Professor M.C. Mirow recently published two chapters in a book on law and globalization entitled Globalización, Derecho Supranacional e Integración Americana (México: Porrúa/Escuela Libre de Derecho, 2013). One chapter, “Globalización y la educación legal en los EE.UU.,” criticizes the tepid attempts by the American Association of Law Schools to address globalization at its annual meeting in 2013, and the other, “Épocas en la historia del derecho de los EE.UU.,” provides a brief introduction to United States legal history. The volume was the result of a conference celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Escuela Libre de Derecho, and Mirow was one of only two scholars from the United States who presented at the conference. The chapters may be read at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2188959 and http://ssrn.com/abstract=2188981.
TerryAnn Howell, a third-year part-time law student, was the recipient of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Scholarship – a $5,000 gift – which was presented to her during the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association’s 36th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala held on March 1, 2014. Ms. Howell received the award for her leadership, academic excellence and community service. Former County Commissioner Betty Ferguson, the wife of the late Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., presented Howell with the award.
Howell is a member of the FIU Law trial team and recently took home the Exceptional Advocate honor during the Seventeenth Annual National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational which took place at Georgetown University Law School. She also serves as president of FIU Law’s Caribbean Students Bar Association, Marshall for Phi Alpha Delta Law Society, is an FIU Law student research assistant and is currently interning with the Coast Guard’s JAG unit.
“Receiving an award named after a great man like Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. and having his wife present the award is such a great honor,” Howell shared. “I would not be in a position to accomplish so much if it weren’t for H.T Smith who is always encouraging me, and my fellow classmate Jennifer Typrowicz who told tell her employer to hire from FIU Law because its students are hard workers who get the job done – I’m just blessed in every way!
The Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association is the oldest and largest association of Black attorneys in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It has serves the Miami-Dade community by cultivating excellence and inclusion in the legal profession, promoting diversity in legal education through financial assistance and mentorship and advocating for equal access, equal opportunity and equal justice in the legal system.
Each year, the city of Miami hosts the Florida Bar’s Pre-Moot competition – a prelude to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court which will be held in Vienna later this spring. The FIU Law team of Alexander Thorlton, Stephano Salani, Dick Ortega, Ivette Delgado and Isidora Enriquez took home third place. The team also received a $2,500 award from the International Law Section of the Florida Bar to help defray the cost of their upcoming trip to Vienna. Thorlton also received a second place award in the Best Oralist category. The team was coached and mentored by Professor Manuel Gomez and visiting scholar Victorino Tejera.
The local competition serves as the training ground for the Vis Moot in Vienna and allows the teams to experience what it feels like to be in real international arbitration proceedings. “The Florida Bar Pre-Moot is an excellent opportunity to prepare for the Vis Moot. The arbitrators were excellent, and have taken the time to become familiar with the problem. The competition is also very good which usually makes your own presentation better as well,” Thorlton shared.
Since October 2013, the team has been researching the issues, writing memoranda and practicing their oral arguments during intensive weekly meetings.
“We practiced on our own as a team and even went to local law firms to benefit from real world advice,” Thorlton continued.
The team also recognizes that the coaching they received was instrumental to their success. “Both our coaches, Professor Manuel Gomez and Victorino Tejera, were crucial in the development of our team. They shared their practice experiences and deep knowledge of arbitration, but most importantly, they would always make themselves available to provide guidance and assistance. We all share this triumph – it was the result of a team effort,” Enriquez shared. It was Enriquez’ first time participating in this competition and “although it was a lot of work it was extremely rewarding. It challenged my knowledge and preparation as well as my ability to create legal arguments on the spot.”
Professor Gomez also highlighted the educational purpose of the competition and its unique contribution to giving the students a glimpse of how it is to practice law in a globalized world. “This is one of the best opportunities our students have to experience first-hand how to manage a transnational commercial case. This is our fifth year participating in it and our students and I have been always grateful for the support that the dean of the College of Law has given us,” he commented.
Vis Moot was created as a clinical tool for training law students in crucial aspects of research, drafting and advocacy within the international business community. The competition simulates cases based on real issues and are attempting to be resolved through arbitration rather than in court.
Professor Cyra Choudhury was given a substantial grant by the Harvard Institute of Global Law and Policy to co-organize a two-day conference on June 2-3 entitled, Critical Approaches to Islamic Law and Policy. The conference will bring together leading senior scholars as well as junior scholars from Asia, Africa, Europe and North America to explore current thinking in the field of Islamic Law and Policy. Professor Choudhury will also be organizing and leading a three-day workshop for the Islamic Law and Policy research group to collaborate on a joint publication and to explore ongoing research in the upcoming year. The research group was organized at the IGLP 2014 Workshop in Doha earlier this year and Professor Choudhury, who leads the research group, will continue to foster collaborative research and publication amongst workshop participants and alumni.
Alumna Liana Eustacia Reyes’ ’11 commentary in the The Palm Beach Post.
Third-year FIU Law student Allan Zullinger, recently helped U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau kick-off a press conference launching the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment drive. The event, designated as National Youth Enrollment Day, targeted “young invincibles”and promoted insurance options available through the Healthcare Marketplace.
In addition to educating and assisting with ACA enrollment, Zullinger himself successfully applied for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and shared his story during the press conference.
Zullinger is currently enrolled in his second semester with the Health Law and Policy (NeighborhoodHLP) Clinic where he has been leading the efforts on the clinic’s policy work related to ACA implementation issues. Connected to this effort, the HLP Clinic has been assisting and overseeing enrollment in the newly launched healthcare.gov Health Insurance Marketplace. The clinic has been advising clients on enrollment issues, and has opened up enrollment opportunities to the FIU student body by hosting weekend ACA drives at the law school.
Although Zullinger now has health coverage, that is not the case for many of his peers. About 25 percent of young adults between 18 and 34 have health insurance, according to Tondreau.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 3.3 million people have enrolled nationwide.
Out of roughly 300,000 Floridians that have signed up, only 23 percent of them are between the ages of 18 and 34.
The more young people that enroll, the easier it becomes for insurers to offset the costs for older, sicker people; the less that younger people enroll, the more likely it becomes that insurers will raise their rates.
Although Zullinger recognized the program’s website and sign-up process requires some patience, he acknowledged that there is a great sense of comfort in knowing that he is covered by medical insurance
Professor Ediberto Roman responds to Aníbal de Castro’s – the Dominican Republic’s Ambassador to the United States – January 23rd, 2014 op-ed piece in The Miami Herald. Read the blog here.
During the Florida Justice Association’s (FJA) Proof and Argument of Unique Aspects of Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases Workhorse Seminar in Orlando, four FIU Law alumni made presentations. The workshop was part of a four-day CLE seminar and included sessions on products liability litigation, premise liability, and personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
Dustin Herman’10, of the Romano Law Group, pitched the idea of the Proof and Argument panel to FJA organizers as a way to provide FJA members with a primer on current trends and the various elements of damages in Florida in personal injury and wrongful death cases. “It was a great event and the feedback we have receiving has been tremendous. FJA is interested in the young lawyers presentation for next year,” Hermand commented. In addition to Herman, who presented on Loss of Capacity for the Enjoyment of Life, Courtney Engelke ’11, of Colson Hicks Eidson, spoke about Past and Future Medical Damages; Lisa Cabrera ’10, of the Alvarez Law Firm, presented on Scarring and Disfigurement; and Riley H. Beam ’12, of Douglas R. Beam, P.A., spoke about Embarrassment, Humiliation, and Inconvenience. Together, the alumni collaborated on their research, prepared a ‘Trial Toolbox’ for FJA members, and hope to be published in a forthcoming FJA publication.
“I thank Dustin for organizing the panel,” said Engelke. “It was a tremendous opportunity, one I am proud to have been a part of.”
The event was a reflection of the impact FIU Law graduates are having in the legal profession. “FIU Law alumni continue to do remarkably well,” Robert Scavone Jr. President of the FIU Law Alumni Association, said. “Dustin, Courtney, Lisa and Riley represent the great work our alumni are doing. There is no doubt that FIU Law alumni are having an impact and elevating our school’s standing.”
On February 13, 2014, Visiting Associate Professor Charles C. Jalloh gave a lecture at the United Nations entitled, Africa and the International Criminal Court. Miguel de Serpa Soares, the Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel to the United Nations, invited him to share his noted expertise on that topic with lawyers in the UN Office of Legal Affairs in New York.
In a unanimous decision FIU Law’s Moot Court team of Daniela Abratt and Lauren Canina won the 11thAnnual Board of Advocates (BOA) Intramural Appellate Advocacy Competition. Lauren Canina was also named Best Orator. Honorable Morris S. Arnold, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; Honorable Julio Fuentes, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Honorable Vance E. Salter, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, presided over the hearing. Going into the finals were: Iva Todorova and Leidy Perez (Petitioner) and Daniela Abratt and Lauren Canina (Respondent).