Ex-CIA Officer Gregg David Wenzel, JD ’94, who tragically lost his life in 2003 while in service with the Central Intelligence Agency, will be honored by renaming the post office in Wenzel's hometown of Monroe, N.Y. Wenzel was a former Miami-Dade assistant public defender and Florida Bar counsel. No one in Miami's legal community knew that Wenzel was a CIA agent until 2009, six years after he died in a car accident in Ethiopia at 33.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Miami Law alumnus William Simonitsch was recently honored and named to the 2014 Lawyers of Color’s Third Annual Power List, a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys. The list is comprised of general counsel, law school deans, justice foundation leaders, and law firm managing partners and practice group leaders.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Armed with a Miami Law degree and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Betsy Haven continues in her mission to reform healthcare in the United States. Currently working as a staff attorney at Disability Rights California (DRC) in Los Angeles, Havens is helping people with disabilities gain access to health care.
Berton Forman, with a 21-year career as an anesthesiologist behind him, was reviewing hospital records for an insurance company for his company, Rockville Recovery Associates Ltd. in 2010. What he discovered was hospitals, by using separate billing codes, were double and triple billing for anesthesiology – once for the doctor and another for the hospital.
Society of Bar & Gavel; American Jurisprudence Award for Appellate Practice & Procedure, among others.When Beth Bloom graduated from Miami Law cum laude in 1988, she had already amassed an impressive array of awards: the Roger Sorino Award as the Outstanding Law School Graduate; Moot Court Board Hall of Fame; Who's Who in American Law Schools; Iron Arrow;
Gardnar Mulloy’s blade-thin frame could endure no more. Weary of the pounding he was taking as a member of the University of Miami’s freshman football squad, he marched into President Bowman Foster Ashe’s office one day and asked if he could change his scholarship to a different sport: tennis.
With the start of the new fiscal year in June comes the transition of leadership in the Law Alumni Association. Jaret Davis, JD '99, who served as president during the 2013-2014 academic year, will step down as President of the LAA, and become Immediate Past President.
HOPE in 2010.Drew Aiken, JD ’12, was recently awarded a grant from the Fulbright Program to examine the impact of customary law on women in several different tribes in Namibia. Aiken first became interested in Namibia while a student at Miami Law when she participated as a 1L in the Namibia Neutral Trial Observer Initiative, a program offered by
If Laurie Silvers could have a superpower, it would be the same as her comic book hero, Lady Justice, "where any woman has the super powers to affect her world; to use an intellectual ‘superpower’ that she didn’t know she had to correct an injustice and improve our world," she said.
Saif Ishoof, JD ’00, will be honored with the Ruth Shack Leadership Award by Leave a Legacy on May 15. Ishoof is the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year, an organization which focuses on decreasing the one million students who drop out of school each year. He also serves as a member of the board of GenerationEngage, which is a national non-profit focused on empowering and engaging young Americans in civic life. He is a board member and co-founder of the CVA Foundation, an organization dedicated to fostering the greater involvement of New Americans in the political process. He serves as trustee of the Public Health Trust, where he sits on the governing board of Jackson Memorial Health System.
The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida will honor Vance Aloupis, JD ’08, with the 2014 Young Floridian award on June 3 in Orlando. Aloupis, who is the State Director for The Children’s Movement of Florida, has worked tirelessly to advance a grass-roots movement on behalf of Florida’s children.
Four Miami Law alumni were honored recently at the annual Broward and Palm Beach receptions in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
Hilarie Bass is every parent’s dream child; she is brilliant, incredibly talented, creative and curious, wickedly funny, hardworking, generous, and best of all, bursting with life. And, like most extremely successful people, Bass has a continuing love affair with her work.
Miami Law alumnus A. Jay Cristol was recently selected as the 2013 recipient of the Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in the Field of Bankruptcy. The Lawrence King Award was established in 2001, to recognize a lawyer, jurist, teacher or legislator who exemplifies the best in scholarship, advocacy, judicial administration or legislative activities in the field of bankruptcy.
More than 200 scholarship donors and recipients attended the Donor Scholarship Luncheon on October 16 in the ballroom of the new Student Activities Center. Representatives from many of the scholarships were in attendance, including Wayne Chaplin, J.D.'82, who has generously donated matching funds to new scholarships through the Chaplin Challenge. To date, $800,000 has been matched and 17 scholarships established.
Miami Law Alumnus Pedro Jimenez, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Miami office, is Profiled in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel on the "Many Dimensions of a Cross-Border Practice."
Miami Law alumnus Navy Lt. Jesse David Adams never wanted to be a lawyer and didn’t have plans to join the military. He arrived as a 1L without any firm direction. Now, he is not only both a lawyer and in the military, but has risen, in short order, to the highest echelons of the legal-military summit.
Miami Law alumna Victoria Mendez was recently appointed the new City Attorney for the City of Miami. Mendez has worked for the city since 2004 and says she's honored and excited about this opportunity. "I worked under some great City Attorneys and wondered if I could ever hold such a position," she said. "Determination and hard work pays off though, and here I am today."
The University of Miami family mourns the loss of loyal Miami Hurricane and longtime UM trustee, Nicholas A. "Nick" Crane. A two-time graduate (BBA '51 and JD '53), Mr. Crane was a devoted father and grandfather, a successful businessman, and a caring community leader.
Friends, family and colleagues of Judge Maxine Cohen Lando, JD '74 have established an endowed scholarship in her name. The scholarship will be awarded to a second or third year law student based on merit and financial need, who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in public service with preference given to a female student. The recipient will be known as the "Judge Maxine Cohen Lando Scholar."
President Obama Nominates Miami Law Tax LL.M. Alumna Tamara Ashford to the U.S. Tax Court.
Patricia A. Redmond, the director of Miami Law's Eleanor R. Cristol and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic, recently established a scholarship at Miami Law for students who have demonstrated leadership and service to the Bankruptcy Clinic.
Miami Law alumna Judy Hyman loved the law almost as much as she loved her family. She passed away in 2010 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 52. Her husband, Judge Paul Hyman, and children – Zachary and Kaylee, JD '12, and her parents, Theresa and Theodore Fried, recently created a scholarship in her memory at Miami Law to be awarded each year to a student who is interested in becoming a litigator.
The global law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges recently established an endowed scholarship fund at Miami Law. The scholarship, which was generously matched by the Chaplin Challenge, will benefit students who have financial need, with preference given to minority students.
A "lawyer's lawyer" who was a highly skilled and passionate litigator, Mitchell Bloomberg passed away in May, after a long battle with cancer. His colleagues have established a scholarship in his memory at Miami Law, his alma mater.
Miami Law Alumni Association honored alumni and students for their respective Florida Bar positions at the Florida Bar Reception in Boca Raton. The Florida Bar welcomed eight Miami alumni to its 52-member Board of Governors and four new members to the Young Lawyers Division, which is specifically designated for lawyers younger than 35 years of age.In star-studded event of sorts, the
The Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award is presented annually by the chair of The Florida Bar's Board of Legal Specialization & Education to a Florida board certified lawyer or judge. The award recognizes exemplary professionalism, excellence, character and commitment to The Florida Bar's certification program and to the practice of law.
Rebekah Poston and Linda Dakis were roommates throughout their time at Miami Law in the early 70s. They both attended night school after working full-time during the day, and although they were tired at night, they were serious about law school and their career goals. But they still managed to have fun.
Congratulations to Miami Law alumna Edith Osman, JD '83, who was recently awarded the 2013 David W. Dyer Professionalism Award by the Dade County Bar Association. Osman is a shareholder at Carlton Fields where she practices in the areas of business litigation, matrimonial law, and mediation. She is a director of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Women of Achievement, and is a member of the Anti-Defamation League, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and the Commonwealth Institute. She served as president of the Florida Bar, the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, and the First Family Law Inns of Court. Osman received this award at the Dade County Bar Association's 97th Annual Installation Gala.
The late Martin J. Nash's family and friends have established a scholarship in his memory at Miami Law, his alma mater. Nash passed away in February after a long and distinguished career as a tax attorney.
For a "little Cuban girl from Hialeah" who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood film director, Marilyn Blanco-Reyes has not done badly for herself. She is the Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division, overseeing more than 30 employees and having recently negotiated the acquisitions of a pair of companies in Brazil and Mexico, both of them larger than the domestic business of FedEx in those markets.
Rising second- and third-year law students who have demonstrated a commitment to litigation stand to benefit from a generous scholarship established by the Miami law firm Lewis Tein PL.
Miami Law alumnus Federico Moreno, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, has been awarded the St. Thomas More Award by the Notre Dame Law Association. The award honors graduates of the University of Notre Dame "who have distinguished themselves as jurists or public servants, while exhibiting uncompromising integrity and loyalty to conscience."
The inspirational evening, which has become a highlight of the season, raised a record number of scholarships thanks to the efforts of Ms. Bass. Since 1946, MCCJ has recognized leaders in the business, religious and corporate community by awarding them with the coveted Silver Medallion. This year's outstanding leaders were chosen, because they had demonstrated extraordinary humanitarian efforts, thereby mirroring MCCJ's mission of creating an inclusive community. Ms. Bass received a J.D., summa cum laude from University of Miami School of Law in '81 and was the Editor of the Law Review. She was recently named a president of Greenberg Traurig after serving as global operating shareholder and previously completing an eight-year term as the national chair of the firm's 600-member litigation department.
Noted attorney and generous supporter of Miami Law's Animal Law Program, Arnold Grevior, JD '55, was instrumental in enabling Miami Law students in an Animal Law course to visit the South Florida Wildlife Center.
Governor Rick Scott recently announced the appointment of Margaret "Meg" Kerr, JD '93, as Compensation Claims Judge.
Kerr, 52, of South Miami, has practiced with Arrick, Peacock & Kerr since 2007. Previously, Kerr practiced with Kubicki Draper from 1995-2007, and with Underwood, Karcher and Anderson from 1992 to 1995. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Kent, in the United Kingdom, and her law degree from the University of Miami. Kerr fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Henry Harnage.
Governor Rick Scott said, "Meg has demonstrated intelligence and a keen understanding of the law during her career. I am confident that she will make a great Compensation Claims Judge and will serve Floridians with honor and dignity."
The National Law Journal has selected 100 lawyers who shape the legal world through their work in the courtroom, at the negotiating table, in the classroom or in government. They have taken on major legal battles and orchestrated the biggest corporate deals. They've tackled unpopular causes and helped run giant corporations. Carolyn Lamm, JD '73, was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.
Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz had been acquiring art for a quarter of a century and showing it to the public at their house, but they decided to move some of it to a more accessible place that would also serve as an educational center, an arts center that would never sit still.
Shari and Joel Ronkin are passionate about their alma mater. Two-time University of Miami alumni, they met on the Coral Gables campus as undergraduates and went on to earn degrees from Miami Law – Joel in 1992 and Shari two years later. Now, the two have established the Ronkin Family Scholarship to provide tuition assistance to Miami Law students who excel academically. The recipients will be known as Ronkin Scholars.
We are pleased to announce that Barbara Hecht Havenick,JD '75, AB '72, President and CEO, Flagler Greyhound Track and Magic City Casino, has been chosen as the recipient of the Henry King Stanford Alumnus of the Year Award for "continued exemplary service to the University of Miami". Ms. Havenick will be honored on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Newman Alumni Center at 6:00 PM. Please mark the date on your calendar.
When you come out of the coal camps of West Virginia, the last thing you expect is to go to law school, let alone become a justice of the Florida Supreme Court. And yet that's what happened to R. Fred Lewis, somewhat to his own astonishment.
Steve Berger and his wife, Dr. Laurie Loevner, a professor of radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, have established a scholarship fund at Miami Law. The Berger/Loevner Family Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance to deserving law students, and the recipients will be known as Berger/Loevner Scholars.
Bertila Ana Soto, J.D.'89, an adjunct professor at Miami Law, has been elected Chief Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, which serves Miami-Dade County. Her election is historic, as she is the first female chief judge of the circuit as well as the first Hispanic and the first Cuban-American.
William Simonitsch is a partner with K&L Gates LLP's Miami office. He represents businesses and their principals in commercial and insolvency-related disputes.
Miami Law mourns the passing of Martin Nash, J.D. '61. He was a partner in the firm Nash Axman Watkin PLC in Coral Gables, where he specialized in tax law. With more than 50 years of experience in the law, Nash was an expert in various aspects of income and estate tax planning.
Miami Law's Center for Ethics and Public Service has chosen Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis to receive the 11th annual William M. Hoeveler Award. The prestigious prize celebrates ethics, leadership and public service in the legal profession.
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