In 2012 the University of Miami launched its second major fundraising campaign ten years – Momentum2. Contributions to the campaign will enable Miami Law to: Provide scholarships for outstanding young students Support brilliant faculty at the peak of their productivity Expand visiting professorships Develop innovative strategies for global legal education Fund community-based clinics
Our bankruptcy clinic is now known as the Eleanor R. Cristol and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic in honor of the Hon. A. Jay Cristol, JD â€™59 and his late wife. The Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Miami gave a sizable gift to name the clinic.
Thanks to a substantial gift from the Greenberg Traurig firm, our Graduate Program in Real Property Development has been renamed the Robert Traurig/Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development.
The Chaplin Challenge has been created with funds made available through the generosity of UM Trustee Wayne Chaplin, JD â€™82, Chair of both the School of Lawâ€™s Momentum2 and Visiting Committees. It is used as a match to double any new donation directed to scholarships. To date, 17 new scholarships have been established.
Scholarships from Alumni & Friends
Andrew & Ellen Leinoff Endowed Scholarship Fund Berger/Loevner Family Endowed Scholarship Devang Desai Law Scholarship Fund Eileen G. Breier Memorial Scholarship Fund Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo Endowed Scholarship Greenstein Family Scholarship Fund Judith Hyman Scholarship The Honorable Maxine Cohen Lando Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund Joseph Weinberger Endowed Scholarship Fund Lewis Tein, P.L. Scholarship Fund Martin Fine Endowed Scholarship Fund Martin J. Nash Memorial Scholarship Fund Patricia Redmond Scholarship Fund Richard L. Lapidus Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund Ronkin Family Scholarship UM Law Alumni Association Board of Directors Scholarship Fund Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Endowed Scholarship Fund
Three eminent faculty members – Michael H. Graham, Frances R. Hill, and Elliot Manning – have been named as Dean’s Distinguished Scholars for the Profession. Prof. Michael H. Prof. Frances R. Graham Hill
Prof. Elliott Manning
The groundbreaking Health Rights Clinic explores ways to educate future lawyers and physicians: Gain exposure to three types of law practice – Immigration, Advanced Directives, and Social Security/Public Benefits Collaborate and cross-train with medical professionals Represent clients in Social Security disability, public benefits and housing hearings Engage in advocacy on topics such as HIV and confidentiality, immigrant benefit eligibility, and healthcare reform
Our new LL.M. in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment benefits lawyers who are looking to develop the niche market of structuring investments in and by Latin America; and non-U.S. lawyers ready to delve into a more sophisticated tax practice and understand enough U.S. tax law to work well with U.S. tax lawyers.
Steven M. Mariano, CEO and Chairman of Patriot National Insurance Group, Inc. gave a $1.5 million gift to name The Mariano J.D., MBA, LL.M. Program which awards scholarships to outstanding students known as Mariano Scholars who in 4 years can obtain 3 degrees â€“ a J.D., an MBA and an LL.M. in taxation.
We have new Joint Degrees: Law and Environmental Science and Policy (with Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy) Law and Communications (with UM School of Communication) Law and Medicine (with UM School of Miller School of Medicine) Law and Public Administration (with UM College or Arts & Sciences) Law and Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management (with Frost School of Music) Law and Community and Social Changes (with School of Education) ∗In these programs, students can earn both a law degree and a master's degree in communications in 3 - 3 ½ years.
Multidisciplinary Degree Programs We are proud to offer joint degrees in: J.D./M.B.A. in Business Administration J.D./M.A. in Communications J.D./Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy J.D./M.P.S. in Marine Affairs J.D./M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries J.D./M.P.H. in Public Health J.D./M.P.A. - Public Administration J.D./M.A. in Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management J.D./M.S.Ed. in Science in Education in Law, Community and Social Change
And to continue to offer joint LL.M. degrees: J.D./LLM. In International Law J.D./LL.M. in Ocean and Coastal Law J.D./LL.M. in Real Property Development J.D./LL.M. in Taxation J.D./LL.M. in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment
Fred McChesney, JD â€™78, a major figure in the confluence of business, finance and law, is the first holder of the de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics.
We have created a clinics space to house many of our 10 clinics: Bankruptcy Assistance Children & Youth Law Death Penalty Federal Appellate Health Rights Human Rights Immigration Innocence Project Investor Rights Tenants’ Rights
In 2014 Miami Lawâ€™s team was named the winner of the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court, the most prestigious competition with a focus on investment protection. With this win, Miami Law is the only law school team in history to win this prestigious competition twice.
LawWithoutWalls explores innovation in legal education and practice and involves faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the world and students from:
Fordham Law Harvard Law IE Business School IE Law School Indiana University School of Law Miami Law Nat’l Law School of India University Bangalore New York Law School Peking University School of Transnational Law Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Stanford Law School Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law University Sydney Law School University College London Faculty of Laws University Montreal Faculty of Law University Sao Paolo Faculty of Law University of St. Gallen Law School Wharton School of Univ. of Pennsylvania
Graduates admitted to a state bar can apply through our Legal Corps Program to work in public/private sector legal departments across the U.S. It is managed from our downtown space at Legal Services of Greater Miami.
Legal Corps Donors Support for Legal Corps is critical and will help further establish a new standard for commitment to public service. We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our donors: Burton Harrison, JD ’52 Coastal Construction Group of South Florida, Inc. Holland & Knight LLP Podhurst Orseck, P.A. Robert A. Ades & Associates, P.C. The Greenberg Traurig
Fellowship Foundation, Inc. The Miami Foundation Community Grants Program Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, P.A. Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A.
In the Student Development initiative, advisors meet one-onone with all incoming 1Ls to understand their unique backgrounds and goals and offer attention and advice throughout studentsâ€™ three years in law school.
To help students address questions, concerns or complaints, we now have Student Services Fellows, recent Miami Law graduates who serve as liaisons for current students. They design and implement new programs and systems to better the law student experience.
We have expanded our international exchange offerings* that now include programs with: ∗
University College Dublin (UCD) Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) School of Law – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The Freie Universitat Berlin Dept. of Law University of Haifa Instituto Empresa (IE) – Madrid/Segovia, Spain University of Paris Descartes Peking University Ghent University Belgium In addition to programs in Zurich, Hamburg, Leipzig, Sâo Pauto, Versailles, and Barcelona.
The Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge and our recruiting office are two spaces that have been remodeled with Miami Lawâ€™s new modern lookand-feel. In 2012, the Alma Jennings Foundation awarded a $100,000 matching grant to manage and maintain this hub for students.
Prof. McChesney Prof. Oxman
Alumni Endowed Chairs & Distinguished Professorships
Michael Froomkin, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law (specializes in Internet & Privacy Law)
Fred McChesney, de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics
Jan Paulsson, Michael Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair (specializes in international arbitration)
Bernard H. Oxman, Richard A. Hausler Professor of Law (specializes in law of the sea)
In addition to the M. Minnette Massey Endowed Chair in Law and Larry J. Hoffman, Greenberg Traurig Distinguished Professorship in the Business of Law.
Sponsored by Miami Law, the interdisciplinary course “The Idea of the Hospital” examines how we view, think, and work in hospitals and is taught by professors from:
School of Architecture School of Business Administration College of Engineering School of Law Miller School of Medicine Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health School of Nursing and Health Studies
We have established the first Mindfulness in Law Program in the country to provide students with the tools to maintain a fulfilling work-life balance. The program includes: Jurisight® classes Mindfulness workshops Mindful spaces Classes that integrate mindfulness into the curriculum Seminars on exercise, sleep, meditation – and the brain
In 2012 Professor Jan Paulsson was ranked as one of the top 2 arbitrators in “The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.” Professor Jan Paulsson, director of our LL.M. Specialization in International Arbitration, is also the Michael Klein Distinguished Chair.
Michael Klein Distinguished Chair