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With Increased Attention, Human Trafficking Emerges from the Shadows

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HumanTraffickingCORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 22, 2015)—In an ambitious effort to raise awareness, improve understanding, and generate solutions to the emerging epidemic  of human trafficking in Miami, the School of Education and Human Development and a number of community partners are holding three forums on the UM campus, two of them this week, to address the problem.

Hosted by UM President Donna E. Shalala and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, the first forum, “Combating the ‘Glamour’ and Demand of Human Trafficking through Media, Education and Services,” will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 at the Newman Alumni Center.

Alberto M. Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Orlando A. Prescott, administrative judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Juvenile Division; and Deborah Baker-Egozi, president of the Miami chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, will join other community leaders, service providers, and local, state, and national law enforcement agencies in the effort Rundle began four years ago to find ways to more readily identify victims and prosecute perpetrators of the illicit trade in humans, often for the purpose of forced labor or commercial sex.

Attendees may RSVP by contacting Barbara Pacheco at 305-547-0749 or BarbaraPacheco@MiamiSAO.com but are welcome to just walk in.

The second forum, held in collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Human Trafficking Coalition and the Miami-Dade County Human Trafficking Collaborative Project, will follow on Friday, January 30, between 9 a.m. and noon at the BankUnited Center Hurricane 100 Room. Titled “Human Trafficking in Miami and Our Local Response Conference,” the event will focus on innovative, emerging service and advocacy practices and feature panel presentations and discussions with survivors of sex trafficking, along with leading service providers in the region.

Faculty, staff, and students who wish to attend the Friday forum may RSVP to Ivon Mesa, of Miami-Dade’s Community Action and Human Services Department, at MESAI@miamidade.gov.

The third forum, “Human Trafficking: Interrupting the Pathway to Victimization,” is being organized by The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment on Friday, May 1. At the all-day event at the Newman Alumni Center, leading experts will discuss the complexities of identifying, intervening with, and protecting human trafficking victims, as well as the research on therapeutic, legal, and social solutions. For more information or to register, visit http://www.melissainstitute.org/.

Miller School of Medicine student Juhi Jain addresses an audience of medical professionals and law enforcement personnel attending the "Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic" symposium.

Miller School of Medicine student Juhi Jain addresses an audience of medical professionals and law enforcement personnel attending the “Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic” symposium.

Students at the Miller School of Medicine are equally concerned by the illicit trade in humans and last week held a daylong symposium,  “Human Trafficking: An Emerging Epidemic,” at UM’s Student Activities Center aimed at educating physicians, nurses, social workers, and law enforcement about the growing problem.

As Juhi Jain, a fourth-year Miller School student who received a grant from the Arsht Ethics Initiatives to stage the conference explained, human trafficking does not discriminate. “It affects all ethnicities,” she said, noting that American citizens are just as likely as immigrants to be victims.

Jain first became aware of how serious the human trafficking problem is about two years ago, when some of her fellow Miller School students told her about two victims who showed up at the UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital emergency room for medical treatment. It was then that Jain consulted with two of her mentors—Panagiota “Pat” Caralis, M.D., J.D., professor of medicine, and Edwin Olsen, M.D., M.B.A., J.D., professor of clinical psychiatry—who persuaded her to do more research on the issue, specifically the medical and legal aspects of the problem and how to identify and aid victims.

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Beloved Scholar M. Minnette Massey Passes Torch to Charlton Copeland

By Catharine Skipp
Special to UM News


M. Minnette Massey and Charlton Copeland

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (January 23, 2015)—She 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.

On Thursday, January 29, M. Minnette Massey, professor of law emerita, will formally fulfill a promise she made in 2008 to Charlton Copeland, professor of law.

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.

Copeland will be appointed the inaugural holder of the M. Minnette Massey Chair in Law on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Lowe Art Museum.

Massey first arrived at the University of Miami in 1944 as a freshman, class of 1948. She would graduate from Miami Law in 1951 and join the faculty in 1958, while simultaneously earning an LL.M. as a Kenison Fellow at New York University.

The fair-haired, green-eyed spitfire was one of the “First Wave,” fourteen woman pioneers who elbowed their way into the male-dominated world of American law school professors. Massey began teaching legal research as an assistant law librarian, but rapidly asserted her dominance in the machinations of Florida civil procedure.

She would catch the attention of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Hugo Black and William O. Douglas, who admired her dazzling intellect and skills as a raconteur. Think Shirley MacLaine, only loads smarter. She ascended to assistant dean, then first woman dean, all the while imprinting armies of young lawyers as masters of the intricacies of litigation and the rightful leaders of their profession. She was a force to behold, and she used her powers to lead the law school into integration of both the faculty and student body.

When Copeland was born, Massey was already a decade past her midpoint at Miami Law. He would take a long, but far more interesting path to the steps of 1311 Miller Drive.

On his road to becoming a law teacher committed to the ideal of the training of lawyers and scholarly engagement, the young New Orleanian Copeland would weather many New England winters: first at Amherst College, then through both Divinity and Law School at Yale University. From there, he would clerk in South Africa for two justices of the Constitutional Court, then return to clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. After clerking, he was an associate at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C. Copeland began his academic career as a visiting professor at Northwestern University School of Law.

The Florida sun would finally shine on Copeland in 2007 when he was invited to join the faculty at Miami Law. From the lectern or the pulpit, the charismatic Copeland holds his audiences spellbound, although he suspects that such a feat is easier when students haven’t been introduced to the material through an episode on Law & Order.

Whether teaching civil procedure, administrative law, or federal courts, Copeland’s classes are highly sought after. His goals as a teacher are always to keep his students engaged in the subject matter by demonstrating the commonsense dimension of often-arid areas of study. Additionally, he aims to demonstrate the relevance of these subjects to both the practical questions that lawyers face and the fundamental issues of policymaking in a democracy. 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 our conceptualization of the national-state relationship as reflected in state and national institutions. In both his writings on federalism and his more explicit writing on the theological dimensions of law and politics, Copeland has been influenced by his belief that there is something normatively consequential in our being stuck in a polity with others with whom we disagree, and that our political and legal institutions and discourses reflect the tensions created by this reality. He has not shied away from tackling issues of contemporary moment, including the federalism debate surrounding the Affordable Care Act and the debates over marriage equality.

Copeland once met a Miami Law alumnus, who credited Massey with having gotten him a life-changing internship in Washington, D.C. at the National Labor Relations Board. So impressed by the impact Massey had on students, Copeland is proud to be the inaugural faculty member in Miami Law’s Washington, D.C., Semester-in-Practice, which combines an externship in Washington, D.C., with coursework in Copeland’s Federal Policy Making.

From Massey, Copeland inherited the role of faculty advisor for the Florida Supreme Court internship program. He fondly remembers that in a conversation with Massey a few years into his advising, she complained that he had seemingly picked the students with the best academic record, forgetting the impact that the program could have on the lives of students whose promise could be seen despite less than stellar grades. She reminded him that teachers are empowered to imagine futures for students that they don’t yet see, and sometimes teachers are best-equipped to help them achieve such futures.

It is fitting that the first M. Minnette Massey Chair in Law is Massey 2.0, also known as Charlton Copeland.

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. In honor of her pioneering role, The Massey Chair will be permanently attached to the dean’s position at Miami Law. All future deans will be known as Dean and M. Minnette Massey Chair in Law. In the interim, the chair will rotate among Miami Law faculty and be awarded for two-year terms.

RSVP for the installation ceremony.


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Emergency Notification Network (ENN) System Test on January 27

The University of Miami will conduct a full-scale, multi-campus test activation of the Emergency Notification Network (ENN) on Tuesday, January 27. The ENN system is a comprehensive communications solution that allows the University to quickly disseminate an urgent message through multiple communication mediums, including:

No action is required on your part as a result of this test, but now is a good time to verify your emergency contact information and be informed on what to do during emergencies at UM.

To verify or update emergency information:

  • Log into CaneLink (students) or miami.edu/myum (employees).
  • Click on “PERSONAL, ADDRESS AND EMERGENCY/EVACUATION INFORMATION” under the “PERSONAL & BIOGRAPHICAL INFO” heading toward the bottom of the right hand column.
  • Verify your emergency information and click the “UPDATE THIS SECTION” link for those areas that need updated information.
  • Please contact the Department of Information Technology at 305-284-6565, Option 3 with any technical issues.​

To be informed on what to do during emergencies at UM:

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UM Architects Win ‘Best of the Best’ in City Redevelopment

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Lauderdale-by-the-SeaThe School of Architecture’s Jaime Correa and Steven Fett were awarded the Florida Redevelopment Association’s (FRA) 2014 President’s Award for their collaborative redesign of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s main street. As FRA President Jeremy Earle noted, “it is a stark contrast to what was there before” and has had a “profound” impact on the local community and economy.

“By redesigning the public realm, the project addressed drainage problems, added new plazas that mimicked sand dunes, created brick paver promenades and reconfigured parking areas,” Earle wrote in explaining his selection of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s Commercial Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Program as the “Best of the Best” in the FRA’s 2014 Best Book.

“In addition to all of this,” Earle continued, “the town was able to incorporate an extensive public art program in the project, and include sustainability features and materials such as using locally sourced recycled construction products and materials, new LED light fixtures, new street furniture made of recycled wood or plastic, and native drought-tolerant landscape plantings.”

As a result, Earle said, pedestrian traffic has increased upward of 60 percent, businesses are reporting significant increases in sales, property values are increasing, and the hospitality industry is seeing increased private sector interest and investment.

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Compliance Corner: As Amateurs, Student-Athletes Cannot Promote Products, Services, or Events

Amateurism is as integral to the NCAA’s pursuits and bylaws as intercollegiate athletics are to the entire collegiate experience. Several rules govern the ability of student-athletes to promote causes both in the private and nonprofit sectors. Currently, a commercial business, service, or product may not use a student-athlete’s name, image, or likeness in its promotional items. Violations of these bylaws can lead to the ineligibility of student-athletes.

Thus, student-athletes would not be eligible for collegiate participation if they:

  • Accept any remuneration for or permit the use of their names or pictures to advertise, recommend, or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind. This includes using social media profiles or accounts (i.e. re-tweeting, posting on a timeline on Facebook, or posting pictures to Instagram feeds).
  • Receive remuneration for endorsing a commercial product or service through the individual use of the product or service.

When it comes to the promotion of student-athletes by non-profits, charities, or University of Miami initiatives, student-athletes’ names, images, and likenesses can be used under specific circumstances (once approved by the UM Athletics Department).  The Athletics Department, on behalf of the student-athletes, welcomes these opportunities, which are available by completing a “Promotional Activity Request Form,” available on the hurricanesports.com website.

While a student-athlete may express an opinion about a product, service, or item, if the business uses a student-athlete’s name, image, or likeness to promote a product with or without the permission of the student-athlete, the eligibility of that student-athlete may be jeopardized.  The Athletics Department asks all UM fans and supporters to refrain from using any student-athlete’s name, image, or likeness in a way that could affect their eligibility. The University strives to maintain a culture of compliance and efforts by staff members, boosters, and fans are greatly appreciated.

For more compliance information, follow the UM Athletics Department on Twitter (@UCompliance), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/UCompliance), or contact them via email, athleticscompliance@miami.edu.


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