The FIU Law Alumni Association is devoted to assisting the Florida International University College of Law in fulfilling its educational and professional mission, and to serving the professional needs of its Members. It does this through: fostering and maintaining good relations with law students, alumni, and the legal community as a whole; supporting annual and special fundraising efforts for FIU Law; facilitating communication between alumni; planning and supporting alumni and law student events; and promoting FIU Law locally, nationally, and internationally.
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Robert Scavone Jr., Law Alumni Association President at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.348.4824.
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Robert Scavone Jr. ’12
President FIU College of Law
Robert Scavone Jr.currently serves as a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara Lagoa on the Florida Third District Court of Appeal, and will clerk for the Honorable Adalberto Jose Jordan at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, beginning in the fall of 2014.
Scavone Jr. received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University in 2007, and his J.D., cum laude, from the FIU College of Law in 2012, where he graduated in the top 15% of his class. He earned Book Awards for the highest grade in Appellate Procedure II, Business Organizations and First Amendment.
Scavone Jr., was an evening student at FIU Law. He served as President of the Student Bar Association during his final year, and was awarded the ALI-ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award, as well as the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Scholarship. He worked as a research assistant to Professor Elizabeth Price Foley, and was a teaching assistant to Professor Marci Rosenthal, Director of the Legal Skills & Values Program.
While attending FIU Law, Scavone Jr. interned at the Florida Supreme Court for the Honorable Ricky Polston, as part of the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students; interned for the Judge Jordan, (then District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, now U.S. Circuit Judge); and worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Broward County Office of the State Attorney.
In addition to his duties as a law clerk, Scavone Jr. serves as an adjunct professor at FIU Law, where he co-teaches Federal Courts with Judge Jordan, and teaches the evening section Academic Enrichment Course. He has also taught Constitutional Law at the School of International and Public Affairs at FIU. He is admitted to practice law in Florida.
Olivia C. Rodriguez ’10
Olivia C. Rodriguez is Corporate Governance Counsel for BUPA Latin America. Prior to joining BUPA, Rodriguez was an associate with the firm of Jones & Adams, Olivia Rodriguez practices in the areas of Professional and Products Liability Defense Complex Business Litigation, Transnational and Multi-District Civil Litigation, Officers’ and Directors’ Liability, Securities and Shareholders’ Rights Litigation, Institutional Insurance Coverage Disputes, Arbitration, Class Action Defense, Construction Law, Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property.
Mr. Rodriguez earned her Juris Doctorate from Florida International University College of Law. During her academic career, Ms. Rodriguez competed as a member of the Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team and Trial Team and won accolades for her supberb brief writing and oral advocacy skills. She completed international law courses in Sevilla, Spain at La Universidad de Sevilla. Ms. Rodriguez was a judicial intern for the Honorable Frank Shepherd at the Third District Court of Appeal. Ms. Rodriguez also interned at the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Direct File Unit. Ms. Rodriguez earned her Bachelor of Arts and Science with a minor in Psychology from Florida International University, graduating cum laude.
Ms. Rodriguez is an active member of the Cuban American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, and American Bar Association.
Seth Denison ’10
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. Mr. Denison attended the University of Florida where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees.
Mr. Denison received his Juris Doctor degree from the Florida International University College of Law, cum laude. During law school, Mr. Denison participated in several prestigious internships with Miami-Dade Police Department’s Legal Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm’s Legal Bureau, and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Denison was also on the Dean’s list, and earned several book awards. Mr. Denison lives in Coral Gables with his wife, Melissa and enjoys boating, scuba diving, and skiing in his free time.
Karim Batista ’13
Karim Batista received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, where he obtained a dual degree in Political Science and History, and minored in Finance. He graduated FIU Law in May of 2013. He was the Evening Vice President of the Student Bar Association, 2011-12, and Chair of the Law Students Ambassador Program. While attending FIU Law he interned for Legal Services of Greater Miami (Spring 2011), and was a Public Interest Fellow at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office (Spring 2012). He also completed an externship at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office in the summer of 2012. He was awarded the Public Interest & Community Award and the Clinical Award for his work in the Family & Education Clinic in 2013. He was elected to be the class of 2013 day-division alumni representative by his peers.