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Faculty

Faculty

Juan Javier Del Granado, continued the Latin American and Caribbean Law and Economics Association, his own research interests are in the area of economic analysis of Roman law, a new field which he helped launch at the 2009 Rome meeting of the European Law and Economics Association. Between 2006 and 2008, he was editor-in-chief of the Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Legal Studies, and since 2010 has been instrumental in the launch of a new series of Mexico’s prestigious Revista de Derecho Privado, both peer-reviewed publications.

H. SCOTT FINGERHUT, Assistant Director, Trial Advocacy Program and Honors College Fellow A philologist and legal scholar, he has authored several articles and books, including the first collocations dictionary of the Spanish language. He comes to Florida International University College of Law from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he is a research fellow and associate professor of law at its prestigious Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas. In Mexico City, he also serves on the law faculty of the Escuela Libre de Derecho.

JORGE L. ESQUIROL, Professor of Law

* B.S.B.A., Georgetown University * J.D., Harvard Law School * S.J.D., Harvard Law School Before joining the FIU College of Law, Professor Esquirol was on the faculty at Northeastern University School of Law from 1997-2002, and was Director of Academic Affairs at the Harvard Law School Graduate Program from 19921997. He has been a Visiting Professor of International Studies at the Watson Institute at Brown University, Resident Scholar at the Université de Paris X, Visiting Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, and a Visiting Researcher at the Constitutional Court of Colombia. As Director of Academic Affairs at Harvard, he had administrative responsibility for the Law Graduate Programs; taught LL.M. students; administered the International Legal Studies Program and related conferences, lectures

and workshops; and planned several international law conferences. Professor Esquirol earned his B.A. in Finance summa cum laude from Georgetown University. After earning his J.D. degree at Harvard, he clerked on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and was an associate attorney at the Wall Street firm of Shearman and Sterling. He has a doctoral degree in law (S.J.D) from Harvard Law School, focusing on Latin American legal systems. He has published extensively on law reform in Latin America and Latin American Legal Studies. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Professor Esquirol is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Professor Equirol teaches International Law, Comparative Law, and Commercial Law at Florida International University.

MEGAN A. FAIRLIE, Assistant Professor of Law

* B.A., State University of New York at Albany * J.D., Washington and Lee University * LL.M., National University of Ireland, Galway * Ph.D., (Law), National University of Ireland, Galway Megan Fairlie received her B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the University at Albany, where she was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a four year member of the women’s varsity swim team. She then earned her J.D. from Washington and Lee University, cum laude. Professor Fairlie’s most recent academic achievements stem from her affiliation with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she earned the degree of Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law in June 2007. She also holds an LL.M. in International Peace Support Operations from the same institution, graduating first in her LL.M. concentration, with first class honors, and receiving an award for having earned the highest average among all LL.M. graduates. Professor Fairlie’s main research interests lie in the field of international criminal procedure. In 2005, while pursuing her doctorate, she lectured in law at the University of 16

Ulster in Northern Ireland. She has twice taught on the Irish Centre for Human Rights’ Summer School on the International Criminal Court, most recently in June 2008. Dr. Fairlie also served as part of an expert group, organized by the Amsterdam Centre for International Law of the University of Amsterdam, focused on the progressive development of the law of international criminal procedure towards a coherent body of law. Professor Fairlie has published in a variety of peer-reviewed and student edited journals in the United States and abroad. She has also authored a number of book chapters, most frequently as a contributor to a series on the case-law of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Licensed to practiced law in New York and North Carolina, Dr. Fairlie is a former prosecutor and has served as counsel in both houses of the New York State Legislature. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, International Criminal Law, and International Criminal Procedure.

* B.A., University of Virginia * J.D., Emory University School of Law Professor Fingerhut comes to the College of Law with over 16 years of law teaching experience and 23 years as an AVPreeminent Peer Review Rated criminal trial and appellate litigator. Before joining the FIU College of Law faculty, Professor Fingerhut began in 1995 in the Litigation Skills Program at the University of Miami School of Law, a position  he held for 10 years.  In 2000, Professor Fingerhut  accepted a four-year appointment in  FIU’s  School of Policy and Management, teaching Criminal Constitutional Law and Procedure, Criminal Law Theory, Law and Social Control, and Judicial Process and Policy in the undergraduate and Master’s Degree criminal justice programs. For the past six years, Professor Fingerhut  has served as Assistant Director of the FIU College of Law’s Trial Advocacy Program, teaching Trial Advocacy, Pretrial Litigation (criminal and civil), Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and the Criminal and Civil Law Externship Clinic. To maintain his undergraduate ties, Professor Fingerhut was made a Faculty Fellow in The Honors College at FIU, and, recently,  was named Director of The Honors College Pre-Law Programs. A frequent lecturer and writer on criminal justice matters, Professor Fingerhut is called upon often to pen amicus briefs on behalf of local, state, and national organizations in defense of our liberties.  Professor Fingerhut  is also very active in The Florida Bar, serving as Chair-Elect and Continuing Legal Education Chair of the Criminal Law Section, and a newly-appointed member of the Florida Innocence Commission. Professor Fingerhut also serves on the Florida Supreme Court Criminal Court Steering Committee’s Post-Conviction Relief Workgroup, The Bar’s Committee to Study the Decline in Jury Trials, and just completed six years of service as a member of The Florida Bar Journal and Florida Bar News Editorial Board. In the not too distant past, Professor Fingerhut  has served as Chair of The Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, President of the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL-Miami), Director-at-Large and Chapter Representative of  FACDL Statewide, Dade County Bar Association Criminal Court Committee Chair, Vice President of Friends of the Miami-Dade Drug Court, and Dade County Bar Designee to Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force. Professor Fingerhut is the recipient of numerous awards, including the “Put Something Back” Pro Bono Award (from the Dade

County Bar), the Daniel S. Pearson-Harry W. Prebish Founders Award (from FACDL-Miami), and the Steven M. Goldstein Criminal Justice Award (from FACDL Statewide), and is consistently named among the region’s top criminal defense lawyers – including The Best Lawyers in America. Closest to his heart, though, are his law students, who have named him Professor of the Year twice, recipient of the Pioneer Award, and Commencement Hooder four times, in the past five years. Professor Fingerhut was recently appointed to the Florida Innocence Commission (appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court), the Florida Supreme Court Post-Conviction Relief Workgroup (appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court), and to the Committee to Study the Decline in Jury Trials (appointed by the President of The Florida Bar). His recent publications include: Coauthor (book),  Robert S.  Reiff’s Drunk Driving and Related Vehicular Offenses (LexisNexis  Law Publishing,  5th  Edition), and Co-author (book chapter),  “Conflict of Interest and Other Pitfalls for the Expert Witness,” as published in the Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology (Springer Publishing Company, 2nd Edition). He has recently presented as the Florida Bar Program Chair and CLE Lecturer, 2011 Florida Criminal Law Update, as a CLE Lecturer for the Florida Bar, The Impact of Criminal Pleas on the Licensure of Health Care Practitioners, and as a Lecturer at the Miami-Dade County New Prosecutor Training Course, The Elephant and the Modified Adversary System: On Ethics, Civility, Professionalism, The Present Moment, and the Importance of Being the Public Prosecutor. His recent litigation includes: United States v. Shaygan (regarding government’s appeal of a $600,000 Hyde Amendment defense award for prosecutorial misconduct, as amicus for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers); Campa, et al. v. United States (regarding remand for resentencing based on an incorrect application of the “gathering or transmitting top secret information” enhancement provision of the sentencing guidelines, as amicus co-author for the  Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -- Miami Chapter); and In re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure (regarding the proposal to change the order of closing argument in criminal cases, on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the Florida Public Defender Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers --  Miami Chapter, the Florida Innocence Initiative, and the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association).

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