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MARCH 2018

A message from Law Alumni Association President, Detra Shaw-Wilder, JD ’94

Detra Shaw-Wilder has a message for you

It’s Madness in March! This month we ask all alumni to give any amount and help us beat out the other University of Miami School’s by having the most alumni who gave. If we win, the school gets $5,000 in scholarship funds.

ALUMNI MOVERS
David Spector, JD ’96 takes helm at Florida’s Largest Law Firm David Spector, JD ’96 takes helm at Florida’s Largest Law Firm

David Spector, became chairman and CEO this month at Akerman LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms.
Daniel S Belsky, JD '77, appointed to Judgeship in San Diego County Superior Court Daniel S Belsky, JD '77, appointed to Judgeship in San Diego County Superior Court

The Governor’s Office announced in December that a longtime San Diego civil attorney has been appointed to the Superior Court bench.
>Ashley Sybesma Ashley N. Sybesma, JD ’05, Received the Florida Bar Pro Bono Award

In a Supreme Court Ceremony in January, Ashley Sybesma received a Florida Bar Pro Bono Award for her work in the community.
Trisha S. WidowfieldTrisha S. Widowfield, JD ’07, Receives Prestigious AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Trisha S. Widowfield has earned the coveted AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating given by the publication. An elite group of approximately 10% of attorneys hold this rating.
Alumni Profile: Dexter Whitley, JD '17 Alumni Profile: Dexter Whitley, JD '17

From Science to Law, how alumnus Dexter Whitley went from teaching molecular biology, immunology, physiology, and virology to practicing Fish & Richardson in Atlanta, a top patent and intellectual property firm.
Alumni Profile: James Deiotte, JD ’88 Alumni Profile: James Deiotte, JD ’88

“Get your passport out and travel,” suggests James Deiotte, J.D. ‘88, a former Senior Partner at Ernst & Young. Since leaving Miami in 1988, he has traveled the world and lived in many different U.S. cities.
Miami Dade Judicial Reception Miami Law Alumni Honored at 2017 Miami-Dade Judicial Reception & Holiday Party

The Law Alumni Achievement Award recipients included the Honorable John O’Sullivan, JD ’85, Edward Shohat, JD ’72, and Julie Braman Kane, JD ’93. This achievement award recognizes alumni nationally who have excelled in their chosen profession and in service to the University of Miami School of Law and the legal profession. The Law Alumni Leadership Award was presented to Jordan Dresnick, JD ’08, Patricia Elizee, JD ’10, Dale Noll, JD ’12, Katie S. Phang, JD ’00, Miriam Soler Ramos, JD ’02 and Nikki Lewis Simon, JD ’99.
Alfonso Judge Spencer J. Multack appointed to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court

Govenor Rick Scott appointed Spencer J. Multack to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court. Multack of Aventura, is currently a Miami-Dade County Judge. He previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the 11th Circuit.
Hardiman The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade: new leadership for a new year, Johnette Hardiman, JD ’87

The board voted in a new slate of leaders that include Johnette Hardiman who will become board chair. Hardiman is assistant state attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit.
Lesley Silverio Mendoza, JD ’02, Finds Purpose in Serving Immigrant Children Lesley Silverio Mendoza, JD ’02, Finds Purpose in Serving Immigrant Children

Lesley Silverio Mendoza oversees an organization that works on 1,700 cases a year, but she always derives energy from the kids she serves: "They undergo so much and still are so kind and have such a generous, humble spirit."
UPCOMING EVENTS

Broward Judicial Reception & CLE
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
CLE Session (1.5 credits)
4:30 PM
Judicial Reception & Award Ceremony
6:00 PM
RSVP

Naples Alumni Happy Hour
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Whiskey Park (Naples)
5:00 PM
RSVP

Table of Eight: The Honorable Barbara Levenson, JD ’81
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Christy’s Restaurant (Coral Gables)
6:00 PM
RSVP

More Events
PAST EVENTS

Young Alumni Social

Young Alumni Social

IN MEMORIAM

Richard Rappaport, JD ’73
Richard Rappaport, JD ’73

Debra Lynn Zelman
Debra Lynn Zelman, Esq. JD '92

Judge Shelley J. Kravitz JD '82
Judge Shelley J. Kravitz JD '82

Harold P. Kravitz, Esq. JD '50
Harold P. Kravitz, Esq. JD '50

David P. Rowe, Esq. JD '82
David P. Rowe, Esq. JD '82

Harold Rosen, Esq. JD '52
Harold Rosen, Esq. JD '52

Harry Bernard Smith JD '53
Harry Bernard Smith JD '53

David S. Solovey, Esq. JD '57
David S. Solovey, Esq. JD '57

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Charitable Giving in 2018 and Beyond

Eric S. Kane For those considering incorporating charitable planning into their estate plan, there are several noteworthy options available. The most common form of charitable planning is to create lifetime gifts for the University of Miami or to name the University of Miami as a beneficiary in your Last Will and Testament or Revocable Living Trust Agreement. For the charitably inclined there are three additional options to consider. The first option is to use Charitable Gift Annuities. Charitable Gift Annuities allow you to transfer cash or property to the University of Miami by issuing the gift annuity in exchange for both an income tax deduction and a promise from the University of Miami to make fixed annual payments to you or another individual for a set number of years or for your or the other individual's lifetime. Annuity payments can start immediately or can be deferred to some future date. A second option is to make a testamentary gift to the University of Miami directly from your IRA or qualified retirement account. Selecting the University of Miami as the recipient of a qualified retirement account is a great tool from a tax standpoint as no income taxes will be due on the income the University of Miami receives and the gifts are deductible for estate tax purposes. It is important to note that Roth IRAs, which do not have any built-in income tax liability, are an exception to this rule. A third option involves the use of charitable trusts. Charitable trusts can benefit you, your heirs, and the University of Miami. Two popular types of charitable trusts are commonly referred to as Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Lead Trusts. If you would like to learn more about these charitable concepts, please contact the University of Miami Office of Estate & Planned Giving. University of Miami Office of Estate & Planned Giving.

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