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Dean Anthony E. Varona

Dean Anthony E. Varona Appointed to the M. Minnette Massey Chair.

Dean Varona has been named the first Dean of the School of Law to hold the M. Minnette Massey Chair. The chair honors the former acting dean who was one of the “First Wave,” the fourteen woman pioneers who elbowed their way into the male-dominated world of American law professors in the 1950s. Massey was also the second woman in the country to serve as dean of a law school.


Gift to the Litigation Skills

$1 Million Gift to the Litigation Skills Program Honors Late Alumnus

Thanks to a generous gift by wife Carole Gerstein, the late Richard Gerstein, B.B.A. ’47, J.D. ’49, was honored at Miami Law with the naming of the Richard E. and Carole L. Gerstein Litigation Skills Program. The $1 million planned gift will also support the selection and placement of Gerstein Scholars - student interns who will be placed at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office.

Via Practicum

Via Practicum, Alumna Shepherds Next Generation of Intl LL.M. Students

Aymee D. Valdivia Granda, J.D. ’10, is a lawyer at Holland & Knight in the International and Cross Border Transactional Practice. The Cuban-born, raised and trained attorney is also a member of Holland & Knight’s Cuba Action Team and recently became a partner of the firm. Before becoming a partner, Valdivia came to Miami Law initially as an LL.M. student and transferred to the J.D. program.


Two Miami Law Alums Appointed to the 11th Judicial Circuit Court

Success as Counsel for Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration in Kenya: Victoria Kigen, LL.M. '17

Hilarie Bass, J.D. '81 and Past ABA President, Leads UM Board of Trustees and Institute for Diversity/Inclusion

Winner of Prestigious Yale Law Writing Competition is Recent Miami Law Grad

Distinguished Alumni Honored at “Morning Spirits” & Homecoming Breakfast

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Vanguard Scholar Frank Valdes

Vanguard Scholar Frank Valdes Honored with LatCrit Critical Pioneer Award

Professor Francisco Valdes was recently honored with the first Francisco Valdes Critical Pioneer Award. Valdes' work focuses on constitutional law and theory, Latina/o legal studies, critical outsider jurisprudence, and Queer scholarship.

Gavel, book, legal seal

New Professors Broaden Expertise in Health, Environmental, and Antitrust Law

Three new professors have joined the faculty this academic year: John Mark Newman, an expert in antitrust; Jessica Owley, an environmental law and land conservation guru; and Gabriel Scheffler, prominent in the fields of health law and policy, and occupational regulation.


Professor Alejandro Portes Receives Spain's Highest Honor - Princess of Asturias Award

Legal Industry Undergoing Transformation - Professor Michele DeStefano's New Book Explores Phenomenon

Faculty Book Celebration

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Alice Kerr

3L Alice Kerr Receives LSGMI’s “Outstanding Law Clerk” Award

Legal Services of Greater Miami recently recognized Alice Kerr for promoting equal justice for all. Kerr has worked with LSGMI since interning as part of HOPE’s Summer Public Interest Fellowship program in 2018. Kerr currently works with LSGMI’s Veterans Advocacy Project.

Health Rights Clinic

Students Win Three Client Victories for Health Rights Clinic

Students from Miami Law’s Health Rights Clinic had three recent wins. “These are the first clients these students have ever represented,” said the clinic’s director JoNel Newman. “They started school in August, and have already changed their clients’ lives.”

FL Bar Foundation

FL Bar Foundation Recognizes Clinics for Immigrant Child Advocacy

A collaboration between three of Miami Law’s clinics was named second runner up for The Florida Bar Foundation’s 2019 Paul Doyle Children’s Advocacy Award. The project brought together the Children & Youth Law, Health Rights, and Immigration clinics. The clinics submitted three amicus curiae briefs in two separate cases in the Florida Supreme Court that contributed to a significant, unanimous 2017 decision of the Court.

Elizabeth Schwartz Scholar

2L Miami Scholar Named Elizabeth Schwartz Scholar by Aqua Foundation for Women

The Aqua Foundation for Women Scholarship recently named Miami Public Interest Scholar Hannah Hays their inaugural Elizabeth Schwartz Scholar. “The Aqua Foundation is a group for and by LBTQ women,” Hays said, “and I am honored that the amazing activists who have come before me are willing to guide, share, and build as we figure out how we want to serve and fight for the LGBTQIA+ population in South Florida and beyond.”


National Jurist Magazine Names Angel Sanchez Runner Up for Law Student of the Year

2L Selected as Student Liaison for ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Renowned International Arbitration Moot Competition Held at Miami Law

NFL Players Association Exec Director DeMaurice Smith Schools Students on Interplay of Business and Sports Law


January 2  AALS Annual Meeting: Miami Law Mojitos & Mambo Mixer

January 13 – 17  Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning | Register

January 13  Law Alumni Luncheon at the 54th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

January 22  Annual Carolyn B. Lamm/White & Case Lecture featuring guest speaker Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler: "International Arbitration: Rise and Reform"

January 24  Miami Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum

February 7 - 8  2020 University of Miami Law Review Symposium: What Swings the Vote? The Influence of the U.S. Legal System

February 14 - 15  The American Society of International Law International Economic Law Conference

February 20  LL.M. Open House for Prospective Students in Downtown Miami | Register

April 2 - 3  Entertainment and Sport Law Society Annual Conference

April 18 - 19  LawWithoutWalls Conposium

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