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Week of April 28- May 3

Miami Law Hosts Panel to Review the Patent Pilot Program in Florida

Miami Law Hosts Panel to Review the Patent Pilot Program in Florida

Miami Law, in conjunction with DLA Piper, recently hosted a panel discussion “Streamlined or Complicated: 2 Years of the Patent Pilot Program.” The panel included The Honorable Donald M. Middlebrooks of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Jeremy Elman, Partner at DLA Piper, and Associate Professor Andres Sawicki.

Center for Ethics & Public Service Honors Attorneys Who Worked to Block Trolley Garage in Low Income Neighborhood

Center for Ethics & Public Service Honors Attorneys Who Worked to Block Trolley Garage in Low Income Neighborhood

Miami Law’s Center for Ethics and Public Service conferred their annual Friends of the Center award to four attorneys who provided critical pro bono legal services and dedicated leadership in the West Grove community’s fight against the construction and operation of City of Coral Gables’ trolley bus maintenance facility.

Miami Law Alumnus Vance Aloupis Named as 2014 Young Floridian

Miami Law Alumnus Vance Aloupis Named as 2014 Young Floridian

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida will honor Vance Aloupis, JD ’08, with the 2014 Young Floridian award on June 3 in Orlando. Aloupis, who is the State Director for The Children’s Movement of Florida, has worked tirelessly to advance a grass-roots movement on behalf of Florida’s children.

Federal Bar Association Hosts “Ride Above the Bar” Charity Event

Federal Bar Association Hosts “Ride Above the Bar” Charity Event

The UM student chapter of The Federal Bar Association (FBA) hosted an event designed to foster networking between practitioners in federal practice and law students, while at the same time giving back to the community.

Professor Schnably Honored

Professor Schnably Honored

For protecting the rights of the homeless, Stephen J. Schnably will be given the C. Clyde Atkins Civil Liberties Award on May 2.

Week of April 21- April 25

National Humanities Center Fellow

National Humanities Center Fellow

Congratulations to Professor Kunal Parker on this prestigious appointment for the 2014-15 academic year.



An Interview with Miami Law Professor Michele DeStefano about LawWithoutWalls

An Interview with Miami Law Professor Michele DeStefano about LawWithoutWalls

LawWithoutWalls (LWOW), devised and led by Miami Law Professor Michele DeStefano aims to develop in its students the skills necessary to provide effective professional services in today’s cross-cultural marketplace through a blended instructional model combining in-person and virtual components.

Miami Law Moot Court Team Finishes in Top 4% at the National Appellate Advocacy Championship

Miami Law Moot Court Team Finishes in Top 4% at the National Appellate Advocacy Championship

The Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board team of 2Ls Donald “D.J.” Hodson, Erica Haft and support team member Natasha Khoyi finished in the top 4 percent at the National Appellate Advocacy Championship held in Chicago, Illinois. They made it to quarterfinal round, losing to Georgetown in the single elimination rounds. Georgetown went on to win the whole competition.

Marriage Equality Series Explores Practical Implications of a Post-DOMA Legal Landscape

Marriage Equality Series Explores Practical Implications of a Post-DOMA Legal Landscape

Miami Law’s Marriage Equality Series, which concluded on April 9th, was a unique collaborative effort between OUTLaw, https://orgsync.com/56830/chapter the University’s LGBT student advocacy group, and the Miami Law administration. The series incorporated a novel interdisciplinary approach, where the lectures were offered both as a formal course with academic credit for students and as a CLE course for practicing attorneys.

Miami Law Students Nominated to Who’s Who in American Universities & Colleges

Miami Law Students Nominated to Who’s Who in American Universities & Colleges

Every year, a select group of students is called forward to accept one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow — selection to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 2,842 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is symbolized by the presentation of an award certificate.

Week of April 14- April 18

Conference Focuses on Legal and Policy Issues Related to Robotics

Conference Focuses on Legal and Policy Issues Related to Robotics

Robots in hospitals, in schools, in the air, watching you, reading your email, and even trading stocks. The robots are everywhere and becoming more and more autonomous. What new rules and policies do we need to prepare?

Immigration Clinic Hosts Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Innovative Immigration Defense

Immigration Clinic Hosts Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Innovative Immigration Defense

Miami Law’s Immigration Clinic hosted a continuing legal education seminar aimed at training lawyers on defending people against deportation. The training featured prominent lawyers and immigration judge, the Honorable Denise Slavin, who appeared in her personal capacity. Other speakers included Ira Kurzban, a Miami Law adjunct faculty member, and Dan Kesselbrenner, Executive Director of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. More than a hundred people attended the all-day event.

Human Rights Clinic Participates in Hearing on Stand Your Ground Laws Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Human Rights Clinic Participates in Hearing on Stand Your Ground Laws Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

On March 26, I was fortunate enough to give the opening remarks at a thematic hearing on the implications of Stand Your Ground (“SYG”) laws in minority communities before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (“IACHR”) in Washington, D.C. It was an incredible culmination of a year of hard work in the Human Rights Clinic on Stand your Ground laws, gun violence, and domestic violence.

2L Jordan Hadley Elected Attorney General for the National Black Law Students Association

2L Jordan Hadley Elected Attorney General for the National Black Law Students Association

Having served as President of the Black Law Student’s Association (BLSA) at Miami Law during the 2013-2014 school year, second year law student Jordan Hadley is well groomed for his new position as Attorney General of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA). Hadley will serve as the Attorney General for the 2014-2015 school year.

Week of April 7- April 11

White & Case LLP

Momentum2 Gift

The law firm of White & Case LLP has made a multi-year commitment to support the continued excellence and impact of the International Arbitration Institute at Miami Law

United Nations Human Rights Committee Issues Recommendations to the United States Reflecting Advocacy of Human Rights Clinic Students

U.N. Committee Issues Recommendations to the U.S. Reflecting Advocacy of Human Rights Clinic

Last month, Miami Law Human Rights Clinic 3L students Charlotte Cassel, Daniella Peterson, and James Slater traveled to Geneva with Professor Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Director of the clinic, to present the Clinic’s reports and recommendations on the United States’ compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Miami Law Team Wins Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

Miami Law Team Wins Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

Miami Law’s team of Blaze Douglas and Thomas White, both 3Ls, won the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition held at the University of Wisconsin Law School. The team was coached by Eduardo Sanchez, JD ’90, from the United States Attorney’s Office, and came out on top over 23 teams from around the country. Miami Law beat the team from Chicago Kent in the finals.

Miami Law Wins 3rd National Competition with Win at Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court

Miami Law Wins 3rd National Competition with Win at Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court

Members of the Charles Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board continue to distinguish themselves this year with outstanding competition results at the national level. Miami Law’s 3L team of Kyle Ohlenschlaeger and Renee Kramer won the 39th Annual Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition held at Fordham University School of Law. They beat out 24 teams from around the country and were coached by attorney Justin Prociv, JD ’03, of the law firm Lapin & Leichtling.

Visiting Professor Kevin Doolan to Teach Course on Corporate Skills for New Lawyers

Visiting Professor Kevin Doolan to Teach Course on Corporate Skills for New Lawyers

Visiting Professor Kevin Doolan, Partner in the international law firm, Eversheds, will be teaching a short course “Corporate Skills for New Lawyers,” starting April 7. Professor Doolan has been a partner at Eversheds for more than 25 years and since 2001 has been a full time member of the firm’s management team based in London. In 1996 he completed his MBA at Henley Management College and, in his role as Head of Client Relations, is responsible for leading all business development activity for Eversheds Offices in 27 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Growing Space Tourism and Private Commercial Rocket Firms Provide Lawyers New Legal Frontiers

Growing Space Tourism and Private Commercial Rocket Firms Provide Lawyers New Legal Frontiers

If Virgin Galactic's White Knight Two mother ship takes off from its New Mexico spaceport and launches the SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane 60,000 feet above Canada, does it violate Canadian sovereignty and airspace?

Professor Osamudia James Named to Lawyers Of Color’s 50 Under 50 List

Professor Osamudia James Named to Lawyers Of Color’s 50 Under 50 List

Professor Osamudia James has been named to Lawyers Of Color’s 50 Under 50 in the 2014 Law School Diversity Issue. The listing is a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors who are making an impact in legal education.

Week of March 31- April 4

Miami Law Team Wins the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition

Miami Law Team Wins the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition

Miami Law students David Coulter, 2L, and Bridget Schultz, 3L, won the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition held at Seton Hall Law School. They also received 3rd Best Brief in the competition and Schultz was named Best Oralist in the final round.

Miami Law Students Advocate to United Nations Human Rights Committee

Miami Law Students Advocate to United Nations Human Rights Committee

Three students from Miami Law’s Human Rights Clinic travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in hearings and briefings in front of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The committee had gathered to review the United States' compliance with its treaty obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty that the United States ratified in 1992.

Health Rights Clinic Students Take on Gap in Medicaid Health Safety Net in Florida

Health Rights Clinic Students Take on Gap in Medicaid Health Safety Net in Florida

The Health Rights Clinic took on a number of cases in 2010 when the Public Health Trust terminated outpatient dialysis care for the uninsured in Miami-Dade County or repatriated individuals back to their home countries when in fact they qualified for federally funded emergency Medicaid.

WE ROBOT 2014: Miami Law Hosts Conference on Legal and Policy Issues Relating to Robotics

WE ROBOT 2014: Miami Law Hosts Conference on Legal and Policy Issues Relating to Robotics

Robotics is becoming a transformative technology. We Robot 2014, hosted by Miami Law, examines how the increasing sophistication of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, and even to the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking of various policy issues.

Miami Law Student Rafael Yaniz Attends Annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference

Miami Law Student Rafael Yaniz Attends Annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference

When people find out that 2L Rafael Yaniz is not Jewish, they’re often surprised. That’s because the Roman Catholic Cuban-American Miami native has been highly involved in American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) since he first attended a “Gators for Israel” meeting in 2007 as a freshman studying Political Science at the University of Florida.