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Week of November 17-21

International Study Part 1: Students Study Law Globally Through Miami Law’s International Exchange Programs

International Study Part 1: Students Study Law Globally Through Miami Law’s International Exchange Programs

Jordan Samuels spent his Spring 2014 semester at 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.

Miami Law’s Health Care Rights Clinic Presents at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Grand Rounds

Miami Law’s Health Care Rights Clinic Presents at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Grand Rounds

Miami Law’s 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.

D.C. Semester in Practice Program Participants Share Their Experiences Working and Studying in the U.S. Capital

D.C. Semester in Practice Program Participants Share Their Experiences Working and Studying in the U.S. Capital

There are few opportunities that allow law students to live, work full time, and take a full law school semester in the United States Capital, all the while remaining tied to their home law school. Last spring, seven Miami Law students were selected to participate in the first Washington D.C. Semester in Practice Program, taking classes with Miami Law Professor Charlton Copeland and receiving course credit for their placement with a federal agency.

PREP Explores Legal Ethics in the Diverse “Languages” of Immigration and Bankruptcy Law

PREP Explores Legal Ethics in the Diverse “Languages” of Immigration and Bankruptcy Law

Students from 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.

Week of November 10-17

Figure Skating Dreams Dashed, First Martin Nash Scholar Turned to Figures for Solace

Figure Skating Dreams Dashed, First Martin Nash Scholar Turned to Figures for Solace

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.

Whitney Kouvaris, JD '14, Reflects on Current Clerkship for Judge Barbara Lagoa and her Miami Law Experience

Whitney Kouvaris, JD '14, Reflects on Current Clerkship for Judge Barbara Lagoa and her Miami Law Experience

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.

Rights and Needs of the Incarcerated: Lecture by Former Dean and Professor of Law, Now Prison Chaplain

Rights and Needs of the Incarcerated: Lecture by Former Dean and Professor of Law, Now Prison Chaplain

Miami Law’s 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 and Southern Wine & Spirits Host Alcoholic Beverage Law Lecture

Miami Law and Southern Wine & Spirits Host Alcoholic Beverage Law Lecture

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.

Week of November 3-7

Straddling Environmental Law and Her Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps: Natalie Harrison JD ‘14 and the Florida Supreme Court

Straddling Environmental Law and Her Great-Grandfather’s Footsteps: Natalie Harrison JD ‘14 and the Florida Supreme Court

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.

Homecoming 2014 Brings Alumni and Classes '74, '84, '89, '94 & '04 Back to Campus

Homecoming 2014 Brings Alumni and Classes '74, '84, '89, '94 & '04 Back to Campus

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 Hosts Symposium on Legal Issues Impacting Veterans

National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review Hosts Symposium on Legal Issues Impacting Veterans

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 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.

PREP Students Present CLE on Social Media Legal Ethics to the Miami-Dade Law Alumni Association

PREP Students Present CLE on Social Media Legal Ethics to the Miami-Dade Law Alumni Association

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.

Miami Law Co-Hosts Vulnerability & the Human Condition Initiative

Miami Law Co-Hosts Vulnerability & the Human Condition Initiative

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.

Week of October 27-31

Lawyers to the Rescue Honors HOPE Public Interest Resource Center and Miami Law Student Nejla Calvo

Lawyers to the Rescue Honors HOPE Public Interest Resource Center and Miami Law Student Nejla Calvo

Lawyers to the Rescue recently recognized Miami Law student Nejla Calvo with the “Law Student of the Year” award and the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center with the “Institution of the Year” award.

Miami Law Team Receives Second Place in Spanish-Only MOOT Madrid International Arbitral Award Phase

Miami Law Team Receives Second Place in Spanish-Only MOOT Madrid International Arbitral Award Phase

Miami Law’s 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.

Recent Graduate Jenna Winchester Reflects on Current Federal Clerkship for Judge Roy Dalton

Recent Graduate Jenna Winchester Reflects on Current Federal Clerkship for Judge Roy Dalton

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.

Alumna Founds Program to Bring Minority Teens to Africa, Exposing Them to Principles of Leadership, Cultural Exchange and Social Entrepreneurship

Alumna Founds Program to Bring Minority Teens to Africa, Exposing Them to Principles of Leadership, Cultural Exchange and Social Entrepreneurship

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.

<i>American Promise</i> Screening Ignites Debate on Disparity of Educational Access to African-American Boys

American Promise Screening Ignites Debate on Disparity of Educational Access to African-American Boys

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.

Week of October 20-24

Lawyers in Toyland: Law School Romance Yields Three Children and Giant Toy Company

Lawyers in Toyland: Law School Romance Yields Three Children and Giant Toy Company

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.

Alumni to Receive Awards at Annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception

Alumni to Receive Awards at Annual Miami-Dade County Judicial Reception

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.

Public Interest Advocate and Triple Cane Sharon Langer Speaks to Miami Public Interest Scholars

Public Interest Advocate and Triple Cane Sharon Langer Speaks to Miami Public Interest Scholars

The 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.

Miami Law to Host Screening and Lecture of Award-Winning Film American Promise

Miami Law to Host Screening and Lecture of Award-Winning Film American Promise

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.

Week of October 13-17

Miami Law Women Sweep Honors

Miami Law Women Sweep Honors

We have 8 of the 20 in The Daily Business Review's "Women in Law: Women Honored for South Florida Legal Accomplishments."


Donor Scholarship Luncheon – Where Grateful 3L Meets Generous Donor Family

Donor Scholarship Luncheon – Where Grateful 3L Meets Generous Donor Family

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.

Recent Graduate Alex Vail Lands Prestigious Clerkship at the U.S. Department of Justice

Recent Graduate Alex Vail Lands Prestigious Clerkship at the U.S. Department of Justice

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.

Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono Honored with the Spirit of Service Learning Award

Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono Honored with the Spirit of Service Learning Award

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.

Miami Law Students to Serve on Board of The Women’s Fund

Miami Law Students to Serve on Board of The Women’s Fund

Through a partnership created by the 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.

Shaun McCutcheon Discusses Campaign Finance Law and His Fight for Your Rights in <i>McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Shaun McCutcheon Discusses Campaign Finance Law and His Fight for Your Rights in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Shaun McCutcheon, the plaintiff in the landmark campaign finance case before the United States Supreme Court, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (often referred to as “Citizens United 2”), spoke to Miami Law students on October 1st at an event held by the Federalist Society.

Week of October 1-3

Dean White Profiled

Dean White Profiled

Lawdragon recently selected Dean and Professor of Law Patricia White for their Dean Limelight.



Miami Law Health Rights Clinic Fellow Scores Big Win on Behalf of Veterans

Miami Law Health Rights Clinic Fellow Scores Big Win on Behalf of Veterans

Alissa Gold, JD’13, worked in Miami Law’s 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.

Alumni Share Insights on Benefits of Working for Local Government

Alumni Share Insights on Benefits of Working for Local Government

The 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.

Week of September 22-26

International Moot Court Team Finds Success in Spanish-Only Competition in Peru; Student Named Best Oralist

International Moot Court Team Finds Success in Spanish-Only Competition in Peru; Student Named Best Oralist

Miami Law’s 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.

Michael Posner Discusses Business and Human Rights at the 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture

Michael Posner Discusses Business and Human Rights at the 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture

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.

Miami Law’s Military Law Society Hosted 9/11 Remembrances; New Student Veterans of America Chapter Announced

Miami Law’s Military Law Society Hosted 9/11 Remembrances; New Student Veterans of America Chapter Announced

Miami Law’s 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.

Victor Hanna, JD ’14, Lights Up Stanford University, Renewably

Victor Hanna, JD ’14, Lights Up Stanford University, Renewably

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.

Consul General of Israel Visits Miami Law and Discusses Legal Challenges of Israel in the International Arena

Consul General of Israel Visits Miami Law and Discusses Legal Challenges of Israel in the International Arena

The Consul General of Israel, Chaim Shacham, recently spoke to law students at Miami Law regarding developing issues affecting Israel and its neighbors.

Week of September 15-19

Recent Miami Law Graduate Wins Prestigious Marine Policy Fellowship

Recent Miami Law Graduate Wins Prestigious Marine Policy Fellowship

Andrew Rubin, JD ’14, has been selected by the Sea Grant program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to receive a 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.

Miami Law Sweeps Local Awards

Miami Law Sweeps Local Awards

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.

Week of September 8-12

Alicio A. and Nirma Piña Honor Judge Federico Moreno with Endowed Scholarship

Alicio A. and Nirma Piña Honor Judge Federico Moreno with Endowed Scholarship

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.

Miami Law Bricks Named

Miami Law Dedicates the Hilarie Bass Bricks

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.

Week of September 1-5

Sarah Klein takes the Gold at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp

Sarah Klein takes the Gold at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Entrepreneur’s Bootcamp

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.”

Miami Law Presents 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner

Miami Law Presents 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner

Miami Law will be hosting the 4th Annual Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights featuring Michael Posner, Professor of Business and Society at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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.

Week of July 28-1

Miami Law Students Study Water Resources in Vietnam and China in Summer Course

Miami Law Students Study Water Resources in Vietnam and China in Summer Course

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 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.

Betsy Havens, JD ’11, Continues Her Dedication to Healthcare Reform

Betsy Havens, JD ’11, Continues Her Dedication to Healthcare Reform

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.

PREP Receives Thanks from Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez

PREP Receives Thanks from Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez

Once again this year, the 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.

Former and Current Miami Scholars Work Side by Side at The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability

Former and Current Miami Scholars Work Side by Side at The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability

This summer, Miami Law students are advocating for change in our nation’s capital at 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.

Week of July 14-18

SALT Great Teacher Award Winner

SALT Great Teacher Award Winner

Congratulations to Professor Martha Mahoney who has been recognized by the Society of American Law Teachers.


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.

Week of June 23-27

Rising 2L Spends Summer Interning at U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

Rising 2L Spends Summer Interning at U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

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.

PREP Provides Bar Associations with Cutting-Edge CLE Ethics Training on Social Media & Advertising, Civility, and Mindfulness

PREP Provides Bar Associations with Cutting-Edge CLE Ethics Training on Social Media & Advertising, Civility, and Mindfulness

Miami Law’s 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.

Prodigy’s Light Shines Bright

Prodigy’s Light Shines Bright

Miami Magazine Profiles Stephen Baccus, JD ’86, UM’s Youngest Graduate



Week of June 16-20

Brendan Corrigan Turns His Love of Public Policy and Politics into a J.D. and Master’s Degree in Public Administration

Brendan Corrigan Turns His Love of Public Policy and Politics into a J.D. and Master’s Degree in Public Administration

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.

Around the World in 600+ Lectures with Professor Susan Haack

Around the World in 600+ Lectures with Professor Susan Haack

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.

HOPE Fellow Strives to Close the Gaps in Inequality through Internship at ACLU

HOPE Fellow Strives to Close the Gaps in Inequality through Internship at ACLU

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.

Week of June 9-13

Miami Law’s Moot Court Ranks Top 10 in U.S.

Miami Law’s Moot Court Ranks Top 10 in U.S.

The 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.

Hope Fellow Makes a Difference in Immigrant Community in Michigan

HOPE Fellow Makes a Difference in Immigrant Community in Michigan

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.

PREP Students Provide Ethics Training and Foster Relationships with the Bankruptcy Bar Association

PREP Students Provide Ethics Training and Foster Relationships with the Bankruptcy Bar Association

Students from Miami Law’s 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.

Miami Law Alumnus Who Put Miami Tennis on the Map Surpasses a Century

MIAMI Magazine - Miami Law Alumnus Who Put Miami Tennis on the Map Surpasses a Century

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.

Week of June 2-6

The University of Miami School of Law Launches International Arbitration Institute

The University of Miami School of Law Launches International Arbitration Institute

As the City of Miami hosted the Congress for the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) recently, with well over a thousand international arbitration specialists attending, the University of Miami School of Law announced the launch of its International Arbitration Institute.

Outgoing and Incoming Presidents of the Law Alumni Association Share Vision

Outgoing and Incoming Presidents of the Law Alumni Association Share Vision

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 Hosts Wine & Cheese Reception, Forges Relationships with Alums

During 2013-14, Phi Alpha Delta Tripled Membership with Events that Forged Relationships with Students and Alums

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.

Dedication to Public Service Drew Nejla Calvo to Miami Law

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.