Professor Mirow has published “The Age of Constitutions in the Americas” in 32 Law & History Review (2014). The brief article serves to introduce and to contextualize Linda Colley’s article “Empires of Writing: Britain, America and Constitutions, 1776-1848” that appears in the same volume.
“My work aimed to put Colley’s article into an historiographical context that emphasizes the wider phenomenon of constitution making throughout Europe and the Americas in the period of the U.S. Constitution. I was so happy to be invited to write the piece. It was more challenging than I had expected, but Colley’s work was a great inspiration for my contribution,” said Mirow. Linda Colley is the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University. The official journal of the American Society for Legal History, the Law & History Review is peer-reviewed and published by Cambridge University Press.
FIU Law students Francisco Reyes (4L) and Kristen Pesicek (3L) are finalists for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. The PMF program is a leadership development program for candidates, with an advanced degree, that focuses on developing a corps of potential government leaders. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order. Fellows can apply for a position with a wide range of government agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security, among others.
It was through FIU Law’s Abraham S. Ovadia Career Planning and Placement Office (CP&P) that the students learned of this special opportunity.
“I am very proud of Francisco and Kristen,” boasted Assistant Dean of Career Planning and Placement Ana Bierman. “The PMF program is one of the best avenues for graduating students who are interested in public service and would like to work for the federal government.”
For Reyes, learning that he is a candidate is exciting. “It is one of the highest honors to have been selected as a PMF finalist because the focus of the program is to develop a cadre of potential government leaders committed to quality of work and service to our country. Since early childhood, I have always believed that every person has a higher purpose in life; a purpose that embraces the principles of personal achievement, spiritual growth, and service to others. As a result, I committed at an early age to pursue a career in public service. Appointment to a federal government position as a Presidential Management Fellow represents the ideal opportunity for continuing down this professional path,” he shared.
Pesicek agrees “I am incredibly humbled to be included in this year’s class of Presidential Management Fellows. This leadership program brings together a dynamic and diverse group of professionals. Thanks to FIU Law’s evening program, I am prepared to be a part of this challenging program. The accessibility of FIU’s Law’s evening program creates a unique environment that brings together working professionals from a wide spectrum of industries with a varied set of experiences, she said.
Both Reyes and Pesicek recognize that their FIU Law education played a role in the selection. “Since my interest lies in government positions related to national security and international affairs, I made sure to highlight the international and comparative law component of FIU Law during the entire application process, as well as the superior writing skills that FIU Law students obtained as a result of its LSV program,” Reyes said.
On Saturday April 26, third-year law student TerryAnn Howell and Dylan Gonzalez, a soon-to-be graduate, were recognized by the Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers for their “exceptional work in trial advocacy” during the association’s annual gala. Each honoree was presented with a $250 scholarship. The FIU Law students received two of the four scholarship awards.
Howell and Gonzalez are members of FIU Law Trial Team and have competed in local and national competitions throughout the year.
“TerryAnn Howell and Dylan Gonzalez represented FIU College of Law with devotion and distinction as members of our highly acclaimed Trial Team. They both are passionate, principled advocates who have helped to elevate the FIU Law brand, ” said Professor H.T. Smith who directs the Trial Advocacy Program
PHOTO CAPTION FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: St Thomas University School of Law student Shawn Quinn, Dylan Gonzalez and TerryAnn Howell.
Alumni Liana Reyes ’11 and Jorge de Cardenas’ ’11 commentary in The Palm Beach Post.
Professor Mirow will speak in England next month on topics related to the legal history of colonial Spanish Florida. The talk in Oxford, “Translating in Stone: The Monument to the Constitution of Cadiz in St. Augustine, Florida (1813-1814),” will place Florida’s unique monument to the constitution into legal, constitutional, and political context. The talk is part of a conference of the University of Oxford’s Interdisciplinary Research Network Translations in Transnational Context. Mirow is one of 17 speakers from around the world and only one of two invited from the United States to present at the conference.
The talk in Cambridge, “Law and Constitution in Spanish St. Augustine, 1783-1821,” addresses his attempts to reconstruct the legal and constitutional world of the city from primary sources, especially the East Florida Papers held in the Library of Congress. The talk is part of the University of Cambridge Centre of Latin American Studies’ Easter Term Research Seminar.
“I’m really happy to share my ideas about Florida’s colonial legal history with Latin Americanists in England. We often forget that Florida has been Spanish longer than it has been part of the United States and that East Florida was the fourteenth loyal British colony from 1763 to 1783. This gave the city and region a wonderfully mixed and complex population. I’m interested in how law worked in this environment. Although my focus is legal history, this work engages the scholarly community and all communities seeking to understand legal pluralism in pluralistic societies. There are interesting parallels between St. Augustine two hundred years ago and Miami today,” said Mirow.
Professor Noah Weisbord designed and moderated a panel discussion at the 108th annual meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington DC. The theme of the meeting was the effectiveness of international law and Professor Weisbord’s panel, addressing a packed room, compared law enforcement in the fields of international human rights and international trade. The speakers were Chantal Thomas (Cornell), Marco Bronkers (Leiden) and Jim Goldston (Open Society Justice Initiative).
Alumnus Rob Manning ’06, of the law firm Dean Mead in Viera, Florida, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida. Manning’s practice includes business litigation, construction law, employment law, real estate litigation and community association law. He is the record counsel for multiple community associations across the Space Coast. Manning also serves on the Board of Directors of the Space Coast Tiger Bay Club. He is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association, and served as President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Brevard County Bar Association in 2010. Manning is also a graduate of Leadership Brevard Class of 2009. Manning is an AV-Preeminent® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. Prior to practicing law, Manning worked as a television news reporter and anchor at network affiliated stations across the Southeast.
You could have heard a pin drop inside FIU Law’s large courtroom as appellate attorneys, dressed in full military regalia, were preparing to argue the case of United States v. Jones before the five federal appellate judges that make up the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
There was one person in the courtroom who wasn’t dressed like the others.
He was Rey Martinez – a third-year FIU Law evening student – who was playing the part of amicus curiae (or friend of the court). As amicus, Martinez is not a party to the case but offers information that may assist the court in its final decision.
It was an experience of a lifetime and one he volunteered to take on.
“This was one of the best experiences of my life. I was humbled and honored to be able to represent FIU Law in front of a federal court of appeals,” Martinez shared. “I felt like all of my hard work and time had paid off – and for those very brief 10 minutes, I was an attorney.”
FIU Law Professor Eric Carpenter, who teaches Evidence and Military Justice, is a former Judge Advocate and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. With his ties to the military, Carpenter helped bring the hearing to FIU Law, which included an invitation for one student to serve as amicus. Martinez was inspired to take on the challenge while taking Carpenter’s Military Justice course.
The opportunity to use a law school student in a real-life hearing is part of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces’ Project Outreach program. The program allows law schools, military bases and other public facilities to be used as the courtroom for these hearings.
Unlike cases in traditional law school moot court competitions where the case in question is fictional, this case was real.
“[It’s] a real life federal bench, where someone’s life is at stake, someone who is facing real consequences. This case has the potential to rewrite military law,” said Martinez.
Under the supervision of Professor Carpenter, Martinez wrote and submitted a 15-page brief. Although Martinez is not yet a licensed attorney, he argued confidently during his 10 minute presentation in court – which was often interrupted by questions fired by the judges.
“You could not tell that Mr. Martinez was a student rather than an experienced appellate litigator. He is an example of the great students that we have at FIU Law, and his performance should make us all proud,” said Carpenter.
“I spent hours reading any case the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces had written on the matter and studied the opinions. I had so much help from Professor Carpenter, my classmates, as well as other professors, namely, Professors Klion, Walter, Wasserman and Rickard, in mooting me and preparing to appear before the five judges. The professors asked the tough questions, and I felt confident standing in front of the court that I was prepared.”
The judges will issue an opinion within the next few months.
Judge Scott W. Stucky, who has served on the court since 2006, believes that moving from their home courthouse in Washington, D.C. to other locales and allowing law students to participate in the hearing is unique.
“I don’t know another court that does this,” said Judge Stucky.
For Martinez, appearing in front of a federal court won’t be a once in a lifetime experience – he hopes to one day achieve his dream of becoming a JAG officer.
“After the conclusion of the hearing, I was honored to receive a military challenge coin from the Court as well as to receive kind words from the judges and many high ranking military personnel from the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.”