News Briefs: March 18, 2013

Published: March 18th, 2013

Category: News Briefs

JMBA, JLPP raise money for law grad fighting cancer

Last week, the John Marshall Bar Association hosted its bi-annual community service week and encouraged awareness and fundraising for an alumnus battling brain cancer. Tonight, the Journal of Law and Public Policy is having a fundraiser at Chick Fil-A on Archer Road from 5 to 8 p.m. A portion of the sales will go towards the Dustin Rhodes Fund. Remember to tell the cashier that you are there to support the “JLPP Dustin Rhodes fundraiser. Meals ordered at the drive-through and inside will count for the fundraiser.

Dustin Rhodes graduated from UF Law in 2011, and in December 2012, he was diagnosed with the most aggressive type of Stage 4 brain cancer. Rhodes is one of 200 people in his age group who have been diagnosed with this and he has undergone brain surgery. The 29-year-old has a wife and an 11-month-old son and is currently going through radiation and chemotherapy. He hopes to recover, but his out-of-pocket expenses continue to rise, which is why his family created a fund for people to donate.

Rhodes’ family has chronicled his experience and struggle to fight his cancer from day one at the hospital. Read more at!/DustinRhodesFund?fref=ts or

Get-well cards and birthday wishes were sent along with the donations collected at the JMBA table March 11-15 to Rhodes last week. However, it’s not too late to help him and his family. Donations are accepted online at  or can be mailed directly to:

Dustin Rhodes
P.O. Box 14
Dallastown, PA 17313-0014

“The challenges facing Dustin and his family are severe,” wrote Dean Robert Jerry in an email. “I hope you will look at this and assist the JMBA effort in whatever way you can.”

Moot Court third at large NYC competition, Andrews named Best Advocate

During spring break, the Florida Moot Court Team sent 3Ls Nick Andrews, Robbie Boone and Bob O’Linn to New York City to compete in the 21st Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. Duberstein is the largest single-site moot court competition in the country, featuring 60 teams from all over the United States. Coached by Kristina Gandre (2L), the UF team was one of the few student-coached teams.

The competition centered on a business bankruptcy case that highlighted the sensitive issues of waiver of the right to file bankruptcy and the application of the automatic stay to ongoing patent litigation.

The team argued in three preliminary rounds from March 9 to March 10. After the team passed the preliminaries, it argued twice more in the afternoon of March 10. During a reception with the judges, the 3Ls were notified they had advanced to the quarterfinals. On March 11, UF defeated New York University in the quarterfinals at the Conrad B. Duberstein U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse in Brooklyn but fell short against Southern Methodist University in the semifinals. The third-place finish was a repeat performance for Andrews and O’Linn, who represented the team in the 2012 competition and received the Best Brief award. Although the team was disheartened by the close loss this year, it took solace in the third-place scholarship award. At the banquet, Andrews took home the coveted Best Advocate award and received a standing ovation. Added to the Best Advocate award Boone received at the Cristol Kahn Paskay Bankruptcy Competition, this is the most decorated group the Florida team has assembled this season.

The team looks to build on this recent momentum in the upcoming Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. Matthew Moats and Joey Posey, 2Ls, left March 15 to compete in the regional round. On March 23, Stephanie Generotti and Kate Livanec, 2Ls, will represent the Florida team at the Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition.

New library food policy

Based on recommendations by students and the Student Library Advisory Committee (SLAC), the first floor is now a “no food zone.” Beginning Monday, March 11, food is allowed on the second floor, but only snacks, either non-messy fruits and vegetables or the vending machine variety (pretzels, chips, cookies, etc.). Study rooms remain food-free. Library staff hope this will accommodate student needs, both for quick bites while studying, and for completely quiet, food-free zones. Remember that drinks need a secure lid! Thank you for helping make the library a pleasant place to study. For more information, see Shira Megerman in HOL 175B.

LIC Notes: International Law Refresher: A New CRS Report

Need a quick refresher on how international law affects U.S. law for you or your students? Recently published Congressional Research Report International Law and Agreements: Their Effect Upon U.S. Law provides a 21-page introduction on international agreements and customary practice. It also includes nice flow charts that summarize the steps for making a treaty and an executive agreement.

International Law and Agreements: Their Effect Upon U.S. Law, March 1, 2013.

UF Law Alumni and Student Orange & Blue-B-Que

Join your fellow (and future) UF Law alumni at the law school campus on Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. (before the spring Orange & Blue Debut football game) for this inaugural event hosted by the Center for Career Development. The CCD hopes to provide an atmosphere that helps foster connections between current and future generations of Gator lawyers. RSVP by March 31 here: Orange and Blue-B-Que RSVP.

2013 Class Gift Legacy

The University of Florida Levin College of Law would not be what it is today without support from alumni. As you prepare to join the distinguished Gator Nation alumni network, now is your chance to make a difference and leave a legacy for future generations of students. Consider making a gift, at any amount, in support of your college. UF Law appreciates your support, as the 2013 Class Gift campaign aims to achieve 100 percent participation from all graduating 3Ls.

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