News Briefs: Sept. 16, 2013

Published: September 16th, 2013

Category: News Briefs

International Law Society Speaker Series

The International Law Society is honored to host Professor Matt Schaefer from the University of Nebraska College of Law as its first speaker of the year Tuesday at noon in the Bailey Courtroom. Schaefer will meet with Space Florida in Orlando to draft a white paper on liability issues connected with the commercial space industry and has graciously volunteered to discuss the ongoing commercial space law issues that the world faces today.

Schaefer is the director of the first LL.M. program in space law in the United States, which is also the world’s first space and cyber law LL.M. taught in English. He has planned and organized 18 major space law conferences and is active with several international law associations. Schaefer is also the former director in International Economic Affairs Office of the National Security Council and former consultant to the National Governors’ Association on international economic matters. He served as the principal investigator/administrator of a $1.71 million NASA grant and has twice been published in the Colloquia of the International Institute of Space Law.

Students interested in space law, commercial law and international law are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, contact ILS President Linnea Eberhart at or sign up on the ILS TWEN page.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of Professor Schaefer.

OUTLaw holds first general meeting Tuesday

OUTLaw will hold its first general body meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at noon in HOL 285A. The group will elect 1L representatives and discuss plans for the upcoming year.

OUTLaw provides lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and their supporters an outlet to express and discuss their views and concerns. Members work to increase community awareness of issues relating to gender and sexual orientation and hold regular meetings and awareness events throughout campus.

All are welcome to attend.

Being a Trial Lawyer – More than the Mechanics Friday

Larry Stewart (JD 63), a trial lawyer with more than 50 years of experience, will give students an inside look at trial practice Friday, Sept. 20 when he presents, “Being a Trial Lawyer – More than the Mechanics.” The event will kick off with a reception with light refreshments at 11:30 a.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center foyer and will move into the courtroom for the presentation at noon. It is open to all UF Law students. RSVP is required. Student Affairs will be emailing students with a link to RSVP.

Stewart specializes in catastrophic injuries, including victims of defective products and medical malpractice. He is a strong advocate for consumer and individual rights, having lent his legal expertise to many national and local television and radio programs. Stewart is a partner at Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A. Read more about his distinguished career here.

Fall Book Awards and Heritage of Leadership Ceremony Friday

The Law Center Association Board of Trustees established the Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society to permanently honor outstanding and notable alumni of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and their contributions to the state and University.

The Fall Book Awards and Heritage of Leadership ceremony will take place Friday the UF Hilton Conference Center. Created to honor scholastic achievement in legal education, Book Awards recognize the outstanding student in each course at the Levin College of Law. The Book Award Program provides unrestricted funds to support students and student organizations, faculty teaching, research and development, and student/alumni programs and services. Book Awards in Graduate Tax courses provide unrestricted funds to support the Graduate Tax Program.

Restatement of International Sales Law Conference in St. Augustine Sept. 27-28

An international law conference entitled “Restatement of International Sales Law” is being held in St. Augustine, Fla., Sept. 27-28. The conference is sponsored by the UF Levin College of Law, Warrington College of Business Administration, the Center for International Business Education & Research, and the University of Florida’s Department of Research.

Participants will present summaries of major areas of international sales law. The main outcome of the meeting will be to establish a framework for writing the definitive treatise on the law of international sales transactions. The treatise will be scholarly in nature and practice focused. It will be descriptive and prescriptive such as the case of the American Restatements. The goal of the meeting is to begin work on a single-volume treatise covering a comprehensive sales law. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) will be used as a starting point. 

The participants come from seven countries equally split between civil and common law jurisdictions, along with a representative from a mixed jurisdiction country. The participants include: Michael Bridge (United Kingdom, London School of Economics); Petra Butler (New Zealand, Victoria Wellington University); Larry DiMatteo (USA, University of Florida); Sieg Eiselen (South Africa, University of South Africa); Harry Flechtner (USA, University of Pittsburgh); Rafael Illescas Ortiz (Spain, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid); André Janssen (Germany, European Center for Private Law); Ulrich Magnus (Germany, University of Hamburg and Max-Planck Institute for International Private Law); Reiner Schulze (Germany, University of Münster); Lisa Spagnolo (Australia, Monash University); and Qi “George” Zhou (United Kingdom, University of Leeds). Also in Attendance will be Wentong Zheng (USA, UF Law professor)  and Claire Germaine (USA, UF Law professor and associate dean for Legal Information).

Anyone interested in observing the proceedings should contact Larry DiMatteo at

UF Law class lectures honor Justice Overton

Four Florida Supreme Court justices will provide lectures this fall in Professor Jon Mills’ Florida Constitutional Law course to honor the late Justice Ben Overton’s (JD 52) legal career and service as a professor at UF law. The lectures are the inaugural series in the Overton Lectures in Florida Constitutional Law, a new program initiated by friends and colleagues of Overton. Participating in the fall lectures are: Justice Jorge Labarga (JD 79), Sept. 23; Justice Barbara Pariente, Sept. 30; Justice Fred Lewis, Oct. 28; and Justice Charles Canady, Nov. 18. In addition to UF law students who are enrolled in Florida Constitutional Law, the Overton Lectures will be open to UF Law faculty and students.

“This is a wonderful way to honor our good friend Justice Overton, and I know he would be very pleased with this initiative,” said Dean Robert Jerry.

For more information on each justice’s visit, refer to our events page.

Craig Ball to open UF 2013-2014 E-Discovery Speakers Series

The University of Florida Levin College of Law ICAIR E-Discovery Project will welcome Craig Ball, an internationally renowned E-discovery expert, to speak at UF Law Oct. 10 to kick off its E-Discovery Speaker Series.

Ball’s presentation, “Spoiled and Deluded: The Shakespearean Tragedy that is E-Discovery,” will address some of the underappreciated flaws in electronic search and new technologies emerging as a response to these deficiencies. The talk will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom, and Ball will also be meeting with faculty and students during his visit. The event is free and open to the public.

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Reproductive Rights in the US: 1973-2013

reprightsThe Levin College of Law and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research are hosting a three-part symposium on reproductive rights in the U.S., marking 40 years since Roe v. Wade. The symposium is free and open to the public.

The itinerary is below:

Oct. 2, 2013, Pugh Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Viewing of the HBO documentary 12th and Delaware, followed by Q & A with Director Rachel Grady, moderated by Professor Churchill Roberts, UF Journalism and Communications.

Oct. 3, 2013, UF Law HOL 180, 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

10 a.m. – “Reproductive Justice and Reproductive Rights Forty Years after Roe: Assisted Reproduction, Abortion and Parenting in a Technological Age,” presented by Professor Kimberly M. Mutcherson of Rutgers School of Law

11:15 a.m. – A panel discussion of reproductive rights in the U.S. Panelists include UF Law Professor Danaya Wright, UF History Professor Louise Newman, UF Political Science Professor Laura Sjoberg and Robin Lewy of the Rural Women’s Health Project. The panel will be moderated by UF History and Women’s Studies Professor and Associate Provost Angel Kwolek-Folland.

Oct. 4, 2013, Ustler Hall, Noon

Art exhibit and reception honoring participating artists, hosted by the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research and organized by Associate Professor Craig Smith, UF Fine Arts.

LIC Notes: Opportunity to Evaluate New Databases

The Legal Information Center is currently offering free trials of two databases that we are considering adding to our collection. From now until Oct. 3, we have access to both Oxford Public International Law (OPIL) and ProQuest Legislative Insight.

The Oxford Public International Law platform, launched in July, is “a comprehensive, single location providing integrated access” to three resources: the Oxford Reports on International Law, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law; and Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law. All three resources can be searched and browsed simultaneously using the OPIL interface.

ProQuest Legislative Insight provides access to the federal legislative histories of over 27,000 laws from 1789 to 2012, including all histories from the Congressional Information Service. Documents related to a particular piece of legislation are collected together in one place, saving the researcher the time needed to compile individual documents. All materials are in PDF format and are fully searchable.

As always, in deciding whether to add these databases to our collection, we value any feedback or recommendations from faculty. If you have time and are interested, please take a look at these resources and fill out this evaluation form.