In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, FIU Law alumni came out in full force to support Kristi House Child Advocacy Center during the Second Annual Toys & Toasts of Good Cheer event. With close to 100 alumni and guests in attendance, the event raised more than $500 and collected three giant sacks of toys for children whose holiday season will be made a little brighter. For Alumni Association President Robert Scavone Jr., it was a great way to kick-off the holiday season.
“The event was a huge success, and it was great to see so many friends and colleagues. We had a record turnout and were able to help the young women and children Kristi House supports,” he shared. “Community involvement and giving back is a big part of what FIU Law is all about, and I am proud the alumni continue to do their part for those among us. We hope to have an even bigger event next year.”
Toys & Toasts of Good Cheer strives to bring awareness to the efforts of Kristi House and serves as a way for alumni to celebrate with one another. For Maria Clara Buckley of Kristi House the evening was very special.
“We are grateful for this partnership and appreciate the support of FIU Law’s alumni,” Buckley commented. “It’s wonderful to know that despite their busy schedules this group of committed individuals took the time to give back to help put a smile on the faces of the children we serve.”
If you missed the event and/or want to support Kristi House please click here.
Professor Manuel Gomez is one of a group of international experts who is participating at the II High Level Judicial Meeting on International Commercial Arbitration hosted by the Organization of American States in Santiago, Chile on December 4-6. Professor Gomez is speaking about the Comparison between the Panama and the New York Convention, and about Judicial Assistance in the context of International Arbitration in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. More information about this event can be found at here.
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Congratulations to FIU Law Alumni Association Vice President Olivia C. Rodriguez ’10 on her recent election to the CABA Board of Directors.
Professor Charles Jalloh speaks at the International Criminal Court in The Hague
FIU Law Visiting Associate Professor Charles C. Jalloh was one of only two academic scholars who were invited to speak during the first-ever interactive panel among the 122 member states in the 11-year history of the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC). The historic special segment, which lasted five and half hours with approximately 36 countries participating, was requested by the African Union and entitled “Indictment of Sitting Heads of State and Government and its Consequences on Peace and Stability and Reconciliation.” Professor Jalloh was nominated by the group of African States as a “recognized expert on the relationship between Africa and the ICC.” Other panelists were Ambassador Rolf Einar Fife (Norway); Ms. Djeneba Diarra, African Union Commission Acting Legal Counsel; Honorable Mr. Githu Muigai, Attorney General of Kenya; and Professor Cherif Bassiouni, chairman of the Drafting Committee of the 1998 Rome UN Diplomatic Conference which established the ICC. The moderator was the first President of the Assembly, H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein of Jordan, who is also that country’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Read the press release, the official summary about the meeting and news reports here, here, and here.
FIU Law alumnus George Castrataro – a member of the inaugural class – was recognized for his work in helping to prevent bullying by the National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment Organization (NVEEE) during their Third Annual NVEEE ‘Not On My Watch’ Red Carpet event. NVEEE strives to prevent bullying, violence, and suicide among youth, families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education.
Castrataro is the founder of the Law Offices of George Castrataro where his firm closely aligns itself with NVEEE’s mission on a number of issues and is committed to using the firm’s resources to positively impact the community. “I am thrilled to be amongst NVEEE’s honorees and to help call attention to an issue that affects all of us,” he commented.
Castrataro is being recognized for his volunteer work, which includes serving as board of director and pro bono counsel for Care Resource. He also serves as an appointed member of the Broward County Housing Council and volunteers as State co-chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
In addition to his pro bono work with NVEEE, his office has provided nearly a half of a million dollars through the support of clients, colleagues and friends. He has contributed nearly $100,000 in direct contributions, almost $350,000 in pro bono services and indirect contributions and almost 1,300 pro bono hours.
Professor Noah Weisbord attended the 12th Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. While there, he met with diplomats representing their states to discuss the ratification and implementation of the newly defined crime of aggression. Weisbord, a member of the Council of Advisors to the Global Institute on the Prevention of Aggression, also met with the other members of the Council to discuss the way forward.
More than 30 participants attended the College of Law’s Health Law and Policy Clinic’s first Affordable Care Act ‘Get Covered’ workshop. The Health Law Clinic – a medical-legal partnership with the College of Medicine’s Green Family Foundation Neighborhood HELP™ program – together with Get Covered Florida and the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida used the opportunity to inform students and their families about their health coverage options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which opened for enrollment on October 1, 2013.
Law students Cinthya Beato, Kelly Kearns, Markus Kamberger, Alan Pena and Allan Zullinger, and medical student Nicole Colwell, joined Affordable Care Act navigators from Catalyst Miami, the Epilepsy Foundation, and Cognosante. The law and medical students educated attendees on local safety net health care access resources. Attendees were also able to sit down with a navigator to discuss their specific health and insurance needs.
Stay tuned – the Health Law Clinic will be planning additional ‘Get Covered’ workshops during the upcoming spring semester.