Third-year law students Diana Jordan and Bethany Bandstra successfully petitioned the Juvenile Division 11th Circuit Court of Florida on behalf of a 15-year-old girl who fled her native Honduras due to a horrific family life. The court found that the child had been abandoned and abused by her family in Honduras and that it was in the best interest and welfare of the child to stay in the United States.
Brendan Corrigan was destined to practice public interest law where it intersects with politics. He formed a students’ union, in fourth grade, at his Pennsylvania Catholic school. Then he represented his union in presenting a list of grievances to the principal regarding the behavior of a certain lunchroom monitor. Suffice to say, his fifth-grade public school experience was far more enjoyable.
STREET LAW Program taught her how to command the attention of high school students – a challenging task, according to Rubio.For Jessalynn Rubio, 3L, the Miami
Vanessa Joseph has a huge heart. She is a smart, driven, no nonsense beauty. The triple ‘Cane earned a B.A. in Political Science before tucking in to a Masters degree in Public Administration. Upon completion, Joseph determined that two degrees might not suffice for her dream career in the United Nations, so on to law school she did go.
Miami STREET LAW program, helping to teach high school students about law, crime prevention, conflict resolution, youth advocacy, and the fundamental principles of democracy at Hialeah High School – his alma mater. Miami STREET LAW, which is an outreach program that trains current law students to teach law at schools throughout Miami-Dade County, made a real difference in Vazquez’s law school career. He even expanded this program this year to another school, Hialeah Gardens Middle School.Cuban-born Miami Law student Jose Vazquez has served as a fellow for the
Mindfulness for Lawyers,” exploring the connections between mindfulness and the practice of law, the science of mindfulness, and a selection of mindfulness practices.Miami Law is launching a three-part CLE* series, “
Miami Law’s Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) is an award-winning program, in which students create uniquely tailored continuing legal education ethics trainings for practicing lawyers and judges under the direction of Lecturer in Law, Jan Jacobowitz.
International Exchange Programs, and entails not just Miami Law students heading overseas, but also international students from those same universities coming to study at Miami Law.The University of Miami School of Law partners with fifteen schools in nine countries in its
Law students Nejla Calvo, 3L, Tara Irani, 2L, and Nancy Shalhub, 3L, have won scholarships from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Calvo received the Leesfield Scolaro, P.A. Scholarship, Irani was awarded the Alexandra Bach Lagos Scholarship and Shalhub received the Friends of Judge Linda Dakis Scholarship.
Bernard Mandler, class of 1951, died last month at the age of 87. He practiced law in Miami Beach for over 60 years and was actively representing clients until last year.
Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China as part of Miami Law’s International Exchange Programs. He chose China because he felt that the American-Chinese relationship is the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st Century.Jordan Samuels spent his Spring 2014 semester at
Health Rights Clinic was invited to present last week at Jackson Memorials’ “Grand Rounds” – the established important teaching tool and ritual of medical education and inpatient care in which the medical problems and treatment of a particular patient are presented to an audience of doctors, residents and medical students.Miami Law’s
Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) recently visited Catholic Charities Legal Services and the Broward Bankruptcy Bar Association to explore the ethical quandaries arising in immigration law and the ethics challenges found in the unique language of bankruptcy practice. PREP provides an opportunity for students to explore diverse areas of the law and interact with attorneys practicing in those areas regarding the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession.Students from Miami Law’s
Melanie Adelson wanted to be a figure skater when she was a girl; it seemed so graceful and glamorous. However, a bad landing in fourth grade broke both her wrist and her dreams. The Montreal native indulged in other winter sports, including skiing down the double black diamond slopes surrounding her hometown.
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Whitney Kouvaris attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts before attending Miami Law. Graduating magna cum laude in May of 2014 and admitted to the Florida Bar in September 2014, Kouvaris is now clerking for Judge Barbara Lagoa at the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami, Florida.
Catholic Law Students Association, in collaboration with the Miami Chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, recently hosted a lecture by Reverend David Link, “Serving the Least, the Last, the Lost, and the Lonely,” on the rights and needs of incarcerated men and women.Miami Law’s
When the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed in 1919, it ushered in the era of Prohibition, a period when the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcohol was illegal. While it was the crowning jewel of the temperance movement, it was accompanied by soaring crime rates as organized crime fought for control of the black market for liquor. The era would last until January 1933 with passage of the 21st Amendment, repealing Prohibition. The 21st amendment is unique in that it is the only amendment among 27 to have been ratified by state conventions rather than by state legislatures.
Natalie Harrison, J.D.’14, is a staff attorney for Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis, J.D.’72. For the next two years, she will spend her days drafting opinions and memoranda and attending oral arguments before the Florida Supreme Court. Before working in the halls of Tallahassee, Harrison’s curriculum vitae revealed a Renaissance playbook of academic achievements straddling the legal and the environmental with a side order of the Fall of the Roman Empire.
In a four-day celebration full of fun, Miami Law's Homecoming Weekend was bestowed with perfect Miami fall temperatures and was presided over by Patricia Redmond, J.D. ’79, President of the Law Alumni Association (LAA) and Detra Shaw-Wilder, J.D. ’94, LAA Chair of Homecoming and Vice President for Activities.
National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review, will highlight some of these circumstances, while demonstrating ways that these special men and women can receive much needed assistance.Active military and retired veterans face a wide array of legal, medical, and political issues created by their unique circumstances. This year’s symposium, hosted by the
Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (“PREP”) provides a forum for students to interact with attorneys regarding the ethical challenges that confront today’s legal profession.Miami Law’s
Miami Law, in conjunction with The Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at Emory University School of Law, is hosting a conference exploring universal and identitarian approaches to equality. The conference, "An Uncomfortable Conversation: Identities II," continues the conversation from the Vulnerability and Identities workshop in 2012 and will take place on Friday, November 14 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Law School’s Faculty Meeting Room.
HOPE Public Interest Resource Center with the “Institution of the Year” award.Lawyers to the Rescue recently recognized Miami Law student Nejla Calvo with the “Law Student of the Year” award and the
International Moot Court Program sent a team this past year to the prestigious MOOT Madrid in arbitration and commercial law, a competition which consists of arguments in the spring and an optional follow up phase in the summer. Two participants from Miami Law’s spring team – 3L Jennifer Felipe and Rita Rojas, JD ‘14 – continued to the optional phase and came in second place.Miami Law’s
Hometown girl Jenna Winchester, J.D.’14, has always been an exceller so it’s not surprising that she is serving a judicial clerkship to Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr., in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
When Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, J.D.’09, stepped off the plane last summer at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, the first thing that struck her was the warm welcome they received from their hosts and the locals. “Our first steps on the African continent were surreal―from the red dirt under our shoes to the crispness of air―I was in awe that a simple idea had materialized into the experience of a lifetime in only a few short months,” said Buchanan.
In the U.S. today, African-American students across all income levels score an average of twenty-five points lower than their white counterparts on standardized tests. This is known as the “racial achievement gap,” and is often just the beginning of lifelong inequalities shaped and impacted by the social construction of race. The group for which this phenomenon has been most often documented in the American school system is African-American males.
When Laura Cohen was a little girl in Boston, her favorite toy was the Fisher-Price School House. She lugged the School House everywhere, even through airports with its bell ringing, despite its lack of a handle. Meanwhile, Judd Zebersky was a busy young entrepreneur – first as a 10-year-old paperboy slinging Newsday on the lawns and porches of Oyster Bay, New York, later as a high schooler with his own boat cleaning business with 30 employees.
Four eminent Miami Law alumni will be honored by the Law Alumni Association on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception.
Miami Public Interest Scholars were treated to an inspiring talk from trailblazer and public interest advocate Sharon Langer, JD ’79, at their recent monthly lunch meeting.The
In the U.S. today, African-American students across all income levels score an average of twenty-five points lower than their white counterparts on standardized tests. This is known as the racial achievement gap, and is often just the beginning of lifelong inequalities shaped and impacted by the social construction of race. The group for which this phenomenon has been most often documented in the American school system is African-American males.
We have 8 of the 20 in The Daily Business Review's "Women in Law: Women Honored for South Florida Legal Accomplishments."
Clemente Vazquez-Bello, J.D.’74, passed away in 2013. The Havana, Cuba born attorney was a double ‘Cane, an enthusiastic fan of all sports UM, and a Golden Cane.
Alexander R. Vail is a double ‘Cane having graduated with a B.A. magna cum laude in 2011 with degrees in Political Science and History, and, this past May, again magna cum laude with his J.D. from Miami Law. Now he is putting all his education together with a clerkship at the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Marni Lennon, Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono and Director of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, was selected by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida and the Miami-Dade Teacher of The Year Coalition as co-winner of the Spirit of Service Learning Award.
HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, two Miami Law students – Carolyn Kirkland and Andrea Martinez – have joined the board of The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade.Through a partnership created by the
Lawdragon recently selected Dean and Professor of Law Patricia White for their Dean Limelight.
Health Rights Clinic as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. Working exclusively with veterans, she won two disability claims with Social Security for two of her clients in her last two weeks on the job.Alissa Gold, JD’13, worked in Miami Law’s
HOPE Public Interest Resource Center recently hosted four local government officials as part of a panel moderated by HOPE Fellow and third year Brendan Corrigan. The panel, which was made up entirely of Miami Law alumni, gave students insight into the often-overlooked employment arena of local government.The
International Moot Court Program sent a team of four students to Lima, Peru last week where they participated in an international commercial arbitration moot competition -- Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje – held at the Universidad Pontificia Catolica del Peru. Third year law student, Kristy Alvarez, was named “Best Oralist” and 3L Kevin Correa placed 10th out of 200 students, most of whom were native Spanish speakers.Miami Law’s
Michael H. Posner visited Miami Law last week to deliver a powerful address about the growing importance of the connection between business and human rights at the 4th annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights.
Military Law Society held a discussion panel on Thursday, September 11, to commemorate the memory of the victims of the attacks on U.S. soil and the fallen comrades in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.Miami Law’s
Even though Victor Hanna just graduated a few months ago, he is already off to a very promising start to what can only be an exceptionally successful career.
The Consul General of Israel, Chaim Shacham, recently spoke to law students at Miami Law regarding developing issues affecting Israel and its neighbors.
John Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in 2015. The fellowship provides a unique educational opportunity to pursue interests in fields related to ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches outstanding candidates from each state with “hosts” in legislative or executive branch offices located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship.Andrew Rubin, JD ’14, has been selected by the Sea Grant program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to receive a
Assistant Dean of Career Development Marcy Cox was named as one of Legacy Miami’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Leadership for 2014. Another awardee was Vernita Williams, Esq., J.D. ’89 Senior Partner, Office of Vernita C. Williams, Esq., P.A, and Associate Pastor of Stewardship, New Birth Baptist Church in Miami.
Alicio A. Piña, J.D.’90, and his wife, Nirma have established an endowed scholarship to recognize and honor the public service of Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Federico A. Moreno, J.D.’78.
Reflecting on her days as a new Miami Law student, Hilarie Bass remembers the panic she felt over being called on in class, the dread of checking her grades, and the aha! moment when she withstood a withering drilling in her elements of law class and realized she really could be a trial lawyer. But best of all, the co-president of the global law firm Greenberg Traurig remembers the importance of the brick courtyard at the center of the School of Law where she and her classmates would gather daily to dissect what they were absorbing in the classroom.
Sarah Klein and her team took first place at last weekend’s inaugural MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Competition with Klein’s original pitch “UpLook, A Startup Concept to Turn Fashion Blogs into Retail Outlets.”
Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner, Professor of Business and Society at NYU’s Stern School of Business.Miami Law will be hosting the 4th Annual
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.After ending last year ranked ninth best moot court team in the country, Miami Law’s
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.
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.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy addressed Miami Law students on August 25th.
Hispanic Business Magazine’s annual ranking.Miami Law came in third nationally in
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.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
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.
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.”
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.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
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.
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.Once again this summer
Miami Law Adjunct Professor Daniel Suman. The students studied environmental law and environmental science and policy, and spent two weeks in Vietnam before traveling to Yunnan Province, China where they studied for two more weeks.Three students from Miami Law - Solomon Schoonover, Cameron Green, and Elyssa Luke - along with students from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, recently participated in a month-long summer course “Water Resources: Science, Law, and Policy” in Vietnam and China. The international course was organized and led by Professor of Marine Ecosystems and Society and
Armed with a Miami Law degree and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Betsy Haven continues in her mission to reform healthcare in the United States. Currently working as a staff attorney at Disability Rights California (DRC) in Los Angeles, Havens is helping people with disabilities gain access to health care.
Professional Responsibilities & Ethics Program (“PREP”) presented a CLE ethics training to the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office. The training was uniquely tailored to address growing legal ethical issues that arise as a result of social media’s heavy infiltration into the criminal law sector. Led by Program Director Jan L. Jacobowitz, students Alexis Alvarez, Alexandra Friz, and Christina Margolles discussed various ethical implications that public defenders and other criminal attorneys face due to technological advances that have proliferated the legal profession. Many of the issues were discussed in the context of using evidence in Facebook and Twitter, jury selection, and attorney blogging.Once again this year, the
The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability. Rising 2L and Miami Scholar Alexandra Rothman is interning at The Arc, a non-profit organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.This summer, Miami Law students are advocating for change in our nation’s capital at
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.
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.
Society of Bar & Gavel; American Jurisprudence Award for Appellate Practice & Procedure, among others.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;
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.Avid environmentalist and
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.Miami Law’s
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.
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.The
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.
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.Ever since being selected as a
Ever since Tiffany Hendricks was a little girl, her family told her she would make a great lawyer. As she got older, Hendricks realized her family was right; some of her best strengths were talking to people, problem solving, and critical thinking.
Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) provides a forum for students to present customized, cutting-edge CLE ethics trainings to bar associations. This spring PREP students visited the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), the Caribbean Bar Association (CBA), and Gwen Cherry Bar Association (Gwen Cherry) to discuss the legal ethics rules and the most recent opinions pertaining to social media, advertising, and civility. Mindfulness and ethics in the practice of law was also a popular topic at Gwen Cherry.Miami Law’s
Miami Magazine Profiles Stephen Baccus, JD ’86, UM’s Youngest Graduate
Brendan Corrigan first fell in love with Capitol Hill as a senior in high school when he served as an intern in the district office of Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick from his home district in Pennsylvania. Since then, Corrigan has hit the ground running in pursuit of his dream of working in public policy.
Professor Susan Haack's work has appeared in 14 languages, and she is invited to lecture around the world. In May 2014, when she gave her 600th external lecture, her hosts in the Faulty of Law in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil surprised her with a commemorative plaque.
Miami Law student Mitun Mitra was born in Bangladesh and even though he immigrated to the United States at a young age, he still remembers what he calls an ineffective government that lead to injustice among his people.
Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board finished as the ninth best moot court team in the country this past academic year. As a result of this top ranking, Miami Law’s team has received an invitation to the prestigious Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship in Houston, which pits the top sixteen teams in the nation against one another to crown the moot court national champion.The
When one thinks of the state of Michigan, cars, Detroit and the Great Lakes come to mind. But with one of the largest Middle Eastern populations in the United States, Kirsten Corneliussen is learning first-hand the importance of immigration in Michigan.
Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) reinforced PREP’s long-standing relationship with South Florida’s Bankruptcy Bar Association (BBA) this year by presenting two legal ethics CLE’s and participating in the preparation of a hypothetical for the BBA annual retreat.Students from Miami Law’s
Gardnar Mulloy’s blade-thin frame could endure no more. Weary of the pounding he was taking as a member of the University of Miami’s freshman football squad, he marched into President Bowman Foster Ashe’s office one day and asked if he could change his scholarship to a different sport: tennis.
With the start of the new fiscal year in June comes the transition of leadership in the Law Alumni Association. Jaret Davis, JD '99, who served as president during the 2013-2014 academic year, will step down as President of the LAA, and become Immediate Past President.
Phi Alpha Delta’s (PAD) President and rising 3L, Jaclyn Blumenfeld spends most Friday afternoons wrapping up work from the week and planning her Friday evening social events. Unlike most Fridays, however, Justice Blumenfeld (“Justice” is the term for President of PAD), spent a recent Friday afternoon running back and forth between the Student Activities Center and the law school quadrant making sure that everything was set for PAD’s annual Wine & Cheese Social – one of the many events it hosts yearly.
Born in Bolivia to a Turkish mother and a Bolivian father, Najla Calvo came to the United States at a young age. After growing up in Rhode Island, Calvo attended Middlebury College, where she was chosen by members of the faculty as a Student Advisory Board Member of the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. Along with her work promoting diversity and racial and social justice at Middlebury College, Calvo conducted an independent research study as a Metcalf Fellow in Bolivia, where her work in community justice projects truly began to take root.