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Week of January 26-30

Beloved and Revered Scholar M. Minnette Massey Passes Torch to Professor Charlton Copeland

Beloved and Revered Scholar M. Minnette Massey Passes Torch to Professor Charlton Copeland

She has been described as indomitable, outspoken, adorable, irascible, and deeply decent, with a splash of salt. He has been called spirited, astute, erudite, committed, and good humored.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to Speak at University of Miami Law Review Symposium

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to Speak at University of Miami Law Review Symposium

The University of Miami Law Review will hold its annual symposium on Friday and Saturday, February 6th and 7th at the Student Activities Center on the University’s Coral Gables campus. The symposium -- “Criminalized Justice: Consequences of Punitive Policy” -- will feature the Honorable John Paul Stevens, retired Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, and will take a critical look at how our nation’s laws have been increasingly criminalized over the past 30 years, the negative consequences of this criminalization, and recent positive developments.

ACLU-UM Hosts a Community Forum: Miami’s Police: Innovation Through Understanding after Ferguson

ACLU-UM Hosts a Community Forum: Miami’s Police: Innovation Through Understanding after Ferguson

The University of Miami ACLU, in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union of Greater Miami; The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association; and the Black Lawyers Student Association held the first of series of community forums, Miami’s Police: Innovation Through Understanding Ferguson.

LawWithoutWalls Kicks Off its Fifth Year at University College Dublin

LawWithoutWalls Kicks Off its Fifth Year at University College Dublin

Six Miami Law students joined 200 lawyers, academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and students from 30 law and business schools around the globe at the 2015 kickoff for LWOW Original. Held at the University College Dublin Sutherland School of Law, the kickoff marked the start of the fifth year of LawWithoutWalls (“LWOW”), the global collaboratory for innovating the future of legal education and practice founded at Miami Law and led by Professor Michele DeStefano.

Week of January 12-16

Augusto Aragone Scales New Heights and Boosted Career with LL.M. in Comparative Law

Augusto Aragone Scales New Heights and Boosted Career with LL.M. in Comparative Law

Augusto Aragone has the soul of Miles Davis and the enthusiasm of the Energizer Bunny, the sweetness of Roberto Benigni and the handsomeness of Michael Sheen.

Morgan Nati, JD ‘14, Reflects on Intersection of Law, Medicine, and Business in her Career

Morgan Nati, JD ‘14, Reflects on Intersection of Law, Medicine, and Business in her Career

Miami Law recent graduate Morgan Nati grew up in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Virginia Tech in 2009. After graduation, Nati worked for two years before deciding on law school. During those two years, Nati worked as a flight attendant for Spirit Airlines and a news reporter for the Bedford Gazette. Nati also translated her passion for riding horses into a number of equine-related jobs, including working as a horse wrangler on ranches in Wyoming and Hawaii.

Students Explore Ethics Issues Nationally and Locally at the National Security and Armed Conflict Symposium and the Coral Gables Bar Association

Students Explore Ethics Issues Nationally and Locally at the National Security and Armed Conflict Symposium and the Coral Gables Bar Association

Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) continues to provide a forum for students to present to attorneys the ethical challenges which confronts today’s legal profession.

Dean White Selected

Dean White Selected

Dean Patricia White makes the National Jurist list as one of the most influential people in legal education.


Week of December 15-19

Health Rights Clinic Prevails in Case of Border Child

Health Rights Clinic Prevails in Case of Border Child

Third-year law students Diana Jordan and Bethany Bandstra successfully petitioned the Juvenile Division 11th Circuit Court of Florida on behalf of a 15-year-old girl who fled her native Honduras due to a horrific family life. The court found that the child had been abandoned and abused by her family in Honduras and that it was in the best interest and welfare of the child to stay in the United States.

From Humble Beginnings as a Young Community Organizer, Miami Law Grad Set to Intern for Hilary Clinton

From Humble Beginnings as a Young Community Organizer, Miami Law Grad Set to Intern for Hilary Clinton

Brendan Corrigan was destined to practice public interest law where it intersects with politics. He formed a students’ union, in fourth grade, at his Pennsylvania Catholic school. Then he represented his union in presenting a list of grievances to the principal regarding the behavior of a certain lunchroom monitor. Suffice to say, his fifth-grade public school experience was far more enjoyable.

STREET LAW Fellow and Third Year Law Student Learns How to Grab the Attention of High School Students

STREET LAW Fellow and Third Year Law Student Learns How to Grab the Attention of High School Students

For Jessalynn Rubio, 3L, the Miami STREET LAW Program taught her how to command the attention of high school students – a challenging task, according to Rubio.

Dartmouth College Ethics Institute Visits Miami Law; Explores Issues on Legal Ethics and Community Service

Dartmouth College Ethics Institute Visits Miami Law; Explores Issues on Legal Ethics and Community Service

For the second time, ten undergraduate students from the Dartmouth College Ethics Institute visited Miami Law for a week of intensive seminars and workshops exploring the issues of legal ethics, community service, and social justice. The visit was sponsored by Miami Law’s Center for Ethics and Public Service (CEPS).

Week of December 8-12

Commencement Profile: Triple ‘Cane Vanessa Joseph Looks to Immigration Law to Make a Difference in the Haitian Community

Commencement Profile: Triple ‘Cane Vanessa Joseph Looks to Immigration Law to Make a Difference in the Haitian Community

Vanessa Joseph has a huge heart. She is a smart, driven, no nonsense beauty. The triple ‘Cane earned a B.A. in Political Science before tucking in to a Masters degree in Public Administration. Upon completion, Joseph determined that two degrees might not suffice for her dream career in the United Nations, so on to law school she did go.

Miami STREET LAW Program Makes a Difference in 3L Jose Vazquez’s Law School Career

Miami STREET LAW Program Makes a Difference in 3L Jose Vazquez’s Law School Career

Cuban-born Miami Law student Jose Vazquez has served as a fellow for the Miami STREET LAW program, helping to teach high school students about law, crime prevention, conflict resolution, youth advocacy, and the fundamental principles of democracy at Hialeah High School – his alma mater. Miami STREET LAW, which is an outreach program that trains current law students to teach law at schools throughout Miami-Dade County, made a real difference in Vazquez’s law school career. He even expanded this program this year to another school, Hialeah Gardens Middle School.

Miami Law Launches Three-Part Mindfulness for Lawyers CLE Series

Miami Law Launches Three-Part Mindfulness for Lawyers CLE Series

Miami Law is launching a three-part CLE* series, “Mindfulness for Lawyers,” exploring the connections between mindfulness and the practice of law, the science of mindfulness, and a selection of mindfulness practices.

PREP Discusses the Special Ethical Responsibilities of the Prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office

PREP Discusses the Special Ethical Responsibilities of the Prosecutor at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office

Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) is an award-winning program, in which students create uniquely tailored continuing legal education ethics trainings for practicing lawyers and judges under the direction of Lecturer in Law, Jan Jacobowitz.

Week of December 1-4

International Exchange Part II: Foreign Students Join Miami Law for a Semester

International Exchange Part II: Foreign Students Join Miami Law for a Semester

The University of Miami School of Law partners with fifteen schools in nine countries in its International Exchange Programs, and entails not just Miami Law students heading overseas, but also international students from those same universities coming to study at Miami Law.

Winner Announced for 3rd Annual Miami Law/Young ICCA Scholarship for LL.M. in International Arbitration

Winner Announced for 3rd Annual Miami Law/Young ICCA Scholarship for LL.M. in International Arbitration

Ukrainian Liliia Iemchenko, a graduate of the Yaroslav the Wise National Law University – the top law school in Ukraine – was named the 2015 Miami Law/Young ICCA Scholar.

Miami Law Students Awarded Scholarships from Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Miami Law Students Awarded Scholarships from Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Law students Nejla Calvo, 3L, Tara Irani, 2L, and Nancy Shalhub, 3L, have won scholarships from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Calvo received the Leesfield Scolaro, P.A. Scholarship, Irani was awarded the Alexandra Bach Lagos Scholarship and Shalhub received the Friends of Judge Linda Dakis Scholarship.

A Miami Law Legacy: The Mandler Family

A Miami Law Legacy: The Mandler Family

Bernard Mandler, class of 1951, died last month at the age of 87. He practiced law in Miami Beach for over 60 years and was actively representing clients until last year.

Litigation Skills Program Awards Scholarships and Cash Prizes to its Top Students

Litigation Skills Program Awards Scholarships and Cash Prizes to its Top Students

Miami Law's Litigation Skills Program recently awarded scholarships and cash prizes to its top students who distinguished themselves through their hard work and talent.

Week of November 17-21

International Study Part 1: Students Study Law Globally Through Miami Law’s International Exchange Programs

International Study Part 1: Students Study Law Globally Through Miami Law’s International Exchange Programs

Jordan Samuels spent his Spring 2014 semester at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China as part of Miami Law’s International Exchange Programs. He chose China because he felt that the American-Chinese relationship is the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st Century.

Miami Law’s Health Care Rights Clinic Presents at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Grand Rounds

Miami Law’s Health Care Rights Clinic Presents at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Grand Rounds

Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic was invited to present last week at Jackson Memorials’ “Grand Rounds” – the established important teaching tool and ritual of medical education and inpatient care in which the medical problems and treatment of a particular patient are presented to an audience of doctors, residents and medical students.

D.C. Semester in Practice Program Participants Share Their Experiences Working and Studying in the U.S. Capital

D.C. Semester in Practice Program Participants Share Their Experiences Working and Studying in the U.S. Capital

There are few opportunities that allow law students to live, work full time, and take a full law school semester in the United States Capital, all the while remaining tied to their home law school. Last spring, seven Miami Law students were selected to participate in the first Washington D.C. Semester in Practice Program, taking classes with Miami Law Professor Charlton Copeland and receiving course credit for their placement with a federal agency.

PREP Explores Legal Ethics in the Diverse “Languages” of Immigration and Bankruptcy Law

PREP Explores Legal Ethics in the Diverse “Languages” of Immigration and Bankruptcy Law

Students from Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) recently visited Catholic Charities Legal Services and the Broward Bankruptcy Bar Association to explore the ethical quandaries arising in immigration law and the ethics challenges found in the unique language of bankruptcy practice. PREP provides an opportunity for students to explore diverse areas of the law and interact with attorneys practicing in those areas regarding the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession.

Week of November 10-17

Figure Skating Dreams Dashed, First Martin Nash Scholar Turned to Figures for Solace

Figure Skating Dreams Dashed, First Martin Nash Scholar Turned to Figures for Solace

Melanie Adelson wanted to be a figure skater when she was a girl; it seemed so graceful and glamorous. However, a bad landing in fourth grade broke both her wrist and her dreams. The Montreal native indulged in other winter sports, including skiing down the double black diamond slopes surrounding her hometown.

Whitney Kouvaris, JD '14, Reflects on Current Clerkship for Judge Barbara Lagoa and her Miami Law Experience

Whitney Kouvaris, JD '14, Reflects on Current Clerkship for Judge Barbara Lagoa and her Miami Law Experience

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Whitney Kouvaris attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts before attending Miami Law. Graduating magna cum laude in May of 2014 and admitted to the Florida Bar in September 2014, Kouvaris is now clerking for Judge Barbara Lagoa at the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami, Florida.

Rights and Needs of the Incarcerated: Lecture by Former Dean and Professor of Law, Now Prison Chaplain

Rights and Needs of the Incarcerated: Lecture by Former Dean and Professor of Law, Now Prison Chaplain

Miami Law’s Catholic Law Students Association, in collaboration with the Miami Chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, recently hosted a lecture by Reverend David Link, “Serving the Least, the Last, the Lost, and the Lonely,” on the rights and needs of incarcerated men and women.

Miami Law and Southern Wine & Spirits Host Alcoholic Beverage Law Lecture

Miami Law and Southern Wine & Spirits Host Alcoholic Beverage Law Lecture

When the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed in 1919, it ushered in the era of Prohibition, a period when the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcohol was illegal. While it was the crowning jewel of the temperance movement, it was accompanied by soaring crime rates as organized crime fought for control of the black market for liquor. The era would last until January 1933 with passage of the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition. The 21st amendment is unique in that it is the only amendment among 27 to have been ratified by state conventions rather than by state legislatures.

Week of November 3-7

Straddling Environmental Law and Her Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps: Natalie Harrison JD ‘14 and the Florida Supreme Court

Straddling Environmental Law and Her Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps: Natalie Harrison JD ‘14 and the Florida Supreme Court

Natalie Harrison, J.D.’14, is a staff attorney for Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis, J.D.’72. For the next two years, she will spend her days drafting opinions and memoranda and attending oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court. Before working in the halls of Tallahassee, Harrison’s curriculum vitae revealed a Renaissance playbook of academic achievements straddling the legal and the environmental with a side order of the Fall of the Roman Empire.

Homecoming 2014 Brings Alumni and Classes '74, '84, '89, '94 & '04 Back to Campus

Homecoming 2014 Brings Alumni and Classes '74, '84, '89, '94 & '04 Back to Campus

In a four-day celebration full of fun, Miami Law's Homecoming Weekend was bestowed with perfect Miami fall temperatures and was presided over by Patricia Redmond, J.D. ’79, President of the Law Alumni Association (LAA) and Detra Shaw-Wilder, J.D. ’94, LAA Chair of Homecoming and Vice President for Activities.

National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review Hosts Symposium on Legal Issues Impacting Veterans

National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review Hosts Symposium on Legal Issues Impacting Veterans

Active military and retired veterans face a wide array of legal, medical, and political issues created by their unique circumstances. This year’s symposium, hosted by the National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review, will highlight some of these circumstances, while demonstrating ways that these special men and women can receive much needed assistance.

PREP Students Present CLE on Social Media Legal Ethics to the Miami-Dade Law Alumni Association

PREP Students Present CLE on Social Media Legal Ethics to the Miami-Dade Law Alumni Association

Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (“PREP”) provides a forum for students to interact with attorneys regarding the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession.

Miami Law Co-Hosts Vulnerability & the Human Condition Initiative

Miami Law Co-Hosts Vulnerability & the Human Condition Initiative

Miami Law, in conjunction with The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at Emory University School of Law, is hosting a conference exploring universal and identitarian approaches to equality. The conference, "An Uncomfortable Conversation: Identities II," continues the conversation from the Vulnerability and Identities workshop in 2012 and will take place on Friday, November 14 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Law School’s Faculty Meeting Room.

Week of October 27-31

Lawyers to the Rescue Honors HOPE Public Interest Resource Center and Miami Law Student Nejla Calvo

Lawyers to the Rescue Honors HOPE Public Interest Resource Center and Miami Law Student Nejla Calvo

Lawyers to the Rescue recently recognized Miami Law student Nejla Calvo with the “Law Student of the Year” award and the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center with the “Institution of the Year” award.

Miami Law Team Receives Second Place in Spanish-Only MOOT Madrid International Arbitral Award Phase

Miami Law Team Receives Second Place in Spanish-Only MOOT Madrid International Arbitral Award Phase

Miami Law’s International Moot Court Program sent a team this past year to the prestigious MOOT Madrid in arbitration and commercial law, a competition which consists of arguments in the spring and an optional follow up phase in the summer. Two participants from Miami Law’s spring team – 3L Jennifer Felipe and Rita Rojas, JD ‘14 – continued to the optional phase and came in second place.

Recent Graduate Jenna Winchester Reflects on Current Federal Clerkship for Judge Roy Dalton

Recent Graduate Jenna Winchester Reflects on Current Federal Clerkship for Judge Roy Dalton

Hometown girl Jenna Winchester, J.D.’14, has always been an exceller so it’s not surprising that she is serving a judicial clerkship to Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr., in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Alumna Founds Program to Bring Minority Teens to Africa, Exposing Them to Principles of Leadership, Cultural Exchange and Social Entrepreneurship

Alumna Founds Program to Bring Minority Teens to Africa, Exposing Them to Principles of Leadership, Cultural Exchange and Social Entrepreneurship

When Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, J.D.’09, stepped off the plane last summer at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, the first thing that struck her was the warm welcome they received from their hosts and the locals. “Our first steps on the African continent were surreal―from the red dirt under our shoes to the crispness of air―I was in awe that a simple idea had materialized into the experience of a lifetime in only a few short months,” said Buchanan.

<i>American Promise</i> Screening Ignites Debate on Disparity of Educational Access to African-American Boys

American Promise Screening Ignites Debate on Disparity of Educational Access to African-American Boys

In the U.S. today, African-American students across all income levels score an average of twenty-five points lower than their white counterparts on standardized tests. This is known as the “racial achievement gap,” and is often just the beginning of lifelong inequalities shaped and impacted by the social construction of race. The group for which this phenomenon has been most often documented in the American school system is African-American males.

Week of October 20-24

Lawyers in Toyland: Law School Romance Yields Three Children and Giant Toy Company

Lawyers in Toyland: Law School Romance Yields Three Children and Giant Toy Company

When Laura Cohen was a little girl in Boston, her favorite toy was the Fisher-Price School House. She lugged the School House everywhere, even through airports with its bell ringing, despite its lack of a handle. Meanwhile, Judd Zebersky was a busy young entrepreneur – first as a 10-year-old paperboy slinging Newsday on the lawns and porches of Oyster Bay, New York, later as a high schooler with his own boat cleaning business with 30 employees.

Alumni to Receive Awards at Annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception

Alumni to Receive Awards at Annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception

Four eminent Miami Law alumni will be honored by the Law Alumni Association on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception.

Public Interest Advocate and Triple Cane Sharon Langer Speaks to Miami Public Interest Scholars

Public Interest Advocate and Triple Cane Sharon Langer Speaks to Miami Public Interest Scholars

The Miami Public Interest Scholars were treated to an inspiring talk from trailblazer and public interest advocate Sharon Langer, JD ’79, at their recent monthly lunch meeting.

Miami Law to Host Screening and Lecture of Award-Winning Film American Promise

Miami Law to Host Screening and Lecture of Award-Winning Film American Promise

In the U.S. today, African-American students across all income levels score an average of twenty-five points lower than their white counterparts on standardized tests. This is known as the racial achievement gap, and is often just the beginning of lifelong inequalities shaped and impacted by the social construction of race. The group for which this phenomenon has been most often documented in the American school system is African-American males.

Week of October 13-17

Miami Law Women Sweep Honors

Miami Law Women Sweep Honors

We have 8 of the 20 in The Daily Business Review's "Women in Law: Women Honored for South Florida Legal Accomplishments."


Donor Scholarship Luncheon – Where Grateful 3L Meets Generous Donor Family

Donor Scholarship Luncheon – Where Grateful 3L Meets Generous Donor Family

Clemente Vazquez-Bello, J.D.’74, passed away in 2013. The Havana, Cuba born attorney was a double ‘Cane, an enthusiastic fan of all sports UM, and a Golden Cane.

Recent Graduate Alex Vail Lands Prestigious Clerkship at the U.S. Department of Justice

Recent Graduate Alex Vail Lands Prestigious Clerkship at the U.S. Department of Justice

Alexander R. Vail is a double ‘Cane having graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude in 2011 with degrees in Political Science and History, and, this past May, again magna cum laude with his J.D. from Miami Law. Now he is putting all his education together with a clerkship at the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono Honored with the Spirit of Service Learning Award

Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono Honored with the Spirit of Service Learning Award

Marni Lennon, Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono and Director of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, was selected by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida and the Miami-Dade Teacher of The Year Coalition as co-winner of the Spirit of Service Learning Award.

Miami Law Students to Serve on Board of The Women’s Fund

Miami Law Students to Serve on Board of The Women’s Fund

Through a partnership created by the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, two Miami Law students – Carolyn Kirkland and Andrea Martinez – have joined the board of The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade.

Shaun McCutcheon Discusses Campaign Finance Law and His Fight for Your Rights in <i>McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Shaun McCutcheon Discusses Campaign Finance Law and His Fight for Your Rights in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Shaun McCutcheon, the plaintiff in the landmark campaign finance case before the United States Supreme Court, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (often referred to as “Citizens United 2”), spoke to Miami Law students on October 1st at an event held by the Federalist Society.

Week of October 1-3

Dean White Profiled

Dean White Profiled

Lawdragon recently selected Dean and Professor of Law Patricia White for their Dean Limelight.



Miami Law Health Rights Clinic Fellow Scores Big Win on Behalf of Veterans

Miami Law Health Rights Clinic Fellow Scores Big Win on Behalf of Veterans

Alissa Gold, JD’13, worked in Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. Working exclusively with veterans, she won two disability claims with Social Security for two of her clients in her last two weeks on the job.

Alumni Share Insights on Benefits of Working for Local Government

Alumni Share Insights on Benefits of Working for Local Government

The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center recently hosted four local government officials as part of a panel moderated by HOPE Fellow and third year Brendan Corrigan. The panel, which was made up entirely of Miami Law alumni, gave students insight into the often-overlooked employment arena of local government.

Week of September 22-26

International Moot Court Team Finds Success in Spanish-Only Competition in Peru; Student Named Best Oralist

International Moot Court Team Finds Success in Spanish-Only Competition in Peru; Student Named Best Oralist

Miami Law’s International Moot Court Program sent a team of four students to Lima, Peru last week where they participated in an international commercial arbitration moot competition -- Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje – held at the Universidad Pontificia Catolica del Peru. Third year law student, Kristy Alvarez, was named “Best Oralist” and 3L Kevin Correa placed 10th out of 200 students, most of whom were native Spanish speakers.

Michael Posner Discusses Business and Human Rights at the 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture

Michael Posner Discusses Business and Human Rights at the 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture

Michael H. Posner visited Miami Law last week to deliver a powerful address about the growing importance of the connection between business and human rights at the 4th annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights.

Miami Law’s Military Law Society Hosted 9/11 Remembrances; New Student Veterans of America Chapter Announced

Miami Law’s Military Law Society Hosted 9/11 Remembrances; New Student Veterans of America Chapter Announced

Miami Law’s Military Law Society held a discussion panel on Thursday, September 11, to commemorate the memory of the victims of the attacks on U.S. soil and the fallen comrades in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Victor Hanna, JD ’14, Lights Up Stanford University, Renewably

Victor Hanna, JD ’14, Lights Up Stanford University, Renewably

Even though Victor Hanna just graduated a few months ago, he is already off to a very promising start to what can only be an exceptionally successful career.

Consul General of Israel Visits Miami Law and Discusses Legal Challenges of Israel in the International Arena

Consul General of Israel Visits Miami Law and Discusses Legal Challenges of Israel in the International Arena

The Consul General of Israel, Chaim Shacham, recently spoke to law students at Miami Law regarding developing issues affecting Israel and its neighbors.

Week of September 15-19

Recent Miami Law Graduate Wins Prestigious Marine Policy Fellowship

Recent Miami Law Graduate Wins Prestigious Marine Policy Fellowship

Andrew Rubin, JD ’14, has been selected by the Sea Grant program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to receive a John Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in 2015. The fellowship provides a unique educational opportunity to pursue interests in fields related to ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches outstanding candidates from each state with “hosts” in legislative or executive branch offices located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship.

Miami Law Sweeps Local Awards

Miami Law Sweeps Local Awards

Assistant Dean of Career Development Marcy Cox was named as one of Legacy Miami’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Leadership for 2014. Another awardee was Vernita Williams, Esq., J.D. ’89 Senior Partner, Office of Vernita C. Williams, Esq., P.A, and Associate Pastor of Stewardship, New Birth Baptist Church in Miami.

Week of September 8-12

Alicio A. and Nirma Piña Honor Judge Federico Moreno with Endowed Scholarship

Alicio A. and Nirma Piña Honor Judge Federico Moreno with Endowed Scholarship

Alicio A. Piña, J.D.’90, and his wife, Nirma have established an endowed scholarship to recognize and honor the public service of Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Federico A. Moreno, J.D.’78.

Miami Law Bricks Named

Miami Law Dedicates the Hilarie Bass Bricks

Reflecting on her days as a new Miami Law student, Hilarie Bass remembers the panic she felt over being called on in class, the dread of checking her grades, and the aha! moment when she withstood a withering drilling in her elements of law class and realized she really could be a trial lawyer. But best of all, the co-president of the global law firm Greenberg Traurig remembers the importance of the brick courtyard at the center of the School of Law where she and her classmates would gather daily to dissect what they were absorbing in the classroom.

Week of September 1-5

Sarah Klein takes the Gold at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp

Sarah Klein takes the Gold at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp

Sarah Klein and her team took first place at last weekend’s inaugural MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Competition with Klein’s original pitch “UpLook, A Startup Concept to Turn Fashion Blogs into Retail Outlets.”

Miami Law Presents 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner

Miami Law Presents 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner

Miami Law will be hosting the 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner, Professor of Business and Society at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Week of August 25-29

Miami Law Takes First Place in Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition

Miami Law Takes First Place in Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition

After ending last year ranked ninth best moot court team in the country, Miami Law’s Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board continues its winning ways by placing first in the 27th Annual Earle Zehmer Workers' Compensation Moot Court Competition. The team, which consisted of 3Ls Berenice Mottin-Berger and Nejla Calvo, also was awarded best brief in the competition.

Parents Establish Scholarship Fund in Memory of Son

Parents Establish Scholarship Fund in Memory of Son

After the untimely death of their son Stephen in 2013, Miami Law alumnus Mark E. Brodsky, JD ’68, and his wife, Nancy, established a scholarship to honor the memory of their late son. The Stephen M. Brodsky Memorial Scholarship is a three-year scholarship for a Division 1 or Division 2 undergraduate athlete admitted to Miami Law.

Law Student Works Alongside Alumnus at the Department of Homeland Security

Law Student Works Alongside Alumnus at the Department of Homeland Security

Students in law school regularly connect with their peers, their professors, and their colleagues, but one of the most undervalued relationships in law school is that between the students and the alumni.

Justice Kennedy at Miami Law

Justice Kennedy at Miami Law

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy addressed Miami Law students on August 25th.




Cuban Civil Law-Myth or Reality?

Cuban Civil Law-Myth or Reality?

This unique short course, taught by Maria Elena Cobas Cobiella, begins this week




Week of August 18-22

#3 Law School for Hispanics

#3 Law School for Hispanics

Miami Law came in third nationally in Hispanic Business Magazine’s annual ranking.




15th Annual HOPE Day of Service Kicks Off Orientation Plus Pro Bono Ethic and Commitment to Service

15th Annual HOPE Day of Service Kicks Off Orientation Plus Pro Bono Ethic and Commitment to Service

More than 200 students gathered on Miami Law’s central courtyard, “The Bricks,” early in the morning on Thursday, August 14, to participate in the University of Miami School of Law's 15th annual HOPE Day of Service. On this day new and returning Miami Law students made their way to 14 different sites across Miami-Dade County, including Virginia Key, Homestead, Hialeah and South Miami where student volunteers served at parks, environmental clean ups, animal rescue missions, health care centers, and preschools.

Unique Perspective on Immigration Drives 2L During Summer Public Interest Fellowship

Unique Perspective on Immigration Drives 2L During Summer Public Interest Fellowship

When it comes to immigration policy in the United States, there are few areas of the country as politically charged as Arizona, South Florida, or the Northeast, and one law student has lived in all three. Caroline Schwartz, a second-year student, used her unique perspective on immigration to better serve public interest by spending the summer working at Americans for Immigrant Justice (AIJ), a non-profit law and advocacy firm in Miami.

Week of August 11-15

Kapila Family Foundation Establishes Award for Outstanding Bankruptcy Moot Competitor

Kapila Family Foundation Establishes Award for Outstanding Bankruptcy Moot Competitor

The Kapila Family Foundation, a small foundation located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently established The Kapila Family Foundation Student Award for an outstanding Miami Law student competitor in the nationally recognized Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition - one of the nation’s preeminent moot court competitions that promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on issues in bankruptcy practice. The gift will also name the moot court team that competes annually at the premier bankruptcy competition the “Kapila Miami Law Duberstein Moot Court Team.”

Rising 2L Uses Summer Fellowship for Public Interest Advocacy at State Attorney’s Office

Rising 2L Uses Summer Fellowship for Public Interest Advocacy at State Attorney’s Office

To the public eye, prosecuting doesn’t always go hand in hand with the notion of public interest advocacy, but one Miami Law student is trying to change that. Ian McKenzie, one of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center’s Summer Public Interest Fellows (SPIF), spent his summer working at the State Attorney’s Office. His goal was to develop his skills in litigation while maintaining his strong ethical beliefs.

Bilzin Sumberg Creates Academic Scholarship for University of Miami School of Law Students

Bilzin Sumberg Creates Academic Scholarship for University of Miami School of Law Students

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP has generously donated $50,000 to the University of Miami School of Law, which will be used to create the Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod Scholars program.

PREP Participates in Anti-Defamation League’s Summer Associate Research Program

PREP Participates in Anti-Defamation League’s Summer Associate Research Program

Once again this summer Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) students participated in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) 2014 Summer Associate Research Program (SARP). SARP is a national program in which the ADL provides compelling civil rights and constitutional issues for which ADL needs research assistance. The students from law schools and various law firms’ summer clerk programs select the issues that most interest them.