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News Briefs February 14, 2011

Published: February 14th, 2011

Category: News Briefs

UF Law welcomes visiting professor
Joel A. Mintz, J.S.D., is a visiting professor at UF Levin College of Law. He is a professor at Nova Southeastern University who teaches environmental law, torts, and environmental enforcement. At UF Law, he is teaching a seminar in environmental enforcement and a local government course during the spring semester. In addition, Professor Mintz will be speaking as part of the Environmental Speaker Series. “I’m pleased to be here, the students seem to be bright and interested,” Mintz said.

Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom opening celebration with ABC News past president on Feb. 24
Please join the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law as we celebrate the grand opening of the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom Thursday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. David Westin, a lawyer and the immediate past president of ABC News, will give keynote remarks on a topic involving courts and the media. A limited number of tickets will be available for the event in the Office of Student Affairs. Details will be available via the Allaw listerv. Following the courtroom opening celebration and lecture, the UF Law Trial Team will present its exhibition at 2 p.m. in the center. This event is free and open to the public.

Refine your conflict resolution skills today
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 process 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.

Need a Valentine’s Day gift to charm your sweetheart or friends?
The Journal of Law and Public Policy is selling carnations of assorted colors in the courtyard today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each carnation costs $2, and if you would like them to deliver the carnation to your recipient with a note, the carnation will cost $3. For more information, stop by the table in the courtyard today or contact JLPP Fundraising Chair Justin Berlin at

Spend an evening with pioneers in 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 in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement” Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 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 Mrs. Due’s work fighting for human and civil rights in America. Mrs. 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. Mrs. 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.

UF Law Trial Team to compete in Texas and Alabama
The UF Law Trial Team sends two teams this week to compete in competitions in Texas and Alabama. On Wednesday, Feb. 16, advocates Rhett Parker, Anita McNulty, Michael Quintero and Dan Hogan, supported by their coaches Nick Zissimopulos and Tania Alavi, travel to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Trial Advocacy Competition. This competition is a criminal trial where the advocates represent both the prosecution and defense. The NACDL competition selects only 12 schools to compete in this three-day competition. The NACDL team is supported by its Round-Robin Team of Georgia Buckhalter, Daniella Chacoa, Tiana Beaudouin, and Gillian Sykes and their Researcher/Team Mascot, James Baley. On Friday, Feb. 18, advocates Jennifer White, Dillon Roberts, Erik Gruber and Jared Thoma, supported by coaches Whitney Untiedt and Darby Hertz, travel to Birmingham, Ala., to compete in the National Trial Competition (NTC). Our advocates are prepared to represent both the prosecution and defense in this criminal trial where the defendant is charged with both first-degree murder and robbery. This regional competition features 26 teams from law schools across Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. The top two teams advance to the national competition held in Houston, Texas, from April 6-10. The NTC team is supported by researcher, Andrew Bauta.

JMBA hosts student-faculty-alumni softball game and picnic Saturday, Feb. 19
Join local alumni, students and faculty Saturday, Feb. 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Westside Park, as 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.

Save the date for the Public Interest Environmental Conference Feb. 24-26
The theme of this year’s conference is “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Our Energy Future.” The discussion will focus on contemporary issues associated with our need for energy. Different forms of energy generation and their legal and social ramifications will be examined in a series of nine panels and two hands-on workshops. For details and registration information, visit

All seven Florida Supreme Court justices to judge Maguire Appellate Advocacy Competition Feb. 25
The law school community is invited to watch as members of the Florida Moot Court Team showcase their oral advocacy skills to all seven members of the Florida Supreme Court Feb. 25. The 27th annual Maguire Appellate Advocacy Competition, formerly known as the Raymer F. Maguire Moot Court Final Four Competition, will be held at 10 a.m. in UF Law’s Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. The event is free and open to the public — the law school community is encouraged to attend. The exhibition allows moot court team members to receive useful critiques regarding their oral arguments as they prepare for the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. This year’s team consists of Wilbert Vancol (3L), Leah Edelman (3L), Katie Tinsley (3L), David Hughes (3L), David Evans (3L) and Monica Haddad (2L). During the exhibition, Vancol and Edelman will present arguments for Petitioner, and Haddad and Evans will argue for Respondent. The Maguire exhibition provides UF Law students a unique opportunity to observe these outstanding law students exhibit their distinguished oral advocacy skills. Providing critiques for the oral arguments will be members of the current Florida Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, Justice Barbara J. Pariente, Justice R. Fred Lewis, Justice Peggy A. Quince, Justice Ricky Polston, Justice Jorge Labarga and Justice James E.C. Perry.

Submit art for the Sixth Annual UF Law Student/Faculty Art Show by March 14
Mark your calendars for the upcoming UF Law Student/Faculty Art Show, which will take place Wednesday, March 16, in the Legal Information Center at 7 p.m. The Art Law Society will be having a silent auction for selected works and all proceeds will benefit Shands Arts in Medicine program. There also will be wine, food and live music. If you are interested in submitting your artwork, send the following information to by March 14 at 5 p.m.: title, artist’s name, date created, dimensions of the work/length of video, medium (i.e., oil on canvas, photography, etc) and whether you would like to donate the work for the silent auction.

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.




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