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Week of March 24-28

Investor Rights Clinic Wins First Victory and Arbitration Award for 82-year-old Client

Investor Rights Clinic Wins First Victory and Arbitration Award for 82-year-old Client

Miami Law students from the Investor Rights Clinic recently obtained an award of $13,750 for client Carol Barnes, an 82-year-old woman who lost a significant amount of her modest retirement savings that she invested with a broker.

Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic Students Save the Life of Undocumented Farmworker

Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic Students Save the Life of Undocumented Farmworker

Arial Gonzalez woke up the morning of January 15, 2014 feeling under the weather. Within hours he was doubled over in pain, had a searing headache, and was vomiting. He rode his bike, his only means of transportation, twenty minutes to the local clinic, Florida Community Health Centers, Inc., where he was diagnosed with abdominal pain and sent home with some medications and instructions to go to an emergency room if his condition worsened.

Visiting Professor José M. de Areilza to Teach Course on Power and Influence

Visiting Professor José M. de Areilza to Teach Course on Power and Influence

Visiting Professor José M. de Areilza, Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair at ESADE, Ramón Llul University in Spain, will be teaching the short course "Power and Influence," starting Monday, March 31. Professor de Areilza has published extensively in the fields of European Union constitutional law and Spanish foreign policy. He served between 1996 and 2000 as advisor to the Spanish Prime Minister on European and North American affairs. Professor Areilza writes a weekly column in the newspaper ABC and is a member of its Board of Directors.

32nd Annual Lawyer of the Americas Banquet to Honor Immigration Advocate Cheryl Little, JD '85

32nd Annual Lawyer of the Americas Banquet to Honor Immigration Advocate Cheryl Little, JD '85

The 32nd Annual Lawyer of the Americas Banquet, hosted by the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review will honor Cheryl Little, J.D. '85 on Thursday, April 3rd at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Week of March 17-21

Alumna Hilarie Bass Finds her Stage in Courtroom, Rises to Co-President of Greenberg Traurig

Alumna Hilarie Bass Finds her Stage in Courtroom, Rises to Co-President of Greenberg Traurig

Hilarie Bass is every parent’s dream child; she is brilliant, incredibly talented, creative and curious, wickedly funny, hardworking, generous, and best of all, bursting with life. And, like most extremely successful people, Bass has a continuing love affair with her work.

Miami Law Students Win Prestigious Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Championship

Miami Law Students Win Prestigious Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Championship

For the second time, Miami Law’s moot court team, which included students Benjamin Keime, 2L, Abirami Ananthasingam, 3L, and Joseph Matthews, 3L, were named winners of the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court. Miami Law’s team tied for first place with Science Po Law School in Paris. This competition, considered one of the most prestigious international student competitions with a focus on investment protection, was hosted by Goethe-University Frankfurt in Germany.

Alumna Catherine Dorvil Ensures Reproductive Rights in Liberia

Alumna Catherine Dorvil Ensures Reproductive Rights in Liberia

Catherine Dorvil, JD ’09, puts her beliefs into action every day. As a commercial litigator at Hogan Lovells, Dorvil engages in exciting and high-level legal analyses; however, while many litigators may be content with securing victories for their corporate clients, she sees her position in a “big” law firm as an opportunity to “sustain people who need a voice.”

Appellate Moot Competitions - Miami Law Teams Achieve Success

Appellate Moot Competitions - Miami Law Teams Achieve Success

The Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board experienced success in two recent competitions. The team of Donald “DJ” Hodson and Erica Haft, both 2Ls, was the Regional Winner at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Regional in Las Vegas, and the team of Jenna Winchester and James Sadler, both 3Ls, finished in the top 4 out of 31 teams in the 19th Annual Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational.

Inter-American Law Review Presents War On Drugs Unwrapped: Reinventing Inter-American Drug Policy

Inter-American Law Review Presents War On Drugs Unwrapped: Reinventing Inter-American Drug Policy

Miami Law’s Inter-American Law Review will host a conversation titled War on Drugs Unwrapped: Reinventing Inter-American Drug Policy on Thursday, March 20. The program includes screening of the 2011 documentary Cocaine Unwrapped, which uses reporting to focus on the cycle of violence perpetuated by the global cocaine trade and examines the complicity of Latin American political leaders.

Week of March 10-14

Illicit Trafficking Discussed at National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review Annual Symposium

Illicit Trafficking Discussed at National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review Annual Symposium

As the gateway to Latin America, Miami sees tremendous amounts of people and products move through it every year, much of it transferred illegally. And as Miami has grown as a modern hub of international commerce, the problem of illegal trafficking has only increased, bringing significant national security implications. The growing trend also impacts human rights as untold numbers of individuals are trafficked throughout the city each year.

International Exchange Programs Expand with Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia

International Exchange Programs Expand with Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia

Miami Law is expanding its exchange programs by looking to our neighbors in the south. The newest program will now be in Bogotá, Colombia at the Universidad de los Andes. Miami Law had been interested for some time in expanding their agreements to South America and the choice of picking los Andres was a simple one.

Visiting Professor Sheila Foster to Teach Course on Urban Land Use

Visiting Professor Sheila Foster to Teach Course on Urban Land Use

Visiting Professor Sheila Foster, Vice Dean and the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use & Property Law at Fordham University School of Law, will be teaching a one-week course on “Urban Land Use Law” from March 17-21. Professor Foster is the author of numerous publications on land use, environmental law, and antidiscrimination law. Her works on antidiscrimination law include Intent and Incoherence and Causation in Antidiscrimination Law: Beyond Intent Versus Impact. She is also the co-editor (with David Oppenheimer and Sora Han) of a groundbreaking casebook, Comparative Equality and Antidiscrimination Law: Cases, Codes, Constitutions and Commentary.

Miami Law Hosts 17th Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Society Symposium

Miami Law Hosts 17th Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Society Symposium

Miami Law’s Entertainment & Sports Law Society will host its 17th annual symposium at the Student Activities on the Coral Gables campus on Saturday, March 22.

Week of March 3-7

Alumnus Doug Weiser Returns to Screen His Feature Film “Chapman”

Alumnus Doug Weiser Returns to Screen His Feature Film “Chapman”

Alumnus Doug Weiser, A.B.’78, J.D.’82, came to Miami Law last week to screen his latest venture, “Chapman,” the 2012 film he produced in partnership with Mpower, a Colorado-based youth empowerment program.

Professor Ricardo Bascuas Named Recipient of Faculty Senate’s 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award

Professor Ricardo Bascuas Named Recipient of Faculty Senate’s 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award

The University of Miami Faculty Senate has selected Miami Law Professor Ricardo J. Bascuas the recipient of its 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award. The Faculty Senate established the award in 2002 to recognize a distinguished record of teaching by UM faculty members.

Military Law Society Hosts Donation Drive for Orphanage in Afghanistan, Receives Honorary American Flag

Military Law Society Hosts Donation Drive for Orphanage in Afghanistan, Receives Honorary American Flag

When 3L Katie Maier spearheaded the Military Law Society’s clothing and school supply drive for an orphanage in Afghanistan, the last thing she expected was to receive anything in return. Much to her surprise, she would be the student behind the framed American flag that now hangs in the law library.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Fernandez Speaks to Students About Careers with Department of Justice

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Fernandez Speaks to Students About Careers with Department of Justice

As students listened to the many stories Assistant U.S. Attorney Wilfredo Fernandez shared from his 23 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, outbursts of laughter and the occasional cringe filled the room. Fernandez was joined by Miami Law student and HOPE Fellow Alex Calle, who completed an internship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Narcotics Division during the summer of 2013.

Students Explore Legal Ethics with the 11th Judicial Circuit Civil Court Judges, Coral Gables Bar Association and State Farm

Students Explore Legal Ethics with the 11th Judicial Circuit Civil Court Judges, Coral Gables Bar Association and State Farm

Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) continues to provide a forum for students to present to attorneys the ethical challenges that confronts today’s legal profession.