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Erik Neff

Unconventional Internships: Miami Law Student Spends Summer Tackling Complex International Maritime Law Issues

Erik Neff has always known he wanted to practice maritime law. So when he applied to the University of Miami in 2009, he fully intended to capitalize on the city's vast maritime culture. He joined the Maritime Law Society, and later took courses like Admiralty Law I.

Miami Law Graduates Maintain High Bar Pass Rate

University of Miami law graduates taking the February 2011 Bar Examinations across the nation achieved high pass rates well above average scores.


Miami Law Offers a New Opportunity to Study Water Resources in Vietnam and China this Summer

To enhance students' understanding of the challenges related to water resources and their effective management, Miami Law is offering a five-week graduate summer course taught in Vietnam and China starting this week. The eight participating University of Miami students are currently pursuing programs in the School of Law, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), and the College of Engineering. This international summer course will be led by Miami Law Adjunct Professor Daniel Suman.

Judith Freedberg

American Arbitration Association Elects Miami Law's Judith Freedberg to its Board of Directors

The American Arbitration Association (AAA), the world's leading provider of conflict management and dispute resolution services, announced the election of Judith Freedberg, Director of Professional Programs at Miami Law where she coordinates the newly-established international arbitration program, to its Board of Directors.

Recent Miami Law LL.M. graduates

International LL.M. Students Celebrate Graduation and Prepare For Next Level of Career

On a balcony towering over Biscayne Bay, Miami Law's LL.M. graduates toasted to a productive year and new beginnings with family, friends, and Miami Law faculty. Following the morning's graduation ceremony, the newly minted LL.M. (Master of Laws) graduates ventured to the DoubleTree Grand Hotel in downtown Miami for a dinner reception in their honor, hosted by Miami Law.

Frederick Hawkins, JD '11

Recent Miami Law Graduate Selected as a 2011 Presidential Management Fellows Finalist

Frederick Hawkins, who graduated last Saturday from Miami Law, was selected as a 2011 Finalist for the federal Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. Hawkins recently accepted a fellowship position as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State. He will work on immigration policy related to the administration of the State Department's Visa program and provide guidance to embassies on the issuance of immigrant and non-immigrant visas.

Dean Patricia D. White, Rob Collins and UM President Donna Shalala

Law Commencement Marked with Strong Message

On Saturday, May 14, Miami Law graduates crowded the University of Miami BankUnited Center with smiles, some tears and a lot of picture-taking as family, friends, faculty and administrators congratulated the newly titled Juris Doctors for completing their legal education.

Clinton Global Initiative University Conference

Miami Law Student Chosen as Delegate for Fourth Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Conference

First year law student Tricia Robinson recently traveled to San Diego, California to participate in the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative University Conference (CGI U). As a delegate, she had the opportunity to interact with global leaders and students throughout the world.

Innovative Student Development Program Takes a Holistic Approach to Ensure Student Satisfaction in Law School

Law school can be a frightening place. "I heard horrible things about law school before I started," 1L Shayna Bryan says. "I heard that it was miserable and people were extremely competitive. I also heard that it was stressful, and a lot of people never felt that they were good enough."

Third-Year Student Rob Collins Chosen to Speak at Commencement

Student speaker Rob Collins addressed the graduating class at this year's Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14. Collins, who arrived at Miami Law from Washington University in St. Louis, was one of the most respected students on campus.

A Year in Review: Miami Law Highlights During the 2010-2011 Academic Year

Miami Law has made significant strides during the 2010-2011 academic year. In many areas, faculty have raised the bar, and likewise the students have done all they can do to not only meet that standard, but also surpass it.

Historic Black Church Program Premiers Documentary Film on the Histories of the West Grove Churches

Miami Law's Historic Black Church Program, the only historic black church program in legal education, premiered its annual oral history documentary film project at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center and the Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church on April 26 and May 2, respectively. The film highlighted the histories of approximately ten out of the sixteen Historic Black churches of the West Grove.

Carolyn Lamm, JD '73

Commencement Speaker Carolyn Lamm to Share Words of Wisdom with Graduates

Alumna Carolyn Lamm will address this year's graduating Miami Law class on Saturday, May 14. Lamm, the former President of the American Bar Association – the largest voluntary professional association in the world – is a fitting speaker for the occasion.

In Memory of Donna Gayle Bird, Dec. 30, 1964 - April 19, 2011

Donna grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance from the University of North Texas , her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, and her Master of Laws degree in Estate Planning from the University of Miami.

Marcy Cox

Assistant Dean Marcy Cox Becomes President of the National Association for Law Placement

Miami Law's Assistant Dean of Career Development, Marcelyn R. Cox, became the 2011-2012 President of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) during the association's annual business meeting on April 29.

Miami Law 2L Chris Callahan

Miami Law Student Initiates Launch of International Student Exchange Program with Law School in Ireland

It all began with a simple idea. As the president of the Irish-American Law Students Association, 2L Christopher Callahan wanted to figure out a way to connect Miami Law students with his family's homeland of Ireland. The small student organization works to promote an Irish-American identity at Miami Law by encouraging the exchange of ideas concerning Irish history and politics, and advancing professional and social interactions.

Professor Scott Rogers

Tips for Exam Week: Mindfulness Expert Reminds Students to Breathe

Stress and law – it's a duality of good and evil that's been around since the days when philosophers gathered to challenge one another using the Socratic Method. As a way to address this age-old conflict, Miami Law began implementing programs that combine mindfulness techniques into the law school track in order to improve student lifestyle and performance. During exam week, many students may want to brush up on techniques taught by Lecturer in Law Scott Rogers, Director of Miami Law's Mindfulness in Law Program.

Legal Corps

Legal Corps Donors

Several law firms have recently made generous contributions to Miami Law's Legal Corps program. Legal Corps is a postgraduate fellowship program which places recent law graduates in public interest organizations, judicial chambers, and government agencies in Florida and throughout the country.

Partnership for Professionalism Brings Together Judges, Attorneys and Law Students

One hundred judges, attorneys, and law students gathered at the University of Miami Bank United Center recently for the Partnership for Professionalism bi-annual meeting and dinner. Now in its 22nd consecutive year, the program brings law students, alumni, and members of the Bench and Bar together each semester for an informal roundtable discussion.

Gretchen Bellamy

New Director of International Public Interest Programs Joins HOPE Public Interest Resource Center

Gretchen C. Bellamy joins Miami Law as the Director of International Public Interest Programs for the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center. Before joining in April, Ms. Bellamy earned a J.D. and an LL.M. in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law in 2005. While in law school, Ms. Bellamy pursued an externship where she worked for an international non-governmental organization in Harare, Zimbabwe. In addition, she studied comparative law at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Ms. Bellamy's pursuit of these experiences was a continuation of her prior domestic and international public interest activities.

Reshunda Mahone

Reshunda Mahone named Director of Development for University of Miami School of Law

The University of Miami School of Law announced today that Reshunda Mahone will be joining the Alumni and Development Office as Director of Development. She will join the School of Law on May 1, 2011 and will report to Georgie A. Angones, Assistant Dean for Alumni and Development.