On Thursday August 22, 2013 a group of Miami-based attorneys launched the Venezuelan American National Bar Association (VENAMBAR). The reception, which attracted more than 150 attendees and featured Honorable Judge Federico Moreno as a keynote speaker marked a promising beginning for the organization. The main goal of VENAMBAR is to connect Venezuelan-American lawyers with each other, with in house counsel, and to liaise with lawyers and members of the business community both in Venezuela and the United States. Professor Manuel Gomez is one the founders of VENAMBAR and is also a member of its Foreign Attorneys Committee. Professor Gomez was featured in an interview about the organization in a recent edition of the Daily Business Review and the South Florida Business Journal.
Professor Manuel Gomez’s latest article on the enforcement of the $18.2 billion judgment against Chevron in Latin America has caught the attention of several prominent blogs such as Lawrence Solum’s Legal Theory Blog, conflictsoflaws.net, and Letters Blogatory, which named it “Paper of the Day” in its August 23rd edition. The article titled “The Global Chase: Seeking the Recognition and Enforcement of the Lago Agrio Judgment Outside of Ecuador”, which is currently available on SSRN, is scheduled to appear in the next issue of the Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation.
Professors Jerry Markham and Charles Pouncy were both recently cited by the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia in Bloomberg L.P. V. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, — F.Supp.2d —-, 2013 WL 2458283 (D.D.C.) [Civil Action No. 13–523(BAH) (June 7, 2013)] in a case involving the CFTC’s ability to regulate the clearing of certain derivative trades (financial swaps).
Professor M.C. Mirow has published an article, Pre-Constitutional Law and Constitutions: Spanish Colonial Law and the Constitution of Cádiz, 12 Washington University Global Studies Law Review 313-337 (2013). The work studies the different ways that laws in existence at the time of drafting constitutions are used in the constitutional process and in the constitutional text itself. The study makes particular use of derecho indiano, the Spanish colonial law applied in the Americas, as it provided a common base of legal knowledge about the Americas, a ready source for answers to specific legal questions, and a rhetorical tool in justifying the historical validity of the Spanish Constitution of 1812. This constitution was the first constitution to govern the territory now known as Florida, and last year Mirow published a translation and commentary on it entitled Florida’s First Constitution, the Constitution of Cádiz.
Professor Elizabeth Price Foley was recently published in the New York Post discussing the New York City’s “Stop-and-Frisk” policy. Read Op-Ed
Professor Gabilondo’s essay on Miami appears in Cuba’s Temas
Professor Jose Gabilondo was one of five academics from FIU invited to write for a special issue on Cubans in Miami put out in June by Catalejo, the blog operated by Temas. Published in Havana, Catalejo and Temas are prominent fora for debates among Cuban and Cuban-American academics and intellectuals about culture, ideology, and society. His essay – Miami – entre lo crudo y lo cocido´´ (´Miami – between the raw and the cooked´) examines the different ways in which Cubans react to nativism and ethnic backlash in Miami.
‘Sometimes it seems that Miami is still fighting the Cold War, so it’s exciting and encouraging to be part of expanding intellectual exchange with colleagues on the island.’
Professor Fingerhut represents Whistleblower in Baseball Steroid Scandal. The Miami Herald reported on the story in a recent article. Click to read Miami Herald Article
Professor Roman selected to receive Haywood Burns/Shanara Gilbert Award
Professor Ediberto Roman has been selected to receive the Haywood Burns / Shanara Gilbert Award at the 2013 Northeast People of Color Conference. This award recognizes professors and activists who “have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the advancement of the legal, social, and economic position of People of Color in our society”. To read more about the award click here.
Professor H. Scott Fingerhut, Assistant Director of the FIU Law Trial Advocacy Program, weighs the prospects for a civil-rights suit in the excerpted email interview with editorial writer Darryl E. Owens of the Orlando Sentinel. Professor Fingerhut is the immediate past-chair of the criminal-law section of The Florida Bar. Read the Full Article
Professor H.T. Smith was recently the subject of an article by the Miami Herald. Prof. Smith will be inducted into the National Bar Association’s Hall of Fame on July 31 at the Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami Beach. The Hall of Fame Award “honors lawyers who have been licensed to practice law for 40 years or more and who have made significant contributions to the cause of justice.” Read the Full Article here