On Saturday, November 9, the College of Law welcomes U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, service academies candidates and their guests and families. For directions and parking information.
Professor Manuel Gomez will present his paper “Alternative Litigation Financing Heads South: The Potential for and obstacles to third party funding in Latin America” during a roundtable on Third Party Funding which is being held at Washington and Lee University.
FIU College of Law graduate David Mark, with LendKey in New York, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Regulatory Compliance Counsel. More on the story here.
Professor Ediberto Roman’s recent Huffington Post blog, The Largely Ignored Human Rights Tragedy at Our Doorstep, co-written by second year law student Frandley Julien.
Two College of Law negotiation teams make their way to the ABA’s Southeast Regional Negotiation Competition finals
For the first time in FIU College of Law Board of Advocates 10 year history, two teams captured both the regional championship and runner-up titles during the ABA Southeast Regional Negotiation Competition, which was held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Taking first place was the team of Scheril Murray and Christopher Miranda, in second place Ashley Hersutamto and Daniel Blackman, and the team of Cinthya Beato and Daniel Horton finished in seventh. Co-Director and Associate Professor of Legal Skills and Values, Professor David D. Walter served as the team’s faculty coach and mentor.
The regional competition drew 20 teams from throughout Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolinas. The two-person team consists of two JD candidates who negotiate on behalf of their client to resolve a dispute or negotiate an agreement. For single mom and second year evening student, Scheril Murray, who commutes from West Palm Beach, the victory was a team effort. “The entire team, even those that did not compete, were completely invested in our success. They practiced and role played with us until we felt like experts in the material,” Murray commented. She went on to boast that “FIU’s negotiation team has a history of excellence and it is an honor to be a member and compete in FIU’s name.”
The competition helps promote greater interest among law students in legal negotiation and provides a means for them to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. All of the simulations deal with the same general topic, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition.
“We’ve won our Region five times in the past seven years, and we’ve sent a team to the National Finals eight times in the past 10 years,” said Professor Walter, “but this is the first time we’ve placed first and second and had the opportunity to send two teams to the National Finals!” “This shows how good our FIU students really are, but it also says much about their team work and incredible work ethic as well.”
Murray and Miranda, and Hersutamto and Blackman, will now advance to the ABA National Negotiation Finals in Chicago in February 2014 where the top 24 law school negotiation teams will vie for the national title.
Professor Baker published a Preview of the Establishment Clause case which is being argued at the Supreme Court this week.
Synopsis:“The Town of Greece, New York has an elected five-member Town Board. The Board invites local clergy to offer an opening prayer at its regular, monthly meetings. The two plaintiffs are residents of the Town who disapproved of this practice enough to make a federal case out of it. The District Court rejected their challenge, but the Second Circuit sided with the plaintiffs and ruled that the Town was violating the Establishment Clause in the way it was arranging for the official prayers. Now the Supreme Court will have to sort out its prior precedents on public prayer and the newer justices will have to declare their views of the practice. The decision will determine the proper constitutional etiquette for these occasions of ceremonial deism, i.e., religious rituals by the government.”
The Constitutionality of Saying a Prayer at a City Council Meeting: May America Bless God?, Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases at 56 (Nov. 4, 2013) (Town of Greece v. Galloway, ___ S.Ct. ___ (2014))
Professor Manuel A. Gómez’s recent Kluwer Arbitration blog entry: The “Amparization” of the Justice System in Latin America and International Arbitration.
FIU College of Law recognized for giving back
FIU College of Law was presented with the Statute of Liberty Centennial serigraph signed by its artist, Melanie Taylor Kent, as part of the Aventura Marketing Council’s Second Annual Art from the Heart program, which recognizes non-profit organizations and institutions who give back to the community. The artwork was donated by Barker Animation Fine Art & Sculptures. FIU College of Law received the artwork in honor of its Math & Civics Summer Academy – a program spearheaded by Senior Associate Dean Michelle Mason.
Now in its third year, the program, which partners FIU’s Colleges of Law and Education, along with the Algebra Project (AP), and the Young People’s Project (YPP), designed and implemented as the only Math & Civics summer academy in the nation. During the last three summers, students in third through fifth grade, who attend Liberty City elementary schools, spent their days at the College of Law where YPP students and former Miami AP cohort graduates, who presently are college students at various institutions, focused on teaching mathematics, and College of Law interns who focused on teaching civics.
“The College of Law is delighted to receive this beautiful artwork as a reminder of the importance and value of work we do with our summer academy students,” stated Senior Associate Dean Mason. “We hope to add more students next year!”
The Math & Civics Summer Academy program was nominated by Aventura Commissioner, Enbar Cohen, who is currently a first year law student at FIU College of Law.
On Saturday, November 2, 2012, the ICABA Media Group, LLC hosted its 4th Annual ICABA Honors gala which identifies some of South Florida’s most influential and accomplished African Americans. Among the evening’s honorees, was FIU College of Law faculty member and Director of Non Litigation Advocacy programs – George Knox who was honored with the Living Legends award.
“I am humbled by the recognition. Usually the word legend suggests you’re done; you’ve done all you’re going to do. Frankly, I believe I still have a lot more to do,” said Knox. ”To be selected by a prestigious company like ICABA is quite an honor.”
ICABA Media Group is a social media company integrating print and digital publications with signature events to profile and connect accomplished black professionals and entrepreneurs.