Professor Ediberto Roman will deliver the keynote address at the University of South Florida’s Latino Communities in Old and New Destinations: Mulit-disciplinary Approaches to Assessing the Impact of Legal Reforms. The conference will address a range of social policies at federal, state, and local levels and how various segments of the Latino population have fared in light of these policies.
Ryan Stoa, Fellow in Water Law and Policy at the College of Law and Deputy Director of the Global Water for Sustainability Program, spoke of the need for a cautious approach to decentralized water governance at the Conference on Water and Ocean Law in Times of Climate Change, hosted by Utrecht University’s Centre for Water, Oceans, and Sustainability Law. ”While transferring authority over water management decisions to local institutions has many benefits, the process requires a robust statutory framework and local capacity to manage water resources. Many developing countries, in particular, have embraced decentralized water governance before ensuring that underlying conditions necessary for successful implementation are in place.” Stoa’s talk summarized his article on the topic, entitled Subsidiarity in Principle: Decentralization of Water Resources Management Across the Economic Development Continuum, which will be published in a special issue of the Utrecht Law Review.
Professor Manuel Gomez will present his paper “Alternative Litigation Financing Heads South: The Potential for and obstacles to third party funding in Latin America” during a roundtable on Third Party Funding which is being held at Washington and Lee University.
Professor Ediberto Roman’s recent Huffington Post blog, The Largely Ignored Human Rights Tragedy at Our Doorstep, co-written by second year law student Frandley Julien.
Professor Manuel A. Gómez’s recent Kluwer Arbitration blog entry: The “Amparization” of the Justice System in Latin America and International Arbitration.
FIU College of Law recognized for giving back
FIU College of Law was presented with the Statute of Liberty Centennial serigraph signed by its artist, Melanie Taylor Kent, as part of the Aventura Marketing Council’s Second Annual Art from the Heart program, which recognizes non-profit organizations and institutions who give back to the community. The artwork was donated by Barker Animation Fine Art & Sculptures. FIU College of Law received the artwork in honor of its Math & Civics Summer Academy – a program spearheaded by Senior Associate Dean Michelle Mason.
Now in its third year, the program, which partners FIU’s Colleges of Law and Education, along with the Algebra Project (AP), and the Young People’s Project (YPP), designed and implemented as the only Math & Civics summer academy in the nation. During the last three summers, students in third through fifth grade, who attend Liberty City elementary schools, spent their days at the College of Law where YPP students and former Miami AP cohort graduates, who presently are college students at various institutions, focused on teaching mathematics, and College of Law interns who focused on teaching civics.
“The College of Law is delighted to receive this beautiful artwork as a reminder of the importance and value of work we do with our summer academy students,” stated Senior Associate Dean Mason. “We hope to add more students next year!”
The Math & Civics Summer Academy program was nominated by Aventura Commissioner, Enbar Cohen, who is currently a first year law student at FIU College of Law.
On Saturday, November 2, 2012, the ICABA Media Group, LLC hosted its 4th Annual ICABA Honors gala which identifies some of South Florida’s most influential and accomplished African Americans. Among the evening’s honorees, was FIU College of Law faculty member and Director of Non Litigation Advocacy programs – George Knox who was honored with the Living Legends award.
“I am humbled by the recognition. Usually the word legend suggests you’re done; you’ve done all you’re going to do. Frankly, I believe I still have a lot more to do,” said Knox. ”To be selected by a prestigious company like ICABA is quite an honor.”
ICABA Media Group is a social media company integrating print and digital publications with signature events to profile and connect accomplished black professionals and entrepreneurs.
On October 25, 2013, Charles C. Jalloh, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, presented an invited lecture “The Law and Politics of the Charles Taylor Case” at the University of Makeni, Faculty of Law, Sierra Leone, West Africa. He traced the legal and political implications of the trial involving the former president of Liberia, whose son, Chuckie Taylor, was the first person to ever be convicted in the United States under the US Torture Victim Protection Act by the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida in October 2008.