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Miami Law News Headlines: August 2011

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Miami Law 3L Masimba Mutamba

Third-Year Law Student Receives Offer from Waller Lansden's Schola2Juris Apprenticeship Program

Masimba Mutamba, a third-year student at Miami Law, has been awarded an apprenticeship with the trial and appellate practice of Waller Lansden's Schola2Juris program. As part of the apprenticeship, Mutamba will receive a $10,000 scholarship and be eligible for a full-time position after graduation.

Jihan "Gigi" Soliman is First Openly Gay SBA President at Miami Law

It's hard to miss Gigi Soliman as she bustles through The Bricks. Despite her five-foot, three-inch stature, Soliman's energetic presence draws attention as she stops to chat in a buttoned-up shirt and vest. Some days she'll even don a bow tie. Soliman, a third-year law student whose given name is Jihan, won the presidency of the Student Bar Association in the spring elections, making her the first lesbian SBA president in Florida. The term is for two semesters, and will end in March 2012.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ivan F. Fernandez, J.D. '92

Miami Law Alumnus Picked by Florida's Governor to Fill Vacancy on 3rd District Court of Appeal

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ivan F. Fernandez, J.D. '92, was recently chosen by Florida Governor Rick Scott to fill a vacancy on the 3rd District Court of Appeal.

Jessica Lenahan

Human Rights Clinic Plays Key Role in International Tribunal Landmark Decision in Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United States

After 12 years of fighting, Jessica Lenahan has received a measure of justice. In a landmark decision, an international tribunal has found the U.S. government responsible for violating the human rights of a Colorado woman and her three daughters, who had been victims of domestic violence.

Miami Law LL.M. Class of 2012

International LL.M. Students Begin the Year with Intensive Two-Week Orientation

Even though the beginning of school was a few weeks away, the International Graduate Law Program at Miami Law was in full swing with its two-week orientation, which helps international LL.M. students acclimate into their new Miami community and the United States. This year's class is the most diverse ever, with more than 50 students from over 28 different jurisdictions.

Miami Law's HOPE Day of Service Helps the Community

Miami Law's HOPE Public Interest Resource Center sent 350 law students to 20 sites across Miami-Dade County through the Annual HOPE Day of Service last Thursday, August 11th. HOPE seeks to instill a pro bono spirit in Miami Law students by starting off the academic year with community service in Miami-Dade's communities. This event is grounded in the teachings of social justice and civic engagement.

Dean Patricia D. White and Gigi Soliman

ABA Presents Miami Law with National Achievement Award in Public Interest

This week, Miami Law's HOPE Public Interest Resource Center was presented with the 2011 National Achievement Award in Public Interest at the annual American Bar Association meeting. The Law School Division of the ABA honored Miami Law for its commitment to public interest work and public service.


LawWithoutWalls Wins Prestigious InnovAction Award

Miami Law's LawWithoutWalls (LWOW), a part-virtual, collaborative academic model that unites students, faculty, practitioners from around the world to innovate legal education and practice, received the coveted 2011 InnovAction Award. Presented by the College of Law Practice Management, an honorary world-wide organization that recognizes excellence in law practice management, the award acknowledges outstanding innovation in the delivery of legal services.

Colombian flag

Miami Law Students Gain Legal & Life Experiences through International Human Rights Project in Colombia

Megan Britt (2L), Jenny Khavinson (2L) and Seth DeLong (2L) were excited when they signed up for the opportunity to work two semesters with a new collaborative project between Miami Law and an international human rights clinic located at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia. They knew that the opportunity to travel to another country and work with people involved with human rights violations was a one-of-the-kind experience.

Miami Law Alumna Kathleen Williams Confirmed by Senate as U.S. District Judge

The Honorable Kathleen M. Williams, J.D.'82, was recently confirmed by the United States Senate to be a district judge for the Southern District of Florida. President Barack Obama nominated Williams to the bench last July.

Visiting Assistant Professor and Miami Law Alumnus to Teach Legal Courses in Spanish and English

Joan Martinez Evora, J.D. 2011, a practicing civil litigation attorney from Cuba will join the Miami Law faculty this fall as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He will teach Derecho de Obligaciones (Law of Obligations) entirely in Spanish. In the spring, he will teach International Family Law which will be conducted in English.

President Obama Nominates Miami Law Alumnus and Adjunct Professor to U.S. Court of Appeals

Judge Adalberto José Jordán – a Miami Law graduate who emigrated from Havana, Cuba with his parents at age six – has been nominated by President Barack Obama to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Judge Jordán obtained a B.A magna cum laude from the University of Miami in 1984, his J.D. summa cum laude from University of Miami School of Law, and has taught as an adjunct professor at Miami Law since 1990.

Class of 2011 Sits for the Bar Examination

Members of the Class of 2011 sat for the Bar Examination in various jurisdictions around the country during the week of July 25.

Public Defenders and Miami Law Students Give 15 Reformed Criminals a Clean Slate

This summer, three Miami Law students successfully assisted in sealing and expunging the criminal records of 15 local citizens during a Redemption Workshop held at Lillie C. Evans K-8 Center near little Haiti in Miami. The participants who benefitted (which totaled about 30 percent of the attendees) were able to get a second lease on life. The workshop, which was put on by the Miami office of the Public Defender and organized by Sophia Montenegro, Community Liaison at the Miami Dade Public Defenders Office (PD-11), focused on restoring civil rights to reformed citizens.

HOPE Public Interest Resource Center Starts the Semester by Serving the Community

Miami Law's HOPE Public Interest Resource Center will send hundreds of law students to various sites across Miami-Dade County through the Annual HOPE Day of Service on Thursday, August 11th. HOPE, a Public Interest Resource Center seeks to instill a pro bono spirit by starting off the academic year by brightening the lives of individuals in Miami-Dade's communities. Last year, more than 200 students at 15 sites participated in HOPE Day of Service.