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Listen to J.D. students and graduates talk about their experiences with practical, hands-on opportunities outside of the classroom in the areas of:

Law Firm/Business
Judicial
International
Government
Sports/Entertainment
Public Interest

Or, listen to international LL.M. graduates discuss their experiences.

LAW FIRM/BUSINESS

Eamon WelchEamon Welch, Class of 2014

Originally from: South Carolina
Undergraduate School/Major: Trinity College/ Duke, Philosophy/Humanities
Experience: Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Miami


Freddi R. MackFreddi R. Mack, Class of 2014

Originally from: Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School/Major: New York University, Music
Experience: K & L Gates, LLP, Miami


Melissa M. CoatesMelissa M. Coates, Class of 2014

Originally from: Washington
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Washington, Biochemistry
Experience: Morgan Lewis, Miami


John E. Thornton Jr.John E. Thornton Jr., Class of 2014

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Florida, Marketing
Experience: Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago


Thomas P. WhiteThomas P. White, Class of 2014

Originally from: Maryland
Undergraduate School/Major: Auburn University, Political Science
Experience: Tripp Scott, Ft. Lauderdale


Jessica SblendoriaJessica Sblendoria, Class of 2015

Originally from: New Jersey
Undergraduate School/Major: The George Washington University, Interdisciplinary Studies
Experience: Fellowship at a New Jersey law firm gaining experience in public interest and constitutional law.


Octavia GreenOctavia Green, Class of 2015

Originally from: Maryland
Undergraduate School/Major: Virginia Tech University, Marketing
Experience: Sedgwick, LLP


Andrea CortlandAndrea Cortland, JD '09

Originally from: Camden, NJ
Undergraduate School/Major: Rutgers College Honors Program, Rutgers University
Experience: Associate, Cozen O'Connor, Philadelphia, PA


Shayla WaldonShayla Waldon, JD '13

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Miami/Legal Studies
Summer Experience: Summer Associate, Akerman, Senterfitt LLP, Palm Beach, FL


Gueter Aurelien, Class of 2013Gueter Aurelien, JD'13

Originally From: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Columbia University, Political Science
Summer Experience: Legal Intern, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington


Jonathan Hixon, Class of 2012Jonathan Hixon, JD'12

Originally From: Massachusetts
Undergraduate School/Major: George Washington University, Criminal Justice
Summer Experience: Hirschhorn & Bieber, P.A., Coral Gables, FL


Jenna Drozdowicz, Class of 2012Jenna Drozdowicz, JD'12

Originally From: Milwaukee, WI
Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Undergraduate Major: Real Estate, International Business
Summer Experience: Estate Planning


Travis Robert-Ritter, Class of 2012Travis Robert-Ritter, JD'12

Originally From: Bethesda, Maryland
Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami
Undergraduate Major: Finance
Summer Experience: Summer associate at O'Melveney & Myers, Washington, D.C.
Travis will be entering his second year at Miami Law this fall. He speaks about the skills he learned in his first year at Miami and the high level of confidence he has in tackling assignments at this major international law firm.


Sherry Williams, J.D. '95

Assistant Director of Student Recruiting Alex Schultes interviews Sherry Williams, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary at Halliburton, one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. Williams discusses her role as a top corporate officer in which she directly assists the CEO in management of board issues and corporate governance at company that offers the world's broadest array of products and services for oil and gas exploration, development and production. Listen to Audio


Greg Mayback, J.D. '92

Greg Mayback, J.D. '92, is an expert in patent law and intellectual property. He was recently featured in Super Lawyers magazine in an article that highlights how Mayback merged his passion for engineering into this top legal specialty. Read More


David Neblett, JD '01

David Neblett, a maritime and admiralty attorney, discusses how his love of the ocean, boating and fishing coupled with his undergraduate degree from UM in Marine Science parlayed into a legal specialty ocean law. Watch Video

JUDICIAL

Mitun MitraMitun Mitra, Class of 2015

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Florida International University, International Relations
Experience: Thirteenth Judicial Circuit – The Honorable Caroline Tesche


Mike KranzlerMike Kranzler, Class of 2015

Originally from: California
Undergraduate School/Major: Vanderbilt University, Psychology
Experience: Judge Raymond Ray, United States Bankruptcy Court


Jacqueline FrischJacqueline Frisch, Class of 2015

Originally from: Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate School/Major: McGill University, English
Experience: U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida


Leah AaronsonLeah Aaronson, Class of 2015

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Florida State University, Political Science
Experience: Judge Cooke, S.D. Florida


Shannon WilliamsShannon Williams, Class of 2014

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Florida Atlantic University, Business
Experience: Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton; Judge Simonton


Antonio HernandezAntonio Hernandez, Class of 2015

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Miami/ Political Science
Experience: Justice Lewis, Florida Supreme Court


David MorenoDavid Moreno, JD '11

Originally from: East Meadow, NY
Undergraduate School/Major: CW Post, Long Island University
Experience: Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office, NYC


Amir WhitakerAmir Whitaker, Class of 2014

Originally from: New Jersey
Undergraduate School/Major: Rutgers University, USC (M.A. and Ph.D)/History
Summer Experience: Public Defenders Office, Miami, FL


Zach LudensZach Ludens, Class of 2014

Joint Degree: J.D./M.A. in Communications (Public Relations)
Originally from: South Dakota
Undergraduate School/Major: Augustana College/Government, Economics, History
Summer Experience: Judicial Intern for the Hon. Jose E. Martinez, U.S. District Court, Miami, FL; Research Assistant for Professor Michael Froomkin


Kristina Mills, Class of 2012Kristina Mills, JD'12

Originally From: Texas
Undergraduate School/Major: Spelman College/Sociology
Summer Experience: Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, HOPE Fellow


INTERNATIONAL

Lawrence Trey DahlLawrence Trey Dahl, Class of 2015

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of South Florida, Political Science
Experience: HOPE Fellowship in La Paz, Bolivia


Erika Concetta PaganoErika Concetta Pagano, JD '13

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Georgetown University, Italian
Experience: Works with LawWithoutWalls


Tom W. DavisTom W. Davis, Class of 2014

Originally from: Ohio
Undergraduate School/Major: Tulane University, Political Science
Experience: Study Abroad at the University of St. Paul in Brazil


Lauren Marsicano, Class of 2013Lauren Marsicano, JD'13

Originally From: Texas/Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: U. of Tampa/International Business & Finance
Summer Experience: Núñez, Muñoz y Cía. Ltda., Santiago, Chile


Guillermo Levy, JD '00 and Gabriela Lanza, LLM '04

Guillermo Levy, JD '00 and Gabriela Lanza, LLM '04

Two Miami Law graduates were featured in the May 2010 edition of Latin Lawyer magazine. The article, "Engine Drivers," profiles the in-house legal division of machinery maker Caterpillar and the pressures of providing support to almost every country in Latin America. Read More


GOVERNMENT

Alyssa WilliamsAlyssa Williams, Class of 2014

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Central Florida, Legal Studies/Criminal Justice
Experience: Florida Coastguard JAG, Seventh District


Andrew RubinAndrew Rubin, Class of 2014

Originally from: Maryland Undergraduate School/Major: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA OC), Office of the General Counsel for International Law Section, Washington, DC


Evan AndronisEvan Andronis, Class of 2014

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Florida State University, International Business/Marketing
Experience: Maritime Administration / VSCG


Denise RobersonDenise Roberson, Class of 2014

Originally from: Ohio
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Akron, International Business/Human Resources
Experience: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Joshua BermanJoshua Berman, Class of 2015

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Emory University, Political Science
Experience: Administrative Office of the US Courts


Alexis AlvarezAlexis Alvarez, Class of 2015

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Florida State University, Philosophy
Experience: Coral Gables Court / 11th Judicial Circuit / UM


Kathryn WalkerKathryn Walker, JD '13

Joint Degree: J.D./M.P.H. in Public Health
Originally from: North Carolina
Undergraduate School/Major: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill/English, Psychology
Summer Experience: Department of Health & Human Services, Washington, D.C.


Tricia RobinsonTricia Robinson, Class of 2014

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Ohio State University/Zoology
Summer Experience: Navy, Office of General Counsel, Washington, D.C.


Paul Agbeyegbe, Class of 2014Paul Agbeyegbe, Class of 2014

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Miami/Political Science
Summer Experience: Intern in the Obama White House


Ben McCulloch, Class of 2012Ben McCulloch, JD'12

Originally From: Illinois
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Phoenix/Business Administration
Summer Experience: Securities & Exchange Commission, Miami, FL


SPORTS/ENTERTAINMENT

Jordan SarasonJordan Sarason, Class of 2015

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Tufts University, Political Science
Experience: George Washington University Athletic Department


Carlos NunezCarlos Nunez, JD '13

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Florida International University/Economics
Law School Activity: President, International Moot Court Board
Summer Experience/Externships: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Miami, FL (Summer 2012); Bacardi & Yahoo!, Miami, FL (Spring 2012); Yahoo!, Miami, FL (Fall 2011); Telemundo, Miami, FL (Summer 2011)


Nefra-Ann MacdonaldNefra-Ann Macdonald, JD '13

Joint Degree: J.D./M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries
Originally from: Connecticut
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Miami/Broadcast Journalism, Political Science
Summer Experience: MTV Latin America, Miami, FL


Ryan AppelRyan Appel, Class of 2014

Originally from: California
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Southern California/Business Administration
Summer Experience: Legal Extern, Miami Dolphins


Lauren Spahn, Class of 2013Lauren Spahn, JD'13

Originally From: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Elon University, Political Science/PreLaw
Summer Experience: Warner Music Latina (Miami, FL) and ADG Live, West Palm Beach


PUBLIC INTEREST

Daniela PetersonDaniela Peterson, Class of 2014

Originally from: Maryland
Undergraduate School/Major: Wheaton College, Communications
Experience: Power U through Miami Law Women and Women's Fund


Lauren Lee PettietteLauren Lee Pettiette, Class of 2014

Originally from: Louisiana
Undergraduate School/Major: Tulane University, English
Experience: The Advancement Project, Washington, D.C.


Ronald WallsRonald Walls, Class of 2015

Originally from: Illinois
Undergraduate School/Major: Murray State University, Public Relations/Business
Experience: Florida Jobs with Justice


Jesse LevineJesse Levine, Class of 2015

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Emory University, Political Science
Experience: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Atlanta


Jennifer MelendezJennifer Melendez, LL.M.

Originally from: Dominican Republic
Undergraduate School/Major: Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre Y Maestra, Law
Experience: Human Rights Clinic


Caitlin WilcoxCaitlin Wilcox, Class of 2014

Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Florida, English/Marketing
Experience: Children and Youth Law Clinic


Nejla CalvoNejla Calvo, Class of 2015

Originally from: Rhode Island
Undergraduate School/Major: Middlebury College/ Political Science
Experience: Florida Justice Institute


Health Rights ClinicHealth Rights Clinic

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Eric Olson, Class of 2012Eric Olson, JD'12

Originally From: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Washington and Lee University/English
Summer Experience: Put Something Back, Dade Legal Aid, HOPE Fellow


Samuel Leroy, Class of 2012Samuel Leroy, JD'12

Originally From: Massachusetts
Undergraduate School/Major: Emerson College/TV, Video Production
Summer Experience: Guardian Ad Litem Program, HOPE Fellow


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