News Briefs: March 31, 2014

Published: March 31st, 2014

Category: News Briefs

BLSA students excel in national competition

The University of Florida Black Law Students Association attended the National Black Law Students Association National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisc., March 12 to 17. UF BLSA sent two 1L students, Ashley Dunbar and Nick Camillo, to compete in the Nelson Mandela International Negotiation Competition. They both worked diligently and stayed through spring break to prepare for the competition. Their efforts were rewarded with a top-four finish.

“The purpose of the annual NBLSA Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition is to hone vital negotiation skills. Competition problems are selected in an effort to illuminate issues affecting the globe. Negotiating these cross-border transactions and disputes helps prepare students for negotiation in their future careers,” according to the BLSA website. “Students will have the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from legal practitioners while interacting with other students that may have a different negotiating style. This competition helps law students become aware of and experience the unique aspects of international legal negotiations including various ethical and social norms, a broad spectrum of business practices, and the difficulty of cross-cultural communication.”

OUTLaw meets Tuesday to discuss elections, upcoming events

OUTLaw will meet tomorrow at noon in HOL 355A to discuss elections, upcoming events, including 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.

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.

Art Law Society’s Annual Art Show takes place Thursday

The Art Law Society’s Annual Art Show, which features arts and crafts created by UF Law students, staff, and faculty, is Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in the UF Law Library. Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to SUBMIT their own artwork no later than 2 p.m. on Thursday. To arrange for a submission, contact Elizabeth Weber at (

Past submissions include paintings, photographs, ceramic works, sculptures, glass work and fabric.

Trade Secrets Workshop a success

How much does Toyota have to disclose about vehicles that killed people? Must Google publicize how its algorithms work? How much should voters be allowed to know about voting machine glitches.

The Trade Secrets and Information Policy Workshop sparked discussion on issues centering around competitively sensitive information such as these when it came to UF Law campus Feb. 27 – Feb. 28.

Professor Elizabeth Rowe, who was one of the speakers and the event’s lead organizer, teaches the trade secrets class at UF Law.

The two-day event included seven sessions led by key players in the trade secrets field, and it allowed time for participants to review each other’s research papers.

“It’s really a great opportunity to be supportive of each other,” she said.

Rowe invited a few UF Law students to attend alongside the scholars to engage them outside of the classroom. It also exposed nationwide experts to the caliber of students at UF Law, she said.

As for the future of trade secrets law at UF, Rowe said she hopes the school will sponsor and participate in more workshops that bring nationally prominent scholars to campus to spread their knowledge.

LIC Notes: Comparative Constitutional Research – New Search Tool

Google is hosting a new resource for comparing constitutions of the world. Developed by the Comparative Constitutions Project, the Constitute database provides access to the full text of the constitutions of 189 countries. Even more useful, however, are its searching and indexing features, which allow users to quickly compare provisions on particular subjects.

For example, a search for “freedom of press” results in 149 constitutions, arranged alphabetically by country (seen below). The relevant passage of each constitution is provided, and can be accessed in HTML format or downloaded as a PDF.

The database also allows users to browse over 300 topics, and to filter by specific country or region. According to the database’s creators, the constitutions are current as of September of 2013. If you have any questions about this database or any other information resource, contact Todd Venie.

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.