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August

Professor Michele DeStefano Named 2013 Legal Rebel

Michele DeStefano

Professor Michele DeStefano was recently named by the ABA Journal as a Legal Rebel for 2013. The annual honors program selects change leaders in the legal profession. Click here to read the article. Professor DeStefano is the founder and co-creator of LawWithoutWalls. Professor DeStefano teaches civil procedure, professional responsibility, and a course on law, technology, and innovation. Her scholarship focuses on the growing intersections between law and business and legal entrepreneurship. Her most recently published scholarship investigates recent innovations in the law market including litigation funding and the changing role general counsels play in managing compliance and public relations.

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Professor Osamudia James to Publish Article on the Impact of Diversity

Professor Osamudia James's article "White Like Me: The Negative Impact of the Diversity Rationale on White Identity Formation" will be published in the New York University Law Review. Click here to read the article abstract. Professor James teaches and writes in the areas of education law, race and the law, administrative law, and torts.


Lecturers in Law Jan Jacobowitz and Scott Rogers Participate in Mindful Ethics Panel

Lecturers in Law Jan L. Jacobowitz and Scott Rogers participated on the panel, "Through the Looking Glass: Mindful Ethics as a Transformative Tool for Legal Professionals" at the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Jacobowitz is the director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program, which is a 2012 ABA Gambrell Award recipient. She recently authored "The Benefits of Mindfulness for Litigators" in Litigation Magazine and a chapter on Professionalism and Mindfulness for the recently released ABA book, The Essential Qualities of a Professional Lawyer. Rogers is founder and director of the Mindfulness in Law Program where he teaches three classes that integrate mindfulness into the law school curriculum and offers students and the law school community a series of mindfulness related programs and workshops. Rogers is author of several mindfulness books including Mindfulness for Law Students, The Six-Minute Solution: A Mindfulness Primer for Lawyers, and Mindful Parenting.

Professor Felix Mormann advises policymakers on clean energy and energy efficiency

Felix Mormann

Professor Felix Mormann chaired a meeting on clean energy policy and finance on Capitol Hill. Following an invitation from Senator Chris Coons, Professor Mormann led a group of experts in their discussion of pending legislation to promote clean energy and energy efficiency. At the Renewable Energy Finance Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, professor Mormann presented recommendations for policy design to cost-effectively promote renewable energy. At the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's Finance Forum, Professor Mormann chaired a panel that explored the potential of novel investment structures to finance energy efficiency projects. His scholarship explores the regulatory and policy challenges along the path to an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. He teaches in the areas of contracts, environmental law, and energy law.

Professor Scott Sundby Publishes Article in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law

Scott Sundby

Professor Scott Sundby recently published his article "Everyman's Exclusionary Rule: The Exclusionary Rule and the Rule of Law (or Why Conservatives Should Embrace the Exclusionary Rule)" in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. Professor Sundby teaches a variety of courses in the criminal law and procedure area. His writings focus on criminal law and constitutional law issues, including articles that have appeared in the law reviews of Virginia Law, Columbia Law, Cornell Law, UCLA Law, and Texas Law. Much of his research has been conducted as part of the Capital Jury Project, a study funded by the National Science Foundation that is designed to understand how juries decide whether or not to impose the death penalty.

Joanne Koren and Alex Schimel of the Academic Achievement Program Present Lecture at Conference

Joanne Harvest Koren, Lecturer in Law and Director of Miami Law's Academic Achievement Program, and Alex Schimel, Academic Achievement Program Associate Director, presented a session "Let's Start Building Our Castles: Delivering Multidimensional Academic Support Programs by Effective Use of Student Facilitators and Technology" at the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) conference. Koren is a founding member of the organization and served on the 2012 Conference Planning Committee. The AASE is a new national professional organization for law school academic support educators, professors, administrators and deans. Two-hundred academic support professionals attended the three-day inaugural conference this summer.

Professor Markus Wagner Presents in China Research on Trade and Investment Law

Markus Wagner

Professor Markus Wagner was invited to present his research on trade and investment law during the International Conference on Legal Environment of International Economic Governance at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China. His presentation, titled “Same Cloth, Different Clothes: Re-Integrating Trade Law and Investment Law” analyzed the difficulties and promises in achieving greater coherence between international trade and investment law. On the occasion of this conference Professor Wagner was also appointed as a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Teaching and Research of WTO Disputes at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law. During his visit to Chongqing Professor Wagner also taught a class on the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law. Professor Wagner teaches and writes in the fields of international law, international economic law and comparative law.

Jan Jacobowitz, Director of PREP, Authors Chapter on Professionalism and Mindfulness

Jan L. Jacobowitz

Lecturer Jan L. Jacobowitz authored the chapter "Professionalism and Mindfulness" in the newly released American Bar Association book, Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer. The book is geared towards new lawyers and law students with the goal of addressing the "widely recognized gap in practice-focused professionalism teaching resources and illuminates ways in which truly professional conduct contributes to professional standing and a rewarding career." Jacobowitz is the director of the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) at Miami Law. PREP was a 2012 recipient of the ABA's E Smythe Gambrell Award—the leading national award for a professionalism program.

Lecturer in Law Scott Rogers Presents Video on Mindfulness and Communal Wellness for University Staff

Scott Rogers

Lecturer in Law Scott Rogers, Director of Miami Law's Mindfulness in Law Program, presented this month's "Health & Wellness" video on Mindfulness and Communal Wellness for the University's faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Click here for video. Rogers, a nationally recognized leader in the area of mindfulness, is founder of Miami Law's Mindfulness in Law Program, co-director of the University's Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, co-founder of the Dade County Bar Association/Federal Bar Association's Mindfulness in Law Joint Task Force, and author of four books on mindfulness for lawyers, law students, law faculty, and parents.

Professor Michael Froomkin Participates in International Privacy Law Conference

A. Michael Froomkin

Professor A. Michael Froomkin was a discussant at an international privacy law conference held in Clare College, Cambridge University, England. He commented on a paper by Dan Joyce, Lecturer in Law at the University of New South Wales, Australia, on "International Media Law." Professor Froomkin, the Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law, is an expert on internet law. He currently teaches Internet Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law and Tort. Previously he has taught Constitutional Law, Trademark, Civil Procedure I, and seminars in Law & Games and E-Commerce.

Professor Leigh Osofsky Gives Talks and Participates in Tax Policy Workshop

Leigh Osofsky

Professor Leigh Osofsky gave several talks and participated in a workshop over the summer. At the Law and Society conference, she presented a paper, "Who's Naughty and Who's Nice? Frictions, Screening, and Tax Law Design." At the SEALS conference, she presented a paper, "Microdeterrence." She also participated in the week-long Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance Workshop on Public Economics. Professor Osofsky teaches courses addressing various aspects of taxation and policy. Before joining the University of Miami faculty, Professor Osofsky was an Acting Assistant Professor of Tax Law at New York University from 2009-2011.

Professor Bernard Perlmutter Delivers Talk on Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Bernard Perlmutter

Professor Bernard Perlmutter, Director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic, delivered a talk at the 33rd International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Amsterdam, on a panel discussing Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Judicial Process in Cases Involving Children. His talk was titled "More Therapeutic, Less Collaborative? Asserting the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege on Behalf of Mature Minors." He also spoke on a panel, "The Real Deal: Migration and its Multi-Faceted Challenges," held at Miami-Dade College and co-sponsored by the University of Miami Center for Latin American Studies. His presentation was titled "Organized and Disorganized Activism for Immigrant Children to Effectuate Immigration Reform." At the Children & Youth Law Clinic, Professor Perlmutter teaches and supervises second- and third-year law students who handle cases involving abused, abandoned and neglected children and adolescents in a variety of legal proceedings.

July

Professor David Abraham Presents at the Council on European Studies

David Abraham

Appearing at the annual Council on European Studies Meeting in Amsterdam, Professor David Abraham served as both a panel commentator and paper presenter. In the first panel, Professor Abraham discussed the crisis of the EU and the Euro. In the second panel, he addressed the issue of solidarity and belonging within societies suffering from neoliberal rectification, specifically in the relations between natives and immigrants. Professor Abraham teaches Property, Immigration & Citizenship Law, Citizenship and Identity, Law and the Transition to Capitalism and Law and Social Theory. He has been widely published in each of those areas as well as serving as a frequent media commentator for American, German, and Israeli newspapers and television.

Professor Andrew Dawson Participates as Panelist in American Bankruptcy Institute Conference

Andrew Dawson

Professor Andrew Dawson was recently a panelist at the American Bankruptcy Institute's Southeast Workshop. The panel, "Scary Nightmares for Secured Lenders," focused on current issues facing secured lenders in business bankruptcies. Professor Dawson's research focuses on corporate reorganization issues, and he teaches in the area of bankruptcy and contracts.




Professor Markus Wagner Comments on Work of Professor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann

Markus Wagner

Professor Markus Wagner was invited to act as commentator on the work of Professor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, Professor Emeritus at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. During the panel at the law faculty of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Madrid, Spain, Petersmann presented his work "Constituting, Limiting, Regulating and Justifying Multilevel Governance of Interdependent Public Goods: From Constitutional Nationalism to Multilevel Constitutionalism and Cosmopolitan Constitutionalism?" Petersmann's book attempts to lay out a blueprint for how to incorporate popular input into the decision-making process in international institutions. Professor Wagner's comments focused on Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann's core thesis, highlighting the need for institutionalized mechanisms while pointing out the existing possibilities within those mechanisms to better incorporate people's concerns. Professor Wagner teaches and writes in the fields of international law, international economic law and comparative law.

Professor Lili Levi Discusses the Supreme Court's First Amendment Cases on Panel

Lili Levi

Professor Lili Levi appeared recently on a panel discussing the Supreme Court's First Amendment cases for this term at the Florida Bar annual meeting. She also filed comments in the FCC's recent docket on broadcast indecency regulation and was interviewed by CommDaily regarding those comments. Professor Levi teaches business associations, communications law, copyright law, and international copyright law, and has taught defamation and privacy law. She is a member of the American Law Institute.


University of Miami Law Review Honors Lecturer in Law Joanne Harvest Koren

Joanne Harvest Koren

At its end of the year banquet, The University of Miami Law Review presented the Daniel E. Murray Distinguished Service Award to Joanne Harvest Koren, Director of the School of Law's Academic Achievement Program. The award recognizes distinguished achievement in the field of Law and continued dedication to the University of Miami Law Review. The award was presented by Richard Rosengarten, Law Review Editor-In-Chief.



Lecturers in Law Scott Rogers and Jan Jacobowitz Present Mindful Ethics at Legal Workshop

Scott Rogers

Lecturers in Law Scott Rogers and Jan Jacobowitz recently presented, "Mindful Ethics: The Development of Professional Identity" at the Implications of Tiger Parenting for Legal Education Workshop held at the University of Colorado Law School. Rogers is founder and director of the School of Law's Mindfulness in Law Program where he teaches three classes that integrate mindfulness into the law school curriculum and offers students and the law school community a series of mindfulness related programs and workshops. Rogers is author of several mindfulness books including Mindfulness for Law Students, The Six-Minute Solution: A Mindfulness Primer for Lawyers, and Mindful Parenting.

Jan Jacobowitz

Jacobowitz is the director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program, which is a 2012 ABA Gambrell Award recipient. She is on the board of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) and serves as APRL's special liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. She recently authored "The Benefits of Mindfulness for Litigators" in Litigation Magazine and a chapter on Professionalism and Mindfulness for the forthcoming ABA book, The Essential Qualities of a Professional Lawyer. Together Rogers and Jacobowitz co-developed Mindful Ethics and have been teaching "Mindful Ethics: Professional Responsibility for Lawyers in the Digital Age" at Miami Law.

June

Professor Bernard Perlmutter Recognized with Award from Florida's Children First

Bernard Perlmutter

Professor Bernard Perlmutter, Co-Director of the Children & Youth Law Clinic was recently given an award by Florida's Children First, a statewide child advocacy organization, for his participation in the Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children. Professor Perlmutter currently serves on the Board of Directors for Florida's Children First. In addition to his duties at the Children & Youth Law Clinic, Professor Perlmutter teaches Family Law, Transnational Family Law, Children and the Law, and New Directions in Lawyering: Interviewing, Counseling and Attorney-Client Relational Skills.


Professor Robert Rosen Co-Authors Article on Compliance Programs

Robert Rosen

Professor Robert Rosen published an article "The Framing Effects of Professionalism: Is There a Lawyer Cast of Mind? Lessons from Compliance Programs" in Fordham Urban Law Journal with Christine Parker and Vibeke Lehmann Nielsen. Read the abstract here. Professor Rosen teaches courses in professional responsibility, business associations, children and the law, sociology of law, contracts.



Professor Bernard Oxman Gives Opening Paper in Conference on Law of the Sea

Bernard H. Oxman

Professor Bernard Oxman has been invited to speak at a two-day conference at the National University of Singapore to which University's Centre for International Law invited experts from around the world. The conference focus is on the South China Sea, International Law, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. At the conference Professor Oxman will present the opening paper on the topic of Military Activities in the Exclusive Economic. Professor Oxman then proceeds to The Hague to chair the hearings of the Review Panel appointed to consider the objection of the Russian Federation to a decision of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation. Professor Oxman teaches conflict of laws, international law, law of the sea, and torts. He served as associate dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1990, and currently is the Faculty Chair of the Law School's Master of Laws Program in Ocean and Coastal Law. He has been a member of the University's Faculty Senate since 1996. He is the only American lawyer ever appointed to serve as judge ad hoc before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the International Court of Justice.


Human Rights Clinic Director Caroline Bettinger-Lopez Participates in Domestic Violence Lecture in Ireland

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Director of Miami Law's Human Rights Clinic, http://www.law.miami.edu/human-rights-clinic/?op=0 recently traveled to Ireland to participate in a video screening and public lecture at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media with the Global Women's Studies Centre. The video screening of "Human Rights Advocacy, Media and Domestic Violence: The Story of Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales)" was followed by a public discussion on domestic violence and human rights. Bettinger Lopez was also interviewed for an article about human rights in the Irish Independent. Professor Bettinger-Lopez's scholarship, advocacy, and teaching focus on international human rights law and advocacy, including the implementation of human rights norms at the domestic level. Her main regional focus is the United States and Latin America, and her principal areas of interest include violence against women, gender and race discrimination, immigrants' rights, and clinical legal education.

Professor David Abraham Delivers Paper on Immigration in Denmark

David Abraham

Professor David Abraham delivered a paper titled "Immigration and Social Solidarity in a Declining Welfare State" at the interdisciplinary International Matchpoints Symposium at the University of Arhus in Denmark. Professor Abraham joined a roster of distinguished international specialists including Will Kymlicka, Robert Putnam, Eric Uslander, and others. Abraham argued that the neo-liberal assault on social solidarity and other welfare state principles make it incumbent on policy makers, while supporting immigration and immigrants, to leave multiculturalism behind and encourage immigrant integration. Professor Abraham teaches Property, Immigration & Citizenship Law, Citizenship and Identity, Law and the Transition to Capitalism and Law and Social Theory. He has been widely published in each of those areas as well as serving as a frequent media commentator for American, German, and Israeli newspapers and television.

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin Co-Authors Article on Contraception and Religious Freedom

Caroline Mala Corbin

Professor Caroline Mala Corbin's article with Professor Steven D. Smith, "Debate: The Contraception Mandate and Religious Freedom," was recently published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online. Under the new health care law, large employers must include contraception in their health care plans. The professors debate whether employers that object to the contraception mandate are entitled to an exemption under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Professor Corbin teaches U.S. Constitutional Law I, U.S. Constitutional Law II, First Amendment, and Feminism and the First Amendment. Professor Corbin's articles have appeared in the New York University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review and Boston University Law Review, among others.


Associate Director of Innocence Clinic Presents Oral Argument at Supreme Court of Florida

Craig J. Trocino

Practitioner in Residence and Associate Director of the Innocence Clinic, Craig J. Trocino, presented an oral argument at the Supreme Court of Florida in the case of Richard Johnson v. Florida recently. Prior to joining Miami Law, Trocino was an Assistant Capital Collateral Regional Counsel for the Southern Region where his practice focused on representing death sentenced inmates in post-conviction proceedings in both state and federal courts. Mr. Trocino is a published author having written on topics ranging from comparative law to scientific evidence and has also presented numerous lectures in the United States, Australia and Spain on scientific evidence issues.


Associate Professor Rebecca Sharpless Speaks on Immigration Reform

Rebecca Sharpless

Professor Rebecca Sharpless, Director of the Immigration Clinic, will be speaking at the Dade County Bar Association's Immigration Committee on detention standards and immigration reform after the presidential election. Professor Sharpless writes and speaks widely on immigration law and participates in events such as the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and seminars of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She has also been a presenter at national and local trainings and conferences, including trainings of judges, law clerks, and advocates.


Director of International Graduate Law Programs, Jessica Carvalho Morris, Lectures in Brazil

Jessica Carvalho Morris

Jessica Carvalho Morris, director of Miami Law's International Graduate Law Programs, recently returned from Brazil where she was invited to lecture on the War on Terror at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo, and by the Brazilian Bar Association in Sao Paulo to lecture on the Evolution of the War on Terror from Bush to Obama. In Rio de Janeiro, Morris was invited to give a lecture to Masters and Ph.D. students as well as faculty at Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Rio de Janeiro on "Legal Aspects of the War on Terror in the U.S.: A Human Right's Perspective." In Recife, the fifth largest city in the country, Morris lectured on the "Political and Legal Aspects of the International War on Terror" at the Federal University of Pernambuco, a top public Brazilian university. Morris also held an open discussion with students from the Masters Program in international human rights law at the Federal university. She discussed various topics, including torture, violence against women, children's rights, indigenous rights, among others.


Lecturers in Law Scott Rogers and Jan Jacobowitz's Book Selected as Recommended Reading

Lecturers in Law Scott Rogers and Jan Jacobowitz's book, Mindfulness & Professional Responsibility: A Guidebook for Incorporating Mindfulness into the Law School Curriculum has been selected as recommended reading for the Mindfulness in Legal Education Workshop held at Berkeley Law School. Rogers, a nationally recognized expert in the area of mindfulness in law, is founder and director of Miami Law's Mindfulness in Law Program where he teaches a variety of classes that integrate mindfulness into the curriculum. Rogers is author of several mindfulness books including Mindfulness for Law Students and The Six-Minute Solution: A Mindfulness Primer for Lawyers. Jacobowitz is the director of the Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program, which is a 2012 ABA Gambrell Award recipient. She recently authored "The Benefits of Mindfulness for Litigators" in Litigation Magazine and a chapter on Professionalism and Mindfulness for the forthcoming ABA book, The Essential Qualities of a Professional Lawyer.