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Supreme Court Justice Kennedy Talks at Miami Law About Civil Discourse and Pride in the Law
Some years ago, during a visit to his native California, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was approached in a restaurant by a lawyer from Ukiah who recognized him as a member of the Supreme Court.
"He must have been a C-SPAN junkie or something – nobody knows what we look like" a smiling Justice Kennedy told an audience at the University of Miami on Monday. He recalled the lawyer from Ukiah saying that his father, as a prisoner in Germany during World War II, had made American flags out of bits of cloth, only to have them confiscated again and again by Nazi guards. Read more...
Palm Beach and Broward Counties Judicial Receptions and CLE Sessions
Join us on March 7, 2013 for the Palm Beach County Judicial Reception and CLE Session: "Social Media & Technology 101: Defining A New Standard of Competence for the Practice of Law" (1.0 Ethics CLE credit). The CLE session will begin at 4:30 PM, with the Judicial Reception to follow at 5:45 PM. The event is being hosted by Akerman Senterfitt in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Honorable Walter N. Colbath, Jr., JD '65, Former Chief Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida (Ret.) will be presented with the Alumni Achievement Award during the Judicial Reception. Click here to RSVP.
Join us on March 28, 2013 for the Broward County Judicial Reception and CLE Session: "Social Media & Technology 101: Defining A New Standard of Competence for the Practice of Law" (1.0 Ethics CLE credit). The CLE session will begin at 4:30 PM, with the Judicial Reception to follow at 5:45 PM. The event will be held at 110 Tower in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is being sponsored by Todd S. Payne, JD '89 and Zebersky & Payne, LLP. Click here to RSVP.
We gratefully acknowledge the following for their generosity in establishing new scholarships at Miami Law:
Steven Berger, JD '76, Berger/Loevner Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
Devang Desai, JD '03, Devang Desai Law Scholarship Fund
Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo, Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo Endowed Scholarship Fund
Holland and Knight and friends of Martin Fine, JD '49, Martin Fine Endowed Scholarship Fund
Miami Law Alumni Association, Law Alumni Association Board of Directors Scholarship
Patricia Redmond, JD '79, The Patricia Redmond Scholarship
Joel B. Ronkin, JD ’92 and Shari J. Ronkin, JD ‘94, Ronkin Family Scholarship
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Endowed Scholarship Fund
Joseph Weinberger, JD '82, Joseph Weinberger Endowed Scholarship Fund
Family and friends of former graduate, the late Eileen Breier, JD '88, Eileen G. Breier, JD '88 Memorial Scholarship Fund
Family, friends and members of FAWL for the late Judge Maxine Cohen Lando, JD '74, Maxine Cohen Lando Endowed Scholarship Fund
Family and friends of the late Richard L. Lapidus, JD '61, Richard L. Lapidus JD’61 Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund
Family and friends of the late Martin J. Nash, JD '61, The Marty Nash Memorial Fund
To make a donation to any of these scholarship funds or another area at Miami Law, please click here for our online giving page. To double your impact, click here for information on the Chaplin Challange.
University of Miami Alumni Association 2013 Alumni Awards
We are pleased to announce that Barbara Hecht Havenick,JD ’75, AB ’72, President and CEO, Flagler Greyhound Track and Magic City Casino, has been chosen as the recipient of the Henry King Stanford Alumnus of the Year Award for "continued exemplary service to the University of Miami". Ms. Havenick will be honored on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Newman Alumni Center at 6:00 PM. Please mark the date on your calendar.
Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis, JD '72, Recipient of the Hoeveler Award
Miami Law's Center for Ethics and Public Service has chosen Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis as the recipient of the 11th annual William M. Hoeveler Award. The prestigious prize celebrates ethics, leadership and public service in the legal profession. Read more...
Free Training for CLE Credits* Learn About Unemployment Benefits Law and help those who have lost jobs
Florida Legal Services, along with co-sponsor University of Miami School of Law HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, presents a free training on Unemployment Compensation on March 13, 2013, from 2:00 - 4:30 PM. The training is open to Dade County attorneys who agree to provide pro bono representation to a low-income individual seeking unemployment benefits. When individuals lose their job through no fault of their own, they are eligible for unemployment compensation (renamed Reemployment Assistance (RA)). But there are many challenges facing eligible applicants to getting those benefits. And while employers often have representation, the former employees frequently have no legal guidance at all.
Register for this free training: http://surveygoldplus.com/s/E218431EC2504088/96.htm
Attorneys who participate will be trained by substantive experts: staff attorneys at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. and Florida Legal Services. The fundamentals of unemployment law will be covered. In addition, this training will focus on new procedural requirements that pose insurmountable barriers to many of the unemployed, such as having to apply only by Internet, provide an email address, and take an online skills assessment. In addition to the live training, valuable online resources will be made available to participants. And every volunteer will get access to ongoing consultation, as needed, throughout the handling of the referred case.
If you have questions about the registration process, contact Kathy Grunewald, FLS Training Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 850.385.7900 Ext. 180. If you have questions about the training, contact Valory Greenfield, FLS Staff Attorney, email@example.com or 305.573.0092 Ext. 205.
* CLE application pending for 2.0 credits
Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis, JD '72, Hosted a Luncheon for Dean Patricia D. White at the Florida Supreme Court
On February 8, 2013, Justice R. Fred Lewis hosted a luncheon at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee, FL for Dean Patricia D. White. Joining Dean White and Justice Lewis for lunch were Justice Charles T. Canady; Justice Jorge Labarga; Chief Justice Ricky Polston and Justice Peggy A. Quince. Also in attendance were Devang Desai, JD '03, President of the Law Alumni Association; Justice Perry's intern Errick S. Benson Peart, JD '12; Justice Lewis' law clerk Zachary Dickens, JD '12; Clerk of the Court Thomas Hall, JD '80; Justice Labarga's law clerk Jorge A. Perez, JD '11; Justice Polston's career law clerk Kristina Samuels, JD '06 and Justice Canady's law clerk Alex Smith.
We are grateful to Justice Lewis for hosting this luncheon for Dean White.
Tallahassee Law Alumni Reception Hosted by Kristen M. Fiore, JD ’06, Monica L. Rodriguez, JD ’00
and the Law Offices of Akerman Senterfitt
On February 8, 2013, Kristen M. Fiore, JD ’06, Monica L. Rodriguez, JD ’00 and the law offices of Akerman Senterfitt hosted a Law Alumni Reception where Tallahassee alumni had the opportunity to meet Dean Patricia D. White. There were 15 alumni in attendance.
We are grateful to Kristen M. Fiore, JD ’06, Monica L. Rodriguez, JD ’00 and the law offices of Akerman Senterfitt for hosting this reception for Dean White and our alumni.
Professor Geoffrey Stone Delves Into Distinctions Between Judicial Activism and Restraint in Supreme Court Decisions
Over the last few decades, a salient feature of the United States Supreme Court has been its shifts in emphasis between decisions that displayed judicial activism and those that tended toward judicial restraint.
That was the starting point for a lecture at Miami Law this week by Professor Geoffrey Stone, a leading constitutional scholar and the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at University of Chicago Law School. The lecture was part of a series named in honor of John Hart Ely, a member of the Miami Law faculty from 1996 until his death in 2003 and renowned for his authorship of Democracy and Distrust: A Theory of Judicial Review (Harvard, 1980). Read more...
U.S. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visits UM
It was the first time Sonia Sotomayor had ever received a grade of C on a written paper. Having great insights into what she read had always helped the then-first-year Princeton student to get good grades. The C grade shocked Sotomayor.
Her professor explained that while the paper was filled with excellent ideas, it lacked a theme and wasn’t written in complete sentences. So that summer Sotomayor, who’d grown up in a Spanish-speaking household, went to a bookstore and bought grammar and vocabulary books, sharpening her written English skills and devoting herself to learning five new words a day. She also enlisted the help of a professor to hone her English, paper by paper. Her prose eventually improved so dramatically that an instructor rated her senior thesis the best-written of the academic term. Read more...
Professor Frances Hill Speaks at Alumni Luncheon at the 47th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
Frances R. Hill, Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar for the Profession, was the guest speaker at the University of Miami Law School Alumni Luncheon at the 47th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning in Orlando, Florida, on January 16. Read more...
Hilarie Bass, JD '81, Has Been Named Co-President of Greenberg Traurig Global Law Firm
Law firm Greenberg Traurig announced five leadership changes on Thursday, including the selection of the firm's first female co-president. Read more...
A Meeting with the Former Mayor Manny Diaz, JD '80
Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz wrote his new book, Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time, because he wanted to make a statement that “politics in America has to change.” That was among one of the handful of topics Diaz discussed February 5 on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, where he participated in a sit-down conversation with UM School of Architecture Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Read More...
Miami Law Alumnus, Marc Trestman, JD '82, Hired by Chicago Bears as Head Coach
CHICAGO (AP) – The Bears hired Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman Jan. 16 to replace the fired Lovie Smith, hoping he can get the most out of quarterback Jay Cutler and make Chicago a playoff team on a consistent basis. It's the first head coaching job in the NFL for Trestman, a longtime assistant in the league who spent the past five seasons coaching the CFL's Alouettes and led them to two Grey Cup titles. Read more...
James T. Kirk, JD '12, Working a ‘dream job’ at the SEC
James “Tyler” Kirk walks the two blocks to his office at the Securities and Exchange Commission every morning, thinking about how lucky he is. He’s 29, loves his work as an SEC lawyer and loves the life he has built. Read more...
CLASS OF 1972
David Krathen, JD ’72, has joined the law firm of Upchurch Watson White and Max.
CLASS OF 1973
Richard Warren Rappaport, JD ’73, authored and released his new book: “STAR! Finding Artistic and Commercial Success in the New Entertainment Industry.” It was published by the American Bar Association.
CLASS OF 1976
Steven Ginsburg, JD ’76, a partner in the Atlanta office of Duane Morris, has co-authored a chapter in the book Florida Civil Practice Before Trial, 10th Edition, published by the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education.
CLASS OF 1977
George Perlman, JD ’77, LLMT 79, was honored on Simchat Torah. The esteemed recipients of these honors are typically those who are “wed” to the lofty ideals of the Torah, and they are appropriately called Chatanim, bridegrooms.
CLASS OF 1979
Maxine Master Long, JD ’79, received the 2013 Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award.
CLASS OF 1984
Sandra P. Greenblatt, JD ’84, was featured in an article on Haute Lawyer’s website about her 28 year career as a board certified expert in Health Law.
CLASS OF 1985
Michael J. Higer, JD ’85, a co-founder and partner with Higer Lichter & Givner was named one of the Top 100 Miami Florida Lawyers by Super Lawyers.
Doug Landau, JD ’85, of ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., will be teaching on the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Social Security Success Seminar program in New Orleans, Louisiana.
CLASS OF 1986
Juan Enjamio, JD ’86, was nominated by his peer as ‘Top Lawyers’ in the 2013 South Florida Legal Guide. Juan Enjamio is Office Managing Partner in Miami and co-heads the firm’s labor and employment team. In April, Miami Today profiled him as one of its “Achievers.”
CLASS OF 1988
Jorge Espinosa, JD ’88, one of the founding members of Espinosa | Trueba, P.L was ranked by the World Trademark Review as a top trademark law attorney. Jorge has also made the national list in the category of anti-counterfeiting. Espinosa is one of only three attorneys in Florida to receive this distinction.
CLASS OF 1989
Christine D. Hanley, JD ’89: FordHarrison LLP, the national labor and employment law firm, has merged with West Palm Beach-based Christine D. Hanley & Associates, effective January 1, 2013.
Bertila A. Soto, JD ’89, was announced in the Daily Business Review website as the new chief circuit judge for Miami-Dade County
Karen Throckmorton, JD ’89, received the Woman of Valor award from the Children’s Home Society for 20+ years of hands-on service as a volunteer, longtime board member, and past chair of the Miami-Dade Board.
CLASS OF 1990
Carlos J. Martinez, JD ’90, was sworn in as the Miami-Dade Public Defender by Chief Judge Joel Brown. Martinez made history in 2008 by becoming the first elected Hispanic Public Defender in the United States.
CLASS OF 1993
Brian S. Adler, JD ’93, was elected Chairman of SAVE Dade Board of Directors, an organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Miami-Dade County.
Jeanmarie C. Ferrara, JD ’93, has been promoted to Executive Vice President at the Miami office of Wragg & Casas.
Curtis B. Hunter, LLMT ’93, a partner with Berger Singerman, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Children’s Bereavement Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling children and families who have experienced the loss of a loved one to acknowledge change and integrate loss with healthful grief and mourning.
Jeffrey H. Minde, JD ’93, of the Southern Palm Zen Group of Boca Raton, FL, was recently ordained a Senior Soto Zen Monk.
CLASS OF 1994
Benjamin W. Newman, JD ’94, a shareholder in the Orlando office of GrayRobinson, was recently selected to serve as the new chairman of the Civil Service Board for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
CLASS OF 1996
Leyza F. Blanco, JD ’96, a shareholder in the Miami office of GrayRobinson, P.A., has been named a 2012 Key Partner by the South Florida Business Journal & LINQ Financial Group and has been honored as “Top Lawyer” by South Florida Legal Guide.
Jeffrey R. Margolis, JD ’96, joined the Florida Business Law Firm Berger Singerman as Partner.
CLASS OF 1996 cont.
Jeff Meadows, JD’96, of Lyons and Lyons, will be returning to Key West, Florida February 21-23, 2013 for the 7th Annual DIVING INTO A DUI CASE Legal Seminar/CLE. The three and a half day-long seminar will feature nationally recognized DUI Defense lawyers and experts.
Marlene Quintana, JD ’96, has been honored as “Top Lawyer” by South Florida Legal Guide. This distinction honors attorneys who have earned a high level of respect for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
CLASS OF 1997
Michael Freedland, JD ’97, was interviewed on his expertise of medical malpractice on Katie Couric’s show “Dying to Be Beautiful” which aired locally on January 31.
CLASS OF 1998
Robert S. Fine, JD ’98, shareholder at the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig discussed the topic “Is the Web Accessible?” at the Miami Law Review Symposium event, “Social Media & the Law.”
Reinhold R. Priebus, JD ’98, was re-elected as the Chairman of the Republic National Committee.
CLASS OF 1999
Y. Lisa Colon Heron, JD ’99, has been named a partner in the Ft. Lauderdale office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP.
CLASS OF 2000
Michael Grieco, JD ’00, announced his candidacy for Miami Beach City Commissioner.
William J. Simonitsch, JD ’00, a litigation partner in the Miami office of global law firm K&L Gates LLP, has been voted to a one-year term as President-Elect of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).
CLASS OF 2001
Richard Montes de Oca, JD ’01, was featured and profiled in Brickell Magazine.
CLASS OF 2002
Jason Patrick Kairalla, JD ’02, has been named a partner in the Miami office of Jorden Burt LLP, a national litigation boutique providing litigation and counseling to the financial services industries.
Francesco Stipo, LLMCL ’02, President of the USA Club of Rome and Author of the book “World Federalist Manifesto, Guide to Political Globalization” will be the Keynote speaker at the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations.
CLASS OF 2003
Daniel Harwin, JD ’03, was named Partner at Freedland Harwin, PL.
Melisa Tapanes Llahues, JD ’03, was named Shareholder at Bercow Radell & Fernandez. She is among the youngest female equity partners in South Florida.
CLASS OF 2004
Javier Avino, JD ’04, has been named Partner of Bilzin Sumber Baena Price & Axelrod LLP in one of the firm’s newest Government Relations & Land Development Groups.
Adam Trister, JD ’04, is a Corporate Attorney at NetApp, Inc., a Fortune 500 American multinational computer storage and data management company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Adam specializes in US Government procurement.
CLASS OF 2008
Brian Accardo, JD ’08, was chosen to receive the Distinguished Environmental Advocates Award by The American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. The award will be presented on March 22 during the section’s 42nd Spring Conference in Salt Lake City.
Ian Lerner, JD ’08, was promoted to Senior Associate at the Midtown Manhattan office of Cushman & Wakefield.
CLASS OF 2009
Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, JD ‘09, an associate with the Florida business law firm Berger Singerman, has been appointed national co-chair of the American Bar Association’s newly formed National Task Force on Stand Your Ground laws.
Allison Perez Ramirez, 09, with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. has been unanimously elected to the Board of Directors for Senior's First, a non-profit organization that enhances the quality of life for Central Florida senior citizens in need.
CLASS OF 2010
Patricia Elizee, JD '10, has launched her own immigration and family law practice, Elizee Hernandez Law Firm, P.A.
Louis Smoller, JD ’10, of the Bradley Legal Group, P.A. has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Jazz Archive, Inc., a not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
CLASS OF 2011
Arthur Robert Weaver, JD ’11, is now an associate with Feldman Gale, in their Miami Office.
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Mar. 7 - West Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach County Judicial Reception and CLE Session
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