During the Florida Justice Association’s (FJA) Proof and Argument of Unique Aspects of Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases Workhorse Seminar in Orlando, four FIU Law alumni made presentations. The workshop was part of a four-day CLE seminar and included sessions on products liability litigation, premise liability, and personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

Dustin Herman’10, of the Romano Law Group, pitched the idea of the Proof and Argument panel to FJA organizers as a way to provide FJA members with a primer on current trends and the various elements of damages in Florida in personal injury and wrongful death cases. “It was a great event and the feedback we have receiving has been tremendous. FJA is interested in the young lawyers presentation for next year,” Hermand commented. In addition to Herman, who presented on Loss of Capacity for the Enjoyment of Life, Courtney Engelke ’11, of Colson Hicks Eidson, spoke about Past and Future Medical Damages; Lisa Cabrera ’10, of the Alvarez Law Firm, presented on Scarring and Disfigurement; and Riley H. Beam ’12, of Douglas R. Beam, P.A., spoke about Embarrassment, Humiliation, and Inconvenience. Together, the alumni collaborated on their research, prepared a ‘Trial Toolbox’ for FJA members, and hope to be published in a forthcoming FJA publication.

“I thank Dustin for organizing the panel,” said Engelke. “It was a tremendous opportunity, one I am proud to have been a part of.”

The event was a reflection of the impact FIU Law graduates are having in the legal profession. “FIU Law alumni continue to do remarkably well,” Robert Scavone Jr. President of the FIU Law Alumni Association, said. “Dustin, Courtney, Lisa and Riley represent the great work our alumni are doing. There is no doubt that FIU Law alumni are having an impact and elevating our school’s standing.”

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