Public Interest Lecture Series

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The Public Interest Lecture Series provides students with a unique opportunity to interact in a small-group setting with dynamic and accomplished alumni and faculty who have either dedicated themselves to public interest law or have made a commitment to pro bono work in their private practice and teaching careers. These informal roundtable luncheons are designed to allow students to share their aspirations, ask questions and learn about the myriad opportunities in public service and public interest law. To RSVP for an event, please e-mail umhope@law.miami.edu.

Scheduled Speakers

Thursday, September 27th, Ravi Brammer, JD '93
12:30 – 2 p.m., Room A-216B

Ravi Brammer, JD '93 and Managing Attorney for the Office of the Attorney General-State of Florida, was President of the Student Bar Association during his 3L year at Miami Law. He worked at the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office in the Child Support Enforcement Division after law school, and transitioned to the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Florida in the Child Support Enforcement Section until 2001. Since then, Mr. Brammer has managed the Broward county office dedicated to child support enforcement and presently supervises seven attorneys and 25 staff members. Join us for lunch and the opportunity to meet an exceptional public servant.

Monday, November 5th, Elizabeth Schwartz, JD '97
12:30 – 2 p.m., Room A-110A

Elizabeth Schwartz, JD '97, is in her 15th year of law practice and emphasizes representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ("LGBT") community in family formation and dissolution matters. Her practice has a focus on estate planning and probate matters and she lectures locally and nationally about the importance of LGBT couples protecting their loved ones through estate planning and contract. Ms. Schwartz is also a certified family mediator and a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute. She serves as President-Elect of the Miami Beach Bar Association and is the Chair of the City of Miami Beach's Human Rights Committee. Ms. Schwartz has served as pro bono counsel in several cases seeking to overturn Florida's uniquely bigoted 1977 ban forbidding gays and lesbians from adopting children.