Professor M.C. Mirow has been selected by FIU’s Provost’s Office and the Fulbright Scholar Program to serve as one of two Fulbright Campus Representatives. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Chile in 2009 and subsequently served a three-year term on peer review panels for Mexico and the Southern Cone for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars of the Institute of International Education which administers aspects of the Fulbright Program for the United States Department of State. “I am so delighted to help represent the Fulbright Program here at FIU, ” Mirow stated. “Professors teaching through the program gain wonderful insights and new views on their teaching and scholarship; it will be fun to work with others as they apply for Fulbrights.” Mirow is a founding faculty member of FIU Law and serves as its Associate Dean of International and Graduate Studies. He is the author of Latin American Law: A History of Private Law and Institutions in Latin America (2004) and Florida’s First Constitution, The Constitution of Cadiz: Introduction, Translation and Text (2012).
Matt Bernstein ’11 serves as legal advisor on the front lines in Afghanistan. Read the article here.
Professor Manuel Gomez will participate in a discussion about the ethical boundaries of alternative litigation funding in light of the recently released rules on crowd funding private equity, and the potential use of online tools in raising litigation funding. The panel will be part of The University of San Francisco’s Law Review 2014 Symposium: Legal Ethics in the 21st Century: Technology, Speech, and Money which will be held on Friday January 31, 2014. United State Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and lexicologist Bryan Garner will deliver the keynote address. More information here.
Jacob (Jake) Manaloor has joined FIU College of Law and will serve as Director of Development. Mr. Manaloor is a 2003 graduate of the Indiana University (IU) McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to joining FIU Law, he worked for both Indiana University and Purdue University in grant management and administration as well as in the areas of donor/alumni development (including annual giving, class campaigns, major gifts and special donor projects). He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resource Management and International Studies from the IU Kelley School of Business in 2000.
Mr. Manaloor brings significant experience in state, federal, corporate and foundation giving and has solicited, cultivated and managed numerous grants and individual donor gifts. While at the IU McKinney School of Law, he administered a five year $4.2 million USAID grant which allowed the school to take their LLM degree program to Egypt.
Mr. Manaloor will direct FIU Law’s annual giving campaign, special and major gifts, corporate and foundation grant solicitation all while working in close partnership with the Alumni Association and FIU’s Advancement Office.
As part of FIU’s celebration of Panther Alumni Week (PAW) 2014, which will be held February 3-7, FIU Law will welcome back 10 of its alumni for an evening of open discussion on how to be job ready, how to balance work and life, and other topics related to the legal profession. Panelists include an appellate clerk, assistant public defenders, solo practitioners, an assistant state attorney, and attorneys in private practice. The panel takes place on Tuesday, February 4 at 6 p.m. in the large courtroom.
PAW 2014 is the first-ever alumni week of service which brings alumni back as guest speakers to inspire students as they start their academic career.
For the first time in its 10-year competition history, FIU Law’s Board of Advocates Appellate Advocacy Moot Court team advanced from a national regional round to an international final round! Congratulations to team members Paula Barbieri Janvion, Adrienne Grandolfo, Jonathan Railey, Sylmarie Trujillo, Gabriela Castillo, and Crystal Umpierre for their outstanding performance at the Americas Regional Round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme which was held at Cardozo Law School in New York City. The team will advance to the International Finals which will be held at the University of Oxford in England in April 2014.
The Price Media Law Moot Court Programme was established in 2008 with the first International Rounds in Oxford as a way to foster an interest in international law governing freedom of expression issues. The Price Media Law Moot Court Programme is more than a moot court – it is a tool for raising the profile of freedom of expression by bringing informed and effective debate and discussion on significant issues of information flows and technology to many parts of the world. For faculty coach Professor David Walter, it was another victory for FIU Law and an opportunity to groom students. “It was truly my pleasure to work with another fine FIU team – from the brief writing in November and December, through the oral argument practices in January, they showed their dedication and talents every step of the way. I look forward to our prep work in March and the Oxford competition in April – I know they’ll represent FIU well,” he commented.
The FIU team finished as one of the top four U.S. teams, and as quarterfinalists overall. Third-year law student Paula Barbieri Janvion used this experience to broaden her view of the study of law. “Being part of the FIU Law team and competing in the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition was an unbelievable experience not only because we were able to work with international law and human rights issues, but because we learned first-hand that team work and hard work pays off. We have enjoyed every step of the way, and we are excited to advance to Oxford and make FIU Law proud,” she stated.
FIU Law presents Great Legal Storytellers with guest Mark O’Mara. O’Mara served as George Zimmerman’s criminal defense attorney during the Trayvon Martin trial.
WHEN: February 6, 2014 11:45 a.m./Reception 12:15 p.m./Presentation
WHERE: RDB Ceremonial Courtroom
RSVP: RSVP here.
The Board of Advocates presents the 11thAnnual Intramural Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition Final Round on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5 p.m. The competition will be held at the College of Law in the large courtroom with a reception to follow. The final round judges include: Judge Julio Fuentes, of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; and Judge Morris Arnold, of the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; and Judge Marcia G. Cooke, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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Professor Stephen Harper appeared on First Coast Connect (Jacksonville, FL) and discussed two recent US Supreme Court cases: Graham and Miller, which involve the issue of sentencing kids to life for non-homicides (ruled unconstitutional in Graham) and mandatory sentences of life without possibility of parole for kids convicted of murder (ruled unconstitutional in Miller).
Professor Eric Carpenter has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI). ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. In this role, Professor Carpenter will have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good.
“I am genuinely honored to join Professors Baker and Roman as a member of the ALI. I am particularly excited to join at a time when the ALI is revisiting the sexual assault and rape shield provisions of the Model Penal Code, and I look forward to contributing to the efforts to update those provisions.”
Professor Carpenter joined FIU Law in August 2013 and currently teaches Evidence, Military Justice and other criminal law courses. Prior to joining FIU Law, Professor Carpenter served as Professor and Chair, Criminal Law Department, at The Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has also served as a Legal Aid attorney, an international law attorney, and prosecutor and defense counsel in the Army JAG Corps. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army.