New Students Exposed to Real-Life Law in 15 Mini-Lectures at Semester Start


What does free speech mean in the age of the Internet? Do our First Amendment values dictate that Colin Kaepernick stand up or kneel down?

“Living Law” is a series of dynamic, concurrent 10-minute faculty talks that give students an opportunity to consider how the law they will begin learning plays out in real life. The mini-lectures also avail faculty and students an opportunity to meet and commence developing mentoring relationships based on shared interests at the very beginning of the school year.

The fifteen lectures will encompass topics stretching from the constitutional rights of the homeless, by Professor Stephen Schnably, who was the cooperating attorney on the landmark Pottinger v. City of Miami case, to the role of international tribunals, with Kathleen Claussen, previously legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and who just joined the law school faculty.

All lectures are delivered by top professors and clinicians in their fields of expertise. The event, presented by Legal Education & Professionalism, takes place in rooms F109, F209, and F309 on Friday, August 11 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Some lectures will stream live on Miami Law's Facebook page.


"What Does Environmental Justice Advocacy in Miami Look Like Today?"
Anthony V. Alfieri, Professor of Law & Dean’s Distinguished Scholar; Director Center for Ethics & Public Service; Founder Historic Black Church Program and Environmental Justice Clinic

Environmental justice encompasses civil rights, environmental protection, and public health advocacy through rights education, interdisciplinary research, public policy making, and legal assistance to low- and moderate-income communities. Law reform campaigns related to the built (e.g., housing and transportation) and natural (e.g., industrial pollution) environment are crucial to this undertaking. This session will highlight the ways in which UM faculty and students from the School of Law, the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science collaborate in conducting investigations, coordinating interdisciplinary research, and mounting institutional reform initiatives.

"What Made London and New York Successful Global Financial Centers?
Caroline Bradley, Professor of Law

Managing the relationship between money, law and geography involves a combination of competition and co-operation. Legal rules tend to apply within defined territorial boundaries: the City of Coral Gables, the State of Florida, the United States, the European Union. The jurisdictions of legislatures, regulators and courts are generally determined by reference to territory. But money moves across territorial borders: banks lend money to businesses based in other countries; investors diversify by investing outside their state of origin; and multinational financial firms carry on business around the world. This transnational financial activity provides opportunities for competition (states compete to be a center for fintech, for example) and risks that encourage co-operation (the global financial crisis). This talk explores these phenomena, using as case studies the rise of London and New York as powerhouse global financial centers.

"What Does Free Speech Mean in the Age of the Internet?"
Mary Anne Franks, Professor of Law; Legislative and Tech Policy Director & Vice-President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

From “revenge porn” to Trump’s tweets, online behavior raises new and challenging questions about the boundaries of the First Amendment. Does the law go too far in protecting expression, or not far enough? What should be the legal response to terrorist recruitment videos earning revenue on YouTube, murders streamed live on Facebook, or conspiracy theories promoted by online media outlets? Professor Franks will discuss her experiences working with members of Congress, state legislators, and tech companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter to address online violence and harassment, as well as the work of the nonprofit organization Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, for which she serves as Vice-President.