When rising 3L Sarah Cawood signed up for Professor Lesley Rosenthal's one-week short course, "The Role of In-House Counsel in Non-Profits," the last thing she expected was to land an internship at The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. "I can't believe how much I learned in Professor Rosenthal's class in a week. What's even more surprising is that through the class, I got this amazing internship opportunity. I never anticipated that happening," Cawood stated.
Cawood, who studied Political Science and Sociology at the College of Charleston, has always had an interest in non-profit management. Having worked for several non-profits, including homeless shelters, prior to law school, Cawood realized the important role of in-house counsel at such organizations.
Like Cawood, LL.M. student Rita Chertorivski also took Rosenthal's one-week course and spent the summer interning at the Arsht Center. "What we are doing in the internship is what we learned in class from Professor Rosenthal. Professor Rosenthal exceeded my expectations in preparing me for the internship at the Arsht Center," said Chertorivski.
Chertorivski, a lawyer who practiced corporate law in Mexico for 13 years prior to coming to Miami, is completing her LL.M. in International Law with a specialization in U.S. and Transnational Law.
Having lived in Miami for the past seven years, Chertoviski decided to continue her legal education at Miami Law because of its reputation as a powerhouse for international law and its well-respected faculty. "I took the non-profit class because I am interested in non-profit organizations and when I saw that Professor Rosenthal was the one teaching the course, I signed up right away because Professor Rosenthal is a really big figure in the non profit world," Chertoviski explained.
Rosenthal, the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is the author of the bestselling book, "Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits." Rosenthal and her legal team at the Lincoln Center were featured in the July/August 2013 issue of Diversity & The Bar magazine.
Aric Kurzman, an '02 alumnus and Associate Vice President for Legal & Business Affairs at the Arsht Center, supervised Cawood and Chertorivski this summer. "Rita and Sara have both positively impacted the Arsht Center as interns in the legal department this summer. Each of the students contributes a unique set of experiences and background, making the range of proficiency between the two very good," Kurzman commented.
Cawood and Chertorivski's experience in Professor Rosenthal's course, and their subsequent internship resulting from it, demonstrates one of the many reasons why UM Law students should consider taking short/compressed courses while in law school.
The University of Miami School of Law regularly offers short and compressed courses. In addition to Rosenthal's course, UM Law welcomed a number of adjuncts to teach during the Spring 2013 semester.
Arnie Fried, the principal in Arnold I. Friede & Associates, which specializes in FDA-related legal and regulatory matters, taught "Food and Drug Law." Harold Flegelman, Partner and Co-Chair of Corporate Media and Entertainment at Loeb & Loeb, LLP. in L.A., taught "The Art of the Deal: Acquiring a Music Publishing Catalog." Nichols La Terza, whose practice focuses on production, finance and distribution, taught "Entertainment Law: Motion Pictures and Television."
In the Fall 2013 Miami Law will continue to offer innovative, short courses. Pablo Bentes, Director of International Trade & Investment at Steptoe & Johnson's D.C. office, will be teaching a course on World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement. Students will have the opportunity to learn Negotiation Skills from Joseph Harbaugh, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. Students interested in "Class Action Litigation" can take this course from Adam Moskowitz who is a partner at the Coral Gables firm Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton.
"[Miami Law's] short courses are often taught by practitioners who can teach you both the theoretical and practical side of the law. These professors are uniquely positioned to connect you with the outside legal world through valuable internships." Chertorivski said.
Sarah Cawood (Photo: Miami Law)
Rita Chertorivski (Photo: Miami Law)
Lesley Rosenthal (Photo: Miami Law)