Miami Law's Litigation Skills Program has awarded $50,000 in scholarships to its top 14 students. Each semester, students who distinguish themselves in Litigation Skills are recognized by the program and the legal community for their hard work and talent. The students have qualified to benefit from prestigious awards and scholarships that have been donated generously to the law school.
Second-year Miami Law student Lauren Lee Pettiette has been named chief of the Iron Arrow Honor Society, an organization founded at the University of Miami in 1926 whose members are easily identified by the brightly colored Seminole jackets they don at official functions.
The International Graduate Law Programs' 2013 Visiting Assistant Professor will be Kristina Klykova, a Ukrainian student at Miami Law who is about to receive her Master of Laws degree in International Law with a specialization in international arbitration. She is a 2010 graduate of Odessa National Academy of Law in Ukraine.
For a "little Cuban girl from Hialeah" who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood film director, Marilyn Blanco-Reyes has not done badly for herself. She is the Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division, overseeing more than 30 employees and having recently negotiated the acquisitions of a pair of companies in Brazil and Mexico, both of them larger than the domestic business of FedEx in those markets.
The question of how to react to a cyber attack brings up a complicated set of conundrums: When is a military response called for, as opposed to one from law enforcement? At which point does an attack on a company affect the security of a whole country? Does the victim respond with cyber warfare, or with a blizzard of bombs and bullets? And how quickly can the response be assessed through the norms of international law?
When delving into the world of international arbitration in Latin America, it is worth setting aside the common stereotype of the region as a single monolithic place, rather than a confluence of many countries with "significant differences" between them, Professor Andrés Jana, a litigation and arbitration attorney from Chile, told Miami Law students in a recent address.
Students in Miami Law's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program headed north recently to sit with members of Miami Law's Alumni Associations and dissect questions surrounding the ethical use of social media and other technologically evolving tools.
Miami Law alumnus Federico Moreno, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, has been awarded the St. Thomas More Award by the Notre Dame Law Association. The award honors graduates of the University of Notre Dame "who have distinguished themselves as jurists or public servants, while exhibiting uncompromising integrity and loyalty to conscience."
Returning recently to the campus at which he earned two degrees, Congressman Joe Garcia told a University of Miami audience that the area's Cuban community strongly identifies with the long history of the Jewish diaspora, while the people of Israel readily draw parallels with Cuban exiles and their liberty movement.
There are a few things you ought to know about Peter R. Palermo. A Senior U.S. Magistrate Judge, Palermo was one of the first and now the longest-serving magistrate in the United States, at 42 years and counting. A decorated World War II hero, he fought in North Africa and throughout Italy. And at the cusp of 95 years of age, he remains a sharp dresser, with jet-black matinee-idol eyelashes.
After all the hard work, tension, and sleepless nights, as well as four months' worth of intense virtual meetings across the breadth of the world's time zones, there were relieved smiles, firm handshakes and tight hugs at the end of LawWithoutWalls' 2013 session, which began in January in Segovia, Spain, and concluded at the University of Miami the second weekend in April.
One of the most visible relationships in the legal realm is the symbiotic connection between lawyers and journalists. Often, especially during high-profile trials that are not bound by gag orders, attorneys want reporters to push their side's case before the public – and, not incidentally, for the benefit of the jury – while journalists need access to both prosecution and defense so that they can properly explain the nuances of the trial to their audiences.
Standing in a banquet hall full of colleagues, friends, relatives and admirers, Miami Law alumnus Horacio Gutiérrez, deputy general counsel at the Microsoft Corporation, pointedly gave credit to his alma mater for his ascendance to the loftiest rungs of corporate law. Had it not been for the knowledge and opportunities the law school made available to him, he said, "I would not have had the career I've had."
The opening scene of the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry shows a bearded, sturdy Chinese man marveling at what his cats get up to, particularly the one that can open doors. His gentleness belies the tenacity of the warrior to whom the viewer will soon be introduced.
For all those who wear turbans or veils, the world was a different place after Sept. 11, 2001. They endured racism and bigotry, just like countless others throughout history who were denied their rights, singled out for punishment, or discriminated against simply because of the color of their skin or their gender, religion or sexual preference.
In yet another eye-opening experience, third-year law student Tricia Robinson represented Miami Law for the third time at the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference, held this year in St. Louis. She attended sessions on human trafficking, child exploitation and clean water, and came away inspired.
The following was written by three second-year law students, Guillermo Alvarez, Brian Heit and Morgan Nati, about a trip they took to Panama during spring break. The trip was part of Miami Law's Coastal Conservation and Development class, taught by Professor Daniel Suman, who assigned the students the task of researching, reporting and analyzing the legal issues surrounding land disputes in the Bocas del Toro area. The disputes are the result of a spike in local development, as more and more foreigners become attracted to the pristine area for tourism and retirement.
Patricia A. Redmond, the director of Miami Law's Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic, will be inducted as President of the American Bankruptcy Institute in Washington on April 20.
At the Passing of the Gavel earlier this month, members of the Miami Law community were recognized by the Society of Bar and Gavel for outstanding leadership and dedication to good will and service. In his remarks, Brian Stewart, the outgoing President of Bar and Gavel, celebrated the accomplishments of outgoing student leaders who are leaving "what we have worked to build in the capable hands of those who accept these gavels and all of their requisite duties." He said that Miami Law students "have used the opportunities presented here to build up this institution, build up our community, and effectuate change throughout the country and throughout the world."
Three Miami Law students traveled recently to Washington D.C. to participate in a religious liberty conference organized by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society at Georgetown University Law Center. The gathering, held annually, was addressed by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; and Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah.
Jessica Carvalho Morris, Director of Miami Law's International Graduate Law Programs, returned recently from visits to Mexico City and Guadalajara, the country's second-largest city, as part of an initiative to solidify alliances with law firms, law schools and scholarship partners around the world.
Georgie Angones, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and Development at Miami Law, has been elected chair of MCCJ – historically known as the Miami Coalition of Christian and Jews – a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating intolerance.
Miami Law's National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review will host a panel discussion titled "The Internet and Armed Conflict" on Friday, April 12, in Room 352 at the law school. The event, at 1 p.m., will focus on cyber warfare and the role of the internet in conflicts and political upheavals across the globe.
Five students from the University of Miami School of Law last week won multiple awards and advanced deep into the elimination rounds of the world's largest and most prestigious international arbitration moot competition.
Miami Law held a special reception last week to celebrate and recognize members of the 2016 entering class who are students or graduates of the University of Miami. Dean Patricia White and numerous members of the faculty and administration attended to speak with these admitted students.
Michael Greenfield and Danny Ilani, two students in Miami Law's Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program, recently presented a CLE ethics training for Dade Legal Aid, which focused on the ethical dilemmas a lawyer may face when dealing with pro se litigants, clients, and technology in the twenty-first century.
The 25 students of Visiting Professor Stefanie Kuerpick's Animal Law class travelled to Fort Lauderdale last Sunday to visit the South Florida Wildlife Center, part of the Humane Society of the United States. The Wildlife Center opened its gates to the students even though it's not normally not open to the public. In appreciation for the exclusive tour, the School of Law will donate $500 to the center, which is completely funded through private donations.
In a classroom at Miami Law this week, second-year law student Whitney Kouvaris became the teacher, methodically instructing a group of high-school students on how best to assemble a legal case, set for mock trial later in the week, from the perspectives of both prosecution and defense.
In a two-credit course called "Entertainment Law: Motion Pictures and Television," Nicholas La Terza, a visiting professor and veteran entertainment lawyer based in Los Angeles, will offer Miami Law students a comprehensive survey of the legal and business issues encountered by Hollywood's transactional attorneys. The course, which begins on April 1, will be presented from the perspective of the practitioner who represents clients who are involved in the production and exploitation of films and programs intended for exhibition in theatres and on television.