News Briefs April 20, 2009

Published: April 20th, 2009

Category: News Briefs

CCF Research Opportunities
The Center on Children and Families needs research help for an amicus brief on Parental Alienation Syndrome. The brief is due in June, so the work could be done immediately after final exams are over. Contact Joe Jackson at if interested.

Florida Law Review tutoring program helps 1L students
This week the Florida Law Review concluded its year-long tutoring program for first-year law students. The program began in 2002 as a way to give back to the law school and to assist 1Ls with their first-year courses. Florida Law Review members contribute more than 148 hours per semester toward tutoring sessions, and more than 370 first-year students enrolled for tutoring during the 2008-2009 school year. The tutoring program provides first-year students with the opportunity to ask questions in a less-formal environment, often from students who were taught by the same professors. First-year students rave about how much the extra tutoring helps them with their classes. “The Florida Law Review tutoring program is the pinnacle of peer tutoring,” said first-year student, Greg Kwok. “The guidance and instruction the tutors provided allowed for a more thorough examination and understanding of the course material, given that it comes from students and not professors. It is a tremendous opportunity for the 1L class to work with some of the Law Review students in a very informal and relaxed atmosphere.” “The Florida Law Review tutoring sessions are an invaluable resource for first year law students,” said first-year student, Margo Lyon. “After attending the Law Review tutoring sessions, I felt much more confident and at ease going into my exams.”

Moot Court brings home victories from ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
At the conclusion of the 2009 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, University of Florida’s Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court team members claimed many victories. At the Boston Regional, the petitioner team of Jennifer Jones, Michael Friedman and Andrew Hoffman, coached by Ryan Eastmoore, was ranked first coming out of the preliminary rounds and advanced to the final regional round. The petitioner team won the regional second best brief award, Michael Friedman won the third best regional advocate award, and Jennifer Jones won the eighth best regional advocate award. The respondent team of Dante Trevisani, Charlie Roberson and Rob Davis, coached by Amelia Williams, survived five rounds at the Boston Regional and advanced to the nationals in Chicago. The respondent team was ranked fifth coming out of the preliminary national rounds and placed in the top sixteen at the end of the competition. In addition, the respondent team took home the national third best brief award. The issues in this year’s competition included the separation of powers, standing, and the president’s war powers under the Commander in Chief Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Florida Law Review student notes & comments selected for publication
The Florida Law Review is pleased to announce the selection of 8 notes and 3 comments for publication in its 2009-10 issues. Vincent Galuzzo’s note on P2P litigation was the winner of the Best Note of 2009 award. Kristen Rasmussen’s comment on false light in Florida was selected as Best Comment of 2009. The notes and comments will be available in a print copy of Florida Law Review, as well as published on in the month they are printed. We encourage you to check our Web site frequently for current and new publications.
See the list of selected notes »

LIC extended exam hours
The Legal Information Center (LIC) will be open for extended hours during the final exam period. Beginning on Friday, April 24, through Thursday, May 7, the LIC will be open according to the following schedule:

Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Friday, May 8: 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

During the intercession, from May 9, until May 19, the LIC will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The LIC will be closed Saturdays and Sundays during the intercession. Regular summer hours begin starting May 20.

Fall 2010 Financial aid renewal reminder

For those of you who have not already done so, now is the time to apply for aid for the 2009-2010 academic year. I encourage you to apply by April 1 using FAFSA on the Web. Go to and follow the instructions on the site. After applying via FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA on the Web, you can check the status of your application and/or make corrections online. You will need to use your Federal Access Code (PIN) to complete the 2009/2010 FAFSA.

LIC Reminder: Designated quiet areas
The Legal Information Center (LIC) would like to remind students that certain areas of the library are designated “quiet” areas. These include the Supreme Court Reading Room, the second floor of the library, and the reading room on the west side of the building just past the elevator. Areas that are not designated “quiet” include: the reference area, the lobby, and the reserve area. Should you need to use your cell phone or engage in conversation, please do so only in the areas that are not designated “quiet.” Even in those instances, please be mindful of the other students and staff in the LIC. Noise carries in the lobby and stairwell, so please keep the volume of your conversation low.