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Week of February 24-28

Leading from Below

“Leading from Below:” University of Miami Law Review Symposium Brings Together Students, Judges, and Practitioners

In an era when the Supreme Court of the United States is pushing more cases back down to the lower courts, the power of a United States District Court Judge to enforce the constitutional rights of cases that come before him or her is paramount. Recognizing this, the University of Miami Law Review (UMLR) recently hosted its annual symposium titled “Leading From Below.”

Miami Law Students Advance to Semifinals at Tulane Baseball Arbitration Competition

Miami Law Students Advance to Semifinals at Tulane Baseball Arbitration Competition

The adage “hard work pays off” has once again proven true. Miami Law’s moot team advanced to the semifinals of the Tulane Law’s Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition, finishing with a 4-1 record, and ultimately placing 4th overall.


Trailblazing Conference, CONVERGE!, Refocuses Attention on Gender Violence

CONVERGE! Re-imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence was recently held at Miami Law and brought together over 200 survivors, policymakers, academics, practitioners, and students for a two-day vigorous and often emotional discussion addressing the most pressing concerns of the U.S. movement to prevent and respond to gender violence.

ACLU-UM: New Student Organization Fights For Civil Rights

ACLU-UM: New Student Organization Fights For Civil Rights

Inspired by the past and current efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in protecting the rights of the oppressed and marginalized, the University of Miami School of Law has joined the fight by forming the student-led organization, ACLU-UM, this past fall. Over fifty Miami Law students have united in this cause by becoming members of the law school’s ACLU chapter, the first ever at Miami Law.

Week of February 17-21


Palestinian Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat Speaks at International Law Lecture Series

No two-hour discussion can bring to a just end the long suffering and statelessness of the Palestinian people, and words alone cannot bring to Israelis the security they crave and need. But, according to Palestinian Ambassador to the U.S., Maen Rashid Areikat, now is the time and opportunity for these goals to be realized—through negotiation and compromise.

Immigration Clinic Wins Argument for Release of Detainee

Immigration Clinic Wins Argument for Release of Detainee

Miami Law Immigration Clinic students Ian Shaw, Lindsay Adkin, and Ross Militello petitioned for and won the release of a Haitian woman who had been held in immigration detention for over a year. In granting the students’ petition, U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga ordered the client eligible for a bond hearing. The bond hearing was held in immigration court and the judge ordered the client released.


Miami Law to Host Conference Examining Illicit Trafficking and National Security

Miami Law’s National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review will host the innovative and highly relevant symposium, “Illicit Trafficking and National Security,” on February 28, 2014.

Short Course

Visiting Professor Lesley Rosenthal to Teach Course on In-House Counsel at a Nonprofit

Visiting Professor Lesley Rosenthal, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, returns to Miami Law for her second year teaching her one-week course titled "The Role of In-House Counsel at a Nonprofit," from Feb. 17-22. At Lincoln Center, Rosenthal counsels and supports a 75-member board. She is the author of the bestselling book Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits).

3L Caroline LaPorte Elected to Executive Board of Directors for National Native American Law Students Association

3L Caroline LaPorte Elected to Executive Board of Directors for National Native American Law Students Association

As third year student Caroline LaPorte walks across the bricks, she is hard to miss. That’s because Caroline pushes her smiling 3-month-old son, Sutton Francis, around in a stroller most school days. Sutton was named to honor Caroline’s grandfather, Francis, whom she recently learned was placed in an Indian boarding school at age eight.

Week of February 10-14

Miami Law Review Symposium Leading from Below

The University of Miami Law Review Symposium Leading From Below Brings Together Top Judges and Scholars

The University of Miami Law Review will host its 2014 symposium “Leading from Below” on February 14 and 15 at Miami Law to explore the role and procedural tools of the federal district court judge.

Alumni Adjuncts

Litigation Skills Program Attracts Miami Law Alumni as Adjuncts

Of the 80 adjuncts at Miami Law’s Litigation Skills Programmore than half are Miami Law graduates - 44 to be exact. Program Director Laurence Rose explains many of the ”Lit Skills” adjuncts want to teach to give students the benefit of their experience in practice, and also to give back to their alma mater in the best possible way. “A position in our Litigation Skills Program is a sought-after role. I receive at least ten offers each year from local attorneys and judges, especially from alums.”

Robert Tobiassen

Robert Tobiassen Leads Talk on the Amazing World of Alcohol and the Law

There aren’t too many commodities that flow at wedding celebrations, raise tax revenues, and even treat minor cuts and bruises. It is true - no matter where we turn in society alcohol may be found. To discuss the historical and legal significance of the lucrative liquid, Robert Tobiassen, former Chief Counsel for the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, joined Miami Law last week to speak on “The Amazing World of Alcohol: Do You or Your Car Drink the Most?”

Susan Stefan

Visiting Professor Susan Stefan to Teach Course on Disability Rights Law

Beginning on February 10th, Visiting Professor Susan Stefan, one of the country’s most highly regarded experts in mental health disability law, will teach a course on Disability Rights Law at Miami Law. She is an attorney at the forefront of the legal movement to assert the rights of the disabled and is the recipient of many awards for her advocacy and litigation. Recently, she answered a few questions about the short course and herself.

Patricia Redmond

Miami Law’s Patricia Redmond to Receive the Lawyers in Leadership Award

Miami Law’s Patricia A. Redmond, director of the Eleanor R. Cristol and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic, will be honored with the Lawyers in Leadership Award by Miami Law's Center for Ethics and Public Service on February 13. The award recognizes leading members of the Florida bar and bench who are distinguished by their dedication to public citizenship and leadership.

Week of February 3-7

Converge! – A Conference on Gender Violence

Miami Law Hosts Converge! – A Conference on Gender Violence

"Converge! Re-imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence" conference will take place on February 7th and 8th at Miami Law. Born of the frustration with the excessive reliance on criminalization to address gender violence, CONVERGE! brings together survivors, activists, and academics to reconsider the dominant U.S. responses to gender violence, to build capacity for political mobilization and reform, to share innovative approaches to gender violence, and to promote cross-fertilization and collaboration between researchers, practitioners, and activists.

IGLP Director Morris with participants of the program and Professors Gonzalez de Cossio, Paulsson and Finkelstein.

For Second Year, Miami Law Hosts Fundamentals in International Arbitration Course

Last week the International Graduate Law Programs concluded its one-week Fundamentals in International Arbitration course. With over 30 foreign lawyers and law students across seven different countries, this year's class doubled in the number of participants from last year.

Judge Wolf, Judge L. Clayton Roberts & Judge Joseph Lewis, Jr.

Judges from the 1st DCA Hear Oral Arguments at the University of Miami

Three judges of Florida's First District Court of Appeal – Chief Judge Joseph Lewis, Jr., Judge L. Clayton Roberts and Judge James R. Wolf, JD '75 – heard oral arguments in several real-life cases last week at the Storer Auditorium on UM's Coral Gables campus. Miami Law students observed the judicial process in action as three workers compensation cases were argued.

Prof. Susan Bandes

Visiting Professor Susan Bandes to Teach Law, Literature and Capital Punishment

Beginning on February 3rd, Professor Susan Bandes, the Centennial Distinguished Professor of Law at DePaul University, will be teaching a short course – The Law, Literature and Capital Punishment – to Miami Law students. Professor Bandes is widely known as a scholar in the areas of federal jurisdiction, criminal procedure and civil rights, and more recently, as a pioneer in the emerging study of the role of emotion in law. She recently answered a few questions about the course and herself.

From left-to-right: Sean Maye, Elizabeth Schwartz, Professor Charlton Copeland, Professor Kunal Parker, Judge Judy Rubenstein, Rebecca Salokar, Associate Dean Raquel Matas and Associate Dean Ileana Porras.

Lawyers and Legal Scholars Promote Marriage Equality in the Courts and Classroom

A day after six same-sex couples filed suit in Miami-Dade County for the freedom to marry, one of their lawyers and Miami Law launched a timely series of discussions that will explore the rapidly evolving implications of the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law which allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages.