On the last day of final exams for the 2019 class of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program at Miami Law, Assouline & Berlowe – a Florida-based business litigation and transactional law firm – hosted a farewell cocktail reception for the students at their downtown Miami office in the Miami Tower. Eric Assouline, J.D. ’96, and Peter Berlowe, J.D. ’98, along with other partners and associates of the firm warmly welcomed the students and shared with them their work experiences and career advice pertaining to transnational litigation and international arbitration across different legal industries such as construction law, intellectual property, cybersecurity, blockchain, bankruptcy, corporate, and M&A.
In his welcome speech, Berlowe offered the firm as their “home away from home” to the students, especially being part of the Miami Law family. “Miami is a great vibrant community for international arbitration, often being chosen by parties as the situs of their international litigation or arbitration proceedings,” Berlowe said. “Miami Law is the best institution you could have chosen to study international arbitration.” While telling students about their firm, Berlowe said that some of the best work the firm ties into the international arena along with U.S.-based litigation focused in Miami.
Assouline is also a board member of the School’s Alumni Society and shared with the students his experience at Miami Law and how it shaped his career landing him jobs at the best firm in his chosen area of interest.
“We are very grateful to Assouline & Berlowe for hosting this wonderful reception for our International Arbitration LL.M. students and graduating class,” said Sandra Friedrich, director of Miami Law’s International Arbitration LL.M. Program. “It is very important to our students to meet and mingle with international arbitration practitioners in Miami and beyond to build a professional network of international arbitration practitioners across various legal industries and regions. Assouline & Berlowe’s lawyers not only provided our students with an incredibly warm welcome but also offered very valuable career advice to this next generation of international arbitration lawyers.”
The partners at Assouline & Berlowe also gave a special mention to International Arbitration Adjunct Professor John Rooney for connecting the international arbitration students with the firm. Rooney, with whom many students enjoy a great mentoring rapport, also serves as counsel and arbitrator in many international disputes, including proceedings under the AAA/ICDR, ICC, and ICSID Rules.
Students got a great opportunity to interact and network with renowned professionals in the field of international arbitration, who were more than happy to assist them and guide them with career advice in the ever-evolving world of international arbitration and dispute resolution.
“I got to meet the partners of this law firm who were quite helpful. We had great conversations which about law, life and career,” said Michel Mansour, a graduating International Arbitration LL.M. student from Lebanon and International Arbitration Institute Scholarship holder.
“We had the opportunity to meet with experienced lawyers in the field of arbitration and learned more about the every-day practice of arbitration in highly specialized areas, such as patent rights and construction,” said. Konstantina Zormpa, a Greek lawyer in the International Arbitration J.D./LL.M. joint degree program. “I was impressed by the team of Assouline & Berlowe because they combine a high level of legal expertise with a very friendly, approachable attitude. Partners and associates shared stories from their practice and showed a genuine interest to our career aspirations.”
“The LL.M. Student Reception with Assouline & Berlowe was my favorite social event of the year!” Angel Bermudez, a U.S.-trained J.D./LL.M. joint degree candidate, said. “Everyone was courteous and genuinely interested in getting to know each other. That the firm's attorneys spent a few hours with us after a long work week speaks volumes to their great character.”
“Interactions with highly qualified professionals at social gatherings like these surely contribute to a better understanding of the industry. There was so much to discuss about our courses and papers, and the interest is often reciprocated with new ideas and sometimes collaboration”, said Ishaan Madaan, an International Arbitration LL.M. student from India and holder of the FDI Moot Scholarship.
The White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program, under the leadership of Professor Jan Paulsson, holder of the Michael Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair, provides a unique individualized educational opportunity for a small group of top-quality students from around the globe, wishing to acquire an in-depth grounding in the field of international arbitration as a platform for a successful career. The program - the only one of its kind in the United States - is open to U.S. and foreign-trained law graduates, and is ideal for newcomers to the field or experienced practitioners looking to enrich their skills and knowledge.