News Briefs Fall 2008

Study Abroad Program Raises Awareness to Benefit South African School

For 19 UF Law students, the UF/ University of Cape Town Study Abroad Program turned into more than just a summer trip. The UF students, along with High Springs Community School, sponsored a pen pal project that raised $3,400 to benefi t Kalksteenfontein Primary School (KPS) in South Africa. UF Law students, like Donna Vincent (2L) pictured above with KPS students, also volunteered at KPS during the Cape Town Study Abroad Program over the summer. KPS is located in Cape Flats, a poor township 15 miles outside of Cape Town. Many of its residents were forced from Cape Town when District Six became a white-only area under apartheid. The money raised will pay all 136 KPS students’ tuition, said Kathie Price, UF Law associate dean for library and technology.

Hispanic Business Ranks UF Law 10th Among Top Law Schools for Hispanic Students

Hispanic Business recently ranked UF Law as the number 10 law school in the nation for Hispanic students. HispanTelligence, the research arm of Hispanic Business Inc., annually assesses the nation’s top law schools to identify those offering the most to Hispanics and at the forefront of recruiting, retaining and offering quality higher education. UF Law exemplifi ed the inclusion of diversity measures on campus in the following categories: Hispanic enrollment, Hispanic faculty, Hispanic student services, Hispanic retention rate and Hispanic reputation. In 2007, more than 10 percent of the student body was Hispanic. The school specifi cally recruits, supports and mentors Hispanic law students, and the retention rate for Hispanic students in 2006-07 was 100 percent. Student organizations oriented toward this group include the Spanish American Law Students Association (SALSA), the Hispanic and Latino/a Law Student Association (HLLSA), the Caribbean Law Students Association (Carib-Law), and the International Law Society (ILS). In addition, professors Berta Hernandez-Truyol, Juan Perea and Pedro Malavet and Assistant Professor D. Daniel Sokol make the University of Florida Levin College of Law a national leader in the number of tenured Hispanic faculty members.

UF Law Graduate Tax Program Visits Lima, Peru

This summer, professors Michael Friel, Lawrence Lokken, Martin McMahon and Yariv Brauner traveled to Lima, Peru, to speak at a joint UF/IFA Peru sponsored conference. The faculty represented UF Graduate Tax Program’s new International Tax degree program during the two-day event, which involved members of various Peruvian organizations, universities and private companies. The conference was made possible by a joint partnership between the UF Graduate Tax Program and the IFA Peru organization.

Florida Law Review Breaks Ground With Multimedia Article

For the first time in history, the Florida Law Review has published a multimedia article. The article, Constitutional Advocacy Explains Constitutional Outcomes, was written by Stephen A. Higginson, an associate professor at Loyola Univerisity New Orleans. Higginson included 178 links to audio recordings of oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court. Higginson started using audio clips in his constitutional law class to help students understand what the lawyers were arguing. Both Dougherty and Higginson see multimedia as an increased part of law review articles in the future. The article can be found at http://www.fl oridalawreview.org/higginson.htm.

UF Conservation Clinic Teams Up With Georgia On River Conservation

Law students from the University of Florida and the University of Georgia met at the border for something other than football — an opportunity to canoe the St. Marys River, the boundary water between the two adjoining states. The UF Law Conservation Clinic and the University of Georgia Environmental Law Practicum have teamed up for a trans-boundary water law project that involves researching and petitioning the state of Florida for an Outstanding Florida Water designation for the river (if warranted by research), while designing some sort of similar protection for the river in Georgia — which does not have an analogous regulation. The two law school-based service learning programs are working with the St. Marys River Management Committee, a volunteer board appointed by the four counties that border the river (Nassau and Baker in Florida; Camden and Charleston in Georgia) and supported by the St. Johns River Water Management District. Students will also be looking into shared watershed cooperation mechanisms at the local level that could harmonize planning and local riverine protection regulations.

Fall 2008 Enrolled Class Profile

This year’s entering class is among the best and brightest in the nation. With UF Law ranked in the top 25 public and 46th overall of the nation’s nearly 200 accredited law schools, its student body continues to reflect the college’s status as one of the country’s best public law schools. With a substantial 397 students and an average LSAT score of 160, the class of 2011 is no exception to this standard of excellence.

Class Size: 397

Number of applicants: 3,373

Number of offers: 940

Gender: 52% male, 48% female

Minority Representation: 24.4% * (8.56% Asian, 5.79% Black, 10.57% Hispanic, .5% Native American)

*8.3% self declared as other or did not indicate race, this fi gure is not included in the 25.4%

Average age: 24

Residency: 80% resident and 20% non-resident.

Academic Credentials:

UGPA: 75th percentile 3.78, median 3.61, 25th percentile 3.38

LSAT: 75th percentile 162, median 160, 25th percentile 156