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Miami Law News Headlines: February 2013

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Professor Susan Herman, president of American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU President Susan Herman Takes Aim at Excesses in Policies of Bush and Obama Administrations

As president of the American Civil Liberties Union, Professor Susan Herman is often called upon to express her opinions on some of the most potent and controversial issues in the land, and her recent appearance at Miami Law was no exception.

Miami Law 2L Errick Benson Peart

Diversity Fellowship from Becker & Poliakoff Goes to Miami Law student Errick Peart

A second-year Miami Law student, Errick Benson Peart, has won a paid summer internship with the law firm Becker & Poliakoff, as well as $5,000 to help pay for his last year in law school. The award is being made under the firm's Diversity Fellowship program, established in 2011 to offer law students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to demonstrate their own commitment to diversity in the legal profession.

2013 Miami Law Bar Week Flyer

Bar Week Aims to Help Students Become Focused, Positive and Prepared for All-Important Bar Exams

Being fully prepared for the Bar exam is one of the fundamental requirements of a career in law. As part of that imperative, Miami Law's Academic Achievement Program is launching Bar Week, a series of events from March 1 to March 7 that will cover everything from what students need to do between now and taking the Bar and how to remain focused, healthy, and positive.

Miami Law 2L Ryan Appel

In Baseball Arbitration Contest at Tulane, Miami Law Students Beat All But Three Teams in Field of Forty

In a series of simulated disputes, a team comprised of second-year Miami Law students Ryan Appel and Mitchell Retelny came in fourth place, out of 40 teams from around the country, in the 6th Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Professor Ricardo J. Bascuas

Technology in the Law, Potential Pitfalls of Social Media Explored by Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court Panel

A juror tweeting about his time in jury duty; an attorney posting an embarrassing photo of a client on Facebook; a judge disqualified because he and a prosecutor were Facebook "friends"; the fact that texts are replacing phone calls and personal interactions – all were topics of discussion at a panel of the Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court at Miami Law last week.

University of Miami School of Communication

Miami Law Joins Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and UM School of Communication to Train Probing Journalists

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and the University of Miami School of Communication have announced a new partnership to train students to produce in-depth news reports, investigative stories and other news content. The partnership includes an internship program for journalism students in the School of Communication's Department of Journalism and Media Management and collaborations with students from the University of Miami School of Law, whose casework could lead to stories that expose injustice.

Children's Home Society Executive Director Jackie Gonzalez, Karen Throckmorton, and Event Chair Ani Hernandez

Karen Throckmorton Honored by Children's Home Society With 'Woman of Valor' Award

Each year, an individual is rewarded for his or her commitment to the organization's mission of protecting and healing children, and building and strengthening families. This year, Miami Law's Karen Throckmorton is the recipient of the Children's Home Society's Woman of Valor award. Throckmorton, a Lecturer in Law and the Director of the Miami STREET LAW program, has spent more than 15 years as a volunteer, a longtime Miami-Dade board member, and a past chair of the board.

Judge Jose E. Martinez of the U.S. District Court

Miami Law Networking Event Allows Students To Start Forging Connections With Judges

Most days at around 7 a.m., the Miami Law campus is deserted. But on a Wednesday morning earlier this month, about 40 students could be seen on the Bricks, occasionally glancing at their watches. They were waiting for the Law Library's glass doors to swing open to admit them for a breakfast with six prominent South Florida judges.

Miami Law 2L Pamela Adewoyin

2L Pamela Adewoyin Wins Scholarships from National Black Law Students Association, Wilkie Ferguson Bar Association

Pamela Adewoyin, a second-year law student at Miami Law, has been enjoying some good news lately. To begin with, she has been honored with the National Black Law Students Association's Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship. The award is given annually to recognize an NBLSA member who has excelled academically, in addition to being active in his or her BLSA chapter and community.

Miami Law Team Wins Regional ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Miami Law Team Wins Regional ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

A team from Miami Law emerged as a regional winner in the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Las Vegas this past weekend, part of a qualifying round of a national contest that will conclude in April. The Miami Law team is composed of students Jordan Redavid, Andrea Solano and Jessica Marroquin.

Miami Law visiting professor Lesley Rosenthal

Lincoln Center's General Counsel, Teaching Short Course, Addresses Role of In-House Counsel at Nonprofits

Visiting Professor Lesley Rosenthal, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, is teaching a one-week course at Miami Law titled "The Role of In-House Counsel at a Nonprofit," from Feb. 18-23.

Miami Law graduate Irina Rostova and Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis, JD '72, to Receive Hoeveler Award

Miami Law's Center for Ethics and Public Service has chosen Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis to receive the 11th annual William M. Hoeveler Award. The prestigious prize celebrates ethics, leadership and public service in the legal profession.

Catharine MacKinnon and Professor Mary Anne Franks

At Human Trafficking Conference, Activist on Women's Equality Focuses on Plight of Sex Workers

Professor Catharine A. MacKinnon of the University of Michigan, renowned for her teaching and activism on sexual-equality issues, delivered the keynote address at a conference at the University of Miami titled "Human Trafficking: Demand, Legislation, and Prosecutions."

Martin Nash, J.D. '61

Martin Nash, Miami Law Alumnus and Former Adjunct Professor in Tax and Estate Planning, Dies

Miami Law mourns the passing of Martin Nash, J.D. '61. He was a partner in the firm Nash Axman Watkin PLC in Coral Gables, where he specialized in tax law. With more than 50 years of experience in the law, Nash was an expert in various aspects of income and estate tax planning.

Sarah Weddington

Sarah Weddington, Key Figure in Roe v. Wade, Discusses Historic Case and Reproductive Freedom Still 'Under Siege'

To mark the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, the UM School of Law brought a key figure in the women's rights movement to speak to students and other community members Tuesday night at the Storer Auditorium.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy Talks at Miami Law About Civil Discourse and Pride in the Law

Some years ago, during a visit to his native California, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was approached in a restaurant by a lawyer from Ukiah who recognized him as a member of the Supreme Court.

Sarah Weddington

Women's Rights Leader Presents Lecture "Some Leaders Are Born Women!"

Sarah Weddington, who successfully argued the landmark Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Course case in 1973, spoke on Tuesday evening, February 12th at the University of Miami Storer Auditorium on the Coral Gables campus. Weddington's lecture was titled "Some Leaders are Born Women!"

Social Media and the Law

University of Miami Law Review Discusses Social Media and the Law at Upcoming Symposium

This year's University of Miami Law Review Symposium will be on "Social Media & the Law" on February 15th and 16th at the Storer Auditorium. The symposium will approach this expansive subject through four panels examining four discrete issues. Context and perspective will be provided by two dynamic keynote speakers, LawWithoutWalls' founders, Miami Law Associate Professor Michele DeStefano and Michael Bossone, Special Advisor to Dean Patricia D. White, and a second-day address by John Browning, Dallas attorney and author of the first social media textbook, "The Lawyer's Guide to Social Networking."

Justice Ivan F. Fernandez of the Third District Court of Appeal

Judges Hear Oral Arguments at University of Miami for Third Consecutive Year

Miami Law students observed the judicial process in action as Judges Richard J. Suarez, Ivan F. Fernandez and Thomas Logue of the Third District Court of Appeal heard oral arguments in several real-life cases Friday at the Storer Auditorium on UM's Coral Gables campus.

The Florida Everglades

Law School Offers 9th Joint Degree Program - a J.D./Ph.D in Environmental Science and Policy

The University of Miami's School of Law unveiled its newest joint degree, a J.D./Ph.D in Environmental Science and Policy, last week. Following Stanford University and the University of Colorado, UM is the third school in the nation to offer a doctoral degree in environmental science and policy alongside the juris doctor degree.

Tina H. Portuondo, Director of Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Leading Conference for Professionals, Attracts Record Number of Attendees

The nation's leading conference for estate planners, trust officers, accountants, insurance advisors and wealth management professionals, organized every year by Miami Law's Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, attracted a record number of registered attendees – more than 2,800 – in its latest annual outing.

Professor Geoffrey Stone

Professor Geoffrey Stone Delves Into Distinctions Between Judicial Activism and Restraint in Supreme Court Decisions

Over the last few decades, a salient feature of the United States Supreme Court has been its shifts in emphasis between decisions that displayed judicial activism and those that tended toward judicial restraint. That was the starting point for a lecture at Miami Law this week by Professor Geoffrey Stone, a leading constitutional scholar and the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at University of Chicago Law School.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Visits Miami Law; Teaches Class and Gives Lecture

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy visited Miami Law on February 11, and took part in the Robert B. Cole Distinguished Jurist Lecture Series. He also taught a class. Justice Kennedy's day began early at Miami Law, where he was greeted by Dean Patricia D. White before he addressed students in a Constitutional Law class.