Alumnus and local NBC 6 reporter Willard Shepard (’10) was instrumental in helping a suicidal veteran get to safety. More on the story here.
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.
On Saturday, November 9, the College of Law welcomes U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, service academies candidates and their guests and families. For directions and parking information.
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.
FIU College of Law graduate David Mark, with LendKey in New York, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Regulatory Compliance Counsel. More on the story here.
Professor Baker published a Preview of the Establishment Clause case which is being argued at the Supreme Court this week.
Synopsis:“The Town of Greece, New York has an elected five-member Town Board. The Board invites local clergy to offer an opening prayer at its regular, monthly meetings. The two plaintiffs are residents of the Town who disapproved of this practice enough to make a federal case out of it. The District Court rejected their challenge, but the Second Circuit sided with the plaintiffs and ruled that the Town was violating the Establishment Clause in the way it was arranging for the official prayers. Now the Supreme Court will have to sort out its prior precedents on public prayer and the newer justices will have to declare their views of the practice. The decision will determine the proper constitutional etiquette for these occasions of ceremonial deism, i.e., religious rituals by the government.”
The Constitutionality of Saying a Prayer at a City Council Meeting: May America Bless God?, Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases at 56 (Nov. 4, 2013) (Town of Greece v. Galloway, ___ S.Ct. ___ (2014))
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.