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IMMIGRATION CLINIC WINS CASES FOR JAMAICAN LGBTQ IMMIGRANTS
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n separate victories, students in Miami Law’s Immigration Clinic represented two Jamaican LGBTQ individuals seeking protection from homophobic violence in their home country. Both of the Clinic’s clients were threatened with death and one was attacked. Under U.S. immigration law, immigrants who fear persecution or torture in their country of origin can file for asylum, withholding of removal, or relief under the Convention Against Torture Act. Jamaica criminalizes certain sexual conduct under a sodomy law. As the U.S. State Department has recognized, violence against members of the LGBTQ community in Jamaica is widespread, and the Jamaican police are complicit in the abuse. “Knowing that our client would be sent back into a world where he was likely to be severely beaten, incarcerated, or even beheaded compelled me to be the best advocate possible,” said clinic student Stephanie Rosendorf. Her clinic partner, student Kirsten Corneliussen, added, “The most heart-wrenching part of working on this asylum case was putting our client in a situation where he had to relive and relay the horrible abuses he endured in Jamaica.
However, this process was a necessary step to prepare him to tell his story and we were able to build a relationship of trust with him.” “The Immigration Clinic saved my life,” their client said. Bennett Blachar and Erin Evashevski, also Immigration Clinic students, represented a Jamaican man detained at Krome Service Processing Center who sought relief under the Convention Against Torture Act. “I knew Jamaica was a dangerous place for people in the LGBTQ community, but the more I researched the issue and interviewed our client, the clearer it became that this case truly meant life or death for him,” Evashevski said. “The high stakes for our client pushed me to work harder.” “I am proud of the top notch representation our students provided our clients,” said Professor Rebecca Sharpless, Director of the Immigration Clinic. “The students’ hard work paid off in victories for their clients, and the students gained invaluable lawyering skills.”
Law Student’s Project Featured During Clinton Global Initiative University
aw student Robert Pecchio’s “Hoops for Honduras” was featured during the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) meeting at the University of Miami in early March. As a featured project, his Commitment to Action received a certificate and was introduced by filmmaker and activist Abigail Disney. A Commitment to Action—the defining feature of CGIU—is a plan for addressing a significant global challenge. Commitments can be small or large and financial or nonmonetary in nature. Many commitments are the result of cross-sector partnerships, with CGIU members combining efforts to expand their impact. “The CGIU conference was truly an amazing and inspirational experience for me,” said Pecchio. “It isn’t very
often that your university hosts such a high-profile event, and it was great to be in the center of all the action.” Building on UNICEF-sponsored research indicating that sports participation leads to empowerment of women and girls, decreased instances of youth violence, and reductions in gang membership, Pecchio founded CourtVision International in 2011. This organization creates sports programs in the United States and abroad that use a metacognitive approach to develop youth leaders as peacebuilders. “Hoops for Honduras” is a project CourtVision International has initiated in Teguicalpa, Honduras. “The idea for this project came from my experiences working in immigration law, specifically with children fleeing Central American communities to come to the United States due to extreme danger perpetuated by gang violence in their country,” said Pecchio.
iami is uniquely situated as a hub in the international worlds of entertainment and art, and is one of the few cities in the U.S. with four—soon to be five— professional sports franchises. Equally rare is the new graduate offering: the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M. Entertainment law luminary Harold Flegelman, the inaugural Director, leads a group of industry megastars including Peter Carfagna, Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC, the sports marketing, management, and investment company; and Professor Stephen Urice, a preeminent legal authority in art and museum law and former acting director of the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation and the director of the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Flegelman has spent his career parlaying an early love of music into a thriving corporate practice in the entertainment
industry at the top ranked Loeb & Loeb LLP, where he was a partner in the Corporate Department and Co-Chair of the Corporate Media and Entertainment Practice Group. “The degree has been designed to support students in finding and creating placements, and just as important, to prepare them to meet the expectations of those who would hire them,” he said. “The challenge of delivering the highest quality legal services in the most effective and cost-efficient manner has always been with us, and it will always be with us.What impresses me most about this program is its commitment to preparing its students to meet that challenge.” The LL.M. is for U.S. and foreign-based law students and attorneys committed to counseling professionals and companies in the entertainment, arts, and sports fields. Additionally, it is for lawyers currently practicing in these areas wishing to be better prepared to address emerging and novel issues, such as equity investment, public-private conduct, and regulatory compliance, which have taken on importance and even centrality in these industries.The program commenced this fall with 10 students.
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HAROLD FLEGELMAN DIRECTOR, GRADUATE PROGRAM IN ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS AND SPORTS LAW
Miami Law Launches New Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M.
PROFESSOR JONEL NEWMAN WITH KIMBERLIN AND HER AUNT LEIDIN CUBIALLAS
Health Rights Clinic Prevails in Case of Border Child
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aw students Diana Jordan and Bethany Bandstra successfully petitioned the Juvenile Division 11th Circuit Court of Florida on behalf of a 15-year-old girl who fled her native Honduras due to a horrific family life. The Court found that the child had been abandoned and abused by her family in Honduras and that it was in the best interest and welfare of the child to stay in the United States. The two law students, from Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic, had argued to the Florida court that the
young Honduran, Kimberlin, had been victimized by abuse, abandonment, and neglect, and returning to Honduras would put her at risk. The court, by finding Kimberlin dependent, takes the first and most important step in the process of gaining Lawful Permanent Resident status. “Diana and Bethany’s sensitivity in dealing with this girl, and their tenacity in pursuing her legal interests, made all the difference in the prompt, happy outcome here,” said Professor JoNel Newman, Director of the Clinic. Shy and small in stature, Kimberlin made the perilous journey to the United States alone from one of the most dangerous cities in the world. She was detained in Nogales, Texas, by immigration officials on
April 18. She was released to the custody of her aunt, Leidin Cubiallas, in Miami on May 15 but remained in deportation proceedings. Cubiallas took the child to the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine’s Pediatric Mobile Clinic to secure vaccinations so Kimberlin could attend school. There they were introduced to Miami Law students and attorneys from the Health Rights Clinic. The Clinic has been providing legal service to vulnerable immigrant populations at the Pediatric Mobile Clinic through a Medical-Legal Partnership. “We are so grateful to the Health Rights Clinic for taking our case,” said Cubiallas. “I had no idea where to turn, or how to help Kimberlin.”
U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stevens and Kennedy Speak at Miami Law
aw student Brian Oliver won The GRAMMY Foundation’s 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative, a prestigious writing competition sponsored by The Recording Academy. “I am sincerely humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Oliver, who received his J.D. degree in May 2015. “If anything, this award is a testament to the quality of intellectual property law and entertainment law instruction at the University of Miami.” Oliver’s winning entry, “One Album Warrants One Award: Harmonizing the Statutory Damages Schema with the Unbundled Recorded Music Industry,” encourages courts to reconsider the way they have been awarding statutory damages in connection with digital musical albums. As the winner, Oliver received a $5,000 scholarship, an all-expenses paid trip to the GRAMMY Awards, held on February 8th, and the opportunity to present the paper at a high-profile entertainment law luncheon during GRAMMY Week. “I am truly grateful for my GRAMMY Week experience; it is one I will never forget,” said Oliver. His essay will also be published by the GRAMMY Foundation, by the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, as well as in a major law review or journal.
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Student Wins The GRAMMY Foundation’s 17th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative
BRIAN OLIVER WITH KENNETH ALODO OF THE RECORDING ACADEMY I Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy@WireImage.com
n the space of 96 hours, two United States Supreme Court Justices addressed students and faculty at Miami Law. Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens delivered a keynote speech about the repercussions of criminal convictions with regard to deportation at the 2015 University of Miami Law Review Symposium “Criminalized Justice: The Consequences of Punitive Policy.” Justice Stevens, 94, challenged case law where guilty pleas of immigrants on non-immigration matters—often minor crimes—triggered mandatory removal from the U.S. “It was Congress,” said Justice Stevens, who was nominated to the Court in 1975 by President Gerald Ford and the third longest serving justice in U.S. history, “rather than the Judiciary, that is responsible for the radical changes in our immigration law that have made deportation a virtual certainty for many offenses.” Justice Anthony Kennedy, 78, who has served on the Supreme Court since his appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, returned to Miami Law to deliver the Robert B. Cole Lecture, titled “Magna Carta: Relevant after 800 Years.” “It might surprise you to know that the Magna Carta is on my mind every day as I drive to work,” Justice Kennedy told the students. “It teaches us that we must know the heritage of freedom to preserve it and the fact that it is ancient is all the more important.” “Justice Kennedy has visited the Law School three times in the last two years,” said Vice Dean Patrick Gudridge. “We are very lucky. He has an unusual gift he uses well in his public talks—taking ideas and events that we at first take for granted and making us see that there is often much that is surprising, important, complex, and ultimately often moving in what we had thought to be just commonplace.”
New Director of the International Graduate Law Programs Named
armen Perez-Llorca was recently named the new director of Miami Law’s International Graduate Law Programs. Perez-Llorca replaces Jessica Carvalho Morris, who stepped down to take on the role of Executive Director of Conectas Human Rights, based in São Paolo Brazil. Perez-Llorca, a Spanish attorney, has enjoyed a long career in public service, both as an elected representative in the Madrid parliament and as the undersecretary of education in the Madrid regional government. She obtained her LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania and practiced law in the U.S. at Dewey Ballantine, Kennedy Covington and in Spain at Allen & Overy. The International Graduate Law Programs bring attorneys from around the world to receive LL.M. degrees in Ocean and Coastal Law or International Law with specializations in General International Law, U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers or Inter-American Law.
Moot Court Teams Continue to Experience Success
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fter ending last year ranked ninth best moot court team in the country, Miami Law’s Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board and International Moot Court Program continued their winning ways. They started the academic year placing first in the 27th annual Earle Zehmer Workers’ Compensation Moot Court Competition, held in Orlando, Fl. The team, which consisted of students Berenice Mottin-Berger and Nejla Calvo, was awarded best brief in the competition. “After weeks of preparation and
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The team, which included Barbara Cabrera, Zacarias Quezada, and Anabel Fernandez, along with Correa, was coached by Paula Arias, Director of the International Moot Court Program, and Luis O’Naghten, a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s North American Litigation Practice and International Arbitration Group and an adjunct professor at Miami Law. “Participating in MOOTmadrid was one of the best experiences in my law school career,” said Cabrera. “It is unbelievable how much my Spanish writing and speaking skills have improved. When I joined MOOTmadrid, I never imagined I would be able to argue a case in Spanish, and it amazes me how much I have been able to accomplish in only a few months.”
Clinics Publish Report on Post-Earthquake
iami Law’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinics, in collaboration with the University of Chicago Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, have recently published a report that documents the stories of the men and women who have been deported from the United States to postearthquake Haiti. The report, Aftershocks:The Human Impact of U.S. Deportations to Post-Earthquake Haiti, was distributed in February, 2015. The law school clinics collaborated with Alternative Chance/Chans Alternative, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Haitian Women of Miami (FANM), and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. They conducted extensive fact-finding about the treatment of men and women who were deported on account of past criminal convictions, including interviews with more than 100 deportees. This report would not have been possible without deportees willing to share their stories of the almost insurmountable obstacles they face in post-earthquake Haiti,” emphasized Geoffrey Louden, a student at Miami Law, who traveled to Haiti in October and worked on the report. “We urge policymakers to listen.”
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practice, we were ecstatic to win,” said Calvo. “It was a victory for us, our coaches, the UM Moot Court Board, and the Miami Law community as a whole.” The team of MacKenzie “Mac” Morey and Mathri Thannikkotu won the 17th annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition held at SUNY Buffalo Law School. Thannikkotu was named best oralist in the finals. “It feels very surreal that we won,” said Thannikkotu. “Our success is a true reflection of the extreme dedication of our wonderful coaches. Without them, we would not have been the strong team that we became. It will forever be one of my proudest law school memories.” Four students from Miami Law’s International Moot Court team placed second at MOOTmadrid 2015, an international commercial arbitration competition that is conducted entirely in Spanish. Student Kevin Correa also received an honorable mention as best oralist.
Anta Plowden Flies and DANCES His Way to Law School A
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Dancing was new and something he was good at from the start. “It’s probably one of the better decisions I’ve made in my life,” he said. “When you come out of the military, it can really change the way you are as a person.You have become a little more intense.You are used to giving orders and people following them, but dancing is very different. You are working with a partner, and they may not have ever danced in front of anyone and they are going to dance in front of you.You have to get them to trust you.You have to put them at ease and listen to what they are saying. That was one of the hardest parts—building the emotional aspect of it.You have to ask and coax and convince them that they are looking good doing it. It really helped me with my ability to reconnect with people.”
Most valuable lessons
When the 35-year-old second-year law student was growing up in Miami he learned a very practical lesson. Every year his school handed out end-of-year awards and every
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By Catharine Skipp nta Plowden has seen stuff. Really, really bad stuff. Ten tours at the stick of a C-130 cargo plane in Iraq and Afghanistan will leave even the most hardened individual with lasting psychological scars. The Air Force Captain and Lockheed C-130 Hercules pilot transported bodies, so many he can’t remember the name of the first solider he started on the long road home. He was shot at, repeatedly; so many times that it no longer fazed him. He hated writing home because writing reminded him how much he missed his family and friends. But Plowden gets it. When the Miami native finished his tours, he came home and took a gap year to decompress. He threw himself into something that was the polar opposite of coffins and bodies and surface-to-air missiles. He took up dancing. Cha-chas and rumbas and, hardest of all: the Viennese waltz, at 180 beats per minute. Foxtrot was no longer part of the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, but a lively dance in 4:4 time to the strains of big band music.
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year Plowden would dress carefully in his best suit and tie and wait. “I would expect to get awards, and I wouldn’t, and then I would cry,” he said. “My mom never really knew why I was crying and then eventually, in third grade, she asked. I said because I was expecting an award. She told me that if I wanted an award, I had to do well in school. I was like, ‘oh, is that all?’ So the next year I got all the awards. “I realized if you want the good things in life, you’ve got to work hard. Luckily, I learned it at an early age and it seems to have carried me through so far.” Plowden, who was named after the Senegalese anthropologist, physicist, and politician Cheikh Anta Doip, did work hard, and he played hard. He transferred into the gifted program at school. By high school he had begun playing water polo, a sport that would take him to the All-Dade team, and later he even played for the United States Air Force Academy. In high school, he spent a lot of time in the library as a volunteer tutor. Between students, he would thumb through encyclopedias to pass the time. The entry for the U.S. Air Force was particularly compelling. He loved the movie Top Gun and the television series Wings. Flying seemed like a very cool thing to do, and he thought the Air Force Academy chapel looked like “a really beautiful modern art structure,” he recalled. “It’s like a silver pyramid, and it has mountains in the background.”
Higher ed. 10,000 feet high
Plowden went straight into the Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado from high school. He was 18
years old and would see snow for the first time. Plowden decided at the academy that he would rather lay the groundwork for law school and an eventual future in politics. He pursued a political science degree and figured he would go into the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, but near the start of his senior year 9/11 struck. The tragedy would profoundly reshape the next decade of his life. “I saw the second tower get hit,” he recalls. “My sister was living in New York, and we have a lot of family there, too. I can’t reach anyone because all the lines are down. The Academy goes on lock down because we are right next to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Fort Carson. We are wearing body armor and helmets to class because we don’t know if we could be a target; it is a viable area to hit.
“I thought, ‘this is the moment; this is our Pearl Harbor.’” Plowden felt the need to fight, to fight and to win. “I can’t sit behind a desk, I need to fly.” When it came time at graduation to make his selection, he took a pilot slot. And he went straight to pilot training from there. “I wanted to be a fighter pilot—I was pretty good at all the checklists and landings and takeoffs in the plane. However, I get a bit queasy whenever I go inverted.”
Plowden would train on C-130 cargo planes. “The planes I flew generally didn’t go inverted unless we did something really, really bad.”
Back in the 305
Ironically, when Plowden was a child, he always promised his mother he would stay in Miami. “And I always keep my promises,” the second-year student said. So even though when he turned eighteen he moved across the country, then across the world for fifteen years, he wanted to come home. “I wanted to get to know my family,” he said. “I have six nieces and nephews who only knew me as the guy up in the plane in the sky. It’s nice to have that now—to get reconnected.” He says being back in school is rewarding. While he misses working, he says that being an older student has its benefits. There are fewer distractions, and he feels like he is more of a purpose driven student. “So, yeah. I feel like I need to get this done,” he said. “But I do miss that sense you get when earning a paycheck.” Plowden spent his rising 2L summer as a Colson Hicks scholar. As luck would have it, the firm is working on an aircraft mishap investigation, and Plowden spent time in the military in the flight safety office. He still carries himself like a military man, albeit with the subtle grace of a dancer. It will always be part of his past, and for his future he wants to continue to serve. “I’d like to be a state prosecutor and maybe one day a judge,” he said. “Fingers crossed, but at the same time I’m open for whatever adventure comes my way.”
From the Great State of Mississippi: Doctor, Professor, Law Student By Catharine Skipp
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exter Whitley is a smart guy. The 33-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, has a Ph.D. and a Masterâ€™s degree in Microbiology from the University of Mississippi, Medical Center. His Bachelor of Science is from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi, where he returned as a professor teaching molecular biology, immunology, physiology, and virology for three years.
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It is not all that surprising. Whitley comes from smart. His mother is the Deputy State Attorney for the State of Mississippi. Before his retirement, Whitley’s father was headmaster of the historic Piney Woods Country Life School, founded in 1909 and the largest AfricanAmerican prep school in the United States. Whitley grew up on the cool side of nerdy. He got good grades; his best friend was a jock. He played backyard basketball with his chums. He even got into trouble. Once. A 30-second fight in art class resulted in a suspension. (His mother thought the punishment was unfair as the two boys received the same discipline even though for Whitley it was a first offense.) At home, he was grounded with no television, telephone, or Super Nintendo. For a week. Whitley spent a year as a PostDoctoral Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine engineering recombinant adenovirus vectors for cancer genes and vectors to restore salivary gland function in cancer patients after radiation therapy. He spent a summer as a visiting professor at Brown University teaching an introductory course in bio-medical molecular virology before returning to teach at Tougaloo. Tougaloo College is also historic. It was founded in 1869 for the education of freed slaves and their children. More than 40% of Mississippi’s AfricanAmerican practicing doctors and dentists are graduates of the school, as are over 30% of the state’s African– American lawyers and educators.
Whitley returned to Tougaloo on a mission. “I wanted to help students speak with confidence,” he said, “and for them to learn how to maneuver in society.” Jackson is the second Blackest city in America, Whitley said. “I had spent time away. I realized that Jackson is so isolated.” He knew the students could benefit from learning how to navigate in the world outside the city named for Andrew Jackson to honor his commitment to the Battle of New Orleans, the final salvo of the Battle of 1812. “I was shy and introverted and I hated public speaking,” Whitley said. “In my first year of graduate school, I was unaware of the annual seminar series.You had to present a 60-minute talk, then a 15-minute Q & A on your research to date. A friend of mine was only 10 minutes in, and they were on him; they ate him alive. I seriously thought about dropping out.” He decided his best chance was to prepare. “It is intimidating.You are in a room full of people with hundreds of years of research experience,” he said. “But what I realized is that I was the one person who knows my subject best. “It would be a stretch to say it was good, but I became a confident public speaker,” Whitley said. “A lack of preparation will kill you, so always be prepared.” Whitley knows how wrong a life can go. His best friend since middle school was convicted of grand theft and was incarcerated for over a decade. “It was strange,” he said. “I am getting my Ph.D. in some weird science at the same time he is in prison. It weighed on me, wondering what he was going through. He missed his entire 20s, getting out at 32. He is not going back, and he has a
good job working in a plant. But still, we started at the same point.” As rewarding as teaching was spiritually, Whitley always had a bug for law. “Teaching was the most fulfilling job I’ve ever had,” he said. “But the pay wasn’t ever going to be where it needed to be. Even the National Institutes of Health’s research funding is pretty bleak. They are only funding around 7%.” The 6’1” former professor was interested in patent law, growing out of his biology research. Miami Law had the most to offer, and his wife of three years, Amethyst, who is a speech pathologist and works with stroke victims, could easily find work. The second-year student spent the summer working for United States District Court Judges Andrea Simonton and Marcia Cooke. He is Professor Tamara Lave’s research assistant for the 2015-2016 year. He is a Harvey T. Reid Scholar, a scholarship given to students with exceptional academic records, and his interests include environmental law, health law, intellectual property, and sports and entertainment law. The Mississippi native feels it is most important to be honest, to be a man of his word, to be dependable and always ready to help. “But my main aspiration,” he said, “is to be happy. I don’t want to feel I have left anything on the table. I want to work hard but be home with my wife and, one day, my children at the end of the day.” In the meantime, they are in Miami, a place that is not at all like the other towns where he has lived. “So far I’ve lived in Jackson, St. Louis, and Providence, Rhode Island. Miami is so different. It’s hot, it’s humid, and the driving is so different. It’s our next great adventure.”
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atherine Brennan is a rich blend of new and old. She spent the summer at the Smithsonian’s Office of General Counsel, which protects the legal interests of the Smithsonian’s nineteen museums and galleries; she researched 19th century French documents connected to Pierre-Auguste Renoir; she archived Civil War military documents. Then she tweeted, created apps, and produced YouTube content for the museums. The third year law student and 23-year-old Doylestown, Pennsylvanian even created a Twitter feed of Pearl S. Buck’s recipes while an intern at the American writer and author’s historic home in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania. Brennan is a lover of history, of language, and of art. “Love” is the most used word in her vocabulary in describing her many passions. She loves Doylestown; it has two castles that are museums and Oscar Hammerstein wrote Oklahoma! there. She loved her high school, where she played field hockey. And she loves German. Germans first settled the area
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in 1683, and one-third of the population had German roots as early as 1775. “We had a very strong German program at school,” she said. “There were tons of German clubs and every year we would go to one and have schnitzel and play German games. And we had Waffle Tag [day] starting in 8th grade where all the students would make German waffles for lunch. “I don’t think you would learn to polka in school in other places,” she said, “but I definitely did in German class.”
Off to the big city
Brennan went to American University because she fell in love with D.C. “It is such an amazing place for someone who has never been in a city before because it is a city run by suburban people,” she said. “I loved all the free things to do, and I loved all the museums.” Besides free access to the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives, the Museum of Natural History, and the
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National Cathedral, the University, which was founded in 1893, allowed her to benefit from the most politically involved student body in the United States. “American University is a relatively small school with a lot of really, really passionate and educationally driven people there,” she said. “That is what I loved so much about it.” Even though she majored in German, don’t think her interests ended in a blaze of apfelstrudel and kasespatzle. She had also studied Latin in high school, “but there’s not much you can do with Latin in the real world.” Nevertheless she loved that tie to the Romance languages and the roots of words. So she studied French as well, walking the same streets of Paris as the impressionists: Degas, Monet, Renoir, studying French and French Art History at the L’UniversitiéSorbonne. She lived with a French family—an art restorer and an attorney, and spent four hours a day in classes on grammar and pronunciation. “I had no prior exposure to the language,” she said. “It was definitely being thrown into the deep end of the pool.” But she swam like a canard, of course. Her first dabbles in art were in middle school when the class would do sketches of local Victorian houses and paint. “It was really fun. We did a series of self-portraits in different styles,” she said. “I did a Van Gogh/ impressionist style painting, lots and lots of color.” But it was the college semester in Paris that took an interest in art and turned it into a passion.
“I really do love Van Gogh, but my first exposure to art history was Baroque art while studying in Paris,” she said. “I just loved learning all the little nuances and tricks in many of those pieces of art. I find Peter Paul Rubens to be one of the most entertaining artists because of all the unusual things he includes in his paintings. I love his art. Whether it is the addition of an inexplicable little dog or a bevy of voluptuous Dutch women, Rubens always adds a bit more whimsy and drama to his paintings.” Plus-size models aside, that most museums are frequented by an older generation is a fact not lost on Brennan. She loves very old things and knows a lot of people her age love history too, but she would find herself excited about a museum or an exhibition and wanting to share the love. “I had all these skills from my generation—Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo—and I was able to go into museums where they don’t necessarily have that infrastructure and really just add that and get their name out there,” she said. “It was so much fun, too.” Brennan has come a long way from her first forays in high school at the historic home of Pearl S. Buck, developing the Twitter feed of Buck’s coveted Chinese recipes as well as producing a promotional YouTube video of the Mercer Museum’s collection of 19th century handmade artifacts. She developed and managed tweets for the National Archives and Records Administration promotion of their Discovering the Civil War exhibit. At the London Canal Museum, she independently created a
multimedia iPhone app for the museum’s artifacts relating to the history of the city’s canal system and its workers, and, oddly, ice cream. London was so intriguing she stayed on to study the business side of the art world at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. “While I was there,” she said, “I found that the legal aspects of the art and cultural heritage world was really what I wanted to pursue, and so I decided the next step would be law school.”
Discovers her path
She chose the University of Miami School of Law to study because of Professor Stephen Urice, the internationally recognized expert in cultural property law. “I sought out a law school that specifically had an art law course and Professor Urice has done so much in museum and cultural property law,” she said. “And the incredible art world opportunities like Art Basel Miami made the University of Miami the perfect fit.” She wants to use her past experiences and education to eventually work as legal counsel for an art museum. As a 3L at Miami Law, she is on the University of Miami Law Review, is in the top 6% of her class, and is a Dean’s Merit Scholar. She is now pursuing a joint J.D. and LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law. But for now, if one were to write a tweet about her, it would read: @Katherine Brennan, an accomplished curator of melding 18th and 19th century art and artifacts with modern social media. #artin140characters.
PROFESSOR ANGELA HARRIS, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS SCHOOL OF LAW WITH PROFESSOR MARTHA MAHONEY
FACULTYBRIEFS Professor Martha Mahoney Wins the 2015 SALT Great Teacher Award
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he Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) honored Professor Martha Mahoney with its 2015 Great Teacher Award, which recognizes individuals who have made especially important contributions to teaching, legal education, and mentoring. Professor Mahoney, who joined the Law School faculty in 1990, teaches courses on Property, Criminal Law, Law and Social Justice, Election Law, and the Mortgage Crisis; she has also taught Land Use and seminars on Race, Class and Inequality, Domestic Violence, and Race and Urban Development. A Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at Miami Law, Professor Mahoney’s legal scholarship focuses on law and social change. She has written extensively in the area of domestic violence and feminist theory, and in the area of race, class, and development. Her recent work on the intersection of class theory and race emphasizes the ways in which law made solidarity difficult for American workers while the ideology of white privilege helped conceal the divisive role of law. She is co-author (with John Calmore and Stephanie Wildman) of Cases and Materials on Social Justice: Professionals, Communities and Law, Second Edition.
She has served as Chair of both the Poverty Law Section (2005) and the Property Law Section (1999) of the Association of American Law Schools. From 2001-2005, she was a member of the Board of Governors of SALT. After the 2002 election brought Florida’s second consecutive voting crisis, she worked for years with citizen activists, lawyers, and civil rights groups in the Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition, a local organization that became a model for civic engagement and a leading voice in work on election technology, voting rights, and equality for minority language voters. Her current work-in-progress returns to self-defense law: “Why Didn’t We Leave? Expert Evidence, the Legal Profession, and Failure to Move on from a ‘Syndrome’ Framework for Intimate Partner Violence.” She is also working on a book, The Hollow Heart of the Public/Private Distinction: Class, Race and Law, and continuing research on mortgage foreclosures and on the complex legal issues and national security problems of electronic and internet voting.
Beloved and Revered Scholar M. Minnette Massey Passes Torch to Professor Charlton Copeland
he has been described as indomitable, outspoken, adorable, irascible, and deeply decent, with a splash of salt. He has been called spirited, astute, erudite, committed, and good humored. In late January, Professor Charlton Copeland was appointed the inaugural holder of the M. Minnette Massey Chair in Law, formally fulfilling a promise M. Minnette Massey, Professor of Law Emerita, made in 2008 to Professor Copeland. As Massey (former acting dean of Miami Law, half a century on the faculty, early adopter of diversity, and the undisputed queen of civil procedure) exited her final class, she turned to Copeland—still a new professor with only a year under his belt—and delivered the scepter. “It’s up to you now,” she bequeathed. Whether teaching civil procedure, administrative law, or federal courts, Copeland’s classes are highly sought after. Copeland considers himself first, and foremost, a teacher of lawyers, who, he expects, will do great things in their respective communities.
Copeland’s passion for teaching is fueled by his scholarly interests. His primary area of research during his time at Miami Law has been an attempt to rethink the conceptualization of the national-state relationship as reflected in state and national institutions. He has written on federalism and on the theological dimensions of law and politics, as well as the debate surrounding the Affordable Care Act and the debates over marriage equality. The M. Minnette Massey Chair in Law was established through the generosity of a consortium of Miami Law alumni and friends and by a lead gift from Lawrence B. Rodgers, J.D. ’67.
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oNel Newman, Professor of Clinical Education and Director of the Health Rights Clinic, was selected as the 2015 recipient of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education’s M. Shanara Gilbert Award. She was presented with the award in May at the Conference on Clinical Legal Education in Rancho Mirage, California. The M. Shanara Gilbert Award honors an “emerging clinician” with ten or fewer years of experience who has a commitment to teaching and achieving social justice,
particularly in the areas of race and the criminal justice system and a passion for providing legal services and access to justice to individuals and groups most in need. Newman is committed to social justice, creative pedagogical approaches, and serving marginalized communities in the Miami area and beyond, and her initiatives have focused on the Haitian diaspora, veterans’ rights, pediatric care, and more. One nominator wrote of the significant contributions of the Health Rights Clinic, noting that students “have served over two thousand vulnerable health-impaired clients and have secured over $2 million in entitlements and public benefits for their clients.” Newman’s students wrote that she “embodies the qualities sought in the recipient of the Shanara Gilbert Award” and her colleagues at Miami Law noted her “extraordinary efforts and contributions to clinical legal education, service, and justice.”
PROFESSOR CHARLTON COPELAND WITH M. MINNETTE MASSEY I Photo by Jenny Abreu
PROFESSOR JONEL NEWMAN I Photo by Jenny Abreu
Director of the Health Rights Clinic Receives M. Shanara Gilbert Award
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CARRIE BETTINGER-LÓPEZ, WHITE HOUSE ADVISOR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Carrie Bettinger-López, Human Rights Clinic Director, Named White House Advisor on Violence Against Women
ice President Joe Biden announced the appointment of Professor Caroline “Carrie” Bettinger-López as the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women in February. Bettinger-López, a leading advocate for gender-based equality and human rights, has worked at local, national, and international levels to bring an end to violence against women. In her White House role, Bettinger-López serves as an Advisor to the President and Vice President on domestic violence and sexual assault issues and as a liaison to the domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy communities. Additionally, she collaborates with federal agencies on the implementation of VAWA programs and the coordination of federal efforts to address violence against women and girls both domestically and globally, and drives the development of new initiatives and policies to combat domestic violence and sexual assault with key public and private stakeholders. “Throughout her career, Carrie has made clear that the most basic of human rights is freedom from violence,” Vice President Biden said. “I am honored that she will be joining my staff to continue the work we began with the Violence Against Women Act, and I know she will be a strong voice for women everywhere who continue to suffer from sexual assault and domestic violence in the worst prison on earth—the four walls of their own home.” As a litigator and an advocate, Bettinger-López has fought for the protection of victims of domestic violence and the provision of remedies for violations of survivors’ rights. Prior to her legal career, Bettinger-López engaged in social services advocacy and youth education centered on women and girls’ empowerment, as well as anti-violence programming. Professor Bettinger-López is the founding Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Miami Law. Her scholarship focuses on violence against women, gender and race discrimination, and immigrant rights.
Professor Alejandro Portes Elected to Membership in the National Academy of Education
rofessor Alejandro Portes was one of sixteen elected to membership into the highly prestigious National Academy of Education this year. Professor Portes was elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship. He is Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Miami and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of 250 articles and chapters on national development, international migration, Latin
American and Caribbean urbanization, and economic sociology. He has published nearly 40 books and special issues. His books include City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami (California, 1993), co-authored with Alex Stepick and winner of the Robert Park Award for best book in urban sociology and the Anthony Leeds Award for best book in urban anthropology in 1995; and Immigrant America: A Portrait, 3rd edition, (California, 2006), designated as a Centennial Publication by the University of California Press in 1996. His current research is on the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation in comparative perspective, the role of institutions on national development, and immigration and the American health system.
Selected Faculty Publications The University of Miami School of Law believes that active scholarship makes for professors who are great classroom teachers and active participants in the world of law and policy. As the following selection of recent books by our faculty shows, the law school is dedicated to fostering a broad scope of inquiry to improve legal pedagogy and to advance law reform. JILL BARTON AND RACHEL H. SMITH The Handbook for the New Legal Writer (Wolters Kluwer 2014).
D. MARVIN JONES Fear Of A Hip-Hop Planet: America’s New Dilemma (Greenwood Press 2013).
RICARDO BASCUAS Investigative Criminal Procedure: A Contemporary Approach, 2nd ed. (West Academic Publishing 2013) (with Sam Kamin).
MARTHA R. MAHONEY Cases and Materials on Social Justice: Professionals, Communities, and Law, 2nd ed. (Thomson/West 2013) (with John O. Calmore, & Stephanie M. Wildman).
DONNA COKER Criminal Law Stories (edited with Robert Weisberg) (Foundation Press, 2013).
FRED S. MCCHESNEY Antitrust Law: Interpretation and Implementation, 5th ed. (Foundation Press 2013) (with Charles J. Goetz & Thomas A. Lambert).
SUSAN HAACK Evidence Matters: Science, Proof, and Truth in Law (Cambridge University Press 2014). Putting Philosophy to Work: Inquiry and Its Place in Culture: Essays on Science, Religion, Law, Literature, and Life (Prometheus Books 2013).
KUNAL M. PARKER Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America 1600-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2015). JAN PAULSSON The Idea of Arbitration (Oxford University Press 2013). ALEJANDRO PORTES The State and the Grassroots: Immigrant Transnational Organizations in Four Continents (edited with Patricia Fernández-Kelly) (Berghahn Books, 2015).
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MICHAEL H. GRAHAM Federal Rules of Evidence in a Nutshell, 9th ed. (West Academic Publishing 2015). Evidence Exam Pro– Objective, 5th ed. (West Academic Publishing 2015). Evidence Exam Pro–Essay, 3rd ed. (West Academic Publishing 2015). Evidence: A Problem, Lecture and Discussion Approach, 4th ed. (West Academic Publishing 2015).
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By Carlos Harrison
rofessor Lili Levi got into law because of a rented refrigerator. It’s a far cry from where her interests have taken her, as a professor of business associations, communications law, copyright law, media law, and international copyright law; and as author of numerous papers examining the rules, regulations and their rapidly evolving role in affecting media in modern society. Before she first contemplated studying law, she was a philosophy major interested in metaphysics who discovered “there was not a job to be had.” “This was the heyday of analytic philosophy,” she said, “and I knew that I didn’t want to be an itinerant professor going from visiting assistant professorship to visiting assistant professorship.” Then she rented the refrigerator. It came with a consumer contract. “I had graduated from Bryn Mawr College with the highest honors,” she said, “and I couldn’t understand a word of this contract. There is a very real disconnect here when highly educated people who go to elite schools, get a good education, and work hard to get good grades read a contract with real legal consequences and cannot understand a word. I
She went after a general liberal arts education in undergraduate school, found some inspirational professors, started reading the Socratic dialogues, and “fell in love with ancient Greek philosophy.” She also discovered jazz and blues, which she played as a DJ at the college station. After graduation came the realization that her philosophy degree wasn’t going to give her an occupation, at least not immediately, “so I started thinking a little more practically.” She went to Harvard Law. “I think I went into law studies kind of cluelessly,” she said, “because I thought it would be interesting and intellectually engaging, but I didn’t know much else about the law. Some of law school was so profoundly engaging and so profoundly changed the way I thought about things, I thought maybe academics was a place I was ultimately headed. Still, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do when I left law school, and I wanted to have some practical experience before trying to teach.” She went to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, by then a venerable 100-year-old firm which proudly proclaims on its website: “Each of the three women serving on the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 began her career as a summer associate at Paul, Weiss.” Levi worked on the sugar antitrust litigation, among other things, and felt drawn to legal writing—so much so that she penned a “practice-oriented antitrust manual” with one of the partners during her time there. But, she said, “when one of the senior partners made fun of me
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Professor Lili Levi: The Listener
caught a glimpse of the entirely different, but incredibly powerful, language in which law operates.” It was not the first new language Levi took it upon herself to master. First came English. Born in Istanbul, Levi moved to Manhattan when she was ten years old. “I had never seen an escalator. I had never seen a TV. They did not have either yet in Istanbul,” she said. The family settled into the New York City’s Inwood neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. “What I loved about my neighborhood was that it was quintessentially a very diverse community of immigrants. There were mostly Dominicans and Germans and so on,” she said. “And even though we did not share a language, the grandparents all sat on the stoop and watched out for us as we were going home. We were all obviously latchkey children. Our parents didn’t have nannies watching us 24/7. So our neighborhood was our safe place. All these little old ladies, no matter where they came from, used to sit on these aluminum folding beach chairs on the front stoop, sometimes holding umbrellas over their heads, and keep watch as we walked back from school. It was very different from my childhood in Istanbul, but a wonderful place to grow up.” Her father, a physician, and her mother, a hospital administrator, went to work. Levi went to a language school of her own making, at home. “I learned English by watching Walter Cronkite. Camp wasn’t an option, so I sat in our air-conditioned apartment and watched TV. The people with the clearest accents were, of course, the news announcers.”
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for having a footnote in a brief I wrote for him, I realized I was not long for the world of brief-filing.” She heard of an opening at CBS, and moved into the governmental affairs section of the network’s legal department in 1983. She worked on FCC matters, including a challenge to the fairness doctrine. “It was a great, heady, wonderful time,” she said. “And I really, really, developed an interest there in the FCC and broadcast regulation.” Then she went to her five-year law school reunion and sat in on a class a friend was teaching. “She gave one of the very best classes I had ever seen in law school,” Levi said. “I was just spellbound. I wanted to raise my hand.” Her friend, Kathleen Sullivan, later went on to be dean at Stanford Law School and the first woman name partner at the prestigious multinational firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Sullivan offered Levi some life-changing advice. “She said, ‘You know, this is the best job in the world.You should really try to do this,’” Levi said. Levi listened. She started at Miami Law in 1987 and has been here ever since, dedicating her time to the classroom and pursuing pressing legal issues in her papers. She has produced scholarship on “The Problem of Transnational Libel,” examining the
chilling effect of forum shopping in the age of the global Internet, on the transformative nature of social networking in “Social Media and the Press,” and on ways of improving children’s educational television in “A ‘Pay or Play’ Experiment to Improve Children’s Educational Television.” She also has returned repeatedly to the theme of the FCC’s regulation of indecency, including the provocatively titled “‘Smut and Nothing But’: The FCC, Indecency, and Regulatory Transformations in the Shadows.” Her most recent work examines “the siren call of ‘native advertising’—a new marketing technique for unobtrusively integrating paid advertising into editorial content.” “I think that it is profoundly dangerous,” she said. “If publishers are going to breach the ‘church-state divide’ between advertising and editorial so obviously, it will undermine independent accountability journalism and serve as an invitation to a court that doesn’t want to continue affording the press any special status, whether rhetorically or otherwise, the hook on which
to hang its rejection of the special democratic role of the press.” She’s looking ahead to papers on “big data” journalism and on the impact of the growth of the “entrepreneurial individual journalist” such as bloggers on the interpretation of constitutional protections historically extended to more traditional, institutional media. “There’s this big debate right now about whether or not the Press Clause of the First Amendment affords any kind of special treatment to journalists,” she said. “How can you distinguish what the function of the press is? How do you identify the press? Is it by institution? Is it by function?” It’s clear that as the disruptive environment of the Internet continues to redefine mass media, there will be no shortage of avenues to examine, Levi said, in the world and the classroom. “What I’m interested in intellectually is media and information policy, which are always changing. But what that means is that I too have to change. My ideas have to change. I have to be culturally and legally aware. So all the stuff that my students are bringing into class is grist for my mill, too. It’s not just that I’m teaching them, but they’re teaching me also, every day, about the cultural and technological contexts I need to understand.”
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Professor Kunal M. Parker: Rethinking Americaâ€™s Legal History
PROFESSOR KUNAL PARKER I Photo by Jenny Abreu
Professor Kunal M. Parker: Rethinking America’s Legal History By Richard Westlund
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unal M. Parker enjoys challenging assumptions about America’s legal history. “It’s not just our knowledge of history, the stuff of the past, that changes,” said Parker, who is Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at Miami Law. “By looking at the basic structure of the historical narrative—and how that has changed over time—we gain new insights about how we think about the past and its relationship to the present.” Since joining the School of Law’s faculty in 2009, Parker has taken a fresh look at important legal issues, such as the role of the common law in nineteenth-century America and the evolution of U.S. immigration and citizenship law. In recognition of his ground-breaking studies, Parker was awarded a fellowship by the National Humanities Center, and spent the 2014-15 academic year in the Research Triangle, North Carolina, sharing ideas with about forty other scholars drawn from a range of disciplines and hailing from many countries. (Parker was the only legal scholar to have received the fellowship.) “This was an immensely rewarding experience for me,” Parker said. “It allowed me to be engaged with a diverse community of scholars, many of whom I would never have gotten to know, as I was completing my new book.”
Looking at ‘foreignness’
Parker’s new book, Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000, was published in late September by
Cambridge University Press. It seeks to expand the idea of “foreignness” beyond the traditional concept of “outsiders” immigrating to the United States. “Americans have a long history of naming people as foreign, including Native Americans, free Blacks, and women who married non-American men,” he said. “They also have a long history of placing territorial restrictions on the movement of the poor. That realization led me to rethink what it has meant to be a foreigner over the long span of American history and how that has changed over time.” During the pre-Civil War era, for example, state legislatures and judiciaries routinely classified free Blacks and out-of-state poor as foreigners. At the same time, the beginnings of mass immigration to the United States after 1820 resulted in the passage of laws among east coast immigrant-receiving states to restrict the entry of poor immigrants. “When the major international shipping lines challenged those state immigration laws, the U.S. Supreme Court was careful not to strike them down completely,” Parker said. “That was because of concerns about regulating internal foreigners. As long as the slave states insisted upon their right to exclude and remove free Blacks from other states, states would continue to possess the right to exclude immigrants.” Only when the 14th Amendment extended federal and state citizenship to native-born Blacks after the Civil War did the U.S. Supreme Court strike down those state immigration laws in favor of a federal policy. In other words, there would have
been no federal immigration regime without the end of slavery. This is just one of the many connections between Americans’ treatment of immigrants and their treatment of internal foreigners. “Over the past 300 years, we have changed our concepts of citizen and alien in ways that might not have made sense to our nation’s founders,” Parker said. Commenting on Parker’s new book, Professor Linda K. Kerber, an emeritus professor at University of Iowa and one of the United States’ leading historians of women and gender, said, “Kunal Parker has accomplished the remarkable feat of challenging us to think differently about concepts—what it is to belong, what it is to be alien—that once seemed simple. As we struggle in our own political moment to reform immigration law, ‘Making Foreigners’ offers indispensable perspective.”
A noted legal researcher
A native of India, Parker grew up in Bombay (now Mumbai) and came to the U.S. in 1986 to study at Dartmouth College. He transferred to Harvard University and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1990. Parker went on to Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review and Harvard Human Rights Journal, before graduating cum laude in 1994. While in law school, Parker returned to India for a year. “1992-93 in India was a time of intense cultural polarization and renewed interest in the nation’s history,” said Parker. This led to his interest in Indian legal history, and he began research that led to his first scholarly article, “A
students to be able to understand and digest books quickly and intelligently,” he said. “History monographs have certain assumptions and present sets of arguments. To be able to absorb and make sense of a significant amount of material is a valuable skill for any lawyer.” Parker, who speaks French, German, Hindi, Marathi, and Spanish, appreciates Miami’s multicultural environment. “I grew up in a multilingual country, so I love Miami’s easy bilingualism. South Florida attracts people from around the world with different ways of thinking,” he said. “That creates an atmosphere where we can learn from each other and where new ideas can emerge and flourish.”
Active researcher and commentator
Parker has been in the forefront of legal historical research for many years, serving as co-editor of the Legal History Section of Jotwell, on the editorial boards of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review and Law and Social Inquiry, and as an outside reviewer for several journals and university presses. He has also been active in the Law and Society Association and in the American Society for Legal History. Parker’s first book, Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 17901900—Legal Thought before Modernism, published by Cambridge University Press in 2011, is an exploration of the relationships between legal, historical, and political thought in America before the “Holmesian revolution” in legal thought around 1900. “Most contemporary historians
have considered law in the nineteenth century as nothing other than a different version of politics,” Parker said. “From that perspective, the decisions by unelected, common law judges could be considered an encroachment on the democratic process.” However, Parker’s book argues that nineteenth-century Americans saw things very differently. The significance that nineteenthcentury Americans placed on God, morality, reason, logic, and other foundations meant that not everything was seen as “mere” politics. Law, specifically the common law, had a special role to play in such a polity, a role that it would lose in the twentieth century. Parker said he has begun thinking about his next book project. The book will be a study of American legal thought in the middle decades of the twentieth century and will seek to explore the relationships between modernism and conservatism. He said: “Like many intellectual historians, I enjoying taking on subjects in law, history, and our society that make us question our assumptions, take a fresh look at the facts, and continue the learning process.”
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Corporation of Superior Prostitutes— Anglo-Indian Legal Conceptions of Temple Dancing Girls, 1800–1914,” published in 1998 in Modern Asian Studies. The article is an exploration of how religious and secular conceptions of marriage and sexuality were used to criminalize groups of temple servants in nineteenth-century colonial India. After earning his law degree, Parker joined the New York law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton as an associate specializing in derivatives regulation, corporate bankruptcy, and securities law. During his time at Cleary, Gottlieb, Parker was also busy with pro bono representation of political asylum applicants. He practiced at the firm for two years and then accepted a faculty position at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he taught until 2009. In 2001, he took an extended leave to study American history, earning a master’s degree in history in 2003 and a doctorate in history in 2007 from Princeton University. Along the way, Parker received fellowships from New York University Law School, Cornell Law School, and the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation for his studies. He also participated in the St. Petersburg Summer Law Institute leading a seminar on comparative U.S. and Russian legal history. In 2009, Parker joined Miami Law where he typically teaches firstyear classes on property law and estates and trusts, as well as smaller seminars on topics related to his current research. In smaller seminars, students read a book or more for every session, something that law students are unaccustomed to doing. “I believe that it’s important for law
DENNIS O. LYNCH, DEAN EMERITUS & PROFESSOR OF LAW
Dennis O. Lynch: Angling Along By Catharine Skipp
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s no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler,” said Izaak Walton, the 16th century English writer and author of the The Compleat Angler. In December the distinguished Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Dennis O. Lynch bids the law school farewell. He plans to pick up his fly fishing rod and reel and go in search of perfect rivers, continuing a life of serendipitous adventures. Lynch graduated first with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Oregon, but not before taking a gap year to travel. He taught English in Guatemala, lived on a sugar plantation, rambled down the west coast from Peru to Chile and back up the east
coast though Argentina and Uruguay before hopping a ship from Rio de Janeiro through the Strait of Gibraltar to Barcelona. “It was the early 1960s,” Lynch said. “The war in Vietnam was escalating, and the draft was increasing. I was having a fascinating time traveling and would have continued, but in order to retain my student deferment and finish college I needed to return to Oregon.” Lynch would finish out his senior year at Oregon but delay admission to Harvard Law School to accept and use a Fulbright Scholarship to engage in a regional economic development study in Venezuela, in association with the University of Oregon and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. With the thought of pursuing a career in economics, policy, and government, Lynch received a J.D. from Harvard Law School. As a rising 2L, he interned for then-New York
Mayor John Lindsay, working on a jobtraining program in the Bronx. For an idealistic law student bent on bringing “government closer to the people,” it provided real-world experience. As a 3L, Lynch was one of a group of students awarded a Ford Foundation grant, applied to produce a 1,000word report outlining strategies to improve local access to the Boston city government. The student group ran their own workshop and invited guest speakers from Boston government and academics. After completing the J.D. degree at Harvard, Lynch accepted a position with the Ford Foundation in Bogota, Colombia. He worked as an advisor on a program funded jointly by the Ford Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development to support Colombian legal education reforms. He also was responsible for working on grants funding Colombian projects to improve the infrastructure for urban squatter communities. Lynch then went to Yale Law School, as a Fellow in Law and Modernization under an AID grant, and completed an LL.M. He returned to Colombia with funding from an International Legal Center Research Grant and completed an empirical study of the Colombian legal profession examining the relationship between legal education and the profession’s role in fostering change in Colombian social and economic development. The study was the basis of his J.S.D. degree doctoral dissertation on the Colombian legal profession. “Since I never studied Spanish, it was my earlier travel in Latin America that gave me the opportunity to experience the culture and to learn
also consulted on labor antitrust issues and served as a labor arbitrator in the public and private sectors, including with The Walt Disney Company. “Dennis Lynch has served the University of Miami Law School with distinction, with a short leave of absence, since 1974,” said Professor Irwin Stotzky, who was also recruited by Dean Mentschikoff the same year. “As thousands of his students can attest, he has been a great and demanding teacher and a terrific role model. As his colleagues can attest, he has been a first-rate administrator and has helped all of us improve our scholarship through his penetrating comments on our work. We wish him well on his next journey.” After twelve years as a single parent, Lynch met Carol. They married in the summer of 1990 and moved together with Carol’s daughter Meagan to Denver where Lynch had accepted a position as Dean of the Denver University School of Law. Lynch served as the law dean at Denver University for seven years and then decided to focus on his teaching and scholarship with the intent to remain in Denver where he could hike and fly fish as well as teach. However, Miami called in 1999 and invited him to return and serve as Miami’s dean. He and Carol decided to return to Miami where Lynch served as Dean for nine years. In 2008 he made the decision to finish his academic career spending time teaching and working with students. Lynch grew up in Ontario, Oregon, a small town near the Idaho border. His parents were journalists who ran the local Argus Observer, established in 1897 and named after the 100-eyed giant in
Greek mythology. His brother, Larry, followed into the family business, becoming a reporter and a writer. Lynch has served on the Accreditation Committee of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and has been a member of the Council of the Section from 2006 until 2012. He is a member of the Association of American Law Schools Resource Corps and has served on the Law School Admission Council Board of Trustees and was secretary of the Board from 2005 until 2007. At Miami Law, Lynch has taught courses in labor law, labor arbitration, and civil procedure. His scholarship has primarily focused on the legal profession and legal education in Latin America, labor law, and arbitration. “Dennis is a great leader, he is a person who is always available to help others, and a great asset to the University,” said Luis Glaser, Executive Vice President and Provost at UM from 1986 until 2005. “As a Provost I benefited from his guidance and most importantly consider him a friend.” Many at Miami Law and the greater University of Miami community consider Lynch a friend. “One of the most enjoyable aspects of serving as Miami’s Dean was the opportunity to see how the careers of the students I taught in the seventies and eighties had developed,” Lynch said. “They held key positions in major firms, were judges, and community leaders. Of course the faculty and law school administrative staff was also very supportive, and our students have always been wonderful.” “Now I look forward to having more time with our four grandchildren, traveling, hiking, and fly fishing,” he said.
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Spanish on the road,” Lynch said. “Without that experience I could not have worked effectively in Colombia and completed an empirical study of the Colombian legal profession for my Doctorate.” While completing the J.S.D., he decided to explore a career in academia. Near the end of his studies, Soia Mentschikoff, then AALS president, would woo Lynch to Miami to teach civil procedure, employment law, and labor law. “She invited me to meet with her at the annual conference in New Orleans,” he said. “We talked for three hours, and at the end of the conversation she said ‘give me a call when you are ready to join the Miami faculty.’” Both of Lynch’s daughters were born in Bogota and spoke Spanish before English. He moved with his family to Miami in 1974 to begin his career as a law professor. He and his first wife divorced a few years later, but they retained joint custody of Shannon and Lisa and raised the girls together. “When I taught in the evening division, the girls would often sit in my classes. After class they would comment on the cases I was discussing with the students and their insights were often more penetrating than the comments of my students,” Lynch said. “Maybe that is why one is a university professor and the other is a practicing lawyer.” During his sixteen years teaching at Miami Law, he would dabble outside academia, consulting for the U.S. State Department on the administration of justice in Central America, constitutional reform in Colombia, and legal reform in Nicaragua. He
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PROFESSOR FRANCES R. HILL I Photo by Christopher Flynn
Charities in the Public Square: An Analytical Framework Based on Public Benefit
Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar for the Profession
harities are familiar but poorly understood. Even as the number of charities increases, no one can say with any confidence whether the benefits provided to beneficiaries of charities are also increasing. Although this should be the central normative and analytical question in the study of charities, it is rarely asked, and it plays no role in the current analytical framework for understanding charity and charitable organizations. Neither tax exemption nor the deduction of charitable contributions turns on the answer.Yet without developing an analytical framework centered on the provision of a public benefit to a charitable class of beneficiaries, law, policy, and scholarship relating to charities are empty at their core. The current approach to understanding charities treats charities as distinctive organizations engaged in distinct activities funded by private contributions. Charities are treated as a “sector” readily distinguishable from taxable business entities. The goal of this sectoral approach is to define a boundary around charitable organizations in a way that protects the tax benefits and the government contracting preferences on which charities currently depend. The claim to distinctiveness serves as the basis for claims to autonomy from government regulation and business competition. Attempting to analyze charities as a sector can neither describe how charities operate nor help determine whether charities are in fact providing benefits to their presumed beneficiaries. While Americans do contribute generously to charities, contributions from private individuals account for only thirteen percent of the total revenue of charitable organizations.1 The remaining revenue is derived from government contracts, entrepreneurial activity, and fees paid by beneficiaries in their roles as consumers—tuition, health care costs, tickets to community theaters, and even fees for certain social services. The activities engaged in by charitable organizations do not differ from the activities engaged in by taxable entities. Both are operating in ways that range from the admirable to the deplorable, with the examples of the deplorable shockingly prevalent in the case of care for vulnerable populations. The only element of distinctiveness identified in the scholarship from which the sectoral analysis is derived is the absence of shareholders with a claim on the organization’s income or assets. This “nondistribution constraint” distinguishes contributors to charitable organizations
from investors in taxable corporations, but it is unrelated to issues of effective operation in providing a benefit to a charitable class of beneficiaries.2 Both this scholarship and the tax law derived in part from it conflate the absence of private benefit with the presence of a public benefit. This is the fundamental policy error of the sectoral approach. Absence of private benefit is important in its own right, but it does not serve as a proxy variable for the presence of a public benefit. This article (and the larger project of which it is a part) proposes a new analytical framework that focuses directly, on public benefit and on its production through charities relationships with government agencies and business entities. Charities are, in sum, located analytically in the public square where they have always operated. This enterprise begins by exploring four patterns of interactions—convergence, intersection, intermediation, and internalization. These patterns are neither chronological nor mutually exclusive. Convergence means that charities, governments, and business entities are doing the same things but doing them separately, as has long been the case with respect to hospitals and schools. Intersection means that charities, government, and businesses are doing the same things together through various forms of joint ventures, as has been the case in health care entities and universities. Governments operate as financial supporters of charities, primarily through government contracts, as well as co-venturers in public-private partnerships. Intermediation means that charities are sharing the benefits arising from their exempt status with business entities, as they did in serving as accommodation parties in corporate tax shelters or as they routinely do in securing government contracts on the basis of a charity preference and then sub-contracting with taxable entities for a fee paid by the taxable entity. Internalization points to the impact of these relationships on the structure and operation of charities. A relational theory that takes account of these patterns of interaction directs attention to the only point of distinctiveness relevant to understanding charity—the production of a benefit to a charitable class of beneficiaries. The goal is not autonomy for the charitable organization but an understanding of the terms of interaction among all of the parties and how various patterns of interaction enhance the production of a public benefit for a charitable class of beneficiaries.
Urban Institute, The Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public Charities (2012) (based on Internal Revenue Service data).
Henry B. Hansmann, The Role of Nonprofit Enterprise, 89Yale L. J. 835 (1980).
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The relational approach to understanding charity and charities brings with it a much more comprehensive form of monitoring that focuses on public benefit as the core variable in determining accountability. This kind of monitoring and performance evaluation is both difficult and costly. But several of the large foundations that fund public charities are now requiring much more transparency and accountability from the charities that they fund. The movement toward “impact investing” is characterized by requiring that impacts on beneficiaries be documented directly, not obliquely through proxy variables. Whether these efforts can be implemented generally, whether their results bring meaningful changes to public policy, and whether scholars leave the comfortable terrain of sectoral analyses to help develop this new relational approach remain to be determined. Charities may find that they have limited choices as they face greater competition from social enterprises that, at least for now, claim they can produce public benefit and
profit for their investors without tax incentives. New benefit corporation statutes requiring at least some documenting and reporting of the public benefits produced might, over time, stimulate similar reporting by charities. But social enterprises remain in the formative stages and states have little experience with the new benefit corporation statutes.3 Charities have no reason to persist in an unsustainable effort to maintain the sectoral approach and every reason to embrace a relational analysis that focuses on the public benefits that they can and should provide. Scholarship can aid this effort by recognizing the difference between scholarship about charities and advocacy for charities. Questions about something as fundamental as public benefit are certainly disruptive, but asking them is more constructive than perpetuating the failure to build a theory of charity on the concept of public benefit. 3
For a thoughtful and insightful consideration of social benefit statutes by the Chief Judge of the Delaware Supreme Court, see Leo E. Strine, Jr., Making It Easier for Directors to “Do the Right Thing”? 4 Harv. Bus. L. Rev. 235 (2014). Frances R. Hill, Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar for the Profession, teaches and writes in the areas of federal income tax, constitutional law, and election law. She served as the Director of the Law School’s Graduate Program in Taxation from 2001-10. Professor Hill’s scholarship has focused on tax exempt organizations. She is the co-author of a widely-used professional treatise on exempt entity taxation,Taxation of Exempt Entities, which includes a cumulative supplement which is updated twice each year. She has written extensively on the roles of exempt entities in campaign finance, which focuses on the intersection of tax law, federal election law, and constitutional law.
CLE EVENTS FALL 2015 October 22
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Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop University of Miami School of Law
Explore the science of mindfulness and connections between mindfulness and the practice of law.
October 29 & 30
Ralph E. Boyer 40th Institute on Condominium and Cluster Development Boca Raton Resort & Club Learn the latest updates on condominium and planned development law.
National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review University of Miami School of Law
This year’s top will be “The Rise of Leaderless Resistance: The Changing Nature of Domestic Terrorism in the United States.”
WINTER 2016 January 11-15
50th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning Orlando World Marriott Resort and Convention Center
Join the leading continuing education program for estate planners.
SPRING 2016 April 7 – 8
Entertainment & Sports Law Conference Shalala Student Center
We will join with the American Bar Association to present leading practitioners addressing the cutting-edge issues in the field of entertainment and sports law.
SUMMER 2016 Bankruptcy Skills Workshop June 2016 Gain a unique perspective on consumer bankruptcy practice in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Details and CLE Information at: www.law.miami.edu/cle
Joseph Sullivan, J.D. ’93, Guards Against Security Threats By Richard Westlund oseph E. Sullivan, J.D. ’93, is one of the good guys. For the past two decades, he’s been fighting criminals, first as a federal prosecutor and then as a top security officer for eBay, PayPal, and Facebook. Now, he’s taken on the massive challenge of guarding Uber— the fast-growing global transportation company—from digital and physical threats. “I have taken a nontraditional path and wound up with the most amazing jobs I could imagine,” said Sullivan, who was recently named Uber’s first chief security officer. “Today’s students should keep their eyes open for the many different types of opportunities that exist for graduates with a law degree.” Growing up in Massachusetts, Sullivan developed an interest in the law, politics, and government at an early age. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science at Providence College, he took the next step toward a career in law. “My dad was an artist and my mom was a
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writer, so I like to say that I rebelled by going to law school,” he said with a smile. “I was accepted at the University of Miami and several New England schools and felt it was time for me to leave the Northeast.” As a Miami Law student, Sullivan excelled in the trial advocacy program, as well as his classes on international and criminal law. He spent a summer as an intern in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Miami office, followed by a one-year DOJ clerkship after graduation. An early adopter of technology, he convinced his superiors that the office should have an Internet connection. Even more importantly, Sullivan began dating a very special student he met in his first year at Miami Law. Soon after graduation, he married Suzanne R. Sullivan, B.S. ’90, J.D. ’93, who had been active in the University of Miami Law Review and moot court competition. She also taught Legal Research and Writing at the law school in 1994 after graduating.
When a work trip took them to San Francisco, they fell in love with the city and decided to move west. He worked for the DOJ and she in civil litigation. A few years later they packed up again, this time for Las Vegas, when Joe Sullivan was offered the opportunity to pursue his “dream job” as an Assistant United States Attorney. Suzanne Sullivan transitioned from private practice to working for the Nevada Attorney General’s office overseeing real estate enforcement actions. The Sullivans moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000 when he became the first federal prosecutor in a U.S. Attorney’s office dedicated to fighting high-tech crime on a full-time basis. “Silicon Valley was taking off, and cybercrime was right there as well,” he said. Meanwhile, she represented cities in real estate, land use, and redevelopment matters for a regional law firm, until she stopped practicing in order to raise their family. Now, the Sullivans have three daughters, ages 8, 10, and 13.
After eight years with the DOJ, Sullivan left the public sector in 2002 to join eBay, where he split his time between legal and trust and safety roles. In the next six years, he handled a wide range of tasks, including developing user safety policies, overseeing investigations and working with law enforcement, building out a regulatory compliance team, and ultimately managing PayPal’s North American legal team. In 2008, Sullivan left for Facebook, initially joining in a legal role but quickly transitioning to overseeing the company’s security team. During his tenure as chief security officer for Facebook, the service grew from just over 100 million active users to more than 1.4 billion active users, and the security team grew from ten people based in California to over 130 stationed around the world. As detailed in a 2012 Forbes article on “Facebook’s Top Cop,” Sullivan and his security team wrestled with some of today’s biggest issues: • Protecting the privacy of Facebook users from government surveillance in both democratic and authoritarian nations • Developing new options for users seeking to safeguard their privacy • Keeping users from uploading violent or nude images • Helping law enforcement officers track down pedophiles and other sexual and financial criminals prowling Facebook in search of victims
• Preventing terrorists from using Facebook to communicate to advance their plots • Guarding the company from viruses and denial-of-service attacks, such as the Russian “Koobface” gang who tried to “enslave” Facebook users’ computers Sullivan and his team also reviewed new Facebook features before launch, monitored the site for programming errors, handled requests for user information, and assisted prosecutors in criminal and civil cases involving Facebook activity In Sullivan’s years at Facebook, his security team moved quickly to help users facing dangerous situations. For example, a youth pastor in Indiana who created numerous fake accounts was reported to the FBI as a potential pedophile, and a Florida baby who had been abducted from its mother was recovered in 30 minutes after the suspect’s IP address and location were provided to police. “Every day, we tried to make the world a little safer,” said Sullivan. “I have been fortunate to work for companies that have appreciated my judgment and empowered me to have an impact on peoples’ lives.” During this period, Sullivan also served on the board of the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit public-private partnership focused on helping users stay safer and more secure online. He was also an executive committee member for several years for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and became an advisory board member for Airbnb and a number of other Silicon Valley startup companies.
A new security role
In April, Sullivan took on a new challenge, becoming the first chief security officer for Uber, one of the fastest-growing companies in history. “I wanted to go outside my comfort zone, tackle new issues, and build a new team from scratch,” he said. “Uber is already having a tremendous impact on cities around the world. Drivers can earn income while working flexible schedules, improving their standard of living. Uber also gives people the ability to access convenient shared transportation in a way that can change urban environments. Just think about the benefits we would enjoy if our cities had 20 percent fewer cars.” At Uber, Sullivan is responsible for both real-world and digital security. “We need to make sure we have a good system in place for vetting potential drivers and for providing our passengers with safe experiences,” he said. “Because people trust us with sensitive financial information, we need strong technology controls as well.” In addition, Sullivan and his team need to protect buildings, systems, and employee teams on the ground in more than 300 cities around the world. Reflecting on his 22-year career, Sullivan said, “Government service, working for a law firm or being an in-house counsel can all be rewarding positions. But if you’re not happy in one of those roles, it’s time to move on. It’s okay to have a law career that evolves over time, as long as you feel like you’re building for the future. That’s what I’ve done, and I’ve enjoyed every step along the way.”
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Focusing on technology crimes
JEFF BERKOWITZ, J.D. ’74
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f Miami Law alumnus JEFF BERKOWITZ has his way, he’ll give South Florida its “Eiffel Tower.” He calls it SkyRise Miami—a swirling, stylized spire offering breathtaking 40-mile views of the region from three observation decks, convention and entertainment spaces, and gut-goosing free-fall and bungeejumping thrill attractions that let riders plunge from as much as 65 stories up, at up to 95 mph. “I probably should have my head examined,” he said. “The challenges are mind-boggling.
“We have unique engineering, planning, and construction issues. We have site logistic issues... Typically, large companies wouldn’t gamble what I’ve already gambled to get to the point where we are. I’ve spent many, many millions of dollars already.” There have been lawsuits and bureaucratic roadblocks. Still, he said, he’s confident he’ll succeed—thanks, at least in part, to his legal training. “I view SkyRise as kind of a legacy project and as a career capper. It’s a one-of-a-kind project. No one
has ever done it,” he said. “And I am convinced that there is no one else on earth who can pull this off.” Berkowitz is just one of the Miami Law grads who have gone on to make lasting marks as developers, and who say that what they learned in law school gives them advantages in the world of real estate. DON SINEX, J.D. ’76, enrolled with that in mind. “I really looked to the law school education as an education, more than as a career path. It always dawned on me that if you know or have a
grounded fundamental understanding of the law it can only be beneficial in a business career,” he said. “The law is a great profession, and you can be very content and satisfied in many, many ways, including financially, if you choose that career, but your education, your knowledge, and what you are able to do with it far exceeds the realm of a courtroom or even a corporate boardroom.” Sinex grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, and got his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Delaware. Then he headed south—
not to get away from the cold, but because of Miami Law, and the reputation of its then-incoming dean, Soia Mentschikoff. “When I began to understand who she was and what kind of process she was going to bring to the school, that got very exciting,” he said. “But the nitty-gritty was they were able to provide me with financial aid that other options didn’t, so that pushed me in the right direction.” Sinex studied Real Estate and Taxation Law, made law review and Order of the Coif. Then he went on
to get an M.B.A. at Harvard Business School and into a career in real estate investment in which he has acquired more than $6.5 billion in assets. “When I went to law school I wasn’t precluding practicing law.” Still, he said, he realized that “You don’t have to be a lawyer when you get a law education. It can be beneficial in so many aspects of life. And if you want to be a lawyer you’ve trained to become one so you can always go that route as well… Being an options player, I wanted to keep my options open.”
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Miami Law Grads Make Lasting Marks as Developers
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He summer interned with a corporate law firm in Pittsburgh, applied to the honors program at the Department of Justice, and even interviewed with some law firms in New York. “I was sort of keeping that option alive, but my real interest was really headed toward the business world.” After getting his master’s, he went to work with JMB Realty Corp. He stayed there almost two decades, rising to executive vice president and managing director, helping it grow into one of the largest commercial real estate investment companies in the country. In 1997, he founded Devonwood Investors, LLC, a real estate advisory and private investment firm, working primarily in the New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston markets. Fox News Channel’s headquarters sit in one of his company’s buildings on the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. “We paid $330 million in the 1980s,” he said, “and that building is probably worth $2.2 or $2.3 billion.” It’s an example of one of the underlying principles he learned at JMB: “You make your money when you buy, not when you sell,” he said. “And inside of that quote is a bunch of different facets: What are you buying? And why are you buying it? Is it a good piece of real estate? Does it fit the need within that market? If those questions are answered in the affirmative and you have a plan to execute it then you do make your money when you buy; you manifest that overtly when you sell it later on in life, if you sell.” His latest acquisition is the Burlington Town Center, a shopping
mall in Burlington, Vermont, barely 40 miles from the Canadian border. When he first learned about the property, he was—to put it politely— underwhelmed. “I thought it was a piece of … junk,” he said. It was old, with an unwelcoming, awkward interior layout, and its owners were asking much more than he thought it was worth. Then, one crisp spring morning in 2013, he happened to visit it by chance, and he saw possibilities. He felt, he said, “It was grossly underutilized in what appeared to be a healthy little city.” He acquired it for $25 million, $10 million below the original asking price, and has announced a $200 million remodeling that includes three new buildings, nearly 250 apartments, and a new hotel with convention space for 5,000. “I’m juggling operating it and still continuing to lease it,” he said. “And I’m juggling where I’m going to begin to slice it open, tear it apart, bring up the new part, stitch it together. Then tear apart the balance of the project, and bring up the new part and stitch the second phase of the new part to the first phase.” All the while, he will keep it open for business. The thought of ongoing construction hasn’t kept new tenants away. L.L. Bean opened its first store in Vermont at the mall in November, and Sinex said another 60,000-square-foot department store will be joining them. “The real nature of this thing is it’s a single-story, single-purpose facility that is at a key location in this healthy little town where there are market demands for greater use,” he said. “So change it from single-
purpose, single-story to multiple purpose, multiple stories.” Executing his vision, he said, involves everything he learned at Miami Law. “When you look at a project like Burlington it integrates the entire first-year, second-year, and third-year curriculum.You are dealing with all of these things.You are dealing with title issues and land issues.You’re dealing with contracts in every sense of the word, construction contracts, insurance issues. Then you get into the operational side, and you have service contract issues, and then you have, of course, the leasing. Then you get into the financing of it and the tax planning aspects of it. “You’re touched by just about everything in your curriculum. So if a student was to say, ‘Where can I use more of my legal education than in any other place?’ I would suggest that commercial real estate development might be such a place. Besides litigating or besides practicing some expertise, I don’t know where you get such a cross-section of what you learned as a student in law school as you would in this field.” Terranova Corp. chairman STEPHEN H. BITTEL, J.D. ’82, a Miami native, planned on being a lawyer in his hometown. Instead, he’s reshaping it. “I always thought I was going to be a lawyer because my grandfather was, and my dad was, and my dad and I were and remain very close,” Bittel said. “My dad taught at the law school. He was a professor there while I was in law school. I even took his real estate investment planning class. The grade was pre-negotiated in advance. To get permission from the dean to
understanding “the motivations behind European investments in the United States.” It took him to the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Italy to meet with private bankers and investors, and it led him away from the law. “Really my whole life I always presumed that I was going to be a lawyer in practice and eventually practice with my dad. And that year in Europe I really came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to practice law.”
His direction took more shape as he recalled the conversations among his parents’ friends he had listened to growing up. “I remember so many times at the dinner table,” he said, “my parents would have friends over—lawyers or professors or doctors—and they all talked lovingly about their real estate investments. And I always thought if that is where they made their real money then they would do so much better if they did it full time instead of as a hobby.
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take the class we had to pre-agree I was getting a C.” Before that, though, Bittel headed far north, to Bowdoin College, a liberal arts college nearly as old as the nation, in Brunswick, Maine. Its graduates include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne, human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey and North Pole explorer Robert Peary, among others. After college, he spent a year in Europe on a Watson Fellowship, working on a research project aimed at
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“So I started law school never intending to practice,” he said. And he dove into what would become his career even as he started his studies at Miami Law, working full time in commercial real estate, and then leaving that company to start his own. “I violated all the rules,” he said. “I bought my first home before law school started. But it was two blocks from the law school so I could walk. I got engaged in March of my first year. We were married during spring break of my second year. Terranova was started in the fall of my second year. I graduated with seven employees.” The company started out focusing on strip plazas, beginning with two small shopping centers on Sunset Drive. The passion for retail centers continued from there, with properties including Biscayne Plaza, Suniland, Kendall Mall, and Flagler Park Plaza in Miami-Dade; Westfork Plaza, Paraiso Plaza, Country Walk, Weston Lakes, and Sheridan Mall in Broward; and Boca Valley Plaza, Shadowwood Square, and Jupiter Square in Palm Beach County. “Clearly,” he said, “the study of law has enabled our company to have a more acute risk management strategy, where we try to be cognizant of what the pitfalls in every transaction are, to either try to insure that risk or manage around them.” So, even though he never intended to practice law, he said, his knowledge of the law helped substantially. “The language that businessmen use to communicate with each other in transactions of size are heavily driven by attorneys who speak in their own special language,” Bittel said. “And my ability to understand that language has enabled me to crash through a lot
of legal mumbo-jumbo to get to the essence of the transaction. “It also has made me not view litigation fearfully, as most businesses do.” As suburban areas became built out, and younger families moved to the urban core, Terranova moved with them. They began with an eightbuilding group on Miracle Mile that it still owns. Now he’s turning his sights to transforming Lincoln Road. “We knocked down our first building on Lincoln Lane and Meridian,” he said. “And we’ve already received historic board approval to do the same thing on the west side of Meridian, also on Lincoln Lane— knock down a single-story building, come back with three stories. So these are real development opportunities to add special new projects to that area and expand Lincoln Road from a single street to a whole district—from Lincoln Road all the way north to 17th Street.” He’s hardly alone in re-imagining the possibilities of a piece of property. Jeff Berkowitz, the SkyRise developer, J.D. ’74, is responsible for game-changing commercial retail developments across Miami-Dade County. His projects include Dadeland Station, Kendallgate, Kendall Village Center, Kendall Station, Aventura Commons, Gables Station, and Fifth & Alton on Miami Beach “I’m very proud of Fifth & Alton,” Berkowitz said. “It’s extremely successful. And it was probably a seven—or eight-year undertaking.” The project, a multistory retail center at the corner of the MacArthur Causeway entrance to Miami Beach faced years of resistance and naysaying, only to go on to win multiple awards
for its vision, engineering, and construction and design excellence. Covering an entire block, the $80 million project includes 180,000 square feet of retail space on three levels and a six-level, 1,080-space parking garage. Tenants include Best Buy, Ross Dress for Less, T.J. Maxx, Staples, Petco, Vitamin Shoppe, and Publix. Dadeland Station involved a jointdevelopment effort between Berkowitz Development Group and Metro-Dade Transit Authority and converted a surplus county-owned surface parking lot into a 350,000-square-foot retail center generating income for the county. Berkowitz creatively re-envisioned the relatively small 7.5-acre tract by stacking “big box” retailers including Best Buy, Target, and Sports Authority to create what the developer calls “an urban translation of the suburban mall.” Strategically located at the crossroads of major thoroughfares, and connected with the Dadeland North Metrorail Station, the center was designed to provide convenient access while addressing urban fill-in concerns. “I’m proud of Dadeland Station,” Berkowitz said, “which has become the gold standard for vertical development in the rest of the United States and as a site it is extremely successful. And that was public-private with Miami-Dade Transit. None of the retailers there considered going vertical and so we had to convince them to try with us, and they have been enormously successful. And it has been widely copied throughout the United States.” It wasn’t what he had in mind while he was on the law review at
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Miami Law. He opened his own general practice as soon as he graduated. “It was whatever walked through the door,” he said. “It was, in retrospect, a mistake.” Four years later, he went into a joint venture on a shopping center with one of his clients. He continued to practice law until 1986, but as time went on he spent more and more of his time developing. That legal experience, he said, has proven invaluable. “When you deal with governments, the safest thing for a governmental employee to do is to say ‘no,’ he said. “You hear ‘no’ a lot. And if we had accepted ‘no’ in every instance I wouldn’t have a single project. So practicing law and my legal background, number one, gave me a view and perseverance and the tools and the skills to challenge and overturn a bad decision. “It has enabled us to pioneer project types and to undertake extremely complex privatepublic partnerships and vertical developments, things that would be easier to proceed on a cookie-cutter basis with something that is typical. We’ve never done anything that is typical.” That’s even more apparent with SkyRise. Designed by the internationally recognized architectural firm Arquitectonica, the entertainment and amusement center is shaped like a free-form hairpin—100 stories tall. The 1,000-foot-tall building, located at Bayside Marketplace at the water’s edge in downtown Miami, is designed to house a 500-seat ballroom, a restaurant, private club and a nightclub nestled near its summit.
The signature attractions, however, are the thrill rides. The SkyRise Drop gives 12 riders at a time the free-falling sensation of skydiving. Planned as the longest and fastest drop ride in the world, the riders will be lifted nearly 650 feet up the building’s north face, then released. Magnetic brakes will slow them as they near the bottom. The Sky Plunge is described as being like base-jumping, with a “sophisticated bungee-like safety system.” The jumpers are to be attached to a wire to control descent as they plummet some 570 feet through the building’s open interior, at close to 55 mph. For the less adventurous, Berkowitz is including a “Flying Theater” to carry 72 riders on a hang-glider motion-simulator similar to Soarin’ at Disney World. They’ll actually be dangling close to 40-feet above the ground and surrounded by sounds, wind, and even smells on a filmed flying tour of South Florida. “I’m obviously an incurable optimist, but I think it’s going to be a very profitable enterprise,” Berkowitz said. “I have complete faith in my ability to pull all the pieces that are necessary together to make the jigsaw puzzle fit and to change the landscape of Miami and to give back something very significant to a community that has been very kind these last 40 years.” And, in the process, create a monument to the lasting impact of Miami Law.
Real Property Development LL.M. Success Story
n 2004, Marc Lawrence LL.M. ’00 was working at the Related Group but was eyeing a historic but abandoned South Beach hotel on his daily run. He and his brother had set out to become developers; to that end he became a 2000 graduate of the Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig Real Property Development LL.M. The one-year program is for recent law graduates or attorneys from the U.S. or abroad, who want to gain expertise as practitioners, developers, or entrepreneurs, in planning, structuring, and financing property projects. The curriculum includes foundational and advanced subjects and concentrated courses taught by nationally recognized experts. The program is flexible, with oncampus full- and part-time options, distance learning, or as a joint J.D./LL.M. degree. Hands-on practical skills classes and internships give graduates the skills for any challenge. Addressing multidisciplinary and teamwork dimensions of real property development, the program includes opportunities to engage with peers and professionals from related fields such as architecture, business, and engineering, which was perfect for Lawrence. “I had the best professors at Miami Law,” said Lawrence. “They were all great and they opened so many doors.” The brothers walked away with the 50-room Mediterranean revival hotel, The Angler’s. An 85-room expansion is slated to open in 2016. 39
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SENATOR MARCO RUBIO. J.D. ’96 I Photo by Nick Madigan
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t is doubtful but mythical that Mario and Oria Rubio named their second son after the 43 B.C. Roman politician Marc Antony, known best to most for the opening of his speech in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears….” But it is true that this Marco Antonio has become a stirring orator; he honed his speaking chops at Miami Law. Senator Marco Antonio Rubio, the freshman Florida senator, announced his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on April 13, 2015, at Miami’s iconic Freedom Tower before a crowd of enthusiastic supporters. The 44-year-old Miami native is the first University of Miami School of Law alumnus to run for the nation’s highest office. “I acquired skills during my time at the University of Miami School of Law that I have used regularly throughout my career in public service,” Rubio said. Rubio graduated from Miami Law cum laude in 1996. When Rubio arrived for 1L orientation in 1993, he had already graduated from South Miami High School, attended the now defunct Presbyterian Tarkio College in Missouri on a football scholarship, studied at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida, and graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Florida.
At Tarkio, football was a breeze since Rubio was well prepared from his high school days, but by his own admission did not soar academically. Rural Missouri life did not suit him, and he longed for friends, family, and the nightlife of Miami. With the school teetering on failing and injury keeping him from playing, Rubio headed back to his home state. He enrolled at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida, a feeder school for UF. Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and the 1990 Gulf War awakened Rubio’s interest in politics. The summer before his junior year, he interned in the offices of Ileana Ros-Lehtinin, the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 27th congressional district. During his junior year, he applied to law school after UF and declared himself a political science major. His last summer as an undergraduate, he went to work on the congressional campaign of State Senator Lincoln Diaz-Balart. On Rubio’s law school application, he would inscribe with his hopes to someday use his degree to “construct a new legal and political system for a free Cuba,” according to his memoir, An American Son. The first year of law school was a tough go for Rubio; he had not yet mastered the fine art of argument by essay; he wrote in his autobiography. By year’s end, he regretted not achieving his goal of making law review, but redoubled his efforts and would graduate cum laude. “Law school doesn’t just impart
information to students, it teaches them a new way to think,” he said. “The equivalent of intellectual boot camp, it teaches a level of reasoning and analysis that can prove useful in many careers and across all aspects of life. I learned early on during my time at UM that preparation and hard work are key to success. Learning to anticipate tough questions from law professors prepared me well for a life in public service where the public and media are always holding us accountable.” While at Miami Law, Rubio was active with the Hispanic Law Students Association, Litigation Skills Program, Mock Trial Team, and the International Moot Court Program. He interned in the Office of the State Attorney one summer, learning the finer points of persuasion by observing veteran attorneys addressing judge and jury. “It is a unique honor for the law school to have an alumnus running for president of the United States,” said Edgardo Rotman, who was faculty advisor to the international moot court program during Rubio’s law school years. “It is not surprising that it is Mr. Rubio. He was quite taken with politics, as I recall, and a leader in many aspects of student life.” During his years at Miami Law, Rubio became increasingly active on and off campus. An old pal recruited Rubio to work on the 1996 presidential campaign of Bob Dole during his 3L year. He would work on the campaign, study for law school, then graduate and prep for the bar. And by February of
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1997, he was a full-fledged member of bartender and a maid can have the same The Florida Bar. dreams and the same future as those “My law education was one of who come from power and privilege.” the most important investments of my Rubio’s Miami roots run deep. His life, one that I funded through student parents came to the U.S. from Cuba in loans,” he said. “That experience 1956 and worked at the lower echelons gave me a special appreciation for of the service industry. The family the challenges students face when it comes to financing their educations, and it is one reason I’ve focused so much on a higher education reform agenda.” Rubio’s political career began with his election to the West Miami City Commission, the Miami suburb where he still lives with his wife and four children. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2000 and was the first Cuban-American to serve as Speaker of the Florida House in 2007. Rubio was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2011. Rubio has told supporters, as the son SENATOR RUBIO WITH HIS SISTER VERONICA AND HIS MOTHER IN 1996. of immigrants, he is “uniquely qualified” to understand the eventually settled in West Miami and needs of all Americans but especially Rubio played football, with visions of a those with the hope to provide a better NFL future. While reality set in that he life for their children. wasn’t destined for professional sports, “Too many of our leaders and our his commitment to public service ideas are stuck in the 20th century,” he flourished. His parents’ sacrifices for told the crowds at the announcement a better life for their children became of his candidacy. “If America’s dreams central to his political aspirations. become impossible, we will have The politician with boyish good become just another country. looks delivers stump speeches with a “Yesterday is over and we are message of achieving the hope of all never going back,” he said. “I live in an immigrant parents—the promise of exceptional country where the son of a the American Dream for their families.
They are rife with references to “immigrant and exile” roots and a call to action for “our generation to lead the way to a new American century.” In one of Rubio’s early speeches to Miami Law’s 2006 graduating class, he said, “Never has our country and our society been in more need of leadership than it is right now...in all the dramatic moments in American history, leadership has been provided. And that is required once again in a society that is frankly not conducive to leadership. “And you can only find true meaning and purpose in your life if you are a part of something greater than yourself,” he said. “Years after graduating, I continue to employ the techniques of arguing a case in my political career. Politics is all about sharing ideas and explaining how they will enrich the lives of those you serve. It requires an in-depth knowledge of existing law and of the framework through which those laws can be reformed and improved. As I hit the campaign trail to earn the votes of Americans across the country, I am grateful for my time at UM and the skills I acquired there.”
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f Miami Law wanted to do some gridiron trash talking, they certainly have the alumni to do so: among the most prominent are NFL Coach Marc Trestman, J.D. ’82, NFL General Counsel Dennis Curran, J.D. ’75, and sports superagent Jason Rosenhaus, J.D. ’95. Though the three represent different decades at the School of Law, all spoke to the tools they were given by professors that prepared them for their rise to the top of their respective fields.
Marc Trestman, J.D. ’82, NFL football coach
“V-I-K-I-N-G-S, SKOL VIKINGS, LET’S GO!” The Minnesota Vikings fight song
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was the background music of Marc Trestman’s youth, and it was the team that bonded father to son. And it was football and father that provided the keystone to Trestman’s future. When other boys were running newspaper routes, Trestman was being schooled in the ways of the world washing dishes and bussing tables at Danny’s, his father’s bar and grill. “I learned so many life lessons from the respectful way he treated customers and employees,” Trestman said. “I am certain that the foundation of my blue collar work ethic was fostered during that time.” While weekdays were for school and sports, Sundays were for football. For away games, father and son would take to their “war room,” stocked with soda pop and chips, and root for their team. Even though the family didn’t
have much in the way of discretionary funds, Jerry Trestman always bought season tickets for the two of them. On home game days, regardless of the weather, the pair would arrive early to watch the pre-game warm-up from their seats in the second row, often dragging insulated sleeping bags and thermoses of hot beverages in 20 below Minnesota weather. Looking back, Trestman realizes that he always watched the games with a coach’s keen eye, even though all he consciously wanted to do was play football. “I could never just watch and enjoy the game,” he said. “I had to see what the quarterback was doing, what the receivers were doing, and how the defense was reacting accordingly. “I am sort of a quarterback historian to this very day and can
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remember the smallest details about them dating back to when I was eight years old,” he said. “I remember what numbers they wore, their big plays and even their stats. I was really into it, even as a little kid.” Trestman worshiped the Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton as well as the Pittsburgh Steeler’s Terry Bradshaw and the New York Jet’s quarterback Joe Namath. Trestman would start playing tackle football as an eight year old; the neighborhood team called themselves the “dirty dozen plus one,” since there were only thirteen boys on the team. He marks the day his coach moved him into the quarterback position as the day that changed his life forever; he became consumed with the game. He laid awake nights envisioning plays and diagramming them on notepads. He would run his plays in the backyard with his pals, hauling around a playbook he had fashioned out of an old notebook. His parents had instilled in Trestman a commitment to working hard, dreaming big, and never giving up. Even though he didn’t love school, his work ethic was such that he would always excel academically and soar athletically. He would play football, basketball, and baseball in the local park well into high school. He played American Legion baseball in the summers, making it to the state championship game his senior year. His All-State status in football earned him the notice of a handful of colleges—he met Joe Theismann at a visit to Notre Dame—and he accepted a full scholarship with his top choice: the University of Minnesota. It would allow him to stay close enough to home for his parents to attend his
games. In hindsight, injury and less playing time than he had hoped for, while disappointing, also gave him the time and distance to become a true scholar of the sport. In his senior year, Trestman transferred to Minnesota State University Moorhead, a Division II team. Again, he did not get in much field time but did take away valuable friendships and coaching lessons that would serve him for many decades to come. He returned to the University of Minnesota to finish his degree, but realized that he was in need of a Plan B. “I was going to channel all of the energy from football and move on and focus on becoming great litigator,” he said. “That was my new mission.” He was accepted at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles but just as he settled in to life in Southern California he was called to try out as a defensive back for his beloved Minnesota Vikings. He was cut at the end of the pre-season, too late to go back to Loyola, but in time to start at another school where he had been accepted: Miami Law. Trestman struggled with the decision once he was in the thick of his first year, learning that maybe he wasn’t cut out for law, but he stubbornly refused to quit. In the summer before his 2L year, he went back to the Vikings training camp, but an injury ended his quest by the third preseason game. He settled comfortably into his second year. He had found his footing after learning the ropes of first-year study. “Law school was tough. I would sit in class trying to avoid the attention of the professor,” he said. “I was a nervous wreck my first year. I had
to really buckle down; long hours of study and preparation were how I had always powered through challenges, and this was not so different.” During that period, Trestman clerked for a local attorney, Jose E. Martinez, doing research for $10 an hour. Martinez would go on to become U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida. Trestman also met a guy in his apartment complex who forever changed the course of his life. That young man was the defensive back coach for the Miami Hurricanes. He introduced Trestman to legendary Hurricanes coach Howard Schnellenberger and was a key to the highly sought out position of volunteer assistant coach. (Coincidentally, Schnellenberger assumed Trestman was going to law school to become a sports agent.) Trestman joined the ’Canes coaching staff in 1981. During Spring semester of his 2L year, Trestman was balancing all the plates—he met the team for breakfast every morning, attended classes until 2:30, managed to clerk for Martinez, and still be at practice or travel with the team, focusing on quarterback coaching or on scouting trips. He would study at night and on the road. “I think my law school background really helped prepare me for coaching,” he said. “Law school included long hours of studying, meticulous note taking, maintaining intense focus, and possessing an overall determination to succeed. Luckily, I had those skills and was now putting them to good use.” Trestman graduated in 1982, and passed The Florida Bar. He stayed with the Hurricanes fulltime after law
DENNIS CURRAN, J.D. ’75, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE GENERAL COUNSEL
Dennis Curran, J.D. ’75, you can take the man out of Boston but…
ever, ever call a Bostonian living in New York a New Yorker. “That is just insulting,” said Dennis Curran. If throwing someone off his or her stride is a negotiating tactic, it’s no wonder that National Football League General Counsel Dennis Curran is a master negotiator. And Curran, J.D. ’75, is a master. In 1987 Curran was attempting to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with NFL players when the union declared a strike. In response, the league brought in a full roster of replacement players for one week to continue the season. In three weeks’ time, the strike was broken. The strike provided fodder for the 2000
comedy film The Replacements with Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves as coach and quarterback. “Although we don’t like to emphasize the wartime aspects of the job,” he said, “replacing a League’s entire professional workforce was a major labor relations accomplishment that had never been done in sports—before or since.” Another tactic, a lockout, was successfully used in 2011 when the NFL and the NFLPA were unable to reach agreement at the expiration of their Collective Bargaining Agreement. Those instances aside, the silverhaired Senior Vice President of Labor Litigation and Policy for the NFL Management Council has spent 35 years successfully negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements with the NFL Players Association, representing the clubs and the league and overseeing any playerclub grievances and labor-related lawsuits.
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school, first under Schnellenberger, then under Jimmy Johnson. In 1983, as quarterbacks coach, Bernie Kosar passed for 2,329 yards, a school record, and the team won the national championship. The young coach took the skills he learned at Miami Law and has applied them to a career of coaching. He has been everything from offensive coordinator for the North Carolina State Wolfpacks to head coach of the Chicago Bears, where in 2012 he was one of only four head coaches to win his first game and one of only three to win his first two games—then the only coach since 1956 to win eight games in his first year coaching the franchise. “Although I believe going to law school is primarily for those who want to be lawyers, it is undeniable that the discipline, work ethic, skill set, and perseverance necessary for getting through law school is transferable to any profession including coaching,” said Trestman, who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. “Law school certainly laid the foundation for my growth and acceleration into a professional football coach.”
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“One of our major accomplishments that I’m most proud of has been maintaining labor peace the majority of the time I’ve been here,” he said. “From 1993 through 2010 there was a series of labor strike-free years played under collective bargaining agreements. Just negotiating each consecutive extension was a major achievement for the NFL because we had strikes in 1982 and 1987 and didn’t have a collective bargaining agreement from 1987 until 1992. From 1993 on, our department has developed and maintained labor peace so the league could grow and prosper.” Curran didn’t start out envisioning a career hammering out agreements behind locked doors for America’s most popular sport. At 5’9”, Curran didn’t even play varsity sports, although the Irish Catholic from the West Roxbury section of Boston, did play Catholic Youth League basketball and intermural sports at school: first at St. Teresa’s and at Catholic Memorial High School before attending Boston College, where he would get a degree in History. “I thought I would be a teacher, like my dad, or something in education” he said. “No one in our family had ever gone into law.” Curran is the youngest of four: “I was the last by ten years,” he said. “I was sort of treated as an only child, which gave me some advantages. My brothers made careers in the Army, and my sister is a nun. My dad used to say that I was the only one that didn’t go into the service.” Curran applied to several law schools right out of Boston College but only made waiting lists that year. He spent the year painting crosswalks for the City of Boston, as he had done
during summers throughout college, and did a six-month stint as a prison guard at the historic Deer Island House of Corrections, built in 1853 as a poorhouse. Not surprisingly, neither of these occupations appealed to him as a career, so he reapplied to law schools, was accepted at several, and chose Miami Law because “it was the best school I got into. I had never been to Miami, or Florida, before then,” he said. “Coming to Miami from the northeast was a culture shock to start with, and I got married after my first year. My wife is from New Hampshire so it was a shock to both of us to go to a tropical climate. We enjoyed it.” By his third year, he was already working. “I was basically a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office carrying a full case load,” he said. “Then I was hired by then-State Attorney Janet Reno as a prosecutor right out of law school.” He stayed there for four years prosecuting misdemeanors, then felonies before switching to a division where he could argue before the Third District Court of Appeal. “Then my last year there I was in the Organized Crime Division organizing and implementing wiretap applications from Key West to Tampa on a grant from Governor Bob Graham’s Organized Crime Task Force.” He found that he didn’t much care to make a career in criminal law and took a job at National Airlines—which was soon taken over by Pan Am. “For a year I did arbitration work until a gentleman I worked with went to work for the NFL,” he said. “About six months after he left he called and said that he
would like for me to do arbitrations involving football players under their Collective Bargaining Agreement. We moved to New York, and I’ve traveled for business probably 100 nights a year ever since.” Curran said that Miami Law gave him the tools he needed to achieve a career he finds equal parts intellectually stimulating and legally challenging. “It gave me an excellent legal education and well prepared me for a career that has turned out to be successful—as a prosecutor, an airline executive, and a general counsel in the labor legal department of a major sports league.” Curran spends his leisure time as a spectator. “I have been a season ticket holder for Boston College sports since 1982,” he said. “My family and my in-laws get together for every home football game. I’ve been to over ten World Series, the World Cup, the Stanley Cup playoffs, the NBA playoffs and 35 Super Bowls. I enjoy going to sports events, so it’s sort of a busman’s holiday. “I am 65 so I guess retirement will not be that far in the future,” he said. “The league has its collective bargaining agreement expiring in five years so I may continue to be involved, if not full-time, then as a consultant or advisor. That’s not much of an immediate retirement but ideally, when I do retire, I’d like to spend half the time in Cape Cod and the other half back down in Florida. My first two children were born there and my family probably would have stayed forever if the NFL opportunity had not come along.”
Jason Rosenhaus, J.D. ’95, Top Sports Agent
n 1992, a young man from Miami started law school. Jason Rosenhaus already had a degree in accounting from the University of Miami and would shortly pass his CPA exam. A 1995 Juris Doctor and passing The Florida Bar exam in 1996 would complete the package that the intense, fast-talking then-26-year-old had carefully assembled. The men in Rosenhaus’s family were longtime and hardcore Miami
Dolphins fans. The family moved to Miami from South Orange, New Jersey, in the early 1970s. They were enthralled in 1972 during the Dolphins “perfect season,” when Coach Don Shula would lead quarterback Bob Griese and the mustachioed fullback Larry Csonka to a 14-0 campaign, three post-season games, and on to win Super Bowl VII against the Washington Redskins 17-0. His father, Robert Rosenhaus, enjoyed playing tennis at the Jockey Club, the then chic North Miami complex of discos, restaurants, and condominiums, back when Miami was a one-professional-sport town. There
Robert became friends with many of the Dolphins’ players in the 1970s and 1980s, including tight end Joe Rose, receiver Duriel Harris, return man Fulton Walker, and running back Benny Malone, often hosting them for good, home-cooked dinners at the Rosenhauses. “The guys would come over on Thursday nights, then we would watch them play football in the NFL on TV on Sundays,” Rosenhaus said. “My brother, Drew, and I looked up to these players as superheroes. “We had great respect and admiration for these tremendously tough guys. Drew was a natural at striking up conversations with them
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and we both really had a knack for getting along with players, not as fans but as friends,” Rosenhaus said. “In 1983 when Drew went to UM for college, it was just our natural evolution from my dad having players over.” Drew became pals with several Miami Hurricanes football players including wide receiver (and future Dancing with the Stars contestant) Michael Irvin. “Irvin and the others told Drew he should become an agent. As Drew went off to law school, his goal was to become an agent. I was an entering freshman at UM, and I wanted to be an agent, too,” he said. “We were natural-born agents. We knew it was what we were put here to do.” Rosenhaus kept in close touch with his older brother while they were living in different cities. “I had great guidance and leadership from my brother while he was at Duke,” he said. “He would tell me that being tough, being a warrior, being like Rocky Balboa or Conan the Barbarian meant showing real mental toughness. And sometimes that meant in college spending Friday nights in the library studying while everyone else is out at the parties.” Rosenhaus and his brother carefully plotted a path from loyal followers to talented negotiators. As undergraduates, both Rosenhauses were close to UM football players. Before the younger Rosenhaus graduated from Miami Law, he and his brother had already launched the beginnings of Rosenhaus Sports Representation. The year after Drew started at Duke University School of Law, the Rosenhaus brothers represented
their first client in the 1989 NFL Draft: cornerback Robert Massey, the second-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints from North Carolina Central University. Drew became the youngest-working sports agent in the NFL; Jason became a certified National Football League Players Association Contract Advisor in 1991. By the next year, they signed former UM Hurricane wide receiver Brett Perriman, who was playing for the New Orleans Saints. “That’s how we got our start,” Rosenhaus said. “Our first Hurricane rookies were in 1990 with middle linebacker Bernard ‘Tiger’ Clark who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and defensive tackle Jimmie Jones, who would play for the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, and Philadelphia Eagles.” By the time Rosenhaus arrived at Miami Law he and his brother were both full-blown agents. “My first year of law school was a huge test for me,” he said. “I wanted to match up against other bright young legal minds and see where I stood. I viewed it as the ultimate challenge.” At the same time he was spending his weekends watching football, in meetings with players, and on assignment for the company. “For me, law school was a peaceful, relaxing exercise,” he said. “It was almost like meditation to be in a world where everything is fair and makes sense; where if you work hard, you will do well. In the real world, it doesn’t always work that way. “Law school showed me how to be street smart, how to see angles, how to find solutions to problems, how to deal with adversity,” he said. “That was a lifelong skill, and every
year in this business just sharpens the tool. So much of negotiations is forming persuasive arguments. While Drew is a charismatic and dynamic speaker, I am more the analyst, the writer, the strategic thinker, and the planner. Together we complement each other, and that is a big reason we have been very successful.” Fast forward twenty seven years later, and the pair represent more than 100 NFL players. Jason co-wrote his brother’s two autobiographies, A Shark Never Sleeps: Wheeling and Dealing with the NFL’s Most Ruthless Agent, as well as the sequel, Next Question. Jason also co-authored a weekly sports column in the New York Post with former Hurricane tight end Jeremy Shockey who went on to play for the New York Giants. He also co-wrote TO, the autobiography of Terrell Owens, the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, and this summer’s It’s Good to Be Gronk with New England tight end Rob Gronkowski. All of the other elite sports agents today are incorporated within large organizations where there are scores of agents and many fields of representation. “We are the last of the big-time independent agents,” he said. “The last of the Jerry McGuires.” As a measure of the Rosenhaus recipe for success, on April 30, 2015, they represented a young wide receiver from the University of Central Florida, a first-round draft pick. The young player went to the Baltimore Ravens, twenty-five years after the Rosenhauses had represented another member of the same family. “We represented Brett Perriman in 1990, and now we just represented his son, Breshad Perriman. That’s what I call repeat business.”
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Marla Neufeld, J.D. ’07, Draws on Personal Experience in Building a Practice in Reproductive Law
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ttorney Marla Somerstein Neufeld, J.D. ’07, understands the personal and the legal issues facing couples who find it difficult to start a family. For four years, she and her husband Jason tried pills, inseminations, and In Vitro Fertilization, before engaging a gestational surrogate. Today, Neufeld is the proud mother of twin sons
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Ethan and Asher, and the founder of the assisted reproductive technology practice at Greenspoon Marder in Fort Lauderdale. “I consider it a privilege to provide both emotional and legal support to my clients,” said Neufeld. “Just a few weeks ago, a couple who had been trying to conceive a child for six years became the parents of
twins through a surrogacy. This is an incredible option for starting a family, providing you take the right legal steps.” In her practice, Neufeld represents married couples, individuals, and same-sex couples in Florida who are considering adoption or using a gestational surrogate. In either case, would-be parents need
An early interest in the law
Growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Neufeld became interested in the law at an early age. Her father, Barry Somerstein, J.D. ’76, is a partner at Greenspoon Marder. “I always enjoyed seeing my father at work and felt that a law degree, combined with a business education, would give me a good foundation for a rewarding professional career,” she said. After high school, Neufeld went to American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business. She then returned to Florida, where she worked for a state senator before enrolling at the University of Miami School of Law. “I have always been interested in writing,” says Neufeld, who joined the Inter-American Law Review and contributed articles to The Miami Herald. “I really focused on doing well
in school and graduated with honors,” she said. While in law school, she met her husband. “Since my father and my father-in-law Alan Neufeld, J.D. ’75, are both alumni of the School of Law, they hooded Jason and me at our graduation,” Neufeld said, adding that her younger sister, Elizabeth Somerstein, is also a graduate of the School of Law. Neufeld joined Greenspoon Marder as an associate and spent five years in transactional law, drafting, reviewing, and negotiating legal documents. Meanwhile, Jason Neufeld became a personal attorney with Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A. in Aventura. While launching their legal careers, the Neufelds also spent four years trying to start a family. But like one of every six U.S. couples of childbearing age, they struggled with infertility. “Eventually, I decided not to subject my body to any more medical procedures,” she said. “So, we began searching for a gestational surrogate.” Through the services of an agency, the Neufelds were able to find a surrogate, go through medical and psychological screenings, and draw up a contractual agreement, paying the agency and legal fees in the process. “It’s an involved process, and ultimately you have to find a surrogate you can really trust,” she said. Drawing on her personal experiences, Neufeld convinced her colleagues at Greenspoon Marder to open an assisted reproductive technology practice in the firm’s family law group. “We are the only large Florida firm with this type of practice and now have six attorneys in our group,” Neufeld said.
Now, Neufeld serves as a legal guide for prospective parents considering their options and writes an educational blog, The Reproductive Lawyer, about this evolving field of the law. “When a client calls, I talk about my own process as well as the legal issues,” she says. “I really want to be able to guide people to the right resources and get them thinking about the questions they need to ask themselves.” For example, a couple considering an egg, sperm, and embryo donation should consider the issues of openness and transparency in drawing up adoption or surrogacy agreements. “Do you want to stay in contact after the birth?” she said. “What if you or your child wants information about the birth parent or about a genetic health conditions in the future? That is just one of the many issues that need to be discussed when drawing up an agreement.” When not practicing law, Neufeld relishes spending time with her husband and young sons. “Coming home from work and seeing them is a wonderful feeling,” she said. “There’s nothing like being a mom.”
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enforceable legal agreements in place to protect their rights. Under Florida law, the donor of any egg, sperm, or embryo relinquishes all parental rights. But all parties must sign an agreement that covers issues like medical care for the surrogate mother, liability for potential complications, and the rights of the future children. Florida is considered a surrogacyfriendly state, and more couples are considering this approach to have a potential genetic connection to their child,” said Neufeld. “However, a gestational surrogacy must be a medical necessity for the health of the mother or the child—it’s not something that can be done for personal convenience.”
A TALENTED DUO: ANNETTE E. ALVAREZ, J.D. ’90 AND JOAN C. SILVERMAN, J.D.. ’90 I Photo by Anna Flores
Alumni Team Up to Promote Diversity in Movies and TV
By Carlos Harrison
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or Annette E. Alvarez, J.D. ’90, and Joan C. Silverman, J.D. ’90, it’s all about talent. They met at Miami Law. Now, almost 30 years later, their friendship— and their partnership—continues. They’re the co-owners of MultiEthnic Talent & Promotion, Inc., dedicated to managing actors from diverse backgrounds. “We decided from day one we were about multiethnic talent,” says Silverman. “So we carved out a niche.” It put them on a rising wave that’s still surging today. “We probably took many steps ahead of people who were getting started in the business, without having any background, because we—even back then, in 1994—we had something different,” Silverman says. “And we worked very hard at promoting that.” Both started out in NewYork but arrived at Miami Law on different paths.
Alvarez was born in Brooklyn. She moved to Miami in 1972 when her parents came to open a clothing factory. Their daughter had a similar entrepreneurial streak. “I always wanted my own business,” says Alvarez. “Always. Since I was a little girl. The first business I had was when I was in high school. My mom used to make halter-tops, and then I would sell them for $5 a pop to my classmates.” She worked at her high school newspaper in Miami, pursued journalism and broadcasting at Miami-Dade Community College, and went to work at a local cable television station before finishing her associate’s degree. She spent five years at Dynamic Cablevision and its two local origination channels, MiaVision and Local Cable 13, first as a program manager and, later, as commercial supervisor. In 1985, her mother died. It made Alvarez rethink what she wanted to do with her future. She went back to
school, at the University of Miami, to study theater and film. After she got her B.A., she wasn’t sure what to do next, until a cousin started talking about law school. The cousin never went; Alvarez did. Silverman took a circuitous route to her J.D., as well. “I’ve been a lot of things,” she says. She graduated from Brandeis with a degree in American Studies, and went on to sell radio advertising for local stations, worked in magazine publishing, worked in the travel business and was even the marketing director for a shirt manufacturer. Before moving to Miami, she worked with her father in barter advertising in New York for four years. She continued in advertising in Florida, at a successful travel industry publication. Then, one night, her father and a friend gave her a nudge toward law. “Everyone always told me I should be a lawyer,” Silverman says. One night, her father was visiting,
“Do you want to start a business?” Silverman was ready to listen. Alvarez had met an actor at Strasberg named Rahul Khanna. Khanna was the son of a well-known actor in India. “Because he was his father’s son,” Silverman says, “anybody who knew he was here wanted him to do things, and he couldn’t say no.” Khanna didn’t want to be rude, but he didn’t want to accept every invitation either. He asked Alvarez to pretend to be his manager and tell people he couldn’t make it. It made Alvarez think, why pretend? With Khanna as their first client, the two launched their business. They worked out of Silverman’s apartment. With hard work—Alvarez worked the overnight shift at WNBC as a news editor for five years, going to the office after work at 10 a.m., staying until 6 p.m.—and some luck, it took off. They quickly added a second client, an African American who lived in the same building; then a third, a Croatian man. And, barely four months after they began, they sent Khanna to “become the face of MTV Asia,” Alvarez says. In 2001 came 9/11, and Alvarez was diagnosed with a brain tumor. “I had to have brain surgery,” she says. “It was benign, but it took me about eight years to get back to normal.” Around the same time, Silverman adopted a child. “I had looked into adoption in the past, before our business,” she says. “I was coming up on the end age, and I knew that I had to act, or I never would. So I adopted a kid. I had done many things in my life and, at 50, I became a mom.” Around 2010, they began putting renewed energy into the business.
They confer by phone every morning at around 6:30 a.m., set their priorities and discuss strategies, then tackle tasks separately. And now Silverman is the one doing double duty, simultaneously maintaining her role in their company while working as a Hearing Officer in New York City. “For the last 12 years I’ve been a hearing officer,” she says. “So I use my law every day.” Their law school education colors their work, they say, as they make references to concepts learned in Property or Elements. “If we had somebody listening to us who didn’t go to law school I don’t know if they would understand half the things we’re talking about,” Alvarez says. “My entire thinking pattern is based on everything I learned there.” Silverman agrees. Miami Law, she says, changed her permanently. “You’re always a lawyer,” she says. “You’re just not practicing. But you’re always a lawyer. It is who you have become.” And business, Alvarez says, “is better than ever.” Actors they manage have appeared on Showtime’s “Homeland,” FX Networks’ “The Americans,” Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and NBC’s “Outsourced”—the first all South-Asian series in TV history with Rizwan Manji being their first series regular booking—and in films including “Wolf of Wall Street, “The Transformers,” and “Equals,” coming out this year. “We’re going full circle,” says Silverman. “What’s the trend in the media? Diversity. Who are we? We are diverse. We’ve done diversity since 1994.”
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and over dinner, her friend said, “If you go to law school I’ll go with you,” Silverman recalls. “And my father said, ‘And I’ll pay.’ “The end of the story is, my friend never went, but my father did pay.” Three months later, she had taken the LSAT and applied to Miami Law. By their second semester together, Alvarez had found her way back to journalism, as editor of the law school newspaper, Res Ipsa Loquitor, and talked Silverman into writing a column. They graduated in 1990, and both headed back to New York. Alvarez had decided not to practice law after taking a summer internship with the Brooklyn district attorney’s office before her 3L year. “I hated having to dress up, and I hated having to take the train in from Queens to go to Brooklyn,” she says. “I quit in a week.” So, after she got her J.D., she went to work for a weekly newspaper in New York, spent a while advising NYU’s law school newspaper, then landed a job researching trends for a business newsletter. When that closed, she returned to her theater roots, studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Silverman did practice law, but she wasn’t happy at it. “I lucked out when I finished law school,” she says. “I got a job as a deputy attorney general for the state of New Jersey. It was in the civil division, but it’s not something I would have wanted to do as a career. I do have to say that we had fun initially as new attorneys.” She left for private practice. “At that point I was being a divorce lawyer—not very much fun. It’s very stressful when you’re in the middle of people who hate each other.” So, when Alvarez called and asked,
William P. Burns has recently written and
Barry S. Richard, a shareholder with the
Patricia S. Lebow, founding and
Tallahassee, Florida litigation practice group of Greenberg Traurig, obtained a United States Supreme Court decision in favor of The Florida Bar in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar.
1969 Ronald M. Krongold was featured in
the article “Q&A with Ronald Krongold: In Business,Timing and Diversity Are Everything” published in The Miami Herald on June 7, 2015. Alan S. Becker, founding shareholder of
Becker & Poliakoff, was featured in the “Of Counsel: Florida Law” section of the Florida Trend May 2015 publication.
1970 The Honorable Michael A. Genden,
of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, was featured in the online article “Career Spans Cases From Dolphins to Drug Queen” published in the Daily Business Review on April 10, 2015.
1973 Jeffrey A. Deutch, founding and
managing partner at Broad and Cassel’s Boca Raton office, was named to the 2015 Power Leaders in Law and Accounting list by the South Florida Business Journal. George F. Knox has been appointed to
serve a three-year term on the board of directors of The Florida Bar Foundation.
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Carolyn B. Lamm, partner at the
Washington, D.C. office of White & Case, was the featured visiting professor at the inaugural White & Case Arbitration Lecture at Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute. Paul J. Levine, bestselling author of
mysteries and thrillers, spoke and signed autographs at Books & Books in Coral Gables on July 17 for his recent release Bum Rap.
1974 Tod Aronovitz, a Florida personal injury
lawyer, is listed as a 2015 member of the “Nation’s Top One Percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
published a book—Soundtrack.
managing partner at Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach office, was named to the 2015 Power Leaders in Law and Accounting list by the South Florida Business Journal. Jerry M. Markowitz, shareholder of
Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog, has been named among the top law practitioners in Florida according to Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite list for 2015. He was also named to the Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers list and to the Top 100 Miami Super Lawyers list for 2015 in Super Lawyers magazine. Markowitz received the Lifestyle Media Group’s Leaders in Law Award in the bankruptcy law category. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute for a threeyear term.
1976 Francisco “Frank” R. Angones, senior
partner at The Law Offices of Angones McClure & Garcia, received the Catholic Legal Services New American Award on November 20, 2014.
The Honorable Gisela Cardonne Ely,
Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, was featured in the Daily Business Review Judicial Profile on March 27, 2015. Thomas Ringel was named on the Florida
Super Lawyers list for 2015 in Super Lawyers magazine. He is a 2015 Best Lawyer in America and a 2015 Top Lawyer in the South Florida Legal Guide.
1978 William B. Gamble authored an online
article “Chinese Stimulus: Perception v Reality” for “moneylife” publication.
1979 Jack T. Frost has joined the Fort
firm will focus exclusively on protecting the rights of physically and sexually abused, medically fragile, foster and other at-risk children.
1980 Steven G. Messing, director of Real
Estate Tax Services with Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisory and Accountants, was honored with the Leadership Miami Alumni Award.
1981 Hilarie Bass, Miami attorney and
co-president of Greenberg Traurig, is running for President of the American Bar Association in the 2016 election. The Honorable Richard J. Suarez, has
been sworn in for a two-year term as chief judge of the Third District Court of Appeal.
1982 Henry Butler was appointed Dean at
George Mason University School of Law. Kimberly Leach Johnson, a partner of
Quarles & Brady LLP, has been recognized in Florida Trend magazine’s 2015 Florida Legal Elite. Keith R. Pallo, attorney and founding
member of Pallo, Marks, Hernandez, Gechijian & DeMay, P.A., has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in workers’ compensation and was recently inducted into Worldwide Registry. Marcia J. Silvers, appellate lawyer and
owner of the Law Office of Marcia J. Silvers P.A., was named to the “Top 50 Florida Women Lawyers” list in 2015 for Super Lawyers Magazine. Marc M. Trestman, Offensive
Coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, was featured in the article “Marc Trestman Has His Own Style, and He’s not Saying Much About it” published in The Baltimore Sun.
Lauderdale office of Kelley Kronenberg as a partner, focusing on general and products liability and construction defect claims.
Steven R. Guccini, a private practice
attorney, is running as a candidate on the Democratic ticket for Pike County Commissioner in Pennsylvania.
managing partner at Broad and Cassel’s Miami office, was named to the 2015 Power Leaders in Law and Accounting list by the South Florida Business Journal.
Howard M. Talenfeld has launched
Jeffrey H. Sloman, former Miami U.S.
Talenfeld Law in Fort Lauderdale. The law
Mark F. Raymond, founding and
attorney, is joining Ryan O’Quinn and Ryan
1984 Ian M. Comisky, partner at Blank
Rome LLP, received the Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award “in recognition of his outstanding dedication, achievement, and integrity in the field of civil and criminal tax.” He also received the Florida Bar President’s Award of Merit in June 2015. Lori R. Hartglass, a partner with Arnstein
& Lehr, LLP, has been recognized by the Florida Real Estate Journal as a top woman in Florida commercial real estate.
Rajiv Khanna, international and domestic
transactional attorney, has joined the New York office of BakerHostetler as a partner in the firm’s Business Group. Benjamin Shein, of Shein Law Center,
NYU Law School, was featured in the online article “How Sweet It Is” for “the algemeiner e-paper” in regards to his new novel, How Sweet It Is! He made an appearance at Books and Books in Coral Gables promoting his new novel in April, 2015.
1988 Denise B. D’Aprile has joined the Port
Charlotte office of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz as a partner.
Jorge T. Espinosa, intellectual property
attorney and founding member of Espinosa Trueba P.L., has been named as one of the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine. Linda A. Lacewell, former Special
Counsel to the Governor, has been appointed as state chief risk officer to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Lacewell will also retain the title of counselor to the governor.
Ltd., wrote an article called “New Drug Delivery System for Mesothelioma Treatment” for the online publication HG.org.
Scott I. Suskaue has been appointed to
Frederick J. “Fred” Fein was selected
Ron S. Lowy, partner and shareholder at
Lowy and Cook, P.A., has been selected as the recipient of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club’s 2015 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award. John C. Polera, President of the
Law Office of John C. Polera, P.C. in Stamford, Connecticut has been elected as a new corporator at First County Bank in Stamford. Amy D. Ronner, professor of law at St.
Thomas University School of Law in Miami, has published a book titled Dostoevsky and the Law and made an appearance at Books and Books in Coral Gables. Randall L. Sidlosca, an immigration
attorney, has joined Fox Rothschild LLP as partner in its Miami office. Beth T. Vogelsang, family law attorney at
Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., was recognized in the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list.
1986 Thane N. Rosenbaum, director of the
Forum on Law, Culture & Society, hosted by
the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court.
1989 for a fifth year to the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list in Super Lawyers magazine.
1990 Dorothy J. Harden, a local attorney in
Islamorada, has been elected to the position of Vice-Chair of the American Business Women’s Association, Tri-County Council. Lance A. Harke, managing partner at
Harke Clasby & Bushman LLP, was named to Florida Trend magazine’s Legal Elite 2015 in the practice area of commercial litigation. Carlos J. Martinez, Miami-Dade County
Public Defender, authored the article “Immigration Consequences: Thousands of Cuban Exiles in Jeopardy” which was published in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of CABA Briefs. He was also appointed as a Liaison to the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors.
1991 Daniel I. Tarman, former executive vice
president and global head of corporate communications for PIMCO, has been appointed as eBay’s Chief Communications Officer.
Christina Harris Schwinn, partner of the
Pavese Law Firm in Fort Meyers, Florida, joined the board of directors for Child Care of Southwest Florida. She was also the featured guest speaker at the Jan. 8 meeting of the Gulf Coast Paralegal Association (GCPA).
1992 Richard A. Berkowitz, chief executive
officer of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, has been honored by the University of Miami Citizens Board with the Joyce A. Galya Excellence Award. He was recognized for his work chairing the Dolphins Cycling Challenge V, which raised $4.65 million for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Joseph H. Bogosian will be serving as
the Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Defense Company Vectronix as of July 1st. Sherry L. Huckabee authored the column
“How to Excuse Yourself Politely,” for the Global Post. Carlos M. Lastra was elected as
shareholder of Paley Rothman in Washington, D.C.
Gary S. Lesser, managing partner of
Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, was honored by the Anti-Defamation League with the 2015 Jurisprudence Award. John C. Malloy, and sister, Jennie S.
Malloy, J.D. ’87, recently established a scholarship at Miami Law through their law firm Malloy & Malloy, P.L. to assist law students who are interested in Intellectual Property Law. The scholarship honors the memory of their father, John Malloy. Yvette Ostolaza, managing partner and
co-leader of the Complex Commercial Litigation practice in the Dallas office of Sidley Austin LLP, has been named to the firm’s Executive Committee.
1993 John J. Pankauski was featured in the
article “Why Family Feuds Erupt After The Will Is Read” published in the magazine Exchange on June 4, 2015. He also authored the article “How To Survive The Largest Generational Wealth Transfer In Human History” for The Pasadena/San GabrielValley Journal and published Pankauski’s Trustee’s Guide: 10 Steps to Family Trustee Excellence. Jorge L. Gurian has been named a partner
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Stumphauzer to form the Miami law firm of O’Quinn Stumphauzer & Sloman. He will be focusing on white-collar and health care fraud defense cases.
in the Miami office of Fowler Rodriguez, with a focus in the areas of estate planning, tax law, probate & estate administration, and securities law. Julie Braman Kane, a partner at Colson
Hicks Eidson, was installed as presidentelect of the American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Kirk Wagar, U.S. Ambassador to
Singapore, authored the opinion article “Yes, TPP will Create Jobs in Florida” in the OpEd section of the Miami Herald online.
Law Offices, LLP as a partner at their new Fort Myers office. Bartley will continue to focus on workers’ compensation defense litigation. Kevin S. Neiman, founder of the Law
Offices of Kevin S. Neiman, PC, has recently opened his new bankruptcy law firm in Denver, Colorado.
1997 Eric N. Assouline, partner at Assouline &
The Honorable Bronwyn C. Miller was
Christopher M. Caputo, head of the
Berlowe, P.A., was featured as Attorney of the Month in Attorney at Law Magazine, Miami Edition. featured in the Daily Business Review’s “Judicial Profile.”
Memphis law firm of Baker Donelson, has been appointed by the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy as its representative in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Flora Perez, shareholder at Greenberg
Patricia A. Leid, partner at the Miami
Brenna M. Troncoso, attorney with the
firm of Thornton, Davis & Fein has been appointed to the Florida Bar’s Aviation Law Certification Committee. She was also selected to the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list in Super Lawyers magazine. Laura Anne Stuzin was appointed as
Judge to the Miami-Dade County Court by Governor Rick Scott. Gregg D. Wenzel, former Directorate
of Operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.), was honored by the town of Monroe, New York on May 18th when the Monroe Post Office was named in his memory.
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Brian S. Bartley has joined The Chartwell
Brian S. Yablonski, external affairs
director for Gulf Power Company, has been elected as chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
The Honorable Tanya J. Brinkley,
County Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, County Criminal Division, was featured in the Daily Business Review. Guy C. Icangelo, Jr. has joined the
Boynton Beach firm of Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers as an attorney. Arlen R. Shenkman has been appointed
as chief financial officer of SAP North America.
Mark A. Touby, of Touby, Chait & Sicking,
PL, has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in law.
Traurig, P.A., joined the law firm’s Fort Lauderdale Corporate & Securities and Private Equity practice groups.
Law Office of Isaac M. Castro in Hamlin, Texas, has been inducted into the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society of lawyers. William R. Trueba, Jr., intellectual
property attorney and founding member of Espinosa Trueba P.L., has been named as one of the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine.
1998 Marve Ann M. Alaimo, a principal in
the Bonita Springs Office of Cummings & Lockwood LLC, was selected for inclusion on the Thomson Reuters list of 2015 Florida Super Lawyers in the Trust & Probate practice area. Ms. Alaimo was also selected to be the featured attorney profile for the July “Res Gestae” of the Lee County Bar Association. Joshua P. Bratter has launched Bratter
PA to focus on the elite representation of athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and entertainers. His firm specializes in immigration, nationality and consular law. Seth J. Entin, a shareholder in the tax practice group at Greenberg Traurig, participated as a speaker at the eighth-annual U.S.-Latin America Tax Planning Strategies Conference in Miami. Bari L. Goldstein, counsel at the West
Palm Beach office of FordHarrison, has been named to the “2015 Florida Legal Elite” list by Florida Trend magazine. Brian S. Hamburger, founder, president
and chief executive officer of Market Counsel and founder and managing partner of the Hamburger Law firm, both in Englewood, New Jersey, was featured in RIABIZ.com in July 2015. Francis “Frank” Rodriguez has been
named partner in charge of the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen. Joel E. Rose has been named one of the 67
Influential Educators Who Are Changing the Way We Learn by Noodle.com.
1999 Sandra M. Ferrera has launched her firm,
SMF Law in Coral Gables. She will continue practicing in the areas of real estate, corporate and title matters.
The Honorable Monica Gordo, Circuit
Judge Circuit Civil Division, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, was interviewed in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of CABA Briefs. Alan R. Poppe has joined the Fort
Lauderdale office of Arnstein & Lehr LLP as a partner. Tom J. Rooney, a Republican Florida
Congressman who represented parts of St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties until 2013, is considering the U.S. Senate seat now held by Marco Rubio.
2000 Oliver G. Gilbert III was featured in the
article “Looking Forward to the Future in Miami Gardens” published in The Miami Times. Suzanne S. Hollander, real estate
commentator, broker, lawyer and instructor at Florida International University College of Business, was honored with the school’s award for “Best Real Estate Course.” Saif Y. Ishoof, former executive
director of City Year Miami and current vice president of engagement at Florida International University, was featured in the Nov./Dec. 2014 issue of South Florida Executive Magazine. Lea P. Krauss, criminal defense lawyer
and former prosecutor, is campaigning for Broward Circuit Court Judge. Kathleen S. Phang has joined the firm of
2001 Richard Montes de Oca, managing
partner of the Miami boutique law firm MDO Partners, graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program alongside other successful small business owners.
2002 Jamie N. Colby, Fox News reporter, was
included on the online publication Mass Live in the article “Fox News Women Reporters Deserve Respect.”
Jennifer P. Guthrie has been named chief
human resources officer for the Kingsport City Schools; she will oversee all human resources operations for the district’s more than 1,100 employees. L. Chere Trigg, an associate of the firm
Siegfried Rivera Hyman Lerner De La Torre Mars & Sobel PA in Coral Gables, authored the article “Eyes in the Sky: Should the Use of Drones be Restricted?” published in the Palmetto Bay News, January 2015
2003 Kirsten L. Brown, a litigator with The Law
Offices of Adam J. Steinberg P.A., co-wrote a children’s book titled The School Fairy,The Tale of the Fairy Who Made School Unscary.
2004 Sara W. Bernard has been named co-chair
of Broad and Cassel’s real estate team in Orlando. Most recently, Bernard was named one of Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 honorees. Jeremy R. Firth, partner at Markowitz,
Ringel, Trusty & Hartog, P.A., was named on the Florida Rising Stars list for 2015 in Super Lawyers magazine. Craig C. Glorioso has been named
shareholder in the Orange County office of Greenberg Traurig. Laurinda H. Martins was named partner
at the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Joshua H. Rosenberg, a partner at
Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog, has been named among the top law practitioners in Florida according to Florida Trend’s Florida
Legal Elite list for 2015. He was also named on the Florida Rising Stars list for 2015 in Super Lawyers magazine.
elected vice president of the Saint Andrew’s School Alumni Board.
Simran Singh, founding and managing
year to the 2015 Florida Rising Stars list in Super Lawyers magazine.
partner at Singh, Singh & Trauben LLP, produced the film Where Hope Grows which was recently released in over 200 theatres nationwide.
Daniel R. Lever was selected for a second
Christina M. Liu, an associate at
Winget, Spadafora & Schwartzberg, LLP’s Chicago office, has been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.
Scott D. Knapp, a partner of Broad and
R. Nicholas Nanovic, III, an associate of
Cassel’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been named to The Florida Bar’s Seventeenth Circuit Grievance Committee. Knapp was also recently elected to serve as presidentelect of the B’nai B’rith Justice Unit #5207 (BBJU). Additionally, he received the 2015 Paul May Professionalism Award from the Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association. Melissa L. Kuipers, a member of the
Denver, Colorado firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, has been named as a shareholder of the firm. Eldonie S. Mason, founding member of
the Mason Firm, LLC, in East Brunswick, was interviewed for the online article “A New Order of Law—Eldonie Mason, Esq.”
2006 Adi Amit has been named a partner at the
Fort Lauderdale, Florida firm of Lubell Rosen.
Steve Bassin, a shareholder in the Miami
Real Estate practice of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., recently finalized the negotiations for multiple major leases in Miami’s Design District. Jamie B. Schwinghamer, a litigation
attorney at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Collier County Women’s Bar Association, Inc. (CCWBA) and named chair of the Special Events Committee. Peter J. Strauss was a featured speaker
at the International Business and Finance Summit in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. His presentation was titled “Captives— Positioning The Bahamas as the Jurisdiction of Choice.”
2007 Franklin S. Homer, a member of
Greenspoon Marder Law’s Regulatory, Compliance & Defense practice group, was
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars® 2015 Edition. Matthew J. Simmons has joined
Shepherd Law, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia as a business attorney, concentrating on business and commercial litigation. Frances C. Wilburn has been promoted
from associate to principal at the Baltimore office of law firm Offit Kurman. Anthony R. Yanez has joined the Fort
Lauderdale office of Blank Rome LLP, as an associate in the Consumer Finance Litigation group.
2008 Glen M. Lindsay has joined McGlinchey
Stafford’s national commercial litigation team as an associate in the firm’s Jacksonville office. Lindsay Nasshorn has been hired as
the U.S. project coordinator for LDM Global, “a leading international provider of legal disclosure management services for law firms, corporations and government agencies.” Josh M. Rubens and Richard Segal,
new partners at Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, were featured in The Daily Business Review.
2009 Jennifer M. Barrow has been named a
partner with the firm Morris | Dupont in Miami. Barrow is the first non-founding member of the firm to become partner. Emilee K. Lawson Hatch has been
elected member of the Syracuse, New York law firm Bousquet Holstein PLLC. John S. Leinicke, a senior associate with
the defense firm Roig Lawyers, has been selected as one of the 2015 Florida Rising Stars for Super Lawyers magazine.
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Berger Singerman as a partner and member of the Dispute Resolution Team.
Jane W. Muir, attorney and partner at
Gersten Muir, was the recipient of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division 2015 Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer Award. She also authored the article “La Red de La Calle” which was published in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of CABA Briefs. Shannon M. Puopolo, attorney in the
business litigation firm Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., was recognized in the 2015 Florida Rising Stars list.
2010 Elizabeth K. Coppolecchia, an
Nichole C. Geary, an associate in the
Timothy R. Bow, an associate at Markowitz
Wesley P. Mehl was appointed as deputy
Joshua L. Plager has joined the probate
West Palm Beach office of Broad and Cassel, was a presenter at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2015 Symposium. commissioner of the Arizona State Land Department.
Eva M. Spahn, an associate in the Miami
litigation practice of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., was shortlisted for the Future Leader Award—Private Practice category as part of the 2015 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards.
associate in the Miami litigation practice of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., has been elected to the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Contemporaries Steering Committee. She was also named to the Bakehouse Art Complex Board of Directors.
Rachelle H. Hellams has joined The
Jody D. Baker and Brian H. McGuire
were engaged last year in April and married this past May in Key Largo, Florida. Alexander Britell, editor-in-chief and
founder of Caribbean Journal:The Caribbean News Magazine in Miami, was profiled in the Miami Herald on March 23, 2015. Magaly S. Cobian, an attorney originally
from Lima, Peru, has joined the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediations as managing director.
Frank A. Zincone II has joined the Fort
Lauderdale office of Burr & Forman LLP as an associate in the firm’s Banking & Real Estate practice group. Chartwell Law Offices, LLP as an associate at their new Fort Myers office focusing her practice primarily on workers’ compensation litigation.
2013 Angelica L. Boutwell, associate and
litigation lawyer of the Miami office of Foley & Lardner LLP, authored the article “Congress Rallies Against New Union Election Rules” for the online news journal The National Law Review.
Ringel Trusty & Hartog, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida. and trust litigation group of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs as an associate in the firm’s West Palm Beach office.
2014 Zak Colangelo has joined The Chartwell
Law Offices, LLP as an associate at their Miami office focusing his practice on maritime matters.
John J. Giarmarco has joined the firm of
Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. in Troy, Michigan, focusing his practice in the area of estate planning. Freddi R. Mack, an associate at K&L
Gates in Miami, is the 2015 Legal Eagle Champion, “Best Closer in County.” Oliver Sepulveda has joined the law firm
of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson, LLP as an associate at the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office focusing his practice primarily in the area of insurance coverage. Cassandra Shanbaum has joined the
law firm of Walton Lantaff Schroeder & Carson, LLP as an associate at the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office focusing her practice primarily in the areas of professional malpractice defense, insurance coverage and appellate law.
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Malvin “Mal” Englander, J.D. ’42,
a former judge and Miami Beach vice mayor and councilman, died on Jan. 6, 2015. The Honorable Morton L. Perry, J.D. ’50,
passed away on Jan. 5, 2015 at the age of 90. Alphonse M. Schwitalla, J.D. ’58,
passed away on March 24, 2015.
Barth H. Goldberg, J.D. ’64, passed
away on April 27, 2015 in Illinois.
Stanley Newmark, J.D. ’64, a family law
Roy L. Ferree, J.D. ’85, passed away on
Nancy C. Appleton, J.D. ’74, passed
Carlos J. Arboleya, Jr., J.D. ’87, passed
Robert L. McKinney, J.D. ’77, passed
Sonia De Cruz, J.D. ’87, passed away on
attorney, passed away on March 5, 2015. away on June 6, 2015.
away on March 17, 2015.
Gary Joseph Rotella, J.D. ’77, passed
away on March 4, 2015.
Gregg J. Ormand, J.D. ’80, passed away
on Jan. 6, 2015.
March 5, 2015.
away in Miami on April 3, 2015. March 20, 2015.
Celebrating Anniversaries! We applaud all our programs marking anniversaries in 2015-16: 50th Anniversary
January 11-15, 2016
Anniversary Lecture & Celebration, January 28, 2016
RALPH E. BOYER INSTITUTE ON CONDOMINIUM AND CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT
CEPS-CENTER FOR ETHICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE
CHILDREN AND YOUTH LAW CLINIC
October 29-30, 2015
Anniversary Lecture & Celebration, January 28, 2016
ROBERT TRAURIGGREENBERG TRAURIG LL.M. IN REAL PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT Anniversary Celebration, Lecture & Reunion February 12, 2016
HOPE FELLOWS PROGRAM Anniversary Celebration November 5, 2015
10th Anniversary HEALTH RIGHTS CLINIC
Anniversary Lecture & Celebration, February 20, 2016
For any questions on these events, please contact email@example.com.
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HECKERLING INSTITUTE ON ESTATE PLANNING
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Message from the Momentum2 Campaign Committee Chair: Wayne E. Chaplin, J.D. ’82
I want to take this opportunity to thank all our generous donors and the members of our Miami Law Momentum2 Campaign Committee, as well as our Vice Chairs, Carolyn B. Lamm, J.D. ’73 and Larry J. Hoffman, J.D. ’54. Your generosity, hard work, and ongoing support enabled us to surpass our campaign goal. Although the Momentum2 Campaign was not going to end until December 31, 2016, the campaign was so successful that President Shalala chose to end the campaign early. I am happy to report that we raised over $27M in support of our school. The generosity of alumni and friends has enabled our visionary Dean, Trish White, to continue to recruit the best and the brightest to our campus and to continue to provide an excellent education to our students. Our work, however, is not finished. Miami Law is reducing the size of its enrollment to focus on recruiting the strongest applicants, enhancing the curriculum, and better preparing our graduates to excel in a profession that is constantly changing. This means that the school will have to continue to rely on your unrestricted gifts and scholarship support to help our Dean accomplish this goal. The Miami Law alumni community is 20,000 strong. Our alumni use the knowledge and skills acquired and honed at Miami Law to help shape the future of the legal profession. As I mentioned at the beginning of the campaign, it is incumbent on all of us—who benefitted from such an empowering education—along with everyone who has an investment in a strong and vibrant South Florida, to take the law school to the next level with our philanthropic support.You heard me, and you came through for Miami Law! Over 48% of the gifts obtained during our Momentum2 Campaign came from alumni. Your generosity enabled us to achieve and surpass our campaign goal and helped us provide scholarships for outstanding students, support for our brilliant faculty, and it allowed us to develop initiatives that foster entrepreneurial skills and collaborative programs. Reducing the cost of providing a quality legal education by offering scholarship funds continues to be one of the Dean’s priorities.Your support of our scholarship funds is as important as ever. I hope we can continue to count on your generosity. I thank you for your loyalty and generous support of Momentum2, the School of Law, and the University of Miami. Go Canes!
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President and CEO, Southern Wine and Spirits of America Chair, Miami Law Momentum2 Campaign Committee Chair, School of Law Visiting Committee and Member,UM Board of Trustees
MOMENTUM2 overview $27,013,233.32 raised
10% by source
Programs & General Support (Endowed) Programs & General Support (Non-Endowed) Student Support (Endowed) Student Support (Non-Endowed)
Alumni Associations Corporations
CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CHAIR
Wayne E. Chaplin, J.D. ’82 Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc.
Larry J. Hoffman, J.D. ’54 Greenberg Traurig, P.A. Carolyn B. Lamm, J.D. ’73 White and Case LLP
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Tod N. Aronovitz, J.D. ’74 Aronovitz Law Hilarie Bass, J.D. ’81 Greenberg Traurig, P.A. Jeffrey S. Bass, J.D. ’92 Shubin & Bass, P.A. Ira Bodenstein, J.D. ’80 Shaw Gussis Fishman Glantz Wolfson & Towbin LLC Sergio Campos Professor of Law Nicholas E. Christin, J.D. ’78 Wicker, Smith, O’Hara McCoy & Ford, P.A. Frank Citera, J.D. ’83 Greenberg Traurig, LLP Jaret Davis, J.D. ’99 Greenberg Traurig, P.A. Devang Desai, J.D. ’03 Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo
Mary Doyle Dean Emerita & Professor of Law Emerita Deborah Enix-Ross, J.D. ’81 Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP Lydia A. Fernandez, J.D. ’79 Total Bank James L. Ferraro, J.D. ’83 The Ferraro Law Firm, P.A. Stuart Z. Grossman, J.D. ’73 Grossman Roth, P.A. Peter E. Halle, J.D. ’73 Stephen K. Halpert Professor of Law Stephen J. Helfman, LLMP ’84 Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L. Charles C. Kline, J.D. ’71 White & Case LLP Alan J. Kluger, J.D. ’75 Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L. Dennis O. Lynch Dean Emeritus & Professor of Law Jerry M. Markowitz, J.D. ’74 Markowitz Ringel Trusty Hartog, P.A. M. Minnette Massey, J.D. ’51 Professor of Law, Emerita Charles H. Mercer, Jr., J.D. ’74 Nelson Mullins, Riley and Scarborough, LLP
Edith G. Osman, J.D. ’83 Carlton Fields Jorden Burt Todd S. Payne, J.D. ’89 Zebersky & Payne, LLP Peter Prieto, J.D. ’85 Podhurst Orseck, P.A. Mark F. Raymond, J.D. ’83 Broad and Cassel Patricia A. Redmond, J.D. ’79 Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. Laurence M. Rose Director, Litigation Skills Program & Professor of Law Emeritus Edward Shohat, J.D. ’72 Jones Walker David B. Schwartz, J.D. ’97 The Walt Disney Company John Shubin, J.D. ’88 Shubin & Bass, P.A. Laurie S. Silvers, J.D. ’77 Hollywood Media Corp. Kele Stewart Professor of Clinical Legal Education Adam T. Smith, J.D. ’97 Medina Capital Partners Robert Zarco, J.D. ’85 Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, P.A.
fter three productive and happy years at Miami Law, Canadian Jacqueline Frisch graduated cum laude this past May. Her parents, Ron and Hedy Frisch, established a scholarship in recognition of her graduation and the positive experiences she had while a student at Miami Law. “Choosing Miami Law was the best decision I ever made,” said Jackie Frisch, who received her undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal. “The campus is beautiful. The professors are engaged and engaging. The student body is dynamic. And the opportunities are endless. I had an amazing three years there and felt incredibly lucky to be part of the UM community.” Her experiences at Miami Law included serving as an intern and fellow for the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program, Dean’s Fellow for the Academic Achievement Program, and member of the International Law Society and Miami Law Women student organizations. She served as Judicial Extern to The Honorable United States Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres during the summer of her 2L year. Frisch was also awarded the John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship by Professor Laurence Rose because of her distinguished work in the Litigation Skills Program. “Jackie’s total experience with Miami Law was exceptional from start to finish,” said Ron Frisch, President and CEO of Kohl and Frisch Limited, the only Canadianowned national pharmaceutical distributor. “These were three wonderful years for Jackie, filled with enviable opportunities to learn and grow, all predicated on a willingness to work hard and be open to taking on new challenges. Jackie found the professors and classes engaging, interesting, and stimulating, and that pattern continued for her full three years there. We decided part way through her final year that we wanted to support the School in an enduring way and hopefully allow for other young people to learn and grow at UM as Jackie had.”
The Frisch Family Endowed Scholarship supports law students chosen by the Dean of the Law School, and the recipients are known as the Frisch Family Scholars. This year’s recipient is Rachel Louise Perez, a 3L who received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in Canada. She is working towards a joint J.D./LL.M. in International Law and is a member of Miami Law Women, the Entertainment & Sports Law Society and the International Law Society. “Our hope is to maintain an ongoing relationship with the School and to allow the Dean to have the means to assist other young people to benefit from UM’s environment as they enter the legal profession,” said Ron Frisch. Since graduating from Miami Law, Frisch has been working at the law firm of Stikeman Elliott, LLP in Toronto, Canada, mainly in the corporate law department, assisting with mergers and acquisitions. She hopes to pass the bar in both Florida and Ontario and eventually would like to be involved in cross-border work. “Miami Law taught me so much—about law, people, the world, and life,” said Jackie Frisch. “This scholarship is our chance to give back. My hope is that the scholarship gives the recipients the chance and the confidence to seize the amazing opportunities offered at UM.”
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JACQUELINE FRISCH, J.D. ’15 AND PARENTS RON AND HEDY FRISCH
Parents Establish Scholarship in Honor of Daughter’s Law School Graduation
NORMAN TRIPP AND EDWARD POZZUOLI, J.D. ’87
Law Firm Creates Scholarship to Benefit Students from Broward County By MichelleValencia
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orman Tripp and Edward Pozzuoli, J.D. ’87, directors at the Fort Lauderdale law firm of Tripp Scott LLP, have several things in common. They are both committed to education and serving the community, they are both graduates of the University of Miami and members of Iron Arrow Honor Society, and now they have taken their commitment to their alma mater one step further by creating the Tripp Scott Endowed Scholarship at Miami Law. “We have a great connection and great experience with the University of Miami, and this is our way to give back to what we think is the premier law school and university in South Florida,” said Pozzuoli, who is a double ’Cane and served as Chief of Iron Arrow. The Dean of the Law School will select the Tripp Scott Scholar; preference will be given to students from Broward County who received their undergraduate degree at UM and have demonstrated leadership and expressed an interest in practicing law in Broward County. The current student recipient of the Tripp Scott Scholarship is 3L Demi Halmoukos, who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a member of the Business Law Review and the Entertainment & Sports Law Society, and recently interned at the State Attorney’s Office in Broward County. Tripp, who received his
undergraduate degree from UM in 1962, founded the law firm in 1969. A well-known community activist, he is dedicated to improving government, education, and diversity. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Florida Atlantic University, a trustee at the University of Miami, and chair and vice-chair of the State of Florida Board of Community Colleges. He currently serves on the Board of Governors that operates Florida’s university system. Tripp has fond memories of his time at UM. “It was a great opportunity for me—not only did I go to school there but I got involved in the original ‘Singing Hurricanes’ under Glenn Draper, who took over the choral program at the School of Music. He was looking for anyone who had a good voice, so I joined the chorus. He took the ‘Singing Hurricanes’ to Europe, where we sang in all the military bases. It was quite a group.” Pozzuoli received his B.B.A. degree from UM and attended the night division of Miami Law in the mid-80s. He graduated in 1987. “I worked during the day.That was a way I could afford law school, simply put,” he said. An accomplished educational and commercial litigator, Pozzuoli is president of Tripp Scott. He, too, is
devoted to making a difference in the community. He was chairman of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of South Florida and is past chairman of the Republican Party of Broward County. He sits on the board of advisors of the Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad College of Law and was the immediate past vice chair of the board of trustees for the Pine Crest Preparatory School. Pozzuoli is also heavily involved with Charter Schools USA, which is the largest charter school management company in the country. “Norman and I share the same commitment—not just to practice law in what we consider the right way—but also being committed to our community,” said Pozzuoli. “We believe it’s important to provide an opportunity for a young student.We both went to law school at night because it was affordable. And so we understand the expense of a quality education, especially at the law school level, and we think it’s a great investment in someone to provide them with a little help along the way.” The first Tripp Scott Scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2015. “From my point of view, scholarships make college affordable; it gives people access to education,” said Tripp.
JUDGE FEDERICO MORENO, J.D. ’78
Judge Federico Moreno, J.D. ’78, Honored with Scholarship at Miami Law By Catharine Skipp and Michelle Valencia licio A. Piña, J.D. ’90, and his wife, Nirma recently established an endowed scholarship to recognize and honor the 25 years of public service of former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Federico A. Moreno, J.D. ’78. “I got to know Judge Moreno while Nirma was serving as his judicial assistant at the time. He was very instrumental in encouraging me to apply to and attend the University of Miami’s School of Law, in spite of having recently emigrated from Cuba,” said Alicio Piña, a partner at Florida Value Partners, LLC, a company formed in 2008 to purchase distressed real estate throughout the U.S. “Judge Moreno always inspired hard work and dedication through his example. We established the scholarship in gratitude to Judge Moreno and to the law school for the invaluable education and overall rewarding experience I received there.” In addition to the Piña’s gift, Manuel “Manny” Kadre and his wife Annie created a $50,000 challenge grant that matched, dollar for dollar, each new contribution made by Judge Moreno’s former law clerks toward the scholarship. Manny Kadre served as law clerk to Judge Moreno in the early 1990s and is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the
MBB Auto Group and a member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees. “I hired Manny Kadre from New York,” said Judge Moreno. “After his clerkship he practiced law with my wife’s firm, where he met her client Carlos de la Cruz. Manny worked for Carlos, another great benefactor to the U. Manny became a great entrepreneur in his own right. His generosity to UM is only exceeded by his and Annie’s friendship with the Moreno family. We are all lucky that he decided to stay in Miami.” Judge Moreno served as Chief Judge from 2007 to 2014 and continues to sit on the Federal bench. Prior to his appointment by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, he sat on the 11th Judicial Circuit Court from 1987 until 1990, and was a Dade County Court Judge from 1986 until 1987. Judge Moreno was in private practice starting in 1978 until 1986 in the firm of Thornton, Rothman and Moreno, and in between served as Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Office of the U.S. Public Defender from 1979 until 1981. Judge Moreno
is a member of Miami Law’s Visiting Committee. The Venezuelan-born Moreno met his wife, Maria Cristina Morales, while they were both at Miami Law. She is now a prominent Miami attorney. “I received a wonderful legal education at UM’s Law School where I was lucky to serve as the school’s Student Bar Association’s President, but most importantly where I met my wife Cristina, a Double ’Cane,” said Judge Moreno. “Alicio and Nirma Piña are longtime friends who are an example that you can do good while doing well too. I am honored to be associated with them and am grateful for their friendship as well as their generosity and love for the University of Miami’s School of Law.” This year’s recipient of the Moreno Scholarship is Leticia Mora, a 2L who is a member of the University of Miami Law Review and International Moot Court team. She recently served as a Summer Public Interest Fellow and Legal Intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida.
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BASS BRICKS DEDICATION The well-known student Bricks area in the heart of the law school quadrangle was renamed “The Bass Bricks” in recognition and honor of Hilarie Bass, J.D. ’81. Bass made a generous donation to Miami Law, a testament to the influence the law school has had in her life. The “Bass Bricks” was
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dedicated in September 2014.
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1 Spring 2015 Iron Arrow Society Tappees include Miami Law Students Christine Freer, Lindsay Adkin, Brian Oliver, and Sara Solano 2 Hundreds of Miami Law alumni were sworn in to The Florida Bar on September 23, 2014 3 Stephen M. Schwebel, former Judge of the International Court of Justice, visited Miami Law in April 2015 as part of the International Arbitration Instituteâ€™s lecture series 4 Academic Achievement Program Director, Joanne Koren, J.D. â€™84, receives the Alumni Leadership Award from the Society of Bar and Gavel at the 2015 Passing of the Gavel Ceremony 5 International Arbitration Lecture with Carolyn Lamm, Partner and Co-Chair White & Case LLP, in Washington D.C., with Professor Jan Paulsson and Marike Paulsson 6 Justice Anthony Kennedy delivers the Robert B. Cole Lecture in February 2015
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7 Deanâ€™s Cup 2015 8 Military Law Society sponsors a panel on 9/11 9 2014 Donor Scholarship Luncheon 10 Lindsay Adkin and Michael Deutsch at the 2015 Public Interest Recognition Ceremony 11 Miami Law Graduates at Spring Commencement 12 Miami Law Students at the annual Student Organization Fair 13 2014 HOPE Day of Service
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14 Professor Charlton Copeland with M. Minnette Massey and Dean Patricia D. White. 15 2014 Louis Henkin Lecture on Human Rights with Michael H. Posner, Professor of Business & Society at NYU’s Stern School of Business 16 13th Annual William M. Hoeveler Ethics & Public Service Award honored Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente, J.D. ’73. 17 Frank Angones, Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale University, Roberto Martinez & Marcos Jimenez, at the panel discussion: CABA v. Christopher, 20th Anniversary of the Guantánamo Refugees Litigation 18 1st DCA hears oral arguments at Miami Law in early 2015 19 66th Annual Morning Spirits Homecoming Breakfast with Hon. Stanford Blake, J.D. ’73 & Hon. Carroll J. Kelly, J.D. ’89
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20 Douglas K. Bischoff, Associate Dean for the Adjunct Faculty and Director, Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development, retires from Miami Law. 21 Miami Law hosted a film screening and panel with American Promise filmmaker MichĂ¨le Stephenson. 22 University of Miami President Donna Shalala delivers speech at Law School Commencement 23 The Central Park Five exonerees speak at Miami Law 24 Edward H. Davis, Jr., J.D. â€™87, receives the 33rd Annual Lawyer of the Americas Banquet hosted by the Inter-American Law Review
THE LAST WORD KELE STEWART, CO-DIRECTOR, CHILDREN & YOUTH LAW CLINIC
Half Moon Pose with Kele Stewart By Catharine Skipp
n a bright Saturday morning in Miami’s burgeoning Upper Eastside, the Farmers Market is bustling at the entrance to Legion Park. Dozens of people are stretching on yoga mats under a canopy of live oaks. Among them is Kele Stewart, Clinical Professor who co-directs Miami Law’s Children and Youth Law Clinic and was recently named Associate Dean of Experiential Learning. “I love that there are so many opportunities to do yoga outdoors in Miami. It is a good way to clear my mind and connect with nature,” Stewart says. It is not surprising that Stewart finds solace in a natural setting near the water. She grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, the only child of a single mother who is one of eleven siblings. “I have a huge family with lots of cousins who are more like brothers and sisters,” she says. Stewart came from a culture of the “lime,” a Trinidadian expression for a get-together. “Everything is an excuse for a lime,” she says. “Culturally, it is the opposite of the U.S. where you squeeze life in around work. I miss the laid back lifestyle centered around family and traditions. In Trinidad, work is important but does not define you.” Stewart attended Bishop Anstey High School, an all-girls school with a reputation for producing independent young women. She credits her mother, a public servant, with instilling the value of education and a strong work ethic. When Stewart left Trinidad and Tobago after high school to live with an aunt in Long Island and attend Nassau Community College, she worked as a cashier at a grocery store. While in the New York City area, she had easy access to family and Trinidadian favorites like roti and pholourie. When Stewart transferred on a scholarship to Cornell University in upstate New York to study Human Development and Family Studies, she felt more disconnected. “But it was my first opportunity to define my adult identity and goals,” she says. “I always knew I wanted to work with children.
I considered child psychology, social work or teaching, but during my junior year at Cornell, I did a policy internship at New York Mayor David Dinkins’ Office of Children and Families,” she says. “That’s when the seed was planted—a law degree might be a good way to help kids.” By then Stewart had her fill of isolation and harsh winters. “I decided to go to New York University for law school.” After graduation, she spent a few years in big law. “I learned a lot as a junior litigator,” Stewart says. “But, at the end of the day, it was not my passion.” Stewart has now been at Miami Law for ten years. “This is my dream job,” she says. In her clinic, where students represent children in foster care, she gets to serve some of the most vulnerable children in our community. “I also get to facilitate that ‘aha’ moment when students gain insight into some aspect of lawyering that can’t really be conveyed in a classroom.” “I am grateful to be able to integrate my personal life, work and purpose in a way that feels meaningful and balanced,” she says. Stewart now understands that her path was set far earlier than she had realized. As a child, her mother sometimes hosted her birthday parties at an orphanage. “I had completely forgotten about it until I did some work at the same orphanage during my Fulbright in Trinidad,” she said. “My mom was awesome”—a fitting tribute to her mother who passed away last year after living with Alzheimer’s for a decade. Namaste, indeed.
GIFT of an EDUCATION and leave a Legacy LASTING Give the
By naming Miami Law as a beneficiary in your will or trust, you can help students get a top-notch legal education they might not otherwise be able to afford. Your gift can transform lives—and transform the world. It’s an incredible, impactful legacy to leave. A bequest to Miami Law in your will or trust allows you to fulfill your philanthropic goals while minimizing your taxable estate and simplifying the probate process. You also retain full use and control of your assets during your life. You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy—any size gift can make an impact for generations to come.
We gratefully acknowledge the following individuals who have included the University of Miami School of Law in their estate planning: Anonymous Georgina and Francisco R. Angones, J.D. ’76 Emerson L. Allsworth, J.D. ’52 Sarah Nesbitt Artecona Hilarie Bass, J.D. ’81 Eugene G. Beckham, J.D. ’82 Raymond F. Benkoczy, J.D. ’89 Joan A. Berk, J.D. ’69 Honorable Miette K. Burnstein, J.D. ’61 Renee and Francis Citera, J.D. ’83 Robert B. Cole* Nicholas A. Crane, J.D. ’53* The Honorable A. Jay Cristol, J.D. ’59 Reba Engler Daner* Thomas B. DeWolf, J.D. ’53 Marcia and Aaron Foosaner, J.D. ’52* Donn C. Fullenweider Charles K. George, J.D. ’54 Barton S. Goldberg, J.D. ’57 Edward I. Golden, J.D. ’77 Gary Gomoll, J.D. ’81* Cynthia Beamish, Esq. and Michael F. Guilford, J.D. ’85
Marie B. Harms* Lydia and Burton Harrison, J.D. ’52* Rolf Hastings, J.D. ’50 Ralph Hauser, J.D. ’51* Honorable Murray Z. Klein, J.D. ’52* Eleanora and Burton Landy, J.D. ’52 Diana and George N. Leader, J.D. ’51 Sondra R. Linden, J.D. ’62 John Franklin Lisk, J.D. ’77 Ray E. Marchman, Jr., J.D. ’61 M. Minnette Massey, J.D. ’51 H. Jack Miller, J.D. ’51 Milton Miller, J.D. ’55 Patrick H. Neale, J.D. ’78 David Noble, J.D. ’01 Valerie Odell, Esq. Kathleen O’Donnell, J.D. ’77 Claude M. Olds* Kyle Paige, J.D. ’89 Honorable Peter Palermo, J.D. ’50 Sheldon Bruce Palley, J.D. ’57 Linda and Patrick A. Podsaid, J.D. ’63 Lawrence B. Rodgers, J.D. ’67
There are a number of planned giving vehicles to make a gift to Miami Law, depending on your particular goals and circumstances. For example, you can: Make a Bequest in a Will or Trust Create a Charitable Gift Annuity Gift a Life Insurance Policy Create a Charitable Remainder Trust Gift Retirement Assets Create a Charitable Lead Trust Create a Retained Life Estate Gift Real Estate, Tangible or Intangible Property
Charles L. Ruffner, J.D. ’64 Irving Rutkin, DDS* Bertley Sager, J.D. ’49* Barbara and Herbert E. Saks, J.D. ’56 Richard M. Sepler, J.D. ’56 Marilyn and Ronald Shapo, J.D. ’66 Lawrence M. Shoot, J.D. ’68 H. Allan Shore, J.D. ’71 Sheryl and Bernard Siegel, J.D. ’75 Laurie S. Silvers, J.D. ’77 and Mitchell Rubinstein H.T. Smith, J.D. ’73 Matthew Joseph Soltysiak, J.D. ’54* Bernard Dane Stein, J.D. ’71 Edward J. Waldron, Sr., J.D. ’69 Adele T. Weaver, J.D. ’60* Marvin I. Wiener, J.D. ’57 Edward A. Willinger, J.D. ’53* Richard A. Wolfe, J.D. ’92 Robert E. Ziegler, J.D. ’53 *Deceased
To learn ways you can make a bequest, or for sample bequest language, visit the University of Miami Office of Estate and Gift Planning’s website, www.miami.edu/plannedgiving, or contact: Cynthia L. Beamish Executive Director UM Office of Estate and Gift Planning 305.284.4342 firstname.lastname@example.org Georgina A. Angones Assistant Dean, Advancement University of Miami School of Law 305.284.3470 email@example.com
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