News Briefs: Nov. 4, 2013

Published: November 4th, 2013

Category: News Briefs

New ranking places UF Law No. 1 in quality of network

A recent ranking named the University of Florida Levin College of Law No. 1 for “quality of network” among private and public law schools, followed closely by Yale University and Stanford University. ranked the top 25 law schools in a number of categories, including social life, financial aid and career support. UF Law also placed No. 1 for social life, No. 5 for financial aid and No. 7 for career support. reaches out to current and recent graduate students via scholarship entries and social media to review aspects of their graduate programs on a scale from one to 10. The scores are averaged, and then the law schools ranked according to score. More than 4,000 currently enrolled and recently graduated students from more than 150 law schools completed surveys conducted from Sept. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013 for these lists, according to the website. To see the full rankings, visit

Dean Jerry’s band, in crisis, to perform at Gator Growl this Friday

UF Law Dean Robert Jerry will once again be performing at this year’s Gator Growl 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.

This is the 90th Gator Growl in UF’s history and features performances by The Fray and Sister Hazel.

Other homecoming weekend activities include UF’s Homecoming and Alumni Barbecue, which will begin 2 1/2 hours before kickoff and last until the game begins. The barbecue features games, contests and more.

Ticket information for both events can be found at

Christian Legal Society co-hosts lecture on ‘doing justice’

Did you catch National Public Radio’s piece on mandatory sentencing and judicial discretion Oct. 24? They focused on Chicago in that discussion, but this is an important issue in Florida too — and is not easy to sort out. Among the issues are:

  • What should the legislature’s role be in setting mandatory sentences?
  • How much discretion should be left to the judiciary, and, specifically, to the judges who preside over our courts?
  • Does justice call only for retribution or does restorative justice have a place?
  • What does Christianity have to say on this matter?
  • What role should personal conviction play in judicial discretion, especially if that personal conviction takes the form of religious faith?

If you agree with NPR in seeing these questions as raising crucial issues for justice, make plans to attend a lecture on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. as the Christian Legal Society and the Christian Study Center host the Honorable Kevin Blazs of the 4th Circuit Court of Florida to speak on “Doing Justice: Retribution and Restoration in Criminal Sentencing.” The lecture will be held in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. Refreshments will be served in the courtyard following the lecture. Free parking is available starting at 3:30 p.m.

The Federalist Society Presents: The role of a federal appeals court judge

A federal appeals court judge plays an important and difficult role in our judicial system. Come have a conversation with Judge Gerald Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit as he discusses the topic of the role of a federal appeals court judge. The Federalist Society will host the discussion Wednesday at noon in HOL 285C. What roles do concepts like originalism and textualism play?

Tjoflat is an accomplished jurist. He is currently the longest-serving federal appeals court judge still in active service, having elected not to take senior status. Former President Richard Nixon appointed Tjoflat to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 1970. Former President Gerald Ford appointed him to the Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in 1975 before he was reassigned to the 11th Circuit in 1981, where he served as chief judge from 1989 to 1996. Prior to his service as a federal judge, he was in private practice in Jacksonville and a judge on the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida. He has been a judge on various courts since 1968.

UF Law/EDRM webinar sponsored by Nuix, “E-Discovery Processing Made Simple”

Join us on Thursday, noon – 1 p.m. when we present the free UF Law/EDRM webinar, “E-Discovery Processing Made Simple” – sponsored by Nuix.

To find critical electronically stored information in a large body of data, you often first need to process the data. And when you process data, you better do so in a way you can defend. With the help of Nuix’s new e-discovery director, the University of Florida E-Discovery Project team will de-mystify processing and walk the audience though data processing from document input to output for review. Learn the critical processing events you need to know and watch how processing can be managed with intuitively understandable graphics, charts and reports.

Speakers and Moderators are:

  • Martin Audet, Nuix
  • Bill Hamilton, UF Law E-Discovery Project
  • George Socha, EDRM
  • Tom Gelbmann, EDRM

Go here for the live webcast:

Florida Supreme Court Justice Canady visits UF Law Nov. 18

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady will be a guest lecturer in Professor Jon Mills’ Florida Constitutional Law course on Monday, Nov. 18, as part of the Ben Overton Lectures in Florida Constitutional Law.

Canady’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. It will be followed by a reception.

Canady was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by former Gov. Charlie Crist in 2008, and he served as chief justice from 2010 to 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was named to the 2nd District Court of Appeal by former Gov. Jeb Bush, after service as his general counsel.

He served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, including as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. He also served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives.

He received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1976 and his J.D. from the Yale Law School in 1979.

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. He retired after 25 years on the court, and served as chief justice from 1976 to 1978.

Sports Law Symposium returns

After an extended hiatus, the UF Law Sports Law Symposium will be back in full force in the spring.

The symposium will be held April 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. The event is free and open to all practitioners and UF Law students. CLE credits are pending. Click here to register and visit the UF Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society Facebook page for the latest news and developments.

The symposium will cover a variety of crucial topics in the field of sports law and will feature a variety of experts in the field. The keynote speakers are Darren Heitner (JD 10), the founder of the Sports Law Symposium, the Sports Agent Blog, co-founder of Collegiate Sports Advisors and partner at Wolfe Law Miami, P.A., and Kristi Dosh (JD 07), founder of and author of Saturday Millionaires: How Winning Football Builds Winning Colleges.

The event is sponsored by the UF Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society.

For questions or further information, contact the UF Law Symposium Chair and EASLS President Joshua Corriveau at

Honor Code Committee selects newest members

photoThe UF Honor Code Committee is pleased to announce the election of its newest committee members. Daniel Ley, Melissa Roque, Susan John, Caitlin Shields, Matthew Fernandez, pictured from left, were selected by their fellow students to represent their class on the Honor Code Committee.