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JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS & GOVERNMENT FELLOWSHIPS F I U L AW A LU M N I :

COMMITTED TO PUBLIC SERVICE 2013


Established in 2002,

the Florida International

University College of Law is proudly South Florida’s only public law school. FIU Law believes education should be focused and individualized. With fewer than 550 students and an average entering class size of about 160, its students and faculty actively engage with one another, enriching the classroom experience and fostering a deeper understanding of the law. FIU Law prides itself on graduating professional, practice-ready attorneys, many of whom are committed public servants. FIU Law is a rapidly-ascending institution of academic excellence. Since 2009, FIU Law has rocketed through the U.S. News & World Report rankings—ascending from unranked to #105—an increase of more than 44 spots. Its LSATs and GPAs match those of many higher-ranked law schools, and its graduates have ranked #1 among Florida state schools in two of the last four administrations of the Florida Bar exam. The Florida Legislature founded FIU Law on the ideal that a high-quality legal education should be affordable and accessible. FIU Law is a majority-minority institution. It ranks as the most diverse law school in Florida, the 3rd most diverse nationally, and it graduates the highest percentage of Hispanic attorneys of any law school in the nation. With only nine classes graduated, and just over 1000 alumni, FIU Law has produced more than twenty state appellate and federal law clerks and six Presidential Management Fellows. This publication tells their stories.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS, 2-5 Robert Scavone Jr. ’12 Alexandra Valdes ’12 Chelsea M. Moore ’11 Jarred Reiling ’11 Shannon O’Shea ’09 Brian Dean Abramson ’05

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, 6-10 Scott Hiaasen ’13 Alice Férot ’12 Carlos Garcia ’12 Daria Pustilnik ’11 Rebecca M. Salokar, Ph.D. ’09 Richard D. Schevis ’09 Denise Kalland ’06 Brenda Kuhns-Neuman ’06 Cristina M. Suárez ’06

THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT, 11 Daniel Cervantes ’07

FLORIDA THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL, 12-14 Robert Scavone Jr. ’12 Alexandra Valdes ’12 Chelsea M. Moore ’11 Christopher B. Carbot ’09 Jeremy Scott ’07 Justin D. Siegwald ’07 Sonia Amador ’06 Michael S. Hirschkowitz ’05

FLORIDA FOURTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL, 15-16 Michelle Murray ’13 K. Douglas Walker ’12 Shannon O’Shea ’09

PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWS, 17-20 Courtney E. Walter ’13 Eduardo E. Gesio ’12 Wendy Jauregui ’12 Jarred Reiling ’11 Peter Smith ’09 George Sullivan ’08


UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS

“I decided to pursue a clerkship after interning for Judge Adalberto José Jordan. It was a remarkable experience. As a law clerk, you get to see behind the curtain, so to speak. Being able to work under the tutelage of a judge and alongside other clerks is an honor and will make me a better lawyer.” – Robert Scavone Jr. ‘12

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Robert Scavone Jr. received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University in 2007. He was awarded his J.D., cum laude, and earned the Book Award in Appellate Procedure II, Business Organizations, and First Amendment. Scavone Jr., an evening student, served as President of the Student Bar Association during his final year at FIU Law, and was awarded the ALI-ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award, as well as the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Scholarship. He worked as a research assistant to Professor Elizabeth Price Foley and was a teaching assistant to Professor Marci A. Rosenthal.

ROBERT SCAVONE JR. ’12 Judges: The Hon. Adalberto José Jordan, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2014-15; the Hon. Barbara Lagoa, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2013-14

As a student at FIU Law, Scavone Jr. interned at the Florida Supreme Court for the Honorable Ricky Polston, as part of the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students, interned for the Honorable Adalberto José Jordan (then District Judge), and worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Broward Office of the State Attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. Scavone Jr. currently serves on the FIU Law Alumni Association Board and is admitted to practice in Florida.

ALEXANDRA VALDES ’12 Judges: The Hon. Adalberto José Jordan, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2013-15; the Hon. Barbara Lagoa, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2012-13

Alexandra Valdes received a B.S. in Paralegal Studies from Nova Southeastern University in 2008 and graduated first in her class from the FIU College of Law. While attending FIU Law, Valdes interned at Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal for the Honorable Barbara Lagoa. She also interned for the Honorable William C. Turnoff, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and worked as a summer associate at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. Valdes is admitted to practice in Florida.

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CHELSEA M. MOORE ’11 Judges: The Hon. Peter T. Fay, Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2013-14; the Hon. Vance E. Salter, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2011-13

Chelsea M. Moore graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2008. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude. She served as the Executive Comments Editor on FIU Law Review and was a member of the Appellate Advocacy Team. Moore, along with her teammates, received the Best Brief Award in the Intramural Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Best Memorial Award at the Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Moore also worked as a research assistant to Professors Kerri L. Stone and Howard M. Wasserman. During law school, Moore interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida, interned for the Honorable Marcia G. Cooke, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Moore is admitted to practice in Florida.

Jarred Reiling is a Presidential Management Fellow. He works in the Legal and Policy Analysis Branch in the Office of Policy at the Center for Tobacco Products, which is housed in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. While a PMF, Reiling also worked in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice in a center organized under the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, where he teaches legal writing and research to first-year law students.

JARRED REILING ’11 Judge: The Hon. Adalberto José Jordan, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2013-14; Presidential Management Fellow, 2011-13 4 | FIU LAW ALUMNI

Reiling graduated first in his class from the FIU College of Law. He served as an Executive Editor on FIU Law Review, represented students with disabilities to obtain appropriate educational amenities, worked as a Florida Bar Foundation Fellow, served as President of the Board of Advocates, competed in Moot Court and on Trial Team, served on FIU Law’s Student Bar Association, was honored as the graduate with the highest demonstrated commitment to public interest law, and won several awards for oral advocacy. Reiling is admitted to practice in Florida.


Shannon O’Shea earned her Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, from Florida State University in only three years, and graduated first in her class from the FIU College of Law. During law school, O’Shea served as Comments Editor on FIU Law Review and her student note was published. In addition, O’Shea was a Dean’s Scholar, interned for the Honorable Vance E. Salter of Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal, was a research assistant to Professor Carlton Waterhouse, and volunteered at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services.

SHANNON O’SHEA ’09 Judges: The Hon. Peter T. Fay, Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011-13; the Hon. Melanie G. May, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, 2009-11

O’Shea was able to use the experience she gained at FIU Law to earn two appellate clerkships, one state and one federal. She is admitted to practice in Florida and is a member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

BRIAN DEAN ABRAMSON ’05 Judge: The Hon. Pauline Newman, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2010-12

After graduating from the FIU College of Law, Brian Dean Abramson worked for several years in the field of intellectual property before being hired by Judge Pauline Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for a clerkship beginning in the fall of 2010. He was hired two years before his clerkship was scheduled to begin, and in the interim, he completed his LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law, with highest honors, from the George Washington University Law School, passed the Virginia Bar, and engaged in a lengthy internship on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Following his clerkship, Abramson remained with Judge Newman as a Scholar in Residence, which allowed him to continue working on various cases and train the incoming class of clerks. Abramson currently practices intellectual property law, and is admitted to practice in Florida, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

“Serving as a clerk is a very rewarding experience. It is gratifying to work for the federal government and contribute, even modestly, to the U.S. justice system. My clerkship has allowed me to benefit from the Judge’s experience and mentorship—guidance that is very important to a young attorney. Serving as a clerk is a privilege and a significant milestone in my legal career.” – Alice Férot ’12

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SCOTT HIAASEN ’13 Judge: The Hon. Kathleen M. Williams, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2013-14

Scott Hiaasen graduated from the evening program at the FIU College of Law, summa cum laude, and first in his class. He has been a newspaper reporter for 19 years, most recently working for The Miami Herald, where he has covered the courts and authored several investigative pieces. Hiaasen received his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida, where he graduated with honors. He also holds a Master in Studies of Law Degree from Yale Law School.

A European citizen, Alice Férot, completed her undergraduate studies at Universite de Paris Est (formally Paris XII), where she double majored in Business Law and European Law (equivalent to a J.D.), and earned a Master’s Degree in International Business Law (equivalent to an LL.M.) from Universite de Montpellier. Upon completing her Master’s Degree, Férot worked in Paris as in-house counsel for a French defense contractor, negotiating international contracts with European defense companies and counseling the company’s executives on complex legal issues.

ALICE FÉROT ’12 Judge: The Hon. Marcia G. Cooke, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2012-14

Férot immigrated to the United States and received an LL.M. from New York University Law School, before settling in Miami to attend the FIU College of Law. She graduated from FIU Law, cum laude, in just two years. Férot is admitted to practice in Florida and New York.


CARLOS GARCIA ’12 Judge: The Hon. Cecilia M. Altonaga, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2013-14

Carlos “Charlie” Garcia began working in the Complex Litigation department of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in 2012. Garcia is a member of the Florida Bar, with experience in commercial litigation matters and insurance disputes. Prior to joining Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, Garcia spent three years as a language arts teacher with Miami-Dade County Public Schools at Citrus Grove Middle School and W. R. Thomas Middle School. Garcia earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the FIU College of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholar, and a member of the Trial Team and the Board of Advocates. Garcia received his B.A. from the University of Miami in 2004, where he majored in Economics and English, and minored in Mathematics.

Daria Pustilnik immigrated to the United States in 1996, settling in South Florida. She attended Florida Atlantic University and graduated magna cum laude in 2005, with a B.A. in Marketing. During college, Pustilnik worked full time in sales and marketing while enrolled as a full-time student.

DARIA PUSTILNIK ’11 Judges: The Hon. Kenneth A. Marra, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2013-14; the Hon. James M. Hopkins, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2011-13 8 | FIU LAW ALUMNI

Pustilnik enrolled at the FIU College of Law as an evening student and continued to work part time. While at FIU Law, Pustilnik interned for four federal judges and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She also served as an Articles Editor on FIU Law Review and as President of the FIU Law Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Pustilnik graduated from FIU Law, magna cum laude, where she finished first in her class. She is admitted to practice in Florida.


Following four years of active duty in the U.S. Army, Dr. Rebecca M. Salokar returned to Miami and earned her B.A. in Political Science from FIU. She subsequently completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Syracuse University. Dr. Salokar has been a professor at FIU since 1985. She is the author of The Solicitor General: The Politics of Law, and co-editor of Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Reference Book. In addition, Dr. Salokar has written widely on state constitutional law, judicial selection, and constitutional revision. Dr. Salokar enrolled in the FIU College of Law just in time for her 50th birthday. She graduated magna cum laude and second in her class. Following a leave of absence from the university to complete a federal clerkship, Dr. Salokar resumed her professorial duties at FIU.

REBECCA M. SALOKAR, PH.D. ’09 Judge: The Hon. Cecilia M. Altonaga, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2010-11

Dr. Salokar is currently chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations at FIU. She continues to teach and advise pre-law students, in addition to maintaining a small law practice.

RICHARD D. SCHEVIS ’09 Judges: The Hon. Robert N. Scola Jr., District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2011 (career clerk); the Hon. Marcia G. Cooke, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2009-11

Richard D. Schevis earned his J.D., summa cum laude. After graduating, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marcia G. Cooke, and then worked as an associate for Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli, P.A., primarily practicing in the area of civil litigation with a focus on personal injury, premises liability, products liability, and insurance coverage cases. Prior to attending FIU Law, Schevis served as a member of the Florida Army National Guard for eight years and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is admitted to practice in Florida and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Schevis is an adjunct professor at FIU Law, where he co-teaches the Judicial Externship Program alongside Judge Scola.

DENISE KALLAND ’06 Judge: The Hon. Ann E. Vitunac, Magistrate Judge (retired), United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2006-08

Denise Kalland received her B.A. from New York University. She currently practices in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she specializes in bankruptcy, real estate, criminal defense and civil litigation. JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS & GOVERNMENT FELLOWSHIPS | 9


Brenda Kuhns-Neuman is an Assistant Miami-Dade County Attorney, representing the Public Housing and Community Development Department and other County departments and personnel. Her practice is mainly transactional, advising Public Housing and Community Development Department as to its federallyfunded programs, closing loans for large-scale affordable housing developments, developing contracts, and defending the County in various litigation matters. Kuhns-Neuman received her B.A. in English from the University of Florida. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the FIU Law Review, and earned her J.D., magna cum laude, graduating second in her class.

BRENDA KUHNS-NEUMAN ’06 Judge: The Hon. Adalberto José Jordan, District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2007-08

CRISTINA M. SUÁREZ ’06 Judge: The Hon. G. Kendall Sharp, Senior District Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2006-08

Cristina M. Suárez earned her B.S. in English Education, magna cum laude, from FIU in 2002, and her J.D., magna cum laude, graduating first in her class. Suárez is an associate at Astigarraga Davis Mullins & Grossman, P.A., where her practice is primarily focused on creditors’ rights, including bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, restructurings, and litigation involving the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as fraud tracing and asset recovery. She represents lenders in commercial loan enforcement cases involving the negotiation and documentation of workout and forbearance agreements and the restructuring of commercial loans. Suárez also represents bank clients in operational litigation cases involving forged endorsements and wire transfer frauds. Suárez serves on the FIU Law Alumni Association Board and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. Suárez is admitted to practice in Florida and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.


THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

“Serving as a judicial law clerk opened the door to many professional development opportunities. I was able to create a network of professionals in the legal field who have helped in the development of my career. Today, I am able to serve as a mentor to others who are pursuing the same path.”

– Daniel Cervantes ’07

DANIEL CERVANTES ’07 Justices: The Hon. Charles T. Canady, Justice, Florida Supreme Court, 2008-09; the Hon. Harry Lee Anstead, Justice, Florida Supreme Court, 2007-08

Daniel Cervantes is an associate at the Miami office of Hogan Lovells, where he is a member of the Litigation and Arbitration, and Employment practice groups. His practice is focused on international commercial litigation and arbitration, with particular emphasis on construction, energy, and performance contracts disputes. He also has experience with complex commercial litigation, hedge fund securities fraud, consumer fraud, and class action litigation. Cervantes is a past President of the FIU College of Law Alumni Association. He is a member of the Cuban American Bar Association and Editor of the Florida Bar International Law Section’s International Law Quarterly. Cervantes received his J.D., magna cum laude, and his B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from FIU. While in law school, Cervantes served as an Articles Editor on FIU Law Review, Vice President of the Board of Advocates, and as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem. JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS & GOVERNMENT FELLOWSHIPS | 11


FLORIDA THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

“My clerkship provided me with unique insight into the kinds of issues that judges find compelling during the litigation and appellate process. This has been invaluable in understanding why courts rule the way they do in individual cases.”

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– Michael S. Hirschkowitz ’05


ROBERT SCAVONE JR. ’12

(See biography on page 3.)

Judges: The Hon. Barbara Lagoa, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2013-14; the Hon. Adalberto José Jordan, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2014-15

ALEXANDRA VALDES ’12

(See biography on page 3.)

Judges: The Hon. Barbara Lagoa, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2012-13; the Hon. Adalberto José Jordan, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2013-15

CHELSEA M. MOORE ’11

(See biography on page 4.)

Judges: The Hon. Vance E. Salter, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2011-13; the Hon. Peter T. Fay, Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2013-14

Christopher B. Carbot is an associate in the Appellate Practice group at Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office. A Dean’s Scholar at the FIU College of Law, Carbot earned his J.D., cum laude, and was Editor-in-Chief of the FIU Law Review. He received his B.A. in English, cum laude, from FIU.

CHRISTOPHER B. CARBOT ‘09 Judge: The Hon. Vance E. Salter, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2009-11

Carbot is a member of the American Bar Association; the Florida Bar’s sections on Appellate Practice, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Entertainment Arts and Sports Law; the Dade County Bar Association; the Rosemary Barkett Appellate Inn of Court; and the Florida Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society. He is admitted to practice in Florida, and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

JEREMY SCOTT ’07 Judge: The Hon. Frank A. Shepherd, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2007-09

Jeremy Scott earned his J.D., summa cum laude, graduating second in his class. Scott was Editor-in-Chief of the FIU Law Review and won the Board of Advocates Appellate Advocacy Competition in 2005 with his partner, Daniel Cervantes. While at FIU Law, Scott earned the Book Award in five classes and worked at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office as a Certified Legal Intern. While working as a law clerk for Judge Shepherd, Scott discovered an affinity for criminal law. He decided against a career in civil practice, and instead, focused his career on criminal law and trial work. He began working for State Attorney Michael J. Satz at the Broward Office of the State Attorney in 2009 and currently handles cases ranging from DUIs to complex drug trafficking conspiracies. JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS & GOVERNMENT FELLOWSHIPS | 13


JUSTIN D. SIEGWALD ’07

SONIA AMADOR ’06

Judge: The Hon. Vance E. Salter, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2007-08

Judge: The Hon. Angel A. Cortiñas, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2007-08

Justin D. Siegwald is an associate in the Miami office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., where his practice is focused in the area of professional liability, including architect and engineering malpractice defense, construction defects, products liability, insurance coverage actions, and personal injury and property damage defense.

Sonia Amador is the managing partner of the Miami Bankruptcy Center. Her areas of practice include bankruptcy, foreclosure defense and commercial litigation. She graduated cum laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2001. Amador earned her J.D., cum laude.

Prior to joining Quintairos Prieto, Siegwald practiced insurance defense, representing clients in jury and non-jury trials and mediation, in the areas of professional negligence, personal injury, commercial liability and employment claims.

While attending FIU Law, Amador was the recipient of the Book Award in Bankruptcy, Trial Litigation Skills and Legal Writing II. Amador was also the winner of the Best Brief Award at the Intramural Moot Court Competition and a Semi-Finalist in the Wechsler Moot Court Competition at American University in Washington D.C. Amador is admitted to practice in Florida, and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

A member of the Dean’s List, he received the Book Award in Legal Research and Writing, Children and the Law, Criminal Procedure and Evidence. Siegwald is admitted to practice in Florida, and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Michael S. Hirschkowitz graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 2002, and earned his J.D., cum laude. Hirschkowitz was a recipient of the Book Award in Florida Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure and served as a Board Member of the FIU College of Law Moot Court Board. He also served as Comments Editor on FIU Law Review and authored Implying Against Intent: A New Test for Congressional Intent Under Cort v. Ash, 1 FIU L. Rev. 239 (2006). 

MICHAEL S. HIRSCHKOWITZ ’05 Judge: The Hon. Frank A. Shepherd, Judge, Florida Third District Court of Appeal, 2005-07

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Hirschkowitz is an associate at the law firm of Hicks, Porter, Ebenfeld & Stein, P.A., where he is a member of the appellate, trial support and insurance coverage sections.


FLORIDA FOURTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

“Being a law clerk has allowed me to confidently plan my future career path. Prospective employers are always impressed that I clerked for the Fourth District Court of Appeal. I have been told that this experience signals to employers that I understand the nuances in the law better than most other applicants.” – K. Douglas Walker ’12

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MICHELLE MURRAY ’13 Judge: The Hon. Melanie G. May, Chief Judge, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, 2013-14/15

SHANNON O’SHEA ’09

(See biography on page 5.)

Judges: The Hon. Melanie G. May, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, 2009-11; the Hon. Peter T. Fay, Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011-13


COURTNEY E. WALTER ’13 Agency: To be determined, anticipated years, 2013-15

Courtney E. Walter received her B.A. from Penn State University in 2009, and her J.D., with honors. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the FIU Law Review and participated on the Board of Advocates Moot Court Team, competing in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition and the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. Walter also worked as a Legal Skills & Values II teaching assistant and a research assistant to Professor Kerri L. Stone. She received the Book Award in Introduction to International & Comparative Law, Legal Skills & Values III, Products Liability and Pre-Trial Litigation. While attending FIU Law, Walter worked for DeMahy Labrador Drake, a civil litigation firm in Coral Gables, Florida. She interned for the Honorable Jose E. Martinez, District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the Honorable Amy Steele Donner of Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Walter also interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Major Crimes Division. During her final semester, she worked as a Certified Legal Intern in the Immigrant Children’s Justice Clinic, representing unaccompanied minors.

“When I entered FIU Law, my ultimate goal was to pursue a leadership position within the federal government. I am honored to be amongst a group of brilliant, future leaders. Being a Presidential Management Fellow is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which I am confident will launch my career in public service.”

– Courtney E. Walter ’13


EDUARDO E. GESIO ’12 Agency: United State Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, 2012-Present

Eduardo E. Gesio earned his J.D., cum laude. While attending FIU Law, he worked as a law clerk at Astigarraga Davis Mullins & Grossman, P.A., a Certified Legal Intern in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, a research assistant, and as an intern for the Honorable Jacqueline Hogan Scola in the Criminal Division of Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Jauregui was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States at the age of six. Upon graduating from the FIU College of Law, she began working as a Presidential Management Fellow with the Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations Directorate of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WENDY JAUREGUI ’12 Agency: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, 2012-Present

JARRED REILING ’11

Jauregui was Vice President of the Appellate Advocacy Team at FIU Law and competed in several Moot Court competitions. She also participated in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, representing detained clients in removal proceedings and was part of the Immigrant Children’s Justice Clinic, where she helped unaccompanied minors receive Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. In addition, Jauregui interned with the Executive Office for Immigration Review at the Miami Immigration Court, where she worked on a variety of issues relating to removal. Jauregui is admitted to practice in Florida.

(See biography on page 4.)

Agency: United States Food and Drug Administration, Office of Policy at the Center for Tobacco Products, 2011-13; law clerk to the Hon. Adalberto José Jordan, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2013-14

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PETER SMITH ’09 Agency: United States Social Security Administration, law clerk to the Hon. David S. Pang, Chief Administrative Law Judge, 2009-10

Peter Smith is a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy at the U.S. Social Security Administration. He oversees a portfolio of research and development collaborations, the subject matter of which involves improving the disability determination process by incorporating modern advances in science and medicine, and by adopting and promoting standards of the World Health Organization. Smith has worked for three federal agencies. After clerking for the Honorable David S. Pang in the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge, Smith served for the Commissioner of Social Security, negotiating international executive agreements, advising foreign governments on social insurance policy, and acting as agency liaison to intergovernmental organizations. He also managed counter-narcotics and anti-human trafficking initiatives in Latin America for the Department of Homeland Security. More recently, he served as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s liaison to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations for the President’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

George Sullivan received his B.A. in Russian Studies from UCLA. Two weeks after completing his undergraduate degree, Sullivan moved to Moscow, where he worked for five years in investment banking. He left Russia to pursue advanced degrees, and received his MBA from Thunderbird, Geneva, Switzerland, where he graduated with distinction. He then settled in Los Angeles and went to work for British Petroleum.

GEORGE SULLIVAN ’08 Agency: United States Air Force Space Command, Space and Missile Systems Center, 2008-Present

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Sullivan earned his J.D., cum laude. As a Contract Specialist, Sullivan has worked on programs ranging from developing the next generation of infrared missile warning and defense satellite sensors, to planning the next contract for the operation of the United States’ military space launch ranges at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AFB. He has also worked on the directorate responsible for sustaining, planning, fielding and developing America’s space-based infrared missile warning and defense satellite constellation. Sullivan is fluent in Russian, and proficient in German and French. He is admitted to practice in Florida and California.


“There is a tradition in law that jurists help train the best and the brightest graduates by hiring them as clerks. That teacher-student relationship often flourishes into a life-long mentorship. A clerkship is a transformative experience for a recent graduate— both professionally and personally— and one that he or she will treasure. We are thankful for the many jurists that support our profession and our graduates by taking on the profound responsibility of hiring them as clerks.” – R. Alexander Acosta, Dean of the FIU College of Law and former law clerk to Samuel A. Alito Jr., Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court (then Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit)

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