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News Briefs: Oct. 14, 2013

Published: October 14th, 2013

Category: News Briefs

Justice Lewis lecture open to law faculty, students

Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis will be a guest lecturer in Professor Jon Mills’ Florida Constitutional Law course on Monday, Oct. 28, as part of the Ben Overton Lectures in Florida Constitutional Law.

Lewis’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.

A former chief justice and founder of Justice Teaching, Lewis was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1998 by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles (JD 55). While serving as chief justice, he founded Justice Teaching, an organization that now has over 3,900 volunteer lawyers and judges placed with and active in Florida public schools, which enhances civic and law-related education through the active programs in all levels of Florida schools. As chief justice, he also convened the first commission and statewide all branch mental health summit which developed and proposed a unified and comprehensive plan to address the increasing needs with the intersection of mental illness and the justice system.

He also attempted to provide greater public access to justice for the disabled by mandating a survey and audit of all court facilities in Florida through a task force of professionals to identify and remove obstacles to facility access. While chief justice, Lewis also instituted for the first time in Florida, a uniform high-level diversity training program for all Florida judges.

Lewis is a graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland and the University of Miami School of Law. He was in private practice in Miami prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court.

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 (JD 56). He retired after 25 years on the court and served as chief justice from 1976 to 1978.

The final speaker of the Overton Lectures is Justice Charles Canady, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18. In addition to UF law students who are enrolled in Florida Constitutional Law, the Overton Lectures are open to UF law faculty and students.

The UF Federalist Society and the Immigration Law Association present: This Land is Our Land? Immigration Reform Town Hall

Immigration law and policy is constantly at the forefront of U.S. politics. Congress does battle over issues related to immigration reform yearly, yet there never seems to be any change. A majority of Americans believe that some sort of change is necessary, but with the constant gridlock in Washington can we expect change and if so, what kind? Join the UF Federalist Society and the Immigration Law Association for a town hall forum Wednesday, Oct. 16, at noon on these issues with Congressman Ted Yoho and local immigration attorney, Evan George (JD 04). Once secured, the location will be announced in the Daily Calendar of Events. Leonardo’s pizza will be provided.

Yoho is a freshman Republican United States Representative for Florida’s 3rd congressional district, representing 12 different counties in North Florida, including the majority of Alachua County.  A large animal veterinarian, business owner, and UF graduate, Yoho currently serves on the committee on agriculture and the committee on foreign affairs. Since his election in 2012, Yoho has held multiple town halls and public forums for his constituents regarding immigration reform.

George is an experienced immigration and nationality lawyer and business owner.  George graduated from UF Law in 2004 and has returned frequently to deliver lectures in his field of expertise. He practiced law in New York City for three years as an associate with the prestigious immigration firm Masiliah & Soloway. He returned to Gainesville in 2008 to open his own immigration law practice where he currently represents individuals in all areas of immigration, including deportation defense and visa applications.

‘Balancing Work and Life: A Woman’s Perspective’ on Oct. 22

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers UF chapter and the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Law Student Division are hosting a panel entitled, “Balancing Work and Life: A Woman’s Perspective” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, noon to 2 p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. The panel of six women in a variety of positions in the legal field will address how they juggle a demanding legal career with their personal lives, including family, children, and community involvement. The panel includes:

  • Jeanne M. Singer, chief assistant state attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit in Alachua County
  • Melanie Griffin, associate at Dean Mead and President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyer Division
  • Susan Goffman, director of Legal Services for the University of Florida Foundation
  • The Honorable Denise R. Ferrero, Alachua County Court judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit
  • Berta Hernandez-Truyol, professor at UF Law
  • Jo Thacker, partner at Broad and Cassel.

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception in the advocacy center.

Meet the attorneys from Hopping, Green & Sams

UF Law students are invited to an informational meeting Wednesday, Oct. 30, at noon in HOL 285A with attorneys from Hopping, Green & Sams in Tallahassee. Four attorneys will speak with students about the firm as well as provide guidance for students about careers in environmental and land use law and public infrastructure financing and development. Pizza and soft drink will be served.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to ELULP program assistant, Lenny Kennedy, at by Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Ninth annual International Taxation Symposium

The UF Law Graduate Tax Program will welcome distinguished members of the global tax community to present the ninth annual International Tax Symposium, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The symposium is free and open to the public.

These year’s presenters are:

Michael S. Kirsch, Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; Visiting Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law; Judicial Clerkship for Chief Judge Lapsley W. Hamblen, Jr., United States Tax Court, Washington, D.C.

Ekkehart Reimer, Professor Dr., Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Institut für Finanz- und Steuerrecht, Heidelberg, Germany.

Stephen E. Shay, Professor of Practice, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; former Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs in the United States Department of the Treasury; and former Tax Partner, Ropes & Gray, LLP.

LIC Notes: Previews of Supreme Court Term

The Supreme Court’s October 2013 term began on Monday, and a number of observers have published overviews of the most notable cases on the docket. The Legal Information Center has collected some of the more prominent articles here:

The New York Times also has a page dedicated to the court and its cases.




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