When the Florida Legislature established FIU Law in 2000, it did so based on the ideal that the law school would provide a high-quality legal education that was affordable and accessible. In 2002, men and women of the inaugural class took a gamble on FIU Law, which had yet to be accredited. Their risk paid off. “I count myself lucky to have been a part of the FIU Law inaugural class,” said Christy 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.”
To celebrate this group of trailblazers, the FIU Law Alumni Association, with the assistance of host committee chairs Alejandro “Alex” Raul Alvarez, Natalie Inchaustegui-Duenas, Jennifer Remy-Estornio and Mauricio Damian Rivero held a special event: Honoring our Beginning. For co-chair, Natalie Inchaustegui-Duenas, it was a time to reconnect with colleagues and reaffirm her commitment to FIU Law. “Being at the reception reminded me of how proud I am to be an FIU Law alumna and how important my class was in laying the foundation for the law school and future graduates,” she said.
Throughout the evening, professors and alumni reminisced about all the growing pains and ‘firsts’ they experienced during those early years. It was an opportunity to marvel at how far they had come as lawyers and to see what their alma mater has become.
The celebration was marked with the unveiling of a plaque which lists the names of the men and women from the inaugural class. The plaque was generously donated by the FIU Law Alumni Association. For Alumni President Robert Scavone Jr., it was a time to recognize the class of 2002 as “pioneers and risk takers.” “The graduates who followed you and those who will follow owe you a debt of gratitude for proving that with a law degree from FIU Law there is nothing you cannot do,” said Scavone Jr.
In May of 2014, FIU Law will graduate its 10th class. Since opening its doors in 2002, FIU Law was accredited in record time, rose more than 40 spots in the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings, graduated more than 1100 practice-ready attorneys.