Alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered at the School of Law last week to dedicate the Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Hall. The E building, which houses some of the law school’s award-winning clinics, was renamed in a special ceremony Thursday night in recognition of the couple’s generosity to Miami Law. Their latest gift supports the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program, which provides full tuition scholarships to law students with a commitment and passion for public service.
“We are here to give the building this name to honor and to thank two people whose contributions of time, counsel, and energy to the University and to the law school have been enormously important,” said Dean Patricia White during the ceremony. “Laurie Silvers and her husband, Mitchell Rubenstein, are people who have made a difference in our life at the law school and who have made a huge difference in the life of the university.”
Silvers and Rubenstein are generous supporters of the law school, having previously established the Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Endowed Distinguished Professorship, and two named scholarships – the Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Endowed Scholarship, and the Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein non-Endowed Scholarship. Silvers is also a UM Trustee, and a member of the School of Law Visiting Committee.
Third year law student Caroline McGee spoke on behalf of the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program.
“I am here to thank Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein for their generous contribution,” said McGee. “The goal of the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program is to cultivate a pro bono ethic in students by promoting public interest engagement at Miami Law. The scholarships that Miami Scholars receive are instrumental in allowing us to pursue public interest opportunities both during and after law school.”
Both Silvers and Rubenstein practiced law for ten years before founding the SyFy Channel, a cable TV network that was acquired by USA Network and is now owned by NBCUniversal. Both are advisors of Advancit Capital, a VC Fund which invests in early-stage businesses at the intersection of media and technology. Rubenstein co-founded MovieTickets.com and is co-chair of its Board of Directors. They have three children, all of whom are ‘Canes: David Silvers, J.D./M.B.A. ’04, Kimberly Rubenstein-Everman, J.D. ’12, and Carolyn Rubenstein-Spoont, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology.
“I absolutely had goose bumps witnessing the naming of the hall on this beautiful law school campus,” said Silvers. “I began a wonderful journey right here that helped shape me and my career and provided me with the skills I needed to have the courage to dream big. That is why I am here today – it is all about the student. I have always believed that it was the education I received here that honed my abilities as a lawyer and ultimately as an entrepreneur.”