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Miami Law News Headlines: January 2011

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David Nimmer

Renowned Expert Teaches Advanced Music Copyright Course at Miami Law

"I applaud the pioneering spirit," said Visiting Professor David Nimmer who recognizes Miami Law as the first and only school to introduce an interdisciplinary J.D/M.M. degree, which provides students with an avenue to understand the legal side of the music industry. "I'm grateful the Dean recognized the need right from the get-go to add special avenues of education, and was delighted to be part of the faculty."

Human Rights Clinic Partners with Local Community Organizations to Plan U.N. Special Rapporteur's South Florida Visit

Miami Law's Human Rights Clinic, in conjunction with the Sisterhood of Survivors (an organization led by domestic violence survivors), The Lodge (a shelter for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault), and the Florida Immigration Advocacy Center (FIAC), helped plan Rashida Manjoo's fact-finding site visit to South Florida, which will take place January 28-30, 2011.

Miami Law Alumna Stays Connected with Her Alma Mater

Born and raised in Miami, Suzanne Perez, JD '00, feels a strong connection to her community. She graduated with a degree in political science and communications from Florida State University and viewed law school as a "natural fit" for her interests. "I knew law school would give me a good background whether I went into law or business," she explained. "We are a society governed by laws."

Professor Kenneth Casebeer

Faculty Lecture Series: Professor Kenneth Casebeer

The Faculty Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, February 9 with Professor Kenneth M. Casebeer. He will present "Distinctly American Radicals: The Rank & File and the Coastwise Longshore and General Strike of 1934" in the Law School's 4th floor faculty meeting room. The lecture begins at 12:35 p.m., following a lunch at noon in the same room. A question and answer session will follow after the lecture.

Jessica Lenahan (Jessica Gonzales v. United States) to Speak at Miami Law During Domestic Violence and Human Rights Lecture

Miami Law's International Law Lecture Series will feature Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) and Miami Law Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Director of the Human Rights Clinic, who will discuss "Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation: A Survivor's Journey" on Tuesday, February 1st.

Legal Corps Fellows Consider the Ethics Surrounding Technology and Social Media in Their First CLE Workshop

On January 25, Miami Law's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) kicked off the CLE workshops for Legal Corps fellows with an ethics program. The course, "Ethics, iMedia & the Facebook Society: Flipping the Switch on Your Career" included the ethical issues involved in website advertising, solicitation of clients in chatrooms, confidentiality issues arising from cloud computing and legal ethical issues arising from the use of Facebook.

Professor Markus Wagner

Faculty Lecture Series: Professor Markus Wagner

The Faculty Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, February 2 with Professor Markus Wagner. He will present "Law Talk v. Science Talk: The Languages of Law and Science in WTO Proceedings" in the Law School's 4th floor faculty meeting room. The lecture begins at 12:35 p.m., following a lunch at noon in the same room. A question-and-answer session will follow after the lecture.

The Wrongful Convictions Project Brings Attention To Unjustified Rulings Through Its Lunch & Learn Series

The Wrongful Convictions Project (WCP) hosts "Lunch & Learn," a three-session series to bring attention to wrongful convictions and other unjustified rulings. WCP aims to advocate for proper representation, research and public education. The organization collaborates with project faculty, staff, cooperating outside attorneys and Miami Law students to investigate possible wrongful convictions and represents imprisoned clients who claim innocence.

Visiting professor Harold Flegelman

Top Lawyer Teaches Contracts Course to Students Interested In the Music Industry

Miami Law's J.D./M.M. program receives high marks from visiting professor Harold Flegelman who joined the faculty in Spring 2011 to teach "The Art of the Deal: Acquiring a Music Publishing Catalog" – the first in a series of one-week courses offered throughout the semester.

Miami Law Alumna Combines Business and the Law as COO of TotalBank

Lyan Fernandez, BA '75, JD '79, moved to the United States from Cuba at the age of seven. She was fortunate to have a father who picked himself up and started a business, instilling in his children the importance of education and hard work. "I came from a family of entrepreneurs," said Fernandez, now the Chief Operating Officer for TotalBank. "There was never any question in my family about [the value of] education."

Samson Vermont

Faculty Lecture Series: Visiting Professor Samson Vermont

The Faculty Lecture Series begins this spring semester on Wednesday, January 26 with Visiting Professor Samson Vermont. He will present "Undue Multiplication of Doctrine in Copyright" in the Law School's 4th floor faculty meeting room. The lecture begins at 12:35 p.m., following a lunch at noon in the same room. A question and answer session will follow after the lecture.

Paul Petrequin

Miami Law Student Interns with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Third-year law student Paul Petrequin is spending his final semester at Miami Law in an international externship with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania. Petrequin is working with other support staff and assisting in drafting documents for ongoing and pending trials at the Tribunal.

Unique Multi-School Course On "the Hospital" To Kick-Off With President Donna E. Shalala

Spanning eight distinct disciplines and schools across the University of Miami, Miami Law's new interdisciplinary course – The Idea of the Hospital – will launch on Saturday, January 22 with forty graduate students – a larger-than-expected number. The first of its kind, the course gives students an exclusive opportunity to study the multiple perspectives from which we view, think, and work in hospitals.

Reince Priebus, JD '98

Reince Priebus, JD '98, Elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee

Miami Law alumnus Reince Priebus, JD '98, is the newly elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC). The University of Miami School of Law graduate received the news on Friday at the RNC Committee Winter Meeting Friday in Oxon Hill, MD.

Miami Law Mourns the Passing of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maynard "Skip" Gross, JD '67

Miami Law mourns the passing of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maynard "Skip" Gross, JD '67, who died unexpectedly on January 12, 2011. Gross, who was known for his friendliness, was elected to the bench in 1994, succeeding Judge Alfonso C. Sepe.

Miami Law 3Ls and Community Lawyering Clinic Fellows Tony Guo and Komal Vaidya

Fellows Speak On Harvard Panel To Share Experience of Going Door-to-Door To Combat Foreclosure Crisis

Third year law students and Fellows in Miami Law's Community Lawyering Clinic, Tony Guo and Komal Vaidya, spoke at a recent conference at Harvard Law School. The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau organized the two-day conference titled "Community Response to the Foreclosure Crisis," which drew participants from across the country to discuss Project No One Leaves, an innovative and multi-pronged Harvard Law student initiative devised to combat the national foreclosure crisis.

Attorneys and Miami Law alumni Sara Yousuf and Jeff James

Litigating to Uphold the 6th Amendment: Perspectives of Miami Law Alumni who Work at the Public Defender's Office

Just days after sitting for the Florida Bar Exam, Jeff James, JD '09, hit the ground running as a new hire at the Law Offices of Carlos J. Martinez, Public Defender for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (PD-11). His position as an assistant public defender has required him to spend almost every business day in court, making legal and factual arguments and perhaps most importantly, learning how to act quickly on his feet. The Public Defenders Office does not let its lawyers simply fend for themselves, however: James has the benefit of being able to draw upon the extensive formal training program and institutional knowledge among litigators, which is essentially the largest criminal defense law firm in the State of Florida.

Supporters Join Miami Law To Stop Deportations To Haiti One Year After The Earthquake

Supporters are quickly joining Miami Law clinics and fellow rights groups to stop the deportations of Haitians one year after the earthquake. The petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which was filed on January 6, claims that resuming deportations will be inhumane given the unstable conditions of the country and its most recent cholera outbreak.

Clinic Students Fight For Children To Be Present For Their Day In Court

Miami Law's Children and Youth Law Clinic filed an amicus brief recently in the Florida Supreme Court to end the routine exclusion of children from court. The 30-page brief was filed in partnership with Florida's Children first, a statewide children's advocacy organization, Florida Youth SHINE, a youth-run organization working to change the culture of Florida's foster care system, and Legal Aid Service of Broward County.

Florida Bar Foundation Awards Grant to Miami Law Clinics

The Florida Bar Foundation has awarded Miami Law a $22,500 grant to support the Children and Youth Law Clinic and the Health and Elder Law Clinic. These two clinics provide in-house and live client legal services to the community.


Miami Law Kicks-Off LawWithoutWalls™ In London

This past Saturday, Miami Law kicked-off LawWithoutWalls in London, England – the first global venture designed to tackle the problems facing legal education and practice by bridging law schools, students, legal and business professionals, and entrepreneurs. LawWithoutWalls brings together 23 students from six law schools located in the United States, England and China and utilizes video conference and cloud technology to connect a team of over eighty individuals.

Clinic students Nneka Utti, 2L, Tom Oglesby, 3L, Lea Dartevelle, LLM, and Niyala Harrison, 2L.

Miami Law Clinics File Petition To Stop Deportations of Haitians

Miami Law's Immigration Clinic and Human Rights Clinic – along with three civil and human rights groups and another law school clinic – today filed an emergency petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to stop the deportations of Haitian nationals from the United States.

Miami Law Alumnus Fights for Civil Rights as Washington D.C. Trial Attorney

Christopher Lomax, BM '05, JD '08, is as comfortable playing the trumpet in a concert hall as he is speaking in a courtroom. As an undergraduate at UM, Lomax studied music and entertainment and took nearly half his courses in the School of Business. His interest in business law and his involvement with the mock trial team (which began with an unplanned trip to Iowa to save the team from being disqualified because they did not have enough participants), led the musician to the study of law.

Miami Innocence Workshop Clinical Program Earns National Recognition

The Miami Innocence Workshop Clinical Program at Miami Law has been accepted into the National Innocence Project Network, making the law school the only university in South Florida to be nationally recognized by the not-for-profit organization dedicated to freeing innocent people who remain incarcerated. The Workshop is one of the law school's newest hands-on clinics where students have the opportunity for live-client representation of prisoners claiming innocence.

Gavel and stethoscope

Miami Law To Discuss Legal Issues Tied To Medical Breakthroughs At Global Business Forum

Miami Law will discuss the legal complexities resulting from scientific and medical advancements at this year's University of Miami Global Business Forum. The Forum, organized by the University of Miami School of Business Administration, will take place on the Coral Gables campus Jan. 12-14. The event will bring together professionals from academia, business, government and a wide range of industries to discuss The Business of Health Care: Defining the Future.