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Week of July 14-18

Student Presents Access to Justice –“A2J”- Project at Harvard Law School On Behalf of Health Rights Clinic

Student Presents Access to Justice –“A2J”- Project at Harvard Law School On Behalf of Health Rights Clinic

Born in Miami, Florida to parents of Cuban-Argentine origin, William Mueller knew that if he was going to go to law school, it was going to be at Miami Law. Mueller attended Carnegie Mellon for college and received a B.A. in Professional Writing, a B.S. in Decision Science, and a minor in Business Administration. Upon completion of his undergraduate degrees, Mueller transitioned immediately from college to law school – applying only to Miami Law.

Week of July 7-11

Doctor Dedicated to Principled Service Gives Generous Gift to Support Miami Public Interest Scholar

Doctor Dedicated to Principled Service Gives Generous Gift to Support Miami Public Interest Scholar

Berton Forman, with a 21-year career as an anesthesiologist behind him, was reviewing hospital records for an insurance company for his company, Rockville Recovery Associates Ltd. in 2010. What he discovered was hospitals, by using separate billing codes, were double and triple billing for anesthesiology – once for the doctor and another for the hospital.

United States Senate Confirms Miami Law Alumna Beth Bloom to U.S. District Court

United States Senate Confirms Miami Law Alumna Beth Bloom to U.S. District Court

When Beth Bloom graduated from Miami Law cum laude in 1988, she had already amassed an impressive array of awards: the Roger Sorino Award as the Outstanding Law School Graduate; Moot Court Board Hall of Fame; Who's Who in American Law Schools; Iron Arrow; Society of Bar & Gavel; American Jurisprudence Award for Appellate Practice & Procedure, among others.

Miami Scholar Kelly Cox Continues Her Passion for Environmental Law at Department of Transportation

Miami Scholar Kelly Cox Continues Her Passion for Environmental Law at Department of Transportation

Avid environmentalist and Miami Scholar Kelly Cox, did not anticipate that her passion for this field would lead her to the Department of Transportation for a summer externship.

Students Expand Legal Ethics Presentations in South Florida with Visits to JAMS and the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office

Students Expand Legal Ethics Presentations in South Florida with Visits to JAMS and the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office

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. Each year PREP adds a few new venues to its presentation roster. This year, under the guidance of PREP director, Jan Jacobowitz, the JAMS Resolution Center (JAMS) and the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office provided new opportunities for PREP.

Week of July 1-4

Health Rights Clinic Wins 10K in Social Security Disability Back Pay On Behalf of Veteran

Health Rights Clinic Wins 10K in Social Security Disability Back Pay On Behalf of Veteran

Hosea Smith had been a Miami-Dade bus driver for over 20 years when he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in February of 2009. In January of 2013, shortly after undergoing his second round of chemotherapy, the 54-year-old applied for Social Security Disability Benefits; his claim was denied twice. Meanwhile, Veterans Administration officials failed to link his leukemia to his military service and, therefore, did not provide him with Veteran Disability Compensation Benefits.

Miami Law Moot Court Team Named 2014 State Champions with Win at Robert Orseck Memorial Competition

Miami Law Moot Court Team Named 2014 State Champions with Win at Robert Orseck Memorial Competition

The Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court team of rising 3Ls Leah Aaronson and Daniel Ferrante won the 2014 Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition held in Orlando last week. They competed against all of Florida’s law schools and were named state champions with their final round victory against Stetson School of Law. The Florida Supreme Court Justices scored the final round and selected Leah Aaronson as the best oralist. The team also received the Second Best Brief of the competition.

From Classroom to Newsroom: Rising 2L Kayleigh McEnany Appears on TV as Guest Political Commentator

From Classroom to Newsroom: Rising 2L Kayleigh McEnany Appears on TV as Guest Political Commentator

At the end of a rigorous school day when most law students are fervently closing their casebooks, springing into bed, and turning on their televisions to catch up on the day’s news, the last person they expect to see looking at them from the other side of their screen is one of their classmates.

Student Brian Vaca Applies First-Hand Knowledge at Internship at Americans for Immigrant Justice

Student Brian Vaca Applies First-Hand Knowledge at Internship at Americans for Immigrant Justice

Brian Vaca is spending the summer as an intern at Americans for Immigration Justice and has been assisting immigration maverick and Miami Law adjunct professor Ira Kurzban on a pro bono case, as part of the HOPE Summer Public Interest Fellowship program.

Rising 3L Steven Vitale Spends Summer Interning at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Rising 3L Steven Vitale Spends Summer Interning at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Ever since being selected as a HOPE Fellow at Miami Law, Steven Vitale has been able to actively apply his passion for public service and pro bono work in the public sector. This summer, Vitale accepted an offer with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) in Washington, D.C. for which Vitale feels the Hope Fellowship Program prepared him well.

Week of June 23-27

Rising 2L Spends Summer Interning at U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Rising 2L Spends Summer Interning at U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Ever since Tiffany Hendricks was a little girl, her family told her she would make a great lawyer. As she got older, Hendricks realized her family was right; some of her best strengths were talking to people, problem solving, and critical thinking.

PREP Provides Bar Associations with Cutting-Edge CLE Ethics Training on Social Media & Advertising, Civility, and Mindfulness

PREP Provides Bar Associations with Cutting-Edge CLE Ethics Training on Social Media & Advertising, Civility, and Mindfulness

Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) provides a forum for students to present customized, cutting-edge CLE ethics trainings to bar associations. This spring PREP students visited the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), the Caribbean Bar Association (CBA), and Gwen Cherry Bar Association (Gwen Cherry) to discuss the legal ethics rules and the most recent opinions pertaining to social media, advertising, and civility. Mindfulness and ethics in the practice of law was also a popular topic at Gwen Cherry.

Prodigy’s Light Shines Bright

Prodigy’s Light Shines Bright

Miami Magazine Profiles Stephen Baccus, JD ’86, UM’s Youngest Graduate



Week of June 16-20

Brendan Corrigan Turns His Love of Public Policy and Politics into a J.D. and Master’s Degree in Public Administration

Brendan Corrigan Turns His Love of Public Policy and Politics into a J.D. and Master’s Degree in Public Administration

Brendan Corrigan first fell in love with Capitol Hill as a senior in high school when he served as an intern in the district office of Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick from his home district in Pennsylvania. Since then, Corrigan has hit the ground running in pursuit of his dream of working in public policy.

Around the World in 600+ Lectures with Professor Susan Haack

Around the World in 600+ Lectures with Professor Susan Haack

Professor Susan Haack's work has appeared in 14 languages, and she is invited to lecture around the world. In May 2014, when she gave her 600th external lecture, her hosts in the Faulty of Law in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil surprised her with a commemorative plaque.

HOPE Fellow Strives to Close the Gaps in Inequality through Internship at ACLU

HOPE Fellow Strives to Close the Gaps in Inequality through Internship at ACLU

Miami Law student Mitun Mitra was born in Bangladesh and even though he immigrated to the United States at a young age, he still remembers what he calls an ineffective government that lead to injustice among his people.

Week of June 9-13

Miami Law’s Moot Court Ranks Top 10 in U.S.

Miami Law’s Moot Court Ranks Top 10 in U.S.

The Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board finished as the ninth best moot court team in the country this past academic year. As a result of this top ranking, Miami Law’s team has received an invitation to the prestigious Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship in Houston, which pits the top sixteen teams in the nation against one another to crown the moot court national champion.

Hope Fellow Makes a Difference in Immigrant Community in Michigan

HOPE Fellow Makes a Difference in Immigrant Community in Michigan

When one thinks of the state of Michigan, cars, Detroit and the Great Lakes come to mind. But with one of the largest Middle Eastern populations in the United States, Kirsten Corneliussen is learning first-hand the importance of immigration in Michigan.

PREP Students Provide Ethics Training and Foster Relationships with the Bankruptcy Bar Association

PREP Students Provide Ethics Training and Foster Relationships with the Bankruptcy Bar Association

Students from Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) reinforced PREP’s long-standing relationship with South Florida’s Bankruptcy Bar Association (BBA) this year by presenting two legal ethics CLE’s and participating in the preparation of a hypothetical for the BBA annual retreat.

Miami Law Alumnus Who Put Miami Tennis on the Map Surpasses a Century

MIAMI Magazine - Miami Law Alumnus Who Put Miami Tennis on the Map Surpasses a Century

Gardnar Mulloy’s blade-thin frame could endure no more. Weary of the pounding he was taking as a member of the University of Miami’s freshman football squad, he marched into President Bowman Foster Ashe’s office one day and asked if he could change his scholarship to a different sport: tennis.

Week of June 2-6

The University of Miami School of Law Launches International Arbitration Institute

The University of Miami School of Law Launches International Arbitration Institute

As the City of Miami hosted the Congress for the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) recently, with well over a thousand international arbitration specialists attending, the University of Miami School of Law announced the launch of its International Arbitration Institute.

Outgoing and Incoming Presidents of the Law Alumni Association Share Vision

Outgoing and Incoming Presidents of the Law Alumni Association Share Vision

With the start of the new fiscal year in June comes the transition of leadership in the Law Alumni Association. Jaret Davis, JD '99, who served as president during the 2013-2014 academic year, will step down as President of the LAA, and become Immediate Past President.

Phi Alpha Delta Hosts Wine & Cheese Reception, Forges Relationships with Alums

During 2013-14, Phi Alpha Delta Tripled Membership with Events that Forged Relationships with Students and Alums

Phi Alpha Delta’s (PAD) President and rising 3L, Jaclyn Blumenfeld spends most Friday afternoons wrapping up work from the week and planning her Friday evening social events. Unlike most Fridays, however, Justice Blumenfeld (“Justice” is the term for President of PAD), spent a recent Friday afternoon running back and forth between the Student Activities Center and the law school quadrant making sure that everything was set for PAD’s annual Wine & Cheese Social – one of the many events it hosts yearly.

Dedication to Public Service Drew Nejla Calvo to Miami Law

Born in Bolivia to a Turkish mother and a Bolivian father, Najla Calvo came to the United States at a young age. After growing up in Rhode Island, Calvo attended Middlebury College, where she was chosen by members of the faculty as a Student Advisory Board Member of the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. Along with her work promoting diversity and racial and social justice at Middlebury College, Calvo conducted an independent research study as a Metcalf Fellow in Bolivia, where her work in community justice projects truly began to take root.