News Briefs March 30, 2009

Published: March 30th, 2009

Category: News Briefs

Legal Research & Writing Teaching Assistants Needed
The LRW department is accepting applications for fall 2009-spring 2010 teaching assistants. Applications are available at the LRW office.

Environmental Law(n) sports event April 2
The faculty affiliated with the Environmental and Land Use Law Program invite all interested students to join us for lawn sports (volleyball, bocce, badminton, croquet) on Thursday, April 2, from 4:30-6 p.m. The faculty will seek to improve its overall record against the teams mustered by the students. Pizza will be served. If you have an interest in environmental or land use law, please join us on Thursday afternoon, on the lawn to the south of Bruton-Geer for a chance to get to know your fellow students and professors. For more information contact Lena Hinson at

Attention Student Alumni Association members
You are cordially invited to SAA’s inaugural Distinguished Gator Series event featuring Attorney General Bill McCollum on Thursday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m. in Emerson Alumni Hall. Available to SAA members only, the Distinguished Gator Series is free and connects current students with prestigious alumni. Alumni discuss how their university experience shaped their careers and why staying connected to their alma mater is so important. Students will also have the unique opportunity to ask questions and mingle with our featured guest. Attire is business casual. Space is limited so be sure to register early. The deadline to RSVP is March 31. For more information contact or 352-392-9533.

Enrollment deadline for Environmental & Land Use Law certificate program
Students wishing to enroll in the Environmental & Land Use Law Certificate Program this semester are encouraged to do so before Friday, April 3. For information on the ELUL Certificate Program and visit Enrollment forms are available at or in 319 Holland Hall or Student Affairs. Students enrolled in the certificate program will receive e-mail notification regarding priority pre-registration for core courses.

Grad Tax speaker discusses policy and personal identity
Lawrence Zelenak, a law professor at Duke University, explained the philosophy underlying personal equity at on Friday. Zelenak addressed more than 50 students in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom and outlined several arguments proposed by public finance economists. “Philosophers have been raising questions about personal equity since Locke and Hume,” Zelenak said. One approach taken by public finance economists is to calculate a “lifetime endowment,” which looks at a person’s career over his or her lifetime. Congress, however, looks at one-year “slices” of a person’s life. “Congress, at the other extreme, says ‘maybe we should just look at the single year,’” Zelenak said. The current tax system, nevertheless, makes no effort to achieve lifetime equity, Zelenak said in a 30-minute question-and-answer session.

Conservation Clinic camping trip on bank of St. Marys
Faculty and students in UF Law’s Environmental and Land Use Law Program took advantage of the glorious spring weather and the largesse of White Oaks Plantation Conservation Center to camp on the banks of the St. Marys River on the Florida Georgia border. Students in the Conservation Clinic and the Professor Richard Hamann’s Adaptive Watershed Management course have been examining legal, scientific and management issues related to management of the transboundary river, including designation as an Outstanding Florida Water, harmonized local environmental regulation and the potential for an interstate compact. They have been collaborating with the University of Georgia’s environmental law practicum under the direction of Professor Laurie Fowler. Fowler will visit the UF Water Institute on April 14 to discuss her work developing River Basin Centers in Georgia. At White Oak students were treated to a tour of the facility, which provides a refuge for 35 species of endangered African wildlife. Several students braved the season’s last chill and swam across the river to Georgia and back.

2009-2010 law school calendar photo contest
Do you like taking photos? Are you interested in seeing your work in print? This year, the Communications Office and Student Affairs is asking you to submit your best photo for the 2009-2010 calendar. You do not have to be a professional photographer to enter this contest. The winning photo will be chosen by a committee and published in the 2009-2010 calendar. The deadline to submit is April 1, 2009. For examples of photos used in previous calendars, visit For more information contact Communications Coordinator Katie Blasewitz at or 352-273-0652. (Photo by Joshua Lukman)

L.A.W. donates money raised from professor auction
Officers from Law Association for Women met with Alachua County P.A.C.E. to donate $2,040. The money was raised as part of L.A.W.’s annual professor auction held last semester. P.A.C.E. (Practical Academic Cultural Education) is a not-for-profit, state-wide organization dedicated to helping at-risk girls from 12-18 who are experiencing difficulty at home or school. Since 1985, PACE has helped more than 12,000 girls to stay in school and to stay out of the juvenile justice system. UF’s L.A.W. is proud to support our community and such a worthwhile endeavor. L.A.W. also thanks the professors and students at the Levin College of Law who made it possible by their generous contributions.