Ryan Stoa, a Fellow in Water Law and Policy and Deputy Director of Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) Program, recently contributed to the University of Pennsylvania’s RegBlog, read it here.
Parron was a member of FIU Law’s inaugural class. He currently serves as member of the executive committee, and is the immediate past Chair of the Florida Bar’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. Parron is also an elected Grammy ® Governor with The Recording Academy ®, purveyor of the Grammy ® Awards, an appointed member of the Miami-Dade County Film and Entertainment Advisory Board, a former member of the City of Miami Beach Film & Television Production Industry Council,a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science, and a board member of the The Little Dreams Foundation, the non-profit organization founded by music recording artist Phil Collins. Read More on Ivan’s recent recognition by clicking here.
Hear Professor Howard Wasserman’s recent interview on NPR radio. The show is titled, Even Police Body Cameras Can Lose Sight of the Truth.
HispanicBusiness has named FIU Law number one for best schools for Hispanics in its 2014 Diversity Practices annual report. The report represents the top 40 graduate institutions for Hispanic enrollment. Other ranking categories include faculty members and programs that attract and retain Hispanic students. Forty-one percent of the J.D. degrees confirmed were earned by Hispanics and 22.7 percent of the faculty are Hispanic.
“With each passing year, FIU Law gets better and better,” said FIU Law School Dean R. Alexander Acosta. “We are proud to have moved into No. 1 spot, and intend to work to remain there.”
The report reflects those schools who have made notable efforts to engage the Hispanic community. For a complete list, visit HispanicBusiness.
Before the start of the fall semester, three FIU Law students wanted to do some good. So, they took to the skies and traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to share the mission of FIU Law with the children living in the Wayom Timoun orphanage.
Law students and Caribbean Student Bar Association (CSBA) members Jeremy Thompson, Lisa Smith and Djenane Fanfan orchestrated the four day trip, which also included FIU alumnus, Marvin Afolayan ’13.
The trip is the second of its kind for Thompson and Smith who traveled to Quibdo, Colombia this past spring. Thompson has been inspired to make these trips through his involvement with the non-profit organization, Health through Walls. Health through Walls helps Caribbean, African, and other resource-poor countries implement replicable models and sustainable improvements in healthcare services within their penitentiaries.
Prior to landing, the team organized a clothing and school supplies drive and partnered with ACTS – a children’s home in Ft. Lauderdale – to collect baby and toddler items.
For this trip, the team opted out of staying in a hotel and instead made other arrangements.
“This trip around we decided to stay at the orphanage so we could be surrounded by the children and get a better one-on-one connection with them.” Smith said. “Admittedly, it sounds strange, but I was a blank canvas and open to the possibilities of seeing and expecting anything. With that in mind, living in the conditions of the orphanage with no running water and limited electricity was definitely a life-changing experience and one I will never forget.”
A native of Haiti, Fanfan experienced her homeland in a whole new light.
“Although I lived in Haiti the majority of my young life, I wasn’t exposed to many of the places we visited or understood how the Haitian system worked,” she explained. “I have to say that my years studying at FIU Law, working as a Guardian ad Litem and visiting the orphanage got me to think about the types services these children need.”
During their time, the team presented information about the U.S. legal system, shared information about FIU Law and connected with a local attorney who they discussed comparative law with.
For Thompson who hopes to coordinate more tours – even after he graduates – these trips have become his passion. He’s tentatively dubbed the program, The International Human Rights Service tour and wants to encourage more FIU Law students to join him.
“As a result of the world historically labeling blacks as inferior, blacks today still live in some of the poorest areas around the world. I made this trip and have dedicated my life to making similar trips to do my part in uplifting the African-Diaspora across the world,” he said. “The people I met in Port-au-Prince and Quibdo are similar. All the people I interacted with were very friendly and well educated.”
The students were able to attend a church service, enjoy the beautiful waters of Wahoo beach – where they ate fresh crab and conch – and take a tour of Port-au-Prison’s national prison.
Smith sums up the exchange, “all in all, it was a great opportunity and a unique way to get pro bono hours and spend the tail-end of the summer break.”
Professors H.T. Smith and H. Scott Fingerhut have once again been selected for inclusion in the latest edition of Best Lawyers in America, in the practice areas of Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Non-White-Collar.
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, published in almost 70 countries around the world. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.
Professor Smith is the founding Director of the Trial Advocacy Program and teaches Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy.
Professor Fingerhut serves as the Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program. He teaches Trial Advocacy, Pretrial Practice, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure.
Brian Karpf ’07 is one of 16 attorneys appointed to serve on the Board of Governors for the Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division (“YLD”). Karpf will serve on the Technology, Diversity, and Communication committees through 2015.
“It is humbling and a true privilege to serve as a Young Lawyers Division Governor,” Karpf shared. “Serving provides me with the incredible opportunity to represent the interests of young lawyers across Florida, to interact with the state’s legal leaders, and to make a positive difference in our bar and Florida’s legal system as a whole.”
“Brian is not only an accomplished young attorney, but is also a leader,” Robert Scavone Jr., President of the FIU Law Alumni Association said. “He is making his mark in the legal community and raising the profile of FIU Law and its alumni. I congratulate him on this accomplishment.”
The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar includes more than 24,000 members. The Board of Governors consists of elected and appointed members hailing from each of the State’s judicial circuits, and also includes several out-of-state representatives. Its mission is to act as an advocate and resource for its affiliates and members and to provide basic skills courses and enrichment activities beneficial to all young lawyers or newly admitted members to The Florida Bar.
Professor Thomas E. Baker has coauthored another constitutional law book: First Amendment Law: Freedom of Expression & Freedom of Religion, Third Edition.
Baker explained, “I am proud to have collaborated with two leading First Amendment scholars, Arthur Hellman at Pittsburgh and William Araiza at Brooklyn. Our casebook is one of the most adopted texts for this challenging subject. It includes the latest Supreme Court cases and numerous problems that make it eminently teachable – very student friendly. I enjoy using it in my own First Amendment course because my students get a lot out of it.”
Baker is a member of FIU Law’s Founding Faculty and since that time has published eight books, including the popular Nutshell on constitutional law, the Skills and Values Series text on constitutional law, and a casebook on appellate courts. He has also published numerous casebook supplements, teaching manuals, journal articles, and blog postings. Dean Acosta observed, “Professor Baker is a teachers’ teacher. His teaching materials are challenging yet accessible and his books receive consistently high reviews from students and professors at law schools across the country.”
Professor Baker regularly teaches the 1L course in Constitutional Law and the advanced elective course on the First Amendment.
On Friday, August 15, 2014, FIU Law will welcome Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga as part of its 2014 Orientation for incoming first year students. Chief Justice Labarga will deliver the keynote address, which takes place at the Florida Third District Court of Appeal – 2001 SW 117 Ave., Miami, Florida and will administer the First-Year Student Pledge to the incoming students. The pledge officially inducts students into the law school and holds them accountable to the values of the legal profession: integrity, honest fairness, and service to the profession.
“We are very excited to welcome both the Chief Justice and the newest members of our student body,” Dean R. Alexander Acosta shared. “To have the Chief Justice administer the pledge and help usher in these men and women into the legal academic community is a special honor for them and for FIU Law.”
All incoming first-year and transfer students are required to attend a three-day orientation prior to the start of classes. Orientation is the first step in FIU Law’s Pathway to the Profession (PTP) initiative. PTP provides the framework to help students identify their professional goals and takes them from their first-year foundation course work to upper level courses in a particular focus area.
Classes start on Monday, August 18.
Professor Manuel Gomez participated in the World Congress of International Sociological Association in Yokohama, Japan where he presented a paper on the current landscape of environmental and indigenous rights litigation in Latin America from the standpoint of the Chevron Ecuador litigation. Read more here.