Miami Law Alumna Teaches Legal Communication and Research Skills


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.

"My experience with the first-year law students has been fantastic," said Zuckerman. "I have very energetic and intellectually curious students. They understand the importance of developing solid writing, analytical and oral advocacy skills early on in their legal careers."

Named a "Top Up and Comer" attorney in the 2010 and 2011 editions of the South Florida Legal Guide, Zuckerman left her practice at Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A. because she felt that she could provide students with the benefit of her experience, especially "regarding persuasive writing, oral advocacy, research, motion practice and other aspects of effective advocacy."

A member of the University of Miami Law Review while a student at Miami Law, Zuckerman also received recognition for excellence in courses in legal research and writing, constitutional law, and advanced evidence.

Zuckerman previously taught for the University of Miami Paralegal Studies Program and served as a guest lecturer for Miami Law's Litigation Skills Program. She has also served as a mentor for the school's LawWithoutWalls program.

"I have a special place in my heart for Miami Law," said Zuckerman, who in addition to being an attorney and LComm lecturer is also a mother to two young daughters. "The law school is not only where I earned my law degree, but it is also where I met my husband during the first week of law school. While Miami Law has changed with respect to the technological advances and increased resources and programs available to students, the stimulating and pleasant environment is still the same."