Administration * B.A., Harvard University * J.D., Harvard Law School District prosecuted a wide variety of historic matters, including the prosecutions of Jack Abramoff for fraud, of Jose Padilla for terrorism, of Charles Taylor, Jr., for torture, the first torture case of its kind in the U.S., and of Cali Cartel founders Miguel and Gilberto RodriguezOrejuela for importation of 200,000 kilos of cocaine, which resulted in a $2.1 billion forfeiture. Dean Acosta also targeted white collar crime, overseeing several bank-related prosecutions including that of Swiss Bank UBS, which agreed to pay $780 million and, for the first time in history, to provide the United States with the names of individuals that were using secret Swiss bank accounts to avoid payment of U.S. taxes. Dean Acosta additionally focused on creating an innovative approach to prosecuting health care fraud, including the first Health Care Fraud strike force in the nation. These efforts made South Florida the top district in the nation for health care fraud prosecution. Dean Acosta has received several professional recognitions, including the American Bar Association’s Council on Legal Education’s Legacy Award for efforts on diversity, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Excellence in Government Award, and the D.C. Hispanic Bar Association’s Hugh A. Johnson Jr. Memorial Award. Dean Acosta was twice named one of the nation’s 50 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine. He serves for the Florida Innocence Commission, on the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism and on the American Bar Association’s Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Education Pipeline. Dean Acosta was also named a 2010 Miracle Maker by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Florida.
JOSE M. GABILONDO, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law
* B.A., Harvard University * J.D., University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law Born in Santiago de Cuba, Dean Gabilondo joined the College of Law after working in financial market regulation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the World Bank. Dean Gabilondo teaches tax and corporate finance. His scholarship focuses on debt markets and (separately) heterosexual subject formation in law and has appeared in the Journal of Corporation Law, Wake Forest Law Review, Seton Hall Law Review, Maryland Journal of Business & Technology Law, Law & Literature, and the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society, among others. He has presented 32
M.C. MIROW, Associate Dean of International and Graduate Studies and Professor of Law
* B.A., Boston University * J.D., Cornell Law School * Ph.D., (law) Cambridge University * Ph.D., (law) Leiden University
R. ALEXANDER ACOSTA, Dean
R. Alexander Acosta is the Dean of the College of Law at Florida International University. A native of Miami, Dean Acosta earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Harvard Law School. After serving as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., then judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Dean Acosta practiced law at the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis and taught at the George Mason School of Law. Prior to becoming Dean of FIU’s College of Law, Dean Acosta was on three occasions nominated by the President and, by unanimous consent, confirmed by the United States Senate to senior government posts. Dean Acosta first served as a Senate-confirmed Member of the National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency responsible for administering and interpreting the National Labor Relations Act, the principal federal statute that regulates private-sector labor relations. As a Board Member, he participated in or authored more than 125 opinions. Dean Acosta was again confirmed by the Senate to be the first Hispanic to serve as Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights, at the Department of Justice. While there, he reopened the investigation into the murder of Emmett Till. Most recently, Dean Acosta became the longest serving U.S. Attorney in South Florida since the 1970’s, sitting as the senate confirmed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, which carries one of the busiest trial calendars in the nation. Under Dean Acosta, the Southern
his research at the Universities of Chicago, Buffalo, Maryland, DePaul, Emory, Georgetown, Kent (UK), and Wake Forest, and American University. He is a co-author of Corporate Finance: Debt, Equity, and Derivative Markets and Their Intermediaries (3rd Edition). He has also been a featured speaker at meetings of the American Society for International Law, the American Association of Law Schools, the Latin American Law and Economics Association, the American Association of University Professors, the Georgetown University Conference on Socio-Economics, Law and Society, LatCrit, and the Latin American Studies Association. Growing out of his research on heterosexuality, he has taught court-ordered diversity training for judges, lawyers, and other judicial staff in the Florida courts. He comments regularly in the Spanish-language media on financial and economic matters.
Professor Mirow is a founding faculty member of the College of Law and the Associate Dean of International & Graduate Studies at Florida International University College of Law. He was a Fulbright U.S. Visiting Scholar to Chile in 2009 and was recognized as one of FIU’s Top Scholars the same year. He is a Membre Associé of the Centre Georges Chevrier (UMR – 5605 Université de Bourgogne/CNRS), Dijon, France, and an Investigador Honorario at the Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, Mexico. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History and the regional review panel for Mexico and Chile of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, a review body selecting Fulbright Visiting Scholars at the professorial level. Professor Mirow has held a Golieb Fellowship at NYU School of Law and has served as a General Reporter to the Société Jean Bodin. Holding diplomas in Spanish from Cambridge University and the Spanish
Ministry of Education and Science, he is an affiliated faculty member of the Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU. Professor Mirow is on the Board of Editors of the Law and History Review, and is a principal collaborateur étranger of the Revue de droit international et comparé (Bruxelles, Belgium). He serves as a co-editor of the series Studies in the History of Private Law (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, The Netherlands), and from 2004 to 2009, he served as the Advisory Editor of the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History. He has held visiting professorships at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (Chile), the University of Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), and the University of Miami. He teaches and writes in the areas of legal history, Latin American law, comparative constitutional history, property, and wills. In addition to the institutions listed above, his work has been recently supported by the Center for Latin American Studies of the University of Florida, the Chilean Ministry of Education, The Fulbright Commission of Perú, and the Gerda Henkel Foundation (Düsseldorf, Germany). He is a member of the Florida Bar.
JOËLLE ANNE MORENO, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law * B.A., Swarthmore College * J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School Dean Joëlle Anne Moreno joined the College of Law in the fall of 2007 from Hofstra University School of Law (where she was a Visiting Professor from 20062007) and from New England School of Law (where she taught from 1999-2006, and was tenured and promoted to Full Professor of Law in 2005). Dean Moreno is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Swarthmore College, and perhaps most importantly to a native New Yorker, Stuyvesant High School. Before beginning her academic career, she served as a federal prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice in the Litigation Section of the Antitrust Division. Dean Moreno is an experienced teacher in Evidence, Scientific and Forensic Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Advocacy, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is a prolific scholar whose work has focused primarily on evidence
and criminal justice issues. Dean Moreno’s most recent academic work explores the impact of science-faith confusion and antiempiricism on science based legal controversies. However, as a firm believer that scholarly concepts should have real world application, she has also examined problems that include the privilege against self-incrimination, implications of fMRI “lie detection” evidence, the misuse of law enforcement expert testimony in narcotics, pedophilia, and terrorism cases, and the admissibility of medical evidence in child abuse prosecutions. Dean Moreno has presented her work at academic conferences at Yale Law School, the University of Houston’s Criminal Justice Institute, Seton Hall University School of Law, Michigan State – Detroit College of Law, among other law schools, and at venues outside the ivory tower, including recent annual meetings of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Society for Pediatric Radiology.
For the past three years I have been fortunate enough to be part of the College of Law family. It is amazing how much one can learn and grow when surrounded by professors who care; administrators who go out of their way to help us succeed; and classmates who truly respect and appreciate one another. Attending the College of Law has been a privilege; one I will cherish for the rest of my life. Robert Scavone Jr. , Student Bar Association President, Class of 2012
Published on Jan 3, 2012