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December

Professor David Abraham Serves as Visiting Professor at Hafia University and Delivers Paper

David Abraham

Professor David Abraham has been serving as UM's first Visiting Exchange Professor at Haifa University's Faculty of Law. Building on an exchange agreement that recently brought Prof Eli Salzberg of Haifa to Miami, where he conducted a highly successful short course, Professor Abraham is teaching a course on Immigration and Citizenship Law to a diverse group of Israeli and foreign students. In addition, Abraham delivered a paper to Haifa's faculty seminar titled "Social Solidarity and Multiculturalism: Tensions within Liberal Legal and Social Theory." Abraham stressed the need for high levels of social democratic solidarity to push back against aggressive neo-liberal policies while acknowledging that those same social liberal values required the recognition and some measure of deference toward difference. Professor Abraham teaches Property, Immigration & Citizenship Law, Citizenship and Identity, Law and the Transition to Capitalism and Law and Social Theory. He has been widely published in each of those areas as well as serving as a frequent media commentator for American, German, and Israeli newspapers and television.

Associate Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez Participates at the 2013 Women & Justice Conference

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education, Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, recently served as a panelist at the 2013 Women & Justice Conference held in New York City. She spoke on the panel "State Responsibility to Act with Due Diligence to Eliminate Violence Against Women: From Theory to Practice." Professor Bettinger-Lopez is the director of Miami Law's Human Rights Clinic. Her scholarship, advocacy, and teaching concern international human rights law and advocacy, violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants' rights, and clinical legal education. She focuses on implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level, principally in the United States and Latin America.

Professor Markus Wagner Presents Paper on International Investment and Trade Law

Markus Wagner

Professor Markus Wagner presented his most recent paper titled "Policy Space in International Investment Law and International Trade Law," in which he compares the global trade and investment regimes. The paper was selected by the American Society of International Law for its Midyear Meeting and Research Forum and by the organization's International Economic Law Interest Group for its inaugural conference, hosted jointly at The Wharton School and Penn Law School. The paper addresses the question to what extent states can claim policy space before international trade and investment tribunals. It finds that the experience of the WTO regime can serve as a useful blueprint for international investment law in situations in which states demand the ability to take policy decisions in public health or environmental matters. Professor Wagner teaches and writes in the areas of international law, constitutional law and comparative law. His recent scholarship has focused on the development of autonomous weaponry and its compatibility with international humanitarian law and various aspects of international economic law.

Professor Felix Mormann Presents Work on Federalism and Clean Energy Policy at Northwestern University

Felix Mormann

Professor Felix Mormann participated in a conference on Federalism and Energy in the United States at Northwestern University School of Law. Following an invitation from the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, professor Mormann presented a work in progress that explores constitutional challenges to state policies for clean energy and climate change mitigation. Professor Mormann's scholarship explores the regulatory and policy challenges along the path to an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. He teaches in the areas of contracts, environmental law, energy law, and climate change.

Lecturer in Law Jan Jacobowitz Participates on New Media Panel

Jan L. Jacobowit

Lecturer Jan L. Jacobowit recently participated as a panelist on the National Center for State Court's Justice Roundtable in Washington, D.C. The panel was titled, "New Media: The Impact on Jurisdiction, Service, Discovery, and Trials" and was designed to expand the national discussion of the impact of new media on the practice of law. It also covered the trial of cases to raise awareness and to identify the future impact of social media on litigation and the issues requiring further research, the development of best practices or model rules of evidence or procedure. Jacobowitz is the director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program, which is a 2012 ABA Gambrell Award recipient. She also teaches Mindful Ethics: Professional Responsibility for Lawyers in the Digital Age.

Lecturer in Law Jessica Carvalho Morris Gives Lecture in Portuguese on Human Rights in Brazil

Jessica Carvalho Morris

Jessica Carvalho Morris, Lecturer in Law and Director of the International Graduate Law Programs, recently gave a lecture in Portuguese on "The World Cup 2014 and Human Rights in Brazil." The lecture was presented by the University of Miami School of Law's Department of Modern Languages & Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies. Carvalho Morris has been an active member of Amnesty International since 2004 and served as Vice Chair of Amnesty International USA in 2010. She was the first Latina to serve in that capacity and currently is the only Latina on the Board of Directors.

Professor A. Michael Froomkin Participates in Center for Information Law & Policy Faculty Workshop

Michael Froomkin

Professor A. Michael Froomkin presented his paper "Regulating Mass Surveillance as Pollution: Learning from Environmental Impact Notices" at Fordham University School of Law's Center on Law and Information Policy Workshop. Professor Froomkin is the Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law and currently teaches Internet Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law and Tort. Previously he has taught Constitutional Law, Trademark, Civil Procedure I, and seminars in Law & Games and E-Commerce.

Professor Osamudia James Receives Derrick Bell Award

Osamudia James

Professor Osamudia James recently received the Derrick Bell Award from the Association of America Law Schools Section on Minority Groups. The award honors a junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system or social justice. The award is named in honor of Professor Derrick Bell, the first tenured African-American on the Harvard Law School faculty. Professor James writes and teaches in the areas of Education Law, Race and the Law, Administrative Law, and Torts.

Professor Leigh Osofsky Presents Paper at Tax Conferences

Leigh Osofsky

Professor Leigh Osofsky presented her paper "Beyond Worst First Law Enforcement," at the Loyola Tax Policy Colloquium at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and at the National Tax Association annual conference in Tampa. The paper addresses methods for applying scarce tax enforcement resources and builds on prior work regarding tax compliance and enforcement. Professor Osofsky teaches courses addressing various aspects of taxation and policy. Before joining the University of Miami faculty, Professor Osofsky was an Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at New York University.

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin Presents Papers on Free Speech and Roe v Wade

Caroline Mala Corbin

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin recently presented papers at two conferences. The first, at the University of Virginia School of Law, focused on compelled commercial speech and was sponsored by the University of Virginia and The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. The second, "Roe at 40: The Controversy Continues," was sponsored by the Washington & Lee Law Review and the Washington & Lee University School of Law. Professor Corbin teaches U.S. Constitutional Law I, U.S. Constitutional Law II, First Amendment, and Feminism and the First Amendment.

Professor Felix Mormann Discusses Clean Energy Finance at the National Academy of Sciences

Felix Mormann

Professor Felix Mormann participated in a forum on financing clean energy technologies at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. The forum brought together a small group of the nation's leading scientists, investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to explore strategies to leverage greater private investment in clean energy. Following an invitation from the Academy's Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, Professor Mormann discussed challenges and opportunities for more cost-effective, large-scale financing of clean energy innovation. Professor Mormann's scholarship explores the regulatory and policy challenges along the path to an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. He teaches in the areas of contracts, environmental law, energy law, and climate change.

Lecturer in Law Jennifer Hill Participates in Presentation on Collaborative Law

Jennifer Hill

Lecturer in Law Jennifer Hill spoke on a panel addressing "Collaborative Law and Organizing Strategies for Building Immigrant and Worker Power" at the Sixth National Immigrant Integration Conference in Miami. Collaborative law and organizing strategies have helped immigrant workers to defend against immigration enforcement, build worker power, and expand access to immigration-related services and benefits. The workshop identified successful models from across the United States and drew lessons to help organizers, lawyers, and social service providers develop successful collaborations. The National Immigrant Integration Conference is sponsored by the National Partnership for New Americans, which advances the integration and active citizenship of immigrants. A member of Miami Law's Legal Communication and Research Skills Program, Hill has served on the boards of the National Domestic Worker Association, the U.S./Labor Education in the Americas Project, and South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice. She has written on guestworker rights, worker centers, and law-and-organizing strategies.

November

Professor Anthony Alfieri Participates at American Society for Legal History

Anthony Alfieri

Professor Anthony Alfieri participated in a roundtable on "Race, Crime and Stand Your Ground in Historical Perspective" at the American Society for Legal History's annual meeting. Professor Alfieri is the Founder and Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service, and the Founder of the Historic Black Church Program at Miami Law. He teaches civil procedure, ethics, professional liability, public interest law and leadership, social entrepreneurship, and lawyer malpractice. He has published more than 70 articles, essays, and editorials on ethics, criminal justice, poverty law, and the legal profession in leading journals and book anthologies.

Lili Levi

Professor Lili Levi Presents Paper at University of Georgia's Law Review Symposium

Professor Lili Levi recently presented her paper at the University of Georgia's Law Review Symposium - "The Press and the Constitution 50 Years after New York Times v. Sullivan." She also participated in a workshop on Digital Networks and Democratic Culture at the University of Haifa. Professor Levi teaches business associations, communications law, copyright law, and international copyright law, and has taught defamation and privacy law. She is a member of the American Law Institute.

Director of the Human Rights Clinic Participates in Conference on Human Rights and Violence Against Women

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Director of Miami Law's Human Rights Clinic, recently participated in Northeastern University's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy Institute. This year's institute focused on Human Rights and Violence Against Women: Applying the Due Diligence Framework. Bettinger-Lopez participated in the discussion on "The U.S. Context: Outcomes of the U.S. Regional Due Diligence Consultation." Her scholarship, advocacy, and teaching at Miami Law focus on international human rights law and advocacy, including the implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level. Her main regional focus is the United States and Latin America, and her principal areas of interest include violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants' rights, and clinical legal education.

Professor William Widen Named to the American Law Institute

William Widen

Professor William Widen was one of 69 new members selected to the American Law Institute. The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute (made up of 4000 lawyers, judges, and law professors of the highest qualifications) drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. Professor Widen teaches commercial law, contracts, and other business subjects.

Professor Susan Haack Speaks at a Conference on Forensic Science

Susan Haack

Professor Susan Haack spoke on "Forensic Identification Techniques, Litigation-Driven Science, and the Problem of Perverse Incentives: Lessons from the U.S. Experience," at a conference on forensic science at the Toronto Coroner's Office. Professor Haack is a Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami, where she teaches each year a course for the philosophy department, an interdisciplinary course for the College of Arts and Sciences, and a course in the Law School. She is a renowned epistemologist and serves on the Editorial Board of Philosophy, Science, and Law, and on the Advisory Board of Ratio Juris, and has edited an issue of the American Philosophical Association's newsletter on Philosophy and Law on Science in the Law. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Italian Society for Law and Literature. She works with the Miami-Dade Public Defender's office on cases involving scientific testimony.

Lecturer in Law Jan Jacobowitz Participates in Panel on Ethical and Professional Considerations

Jan L. Jacobowitz

Lecturer in Law Jan L. Jacobowitz recently participated as a panel at the Third District Court of Appeal titled "Ethical and Professional Considerations in Appellate Proceedings." The presentation was sponsored by the Dade County Bar Association's Appellate Court Committee. Jacobowitz is the director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program, which is a 2012 ABA Gambrell Award recipient. She has two forthcoming law review articles, "The Social Media Frontier: Exploring a New Mandate for Competence in the Practice of Law" and "Fidelity Diluted: Client Confidentiality Gives Way to the First Amendment & Social Media In Virginia State Bar, ex rel. v. Horace Frazier Hunter."

October

Professor Felix Mormann Co-Hosts Cleantech Conference at Stanford

Felix Mormann

Professor Felix Mormann co-hosted and moderated a cleantech conference at Stanford Law School. Titled "Cleantech 1.0 – Lessons Learned" the conference brought together leading academics, entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers to discuss the successes and failures of the first wave of U.S. cleantech development. Building on these insights participants developed recommendations for the next generation of development strategies toward a stronger, more sustainable Cleantech 2.0. Professor Mormann is Faculty Fellow at Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Professor Mormann's scholarship explores the regulatory and policy challenges along the path to an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. He teaches in the areas of contracts, environmental law, energy law, and climate change.

Senior Lecturer Edgardo Rotman Participates in White Collar Crime Conference in London

Edgardo Rotman

Edgardo Rotman, Senior Lecturer in International & Comparative Law, participated recently in the 2nd Annual International White Collar Crime Conference in London. It was sponsored by the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section and the City of London Law Society. Professor Rotman is the author of four books and numerous articles published in leading American, European and Latin-American journals on international and comparative criminal law, legal translation, and other subjects. He teaches international criminal law, comparative criminal law and procedure (in English and Spanish), and international business crimes.

Lecturer in Law Teresa Verges Serves as Moderator and Panelist at Securities Law Seminar

Teresa Verges

Lecturer in Law Teresa Verges, Director of Miami Law's Investor Rights Clinic, recently served as panelist and moderator at the Securities Law Seminar held during the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association's Annual Conference. The title of the 3-part session was "A Comparative Discussion of Pre-Hearing Legal Issues, Strategies and Preparation Before the Hearing Evaluating the Case and Cross-Jurisdictional Considerations." Prior to joining Miami Law, Professor Verges served as Assistant Director of Enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission at the Miami Regional Office, where she led investigations of potential violations of the federal securities laws, including cases involving financial fraud, pay-to-play and municipal securities offerings, market manipulation, insider trading, offering fraud, violations by broker-dealers and investment advisers, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Professor Jan Paulsson Delivers Keynote Address at 100th Birthday Celebration of Peace Palace

Jan Paulsson

Professor Jan Paulsson, the Michael Klein Distinguished Chair at Miami Law, delivered the keynote address at an event marking the 100th birthday of the Peace Palace in The Hague. His address will be published on the Permanent Court of Arbitration's website. Professor Paulsson is the Faculty Chair of the LL.M. Specialization in International Arbitration. He is one of the world's leading international arbitrators. He has participated as counsel or arbitrator in over 500 arbitrations in Europe, Asia, the United States and Africa. He has also acted before a great variety of international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice and the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Director Jessica Carvalho Morris Participates in Panel Discussion on The Role of the Military in Brazilian Favelas

Jessica Carvalho Morris

Jessica Carvalho Morris, director of Miami Law's International Graduate Law Programs, recently participated in a panel discussion on "The Role of the Military in the Brazilian Favelas," sponsored by the University of Miami's Center for Latin American Studies. Her comments focused on the role of the military intervention in the Brazilian favelas from a human rights prospective. In addition to leading the IGLP, she has been an active member of Amnesty International, having reached the post of Vice Chair of Amnesty International USA in 2010.

Lecturer in Law Peter Nemerovski Launches Legal Writing Blog

Peter Nemerovski

Lecturer in Law Peter Nemerovski recently launched a weblog that focuses on legal writing. The blog, which Nemerovski named "The Write Stuff," includes a series of podcasts in which Nemerovski discusses specific writing topics. Nemerovski, who has taught Legal Communication and Research Skills at Miami Law since 2010, also writes about grammar trends and uses news articles to highlight good and bad writing.



Professor Caroline Mala Corbin Participates in Two Conferences on Reproductive Rights and Religious Freedom

Caroline Mala Corbin

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin recently attended two conferences. Last week, she discussed "Compelled Disclosures" at UC Berkeley School of Law during a conference on "Speech, Symbols, and Substantial Obstacles: The Doing and 'Undue'ing of Abortion Law Since Casey," sponsored by Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice. The week before, she presented her paper on "Corporate Religious Liberty" at "Religious Institutions in a Democratic Society," sponsored by DePaul College of Law Center for Church-State Studies. Professor Corbin teaches U.S. Constitutional Law I, U.S. Constitutional Law II, First Amendment, and Feminism and the First Amendment.

Professor Mary Anne Franks Speaks on Privacy in the Internet Age

Mary Anne Frank

Professor Mary Anne Frank recently participated in a Festschrift honoring Angela Harris at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Her contribution to this event will be published in a volume of the California Law Review next year. Professor Franks also recently gave a presentation on "Liberty, Equality, and Privacy in the Internet Age" for the 55th Washington Judicial Conference. Professor Franks has also been advising members of various state legislatures seeking to combat nonconsensual pornography; her draft legislation on the subject is being used as a foundation for several states' proposed bills. She has recently been interviewed for her work on this issue by The New York Times, NPR, Slate, and Cosmopolitan. She currently teaches family law, criminal law, and criminal procedure at Miami Law. Her other research and teaching interests include cyberlaw, discrimination, free speech, and law and gender.

Professor Susan Haack Presents in Canada on Evidence Law

Susan Haack

Professor Susan Haack will be presenting "Problems and Projects in the Theory (and Practice) of Evidence Law" at the annual conference of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice in Toronto. She will also be speaking on "Nothing Fancy: Some Simple Truths about Truth in the Law," at Osgoode Law School, York University in Toronto. Professor Haack is a Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami, where she teaches each year a course for the philosophy department, an interdisciplinary course for the College of Arts and Sciences, and a course in the Law School. She is a renowned epistemologist and serves on the Editorial Board of Philosophy, Science, and Law, and on the Advisory Board of Ratio Juris, and has edited an issue of the American Philosophical Association's newsletter on Philosophy and Law on Science in the Law. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Italian Society for Law and Literature. She works with the Miami-Dade Public Defender's office on cases involving scientific testimony.

September

Professor Keith Rosenn and Lecturer in Law Jessica Carvalho Morris Participate in Seminar on Doing Business in Latin America

Professor Keith Rosenn and Lecturer in Law Jessica Carvalho Morris, Director of Miami Law's International Graduate Law Programs participated in a one-day seminar, "Cutting-Edge Tools for In-House Counsel Doing Business in Latin America." Lecturer in Law Carvalho Morris served as moderator for a discussion on the global business case for diversity and inclusion and Professor Rosenn gave the welcome remarks.

Lecturer in Law Christina Frohock to Publish Article in New England Law Review

Christina Frohock

Lecturer in Law Christina M. Frohock has an article, "Military Justice as Justice: Fitting Confrontation Clause Jurisprudence into Military Commissions," forthcoming in the winter issue of the New England Law Review. She teaches Legal Communication and Research Skills and an upper-level seminar on Guantánamo legal issues.





Lecturer in Law Joanne Harvest Koren Participates at Conference

Joanne Harvest Koren

Lecturer in Law Joanne Harvest Koren, Director of Miami Law's Academic Achievement Program, recently participated in the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board (CRB)'s two-day conference. Koren, who served on the CRB since 2001 and as Chair from 2005-2007, spoke on two panels during the conference.





Professor Felix Mormann Presents Comparative Work on Climate Change Policy in Australia

Felix Mormann

Professor Felix Mormann presented work in progress to the law faculty of the University of Technology and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Following an invitation from Macquarie's Centre for International Environmental Law, Professor Mormann presented comparative work that explores the investor perspective on renewable energy. At the University of Technology's Law Research Seminar, Professor Mormann also gave a forthcoming paper that explores the opportunities and challenges of tax support for climate change mitigation through clean energy deployment. Professor Mormann's scholarship explores the regulatory and policy challenges along the path to an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. He teaches in the areas of contracts, environmental law, energy law, and climate change.

Professor James Nickel Participates in Conference on International Courts

James Nickel

Professor James Nickel, currently at the University of Oslo Law School's Centre for Human Rights, was one of the speakers at a conference on international courts. He presented a seminar for graduate students and faculty at the Centre and also has the lead essay in the "Goals and Rights: Working Together" collection in the book Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights: Past, Present, and Future. James W. Nickel holds a joint appointment in the Philosophy Department and the Law School. He teaches and writes in human rights law and theory, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and constitutional law.

Lecturer in Law Jan Jacobowitz Speaks on Webinar About Avoiding Ethical Violations

Jan L. Jacobowitz

Lecturer in Law Jan L. Jacobowitz recently spoke on "Avoiding Ethical Violations from the Challenges of Modern Practice" during a live webinar sponsored by the Wisconsin Bar Association. Topics included the impact of social media on the practice of law and mindfulness as a tool for avoiding ethical land mines. Jacobowitz is the director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program , which is a 2012 ABA Gambrell Award recipient. She is on the board of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and serves as APRL's special liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. She recently authored "The Benefits of Mindfulness for Litigators" in Litigation Magazine and a chapter on Professionalism and Mindfulness on the recently released ABA book, The Essential Qualities of a Professional Lawyer.

Professor George Mundstock to Publish Article in Business Law Review

George Mundstock

Professor George Mundstock's article, "Tax Accounting Myths" will be published in the upcoming University of Miami Business Law Review. Professor Mundstock teaches various courses in the fields of taxation as well as courses in corporate finance and financial accounting for lawyers.





Lecturer in Law Scott Rogers Discusses Mindfulness and Legal Education

Scott Rogers

Lecturer in Law Scott Rogers discussed mindfulness and legal education on the panel "Serving The Whole Student: A Discussion Of Contemporary Challenges And Issues In Law Schools" as part of the 2013 Southeastern Association of Law School's Annual Conference in Palm Beach, Florida. Rogers, a nationally recognized leader in the area of mindfulness, is founder and director of Miami Law's Mindfulness in Law Program, co-director of the University's Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, co-founder of the Dade County Bar Association/Federal Bar Association's Mindfulness in Law Joint Task Force, and author of four books on mindfulness for lawyers, law students, law faculty, and parents.

Academic Achievement Program's Alex Schimel Appointed Chair of the Association of Academic Support Educators

Alex Schimel

Alex Schimel, Lecturer in Law and Associate Director of the Academic Achievement Program, was recently appointed the chair of the Association of Academic Support Educators subcommittee on ABA standards pertaining to the bar exam. This committee will focus on advocacy to the ABA and Department of Education regarding the role of law schools in preparing students for the bar exam. Prior to joining Miami Law, Schimel was an associate at Bilzin Sumberg LLP, where his practice focused on complex real estate transactions, primarily in the field of commercial mortgage backed securities and REO leasing.