FIU Law student, Natalie Yong, has been selected to be an AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association) Law Student Liaison. AIPLA is a legal association that focuses on intellectual property issues that have a national and international impact. Among other things, Ms. Yong will work with IP student organizations, communicate information from AIPLA to the student body, and promote intellectual property scholarship and student interest in intellectual property law.
At the invitation, and on the sponsorship of the Directorate of Legal Affairs, Professor Charles C. Jalloh was one of only three academic experts invited to participate in the meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Justice and Legal Affairs at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which was held in early May. The STC, which was composed of senior legal advisers from the 54 AU member states, reviewed and adopted eight draft treaties and model laws. African Ministers of Justice/Attorney Generals will consider the STC’s approved instruments later this week. Once endorsed by the Justice Ministers, the instruments will be recommended to the African heads of state for adoption during their summit to be held this June. Professor Jalloh, who attended as an independent international criminal law expert, made several proposals to help strengthen the Draft Protocol under which AU States are proposing to extend the jurisdiction of the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights to cover crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, aggression, terrorism, and nine other transnational crimes of particular concern to Africa.
Third-year FIU Law student Alisha Mays is the winner of The National Law REview’s Spring 2014 Student Legal Writing Contest. Read her, “ Taking Hospital Employees Down from their Pedestals: Why Title VII Religious Discrimination Should Not Be Applicable for Immunizations” article here.
Professor Mirow has published “The Age of Constitutions in the Americas” in 32 Law & History Review (2014). The brief article serves to introduce and to contextualize Linda Colley’s article “Empires of Writing: Britain, America and Constitutions, 1776-1848” that appears in the same volume.
“My work aimed to put Colley’s article into an historiographical context that emphasizes the wider phenomenon of constitution making throughout Europe and the Americas in the period of the U.S. Constitution. I was so happy to be invited to write the piece. It was more challenging than I had expected, but Colley’s work was a great inspiration for my contribution,” said Mirow. Linda Colley is the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University. The official journal of the American Society for Legal History, the Law & History Review is peer-reviewed and published by Cambridge University Press.
FIU Law students Francisco Reyes (4L) and Kristen Pesicek (3L) are finalists for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. The PMF program is a leadership development program for candidates, with an advanced degree, that focuses on developing a corps of potential government leaders. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order. Fellows can apply for a position with a wide range of government agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security, among others.
It was through FIU Law’s Abraham S. Ovadia Career Planning and Placement Office (CP&P) that the students learned of this special opportunity.
“I am very proud of Francisco and Kristen,” boasted Assistant Dean of Career Planning and Placement Ana Bierman. “The PMF program is one of the best avenues for graduating students who are interested in public service and would like to work for the federal government.”
For Reyes, learning that he is a candidate is exciting. “It is one of the highest honors to have been selected as a PMF finalist because the focus of the program is to develop a cadre of potential government leaders committed to quality of work and service to our country. Since early childhood, I have always believed that every person has a higher purpose in life; a purpose that embraces the principles of personal achievement, spiritual growth, and service to others. As a result, I committed at an early age to pursue a career in public service. Appointment to a federal government position as a Presidential Management Fellow represents the ideal opportunity for continuing down this professional path,” he shared.
Pesicek agrees “I am incredibly humbled to be included in this year’s class of Presidential Management Fellows. This leadership program brings together a dynamic and diverse group of professionals. Thanks to FIU Law’s evening program, I am prepared to be a part of this challenging program. The accessibility of FIU’s Law’s evening program creates a unique environment that brings together working professionals from a wide spectrum of industries with a varied set of experiences, she said.
Both Reyes and Pesicek recognize that their FIU Law education played a role in the selection. “Since my interest lies in government positions related to national security and international affairs, I made sure to highlight the international and comparative law component of FIU Law during the entire application process, as well as the superior writing skills that FIU Law students obtained as a result of its LSV program,” Reyes said.
On Saturday April 26, third-year law student TerryAnn Howell and Dylan Gonzalez, a soon-to-be graduate, were recognized by the Florida Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers for their “exceptional work in trial advocacy” during the association’s annual gala. Each honoree was presented with a $250 scholarship. The FIU Law students received two of the four scholarship awards.
Howell and Gonzalez are members of FIU Law Trial Team and have competed in local and national competitions throughout the year.
“TerryAnn Howell and Dylan Gonzalez represented FIU College of Law with devotion and distinction as members of our highly acclaimed Trial Team. They both are passionate, principled advocates who have helped to elevate the FIU Law brand, ” said Professor H.T. Smith who directs the Trial Advocacy Program
PHOTO CAPTION FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: St Thomas University School of Law student Shawn Quinn, Dylan Gonzalez and TerryAnn Howell.
Alumni Liana Reyes ’11 and Jorge de Cardenas’ ’11 commentary in The Palm Beach Post.
Professor Mirow will speak in England next month on topics related to the legal history of colonial Spanish Florida. The talk in Oxford, “Translating in Stone: The Monument to the Constitution of Cadiz in St. Augustine, Florida (1813-1814),” will place Florida’s unique monument to the constitution into legal, constitutional, and political context. The talk is part of a conference of the University of Oxford’s Interdisciplinary Research Network Translations in Transnational Context. Mirow is one of 17 speakers from around the world and only one of two invited from the United States to present at the conference.
The talk in Cambridge, “Law and Constitution in Spanish St. Augustine, 1783-1821,” addresses his attempts to reconstruct the legal and constitutional world of the city from primary sources, especially the East Florida Papers held in the Library of Congress. The talk is part of the University of Cambridge Centre of Latin American Studies’ Easter Term Research Seminar.
“I’m really happy to share my ideas about Florida’s colonial legal history with Latin Americanists in England. We often forget that Florida has been Spanish longer than it has been part of the United States and that East Florida was the fourteenth loyal British colony from 1763 to 1783. This gave the city and region a wonderfully mixed and complex population. I’m interested in how law worked in this environment. Although my focus is legal history, this work engages the scholarly community and all communities seeking to understand legal pluralism in pluralistic societies. There are interesting parallels between St. Augustine two hundred years ago and Miami today,” said Mirow.