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News Briefs: April 8, 2013

Published: April 8th, 2013

Category: News Briefs

More than 40 participate in Trial Team 1L Closing Argument Competition

IL Comp More than 40 first-year students created and presented a closing argument for the criminal case State of Lonestar v. Robert Duffie in the 2013 Trial Team 1L Closing Argument Competition.

After a full week of qualifying rounds, the three highest scoring advocates – Andreu Szempruch (Prosecution), John Kelly (Defense) and Lauren Humphries (Defense) – advanced to the final round, which took place in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center on March 27.

Szempruch displayed a zealous prosecution style for the State of Lonestar, Kelly showed off his talents of persuasion and Humphries passionately advocated for her client. In the end, Kelly prevailed as the Best Overall Advocate.

The University of Florida Trial Team congratulates its finalists and thanks all who participated. For rising second-year students who wish to be part of the Trial Team, the team encourages attending the annual tryouts, which begin in September 2013.

(From left are Andreu Szemprach, Lauren Humphries and John Kelly)

ICAM team excels in Vienna

2013 ICAM Team The Levin College of Law International Commercial Arbitration Moot (ICAM) team had a good showing in Vienna — despite snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures.

For only the fourth time since the program started nearly 20 years ago, the team qualified for the final rounds. The team lost in the round of 64 — only 64 of the nearly 300 teams make it to the final rounds. After finishing second in the Florida state competition earlier in February, team member Dane Ullian (2L) received Honorable Mention recognition in Vienna.

The other members of the team were Alexis Leventhal (3L), who served as captain; Julie deBruin (2L); and Phil Kegler (3L).

Each spring the team competes against groups from law schools around the world at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Vienna. The competition is one of the most prestigious of its kind and focuses on a problem that is drawn from the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. The team members prepare arguments and briefs for both sides of the issue to present at the competition.

The team is coached by Professors George Dawson and Jeffrey Harrison, who are assisted by alumnus Eddie Palmer (JD 85).

(From left are: Professor George Dawson, Dane Ullian (2L), Eddie Palmer (JD 85), Alexis Leventhal (3L), Julie deBruin (2L), and Phil Kegler (3L), representing UF Law at the Florida Vis Pre-Moot Arbitration Competition in late February before moving on to the international competition in Vienna. The team qualified for the final rounds at the competition in Vienna, which was held in March).

Important registration information from Student Affairs

The course schedules for the upcoming academic year (Summer 2013, Fall 2013, and Spring 2014) have been released and are posted on the Student Affairs website: You should be aware of information concerning distance education courses prior to registering for classes. Based upon ABA Standard 306(d), governing distance education in U.S. Law Schools, no student may obtain more than four credit hours of distance education(online/asynchronous) courses in the same term, and no student may receive more than a total of 12 credit hours of academic credit for distance education(online/asynchronous) courses to count toward the J.D. degree. Furthermore, since students are permitted, with prior approval, to complete up to six credit hours of graduate level courses to count toward law school graduation requirements, and since some students complete distance education courses through the Graduate School, the four credit hours and 12 credit hours limitations apply to these courses, as well. Thus, if a student is registered for an online graduate level course, this reduces the number of hours permitted for other distance education(online/asynchronous) courses either through the Graduate School and/or through the law school.

This information is particularly important for the Summer 2013 term, as there are currently 6 asynchronous (distance education) courses on the law school’s summer schedule of courses. Out of these six courses, one is a one credit hour course and the other courses are two credit hours. Therefore, you will only be able to register for up to two of these asynchronous courses during the summer term. Please review the schedule of courses carefully and plan your schedules accordingly. As you register for classes, you will be reminded of this requirement in ISIS when/if you register for any law distance education(asynchronous/online) course. If you attempt to register for a distance education(asynchronous/online) course, the following message will pop up to remind you of this rule:

“Per ABA Standard 306D, a law student may not register for more than four credits of asynchronous online courses in one term.”

If it is determined that you have registered for more than four credits of asynchronous (distance education/online) courses in any term (e.g., this summer), you will be notified to drop a course or courses. If this is not done, you will then be administratively dropped from the course or courses until you are in compliance with the ABA Standard 306(d).

If there should be any questions or concerns about any of this information, please feel free to contact Assistant Dean of Students, Kari Mattox, at, or stop by the Office of Student Affairs.

Submit your art to be featured in the upcoming art show

The annual Student Faculty Art Show is Thursday, April 11, from 6-9 p.m. in the Lawton Chiles Library. The art show gives students and faculty the opportunity to utilize a different type of skill set and an outlet for their creative sides. Submissions from past years have included oil on canvas to photography, melted crayon art, sculpture, sketches, blown glass, and even clothing. The show also aims to give students a study break before finals with hors d’oeuvres and wine served in the library alongside the art on display. If you’ve been dying to try out that art project you saw on Pinterest or you have something you created years ago, now is your chance to share. Submissions will be returned and artists can choose to display their art with their name and title or anonymously.

2013 Class Gift Legacy

The University of Florida Levin College of Law would not be what it is today without support from alumni. As you prepare to join the distinguished Gator Nation alumni network, now is your chance to make a difference and leave a legacy for future generations of students. Consider making a gift, at any amount, in support of your college. UF Law appreciates your support, as the 2013 Class Gift campaign aims to achieve 100 percent participation from all graduating 3Ls.

To make a gift today visit




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