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Winter 2013 'Miami Law Magazine' cover

New Publication, Miami Law Magazine, Reports on Law School's Many Accomplishments and Ideas

Miami Law has a new magazine. Named, appropriately enough, Miami Law Magazine, the publication features a host of articles about what's going on at our favorite law school, from the scholarly thinking of eminent faculty members to the outreach efforts of students in search of people to help and clients to represent.

Miami Law 2L Rachel Walker

Students Receive Scholarships From Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Law students Ashley Jordan, 3L, and Rachel Walker, 2L, have won scholarships from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Jordan received the Alexandra Bach Lagos Leadership Scholarship and Walker received the Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton Scholarship. Both students are active in the Health Rights Clinic.

United Nations diplomat Matthew Hodes

From Confusion to Enlightenment: Diplomat Matthew Hodes on Lessons Learned at Miami Law

In a reflective mood, Matthew Hodes, who became a diplomat and mediator in war zones around the world after graduating from Miami Law in 1982, explained during a recent visit to his alma mater how well law school had prepared him for the career he ultimately chose.

Eight undergraduate students from the Dartmouth College Ethics Institute

Dartmouth College Students Explore Miami Law Ethics Programs

Eight undergraduate students from the Dartmouth College Ethics Institute came to Miami Law recently to explore issues of legal ethics, conflict resolution and community service during an intensive five-day seminar, the first of its kind. The visit was arranged by Miami Law's Center for Ethics and Public Service and its Historic Black Church Program.

Commencement ceremony on December 12, 2012.

Graduates Urged to Make World a Better Place

After walking in cap and gown in last week's Commencement ceremony, Miami Law graduate Julia M. Garrett, whose family lives in Missouri, left no doubt that she would be staying in Miami to launch her career. "I'm sticking around, because I really love it here," she said during the law school's post-Commencement reception at the Lowe Art Museum.

From left, Stephen N. Zack and Alan T. Dimond, the event's Co-Chair.

ADL Honors Two of Miami Law's Own

Former Miami-Dade Public Defender Bennett H. Brummer, a Miami Law alumnus, was honored with the 2012 Miami Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League at its 22nd annual luncheon, an event attended by more than 400 members of Miami's legal, corporate and political communities. Also honored was Stephen N. Zack, a member of Miami Law's Visiting Committee and a former President of the American Bar Association.

Professor Richard L. Williamson Jr.

Professor Williamson Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Leipzig

The School of Law of the University of Leipzig has bestowed an Honorary Doctorate upon Professor Richard L. Williamson Jr., a former Associate Dean at Miami Law and Chair of the Faculty Senate. The degree is in tribute to his "outstanding dedication to the development of joint projects between Miami Law and the School of Law of the University of Leipzig and his longstanding commitment to the Miami-Leipzig Seminar," the German institution said in a statement.

Alumna Tiffiny Walls-Fox Wins Decisive Victory

Miami Law alumna Tiffiny Walls-Fox, JD '06, won a decisive victory representing Monique Young against Council of Orange County Society of St. Vincent De Paul d/b/a Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County ("Second Harvest Food Bank").

Our Law School Graduates Bring International Flavor to Ceremony

In a rite that signals the ab ovo usque ad mala of their academic lives, Norton, Page and other University of Miami School of Law students took part in a commencement ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 13, in the BankUnited Center alongside undergraduates, master-degree candidates and doctoral candidates from all twelve of UM's schools and colleges.

Brig. General Mark Martins and Professor Christina Frohock

Guantánamo Tribunals and the First Amendment: A Question of Access

Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, who became Chief Prosecutor in the Office of Military Commissions in October 2011, made the remarks during a panel discussion titled "Guantánamo, Military Commissions, and the Imperative of Transparency," an event arranged and moderated by Miami Law Professor Christina M. Frohock.

Amir Whitaker

Law Student's Past in Justice System Discussed at Criminology Conference

Amir Whitaker, a second-year Miami Law student, brought his own experiences in the juvenile justice system to a presentation he gave at the annual conference of the American Society of Criminology in Chicago. Whitaker's address, "Understanding the Most At-Risk for Incarceration: Black Males with Disabilities," focused on his research and insights on race and crime, and on what he described as systematic policies and practices related to race.

Miami Law Visiting Professor Albert Jan van den Berg

Professor van den Berg Demystifies Investment Arbitrators

Twice named the top commercial arbitrator in the world, Miami Law Visiting Professor Albert Jan van den Berg was the keynote speaker for the International Graduate Law Programs' last International Law Lecture series of the fall semester, titled "International Investment Arbitrators."

Justin S. Wales

Alum's Law Review Article Cited in U.S. Supreme Court Brief

The work of Justin S. Wales, who graduated summa cum laude in May and works as an appellate attorney in Miami, is being noticed in high places. Wales, a former Senior Notes and Comments Editor at the University of Miami Law Review, co-authored a brief for the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving the rights of workers on cruise ships and other vessels.

Dean Patricia D. White

Dean White Named One of Nation's Most Influential Legal Educators

Miami Law Dean Patricia D. White has been named one of the nation's top 25 most influential people in legal education by the National Jurist. The publication named 24 legal educators and one legal education public policy advocate to its 2012 list of the most influential people in legal education.

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis

Election Sweeps Miami Law Alumni into Office

More than a dozen Miami Law alumni, now politicians and judges, were victorious in the Nov. 6 general election, winning and retaining seats throughout Florida. Many credited their successes to training and practices they learned at Miami Law.

Doris Goldring; Edward R. Shohat, J.D. '72; Devang Desai, J.D. '03; Fred Goldring, J.D. '82.

Having Found Gold in Hollywood, Alumnus Fred Goldring Tells Us How

Years ago, when Fred Goldring told his parents that he wanted to be a musician, their response was something along the lines of, "That's fine, you can do whatever you want — as soon as you finish law school and medical school."

Judge Beth Bloom, Judge Lester Langer and Joanne Koren, Director of the Academic Achievement Program.

Gaining Insight from Judges, Lawyers, and Hypothetical Situations

One of the regular events in Miami Law's academic year affords students some lighthearted fun while dining with judges and lawyers and gaining crucial tips and connections into the profession and its many opportunities. The most recent event, in November, was part of the school's Partnership for Professionalism program, and was paired with a meeting of the Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Melissa Muhammad

Alumna Spreads Wings and Lands in Tokyo, Working for Government

Miami Law graduate Melissa Muhammad has taken her talents far afield, and finds herself handling international taxation matters for the Japanese government.

Dade County Bar Association President Garret Biondo and Andrew Williams

In Presentations to Lawyers, Students Emphasize Role of Honesty, Civility

Students from Miami Law's award-winning Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program presently provided training in ethics to members of the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office and the Dade County Bar Association.