News Briefs: Oct. 21, 2013

Published: October 21st, 2013

Category: News Briefs

CISG group close up 2013 sept

FIRST ROW (left to right): Sieg Eiselen, Wentong Zheng, Qi Zhou, Harry Flechtner.
MIDDLE ROW (left to right): Larry DiMatteo, Claire Germain, Reiner Schulze, Lisa Spagnolo, Petra Butler.
TOP ROW (left to right): Rafael Ortiz, Ulrich Magnus, Michael Bridge, André Janssen.

Faculty participate in international sales law scholars conference

On Sept. 27-28, a conference of international sales law scholars convened in St. Augustine, Fla., to present research related to the writing of a comprehensive treatise on international sales law and international sales contracting. UF Law Professor Larry DiMatteo hosted the select group, whose members have written dozens of books and hundreds of articles on the topic. Those participating included: Michael Bridge (London School of Economics), Petra Butler (Victoria University), Larry DiMatteo (University of Florida), Sieg Eiselen (University of South Africa), Harry Flechtner (University of Pittsburgh), Claire Germain (University of Florida), Ulrich Magnus (University of Hamburg), André Janssen (Center for European Private Law), Rafael Ortiz (University of Madrid), Reiner Schulze (University of Münster) Lisa Spagnolo (Monash University), Wentong Zheng (University of Florida), and Qi Zhou (University of Leeds). The sessions covered key topical areas ranging from jurisdictional issues, pre-contractual liability, contract formation, standard terms, performance and breach, conformity of goods, contractual excuse, damages and remedies, post-contractual obligations, contract interpretation, commercial agency, trade terms, risk of loss, language and translation, intellectual property protection and dispute resolution.

The participants came from countries representing the civil law (Germany, Spain), common law (Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States), and mixed jurisdiction (South Africa). A cohort of three European publishing companies, from England and Germany, have agreed to publish the treatise. An American publisher is also being sought. The estimated publication date is Spring 2015. The book will be unique in that it will explain the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, but go beyond that analysis to other approaches and also to fill in the gaps in the Convention’s coverage. The treatise will include both comparative law and practice-focused approaches. The core laws to be analyzed include: American, English, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.  A group of experts in those individual national laws will be used to assist the authors in writing their topics. The International Sale Law Conference was co-sponsored by the Levin College of Law, Warrington College of Business Administration, Center for International Business Education and Research (US Department of Education), and the University of Florida Office of Research.

‘Balancing Work and Life: A Woman’s Perspective’ on Oct. 22

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers UF chapter and the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Law Student Division are hosting a panel entitled, “Balancing Work and Life: A Woman’s Perspective” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, noon to 2 p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. The panel of six women in a variety of positions in the legal field will address how they juggle a demanding legal career with their personal lives, including family, children, and community involvement. The panel includes:

  • Jeanne M. Singer, chief assistant state attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit in Alachua County
  • Melanie Griffin, associate at Dean Mead and President of The Florida Bar Young Lawyer Division
  • Susan Goffman, director of Legal Services for the University of Florida Foundation
  • The Honorable Denise R. Ferrero, Alachua County Court judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit
  • Berta Hernandez-Truyol, professor at UF Law
  • Jo Thacker, partner at Broad and Cassel

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception in the advocacy center.

FJIL collecting non-perishable goods for Salvation Army now thru Nov.1

Every semester the Florida Journal of International Law (FJIL) makes the effort to contribute to a local charity. This fall the group has chosen to donate non-perishable goods to the Salvation Army and is asking the UF Law community and beyond to donate various food items. The Salvation Army donates more 450 bags of food a month to those in need.

With the busy holiday season on the horizon, the Salvation Army needs donations more than ever. The items can include canned foods – vegetables, tuna, fruits, soups, beans, meats – juice boxes, packaged pasta, granola bars, cereal, tea bags, powdered milk, cake mix, pancake mix, syrup, rice, baby formula and baby diapers.

FJIL will have a few large boxes by the entrance of the journal office on the second floor of Bruton-Geer Hall to drop donations. The drives runs from Monday, Oct. 14 to Friday, Nov. 1. The group thanks UF Law and others for the support.

Justice Lewis lecture open to law faculty, students

Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis will be a guest lecturer in Professor Jon Mills’ Florida Constitutional Law course on Monday, Oct. 28, as part of the Ben Overton Lectures in Florida Constitutional Law.

Lewis’s lecture is open to all Levin College of Law faculty and students. The class meets at 3 p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center.

A former chief justice and founder of Justice Teaching, Lewis was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1998 by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles (JD 55). While serving as chief justice, he founded Justice Teaching, an organization that now has over 3,900 volunteer lawyers and judges placed with and active in Florida public schools, which enhances civic and law-related education through the active programs in all levels of Florida schools. As chief justice, he also convened the first commission and statewide all branch mental health summit which developed and proposed a unified and comprehensive plan to address the increasing needs with the intersection of mental illness and the justice system.

He also attempted to provide greater public access to justice for the disabled by mandating a survey and audit of all court facilities in Florida through a task force of professionals to identify and remove obstacles to facility access. While chief justice, Lewis also instituted for the first time in Florida, a uniform high-level diversity training program for all Florida judges.

Lewis is a graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland and the University of Miami School of Law. He was in private practice in Miami prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court.

The Overton Lectures were created this year to honor Overton who died in December 2012 while still serving as a UF law professor. He was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 1974 by former Gov. Reubin Askew (JD 56). He retired after 25 years on the court and served as chief justice from 1976 to 1978.

The final speaker of the Overton Lectures is Justice Charles Canady, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18. In addition to UF law students who are enrolled in Florida Constitutional Law, the Overton Lectures are open to UF law faculty and students.

Pizza for your thoughts?

pizzaYou are invited to drop in for free pizza with deans and professors and offer your input on how the law school can better prepare students to be practice-ready graduates. Your participation will help the UF Law Strategic Planning Committee create a plan to boost your college and your future career. The forum is presented by the UF Law Strategic Planning Committee and takes place Tuesday, Oct. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in HOL 355B. For details contact committee co-chairs Jeffrey Davis (  or Tom Ankersen ( Committee members include Jeffrey Davis, Tom Ankersen, Alyson Flournoy, Michael Seigel, Mary Adkins, Mary Jane Angelo, Silvia Menendez, Jason Nance, Jill Womble and Debra Amirin.

Meet the attorneys from Hopping, Green & Sams

UF Law students are invited to an informational meeting Wednesday, Oct. 30, at noon in HOL 285A with attorneys from Hopping, Green & Sams in Tallahassee. Four attorneys will speak with students about the firm as well as provide guidance for studentsabout careers in environmental and land use law and public infrastructure financing and development. Pizza and soft drink will be served.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to ELULP program assistant, Lenny Kennedy, at by Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Ninth annual International Taxation Symposium

The UF Law Graduate Tax Program will welcome distinguished members of the global tax community to present the ninth annual International Tax Symposium, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The symposium is free and open to the public.

These year’s presenters are:

Michael S. Kirsch, Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; Visiting Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law; Judicial Clerkship for Chief Judge Lapsley W. Hamblen, Jr., United States Tax Court, Washington, D.C.

Ekkehart Reimer, Professor Dr., Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Institut für Finanz- und Steuerrecht, Heidelberg, Germany.

Stephen E. Shay, Professor of Practice, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; former Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs in the United States Department of the Treasury; and former Tax Partner, Ropes & Gray, LLP.