News Briefs – August 30, 2010

Published: August 30th, 2010

Category: News Briefs

Inn of Court accepting applications
The James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court, which meets in Gainesville, is accepting student applications for participation in the esteemed American Inns of Court, a national legal mentoring organization that teams law students (pupils) with new lawyers (associates), seasoned practitioners (barristers), judges, and senior lawyers (Masters of the Bench). The Inn meets six to eight times per year. Selected students participate in regular meetings, at no cost to student members. Meetings include a mixer, dinner, and an educational program. All group members of the Inn prepare and present programs that address issues, techniques, problems, and ethics of the practice of law. Student membership is an excellent opportunity to work with, and observe, outstanding members of the legal profession, while learning trial techniques and other essential legal skills. Applications are available in the Legal Research & Writing office. Deadline is Sept. 17. For more information, please contact Senior Legal Skills Professor Diane Tomlinson at

UF Law’s newest clinic opens doors
The newest addition to UF Law’s Virgil D. Hawkins Civil Clinics opened its doors for the first time this past summer with four interns completing the program earlier this month. The Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC) is the first and only clinic of its kind in the country; helping indigent victims of domestic violence meet legal, safety, family and medical needs.

“I am thrilled that we got IPVAC off the ground and running this summer,” said Teresa Drake, director of the clinic. “The students handled cases with issues ranging from dissolution to injunctive relief; immigration to landlord tenant law.”

“A major benefit of the clinic is that the law students are enabling individuals to have representation and a voice in proceedings where they might not have,” said intern Diana Korn (3L).

The clinic is a collaboration between the University of Florida Levin College of Law, College of Medicine, Shands Teaching Hospital and Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network. Students interested in enrolling in the IPVAC program can contact Director Teresa Drake at

FJIL welcomes new members
The Florida Journal of International Law welcomes and congratulates its newest members for the Fall 2010 semester: Meghan Zavoina, Michael Burns, Chelsea Koff, Agnieszka (Agnes) Jeter, Liridona Sinani, Fabienne Suter, Shawn Clark, Daphne Duplessis, M. Austin Moretz, Adriana Paris, Kristina (Nina) Burke, Lamar Miller, Caroline Picart, Brian Wagner, Jennie Zilner, Anastasia Campbell, Julianne Parker, Michael Gutman, Brittany Jacobs, Monica L. Haddad, Nicole Zakarin, Jason Parnell, Jerry Lee, Jason Levy, Christopher Marotta and Laura Thayer. FJIL publishes three times a year and concentrates on international legal topics such as international trade and commerce law, human rights law, national security, war crimes, international environmental law and maritime law. For more information on FJIL, e-mail editor-in-chief Stephen Lott at

CSRRR panel looks at new Arizona immigration law
Over the summer, the UF Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations presented an insightful examination of the controversial Arizona immigration law featuring Gainesville immigration attorney and UF Law alumni Evan George and UF Law professor Pedro Malavet. George and Malavet provided an overview of the law and elaborated on a number of reasons the law is a cause for concern. George focused on misperceptions about immigration issues while Malavet examined issues of race and culture in relation to the law.

No smoking policy takes effect
In order to provide faculty, staff and students with a healthy work and learning environmnent, UF became a tobacco-free campus on July 1. For more information about the Tobacco-Free Campus initiative and to learn about resources available to employees or students who wish to stop using tobacco, visit the Tobacco-Free Campus website at