Throughout an academic career that began in 1979 while still a practicing tax attorney, Dean Patricia D. White has been in the forefront of legal education. At Miami Law, she has been repeatedly been recognized for her innovative strategies and influential thinking. "Trish is one of the most creative people I've known in legal academics," said Peter D. Lederer, an adjunct faculty member who has served on Miami Law's Visiting Committee. "The law school has an extraordinary record of women law deans beginning with Minnette Massey in 1962 and Soia Mentschikoff in 1974, and Trish has continued that tradition."
Professor Bernard "Bernie" Perlmutter, J.D. '83, is an influential advocate for children whose voices need to be heard in the legal system. " I believe it is vital to give a child an opportunity to speak," says Perlmutter, who is co-director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic, as well as professor of legal education.
If Marvel comics or Hollywood was doing the naming, Miami Law's clinics might be known as the "Social Justice League." Their clients would probably agree. They don't wear capes, but to the people they represent, the students and attorneys in Miami Law's legal clinic programs are heroes.
A former litigator and in-house counsel for Ryder System, Professor Marcia Narine Weldon brings real-world experience to her courses. As a professor of legal writing, she has taught classes on negotiating and drafting contracts, corporate compliance, governance, and social responsibility.
3L Malik Thurgood Ramelize is determined to make a mark, beginning with the lives of individuals, and especially since he knows the people he meets in jail and defends in court. It could easily have been him.
Robert Earle Dooley, J.D. '53, made a gift of $1.1 million to Miami Law that will be used to endow a named scholarship and support a fund that encourages the promotion of faculty research and teaching innovation.
Born in Havana, the J.D./LL.M. in International Arbitration graduate learned English in Mozambique, moved back to Cuba, became a lawyer, and after competing in her home country's first moot court, she followed her fascination with arbitration to Miami Law.
A native of Key West, Miami Law's assistant dean of Career Development has worked at the law school since 1997. In addition to her passion in helping students land prestigious jobs, she loves a good breakfast, as well as books, music and film.
Christopher Demos-Brown loves to practice law and enjoys the life and the trial practice firm he and his wife have built. But he also has a not so secret passion as a playwright. His latest play, American Son, is playing on Broadway.
Attorneys Guillermo Levy, J.D. '00, and Christina Ceballos-Levy, J.D. '00, created a scholarship fund that helps first-generation law students finance their education. "We felt it was a duty to be able to give back in some measure," said Levy.
"In the post-civil rights era, emerging urban research casts an important light on the past, present and future work of inner-city black churches, university-housed legal clinics, and anti-poverty and civil rights organizations," writes Professor Anthony Alfieri, a Dean's Distinguished Scholar and founder and director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service.
"At the crossroads of both north-south and east-west trade lanes and with the highest numbers of international freight traffic of any city in the U.S., Miami feels the impact of developments in the global marketplace," writes Professor Kathleen Claussen.