Big problems

On the night of April 20, 52 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico an explosion pierced the night sky, leaving 11 people dead and unleashing a steady stream of oil gushing into the Gulf throughout the summer, resulting in the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig — and the subsequent oil spill — deeply affected communities on the Gulf Coast on many levels. State governments, businesses — including the fishing and tourism industry — families, communities and wildlife have all struggled to deal with the spill.

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UF law alumni at the high court

When the Supreme Court of the United States convened for the 2009-10 term last fall, seven Florida cases were on its docket, representing nearly one-tenth of the cases scheduled to be heard. “The review of the Supreme Court of the United States is largely discretionary, so though they’re asked to review maybe 9,000 cases each year, they hear and write opinions on only 75 to 80,” said Sharon Rush, a professor of constitutional law at the Fredric G. Levin College of Law. “We assume that these cases that are granted certiorari are really important, that there’s some reason the court wants to hear them.”

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Access to justice

Florida judicial funding dries up and caseloads explode while then legal community struggles to maintain access to the courts for those who need it. New ABA president Stephen N. Zack (JD 71) leads the campaign for access to justice on the national stage.

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