News Briefs January 24, 2011

Published: January 24th, 2011

Category: News Briefs

Journal of Law and Public Policy welcomes Florida’s Solicitor General Scott Makar
The University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy is pleased to welcome Florida’s Solicitor General Scott Makar to the College of Law. Makar will present “High Five: Florida’s Unprecedented Year in the U.S. Supreme Court” to the student body Tuesday, Jan. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. Makar is a UF graduate, (M.B.A., 82, M.A., 82, J.D., 87, Ph.D., 93), and while at the College of Law, he founded the Journal of Law and Public Policy and served as its first editor-in-chief. He was also a member of the Florida Law Review and Florida Blue Key. Makar was appointed solicitor general for Florida in February 2007 by former Attorney General Bill McCollum. The solicitor general in Florida serves three primary roles: overseeing civil appeals involving the state’s interests in all state and federal appellate courts; teaching at the Florida State University College of Law; and serving as a policy advisor to the attorney general. Before embarking on his public service career, Makar was a partner at Holland & Knight LLP. Makar’s presentation will focus on his unprecedented year in the U.S. Supreme Court, before which he argued four cases during the 2009-2010 term. He argued a fifth case during the 2007-2008 term. Makar will discuss each of the five cases and provide insight on the amicus briefing process and preparing for oral arguments. Please join the Journal of Law and Public Policy in welcoming Solicitor General Makar to the College of Law.

Complimentary Webinar Jan. 26
Family law litigation has its emotional minefields, but probate litigation runs a close second. Michael Orfinger, a partner with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, will present his thoughts on the important role mediation has come to play in probate litigation and how to focus your clients on the important matters to be mediated, while also recognizing and validating those clients’ feelings of grief, anger, betrayal and entitlement. He will also share the keys to a successful probate mediation. Upchurch Watson White & Max and the University of Florida Levin College of Law Institute for Dispute Resolution hope you enjoy this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and 1.5 CLE credits from The Florida Bar from the comfort of your home office or desk at work. Reserve your seat now.

Music Night 2011
Got a hidden musical talent? Show it off at Music Night 2011, to be held Sunday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at the home of Dean Bob Jerry and his wife, Lisa. All students and faculty are invited — but the “ticket” to attend is that you must bring a dessert and agree to perform a musical piece (play an instrument or sing a song). A piano will be available. Each participant can bring one guest. Space is limited, so sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, stop by the Dean’s Office and see Doris Perron.

Federal Judicial Law Clerk Roundtable set for Feb. 1
Are you interested in a judicial clerkship? The North Central Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is teaming up with the Center for Career Development to host the Federal Judicial Law Clerk Roundtable. This event, which takes place Tuesday, Feb. 1, at noon in FDR, will provide law students interested in judicial clerkships the opportunity to learn from the experience and advice of four current federal judicial law clerks about the application process and about the different types of federal clerkships available. Students will also have a chance to ask questions. Free pizza and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP Jamie Shideler, as seating is limited.

Renowned scholar to discuss ‘The Five Lives of Louis Brandeis’
Professor Melvin I. Urofsky will deliver a lecture on “The Five Lives of Louis Brandeis” in HOL 180 beginning at noon Wednesday, Feb. 2. His recent biography, Louis D. Brandeis: A Life (Pantheon Books, 2009), has been very well received. Urofsky is professor of law and public policy and a professor emeritus of history at Virginia Commonwealth University and was the chairman of its history department. He is the editor (with David W. Levy) of the five-volume collection of Louis Brandeis’ letters, as well as the author of American Zionism from Herzl to the Holocaust and Louis D. Brandeis and the Progressive Tradition. He lives in Gaithersburg, Md. “Justice Louis D. Brandeis not only is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding justices in Supreme Court history, but also many consider him to be one of the America’s greatest lawyers. Mel Urofsky has spent decades studying the life and work of Brandeis, and this promises to be an enjoyable and informative talk,” UF Law Professor Michael Allan Wolf said.

Spend an evening with pioneers of U.S. Civil Rights Movement
The University of Florida Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) and the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP)* present “An Evening with the Dues: Pioneers of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement” Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with a reception and book signing followed by lecture in the Buddy and Anne McKay Auditorium of Pugh Hall. The event honors the work and legacy of Patricia Stephens Due and John Due. The Dues will discuss their lives, work, and the future work that needs to be done for social justice. In 1960 Patricia Stephens Due and four other students from Florida A&M University made history when they served 49 days in jail after being arrested for sitting-in at a lunch counter. Ms. Due and her fellow protestors refused to pay a fine and instead chose to go to jail in order to highlight the injustice of legal segregation. This was the first jail-in of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the beginning of Ms. Dues work fighting for human and civil rights in America. Ms. Due and her husband, civil rights attorney John Due, have fought for human rights since their days on the campus of Florida A&M University. Ms. Due is the recipient of many awards, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Outstanding Leadership, the Ghandi Award for Outstanding Work in Human Relations and the NAACP Florida Freedom Award. John Due is a 1963 graduate of the FAMU College of Law. *UF event co-sponsors: African American Studies Program; Bob Graham Center; Center for African Studies; Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research; Department of Anthropology; George A. Smathers Libraries; History Department; and the Office of the Provost.

Princeton Review seeks input from law students
The Princeton Review has once again named the University of Florida Levin College of Law one of the best law schools in the nation. Distinguished schools will be profiled in the 2012 edition of Best Law Schools. In order to help them represent UF Law accurately, please fill out the following survey to author a new “Students Say” profile and update our ratings.