News Briefs: Sept. 2, 2014

Published: September 2nd, 2014

Category: News Briefs

Join the UF Law Spanish Conversation Club

Students and professors interested in practicing/speaking Spanish should bring a lunch and meet in the cafeteria Tuesday, Sept. 9, at noon. Depending on the number of interested participants, the group will converse in the cafeteria or move to tables outside. All levels of fluency welcome. Dessert provided for the first meeting. Email Professor Lidsky for more details:

OUTLaw holds first meeting of semester Tuesday at noon

OUTLaw will hold its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at noon in HOL 283. OUTLaw is a group for LGBTQ students and straight allies. The group will discuss an upcoming alumni event and mentoring opportunities. Free pizza for attendees.

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.

Restoration of Civil Rights Project hosts training session Sept. 11

The Restoration of Civil Rights (RCR) Project is hosting a training session on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. in HOL 285A. The Restoration of Civil Rights Project is a volunteer group based out of the law school that helps members of the community with felony convictions apply to have their civil rights restored, including the right to vote. The RCR group provides application assistance at workshops held once a month. It is a low-commitment way for law students to make a difference in the community and earn pro bono hours.

If you plan to attend the training session, add the Restoration of Civil Rights Pro Bono Project to your TWEN page and sign up for the training session, or contact Taissa Morimoto at for additional information.

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.

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