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Week of April 3 - April 17

3L Student, Nejla Calvo, Receives Coveted Equal Justice Works Fellowship

3L Student, Nejla Calvo, Receives Coveted Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Third year law student Nejla Calvo was recently selected to receive a prestigious fellowship from Equal Justice Works, the nation’s premier nonprofit focused on placing attorneys in public interest law opportunities. Each year the Equal Justice Works fellowship competition selects qualified and passionate lawyers who have developed new and innovative legal projects that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. Calvo will do her fellowship at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

Public Interest Recognition Ceremony Awards Students for Commitment to Advocacy and Public Service

Public Interest Recognition Ceremony Awards Students for Commitment to Advocacy and Public Service

The Miami Law community gathered recently to recognize those outstanding students who have excelled in public service throughout the 2014 -2015 academic year.

Judge Stephen M. Schwebel Addresses International Arbitration Issues

Judge Stephen M. Schwebel Addresses International Arbitration Issues

Judge Stephen M. Schwebel, the legendary international arbitrator and former ICJ judge, was recently the guest of the International Arbitration Institute’s lecture series at the University of Miami School of Law. The title of the highly informative and stem-winding address was “The High Tide of International Adjudication and Arbitration.”

Miami Law Welcomes the 2015-16 Student Bar Association

Miami Law Welcomes the 2015-16 Student Bar Association

The 2015-16 Student Bar Association was sworn in at Miami Law’s annual Passing the Gavel ceremony. Matthew Deblinger was elected as President of the Student Bar Association (SBA) for the upcoming academic year. He has taken an active role on the Miami Law campus, coordinating multiple fundraisers for underprivileged members of the community and organizing a networking dinner for 120 students and practitioners earlier this year.

Week of April 6 - April 10

Miami Law Team Beats 21 to Win Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition

Miami Law Team Beats 21 to Win Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition

Miami Law’s team of MacKenzie “Mac” Morey, 2L, and Mathri Thannikkotu, 3L, recently won the 17th annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition held at SUNY Buffalo Law School. Thannikkotu was also named best oralist in the finals.

PREP Students Explore Ethical Issues in Criminal Law with Prosecutors and Public Defenders

PREP Students Explore Ethical Issues in Criminal Law with Prosecutors and Public Defenders

Every year, the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) students are able to explore diverse areas of the law and interact with attorneys in a discussion of the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession.

Week of March 30- April 3

International Moot Court Teams Meet With Success – One Team Advances to Worldwide Competition in The Hague

International Moot Court Teams Meet With Success – One Team Advances to Worldwide Competition in The Hague

Miami Law’s International Moot Court teams recently participated in two moot competitions and placed highly in both.

Son and Daughter Honor Father’s Memory with Endowed Intellectual Property Scholarship at Miami Law

Son and Daughter Honor Father’s Memory with Endowed Intellectual Property Scholarship at Miami Law

Jennie S. Malloy, JD ’87, and John Cyril Malloy, III, JD ’92, recently established a scholarship through their law firm Malloy & Malloy P.L. to assist law students who have an interest in the field of Intellectual Property law. The John Cyril Malloy Intellectual Property Law Endowed Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of their father, John Malloy, who was a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, adjunct law professor at Miami Law, and founder of the intellectual property law firm Malloy & Malloy.

Presence at Pediatric Mobile Clinic Enables Health Rights Clinic to Provide Legal Services to Immigrant Children

Presence at Pediatric Mobile Clinic Enables Health Rights Clinic to Provide Legal Services to Immigrant Children

In its efforts to continue to reach underserved populations, Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic has developed a medical-legal partnership with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to provide legal services at the Pediatric Mobile Clinic. The Clinic’s presence has allowed immigrants who are seeking medical assistance to also have an opportunity to speak with law students about possible legal issues. The clinic has encountered cases involving special education placements, public benefits, and children who qualify for special immigrant juvenile status.

Associate Promotions to Partner — Miami Law Graduates Fare Well in Career Rankings in National Law Journal and Daily Business Review

Associate Promotions to Partner — Miami Law Graduates Fare Well in Career Rankings in National Law Journal and Daily Business Review

In two recent ratings, the University of Miami School of Law garnered high rankings for its graduates promoted from associate to partner at law firms across the U.S. and locally.

2L Selected for Prestigious Summer Internship at Bristol-Myers Squibb

2L Selected for Prestigious Summer Internship at Bristol-Myers Squibb

Born to a Nigerian-American father and a Creole mother from Louisiana, 2L Kemi Ijitimehin was selected for a prestigious summer internship with Bristol-Myers Squibb in New Jersey, where she will work in the Trademark & Copyright Department. Ijitimehin is the second Miami Law student to be part of the Bristol-Myers Squibb competitive summer program.

Week of March 23-27

Law Student’s “Hoops for Honduras” Featured During Clinton Global Initiative University at UM

Law Student’s “Hoops for Honduras” Featured During Clinton Global Initiative University at UM

Second year law student Robert Pecchio’s “Hoops for Honduras” was featured during the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) meeting at the University of Miami in early March. As a featured project, his Commitment to Action received a certificate and was introduced by filmmaker and activist Abigail Disney.

The Central Park Five Exonerees Speak at Miami Law

The Central Park Five Exonerees Speak at Miami Law

On April 19, 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested for the rape, sexual assault, and attempted murder of a 28-year-old woman who was attacked while jogging in New York City’s Central Park. Most of the young men – ages 14 to 16 – confessed after more than 24 hours of police interrogations without benefit of counsel or the presence of their parents.

Jason Neufeld, JD ’07, Creates Low Fee Referral Service at Legal Services of Greater Miami

Jason Neufeld, JD '07, Creates Low Fee Referral Service at Legal Services of Greater Miami

While working as the President of the North Dade Bar association, Jason Neufeld, JD’ 07, noticed a problem in his community — there were many individuals who did not quite meet the threshold to be assisted by Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI) but who nonetheless could be greatly assisted by its services. Armed with dual JD/MBA degrees from the University of Miami, Neufeld quickly sprang into action and created the Low Fee Referral Service to bridge this particular gap.

Miami Law Students Present Access to Justice Project to the Legal Services Corporation’s National Board Meeting

Miami Law Students Present Access to Justice Project to the Legal Services Corporation’s National Board Meeting

In the summer of 2014, third year student William Mueller was first invited to present the Access to Justice program – A2J - he had worked on with a group of Miami Law students and his supervisors. The presentation took place at the 2014 CALI Conference for Law School Computing hosted by Harvard Law School.

Week of March 16-20

As Miami Law Launches New Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law LL.M., Inaugural Director Thrilled to Join UM Team

As Miami Law Launches New Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law LL.M., Inaugural Director Thrilled to Join UM Team

It’s not by accident that Harold Flegelman is the inaugural Director of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M. He has spent his career parlaying an early love of music into a thriving corporate practice in the entertainment industry , generously sprinkled with educating the next generation.

Miami Law Comes in 2nd out of 59 Teams in Duberstein National Bankruptcy Competition; Leah Aaronson Wins Best Oral Advocate

Miami Law Comes in 2nd out of 59 Teams in Duberstein National Bankruptcy Competition; Leah Aaronson Wins Best Oral Advocate

The Miami Law moot court team of Jamey Campellone, Caitlin Griffin, and brief writer Adrienne Scheffey, all 3Ls, were runners up in the 23rd annual Duberstein National Bankruptcy Competition, where they lost to Southern Methodist in the final round. Third year student Leah Aaronson received best oralist overall.

Couple Take Education and Skills Obtained at Miami Law to Washington D.C.

Couple Take Education and Skills Obtained at Miami Law to Washington D.C.

Deciding on a law school and making it through three years of intense study is challenging for everyone. For Joy Purcell and Kevin Roach, 2008 Miami Law graduates and married couple, both the decision and the experience were made easier by being together. They met in junior high school, were a couple by prom, and attended undergrad together at New York University. Both Latin American Studies majors, they came to Miami Law because they were “drawn to the international community.”

PREP Returns to Local Bar Associations to Discuss Legal Ethics Hot Topics

PREP Returns to Local Bar Associations to Discuss Legal Ethics Hot Topics

Every year, Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) students and director Jan L. Jacobowitz present CLE ethics programs to a number of local bar associations. PREP fellows often elect to return to the same bar association that they visited as interns, an experience that is rewarding and educational.

Week of March 2-6

Ranked #15 by National Law Journal

Ranked #15 by National Law Journal

We are a top 15 school in the publication’s ranking for graduates advancing from associate to partner. See Listing.


Vice President Biden Appoints Miami Law’s Carrie Bettinger-López

Vice President Biden Appoints Miami Law’s Carrie Bettinger-López

Vice President Joe Biden announced today the appointment of Caroline "Carrie" Bettinger-López as the new White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. Bettinger- López, a leading advocate for gender-based equality and human rights, has worked at local, national, and international levels to bring an end to violence against women.

Moot Court Team Crowned Champions at the 4th Annual CKP Cup

Moot Court Team Crowned Champions at the 4th Annual CKP Cup

Miami Law’s moot court team of Leah Aaronson, Karla Albite and Jimmy Czodli won first place at the regional 11th Circuit Bankruptcy moot court competition for the 2015 Cristol, Kahn, Paskay Cup. Aaronson, 3L, was also awarded second best speaker in the competition.

Marc Lawrence, LLM ’00, Uses His Degree to Make The Angler’s Boutique Resort a Success

Marc Lawrence, LLM ’00, Uses His Degree to Make The Angler’s Boutique Resort a Success

Sometimes in life you are not only at the right place at the right time, but you possess the perfect skill set, and a huge dose of moxie, to make the opportunity a success.

Week of February 23-27

Bankruptcy Clinic Saves Client From Precipice of Losing Home

Bankruptcy Clinic Saves Client From Precipice of Losing Home

Last year, Chief Judge A. Jay Cristol of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida referred a particularly complicated Chapter 13 case to Miami Law’s Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic. The case involved a debtor at the precipice of losing his home, where he lived with his wife and two children, to foreclosure.

Human Rights Clinic Students Travel to Haiti to Research U.S. Deportee Issues

Human Rights Clinic Students Travel to Haiti to Research U.S. Deportee Issues

Two Human Rights Clinic students, Geoffrey Louden and Lauren Geraghty, recently traveled to Haiti to conduct field research on conditions facing Haitians who have been deported from the United States. The students traveled under the supervision of HRC Practitioner-in-Residence Kelleen Corrigan and Immigration Clinic Practitioner-in-Residence, Romy Lerner.

Immigration Clinic Awarded Attorney Fees & Post-Grad Clerkships Under EAJA

Immigration Clinic Awarded Attorney Fees & Post-Grad Clerkships Under EAJA

In a remarkable constellation of successes involving the federal government, a U.S. District Court judge ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to pay the Immigration Clinic over $16,500 in attorney fees and three U.S. District Court judges and the Immigration Court awarded post-graduation clerkships to three Clinic students.

Innocence Clinic Challenges Armed Burglary Conviction

Innocence Clinic Challenges Armed Burglary Conviction

The tireless and tenacious work of Innocence Clinic students is often unsung. Wrongful convictions of innocent people take years to litigate properly. But in the case of Jerome Hill, Innocence Clinic students have found enough evidence and deficiencies in trial counsel’s performance to ask for a new trial. Hill was convicted of armed burglary of a tuxedo store in Pensacola. He has steadfastly maintained his innocence from the very beginning.

Investor Rights Clinic – Financial Outreach in the Community

Investor Rights Clinic – Financial Outreach in the Community

Law student interns with the Investor Rights Clinic (IRC) spend most of their semester-long internship developing and handling securities arbitration claims before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on behalf of small claim investors alleging broker misconduct against financial firms. FINRA operates the largest forum for the resolution of securities disputes in the U.S.

Aged-Out and LGBTQ Youth - Student Policy Projects Build Support

Aged-Out and LGBTQ Youth - Student Policy Projects Build Support

Lawyers do more than litigate, and the Children & Youth Law Clinic is giving its students an opportunity to advocate both inside and outside of the courtroom. Through public policy advocacy projects supported by grants from the Florida Bar Foundation and the Batchelor Foundation, students build skills in community organizing, policy advocacy, and collaborative lawyering that go beyond individual cases.

A Panel of Lawyers Explore the Fight for Freedom of Cuban Rafters and Haitians

A Panel of Lawyers Explore the Fight for Freedom of Cuban Rafters and Haitians

Inside the event program, the list was long. In two columns, alphabetized from A to W. They were the names of women and men, lawyers all, who had helped fight for legal rights of Cuban rafters and Haitians held at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the mid-1990s.

Miami Law Alumna Jane Muir, JD ’09, Serves Her Alma Mater and Community

Miami Law Alumna Jane Muir, JD ’09, Serves Her Alma Mater and Community

It is inevitable that a profile about Miami attorney Jane Muir will mention her family’s tradition of producing exceptional attorneys. Her father is a well-respected attorney and her mother, Celeste Muir, has served as a judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit for nearly thirty years. However, Jane Muir is not one to be defined by her past or tethered to a legacy – she’s out to forge her own path in a city that is constantly in flux. And she’s off to an incredible start.

PREP Students Explore Legal Ethics Issues with Non-Profit Lawyers

PREP Students Explore Legal Ethics Issues with Non-Profit Lawyers

Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) students and director Jan L. Jacobowitz recently visited Legal Services of Greater Miami and Americans for Immigrant Justice (AIJ) to explore ethical issues that often arise in the high-volume, non-profit practice of law.

Week of February 16-20

United States Supreme Court Justices Stevens and Kennedy Speak at Miami Law

United States Supreme Court Justices Stevens and Kennedy Speak at Miami Law

In the space of 96 hours, two United States Supreme Court Justices addressed students and faculty at Miami Law.

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Publish Report on Post-Earthquake Haiti

Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Publish Report on Post-Earthquake Haiti

Miami Law's Immigration and Human Rights Clinics, in collaboration with the University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Clinic, have recently published a report that documents the stories of the men and women who have been deported from the United States to post-earthquake Haiti. The report, Aftershocks: The Human Impact of U.S. Deportations to Post-Earthquake Haiti, was distributed on February 16, 2015.

18th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Conference To Explore Labor Issues; New LL.M. Degree to be Announced

18th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Conference To Explore Labor Issues; New LL.M. Degree to be Announced

Leading experts in sports and entertainment law will participate in Miami Law’s 18th Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Conference on February 20th at the Student Activities Center. They will explore the timely topics of labor issues in sports and entertainment, and how technology has changed the delivery and monetization of content.

Alumna Alison Wiener Gives Back to the Community

Alumna Alison Wiener Gives Back to the Community

Ask Alison Wiener, JD ’03, how she manages to balance professional responsibilities and personal commitments with a desire to give back and she will respond with a simple question: “Have you heard of the Three T’s? -- Time, treasure, and talent! When you’re first starting out, you donate your time.”

Week of February 9-13

Student Wins The GRAMMY Foundation’s 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative

Student Wins The GRAMMY Foundation’s 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative

Third-year law student Brian Oliver won The GRAMMY Foundation’s 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative, a prestigious writing competition sponsored by The Recording Academy.

Guantánamo Refugees Decision 20th Anniversary - Miami Law Co-Sponsors Panel Discussion

Guantánamo Refugees Decision 20th Anniversary - Miami Law Co-Sponsors Panel Discussion

The case Cuban America Bar Association (CABA) v. Secretary of State Warren Christopher that determined the due process rights of the more than 33,000 Cuban rafters intercepted at sea in August of 1994 only to be detained at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, will be discussed on Monday, February 16, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The decision laid the legal groundwork for the use of Guantánamo after September 11, 2001, to detain enemy combatants.

Michael Daly, JD ’08, Legal Adviser for the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague

Michael Daly, JD ’08, Legal Adviser for the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague

Miami Law alumnus Michael Daly has recently embarked on a new career as a Legal Adviser for the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague in The Netherlands. He is involved in State-to-State claims and issues related to treaty interpretation and international law. Currently on the Tribunal’s docket are several large and complex State-to-State claims between Iran and the United States.

Student Veterans of America, Miami Law Chapter Hosts Pro Bono Panel

Student Veterans of America, Miami Law Chapter Hosts Pro Bono Panel

The Student Veterans of America (SVA), Miami Law Chapter recently hosted a lunch-time panel on pro bono opportunities on behalf of veterans. The panel, which discussed how to get involved in legally supporting veterans, was hosted by the Student Veterans of America, Miami Law Chapter, which is an official chapter of the Student Veterans of America.

Week of February 2-6

2L and Miami Scholar Uses Environmental Background to Fuel Law School Career

2L and Miami Scholar Uses Environmental Background to Fuel Law School Career

Jack Korte, a 2L at Miami Law, is using his background with environmental issues to power his law school career.


With a Burr and a Brogue, the Scots Arrive at Miami Law

With a Burr and a Brogue, the Scots Arrive at Miami Law

Six Scots arrived at Miami International Airport Wednesday night, only to be swept up and carried off to full immersion, Miami Law Health Rights Clinic style. Four were clinical students from the University of Strathclyde School of Law in Glasgow, accompanied by their clinical professor and supervising attorney/solicitor, who came to Miami Law to see first-hand legal ethics issues in a clinical education setting in the U.S. and explore comparative ways to access justice.

Miami Law Alumna Seeks Social Change through Law, Music, & Entrepreneurship

Miami Law Alumna Seeks Social Change through Law, Music, & Entrepreneurship

Since Sara Yousuf, JD ’05, came to Miami in 1998, she has trained countless young attorneys for careers in public service, been instrumental in the creation of a network of progressive businesses and individuals, and co-founded a hybrid music store and activist hangout.

Inter-American Law Review Symposium to Focus on the Food Safety Modernization Act

Inter-American Law Review Symposium to Focus on the Food Safety Modernization Act

Miami Law’s Inter-American Law Review will host their annual symposium on Friday, February 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the University of Miami School of Business. The symposium will address the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and will feature keynote speaker William Marler, an accomplished attorney and national expert in food safety.

Week of January 26-30

We Mourn the Passing of Henry Manne

We Mourn the Passing of Henry Manne

Professor Henry Manne, a founder of the law and economics discipline, taught at Miami Law from 1974 to the early 1980s.


Beloved and Revered Scholar M. Minnette Massey Passes Torch to Professor Charlton Copeland

Beloved and Revered Scholar M. Minnette Massey Passes Torch to Professor Charlton Copeland

She has been described as indomitable, outspoken, adorable, irascible, and deeply decent, with a splash of salt. He has been called spirited, astute, erudite, committed, and good humored.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to Speak at University of Miami Law Review Symposium

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to Speak at University of Miami Law Review Symposium

The University of Miami Law Review will hold its annual symposium on Friday and Saturday, February 6th and 7th at the Student Activities Center on the University’s Coral Gables campus. The symposium -- “Criminalized Justice: Consequences of Punitive Policy” -- will feature the Honorable John Paul Stevens, retired Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, and will take a critical look at how our nation’s laws have been increasingly criminalized over the past 30 years, the negative consequences of this criminalization, and recent positive developments.

ACLU-UM Hosts a Community Forum: Miami’s Police: Innovation Through Understanding after Ferguson

ACLU-UM Hosts a Community Forum: Miami’s Police: Innovation Through Understanding after Ferguson

The University of Miami ACLU, in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union of Greater Miami; The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association; and the Black Lawyers Student Association held the first of series of community forums, Miami’s Police: Innovation Through Understanding Ferguson.

LawWithoutWalls Kicks Off its Fifth Year at University College Dublin

LawWithoutWalls Kicks Off its Fifth Year at University College Dublin

Six Miami Law students joined 200 lawyers, academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and students from 30 law and business schools around the globe at the 2015 kickoff for LWOW Original. Held at the University College Dublin Sutherland School of Law, the kickoff marked the start of the fifth year of LawWithoutWalls (“LWOW”), the global collaboratory for innovating the future of legal education and practice founded at Miami Law and led by Professor Michele DeStefano.

Week of January 12-16

Augusto Aragone Scales New Heights and Boosted Career with LL.M. in Comparative Law

Augusto Aragone Scales New Heights and Boosted Career with LL.M. in Comparative Law

Augusto Aragone has the soul of Miles Davis and the enthusiasm of the Energizer Bunny, the sweetness of Roberto Benigni and the handsomeness of Michael Sheen.

Morgan Nati, JD ‘14, Reflects on Intersection of Law, Medicine, and Business in her Career

Morgan Nati, JD ‘14, Reflects on Intersection of Law, Medicine, and Business in her Career

Miami Law recent graduate Morgan Nati grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Virginia Tech in 2009. After graduation, Nati worked for two years before deciding on law school. During those two years, Nati worked as a flight attendant for Spirit Airlines and a news reporter for the Bedford Gazette. Nati also translated her passion for riding horses into a number of equine-related jobs, including working as a horse wrangler on ranches in Wyoming and Hawaii.

Students Explore Ethics Issues Nationally and Locally at the National Security and Armed Conflict Symposium and the Coral Gables Bar Association

Students Explore Ethics Issues Nationally and Locally at the National Security and Armed Conflict Symposium and the Coral Gables Bar Association

Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) continues to provide a forum for students to present to attorneys the ethical challenges which confronts today’s legal profession.

Dean White Selected

Dean White Selected

Dean Patricia White makes the National Jurist list as one of the most influential people in legal education.


Week of December 15-19

Health Rights Clinic Prevails in Case of Border Child

Health Rights Clinic Prevails in Case of Border Child

Third-year law students Diana Jordan and Bethany Bandstra successfully petitioned the Juvenile Division 11th Circuit Court of Florida on behalf of a 15-year-old girl who fled her native Honduras due to a horrific family life. The court found that the child had been abandoned and abused by her family in Honduras and that it was in the best interest and welfare of the child to stay in the United States.

From Humble Beginnings as a Young Community Organizer, Miami Law Grad Set to Intern for Hilary Clinton

From Humble Beginnings as a Young Community Organizer, Miami Law Grad Set to Intern for Hilary Clinton

Brendan Corrigan was destined to practice public interest law where it intersects with politics. He formed a students’ union, in fourth grade, at his Pennsylvania Catholic school. Then he represented his union in presenting a list of grievances to the principal regarding the behavior of a certain lunchroom monitor. Suffice to say, his fifth-grade public school experience was far more enjoyable.

STREET LAW Fellow and Third Year Law Student Learns How to Grab the Attention of High School Students

STREET LAW Fellow and Third Year Law Student Learns How to Grab the Attention of High School Students

For Jessalynn Rubio, 3L, the Miami STREET LAW Program taught her how to command the attention of high school students – a challenging task, according to Rubio.

Dartmouth College Ethics Institute Visits Miami Law; Explores Issues on Legal Ethics and Community Service

Dartmouth College Ethics Institute Visits Miami Law; Explores Issues on Legal Ethics and Community Service

For the second time, ten undergraduate students from the Dartmouth College Ethics Institute visited Miami Law for a week of intensive seminars and workshops exploring the issues of legal ethics, community service, and social justice. The visit was sponsored by Miami Law’s Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS).

Week of December 8-12

Commencement Profile: Triple ‘Cane Vanessa Joseph Looks to Immigration Law to Make a Difference in the Haitian Community

Commencement Profile: Triple ‘Cane Vanessa Joseph Looks to Immigration Law to Make a Difference in the Haitian Community

Vanessa Joseph has a huge heart. She is a smart, driven, no nonsense beauty. The triple ‘Cane earned a B.A. in Political Science before tucking in to a Masters degree in Public Administration. Upon completion, Joseph determined that two degrees might not suffice for her dream career in the United Nations, so on to law school she did go.

Miami STREET LAW Program Makes a Difference in 3L Jose Vazquez’s Law School Career

Miami STREET LAW Program Makes a Difference in 3L Jose Vazquez’s Law School Career

Cuban-born Miami Law student Jose Vazquez has served as a fellow for the Miami STREET LAW program, helping to teach high school students about law, crime prevention, conflict resolution, youth advocacy, and the fundamental principles of democracy at Hialeah High School – his alma mater. Miami STREET LAW, which is an outreach program that trains current law students to teach law at schools throughout Miami-Dade County, made a real difference in Vazquez’s law school career. He even expanded this program this year to another school, Hialeah Gardens Middle School.

Miami Law Launches Three-Part Mindfulness for Lawyers CLE Series

Miami Law Launches Three-Part Mindfulness for Lawyers CLE Series

Miami Law is launching a three-part CLE* series, “Mindfulness for Lawyers,” exploring the connections between mindfulness and the practice of law, the science of mindfulness, and a selection of mindfulness practices.

PREP Discusses the Special Ethical Responsibilities of the Prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office

PREP Discusses the Special Ethical Responsibilities of the Prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office

Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) is an award-winning program, in which students create uniquely tailored continuing legal education ethics trainings for practicing lawyers and judges under the direction of Lecturer in Law, Jan Jacobowitz.

Week of December 1-4

International Exchange Part II: Foreign Students Join Miami Law for a Semester

International Exchange Part II: Foreign Students Join Miami Law for a Semester

The University of Miami School of Law partners with fifteen schools in nine countries in its International Exchange Programs, and entails not just Miami Law students heading overseas, but also international students from those same universities coming to study at Miami Law.

Winner Announced for 3rd Annual Miami Law/Young ICCA Scholarship for LL.M. in International Arbitration

Winner Announced for 3rd Annual Miami Law/Young ICCA Scholarship for LL.M. in International Arbitration

Ukrainian Liliia Iemchenko, a graduate of the Yaroslav the Wise National Law University – the top law school in Ukraine – was named the 2015 Miami Law/Young ICCA Scholar.

Miami Law Students Awarded Scholarships from Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Miami Law Students Awarded Scholarships from Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Law students Nejla Calvo, 3L, Tara Irani, 2L, and Nancy Shalhub, 3L, have won scholarships from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Calvo received the Leesfield Scolaro, P.A. Scholarship, Irani was awarded the Alexandra Bach Lagos Scholarship and Shalhub received the Friends of Judge Linda Dakis Scholarship.

A Miami Law Legacy: The Mandler Family

A Miami Law Legacy: The Mandler Family

Bernard Mandler, class of 1951, died last month at the age of 87. He practiced law in Miami Beach for over 60 years and was actively representing clients until last year.

Litigation Skills Program Awards Scholarships and Cash Prizes to its Top Students

Litigation Skills Program Awards Scholarships and Cash Prizes to its Top Students

Miami Law's Litigation Skills Program recently awarded scholarships and cash prizes to its top students who distinguished themselves through their hard work and talent.

Week of November 17-21

International Study Part 1: Students Study Law Globally Through Miami Law’s International Exchange Programs

International Study Part 1: Students Study Law Globally Through Miami Law’s International Exchange Programs

Jordan Samuels spent his Spring 2014 semester at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China as part of Miami Law’s International Exchange Programs. He chose China because he felt that the American-Chinese relationship is the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st Century.

Miami Law’s Health Care Rights Clinic Presents at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Grand Rounds

Miami Law’s Health Care Rights Clinic Presents at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Grand Rounds

Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic was invited to present last week at Jackson Memorials’ “Grand Rounds” – the established important teaching tool and ritual of medical education and inpatient care in which the medical problems and treatment of a particular patient are presented to an audience of doctors, residents and medical students.

D.C. Semester in Practice Program Participants Share Their Experiences Working and Studying in the U.S. Capital

D.C. Semester in Practice Program Participants Share Their Experiences Working and Studying in the U.S. Capital

There are few opportunities that allow law students to live, work full time, and take a full law school semester in the United States Capital, all the while remaining tied to their home law school. Last spring, seven Miami Law students were selected to participate in the first Washington D.C. Semester in Practice Program, taking classes with Miami Law Professor Charlton Copeland and receiving course credit for their placement with a federal agency.

PREP Explores Legal Ethics in the Diverse “Languages” of Immigration and Bankruptcy Law

PREP Explores Legal Ethics in the Diverse “Languages” of Immigration and Bankruptcy Law

Students from Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) recently visited Catholic Charities Legal Services and the Broward Bankruptcy Bar Association to explore the ethical quandaries arising in immigration law and the ethics challenges found in the unique language of bankruptcy practice. PREP provides an opportunity for students to explore diverse areas of the law and interact with attorneys practicing in those areas regarding the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession.

Week of November 10-17

Figure Skating Dreams Dashed, First Martin Nash Scholar Turned to Figures for Solace

Figure Skating Dreams Dashed, First Martin Nash Scholar Turned to Figures for Solace

Melanie Adelson wanted to be a figure skater when she was a girl; it seemed so graceful and glamorous. However, a bad landing in fourth grade broke both her wrist and her dreams. The Montreal native indulged in other winter sports, including skiing down the double black diamond slopes surrounding her hometown.

Whitney Kouvaris, JD '14, Reflects on Current Clerkship for Judge Barbara Lagoa and her Miami Law Experience

Whitney Kouvaris, JD '14, Reflects on Current Clerkship for Judge Barbara Lagoa and her Miami Law Experience

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Whitney Kouvaris attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts before attending Miami Law. Graduating magna cum laude in May of 2014 and admitted to the Florida Bar in September 2014, Kouvaris is now clerking for Judge Barbara Lagoa at the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami, Florida.

Rights and Needs of the Incarcerated: Lecture by Former Dean and Professor of Law, Now Prison Chaplain

Rights and Needs of the Incarcerated: Lecture by Former Dean and Professor of Law, Now Prison Chaplain

Miami Law’s Catholic Law Students Association, in collaboration with the Miami Chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, recently hosted a lecture by Reverend David Link, “Serving the Least, the Last, the Lost, and the Lonely,” on the rights and needs of incarcerated men and women.

Miami Law and Southern Wine & Spirits Host Alcoholic Beverage Law Lecture

Miami Law and Southern Wine & Spirits Host Alcoholic Beverage Law Lecture

When the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed in 1919, it ushered in the era of Prohibition, a period when the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcohol was illegal. While it was the crowning jewel of the temperance movement, it was accompanied by soaring crime rates as organized crime fought for control of the black market for liquor. The era would last until January 1933 with passage of the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition. The 21st amendment is unique in that it is the only amendment among 27 to have been ratified by state conventions rather than by state legislatures.

Week of November 3-7

Straddling Environmental Law and Her Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps: Natalie Harrison JD ‘14 and the Florida Supreme Court

Straddling Environmental Law and Her Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps: Natalie Harrison JD ‘14 and the Florida Supreme Court

Natalie Harrison, J.D.’14, is a staff attorney for Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis, J.D.’72. For the next two years, she will spend her days drafting opinions and memoranda and attending oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court. Before working in the halls of Tallahassee, Harrison’s curriculum vitae revealed a Renaissance playbook of academic achievements straddling the legal and the environmental with a side order of the Fall of the Roman Empire.

Homecoming 2014 Brings Alumni and Classes '74, '84, '89, '94 & '04 Back to Campus

Homecoming 2014 Brings Alumni and Classes '74, '84, '89, '94 & '04 Back to Campus

In a four-day celebration full of fun, Miami Law's Homecoming Weekend was bestowed with perfect Miami fall temperatures and was presided over by Patricia Redmond, J.D. ’79, President of the Law Alumni Association (LAA) and Detra Shaw-Wilder, J.D. ’94, LAA Chair of Homecoming and Vice President for Activities.

National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review Hosts Symposium on Legal Issues Impacting Veterans

National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review Hosts Symposium on Legal Issues Impacting Veterans

Active military and retired veterans face a wide array of legal, medical, and political issues created by their unique circumstances. This year’s symposium, hosted by the National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review, will highlight some of these circumstances, while demonstrating ways that these special men and women can receive much needed assistance.

PREP Students Present CLE on Social Media Legal Ethics to the Miami-Dade Law Alumni Association

PREP Students Present CLE on Social Media Legal Ethics to the Miami-Dade Law Alumni Association

Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (“PREP”) provides a forum for students to interact with attorneys regarding the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession.

Miami Law Co-Hosts Vulnerability & the Human Condition Initiative

Miami Law Co-Hosts Vulnerability & the Human Condition Initiative

Miami Law, in conjunction with The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at Emory University School of Law, is hosting a conference exploring universal and identitarian approaches to equality. The conference, "An Uncomfortable Conversation: Identities II," continues the conversation from the Vulnerability and Identities workshop in 2012 and will take place on Friday, November 14 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Law School’s Faculty Meeting Room.

Week of October 27-31

Lawyers to the Rescue Honors HOPE Public Interest Resource Center and Miami Law Student Nejla Calvo

Lawyers to the Rescue Honors HOPE Public Interest Resource Center and Miami Law Student Nejla Calvo

Lawyers to the Rescue recently recognized Miami Law student Nejla Calvo with the “Law Student of the Year” award and the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center with the “Institution of the Year” award.

Miami Law Team Receives Second Place in Spanish-Only MOOT Madrid International Arbitral Award Phase

Miami Law Team Receives Second Place in Spanish-Only MOOT Madrid International Arbitral Award Phase

Miami Law’s International Moot Court Program sent a team this past year to the prestigious MOOT Madrid in arbitration and commercial law, a competition which consists of arguments in the spring and an optional follow up phase in the summer. Two participants from Miami Law’s spring team – 3L Jennifer Felipe and Rita Rojas, JD ‘14 – continued to the optional phase and came in second place.

Recent Graduate Jenna Winchester Reflects on Current Federal Clerkship for Judge Roy Dalton

Recent Graduate Jenna Winchester Reflects on Current Federal Clerkship for Judge Roy Dalton

Hometown girl Jenna Winchester, J.D.’14, has always been an exceller so it’s not surprising that she is serving a judicial clerkship to Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr., in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Alumna Founds Program to Bring Minority Teens to Africa, Exposing Them to Principles of Leadership, Cultural Exchange and Social Entrepreneurship

Alumna Founds Program to Bring Minority Teens to Africa, Exposing Them to Principles of Leadership, Cultural Exchange and Social Entrepreneurship

When Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, J.D.’09, stepped off the plane last summer at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, the first thing that struck her was the warm welcome they received from their hosts and the locals. “Our first steps on the African continent were surreal―from the red dirt under our shoes to the crispness of air―I was in awe that a simple idea had materialized into the experience of a lifetime in only a few short months,” said Buchanan.

<i>American Promise</i> Screening Ignites Debate on Disparity of Educational Access to African-American Boys

American Promise Screening Ignites Debate on Disparity of Educational Access to African-American Boys

In the U.S. today, African-American students across all income levels score an average of twenty-five points lower than their white counterparts on standardized tests. This is known as the “racial achievement gap,” and is often just the beginning of lifelong inequalities shaped and impacted by the social construction of race. The group for which this phenomenon has been most often documented in the American school system is African-American males.

Week of October 20-24

Lawyers in Toyland: Law School Romance Yields Three Children and Giant Toy Company

Lawyers in Toyland: Law School Romance Yields Three Children and Giant Toy Company

When Laura Cohen was a little girl in Boston, her favorite toy was the Fisher-Price School House. She lugged the School House everywhere, even through airports with its bell ringing, despite its lack of a handle. Meanwhile, Judd Zebersky was a busy young entrepreneur – first as a 10-year-old paperboy slinging Newsday on the lawns and porches of Oyster Bay, New York, later as a high schooler with his own boat cleaning business with 30 employees.

Alumni to Receive Awards at Annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception

Alumni to Receive Awards at Annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception

Four eminent Miami Law alumni will be honored by the Law Alumni Association on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception.

Public Interest Advocate and Triple Cane Sharon Langer Speaks to Miami Public Interest Scholars

Public Interest Advocate and Triple Cane Sharon Langer Speaks to Miami Public Interest Scholars

The Miami Public Interest Scholars were treated to an inspiring talk from trailblazer and public interest advocate Sharon Langer, JD ’79, at their recent monthly lunch meeting.

Miami Law to Host Screening and Lecture of Award-Winning Film American Promise

Miami Law to Host Screening and Lecture of Award-Winning Film American Promise

In the U.S. today, African-American students across all income levels score an average of twenty-five points lower than their white counterparts on standardized tests. This is known as the racial achievement gap, and is often just the beginning of lifelong inequalities shaped and impacted by the social construction of race. The group for which this phenomenon has been most often documented in the American school system is African-American males.

Week of October 13-17

Miami Law Women Sweep Honors

Miami Law Women Sweep Honors

We have 8 of the 20 in The Daily Business Review's "Women in Law: Women Honored for South Florida Legal Accomplishments."


Donor Scholarship Luncheon – Where Grateful 3L Meets Generous Donor Family

Donor Scholarship Luncheon – Where Grateful 3L Meets Generous Donor Family

Clemente Vazquez-Bello, J.D.’74, passed away in 2013. The Havana, Cuba born attorney was a double ‘Cane, an enthusiastic fan of all sports UM, and a Golden Cane.

Recent Graduate Alex Vail Lands Prestigious Clerkship at the U.S. Department of Justice

Recent Graduate Alex Vail Lands Prestigious Clerkship at the U.S. Department of Justice

Alexander R. Vail is a double ‘Cane having graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude in 2011 with degrees in Political Science and History, and, this past May, again magna cum laude with his J.D. from Miami Law. Now he is putting all his education together with a clerkship at the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono Honored with the Spirit of Service Learning Award

Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono Honored with the Spirit of Service Learning Award

Marni Lennon, Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono and Director of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, was selected by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida and the Miami-Dade Teacher of The Year Coalition as co-winner of the Spirit of Service Learning Award.

Miami Law Students to Serve on Board of The Women’s Fund

Miami Law Students to Serve on Board of The Women’s Fund

Through a partnership created by the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, two Miami Law students – Carolyn Kirkland and Andrea Martinez – have joined the board of The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade.

Shaun McCutcheon Discusses Campaign Finance Law and His Fight for Your Rights in <i>McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Shaun McCutcheon Discusses Campaign Finance Law and His Fight for Your Rights in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Shaun McCutcheon, the plaintiff in the landmark campaign finance case before the United States Supreme Court, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (often referred to as “Citizens United 2”), spoke to Miami Law students on October 1st at an event held by the Federalist Society.

Week of October 1-3

Dean White Profiled

Dean White Profiled

Lawdragon recently selected Dean and Professor of Law Patricia White for their Dean Limelight.



Miami Law Health Rights Clinic Fellow Scores Big Win on Behalf of Veterans

Miami Law Health Rights Clinic Fellow Scores Big Win on Behalf of Veterans

Alissa Gold, JD’13, worked in Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. Working exclusively with veterans, she won two disability claims with Social Security for two of her clients in her last two weeks on the job.

Alumni Share Insights on Benefits of Working for Local Government

Alumni Share Insights on Benefits of Working for Local Government

The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center recently hosted four local government officials as part of a panel moderated by HOPE Fellow and third year Brendan Corrigan. The panel, which was made up entirely of Miami Law alumni, gave students insight into the often-overlooked employment arena of local government.

Week of September 22-26

International Moot Court Team Finds Success in Spanish-Only Competition in Peru; Student Named Best Oralist

International Moot Court Team Finds Success in Spanish-Only Competition in Peru; Student Named Best Oralist

Miami Law’s International Moot Court Program sent a team of four students to Lima, Peru last week where they participated in an international commercial arbitration moot competition -- Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje – held at the Universidad Pontificia Catolica del Peru. Third year law student, Kristy Alvarez, was named “Best Oralist” and 3L Kevin Correa placed 10th out of 200 students, most of whom were native Spanish speakers.

Michael Posner Discusses Business and Human Rights at the 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture

Michael Posner Discusses Business and Human Rights at the 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture

Michael H. Posner visited Miami Law last week to deliver a powerful address about the growing importance of the connection between business and human rights at the 4th annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights.

Miami Law’s Military Law Society Hosted 9/11 Remembrances; New Student Veterans of America Chapter Announced

Miami Law’s Military Law Society Hosted 9/11 Remembrances; New Student Veterans of America Chapter Announced

Miami Law’s Military Law Society held a discussion panel on Thursday, September 11, to commemorate the memory of the victims of the attacks on U.S. soil and the fallen comrades in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Victor Hanna, JD ’14, Lights Up Stanford University, Renewably

Victor Hanna, JD ’14, Lights Up Stanford University, Renewably

Even though Victor Hanna just graduated a few months ago, he is already off to a very promising start to what can only be an exceptionally successful career.

Consul General of Israel Visits Miami Law and Discusses Legal Challenges of Israel in the International Arena

Consul General of Israel Visits Miami Law and Discusses Legal Challenges of Israel in the International Arena

The Consul General of Israel, Chaim Shacham, recently spoke to law students at Miami Law regarding developing issues affecting Israel and its neighbors.

Week of September 15-19

Recent Miami Law Graduate Wins Prestigious Marine Policy Fellowship

Recent Miami Law Graduate Wins Prestigious Marine Policy Fellowship

Andrew Rubin, JD ’14, has been selected by the Sea Grant program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to receive a John Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in 2015. The fellowship provides a unique educational opportunity to pursue interests in fields related to ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches outstanding candidates from each state with “hosts” in legislative or executive branch offices located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship.

Miami Law Sweeps Local Awards

Miami Law Sweeps Local Awards

Assistant Dean of Career Development Marcy Cox was named as one of Legacy Miami’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Leadership for 2014. Another awardee was Vernita Williams, Esq., J.D. ’89 Senior Partner, Office of Vernita C. Williams, Esq., P.A, and Associate Pastor of Stewardship, New Birth Baptist Church in Miami.

Week of September 8-12

Alicio A. and Nirma Piña Honor Judge Federico Moreno with Endowed Scholarship

Alicio A. and Nirma Piña Honor Judge Federico Moreno with Endowed Scholarship

Alicio A. Piña, J.D.’90, and his wife, Nirma have established an endowed scholarship to recognize and honor the public service of Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Federico A. Moreno, J.D.’78.

Miami Law Bricks Named

Miami Law Dedicates the Hilarie Bass Bricks

Reflecting on her days as a new Miami Law student, Hilarie Bass remembers the panic she felt over being called on in class, the dread of checking her grades, and the aha! moment when she withstood a withering drilling in her elements of law class and realized she really could be a trial lawyer. But best of all, the co-president of the global law firm Greenberg Traurig remembers the importance of the brick courtyard at the center of the School of Law where she and her classmates would gather daily to dissect what they were absorbing in the classroom.

Week of September 1-5

Sarah Klein takes the Gold at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp

Sarah Klein takes the Gold at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp

Sarah Klein and her team took first place at last weekend’s inaugural MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Competition with Klein’s original pitch “UpLook, A Startup Concept to Turn Fashion Blogs into Retail Outlets.”

Miami Law Presents 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner

Miami Law Presents 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner

Miami Law will be hosting the 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner, Professor of Business and Society at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Week of August 25-29

Miami Law Takes First Place in Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition

Miami Law Takes First Place in Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition

After ending last year ranked ninth best moot court team in the country, Miami Law’s Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board continues its winning ways by placing first in the 27th Annual Earle Zehmer Workers' Compensation Moot Court Competition. The team, which consisted of 3Ls Berenice Mottin-Berger and Nejla Calvo, also was awarded best brief in the competition.

Parents Establish Scholarship Fund in Memory of Son

Parents Establish Scholarship Fund in Memory of Son

After the untimely death of their son Stephen in 2013, Miami Law alumnus Mark E. Brodsky, JD ’68, and his wife, Nancy, established a scholarship to honor the memory of their late son. The Stephen M. Brodsky Memorial Scholarship is a three-year scholarship for a Division 1 or Division 2 undergraduate athlete admitted to Miami Law.

Law Student Works Alongside Alumnus at the Department of Homeland Security

Law Student Works Alongside Alumnus at the Department of Homeland Security

Students in law school regularly connect with their peers, their professors, and their colleagues, but one of the most undervalued relationships in law school is that between the students and the alumni.

Justice Kennedy at Miami Law

Justice Kennedy at Miami Law

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy addressed Miami Law students on August 25th.




Cuban Civil Law-Myth or Reality?

Cuban Civil Law-Myth or Reality?

This unique short course, taught by Maria Elena Cobas Cobiella, begins this week




Week of August 18-22

#3 Law School for Hispanics

#3 Law School for Hispanics

Miami Law came in third nationally in Hispanic Business Magazine’s annual ranking.




15th Annual HOPE Day of Service Kicks Off Orientation Plus Pro Bono Ethic and Commitment to Service

15th Annual HOPE Day of Service Kicks Off Orientation Plus Pro Bono Ethic and Commitment to Service

More than 200 students gathered on Miami Law’s central courtyard, “The Bricks,” early in the morning on Thursday, August 14, to participate in the University of Miami School of Law's 15th annual HOPE Day of Service. On this day new and returning Miami Law students made their way to 14 different sites across Miami-Dade County, including Virginia Key, Homestead, Hialeah and South Miami where student volunteers served at parks, environmental clean ups, animal rescue missions, health care centers, and preschools.

Unique Perspective on Immigration Drives 2L During Summer Public Interest Fellowship

Unique Perspective on Immigration Drives 2L During Summer Public Interest Fellowship

When it comes to immigration policy in the United States, there are few areas of the country as politically charged as Arizona, South Florida, or the Northeast, and one law student has lived in all three. Caroline Schwartz, a second-year student, used her unique perspective on immigration to better serve public interest by spending the summer working at Americans for Immigrant Justice (AIJ), a non-profit law and advocacy firm in Miami.

Week of August 11-15

Kapila Family Foundation Establishes Award for Outstanding Bankruptcy Moot Competitor

Kapila Family Foundation Establishes Award for Outstanding Bankruptcy Moot Competitor

The Kapila Family Foundation, a small foundation located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently established The Kapila Family Foundation Student Award for an outstanding Miami Law student competitor in the nationally recognized Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition - one of the nation’s preeminent moot court competitions that promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on issues in bankruptcy practice. The gift will also name the moot court team that competes annually at the premier bankruptcy competition the “Kapila Miami Law Duberstein Moot Court Team.”

Rising 2L Uses Summer Fellowship for Public Interest Advocacy at State Attorney’s Office

Rising 2L Uses Summer Fellowship for Public Interest Advocacy at State Attorney’s Office

To the public eye, prosecuting doesn’t always go hand in hand with the notion of public interest advocacy, but one Miami Law student is trying to change that. Ian McKenzie, one of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center’s Summer Public Interest Fellows (SPIF), spent his summer working at the State Attorney’s Office. His goal was to develop his skills in litigation while maintaining his strong ethical beliefs.

Bilzin Sumberg Creates Academic Scholarship for University of Miami School of Law Students

Bilzin Sumberg Creates Academic Scholarship for University of Miami School of Law Students

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP has generously donated $50,000 to the University of Miami School of Law, which will be used to create the Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod Scholars program.

PREP Participates in Anti-Defamation League’s Summer Associate Research Program

PREP Participates in Anti-Defamation League’s Summer Associate Research Program

Once again this summer Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) students participated in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) 2014 Summer Associate Research Program (SARP). SARP is a national program in which the ADL provides compelling civil rights and constitutional issues for which ADL needs research assistance. The students from law schools and various law firms’ summer clerk programs select the issues that most interest them.