News Briefs: Oct. 7, 2013
Craig Ball opens UF 2013-2014 E-Discovery Speakers Series on Thursday
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 Thursday 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.
Share your thanks with our donors
UF Law would like to acknowledge the generosity and support of Gene (JD 72) and Elaine Glasser for continuing to sponsor the annual Glasser Barbecue. We encourage students, faculty and staff to check out and comment on our Facebook album of the event so that we can share your gratitude with the people who make this event possible. Visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151740591828640.1073741834.157235593639&type=1, like our page and leave a comment, so we can keep this tradition cooking!
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.
Jon Mills and Neil Chonin – Quality of Public Schools
UF Law Professor Jon Mills, former Speaker of the Florida House and former dean of the UF Law, along with Neil Chonin, litigation director of the Southern Legal Counsel, will discuss the upcoming landmark trial Citizens for Strong Schools v. Florida State Board of Education at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. Chonin and Mills will address the role of the courts in achieving quality and equity in Florida’s public education system.
Citizens for Strong Schools v. Florida State Board of Education was filed in November 2009 alleging that Florida is violating its constitution by failing to provide a high quality public education or adequate education funding. Plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that the state is in fact breaching its constitutional paramount duty to provide a high-quality, free public school system. They also hope to secure supplemental relief for K-12 public schools, beginning with a study to determine the actual cost of providing a high quality education.
The event and parking are free and open to the public and will be streamed live at www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.
ELULP Environmental Program Potluck Reception
The 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know if you need directions to Angelo’s home.
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 next issue of FlaLaw and in the Daily Calendar of Events. Leonardo’s pizza will be provided.
Yoho is serving his first year as the 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 grad, 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.
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.
Meet the attorneys from Hopping, Green & Sams
UF Law students are invited to an informational meeting 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 email@example.com 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.
Federal websites during the shutdown
While many federal web sites are now offline as a result of the shutdown, several of those that are most useful to legal researchers are still operating. Legislative information sites like Thomas and Congress.gov are both up and running, as is the Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). A more extensive list of which sites are operational and which are not is available from Ars Technica.
New article about transactional skills
Professor Carl Circo of the University of Arkansas School of Law has written a new article about how law schools can better prepare students for transactional practice. “Teaching Transactional Skills in Partnership with the Bar” examines the literature on skills-based legal education, and identifies the emerging themes. Circo supplements this overview with observations and suggestions from the American Bar Association and other organizations, as well as comments from professional conferences, and the results of his own survey of law firm training and development professionals. He concludes by calling for more empirical data on the subject, as well as collaboration between academia and bar associations. The article is available from the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning.