News Briefs: Nov. 5, 2012

Published: November 5th, 2012

Category: News Briefs

Dean Jerry to perform with band in Gator Growl Friday, other Homecoming activities

Dean Robert Jerry will once again be performing at this year’s Gator Growl on Friday at 7 p.m. where his band, in crisis, will kick out the jams, playing rock hits from the ’50s through the ’80s. Jerry plays the electric piano and synthesizer in the group, which is also comprised of College of Design, Construction and Planning Dean Chris Silver, School of Architecture Director Martin Gold, School of Architecture Assistant Director John Maze, Architecture Adjunct Professor Mick Richmond and Computer Programmer-Analyst Andy Shivers. In crisis will be the opening act for comedians Josh Turner and Tracy Morgan. Last year, the band opened for the Goo Goo Dolls. Other homecoming weekend activities will include UF’s Homecoming and Alumni Barbecue, which will begin at 10 a.m. on Nov. 10, and last until kickoff. The barbecue features games, contests and more. Ticket information for the both events can be found at

JMBA hosts Town Hall meeting Nov. 13

JMBA will host a Town Hall meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180). Students can submit questions to or at the JMBA table. (Note: This is not the Town Hall meeting hosted by the administration, which has been postponed to the spring semester).

Antitrust expert from Georgetown to speak at Heath Lecture

On Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Georgetown Law Professor Howard Shelanski will present “Information, Innovation, and Competition Policy for the Internet” as this year’s Bayard Wickliffe Heath Memorial Lecture Series in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom. Shelanski has been on leave from Georgetown to serve as director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission since July 2012. Read more about him here.

The Heath Memorial Lecture Series is made possible by a gift from Inez Heath, Ph.D., widow of Bayard “Wick” Heath. Before his death in 2008, Heath was the senior competition consultant with Info Tech, a Gainesville firm specializing in statistical and econometric consulting, expert witness testimony and antitrust law.

Annual Professor Auction goes live Wednesday

The annual Law Association for Women Professor Auction started Nov. 1 and will go live at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the courtyard. Silent bids are binding if not outbid during the live auction. Dozens of items have been donated, including lunch, dinner and desserts around Gainesville and activities such as mini-golf, yoga, biking, bowling and a beach weekend. Kaplan and BARBRI have also offered discounted Bar prep courses. All proceeds benefit PACE Center for girls, a Florida-based, nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides non-residential, prevention, intervention, and diversion services for at-risk girls and young women ages 12 to 17. Representatives from the organization will be in attendance. Bring cash or check to the live auction.

Ninth Annual Minority Law Student Picnic set for Saturday

The Ninth Annual Minority Law Student Picnic will be held Saturday in Hialeah, Fla. In the past, UF Law alumnus and U.S. District Judge Paul Huck (JD 65) has assisted with connecting Florida Law students with a mentor. If you are interested in having a mentor, complete the student application. Each year many UF law students attend this picnic by traveling themselves or on the bus provided by the law school. The trip to Hialeah will take approximately five hours, and the bus will depart from Gainesville at approximately 7 a.m. The bus will begin the return trip around 4:15 p.m.

LIC Notes: Welfare drug testing case heard before the 11th Circuit

Last year, Florida passed a controversial law (Laws of Florida 2011-81 (codified at Fla. Stat. § 414.0652)) providing for universal drug testing for applicants for Temporary Cash Assistance under Florida’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. On Nov. 1, 2012, oral arguments before the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Lebron v. Secretary, Florida Department of Children and Families, No. 11-15258, challenged the constitutionality of TANF’s universal drug testing requirement. To track this case or read the pleadings, Bloomberg Law provides free access to federal filings for UF Law faculty, staff and students. If you would like access, contact Jennifer Wondracek at All others may use the PACER system to track the docket.