2 0 1 2 - 2 0 1 3 L E V I N C O L L E G E O F L A W P R O S P E C T U S UF Law The study of law should enrich the rest of your life and the lives of those you touch. The Fredric G. Levin College of Law, Florida’s oldest public law school and its most prestigious, prepares students for a lifetime of legal excellence and leadership. They study among accomplished students, profes- sors and practitioners. Graduates join an alumni network whose legacy of legal, civic and commercial Welcome. leadership spans more than 100 years. 4 Your Future 6 Students 8 Excellence 10 Alumni 12 Leadership 14 Gator Nation 16 Career 18 Facilities 20 Library 22 Campus 24 University 26 Community 28 Curriculum 40 Faculty 46 Admissions 51 Financial Aid 2 U F L A W Virtual Tour. Scan the QR code with your mobile device to take a virtual tour of the Levin College of Law campus. (To download app, visit www.mobile-barcodes. com/qr-code-software/.) P R O S P E C T U S 3 At the Levin College of Law we nurture future leaders and elite professionals for the legal world and beyond. Our mission statement explains how: Exceptional faculty, staff and students are committed to “excellence in educating professionals, advancing Your Future. legal scholarship, serving the public, and fostering justice. We aspire to prepare lawyers to serve their clients, the justice system, and the public with a high level of accomplishment and a commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession.” “You will find a stimulating intellectual environment here that nurtures who you are now and the type of profession- al you want to become. You will acquire the foundation you need to practice at the highest level of competency, and you will begin to tackle fundamental questions relat- ed to justice, service and the rule of law. A great many of our alumni have reached the highest levels of professional accomplishment and I can assure you they deeply value their law degrees from the University of Florida.” —DEAN ROBERT JERRY II Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law 4 U F L A W UF Law’s lively campus matches • UF Law ranked 13th in the nation • A diverse curriculum with a broad excellent teaching and scholarship for the number of 2011 graduates in range of opportunities for study. After with exquisite value. full-time, permanent jobs for which the first year, 178 courses are offered • Florida’s only top-50 law school a law degree is required. • Expansive, state-of-the-art facilities. is ranked No. 25 among all public • Graduates leave the law school • One of only five law schools in law schools and No. 48 overall by carrying the sixth lowest debt load the country to house an academic U.S. News and World Report. The among top 50 law schools, one research and resource center devoted Graduate Tax program is ranked reason we say UF Law is among the to the study of race and race relations. No. 1 among public schools and best values in the country. • Consistently ranked among the top No. 2 overall; Environmental • Internationally recognized faculty 10 law schools nationwide by the and Land Use Law is ranked is known for excellence in teaching Hispanic Business Review. fifth among public schools and and scholarship. The average • Oldest public and the most ninth overall; Alternative Dispute student evaluation of teaching for prestigious law school in Florida Resolution is ranked seventh among the faculty each semester is over 4.2 with nearly 20,000 dedicated public schools and 16th overall. on a 5-point scale. alumni. P R O S P E C T U S 5 Thirty-eight students enrolled in 1909, UF College of Law’s first year in operation. The college consisted of one building and admission requirements included at least two years of high school. Over the course of more than a century, UF Law has produced more than half of the leaders of The Florida Bar and five American Bar Association presidents since 1973. Meanwhile, it has grown into a top-tier law school where U.S. Supreme Court justices and other legal luminaries appear regu- larly to talk with the 1,100 students that enjoy state-of- Students. the art facilities, many new or renovated since 2005. “As far as I could remember I wanted to be a lawyer and as far as I can remember the only law school and the only school I ever wanted to go to was the University of Florida, and it was not because the Gators were a great football team. There’s something special about the education that we get here and the contacts that we make while we’re here and that we make with other alumni upon graduating. I can’t think of a better place to go to law school.” —JORGE LABARGA (JD 79) Justice of the Florida Supreme Court 6 U F L A W In 2011, The Florida Tax Moot Court Team, seen here with advisor and UF Law Professor Steven Willis at right, won the National Tax Moot Court competition held in St. Petersburg, Fla., after finishing second the year before. First-rate Qualifications. • Of the combined 2011-2012 student Florida, University of Michigan – Ann • The student body during the 2011-2012 body, 25 percent were minorities: 11 Arbor, University of North Carolina academic year was comprised of 1,098 percent Hispanic, 6 percent African- – Chapel Hill, University of Notre students, 976 of whom are J.D. students American, 5 percent Asian-American Dame, University of Texas – Austin, from throughout the Southeast and the and 1 percent Native-American/Alas- University of Virginia, University of nation. kan. Wisconsin, Washington University, • Thirty-four students are earning joint • The student body consisted of 56 per- and Vanderbilt. J.D./master’s or Ph.D. degrees. cent men and 44 percent women. • Many students come directly from • Two hundred and ninety-one students in • Students enrolled at the Levin College earning a bachelor’s degree, while oth- the 2011 fall entering J.D. class. of Law have undergraduate degrees ers have experience in the working • One hundred and twenty-two students representing more than 70 institu- world including the fields of account- are enrolled in LL.M. and S.J.D. programs. tions, including American University, ing, business and finance, education, The nine students in UF Law’s LL.M. in Boston College, Cornell, Duke, Emory, journalism, sales and marketing, soft- Comparative Law Program hail from Georgetown, Princeton, Texas A&M, ware development and urban plan- countries including South Africa, China, University of Alabama, University of ning. Graduates consistently outpace Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Argentina. California, Los Angeles, University of the rest of the state on the bar exam. P R O S P E C T U S 7 Excellence. Most Outstanding Advocate. Just as the NCAA names its Most Outstanding Player for the annual March Madness basketball tournament, the American Bar Association names the best advocate during the annual moot court competition that brings together America’s top 16 university teams. In 2011, that award went to UF Law’s Wilbert Vancol (JD 11). Vancol warmed up for the competition on the UF Law campus with other members of the UF Law Moot Court Team before the entire Florida Supreme Court inside the new 100-seat Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom. Vancol’s was one among many victories on the national stage by UF Law students, including UF Law Tax Moot Court Florida Supreme Court Chief team’s first place finish in the national competition and Justice Charles T. Canady the seventh national UF Law Trial Team tournament makes lively conversation with UF Law students. win in the last eight years. 8 U F L A W “While here I’ve had a chance to meet the entire Florida Supreme Court either through moot court or other organizations and engage them in in-depth conversations about the practice of law and what they expect from law students. That’s not something available at every law school.” —WILBERT VANCOL (JD 11) Best Advocate, 2011 ABA National Moot Court Competition UF Law Students Lead the Nation. The collaborative environment in the 2012 Entering Class Profile* classroom and study sessions leads to • Class size 288 • Out of state students 11% distinction on the national and interna- • Median LSAT/GPA 162/3.59 • Age range 20-47 tional stage: • LSAT 75th/25th% 164/160 • Out of college 1-4 years 41% • The Florida Tax Moot Court Team • GPA 75th/25th% 3.73/3.33 • Out of College 5+ years 8% placed first in the 2011 National Moot • Women 41% U • ndergraduate colleges Court competition held in St. Peters- • Minorities 25% represented 68 burg, Fla. *As of orientation day, Aug. 13, 2012. • The Florida Trial Team was the 2011 National Champion at the National round of 32 teams out of 255 at the • Graduates consistently outpace Criminal Trial Competition spon- 2011 Willem C. Vis International the rest of the state on the bar sored by the National Association of Commercial Arbitration Moot in exam. On the 2011 exams, Criminal Defense Lawyers in San Vienna, Austria. 89.3 percent of UF Law Antonio, Texas. • The Florida Trial Team won the 2010 graduates passed, exceeding • The International Commercial Ar- Florida Bar Chester Bedell Memorial the pass rate for first-time bitration Moot Team finished in the Mock Trial Competition. takers by 9.3 percentage points. P R O S P E C T U S 9 The accomplishments, involvement and support of UF Law alumni distinguish them as one of the most powerful alumni networks in the nation. More than 22,000 alumni have graduated since the college’s founding, representing UF throughout Florida, the nation and worldwide. Among them are more American Bar Association presidents than those from any other law school in the past 30 years, dozens of state and federal judges and lawmak- ers, Florida governors, and nationally prominent lawyers, executives and academics. Alumni. “I will tell you why you should go to law school. You go to law school because a law degree is one of the most powerful weapons on Earth because it gives you the power to right a wrong and who else but a lawyer can look at an injustice and do some- thing about it. I hope you can follow your dream.” —STEPHEN N. ZACK (JD 71), American Bar Association President 2010-2011 and UF Law graduate 10 U F L A W Four consecutive Gators lead The Florida Bar, the nation’s second largest bar. From left are Gwynne Young (JD 74), Scott Hawkins (JD 83), Eugene K. Pettis (JD 85), Executive Director John F. “Jack” Harkness (JD 69) and Mayanne Downs (JD 87). Meet the Gator Nation • Five alumni have served as American Bar • Eighteen Levin College of Law alumni have • Eleven graduates became presidents of Association presidents since 1973; that’s served on the Florida Supreme Court. colleges, including University of Florida. more than any other law school during the • Four graduates have served as governors • Thirteen graduates have served as same period. of Florida. Hundreds more have served deans of law schools, including three • UF Law is ranked fourth among public law as state senators and representatives, who led their alma mater. schools (tied for seventh overall) for the president of the Senate and speaker of • Since The Florida Bar’s inception in 1950, number of degrees granted to sitting fed- the House, including the current House the majority of its presidents, including eral judges as of 2012, according to Federal Speaker Dean Cannon (JD 92), as well as four in a row starting in 2010, have been Judicial Center data. in the Florida Cabinet. Levin College of Law graduates. P R O S P E C T U S 11 UF Law alumni lead the nation as legislators, members of Congress, public servants and federal, state and county judges. And it’s no coincidence that so many presidents of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association call themselves Gators. Successful graduates give back time and money to UF Law, which improves the education for future graduates and Leadership. has built the largest endowment in the state. “In addition to receiving an excellent legal education, I met some great people who went on to make a difference in our state. Many of them helped me in my judicial career. I never would have achieved my goal of becoming a federal judge but for the legal training at the University of Florida.” —STEPHAN P. MICKLE (JD 70), chief judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida Strength on the Bench. dedicate their lives in service to • When considering the character- society, they also serve on the istics of a good judge, “loyalty to judging panels of trial team and the law,” “wisdom,” “fidelity” and moot court competitions to edu- “integrity” spring to mind. These cate the next generation of UF are the attributes society seeks in lawyers in the subtleties of oral its judges and magistrates. advocacy. • As the alma mater of hundreds of • Alumni judges collaborated to federal, state and county judges, establish the Peter T. Fay Jurist- the Levin College of Law takes In-Residence Program at the enormous pride in the accom- Levin College of Law in honor plishments and wisdom of its of the Hon. Peter T. Fay (JD 56), graduates serving on the bench. senior judge on the U.S. 11th Not only do these individuals Circuit Court of Appeals. The 12 U F L A W Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner (JD 79) speaks during a briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in of the White House in Washington. (Getty Images) Jurist-In-Residence Program brings careers. The first African-American Barack Obama’s director of the a working judge to the Levin College to earn a bachelor’s degree from the White House Office of Energy and of Law campus for a week each year University of Florida in 1965, he Climate Change. to interact with and instruct Levin then earned his master’s degree fol- • John H. Hankinson Jr. (JD 79) is at College of Law students. Through lowed by a law degree from UF Law the heart of efforts to recover from this interaction, students gain first- and would eventually become the the Gulf oil spill as executive direc- hand instruction on a broad array first African-American federal judge tor of the EPA’s Gulf Coast Ecosys- of issues relating to judicial process, for the Northern District of Florida. tem Restoration Task Force. substantive law, trial and appellate • Esther Olavarria (JD 86) is deputy advocacy, and the day-to-day prac- Strength in the Government. assistant secretary for policy in the tice of law. • Carol M. Browner (JD 79), the lon- Department of Homeland Security • Stephan P. Mickle is among those gest serving administrator of the • Osvaldo Luis Gratacós (JD 00) is who graduated from UF Law and Environmental Protection Agency, inspector general of the Export Im- went on to distinguished judicial most recently served as President port Bank of the United States. P R O S P E C T U S 13 Students benefit from interaction with distinguished alumni, who get involved in mentoring and extern- ship programs and as guest lecturers and symposia speakers on campus. Alumni at the Levin College of Law are leaders in the legal profession, the judiciary, business, government, public service and education Gator Nation. at state, national and international levels. Each year, these legal professionals are cited as the nation’s best in publications such as The National Law Journal and Best Lawyers in America as they make their mark on society and the legal profession. “At Holland & Knight we go for the best of the best. We are looking for mature, practice-ready young lawyers who can immediately deliver client services in a thoughtful way. We believe in their professionalism, and we know the val- ues that are instilled in them at UF Law. As an alumna, I know the value of the Gator Nation.” —MARTHA BARNETT (JD 73), Holland & Knight senior partner and former chairwoman; past president of the American Bar Association, 2000-2001 14 U F L A W UF Law summer interns, Brandon White and Erica Perdomo, flank U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck (JD 65). Huck, who serves on the UF Law Board of Trustees, is among many active alumni who devote time to mentoring UF Law students. Strong Alumni Ties. W • hile most Levin College of Law alumni practice with law firms throughout Florida and the nation, many also serve as counsel to government agencies, corporations and a wide array of public service organizations. • Strong alumni ties in these areas of the law provide excel- lent internship and externship and clerking opportunities for UF Law students. In addition, Levin College of Law alumni play a key role in the provision of quality and af- fordable legal education at UF, mentoring students and sharing their areas of expertise as adjunct instructors, guest speakers, jurists in residence, journal advisors, and as coaches for trial team. P R O S P E C T U S 15 The Center for Career Development’s professional counselors — all with J.D.s and practical legal experi- ence — offer a wide variety of resources and programs. Beginning in the first year of law school, students get help developing their professional identities, planning their career searches and establishing marketing tech- niques that will serve them throughout their careers. Resources include: • Summer and school-year extern- and New York City to help students W • orkshops on practical career ships, helping students get practi- market themselves to out-of-state em- skills, from polishing a resume to cal legal experience as well as aca- ployers. Through employer diversity “working a room” to handling call- demic credit. initiatives students also receive infor- back interviews as well as seminars • An online job bank listing part- mation about summer associate di- on career path exploration and time and full-time positions versity programs, employer receptions becoming a successful professional. available to students and alumni, and provision of diverse employment • Individual counseling to formu- resume books, job search links and resources. late a career path and determine resources, online appointment appropriate job-search strategies. scheduling and more. Practical Experience. • Interview skills development, in- • A website with downloadable Nothing strengthens a resume like ex- cluding mock interviews. resource materials, samples and perience. UF Law helps students gain • On- and off-campus networking forms. practical, hands-on skills through: events to meet and learn from • The Externship Program, in Career. legal professionals from law firms, Employer Resources. which students earn academic government agencies, public inter- The Career Development Center, credit, provides valuable experience est organizations, corporations, the which is part of the Office of Student in private corporations, every level judiciary and the military. Affairs, offers many services to em- of government, the judiciary and • Job search aids, career exploration ployers that make it easy for them to nonprofit organizations. materials and employment and interview and hire Levin College of • Pro Bono and Community salary data nationally and from Law students and alumni. Employers Service Projects connect law recent graduates to help assess are actively encouraged to post their students with organizations seek- career options. hiring needs at no cost with the Levin ing volunteers for public interest • Job search tips and news about College of Law. The college brings projects. Participants gain valuable CCD programs through the cen- employers — including many top work experience and earn recogni- ter’s listservs and newsletters, with national law firms — to campus to tion certificates honoring them for updates in the center’s weekly pub- interview students in one of the larg- their accomplishments. lication. est on-campus recruiting programs • Part-time or summer employ- • Two mentor programs, one for in the Southeast. The college also has ment opportunities are available in first-year students and one for up- videoconference interview facilities law firms, businesses or as teaching perclassmen. and participates in multiple off-cam- or research assistants and can be • Assistance with applying for post- pus recruiting events in cities such as found through the Symplicity graduate judicial clerkships. Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago on-line job posting system, 16 U F L A W “UF Law has given me the chance to get real-life substantive experi- ence through an externship work- ing with the in-house counsel department at Discovery Chan- nel Latin America. I applied the theories from my law classes in my everyday work drafting vari- ous contracts and doing extensive research into international legisla- tion and legal trends throughout Central and South America. The experience has been an invaluable part of my legal education.” —ALEXANDER LEON (3L); Discovery Channel Latin America externship, Latino/a American Law Students Association Resume Books, On-Campus Inter- viewing or the numerous off-campus Employment Statistics job fairs and receptions in which UF As of Feb. 15, 2012, the placement success rate for 2011 UF Law graduates was 87.7 percent. participates. Placement SucceSS Rate bReakdown • Attorney mentors benefit students at all levels. The 1L Shadow Program en- Full-time employment requiring bar passage or a J.D., 83.1 percent ables first-year law students to shadow or where a J.D. is directly relevant to the job requirements attorneys in private practice, the court Part-time employment requiring bar passage or a J.D., or 10.3 percent system or legal services and experience where a J.D. is directly relevant to the job requirements the legal environment first hand. 2L Graduate study programs 4.4 percent and 3L students can participate in the Professional employment where a J.D. is indirectly related 3 percent alumni mentor program, with over 80 or unrelated to the job requirements alumni participating as mentors in all Non-professional employment 3.6 percent areas of law. • Clinical programs provide structured emPloyment by field ** and supervised introductions to some Academic 3.3 percent of the most popular areas of law. Business/industry 14.9 percent The CCD also strongly encourages students to participate in one of the Government 11.6 percent many for-credit externship opportuni- Judicial Clerkship 6.6 percent ties and to take advantage of the clinical Law firm (private practice) 54.8 percent programs offered by the Levin College Public Interest 8.9 percent of Law. *Placement success rate is the percent employed plus the percent enrolled in post-graduate academics. For more about UF Law graduates’ employment, including how each category is defined, go to: www.law.ufl.edu/career/employers/graduation-employment- 2011 Graduate Employment. information/employment-statistics ** Due to rounding, figures do not total 100 percent • Seventy-eight percent of the class of 2011 remained in Florida for work, Nine months after graduation the employment rate for Class of 2011 graduates seeking which is typical of UF Law graduating work added to those pursuing a graduate degree was 87.7 percent. A large number of UF classes. The graduates are dispersed Law graduates are accepted into full-time graduate programs after earning their juris doc- throughout 19 states and the District tors. From the Class of 2011, 4.4 percent of the graduates pursued this option while the of Columbia, and three foreign coun- national average was only 2.9 percent. Part of the reason for the high percentage engaged tries. Their average starting salary was in graduate work is the attraction of the Levin College of Law’s LL.M. in Taxation program, $66,800 and their median was $57,000. which is ranked No. 1 among public universities. P R O S P E C T U S 17 Multimillion-dollar expansions have transformed the Levin College of Law. The new facilities include: A free-standing legal advocacy center with an expan- sive courtroom; a law library that is the largest in the Southeast and among the top 20 in the country; comfortable, modern classrooms equipped with advanced technology; and a ceremonial classroom for conferences, receptions and special sessions. The facilities are built around the Marcia Whitney Schott Courtyard, where students meet daily to exchange Facilities. information, attend events and, most importantly, make lifelong friends and colleagues. State of the Art. a bench for accommodating The Martin H. Levin Advocacy seven judges, a jury box and Center Courtroom is the core attorneys’ tables. The courtroom of a $6 million, 19,500-square- also features judge’s chambers foot stand-alone building, which and a jury deliberation room. boasts an impressive two-story The center, which is named in grand foyer and glass entry. The honor of Martin H. Levin (JD courtroom, now in use by UF 88), son and former colleague of Law students, serves a teaching Pensacola attorney and college function enhanced by large namesake Fredric G. Levin (JD monitors overhead, phone and 61), places the Levin College of Internet connections, and tiered Law at the forefront of major seating, which gives 98 students law colleges providing students a clear view of the proceed- with sophisticated facilities and ings. The courtroom includes services. 18 U F L A W P R O S P E C T U S 19 Designed to blend tradition with technology, the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center offers rare books alongside high-speed data ports and ergonom- ic study areas. The foyer opens to spacious rooms with leather arm chairs and views of azaleas and moss-heavy oaks. It is the largest in the Southeast and among the top 20 nationwide. Students have access to 3.5 million-plus volumes in other UF libraries and 43 million titles held by libraries throughout the world. They can access databases that provide federal and state statutes and codes, periodicals, news articles and background materials. Library. If superstar librarians exist, UF Law has one. Claire M. Germain, associate dean for Legal Information, and the head of the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center, came to Florida in 2011 after 18 years leading the Cor- nell law school library. She is widely viewed as leading the library profession into the digital age while forging international links between American legal scholarship, her French homeland and colleagues around the world. 20 U F L A W 100,000 Square-feet of Resources. • The Richard B. Stephens Tax Re- • As the laboratory of the law school, the search Center — named for the information center houses more than co-founder and first director of 600,000 volumes in open-stack displays. the school’s nationally prominent • An open reserve area to give students Graduate Tax Program — featuring direct access to old exams and study aids. nearly 70 study carrels for tax LL.M. • More than 300 individual study carrels students, a graduate lounge, meeting equipped for wireless computers, with room and offices for the Florida playback carrels available for review Tax Review. of taped classes, negotiations and trial • Thirteen study rooms that accommo- skills. Seating for another 300 students date as many as a dozen students for is provided throughout. group study and LL.M. research. P R O S P E C T U S 21 Students are exposed to an enriching intel- lectual environment with visits from U.S. Supreme Court justices, federal judges, Florida Supreme Court justices, American Bar Associ- ation presidents, leading scholars and success- ful practitioners. Every year UF Law students learn the value of preparation as they stand before moot court and trial team panels made Campus. up of federal judges. Every semester students are exposed to new faces, fresh ideas, and the research and professional experiences of people who are shaping the law — gaining knowledge and practical skills that will propel them on their course as future leaders of the profession. 22 U F L A W Distinguished Visitors. Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor speaks to students and the rest of the Levin College of Law commu- nity. The law school has hosted eight U.S. Supreme Court jus- tices — with five of the visits within the past five years — as well as the top legal thinkers and Ginsburg Roberts Stevens Thomas doers from across the country. P R O S P E C T U S 23 As the sixth-largest university in the U.S., the Univer- sity of Florida hosts 16 colleges and nearly 200 graduate programs, drawing students from more than 130 coun- tries and every U.S. state. UF is a member of the presti- gious Association of American Universities and is recog- nized as one of the nation’s leading research universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. The campus occupies 2,000 acres, located mostly within the city of Gainesville. The area is consistently ranked among the best places to live in America, with extensive educational, cultural and recreational offerings. University. The Gator Nation. well-equipped facilities. As a top-tier university, UF The University of Florida boasts consistently attracts world-class national champion sports teams orchestras, plays, operas, ballet that rank among the best in performances and art exhibi- the nation each year. The Gator tions. Students also can join in football team is the most popular numerous casual events such and UF Law students receive as barbecues, game nights, priority status for tickets to each student carnivals, service trips, home game at The Swamp, pep rallies and extracurricular the legendary football stadium activities running the gamut within walking distance of the from intramural team sports law school. Alumni networking and recreational clubs to out- during football tailgates and law door activities. The university student seating blocks combine offers students health and fitness the benefits of a big university programs in spacious, clean and with the intimacy of a law school. 24 U F L A W P R O S P E C T U S 25 Gainesville consistently ranks as one of the best values and best places to live in the nation thanks to its low cost of living, a dynamic arts commu- nity, lush natural environment and the benefits of being the home-town of a major university. Community. The city has been named as “Where to Live Next” by Smithsonian magazine and as one of National Geographic’s “50 Best Places to Live and Play.” Quality of Life. Than Jake, Hot Water Music, nities for cycling, canoeing, hik- A • social scientist projects John Vanderslice, CYNE, Sister ing, golf, camping, bird-watching through 2018 that Gainesville Hazel, and For Squirrels. and fishing. You also can enjoy will be the No. 1 American city • The sports drink Gatorade was festivals and performing arts pro- for the growth of creative-class invented in Gainesville to fuel the grams; national-caliber theaters; jobs, including for knowledge Gator football team. museums and performing arts; workers like lawyers. • With a population of about the largest collection of crystal- • Gainesville is well-known for its 110,000 (and 250,000 in the clear springs in the world; sandy music scene and has spawned county), Gainesville is a busy col- beaches just two hours away; a number of bands and musi- lege town with lots to do on cam- nearby cities such as Tampa-St. cians, including Tom Petty and pus and off. Nearly 65 percent of Petersburg, Orlando, Jacksonville the Heartbreakers, Steven Stills, the county is dotted with scenic and Tallahassee; and dazzling Don Felder and Bernie Leadon lakes, wetlands and trails, which winter weather with plentiful of of The Eagles, Against Me!, Less give students numerous opportu- sun and mild temperatures. 26 U F L A W UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA PERFORMING ARTS DOMiniCk MArTinO • FrienDS OF PAyneS PrAirie P R O S P E C T U S 27 Legal studies are tailored to you as the law school provides courses of study leading to a: Juris Doctor (including certificate programs in Criminal Justice, Environmental and Land Use Law, Estates and Trusts Practice, Family Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International and Comparative Law); Joint degree by combining a J.D. with either a master’s or doctoral degree in just about any disci- Curriculum. pline; Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation; Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Taxation; Doctor of Judicial Science (S.J.D.) in Taxation; Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental and Land Use Law; Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Comparative Law for foreign lawyers. At Your Service. The Office of Student Affairs provides assistance in nearly every area of student life, in- cluding orientation, financial aid, registration, academic and educational counseling, and even personal matters. The of- fice promotes the development of the whole person, not sim- ply the intellectual aspects. Key offerings include: • Introduction to Law School & the Profession, a multi- day orientation program 28 U F L A W How to hit a homerun in your tax seminar. Kristi Dosh (JD 07) got her foot in the door at ESPN after she focused a 3L tax seminar on luxury taxes and revenue sharing in Major League Baseball. She published that academic paper and parlayed it into writing and com- mentary about baseball. She later signed on with ESPN as a sports business reporter. Dosh says of the UF Law tax seminar: “That’s where things changed for me.” that provides an introduc- J.D. Program The required first-year cur- Required courses develop and tion to legal education, The three-year J.D. program is riculum emphasizes practical refine students’ writing abilities, basic legal structures, pro- carefully designed to develop lawyering by teaching students while clinical programs allow fessional responsibilities of students’ analytical abilities, to read and analyze cases, re- students to develop skills in the lawyers-to-be, and general practical knowledge, communi- search and analyze points of context of real cases. Seminars University of Florida infor- cations skills and understanding law efficiently and express those and advanced courses provide mation. of the professional responsibility points clearly. research opportunities and close • Academic Success Program and ethics central to the practice Second- and third-year interaction with faculty. provides ongoing tutoring, of law. Students benefit from students can tailor studies to In combining a top-notch J.D. individual counseling and a variety of teaching methods, specific interests and career curriculum with well-rounded workshops on topics such including traditional “case” and plans through advanced courses, extracurricular opportunities for as exam preparation, time “Socratic” methods, as well as seminars, certificate programs, professional development, UF and stress management, simulations, video critiques, joint degrees, study-abroad op- Law seeks to graduate lawyers communication skills and computer-assisted instruction portunities and more than 100 who are ethical, competent and study methods. and role-playing. elective courses. enthusiastic about the law. P R O S P E C T U S 29 Advanced work hones legal skills. SECOND YEAR • Legal Drafting (2) • Corporations* (3) • Estates and Trusts* (3) • Evidence* (4) • Professional Responsibility (3) THIRD YEAR • Trial Practice* (4) *Registration-priority courses; not required, but faculty recommended Advanced Degrees LL.M. in Taxation. Graduate Tax is the college’s premier program. It is widely recognized by tax scholars and Field Work Externships J.D. Course Progression practitioners nationwide as one of the best, and consistently ranks in the top The college works closely with nu- Degree requirements include comple- two in U.S. News and World Report’s merous organizations, agencies and tion with a passing grade of courses annual ranking of tax programs. UF’s legal service groups — in and outside totaling at least 88 semester credit renowned graduate tax faculty members Florida — to provide law students hours, of which at least 59 must have are authors of some of the most widely with practical experience and profes- been completed through the College used textbooks and treatises, and lecture sional contacts. These opportunities of Law. No more than four of those at numerous conferences and institutes may include pro bono work, part- credits can be earned through co-cur- in the United States and abroad. They time jobs, summer internships and ricular activities. These requirements have been leaders in professional orga- externships. must be fulfilled no earlier than 24 nizations and consultants for the Inter- months and not later than 84 months nal Revenue Service and other major Externships enable students to gain after matriculation as a law student. public and private entities. The Gradu- valuable hands-on experience while ate Tax Program also publishes Florida working for lawyers and judges. Dur- FIRST YEAR Tax Review, a faculty-edited journal ing the externship, each student and • Appellate Advocacy (2 credits) that has become one of the country’s a faculty member maintain contact • Civil Procedure (4) leading tax reviews. Its publication is to enrich the experience through • Constitutional Law (4) aided by extensive tax library holdings academic guidance. Externs work for • Contracts (4) in the Richard B. Stephens Tax Research local, state and federal government • Criminal Law (3) Center. agencies; judges in federal and state • Introduction to Lawyering (2) trial and appellate courts, includ- • Legal Research (1) LL.M. in International Taxation. To ing the Florida Supreme Court and • Legal Writing (2) meet the growing demand for inter- the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; • Property (4) national tax experts in the globalizing nonprofit organizations; and private • Torts (4) economy, the Levin College of Law corporations. A student may earn up began offering a Master of Laws in to six credits for externship work per- International Taxation in Fall 2005. formed during law school. The one-year course of study features a 30 U F L A W renowned tax faculty, superb curriculum of great breadth and depth, distinguished stu- dents from around the world, and the many Joint Degrees benefits and opportunities stemming from For students interested in other F • orest Resources the Graduate Tax Program. fields, joint degree programs can and Conservation be established in nearly any area. • Gender Studies Certificate S.J.D. in Taxation. A very limited number of Some joint degrees awarded to date • History students are enrolled in the Doctor of Juridi- have included: • Interdisciplinary Ecology cal Science (S.J.D) in Taxation Program — • Agribusiness • Latin American Studies the first program of this kind in the country. • Anthropology • Mass Communications The degree involves extensive study, research • Building Construction • Materials Science and and writing over a three- to five-year period. • Business Administration Engineering • Counselor Education • Medical Sciences LL.M. in Comparative Law. The LL.M. in • Criminology • Pharmacy Comparative Law Program is for graduates • Decision and Information • Political Science of non-US law schools seeking to enhance Sciences • Psychology their understanding of the American legal • Doctorate of Medicine • Public Health system. Applicants must have a law degree • Educational Leadership • Real Estate with high academic standing from a rec- • Electrical and Computer • Sociology ognized foreign university and thorough Engineering • Urban and Regional Planning knowledge of English. The one-year pro- • Environmental Engineering • Veterinary Medicine gram builds on UF’s renowned international • Exercise and Sport Sciences • Women’s Studies studies programs and decades of involve- • Food and Resource Economics ment in global legal issues, including trade, environmental and land use law, human rights and constitutional reform. LL.M. in Environmental and Land Use “I chose UF because of the Joint Law. This one-year post-J.D. degree provides Degree Program and the ability an opportunity to spend an academic year on the UF campus full-time developing in- for me to combine my interest in depth expertise in environmental and land wanting to understand and prac- use law. The program adopts an innovative tice immigration law, but also in approach that combines the study of land use law with environmental law. The pro- better understanding the reasons gram also capitalizes on the many outstand- why people come to this country ing programs at UF in disciplines related to and the challenges they face after environmental and land use law practice, arriving. With both degrees I feel including wildlife ecology, environmental engineering, urban and regional planning I will have better understanding and interdisciplinary ecology. of the situation and be a better advocate for immigrants.” Students admitted to this program work with the LL.M. program director to design —WILLIAM HUMMEL (JD 12), 2010-2012 President, an individual course of study tailored to Immigration Law Association; 2010-12 Chair, Student Recruitment Team, 2010 Summer Externship with their particular interests. LL.M. students are Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Orlando; eligible to participate in the Conservation 2011 Summer Internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Of- fice in Richmond, Va.; Deans List; International Chil- Clinic and to apply for a seat in the Summer dren’s Law Book Award; Business Immigration Law and Environmental Law Study Abroad Program Practice Book Award. in Costa Rica. P R O S P E C T U S 31 Certificates expand knowledge base boomers will retire. Planning for the largest generational transfer of wealth in history will require professionals who possess specific knowledge relating to estate planning, estate and trust ad- ministration, wealth transfer taxes and charitable giving. Premier estate plan- ners must acquire not only technical expertise in their field, but also client- relations skills essential to this individu- alized area of practice. Administered by the Center for Estate Planning, the certificate program is designed to give students a well-rounded legal education with focus in the areas of trusts and estates planning and administration (thereby implicating the laws of gifts, loans, intestate succession, wills, trusts, future interests, probate, fiduciary law, family holding entities, valuation dis- Criminal Justice Certificate. strate concentration and accomplish- counts, and taxation). Our outstanding The new Criminal Justice Certificate ment in these important areas. The faculty and other leading experts in this Program provides students interested Levin College of Law was the first field draw upon a wealth of practical in the study and practice of criminal in the nation to offer recognition in experience to provide students with law with the opportunity to obtain and these closely linked fields and educate academic guidance, mentorship, and demonstrate special competency in the future lawyers through an innovative area-specific education. In addition to field. The program offers a rich and dual approach that recognizes many its rich curriculum, the program of- coordinated curriculum, clinical pro- environmental problems are a conse- fers career networking, externship and grams, independent studies, summer quence of inappropriate uses of land. independent study opportunities. To be externships, networking opportunities, The program offers a rich curriculum, eligible for the certificate upon gradu- and the ability to participate in the career networking, independent study ation, students must achieve a cumula- Criminal Law Association. Certificate opportunities, summer externships, tive grade point average of 3.0 in certifi- students must complete a minimum of environmental moot court teams, a cate courses. 30 credits related to criminal law, pro- summer study abroad program in Costa cedure, justice and other relevant topics Rica and the opportunity to participate Family Law Certificate. and maintain a 3.25 GPA in the courses in the Environmental and Land Use The increasing complexity of divorce that are counted toward the certificate. Law Society and annual Public Interest law and children’s law and the rise of A qualifying student must achieve Environmental Conference. Certificate the nontraditional family make fam- no less than a B- in any course that is students must earn eight credits beyond ily law one of the fastest growing and counted toward the certificate. the minimum required to graduate and most intricate practice specialties. One attain a grade point average of 3.0 for demand, for example, was created by a Environmental and Land 15 credits within the program’s core Florida Supreme Court mandate that Use Law Certificate. and elective courses. established the “Unified Family Court” The Levin College of Law’s Environ- to handle all family, juvenile and de- mental and Land Use Law Certificate Estates Planning Practice Certificate. linquency matters. This created a new Program enables students to demon- In the coming decades 77 million baby demand for family specialists. Faculty 32 U F L A W with expertise in family and children’s law and related areas administer the Family Law Certificate Program — which coor- Toward a new mission. dinates clinical and traditional classroom With an eye to preparing students for the practice of law the moment offerings and allows for more efficiency through sequential learning — through they step off the campus as graduates, the Levin College of Law in the college’s Center on Children and Fami- 2010 adopted a new mission statement that refocuses its curriculum. lies. To be eligible for the certificate upon The new mission emphasizes a legal education with competency in graduation, students must achieve an aver- five areas: age equivalent of 3.0 in 15 of the 20 credits 1. Legal analysis including knowledge of laws and rules, the ability to earned in courses designated. (There is no apply laws and rules to different factual settings, and the ability to overall grade point average requirement beyond that required of the J.D. degree.) engage in legal argumentation. 2. Legal research and writing including the ability to conduct indepen- Intellectual Property Law Certificate. dent legal research and produce legal writings of professional quality. Intellectual property law encompasses several different bodies of law, includ- 3. Fundamentals of client services including interviewing and counsel- ing patents, trade secrets, copyrights and ing skills. trademarks. The technology boom has expanded the need for patent lawyers as 4. Fundamentals of dispute processing and legal problem solving well as lawyers trained in related fields including litigation, settlement, and transactions. such as antitrust, media, cyberlaw and 5. Fundamentals of professional responsibility and identity general commercial law. The demand also including knowledge of the shared values of the legal profession continues to grow for those who can adapt or create doctrine in new fields — such as and ethical problem solving, the skills to create a professional genetic engineering, accessing and down- identity, and the skills to work with people from loading Internet materials, and disputes diverse backgrounds. involving domain names, metatags and hyperlinks — as well as for those who can apply these laws in more traditional indus- tries and the creative arts. The growth of international trade also increases demand for lawyers skilled in prosecuting, defend- ing and challenging intellectual property rights on a global scale. “We want students to under- stand the power and potential International and Comparative Law Certificate. of a law degree and to get real Every field of law that involves commerce examples and role models to — civil procedure, business associations, encourage and inspire them.” securities regulation, intellectual property, trade regulation, taxation, immigration —AMY MASHBURN (JD 87), UF Law Professor; and environmental law, among others — is Director, Lawyering and Professionalism Program affected by globalization. Equally impor- tant is the development of human rights law, domestically and internationally. This certificate program helps prepare students for practice in this new global legal en- vironment by teaching the international aspects of every area of the law. P R O S P E C T U S 33 Enrichment programs sharpen skills. • Florida Journal of International Law is published three times per year and contains scholarly works J.D. students can enhance their skills, T • he Justice Campbell Thornal Moot with global perspectives by students, earn credit and gain experience through Court Team participates in intra- professors and practitioners on the following co-curricular organizations mural, state and national appellate public and private international law and 100 recognized extra-curricular stu- competitions sponsored by organi- topics. dent organizations: zations and firms. • Florida Law Review publishes as E • nvironmental Moot Court Team T • he Florida Tax Moot Court Team many as five times a year and in- competes in national and international solves tax law problems in national cludes articles by students and legal environmental law competition. competitions. scholars who are specialists in vari- • International Commercial Arbitration T • he Florida Alternative Dispute ous areas of the law. Moot (ICAM) Team competes each Resolution Team hones students’ • Journal of Technology Law and Pol- spring against law schools from around negotiating skills in competitions icy is a student-edited journal pub- the world in the Wilhelm C. Vis Interna- with other law schools. lished twice a year (also online) that tional Competition in Austria. • The Trial Competition Team com- focuses on legal and policy aspects of T • he Jessup Moot Court Team explores petes in intramural, state, regional technology issues. issues of public international law and and national competitions spon- U • niversity of Florida Journal of international humanitarian law and sored by individuals, groups and Law and Public Policy is an inter- competes nationally and internationally. law firms disciplinary student publication de- 34 U F L A W International Exposure. Through programs offered on in Poland. The law school also campus and abroad, University jointly sponsors summer law pro- of Florida law students gain in- grams in Paris and Montpellier, ternational exposure and an edge France; and San Jose, Costa Rica. in the job market. Students can We anticipate summer programs travel across the world through in Cape Town, South Africa, and ABA-approved exchange programs in Renmin University in Beijing. such as: Pontificia Universidade, Students benefit from decades Catolica in Rio de Janeiro; Leiden of international experience and University in the Netherlands; involvement by faculty as well as University of Montpellier in enrichment courses that bring to France; Johann Wolfgang Goethe campus leading foreign professors, University in Frankfurt, Germany; judges, attorneys and government Monash University in Melbourne, officials to teach courses dealing Australia; and Warsaw University with current legal issues. voted to public policy implications of legal issues. Students publish three issues a year and sponsor a spring symposium. Conferences, Seminars and Speakers. The Levin College of Law sponsors valuable conferences, seminars and speakers throughout the year to keep practitioners, students and others informed on current issues such as environmental law, music law and in- ternational legal issues. The law school has hosted eight U.S. Supreme Court justices — with five of the visits within the past five years — as well as the top legal thinkers and doers from across the country. Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor appeared most recently in 2011. P R O S P E C T U S 35 Virgil D. Hawkins Civil Legal Clinics The Virgil Hawkins Clinics — the County Court Mediation Clinic, the Full- Representation Clinic, Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic, and the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic — are named in honor of the Florida civil rights activist whose efforts to be admitted to the UF College of Law in the late 1950s paved the way for integration of all state law schools in the 1960s. County Court Mediation Clinic. This clinic enables students to observe and volunteer to co-mediate Small Claims Court matters under the auspices of the law school’s Institute for Dispute Resolu- In the mediation clinic, students tion and its faculty. Disputes may include work under the supervision of faculty to help parties settle those involving landlords and tenants, their disputes outside of court. auto repairs, credit cards and other debts, and neighbor conflicts. An intensive instructional seminar complying with Florida Supreme Court requirements Clinical programs add experience. for mediator certification eligibility is required of each participating student. Clinic completion allows students to ap- Clinical programs at the Levin College fice of the Public Defender. Participa- ply to The Florida Bar as Supreme Court of Law provide students with extensive tion in the Criminal Defense Clinic certified county court mediators. opportunities to represent actual clients will provide students with experiences under the close supervision of faculty and skills that are transferable any or attorneys. This practical experi- area of litigation, including client and ence enhances the understanding of witness interviews, writing and argu- the law learned in classrooms and can ing motions, and preparing for and give graduates the advantage of earn- conducting hearings and trials. ing credits and Florida Supreme Court certification as certified legal interns. Prosecution Clinic. Clinical programs include Conservation Working as certified legal interns, Clinic, Criminal Clinics and Virgil D. students practice law under the direct Hawkins Civil Legal Clinics. supervision of licensed assistant state attorneys. Students will become in- volved in all aspects of the prosecution Criminal Clinics of criminal cases, including intake, investigation, discovery, pretrial pro- The Criminal Defense Clinic. ceedings, trial, and sentencing. A goal Working as certified legal interns, stu- of the clinic program is for the intern dents defend indigent clients charged to try at least one jury trial by the end with criminal offenses through the Of- of the semester. 36 U F L A W Full Representation Clinic. The clinic offers intensive training in fam- ily law and practice, with students serving as Conservation Clinic first-chair counsel to low-income citizens of Alachua County who could not otherwise af- ford representation. Under faculty supervision, students deal with family law matters such as divorce, custody and visitation of children, do- mestic violence, division of property and debts, child support, alimony and establishment of paternity. Students also have the opportunity to provide legal counsel, draft pleadings, motions, orders and judgments, and represent clients in negotiations, mediations, hearings and trials. UF Law Conservation Clinic students paddle along one of Law Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic. the many spring-fed waterways in North Central Florida. The clinic acts as a full-service law firm, pro- viding free legal services to children. As certi- fied legal interns, students advocate for chil- Under faculty supervision, Conser- for-credit program jointly with the dren in various types of proceedings, primar- vation Clinic students work in teams University of Costa Rica Environ- ily in delinquency, dependency, administrative, to serve clients on issues such as mental Law Clinic, with cross-cultur- and educational matters. This interdisciplinary land acquisition and conservation, al teams working on Latin America/ juvenile advocacy clinic trains lawyers, social ordinance and comprehensive plan Caribbean region law and policy workers and other professionals in skills nec- drafting, protected area management projects onsite in Costa Rica. The essary to be advocates for children. Through planning, legislative reform propos- Conservation Clinic is housed at the their work in the clinic, students practice fun- als, institutional framework design Center for Governmental Responsi- damental advocacy skills such as interviewing, and dispute resolution systems de- bility to ensure an interdisciplinary counseling and negotiation, are trained to sign, and conservation mediations. focus is applied. operate effectively in a law office, and become Each summer the clinic also offers a skilled at navigating bureaucracies, agencies and court systems. Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic. The clinic is a collaboration among the Levin College of Law, the College of Medicine, Shands Teaching Hospital and Peaceful Paths “UF has made me stronger, Domestic Abuse Network. The clinic pro- more confident and determined. vides low-income victims of intimate partner I’m excited about my future as a violence with comprehensive and coordinat- lawyer because I know that UF ed legal, medical and social services focusing on victim and family safety. Certified legal Law has prepared me.” interns trained to address domestic violence issues will join a holistic team that includes Shands HealthCare social workers and do- —LEYDYLUz SYMPHORIEN-RESTREPO (JD 11); Dean’s mestic violence victim advocates. Certified List; Professional Responsibility Book Award; International legal interns will provide victims with legal Criminal Law Book Award; Judicial extern for 5th Circuit; Extern, Gainesville State Attorney’s office; Study Abroad, counseling in the pediatrics and obstetrics/ South Africa; Student Recruitment Team gynecology clinics at Shands and represent victims in civil court on matters such as in- junctions for protection. P R O S P E C T U S 37 The Center for Governmental Responsibility sponsors an annual conference on Law and Policy in the Americas. Centers open up the world. international levels. CGR also houses specialized programs such as the Con- servation Clinic, Costa Rica Summer Camp Center for Estate and from abuse and neglect in the center’s Program, Center for American Law Elder Law Planning. Child Welfare Clinic, participate in Studies at Warsaw (Poland) University, The Center for Estate and Elder Law family law externships, earn a certificate International Trade Law Program, and Planning integrates teaching, training, in Family Law and serve as children’s the Law and Policy in the Americas research, scholarship and public service fellows. Fellows can work on friend of Program. Students can learn and re- with the goals of advancing estate plan- the court briefs and research papers, as- search issues that include environmen- ning and elder law knowledge, profes- sist with CCF’s annual interdisciplinary tal law, land use, bioethics, poverty law, sionalism, skills and policy. Student conference, and help build a library of emerging democracies, historic pres- opportunities include participation in children’s legal resources. CCF is active ervation, conflict resolution, European community service programs to the in international human rights work, community law, international trade elderly through the Estates, Trusts and works collaboratively with the gov- law, and election and campaign finance Elder Law Society and judicial extern- ernment and judiciary on law reform law. ships for academic credit, which have and professional education, and helps been established in probate divisions of educate children on their rights and Center for International Financial several judicial circuits. responsibilities. Crimes Studies. This academic research center provides Center on Children and Families. Center for Governmental graduate instruction, research and The Center on Children and Families Responsibility. policy analysis, academic symposia, (CCF) is comprised of a team of UF The Center for Governmental Respon- grant supervision and consulting ser- faculty with expertise in criminal law, sibility (CGR) is Florida’s senior legal vices on money laundering, forfeiture, juvenile justice, psychology, conflict and public policy institute. Faculty and corporate security, offshore finances, resolution and human rights who pro- students conduct grant- and contract- cybercrime, organized crime and inter- mote quality advocacy, teaching and funded research — often interdisciplin- national financial crimes. The center scholarship in family law and policy. ary in nature — on issues relating to also co-sponsors the annual Interna- Students have the opportunity to work public policy development and imple- tional Symposium on Economic Crime with systems for protecting children mentation at the local, state, federal and at Cambridge University, England. 38 U F L A W Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations. The Levin College of Law is one of only Making a Difference with Public Service five law schools in the nation hous- ing an academic research and resource The Center for Governmental Re- supervised by licensed attorneys, gain center devoted to the study of race and sponsibility Public Interest Law hands-on experience as advocates race relations. The Center for the Study Fellowship program provides low- for the poor and serve nonprofit and of Race and Race Relations works with income and indigent citizens with government agencies such as Florida groups engaged in a wide range of ac- valuable legal assistance. The fellow- Institutional Legal Services, Southern tivities to create and foster dialogue on ships are financed by The Florida Bar Legal Counsel, Three Rivers Legal race and race relations and promote Foundation to help pay for the prac- Services, the state’s Guardian ad historically and empirically based tical legal education of selected third- Litem program and the 8th Circuit thinking, talking, research, writing and year law students. These students, Public Defender’s Office. teaching. The Criminal Justice Center. The Criminal Justice Center serves as a platform to bring criminal law fac- ulty together with interested students, enhancing the students’ law school ex- perience by providing them with men- torship, area-specific education and criminal-practice training. The center also serves as an incubator for criminal law and procedure-related scholarship, talks, and conferences. A recent class of Florida Bar Institute for Dispute Resolution. Foundation Public Interest Law Fellows appear with Faculty Ad- The Institute for Dispute Resolution viser Timothy McLendon, at left. combines classroom training, interac- tion with practicing attorneys and in-the-field assignments to help pre- pare students for participation in the growing field of alternative dispute resolution. The center features courses “The education I received from in mediation, negotiation, collective bargaining and international litigation Florida gave me the opportunity to and arbitration. be a lawyer, to be a teacher, to be a writer. It’s impossible for me to International Center for repay what that has meant to my Automated Information Research. The International Center for Automat- life in terms of allowing me to have ed Information Research (ICAIR) is an joy in the things that I do and to interdisciplinary international infor- see that I’ve made an impact.” mation policy research center among UF’s Levin College of Law, College of —JON MILLS (JD 72), director of the Center Engineering, and Warrington College for Governmental Responsibility, professor, dean emeritus and former Florida House speaker of Business. The center’s mission is to fund innovative research on informa- tion technologies and knowledge man- agement benefiting students, faculty and professionals in legal, accounting and financial services professions. P R O S P E C T U S 39 The foundation of the Levin College of Law is composed of highly accomplished scholars, practitioners and educators whose broad knowl- edge base and passion for teaching challenge each student to reach new heights of intellectual achievement. It is a vibrant educational environ- ment where students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their careers, as ev- idenced by high student evaluations of teaching. The average student evaluation for the faculty each semester exceeds 4.2 on a 5-point scale. Faculty. Teachers and Scholars. ized skills classes while often work- C • onsultants to branches of The Levin College of Law’s ing full-time in the profession. state, federal and international faculty is larger and more com- The influence of Levin College of governments. prehensive than most law schools. Law faculty goes far beyond campus. I • n leadership roles on Ameri- It has 51 tenured or tenure-track Many faculty members are: can and Florida bar committees faculty, 37 percent of whom are A • uthors of treatises, case- and task forces or other presti- women and about 20 percent mi- books or major books used by gious associations such as norities. In addition, 41 faculty law schools and practitioners Amnesty International, the support the college through clini- throughout the nation. United Nations Institute for cal, research, writing, information C • ited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Training and Research, and and administrative programs, and E • xpert witnesses before policy- the International Society of another 33 adjuncts teach special- making bodies. Family Law. 40 U F L A W UF Law Professor William H. Page, Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar in Electronic Communications and Administrative Law, lectures at the Levin College of Law. O • n editorial boards of national ing federal and state court judges publications and author hun- dreds of articles in law reviews and attorneys involved in public agencies, private practice and Levin College of Law and specialty journals. leading business ventures — who faculty also serve As teachers, UF Law faculty teach in specialty areas and lead work hard to engage students seminars help bring current, as consultants to intellectually and maintain an practical and critical issues and branches of state, accessible, supportive environ- events into the classroom. The ment that guides students toward result is a true academic com- federal and interna- success. The involvement of leading munity that nurtures students on the path toward becoming ethical tional governments. private practitioners — includ- lawyers. P R O S P E C T U S 41 Tenured and JEFFREY DAVIS Professor; Gerald A. Sohn CLAIRE M. GERMAIN Associate Dean for Legal Tenure-track Research Scholar Information; Clarence J. TeSelle Background: B.S., University of Professor of Law MARY JANE ANGELO California, Los Angeles; J.D., Loyola Background: Licence-ès University of Florida Research University, Los Angeles; LL.M., Uni- Lettres, cum laude, University of Foundation Professor; Director, versity of Michigan. Expertise: Con- Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle; LL.B., Environmental and Land Use tracts, Bankruptcy, Debtor-Creditor University of Paris XII; M.C.L., Law Program Relations, Commercial Law. Louisiana State University School Background: B.S., Rutgers Univer- of Law; M.L.L., University of Den- sity; M.S. and J.D., University of GEORGE L. DAWSON ver. Expertise: Comparative Law, Florida. Expertise: Environmental Professor French Law, Legal Research. Law, Water Law, Pesticide Law, Ag- Background: A.B., Princeton Uni- ricultural Policy and the Environ- versity; J.D., University of Chicago. JEFFREY L. hARRISON ment, Wildlife Protection Law Expertise: Contracts, Estates and Stephen C. O’Connell Chair Trusts, Sales, International Sales. Background: B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D., YARIV BRAUNER University of Florida; J.D., Univer- Professor; Alumni Research PATRICIA E. DILLEY sity of North Carolina. Expertise: Scholar Professor Antitrust, Contracts, Copyright, Background: LL.B., Hebrew Univer- Background: B.A., Swarthmore Law and Economics. sity School of Law; LL.M., J.S.D., College; M.A., University of Penn- New York University School of sylvania; J.D., Georgetown Uni- BERTA ESPERANzA Law. Expertise: Tax, International versity; LL.M., Boston University. hERNáNDEz-TRUYOL Law, International Trade, Interna- Expertise: Social Security, Deferred Levin, Mabie and Levin Professor; tional Taxation. Compensation, Individual Income/ Associate Director, Center on Corporate Taxation, International Children and Families DENNIS A. CALFEE Taxation, Advanced Employee Ben- Background: A.B., Cornell Univer- “The Internet pushes the Professor; Alumni Research Scholar efit Law, Retirement Income Policy. sity; J.D., Albany Law School, Union University; LL.M., New York Uni- boundaries of our long- Background: B.B.A., J.D., Gonzaga NANCY E. DOWD versity. Expertise: International Law, University; LL.M., University of David H. Levin Chair in Family International Human Rights, Issues established methods Florida. Former faculty, Academy Law; Director, Center on of Race, Gender, and Culture in the of International Taxation, Republic of legal regulation. of China. Expertise: Taxation. Children and Families Background: B.A., University of Law, Dispute Resolution, Latinas/os and the Law, Feminist Theory, Criti- Moreover, technology JONAThAN R. COhEN Connecticut; M.A., University of cal Race Theory. Illinois; J.D., Loyola University of in general poses many Professor; Associate Director, Chicago. Expertise: Constitutional DAVID M. hUDSON Institute for Dispute Resolution Law, Family Law, Gender and the Professor challenges to existing in- Background: A.B., A.M., M.A., Law. Background: B.S., Wake Forest J.D., Ph.D. (Economics), Harvard tellectual property para- University. Expertise: Negotiation, MARk A. FENSTER University; J.D., Florida State Uni- versity; LL.M., University of Florida; digms and doctrines. I Dispute Resolution. Professor; Cone, Wagner, Nugent, LL.M., University of London. Ex- Hazouri & Roth Tort Professor pertise: State and Local Taxation, explore these issues with STUART R. COhN Background: B.A., University of International Taxation, Immigra- John H. and Mary Lou Dasburg Virginia; M.A., University of Texas tion Law. an eye toward assisting Professor at Austin; Ph.D., University of Illi- Background: B.A., University of MIChELLE S. JACOBS courts and legislators Illinois; B.A., Oxford University; nois at Urbana-Champaign; J.D., Yale University. Expertise: FOIA Professor; Assistant Director, achieve a reasonable LL.B., Yale University. Expertise: Corporate and Securities Law, and Public Access to Government Criminal Justice Center Information, Property, Land Use, Background: A.B., Princeton Univer- balance when weighing Jurisprudence. Administrative Law. sity; J.D., Rutgers University. Visiting Professor, Columbia University and or assessing policy and ChARLES W. COLLIER ALYSON CRAIG FLOURNOY Howard University. Expertise: Crim- Professor; Affiliate Professor of doctrinal approaches to Philosophy Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; UF Research inal Law, International Criminal Law, Critical Race Theory, Women these problems.” Background: B.A., Reed College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Philosophy), Foundation Professor; Alumni and the Criminal Justice System. Research Scholar Yale University; J.D., Stanford Uni- Background: B.A., Princeton Uni- ROBERT h. JERRY, II —ELIZABETH ROWE, Professor, Director, Program in Intellectual Property Law versity. Expertise: Constitutional versity; J.D., Harvard University. Dean; Levin, Mabie and Levin Law, Jurisprudence, Interdisciplin- Expertise: Environmental Law, Professor ary Legal Studies, Legal Theory. Property and Administrative Law. Background: B.S., Indiana State Uni- versity; J.D., University of Michigan. ELIzABETh DALE MIChAEL k. FRIEL Expertise: Insurance Law, Contracts, Affiliate Professor of Law; Waldo W. Associate Dean and Director, Health Care Finance and Access. Neikirk Term Professor of History Graduate Tax Program; Professor Background: B.A., DePauw Univer- Background: B.A., J.D., Harvard E. LEA JOhNSTON sity; Ph.D., J.D., Chicago-Kent University; LL.M., New York Uni- Associate Professor; Assistant Direc- College of Law. Expertise: U.S. versity. Expertise: Federal Income tor, Criminal Justice Center Legal and Constitutional History. Taxation. Background: A.B., Princeton Univer- 42 U F L A W sity; J.D., Harvard University. Exper- OMRI Y. MARIAN JASON P. NANCE tise: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Assistant Professor of Law Assistant Professor Law, Mental Health Law, Sentencing. Background: S.J.D., University Background: B.A., Brigham Young of Michigan Law School; LL.M. University; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio ShANI M. kING (International Taxation), Univer- State University; J.D., University of Associate Professor; Co-Director, sity of Michigan Law School; Pennsylvania Law School. Expertise: Center on Children and Families LL.B., Tel Aviv University; B.A., Education Law, Empirical Legal Background: B.S., Brown University; Tel Aviv University. Expertise: Studies, Torts, Remedies, and the M.St., Oxford; J.D., Harvard Uni- International Taxation, Compara- Legal Profession. versity. Expertise: Family Law and tive Taxation, Taxation of Financial Children’s Rights. Instruments. LARS NOAh Professor ChRISTINE A. kLEIN AMY R. MAShBURN Background: A.B., J.D., Harvard Chesterfield Smith Professor; Direc- Professor; Director, Lawyering and University. Expertise: Administrative tor, LL.M. in Environmental & Land Professionalism Program Law, Medical Malpractice, Medi- Use Law Program Background: B.A., Background: B.A., Eckerd College; cal Technology, Products Liability, Middlebury College; J.D., University J.D., University of Florida. Exper- Torts. of Colorado; LL.M., Columbia Uni- tise: Civil Procedure, Professional versity School of Law. Expertise: Natu- Responsibility, Legal Ethics. kENNETh B. NUNN ral Resources, Property, Water Law. Professor; Associate Director, DIANE h. MAzUR Center on Children and Families; ELIzABETh T. LEAR Professor; Gerald A. Sohn Term Assistant Director, Criminal Professor Professor Justice Center Background: B.A., University of Background: B.A., State University Background: A.B., Stanford Univer- North Carolina; J.D., University of of New York; M.S., Pennsylvania sity; J.D., University of California- Michigan. Expertise: International State University; J.D., University Berkeley. Expertise: Race and its Litigation, Federal Courts. of Texas. Expertise: Civil/Military Impact on Criminal Justice System, Relations, Constitutional Law, Evi- Criminal Law and Procedure, Race “I have prosecuted and LYRISSA BARNETT LIDSkY dence, Professional Responsibility. Relations, Civil Rights, Public Inter- Stephen C. O’Connell Professor est Law, Critical Race Theory, Legal studied criminal law my Background: B.A., Texas A&M MARTIN J. McMAhON JR. Semiotics, Sociology of Law, Law University; Fulbright Scholar, Cam- Stephen C. O’Connell Professor and Cultural Studies. entire professional career. bridge University; J.D., University of Texas. Expertise: Internet Law, Ad- Background: B.A., Rutgers Col- lege; J.D., Boston College; LL.M., WILLIAM h. PAGE That’s why I’m so excited vanced Torts (specializing in Defa- Boston University. Expertise: Indi- Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar to be directing the law mation and Invasion of Privacy), vidual Income Taxation, Corporate in Electronic Communications and Mass Media Law, First Amendment Taxation, Partnership Taxation, Administrative Law; Professor school’s Criminal Justice Law, Social Media, Freedom of Tax Policy. Background: B.A., Tulane University; Speech, Cyberbullying. J.D., University of New Mexico; Center, which offers JON L. MILLS TOM C. W. LIN Professor; Director, Center for LL.M., University of Chicago. Exper- tise: Antitrust Law, Procedure, and a certificate program Assistant Professor of Law; Assistant Governmental Responsibility; Economics; Microsoft Litigation. designed to enhance the Director, Criminal Justice Center Dean Emeritus Background: B.A., New York Univer- Background: B.A., Stetson Univer- RAChEL REBOUChé experience of students in- sity; J.D., University of Pennsylvania sity; J.D., University of Florida; Assistant Professor; Associate Direc- Law School. Expertise: Business Law, Honorary Doctor of Laws, Stet- tor, Center for Children and Families terested in specialization. Corporations, Securities Regulation, Privacy, and Behavioral Law and son University. Expertise: Florida Constitutional Law, Privacy Law, Background: B.A., Trinity University; J.D., Harvard Law School; LL.M., The center also provides Economics. Legislative Drafting, Free Press and Queen’s University, Belfast. Exper- academic advising, men- Speech Privacy Issues. tise: Family Law, Comparative Law, ChARLENE LUkE Bioethics. torship, extracurricu- Associate Professor WINSTON P. NAGAN Background: B.A., J.D., Brigham Professor; Samuel T. Dell Research LEONARD L. RISkIN lar programming, and Young University. Expertise: Income, Corporate and Partnership Taxa- Scholar; Professor; Director, Insti- tute of Human Rights and Peace Chesterfield Smith Professor Background: B.S., University of hands-on criminal-prac- tion. Development; Affiliate Professor of Wisconsin-Madison; J.D., New York tice training.” Anthropology; Affiliate Professor University; LL.M., Yale University. PEDRO A. MALAVET of Latin American Studies; Affiliate Expertise: Negotiation, Mediation, —MICHAEL L. SEIGEL, Professor, Director of the Professor; Director, LL.M. in Com- Professor African Studies; Fellow, Dispute Resolution. Criminal Justice Center and Clinics; and Associate parative Law Program; Affiliate Royal Society of the Arts; Fellow, Dean for International Programs Professor of Latin American Studies World Academy of Art and Science. ELIzABETh A. ROWE Background: B.B.A., Emory Univer- Background: B.A., University of University of Florida Research sity; J.D., LL.M., Georgetown Uni- South Africa; B.A., M.A., Oxford Foundation Professor; Director, versity. Expertise: Comparative Law, University; LL.M., M.C.L., Duke Program in Intellectual Property Law Civil Law, Civil Procedure, Critical University; J.S.D., Yale University. Background: B.A., M.A., University Race Theory, European Union, Expertise: International Law, Hu- of Florida; J.D., Harvard University. Evidence, United States Territorial man Rights, National Security Law Expertise: Intellectual Property Possessions, United States-Puerto and Legal Theory. Litigation, Trade Secrets, Corporate Rico relationship. Espionage. P R O S P E C T U S 43 ShARON E. RUSh STEVEN J. WILLIS CLIFFORD JONES Associate Dean for Faculty Devel- Professor; Associate Director, Lecturer/Associate in Law Re- opment; Irving Cypen Professor; Center on Children and Families search. B.A., Southern Illinois Associate Director, Center on Chil- Background: B.S., J.D., Louisiana University; M.Phil., Ph.D., Univer- dren and Families; Co-founder, State University; LL.M., New York sity of Cambridge (England); J.D., Center for the Study of Race and University. Expertise: Taxation. University of Oklahoma College Race Relations of Law. Background: B.A., J.D., Cornell MIChAEL ALLAN WOLF University. Expertise: Constitu- Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local JOANN kLEIN tional Law, Civil Procedure, Federal Government Law; Professor Associate Director, Center for Courts, Fourteenth Amendment, Background: B.A., Emory Univer- Governmental Responsibility; Race Relations. sity; J.D., Georgetown University Assistant Director, Environmental Law Center; A.M., Harvard Uni- and Land Use Law Program, B.S., kAThERYN RUSSELL-BROWN versity; Ph.D., Harvard University. M.S., University of Southern Mis- Chesterfield Smith Professor; Di- Expertise: Land Use Planning, En- sissippi rector, Center for the Study of Race vironmental Law, Property, Local and Race Relations; Assistant Di- Government, Constitutional Law, TIMOThY E. McLENDON rector, Criminal Justice Center Urban Revitalization, Legal and Staff Attorney. A.B., Duke Univer- Background: B.A., University of Constitutional History. sity; J.D., University of Florida. California-Berkeley; J.D., Univer- sity of California-Hastings; Ph.D., DANAYA C. WRIGhT STEPhEN J. POWELL University of Maryland. Expertise: Clarence J. TeSelle Endowed Senior Lecturer in Law; Director, Criminal Law, Sociology of Law, Professor International Trade Law Program. Race and Crime. Background: B.A., Cornell Univer- B.A., J.D., University of Florida. sity; M.A., University of Arizona; MIChAEL L. SEIGEL J.D., Cornell University; Ph.D. JEFFRY S. WADE “An overwhelming Associate Dean for International Programs; Sam T. Dell Term (Political Science), Johns Hopkins University. Expertise: Constitu- Director, Environmental Divi- sion. B.A., University of Alabama; number of children Professor; Director, Criminal tional Law; Property, Estates and M.Ed., J.D., University of Florida. Justice Center; Director, Criminal Trusts; Legal History; Jurispru- lack access to medical Law Clinics dence; Railroad and Trail Law. Legal Skills Background: A.B., Princeton Uni- care, food, adequate versity; J.D., Harvard University. WENTONG zhENG, IRIS A. BURkE shelter and primary Expertise: Evidence, Criminal Law, White Collar Crime. Assistant Professor Background: B.A., M.A., Renmin Senior Legal Skills Professor; In- terviewing and Counseling, Cross education. Through University of China; J.D., Stanford Cultural Counseling, Associate D. DANIEL SOkOL Law School; Ph.D. (Economics), Director, Center on Children and our curriculum, study Associate Professor Stanford University. Expertise: Families. B.A., Brooklyn Col- Background: B.A., Amherst College; International Trade, Antitrust, abroad programs, clinical M.St., University of Oxford; J.D., Chinese Law, Commercial Law, lege; J.D., Brooklyn Law School. work, speaker series and University of Chicago; LL.M., Uni- versity of Wisconsin Law School. Law and Economics. TERESA JEAN REID Master Legal Skills Professor; As- conferences, UF Law’s Expertise: Antitrust, Corporate, Center For Govern- sistant Director, Criminal Justice International and Comparative Center. B.A., University of Florida; Center on Children Business Law and Regulation, Law mental Responsibility J.D., Santa Clara University. and Entrepreneurship. and Families seeks to ThOMAS T. ANkERSEN JILL WOMBLE Director, CGR Conservation Clinic advance children’s rights JOhN F. STINNEFORD Associate Professor; Assistant Di- and Costa Rica Law Program; Assistant Legal Skills Professor B.S. engineering, Southern Il- by supporting students rector, Criminal Justice Center Legal Skills Professor. B.A., M.A., University of South Florida; J.D., linois University at Carbondale; Background: B.A., University of M.S. engineering: environmental, who are working toward Virginia; M.A., J.D., Harvard Uni- University of Florida. Kennedy-Western University; J.D., versity. Expertise: Criminal Law, legal reform and social Criminal Procedure, the Eighth JOAN D. FLOCkS University of Florida Director, Social Policy Division; change.” Amendment, Sentencing Law and Policy, Constitutional Law. Affiliate Faculty with the Center for JENNIFER zEDALIS Director, Trial Practice; Senior Latin American Studies. B.S., M.A., —SHANI M. KING, Associate Professor, Legal Skills Professor; Coordina- LEE-FORD TRITT J.D., University of Florida. Co-Director, Center on Children and Families tor, Gerald T. Bennett Prosecutor/ Professor; Director, Center for Estate Public Defender CLE Course; As- Planning and the Estate Planning EWA GMURzYNSkA sistant Director, Criminal Justice Certificate Program; Associate Direc- Director, Center for American Center. B.A., Duke University; J.D., tor, Center on Children and Families Law Studies at Warsaw University, University of Florida. Background: B.A., University of Poland. M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D., War- the South; J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), saw University; LL.M., University New York University. Expertise: of Florida. Clinics Wealth Management, Estate Plan- ROBIN DAVIS ning, Administration of Trusts and RIChARD hAMANN Director, Institute for Dispute Estates, Transfer Tax Matters and Associate in Law. B.A., J.D., Univer- Resolution; Associate Director, Charitable Giving. sity of Florida. 44 U F L A W Center on Children and Families, BETSY L. RUFF M.A., Valdosta State University; Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.A., Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.A., J.D., New England Law – Boston; Michigan State University; J.D., J.D., University of Florida. M.L.S., Simmons College; L.L.M., University of Florida. University of Northumbria. STACY STEINBERG GEORGE R. “BOB” DEkLE Legal Skills Professor, B.A., J.D., ShIRA MEGERMAN Director, Criminal Prosecution University of Florida Assistant University Librar- Clinic; Assistant Director, Crimi- ian; Adjunct Professor of Law; nal Justice Center, Master Lecturer. PATRICIA A. ThOMSON Student Services Reference B.A., J.D., University of Florida. Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.A., Librarian. B.A., University of Hollins College; J.D., University Texas; J.D., Washburn University TERESA DRAkE of Florida. School of Law; MISLT, Univer- Director, Intimate Partner Vio- sity of Missouri. lence Assistance Clinic; Adjunct DIANE A. TOMLINSON Clinical Assistant Professor, Smith Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.S., MIChAEL G. MOORE College of Social Work, B.S., B.A., J.D., University of Florida. Adjunct Professor of Law; Assis- Drexel University; J.D., University tant University Librarian. B. Phil., of Florida. hENRY T. WIhNYk University of Pittsburgh; M.A., Senior Legal Skills Professor. University of Iowa; J.D., Univer- JEFFREY T. GRATER B.A., Florida Atlantic University; sity of Florida; MLIS and Special Senior Legal Skills Professor; Direc- J.D., Nova University; LL.M., Certificate in Law Librarianship, tor, Civil Clinics; Associate Director, Columbia University. University of Washington. Center on Children and Families. B.A., J.D., University of Florida. PATRICIA L. MORGAN Legal Drafting Assistant University Librarian; MONIQUE hAUGhTON DEBORAh CUPPLES Faculty Research Services Refer- WORRELL Associate Director, Criminal Jus- Senior Legal Skills Professor; B.A., ence Librarian; Adjunct Profes- sor. B.A. and J.D., University of “Tax law is a complex M.A., J.D., University of Florida. tice Center; Associate Director, Florida; MSLIS, University of and highly interesting Center on Children and Families; LESLIE h. kNIGhT South Florida. Director, Criminal Defense Clinic; Senior Legal Skills Professor; Of area of the law. Virtu- Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.A., ELIzABETh OUTLER St. Johns University; J.D., Univer- Counsel, University of Florida, Director of Externship Programs. Assistant University Librarian; ally all commercial sity of Florida. B.S., Florida State University; J.D., Associate Director; Adjunct Professor of Law. B.A., Smith transactions and even Duke University. MEShON RAWLS College; J.D., University of many personal interac- Master Legal Skills Professor; SILVIA M. MENENDEz Florida; M.L.I.S., Florida State Director, Gator TeamChild Pro- Legal Skills Professor; B.A., Wes- University. tions have a tax aspect gram; Associate Director, Center on Children and Families. B.A., leyan; J.D, University of Minne- sota School of Law LOREN TURNER to them. I enjoy both J.D., University of Florida. Assistant University Librarian; Adjunct Professor of Law introducing tax to MARGARET TEMPLE-SMITh Legal Writing and Senior Legal Skills Professor. B.A., B.A., Loyola University Chicago; J.D. students who are J.D., Wake Forest University. J.D., American University Wash- Appellate Advocacy ington College of Law; M.S., nervous about taking University of Illinois MARY ADkINS GAYLIN G. SOPONIS Director, Legal Drafting Program, their first tax class and Director, Legal Writing and Appel- late Advocacy, Master Legal Skills Senior Legal Skills Professor. A.B., ChRISTOPhER A. VALLANDINGhAM exploring advanced Mount Holyoke College; J.D., Professor. B.S. Journalism, J.D., University of Florida. Senior Exec- George Washington University. Associate University Librarian; tax topics with LL.M. Head of Instruction; Adjunct utive Editor, Florida Law Review. Professor. B.A., University of students who are on the Reference South Florida; J.D., University JOSEPh S. JACkSON verge of becoming tax Senior Legal Skills Professor, Asso- Librarians of Florida; M.S., Florida ciate Director, Center on Children State University; Graduate, Officer Basic Course, The practitioners.” ShAMIkA DALTON and Families. A.B., Princeton Uni- Assistant University Librarian; Judge Advocate General’s —CHARLENE LUKE, Associate Professor versity; J.D., University of Florida. Adjunct Professor of Law Legal Center and School, B.S.W., North Carolina Central United States Army. LEANNE J. PFLAUM University; J.D., North Carolina Master Legal Skills Professor. B.D., Central University School of Law; JENNIFER WONDRACEk University of Florida; J.D., Florida M.L.S., North Carolina Central Assistant University Librarian; State University. University Instructional Services Reference Librarian; Adjunct Professor ShALINI B. RAY EDWARD T. hART of Law. B.A., B.S., College of Legal Skills Professor, A.B., Assistant University Librar- Charleston; J.D., University of Stanford University, J.D., Harvard ian; Head of Technical Services; North Carolina; M.L.I.S., Univer- Law School Adjunct Professor of Law. B.A., sity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. P R O S P E C T U S 45 Preparation for Law School. Because legal careers are so varied, law schools do not recommend any particular undergraduate major, but instead expect students to possess the skills necessary for effec- tive written and oral communication and critical thinking. For additional information about pre-law study, law school and the legal profession, consult the Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools, Admissions. published annually by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and the American Bar Association. The guide is available during registration for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or at www.lsac.org. Standards for Admission Legal education is enhanced in a Through its admissions process, the student body composed of people with college of law seeks to admit students who and General Information different backgrounds who contribute will excel academically, attain the highest Faculty Admissions Policy a variety of viewpoints to enrich the standards of professional excellence and The admissions policy of the Uni- educational experience. This diversity integrity, and bring vision, creativity and versity of Florida Levin College of Law is important because lawyers must be commitment to the legal profession. advances the mission of the college: prepared to analyze and interpret the law, The college of law gives substan- excellence in educating professionals, understand and appreciate competing tial weight to numerical predictors of advancing legal scholarship, serving the arguments, represent diverse clients and academic success like LSAT scores and public and fostering justice. constituencies in many different forums, undergraduate grade point average. Num- The Levin College of Law has a and develop policies affecting a broad bers alone, however, are not dispositive. responsibility as a state institution to range of people. The college considers all information educate lawyers who will serve the legal The college of law seeks to admit and submitted by applicants. Factors such as needs of all citizens and communities enroll students who, collectively, bring to the difficulty of prior academic programs, in Florida. The college of law seeks to its educational program a wide range of academic honors, letters of recommenda- admit and enroll students who will dis- backgrounds, experiences, interests and tion from instructors, or graduate train- tinguish themselves in serving the state, perspectives. The breadth and variety of ing may provide additional information region and nation through the practice perspectives to which graduates of the about academic preparation and poten- of law, formulation of public policy, college are exposed while in law school tial. In some cases, demonstrated interest, legal scholarship and other law-related will enable them to provide outstanding prior training or a variety of experiences activities. service in many different public and pri- may indicate that an applicant is par- vate capacities. ticularly well-suited to take advantage of 46 U F L A W specialized educational opportunities. Timing of Admissions Decisions Information about work experience, leader- Applicants are notified of a decision as early ship, community service, overcoming prior as November and notifications continue through J.D. Application educational or socioeconomic disadvantages late April. The admissions committee uses a Fall 2013 Deadline or commitment to serve those for whom legal modified rolling admissions process. Files are services have been unavailable or difficult to reviewed in the order in which they are com- F • ile and complete obtain may show that an applicant is in a unique pleted, but decisions are not necessarily made in position to add to the diversity of the law school the order in which applications are received and by March 15 community or to make significant contributions reviewed. With nearly 3,000 applications, the to the practice of law. college uses a holistic and comparative review N • otification by process, and many files are held for additional mid-to-late April Selection Process review throughout the admissions cycle. The Admissions staff and the Faculty Ad- The Levin College of Law’s Application Status T • ake the LSAT missions Committee base their selection on Online (ASO) allows applicants to view their the applicant’s academic credentials, including current application status, contact information, no later than LSAT score, UGPA, writing skills and breadth of receipt of materials such as the resume, admissions February 2013 studies. Additional criteria considered include statement, and letters of recommendation and the applicant’s work and other life experience, provides applicants with a record of announce- leadership experience, depth of particular inter- ments from the Levin College of Law Office of est, and any other aspect of an applicant’s back- Admissions. Please visit ASO at www.law.ufl.edu/ ground suggesting suitability for the study and admissions/prospective-students/jd-application- practice of law. procedures/applicant-status-online-aso. P R O S P E C T U S 47 Ineligibility for Admission All applicants are required to take the Law where the work is clearly indicated as such on the Applicants who have received a law degree (or School Admission Test (LSAT). LSAT scores are home campus transcript. bachelor’s degree combined with a law program) valid for five years. In the absence of documenta- from a U.S. institution are not eligible for admis- tion that a candidate was ill, or that some other Academic Admissions Statement sion to the Levin College of Law. unusual condition occurred during one of the The Levin College of Law seeks to enroll a tests, all LSAT scores are considered. Applicants class with varied backgrounds and academic Prior Law School Attendees should discuss score differentiation in an ad- skills. Such a range of experiences contributes to An applicant who has attended another law dendum. the learning environment of the law school, and school must submit a written statement describ- Applicants are required to register with historically has produced graduates who have ing the attendance, a complete transcript, and LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS), served all segments of society and who have be- a statement from the dean indicating class rank which standardizes undergraduate records and come leaders in many fields of law. and certifying the applicant is in good stand- provides them to law schools where candidates To better assess such qualities, the college ing and eligible to return to the institution as a apply. Registration is valid for five years from the requires each applicant to write an academic continuing student. Those not in good standing date that the LSAT/CAS registration form is pro- admissions statement not to exceed four double- or ineligible to return as continuing students cessed. Applicants must ensure that undergradu- spaced pages in a font no smaller than 12 points. are not eligible to apply to the Levin College of ate transcripts from each college, university or This statement should focus on academic skills Law. In addition, credit is not given for corre- high school/university dual enrollment program and experiences. The statement may include, spondence courses or other work completed in attended are on file with the CAS, and that they but need not be limited to, information regard- residence at a non-ABA-accredited law school. have selected the University of Florida Levin ing academic interests, academic experiences College of Law as one of the law schools to which and scholarly activities. Academic information Petitioning for Reconsideration the CAS Law School Report should be sent. should focus on undergraduate and post-grad- An applicant who has been denied admission Sending a transcript from only one institution uate work and may include relevant experiences can request reconsideration only in cases where attended is not sufficient even if the transcript gained in a professional work setting. Examples the applicant has learned of significant addi- contains grades from previous institutions. The of academic information include research expe- tional information that was not available at the law school code for the University of Florida riences and projects such as lab research projects time of the original application. The Admissions Levin College of Law is 5812. and extensive research papers, senior or graduate Committee’s original decision would have been Upon submission of the electronic applica- theses or dissertations. The applicant’s academic based upon all academic and non-academic tion, the CAS report will be requested automati- experiences and academic skills should be the information included in the original applica- cally and will become available to the Levin Col- dominant theme of the statement. tion. Information about events, such as grades or lege of Law as soon as the CAS file is complete. The Levin College of Law strongly prefers awards, occurring after the March 15 file-com- The CAS report contains the LSAT score(s) and that applicants upload the Academic Admissions pletion deadline cannot be considered. The com- transcript information. Statement via the LSAC electronic application mittee’s decision on a petition for reconsidera- Applicants should send updated transcripts website. tion is final and is not subject to further appeal. to the CAS well in advance of the college of law’s A written request must include an explana- March 15 completion deadline. The Credential Résumé tion of the new information as well as valid Assembly Service requires two to three weeks to All applicants are required to submit a profes- reasons warranting reconsideration, and should process transcripts. sional résumé or curriculum vitae (CV), which be submitted to: Assistant Dean for Admissions, Important Note for Foreign-Educated Ap- should include specific factual information University of Florida Levin College of Law, 141 plicants: The Levin College of Law requires that about education, honors and awards, extracur- Bruton-Geer Hall, P.O. Box 117622, Gainesville, foreign transcripts be submitted through the ricular or community activities, publications, FL 32611-7622. The request should be marked CAS, which will authenticate and evaluate these work history, military service and/or foreign “Request for Reconsideration.” transcripts. language proficiencies. Time frames should be Foreign-educated applicants must take the clearly defined and descriptions should be de- J.D. Application Process LSAT; the Levin College of Law does not require tailed. the TOEFL for the J.D. program. The college strongly prefers that applicants 1. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS Applicants who completed any postsecondary upload résumés or CVs via the LSAC electronic Levin College of Law LSAC work outside the U.S., its territories or Canada application website. Electronic Application must use the CAS for the evaluation of foreign Juris doctor applicants are required to use the transcripts. The one exception to this require- Character and Fitness and the Need for Full Levin College of Law LSAC electronic applica- ment is foreign work completed through a Disclosure tion available at www.LSAC.org. study-abroad, consortium or exchange program Questions 1 and 2 in the Character and Fit- LSAT and CAS Report sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution ness section of the application require candidates sept.-oct. july-aug. • Create your secure LSAC.org account by 7/1 r • egister for the LSAT and for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) by 7/15 U • F Law application becomes available at LSAC.org on 9/1 • register for the October LSAT by 9/4 • Contact your recommenders and evaluators W • ork on your Academic Admissions Statement 48 U F L A W to report any disciplinary action taken against strates full disclosure. Discrepancies or omissions applicants upload the Diversity Statement via the them at any college or university (#1), and/or may call into question the applicant’s fitness for LSAC electronic application website. academic probation and suspension (#2). Ques- admission to a state bar, since they reflect on the tions 3-5 are about specific violations of law. applicant’s character, ability to follow directions, Letters of Recommendation Applicants answering “yes” to any question must trustworthiness, honesty and reliability. and Evaluation Forms provide a detailed explanation for each response Each state establishes bar registration and The Levin College of Law strongly encourages and provide official documentation from the admissions standards for individuals who wish candidates to submit up to four letters of recom- college/university or court documenting the final to practice in that state. One important aspect mendation. Recommenders should evaluate in disposition of each occurrence. Official docu- of admission to practice is an evaluation of an detail the applicant’s academic performance and ments must clearly identify the agency that is applicant’s character and fitness to practice law. skills, academic activities, community service, providing the disposition of the incident. Official States subject applicants to the bar to a rigorous and/or employment. documents obtained from an online source must character and fitness investigation before admis- Please note that the Levin College of Law does include a Web address (URL). sion to practice. Applicants are strongly encour- not consider personal recommendations (for ex- It is the responsibility of the applicant to pro- aged, prior to matriculation, to contact the Board ample, those from family, friends or persons who vide all documentation for each “yes” response. of Bar Examiners in the states where they intend have never taught or supervised the applicant in Students uncertain about their academic and/or to practice to determine the rules that will apply a professional setting). disciplinary history should contact the Student to their bar admission in those states, including The Levin College of Law will also accept up Judicial Affairs office at each college or university what constitutes proof of sufficient character and to four LSAC Evaluations. attended. (Current or former UF students should fitness. Since letters of recommendation and evalua- contact Student Judicial Affairs at 202 Peabody The Levin College of Law strongly prefers tions are not required, action will proceed with Hall, P.O. Box 114075, Gainesville, FL 32611, that applicants who answer “yes” to any of the or without these items once all required materi- phone 352-392-1261). character and fitness questions combine their als are received. While the Levin College of Law Admission to the Levin College of Law is explanation and all official documents into one is unable to acknowledge receipt of letters, can- contingent upon the accuracy of required infor- attachment and upload it via the LSAC electron- didates may verify receipt of documents using mation furnished as part of the application pro- ic application website. the online Application Status Online at: www. cess. Failure to furnish required information or law.ufl.edu/admissions/prospective-students/jd- misrepresentation of such information can result II. OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS application-procedures/applicant-status-online- in the withdrawal of an offer of admission prior Diversity Statement aso. Candidates have two options for submitting to matriculation, dismissal from the college after Lawyers serve critical roles in our society. As letters of recommendation: matriculation, rescission of the student’s degree our society becomes increasingly diverse, the • LSAC Letter of Recommendation (LOR) after graduation, and/or forfeiture of all fees and Levin College of Law requires a broadly diverse Service: The Levin College of Law strongly charges paid and academic credit earned. Any student body to achieve its mission of excellence prefers that letters be submitted through the such failure to disclose or any misrepresentation in education, research and service. Broad diver- LSAC LOR Service included with the CAS may result in an investigation by the Law School sity encompasses experiences, socioeconomic registration. Admission Council’s Misconduct and Irregulari- background, talents, race, gender and other • Submit letters directly to the Levin college of ties in the Admission Process Subcommittee. It attributes and provides multicultural learning law: Letters submitted directly to the Levin may also affect admission to a state bar. opportunities. College of Law should be on letterhead and Applicants must respond completely and Applicants are encouraged, but not required, accompanied by the cover form available in accurately to all questions on the law school ap- to submit a statement describing the multi- the “Forms” tab of the LSAC electronic ap- plication. cultural skills they have developed, including plication website. After submitting the application, applicants relevant specific life experiences, and how such are required to immediately notify the Levin skills and experiences would foster diversity at Addenda and Other Materials College of Law of any changes in data that occur the Levin College of Law. Applicants should Applicants who wish to discuss any unique either prior to a decision or matriculation. This focus on personal experiences and may include issue may submit a separate one-page adden- includes information required by questions 1-5 information about interests, unique abilities and dum with their application. This document may in the Character and Fitness section of the ap- personal background. include, but need not be limited to, information plication. The Diversity Statement should not exceed about poor grade progression, history of stan- Applicants should be aware that, in conducting two double-spaced pages and should be in a dardized testing, linguistic barriers, or a personal character and fitness investigations, state bar au- font no smaller than 12 points. Text from the or family history of educational or socioeco- thorities frequently request copies of candidates’ Academic Admissions Statement should not be nomic disadvantage. applications for admission to law school to deter- repeated in the Diversity Statement. The Levin College of Law strongly prefers that mine if the information is accurate and demon- The Levin College of Law strongly prefers that applicants upload any addenda, including Char- nov.-dec. • UF Law application transmission begins on 9/4 A • dmissions Committee starts reviewing • Late registration for the October LSAT by 9/14 applications • oad Map Program for 2013 Applicants r L • ate registration for the December LSAT • sk your registrar’s office to mail your official A on 11/9 transcripts to LSAC O • ptimal time to submit UF Law application • SAT Administration on 10/6 L by late November • egister for the December LSAT by 10/29 r • SAT Administration on 12/1 L • October 2012 scores released on 10/31 S • end updated transcripts with fall grades to LSAC r • eview your Academic Summary report in your LSAC Account P R O S P E C T U S 49 acter and Fitness explanations/documentation, the reasons for wanting to attend the Levin Col- Transfer Certification Form via the LSAC electronic application website. lege of Law and focuses on the law school aca- All transfer applicants must submit a Trans- The following should not be included with the demic experience. fer Certification Form which is available on application: writing samples, newspaper/maga- In addition, all transfer and visitor applicants the LSAC electronic application website. The zine articles, photographs, CDs, DVDs, audio should carefully review sections I and III of the form must be completed by the applicant’s law cassettes or videotapes. These items will not be “J.D. Application Process” above for detailed school and sent directly to the Levin College of evaluated as part of the application and will not instructions about the LSAC Electronic Applica- Law Office of Admissions by the file completion be returned to the applicant. tion, the CAS Report, the Academic Admissions deadline. The form must be accompanied by an It is strongly recommended that applicants Statement, the résumé, the character and fitness official law school transcript. keep copies of their applications for reference. questions and the need for full disclosure. Upon receipt of a completed application, the Admissions Committee will evaluate transfer III. APPLICATION FEE, RESIDENCY FORM, Transfer/Visitor Application Deadlines requests based on the following: OThER REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL DATA TRANSFER APPLICANTS • Space availability Within five business days after submission of • pring 2013: File and complete by S • Admission standards for transfer candidates the online application, the Levin College of Law Oct. 1, 2012 • Applicant’s current law school record Admissions. will send an email acknowledging receipt of the • Applicant’s reasons for requesting a transfer application. This email will provide instructions • ummer 2013: File and complete by S regarding payment of the $30 application fee and March 1, 2013 ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS completion of the required University of Florida • all 2013: File by July 1, 2013 F FOR VISITOR APPLICANTS Supplemental Data Form and Residency Form. Complete by July 15, 2013 In addition to the general requirements de- Submission of the application fee and the supple- VISITOR APPLICANTS scribed above, visitor applicants must comply mental forms will be done via the University’s with the following requirements. online system. • pring 2013: File and complete by S Please note that the Levin College of Law Of- Dec. 1, 2012 Letter of Permission and Good Standing fice of Admissions does not process fee-waiver • ummer 2013: File and complete by S Applicants who have completed two years applications for the LSAT and CAS. The $30 (four semesters) of study at an ABA-accredited application fee cannot be waived by the Levin April 1, 2013 law school may apply for visitor status at the College of Law. • all 2013: File and complete by F Levin College of Law if they are in good standing July 1, 2013 and eligible to return to that school. Transfer and Visitor Applicants Visitor applicants must submit a letter from the dean of the applicant’s law school granting GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR permission to the student to attend the UF Levin TRANSFER AND VISITOR APPLICANTS TRANSFER APPLICANTS College of Law, certifying that the student is in Students attending a law school accredited by In addition to the general requirements de- good standing and that the law school will apply the American Bar Association (ABA) may apply scribed above, transfer applicants must comply credits earned at the Levin College of Law to the for transfer or to visit the Levin College of Law. with the following requirements. student’s degree from that law school. This letter The general requirements for transfer and must be accompanied by an official law school visitor applicants are the same as the require- Good Standing and Academic Rank transcript showing all academic work to date. ments for those applying for entry to the first- To be eligible for consideration, applicants The college of law does not offer part-time year J.D. program: must be in good standing at their current insti- status. Visitors must enroll for at least 12 semes- 1. Levin College of Law LSAC Electronic tution and their academic rank must be in the ter hours for up to two terms, in the law school. Application top third after completion of the required first- They may not enroll in language or graduate-level 2. CAS Report year, full-time curriculum. courses in other UF departments. 3. Academic Admissions Statement and Résumé Applicants who have received law degrees 4. Character and Fitness Questions/Need for Full from another institution or bachelor’s degrees OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS FOR TRANSFER Disclosure in conjunction with a law program are not AND VISITOR APPLICANTS 5. After the LSAC electronic application is eligible for transfer. Transfer credit will not Transfer and visitor applicants are welcome to submitted, the CAS report is automatically be awarded for correspondence courses or for submit a Diversity Statement and letters of rec- requested. work done in residence at a non-ABA accred- ommendation and evaluations. See section II of Transfer and visitor applicants must submit ited law school; no more than 29 hours of credit the “J.D. Application Process” above, for details. an Academic Admissions Statement that includes may be transferred. • December 2012 scores released on 1/4 jan.-feb. S • ubmit FAFSA for 2013-14 starting on 1/1 • register for the February LSAT by 1/8 S • end file updates to LSAC and complete CAS file by 2/1 • LSAT Administration on 2/9 50 U F L A W The Financial Aid Office works closely with students Financial Aid. For More Information to ensure they make the most of available aid. ADMINISTRATION: Robert H. Jerry II, Dean Entering first-year students may qualify through the Federal Direct Student Loan Alyson Craig Flournoy, Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs for a scholarship or grant based upon merit, Program . Students applying must complete Michael Seigel, Associate Dean, need or merit/need as determined by a Fi- a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. International Studies nancial Aid Committee. Students selected for Completion qualifies the student for consid- Michael Friel, Associate Dean and Director, more than one scholarship will receive the eration in federal loan and employment pro- Graduate Tax Program Rachel Inman, Associate Dean, award of greatest value. Most students qualify grams. Apply electronically — “FAFSA on the Student Affairs for Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Grad- Web” — at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The application Sharon Rush, Associate Dean, uate PLUS loans, which must be applied for period begins Jan. 1 and results should be Faculty Development annually using the Free Application for Fed- received electronically from the federal pro- Claire Germain, Associate Dean, Legal Information eral Student Aid (FAFSA). Private loans also cessor (no photocopies) by April 15 to ensure Debra Staats, Associate Dean, may be available based upon credit. Transfer timely processing of loans. Administrative Affairs students are eligible for federal aid, but not Students attending at least half-time may Michelle Adorno, Assistant Dean, for law school aid until they have been evalu- qualify for as much as $20,500 in unsubsi- Admissions Pascale Bishop, Assistant Dean, ated at the Levin College of Law for at least dized funds each academic year. Students Career Development one semester. also may apply for the Federal Graduate Plus Debra Amirin, Director, Communications Loan to help cover the cost of attendance. For Lauren Wilcox, Senior Director, SChOLARShIPS more information on these loans, visit www. Development & Alumni Affairs Merit-Based: Awards for entering stu- law.ufl.edu/students/financial. LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW: dents are based on information collected in Private: The interest rate and guarantee fee Mailing address: P.O. Box 117622, the application for admission. Scholarship on private loans vary according to the lender Gainesville, FL 32611-7622 decisions are made starting in December and and are credit-based. You may borrow up to Street address: 2500 SW 2nd Ave. completed by April. Recipients are notified the cost of attendance set by the school minus Gainesville, FL 32611 by letter. any other financial aid you are receiving. STUDENT AFFAIRS/FINANCIAL AID: For merit/need-based scholarships, appli- Fees and expenses. The tuition/fees for (352) 273-0620 • firstname.lastname@example.org cants must show high achievement. For both one semester credit hour for 2012-2013 is merit/need scholarships and for need-based $714.04 ($21,421.20 for 30 hours) for Florida ADMISSIONS: (352) 273-0890 email@example.com grants, the Levin College of Law must receive residents and $1,359.50 per credit hours the electronic FAFSA results and the need- ($40,785 for 30 hours) for non-residents as DEAN’S OFFICE: based scholarship and grant application by defined in the UF undergraduate Catalog. (352) 273-0600 one of the following deadlines if admitted: Expenses vary, but UF law students can an- Rules, policies, fees, dates and courses de- • Prior to Jan. 15, 2013 – by Feb. 7 ticipate annual costs in addition to tuition scribed herein are subject to change without • Jan. 16-Feb. 15, 2013 – by March 7 of about $15,890, with the breakdown as notice. The university is committed to non- • After Feb. 15, 2013 – by April 15 follows: discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual CONTINUING STUDENT feeS / exPenSeS orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, and vet- SChOLARShIPS Books/Supplies $1,080 eran status as protected under the Vietnam Students will be notified when scholarship Clothing/Maintenance $730 Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act. applications are available. Continuing stu- Computer/Cell phone $1,380 The Prospectus is available in an alternate dents can apply for these scholarships after format. Call Levin College of Law Admis- completion of their first year. Food $4,130 sions Office at (352) 273-0890. For TDD Personal/Insurance $1,460 phone access, call Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8771 LOANS Room $6,420 (TDD). Federal: Law students are eligible to ap- Transportation $540 Produced by the Communications Office, ply for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Staf- Student Orientation Fee $150 Levin College of Law; Richard Goldstein, ford Loans and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (entering students only) Editor; Design by JS Design Studio may-june mar-april • F Law Application and file U • Deposit deadline 5/15 completion deadline 3/15 • register for Orientation • ebruary 2013 scores released on 3/6 F S • ubmit official undergraduate A • dmissions Committee completes all transcript file review in mid-April • Submit immunization form F • inal decisions sent to candidates by late-April P R O S P E C T U S 51 non-profit UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LEVIN COLLEGE OF LAW organization U.S. poStagE paiD gainESViLLE, fL Levin College of Law pErmit no. 94 P.O. Box 117622 Gainesville, FL 32611-7622 www.law.ufl.edu 2 0 1 2 - 2 0 1 3 Your future begins at UF LAW.
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