In preparation for the Floridian bicentennial of the Constitution in October, 2012, FIU Law Professor M.C. Mirow has published Florida’s First Constitution: The Constitution of Cádiz (Carolina Academic Press, 2012). Along with an introductory essay describing the importance of the Constitution in Florida and the Spanish Empire, Mirow provides a fresh and authoritative translation of the text into English along with original version in Spanish.
Ryan Stoa, a Fellow in Water Law and Policy at the FIU College of Law, will be speaking at a Rio+20 Side Event — the World Meeting of Environmental Lawyers – organized by the French-based International Centre of Comparative Environmental Law.
“International water resource governance is an uncoordinated and inconsistent practice,” explained Stoa, who will give a talk on the importance of harmonizing the various international legal instruments related to water entitled, “Freshwater Resources – Towards a Consistent Transboundary Freshwater Framework.”
“The 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses still hasn’t entered into force,” Stoa said. “We need to integrate and promote the various legal instruments – principally, the Watercourses Convention and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers – to have the necessary foundation for development of a more robust and synergistic regime.”
FIU Law Alumna Maria D. Garcia, an attorney at Zumpano Patricios & Winker, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Florida International University Alumni Association.
Maria D. Garcia graduated from FIU College of Law in 2008. While at FIU Law, Maria served as President of the Moot Court and received the Appellate Advocacy Award upon graduation.
Garcia, currently a member of ZP&W’s healthcare practice group, is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cuban American Bar Association (“CABA”) and a member of the Business Buddies Board for Best Buddies Miami. She is also active with the Florida Bar Association’s Health Law Section, the Dade County Bar Association, Women’s International Shipping & Trade Association and the American Inns of Court, Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter. In addition, she has served as the President of the FIU College of Law Alumni Association.
“The College of Law is very proud of Maria Garcia, who recently became the first FIU Law graduate elected to the FIU Alumni Association Board,” said Dean Alex Acosta.
Professor George F. Knox was presented The Mario P. Goderich Legal Ethics Award by the Dade County Bar Association in recognition of his exemplary service benefiting the community, bench and bar. The special recognition award was presented at The Dade County Bar Association’s 23rd Annual Recognition Luncheon, held at the Hyatt Regency Miami, on April 27, 2012. The Association recognized its new Life Members, retiring members of the Board of Directors and committee chairs.
Professor George Knox came to the FIU College of Law after many years of substantial contributions to the city of Miami. Considered among the “100 Most Powerful People in Miami” by Miami Business Magazine, Professor Knox’s community credentials range from serving on our FIU College of Law Advisory Board, playing a key role in bringing both an NBA and an MLB team to South Florida, and being Co-chair of a campaign in 1997 for the United Way of Miami-Dade County which raised over $33 million in contributions.
“It was especially fulfilling to receive an honor for being faithful to the Law’s highest calling”, said Professor George Knox.
Two other special recognition awards were presented at the luncheon. The Alan R. Schwartz Judicial Excellence Award was presented to Orlando A. Prescott, Judge – Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida and The Robert L. Shevin Public Service Award was presented to Jerald Bagley, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Florida International University hosted a panel discussion for journalists covering Facebook’s upcoming initial public offering (IPO) and its implications. FIU experts from a wide array of fields, including business, law, engineering and communication, discussed what to expect in the coming months as the world’s largest social media site goes public. Amongst those FIU experts was FIU Law Professor Hannibal Travis.
“The Facebook IPO provides our students with a great opportunity to discuss issues of growing importance, such as patents over popular new ways of communicating, and whether the government has a role in preserving competition and transparency in markets for communication and information,” said Professor Travis.
Professor Thomas E. Baker was selected as “Professor of the Year” for 2011-12 in recognition of his “excellence in teaching” and his “devoted commitment to the students of the FIU College of Law.” This is the second consecutive year Baker has won the award that is announced at the annual Barristers’ Ball.
After the awards ceremony, Professor Baker said “ I am humbled and grateful to receive this award. It means a great deal to me, coming from my students.”
Baker is a popular and respected teacher who also has been elected as the graduation Hooding Professor four times. This year, he was recognized with two additional university-wide awards: “FIU Book Author” and “FIU Top Scholar.” He is the author of 14 books and more than 200 articles.
Cammy Clark, of the Miami Herald, profiles FIU Law School Professor Elizabeth Price Foley’s third book, The Tea Party: Three Principles.
FIU law professor publishes third book on the constitution
Despite graduating with a history degree from Emory University, Elizabeth Price Foley knew little about the U.S. Constitution when she worked on healthcare legislation for two Democratic congressmen.
It was not until the early 1990s — when she left Capitol Hill to attend law school in Tennessee — that she discovered just how little she knew or had cared about the country’s founding legal document.
“I realized all the work I was doing on the Hill was kind of ludicrous,” she said. “I was operating under a knowledge vacuum, with no cognizance of whether the bills I were writing and promoting were constitutional. … The attitude was do what we want to do and let the courts stop us.”
Today, Foley, 46, of Key Largo, calls herself a “constitutional geek.” She can speak passionately for hours about the 224-year-old evolving document.
“She is one of constitutional law’s rising stars,” said Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Newcastle Law School will be hosting a symposium on the work by Professor Stanley Fish on May 1st 2012.
Professor Fish, of Florida International University, is a leading public intellectual and has authored over 200 scholarly publications and books. In addition to being Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he has held positions at Cardozo Law School, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, Duke University, and The John Marshall Law School.
The Symposium will focus in particular on Professor Fish’s work on formalism, law and literature and pragmatism.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Stanley Fish
Respondents: Richard Mullender, Ian Ward and Ole W Pedersen
Please visit webpage for full details and program
MIAMI – Phyllis Diane Kotey, Clinical Associate Professor of Law at FIU Law, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB). The FSB is the Presidentially appointed 12-member Board that is responsible for establishing worldwide policies for the Fulbright Program and for selection of Fulbright recipients.
Judge Kotey has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology during the 2012-2013 academic year. Judge Kotey will teach Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure and will examine the utility of ADR as an evolving and effective tool in the High Courts, the Regional Tribunals, the circuit courts, the circuit tribunals, the district courts and the community tribunals in Ghana.
Judge Kotey is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013.
Pictured above, from left to right: Faculty Coach Phyllis Diane Kotey, Kelly Torres (2L), Sherman Davis (2L), and Faculty Coach Michele Anglade.
MIAMI (March 19, 2012) — Congratulations to Sherman Davis (2L) and Kelly Torres (2L) – the two competed in the 6th Annual National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) International Negotiations Competition and finished as Quarter-Finalists – in a year where they had the highest number of teams register and participate in the history of the competition. Notably, Sherman Davis was also named “Best Oral Advocate” of the competition.
The team was assisted by their two faculty coaches, Phyllis Diane Kotey and Michele Anglade.