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Miami Law News Headlines: November 2011

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Miami Law Mourns Passing of J.B. Spence, JD '51

Miami Law alumnus J.B. Spence, an acclaimed litigator known as the Dean of Torts, died last Saturday (November 26, 2011) in Coral Gables. He was 89.

STREET Law Brings High School Students to Campus

During a visit to Miami Law earlier this month, more than 50 high-school students got to experience, briefly, what life in college is like. The one-day visit was organized by Miami STREET LAW, a legal outreach program that trains law students to teach their specialties at schools in Miami-Dade County.

PREP students Shayla Waldon and Kelly Rains

PREP Students in Ethics Training for Securities Lawyers

In an effort to expand the reach of Miami Law's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program, the students of PREP have taken on new and interesting areas of law, fundamentally intertwined with the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Miami Law to Host Legal-Writing Conference

Miami Law is hosting its first national legal-writing conference on Friday, as part of its commitment to educating practice-ready students who are equipped with outstanding legal research and writing skills.

Oil derrick

Legal Avenues Fail in Fight Against Oil Prospectors

An audience attending a lecture arranged by Miami Law's International Graduate Law Programs was treated last week to a riveting account of the plight of the U'wa, an indigenous people in Colombia, and their fight against the extraction of oil from their land.

Miami Scholar Alumna Talks to Students about Breaking into International Law

As the end of fall semester gets closer and closer, Miami Law students are busy preparing for finals, updating resumes, and writing cover letters to potential summer internship and full-time employers. For anyone entering the job market – legal or not – this can be a daunting process. It can be even more daunting when the dream job you have always wanted is located across oceans and continents.

Miami Law Students Awarded Prestigious Scholarships by Cuban American Bar Association

The Cuban American Bar Association on Tuesday night awarded Miami Law students David Behar, Daniel A. Casamayor and Nicole Fernandez with scholarships for their distinguished commitment to academics and service. They received their awards at the annual Fall Mentors Reception and Scholarship Awards Presentation, which took place at Northern Trust on Brickell Avenue.

Joining LGBT Forces to Educate and Inform

Michael Donofrio and Dale Noll, the co-presidents of the Miami Law student organization OUTLaw, have joined forces with leaders of similar groups at three other law schools to launch Unified Students, an effort to educate South Florida residents about the legal rights of those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered.

Miami Law Intern Experiences Justice at Work

From the classroom to the capital, Zachary Dickens is one of nine law students, selected from around the state, to intern this semester at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.

Health, Nutrition, Education Fair Saturday in Coconut Grove

Miami Law will host the first annual Community Health and Education Fair on Saturday at Esther Mae Armbrister Park. The event is being put together by the Center for Ethics and Public Service and the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance.

Patricia A. Brown

Tax Expert Brown Addresses Global Dealing Regulations

In a Tax Notes Today article, Patricia A. Brown, director of Miami Law's Graduate Program in Taxation, offered her assessment of some of the difficulties encountered by federal regulators as they finalize regulations to govern global dealing operations.

PREP Students Conduct Ethics Training for the Bankruptcy Bar Association

Patrick Poole and Shayla Waldon, interns from the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP), recently presented a CLE Ethics training for the Bankruptcy Bar Association in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Under the supervision of Jan L. Jacobowitz, director of PREP, the interns presented hypothetical situations of a host of ethical dilemmas commonly confronted by bankruptcy attorneys.

Judge Scott Silverman Visits LComm Classroom

Judge Scott Silverman of the 11th Judicial Circuit visited with 40 Legal Communications and Research Skills students at Miami Law on Tuesday. Coordinated by LComm Professor Christina M. Frohock, the intimate gathering helped strengthen the subject matters taught in LComm, such as professionalism and clarity in communication.

Health and Elder Law Clinic associate director Melissa Swain

Swain Appointed to Medical-Legal Advisory Council

Melissa Swain, associate director for Miami Law's Health and Elder Law Clinic, has been appointed to the Medical-Legal Partnership Network Advisory Council.

Anthony V. Alfieri and Joseph Centorino

Homecoming Joins Old Friends and Memories

On a breezy fall evening during Homecoming weekend, Miami Law classmates of years past reunited, mingled and exchanged legal war stories at reunion receptions in the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum.

Anthony V. Alfieri and Joseph Centorino

Miami Law Honors Centorino with Lawyers in Leadership Award

Joseph Centorino, executive director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, was honored Tuesday with the CEPS Lawyers in Leadership Award by Miami Law's Center for Ethics & Public Service. The award recognizes leading members of the Florida bar and bench who are distinguished by their dedication to public citizenship and leadership.

Intellectual Property Law Society Sponsors Panel Discussion on Patent Reform Act

On September 16, 2011, President Barack Obama forever altered the landscape of patent law in the United States when he signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act into law. The Act represents the most sweeping change to United States patent law since 1952, when Congress originally passed the United States Patent Act.

Miami Law alumni at law school breakfast

High Spirits, Sober Notes at Law School Breakfast

Alongside the humorous anecdotes and good cheer at Miami Law's 63rd Annual Morning Spirits and Homecoming Breakfast on Saturday morning, there was a serious message conveyed to the august gathering of alumni, who included many judges, lawyers and others in positions of influence.

Miami Law Hosts Inaugural Human Rights Open House

In a special gathering last week in the student lounge, Miami Law hosted its inaugural Human Rights Open House and Reception. The event not only celebrated the impressive strides Miami Law has taken to develop a wide-ranging human rights program, but also served to spread awareness to students interested in pursuing a career in human rights law.

Traurig Honored By Colleagues At Biltmore Banquet

In a career of many momentous days, Thursday evening's Alumnus of Distinction dinner must have struck the honoree, Robert H. Traurig, JD '50, as a particularly important occasion, one to remember with fondness.

Condoleezza Rice

University of Miami Hosts Condoleezza Rice

It is not often that two former White House cabinet members sit down for a chat in front of several hundred people in a college auditorium. But it happened on Thursday at the University of Miami, when Donna E. Shalala, who served Bill Clinton as Health and Human Services secretary and is now UM's president, and Condoleezza Rice, who was George W. Bush's secretary of state, got together for a repartee about politics, foreign policy and the world of diplomacy.

OUTLaw Outlines Seven Tips, and More, on How to Get a Job

This year, OUTLaw has made it a mission to be a resource to students. On Wednesday, the organization which seeks to advance the interests of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, made a step in that direction by hosting a job discussion.

Appellate Victory for UM Tenants' Rights Clinic

With crucial help from the Tenants' Rights Clinic at Miami Law, a woman who had been facing eviction from her home won a favorable opinion this week from a panel of appellate judges in the 11th Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade County.

Miami Law Announces New Student Organization: Law Students for Reproductive Justice

After recognizing a gap in advocacy at Miami Law, three students joined forces to launch Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) in the fall 2011. The new student organization promotes the rights of both men and women in determining if and when to raise a child and to be free from discrimination and reproductive oppression.

PREP students at Legal Services of Greater Miami

Miami Law Students Provide Ethics Training to Legal Services of Greater Miami

Miami Law's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) recently presented a CLE ethics training at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. under the supervision of director Jan L. Jacobowitz.

Students Win the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board Negotiation Competition

Second-year students Catherine Kaiman and Matthew Friendly are the winners of this year's Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board Negotiation Competition. The pair beat 21 other teams for the chance to compete in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition taking place on November 12-13, in Raleigh, N.C.

Miami Law Immigration and Human Rights Clinics students

Clinic Students Urge D.C. Officials to Stop Haiti Deportations

Students of Miami Law's Immigration and Human Rights Clinics traveled recently to Washington D.C. as part of their ongoing efforts to convince United States officials that deporting people to post-earthquake Haiti is dangerous and violates their human rights.