This week at the University of Florida Levin College of Law (UF Law): Oil Spill Symposium and Social Media Presentation

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UF Law oil spill symposium

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Legal responses to the disaster caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill this summer are wide-ranging and varied, according to law professors from UF Law who have been studying laws and policies that can determine liability for such environmental disasters.

The symposium will outline the legal basis for responding to the oil spill and will examine Florida, federal and admiralty laws; types of recovery including resources, economic, communities and damages; the claims process; responses from commissions established by the State of Florida and by President Obama; and legislative actions that could assist oil spill victims. The event is free and open to the public.

Date: Sept. 16, 2010
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: UF Levin College of Law, Martin H. Levin Legal Advocacy Center

“All the President’s Tweets: The First Amendment and the Online Public Forum”
What role does social media play in the government’s relationship to the U.S. public? How should First Amendment doctrines be interpreted to respond to the challenges posed by government sponsored social media?

In recognition of Constitution Day, Stephen C. O’Connell Professor of Law Lyrissa Lidsky will explore these questions and other aspects of the growing world of social media and its evolving relationship with the U.S. Constitution with her presentation, “All the President’s Tweets: The First Amendment and the Online Public Forum.” The talk will be followed by a discussion with UF Law Dean Emeritus and Director of the Center for Governmental Responsibility Jon Mills and McClatchy Professor in the UF College of Journalism and Communications and Executive Director of the Brechner Center Sandra Chance; and moderated by UF Law Dean Robert Jerry. For more information or to see a live webcast of the presentation, visit the UF Law home page. An archived version will be available following the event.

The event is free and open to the public and the first 200 attendees will receive a free pocket copy of the Constitution. UF’s Constitution Day Program will continue with an open-mic reading of the U.S. Constitution, sponsored by the Smathers Libraries on the Plaza of the Americas. There will be free pocket copies of the Constitution for everyone plus cake and lemonade. For additional information go to the Smathers Libraries home page.

Date: Sept. 17, 2010
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: UF Levin College of Law, Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, Holland Hall 180

For additional information:
Matt Walker, UF Law Communications


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