News Briefs – April 19, 2010

Published: April 19th, 2010

Category: News Briefs

Matt Walker new media relations manager for UF Law
Please welcome Matt Walker, our new media relations manager in the Office of Communications, to the law school. Matt brings years of journalism experience to the position, and has worked as a writer, reporter, columnist and magazine editor in Florida, Georgia and California. Matt will be responsible for running a vigorous reactive and proactive media relations program, including planning and implementing publicity programs, writing and disseminating press releases, and writing for UF LAW magazine and other publications. Please contact Matt (, 273-0653, 287 Holland Hall) to let us know about your contacts with the media and to arrange for publicity for your event, program or scholarship. Matt replaces Scott Emerson, who left the law school for a full-time position with the USDA. Scott was a tremendously valuable resource for the college, and helped us to account for 25 percent of the University of Florida’s overall top media hits.

Law school intramural basketball team wins championship
The law school’s intramural basketball team “Operation Repeat” won the intramural graduate league finishing the season 11-0, beating the fraternity champions (60-51) and the men’s competitive team champions (61-59) to capture the All-Campus Men’s Championship. This was the first time the law school has won the All Men’s Campus Intramural Championship. Team members from left to right are: Robbie Shields (2L), Manny Ramirez (2L), Bhavik Patel (2L), Martin Strauch (3L), Kimon Korres (2L), Jordi Kushner (2L), Rishi Parikh (2L), and Andy Layden (2L).

JLSA hosts Rabbi Goldman and elects new board
Rabbi Berl Goldman, director of the Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student Center, recently spoke with students from the Jewish Law Students Association about topics in Jewish law. Also, JLSA recently elected its new 2010-2011 board: President, Jay Levin; Vice-President, Alan Meyerson; Secretary, Jen LeVine; Treasurer, Ben Friedman; VP Communications, Brittany Jacobs; VP Social, Adam Hersh; VP Community Service, Eric Feld; and VP Community Affairs, Jacob Rimon.

Gators in London visit Supreme Court
UF Law students studying in London this spring had the opportunity to tour the new Supreme Court building and learn about the differences between the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. They also spoke with law clerks and learned how their role in the court system differs from American clerks; most notably, they play no role in writing opinions.

Summer research assistant needed for criminal law project
Needed: 2L/3L summer research assistant for criminal law project. Please submit brief cover letter and resume to Professor Katheryn Russell-Brown or call (352) 273-0912.

Environmental law research assistant needed
Professor Flournoy is accepting applications from students to work as a research assistant this summer for 10-15 hours per week during May and June. The research will focus applying insights from the social sciences to environmental law. It may include collecting and summarizing materials from fields such as behavioral economics, environmental psychology, sociology, and management. Interested students should e-mail Professor Flournoy a C.V. and unofficial transcript, along with a short cover e-mail highlighting any relevant coursework, research or other experience in social science. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 26.

FJIL congratulates Miredys Gonzalez, Jennifer Thomas and Shaza Quadri
The Florida Journal of International Law would like to congratulate Miredys Gonzalez and Jennifer Thomas, winners of the 2009-2010 Shelley Smith Best Edit Awards. FJIL would also like to congratulate Shaza Quadri, winner of the 2009-2010 Best Note Award. Quadri’s note currently titled, “An Analysis of the Effects and Reasons for Hazardous Waste Importation in India and its Implementation of the Basel Convention” will be published in Volume 22, Issue 3 of FJIL this December.