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Miami Law Locks In Tuition Rates For Current Students & Expands Summer Offerings

Miami Law students will not see an increase in tuition as they enter the 2011-2012 academic year announced Dean Patricia D. White to the class of first-year students on Thursday.

Gender Justice in the Americas

Miami Law's Conference on Gender Justice in the Americas Begins

The first annual Gender Justice of the Americas Conference commenced today. The two-day meeting, organized by Miami Law, focuses on revitalizing and challenging the transnational dialogue regarding sexuality, violence, reproductive and human rights.

Miami Law Students Propose Language Initiative

Last semester, Miami Law students and Student Bar Association (SBA) members Drew Aiken, Chelsey Ziegler, Todd Friedman and Rob Weaver crafted the Language Initiative Proposal, which pushed for students to receive credit toward their J.D. degree from entry-level language courses. Traditionally, non-law UM courses must be at or above the 500 level to count towards the J.D. degree. Miami Law administration recently approved courses at the 200-level for law students interested in learning other languages.

Inter-American Law Review Hosts Symposium on Regional Trade Agreements and Human Rights

The School of Law's legal publication, The Inter-American Law Review, sponsored a symposium discussing "The Human Element: The Impact of Regional Trade Agreements on Human Rights and the Rule of Law" on February 26. The symposium consisted of the presentation of papers by distinguished law professors from around the country followed by commentary.

Society of Bar & Gavel Members Tutor Children at Overtown Youth Center

Members of Miami Law's Society of Bar & Gavel volunteered to tutor children this past Saturday at the Overtown Youth Center. The Society of Bar & Gravel, which was founded in 1949, is one of Miami Law's most prestigious student organizations. Its members are made up of individuals recognized for contributing to the life of the law school, its local community and beyond.

Miami Law Alumni Receive Awards For Their Work In The Community

In recognition of their humanitarianism, two Miami Law alumni – Hilarie Bass and Dr. Rudolph Moise – received the prestigious Silver Medallion from The Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (MCCJ) on Saturday, February 26 at the Four Seasons Hotel. The award recognizes those individuals whose lives reflect MCCJ's mission – to promote understanding and respect for all faiths, cultures and races.

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Planned Parenthood Federation to Speak on Women's Reproductive Rights at Miami Law

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) International Program and its partner organizations will speak at Miami Law on February 22 as part of the International Graduate Law Programs Lecture Series. The panel will discuss advocacy, share progress, and knowledge of women's reproductive rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. The lunch event will take place in the Reading Room of the Law Library at 12:30 p.m.

Professor Mary Doyle

Faculty Lecture Series: Professor Mary Doyle

The Faculty Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, March 2 with Professor Mary Doyle. She will present "The Bush Brothers Repudiate the Federal-State Partnership in the Everglades: Restoration Loses Momentum on their Watch" in the Law School's 4th floor faculty meeting room. The lecture begins at 12:35 p.m., following a lunch at noon in the same room. A question and answer session will follow after the lecture.

Miami Law Hosts Conference on Gender Justice in the Americas

Miami Law, along with the Human Rights Center of the University of Diego Portales (Chile), the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Human Rights Institute of Columbia Law School, hosted a conference titled "Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Sexuality, Violence, Reproduction & Human Rights" on February 23-25. Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Director of Miami Law's new Human Rights Clinic, organized the Convening.

Professor Charlton Copeland

Faculty Lecture Series: Professor Charlton Copeland

The Faculty Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, February 23 with Professor Charlton Copeland. He will present "Sovereignty and Relationship in American Feudalism" in the Law School's 4th floor faculty meeting room. The lecture begins at 12:35 p.m., following a lunch at noon in the same room. A question and answer session will follow after the lecture.

Executive Board of Miami Law Women

Student Fundraising Event Raises Money for Women in Need

The first annual Fundraising Brunch for Miami Law Women in Need was a success. Hosted by Miami Law, the Black Law Students Association, and Miami Law Women, the event raised $4,000 on Sunday, February 13. Held in Miami's Upper Eastside near Little Haiti, the event included a silent auction with items from Tiffany & Co., Giorgio Armani Beauty, Jaguar Ceviche Spoon and Latam Grill, Calamari in Coconut Grove and Equinox in Coral Gables.

Miami Law Students Create a Scholarship Fund for Fellow Students

Inspired by the dedication and commitment Miami Law students have demonstrated toward the South Florida community, the Student Bar Association (SBA) has introduced a student-funded scholarship. The scholarship fund will be awarded to individuals who have proven their dedication to public service through their involvement with student organizations.

Dorian Denburg and Jerry Markowitz.

Law Alumni Association Presents Dorian Denburg with Alumni Achievement Award

Dorian Denburg, JD '82, received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Law Alumni Association on Tuesday, February 15 at Miami Law. The award was presented to Denburg by Jerry Markowitz, JD '74, President of the Law Alumni Association.

Miami Law Students Win National Baseball Arbitration Competition

This past weekend Miami Law students Jason Sosnovsky and Mark Lesorgen placed first at the National Baseball Arbitration Competition hosted by Tulane Law School's Sports Law Society. Thirty-four teams competed including teams from Harvard, Fordham, University of Notre Dame, Duke, and Tulane.

Dynamic Moot Court Duo Makes It All the Way to the National Competition

When Ted McNamara and Chris Bogren met in the summer of '09, they knew they would become good friends. They shared the same humor and both had a passion for civil litigation. What they did not know was that by their second year, they would be finding successes together in Moot Court competitions.

University of Miami Law Review Symposium on Corporate Crime and Compliance

The University of Miami Law Review hosted "From the Board Room to the Court Room: The Evolving Legal Status of Corporate Crime," a symposium featuring Robert S. Bennett as the keynote speaker. Mr. Bennett is a partner at Hogan Lovells and has represented corporate clients, including Enron, as well as notable politicians, such as President Bill Clinton and Senator John McCain.

Third District Court of Appeal Holds Oral Arguments at Miami Law

Miami Law students were able to observe the judicial process in action as a panel of Third District Court of Appeal judges held oral arguments at the Storer Auditorium on the Coral Gables campus.

Miami Law Alumnus Sworn In As Miami-Dade Circuit Judge

Former state legislator Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat, JD '74, was formally sworn in recently as a Miami-Dade circuit judge. The Havana native served in the state House of Representatives from 1995-1999. He also served as chairman of the joint legislative audition committee and was a certified public accountant at his law firm before joining the bench.

Christina Frohock, Lecturer in Law; Eli Bilek; Justice Rosemary Barkett

Miami Law Student Receives Recognition for Pro Bono Appeal from the Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court

Third-year law student Eli Bilek was honored last week by the Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court for being the first student to argue a pro bono appeal for the Inn. Justice Barkett presented a certificate to Bilek who argued last month in front of the Third District Court of Appeal in an employment compensation case.

Alums Reach Across the Aisle: Senator Marco Rubio Introduces Fellow Alum Kathleen Williams for her Nomination to the Federal Bench

Miami Law alumnus Senator Marco Rubio, JD '96, attended a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting last week to introduce fellow Miami Law alumna Kathleen Williams, JD '82, for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami.

May 2011 Graduation Details

Commencement Ceremony: Saturday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. BankUnited Center on campus. Students will report to the Field House at 9:00 a.m. You may invite as many guests as you like – no tickets required, no limit on the numbers you may bring. The Ceremony will last two hours, so you can make your post-graduation plans accordingly. This is only for law graduates, so parking and seating will be adequate.

International Human Rights Commission Grants Miami Law Clinics' Emergency Request, Urging United States to Stop Deportations to Haiti

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has joined the growing number of voices urging the United States to halt the deportation of Haitians from the United States. In response to an emergency petition for precautionary measures filed by Miami Law's Immigration and Human Rights Clinics and co-counsel on behalf of detained Haitian nationals who face imminent deportation, the IACHR announced late in the day on Friday, February 4, that it was summoning the U.S. to halt the petitioners' deportations.

Third DCA Holds Oral Arguments at Miami Law

First-year law students will have the opportunity to observe the judicial process on Friday, February 11 when the Third District Court of Appeal holds oral arguments at the University of Miami. A panel of Third DCA judges will hear five civil and criminal cases in the Storer Auditorium on the Coral Gables campus.

Philanthropy Week to Support the South Florida Bike Coalition in Memory of 3L Natasha Pettigrew

Miami Law announces its first ever Philanthropy Week in which all the student organizations will come together between March 20 - 26 to support a unified cause.

Navy Veteran and Miami Law Alumnus Makes Time for His Alma Mater

Jeff Cazeau, JD '02, can be found practicing law, attending board meetings or training for his first marathon, often in the same day. Born in Haiti, he was three when he moved to New York. Accepted to the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, he traveled by train three hours a day because his parents wanted him to have the best possible education.

Professor Kunal Parker

Faculty Lecture Series: Professor Kunal Parker

The Faculty Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, February 16 with Professor Kunal Parker. He will present "Historicizing Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England: Difference and Sameness in Historical Time" in the Law School's 4th floor faculty meeting room. The lecture begins at 12:35 p.m., following a lunch at noon in the same room. A question and answer session will follow after the lecture.

Miami Law LL.M. student Natalie Ghosn, left, and Leipzig partner, Ruth Reinke.

Leipzig Seminar, an International Exchange Program, Continues After a Decade of Success

The Miami/Leipzig Seminar successfully completed its 11th year in Miami last week. The exchange program, which began in 2001, is dedicated to increasing international awareness for students at Miami Law who wish to travel to Germany as part of a two-credit program.

Street Lawyer Marielys Rosado Barreras

Miami STREET LAW Raises Awareness About Drunk Driving

On Saturday, January 29, Miami STREET LAW participated in the event "Walk for Witty." The purpose of the walk was to raise awareness about drunk driving and other destructive decisions. The event was created in the name of Helen Marie Witty, a 16-year-old girl who was rollerblading in Miami and was killed by a car full of drunk and stoned teenage girls on June 1, 2000.

International Moot Court Team at Pace Law School

Moot Court Team Qualifies for Participation in International Criminal Court Trial Competition at The Hague

Miami Law's International Moot Court team advanced into the semifinal rounds at the Pace/ICC Moot Competition, which took place at Pace Law School in New York last weekend. The team has qualified to participate in the International Criminal Court(ICC) Trial at The Hague on April 10.

Immigration Clinic Wins Cases for Gay Immigrants

Miami Law's Immigration Clinic recently won a life-changing victory for their client, a gay man who feared returning to his home country of Jamaica, a country known for its intolerance of gay people. Students Rita Kapadia, JD '10 and current third-year student Kristen Lee-Williams represented the client in immigration court at the Krome detention center. This success follows in the wake of a spring 2010 case in which Immigration Clinic students Gisela Ades, JD '10 and 3L Randi Nagahori were able to stop the deportation of their client to Kenya – a country in which it is illegal to perform gay sex acts.