Miami Law alumnus Eric J. Eves will begin his stint as a law clerk this month in the chambers of newly appointed Judge Thomas W. Logue of the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami.
Eves is a double-Cane, having received a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in communications from the University of Miami in May 2008, and his Juris Doctor, also cum laude, from Miami Law in May 2011.
"Eric was an excellent student, so it is no surprise that he was invited to clerk for the Third DCA," said Associate Professor Caroline Mala Corbin of Miami Law. Professor Corbin awarded Eves the Dean's Certificate of Achievement in her First Amendment course in the fall of 2010.
While in law school, Eves was Executive Vice President of the Charles C. Papy Jr. Moot Court Board; an articles and comments editor for the International and Comparative Law Review; a finalist in the John T. Gaubatz 1L Moot Court Competition; a Dean's Merit Scholar; and he was awarded the Thomas Ewald Memorial Award, which is the highest honor in the Litigation Skills Program.
"I had the pleasure of coaching him, and Nichole Geary, in the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition," said Adjunct Professor Harvey J. Sepler. "His preparation and dedication, not to mention his sensitivity to the issues, were outstanding."
Eves, 26, was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and moved with his family to South Florida in 1993. Upon graduating from law school, Eves was one of only ten students in his graduating class selected to the Order of Barristers, a national honorary society recognizing excellence in brief writing and oral advocacy.
After passing the Florida Bar exam in July 2011, Eves served as a Miami Law Legal Corps Fellow in the chambers of Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg of the Third District Court of Appeal.
"Miami Law prepares students to have an immediate impact in the legal field upon graduation," Eves said. "In addition to the instruction I received in my courses, the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Program and the Litigation Skills Program provided me an opportunity to develop my understanding of, and appreciation for, oral advocacy and brief writing. The practical experience I received in those programs was invaluable. And without the Legal Corps program, it would have been difficult for me to put the lessons I learned into practice in a difficult job market."
He is likely to be busy in the chambers of Judge Logue, the former attorney for Miami-Dade County, who litigated hundreds of cases and appeals in both state and federal courts.