Third-year Students Brown and Gutierrez Publish Law Articles

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.”

Brown, who served as an intern with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission last fall, explores how the recent financial crisis challenged long-held perceptions of money market funds (“MMFs”) as stable and highly liquid instruments. She also looks at regulators’ response both in the U.S. and Europe. The article’s ultimate conclusion is informed by the experiences of the European fund industry, which provide invaluable lessons for U.S. regulators on what reform options are viable.

Gutierrez, who is originally from Colombia, relished the unique opportunity to use his legal knowledge to talk about his native country and his country of residence. His article is a comparative analysis of employment law between the U.S. and Colombia.

“Getting this paper published was important to me because it allowed me to write about a topic I am passionate about,” said Gutierrez. “With the recent entering into effect of the free trade agreement between Colombia and the United States, the time to write a paper outlining such comparison seemed ripe.”

Professor M.C. Mirow, who taught the Comparative Law Seminar, encourages students to seek publication, and believes that situations like Brown’s and Gutierrez’ is an indication of the continued growth of FIU Law’s national reputation.

“Our students are producing scholarship that when subject to outside scrutiny merits publication in national law reviews,” said Mirow.  “Each year I encourage students who have written exceptional papers to revise them for publication.  This year there were many, and I am so happy that Ms. Brown and Mr. Gutierrez were able to place their engaging studies.”

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