Professor Ediberto Roman’s recent Huffington Post blog, The Largely Ignored Human Rights Tragedy at Our Doorstep, co-written by second year law student Frandley Julien.
FIU College of Law recognized for giving back
FIU College of Law was presented with the Statute of Liberty Centennial serigraph signed by its artist, Melanie Taylor Kent, as part of the Aventura Marketing Council’s Second Annual Art from the Heart program, which recognizes non-profit organizations and institutions who give back to the community. The artwork was donated by Barker Animation Fine Art & Sculptures. FIU College of Law received the artwork in honor of its Math & Civics Summer Academy – a program spearheaded by Senior Associate Dean Michelle Mason.
Now in its third year, the program, which partners FIU’s Colleges of Law and Education, along with the Algebra Project (AP), and the Young People’s Project (YPP), designed and implemented as the only Math & Civics summer academy in the nation. During the last three summers, students in third through fifth grade, who attend Liberty City elementary schools, spent their days at the College of Law where YPP students and former Miami AP cohort graduates, who presently are college students at various institutions, focused on teaching mathematics, and College of Law interns who focused on teaching civics.
“The College of Law is delighted to receive this beautiful artwork as a reminder of the importance and value of work we do with our summer academy students,” stated Senior Associate Dean Mason. “We hope to add more students next year!”
The Math & Civics Summer Academy program was nominated by Aventura Commissioner, Enbar Cohen, who is currently a first year law student at FIU College of Law.
Please join BLSA and CSBA on Thursday October 17, to welcome Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero, US District Court Judge Donald Graham and Federal Magistrate Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes.
Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation will follow at 12 p.m.
International Opportunities Lunch & Learn for Law Students
On Thursday, September 5 the Office of International and Graduate Studies organized a Lunch & Learn with Dr. Hilarion “Lari” Martinez, FIU’s Senior International Officer, to discuss various international opportunities available to law students. Students became aware of the numerous scholarships, fellowships, and internships, many fully-funded by the federal government, offered on a national scale. FIU and the College of Law are proud to boast its success in its many students who are awarded such scholarships annually in these competitive programs. If you were not able to attend the event and would like to learn about these exciting opportunities, you may view the presentation at this link.
Frandley Julien, 2L Publishes Op-ed in Miami Herald on Haiti
Second Year Student, Frandley Julien was recently published in the Miami Herald. His editorial, entitled “Haiti: Different Faces, same corruption” can be viewed here.
Amanda Braun, third-year law student at the Florida International Univeristy College of Law, has been appointed to National Student Director for the American Bar Association Law Student Division’s Negotiation Competition Subcommittee.
A National Student Director participates in activities and performs specific tasks to build and improve the overall quality of the ABA’s Law Student Division Competitions Program.
Pictured (l to r) are Cindy McKenzie, CEPS Program Manager; Jan Jacobowitz, Lecturer in Law; Laverne Pinkney; Anthony Alfieri, CEPS Director; and Ebonie Carter, CEPS Administrative Assistant.
The University of Miami School of Law’s Center for Ethics and Public Service recently honored Professor Laverne Pinkney with the 2013 Friend of the Center Award, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Historic Black Church Program’s Community Education Project.
The Historic Black Church Program is part of the Center’s ongoing effort to help Miami’s distressed Coconut Grove Village West community by providing multidisciplinary resources in education, law, and social services to underserved residents.
During the award presentation, Pinkney was praised as a wonderful role model and motivating teacher. The value of the collaboration she created between the Florida International University College of Law and the University of Miami School of Law, was also praised.
In the following op-ed that appeared in the April 19, 2013, edition of the La Plaza, FIU Law Professor Ediberto Roman, and second-year law student Bobby Joe Bracy, make the case that the term “illegal” should describe only an action and is inappropriately used in the immigration debate.
Guest Blogger: Professor Ediberto Román and Bobby Joe Bracy “Words Do Matter in the Immigration Debate”
After decades of inaction, this week’s unveiling of the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration proposal suggests that Congress may finally be prepared to reform our immigration system. It is of no surprise that this renewed vigor comes on the heels of a presidential election where an overwhelming majority of Hispanic voters rejected the Republican solution was self-deportation. Yet, despite this crucial and potentially transformative moment, Republican leaders, such as Senator John McCain, one of the Group of Eight, has continued to use of ‘illegal immigrant’ when addressing the subjects of reform. He and many other Republicans who oppose immigration reform continue to use the more provocative yet inaccurate term–“illegal alien”(a term still used by the federal immigration agency, ICE). Conservative Senator Jeff Sessions for his part derided the Gang of Eight’s efforts as “making nearly impossible for ICE officials to distinguish between ‘illegal immigrants’ eligible for legal status and those simply asserting they are amnesty eligible.”
Florida International University College of Law students Altanese Phenelus and Frandley Julien were honored as scholarship recipients at the 15th Annual Haitian Lawyers Association Scholarship Gala.
The Scholarship Gala, hosted in honor of the dedication, service, and excellence of its members, was held at the JW Marriot in Miami, on April 13, 2013.
HLA’s members include those in the legal field of Haitian or Haitian-American descent, as well as those who are not of Haitian decent, but have a vested interest in issues affecting the Haitian community.
Third-year law students Latoya Brown and Alejandro Gutierrez will publish articles they originally prepared for a seminar in Comparative Law, in two upcoming national law publications.
Brown’s article, “The Regulation of US Money Market Funds: Lessons from Europe,” will appear in the spring edition of Brigham Young University’s International Law and Management Review. Gutierrez’s article, “The Pitfalls of At-Will and Just Cause Employment: A Comparative Analysis of Employment Law in the United States and Colombia,” will be published in Volume 19 of the ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law.
“It is a great achievement to get published, especially as a student,” said Brown. “I am grateful to have the support of professors who encourage us to push the creative envelope and think outside the box.”