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Brazilian Environmental Lawyer Honored for Florida / Americas Contributions

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Noted Brazilian environmental lawyer and former high ranking state official Paulo Roberto Pereira de Souza was honored here this week for his significant contributions to relations between and legal education initiatives of Florida and the Americas.

de Souza, currently coordinator of the master’s course of law at the State University of Maringa in Brazil, was honored during proceedings of the fourth annual conference on “Legal and Policy Issues in the Americas” organized by the Center for Governmental Responsibility of the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

This is the fourth year conference officials have honored a leader in the Americas legal field, with previous award recipients Raul E. Valdes-Fauli, Miami, 2000; Kenneth H. (Buddy) MacKay Jr., Ocala, 2001; and Alejandro Ogarrio, Mexico City, 2002.

This year and in the future, the award is named in honor of Jon Mills, dean of the UF law school, founding director of the Center for Governmental Responsibility , and himself a long-time contributor through his work in Central America, Haiti and Brazil to U.S. / Latin America programs and relations.

de Souza has served as a member of the State Environmental Defense Council, State of Parana, Brazil; State Secretary of Science, Technology and Economic Development; State Secretary of Urban Development and Environment; president, National Forum of Secretaries for Scientific and Technological Affairs; and Director of Development, Exchange and International Operations of the Bank of the State of Parana.

He is a founding member of the advisory board of the UF’s Florida/Brazil Institute, directed collaborative research and exchange projects between law faculties in Florida and Parana, and co-authored comparative environmental law and policy studies of the two states., and served as Rector of the State University of Maringa.

deSouza is president of the Environmental Commission of the Brazilian Order of Lawyers, member of the Institute of Brazilian Lawyers, and a member of the Portuguese Cabinet of Humanist Studies of Lisbon, Portugal.

Additional information on the Jon Mills Award, Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas Conference, or the Center for Governmental Responsibility: *JoAnn Klein, Conference Executive, 352.292.2237 / eMail:

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