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Miami Law News Headlines: September 2011

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Student Organization Changes Name and Expands Focus to Include Children

With a new name and a slightly expanded platform, the Child Advocacy and Family Law Society (CAFLS) launched in the fall. Formerly known as the Family Law Society, the student organization changed its name to draw attention to the needs of children.

The Fifth Annual Wellness Week Begins at Miami Law: Race Judicata is First Event

The fifth annual, highly anticipated Wellness Week kicked off at Miami Law on Sunday. The event, hosted by the Ask Us Post Graduate Student Service Fellows, promises a good, healthy time, not least because of its ever popular free massages.

Associate Professor of Law Markus Wagner

Photos from Professor Wagner's Impressive Bike Journey from Germany to China on Display in Downtown Miami

In March of 2008, Associate Professor of Law Markus Wagner embarked on bicycle trip from the Black Forest in Germany to the Yellow Sea in China. Along the way, he raised money for charity, snapped photos and experienced different cultures found throughout Europe and Asia.

Social Security Administration

Children and Youth Law Clinic Helps Former Foster Youths Receive Favorable Decision from the Social Security Administration

Children and Youth Law Clinic interns Olivia Retenauer, 3L, and Karen Chrisman, 2L, have successfully helped two former foster youths. The Clinic secured a favorable outcome from the Social Security Administration, which stated the individuals would not have to repay $25,931 in benefits.

Visiting Professor Miriam Bitton Speaks at the International Law Lecture Series about Copyright Law

Professor Miriam Bitton presented her lecture "Copyright 'Originality' from a Theoretical and Comparative Perspective: From Feist to Qimron" at Miami Law on Tuesday as part of the International Law Lecture Series, sponsored by the International Graduate Law Programs.

National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review members

National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review Launches Innovative Law Journal and Commentary Website

This week marks the launch of the National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review's (NSAC) groundbreaking live-action website and blog, which will be updated on a rolling basis with the latest news and law review articles.

Miami Law 3L Simona Popova

Miami Law Student Among the Few Chosen to Intern at Florida Supreme Court

Simona Popova smiled. It was the sort of smile a mother shows when her child walks his first step. But her expression was not for either of her sons – it was for herself.

Karen Throckmorton, Annery Pulgar Alfonso, and Judge Jordan

Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan Leads Swearing-In Ceremony for Miami Law Graduate

Miami Law graduate Annery Pulgar Alfonso, JD 11, was sworn into the Florida Bar on Thursday, one day after many of her classmates took the Oath of Office. Alfonso had opted for a more intimate swearing-in ceremony at the Downtown Miami Courthouse. She was inducted by Miami Law alumnus Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan, Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

Nick Madigan

Nick Madigan Named Executive Director of Communications at Miami Law

The University of Miami School of Law has appointed former New York Times correspondent Nick Madigan, an award-winning reporter with three decades of experience in daily journalism, as its Executive Director of Communications. He joined the university at the beginning of the fall semester.

Student Organizations Welcome New Landscape with the Elimination of Dues and New Online Budget Process

Miami Law boasts more than 50 active student organizations, each with its own unique membership, mission and goals, and many law students will attest to the importance of extracurricular activities and opportunities to network with other like-minded students.

Professor Leigh Osofsky

Miami Law Welcomes Tax Professor Leigh Osofsky

Associate Professor of Law Leigh Osofsky admits that when she began Stanford Law School, she did not know exactly what she planned to do with her law degree. But, everything changed during her second year when she discovered tax law.

Criminal Law Society Hosts Panel on the Casey Anthony Murder Trial

Miami Law students and legal analysts recently gathered for a panel discussion about the courtroom antics and legal tactics of the infamous Casey Anthony murder trial. Hosted by the Criminal Law Society (CLS), the discussion featured Stacey Honowitz, an Assistant State Attorney in the 17th Judicial District in Broward County and Mark Eiglarsh, a former Miami-Dade prosecutor and Miami Law adjunct professor. CLS president Karen Chrisman acted as moderator.

"I Do Solemnly Swear:" Miami Law Hosts Bar Swearing-In Ceremony

Family and friends filled Gusman Hall on Wednesday evening in support of Miami Law graduates who passed The Florida Bar exam taken in July 2011. The swearing-in ceremony was led by Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis, a University of Miami law school graduate.

Olga Rubel and Iryna Vorona

International Fulbright Scholars Choose Miami Law to Pursue LL.M. Degrees

For more than 40 years, Miami Law's International Graduate Law Programs has trained lawyers from around the world. Rubel was impressed by the quality of the education she received here, as well as the diversity of the students.

Visiting Professor Samson Vermont

Faculty Lecture Series: Visiting Professor Samson Vermont

The Faculty Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, September 28 with Visiting Professor Samson Vermont. He will present "Proximate Cause Untangled" in the Law School's 4th floor faculty meeting room. The lecture begins at 12:35 p.m., following a lunch at noon in the same room. A question and answer session will follow after the lecture.

Peter M. Reyes, Jr., Amy Araya, Judge Jimmie A. Reyna, Elsie Morales, Todd Friedman

Miami Law Students Attend Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention

Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) president Amy Araya and officers Elsie Morales and Todd Friedman recently traveled to Dallas, Texas to attend the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Annual Convention.

Miami Law Students Selected as Legal Up! Fellows

Brittany Young, and classmates Amir Whitaker and Angela Bousalis, are now working alongside prominent lawyers who have been chosen to donate their time to enriching the community. The law students will be paired with attorneys to teach a four-module curriculum, which encompasses financial literacy and areas of general, employment and tenants' rights laws.

First Annual Community Health and Education Fair

Center for Ethics and Public Service Hosts First Annual Community Health and Education Fair in the West Grove

The Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS), along with the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance, will host the first annual Community Health and Education Fair at the Esther Mae Armbrister Park, located at 236 Grand Avenue on Nov. 12, 2011. Blood pressure and bone density tests, among other medical services, will be provided free of charge by the Helen B. Bentley Family Health Center. The fair will also act as a place where residents of all ages can learn about basic nutrition.

Teens from the Empowered Youth Neighborhood organization at Stiltsville

Local Nonprofit Looking for Volunteers at Miami Law

HOPE Public Resource Center, along with Empowered Youth Neighborhood (EY) – a local nonprofit organization which provides support and resources for inner-city, 'at-risk' boys between the ages of 13 and 18 – will host a volunteer information session during the lunch hour on Tuesday, September 20. The organizations are looking to attract students to EY's neighborhood program, which launched in March of last year. The program meets in groups twice a week to assist teens in reaching personal goals and improve their overall attitudes about the future.

Miami Scholars Program

Miami Scholars Program Unites Diverse Public Interest Student Leaders

The Miami Scholars program, a staple of Miami Law's public interest community, recently welcomed 18 exceptionally dedicated students to its expansive professional network, which includes public interest and pro bono attorneys, upper-class mentors, and successful alumni.

Entertainment and Sports Law Society Hosts Panel on Labor Issues in Professional Sports

Miami Law's Entertainment and Sports Law Society organized a panel last Thursday titled "Covering Labor Issues in Professional Sports: A Panel Discussion on the Intersection of Sports Media and Sports Law." Topics ranged from Tweets-gone-bad to NFL and NBA lockouts, and ended with a reception in the Student Lounge.

Arizona flag

Arizona Immigration Law Brings Emotions to the Surface

Emotions ran high during a lunchtime debate on Wednesday about Arizona's controversial immigration law, considered one of the strictest actions taken against undocumented immigrants in recent history. Students gasped when speaker John de León, a partner at the Miami law firm Chavez & de León, compared Arizona's legislation to the Nazis' discriminatory laws against Jews.

Miami Law students Beth Gordon and Gretchen Cothron

Miami Law Students Gather Signatures to Save a Life

Miami Law students dressed in blue on Thursday to express their support for Troy Davis, a man who was convicted in 1991 for shooting an off-duty officer in 1989. Both the Miami Innocence Project and the Capital Defense Project at Miami Law helped Amnesty International and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to gather signatures in opposition of Davis' death sentence.

F.W. 'Mort' Guilford, JD '56

Miami Law Mourns the Passing of Philanthropist F.W. "Mort" Guilford, J.D. '56

F.W. "Mort" Guilford, philanthropist, attorney and devoted University of Miami alumnus, died September 14 at the age of 83. Guilford, who received two degrees from UM – a B.B.A. in 1951 and a J.D. in 1956 – was a senior partner at the law firm of Guilford & Associates, PA.

HOPE Public Interest Resource Center

HOPE to Kick Off 13th Annual Auction: Proceeds to Benefit 2012 Summer Fellows Program

The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center is gearing up for the 13th Annual HOPE Auction, which will kick off online at on Oct. 3. The event will culminate with a live auction and reception at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum on Oct. 27. Items up for bid include lunches with professors, vacations packages, spa and restaurant certificates. The proceeds from the auction will help establish summer fellowships for students who are interested in public interest and advocacy work.

International Arbitration Expert Jennifer Kirby Speaks at the International Law Lecture Series

When Jennifer Kirby was in law school, she had no idea what international arbitration was. Her legal education, she explained in a lecture at Miami Law on Tuesday, encompassed what is now known as domestic law, and she had "no connection to international legal matters or any interest in it at all."

Miami Law and FIU Partner for the First Time to Develop Education Rights Initiative

The Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS) at Miami Law and the Education Advocacy Clinic at Florida International University (FIU) have joined forces to develop the Education Rights Initiative – a collaborative clinical effort aimed at training law students about education advocacy.

Entertainment and Sports Law Society Hosts Panel Discussion on Labor Issues in Professional Sports

The delicate interplay the law and media coverage of sports issues will be at the heart of a panel discussion at Miami Law on Thursday, Sept. 15. The event will be hosted by the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and the J.D./M.A. joint-degree program of the Law and Communications schools.

Cheryl Zuckerman, J.D. '99

Miami Law Alumna Teaches Legal Communication and Research Skills to First-Year Students

Cheryl Zuckerman, J.D. '99, has returned to her alma mater as a visiting lecturer to teach Legal Communication and Research Skills – more familiarly known as LComm – during this academic year. Zuckerman, who practiced law for twelve years, specializing in complex commercial matters and employment litigation, is teaching two sections of the LComm class to first-year law students.

Professor Bernard Oxman

Professor Bernard Oxman Sworn in as Judge Ad Hoc of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and Elected to the Institut de Droit International

Law of the Sea expert Professor Bernard H. Oxman was sworn in on Monday as judge ad hoc of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, Germany. Two days earlier, he was elected to the prestigious Institut de Droit International at its meeting in Rhodes, Greece.

Fred McChesney, JD '78

Fred McChesney, JD '78, Returns to Miami Law as First Occupant of Endowed Chair

More than three decades after obtaining his law degree at Miami Law, Fred S. McChesney is coming home. His acceptance of the de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics is a "major coup" for the school, in the words of Dean Patricia D. White, who has organized an event on Oct. 6 in honor of Professor McChesney's return.

Jackson Health Systems

Jackson Health Systems Adopts Impropriety Proposal Drafted by Miami Law

When Jan Jacobowitz, director of Miami Law's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program, started an Ethics and Government workshop in 2009, she wanted to create an environment in which students could explore ethics issues affecting government employees and lawyers.