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Week of August 25-29

Miami Law Takes First Place in Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition

Miami Law Takes First Place in Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition

After ending last year ranked ninth best moot court team in the country, Miami Law’s Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board continues its winning ways by placing first in the 27th Annual Earle Zehmer Workers' Compensation Moot Court Competition. The team, which consisted of 3Ls Berenice Mottin-Berger and Nejla Calvo, also was awarded best brief in the competition.

Parents Establish Scholarship Fund in Memory of Son

Parents Establish Scholarship Fund in Memory of Son

After the untimely death of their son Stephen in 2013, Miami Law alumnus Mark E. Brodsky, JD ’68, and his wife, Nancy, established a scholarship to honor the memory of their late son. The Stephen M. Brodsky Memorial Scholarship is a three-year scholarship for a Division 1 or Division 2 undergraduate athlete admitted to Miami Law.

Law Student Works Alongside Alumnus at the Department of Homeland Security

Law Student Works Alongside Alumnus at the Department of Homeland Security

Students in law school regularly connect with their peers, their professors, and their colleagues, but one of the most undervalued relationships in law school is that between the students and the alumni.

Justice Kennedy at Miami Law

Justice Kennedy at Miami Law

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy addressed Miami Law students on August 25th.




Cuban Civil Law-Myth or Reality?

Cuban Civil Law-Myth or Reality?

This unique short course, taught by Maria Elena Cobas Cobiella, begins this week




Week of August 18-22

#3 Law School for Hispanics

#3 Law School for Hispanics

Miami Law came in third nationally in Hispanic Business Magazine’s annual ranking.




15th Annual HOPE Day of Service Kicks Off Orientation Plus Pro Bono Ethic and Commitment to Service

15th Annual HOPE Day of Service Kicks Off Orientation Plus Pro Bono Ethic and Commitment to Service

More than 200 students gathered on Miami Law’s central courtyard, “The Bricks,” early in the morning on Thursday, August 14, to participate in the University of Miami School of Law's 15th annual HOPE Day of Service. On this day new and returning Miami Law students made their way to 14 different sites across Miami-Dade County, including Virginia Key, Homestead, Hialeah and South Miami where student volunteers served at parks, environmental clean ups, animal rescue missions, health care centers, and preschools.

Unique Perspective on Immigration Drives 2L During Summer Public Interest Fellowship

Unique Perspective on Immigration Drives 2L During Summer Public Interest Fellowship

When it comes to immigration policy in the United States, there are few areas of the country as politically charged as Arizona, South Florida, or the Northeast, and one law student has lived in all three. Caroline Schwartz, a second-year student, used her unique perspective on immigration to better serve public interest by spending the summer working at Americans for Immigrant Justice (AIJ), a non-profit law and advocacy firm in Miami.

Week of August 11-15

Kapila Family Foundation Establishes Award for Outstanding Bankruptcy Moot Competitor

Kapila Family Foundation Establishes Award for Outstanding Bankruptcy Moot Competitor

The Kapila Family Foundation, a small foundation located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently established The Kapila Family Foundation Student Award for an outstanding Miami Law student competitor in the nationally recognized Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition - one of the nation’s preeminent moot court competitions that promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on issues in bankruptcy practice. The gift will also name the moot court team that competes annually at the premier bankruptcy competition the “Kapila Miami Law Duberstein Moot Court Team.”

Rising 2L Uses Summer Fellowship for Public Interest Advocacy at State Attorney’s Office

Rising 2L Uses Summer Fellowship for Public Interest Advocacy at State Attorney’s Office

To the public eye, prosecuting doesn’t always go hand in hand with the notion of public interest advocacy, but one Miami Law student is trying to change that. Ian McKenzie, one of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center’s Summer Public Interest Fellows (SPIF), spent his summer working at the State Attorney’s Office. His goal was to develop his skills in litigation while maintaining his strong ethical beliefs.

Bilzin Sumberg Creates Academic Scholarship for University of Miami School of Law Students

Bilzin Sumberg Creates Academic Scholarship for University of Miami School of Law Students

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP has generously donated $50,000 to the University of Miami School of Law, which will be used to create the Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod Scholars program.

PREP Participates in Anti-Defamation League’s Summer Associate Research Program

PREP Participates in Anti-Defamation League’s Summer Associate Research Program

Once again this summer Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) students participated in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) 2014 Summer Associate Research Program (SARP). SARP is a national program in which the ADL provides compelling civil rights and constitutional issues for which ADL needs research assistance. The students from law schools and various law firms’ summer clerk programs select the issues that most interest them.