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News Briefs: Oct. 28, 2013

Published: October 28th, 2013

Category: News Briefs

Criminal Law Association, Criminal Justice Center host panel on death penalty Wednesday

Death Penalty Flyer The Criminal Law Association and the Criminal Justice Center will host a panel to discuss the death penalty on Wednesday at noon in HOL 270. Lunch will be provided.

The panelists include:

William Miller – Adjunct Professor; Chief Assistant Public Defender, Fifth Circuit

George R. “Bob” Dekle – Legal Skills Professor; Director, Criminal Prosecution Clinic; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center; Retired Assistant State Attorney

Teresa Reid – Master Legal Skills Professor; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center

FJIL collecting non-perishable goods for Salvation Army thru Friday

Every semester the Florida Journal of International Law (FJIL) makes the effort to contribute to a local charity. This fall the group has chosen to donate non-perishable goods to the Salvation Army and is asking the UF Law community and beyond to donate various food items. The Salvation Army donates more than 450 bags of food a month to those in need.

With the busy holiday season on the horizon, the Salvation Army needs donations more than ever. The items can include canned foods – vegetables, tuna, fruits, soups, beans, meats – juice boxes, packaged pasta, granola bars, cereal, tea bags, powdered milk, cake mix, pancake mix, syrup, rice, baby formula and baby diapers.

FJIL will have a few large boxes by the entrance of the journal office on the second floor of Bruton-Geer Hall to drop donations. The drive runs until Friday. The group thanks UF Law and others for the support.

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 today 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.

‘Pizza for your thoughts?’ tomorrow at noon

pizza You are invited to drop in for free pizza with deans and professors and offer your input on how the law school can better prepare students to be practice-ready graduates. Your participation will help the UF Law Strategic Planning Committee create a plan to boost your college and your future career. The forum is presented by the UF Law Strategic Planning Committee and takes place Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in HOL 355B. For details contact committee co-chairs Jeffrey Davis ( or Tom Ankersen ( Committee members include Jeffrey Davis, Tom Ankersen, Alyson Flournoy, Michael Seigel, Mary Adkins, Mary Jane Angelo, Silvia Menendez, Jason Nance, Jill Womble and Debra Amirin.

Meet the attorneys from Hopping, Green & Sams

UF Law students are invited to an informational meeting Wednesday 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 Friday 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, Ind.; 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.

UF Law / EDRM webinar sponsored by Nuix, “E-Discovery Processing Made Simple”

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 7, noon – 1 p.m. when we present the free UF Law / EDRM webinar, “E-Discovery Processing Made Simple” – sponsored by Nuix.

To find critical electronically stored information in a large body of data, you often first need to process the data. And when you process data, you better do so in a way you can defend. With the help of Nuix’s new e-discovery director, the University of Florida E-Discovery Project team will de-mystify processing and walk the audience though data processing from document input to output for review. Learn the critical processing events you need to know and watch how processing can be managed with intuitively understandable graphics, charts and reports.

Speakers and Moderators:

  • Martin Audet, Nuix
  • Bill Hamilton, UF Law E-Discovery Project
  • George Socha, EDRM
  • Tom Gelbmann, EDRM

Go here for the live webcast:

Conservation Clinic spends a day with UF scientists, Florida Sea Grant specialists

YT estuaryClinicGroupPhoto Students, faculty, community members and friends of the Conservation Clinic spent a day with UF scientists and Florida Sea Grant specialists conducting a “citizen science demonstration project” at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve in Yankeetown. The demonstration project is part of a larger initiative to promote science based tourism as a component of economic development in Yankeetown, funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

The clinic is working with the UF Watershed Ecology Lab to integrate science and sea level rise adaptation policies such as living shorelines and oyster reef restoration into the local government comprehensive planning process.

UF Law alum Ralf Brookes (JD 88) serves as a town attorney. Yankeetown is unusual in Florida due to the extent to which its municipal boundaries encompass offshore waters, providing local legal authority to plan for the estuary and offshore islands. In the spring the clinic and Watershed Ecology Lab will organize a full-fledged community “bioblitz” to establish a baseline for the integrated science and policy planning process.




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