News Briefs: March 24, 2014

Published: March 24th, 2014

Category: News Briefs

Dean Robert Jerry to hold informal town hall regarding dean succession

Dean Robert Jerry will be available to discuss with students the law dean succession process and search on Tuesday, March 25, from noon in 1 p.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180). Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Alyson Flournoy and Professor (and former Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) George Dawson will also attend and participate in this informal conversation. All students are welcome.

Music Night 2014 with Dean Jerry

Got a hidden musical talent? Show it off at the upcoming Music Night 2014, held Sunday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the home of Dean Robert Jerry and his wife, Lisa. All students, faculty, and staff are invited — but the “ticket” to attend is that you must bring a dessert and agree to perform a musical piece (play an instrument or sing a song). (Everyone there, other than guests, must perform; this will apply to faculty as well, and this is invariably entertaining!) A piano will be available. Each participant can bring one guest. Space is limited so sign up is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, stop by the Dean’s Office and see Doris Perron.

Thursday is Art Law Society’s Annual Art Show

The Art Law Society’s Annual Art Show is Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in the UF Law Library. Art from students and faculty will be featured, and complementary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Drop off artwork today or tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’d like to drop off your artwork earlier or have any questions, contact Elizabeth Weber (

OUTLaw meets Tuesday

OUTLaw will hold a meeting tomorrow at noon in HOL 285A to discuss upcoming events, including collaboration with the multicultural day, an alumni panel and networking event and fall programming. If you would like to be involved, attend this meeting to get on the listserv.

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.

LIC Notes: Florida Death Penalty Case – SCOTUS Resources

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this month in Hall v. Florida. This case involves the application of the Court’s 2002 ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, which held that the execution of intellectually disabled persons constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, but left to the states “the task of developing ways” to determine which persons are disabled. In Hall, the Court is reviewing Florida’s method, which relies on the defendant’s IQ score.

SCOTUSblog has a collection of resources from the case, including the briefs and the opinion from the Supreme Court of Florida. The audio recording of the oral arguments is also available from the Supreme Court.

UF Law joins MOOC revolution

More than 3,800 have already signed up for UF Law’s Global Student’s Introduction to U.S. Law, which begins May 1 on Coursera and features eight UF Law professors. The eight-week course is the first massive open online course offered by the Levin College of Law. More information is at Check out the promotional video here.

Spring events

The spring semester is a busy time for UF Law and you are invited to join us for these and other exciting events. Check out our events page for more information and for registration links:

  • March 24: 7th Annual Wolf Family Lecture: The 7th annual Wolf Family Lecture will feature University of California at Berkeley Law Professor Daniel A. Farber. Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of Law and co-director of Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment. He will deliver the talk, “Property Rights and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities.” The event is free and open to the public. Read more.
  • April 4: EASLS Sports Law Symposium: The symposium will be held April 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center. The event is free and open to all practitioners and UF Law students. Click here to register and visit the UF Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society Facebook page for the latest news and developments. 5 CLE credits will be afforded to each practitioner who attends. Note: Registration closes Friday.