Florida International University College of Law’s Community Externship Program is hosting a Pro Bono Week to coincide with the American Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Celebration from Monday, October 21, 2013 through Saturday, October 26, 2013.
In an effort to show our appreciation for all of your time and energy devoted to our FIU Law family, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join us on Monday, October 21, 2013 for an Attorney Appreciation Reception from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the College of Law Atrium. Please R.S.V.P. to Jessica Michelle Ciminero at email@example.com by October 12th if you will be in attendance.
We would also like to extend a token of our gratitude to you by offering a Free Ethics CLE, “Teaching From Practice: The Changing Role of the Law in a Multi- and Social Media Society and the Duty to Learn, to Know, to Do,” on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the College of Law, RDB 1009. Please see the attached program overview and outline detailing the event as well as the registration form.
To culminate our Pro Bono Week we will be hosting a Community Legal Fair in areas of Family & Education Law, Health Law & Policy, and Immigration & Human Rights Law on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Miami Rescue Mission (159 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33127). We would love to share with our current law students the opportunity to help our community providing pro bono services in conjunction with alumni involvement. Please R.S.V.P. to Jessica Michelle Ciminero at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 14th if you will be joining us for this event.
For any additional information, please visit the ABA’s Celebrate Pro Bono website for our event information at: http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/events/event.492604-Florida_International_University_College_of_Law_Pro_Bono_Week.
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Evening Alumni Join to Create Evening Student Scholarship
Former evening students have come together to create an evening student scholarship program. Led by Alumni Association President, Robert Scavone Jr. ’12, alumni I. Seth Denison ’10, Robert Foley ’10, Gunnar Mandrisch ’12, Pamela Pedlow ’06, Sanjeev Shah ’12, and Roberto Suarez ’11, will each donate $500.00 a year for five years. The funds will provide scholarships for evening students who have at least 5 years of post-undergraduate work experience and remain employed while attending classes at FIU Law.
“When the group began discussing the scholarship, there was a consensus that many evening students deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments. Evening graduates are among the most successful FIU Law alumni, and the evening program is an asset to the profession. We hope what we are doing will inspire others to support FIU Law and its students,” said Scavone Jr.
“Our alumni are doing really well and are giving back,” said R. Alexander Acosta, Dean of the College of Law. “This group of alumni–many only a year into their legal career–came to FIU Law as successful professionals, and I am proud that we were able to helped them advance their careers.”
About the donors:
I. Seth Denison is a Director for Thoroughbred Capital Partners, a private equity firm, as well as an associate at the law firm of Jorge L. Gurian, P.A. Prior to law school and during law school, Denison served as a police officer in the town of Virginia Key Beach, Florida. Denison is treasurer of the FIU Law Alumni Association.
Robert Foley is founder of Robert P. Foley, P.A., where he focuses his practice on assisting military veterans in appeals for benefits before the Veteran’s Administration. Prior to law school, Foley spent several decades as a veterinarian and still owns Upper Keys Veterinary Hospital in Islamorada, Florida.
Gunnar Mandrisch is an associate at Peckar & Abramson, P.C., where he focuses his practice on construction law, land use law, environmental law, administrative law, and general business litigation. Prior to practicing law, Mandrisch worked with one of South Florida’s premier general contractors, where he served as an Estimator, Project Engineer, and Project Manager.
Pamela Pedlow is founder of The Law Office of Pamela J. Pedlow, P.A., in Melbourne, Florida, where she practices family law, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, and civil litigation. Pedlow is a member of FIU Law’s inaugural class.
Sanjeev Shah is a regional director and principal with Lea+Elliott, Inc.—a transportation consultancy firm. A registered engineer and member of the Florida Bar, he leads the firm in providing strategic advisory services to clients on large infrastructure and transit projects. Shah has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the planning, programming, design, procurement structuring, contracting, and program management of automated guideway and rail transit systems.
Roberto Suarez is the founder of The Law Office of Roberto M. Suarez, PL, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property law. Suarez is a U.S registered patent attorney with more than 15 years of engineering experience. An inventor and patent holder in his own right, Suarez has developed innovative products for the aviation, marine, consumer electronics, and mobile devices industries.
Robert Scavone Jr. a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara Lagoa on the Florida Third District Court of Appeal and President of the FIU Law Alumni Association. He is also an adjunct professor at FIU Law. Scavone Jr. will begin a clerkship for the Honorable Adalberto Jordan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in the fall of 2014.
If you are interested in contributing to this or other scholarships, please contact Anthony Rionda at email@example.com.
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Attorney Shahrzad Emami is the Co-Director of the Small Business Clinic for FIU College of Law Clinic Program. Attorney Shahrzad Emami has been awarded the National Housing Law Project’s (NHLP) Housing Justice Award.
The Housing Justice Award recognizes a new and impressive talent in the field of affordable housing and low-income housing rights. The award is also intended to underscore the importance of uniting direct service work with local, state or federal policy advocacy. The award is given to an energetic and unstoppable activist who is fearlessly and successfully tackling the systemic and often hostile obstacles that stand in the way of safe, decent and affordable housing for low-income and marginalized people. The award recipient’s work encompasses activities that benefit individual residents, resident organizations, or people in need of housing. The award recipient has achieved one or more of the following: (1) advanced the legal rights of low-income renters or homeowners; (2) strengthened state or federal low-income housing programs; (3) improved the law regarding such rights or programs; or (4) made other significant contributions to the goals of the Housing Justice Network. The award will be presented at the NHLP’s conference in San Francisco on October 16, 2013.
Abraham S. Ovadia is paying it forward to his alma mater, making a milestone gift to fund career planning and placement for FIU College of Law students.
Ovadia, 29, donated $400,000 to the FIU College of Law to enhance its career planning and placement office, which now bears his name. The gift is the largest to date from an FIU Law School alumnus to the law school, and is one of FIU’s largest gifts from an individual alumnus under the age of 30.
Ovadia is the founder of Florida PIP Law Firm, PA where he focuses on Personal Injury Protection (PIP) cases. While attending law school at FIU, he worked at a law firm handling PIP claims. After graduating in 2009, he returned to his hometown of Boca Raton to open his own law firm and he now recruits and hires FIU law school graduates.
“The FIU College of Law made an impression on me – from the diverse student body to the driven first generation law students,” Ovadia said. “I’m particularly proud of the success FIU law alumni have had. This gift will help the law school identify more job placement opportunities for its students and continue its reputation for producing the highest quality lawyers.”
FIU leaders, students and alumni gathered on Thursday evening for a ribbon cutting ceremony where the office was renamed the Abraham S. Ovadia Career Planning and Placement Office.
“Abraham Ovadia’s gift will inspire our students and alumni. In five years, Mr. Ovadia graduated from FIU Law, built a successful practice and is now in a position to give back to his law school,” said R. Alexander Acosta, dean of FIU’s College of Law.
“FIU Law is a place where students and their goals matter,” he continued. “As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, the Abraham Ovadia Career Planning and Placement Office will work to help match FIU Law students to their career goals. Mr. Ovadia’s substantial investment will significantly impact our graduates and their career success. We are grateful to Abraham for his generous contribution to our school and look forward to our continued relationship.”