On Saturday, March 15, 2014 the Haitian Lawyers Association (HLA) recognized three individuals with ties to FIU Law. During their 16th annual Scholarship Gala, alumna Fritznie Jarbath ’11 was recognized as HLA’s incoming president; Professor Ediberto Roman was honored for his impact on immigration reform; and for his academic achievements, second-year FIU Law student Guybert “Jimmy” Paul, received one of four scholarships. Congratulations, to the honorees!
The Haitian Lawyers Association (HLA) is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote excellence, professionalism, equality and diversity in the legal profession and among our members and to facilitate the administration of justice while striving to protect and promote the general welfare of the Haitian-American community and other minority residents in the South Florida area.
MIAMI (March 11, 2014) - For the first time in Florida International University College of Law’s (FIU Law) 12 year history, it has been ranked in the top 100 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings.
The rankings reflect the success of FIU Law’s students, graduates and faculty. FIU Law ranked 55th in the nation (3rd in Florida) for the selectivity of its incoming students and 56th in the nation (2nd in Florida) for the success of its graduates in finding jobs. FIU Law’s national reputation among law deans, judges and lawyers also increased. FIU Law’s overall ranking was 100 among all law schools in the nation. This is the fourth year in a row that FIU Law ascends in the rankings.
“This is a great achievement, and only possible because of the caliber of our students, graduates and faculty,” said FIU Law Dean R. Alexander Acosta. “Our consistent rise in the rankings and ascension into the top 100 reflects our efforts to provide our students a rigorous academic program, to expose them to learning opportunities in Miami’s global legal market, and to offer a diverse and exceptional faculty that challenges and inspires.”
Acosta said that rank is one way to evaluate a law school, but there are other factors that make FIU Law exceptional.
“The diversity among our faculty and within the student body, our location in Miami – the gateway to an international legal market – and our affordability, make FIU Law an outstanding option for prospective students,” Acosta said.
FIU Law hosted Dean Daniel Rodriguez from Northwestern University for its first-ever Decanal Lecture on Legal Education. Watch it here.
On February 1 – 2, 2014, FIU Law students, Kelly Moras (2L), Lauren Amore (3L), Ivette Delgado (3L) and Dana Simon (3L) competed in the Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition which was held at St. Thomas University School of Law. The competition simulates a court proceeding where teams represent both sides of the argument, prepare written pleadings with respect to a fictional problem of international human rights law and policy, and present their arguments in an oral argument before the International Court of Justice. Issues included cybercrime, aggression and human trafficking pursuant to international law. Congratulations to Kelly Moras who was awarded Second Best Oralist and Dana Simon who received Second Runner-up Best Oralist.
FIU Law’s two-person taxation team, made up of fourth-year law student and team captain Alex Martini and recent graduate Sam Gonas took home second place in the 13th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge presented by the ABA Section of Taxation. Eighty-eight teams entered the J.D. division of the competition which began with a written component back in November 2013. From there, six teams advanced to the oral rounds which were held on January 24 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The multi-month competition provided the team with extensive hands-on training in tax law. ”It was a great experience to meet and receive feedback from some of the top tax attorneys in the country, including IRS Chief Counsel officials, Tax Court judges, and practitioners and we take pride in the fact that we were able to bring home the first award that FIU has ever received in this competition,” Martini commented.
The challenge is an alternative to traditional moot court competitions. The Law Student Tax Challenge requires that two-person teams solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. The competition offers law students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge in a real-world setting and gain valuable exposure to the tax law community. For Sam Gonas, sparking interest in tax law was part of the appeal of the competition. “It was a wonderful experience competing against so many quality opponents from around the country. I’m grateful for the support of Professors Gabilondo and Rickard and it is my hope that future FIU law students will take advantage of their support and represent FIU in the upcoming years,” he stated.
The FIU Law team was among other finalists who came from law schools which have more established tax programs. Despite being the first team from FIU Law to represent the College at the competition, Martini and Gonas proved that there is a bright future for students interested in tax law at FIU Law!
Photo from left to right: Sam Gonas and Alex Martini.
Jacob (Jake) Manaloor has joined FIU College of Law and will serve as Director of Development. Mr. Manaloor is a 2003 graduate of the Indiana University (IU) McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to joining FIU Law, he worked for both Indiana University and Purdue University in grant management and administration as well as in the areas of donor/alumni development (including annual giving, class campaigns, major gifts and special donor projects). He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resource Management and International Studies from the IU Kelley School of Business in 2000.
Mr. Manaloor brings significant experience in state, federal, corporate and foundation giving and has solicited, cultivated and managed numerous grants and individual donor gifts. While at the IU McKinney School of Law, he administered a five year $4.2 million USAID grant which allowed the school to take their LLM degree program to Egypt.
Mr. Manaloor will direct FIU Law’s annual giving campaign, special and major gifts, corporate and foundation grant solicitation all while working in close partnership with the Alumni Association and FIU’s Advancement Office.
The Board of Advocates presents the 11thAnnual Intramural Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition Final Round on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5 p.m. The competition will be held at the College of Law in the large courtroom with a reception to follow. The final round judges include: Judge Julio Fuentes, of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; and Judge Morris Arnold, of the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; and Judge Marcia G. Cooke, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
See more events here.
Enhance your law school studies in one of the world’s most beautiful countries by taking part in FIU Law’s Summer Abroad Program in Sevilla, Spain. Only 50 spots available – apply today! Complete and return the application by April 30, 2014. Application for non FIU study abroad programs.
See you Sevilla!