News Briefs: Sept. 24, 2012

Published: September 24th, 2012

Category: News Briefs

IRS chief counsel to speak at UF Friday

William J. Wilkins, chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, will speak on Friday at 11 a.m. at UF Law at the Graduate Tax Program Enrichment Speaker Series. His lecture, “How IRS Lawyers Contribute to Sound Tax Enforcement,” reflects the knowledge he has gained from working in tax law since graduating from Yale University and receiving his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He will speak in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. Wilkins has a wide range of tax practice including counseling nonprofit organizations, investment funds on tax compliance, business transactions and government investigations. Wilkins became staff director and chief counsel of the Senate Committee on Finance in 1987. On April 17, 2009, the White House announced Wilkins’ nomination to become chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an assistant general counsel in the Treasury Department.

Join UF Oct. 12 to honor black leadership and heritage

  • Leadership and Law: Diverse Perspectives on the Role of Race and Participation in Professional Legal Organizations (CLE Credit Anticipated), 12-2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, UF Law Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. Welcome reception and luncheon noon-1 p.m.; panel presentation 1-2:30 p.m. with leaders from national, state, and local bar associations discussing how race has influenced the past, present, and future of their respective organizations in order to foster a dialogue on avenues for leadership and joint initiatives that transcend racial and other divides. Funded by The Florida Bar in cooperation with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, the Josiah T. Walls Bar Association and Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations. RSVP here.
  • A celebration honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Graduation of the University of Florida and Levin College of Law’s First Black alumnus: W. George Allen, featuring presentations by W. George Allen (above, right, at the 2011 opening of the Virgil Hawkins display) and other honored guests, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (180 HOL). Co-sponsored by the University of Florida Alumni Association and Association of Black Alumni, Levin College of Law & Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations. Read more.

Harvard law professor discusses same-sex marriage at Weyrauch Lecture Oct. 18

The Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law will feature Harvard Law School Professor Janet Halley on “Traveling Marriage: Why the Campaign for Same Sex Marriage Gets Marriage Wrong,” Thursday, Oct. 18, at noon in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180.  Hosted by the Center for Children and Families, this lecture was established in honor of Professor Walter O. Weyrauch, internationally known for his work in foreign and family law.  Professor Weyrauch joined the UF Law faculty in 1957 as associate professor. He became professor in 1960, was Clarence J. TeSelle Professor 1989-94, and became Stephen C. O’Connell Chair in 1994 and distinguished professor in 1998. A reception will follow the lecture.

Halley is the Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She teaches courses in family law, comparative family law and sexuality, and legal theory.  Before teaching at Harvard, she was professor of law at Stanford Law School (1991-2000) and assistant professor of English at Hamilton College (1980-85). She has a Ph.D. in English from UCLA (1980) and a J.D. from Yale Law School (1988).

Her books include After Sex? On Writing Since Queer Theory, co-edited with Andrew Parker (Duke University Press 2011); Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism (Princeton University Press 2006); Left Legalism/Left Critique, co-edited with Wendy Brown (Duke University Press, 2002); Don’t: A Reader’s Guide to the Military’s Anti-Gay Policy (Duke Univ. Press, 1999); and Seeking the Woman in Late Medieval and Renaissance Literature: Essays in Feminist Contextual Criticism, co-edited with Sheila Fisher (University of Tennessee Press, 1989). Her current projects include a handbook, What’s Not to Like about Sexual Harassment Law; a paper comparing family law systems entitled “Travelling Marriage;” and a critique of the rules about sexual violence in war established by the ad hoc courts convened to adjudicate war crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.

Criminal Justice Center, Criminal Law Association hosts criminal video-advocacy competition

videocompetitionThe Criminal Justice Center and the Criminal Law Association is pleased to host its inaugural criminal video-advocacy competition this fall. The competition solicits submissions by student teams of an original, creative and educational video portrayal of Fourth Amendment issues geared toward a college-student audiences

  • Cash prizes will be awarded for first through third places.
  • All law students enrolled at the Levin College of Law are eligible to enter.
  • Deadline for submissions is Oct. 22. Winners will be announced on Nov. 10.
  • The submissions will be evaluated by members of a judging panel; criteria include clarity of thought, well-structured argumentation, creative use of videography and liveliness of expression.

Decisions of the judging panel will be final. Complete rules of the competition are available at the CJC website ( or can be obtained from Eva Achero in Room 100, Bruton-Geer Hall.

Black Student Association attends inaugural diversity picnic

picnicThe Black Student Association traveled to Orlando on Sept. 8 to attend the inaugural Central Florida Diversity Mentor Picnic hosted by FAMU College of Law. The diversity picnic allowed students the opportunity to meet lawyers and judges who practice in the central Florida community.