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Domestic violence conference looks at victims who become defendants

Domestic violence conference looks at victims who become defendants

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In 2010 Marissa Alexander felt that her life was in danger while being attacked by her abusive husband. She grabbed a gun she legally owned and fired it into the air. Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Alexander found herself in the position of being a domestic violence survivor and […]

National experts to discuss juvenile justice reform at UF Law

National experts to discuss juvenile justice reform at UF Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla – Two national juvenile justice experts will participate in a panel discuss, “Kids Not Inmates: Reforming Juvenile Justice,” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be at 6 p.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL […]

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UF Law on top in Florida Bar exam results

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law had the highest Florida Bar Examination passage rates in the state for the July 2014 exam, according to information just released by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. UF Law had a 90.6 percent passage rate, with 241 out of 266 test-takers passing the […]

UF Law among top 20 best value law schools in nation

UF Law among top 20 best value law schools in nation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law has been ranked as the 13th “Best Value Law School” in the nation by The National Jurist magazine. The rankings take into account full-time tuition, cost of living, student debt, employment rates and bar passage rates. According to the article, the Best Value Law […]

Current and former state supreme court justices to discuss the politicization of judicial nominations and elections

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –In light of recent attempts to increase the politicization of Florida’s judicial retention election system, three former state supreme court justices and former St. Petersburg Times columnist and Tallahassee bureau chief Martin Dyckman will gather at the University of Florida Levin College of Law to discuss present threats to an impartial judiciary and […]

UF Law celebrates Constitution Day with national security and privacy discussion

UF Law celebrates Constitution Day with national security and privacy discussion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Matt Walker, UF Law Communications 352-273-0650 or mlwalker@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, and each year the University of Florida – along with other public funded universities – celebrate the day with special programs and activities. This year’s event, “National Security and […]

Two inducted into UF Law Heritage of Leadership Society

Two inducted into UF Law Heritage of Leadership Society

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF Law graduates Sam M. Gibbons and Bill McBride – both war heroes, lawyers and politicians – will be inducted posthumously Friday into the Heritage of Leadership Society. The ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St. The event is closed […]

Legalize Marijuana? A Conversation with the Experts

Legalize Marijuana? A Conversation with the Experts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 3, 2014 GAINESVILLE, Fla. – From its health effects to law enforcement concerns to its uncertain legal status, the legalization of marijuana raises public concerns and piques interest, intrigue, and debate. The issue of legalizing marijuana is especially timely in Florida because Florida voters will decide on Nov. 4 whether to […]

UF Law professor principal draftsman of new “green” corporations bill, available to discuss

UF Law professor principal draftsman of new “green” corporations bill, available to discuss

Contact: Stuart Cohn, UF Law John H. and Mary Lou Dasburg Professor of Law Cell: 352-328-8519 Home: 352-378-9821 Email: cohn@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Corporations in Florida now have the option to contribute in a significant way to greater social causes and look beyond the bottom line, in large part thanks to University of Florida Levin […]

UF Law professor’s scholarship cited in federal same-sex marriage case, available to discuss

UF Law professor’s scholarship cited in federal same-sex marriage case, available to discuss

Contact: Darren Hutchinson, Stephen C. O’Connell Chair Cell: 202-276-0146 Email: Hutchinson@law.ufl.edu or dissenting_justice@live.com GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A UF Law professor’s scholarship has been cited in a decision earlier this month by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld an earlier ruling that declared Oklahoma’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional. The decision included reference to Darren […]

UF Law professor points out regulation holes, cautions of pesticide exposure in children

UF Law professor points out regulation holes, cautions of pesticide exposure in children

Contact: Joan Flocks, UF Law Professor and Director of the Social Policy Division of the Center for Governmental Responsibility 352-273-0837 or flocks@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In a recent essay on the Physicians for Social Responsibility’s online Environmental Health Policy Institute, Joan Flocks, director of social policy for UF Law’s Center for Governmental Responsibility, wrote that […]

UF Law experts available to address Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision

UF Law experts available to address Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision

MEDIA ALERT June 30, 2014 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The following University of Florida faculty are available for comment on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The ruling states that in some cases for-profit companies who object to certain contraceptive measures based on religious beliefs may be exempt from covering contraception to women under […]

UF Law expert available to discuss Supreme Court cell phone privacy ruling

UF Law expert available to discuss Supreme Court cell phone privacy ruling

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police are required to obtain search warrants before searching cell phones of those who are arrested. This is a significant opinion for privacy rights – and the first of its kind – in the digital age. Contact: Jon Mills – Professor of law […]

UF Law recognized for tax assistance

UF Law recognized for tax assistance

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – United Way gave UF Law and its student organization the Association for Tax Law a plaque yesterday recognizing the college’s successful 2014 VITA tax site. UF Law students prepared $773,321 in tax returns and saved $127,328 in tax preparer fees. This $900,649 in community impact represented 35% of the combined impact of […]

UF Law aids university’s rise to preeminence

UF Law aids university’s rise to preeminence

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The UF Levin College of Law is playing its part in helping the University of Florida execute its new “Preeminence Plan,” devised to boost UF into the strata of the nation’s top universities in part by bringing in as many as 130 new faculty members over the next five years. UF Law […]

Employment surges 10 percentage points for UF Law grads

Employment surges 10 percentage points for UF Law grads

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – UF Law’s Class of 2013 saw a 10 percent increase in full-time, bar-passage required jobs compared with the previous year’s class. Nationwide, the increase in these jobs among law schools was less than 1 percent, according to American Bar Association data. There was a 43 percent increase compared with the Class of […]

UF Law offers first free massive open online course

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law is joining the MOOC revolution on a global scale. The law school’s first Massive Open Online Course will begin May 1, with The Global Student’s Introduction to U.S. Law. The course is free and open to all – admission to UF is not required […]

UF Law top tax experts available as tax day approaches

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tax season is in full swing and the University of Florida Levin College of Law has tax experts available to discuss an array of topics particularly relevant this time of year. As the No. 2-ranked tax program in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report – and No. 1 among […]

UF Law expert available to address IRS’ new guidance on bitcoin transactions

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With bitcoin rising to prominence in the past year as a new digital exchange method, the IRS and taxpayers have wrestled with the question of how to tax and report bitcoin dealings. The official word was handed down from the IRS today in Notice 2014-14, which “describes how existing general tax principles […]

Dawson named interim law dean at UF

Dawson named interim law dean at UF

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida law professor George L. Dawson has agreed to serve as interim dean for the University of Florida Levin College of Law, beginning July 15. Dawson is director of the College of Law Summer Program at the University of Montpellier in France. He joined the UF College of Law in […]

Wolf Lecture at UF Law to examine property rights and climate change

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It has been proven that sea levels are rising – slowly but steadily encroaching on Florida’s coastline, affecting businesses and private property owners alike. So what happens when shorelines gradually move further inland? Does the state own what was once land but is now covered in water? Does the original landowner have […]

Federal judge to look back on career during Dunwody Lecture

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 33rd annual Dunwody Distinguished Lecture in Law will impart lessons and wisdom gathered over a long and distinguished legal career, as senior circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Emmett R. Cox presents, “Thirty Two Years on the Federal Bench: Some Things I Have Learned.” The […]

UF Law Alumni Reubin Askew Passes

UF Law Alumni Reubin Askew Passes

Reubin Askew, a Levin College of Law alumni leader and an iconic figure in Florida’s history, has passed away.  A 1956 UF Law graduate who served 12 years in the Florida Legislature, Askew was a two-term governor of Florida in the 1970s and a candidate for the presidency in 1984 and Senate in 1988. He […]

“White Privilege” author to speak at UF Law

“White Privilege” author to speak at UF Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When Wellesley College’s Peggy McIntosh first published the short essay, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” in 1988, she re-focused the concept of white privilege for many in the academic world. The career-defining essay offered a fresh angle of looking at race, power and privilege in America and though progress has been […]

UF Law Federalist Society Chapter to host National Student Symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Federalist Society Student Chapter will host the 33rd Federalist Society National Student Symposium, March 7-8 at UF’s J. Wayne Reitz Union. With only one exception in the last 32 years, the student conference has been hosted by a law school ranked in the top […]

20th annual Public Interest Environmental Conference looks to the future

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – This year may be the 20th annual Public Interest Environmental Conference at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, but rather than looking back at years’ past, the program will look ahead with “Feeding the Future: Shrinking Resources, Growing Population and a Warming Planet.” More specifically, the PIEC will focus on […]

UF Law symposium presents rights and wrongs for Florida elections

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida has had its fair share of knocks in the media when it comes to election news, but as the fourth most populous state in the U.S., elections and election laws are no joke. The 13th annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium, “State & Local Elections: Rights and Wrongs,” will illuminate key issues […]

UF Law holds events to commemorate and discuss Trayvon Martin case

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It’s been almost two years since the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The gunman, George Zimmerman, has been tried and acquitted, yet the case still leaves an indelible mark in the country’s consciousness – questions of race, culture and justice in America remain as pressing as ever. To mark the two-year […]

UF Law expert available to discuss bitcoin conundrum

Contact: Omri Marian, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law 734-239-5936 or marian@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In her annual report to Congress released yesterday, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson identified the lack of guidance on the taxation of bitcoin as one of the “Most Serious Problems” facing the IRS. Use […]

Reproductive Rights in the U.S., 1973-2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Few U.S. Supreme Court cases are as recognizable to the public as Roe v. Wade – the landmark 1973 decision that established a woman’s right to an abortion. Forty years later, while women’s rights have continued to progress, abortion rights remain a controversial topic. The University of Florida Center for Women’s Studies […]

Coif Distinguished Lecturer to discuss “covering” your true self in the workplace

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite an ever-increasing emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, a recent study suggests that three out of four workers – including half of white males – have “covered” their identity in the workplace. NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino, who co-authored the study, will discuss the act of covering – or […]

Experts to discuss national security in a changing world at UF Law event

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From undercover spies infiltrating foreign countries to the timely debate over the use of drones, the topic of national security easily piques interest, intrigue and debate. This year’s Allen L. Poucher Legal Education Series will delve into the challenging world of national security with a panel including a retired four-star general, a […]

Legal futurist Richard Susskind to deliver Criser Lecture

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – We all know by now the legal profession is rapidly changing, with tried-and-true traditions falling by the wayside to make room for technology, globalization and a new generation. But few understand this better than Richard Susskind, a renowned legal “futurist,” author and adviser who has written extensively on the future of the […]

Royalties in standard-setting organizations at Heath Lecture

Dennis Carlton, the David McDaniel Keller Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will deliver the fifth annual Bayard Wickliffe Heath Memorial Lecture at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Carlton’s presentation, “How Should Royalties be Determined in Standard-Setting Organizations?” will be Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. in […]

Commemorating 50 years of the right to counsel at UF Law

Commemorating 50 years of the right to counsel at UF Law A criminal defendant’s right to counsel is often taken for granted in today’s justice system, but until 50 years ago that right was not guaranteed. It wasn’t until the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright that courts were required to provide […]

UF Law experts available to speak on recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions

Additional media contact: Matt Walker, UF Law media relations, 352-273-0650, mlwalker@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Below is contact information for University of Florida Levin College of Law experts and the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases they will be available to address. Affirmative action: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Abigail Fisher claims the University of […]

UF Law selected to host Federalist Society Student Symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Federalist Society Student Chapter has been selected to host the 33rd National Federalist Society Student Symposium. The Federalist Society Student Symposium attracts hundreds of law student members from across the country each year. The conference – which will be held in the spring of […]

UF Law experts available to talk about NSA controversy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida legal experts are available today to discuss the disclosure that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting telephone records of millions of Americans. Jon Mills Professor of law and dean emeritus at the Levin College of Law. He is the author of “Privacy: The Lost Right,” published in […]

UF Law criminal law experts available to address Trayvon Martin case

MEDIA ALERT FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The murder trial of George Zimmerman in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is scheduled to begin in Sanford, Fla. June 10. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder for last year’s shooting death of the unarmed African-American teenager. Zimmerman’s defense team has argued that their client was […]

Rumberger environmental fellowship latest public interest scholarship at UF Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GAINESEVILLE, Fla. – The legacy of one of Florida’s most influential environmental defenders will continue to thrive in the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s new E. Thom Rumberger Everglades Foundation Fellowship Program, which recently reached its fundraising goal of $300,000. The fellowship was established in honor of UF Law alum […]

News Alert – UF Law professor available to comment on Apple hearings

Contact: Omri Marian, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law 734-239-5936 or marian@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Apple CEO Tim Cook went before a Senate panel Tuesday, May 22, to deny that his company is avoiding paying billions of dollars in taxes. The Senate hearing was called to examine Apple’s practice of shifting […]

Why “foreign” subsidiaries of American companies should pay American income taxes; UF Law professor available for media comment

Why “foreign” subsidiaries of American companies should pay American income taxes; UF Law professor available for media comment

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The $17 billion bond offering by Apple Inc. April 30 highlighted the ability of U.S. companies to defer paying taxes by keeping their money offshore in so-called “foreign” subsidiaries. Rather than repatriate the $102 billion it holds in its overseas subsidiaries, Apple has taken out loans to pay shareholders part of its […]

University of Florida Law students receive accolades

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida Levin College of Law students have recently been recognized for significant accomplishments they have achieved while at UF Law. Six UF Law students were inducted into the UF Hall of Fame – the highest recognition given to student leaders at UF – and UF Law third-year student Amanda Harris […]

UF Law professor honored as Tax Lawyer of the Year

UF Law professor honored as Tax Lawyer of the Year

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Bar Tax Section recognized University of Florida Law Professor Dennis Calfee as the Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year on Saturday at the section’s 35th annual meeting. Participants repeatedly praised Calfee for his energetic assistance to students and colleagues during his career on the UF Law Graduate […]

UF Law remains a leader in overall bar passage following February bar results

The Florida Supreme Court this week released February’s Florida Bar exam results revealing that 16 out of 22 University of Florida Levin College of Law graduates passed the test, a February passage rate of 72.7 percent. The small number of test takers had little impact on UF Law’s bar passage rate for the year, which […]

UF Law professor receives ABA award for scholarly work in dispute resolution

UF Law professor receives ABA award for scholarly work in dispute resolution

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida Levin College of Law Professor Leonard Riskin was honored last weekend with the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution award for Outstanding Scholarly Work. Riskin, who is the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law, accepted the prestigious award at the section’s 15th annual spring conference in Chicago. Since coming […]

UF Law’s Black Law Students Association top chapter in nation

UF Law’s Black Law Students Association top chapter in nation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law Black Law Students Association took home two prestigious awards at the annual National Black Law Students Association Convention in Atlanta March 6-10. UF Law BLSA, also known as the W. George Allen chapter, was recognized as the national chapter of the year, beating out […]

South African freedom fighter to address gay marriage at UF Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Albie Sachs, retired justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and life-long freedom fighter in the struggle against apartheid, will be speaking about gay marriage at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Tuesday, March 26 – the same day the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case […]

UF Law experts available to speak on U.S. Supreme Court cases on gay marriage

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments for two cases on gay marriage next Tuesday and Wednesday. One challenges California’s Proposition 8, which states that only marriages between a man and a woman are recognized in the state. The other looks at the national Defense of Marriage Act, which also […]

UF Law up in US News Ranking

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law is up in U.S. News & World Report rankings released today. Among the nation’s 201 public and private ABA-accredited JD-awarding law schools, UF’s law school is 23rd among public schools and 46th overall. The publication places the school in two top specialty program rankings: […]

Legal experts to look at the limits of First Amendment protection at UF Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Should false statements of fact be protected under the First Amendment? That was the question at issue in United States v. Alvarez, a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court case overturning the Stolen Valor Act, which attempted to criminalize individuals for lying about receiving a military medal. More recently, however, the U.S. House of […]

Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision to be examined at Dunwody Lecture

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A leading legal expert from Georgetown University Law Center will discuss the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, during the 32nd annual Dunwody Distinguished Lecture in Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Randy Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse […]

CSRRR to analyze many facets of Trayvon Martin case at Spring Lecture

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – More than a year after the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, many legal, social and cultural questions raised by the case are still being discussed across the country. The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations will analyze a number of these questions during the 10th annual CSRRR Spring […]

Yale Law professor to discuss racially restrictive covenants at UF Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – While the idea sounds absurd today, up until the 1940s it was not uncommon for property deeds to include clauses that restricted the sale of property to whites only. In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled against these racially restrictive covenants and the practice was outlawed in 1968 by the Fair Housing Act. […]

President-elect of The Florida Bar, Eugene Pettis, to speak to area youth about law and justice

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – President-elect of The Florida Bar, Eugene Pettis (JD 85), will speak about law and justice to student participants in the second annual Josiah T. Walls Bar Association’s Law and Justice Youth Conference. The conference will take place at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 8:30 […]

PIEC celebrates 40th anniversary of Endangered Species Act

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, it proved to be a great step forward in showing the United States’ and Congress’ commitment to preserving our nation’s natural heritage and protecting native plants and animals from becoming extinct. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the ESA, the 19th annual […]

UF Law and EDRM to host new innovative E-Discovery Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 24, 2013 For additional information: Matt Walker, UF Law Communications 352-273-0650, mlwalker@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With electronic discovery increasingly becoming a fact of life for all litigators, the University of Florida Levin College of Law and the Electronic Discovery Reference Model are offering a first-of-its-kind conference on this rapidly growing area […]

Florida Supreme Court to judge Maguire Competition at UF Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The current members of the Florida Supreme Court will once again visit the University of Florida Levin College of Law to hear oral arguments in the 29th annual Raymer F. Maguire Jr. Appellate Advocacy Competition this Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom. The event is free […]

UF receives funds for human rights program in Colombia

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida faculty, led by the Levin College of Law, the Center for Latin American Studies and the College of Education, will spend the next three years working with two universities in Colombia to enhance the human rights programs at their law schools. UF will receive nearly $757,200 from the U.S. […]

Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics director to discuss antitrust law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With online industries and digital markets continuing to rapidly evolve both economically and technologically, antitrust agencies are challenged with applying existing policy frameworks to this new system while developing updated strategies that look to the future. Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics Howard Shelanski will discuss how antitrust agencies […]

UF Law to host eighth annual International Tax Law Symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Distinguished members of the global tax community will discuss important topics revolving around current and future tax policy during the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Graduate Tax Program’s eighth annual International Tax Law Symposium on Friday, Oct. 19, in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. The symposium is 8:30 […]

Harvard Law professor to address same sex marriage at UF Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A Harvard Law professor will examine how the campaign to extend civil marriage to couples of the same sex fails to capture the changing nature and complexity of marital relationships in our society. Janet Halley, Royall Professor of Law at Harvard, will present, “Travelling Marriage: Why the Campaign for Same Sex Marriage […]

Nation’s senior tax policy advisers to address nation’s fiscal cliff at UF Law

Oct. 11, 2012 GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year will trigger higher average tax bills of almost $3,500 across all households in the U.S., and $2,000 for middle income households. Experts say this looming “fiscal cliff” would result in unprecedented tax hikes that could result in a […]

Florida Supreme Court justices to discuss independent judiciary at UF Law

Oct. 11, 2012 GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Three Florida Supreme Court justices will discuss the importance of maintaining an independent judicial branch of government in the state of Florida next week at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. “The Importance of an Independent Judiciary,” will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, […]

Buyers may not understand risks in coastal purchases, new UF study shows

Oct. 2, 2012 By Mickie Anderson, 352-273-3566, mickiea@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Living along a Florida beach sounds like a dream, but it can bring nightmarish worries, including severe weather, erosion and regulations limiting how the land is used. A new study by researchers with the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law and Institute of […]

UF Law explores diversity in legal profession and celebrates 50th anniversary of UF’s first African-American graduate

UF Law explores diversity in legal profession and celebrates 50th anniversary of UF’s first African-American graduate

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With two special events on Oct. 12, the University of Florida Levin College of Law will explore diversity in the legal profession and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the graduation of W. George Allen (JD 62), who helped pave the way for generations of students in Florida by becoming the first African-American […]

UF Law welcomes panel of Florida governors for Poucher Lecture

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Five Florida governors will convene in Gainesville to discuss critical issues impacting the future of the Sunshine State for the Florida Law Review’s second installment of the Allen L. Poucher Legal Education Series. The event, entitled “Florida’s Future: A Conversation with Florida Governors,” will be held on Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. […]

Constitution Day celebration examines health care reform

For additional information: Matt Walker, UF Law Communications 352-273-0653, mlwalker@law.ufl.edu  GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, the controversial healthcare overhaul was both praised and panned by various groups. In June of 2012 however, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the […]

Welcome to UF Law, from Dean Jerry

Welcome to UF Law, from Dean Jerry

As the academic year begins, we welcome the new and returning members of the UF Law Gator Nation — students in our J.D., LL.M. and S.J.D. programs, and our faculty and staff. This promises to once again be an active and exciting year on campus, with many visits expected from some of the nation’s leading […]

UF Law to host Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator Training

For additional information: Matt Walker, UF Law Communications 352-273-0650, mlwalker@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Next week, the University of Florida Levin College of Law will host the Florida Supreme Court Approved Court-Appointed Arbitrator Training, sponsored by UF Law’s Institute for Dispute Resolution and Christopher M. Shulman, P.A., Alternative Dispute Resolution Services. The training is for mediators […]

UF faculty can speak to aspects of court decision on health care law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The following University of Florida faculty are available for comment on various aspects of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care reform, which is expected Thursday. Sharon Rush, Irving Cypen Professor of Law Rush joined the faculty at UF Law in 1986 and includes among her areas of expertise constitutional law […]

UF Law students give back

University of Florida Levin College of Law students are beginning their careers by giving back. During the 2012 UF Law commencement ceremony, graduating 3L Sarah Moore presented UF Law Dean Robert Jerry with a check for $55,250 – a class gift from the graduates. The annual class gift – a UF Law tradition from the […]

Mills named distinguished alumnus

For more information: Debra Amirin, UF Law Communications 352-273-0651, amirin@law.ufl.edu Jon Mills — politician, media pundit and professor extraordinaire — was networking at a law school reception in honor of a visiting Florida Supreme Court Justice when I tapped him on the shoulder. “You’ve been busy,” I said, citing just a few of his recent […]

UF Law alumna helps carry on the legacy of ‘America’s lawyer’

For more information: Matt Walker, UF Law Communications 352-273-0650, mlwalker@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Although he passed away in 2003 at the age of 85, Chesterfield Smith’s great influence and legacy can be felt daily at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, from which Smith graduated in 1948. From the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom […]

A Modern Miracle for UF Law

A Modern Miracle for UF Law

Note: See high resolution images of the UF Law Advocacy Center at the bottom of this page For additional information: Debra Amirin, Director of Communications, University of Florida Levin College of Law 352-273-0651, amirin@law.ufl.edu A Modern Miracle for UF Law Building Dedication Wraps Up Transformative Decade GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Considering the obstacles, you might call […]

UF Law to host discussion on Trayvon Martin shooting

For more information: Matt Walker, UF Law Communications 352-273-0650, mlwalker@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The UF Levin College of Law Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations will host “A Conversation on the Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin” Wednesday in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180, at 5:30 p.m. The event is free […]

Leading economics professor to discuss the Sherman Antitrust Act at UF Law’s Heath Lecture

For more information: Matt Walker, UF Law Communications 352-273-0650, mlwalker@law.ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Joseph Harrington, professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver the third annual Bayard Wickliffe Heath Memorial Lecture Friday at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Harrington will discuss “Game-Theoretic Ruminations on Section 1 of the Sherman Act,” at […]

UF Law criminal law experts available to address Trayvon Martin case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Feb. 26, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American youth, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old White-Hispanic man, while Martin was walking in Zimmerman’s neighborhood. Almost a month after the killing, Zimmerman has not been arrested, with Sanford, Fla. police citing Florida’s 2005 “Stand Your Ground” law […]

Federal courts expert to deliver 31st annual Dunwody Lecture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GAINESEVILLE, Fla. – One of the nation’s foremost federal court scholars will delve into issues surrounding judicial review at the 31st annual Dunwody Distinguished Lecture in Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Martin H. Redish, the Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy at Northwestern […]

Slavery, Secession and the Constitution at ninth annual CSRRR Spring Lecture

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – By the time of Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860 to U.S. President and the South’s subsequent secession from the United States, the southern states had already been exposed to a comprehensive proslavery doctrine for three decades, according to University of North Carolina School of Law Professor Alfred Brophy. The Judge John J. […]

U.S. District Judge Mickle to be honored as he achieves senior status

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A reception honoring Stephan P. Mickle, the first black federal judge from the Northern District of Florida, will be held March 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in recognition of Mickle achieving senior status in the court. Mickle has served as a federal judge for the Northern District of Florida since […]

UF Law high in new U.S. graduate school rankings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2012 For additional Information: Debra Amirin, Director of Communications, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 352-273-0651, amirin@law.ufl.edu UF Law high in new U.S. graduate school rankings Gainesville, Fla.–The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Tax Program continues to rank first among public law schools and second overall, its […]

UF Law’s Wolf Family Lecture takes a look at land use regulation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The fifth annual Wolf Family Lecture on the American Law of Real Property will explore pertinent issues facing land use regulation today. Vicki L. Been, Boxer Family Professor of Law and director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University School of law will present, “Who […]

UF Law conflict resolution wins national honors

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Students, faculty and a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law earned national accolades Feb. 4 for their cutting-edge approach to handling disciplinary concerns within higher education and its local community. UF Law’s Conflict Resolution Initiative (CRI) earned the Innovation Award, UF Law alumnus Chris Loschiavo received the Donald […]

Former White House ‘energy czar’ Carol Browner to give keynote at UF Law’s 18th annual PIEC

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law will welcome UF Law alumna and former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner (JD 79) as keynote speaker for the 18th annual Public Interest Environmental Conference. “Fishable? Swimmable? 40 Years of Water Law in Florida and […]

UF Law welcomes distinguished judges for Maguire Competition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Feb. 17, the University of Florida Levin College of Law will welcome a distinguished panel of Florida judges to preside over the 28th annual Maguire Appellate Advocacy Competition. The competition begins at 10 a.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom. The event is free and open to the public. […]

UF Law experts available to comment on Florida man who adopted his adult girlfriend

GAINESVILLE, Fla – A West Palm Beach man has adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend as his legal daughter. The unusual move is an attempt to shield assets from potential lawsuits that could be brought about as result of a fatal car crash involving the man. John Goodman, who is a wealthy polo club owner, also faces […]

UF Law’s Nelson Symposium to host national and state experts in “dirt law”

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s 11th annual Richard E. Nelson Symposium could get dirty this year. That is, top national and state experts will be exploring recent and proposed changes in “dirt law” – real property law dealing with adverse possession, eminent domain, easements and mortgages – and their […]

UF Law experts available to comment on SOPA and PIPA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Popular websites such as Wikipedia, Reddit, MoveOn.org and Mozilla have caught the media’s attention today after temporarily shutting down in protest of the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA). The supporters of SOPA and PIPA claim the acts will help to greatly reduce the amount […]

UF Law to continue to lead The Florida Bar with alum Eugene Pettis

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Last month, University of Florida Levin College of Law alum Eugene K. Pettis (JD 85) became The Florida Bar’s president-elect designee. Pettis will be sworn in as president-elect in June 2012 when fellow UF Law alum Gwynne Young (JD 74) becomes The Florida Bar president. When Pettis takes over the office in […]

Prominent human rights activist to speak at Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture at UF Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – One of Pakistan’s leading human rights activists and former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders will speak at the 6th annual Center on Children and Families Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The lecture will be Tuesday […]

UF Law to host the seventh annual International Tax Law Symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Graduate Tax Program will hold its seventh annual International Tax Law Symposium on Oct. 7 in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom Holland Hall, Room 180 at UF Law from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The symposium […]

National Tax experts discuss U.S. fiscal crisis Friday at Public Lecture

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Prominent Washington, D.C., attorneys and tax experts will discuss one of the most important issues facing the United States right now – the potential fiscal crisis – at the second Ellen Bellet Gelberg Tax Policy Lecture at the University of Florida Levin College of Law on Friday. “Between a Rock and a […]

Sandra Day O’Connor and Gov. Bob Graham to unveil Stephen N. Zack Hall at UF Law

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Stephen N. Zack – the immediate past president of the American Bar Association and University of Florida Levin College of Law alum – will be joined by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Gov. Bob Graham and UF Law Dean Robert Jerry for the dedication ceremony of the Stephen N. […]

Constitution Day events at the University of Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, and each year, the University of Florida – along with other public funded universities – celebrate the day with special programs and activities. This year’s Constitution Day events consist of several events, coinciding with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s […]

Sandra Day O’Connor to address judicial reform in inaugural UF Law event

GAINESVILLE, Fla – Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will be a featured panelist at the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s inaugural Allen L. Poucher Legal Education Series on Monday, Sept. 12. The event, hosted by the Florida Law Review, will be held at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Doors […]

French law expert, Cornell library chief moves into UF Law’s top librarian post, endowed chair

French law expert, Cornell library chief moves into UF Law’s top librarian post, endowed chair

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Levin College of Law welcomed Claire M. Germain on Monday as the new associate dean for legal information and Clarence J. TeSelle professor of law. Germain takes up her post at UF Law after leaving the Cornell University Law School as Edward Cornell law librarian and professor of law. […]

UF Law legal experts available to comment on verdict in Anthony trial

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The jury’s verdict is expected today in the Casey Anthony trial in Orlando. University of Florida Levin College of Law faculty are available to offer their expertise on the jury’s conclusion.

Anthony is charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008. The case has captured the nation’s attention and continues to unfold as the defense argues that Caylee Anthony’s death was from an accidental drowning and that Casey Anthony’s father helped cover it up. The prosecution contends that Casey Anthony suffocated Caylee Anthony by placing duct tape over her mouth and nose. Officials were unable to determine an official cause of death in the case.

Board of Governors names two new members to UF Board of Trustees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Board of Governors last week announced the appointment of two new members of the University of Florida Board of Trustees, one of whom is a University of Florida Levin College of Law alum. Charles B. Edwards, currently a member of the Board of Governors, is a member of the law firm […]

UF Law alum elected as vice chairman of UF Board of Trustees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Board of Trustees on Friday, June 10, elected Orlando attorney and University of Florida Levin College of Law alum C. David Brown II (JD 78) as vice chairman of the board for a two-year term beginning July 1. Brown, a Florida native, graduated from the University of Florida […]