MIAMI (March 28, 2012) – Professor Rogelio Perez-Perdomo delivered the fourth and final lecture in his series of lectures on the Latin American legal culture; the talk was entitled “Legal Scholars and Legal Culture in Latin America: A Comparative Perspective.” Perez-Perdomo is the Latin American Law Visiting Professor for 2012 hosted by the Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, a collaborative endeavor between the University of Miami and Florida International University. He is Professor of Law at the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, and continues to serve as a frequent Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School. His most recent books include Justicia e injusticias en Venezuela (2011) and Law in Many Societies (2011), co-edited with Lawrence Friedman (Stanford) and Manuel A. Gomez (FIU). Professor Gomez commented on Professor Perez-Perdomo’s presentation.
MIAMI – Phyllis Diane Kotey, Clinical Associate Professor of Law at FIU Law, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB). The FSB is the Presidentially appointed 12-member Board that is responsible for establishing worldwide policies for the Fulbright Program and for selection of Fulbright recipients.
Judge Kotey has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology during the 2012-2013 academic year. Judge Kotey will teach Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure and will examine the utility of ADR as an evolving and effective tool in the High Courts, the Regional Tribunals, the circuit courts, the circuit tribunals, the district courts and the community tribunals in Ghana.
Judge Kotey is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013.
MIAMI – On March 23, 2012, Professor Juan Pablo Pampillo, Director of the Center for Legal Research at the Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, Mexico, delivered a talk entitled A New Ius Commune for the Americas: Reflections on Hemispheric Legal Integration to the faculty. Professor Pampillo holds a law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho (Mexico City) and a research Doctorate in Law from the Complutense University (Madrid). He is the author of several books, including El Primer constitutionalista de Mexico (Porrua) and Historia general del derecho (Oxford University Press). He was a guest of Professor del Granado’s and the Office of International & Graduate Studies of the College of Law.
MIAMI (March 27, 2012) – Law students from FIU’s Health Ethics Law and Policy (HELP) Clinic are helping low-income community members access vital healthcare services through community-based education. Three students – Ilana Bonan, Christopher Bryant and Justin Budwick – created a presentation explaining eligibility requirements and program benefits for Medicaid, Medicare, and Jackson Care Card programs. On March 22, they delivered the presentation to roughly 80 low-income residents of Little Haiti, Liberty City, and North Miami. “This information is incredibly important,” said organizer Christella Dorval. “Many people do not know how to apply, and they often are scared to ask for help. The fact that these students are willing to come out to the community to share information is really wonderful.”
Pictured above, from left to right: Faculty Coach Phyllis Diane Kotey, Kelly Torres (2L), Sherman Davis (2L), and Faculty Coach Michele Anglade.
MIAMI (March 19, 2012) — Congratulations to Sherman Davis (2L) and Kelly Torres (2L) – the two competed in the 6th Annual National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) International Negotiations Competition and finished as Quarter-Finalists – in a year where they had the highest number of teams register and participate in the history of the competition. Notably, Sherman Davis was also named “Best Oral Advocate” of the competition.
The team was assisted by their two faculty coaches, Phyllis Diane Kotey and Michele Anglade.
MIAMI (March 13, 2012) – Florida International University’s College of Law jumped 19 spots in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools, from 132 to 113.
“These rankings recognize what we already know, that the FIU College of Law is on the right track,” said College of Law Dean R. Alexander Acosta. “As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, I am proud of what this law school, its faculty and students have achieved in such a short time. As South Florida’s only public law school, our students receive a superb legal education without the crushing debt burden too often faced by law students at other schools. This community should be proud of FIU College of Law’s accomplishments, the standards we have set and the graduates we produce.”
The rankings place FIU College of Law in fourth place among Florida’s 11 law schools as the 3rd most diverse law school in the nation.
MIAMI (March 12, 2012) – Fresh off their semi-final finishes in all-state competitions, FIU’s Trial Team took second place in the National regional rounds of the 2012 American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) Student Trial Advocacy Competition.
Trial Team veterans Ari Goldberg (3L), Amy Ruiz (3L), and Victoria Cueto (3L), along with talented newcomer Matthew Pierce (3L), went undefeated in three preliminary rounds and entered the semi-finals as the top-ranked and lone undefeated squad among the 15 teams competing in the Miami Region, including Tulane, Louisiana State, Miami, and Stetson.
MIAMI (March 07, 2012) — FIU Law Professor H. Scott Fingerhut has been appointed by The Florida Bar to the Board of Legal Specialization & Education National Accreditation Subcommittee in order to review the national accreditation application in DUI defense for the National College of DUI Defense.
The Subcommittee’s review is intended to enable the BLSE to evaluate the objectives, standards, and procedures of such programs to ensure for the public the continued value of “certified,” “board certified,” “specialist,” and “expert” as a means to identify lawyers who have demonstrated special competence, skills, and proficiency, as well as character, ethics, and professionalism in the practice of law.
WHAT: The FIU College of Law Center for Professionalism and Ethics, in addition to The Florida Bar Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism presented Evaluating Florida Legal Practice: Bench and Bar Perspectives on Professionalism on March 1st.