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News Briefs: Jan. 7, 2013

Published: January 7th, 2013

Category: News Briefs

Learn about the UF Law summer program in France Jan. 14

Interested in learning about the UF Law summer program in France? Attend an information session Monday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. in HOL 360. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Students studying in the UF Law France program benefit from a dual focus on comparative and international law. American and French professors examine various aspects of United States and French legal systems and European Union law in classes with U.S. and French students. Students also meet with members of the judiciary and the legal profession. In addition, the program allows you to live in and enjoy the rich French culture.

The first week of the five-week program will be spent in Paris, while the last four weeks will be at the University of Montpellier in Montpellier. Courses offered include European Business Law (Professors Germain & Mousseron), International Sales Law (Professor Dawson) and a third course yet to be announced. Enrollment is limited to 30 U.S. students. In addition, a number of students from the University of Montpellier enroll in one or more of the classes.

France Program dates: Monday, June 24, 2013 to Friday, July 26, 2013

Application deadline: March 15

Interested students may also visit the study abroad website or contact the Program’s Director, Professor George Dawson, or Michelle Ocepek in the Office of Student Affairs.

South Africa 2013 study abroad program interest meeting Jan. 15

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, learn about the South Africa study abroad program at noon in HOL 270. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Students in the South Africa study abroad program at the University of Cape Town benefit from a dual focus on comparative and international law. American and South African professors will draw upon their experiences in their respective systems to highlight the similarities and differences in the administration of justice in the United States and South Africa. Students will gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each system. This program, from June 10 – approximately July 12, 2013, allows you to live in and enjoy a rich culture, while studying law amidst the historic legal, political and social changes occurring in South Africa.

This six-credit program includes Comparative Constitutional Law (2 credits, Professor Sharon Rush), The South African Legal System: From Apartheid to Transition to Nation-building (2 credits, UCT Professor Paleker), Crime, Human Rights and the International Criminal Court (1 credit, Professor Kenneth Nunn) and Comparative Alternative Dispute Resolution (1 credit, Associate Dean Rachel Inman).  A number of students from the University of Cape Town enroll in Comparative Constitutional Law.

Questions may be directed to the program’s director Dean Inman and the director of student programs Michelle Ocepek at 273-0620.

Costa Rica 2013 summer abroad informational meeting Jan. 22

Students with an interest in participating in UF Law’s 2013 Costa Rica program are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 22in HOL 382.  Faculty and students from the 2011 and 2012 program will be on hand to answer questions and provide their perspective on the program. Pizza will be provided.  Students who attended the fall informational meeting are also encouraged to attend.

The UF Law Costa Rica Program emphasizes interdisciplinary learning that includes skills training in a cross-cultural, practice-oriented environment. The program offers an exposure to international and comparative law through the substantive lens of environmental law, water law and development policy, all from the unique perspective of Latin America and Costa Rica. Issue-oriented field trips and visits to legal institutions are a key component of the program. Students can receive up to 6 credits, and may be able to receive additional credits through summer externships.

Additional information including course descriptions, syllabi, field trips, photos and budgets, etc. can be found on the program website.

29th annual Maguire Appellate Advocacy Competition slated for Jan. 24

The University of Florida Levin College of Law will welcome a distinguished panel of judges for the 28th annual Maguire Appellate Advocacy Competition in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. More details to follow.

Nelson Symposium examines conflicts between state and federal laws Feb. 8

Preemption — the subject of the 12th Annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium taking place Feb. 8 at the Hilton Conference Center in Gainesville — is a matter of concern to lawyers in the public and private sectors and to government officials at all levels. UF Law has assembled an outstanding group of national and state experts to examine the serious puzzles posed by federal and state preemption of local regulatory activity in five provocative areas: firearms, hydrofracking, immigration, renewable energy and agriculture.  Clear guidance from state and federal courts is rare in this area, which means that lawyers struggle with locating the legally defensible “comfort zone” for state and local statutes, ordinances, permitting, and regulation.

Speakers are:

John R. Nolon, professor of law, Pace University School of Law
Michael O’Shea, professor of law, Oklahoma City University School of Law
Rick Su, Associate professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School
Hannah Wiseman, assistant professor, Florida State University College of Law
Michael Allan Wolf, Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Respondents are:

Evan D. George, Gainesville, Fla.
Amy T. Petrick, senior assistant county attorney, Palm Beach County
Robert N. Hartsell, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Law student presenters are:

Samantha Culp and Eric Fisher

Click here to register for the conference. Click here to download the symposium brochure.




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