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.
On Saturday, November 2, 2012, the ICABA Media Group, LLC hosted its 4th Annual ICABA Honors gala which identifies some of South Florida’s most influential and accomplished African Americans. Among the evening’s honorees, was FIU College of Law faculty member and Director of Non Litigation Advocacy programs – George Knox who was honored with the Living Legends award.
“I am humbled by the recognition. Usually the word legend suggests you’re done; you’ve done all you’re going to do. Frankly, I believe I still have a lot more to do,” said Knox. ”To be selected by a prestigious company like ICABA is quite an honor.”
ICABA Media Group is a social media company integrating print and digital publications with signature events to profile and connect accomplished black professionals and entrepreneurs.
Legal Professionalism: Competence, Civility & Leadership Webinar
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. (EST)
Led by Eugene Pettis, President of the Florida Bar and founding member of the law firm, Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm, this webinar offers participants the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the value and necessity for professionalism in the legal practice. Mr. Pettis will address the practice’s expectation from its members of competence, civility and a demonstrable willingness to exercise sound leadership. As President of the Florida Bar, which governs nearly 100,000 attorneys, Mr. Pettis recently launched the Florida Bar Leadership Academy to train and focus on developing the skills that all lawyers need as they are called to service by the community and their peers.
Under the supervision of Clinic Director Peggy Maisel and Assistant Director Natalie Castellanos, law students Randy Narkir and Allan Zullinger successfully advocated on behalf of a client during a Social Security administrative law hearing. The appeal was successful because of the cooperation between FIU Law and the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program. The program sends interdisciplinary teams into low-income communities to track and monitor the health of families. Each team includes a student from the schools of Medicine, Social Work, Nursing, and Public Health. When potential legal issues arise, the team members contact the HELP Clinic to evaluate the legal issues and provide legal representation. The open line of communication between the different disciplines creates a unique opportunity to educate students through collaboration that often does not exist in their respective professions.
October 22, 2013 Miami Herald article: Haitian descendants in Dominican Republic face human tragedy
On October 17 2013, FIU College of Law’s Black Law Students Association and Caribbean Student Bar Associations presented the Third Annual Judicial Panel –Paving the Way to Judicial Success – and welcomed Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince, former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul G. Cantero, III, Honorable Alicia M. Otazo-Reyes, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida and Honorable Donald Graham, United States District Court Southern District of Florida as panelist. The panel members discussed their expectations for hiring clerks as well as clerkship and mentorship opportunities.
The open dialogue between the students and panelists allowed for the sharing of ‘real life’ experiences including how to pursue the law profession, how to evaluate law firms and the process of selecting the right one.
In addition to the panel discussion, three law students were presented with scholarships. The scholarships were created during the College of Law’s 10th anniversary celebration and are named after Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara J. Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy A. Quince for the continuous support of the College of Law.
Scholarships were awarded to:
Justice Barbara J. Pariente Scholarship - Franco Bacigalupo
Justice R. Fred Lewis Scholarship – Chanel Rowe
Justice Peggy A. Quince Scholarship – Altanese Phenelus
Since 2009, 17 alumni have accepted 23 State Appellate or Federal Clerkships, including six at U.S. Courts of Appeals. Read More.