News Briefs: March 10, 2014
Inaugural Joe Milton ‘Civility Matters’ Luncheon tickets
On Wednesday, March 19, at noon in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (Room 180), UF Law students are invited to attend the Inaugural Joe Milton “Civility Matters” Luncheon. This program is made possible by a generous gift from the estate of (and honors the memory of) Joe Milton (JD 69), who practiced with great distinction for many years in Jacksonville and who received in 2010 the Florida Bar Foundation Medal of Honor Award, the highest award bestowed upon a lawyer by the legal profession in Florida. This inaugural luncheon will also be attended by his widow, Cela Milton, and many friends and colleagues.
Representatives of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) will present the “Civility Matters” program, which is presented in law schools around the country.
Law students may pick up tickets to the presentation and the lunch in Student Affairs between Tuesday and Friday. Law students must pick up a ticket to attend the program and receive the boxed lunch from Heavenly Ham. In order to be eligible for a ticket, students need to present to the Office of Student Affairs a valid law school UF ID. Only one ticket will be available per student and students are not allowed to pick up tickets for other students. Please pick a ticket up only if you plan on attending the event. Space will be limited and tickets and sign-ups will be on a first come, first served basis. This will be in the nature of a “working lunch”; lunches will be available at 11:30 a.m., but you can pick up your lunch and go into Room 180 any time before noon, which is when the program will begin promptly.
For those of you planning to practice in Florida, this program is important. On September 12, 2011, the Florida Supreme Court added new language to the Oath of Admission to The Florida Bar, sworn to by every new lawyer: “To opposing parties and their counsel, I pledge fairness, integrity, and civility, not only in court, but also in all written and oral communications.” Acting on its own in a unanimous decision in Case No. SC11-1702, the Court noted growing concerns in recent years about incivility among attorneys. This change in the oath should also be understood in the context of the Florida Supreme Court’s adoption on June 6, 2013 in Case No. SC13-688 of the Code for Resolving Professionalism Complaints, which creates “a structure to provide a process to more critically address professionalism issues in Florida.”
OUTLaw holds meeting Tuesday
OUTLaw will hold a meeting on Tuesday at noon in HOL 285A.
OUTLaw provides lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their supporters an outlet to express and discuss their views and concerns. Members work to increase community awareness of issues relating to gender and sexual orientation and hold regular meetings and awareness events throughout campus.
All are welcome to attend.
LIC Notes: Employment Discrimination – Class Action Repository
The ILR School at Cornell University (formerly the School of Industrial and Labor Relations) has created a Title VII Class Action Consent Decree Repository. Designed to be used by both scholars and practitioners, the repository contains consent decrees negotiated in employment discrimination class action law suits filed in federal court.
The full text documents of the cases are provided in PDF format. In addition, each case is analyzed and categorized using the following criteria: General Case Data, Counsel, Case Facts, Theory and Type of Discrimination, Procedural Category Clauses, Evidence Clauses, Remedy Clauses, Enforcement Clauses and Special Issues Clauses. A search form enables users to look for specific cases using these criteria and many others.
The repository is free and accessible without a password or registration here: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/consentdecree/search.html.
UF Law joins MOOC revolution
More than 2,800 have already signed up for UF Law’s Global Student’s Introduction to U.S. Law, which begins May 1 on Coursera and features eight UF Law professors. The eight-week course is the first massive open online course offered by the Levin College of Law. More information is at www.coursera.org/course/globalintrouslaw. Check out the promotional video here.
Mark your calendars for numerous spring events, register now for conferences
The spring semester is a busy time for UF Law and you are invited to join us for these and other exciting events. Check out our events page for more information and for registration links:
- March 14: CSRRR Spring Lecture: This year’s guest speaker for the Center on the Study of Race and Race Relation’s Spring Lecture will be Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, and author of White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. See the FlaLaw story for more information.
- March 14: Electronic Discovery for the Small and Medium Case: The University of Florida E-Discovery/EDRM Conference for the Small and Medium Case this year focuses on letting your data tell the winning litigation story. E-discovery is more than responding to production requests. Read more.
- March 21: Dunwody Lecture: This year’s Dunwody Distinguished Lecture in Law will feature Judge Emmett R. Cox, senior circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. His lecture is titled, “32 Years on the Federal Bench: Some Things I Have Learned.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Read more.
- March 21: Annual Legal Ethics for the Tax Lawyer Workshop: Offered by the Graduate Tax Program at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and presented by: Ms. Lauren Y. Detzel (JD 77), Shareholder, Dean Mead, Orlando, Florida;Mr. Michael A. Lampert, Michael A. Lampert, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida; and Mr. Samuel Ullman, Consulting Counsel, Bilzin Sumberg, Miami, Florida. Read more.
- March 21: Spring Book Awards Ceremony: Created to honor scholastic achievement in legal education, Book Awards recognize the outstanding student in each course at the Levin College of Law. The Book Award Program provides unrestricted funds to support students and student organizations, faculty teaching, research and development, and student/alumni programs and services. Book Awards in Graduate Tax courses provide unrestricted funds to support the Graduate Tax Program. UF Hilton Conference Center, 3:30 p.m.
- March 24: 7th Annual Wolf Family Lecture: The 7th annual Wolf Family Lecture will feature University of California at Berkeley Law Professor Daniel A. Farber. Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of Law and co-director of Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment. He will deliver the talk, “Property Rights and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities.” The event is free and open to the public. Read more.
- April 4: EASLS Sports Law Symposium: The symposium will be held April 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. The event is free and open to all practitioners and UF Law students. Click here to register and visit the UF Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society Facebook page for the latest news and developments. 5 CLE credits will be afforded to each practitioner who attends.