Conferences, Symposia & CLE

WANTED: Attorneys seeking efficient/economical way to add to legal knowledge, earn Florida Bar-approved CLE credits, network with peers, renew relationships and discuss trends with academicians, scout quality students for job openings, make contact with U.S./international specialty professionals and prestigious speakers/ executives for personal/firm follow-up.

Thanks to UFLaw faculty, staff and administrators, solving this seemingly impossible objective becomes doable up to 30 times each year. With a plethora of timely and engaging programs featuring national and international law experts, UF is providing an easy, enriching and entertaining way for attorneys to meet, network, learn and earn CLE credits.

“We’re gaining a reputation for putting on informative, educational and timely conferences,” said UFLaw Director of Conference Planning and Special Projects Barbara DeVoe. “Increased attendance at conferences shows the college is meeting a need.”

“Conferences provide an excellent opportunity for practitioners, faculty and students to broaden legal horizons, and also to receive first-hand information on major, current legal issues,” said David Saliwanchik of Saliwanchik Lloyd & Saliwanchik of Orlando and Gainesville. His firm provided a substantial five-year gift supporting lectures, internships, conferences and UF’s Intellectual Property Law Certificate Program.

Just two weeks after the September 11 attacks, the law school hosted a public forum entitled “Legal Implications of the Attack on America,” which featured Christopher Weeramantry of Sri Lanka, immediate past vice president of the International Court of Justice at The Hague. In November 2002, the Asian and Pacific American Law Students Association presented “Afghan Women Under the Taliban.” In March, former Congressman Bill McCollum presented “Terrorism and 9/11,” and Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law Fletcher Baldwin Jr., director of the UF Center for International Financial Crimes Studies, was a featured speaker in Miami at a “Terrorism and the Money Trail” conference.

Also featured earlier this year were “Defending Childhood: Developing a Child-Centered Policy,” organized by the law school’s Center on Children and the Law, and “The Convergence of the International Law of Human Rights and the Environment: The Case of Pan Columbia,” organized by the Conservation Clinic of the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR).

A law and technology conference, “Leveraging Technology for Extraordinary Business Growth,” took place at UF, with Bill Hamilton of Holland & Knight as keynoter, as did “Legal and Policy Issues in the Americas,” conducted annually by CGR.

Conferences also draw prestigious speakers. The “Race and Race Relations: Perspective and Recommendations” conference in March featured author Randall Robinson and former Jamaican cabinet minister Dudley Thompson. Jaap Doek, chairman of the U.N. Committee on Rights of the Child, was a featured attendee of the conference on children.

“Our conference organizers get national and international experts and schedule programs to boost professionalism of the attorneys and provide continuing legal education,” DeVoe said. “It’s an excellent opportunity for the exchange of ideas among practitioners.”

For information about upcoming events or to suggest a speaker or sponsor a conference, contact DeVoe (352.392.8070 or