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News Briefs March 2, 2009

Published: March 2nd, 2009

Category: News Briefs

Music Night 2009 hosted by Dean Jerry

Got a hidden musical talent? Show it off at the upcoming Music Night 2009, to be held Sunday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the home of Dean Bob Jerry and his wife Lisa. All students and faculty are invited — but the “ticket” to attend is that you must bring a dessert and agree to perform a musical piece (play an instrument or sing a song). A piano will be available. Each participant can bring one guest. Space is limited, so sign up is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, stop by the Dean’s Office and see Doris Perron.

Jessup Moot Court Team placed ninth in Southeast Super Regionals

UF’s Jessup Moot Court Team placed ninth overall out of twenty two teams competing in the Southeast Super Regionals. The participants were Rachel Malkowski (2L), Wayne Atkinson (2L), Michael Stewart (2L), Jason Zimmerman (2L) and Jeff Dambly (2L). Participants are evaluated by their oral skills as well as their written memorials. Rachel Malkowski was awarded first place oralist out of approximately 88 participants. Michael Stewart placed 19th out of all individual oralists. The case involved a dispute between two countries argued before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The main issues concerning the dispute included state sovereignty, extradition, sexual exploitation, and the jurisdiction of the ICJ. The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The team received support and coaching from its faculty advisor Professor Jon Mills, team President Patricia Camino (3L), and team Vice-President Han Huang (3L). Special thanks to the coaches Eric Burger (3L), Morgan Weinstein (3L), Dmitri Goubarkov (3L) and Kate Haddock (3L). In addition, we thank professors Tim McClendon, Henry Wihnyk, Mary Adkins, Michelle Jacobs, and Joseph Little for their time and support. For more information e-mail Patricia Camino at

Students receive book awards for academic excellence

Students, faculty and friends of the law school gathered in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom Feb. 27 to honor book award recipients for the spring semester. Presented every semester, book awards recognize the top performers in each class, and give alumni a chance to support academic excellence at the UF Levin College of Law. More than 100 students were honored for their performance in classes in the spring. Multiple award winners included Joshua S. Altshuler, Crystal Espinosa, Kevin Hall, Jennifer Hartzler, Heather J. Howdeshell, Kathryn Ward Hurd, David Karp, Allison Riggs, Brandon Sherlinski, Emily A. Snider and Nickisha Webb. If you have received a book award, but weren’t able to attend the ceremony, you can pick up your plaque in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at 267 Holland Hall. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
See full list of winners

L.A.W. hosts meet and mingle with faculty and staff

The Law Association for Women hosted a Faculty Meet-and-Mingle on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the law school, to kick-off its Women’s History Month events. Students mingled with female law school faculty and staff, while partaking in bagels, pastries and juice. Participants discussed law school courses, possible career paths, and current events.

Help survivors of domestic violence in our community

Help survivors of domestic violence in our community by donating to the Family Law Society’s food and supply drive. All donations benefit Peaceful Paths, a domestic abuse network that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford and Union counties. Each year, Peaceful Paths provides safety, support, and the empowerment necessary for hundreds of families to move to self-sufficiency in our community. Peaceful Paths is in great need of necessary tangible items, especially food items, in order to continue the help they provide to these families. Donation boxes are available in the library and student affairs office lobbies from Monday, Feb. 23 through Friday, March 6.

Time is running out to apply for financial aid

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. Just 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.

Levin College of Law Faculty and Student Art Show

Calling all student and faculty artists. We are now accepting artwork in any medium (ie. sculpture, painting, photography) for the fourth annual Levin College of Law Faculty and Student Art Show. Artwork will be displayed in the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center. Please email digital image submissions with a brief description to Eric Berger at by Monday, March 16. Students and faculty will be notified if they are selected by late March. If you have any questions please e-mail Eric Berger or Alexis Cooper at

Financial aid for Florida Bar prep and exam

Are you making plans to take the Bar and wondering where you will come up with the financing necessary for these out-of-pocket expenses? There are private loan companies who will make Bar exam loans to students who are in their final year of law school. These loans can be used for a student’s living expenses while studying for the Bar, Bar prep classes and other Bar related expenses.

Sallie Mae

Wells Fargo
(To apply, student would need to have some type of account/loan with Wells Fargo)

For more information contact Financial Aid Coordinator Carol Huber at 352-273-0620.

Spring Break Library Hours

Friday, March 6: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday- Sunday, March 7-8: CLOSED
Monday- Friday, March 9-13: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14: CLOSED
Sunday, March 15: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. (regular hours resume)




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