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Miami Law News Headlines: June 2011

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11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society Honors Four Miami Law Alumni as Legal Legends

Four Miami Law alumni – Francisco "Frank" Angones, JD '76; The Honorable A. Jay Cristol, JD '58; Edward A. Moss, JD '61; and Ellen Catsman Freidin, JD '78 – were recently named as "Legal Legends" by the 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society. The award is given to judges, attorneys and others who have helped preserve South Florida's legal heritage. The society selected eight legends this year.

International Graduate Law Programs Uses Online Chats to Communicate Globally with Future Miami Law Students

Although Zhenying Li currently lives in Shangai, China, she is starting to feel more and more at home at the University of Miami School of Law. This may sound unlikely, but through the International Graduate Law Programs's online chats, Zhenying – and other prospective LL.M. students all over the world – are getting the chance to get up close and personal with current and future students, faculty, and administration. Having already been accepted to Miami Law's International Law LL.M. Program, Zhenying is a part of the special, private Admitted Students chat.

Miami Law Mourns Passing of Nancy Benitez

Miami Law mourns the passing of Nancy Benitez, who died on April 26 at the age of 88. Mrs. Benitez was the wife of the late Professor Rafael C. Benitez, who founded the Comparative Law LL.M. program, the Inter-American Law LL.M. program, and the Inter-American Law Review at Miami Law.

Miami Law Legal Corps

Miami Law's Legal Corps Receives Grant from The Miami Foundation

Miami Law's Legal Corps has been awarded a grant by The Miami Foundation, which will fund a six-month fellowship in the Housing Unit Foreclosure Defense Project at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

Miami Law Students Hold Ethics Training for the Bankruptcy Bar Association

Miami Law students from the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program presented a CLE training for the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Miami-Dade County. Student Fellows Irma Khoja, Matipa Nyamangwanda, and Bianca Zuluaga, as well as Program Director Jan Jacobowitz, Judge Laurel Myerson-Isicoff and Judge Robert Mark of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida participated in the panel.

Jaret Davis, JD '99

Alumnus Jaret Davis Wins 2011 40 Under 40 Award

Jaret Davis, JD '99, Co-Managing Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and Vice President of Fundraising for the Law Alumni Association, was honored as one of the winners of the 2011 40 Under 40 Award, presented by The M&A Advisor to promote mentorship and professional development among emerging business leaders.

Miami Law Student Puts Education into Practice during International Summer Internship

Less than two weeks into her international summer internship Lauren Marsicano is already seeing her Miami Law education begin to pay off. The internship with Nuñnez, Muñoz – a firm located in Santiago, Chile that specializes in Mining Environmental law – has been a dream come true for the rising second-year student. Besides the beautiful people, weather and delicious food, Marsicano is happy to be getting a jumpstart on Latin American language and laws.

HOPE Fellow Paul Petrequin

Recent Graduate Spent Final Semester in Africa at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

The HOPE Fellow had applied to several international tribunals at the beginning of his third year. None responded. Then, as he registered for classes, studied for exams, and prepared for a final semester in Miami, he received his acceptance letter to the Tribunal on December 10th.

President Barack Obama Appoints Miami Law Alumna Tamara Toussaint to Administrative Post

Tamara Toussaint, JD '08, has been appointed to serve as a member with the Commission on Presidential Scholars. The group was first established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to honor graduating high school students. As one of the Commissioners, Toussaint will assist in recognizing up to 141 students who are given the honor of Presidential Scholar each year.

Yoga at Miami Law

Yoga for Law Students

Miami Law has recently launched Yoga for Law Students. The free class is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday inside the Law School Student Lounge. The 90-mintue class, which begins at 7:00 a.m., is led by Lux Guacci, who is also the Clinical Instructor and Supervising Attorney for the Children and Youth Law Clinic.

Students Hold Presentation on Legal Ethics and Client Relationships in Immigration Law

Miami Law's Professional Responsibility Program (PREP) recently traveled to the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) where Interns Simona Popova and Kelly Rains, under the supervision of PREP Director Jan Jacobowitz, provided an engaging and interactive presentation on compelling legal and ethical issues raised in the immigration context.

Hospital sign

Broad Success of Interdisciplinary Course on Hospitals Ensures its Offering for Next Year

Miami Law's new interdisciplinary course – "The Idea of the Hospital: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry" – launched this spring with thirty-six graduate students from various schools across the University of Miami (UM) campus. The first of its kind, the course gave students an exclusive opportunity to study the multiple perspectives from which we view, think, and work in hospitals.

Florida Gulf Coast oil spill

Miami Law Alumna to Serve as Appeal Judge for Gulf Coast Claims

Miami Law alumna Melvia B. Green, JD '78, was named by the appointing authority for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) as one of 25 legal experts who will serve as appeals judges, issuing rulings on GCCF appeal decisions. Green is a former judge of the 3rd District Court of Appeal of Florida (DCA). Former Miami Law adjunct faculty member Judge Gerald T. Wetherington was also named as an appeals judge.

Miami Law Students Prepare for Florida Bar Examination

It's that time of year again. As other law students are starting summer internships or preparing to study abroad, recent law school graduates are sitting in classrooms nation-wide, reviewing hours and hours of subject areas that will be covered on the bar admissions test.

Miami Law Students Dedicate their Summer to the Community

Five students who are active participants in Miami Law's HOPE Public Interest Resource Center have been selected as Equal Justice Works Summer Corps members this summer. This program provides $1,132 in education vouchers to students working at least 300 summer hours at a nonprofit organization.

Georgina Angones

Assistant Dean of Development Georgina Angones Appointed to the ABA's Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity

The American Bar Association has appointed Miami Law's Assistant Dean of Law Development and Alumni Relations, Georgina Angones, to its Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline for a one-year term.

Florida Everglades

Miami Law's Joint Degree in Law and Marine Affairs Tackles Environmental Issues

The School of Law and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at the University of Miami offer an exciting and targeted offering for students who want to further their careers in marine affairs and policy. Enabling a student to earn both a Juris Doctor and Masters of Professional Science in Marine Affairs degree (J.D./M.P.S.), the joint degree program in law and marine affairs and policy prepares students to be leaders in law and marine affairs and be better positioned to tackle the environmental issues society is facing from a policy and legal angle.

Miami Law Clinics Offer Students Summer Opportunites For More Hands-On Experience

Miami Law continues its tradition of providing a training ground for future attorneys by offering students the opportunity to participate in a variety of on-campus clinics over the summer. The Children and Youth Law Clinic, Health and Elder Law Clinic, Immigration Clinic, and Human Rights Clinic all give service-oriented Miami Law students a chance to practice hands-on lawyering with real clients.

Professor Bernard Perlmutter

Miami Law Students Connect with Alumni as They Conduct Training Sessions

University of Miami Law students from the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) recently expanded their programming to conduct interactive CLE training sessions for the Law Alumni Association.

Professor Bernard Perlmutter

Professor Bernard Perlmutter Receives Award for Exemplary Service to the Legal Community of Miami-Dade

Miami Law Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic Bernard Perlmutter will receive the Daily Business Review's Sookie Williams Outstanding Service to the Legal Community Award at the Dade County Bar Association's 95th anniversary reception and dinner this Friday, June 3. The award recognizes exemplary service to the legal community of Miami-Dade County.

Jessica Carvalho Morris, JD '03

Amnesty International Elects Jessica Carvalho Morris, JD '03, to its Board of Directors for a Second Term

Jessica Carvalho Morris, Director of the International Graduate Law Programs at Miami Law, was re-elected to the Amnesty International USA Board of Directors for a second three-year term.

Elizabeth Honkonen, JD '98

Elizabeth Honkonen, JD '98, Named President of the Law Alumni Association

Attorney Elizabeth Honkonen, J.D. '98, has been named President of the Law Alumni Association (LAA) for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. She previously served as President-elect, Vice President for Regional Programs, Vice President for Alumni Relations and Activities, and Vice President of Fundraising.