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Miami Law News Headlines: July 2014

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Week of July 14-18

Student Presents Access to Justice –“A2J”- Project at Harvard Law School On Behalf of Health Rights Clinic

Student Presents Access to Justice –“A2J”- Project at Harvard Law School On Behalf of Health Rights Clinic

Born in Miami, Florida to parents of Cuban-Argentine origin, William Mueller knew that if he was going to go to law school, it was going to be at Miami Law. Mueller attended Carnegie Mellon for college and received a B.A. in Professional Writing, a B.S. in Decision Science, and a minor in Business Administration. Upon completion of his undergraduate degrees, Mueller transitioned immediately from college to law school – applying only to Miami Law.

Week of July 7-11

Doctor Dedicated to Principled Service Gives Generous Gift to Support Miami Public Interest Scholar

Doctor Dedicated to Principled Service Gives Generous Gift to Support Miami Public Interest Scholar

Berton Forman, with a 21-year career as an anesthesiologist behind him, was reviewing hospital records for an insurance company for his company, Rockville Recovery Associates Ltd. in 2010. What he discovered was hospitals, by using separate billing codes, were double and triple billing for anesthesiology – once for the doctor and another for the hospital.

United States Senate Confirms Miami Law Alumna Beth Bloom to U.S. District Court

United States Senate Confirms Miami Law Alumna Beth Bloom to U.S. District Court

When Beth Bloom graduated from Miami Law cum laude in 1988, she had already amassed an impressive array of awards: the Roger Sorino Award as the Outstanding Law School Graduate; Moot Court Board Hall of Fame; Who's Who in American Law Schools; Iron Arrow; Society of Bar & Gavel; American Jurisprudence Award for Appellate Practice & Procedure, among others.

Miami Scholar Kelly Cox Continues Her Passion for Environmental Law at Department of Transportation

Miami Scholar Kelly Cox Continues Her Passion for Environmental Law at Department of Transportation

Avid environmentalist and Miami Scholar Kelly Cox, did not anticipate that her passion for this field would lead her to the Department of Transportation for a summer externship.

Students Expand Legal Ethics Presentations in South Florida with Visits to JAMS and the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office

Students Expand Legal Ethics Presentations in South Florida with Visits to JAMS and the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office

Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) provides a forum for students to interact with attorneys regarding the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession. Each year PREP adds a few new venues to its presentation roster. This year, under the guidance of PREP director, Jan Jacobowitz, the JAMS Resolution Center (JAMS) and the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office provided new opportunities for PREP.

Week of July 1-4

Health Rights Clinic Wins 10K in Social Security Disability Back Pay On Behalf of Veteran

Health Rights Clinic Wins 10K in Social Security Disability Back Pay On Behalf of Veteran

Hosea Smith had been a Miami-Dade bus driver for over 20 years when he was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in February of 2009. In January of 2013, shortly after undergoing his second round of chemotherapy, the 54-year-old applied for Social Security Disability Benefits; his claim was denied twice. Meanwhile, Veterans Administration officials failed to link his leukemia to his military service and, therefore, did not provide him with Veteran Disability Compensation Benefits.

Miami Law Moot Court Team Named 2014 State Champions with Win at Robert Orseck Memorial Competition

Miami Law Moot Court Team Named 2014 State Champions with Win at Robert Orseck Memorial Competition

The Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court team of rising 3Ls Leah Aaronson and Daniel Ferrante won the 2014 Robert Orseck Moot Court Competition held in Orlando last week. They competed against all of Florida’s law schools and were named state champions with their final round victory against Stetson School of Law. The Florida Supreme Court Justices scored the final round and selected Leah Aaronson as the best oralist. The team also received the Second Best Brief of the competition.

From Classroom to Newsroom: Rising 2L Kayleigh McEnany Appears on TV as Guest Political Commentator

From Classroom to Newsroom: Rising 2L Kayleigh McEnany Appears on TV as Guest Political Commentator

At the end of a rigorous school day when most law students are fervently closing their casebooks, springing into bed, and turning on their televisions to catch up on the day’s news, the last person they expect to see looking at them from the other side of their screen is one of their classmates.

Student Brian Vaca Applies First-Hand Knowledge at Internship at Americans for Immigrant Justice

Student Brian Vaca Applies First-Hand Knowledge at Internship at Americans for Immigrant Justice

Brian Vaca is spending the summer as an intern at Americans for Immigration Justice and has been assisting immigration maverick and Miami Law adjunct professor Ira Kurzban on a pro bono case, as part of the HOPE Summer Public Interest Fellowship program.

Rising 3L Steven Vitale Spends Summer Interning at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Rising 3L Steven Vitale Spends Summer Interning at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Ever since being selected as a HOPE Fellow at Miami Law, Steven Vitale has been able to actively apply his passion for public service and pro bono work in the public sector. This summer, Vitale accepted an offer with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) in Washington, D.C. for which Vitale feels the Hope Fellowship Program prepared him well.