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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.
FIU Law alumnus George Castrataro – a member of the inaugural class – was recognized for his work in helping to prevent bullying by the National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment Organization (NVEEE) during their Third Annual NVEEE ‘Not On My Watch’ Red Carpet event. NVEEE strives to prevent bullying, violence, and suicide among youth, families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education.
Castrataro is the founder of the Law Offices of George Castrataro where his firm closely aligns itself with NVEEE’s mission on a number of issues and is committed to using the firm’s resources to positively impact the community. “I am thrilled to be amongst NVEEE’s honorees and to help call attention to an issue that affects all of us,” he commented.
Castrataro is being recognized for his volunteer work, which includes serving as board of director and pro bono counsel for Care Resource. He also serves as an appointed member of the Broward County Housing Council and volunteers as State co-chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
In addition to his pro bono work with NVEEE, his office has provided nearly a half of a million dollars through the support of clients, colleagues and friends. He has contributed nearly $100,000 in direct contributions, almost $350,000 in pro bono services and indirect contributions and almost 1,300 pro bono hours.
Professor Noah Weisbord attended the 12th Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. While there, he met with diplomats representing their states to discuss the ratification and implementation of the newly defined crime of aggression. Weisbord, a member of the Council of Advisors to the Global Institute on the Prevention of Aggression, also met with the other members of the Council to discuss the way forward.
More than 30 participants attended the College of Law’s Health Law and Policy Clinic’s first Affordable Care Act ‘Get Covered’ workshop. The Health Law Clinic – a medical-legal partnership with the College of Medicine’s Green Family Foundation Neighborhood HELP™ program – together with Get Covered Florida and the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida used the opportunity to inform students and their families about their health coverage options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which opened for enrollment on October 1, 2013.
Law students Cinthya Beato, Kelly Kearns, Markus Kamberger, Alan Pena and Allan Zullinger, and medical student Nicole Colwell, joined Affordable Care Act navigators from Catalyst Miami, the Epilepsy Foundation, and Cognosante. The law and medical students educated attendees on local safety net health care access resources. Attendees were also able to sit down with a navigator to discuss their specific health and insurance needs.
Stay tuned – the Health Law Clinic will be planning additional ‘Get Covered’ workshops during the upcoming spring semester.
Professor Elizabeth Price Foley appeared on the Fox News primetime show The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly. The topic of discussion was how the Senate’s decision to use the “nuclear option”– allowing presidential nominees to pass with 51 votes rather than 60– might affect the Independent Payment Review Board (IPAB) of the Affordable Care Act.
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Professor Carpenter’s current research project was discussed in a post on the Just Security blog. The Professor’s research project involves identifying gender role expectations in law enforcement and the military and then exploring how those belief systems impact rape case processing.
Retired lawyer and businessman Theodore “Ted” Spak and his wife Rosalind invested in FIU College of Law before it ever welcomed its first class of students. Once again, the Spaks made history with a $1.2 million planned gift – the College of Law’s largest endowment to date.
Their most recent gift will significantly expand the Theodore and Rosalind Spak Scholarship Endowment, which will provide scholarships to students who are seeking a career in law. In recognition of the Spaks’ generosity, the first floor of the Law Library has been named the Theodore and Rosalind Spak Information Commons.
The Spaks have a long history of leadership and generosity with FIU. Their contributions have been many and range from being founding supporters of both FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and FIU’s Football program, to donating an art collection to the Frost Art Museum, to helping establish the Albert Morrison Jr. Scholarship Endowment which supports students in the School of Accounting through the Albert Morrison Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
Ted Spak also served on the FIU Foundation Board of Directors from 1984 to 2009 and was named an emeritus director in 2010. The Spak’s support of FIU’s College of Law began in 1997, when the couple established their scholarship endowment – five years before the college even opened to students in 2002.
“On behalf of the College of Law, I want to thank the Spak family for their generous contribution which will benefit both our current and future students,” said R. Alexander Acosta, dean of the College of Law at FIU. “They believed in the College of Law before its doors were opened and their continued support is a testament to the quality legal education we provide here at FIU.”
The Theodore and Rosalind Spak Information Commons was officially dedicated on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
“Rosalind and I always knew that FIU had great potential and we are glad to be able to help build upon its solid foundation,” said Ted Spak. “We look forward to seeing what the future holds for the College of Law!”