Andrea Franklin, 3L, recently wrote an article published in Law360 along with co-author Luis Perez, a shareholder in Akerman Senterfitt’s Miami office. The article, “Interpreting Section 1782 Post-Intel,” was a two-part series analyzing Section 1782 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Intel Corp. v Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Section 1782 provides the basic requirements and parameters for interested parties seeking information located in the United States for use in foreign proceedings, and has had varied judicial interpretations in the U.S.
It all began when Franklin’s international law professor assigned an annotated summary of an article her roommate’s dad coincidentally wrote. She had never met Luis Perez. All she knew was that Mr. Perez was an international attorney and that he had published an article in FIU’s Law Review. After finally meeting him, she sent him the summary she wrote and offered to help him with research for his next publication.
Eventually, she began sending him memorandums regarding her research findings. After about three weeks, Mr. Perez suggested she start writing a draft for him to review. Upon reviewing a few drafts, Mr. Perez sent her an email to inform her that he would name her as his co-author.
“For me, this was monumental. This meant I would be finishing my second year of law school with my very first publication,” said Franklin. “I don’t use the word “serendipity” often, but that is exactly what this was. A mere offer to do some research turned into an opportunity to co-author an article with an attorney, whom I would only later find out worked for a very prominent nationwide law firm.”
Andrea Franklin is a third-year law student at Florida International University College of Law projected to earn her Juris Doctorate Degree in May 2013. She is a comment editor
for FIU Law Review. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Florida International University, Miami.