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During FIU’s December 16th commencement exercises, Professor H.T. Smith was awarded the Cal Kovens Distinguised Community Service Award.
PHOTO CAPTION: FIU Board of Trustee member Jorge L. Arrizurieta and Professor H.T. Smith.
Professor H. Scott Fingerhut who represents Porter Fischer, the whistleblower in Alex Rodriguez’ steriod case, comments to the New York Newsday.
Two FIU Law alumni received the honor of being named Most Effective Lawyers 2013 by the Daily Business Review (“DBR”). Dustin Herman ‘10 and Adam Kara-Lopez ‘10 were among the list of who’s who in the legal profession to receive the award. Each year, the DBR recognizes the best work delivered by both private and public sector lawyers across the tri-county area. More than 80 attorneys in 12 different practice areas were recognized.
Adam Kara-Lopez, of the law firm Robert Pearce P.A., was a finalist in the Arbitration and Mediation category. Dustin Herman, with the Romano Law Group, was recognized for his work in a Personal Injury case. For details on their stories, visit the DBR’s Most Effective Lawyers 2013 publication.
Professor Manuel A. Gómez will be a panelist at the Association of American Law Schools 2014 Annual Meeting which is being held January 2-5, 2014 in New York. He will be discussing the topic: Comparative Models for Legal Education: Lessons from Abroad.
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FIU College of Law’s Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA), along with the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), hosted a unique mentoring program event which enlists a ‘speed dating-type’ format to create mentee/mentor pairs. With 70 participants in attendance, 35 mentee/mentor pairs were matched. The program offers student members an opportunity to network with and work alongside a legal professional throughout the academic school year. Mentors include FIU Law alumni, members of the bench, general counsels of major corporations, partners in law firms and corporate attorneys – all who give their time to provide insight and guidance to the students.
HNBA Deputy Regional President and HNBA FIU Ambassador President Maria Dantes Sanchez was thrilled with the success of the event and program and recognized HLSA President Ashley Diaz for her efforts. “This was one of the strongest years I have seen in the program and it wouldn’t have been so without the leadership of HLSA President and third-year law student Ashley Diaz,” she said. “Ashley worked countless hours to make the program a success.” HLSA strives to promote the professional needs and goals of law students of Hispanic descent, while utilizing legal skills and training to bring about meaningful changes in the legal community.
Now in its sixth year, the HLSA speed mentoring program hopes to expand and continue to help create and develop relationships with students and professionals.
Photo caption: from left Maria Dantes Sanchez and Ashley Diaz.
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Professor Charles Jalloh speaks at the International Criminal Court in The Hague
FIU Law Visiting Associate Professor Charles C. Jalloh was one of only two academic scholars who were invited to speak during the first-ever interactive panel among the 122 member states in the 11-year history of the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC). The historic special segment, which lasted five and half hours with approximately 36 countries participating, was requested by the African Union and entitled “Indictment of Sitting Heads of State and Government and its Consequences on Peace and Stability and Reconciliation.” Professor Jalloh was nominated by the group of African States as a “recognized expert on the relationship between Africa and the ICC.” Other panelists were Ambassador Rolf Einar Fife (Norway); Ms. Djeneba Diarra, African Union Commission Acting Legal Counsel; Honorable Mr. Githu Muigai, Attorney General of Kenya; and Professor Cherif Bassiouni, chairman of the Drafting Committee of the 1998 Rome UN Diplomatic Conference which established the ICC. The moderator was the first President of the Assembly, H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein of Jordan, who is also that country’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Read the press release, the official summary about the meeting and news reports here, here, and here.