News Briefs: Sept. 9, 2013

Published: September 9th, 2013

Category: News Briefs

UF Law student awarded $4,000 scholarship

UF Levin College of Law student Jamie Pasquali (3L) was recently awarded a Richard R. Garland Diversity scholarship, a $4,000 prize given by the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee. Pasquali also earned the opportunity to intern at a Sarasota law firm.

She was one of three students to receive the award. The other recipients, Dena Daniels and Sara Calabrese, both attend Stetson College of Law.

The students were recently honored at a Sarasota Bar Association luncheon.

As part of the award – aimed at providing on-the-job experience to law students – Pasquali spent 10 weeks interning at Bentley and Bruning, PA., in Sarasota.

The scholarship initiative is a partnership between the Sarasota Bar Association and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Recipients of the scholarship typically work as summer employees at private law firms and government agencies in Sarasota, with the goal of bringing graduates back to Sarasota to live and work upon graduation.

At the conclusion of the summer internships, the students received the scholarship money to put toward education in the upcoming academic year.

“We thoroughly enjoyed having Jamie with us this summer,” wrote Jan Jung, the executive director of the Sarasota Bar Association in an email. “She was an outstanding representative of the law school.”

ADR Team selects new members

The Florida Alternative Dispute Resolution Team recently held tryouts to select its new members. The team would like to welcome the following students who were extended invitations.

  • Nicholas Alberto
  • Grace Cambereri
  • Christopher Caproni
  • William Colby Roof
  • Sergio Florez
  • Veronica Guerra
  • Garrick Harding
  • Jennifer Harrington
  • Connie Lynn Hernandez
  • Stephen Holmgren
  • Lauren Humphries
  • Stephen Knight
  • Chelsea Pankratz
  • Zak Rothman
  • Michael Selvester
  • Andrew Shempruch
  • Alexa Taylor
  • Bobby Walsh
  • Monique Wilson
  • Spencer Winepol

Being a Trial Lawyer – More than the Mechanics Sept. 20

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.

Heritage of Leadership and Fall Book Awards Ceremony

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 Law Center Association Board of Trustees established the Heritage of Leadership Recognition Society.

The Fall Book Awards will also take place during this event on Sept. 20 at 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.

Coif Distinguished Lecturer to discuss “covering” your true self in the workplace

Kenj_Yoshino-206x300NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino will be the Coif Distinguished Visitor to UF Law Wednesday, Sept. 25, when he presents, “Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion.” The presentation is based on a recent study of incidences of “covering” in the workplace in various industries, co-authored by Yoshino and Christie Smith of the Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion.

The talk will be held in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. It is free and open to the public.

Covering is defined as “the process by which individuals downplay their differences relative to mainstream perceptions,” according to a Deloitte University article about the study.

For more information about Yoshino, click here.

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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National experts to discuss national security in a changing world

From undercover spies infiltrating foreign countries to the timely debate over the use of drones, the topic of national security easily piques interest, intrigue and debate. This year’s Allen L. Poucher Legal Education Series will delve into the challenging world of national security with a panel including a retired four-star general, a former Florida governor and a former CIA spy.

“National Security in a Changing World: From the perspective of an academic, a general, a spy and a statesman,” will be Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. in the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida. It is sponsored by the Florida Law Review, and 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: One-Stop Shopping for Books and Articles

In the past, researchers looking for material on a particular subject in our collection would need to conduct searches in multiple locations. They could find books in our catalog, but they would also need to search in several different journal databases and web sites to find all relevant sources.

But all of that is no longer necessary. A new tool called OneSearch creates a “one-stop shopping” alternative. OneSearch automatically combs through not only our online catalog, but also the majority of the resources available from all UF libraries, including large databases such as HeinOnline, ProQuest, and Academic Search Premier. It will also search non-scholarly sources, including newspapers, magazines, and trade publications.

For more information about OneSearch, Smathers Library has created a useful research guide. And as always, your library liaisons are available to answer any questions you may have about using our resources.