Dear Alumni and Friends,

Our campus is bustling again as we welcome more students to Gainesville for the start of spring classes.

As we celebrate a new year and a new semester, we also mourn the loss of two pillars of our community. Earlier this month I shared that our namesake Fred Levin (JD 61) passed away on January 12. You may explore this tribute page to learn more about Fred's incredible life and legacy. Just a few days ago, we learned that Judge Stephan Mickle (JD 70) passed away after a lengthy illness. As some of you may remember, we hosted a virtual event in October to recognize Judge Mickle’s life and trailblazing career. You may watch a recording of the event to hear from Judge Mickle’s family and friends.

While we recognize the impact and legacies of these two legal giants, we also celebrate a new $2 million commitment from Linda (JD 78) and Ken McGurn to establish the McGurn Fellowship Program for Media Integrity and the Fight Against Disinformation. This gift will fund fellowships at UF Law and the UF College of Journalism and Communications. You may learn more about this groundbreaking gift here.

On campus, we kicked off the year with another engaging Compressed Course Week. Thank you to the alumni who brought practice insights to our students during these valuable one-week courses. We also thank the many alumni who participated in our Practice Interview Program this week in advance of our Spring On-Campus Interviewing Program, which will take place virtually beginning next week. I am excited to report incredible student and employer engagement, with over 140 employers and more than 5,000 student requests to interview with them. If you would like to be involved in future interviewing programs, please contact Assistant Dean Janice Shaw at

Please stay safe and well until we are able to gather again.

Laura A. Rosenbury
Laura Ann Rosenbury
Dean and Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law
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