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MIAMI LAW: LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
      July 2012 Issue
 


BARRISTER UPDATE
Miami Law & Momentum2
This year the University of Miami launched its second major fundraising campaign in ten years — Momentum2. The major goals of Momentum2 are to enrich the student experience, fund scholarships and research programs, and recruit more world-class faculty members and scholars. The campaign also will support programs that benefit the community, allowing the University to partner with organizations and enhance the well-being of citizens, be it in education, health care, or economic stability.

ALUMNI PROFILE
Devang Desai, JD '03, the new President of the Law Alumni Association (LAA), is interviewed on TheLawInsider
TheLawInsider.com recently sat down with Devang Desai, the new President for the University of Miami Law Alumni Association to speak with him about the state of the legal profession and his goals as LAA president.

RECOGNIZING GENEROSITY
Judge A. Jay Cristol's Gift Supports Bankruptcy Clinic
When Judge Cristol — who graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1959 and is Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida — dons his robes, his pencil-thin mustache fashioned like a film star's of yesteryear, it is a labor of love.

Thanks to the following Adjunct Faculty for their generosity
The University of Miami School of Law's Adjunct Faculty Scholarship Funds offer current law students scholarships and assistance in paying for Florida Bar preparation courses.

NOTEWORTHY LINKS
Judge Adalberto Jordan, JD '87, Confirmed To Appeals Court
U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan, a Miami Law graduate, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in February to serve on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

Miami Law Alumna Confirmed by Senate to Federal Bench
Robin S. Rosenbaum, a Miami Law alumna and adjunct faculty member, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Tuesday as a federal judge for the Southern District of Florida. The vote was 92 to 3.

Alumni Weekend & Homecoming
Class Reunions: 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992 and 2002.
Reconnect with classmates and former professors with a variety of events such as the 3rd Annual Law Alumni Association Golf Tournament and the 64th Annual "Morning Spirits" and Homecoming Breakfast.

CLASS NOTES
CLASS OF 1976
Robert Peltz, JD '76, partner at Florida trial law firm Leesfield & Partners, P.A., has been reappointed as Chairman of the Maritime Law Association (MLA)'s Cruise Lines and Passenger Ships Committee. This is Peltz's third term as Chairman.

Stephen H. Reisman, JD '76 has been named Vice Chairman of Peckar & Abramson, in Coral Gables, FL. Peckar & Abramson consider it to be an important milestone in the firm's development as the nation's largest construction law firm.

CLASS OF 1978
Dr. Earl Cash, JD '78, Partner at Nassau, Bahamas based Higgs & Johnson, was appointed Deputy Chairman of The College of The Bahamas' Council.

CLASS OF 1981
Brian L. Davidoff, LLMI '81 and his practice group will join Greenberg Glusker, a full-service law firm in Los Angeles. Mr. Davidoff will head the Firm's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group.

CLASS OF 1984
Brett A. Panter, JD '84 from the Law Office of Panter, Panter & Sampedro in Miami, FL, served as a moderator for "As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Lawyers Make in Civil Litigation" for the National Business Institute.

CLASS OF 1986
Donald P. Dufresne, JD '86, shareholder at Greenspoon Marder, has been appointed by County Commissioner Jess Santamaria to the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council.

Juan C. Enjamio, JD '86 has been appointed managing partner of Hunton & Williams' Miami office.

Mitchell Panter, JD '86 from th Law Office of Panter, Panter & Sampedro in Miami, FL, presented Basics of Auto Accident Law at a seminar sponsored by LawReviewCle Advocacy in Practice.

CLASS OF 1987
Jani Singer-Kline, JD '87 of Miami, FL was elected to receive the Policy Advocate Award from the Lawyers for Children America at the John Edward Smith Child Advocacy Awards Luncheon.
  CLASS OF 1988
Gary Salzman, BBA '85, JD '88, an attorney and shareholder in the Orlando, FL office of Gray Robinson PA, was elected to the Orange County Bar Association Executive Council.

CLASS OF 1992
David Spalter, JD '92 is a partner with Jill S. Schwartz & Associates, P.A., a labor and employment law boutique firm located in Winter Park, Florida.

CLASS OF 1995
Stewart D. Fried, JD '95 has joined the OFW Law firm in Washington, DC as Principal.

CLASS OF 1996
DeAnna D. Allen, JD '96 has joined the Washington, DC based firm Cooley LLP as a Partner.

Melanie Damian, JD '96, a partner with the Miami based law firm of Damian & Valori LLP, was selected to receive the Miami Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers' (FAWL) Mattie Belle Davis Award and has been appointed Chair of The Florida Bar Federal Court Practice Committee by incoming President of The Florida Bar, Gwynne A. Young.

CLASS OF 2001
Thomas W. White, JD '07 JD '01 has joined the Lewisburg, WV based Dinsmore & Shohl firm as a Partner.

CLASS OF 2007
Jennifer L. Alfieri, LLME '07 is a new associate attorney joining the Syracuse, NY based firm Costello, Cooney & Fearon.

Mark Santi, JD '07 joined Twin Cities Law Firm in Minneapolis, MN. Mark will be representing business owners in complex financial problems and general business matters.

CLASS OF 2009
Alex Schimel, JD 2009 has joined the Miami Law Academic Achievement Program as a full-time Academic Support Advisor and Adjunct Professor.


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Momentum2

UPCOMING LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EVENTS
Wed., July 25 - Tampa, FL
Young Alumni Networking Reception
Florida Bar After Exam Celebration
Jackson's Bistro Bar, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 17 - Coral Gables, FL
Law Parents & Partners
Wine & Cheese Reception
Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge, 6-7 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 18 - Coral Gables, FL
3rd Annual LAA Golf Tournament
Miami International Links, 11:30 a.m.

Fri., Oct. 19 - Coral Gables, FL
Homecoming Class Reunion Receptions
1972, 1982, 1987, 1992 and 2002
The Lowe Art Museum, 6:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 19 - Coral Gables, FL
UM vs. FSU Law Alumni Mixer
Law School Bricks, 5:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 20 - Coral Gables, FL
64th Annual Homecoming Breakfast
& "Morning Spirits"

Newman Alumni Center, 8:00 a.m.

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CONTACT THE LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
For further information, please contact:

Office of Law Alumni Relations and Development
University of Miami School of Law
P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, FL 33124-8087

Phone, Fax, E-mail:

To RSVP: (305) 284-4945
Toll Free: 1-866-99UMLAW
Fax: 305-284-3968
E-mail: alumni@law.miami.edu

Devang Desai, JD '03
President, Law Alumni Association
ddesai@gaebemullen.com

Georgina A. Angones
Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and Development
gangones@law.miami.edu

Reshunda L. Mahone, CFRE
Director of Development
rmahone@law.miami.edu

Editors

Nicole Mestre, JD '99
Vice President, Chair Alumni Media

Jessenia Barone
Administrative Assistant for Alumni Relations and Development
jbarone@law.miami.edu


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