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Miami Law News Headlines: July 2011

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In Memory of Raymond Michael Ranellucci

Miami Law mourns the passing of Raymond Michael Ranellucci, JD '93, who was killed in a car accident on Monday, June 13, 2011.

Miami Law Moot Court Team Ranks Nationally

From Georgia to Germany, the moot court teams of the University of Miami School of Law experienced an unprecedented winning streak in competitions all over the world this past year.

HOPE Public Interest Resource Center

Q&A: HOPE Fellowship Leaves Lasting Impression on Miami Law Student

Many students dream of using their time in college in a way that helps them reach their fullest potential. One such student, Gracia Cuzzi, has approached each semester with vigor and a deep desire to learn and is currently working as a HOPE Fellow for the Florida Immigration Advocacy Center (FIAC).

Medical-Legal Clinic Selected to Present Study that Bridges Legal and Medical Gaps at International Healthcare Conference

The University of Miami's Medical-Legal Clinic, a joint venture between Miami Law's Health and Elder Law Clinic, the Miller School of Medicine, and the Miami VA Hospital was selected by the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare to present a case study at its 2011 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) in Chicago in October. At the conference they will share with medical professionals from all over the world their innovative case study, which amicably bridged legal and medical gaps.

Professor Scott Rogers

Tips for Preparing for the Bar: Mindfulness Expert Reminds Recent Graduates to Breathe

Stress and law – it's a duality of good and evil that's been around since the days when philosophers gathered to challenge one another using the Socratic Method. As a way to address this age-old conflict, Miami Law began implementing programs that combine mindfulness techniques into the law school track in order to improve student lifestyle and performance. As the Bar nears, many recent graduates may want to brush up on techniques taught by Lecturer in Law Scott Rogers, Director of Miami Law's Mindfulness in Law Program.

Miami Law Alumna Appointed to the Judicial Nominating Commission

Yesterday, Miami Law proved yet again to be a force in the political arena when Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Christine Hernandez, JD '05, to the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Hernandez began serving on July 18, 2011, and her term will end on July 1, 2015.

Brenda Brown

Director of Financial Aid Brenda Brown Receives Special Recognition Award from NASFAA

Brenda M. Brown, Miami Law's Director of Financial Aid, recently received a special recognition award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) for her work with the Graduate and Professional Issues Committee.

Clinic Director Jeffrey Hearne Named Among Florida's Legal Elite

Miami Law's Tenants' Rights Clinic Director Jeffrey Hearne was recently named among Florida's Legal Elite. This high honor is given to only the top 2 percent of government and non-profit attorneys in the state.

Miami Law Students Intern Outside the Box at LegalArt

As the legal industry becomes more competitive, law students are being asked to pursue unconventional legal opportunities and internships in order to acquire the practical experiences needed to stay ahead in a global market.

Miami Law Alumna Elected Chair of the 11th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission

Marlene Quintana, JD '96, was elected to serve as Chair of the 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for a one-year term. In this role, she will lead the nine members of the JNC, who are responsible for recommending potential judges for appointment to the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, the largest in the state and fourth largest trial court in the nation.

Miami Law Graduates Publish in Prestigious Journal

Miami Law is steadily gaining recognition as an active force in international arbitration as two of its recent graduates, Patrick Miller, JD '10 and Anna Tumpovskiy, LL.M. '10, have published articles in this field in The International Law Quarterly, a publication of the Florida Bar International Law Section. This is a welcome development for the law school, which is situated within the epicenter of a growing international arbitration market.

Florida Bar Honors Harvey Sepler – Miami Law Alumnus and Adjunct Professor with James Adkins Award

Harvey C. Sepler, JD '84, was presented with the James C. Adkins Award for outstanding service to appellate law in Florida. This is the most prestigious award presented by The Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Section and one of the premier awards given by the Bar. "

Children & Youth Law Clinic Helps Foster Child Receive Medicaid Benefits

Miami Law's Children & Youth Law Clinic (CYLC) recently received a favorable decision from an Administrative Law Judge in a lawsuit that the clinic filed against the State of Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities ("APD") nearly two years ago."

Gayland Hethcoat, JD '11, Continues His Passion for Healthcare Law

During his third year at Miami Law, Gayland "Tad" Hethcoat II was recognized as one of eleven finalists nominated for the Scribes Law-Review Award for his in-depth analysis "Free Hospital Care and Takings Clause: Franklin Memorial Hospital v. Harvey in a Chancing Health Care Landscape."