December, 2021

25 Most-Read Miami Law News Stories of 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Here are some of the most-read stories on Miami Law’s website during the 2021 year.

Miami Law in Top 10 in Princeton Review 2021 Best Law School Rankings

With J.D./LL.M. in Maritime Law, Descendant of Miami Law's...

Human Rights Clinic Supports Advocacy by Rural and Indigenous Women Before the UN

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

On November 15, 2021, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women issued significant recommendations to the government of Ecuador on how it can realize its human rights obligations vis-à-vis rural...

Expert Panel Takes on Timely International Discovery Issue

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Miami Law's International Arbitration Society, in collaboration with the International Moot Court Program, recently hosted the first in-person event this semester after the pandemic. The live event discussed the use of discovery in...

Alumnus Continues Criminal Justice Advocacy in Solo Practice

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Andrew Darling, J.D.'18

Home is where the heart is – a statement best understood when speaking with Miami Law graduate, HOPE scholar/fellow, and Orange County local Andrew Darling, J.D. '18. As a social...

November, 2021

Katie Phang, J.D. '00: Building and Applying Litigation Skills

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Katie Phang, J.D. '00

Katie Phang, J.D. ’00, credits Miami Law’s Litigation Skills program with getting her career off to a strong start. “I wanted to be a trial lawyer standing in front of the jury,” she...

Health Care Law: Miami Law Students Partner with Community Alliances and Miller School of Medicine on Health Disparities Project

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Kristen Dagher and Lauren Jones

Miami Law's Center for Ethics and Public Service Health Disparities Project continues its work into the fall with two inaugural student fellows. The Health Disparities Project...

Students Do Criminal Justice and Immigration Rights Pro Bono Work on Fall Break

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Sean Werkheiser, Shirley Grinstein, Amelia Anderson, and Sarah Hanners 

Fall break is a time for Miami Law students to pause, rest, and reenergize for the second half of the semester. For many Miami Law...

International Moot Court Team Ranks Second, Wins Best Oralist at 2021 FDI Moot

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

International moot court team with Paula Arias (middle)

Home to the only International Moot Court Program in the United States, Miami Law has long had an outsized presence in the world’s many moot...

October, 2021

In Memoriam: Adjunct Professor Martin Hunter – A Giant of International Arbitration

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Martin Hunter

Martin Hunter, one of the University of Miami School of Law’s renowned adjunct professors in the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program, passed away on October 9 at the age of...

Tech Powerhouses Discuss Legal Implications of the Rising Dependence on Digital Identification

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Miami Law’s student organizations focus on technology law and criminal law. Recently, the Technology Law Club and Criminal Law Society hosted a discussion regarding the evolving digital landscape, delving into digital...

National Pro Bono Week Spotlight: Alumna Practices Environmental Justice in the Private Sector

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Katrina Tomas, J.D. '19

Miami Law alumna and Miami Public Interest Scholar Katrina Tomas, J.D. '19, is working at the intersection of environmental justice, land use, and public interest law at a private...

Winners of Gaubatz Moot - Miami Law's Primary Moot Court Competition - Announced

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

2Ls Bailey Beauchamp and Lauren O'Neil

The strength of Miami Law's moot court team is a key reason it was ranked 21st in the U.S. for 2020-21 out of all 200 ABA-accredited law schools....

September, 2021

Ongoing Tax Talks Open to UM Students

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Tax Talks, hosted by the Graduate Program in Taxation, began in August and hosts speakers from accounting firms, IRS, tax attorneys, banks, and family offices. The talks are open to all UM and Miami Law students who have an...

Third-Year Students Win Inaugural UM Health Law Writing Competition

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

3Ls Andrew Graykowski and Daniel Robinson

Third-year Miami Law students Andrew Graykowski and Daniel Robinson were recently named the winners of the University of Miami’s inaugural Health Law Writing...

Professor Charlton Copeland Named Associate Dean of Intellectual Life

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Professor Charlton Copeland

Interim Dean and Visiting Professor Nell Jessup Newton announced that Professor Charlton Copeland has agreed to serve as associate dean of Intellectual Life. He will step into the...

Immigration Clinic Helps Overturn Florida’s Racist Anti-Immigrant Law in Federal Court

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Miami Law's commitment to immigration law and human rights law is center stage. A federal court ruled recently that key sections of Florida’s anti-sanctuary law violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, delivering a...

August, 2021

Miami Law Launches New Transactional Skills Program

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Marcia Weldon

The University of Miami School of Law recently rolled out a Transactional Skills Program with Marcia Narine Weldon at the lead.

The program enables students to leave law school with a...

Fundamentals of U.S. Law Summer Program Designed for International Law Students

Wednesday, August 25, 2021


This summer, Miami Law created a new online program – U.S. Law in Action - uniquely designed for international law students and recent foreign-trained law graduates looking to develop a basic understanding of how U.S....

Panel Discusses Emerging Ethical Issues in Virtual Pretrial and Trial Practice

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

As the global pandemic descended, a sudden technological shift occurred within the practice of law. Miami Law’s Legal Profession Program at the Center for Ethics and Public Service and the Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association recently...

Miami Law Adds Value to Student Support Teams and Legal Writing Faculty

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Steven Maxwell, Erin Okuno, Odetta Clarke, and Jack Townsend

As Miami Law ramps up again for a brand-new academic year, numerous new hires round out and complement available services for students.


July, 2021

From Robot Companions to Robot Rights to Smart Farming - 10th We Robot Conference to Canvass Emerging Law and Policy

Wednesday, July 28, 2021


Machine learning, artificial intelligence and robotic systems are changing our society, our laws, and our social constructs at breakneck speed. We Robot, the annual, interdisciplinary conference on the emerging legal...

Health Care Law - M.D./J.D. to Lead the Health Disparities Project at Miami Law

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Timothy Loftus, J.D. '21

Timothy Loftus, M.D., J.D. ’21, joined the law school as the Health Disparities Project Fredman Family Foundation Practitioner-in-Residence and Lecturer July 1.


Immigration Law in Action: COVID-19 Immigration Class Action Settles

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Pictured Clockwise: 2L Angelina Petrosova, Professor and Immigration Clinic Director Rebecca Sharpless, 3L Olivia Parise, and 2L Jose Ortega

A class action lawsuit of Miami Law's Immigration Clinic...

Faculty Member Xavier Cortada, J.D. ’91, Honored by Environmental Law Institute with 2021 National Wetlands Award

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Xavier Cortada, J.D.'91

The Environmental Law Institute recently presented Miami Law affiliated faculty member Xavier Cortada, J.D. ’91, with a 2021 National Wetlands Award for his 15 years of work...

June, 2021

HOPE Social Justice Summer Webinar Features Two Miami Law Environmentalists

Friday, June 25, 2021

Natalie Barefoot & Kelly Cox

The HOPE Social Justice Summer Webinar kicked off with the recent Miami Scholar Public Interest Program environmental advocacy event with alumnae Natalie Barefoot and Kelly...

Inaugural Class of At-Risk Teens Graduates from First Star Academy

Friday, June 25, 2021

Ronnie Stevens, left, who graduated from the First Star Academy, celebrated with Kaitlyn Casanas, center, assistant program director; and Maria Pia De Castro, program director.


Immigration Law: Clinic Intern Wins Clinical Training Markus Award

Friday, June 25, 2021


Jose Ortega, 3L

The directors of the University of Miami School of Law clinics voted to confer the 2021 Markus Award on Jose Ortega, a rising third-year student, for the exemplary work he...

New Real Estate Law Course Addresses Emerging Legal and Commercial Trends in Construction Projects

Friday, June 25, 2021


This Spring Miami Law expanded its Real Property LL.M. construction curriculum with the successful new course “Emerging Legal and Commercial Trends in Construction Projects.”

As a member of the esteemed Real...

May, 2021

International Arbitration Alumni Feature: Somya Priyadarshini, LL.M. ’19, Senior Associate, MRP Advisory, Dubai, UAE

Thursday, May 27, 2021


Somya Priyadarshini, LL.M. '19

Name: Somya Priyadarshini

Country of Origin: India

Year of LL.M.: 2019

Law School(s) attended: Chanakya National Law University,...

J.D. '10, Executive Director of New York International Arbitration Center, Profiled by ArbitralWomen

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

 Pictured L to R: the 2009 Miami Law Vis Moot team with Diogo Pereira, J.D. ’10, Anna Tumpovskiy, International Arbitration LL.M. '10, Kevin Huber, J.D. ’10, Rekha Rangachari, J.D. '10, Professor John...

Children and Youth Law Clinic Student Argues Disability Case Before the Third District Court of Appeal

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


Kristen Calzadilla with judges from the Third District Court of Appeal via Zoom

Kristen Calzadilla, who graduated from Miami Law in spring 2021, presented oral arguments in the Third...

Indigenous Alum and First Miccosukee Indian Lawyer Now Assistant Public Defender

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


Curtis Osceola, J.D. '18

To look at Curtis Esteban Osceola today standing in court in a sharp blue suit, white shirt, and blue silk repp tie, there is little vestige of the skinny 18-year-...

April, 2021

Human Rights Clinic Files Submission to UN on Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


Miami Law’s Human Rights Clinic worked alongside the global network of Indigenous women leaders, FIMI, and women’s rights advocacy organization, MADRE, on a submission to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of All...

The Miami Law Explainer Wraps Season Six of the Celebrated Podcast

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

In a year like no other, the Miami Law Explainer delivered the sixth season of the law school's popular podcast where expert faculty dive into the headlines, sometimes to the sound of barking dogs and wobbly internet connections. As we...

Lawyer and Media Entrepreneur Laurie Silvers, J.D. ’77 is Commencement 2021 Speaker

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Commencement Speaker Laurie Silvers, J.D. '77

It was a moonshot idea, and in the beginning, the vision Laurie Silvers,  B.A. ’74, J.D. ’77, and her husband, Mitchell Rubenstein, had of starting a...

Clinic Designs Assessment Tool to Combat Climate Displacement in Miami and Beyond

Thursday, April 22, 2021

When natural disasters strike, neighborhoods distanced from the coastline and sitting at the highest elevations remain the most protected. However, this makes them a prime target for climate gentrification.


March, 2021

Miami Law Alumna Chosen to Serve on Biden Environmental Law Team

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Craig Kronenthal, J.D. '09, and Sara Gonzalez-Rothi, J.D. '09

President Joe Biden recently named Sara Gonzalez-Rothi, J.D. '09, as the White House's first adviser focused solely on water.


Miami Law Joins Pulitzer Center, Howard University Law, Squire Patton Boggs, in 1619 Project

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


The University of Miami School of Law partnered with the Pulitzer Center, the Howard University School of Law and the Racial Justice initiative by the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation and its Deans’ Circle to launch...

Investor Rights Clinic Fellows Conduct Clinic’s First Virtual Mediation

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Yelan Escalona, 3L (top left); Katie Johnson, 2L (top right) and Andrea Ochoa Lozano, 3L (bottom). 

In mid-February, a little over a month before a scheduled three-day arbitration hearing against a...

Next Generation of Miami Law Women in International Arbitration

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Noozyara Eshaba, Natalia Jaramillo , Arundathi Venkataraman, Ana Sarmento, & Thaís Dourado

This month, for Women’s History Month, the White & Case International Arbitration...

February, 2021

PreLaw Magazine Gives ‘A’ Rankings to Miami Law for Technology Law, International Law & Trial Advocacy

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The PreLaw Magazine Winter 2021 issue has once again given high numbers to Miami Law in a variety of areas.

‘A’ for Tech Law

The law is increasingly tech-driven - from the way law firms do business, to the way...

Toy Story 2: Revisiting Miami Law's Alumni Toymakers Extraordinaire

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Laura and Judd Zebersky, J.D. '93

When we last left the Toymakers Zebersky "Lawyers in Toyland," in October of 2014, the Miami Law alums were raising three children, designing licensed toy lines and...

Chilean Lawyer Selected as Young ICCA Scholar for 2020-2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021


Cristian Zannier

Cristian Zannier has been named the 2020-2021 Young ICCA Full-tuition Scholarship winner. Born in Bolivia but raised in Chile, Zannier is the first Young ICCA Scholar to...

Miami Law’s Trial Team Wins Region 6 Finals - Heads to National Championship

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Known for its strong trial advocacy programs, Miami Law's trial team of Ashley Meyer and Andres Chinchilla, both 2Ls, made it to the Region 6 finals of the National Trial Competition (NTC). Hosted by the Texas Young Lawyers Association...

January, 2021

Jaret Davis, JD ’99, Reaffirms Commitment as Social Justice Advocate at Miami Law Workspace Rededication

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Jaret Davis, J.D.'99 & B.A.'96

Jaret Davis, J.D. ’99 and B.A. ’96, saw 2020 as an inflection point for social justice in the United States. In the wake of the murder of 46-year-old George Floyd in...

Students Hone Social Justice, Public Interest, Criminal Law and Family Law Skills Participating in Alternative Winter Break Projects

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Myles Crandall, Hayley Goodman & Jillian Kushner

During the winter break, over 30 Miami Law students helped to build their legal skills in the areas of social justice and public interest, family law, and...

International Arbitration LL.M. Alumni Feature:  Elena Fontanelli, Deputy Counsel, ICC Court of Arbitration, Paris, France

Wednesday, January 27, 2021


Elena Fontanelli, LL.M. '18

Name: Elena Fontanelli

Year of International Arbitration LL.M.: 2018

Country of Origin: Italy

Law School attended: University of...

Professor Kunal Parker Discusses President Biden’s Immigration Executive Order

Friday, January 22, 2021

Professor Kunal Parker

Many of President Biden’s day one executive order targeted turning back the previous administration’s immigration policies. Professor Kunal Parker, author of Making Foreigners:...