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News Briefs March 23, 2009

Published: March 23rd, 2009

Category: News Briefs

2009-2010 law school calendar photo contest

Are you a photographer who would like to see your work in print? This year, the Communications Office and Student Affairs is asking you to submit your best photo for the 2009-2010 calendar. The winning photo will be chosen by a committee and published in the 2009-2010 calendar. The deadline to submit is April 1, 2009. Guidelines: Photos in the law school calendar should reflect the law school or University of Florida campus, recognizable sites around the City of Gainesville or Alachua County, major sporting events, museums, landmarks and nature, just to name a few. The following are provided as suggestions, but are not required: Law school campus, Graduation,Athletics – Football, Basketball, BCS Championship, Hippodrome Theatre, Lake Wauberg, Ginnie Springs/ Poe Springs, Alligators, Nature, Payne’s Prairie, Notable/ familiar UF Symbols. Only one submission per person; photos must be high-resolution (at least 200 ppi); and photos must be submitted electronically to Katie Blasewitz by April 1, 2009. Photo disqualifications: Photos of explicit or graphic language and/or images; Portraits and/or headshots of an individual. For examples of photos used in previous calendars, visit For more information contact Communications Coordinator Katie Blasewitz at or 352-273-0652. (Photo by Joshua Lukman)

Congratulations to 2009 federal judicial law clerks
Lorna Cobb, Chief Judge Hugh Lawson, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; Larry Dougherty, Judge Charles R. Wilson, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Michael Friedman, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Paul G. Hyman; Margaret Hunt, Judge Morales Howard U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; David Karp, Judge Susan Bucklew, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; Sasha Lohn-McDermott, Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; Elizabeth Manno, Judge John Richard Smoak, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; Charles Roberson, Senior Judge Peter T. Fay, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Dante Trevisani, Senior Judge James L. King, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; Lindsay Saxe, Judge Steven D. Merryday, U.S. District for the Middle District of Florida; Ben Williamson, Judge M. Casey Rodgers, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. A Judicial Clerkship is a prestigious, paid-position for a law graduate, who is employed by a judge to assist with research, writing, and review of opinions and orders, usually for a one- or two-year period. At times, the judicial clerk first will have completed a judicial externship for the particular judge who then hires the law student for the law clerk position upon graduation. A judicial clerkship is a great way to begin your legal career and opens many employment doors upon completion. Judicial clerkships are available in both the federal and state courts. Make plans to attend the two upcoming judicial clerkship programs on 4/1 at 12pm in FDR to listen to Gator judicial law clerks, and on 4/8 at 12pm in FDR to learn about the process from obtaining letters of recommendation to applying to accepting an offer. Please be aware that the judicial application process typically is accomplished over one year in advance, so don’t miss out on great opportunities by missing critical deadlines. 2L’s will be applying during SUMMER 2009 for positions beginning fall 2010.

Petition for temporary protected status for Haitians

As future advocates and social engineers, we have great civic duty to raise the concerns of our community, particularly when circumstances call for us to advocate for better public policy. Presently, our community is devastated by the forceful mass exodus of over 30,000 Haitians living in the United States. As you all may know, as of last fall, Haiti was repeatedly devastated by three natural disasters. As Haiti is a third world country struggling to recover from these natural disasters, the country does not have the capacity or resources to take in over 30,000 Haitian deportees. Consequently, the Prime Minister and President of Haiti kindly requested the U.S. government provide Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. In response, former President Bush denied the requests; meanwhile, renewing Temporary Protected Status for other countries who recovered 10 years ago by Hurricane Minch. Today, much of Haiti remains buried under mudslides after being hit repeatedly by three hurricanes. Without foreign help, the government of Haiti would not have been able to distribute meager relief to few areas within a devastated country. The overt disparity of treatment, apathy, and current state of Haiti are evidence that there is need to advocate Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, as afforded to other respective groups. With the help of our law community, we can raise attention on this prolonged issue that affects our community. Throughout this week, a petition to halt the deportation of Haitians and a request for Temporary Protected Status for Haitian deportees will be circulating. Please spread, for we can not sit in silence as this travesty occurs. For more information on this matter, e-mail CaribLaw will have a table in the courtyard next week if you are interested in signing the petition.




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