News Briefs: Sept. 17, 2012

Published: September 17th, 2012

Category: News Briefs

Student organizations to distribute ribbons to reaffirm UF values as inclusive community

In response to recent events, OUTLaw, UF Law’s gay-straight alliance group, along with other student groups, will distribute ribbons to re-affirm the university’s value of being an inclusive community. Students are encouraged to stop by the table in the courtyard today to get a ribbon and wear it in support of this campaign. Students are welcome to help distribute those items or to otherwise get involved with the effort. Stop by the table for more information.

Professionalism Week: Today through Friday

Organized by the John Marshall Bar Association and the Center for Career Development

Dress for Success

The “Dress for Success” fashion show is Tuesday from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the courtyard. Hosted by the John Marshall Bar Association, the event will inform students how to dress in a variety of professional settings. Students will model both good and bad examples of what to wear and they will be critiqued by a group of judges that includes professors, attorneys and career services professionals. Lunch will also be provided.  Students can RSVP through Symplicity.

Securing Employment: Minorities in the legal field

On Wednesday from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center, the Black Law Students Association will host a presentation on how to maximize employment opportunities. What should minority applicants know when entering the law office? Attendees will learn from the experiences of our esteemed presenters, including Senior Federal District Court Judge Stephan P. Mickel; Susan Goffman, director of legal services for the UF Foundation; and Cecil Howard, director of the Gainesville Office for Equal Opportunity. We look forward to your attendance! Food and beverages will be provided in the foyer after the event.  Students can RSVP through Symplicity.

Student Law Alumni Council hosts happy hour with alumni

On Friday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 2-Bits Lounge in the Hilton Hotel, the UF Law Alumni Council will host an opportunity for UF Law students to mingle with alumni and learn about how they can get involved to shape the future of the law school. To RSVP, click here ($20 donation requested)  Professional attire suggested.

Constitution Day at UF

The University of Florida celebrates this year’s Constitution Day with “The Affordable Care Act: The U.S. Constitution Meets Health Care Reform,” featuring talks and a discussion from UF Law Professor Steven Willis and Associate General Counsel at Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, Inc., Andrei Boyarshinov. The discussion will be today at 10 a.m. in the Advocacy Center courtroom. For complete details, read the press release here:

‘Women, Work, and Family in the 2012 Presidential Campaign’ roundtable Wednesday at UF Law

The Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and the League of Women Voters of Alachua County will present Wednesday a roundtable to discuss “Women, Work and Family in the 2012 Presidential Campaign” at 6:30 p.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180.

This discussion and community event will feature Lynn Leverty, UF Department of Political Science; UF Law Professor Shani King; state Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston; state Sen. Evelynn Lynn, R-Daytona; with moderator Pegeen Hanrahan, former mayor of Gainesville. The panelists will focus on representations of gender and sexuality during this electoral season.

The event is presented with support from the Levin College of Law, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and Association for Academic Women.

ELULP hosts potluck reception Thursday

A potluck reception for all students and faculty with an interest in environmental and land use law will be held at the home of Professor Mary Jane Angelo on Thursday at 6 p.m. Bring your favorite dish and get to know some students and faculty who share your interests.

RSVP to Lenny Kennedy at and let her know if you need directions to Professor Angelo’s home.

Family Law Student-Faculty Social Sept. 25

The Center on Children and Families is hosting a student-faculty social from 5 to 7 p.m. at O!O Garden Grille (behind The Swamp on University Ave.). CCF will provide non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers; O!O has daily drink specials for purchase. RSVP to by Wednesday.

Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) hosts open house

The CSRRR will host an open house Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in the CSRRR meeting room, HOL 370D.

Conservation Clinic focuses on marine and coastal restoration

Clinic students 2012The UF Law Conservation Clinic has recently been focused on restoring the health of Florida’s marine and coastal waters.  In the Spring of 2012, clinic student associate Chelsea Sims (3L) shepherded the clinic’s client Bluewater Initiative through the complicated maze of federal state and local permits needed to begin removing “rogue tires” that have migrated from a misguided artificial tire reef constructed in the 1970s. The rouge tires are damaging live coral on the reefs off South Florida. Sims continues to help Bluewater Initiative as the tiny non profit seeks a license to grow coral and return it to the marine environment in the vicinity of the tire reef.

In the current academic year, the clinic is turning its attention to assisting communities and non-profits create oyster reefs and “living shorelines” in and along near-shore waters. These reefs contribute to water quality by filtering contaminants and helping to stabilize shorelines affected by erosion and sea-level rise. Clinic students are also busy helping to restore darkness to the state’s beaches by working with the Sea Turtle Conservation on a program for “sea turtle friendly” lighting.