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Cliff Friedman, 3L

Summer Internship in Alternative Dispute Resolution Reinforces Pro Bono Ethic for Rising 3L

For Cliff Friedman, a rising 3L student, participating in pro bono work has further developed his sense of empathy and compulsion to give back as a problem-solver.

Miami Law students Paige Reese, Mike Kranzler, and Mitun Mitra

Student Organization Fair Promotes Wide Array of Student Clubs and Groups

More than 40 student organizations gathered on the law school central courtyard, "The Bricks," for the student organization fair on Thursday, August 22. The Student Organization fair is put on by the Inter-Club Council (ICC) at the beginning of each school year.

The Hyman Family

Family Establishes Scholarship at Miami Law in Memory of Judy Fried Hyman, JD '82

Miami Law alumna Judy Hyman loved the law almost as much as she loved her family. She passed away in 2010 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 52. Her husband, Judge Paul Hyman, and children – Zachary and Kaylee, JD '12, and her parents, Theresa and Theodore Fried, recently created a scholarship in her memory at Miami Law to be awarded each year to a student who is interested in becoming a litigator.

Miami Law 3L Leah Watson and Dream Defenders Executive Director Phillip Agnew

3L Leah Weston Stands Up Through Sit-In for Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act

When George Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13, 2013 of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, the Dream Defenders – a multiracial organization of youth and students – immediately went into action.

A Miami Law student and a Hebrew Home of South Beach resident

Miami Law's HOPE Day of Service Instills Pro-Bono Spirit and Helps the Community

More than 300 students gathered on The Bricks early in the morning on Thursday, August 15, to participate in the University of Miami School of Law's 15th annual HOPE Day of Service. HOPE, Miami Law's Public Interest Resource Center, provides opportunities for law students to participate in pro bono and community service events.

Eugene G. Beckham, J.D. '82

Miami Law's Eugene G. Beckham, J.D.'82, named chair of ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

Eugene G. Beckham, J.D.'82, recently began his one-year term as chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). Beckham is founder and partner of Beckham & Beckham P.A. His practice focuses on defending transportation, motor vehicle, insurance coverage and general liability claims, and prosecuting subrogation actions.

Miami Law 3L Leo Lichtman

HOPE Fellow Brings Together Passion for Music and Law at U.S. Copyright Office

Miami native Leo Lichtman is doing his best to combine his love of music with his love of the law. A musician his entire life, Lichtman says he chose to go to law school so he could help other musicians. "I knew going into law school that I wanted to one day represent musicians by ensuring that they are able to make their living off of their works."

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Law Firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges Creates Scholarship at Miami Law

The global law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges recently established an endowed scholarship fund at Miami Law. The scholarship, which was generously matched by the Chaplin Challenge, will benefit students who have financial need, with preference given to minority students.

Miami Law 3L Ian Shaw and his client

Immigration Clinic Achieves Justice for Detainee Abused on Basis of Sexual Orientation

Students in Miami Law's Immigration Clinic successfully resolved a federal damages lawsuit for a man who was assaulted by a guard at a local immigration detention center.

UMLR Editor Kelly Heard

University of Miami Law Review Volume 68 Editorial Board Announced

The Editorial Board of Volume 68 of the University of Miami Law Review has been posted. Candidates were invited onto UMLR because they either placed in the top 6.5% of their class, or because they placed in the top 33 and 1/3% of their class or section and won the UMLR Writing Competition.

Krupali Patel, Class of 2015

Krupali Patel, Class of 2015, Spends Summer at Texas ACLU to Support Individual Rights

In a world that seems to revolve around currency instead of on its axial tilt, the most rewarding work for Miami Law 3L Krupali Patel is that which supports the rights of underrepresented individuals through public interest and non-profit service.

HOPE Fellow Alex Calle

HOPE Fellow Dreams of Becoming a Federal Prosecutor; Worked at U.S. Attorney's Office This Summer

Miami Law HOPE Fellow Alex Calle has his eye on becoming a federal prosecutor one day. He's getting one step closer this summer working in the Narcotics Section of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. Narcotics is considered one the busiest sections in the office. Already Calle has observed six narcotics trials in just two months.

Professor Charlton Copeland

Professor Copeland Leads National Bar Association Panel Discussion on Becoming a Law Professor

Miami Law professor Charlton Copeland led a panel discussion providing insight into the world of legal academia to aspiring law professors at the 88th Annual National Bar Association (NBA) Conference hosted at the Fountainbleau Hotel in North Miami last week.

Mitchell Bloomberg, JD '75

Friends and Colleagues Create Scholarship in Memory of Mitchell Bloomberg, JD '75

A "lawyer's lawyer" who was a highly skilled and passionate litigator, Mitchell Bloomberg passed away in May, after a long battle with cancer. His colleagues have established a scholarship in his memory at Miami Law, his alma mater.

Miami Law Student Works at the U.S. Senate Investigating Major Financial Entities

Miami Law Student Works at the U.S. Senate Investigating Major Financial Entities

Ask David Miller what he is working on this summer at the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations or PSI and good luck getting a straight answer – "I am not at liberty to divulge the targets or the specific nature of any of the ongoing investigations."

Miami Law Rising 2L Nick Bancroft

Miami Law 2L Helps Indigent Clients in Miami as Part of Summer Public Interest Fellows Program

Nick Bancroft, a rising 2L, is firmly committed to public interest law and believes it is the most important thing one can do with a legal education.

Miami Law Rising 2L Carrie Cabrera

Miami Law Student Spends Summer at Catholic Charities Legal Services

Rising 2L Carrie Cabrera is spending this summer looking for answers to some of immigration laws toughest questions at Catholic Charities Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. (CCLS) – a not-for-profit organization that provides free or low-cost legal immigration services to immigrants and refugees in the community.

James Slater

HOPE Student Uses Slavic Language Mastery To Help Holocaust Survivors

When the phone rings at work, most of us answer with a friendly "Hello." But call Miami Law HOPE Fellow James Slater during business hours this summer, and you may be greeted with "Zdravstvuyte." No, that is not a typo – it is the Russian equivalent for a standard greeting.