Professor M.C. Mirow has been selected by FIU’s Provost’s Office and the Fulbright Scholar Program to serve as one of two Fulbright Campus Representatives. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Chile in 2009 and subsequently served a three-year term on peer review panels for Mexico and the Southern Cone for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars of the Institute of International Education which administers aspects of the Fulbright Program for the United States Department of State. “I am so delighted to help represent the Fulbright Program here at FIU, ” Mirow stated. “Professors teaching through the program gain wonderful insights and new views on their teaching and scholarship; it will be fun to work with others as they apply for Fulbrights.” Mirow is a founding faculty member of FIU Law and serves as its Associate Dean of International and Graduate Studies. He is the author of Latin American Law: A History of Private Law and Institutions in Latin America (2004) and Florida’s First Constitution, The Constitution of Cadiz: Introduction, Translation and Text (2012).
Matt Bernstein ’11 serves as legal advisor on the front lines in Afghanistan. Read the article here.
Professor Manuel Gomez will participate in a discussion about the ethical boundaries of alternative litigation funding in light of the recently released rules on crowd funding private equity, and the potential use of online tools in raising litigation funding. The panel will be part of The University of San Francisco’s Law Review 2014 Symposium: Legal Ethics in the 21st Century: Technology, Speech, and Money which will be held on Friday January 31, 2014. United State Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and lexicologist Bryan Garner will deliver the keynote address. More information here.
The Board of Advocates presents the 11thAnnual Intramural Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition Final Round on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5 p.m. The competition will be held at the College of Law in the large courtroom with a reception to follow. The final round judges include: Judge Julio Fuentes, of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; and Judge Morris Arnold, of the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; and Judge Marcia G. Cooke, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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Professor Stephen Harper appeared on First Coast Connect (Jacksonville, FL) and discussed two recent US Supreme Court cases: Graham and Miller, which involve the issue of sentencing kids to life for non-homicides (ruled unconstitutional in Graham) and mandatory sentences of life without possibility of parole for kids convicted of murder (ruled unconstitutional in Miller).
Professor Eric Carpenter has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI). ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. In this role, Professor Carpenter will have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good.
“I am genuinely honored to join Professors Baker and Roman as a member of the ALI. I am particularly excited to join at a time when the ALI is revisiting the sexual assault and rape shield provisions of the Model Penal Code, and I look forward to contributing to the efforts to update those provisions.”
Professor Carpenter joined FIU Law in August 2013 and currently teaches Evidence, Military Justice and other criminal law courses. Prior to joining FIU Law, Professor Carpenter served as Professor and Chair, Criminal Law Department, at The Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has also served as a Legal Aid attorney, an international law attorney, and prosecutor and defense counsel in the Army JAG Corps. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army.
Congratulations to those students who have been selected by the Board of Advocates Selection Committee to join the 2014-15 Board of Advocates Appellate Advocacy/Moot Court teams. The students will compete in various state, regional, and international competition, including the Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the Florida Bar Association; the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the ABA; the Price International Media Law Competition, sponsored by Cardozo and Oxford Law Schools; the Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Competition, sponsored by St. Thomas School of Law; and perhaps the Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition, sponsored by American University School of Law. Specific teams will be announced later this month.
Board of Advocates Appellate Advocacy/Moot Court Team Members
Alternates: Daniel Blackman, Chris Fernandez, Anthony Halmon, Ashley Klein, Alejandro Leiva, Ed Olivetti and Sandra Sokolin.
FIU Law is pleased to welcome Louis Schulze Jr. as the new Assistant Dean & Professor of Academic Support. Professor Schulze directs the Academic Enrichment Program and teaches Legal Reasoning, Legal Analysis, and the first semester Introduction to the Study of Law course.
Professor Schulze joined the faculty of Suffolk University Law School in 2004 and later moved to New England Law in Boston, receiving tenure in 2012. In addition to his experience designing, implementing, and consulting on academic support programs, he also has taught courses on Legal Writing and Criminal Law.
Professor Schulze is a leading scholar in the law school academic support field, and has published pieces related to FERPA, criminal law, and educational psychology in legal education. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the AALS Section on Academic Support and is a founding member and former Chair of the New England Consortium of Academic Support Professionals.
Prior to teaching, Professor Schulze began his legal career in Miami, Florida with the State Attorney’s Office, focusing on prosecuting domestic violence. He then returned to Boston to serve as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court and later joined the Appellate Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. He was also an associate in the litigation department of Boston’s Friedman & Atherton, LLP.
Q & A with Professor Schulze:
- When did join FIU Law? January 6, 2014
- Courses you teach or area you oversee? I teach the first semester Academic Enrichment class as well as classes on Legal Reasoning and Legal Analysis. I also direct the law school’s Academic Enrichment Program.
- What makes FIU Law special? I am very proud to join the FIU Law community. I feel strongly about the role law schools should play in students’ education and on how law schools should fulfill their obligations to their students and communities. In the current era of legal education, when commentators are questioning the approach taken by many law schools, I was interested in finding a place with a strong commitment to “doing right” by its students. Everything I have learned about FIU Law convinces me that it truly is dedicated to its students in this regard.
- How your background adds to the student’s experience? I have been teaching law since 2000. I have taught in the fields of legal writing, academic enrichment, and Criminal Law. My most recent scholarship focuses on how legal education can harness aspects of educational psychology to enrich students’ learning. Most importantly, I strive to bring enthusiasm, dedication, and a genuine concern for students’ success to every class I teach.
Enhance your law school studies in one of the world’s most beautiful countries by taking part in FIU Law’s Summer Abroad Program in Sevilla, Spain. Only 50 spots available – apply today! Complete and return the application by April 30, 2014. Application for non FIU study abroad programs.
See you Sevilla!
Visiting Professor Charles Chernor Jalloh has just published The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law with Cambridge University Press. The edited book, which contains 36 chapters from leading international criminal law scholars and practitioners, is the first comprehensive evaluation of its kind. The volume received several favorable advance reviews from leaders in the field, including descriptions of the book as an “authoritative reference on the Special Court for Sierra Leone,” “an enormous contribution to international criminal law,” a “remarkable volume,” “a vade mecum for all who work for global justice,” and “a path-breaking work that sets a new benchmark for future assessments of the contributions of these courts.” Read the Foreword, Introduction, Table of Contents, and Biographies of the editor and contributing authors here.