The President of The Florida Bar has appointed Professor H. Scott Fingerhut to the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee for a three-year term. Crim Pro Rules, a standing committee of The Bar, reports to the Florida Supreme Court concerning the proposal of new rules of criminal procedure as well as changes to existing rules. This is Professor Fingerhut’s second appointment the Committee. His previous six years of service includes three terms as Vice Chair and as Chair of the Committee in 2007.
WLRN/Miami Herald news reporter and producer Kenny Malone will host FIU Law Professor Manuel A. Gomez. Professor Gomez will discuss the lawsuit filed in Miami federal court against Aroldis Chapman, a left-handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. Aroldis Champan, who defected from Cuba, has been sued for $18 million by a Cuban-American man who blames the player for his imprisonment on the communist island. The lawsuit claims that Chapman falsely accused Danilo Curbelo Garcia of involvement in human trafficking, leading to his 2008 arrest and conviction in Cuba.
Professor Gómez teaches international and comparative law as well as complex and transnational litigation-related courses at the College of Law.
(TUNE IN) – Topical Currents will host FIU law professor and Constitutional expert, Elizabeth Price Foley. She will discuss the Tea Party movement, and how she feels it’s been misunderstood and unfairly stereotyped in mainstream media. The program will air Monday, May 21st at one o’clock on 91.3 WLRN.
Elizabeth Price Foley is a self-described “recovering liberal,” who’s written The Tea Party: Three Principles. Foley serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice Florida Chapter. She is also the Institute for Justice Chair in Constitutional Litigation and Professor of Law at Florida International University College of Law.
Topical Currents is hosted by Joseph Cooper, who shares his microphone with a wide range of guests including community leaders, artists, scientists, historians, political thinkers and more who bring issues of interest to South Floridians.
On Thursday, May 17, 2012, Professor H. Scott Fingerhut will serve as Program Chair of the 2012 Criminal Law Update. Sponsored by the Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar, this annual continuing legal education seminar will be held in Tampa and feature experts in immigration, the death penalty, DUI, appeals, mental health, drug and sex crimes, and ethics and lawyer regulation.
A highlight of the program will surely be Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, who is to speak on the state of our criminal justice system.
Professor Fingerhut is Chair-Elect of the Criminal Law Section and also serves as Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, overseeing the Section’s educational programming.
Read more at floridabar.org
Facebook goes public
A discussion about the future of the Internet giant — Live on the web
WHAT: Florida International University is hosting a panel discussion for journalists covering Facebook’s upcoming initial public offering (IPO) and its implications. FIU experts from a wide array of fields, including business, law, engineering and communication, will discuss what to expect in the coming months and what reporters should look out for as the world’s largest social media site goes public.
After brief remarks from panelists, The Miami Herald Business Editor Jane Wooldridge will moderate a discussion about the future of a publicly-held Facebook and its impact on Wall Street, user privacy, software development, and social media networking and communications, among others.
The discussion is free and open to all journalists. To RSVP, please click here.
In the Miami Herald, FIU Law Professor Ediberto Román is quoted on whether retroactivity is applicable for defendants who say their lawyers did not warn them of the deportation risk of taking a plea deal.
Professor Román is a nationally-acclaimed scholar and an award-winning educator with broad teaching interests and an extensive scholarship portfolio. His principal research interest involves analyzing the construction and interpretation of constitutional law and immigration policy. His work may be best described as traditional in its structure and use of authority, but critical in its perspective. Román’s research necessarily deals with the intersection of, on the one hand, citizenship law, immigration law, public international law, and constitutional law and, on the other hand, theoretical perspectives based on classic philosophy, neo-liberal theory, critical race theory, post-colonial studies, Diaspora literature, and social theory generally.
Senior Associate Dean Michelle Mason was chosen by Legacy magazine as one of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders of 2012. Legacy is a news/business publication serving South Florida’s black professional community with insightful articles and information on business, careers, politics, lifestyle, culture and social commentary.
For the eighth year, Legacy magazine chose an elite group of individuals for the distinction. These honorees were carefully selected by a distinguished and highly professional selection committee comprised of business leaders from South Florida.
“It is an honor to have been selected. I feel privileged to be in a position where I can encourage and inspire others to pursue their own goals with professionalism and confidence,” said Senior Associate Dean Mason.
In the MinnPost, FIU Law Professor Joëlle Anne Moreno is quoted on the future of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Professor Moreno is part of a panel convened by state Sen. Chris Smith (D) tasked with reviewing the law.
Professor Joëlle Anne Moreno is the College of Law’s first Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development, supporting the development of the faculty as scholars and teachers. She is an experienced teacher of Evidence, Scientific and Forensic Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Advocacy, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Her research and scholarship focuses on evidence and constitutional law issues and includes articles that have appeared in the Boston University, Florida, Ohio State, Arizona, Tulane, Utah, and Akron law reviews.
FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg recognized more than two dozen distinguished members of the FIU academic community for their outstanding achievements in research and scholarship at the Top Scholars reception April 9.
“It is clear that you are reaching for the stars,” said Rosenberg at the annual event held at the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential House. “You have set high goals and nd you have met them. The provost and I want to challenge you to keep it up.”
Former Florida Judge and FIU Associate Professor of law Phyllis Kotey – who was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach constitutional law and criminal procedure at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana – said she was proud to be nominated with such world-class scholars. “I think of myself as a practitioner, never as a scholar. It’s wonderful to be welcomed by this prestigious group.”
Honorees are nominated by their respective deans through the Office of the Provost. The following law faculty members were recognized this year.
Adjunct Professor John Little will be honored by the South Florida Community Development Coalition (SFCDC) for his leadership in community development. The awards will be presented at a cocktail reception at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in the developing arts district of Wynwood on May 1st. South Florida Community Development Coalition is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building communities and developing assets in Miami-Dade County.
John Little is one of the co-founders of the Community Development Clinic (“CDC”) at Florida International University College of Law FIU College of Law. In 2005, along with Professor Peggy Maisel, John created the CDC to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations in the process of incorporation, contracts, and many other legal matters which would have created a financial hardship on these organizations and community members if they had to hire a private attorney.