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Alumni to Receive Awards at Miami-Dade Judicial Reception

Three eminent Miami Law graduates will be honored by the Law Alumni Association on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception. Judges Richard J. Suarez, JD '81, and Laurel Myerson Isicoff, JD '82, will each be given the Alumni Achievement Award, while attorney Alexandra Bach Lagos, JD '06, will receive the Alumni Leadership Award.

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Law and Architecture Panel to Explore Alternatives to Multi-Family Housing

Cost efficiency, as well as social and architectural diversity, are some of the reasons that multi-family buildings are becoming increasingly popular in some parts of the world. A lecture and panel discussion at Miami Law this week will explore "Building Communities in Germany: A Democratic Alternative to Multi-Family Housing."

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess

Seminar Features Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Davone Bess

Wide receiver Davone Bess of the Miami Dolphins, who straightened out his life after getting into trouble as a teenager, will be a panelist in a seminar on juvenile justice at Miami Law on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Jessica Lee

International Moot Court Launches Academic Year With Glance at Past and Focus on Future

Miami Law's International Moot Court Program held a reception recently to welcome new participants, students who will represent the school in legal competitions around the world. The event, held in the Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge, also honored students and faculty who took part in the program over the last year.

DC Comics' 'Batman' issue

Attorney and National Security Expert Has Not-So-Secret Fixation: Comic Books

With an artful touch, Mark S. Zaid has managed to combine his two passions – comic books and the law. Zaid, a Washington D.C. attorney well known as an expert in national security law and freedom-of-information issues, has long kept a close eye on pop culture too, especially the action-adventure heroes who populate urban lore and fantasy. Far from restricting himself to a life of somber legalities in briefs, motions and courtrooms, Zaid takes joy in discovering connections between the legal world and comic-book depictions of trails, judicial hearings and other criminal proceedings.

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Groundbreaking Global Program, Embarking on Third Year, Announces Six New Participating Schools

LawWithoutWalls, a trailblazing academic program founded at Miami Law, will be expanded next year to include students and faculty members from an additional six schools from around the world, for a total of 18.

Two Miami Law Alumni to Lead Coral Gables Bar Association

Jane Muir, who graduated from Miami Law in 2009 and is a partner at Gersten & Muir, will be sworn in as president of the Coral Gables Bar Association on October 6 during its 61st annual President's Ball.

Miami Law students Greg Boulos and Emily Horowitz.

New Lawyers, Beaming, Take Oath of Admission to Florida Bar

More than 100 exultant Miami Law graduates, their long academic labors successfully accomplished, were sworn in Wednesday as members of the Florida Bar in a ceremony – both lighthearted and compellingly serious – at Maurice Gusman Concert Hall.

Elizabeth B. Honkonen, Detra Shaw-Wilder and Dean Patricia D. White.

Good Lawyers Do Good Things, Panel on Giving is Told

In the string of events staged at Miami Law as part of Philanthropy Week, none came as close to the crux of the matter as a panel titled simply "Giving Back to U." Presented by the Law Alumni Association, the Society of Bar & Gavel and the Student Bar Association, the panel comprised four Miami Law alums who have made it a point not only to support the law school at which they obtained their degrees, but to do work that exemplifies generosity and selflessness.

Miami Law student Paul J. Agbeyegbe

Miami Law student interns at White House

Miami Law student Paul J. Agbeyegbe recently concluded a summer internship at the White House. While his primary role as a White House Intern in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs was assisting staff members to prepare for meetings with various constituent groups, his highest honor was helping with tours of the East Wing to veterans and other guests.

Yoga sessions at Miami Law

Yoga Sessions at Miami Law Focus on Relieving Tension and Stress

As yoga becomes integral to the health and well-being of people across the country, more and more law schools are offering yoga to their students. While these on-campus offerings are valuable to those with an interest in yoga, some students who are not personally acquainted with the ancient practice may not feel they have enough time for full-length sessions, which typically last 60 or 90 minutes.

Miami Law alumna Caitlin Hickey

Graduate Receives Prestigious Internship with German Institute for Human Rights

As part of Miami Law's Legal Corps program, alumna Caitlin Hickey has been awarded an internship with the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin. Established in 2001, the Institute aims to promote and protect human rights by means of academic research projects, studies, seminars and other educational programs, and offers advice on human rights in the context of domestic and international policies.

Judge Marilyn Milian, AB '81, of The People's Court and Judge Alex E. Ferrer, JD '86, of the Judge Alex show

Miami Law to Present Hurricanes: Order in the Court

Judge Marilyn Milian, AB '81, of The People's Court and Judge Alex E. Ferrer, JD '86, of the Judge Alex show will examine entertainment law, mediation, alternate career paths for law students, and entertainment law from the business angle in a panel titled "Hurricanes: Order in the Court." The event will be held on September 27, 2012 at 6 p.m. Storer Auditorium, 5250 University Drive, Coral Gables.

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Museums Grapple With Demands for Return of Antiquities; Lecture Addresses Legal Implications

The repatriation of art, antiquities and other cultural objects – often plundered as spoils of war, or looted from ancient sites and burial grounds – has been much on the minds of museum directors and curators in recent years, as countries such as Egypt, Greece and Turkey step up their claims to objects that have long been on display for museum visitors in the West.

Law students Yasin Daneshfar and Valerie Trueba.

Moot Court Team Goes to Battle in Orlando, Does Miami Law Proud

A Miami Law Moot Court team represented the law school last month with great success. Oralists Yasin Daneshfar and Valerie Trueba, both in their third year as law students, competed in the Zehmer National Workers' Compensation Moot Court Competition in Orlando.

Human Rights at Forefront of Upcoming Talk by Noted Scholar

Professor Sarah H. Cleveland of Columbia Law School, a well-known expert in international human rights, is to give the Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights at Miami Law on Thursday, Sept. 13. The title of the lecture will be "Rights at War: The Interface Between Human and Constitutional Rights and the Laws of Armed Conflict."

Miami Law 3L Genevieve Valle

Interning at NBC News, Miami Law's Genevieve Valle Gets Taste of Real Journalism, Finds it 'Amazing'

Third-year law student Genevieve Valle had an eye-opening summer, interning in New York City at "Dateline NBC" and "Rock Center with Brian Williams." The experience dovetailed with her goal of becoming both an on-air legal commentator and a criminal prosecutor.

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Religious Freedom Is Focus of Discussion This Week on Miami Law Panel

As the election season heats up, a referendum question facing voters on the Florida ballot in November will be at the center of a panel discussion this Thursday at Miami Law. The panel, organized by a student organization called the Secular Law Society, will focus on Amendment 8, which would allow taxpayer money to flow to religious schools and houses of worship, according to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.