News Briefs: April 7, 2014
Town Hall Meeting Monday at 11 a.m.
The John Marshall Bar Association will host a town hall meeting for students at Monday, April 7, at 11 a.m. in HOL 285B.
Seeds of Violence: Toxic Stress & the Developing Brain
The Center on Children and Families invites you to tune into a live webcast at 9 a.m. on Friday to hear Daniel Goldowitz, Ph.D., a renowned neurodevelopmental psychologist from Vancouver, discuss current, cutting-edge research on toxic stress and its effect on the developing brains of young children. This presentation is part of an invitation-only workshop where space is limited. CCF wants to begin the conversation about how to transform contemporary research into practices that help all children reach their fullest potential. Live feed will be available in HOL 382 or online here. The presentation is sponsored by the Center on Children and Families, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.
Innocence Project of Florida executive director speaks at 4 p.m.
The Criminal Law Association and the Criminal Justice Center present The Innocence Project of Florida: Issues Related to Wrongful Convictions, featuring Seth Miller, Esq., executive director of the Innocence Project of Florida Monday at 4 p.m. in HOL 285B. Miller serves on the board of directors of the Innocence Network and litigates post-conviction DNA cases. Pizza, wings and refreshments will be served.
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 by Thursday.
LIC Notes: “Contraception Mandate” Cases – Oral Arguments
The Supreme Court heard arguments last week in what are likely the most closely watched cases of the current term. Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius both involve challenges to the contraception coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act, brought by two for-profit, secular corporations under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The audio recording and transcript of the oral arguments are now available, and we have also collected coverage and reactions from around the web. Of course, if you are looking for information or sources not included here, contact Todd Venie.
- Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog
- Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog
- Adam Liptak at The New York Times
- Nina Totenberg at NPR
- Richard Wolf at USA Today
- Jess Bravin at The Wall Street Journal
- Ruthann Robson at Constitutional Law Prof Blog
- Anne Tucker at Business Prof Law Blog
- Will Baude at The Volokh Conspiracy
- Sahil Kapur at Talking Points Memo
- Dahlia Lithwick at Slate
UF Law joins MOOC revolution
More than 4,000 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 www.coursera.org/course/globalintrouslaw. Check out the promotional video here.