous with excellence.
We invite you to join us.
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