WHAT: Famed trial attorney Roy Black, who has defended the likes of William Kennedy Smith, Rush Limbaugh and Kelsey Grammer, will share stories from his career as part of the FIU College of Law’s inaugural Great Legal Storyteller Series. To be held every February, the series will give law students the opportunity to listen to some of the great legal stories of America from prominent and successful attorneys. These legal leaders will educate, inspire and cultivate the next generation of passionate, principled attorneys. The series is part of the College of Law’s Trial Advocacy Program.
WHO: Perhaps best known for his successful defense of William Kennedy Smith on rape charges in Palm Beach, Black also successfully defended Eller Media (now known as Clear Channel Outdoor) against manslaughter charges stemming from the bus-bench electrocution of a 12-year-old boy in Miami. Other noteworthy clients have included Rush Limbaugh, Kelsey Grammer, South Florida police officers Luis Alvarez and William Lozano and banker Fred de la Mata. Black has defended numerous other clients on charges ranging from murder to securities fraud, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, money laundering, internet sex crimes, mail and wire fraud and tax evasion. Black, a Miami resident, holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. Black served as NBC’s legal analyst on “The Today Show,” and has frequently appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” serving as commentator and legal analyst for noteworthy legal cases in the news. He has also appeared as a guest commentator on legal issues on several other network and cable news programs.
WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday, February 2 at 12:15 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom of FIU College of Law’s Rafael Diaz Balart Hall, 11200 SW 8th Street in Southwest Miami-Dade County.
About FIU College of Law:
Florida International University College of Law is South Florida’s publicly supported law school. The Princeton Review ranks FIU as one of the nation’s most welcoming schools for diverse students and Hispanic Business has ranked FIU among the top ten law schools for Hispanics. The National Jurist ranks FIU among the top ten schools in the country for best value in legal education. FIU’s faculty continues to gain national prominence, most recently recognized by the Sisk Report as 3rd in Florida for Faculty Scholarly Impact. Unique among law schools, FIU places particular emphasis on integrating international law into every aspect of its curriculum.