Trial Advocacy Professor Abbe Rifkin Receives 5-Year Teaching Award
(Pictured from left to right are Professor Rifkin and Professor H.T. Smith, Director, Trial Advocacy Program.)

The Trial Advocacy Program recently recognized Abbe Rifkin on her fifth year as an adjunct professor teaching Trial Advocacy for the Florida International University College of Law.

Since 1981, Professor Rifkin has served proudly as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, currently as Chief of the Sexually Violent Predator Unit and Senior Trial Counsel in the prosecution of the County’s most complex and high profile homicides.

During her tenure, Professor Rifkin has served as Deputy Chief of the Felony Division, Assistant Chief of the Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit, and Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Division.

“I am so grateful to the College of Law for allowing me to impart my knowledge to our students and to play even a small part in their legal careers,” Professor Rifkin said.  “My passion for litigation fueled my need to teach that passion to those students of litigation who have come after me.”

Professor Rifkin received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.

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