News Briefs: Aug. 25, 2014

Published: August 25th, 2014

Category: News Briefs

FJIL article wins Golden Quill Award from the Florida Historical Society

An article edited by a group of UF Law students and published in 2012 by the school’s Florida Journal of International Law (FJIL) won the Golden Quill Award from the Florida Historical Society for Outstanding Florida History Article for 2014.

The article, “The Constitution of Cádiz in Florida,” was written by Professor M.C. Mirow, associate dean of International & Graduate Studies and professor of law at the FIU College of Law.

The article explores the constitutional history of St. Augustine and East Florida from 1812 to 1821 during Spanish rule of the region.

Students interested in joining FJIL can visit the Journal Offices at 218 Bruton-Geer Hall for more information.

Founded in 1984, the Florida Journal of International Law (FJIL) is a scholarly publication devoted to timely discussion of prescient international legal issues.  Its subscribers include legal scholars and practitioners from around the world. The journal, published three times a year, is one of four co-curricular, student-run publications produced at UF Law, according to the FJIL website.

Entertainment and Sports Law Society hosts introductory event for 1Ls

The Levin College of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society (EASLS) will host an introductory event for incoming 1Ls. The event will be held at noon on Wednesday in HOL 244. New students and interested 2Ls and 3Ls can learn more about the exciting events EASLS hosts throughout the year. Food will be provided. 1L section representatives will also be elected at this meeting. Students interested in being a section representative for EASLS can give short speeches at the meeting and members will vote.

National marijuana policy topic of 2014 Poucher Lecture

The Phillips Center will host Oct. 24 an exploration of the legalization of marijuana under the auspices of the Florida Law Review. The issue of legalizing marijuana is timely because Florida voters on Nov. 4 will decide whether to authorize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The discussion will provide factual information regarding all facets of legalizing marijuana, bringing together experts on law, public policy, law enforcement and medicine. It will explore whether legalizing marijuana is beneficial or harmful. Once again, the Poucher Lecture Series will bring to the University of Florida world-class experts to engage in a substantive dialogue on a timely topic.

CCF and CJC announce “Survivors” domestic violence conference

The Criminal Justice Center and the Center on Children and Families will host “Survivors: Defendants/Victims of Domestic Violence” Conference at UF Law from Oct. 30-31. The conference will focus on victims of domestic violence who became defendants in the criminal justice system as a result of their response to violence against them. The conference will feature Joshua Safran, attorney for Deborah Peagler, whose story is captured in the award winning documentary “Crime After Crime” ( and Kevin Cobbin, former attorney for Marissa Alexander, the subject of the controversial Jacksonville “warning shot” case. The conference will begin with a screening of “Crime After Crime” on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. Lectures from Safran and Cobbin will begin on Friday, Oct. 31, at 9 a.m.

Campus group announces innovative voting services for students

As the semester begins, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service is gearing up for a push to register UF students to vote. The center has partnered with an innovative service called TurboVote that allows students to register, update voter registration information, request absentee ballots and sign up for election reminders via text. Thanks to a partnership with student affairs the center is able to offer this as a free service to anyone with a UFL email address. Visit for more information and to register.

LIC Notes: Submitting articles to law reviews and journals

For those preparing to submit articles for publication in law reviews and journals this fall, Allen Rostron and Nancy Levit at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law have compiled some useful information about the submission process.

There are two charts in the compilation, each containing information about the general law reviews and journals at 203 U.S. law schools (specialized journals are not included). The first chart includes the designated submission method (ExpressO, email, etc.) for each journal, as well as article formatting requirements and policies regarding expedited review and submission withdrawal. The authors collected this information from the websites of each journal.

The second chart (which begins on page 52 of the PDF linked below) collects rankings information for each journal and its law school. It combines scores and ranking positions from both U.S. News & World Report and the Washington and Lee website.

All information in the charts is current through July 2014, and the document is available on SSRN.

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