Professor Manuel Gomez is featured in the spring 2014 edition of Focus Latin America magazine. Read the article, After Chavez the Challenges Continue here.
Professor Cyra Choudhury was quoted and her paper cited in the following article. Read it here.
Story about recent graduate Desmond Meade in The Miami Times. Read it here.
Professor M.C. Mirow has published a chapter entitled, “Teaching Latin American Legal History” in the book Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives (London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill, 2014) edited by Robert M. Jarvis. The book contains more than 60 essays by professors of legal history in the United States who were asked to describe methods and sources for teaching their sub-disciplines of legal history.
“I was honored to be asked to contribute to this important volume for legal historians. By talking about what we do in the classroom as legal historians, we are able to engage the community of teachers and scholars. I am certain this book will be a starting point for generations of new legal historians in the future,” Mirow said.
Associate Professor Charles C. Jalloh gave a keynote speech at the 2014 international conference, Africans and Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa which was held May 23-24. Professor Jalloh’s paper, “Africa, the Security Council and the International Criminal Court,” examined, among other things, the negative perceptions of U.S. policy as a permanent member of the Security Council with veto power on the International Criminal Court’s credibility in Africa. It provoked vigorous discussions afterwards. This interdisciplinary conference was convened by The Hague University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands).
The full program is available here.
In 2002, the 67 men and women of FIU’s College of Law’s inaugural class took a risk when they enrolled in a brand new law school. A school that shared space in the University’s library and hadn’t yet accredited been accredited by the American Bar Association.
But, their risk paid off.
“I count myself lucky to have been a part of FIU Law’s inaugural class,” said Christine Lopez. “I had complete confidence that I would be prepared to pass the bar and be practice ready. FIU Law provided me with all of that and more.”
On May 28, 2014, FIU Law graduated its 10th class marking a milestone achievement in the still relatively new law school and offering the opportunity to reflect on how far it has come.
The vision to start a public law school in South Florida began 25 years ago. Cesar Alvarez of Greenberg Traurig, LLP along with community leaders and supporters approached former Governor Jeb Bush with an idea: to educate a different kind of lawyer. The plan was to provide South Florida’s diverse population with an opportunity to obtain an affordable, first-rate legal education. With the help of countless lawmakers and University leaders, Founding Dean Leonard Strickman and a group of accomplished, committed academic turned to the vision into a reality.
In 2005, FIU Law held its inaugural commencement and in 2013 graduated its 1,000th alumni. Today FIU Law is ranked #100 by U.S. News & World Report and continues to be spotlighted for its achievements.
Student Bar Association President and recent graduate, Alisha Mays, is proud to be a part of the 10th graduation class.
“To be a part of this milestone class is exciting, because I see where we have been, but I also know that the future is bright,” she commented. “Our school will continue to grow and flourish, and I am excited to watch the story continue. I’ve heard stories about how FIU Law started, with classes being in the Green Library. But now, you wouldn’t even think we are as young of a school as we are. We attract some of the top students and professors to our school, and our alumni are out practicing and representing us so well. My time as a student at FIU Law may be coming to an end, but it’s really just the beginning, and the legacy of FIU Law will continue. I am proud of our class and all of our accomplishments, and I truly look forward to seeing what we continue to do once we graduate.”
From humble beginnings, FIU Law has quickly become a highly-respected institution with its own unique values and traditions and continues to flourish under the leadership of current Dean R. Alexander Acosta.
The strength of FIU Law’s alumni is felt throughout the legal profession. Graduates have accepted 26 state appellate or federal clerkships since 2009 including six at the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals; more than 90 are employed as assistant state attorneys, public defenders, or in county attorney offices; five have become Presidential Management Fellows; and more than20 have been named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers.
“We have come a long way in a short time,” Dean Acosta shared. “FIU Law continues to add to its list of recognitions: student quality, graduate success, faculty productivity and diversity.”
Rising third-year law student, Daniel Blackman, received the South Miami Kendall Bar Association’s 2014-15 Law School Student Scholarship.
The annual rotating scholarship is made available to Florida International University, St. Thomas University, University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University law students who are entering their third year. The criterion is based on the applicant’s financial need, academic achievement and extra-curricular activities within the community.
For Blackman receiving a scholarship from the South Miami Kendall Bar Association would allow him to pursue his goals of working in education law and will give him the opportunity to further hone his skills in both education and law.
ABOUT THE SOUTH MIAMI BAR ASSOCIATION
The South Miami Bar Association was created to provide legal assistance to the community, and offer support and guidance to lawyers in the area. It has developed into one of the main support systems for many indigent and otherwise needy individuals through its many Pro Bono Programs. The Pro Bono Clinics have provided free legal support to members of the community and allowed legal access to thousands of individuals with guidance from its members.
Photo caption from left to right: David Weissman, Jacob Manaloor, Richard Goodman (Northwestern Mutual), Daniel Blackman, Leslie Michele Roskovich Blackman, Carlie M. Marsh and Robert Nuno (Northwestern Mutual).
More on the conference here.