News Briefs: Nov. 2, 2015

Published: November 2nd, 2015

Category: News Briefs

3L named Best Speaker at national trial competition

Nicholas Gurney (3L) was named Best Speaker of the Lone Star Classic mock trial competition Oct. 17. The 2015 competition featured 16 law schools: SUNY Buffalo Law School, Campbell University School of Law, Charleston School of Law, Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Emory University School of Law, Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, University of Florida, Georgia State University College of Law, University of Houston Law Center, University of Maryland, Pepperdine University School of Law, South Texas College of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and American University Washington College of Law. See the full story here: (Photo courtesy of St. Mary’s University)

3L wins first place in environmental competition

Thomas Moody (3L) joined a team of engineering students to compete in the Florida Section of the Air & Waste Management Association’s 51st Annual Conference Competition. The team took first place in a responding to a problem about Florida’s legal and technical response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Clean Power Plan regulation carbon dioxide from existing power plants.

LL.M. student places second in national student writing competition

LL.M. student Christopher Weeg won second place in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel student writing competition. In addition to a cash prize, the article will be published by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

The title is “The Private Trust Company: A DIY for the Uber Wealthy.” The paper examines the private trust company’s history, formation, structure, regulation, tax consequences, and current legislative landscape. Weeg wrote the paper for his advanced estates & trusts seminar class, and he thanks Professor McCouch for his helpful notes and comments.

Law students, Dean Rosenbury continue service in community

12186640_10153375959508640_1116715784715208628_oOn Saturday, Oct. 24, more than 20 students joined Dean Laura Rosenbury and Michelle Ocepek, director of student programs, to volunteer at the Lubee Bat Conservancy for the 11th Annual Florida Bat Festival. The festival welcomed a record-breaking 5,750 people. Proceeds from the event help to support bat conservation and education programs, and the group extended deep gratitude to UF Law students for their time and assistance. Check out more photos on Facebook.

Law students create Spanish Law Blog

Chispa Spanish Law Blog was created by a group of law students at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. The blog, written in Spanish, is a collaboration between editors committed to publishing posts focused on hot topics in the legal and business environments. Chispa Law Blog welcomes readers to follow and submit posts to the blog.

E-Discovery Distinguished Speaker Series today at 1 p.m.

UF Law continues to lead the way with great opportunities to hear from leading voices in e-discovery. The latest installment of the E-Discovery Distinguished Speaker Series will feature Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York James Francis. Francis is helping to create guidelines to harness ways to give electronic information unique benefits over hard-copy evidence in the courtroom. It will be held today, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom (HOL 180).

Poucher Lecture to explore cybersecurity policy issues with leading experts

Cybersecurity concerns are no longer limited to Silicon Valley technicians or mysterious government offices – they touch virtually every U.S. citizen in some form, whether you do all your banking online or simply shop at Target. The recent data breaches of Anthem Insurance, Ashley Madison and the federal Office of Personnel Management compromised the confidential information of tens of millions of American citizens. What is the best way to prevent further hacks while balancing privacy concerns? How can we protect our digital lives? These concerns, as well as other issues, will be addressed by top cybersecurity and privacy experts from across the country in this year’s Poucher Lecture, “Cybersecurity and Our Digital Lives: A Policy Discussion.”

The Poucher Lecture takes place Monday, Nov. 9, in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom at 5:30 p.m.

CJC Conference: The Crisis in Policing: Violence, Race and Community Relations

The Criminal Justice Center will host this one-day conference that focuses on the current state of police-community relations in the U.S. This issue has come into sharp relief since the shooting of Michael Brown and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The will be an excellent opportunity to hear directly from leading scholars from Southeastern law schools and practitioners and activists in the state of Florida. This event takes place Nov. 13 in the Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center and HOL 180 will serve as an overflow room.

Environmental law students enjoy perks of program

photo1The University of Florida Levin College of Law Environmental and Land Use Law Program held its annual pot luck dinner on Oct. 15 at Professor Mary Jane Angelo’s Lake house.

More than 45 ELULP students and faculty attended. As pictured, several students did a sunset kayak excursion on the lake.

Law students clean up local woods

P1030603Ten UF Law students and Professor Tom Ankersen spent their Saturday morning on Oct. 17 volunteering at the law school to clean up the woods on campus.