EXPERTS IN THE NEWS: Travel Ban, IPO Frauds, Puppy Mills, and #BLM

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Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban I Associated Press

Activists and airport officials alike said they hoped it would be phased in to give travelers fair warning, which might preclude any detentions from arriving flights.

"We are prepared and willing," said Rebecca Sharpless, who runs the immigration clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. "But it's unlikely to cause the same kind of chaos of last time."

Beware of IPO frauds I Consumers Digest

IPOs are handled by investment bankers, says Teresa Verges, who is the director of Investor Rights Clinic at University of Miami School of Law and was a lawyer for SEC. “If you’re given this opportunity, it’s almost certainly a fraud,” Verges says.

Unfortunately, victims of the fraud have little opportunity to recover their money, Verges says. When a scammer is caught, his/her assets are frozen and his/her possessions are auctioned off, but that typically recovers only a small portion of what was scammed from consumers, Verges says.

Delray Beach steps in it with puppy sale regulations I Florida Watchdog

“Generally, and in Florida, it is unconstitutional to pass a law directed at [a] particular individual,” Jan Jacobowitz, director of the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program at the University of Miami School of Law, told Watchdog in an email.

A law, she added, might be prompted by certain events, such as accidents associated with texting and driving, but not necessarily targeted at a particular individual.

“Specific inquiry is necessary to determine the motivation for the passing of the law and whether it is for the ‘greater good’ or directed at a specific individual,” Jacobowitz said.

Black Lives Matter course creates room for debate with guest speakers, social media I The Miami Hurricane

The course was created and is taught by professor Osamudia James, vice dean of the School of Law. James, who has contributed columns on race relations in The Washington Post and The New York Times, has been teaching Torts and Administrative Law for nine years, along with a seminar on inequality in the public school system. She formed the Black Lives Matter course to help explain why a group of people felt the need to breathe new life into a civil rights movement in modern-day America.

“I probably got the idea when people were saying Black Lives Matter is a hate group or when we started getting the All Lives Matter retort,” James said. “People didn’t understand the underlying social conditions that had prompted it. People didn’t understand the frustration that was behind it … so I wanted to create a space where we could reflect on that.”

CONTACT: Catharine Skipp at 305-773-5801 at cskipp@law.miami.edu