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Miami Law News Headlines: June 2013

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Miami Law Alumnus Todd Payne

Alumnus Todd Payne Represents Pilot in Case with $100 Million Verdict

After a two-week trial, a Broward County jury returned a $100 million verdict in favor of a 31-year-old pilot whose plane crashed at North Perry airport on November 10, 2007. The jury found the air traffic controller 68% responsible and the pilot 32% responsible.

Rising 2L and Miami Scholar Trinity Jordan

Rising 2L and Miami Scholar Trinity Jordan Publishes Third Book 'Sabotage'

A rising 2L, Trinity Jordan continues to thrive in law school. During his first year, he successfully wrote and promoted his third book, "Sabotage." Published by Passio, Sabotage: How Insecurities Destroy Everything is a book about how insecurities corrode relationships. "Every person that exists deals with insecurity. It's whether you accept insecurities and do something about it. If you choose not to, your insecurities can sabotage your relationships," Jordan explained.

Miami Law Alumnus Dr. Vinodh Jaichand

Alumnus Named Dean and Head of Law School at University of the Witwatersrand South Africa

The first time Dr. Vinodh Jaichand ever boarded a plane and traveled abroad was to come to attend the University of Miami School of Law. "I knew my quest to study abroad was the right one when I got to UM" said Jaichand, who received his LL.M. in International Human Rights Law in May 2004. "UM was one of the few Law Schools which offered an opportunity to study comparative law and international law to persons from outside the U.S."

Super Lawyers Profiles Miami Law Alumna Rocky Rodriguez and Her Role in President Bush's Election

Super Lawyers Profiles Miami Law Alumna Rocky Rodriguez and Her Role in President Bush's Election

They call her "Rocky," much like the fictional boxer, Raquel Rodriguez is used to stepping into tough situations and going the distance. She got the nickname from a classmate at law school. "I think it was my willingness to get in the ring with the professors and not be intimidated," she says.

ABA leaders Kevin Yombor, 3L, and Shekida Smith, 2L

Miami Law Students Appointed to Leadership Positions in the American Bar Association

Three Miami Law students will be applying their dexterity to their recently accepted leadership positions within the American Bar Association (ABA): 2L Shekida Smith, 2L Andrew Orcutt, and 3L Kevin Yombor.

K&L Gates partner Richard Winston

Miami Law Engages Latin American Tax Lawyers at U.S.-Latin American Tax Planning Strategies Conference

From a kick-off cocktail party to the keynote address, the University of Miami School of Law Graduate Program in Taxation demonstrated its commitment to Latin America to the hundreds of tax practitioners attending the U.S.-Latin American Tax Planning Strategies Conference.

Faculty Experts Comment About George Zimmerman's Trial for the Murder of Trayvon Martin

Faculty Experts Comment About George Zimmerman's Trial for the Murder of Trayvon Martin

The trial for George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch captain accused of murdering teen Trayvon Martin while on patrol, began last week. The news media has reached out to Miami Law faculty experts for their input and thoughts.

Miami Law Student Appointed as National Student Director for ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Miami Law Student Appointed as National Student Director for ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Rising second-year law student Shekida Smith has been appointed National Student Director for the ABA Law Student Division's National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) Subcommittee.

Director of STREET Law, Karen Throckmorton, Retires Amid Laughter and Tears

Director of STREET Law, Karen Throckmorton, Retires Amid Laughter and Tears

Not surprisingly, it was standing room only at Karen Throckmorton's farewell fete, and not just because of the lure of sweet laden tables of treats. As with every truly good celebration, there were laughs and tears, and a tiny touch of a celebrity roast, as is befitting for such a powerful force of positivity, cheerfulness, grit, and just downright sweetness.

Miami Law Alumna Establishes Scholarship in Memory of Close Friend and Former Roommate Linda Dakis, JD '74

Miami Law Alumna Establishes Scholarship in Memory of Close Friend and Former Roommate Linda Dakis, JD '74

Rebekah Poston and Linda Dakis were roommates throughout their time at Miami Law in the early 70s. They both attended night school after working full-time during the day, and although they were tired at night, they were serious about law school and their career goals. But they still managed to have fun.

PREP Wraps Up Semester with Presentations on Cloud Computing and Social Media

Students in Miami Law's Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program wrapped up the semester with CLE ethics trainings presented to the Cuban American Bar Association and Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association.

Trevor Aaronson speaking to the Courts Beat class at Miami Law

Award-winning Journalist Offers Advice to Miami Law Students About Writing Investigative Articles

Award-winning journalist Trevor Aaronson visited a Miami Law class recently to talk about his recent book, The Terror Factory, and to give students advice as they pursue their own investigative articles.

Miami Law Legal Corps

Miami Law's Legal Corps Receives Second Grant from The Miami Foundation to Fund Fellowship

Miami Law's Legal Corps has been awarded a second $10,000 grant by The Miami Foundation, which will fund a six-month fellowship at Dade Legal Aid's Put Something Back Pro Bono Project.

Antonio Hernandez and Jose Vasquez

Two Miami Law Students Selected for Inaugural HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute

Two rising second-year Miami Law students – Antonio Hernandez and Jose Vazquez – have been chosen to participate in the inaugural HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute in July in Washington, D.C. with 25 other nationally selected law students.