Professor Carpenter’s current research project was discussed in a post on the Just Security blog. The Professor’s research project involves identifying gender role expectations in law enforcement and the military and then exploring how those belief systems impact rape case processing.
Retired lawyer and businessman Theodore “Ted” Spak and his wife Rosalind invested in FIU College of Law before it ever welcomed its first class of students. Once again, the Spaks made history with a $1.2 million planned gift – the College of Law’s largest endowment to date.
Their most recent gift will significantly expand the Theodore and Rosalind Spak Scholarship Endowment, which will provide scholarships to students who are seeking a career in law. In recognition of the Spaks’ generosity, the first floor of the Law Library has been named the Theodore and Rosalind Spak Information Commons.
The Spaks have a long history of leadership and generosity with FIU. Their contributions have been many and range from being founding supporters of both FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and FIU’s Football program, to donating an art collection to the Frost Art Museum, to helping establish the Albert Morrison Jr. Scholarship Endowment which supports students in the School of Accounting through the Albert Morrison Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Ted Spak also served on the FIU Foundation Board of Directors from 1984 to 2009 and was named an emeritus director in 2010. The Spak’s support of FIU’s College of Law began in 1997, when the couple established their scholarship endowment – five years before the college even opened to students in 2002.
“On behalf of the College of Law, I want to thank the Spak family for their generous contribution which will benefit both our current and future students,” said R. Alexander Acosta, dean of the College of Law at FIU. “They believed in the College of Law before its doors were opened and their continued support is a testament to the quality legal education we provide here at FIU.”
The Theodore and Rosalind Spak Information Commons was officially dedicated on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
“Rosalind and I always knew that FIU had great potential and we are glad to be able to help build upon its solid foundation,” said Ted Spak. “We look forward to seeing what the future holds for the College of Law!”
When the Florida Legislature established FIU Law in 2000, it did so based on the ideal that the law school would provide a high-quality legal education that was affordable and accessible. In 2002, men and women of the inaugural class took a gamble on FIU Law, which had yet to be accredited. Their risk paid off. “I count myself lucky to have been a part of the FIU Law inaugural class,” said Christy Lopez. “I had complete confidence that I would be prepared to pass the bar and be practice ready. FIU Law provided me with all of that and more.”
To celebrate this group of trailblazers, the FIU Law Alumni Association, with the assistance of host committee chairs Alejandro “Alex” Raul Alvarez, Natalie Inchaustegui-Duenas, Jennifer Remy-Estornio and Mauricio Damian Rivero held a special event: Honoring our Beginning. For co-chair, Natalie Inchaustegui-Duenas, it was a time to reconnect with colleagues and reaffirm her commitment to FIU Law. “Being at the reception reminded me of how proud I am to be an FIU Law alumna and how important my class was in laying the foundation for the law school and future graduates,” she said.
Throughout the evening, professors and alumni reminisced about all the growing pains and ‘firsts’ they experienced during those early years. It was an opportunity to marvel at how far they had come as lawyers and to see what their alma mater has become.
The celebration was marked with the unveiling of a plaque which lists the names of the men and women from the inaugural class. The plaque was generously donated by the FIU Law Alumni Association. For Alumni President Robert Scavone Jr., it was a time to recognize the class of 2002 as “pioneers and risk takers.” “The graduates who followed you and those who will follow owe you a debt of gratitude for proving that with a law degree from FIU Law there is nothing you cannot do,” said Scavone Jr.
In May of 2014, FIU Law will graduate its 10th class. Since opening its doors in 2002, FIU Law was accredited in record time, rose more than 40 spots in the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, graduated more than 1100 practice-ready attorneys.
Third year law student, TerryAnn Howell, took home the Exceptional Advocate honor during the Seventeenth Annual National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational sponsored by the Georgetown University Law Center Barrister’s Council. The White Collar Crime Invitational is a three-day trial advocacy competition which features a federal criminal trial focused on white collar issues. Past problems include insurance fraud, honest services fraud, and lying to federal investigators. This year’s tournament was held at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse at Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C. and featured 80 student competitors from 20 law schools, including Georgetown, George Washington, John Marshall, South Texas, Stanford, and the University of Virginia.
The competition consists of three preliminary rounds, followed by a semi-final and final round. During each mock trial each student advocate is expected to conduct the direct examination of a witness, the cross examination of a witness, and to present either the opening statement or the closing argument of the case. The advocates are evaluated on their professionalism in making routine objections and handling exhibits. A judge and a “jury” of experienced trial attorneys scores the performances.
TerryAnn Howell, Yanelis Zamora (2L), Sally Pendleton (3L), and Dylan Gonzalez (3L) made up the FIU Law team and took on the toughest squads during the opening rounds; narrowly missing the chance to reach the Final Four.
Alumna Rosann Speigel (’04) has earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and was recently inducted as Vice President of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists. More on her story here.
On November 13, 2013, Professor Charles C. Jalloh was the academic commentator on Voice of America’s popular “Straight Talk Africa” television and radio program. He discussed the law and politics of international criminal justice, especially the tensions between the International Criminal Court and African States, on which he is a leading publicist. Watch or listen here.
Kimberlee Martin (’13), Oscar Fernandez (2L), and Michelle Nahmias (2L) represented Team FIU Law during the Dolphins Cycling Challenge which raises awareness and funds for cancer research. Finding a cure for the disease is personal for each of them and in honor of their loved ones who have been impacted by the disease they each dedicated their rides to them. ”Through the DCC, the community can come together to raise funds and awareness for cancer research which directly benefits local people in need,” said Fernandez.
The team of riders trained hard to meet the physical demands of the challenge and reached into their own pockets to register and donate to the cause. ”To see so many riders put forth their own time, resources, and to submit themselves to such a physically demanding event all in the hope of one day finding a cure for cancer was incredibly heartwarming,” said Martin.
Martin and Nahmias started their 30 mile journey from Sun Life Stadium to South Beach at 7 am on Saturday,November 2. ”It’s been by far one of the most enjoyable athletic and philanthropic activities I have ever taken part in. Being able to ride while being greeted by so many different people in different neighborhoods and being able to take in the scenic beauty was amazing,” said Nahmias. On Sunday, November 3, Martin and Fernandez took on the Dolphins 13 ride which started at the Dolphins Training Camp in Davie and ended on the 50 yard line at the Sun Life Stadium.
There is still time to support the cause.
Be a part of the team, even if you don’t ride, bymaking a donation to Team FIU Law!
Alumnus and local NBC 6 reporter Willard Shepard (’10) was instrumental in helping a suicidal veteran get to safety. More on the story here.
Professor Ediberto Roman will deliver the keynote address at the University of South Florida’s Latino Communities in Old and New Destinations: Mulit-disciplinary Approaches to Assessing the Impact of Legal Reforms. The conference will address a range of social policies at federal, state, and local levels and how various segments of the Latino population have fared in light of these policies.
Ryan Stoa, Fellow in Water Law and Policy at the College of Law and Deputy Director of the Global Water for Sustainability Program, spoke of the need for a cautious approach to decentralized water governance at the Conference on Water and Ocean Law in Times of Climate Change, hosted by Utrecht University’s Centre for Water, Oceans, and Sustainability Law. ”While transferring authority over water management decisions to local institutions has many benefits, the process requires a robust statutory framework and local capacity to manage water resources. Many developing countries, in particular, have embraced decentralized water governance before ensuring that underlying conditions necessary for successful implementation are in place.” Stoa’s talk summarized his article on the topic, entitled Subsidiarity in Principle: Decentralization of Water Resources Management Across the Economic Development Continuum, which will be published in a special issue of the Utrecht Law Review.