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News Briefs February 9, 2009

Published: February 9th, 2009

Category: News Briefs

Center on Children and Families 2009 Youth Summit

The Center on Children and Families is seeking volunteers to participate in its annual Youth Summit. There will be an information meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12, and Monday, Feb. 16, at noon in HOL 359. The Youth Summit is designed to engage high school students in discussion about matters concerning law and policy and how each affects them. This year the summit will be on March 20, and will focus on youth involvement in the Juvenile Justice System. The program will address topics ranging from what activities could be illegal or result in suspension or expulsion from school to the consequences of involvement in the juvenile justice system. While volunteering, you will have the opportunity to interact with over 400 high school students to inform them of their legal rights, as well as inspire them to be focused and to live a productive life. For more information contact Debbie Willis, program at or Kristianna Rodriguez, Youth Summit project assistant at If you are a member of Facebook, the event and information is listed there as well.

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

Real Property Law Association welcomes new officers, develops local connections

The UF branch of the Real Property Law Association (RPLA) was pleased to recently celebrate its second anniversary as a UF Levin College of Law organization. As part of the celebration, the RPLA inaugurated a new crew of officers. The inauguration was immediately followed by networking events at recent North Florida Area Real Estate Attorney (NFAREA) meetings hosted by the law firms of Salter, Feiber, Murphy, Hutson & Menet and Scruggs and Carmichael. The NFAREA welcomed Tiffany Kimball as the RPLA’s new President, along with fellow officers Jamie Barwig, Zea McDonnough, Derren Kales and Lauren Kirkpatrick. Barwig was offered and accepted the position of NFAREA secretary and is now responsible for both assisting the NFAREA chairperson and keeping the minutes for the organization. Outgoing president Brent Kimball was pleased to present a new initiative to the NFAREA designed to help local real property attorneys locate and communicate with University of Florida students interested in practicing in the field of real property. The RPLA will continue to work with Florida’s real property law community at the upcoming executive council meeting this spring, where they plan to attend several training seminars, volunteer their services for pro bono projects, and rub elbows with the elite of Florida’s real property community. (Photo from left: Tiffany Kimball, Lauren Kirkpatrick, Derren Kales and Zea McDonnough)

Research Assistant Needed

Professor Jonathan Cohen seeks a research assistant for this spring and summer concerning a project addressing one family’s response to a case of medical error. Interested students should have both excellent research and typing skills, as some of the work will involve transcribing interviews. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and undergraduate and law school transcripts (unofficial copies fine) to Betty Donaldson, HOL 340, by Wednesday, Feb. 18

Introduction to Law School and the Profession 2009 Ambassador Program

Student Affairs is looking for ambassadors. Ambassadors are current students who are selected for their interest in helping new students prior to, during, and even after the ILSP. If you are interested in being a part of the ambassador team, now is the time to apply. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Feb. 17, at noon. An information sheet and application is available on the orientation Web site When you turn in your application and resume to the Office of Student Affairs, you will sign up for an interview. If you wish to be considered for a coordinator position, an additional application is required. Contact Michelle Ocepek at or 352-273-0620 for more information.




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