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Published: September 19th, 2005

Category: News

With the Supreme Court in transition, Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor visiting campus, and New Orleans law students coming to UF in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Levin College of Law has been in the news throughout early September.

The dedication of the law school’s new facilities and visit by Justice O’Connor were the subject of an Associated Press story which appeared in The Washington Post, The Sacramento Bee, The Washington Times, The Tampa Tribune,The Lakeland Ledger, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Bradenton Herald, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, The Tuscaloosa News, the news page of the search engine Yahoo and the Australian website News 1.

The Gainesville Sun and The Independent Florida Alligator also covered the event. Law student Scott Fusaro’s story about coverage of the students-only speech appeared on the Sun’s front page.

Broadcast outlets covering the event included WUFT-TV and WCJB in Gainesville, WINK-TV in Southwest Florida, WPLG in Miami and the AM radio station WBZ in Boston, Mass.

O’Connor’s visit, along with the passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, also stirred memories of UF’s last major building dedication. The Gainesville Sun and The Miami Herald both carried stories about Rehnquist’s appearance at the dedication of Bruton- Geer Hall in 1984. Stephen C. O’Connell Professor Christopher Slobogin was quoted in the Sun story, recalling Rehnquist as an affable man who liked lawyer jokes and preferred to be called by his first name.

Rehnquist’s death was followed by a new flurry of stories about Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, now being considered for the position of Chief Justice. Samuel T. Dell Research Scholar Winston Nagan was quoted in a Sept. 12 Gainesville Sun article on the nomination process. Professor Juan Perea commented on the Roberts nomination hearings for WUFT-TV on Sept. 12. Irving Cypen Professor Sharon Rush commented on the nomination for AM 850 on Sept. 12 and for WUFT-FM on Sept. 13

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