FIU alumna Mary Olszewska ’09 was featured in the Daily Business Review for her work as second chair trial counsel for a case that was bifurcated into liability and damage trials.
Professor M.C. Mirow has just published a book review of Alejandro Guzmán-Brito’s, Codificación del derecho civil e interpretación de las leyes: las normas sobre interpretación de las leyes en los principales códigos civiles europeo-occidentales y americanos emitidos hasta fines del siglo xix in the inaugural volume of Comparative Legal History, the official journal of the European Society of Comparative Legal History. The subject of the book is the presence or absence of provisions in civil codes that dictate the way judges should interpret the codes. Guzmán-Brito wants to answer the questions of why some codes have provisions guiding judicial interpretation and others do not and of what considerations about law, more generally, in the age of codification led to particular kinds of code provisions.
Mirow’s review may be found at here.
Last week, Professor Megan Fairlie presented on part of her current research agenda, the fair trial concerns raised by the use of replacement judges in international war crimes trials. The presentation was part of the Annual Meeting of the Junior International Law Scholars Association. Professor Fairlie also contributed to the event by serving as a commentator, discussing the sentencing practices of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Moot Court team member, Paula Barbieri Janvion shares her Price Media Law Moot Court Competition experiences which took place at the Cardozo University in New York City. Read her story here.
Read Professor Howard Wasserman new article Football and the Infield Fly Rule, published in UCLA L. Rev. Discourse.
Professor Kerri Stone has been selected to serve as an initial Fellow of the U.S. Academy on Workplace Bullying, Mobbing, and Abuse, a joint initiative between the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) and the New Workplace Institute. Professor Stone will address workplace bullying, mobbing, and abuse in the United States.
On February 1 – 2, 2014, FIU Law students, Kelly Moras (2L), Lauren Amore (3L), Ivette Delgado (3L) and Dana Simon (3L) competed in the Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition which was held at St. Thomas University School of Law. The competition simulates a court proceeding where teams represent both sides of the argument, prepare written pleadings with respect to a fictional problem of international human rights law and policy, and present their arguments in an oral argument before the International Court of Justice. Issues included cybercrime, aggression and human trafficking pursuant to international law. Congratulations to Kelly Moras who was awarded Second Best Oralist and Dana Simon who received Second Runner-up Best Oralist.
FIU Law’s two-person taxation team, made up of fourth-year law student and team captain Alex Martini and recent graduate Sam Gonas took home second place in the 13th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge presented by the ABA Section of Taxation. Eighty-eight teams entered the J.D. division of the competition which began with a written component back in November 2013. From there, six teams advanced to the oral rounds which were held on January 24 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The multi-month competition provided the team with extensive hands-on training in tax law. ”It was a great experience to meet and receive feedback from some of the top tax attorneys in the country, including IRS Chief Counsel officials, Tax Court judges, and practitioners and we take pride in the fact that we were able to bring home the first award that FIU has ever received in this competition,” Martini commented.
The challenge is an alternative to traditional moot court competitions. The Law Student Tax Challenge requires that two-person teams solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. The competition offers law students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge in a real-world setting and gain valuable exposure to the tax law community. For Sam Gonas, sparking interest in tax law was part of the appeal of the competition. “It was a wonderful experience competing against so many quality opponents from around the country. I’m grateful for the support of Professors Gabilondo and Rickard and it is my hope that future FIU law students will take advantage of their support and represent FIU in the upcoming years,” he stated.
The FIU Law team was among other finalists who came from law schools which have more established tax programs. Despite being the first team from FIU Law to represent the College at the competition, Martini and Gonas proved that there is a bright future for students interested in tax law at FIU Law!
Photo from left to right: Sam Gonas and Alex Martini.