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Spring events kick off with the Richard E. Nelson SymposiumUF Law invites you to attend our many events this spring, including:
ABA President and UF Law grad Stephen N. Zack delivers Marshall M. Criser Distinguished LectureThere have been plenty of great lawyers in American history. These include lawyers who wrote the Constitution, lawyers who wrote the Declaration of Independence, lawyers who saved our nation and lawyers who fought for civil rights. "How will this generation of lawyers be remembered?" asked Stephen N. Zack (JD 71) American Bar Association president and this year's Marshall M. Criser Distinguished Lecturer. The lecture series started at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, followed by the ABA presidential portrait unveiling.
Corporate tax issues examined at inaugural tax policy lectureDuring the inaugural Ellen Bellet Gelberg Tax Policy Lecture at the University of Florida Levin College of Law on Friday, Nov. 12, guest speaker Jane Gravelle was quick to point out that she wasn't talking about lunch when she discussed Google's recent "Double Irish" and "Dutch Sandwich." The terms refer to strategies that the large corporation recently used to avoid the United States' 35 percent corporate income tax, said Gravelle, senior specialist in economic policy in the Government and Finance Division of the Congressional Research Service. Instead, they moved profits through Irish and Dutch companies and they eventually settled in Bermuda where Google paid a much lower 2.4 percent corporate income tax.
CCF founder Barbara Bennett Woodhouse analyzes intercountry adoption in Weyrauch lectureBarbara Bennett Woodhouse, former David H. Levin Chair in Family Law and founding director of the University of Florida Levin College of Law Center on Children and Families, was welcomed back to UF Law for an annual lecture Wednesday, Oct. 27. Woodhouse analyzed intercountry adoption laws — a controversial topic that has undergone multiple shifts in thinking since she adopted a child cross-border from Canada in 1972. Woodhouse delivered her lecture, "Regulating the Global Market in Babies: No Private Placements, No Choice of Color, No Returns," to over 100 UF Law students, faculty and guests for the Fifth Annual Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law.
Camp Lecture looks at pet inheritanceMan's best friend can also be man's best beneficiary when it comes to pet inheritance laws. Trusts, pets and the law were discussed at a talk on pet inheritance sponsored by the Camp Center for Estate Planning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom. Professor Adrienne Davis, the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law at Washington University Law School, was the guest speaker. About 100 students attended the hour-long event.
IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins visits UF LawAdaptation to one's environment is key to survival, and while that may have first been observed in the animal world, it holds true in many circumstances. The IRS faces the same challenge, and on Thursday, Oct. 7, IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins described to students what the service is doing to adapt to the changing circumstances of today's world. Many people might be surprised to learn that the Office of Chief Counsel has around 2,500 employees, which is no small number.
UF Law hosts sixth annual International Tax SymposiumThe University of Florida Levin College of Law's Graduate Tax Program held its sixth annual International Tax Law Symposium on Oct. 29 at the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. The symposium featured presentations by distinguished members of the global tax community and commentary from UF Law Graduate Tax professors Stephen J. Powell, Lawrence Lokken and Yariv Brauner. "It was a very successful conference," said Michael Friel, associate dean and director of the Graduate Tax Program. "The speakers did an excellent job on cutting-edge topics in the world of international taxation."
UF Law Professor Robert Moffat passes away after long illnessRobert C. L. Moffat, University of Florida Levin College of Law professor and affiliate professor of philosophy, sociology and criminology and law, passed away Nov. 14 in Gainesville after a long illness. Moffat joined the University of Florida Law School in 1966 as an assistant professor before being promoted to associate professor in 1968 and tenured professor in 1971. During his nearly half-century teaching career at UF Law, Moffat specialized in law and public policy, jurisprudence, criminal law and law and morality. Moffat leaves behind a lasting legacy of numerous articles, publications, speeches and presentations on a wide variety of topics, but his memory will also live on through the lives he impacted throughout his years as a law professor.
UF Law students, alumni win award from Florida planning groupSix UF Law students and recent graduates won the Student Planning Award from the Florida chapter of the American Planning Association (FAPA) for their Unified Land Development Code for the town of Marineland, Fla. Law students J.B. Bricklemyer, Allison Fischman, Andrew Hand, Kathryn Hurd, Kalanit Oded and Patrick Wheeler worked on the project for nearly two years under the guidance of Tom Ankersen, UF Conservation Clinic director, and Gail Easley, planner and adjunct faculty member at UF's College of Design, Construction and Planning.
Members of UF Class of 1960 reunite at Grand Guard luncheonFifty years ago, the Fredric G. Levin College of Law was simply the College of Law. Fifty years ago, the law school was housed in Bryan Hall on University Avenue and Southwest 13th Street. And now 50 years later, the college welcomed back some of the members of the University of Florida class of 1960. Eight UF Law and UF alumni joined Dean Robert Jerry for a Grand Guard luncheon on Friday, Nov. 5, in the faculty lounge. Alumni not only caught up on old times, but they also learned of new developments with the law school and discussed new developments in the legal profession.
Professor, UF grad returns to discuss LatCrit legal scholarship movementA grey, collarless shirt fits snugly to his slim, athletic build, and his salt-and-pepper hair is tied up in a pony tail as Francisco Valdes (JD 84) backs away from the lectern, then shifts on his heels and paces forward. He extends his arms to his left and grabs the ideas hanging there; he reaches to his right, grasping the historical figures who loiter nearby. These phantoms were Valdes' dancing partners as the University of Miami law professor lectured Monday, Nov. 15, to a group of faculty at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Thank you for your generous support this year2010 has been a great year here at the College of Law. Thank you for your generous help and support throughout the year. Before we welcome the New Year, help us close this one with the spirit of giving. Your support ensures the excellence of the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. Please consider making a year-end, tax-deductible gift today. We wish you a very happy and healthy 2011. Please click here to donate now. Year-end giving guidelines can be accessed here.
Information sought on UF Law government and political leadersFlorida House Speaker Dean Cannon (JD 92) is a UF Law alum. Do you know University of Florida Levin College of Law alumni who have risen to similar heights within government or elected office? We're looking for leaders of legislative bodies, U.S. senators or congressmen, Cabinet secretaries, mayors of big cities or governors. They will be included in a future issue of UF LAW, the law school's alumni magazine. Contact UF LAW Editor Rick Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org with the person's name, position, city of residence and contact information.
Alumni mentors wanted for student organizationsThe alumni mentor program seeks members of the legal profession who are willing to volunteer their time to serve as mentors to students in various areas of law. In this role, the mentor would serve as a resource for a student who is interested in the mentor's area of practice or region where he or she is practicing. Some of those groups include the Environmental and Land Use Law Program, OutLaw, BLSA and many others. The time commitment would be minimal and contacts can be made by phone and e-mail. Please contact career development if you are interested in participating.
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