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News Briefs: Sept. 30, 2013

Published: September 30th, 2013

Category: News Briefs

Glasser Barbecue slated for noon Tuesday

The Levin College of Law is holding its annual free barbecue for all students, faculty and staff Tuesday noon to 1 p.m. in the Marcia Whitney Schott Courtyard. The food is from Hill’s Bar-B-Que in Gainesville and the event is sponsored by the Gene K. and Elaine Glasser Endowment. Gene (JD 72) and Elaine Glasser, who are both UF alumni, have sponsored the event for the past several years. They hope the annual event will foster a greater sense of community among people at the law school. “The law school education I received at the University of Florida has greatly influenced my professional and personal life, creating lasting memories with my friends,” said Gene Glasser, a Fort Lauderdale attorney. The event is a great chance for incoming students to get to know one another and feel like a part of the law school community.

During the lunch, the law school communications office will post a gallery of photos to its Facebook page. We ask that you join us in thanking the Glassers by commenting on the photo album, which will be available at

Justice Pariente lecture open to law faculty, students

Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente 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.

Pariente’s lecture is open to all UF 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.

Pariente has served as a justice on the Florida Supreme Court since 1998 and is the court’s senior justice. She served as chief justice from 2004 through 2006. After graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1973 with highest honors, she began her legal career with a federal judicial clerkship in Fort Lauderdale and then practiced civil trial law for 18 years, earning an AV rating from Martindale-Hubble and board certification as a civil trial lawyer both in Florida and nationally. Before her appointment to the Florida Supreme Court, Pariente served as an appellate court judge in West Palm Beach from 1993 to 1997. Throughout her tenure on the Supreme Court, she has provided leadership in improving the ways that courts address issues involving children and families, focusing on ways to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable children. Among her numerous awards, she was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

The Overton Lectures were created this year to honor 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 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.

CSRRR presents ‘Hate Crimes—Elements, Impact & Offenders’

The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations presents a lunch and conversation entitled “Hate Crimes — Elements, Impact & Offenders” on Wednesday from noon-1 p.m. in HOL 270.

The event will feature an interactive presentation presented by David Barkey, the southeastern area counsel for the Anti-Defamation League, and will cover the Florida Hate Crimes law, constitutional issues, key features of hate crimes, the new federal hate crimes law, offender typology and trends.

Barkey works with and regularly trains federal, state and local law enforcement on legal and nonlegal aspects of hate crimes and supervises a UF Law Yegelwel Summer Fellow, selected by CSRRR each year, in ADL’s Boca Raton office.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Association of Public Interest Law, Journal of Law and Public Policy, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Black Law Student Association, Jewish Law Student Association, Cuban American Bar Association, Christian Legal Society, Latino Law Student Association and the Center for Study of Race and Race Relations.

Contact or 352-273-0614 for more information.

International Law Society hosts speaker Wednesday

The International Law Society, in partnership with the Association for Law and Business, is honored to host Oscar Avalles, the World Bank Country Manager for Guatemala, on Wednesday at noon. Avalles has 25 years of professional experience in the area of development and has served with the World Bank for the last 16 years, representing several countries during that time. Avalles will speak on the impact of the Great Recession of 2008 on Latin Americans. Anyone interested in international, business and development law is invited to attend. If you have any questions, contact ILS President Linnea Eberhart at or sign up on the ILS TWEN page.

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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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 wins public relations award from AALL

lic UF Law’s Legal Information Center’s outreach efforts were recognized by the country’s largest organization of law libraries this past summer.

At the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), which was held in Seattle in July, the LIC’s orientation gift bags received AALL’s “Excellence in Marketing” award in the “Best PR Tool Kit” category. The gift bags, , earned the national award for “outstanding achievement in public relations activities.”

The gift bags, coordinated by Student Services Reference Librarian Shira Megerman (pictured), were created as part of an overall strategy to bring first-year students into the library and to make them aware of the resources and services the library provides.

During 2012 orientation, the items were handed out at the end of a three-part library introduction. The students first visited the circulation desk to activate their Gator1 card. They then attended a session on how to set up wireless printing and finished with a library tour. As they headed out the door, they received a lunch bag in school colors with the library’s logo. The bag contained a drink sleeve with library’s logo and a quote by Lawton Chiles, the library’s namesake; a CALI DVD and password; two bookmarks with library hours (with different images); a pen with contact information; two pencils with the phone number for the circulation desk and various colored highlighters.

Response to the gift bags has been overwhelmingly positive. Not only do the 1Ls enjoy the lunch bag full of freebees, the 2Ls and 3Ls of previous years have come back to ask for a new bag for themselves or for family and friends. The bookmarks have also been very popular on their own. Over 1,000 were distributed in the first semester, and twice as many have been ordered to keep up with the demand.

CCF hosts 8th annual Weyrauch Lecture

Noguera The Center on Children & Families 8th Annual Distinguished Weyrauch Lecture will be held at UF Law on Oct. 21 at noon in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180, followed by a reception.

The public is invited to attend.

This year’s lecturer will be Pedro Noguera of New York University, who will discuss education and civil rights in the 21st Century.




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