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Faculty Scholarship & Activities: Oct. 22, 2012

Published: October 22nd, 2012

Category: News

Claire M. Germain
Associate Dean for Legal Information; Clarence J. TeSelle Professor of Law

Claire M. Germain spoke in August on “Worldwide Access to Foreign Law:  International & National Developments Toward Digital Authentication” at the World Library & Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Helsinki, Finland. Her paper discusses the challenges of digital law and the importance of authentication of official legal information worldwide. Germain’s paper is available at

Germain also spoke on “Recent Developments in the French Criminal Jury” at the 2012 International Conference on Law & Society in Honolulu, Hawaii, in June. She provided an update on the contemporary landscape of the French jury in its legal and political aspects, from a comparative perspective.

Robert Jerry
, Levin Mabie & Levin Professor of Law

“UF honors 50 years since first black law grad as black law enrollment drops” (Oct. 11, 2012, The Gainesville Sun)

University of Florida Levin College of Law honors W. George Allen (JD 62) for being the first black graduate 50 years ago. In recent years however, black enrollment at UF Law has declined. Dean Jerry and other faculty look for ways to fix this drop and increase black students’ interest in the law.

From the article:
Dean Robert Jerry said in an email that the college’s budget is among the challenges it faces in recruiting black students. Budget constraints prevented it from offering scholarships to students in the 2012 entering class that were competitive with other law schools, he said.

He also pointed to a wider trend in the region. The number of black law school applicants in the southeastern U.S. declined 21 percent between 2010 and 2012 compared with a 14.5 decline nationally over the same time period, Jerry said.

Jerry has appointed a task force of faculty, students and alumni to recommend ways to increase the number of black and other minority students applying and graduating.

Jerry said in the email that events like the ones being held today bring attention to issues involving black students and allow the college to honor alumni “as we express our commitment to building upon their efforts and creating a broadly diverse and inclusive law school community.”

“Five Former Florida Governors Visit University of Florida” (Oct. 12, 2012, WCJB-TV)

This article is about the discussion between the five Florida governors during their visit to the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts sponsored by the Levin College of Law’s Florida Law Review.

From the article:
Dean of Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, Robert Jerry says, “the opportunity to hear the wisdom of these great leaders of our state and their advice for our students there’s no question this is something that we’ll remember for a long long time.”

Joseph Little
Emeritus Professor

“Joe Little: Merit retention: Judges and politics don’t mix” (Oct. 14, 2012, The Gainesville Sun)

Professor Little wrote an opinion column concerning the vote on whether to retain or dismiss three Florida Supreme Court judges, and why Florida voters often do not know or care regarding this particular issue.

From the article:
On Nov. 6, Florida electors will vote to retain or dismiss three Florida Supreme Court justices in a “merit retention election.” Many readers will have no basis to formulate a reasoned vote.

The past-president of the Florida Bar recently wrote, “90 percent of the participating voters do not understand what the term ‘judicial merit retention’ means.” This ignorance sends a troubling message. Why do we have these elections?

How to select and retain judges in Florida and elsewhere has a controversial history. The controversy is between a desire for judges to make decisions free of partisan biases and an urge to hold them accountable for decisions that stray too far from some measure of political legitimacy. The Florida “merit” system reaches a somewhat uneasy compromise between them.

In 33 years Florida voters have rejected no judge or justice in a retention election, and removal has been rare in other states with similar laws.




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