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News Briefs January 31, 2011

Published: January 31st, 2011

Category: News Briefs

Renowned scholar to discuss ‘The Five Lives of Louis Brandeis’
Professor Melvin I. Urofsky will deliver a lecture on “The Five Lives of Louis Brandeis” in HOL 180 beginning at noon Wednesday, Feb. 2. His recent biography, Louis D. Brandeis: A Life (Pantheon Books, 2009), has been very well received. Urofsky is professor of law and public policy and a professor emeritus of history at Virginia Commonwealth University and was the chairman of its history department. He is the editor (with David W. Levy) of the five-volume collection of Louis Brandeis’ letters, as well as the author of American Zionism from Herzl to the Holocaust and Louis D. Brandeis and the Progressive Tradition. He lives in Gaithersburg, Md. “Justice Louis D. Brandeis not only is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding justices in Supreme Court history, but also many consider him to be one of America’s greatest lawyers. Mel Urofsky has spent decades studying the life and work of Brandeis, and this promises to be an enjoyable and informative talk,” UF Law Professor Michael Allan Wolf said.

2011 Peter T. Fay Jurist-in-Residence Program welcomes Judge Susan H. Black (JD 67)
This year’s University of Florida Levin College of Law Peter T. Fay Jurist-in-Residence Program will welcome Judge Susan H. Black (JD 67) of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 1-3. Black was appointed as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida and held that position from 1979 to 1992. In 1992, she was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit by President George H.W. Bush. Black will be participating in a number of activities at the law school and there will be numerous opportunities to meet with her during her visit to UF Law. “This will be a fantastic opportunity for students to participate in activities with a member of the judiciary and to gain insight into a variety of judicial issues,” said UF Law Dean Robert Jerry. The Peter T. Fay Jurist-in-Residence Program was created to bring judges to the college to provide insights to students and faculty on a broad range of issues relating to judicial process, substantive law, trial and appellate advocacy and the day-to-day practice of law. There are a number of excellent events and speakers scheduled for spring semester at UF Law and students are encouraged to take advantage of the great opportunities available. For the most up-to-date information, check our events page.

Annual picnic promotes diversity, leadership
For the past 17 years, John W. Kozyak and his Miami-based firm, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, have played a major role in promoting minority law students at the University of Miami and other Florida law schools. Over the years, the minority mentoring picnic has expanded from a small gathering in Kozyak’s backyard to a massive annual event held at the Amelia Earhart Park in South Florida every fall. The annual picnic now attracts more than 3,000 students, federal and state judges, and lawyers, including Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, former Attorney General Janet Reno, and numerous Florida Bar Presidents and other bar and judicial leaders. Many law firms and businesses support and sponsor the picnic and every imaginable bar association is represented at the tables that line the perimeter of the park. Stephen N. Zack (JD 71), president of the American Bar Association, and Daryl Parks, president of the National Bar Association, attended the most recent picnic. On Nov. 13, 2010, 20 students traveled with Dean Kari Mattox to South Florida, where they met several other UF Law graduates. Nearly every student left with a mentor and possible internship opportunities, and Miaya McCray (1L) won a $250 gift card in the raffle. Every year, the Honorable Judge Paul C. Huck (JD 65), a double-Gator, works fervently to ensure that all Gators are paired up with mentors before they leave the picnic. Judge Huck said, “Having an experienced lawyer help an inexperienced law student navigate through the often-difficult waters of law school not only helps the student; it also serves the legal profession … I encourage every UF Law graduate and minority law student to take advantage of the extraordinary opportunity to participate in future minority mentoring picnics. You will never forget the uniquely rewarding experience.” For the latest information on the upcoming Eighth Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic, please visit

Refine your conflict resolution skills Monday, Feb. 14
Brush up on your conflict resolution knowledge and skills this Valentine’s Day at the practical presentation, “Why can’t we all just get along? Everything you wanted to know about dispute resolution but were afraid to ask,” by Levin College of Law Professor Robin Davis, Esq., director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution. Her presentation will focus on common dispute resolution processes and help faculty and administrators make more informed decisions, personally and professionally, in choosing an appropriate type for their disputes. She will highlight the application of these processes to academia, with special emphasis on mediation. The presentation will be held 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, in the Faculty Dining Room at the Levin College of Law, and is free and open to all. For more information on the program, contact Debra Amirin, or 352-273-0651.

Spend an evening with pioneers of U.S. Civil Rights Movement
The University of Florida Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP)* present “An Evening with the Dues: Pioneers of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement” Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 6-8 p.m. with a reception and book signing followed by lecture in the Buddy and Anne McKay Auditorium of Pugh Hall. The event honors the work and legacy of Patricia Stephens Due and John Due. The Dues will discuss their lives, work, and the future work that needs to be done for social justice. In 1960 Patricia Stephens Due and four other students from Florida A&M University made history when they served 49 days in jail after being arrested for sitting-in at a lunch counter. Ms. Due and her fellow protestors refused to pay a fine and instead chose to go to jail in order to highlight the injustice of legal segregation. This was the first jail-in of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the beginning of Ms. Dues work fighting for human and civil rights in America. Ms. Due and her husband, civil rights attorney John Due, have fought for human rights since their days on the campus of Florida A&M University. Ms. Due is the recipient of many awards, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Outstanding Leadership, the Ghandi Award for Outstanding Work in Human Relations and the NAACP Florida Freedom Award. John Due is a 1963 graduate of the FAMU College of Law. *UF event co-sponsors: African American Studies Program; Bob Graham Center; Center for African Studies; Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research; Department of Anthropology; George A. Smathers Libraries; History Department; and the Office of the Provost.

JMBA hosts student-faculty-alumni softball game and picnic Saturday, Feb. 19
Join local alumni, students and faculty on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Westside Park, as the the John Marshall Bar Association hosts a picnic and friendly game of softball between students, alumni and faculty. Many local alumni are expected to attend, which will provide a valuable networking opportunity for students, and include local alumni in the UF Law community. Please check back for more details as they become available.

Princeton Review seeks input from law students
The Princeton Review has once again named the University of Florida Levin College of Law one of the best law schools in the nation. Distinguished schools will be profiled in the 2012 edition of Best Law Schools. In order to help them represent UF Law accurately, please fill out the following survey to author a new “Students Say” profile and update our ratings.

Save the date for UF APALSA Annual Conference
The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association will host its second annual UF APALSA Conference March 23-26. The forum on Labor Trafficking with keynote speakers and a film will take place March 23-24, a leadership development and philanthrophy fundraising event will be held March 25, and the conference will close March 26 with an outdoor event and Southeast APALSA Mixer. Please visit for more information. To volunteer or be part of the program, please contact Thao Tran, president, at or Nguyen Luu, professional development chair, at

APIL now accepting applications
The Association of Public Interest Law is now accepting applications for the APIL Fellowship. The APIL Fellowship is a stipend of approximately $2,000 that is awarded to students at the Levin College of Law who have accepted unpaid, public-interest summer internships. While the number of fellowships awarded in 2011 will depend on APIL’s continuing fundraising efforts, APIL aims to award at least three fellowships this summer. Last year, the organization was fortunate enough to award four fellowships. For more information, please join the APIL TWEN page and download the fellowship application (Forums > Discussion > Fellowship Application Form 2011). Applications must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs before the application deadline Friday, March 4, at noon.




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