WHAT: The FIU College of Law Center for Professionalism and Ethics, in addition to The Florida Bar Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism presented Evaluating Florida Legal Practice: Bench and Bar Perspectives on Professionalism on March 1st.
Pictured from left to right are: seated, VICTORIA CUETO (3L), JULIAN STROLENY (3L), and AMY RUIZ (3L); standing, MARC SCHMULIAN (3L), PROFESSOR H. SCOTT FINGERHUT (Assistant Director, Trial Advocacy Program), MIKE RYAN (Coach and December 2009 alum), and CARLOS (“CHARLIE”) GARCIA (3L).
The FIU Law Trial Team recently finished in the top 4 at the Chester E. Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar.
Bedell is the premier state mock trial tournament, which this year hosted 22 teams – two squads from all 11 Florida law schools. This year’s case file involved the cocaine trafficking trial of Sheila Stone, and FIU advanced to the semi-final round, only to fall to the ultimate tournament champion.
“Our Passionate Principled Advocates trained for almost three months – including over winter break –and continue to make us proud,” said Professor H.T. Smith, Director of the Trial Advocacy Program.
Bedell team members also included ARI GOLDBERG (3L), ALYSSA SUAREZ (3L), DAVID GOUDREAU (3L), and KENIA CODECIDO (2L).
This past week the College of Law hosted the First Annual Dannette’s Voice Symposium. The First Annual Symposium theme was Perspectives: The Complexities of Domestic Violence and the Response of Various Professions and Agencies. Through the symposium, FIU Law endeavored to further the domestic violence discussion, increase awareness, advance community efforts to combat this epidemical problem and express our sincerest thanks to the Willory family for the gift that was Dannette.
In addition to the Symposium, the College also held a dedication ceremony in memory of Dannette Willory.
Pictured with Dean Acosta at the ceremony are Dannette’s friends and colleagues, and her mother Avril Willory.
Pictured above is Professor and Judge Adalberto Jordan (center),along with Chief Justice Charles T. Canady and FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg.
Adjunct Professor elevated to 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
MIAMI (February 16, 2012) — FIU College of Law is proud to congratulate Professor and Judge Adalberto (“Bert”) Jordan on his confirmation by the United States Senate to join the Eleventh Court of Appeals.
“Judge Jordán is among our best adjunct faculty. Our students consistently praise him for his teaching, and as important, his mentoring of our future lawyers. We at FIU College of Law are proud to call him a colleague,” said Dean R. Alexander Acosta.
Judge Jordan is the newest member of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and he is the first Cuban-American to serve on the federal appeals court that has jurisdiction over Florida.
Pictured above, from left to right: Daylen Docampo Perez (VP of Negotiations and a student coach for the team),Joseph Glace (team member on Semi-Finalist team), Maria Pradilla (team member on Semi-Finalist team), Lori Eshelman (student coach), and Professor David D. Walter (faculty coach).
Congratulations to Maria Pradilla (2L evening) and Joseph Glace (2L day) – the two competed in the National Finals of the ABA National Negotiation Competition and finished as Semi-Finalists – 7th overall in the nation from a field of over 220 teams from 116 law schools! Read More →
Pictured above, from left to right: Sarah Gray (3L), Kimberlee Martin (2L), Cristina Neuman (2L), Ligianette Cordova (3L), and Daphne Bareket (3L). Standing, Professor Ila Klion.
FIU Law’s Board of Advocates Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court team competed at the Susan J. Ferrell Moot Court Competition on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. The competition was held at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens.
The FIU team, which included five students, Gigi Cordova (3L), Daphne Bareket (3L), Sarah Gray (3L), Kimberlee Martin (2L), and Cristina Neuman (2L) won the Runner-Up trophy. In addition, Kimberlee Martin won the Best Orator trophy. The team also finished with the Second Runner-Up Brief/Memorial award.
Jeremy Chevres, Dean Acosta, Justice Alito, Judge Marcus, Judge Barkett and Nicolas Greene at the reception following the mock proceedings.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito sat as chief justice for FIU’s 9th annual Moot Court Competition
Even seasoned trial lawyers might find themselves intimidated arguing in front of a Supreme Court justice. At FIU’s 9th annual Moot Court Competition, four College of Law students rose to the challenge.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. joined Judge Rosemary Barkett and Judge Stanley Marcus – both from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals – to preside over the final round of oral argument Jan. 26 at the Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall.
In the fictitious case Ernesto Escobar v. United States, the petitioner appealed his conviction for drug smuggling. Escobar’s appeal argued the government unlawfully gathered evidence using a GPS device. The appeal asserted that there is a “reasonable-expectation-of-privacy” standard.
The FIU case was well timed. Earlier in January, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision that law enforcement officers must obtain a search warrant to attach a GPS unit to a suspect’s car to track him. Although similar to the real case, United States v. Jones, the FIU case dealt exclusively with whether the monitoring of such a device would alone violate the Fourth Amendment when no warrant is first obtained.
Pictured here -- Vanessa Pinto, FIU Law 3L, Dean Alexander Acosta, President Mark Rosenberg & Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez
During a press conference today at the College of Law, Miami –Dade County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez along with FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg and Dean Alex Acosta announced a new initiative that seeks to reform the Miami-Dade County Code. The County Attorney’s Office in partnership with FIU’s College of Law will be reviewing the County Code and identifying provisions that impact business growth and job creation.
For more information on the Code Review Initiative, contact the Miami –Dade County Attorney’s office or Chairman Joe Martinez’ office at (305) 375-5511.
Moot Court Final Round
Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, the Yale Graduate School’s highest honor, was awarded to four outstanding alumni on October 4 by the Graduate School Alumni Association (GSAA). This year’s winners were Stanley Fish (PhD 1962, English), Leslie F. Greengard (MD/PhD 1987, Computer Science), Bernice Pescosolido (PhD 1982, Sociology), and Huntington F. Willard PhD 1979, Genetics).