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January 18, 2012

Local Foundation Donates Gift to Miami Law

The Alma Jennings Foundation, a private foundation located in Coral Gables, has awarded the University of Miami School of Law a $100,000 grant to manage and maintain the student lounge at Miami Law, which serves as a central hub for law students. The grant requires Miami Law to match the endowment funds contributed by the Foundation. Read More

Miami Law Student Awarded Prestigious Skadden Fellowship

Liam McGivern, a 27-year-old Miami Law student from Edmonds, Wash., is one of 28 third-year law students nationally to have been awarded a prestigious Skadden Fellowship, given to remarkable students who have proven their ability and desire to provide legal help to traditionally disenfranchised people. Read more

February 17-18, 2012
University of Miami Law Review Symposium
"The Future of the Death Penalty in America"
9 CLE Credits

March 21, 2012
Broward Judicial Reception
Zebersky & Payne, LLP
Fort Lauderdale, FL

April 10, 2012
Robert B. Cole Lecture and Reception Featuring Judge Alex Kozinksi
4:00 p.m., Gusman Concert Hall
  May 11, 2012
Class of 1962 Reunion

May 11, 2012
Old Timer's Tentative Reception

June 20-23, 2012
Annual Florida Bar Convention Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando

Article of the Month:
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Job Spotlight:
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Georgina A. Angones, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and Development, (866) 99 UM LAW or alumni@law.miami.edu

Reshunda Mahone, Director of Development

Elizabeth B. Honkonen, JD '98, President of the University of Miami Law Alumni Association


Miami Law Alumna to Head the Cuban American Bar Association

Sandra M. Ferrera, who graduated from Miami Law in 1999, has been named president-elect of the Cuban American Bar Association for 2012. She previously served as the organization's vice president, treasurer, secretary and director. Read More

Renowned Copyright Expert David Nimmer will be speaking on "Paper or Plastic: Copyright in the Cloud" on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at the Gusman Concert Hall.

You're invited to celebrate the inauguration of the Steven Mariano JD/MBA/LLM in Taxation Triple Degree Program Thursday, February 2, 2012, 5:30 p.m. at the University of Miami Storer Auditorium. Lecture by Patricia A. Brown.

Recent Miami Law graduate Christina Guzman, JD '09, gives to the Dean's Circle annually.

"I give to the Dean's Circle because I believe its tiered giving requirements are accommodating for recent graduates who would like to begin a legacy of giving to their alma mater," explains Guzman. "I hope my contribution will be one of many gifts that allow the law school to continue to grow and to help its students and graduates succeed in an ever-changing legal climate."

Annual membership to the Dean's Circle is $100 each year for recent graduates (within the past four years), $500 for those who graduated in the past five to ten years, and also for members of the judiciary. Otherwise, annual membership starts with a contribution of $1,000. As a member of the Dean's Circle, alumni are invited to a variety of lunches, receptions, discounted CLEs and other events throughout the year.

Guzman, who is currently an associate at Cohen & Bobatas -- a commercial law firm that concentrates in banking, real estate and commercial finance litigation -- believes that attending events at Miami Law "is a wonderful way to solidify current bonds and to create new ones within Miami's legal community. I think it's a great opportunity for recent law school graduates to become involved in an organization that brings together alumni who are dedicated to supporting the law school."

Guzman has many fond memories of her time as a student a Miami Law, but her favorites are "serving as editor in chief of the Business Law Review and completing the Litigation Skills program because I enjoyed working closely with and learning from my classmates."

Class of 1971
ROBERT SCHATZMAN, JD '71, of Miami, FL, a Gray Robinson attorney, was recently named one of the Best Lawyers in America 2012 List of outstanding attorneys.

Class of 1974
Patricia LebowPATRICIA LEBOW, JD '74, of Palm Beach, FL, managing partner of the West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel, was recently elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. This is in recognition of her outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community, the traditions of the profession and the advancement of the objectives of the American Bar Association.

Class of 1975
CHARLES W. RICE, JD '75, of Palmetto Bay, FL, who authored the 2010 article "The Submarine Chaser Training center: Downtown Miami's International Graduate School of Anti-Submarine Warfare During World War II," was recently published in the "Tequesta, The Journal of HistoryMiami."

Class of 1976
David B. MankutaDAVID B. MANKUTA, JD '76, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, an attorney with Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha, PA, was selected for the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He was recognized for his work in Construction Litigation.

Class of 1978
Adele StoneADELE I. STONE, JD '78, of Plantation, FL, an attorney with Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha, PA, was selected for the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America. She was recognized for her work in the Real Estate Law category.

Class of 1980
Carol Soret CopeCAROL SORET COPE, JD '80, of Coral Gables, FL, latest book, "Murder on The High Seas, the True Story of The Joe Cool's Tragic Final Voyage," was recently selected by NBC Universal for an episode on their true crime series "Fatal Encounters." Production of the episode took place on November 14-18, 2011 in various locations throughout Miami-Dade county.

Lawrence M. PlouchaLAWRENCE M. PLOUCHA, LLMT '80, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, an attorney with Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha, PA, was selected for the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He was recognized for the Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law category.

Class of 1981
JEFFERSON P. KNIGHT JR., JD '81, of Coral Gables, FL was recently appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Judicial Nominating Committee for Judges of Compensation Claims.

Class of 1982
STEVEN W. DAVIS, JD '82, of Miami, FL was recently awarded the Theodore Klein Award from the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) during the 29th Annual Judicial Reception and Scholarship Award Presentation event.

Class of 1983
CAROL FABAR, JD '83, of Miami, FL, Akerman Distressed Property Practice Co-Chair, has been named among the Real Estate Forum's 2011 "Women of Influence." This award recognizes women with a solid track record in the real estate business, in both transaction volume as well as their contribution to the industry and/or their company's overall success.

Class of 1986
THEODORE L. SHINKLE, JD '86, of Melbourne, FL, an attorney with Gray Robinson, was recently named one of the Best Lawyers in America 2012 List of outstanding attorneys.

Class of 1991
ROBIN ROSENBAUM, JD '91, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, was recently nominated for U.S. District Court


Class of 1992
GARRY LESSE, JD '92, of West Palm Beach, FL, was selected to participate in the Zin Fellows Leadership Development Program of the American Associates Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU). Zin Fellows will receive in-depth immersion into issues relevant to eh Negev and its development.

Class of 1998
STEPHEN R. GUTH, JD '98, of Alexandria, VA, Chief Corporate Counsel of a large trade organization located in the Washington, DC area, recently published his fifth book The Jinn. For more information, visit www.TheJinn.com.

ELBERT L. WATERS, JD '98, of Miami, FL was recently appointed Interim Executive Director of the Miami Gardens Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a new business association which encourages economic sustainability through business partnerships, new business recruitment, networking and professional development.

Class of 1999
JARET DAVIS, JD '99, of Miami, FL, Co-Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, was recently named 2011 40 Minority under 40 by the America Lawyer and the National Law Journal.

SANDRA FERRER, JD '99, of Miami, FL was recently elected as President-Elect for the Cuban American Bar Association.

NICOLE MESTRE, JD '99, was recently elected to the 2012 Cuban American Bar Association 2012 Board of Directors.

NIKKI LEWIS SIMON, JD '99, of Miami, FL, a litigating shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, has been chosen among the list of Women Worth Watching by Profiles in the Diversity Journal. The 10th Annual Women Worth Watching issue, was released on September 15, 2011 and showcases Simon's accomplishments and inspiring messages along with her four key principles for success.

Class of 2000
OLIVER GILBERT, JD '00, of Miami Gardens, FL, has announced his candidacy for Mayor of Miami Gardens. For more information about his campaign visit www.olivergilbert.com.

Class of 2001
ANNA MARIA "ANNIE" HERNANDEZ, JD '01, was recently elected to the 2012 Cuban American Bar Association 2012 Board of Directors.

Class of 2005
GINA BEOVIDES, JD '05, was recently elected to the 2012 Cuban American Bar Association 2012 Board of Directors.

Class of 2007
BRENDAN A. SWEENEY, JD '07, of Fort Lauderdale, FL joins Blank Rome, LLP as an Associate in the Commercial Litigation group and is based in the firm's Boca Raton, FL office.

Class of 2008
MINDY REINSTEIN, JD '08, of Washington, DC, a former HOPE fellow and former President of the Society of Bar & Gavel, is now the Assistant Director of Government and National Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In this capacity, she will represent the ADL and advocate on behalf of its interested and policy concerns.

Class of 2008
DANNY HERTZBERG, JD '09, of Miami Beach, FL, was recently names in Forbes list for 30 under 30 in Real Estate.

Class of 2011
JAKE M. GREENBERG, JD '11, of Miami, FL, has joined the law firm of Hirschhorn & Bieber, PA as an associate. Mr. Greenberg will practice in the areas of State and Federal criminal defense, as well as complex civil litigation.

VICTORIA WILSON, JD '11, of Miami, FL, was recently asked to speak at the Florida Supreme Court induction ceremony.

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