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.
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.
Black Lawyers Student Association held the first of series of community forums, Miami’s Police: Innovation Through Understanding 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
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.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
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.
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.
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.Miami Law’s
Dean Patricia White makes the National Jurist list as one of the most influential people in legal education.
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.
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 Program taught her how to command the attention of high school students – a challenging task, according to Rubio.For Jessalynn Rubio, 3L, the Miami
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, 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.Cuban-born Miami Law student Jose Vazquez has served as a fellow for the
Mindfulness for Lawyers,” exploring the connections between mindfulness and the practice of law, the science of mindfulness, and a selection of mindfulness practices.Miami Law is launching a three-part CLE* series, “
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.
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.The University of Miami School of Law partners with fifteen schools in nine countries in its
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.
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.
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.Jordan Samuels spent his Spring 2014 semester at
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.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.Students from Miami Law’s
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.
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.
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’s
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.
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.
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, will highlight some of these circumstances, while demonstrating ways that these special men and women can receive much needed assistance.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
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’s
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.
HOPE Public Interest Resource Center with the “Institution of the Year” award.Lawyers to the Rescue recently recognized Miami Law student Nejla Calvo with the “Law Student of the Year” award and the
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.Miami Law’s
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.The
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.
We have 8 of the 20 in The Daily Business Review's "Women in Law: Women Honored for South Florida Legal Accomplishments."
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.
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.
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.
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.Through a partnership created by the
Lawdragon recently selected Dean and Professor of Law Patricia White for their Dean Limelight.
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.Alissa Gold, JD’13, worked in Miami Law’s
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.The
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.Miami Law’s
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.
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.Miami Law’s
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.
The Consul General of Israel, Chaim Shacham, recently spoke to law students at Miami Law regarding developing issues affecting Israel and its neighbors.
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.Andrew Rubin, JD ’14, has been selected by the Sea Grant program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to receive a
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner, Professor of Business and Society at NYU’s Stern School of Business.Miami Law will be hosting the 4th Annual
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.After ending last year ranked ninth best moot court team in the country, Miami Law’s
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.
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.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy addressed Miami Law students on August 25th.
Hispanic Business Magazine’s annual ranking.Miami Law came in third nationally in
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.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
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.
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.”
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.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
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.
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.Once again this summer