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Law student Jenna Winchester being congratulated on gaining entry to the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board.

Winners of Gaubatz Competition Announced

Twenty-five law students have been invited to join the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board as a result of their stellar performances in the John T. Gaubatz Competition, the main moot court contest at Miami Law. More than 100 students competed this year.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney to Hold UM Rally Alongside Law Alum Marco Rubio

Former Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, will visit the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus on Wednesday, Oct. 31, for a rally in the BankUnited Center. Senator Marco Rubio, who graduated from Miami Law in 1996, will accompany the former governor of Massachusetts, as will former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Congressman Connie Mack.

Brittany Brown and Shane Shannon

Investor Rights Clinic Students Compete in Resolution Triathlon

Four Miami Law student interns with Miami Law's Investor Rights Clinic traveled to St. John's University School of Law in New York City earlier this month to compete in the Fifth Annual Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, the only competition to provide aspiring lawyers with an opportunity to build their advocacy skills in three critical forms of alternative dispute resolution: negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

Miami Law Launches New Program in Law and Environmental Science and Policy

A new joint-degree program, a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy, has been created at Miami Law in partnership with the University of Miami's Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. The degree will enable students with strong interests in environmental policy and law to prepare for careers in either the private or public sector in a shorter amount of time than if they pursued the two degrees separately.

Professor Scott Rogers

Miami Law's Scott Rogers Weighs In on Mindfulness in Miami Magazine

In the Fall 2012 edition of Miami Magazine, Miami Law's Scott Rogers discusses his work in the field of mindfulness and with University of Miami neuroscientist Amishi Jha. The research is exploring the connection between mindfulness practices and developing "mental armor" in stressful situations – from soldiers to law students.

Miami Law student Brendan Corrigan with President Barack Obama

Miami Law Student Spends a Little Quality Time with President Obama

Brendan G. Corrigan, a second-year Miami Law student who is pursuing a joint JD/MPA degree, served as a volunteer in President's Obama's motorcade on Sept. 20, when the President visited the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus for a television interview broadcast from the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse. This is his report.

Miami Law alumnus Richard L. Lapidus

Scholarship Established in Memory of 'Clear Thinker' Richard Lapidus, JD '61

Law students who demonstrate interest and ability in the field of litigation may be able to benefit from a scholarship established by friends and relatives of Miami Law alumnus Richard L. Lapidus. A passionate trial and appellate lawyer who graduated from Miami Law in 1961, Lapidus died in February this year.

Holly Keith, 2L; Albert Medina, 3L; Gretchen Bellamy, Director of International Public Interest Programs; Mia Logan, 2L.

Students Take Active Role in International Law Meeting

More than two dozen Miami Law students volunteered to take part last week in the fall meeting of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law in Miami Beach. The meeting, one of the world's most important gatherings of international lawyers, included high-level practitioners in some of the world's largest law firms; lawyers with regional and national firms in the United States; members of small firms and solo practitioners with international practices; corporate and in-house counsel; lawyers serving in government or with non-governmental organizations and inter-governmental organizations; and academics.

Former FSU president Talbot 'Sandy' D'Alemberte

Honors Go To Distinguished Alumni at Lighthearted Homecoming Reception

With all the chest-beating surrounding the University of Miami's Homecoming celebrations last week, Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte figured that, as the former President of Florida State University, he would try to blend in as much as possible. "I came tonight in neutral colors," Professor D'Alemberte told the guests – some of them sporting distinctly orange-and-green hues – at a reception hosted by the University of Miami's Law Alumni Association, which joined forces with FSU to honor Professor D'Alemberte and Edward "Tad" Foote II, president emeritus of UM.

Joseph Bogosian, JD '92

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary at U.S. Department of Commerce Speaks with Students

As part of the 64th Annual Homecoming Celebration, distinguished alumnus Joseph Bogosian, JD '92, spoke with students about success after graduation. The breakfast, held on Friday in the Faculty Meeting Room, offered insights to the globalization of the field and how his leadership skills developed at Miami Law has continued to affect his career.

PREP Postgraduate Fellow Courtney Daniels; FAWL board members Kimberly Greenberg and Sherril Colombo

Students Explore Legal Challenges in Diverse Arenas – Social Media and Special Education

Miami Law's Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program continues to evolve as a wide-ranging forum for education and discussion of issues of conscience that confront the legal profession. Two student interns in the program, Christina Flatau and Danielle Singer, recently presented an interactive ethics CLE program for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Keon Hardemon, JD '10

Keon Hardemon, JD '10, Running for Miami-Dade County Commission

If Liberty City politics had a royal family, Keon Hardemon would be Prince William. The 29-year-old pride of the James E. Scott Housing Community in Miami's Liberty City comes from a family that has been a force in local politics for almost over half a century, ever since grandmother Ethel moved into the housing project with her husband and their 15 children.

Doris König

Miami Law Alumna Named President of Bucerius Law School

Professor Doris König, who earned a Master of Comparative Law degree from Miami Law in 1982, has been appointed president of Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. The appointment became effective on October 1st.

Two Miami Law Students Inducted into Prestigious Honor Society

Liana Nealon, a third-year law student from Coral Springs, and Lauren Lee Pettiette, 2L, born in Miami and raised in Shreveport, La., have been inducted into Iron Arrow, the University of Miami's highest honor society and its oldest tradition.

Sandra M. Ferrera, JD '99

Miami Law Celebrates Alumnae During National Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year, the many contributions of Hispanic and Latin Americans to the United States are celebrated during National Hispanic Heritage Month, an opportunity to recognize the group's heritage and culture. This month, Miami Law is casting a spotlight on a handful of Hispanic alumnae who have made a difference in the legal field.

Students Invited to Hear Joseph Bogosian, '92, Former Official with Federal Aviation Administration and Commerce Department

As part of the 64th Annual Homecoming Celebration this week, Miami Law students are invited to attend a breakfast with a distinguished alumnus, Joseph Bogosian, JD '92, on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8:30 a.m. in the Faculty Meeting Room, on the fourth floor of the Law Library.

Margot Winick, daughter of the late Prof. Bruce Winick with Carol Zeiner of St. Thomas School of Law.

Bruce J. Winick Colloquium Focuses on Standards in Problem-Solving Courts

Experts and policymakers came together last week at the Bruce J. Winick Fall 2012 Colloquium to discuss issues relating to so-called problem-solving courts. These specialized panels, such as drug courts, mental health courts and re-entry courts, focus on the use of treatment rather than incarceration as a response to certain categories of criminal offenders. Held at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, the daylong roundtable evolved into a far-reaching and evolving conversation on the courts today and where they might strive to head in the future.

Miami Law 3L Joseph Matthews

Making a Priority of Keeping Healthy, Fit and Sane in Law School

As third-year law student Erika Pagano strolled across the Purple parking lot onto the Bricks the other day, she was less than thrilled to be spending another early morning at the law school – until she realized that it was the first day of Wellness Week and she could land a free massage just by showing up. "A mid-morning chair massage was the perfect way to start my day," Pagano said, echoing the sentiments of other Miami Law students who enjoyed the many perks available to them during Wellness Week.

From left, Yeska Garcia, Universidad Americana; Sandra Rios, National Agrarian University Representative to Central American University Superior Council; Reyna Midence, National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Managua; Jessica Carvalho Morris, Director of International Graduate Law Programs at Miami Law; Tania Altamirano, National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Leon; and Maria Canelo, Central American University.

Nicaraguan Educators Visit Miami Law to Discuss Internationalization of Legal Education

The Office of International Graduate Law Programs and the Miami Council for International Visitors recently welcomed a group of Nicaraguan higher-education administrators to discuss the internationalization of legal education. The delegates were nominated by the U.S. embassy in Nicaragua to the International Visitor Leadership Fellows Program, a professional exchange program run by the U.S. Department of State. The program brings current and emerging foreign leaders to the U.S. for short visits to discuss ideas.

Judge Mark Leban, JD '72, Judge (Ret.) Amy N. Dean, JD '76, Elizabeth Schwartz, JD '97, Associate Dean Raquel Matas

Elizabeth F. Schwartz, JD '97, honored by National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

More than 800 guests attended the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Miami Recognition Dinner on Oct. 6 to honor Elizabeth F. Schwartz, 'JD 97, this year's recipient of the Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award. The dinner took place at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.

Miami Law to Play Significant Role in American Bar Association Meeting in Miami Beach

Twenty-seven Miami Law students and three members of the school's faculty will take active roles in the fall meeting of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, set to take place in Miami Beach on Oct. 16-20. The ABA says the meeting is one of the world's most important gatherings of international lawyers, and points to the 2009 fall gathering – also in Miami Beach – as having attracted more than 700 attendees from 36 countries.

Christy Turlington

Christy Turlington Brings Her Film, 'No Woman, No Cry,' to Cosford Cinema

The model and activist Christy Turlington Burns will attend a screening of her documentary, No Woman, No Cry, about the global state of maternal health, at the University of Miami's Bill Cosford Cinema on Nov. 9 at 4 p.m., an event sponsored by Miami Law and Planned Parenthood Global, among other organizations.

President Obama at UM

President Obama Holds 'Fiery' Rally at UM, Asks for Students' Support in Race for Second Term

With her ticket firmly in hand, Tracy McLeod was one of the first in line. The University of Miami doctoral student arrived outside UM's BankUnited Center at 8:30 on Thursday morning, intent on securing a good seat to "see and show support for the man I'll always relate to because of his journey," she said.

Miami-Dade Judicial Reception Honors Profession's Finest

With a backdrop of the blue waters of Biscayne Bay viewed from thirty floors above Brickell Avenue, the Law Alumni Association last week held its annual Miami-Dade Judicial Reception, a chance for old school chums to greet each other over drinks and canap├ęs, and for a few to be honored.

Former Student Seida Wood, JD '11, Makes Forceful Argument Before 1st District Court of Appeal

Under the supervision of Professor Bernard Perlmutter, who is a co-director of the clinic, Seida Wood, J.D. '11, presented an oral argument on behalf of two former foster children whose so-called Road to Independence benefits had been terminated by the Florida Department of Children and Families because they had enrolled in school in another state.

Transactions, Development and Finance at Core of Upcoming Conference

Later this month, the Ralph E. Boyer Institutes on Real Property and Condominium Law will present the Twenty-Fifth Institute on Real Property Law and the Thirty-Seventh Institute on Condominium and Cluster Developments at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The conference will take place on Oct. 24 through Oct. 26.

Miami Law to Celebrate 2012 Alumni Weekend and Homecoming

University of Miami alumni, current students and faculty will gather on the Coral Gables campus on Oct. 18-20 for Homecoming 2012, a boisterous occasion that will culminate in a football game that Saturday between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles.

Superman and Fellow Heroes Get Their Day in Court

When Mark S. Zaid, a Washington D.C. attorney with a passion for comic books, came to Miami Law a few days ago to deliver a lecture titled "Superheroes in the Courtroom: Law, Lawyers and Comic Books," he provided all the requisite history and context of the genre, including trademark battles and the evolving depiction of criminality and law enforcement in comics, all of it illustrated with colorful examples beamed onto overhead screens. But he concluded with a tangential riff on salacious innuendo – most of it subliminal – in comics going back decades, a performance that had the audience laughing in surprise.

Seminar Explores Fine Line Between Right and Wrong

Sponsored by two student organizations – the Child Advocacy & Family Law Society and the Entertainment & Sports Law Society – the panel comprised three people with unique perspectives on the juvenile justice system: Judge Ellen Sue Venzer, JD '87, of Florida's Eleventh Judicial Circuit; Dale Dobuler, JD '11, a former superintendent of the Florida Department of Juvenile Corrections; and wide receiver Davone Bess of the Miami Dolphins, who straightened out after getting into trouble as a teenager.

Judge Alex E. Ferrer

Two Television Judges, Both University of Miami Graduates, Find Right Balance Between Law and Entertainment

"America doesn't hate us, America loves us," Judge Marilyn Milian, AB '81, said of The People's Court, over which she presides, and similar courtroom television shows. "Why? Because it's speedy justice."

Time to Get Healthy: Students Get Encouragement, Exercise

This year's installment of Wellness Week, during which everyone at Miami Law is reminded to be smart about health and balance, launched on Sunday, Sept. 30, with the Dean's Cup Kickball Kick-Off on the green outside the Otto G. Richter Library.

Sookie Williams and Scott Rogers

Mindfulness Expert Scott Rogers Receives DBR's Sookie Williams Award

Miami Law's Scott L. Rogers, a Lecturer in Law who has made a name for himself by urging law students to be cognizant of stress and how to deal with it, has received the Daily Business Review's Sookie Williams Award, given for outstanding service to the legal community. Rogers was given the award on Sept. 21 at the Dade County Bar Association's Installation Luncheon.

Prof. Sarah H. Cleveland of Columbia Law School

Columbia Law's Prof. Cleveland Gives Riveting Analysis of Global Human Rights

A Miami Law lecture hall was packed recently with students, faculty members and guests for an address, the Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights, by Professor Sarah H. Cleveland of Columbia Law School. The title of the lecture was "Rights at War: The Interface Between Human and Constitutional Rights and the Laws of Armed Conflict."

Casey Sullivan, a HEART instructor; Meena Alagappan, HEART's executive director; Jane Graham, JD '09; Morgan Nati, president of Miami Law SALDF; Mia Logan, SALDF's vice-president of community outreach.

Kindness and Empathy at Heart of Animal-Rights Project

On a recent rainy Saturday, a group of Miami Law students, alumni and local attorneys gathered on campus to launch an education program with the aim of helping those scarcely able to help themselves: children and animals. The event was hosted by the Miami Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Fara Gold, JD '03

Former Miami Scholar Fara Gold, JD '03, Wins Attorney General's Award

Fara Gold, who graduated from Miami Law in 2003, is to receive the Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee on Oct. 17 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Wayne Chaplin, JD '82

UM Trustee Wayne Chaplin, JD '82, Makes Gift to Miami Law

To help offset the rising cost of legal education, Wayne Chaplin, JD '82, has made a generous contribution to the University of Miami School of Law to create the Chaplin Challenge.