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News Briefs February 2, 2009

Published: February 2nd, 2009

Category: News Briefs

Animal Law Association volunteers at animal sanctuary

by Andrew Friedman

Twelve Levin College of Law 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 time? Did you know that pursuing both degrees at the same time can actually save you time and money? In fact, in most 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 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 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

The 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 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 information.

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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