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Miami Law News Headlines: July 2013

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Jessica Carvalho Morris at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo

In Brazil International Graduate Law Program Director Jessica Carvalho Morris Reconnects with Alumni and Forges New Connections with Incoming LL.M. Students

Miami Law's International Graduate Law Programs is known for its individual attention to each LL.M. student so it is no surprise during the Director Jessica Morris's recent visit to Brazil, she connected with alumni and newly admitted students to the program.

Miami Law 3L Marielle Moore

Summer Public Interest Fellow Makes Impact at National Center for Lesbian Rights

A couple of weeks ago, Miami Law 3L Marielle Moore, who is currently working at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), had the chance to attend a White House briefing on issues that affect the transgender community. "I learned about all of the initiatives the Executive Branch is undertaking to promote transgender equality."

Miami Scholar Adam Hoock

Summer Internship in the Courtroom Offers Hands-On Legal Advocacy for Rising 2L

Miami Scholar Adam Hoock is putting his writing skills to the test this summer working side by side with the Honorable Jose Martinez in the United States Southern District Court of Florida.

International Graduate Law Program Director Establishes Alliances and Lectures on Human Rights in Recent Trip to Brazil

Miami Law Director Jessica Carvalho Morris recently returned from Brazil where she established alliances with local prominent organizations and lectured on important human rights issues in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Recife, Brazil.

Steven Berk, JD '96 and Liz Calabro, 3L

Alumnus and Current Student Connect at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C.

When Steven Berk, JD '96 and Trademarks Chief of Staff for the Commissioner for Trademarks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reflects on his time at Miami Law, he doesn't remember taking any courses on intellectual property law. He does, however, remember building strong friendships and relationships and how they have helped him pave the way throughout his career.

Miami Scholar Charlotte Cassel

Women's Reproductive Rights Motivates Miami Scholar Charlotte Cassel to Make a Difference

Ask Charlotte Cassel why she decided to attend law school and her answer is one at the forefront of today's legal and public policy – women's reproductive rights. "The relentless attacks on women's health are becoming more extreme every legislative session and I'm excited to have the opportunity to combine my public health background with my legal skills to work on an issue I am so passionate about," said Cassel.

Children & Youth Law Clinic Publish Youth Health Rights Handbook for Florida Teenagers

Miami Law's Children & Youth Law Clinic has recently published a Youth Health Rights Handbook that provides basic information for Florida teenagers about their rights to confidential health care. The handbook, underwritten by a grant from The Florida Bar Foundation, is being distributed to legal services programs, medical providers, and state agencies throughout Florida.

Tedd Importico, Rising 2L

Miami Law Mourns Unexpected Passing of Rising 2L Tedd Importico

Miami Law Rising 2L Tedd Importico passed away July 3 at Mercy Hospital after suffering a pair of heart attacks on the morning of June 30. A native of Colonia, New Jersey, Tedd was a graduate of Ocean County College, in Toms River, N.J., with an Associate of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.

Christopher Marinello, JD '86

Seminar Featuring Miami Law Alumni to Discuss the Art of Looting by Nazis and Communists

Miami Law graduates Christopher A. Marinello, JD '86 Shanker A. Singham, JD '96, will be two of the experts participating in the seminar "The Art of Looting" organized by Mastrapa Consultants. The seminar will take place on July 20 at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center on the Coral Gables campus.

Miami Law 2L Kimberly Carpel

Miami Law Student Works at Americans for Immigrant Justice as Part of HOPE Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program

When it came to deciding what to do this summer, Miami Law 2L Kimberly Carpel says she wanted to do something meaningful and help make someone's life better. She's getting the opportunity to do so at the Americans for Immigrant Justice in Miami, FL or AI Justice – a nonprofit organization that represents people in immigration proceedings who have been detained, are unaccompanied minors, women in domestic violence, victims of sexual trafficking, and victims of violent crimes.

Jaret Davis, JD '99

Miami Law Alumni and Students Honored at Florida Bar Reception

In star-studded event of sorts, the Miami Law Alumni Association honored alumni and students for their respective Florida Bar positions at the Florida Bar Reception in Boca Raton. The Florida Bar welcomed eight Miami alumni to its 52-member Board of Governors and four new members to the Young Lawyers Division, which is specifically designated for lawyers younger than 35 years of age.

Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works Awards Health Rights Clinic Grant for Two Legal Fellows to Work with Veterans

Miami Law's Health Rights Clinic was recently awarded a challenge grant from the Equal Justice Works-AmeriCorps to fund two legal fellows who will provide legal services to veterans. The grant requires the Clinic and the School of Law to raise matching funds for the two positions.