October, 2011

Miami Law Celebrates Alumni Weekend and Homecoming

Monday, October 31, 2011

All that bustling around on campus this week can be ascribed to a single big deal – homecoming.

With all the fanfare it can muster, the University of Miami's Homecoming 2011 is set to launch across campus, with most events taking place...

Pro Bono and Public Interest Lawyers Give Advice

Friday, October 28, 2011

Miami Law hosted a special "Pro Bono and Public Interest Law" panel discussion on Wednesday, October 26, to discuss the benefits of pursuing public interest and pro bono legal opportunities, and to examine the challenges attorneys face in...

Miami Law Celebrates 13th Annual Hope Auction

Friday, October 28, 2011

As the legal community brings National Pro Bono Week celebrations to a close, Miami Law solidified its commitment to giving back with the 13th Annual HOPE auction at the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum.

Students, alumni, faculty...

Miami Herald Selects Miami Law Student for Haiti Scholarship Project

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Miami Herald has chosen Miami Law student Charles Haskell to assist the paper in covering the second anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.

Haskell, a JD/MA student, has been asked to write an article that explores the aftermath of...

Moot Court Board Breathes New Life into Student Competitions

Thursday, October 27, 2011

There is a welcoming change taking place with the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board. Historically, the student-run organization is well known for recruiting and training the finest oral and written advocates at the law school. The...

Colombian Professor Drawn by Miami Law Expertise

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Diana Correa thought about coming to Miami Law to finish her Ph.D. thesis because she was looking for a peaceful place to work. After visiting the school's website, she discovered the wealth of experts here and her mind was made up.


Special Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Student Activities Center

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The University of Miami held a ceremony on October 28th to break ground on construction of the new Student Activities Center, to be located across the street from the Law School. An extraordinary lead gift of $20 million from the Fairholme...

Students Represent Miami Law at International Law Weekend

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Three Miami Law students traveled to Fordham University School of Law in New York last weekend to attend the International Law Weekend, a three-day conference that explores the intersection of international rules and norms, and domestic politics...

HOPE Honors H.T. Smith for Pro Bono Service

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The HOPE Public Resource Center honored the noted trial lawyer H.T. Smith, JD '73, with its first Distinguished Leader in Public Service award on Thursday, October 27th. The award was presented during HOPE's annual auction.

"H.T. is a...

Wrongful Convictions Panel to Focus on Confessions, Corruption

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Law students from around South Florida are expected to attend Friday's Wrongful Convictions event. The lunchtime panel, which will be held in room E352, will explore the ramifications of faulty eye-witness statements, confessions, police...

'Canes Carnival Welcomes Orchard Villa Elementary Students

Monday, October 24, 2011

The annual 'Canes Carnival brought busloads of elementary school students last Friday from Liberty City to the Bricks at Miami Law for an afternoon of games, food, music, and arts and crafts.

The Society of Bar & Gavel transformed...

Election Results Prompt Frustrations

Friday, October 21, 2011

Two weeks after special elections for second-year Student Bar Association seats were clouded by reports of violations, newly elected senators Cristin Comiskey and Nefra-Ann MacDonald on Thursday began serving in their new roles.


Miami Law Remembers Thomas Randolph Cox, JD '76

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thomas Randolph Cox, JD '76, who practiced law in West Virginia and worked in the administration of Gov. John D. Rockefeller IV three decades ago, died on Wednesday. He was 62.

Cox's colleagues often referred to him as the people's...

Miami Law Alumna Who Interned for Florida Supreme Court

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jobs were disappearing when Miami Law graduate Joanna Thomson, JD '08, entered the legal profession. Only one day after she took the Florida Bar, her clerkship with the First District Court of Appeals was revoked due to a lack in funding. After...

Students from International Moot Court Program Compete

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

For the first time, Miami Law's International Moot Court Program participated in the UBA International Commercial Arbitration. The competition, organized by the University of Buenos Aires, is popularly regarded as the biggest Moot exercise in...

Miami Law Students Present Ethics Training at Catholic Charities Legal Services

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Miami Law's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) recently presented an ethics training at Catholic Charities Legal Services. Under the supervision of director Jan L. Jacobowitz, law students Charles Muniz, 3L, and Amanda...

German Student Who Participated in our Leipzig Exchange Program

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Valentin Pfisterer, a visiting scholar at Miami Law who hails from Germany, has made a library carousel his main office as he works to complete his Ph.D. thesis. Pfisterer's dissertation is concerned with the juncture at which European Corporate...

Miami Law Awards the 2011 Alumnus of Distinction Award

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

For more than three decades, Robert "Bob" Traurig, a Miami Law alumnus who is now 86, was the "go to" lawyer for developers who sought to build in Miami-Dade county, especially on Miami's Brickell Avenue, in Coconut Grove or even as far as the...

State Attorney Fernández Rundle to Receive Hoeveler Award

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Miami Law's Center for Ethics and Public Service selected State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle to receive the 10th annual William M. Hoeveler Award. The prestigious prize celebrates ethics, leadership and public service in the legal...

Miami Law Welcomes Leading Student Loan Expert

Monday, October 17, 2011

Heather Jarvis, a national student-loan expert, will speak to students from the University of Miami, FIU, St. Thomas and NOVA law about public service loan forgiveness at Miami Law on Oct. 24.

Jarvis is a former capital defense attorney...

Promoting Coping Skills for Miami Law Students and Staff

Friday, October 14, 2011

When Mitchell Rosen took his own life at the age of 24, his parents, Jackie and Harry Rosen, JD '61, began dedicating their lives to stopping others from doing the same. More than a decade ago, they established the Florida Initiative for Suicide...

Alumni Received Awards at Miami-Dade Judicial Reception

Friday, October 14, 2011

Several notable alumni received awards on October 18 at the annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception.

The Honorable Kathleen M. Williams, JD '82, was given the Alumni Achievement Award, and Stephanie Carman, JD '01, and Steven Davis...

Conference to Address Legal Issues in Real Estate and Development

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Real estate professionals, attorneys, academics and Florida state officials plan to convene for three days later this month in Coral Gables to discuss the future of growth management, planned development communities, new federal regulations...

Legal Corps to Host Viewing of Live-Stream Event from White House

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Law students who have not left town for the fall break are being invited to watch a live-stream transmission of an event at the White House on Thursday as part of President Obama's Champions of Change initiative.

The viewing will begin...

Celebrating Miami Law's Commitment to Pro Bono Service

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

When it comes to pro bono work, Miami Law has a lot to celebrate.

The American Bar Association recently presented the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center with the 2011 National Achievement Award in Public Interest. HOPE was honored by...

Understanding the Law's Role in a Democracy

Monday, October 10, 2011

In his new book, Miami Law Professor Kunal Parker argues that 19th century Americans had quite different views about the role of common-law judges from those we hold today.

Unlike elected representatives, common-law judges are not...

Admiring the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Monday, October 10, 2011

Last week's investiture of Fred S. McChesney as the de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics prompted many tributes, not only for Professor McChesney but for the two people whose names grace the chair, Carlos M. de la Cruz, JD '...

Carlos de la Cruz Speaks at McChesney Investiture

Friday, October 07, 2011

On Thursday evening, the de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics was formally granted to Fred S. McChesney, JD '78, in an investiture ceremony at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. Among the speakers were...

PREP Students Conduct Ethics & Technology Training

Friday, October 07, 2011

Students from Miami Law's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) – Daniel Casamayor, Matthew Friendly, and Candice Lazar – recently presented an interactive ethics and technology program at the Dade County Bar Association's...

Fred S. McChesney on Intersection of Economics and Law

Friday, October 07, 2011

The audience attending the investiture on Thursday evening of Fred S. McChesney, JD '78, as the de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics was treated to remarks not only by Prof. McChesney himself but by University of Miami...

Friend Recalls McChesney's Scholarship and Love of Baseball

Friday, October 07, 2011

One of the speakers at Thursday's investiture of Fred S. McChesney as the de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics was Timothy J. Muris, a former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission who taught at Miami Law and is now on the...

Honoring the Spirit of Scholarship

Friday, October 07, 2011

The de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics is not just another honor. It is a legacy of talented people whose lives intersected at the University of Miami more than three decades ago.

On October 6, Fred McChesney, JD...

The Fifth Annual Wellness Week Lived Up to the Hype

Friday, October 07, 2011

Ask Us Post Graduate Student Service Fellows (along with the help of the the Dean of Students office, Scott Rogers, Gloria Garcia and Iris Morera) successfully hosted the fifth annual Wellness Week at Miami Law. The five-day event delivered food...

Supreme Court Ponders Major Religion Case

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case that could have wide repercussions on the government's ability to influence relationships between religious organizations and the people who work for them.

A Miami Law...

Six Senators Join Student Bar Association

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Six 1L senators were sworn into service today at the 16th Student Bar Association senate general meeting. Speaker Justin Diner inducted the following students into office: Jason Emert, Netaly Masica, Ryan Blicher, Jessica Gorra, Jenna Winchester...

Miami Law Mourns the Passing of Professor Emeritus Walter Beckham

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Walter H. Beckham, former Miami Law professor and trial attorney, died Tuesday at his home in Asheville, North Carolina.

Beckham, who served as a professor of law from 1968-1982, was a legendary and much-loved torts teacher at Miami Law...

Miami Law Women Step it Up During October

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

With a membership of 125 strong, Miami Law Women (MLW) board members say this year is going to be the best one yet. Following the inception of the chapter at the School of Law in 2004 participation was strong, but it had taken a hit during the...

2L Special Election Election Results Announced

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Only one of two senator-election results was announced today. The list of first-year winners was posted in the student lounge during lunch. However, the outcome of the 2L special election is not available due to ongoing investigations by the...

Director of Financial Aid Provides Testimony to the Advisory Committee

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Brenda M. Brown, Miami Law's Director of Financial Aid, was invited by the Department of Education last week to provide testimony to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance regarding the Higher Education Regulations Study. Brown...

Miami Law Faculty and Alumni to be Honored for Pro Bono Work

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Two dozen Miami Law faculty and alumni will be recognized next week for their donations of legal expertise to the Ensuring Equal Justice Pro Bono Initiative. The program, developed by Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez, JD '90, creates a pipeline...

Voting for Student Bar Association Senators: A Matter of Seconds

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Joe Wasserkrug, a first-year student at Miami Law, voted Monday in the SBA elections. Two young men sitting with him on The Bricks were too pressed for time.

For some first-year students, heavy workloads take precedence over casting...

The Society of Bar and Gavel Raises Money and Awareness

Monday, October 03, 2011

Given the choice, many would rather stay in bed instead of run a race on Sunday morning. But for 214 attorneys, judges, professors and students, the option was easy. They decided to run or walk in this year's Race Judicata. The 5k race, hosted by...

Miami Law Professor Sergio Campos quoted in Daily Business Review

Monday, October 03, 2011

Historically, foreclosures were relatively rare and legally simple. The plaintiff was the lender and the defendant was the defaulted homeowner. But now it's often borrowers, even those clearly in default, who claim to be the aggrieved parties,...