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News Briefs: Sept. 23, 2013

Published: September 23rd, 2013

Category: News Briefs

Justice Labarga lecture open to law faculty, students

Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga (JD 79) will be a guest lecturer in Professor Jon Mills’ Florida Constitutional Law course today as part of the Ben Overton Lectures in Florida Constitutional Law.

Labarga’s lecture is open to all Levin College of Law faculty and students. The class meets at 3 p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. It will be followed by a reception, also open to UF Law faculty and students.

A native of Cuba, Labarga arrived in the U.S. at the age of 11. Following a successful legal career that included service in the Public Defender’s Office in West Palm Beach, State Attorney’s Office in West Palm Beach, and private practice, he was appointed to the Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial Circuit by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles in 1996. Former Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Labarga to the 4th District Court of Appeal in 2008 and one year later to the Florida Supreme Court.

The Overton Lectures were created this year to honor Justice Overton who died in December 2012, while still serving as a UF law professor. He was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 1974 by former Gov. Reubin Askew. He retired after 25 years on the court, and served as chief justice from 1976 to 1978.

Also participating in the fall lectures are: Justice Barbara Pariente, Sept. 30; Justice Fred Lewis, Oct. 28; and Justice Charles Canady, Nov. 18. In addition to UF law students who are enrolled in Florida Constitutional Law, the Overton Lectures will be open to UF law faculty and students.

Printing lab now available on law campus

University of Florida student government has delivered the long-awaited equipment for the brand-new printing lab. Students will no longer have to go to the Reitz Student Union on UF’s main campus to take advantage of the 250 pages per semester included in their tuition.

“This is a tremendous development for students as we will finally have access to our free printing on the law school campus,” said Brett Williams, president of the John Marshall Bar Association. “I believe this will be a huge blessing to all law students, but especially those in their second and third years who are taking skills classes that require a lot of written assignments.”

Williams says using the Reitz Union printers was a hassle and acknowledges past JMBA president Wes Stephens for his efforts to bring this new printing lab to law students.

The printing lab will be located on the second floor of Bruton-Geer near the lockers. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

UF grad to practice upcoming U.S. Supreme Court argument at UF Law

Is McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission the next Citizens United?  That is the buzz among media and legal scholars.

McCutcheon, like Citizens United, threatens to shake up federal campaign finance law. Currently, individuals may give $2,600 to any one candidate during a single election.  Arguably, these limits help prevent corruption and improper influence by the wealthy.  Many believe McCutcheon could end limits on individual campaign contributions altogether. This might be viewed as a First Amendment victory or as a defeat. Either way, the petitioner has a tough uphill battle. Come see the UF alumnus, James Bopp (JD 73), who is on the front lines of that battle duke it out with our distinguished bench before he faces the Court in October.

Bopp, renowned Supreme Court of the United States advocate, and Judge Scott Makar (JD 87) from Florida’s First District Court of Appeal have argued more cases before SCOTUS than any other UF alumni and are listed as two of the “Top Supreme Court Advocates of the 21st Century.”

The UF Federalist Society and The Florida Moot Court Team will hold the U.S. Supreme Court Moot Court for McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission on Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center Courtroom with overflow seating available in the Bailey Courtroom. Visitors may come and go as they please.

A complimentary lunch will be served at noon and a Q&A session with Bopp and Makar will follow from 1-2 p.m.

Sitting on the bench will be: Hon. Kenneth Bell, Former Florida Supreme Court Justice; Hon. Steven Grimes, Former Florida Supreme Court Justice; Hon. Major Harding, Former Florida Supreme Court Justice; Mrs. Claudia Murray Edenfield, First Amendment Lawyer with the Institute for Justice and author of an amicus brief in McCutcheon v. FEC; Prof. Clay Calvert, Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at UF.

Review the case and briefs here:

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Restatement of International Sales Law Conference in St. Augustine Sept. 27-28

An international law conference entitled “Restatement of International Sales Law” is being held in St. Augustine, Fla., Sept. 27-28. The conference is sponsored by the UF Levin College of Law, Warrington College of Business Administration, the Center for International Business Education & Research, and the University of Florida’s Department of Research.

Participants will present summaries of major areas of international sales law. The main outcome of the meeting will be to establish a framework for writing the definitive treatise on the law of international sales transactions. The treatise will be scholarly in nature and practice focused. It will be descriptive and prescriptive such as the case of the American Restatements. The goal of the meeting is to begin work on a single-volume treatise covering a comprehensive sales law. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) will be used as a starting point. 

The participants come from seven countries equally split between civil and common law jurisdictions, along with a representative from a mixed jurisdiction country. The participants include: Michael Bridge (United Kingdom, London School of Economics); Petra Butler (New Zealand, Victoria Wellington University); Larry DiMatteo (USA, University of Florida); Sieg Eiselen (South Africa, University of South Africa); Harry Flechtner (USA, University of Pittsburgh); Rafael Illescas Ortiz (Spain, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid); André Janssen (Germany, European Center for Private Law); Ulrich Magnus (Germany, University of Hamburg and Max-Planck Institute for International Private Law); Reiner Schulze (Germany, University of Münster); Lisa Spagnolo (Australia, Monash University); and Qi “George” Zhou (United Kingdom, University of Leeds). Also in attendance will be Wentong Zheng (USA, UF Law professor)  and Claire Germain (USA, UF Law professor and associate dean for Legal Information).

Anyone interested in observing the proceedings should contact Larry DiMatteo at

Craig Ball to open UF 2013-2014 E-Discovery Speakers Series

The University of Florida Levin College of Law ICAIR E-Discovery Project will welcome Craig Ball, an internationally renowned E-discovery expert, to speak at UF Law Oct. 10 to kick off its E-Discovery Speaker Series.

Ball’s presentation, “Spoiled and Deluded: The Shakespearean Tragedy that is E-Discovery,” will address some of the underappreciated flaws in electronic search and new technologies emerging as a response to these deficiencies. The talk will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom, and Ball will also be meeting with faculty and students during his visit. The event is free and open to the public.

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Reproductive Rights in the US: 1973-2013

The Levin College of Law and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research are hosting a three-part symposium on reproductive rights in the U.S., marking 40 years since Roe v. Wade. The symposium is free and open to the public.

The itinerary is:

Oct. 2, 2013, Pugh Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Viewing of the HBO documentary 12th and Delaware, followed by Q & A with Director Rachel Grady, moderated by Professor Churchill Roberts, UF Journalism and Communications.

Oct. 3, 2013, UF Law HOL 180, 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

10 a.m. – “Reproductive Justice and Reproductive Rights Forty Years after Roe: Assisted Reproduction, Abortion and Parenting in a Technological Age,” presented by Professor Kimberly M. Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law

11:15 a.m. – A panel discussion of reproductive rights in the U.S. Panelists include UF Law Professor Danaya Wright, UF History Professor Louise Newman, UF Political Science Professor Laura Sjoberg and Robin Lewy of the Rural Women’s Health Project. The panel will be moderated by UF History and Women’s Studies Professor and Associate Provost Angel Kwolek-Folland.

Oct. 4, 2013, Ustler Hall, Noon

Art exhibit and reception honoring participating artists, hosted by the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and organized by Associate Professor Craig Smith, UF Fine Arts.

Beginning of the year ELULP Environmental Program Potluck Reception

UF Law Environmental and Land Use Law Program is hosting a potluck reception for all students and faculty with an interest in environmental and land use law at the home of Professor Mary Jane Angelo on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. Bring your favorite dish and get to know some students and faculty who share your interests. RSVP to Lenny Kennedy at and let her know if you need directions to Angelo’s home.

LIC Notes: Recommended Mobile Apps

The LIC staff is aware that a growing number of faculty are users of iPads, iPhones, Droids, and other mobile devices. To help direct users to the best law-related mobile technologies, the LIC Head of E-Services & Technology Jennifer Wondracek maintains an extensive list of these apps. She has only included those that have been recommended to her by members of the Florida law community.

The apps are listed on two different pages: one for iPads and one for Droids. Included are apps for legal research, office programs for creating and editing documents, news sites, and more. We are always looking for recommendations, so if you know of an app we should have listed, please let your liaison know, or contact Jennifer directly.




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