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News Briefs: Sept. 3, 2013

Published: September 3rd, 2013

Category: News Briefs

Florida Moot Court hosts final four competition Friday

On Friday, the Florida Moot Court Team will showcase its new members in the 28th annual Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Final Four Competition at 10 a.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center.

The top four competitors from this year’s tryout competition will demonstrate their oral advocacy techniques before a six-member panel of judges including Judge Steven Merryday of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District Court of Florida, Judge Simone Marstiller of the 1st District Court of Appeal, Judge James Moody of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District Court of Florida, Judge Lorrie S. Rowe from the 1st District Court of Appeals, Judge Elizabeth Jenkins of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District Court of Florida, and Judge Stephanie Ray of the 1st District Court of Appeal.

Rebecca Eikleberry (2L) and Andrew Oppenheim (2L) will represent the petitioner, Casper Boggus; Jennifer Fine (2L) and Samuel Spinner (2L) will represent the respondent, the United States Government; and Amanda Bennis (2L) has been selected as an alternate for the competition.

The 2013 competition problem delves into the concerns surrounding freedom of speech and the press under the First Amendment and United States citizens’ right to information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. These current social issues will spur compelling arguments. Seating will be limited in the Advocacy Center, therefore the arguments will be displayed simultaneously via video in HOL180 and will also be broadcast online.

Congratulations to the 2013 Florida Moot Court new members: Amanda Bennis, Brandt Carlson, Jaclyn Clark, Andrew dAdesky, Rebecca Eikleberry, Jennifer Fine, Stefan Garcia, Phil Marino, Christian Montelione, Emma Morehart, Andrew Oppenheim, Shenele Pettis, Alexander Platt, Andrew Silvershein, Samuel Spinner, Michael Sykes, and Celeste Thacker.

JLPP congratulates new editors

The Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy would like to congratulate the following 2Ls who were selected as new editors. The group appreciates the efforts of all of the students who completed the summer write-on competition.

  • Aaron Zeilberger
  • Alexandra Paez
  • Amy Lee
  • Andrew Steadman
  • Ashley Parra
  • Audrey Faw
  • Bradley Crocker
  • Christina Crowley
  • Elizabeth Turner
  • Emma Christman
  • Joshua Corriveau
  • Kingsley Nwamah
  • Marshall McDonald
  • Matthew Anguilli
  • Matthew Frias
  • Maureen Kelly
  • Melissa Fedenko
  • Michael Sykes
  • Miguel Ubiles
  • Neil Sharma
  • Tracey Berrios
  • Vanessa Madrid

Also, JLPP would like to announce its Case Comment Winner: Vanessa Madrid. Madrid’s case comment will be published in Volume 24, Issue 3 of the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Royalties in standard-setting organizations at Heath Lecture Sept. 11

Dennis Carlton, the David McDaniel Keller Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will deliver the fifth annual Bayard Wickliffe Heath Memorial Lecture at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Carlton’s presentation, “How Should Royalties be Determined in Standard-Setting Organizations?” will be Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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Constitution Day Celebration Sept. 17

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, and each year the University of Florida – along with other publicly funded universities – celebrate the day with special programs and activities.

This year the University of Florida Levin College of Law will hold a reading of the Constitution in UF Law’s Martin Levin Advocacy Center from noon to 1 p.m.

The events are sponsored by the University of Florida, with support from the UF Levin College of Law, Smathers Libraries and the Graham Center.

Commemorating 50 years of the right to counsel at UF Law Sept. 19

A criminal defendant’s right to counsel is often taken for granted in today’s justice system, but until 50 years ago that right was not guaranteed. It wasn’t until the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright that courts were required to provide counsel for those who could not afford their own attorneys.

The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Criminal Justice Center will commemorate the 50th anniversary of this important ruling with “The Right to Counsel, 50 Years Later: From Gideon v. Wainwright to The Public Defender v. State of Florida.” The presentation, honoring UF Law Professor Emeritus Fletcher Baldwin’s 50 years of teaching, will be Sept. 19 in the Martin Levin Advocacy Center courtroom, noon-3 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

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Restatement of International Sales Law Conference in St. Augustine

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 Germaine (USA, UF Law professor and associate dean for Legal Information).

Anyone interested in observing the proceedings should contact Larry DiMatteo at

UF Law class lectures honor Justice Overton

Four Florida Supreme Court justices will provide lectures this fall in Professor Jon Mills’ Florida Constitutional Law course to honor the late Justice Ben Overton’s (JD 52) legal career and service as a professor at UF law. The lectures are the inaugural series in the Overton Lectures in Florida Constitutional Law, a new program initiated by friends and colleagues of Overton. Participating in the fall lectures are: Justice Jorge Labarga (JD 79), Sept. 23; 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.

“This is a wonderful way to honor our good friend Justice Overton, and I know he would be very pleased with this initiative,” said Dean Robert Jerry.

“Florida Constitutional Law students will have a special educational opportunity to learn from these four Supreme Court justices. Their collective knowledge and professional experiences will provide a learning event unlike any other,” said Mills, dean emeritus and director of the Center for Governmental Responsibility. “Justice Overton was a personal friend and mentor of mine, so I am especially honored to be selected to include the Overton Lectures in my course.”

Pariente, who helped initiate the concept of the Overton Lectures, recalled Overton. “I was privileged to serve with Overton when I was first appointed to the Supreme Court in 1998. After he retired from the court, our association continued especially when he would bring his Florida Constitutional Law class to hear an oral argument and have students engage in conversations with the members of the court,” Pariente said. “He was always so proud of the subjects each of the students chose on an aspect of Florida constitutional law.”

“Overton was above all a staunch defender of the Supreme Court of Florida. I can think of no better tribute to Overton and his devotion to teaching Florida constitutional law than the dedication of these lectures in his memory. I am thrilled to participate, as are my colleagues!”

Continuing Overton’s traditions, Mills will take his class to visit the Florida Supreme Court during the fall semester.

The justices will lecture on topics ranging from Supreme Court jurisdiction to reapportionment. Florida Constitutional Law will meet at 3 p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center.

Overton 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 (JD 56). He retired after 25 years on the court, leading it to sweeping reforms and authoring more than 1,400 opinions. He served as chief justice from 1976 to 1978. He is a graduate of UF law and served as St. Petersburg city attorney, special assistant attorney general, and was in private practice before becoming Pinellas County circuit judge, eventually rising to chief judge.




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