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Picking Florida’s Federal Judges


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Georgina Angones

Georgina Angones

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 14, 2017)—Florida’s two U.S. senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, have reappointed Miami Law’s Georgina A. Angones, assistant dean for law development and alumni relations, to the federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida.

University of Miami Trustee Manny Kadre, a businessman and lawyer who has served on the commission in the past, was also appointed to the commission, as its chair.

As JNC members, Angones and Kadre will help review applications, interview candidates, and recommend up to three nominees to fill each vacancy on the federal bench in the Southern District of Florida. Encompassing nine counties from Monroe to Indian River, the Southern District currently has four vacancies, which the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts considers emergencies because of the district’s heavy caseload.

“There is a shortage of judges so we’re going to be very busy,” said Angones, who earned her bachelor’s degree at UM in 1972 and has served in a number of capacities at the University since 1973.

That decision will ultimately rest with President Donald Trump, but Nelson and Rubio will have a say, too. Each of Florida’s three JNCs submit their recommendations to the senators, who can decide which names, if any, to forward to the White House for the president’s consideration.

Another UM alumnus, Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, B.B.A. ’96, has a major role in the judicial nominating process. In May, Rubio appointed him statewide chair of the commission, which in addition to the Southern District, oversees the nominating processes in Florida’s Middle and Northern federal court districts.

Angones, an active civic leader who is past chair of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, has served on the boards of the Miami Dade Public Library, The Archdiocese of Miami Vision 2000, Miami Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees and the Junior League of Miami.

Kadre, the chief executive officer of MBB Auto Group, earned his law degree from Fordham Law School and was one of U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno’s earliest law clerks. A 1978 graduate of Miami Law, Moreno was president of the Student Bar Association during his time at UM.

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Honoring a Champion for Children


Bernard Perlmutter and Whitney Untiedt, chair-elect  of the Public Interest Section of The Florida Bar

Bernard Perlmutter, with Whitney Untiedt, chair-elect of the Public Interest Section of The Florida Bar

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 29, 2017)—For the second time in his career, Miami Law’s Bernard Perlmutter, a longtime champion of Florida’s most vulnerable children, has received The Florida Bar’s Honorable Hugh S. Glickstein Child Advocacy Award for his many contributions to child law.

“Professor Perlmutter has been at the forefront of advocating for children’s rights for decades, and Florida’s most vulnerable children have benefitted greatly from his work,” the bar said in announcing the award bestowed by its Children’s Rights Committee of the Public Interest Law Section.

A professor of clinical legal education who 20 years ago founded and co-directs Miami Law’s Children & Youth Law Clinic, Perlmutter has represented thousands of abused, abandoned and neglected children, taught countless students to be their advocates, and helped advance and protect child rights by litigating numerous federal and state court class action lawsuits seeking reform of Florida’s foster care system. He was involved in the landmark Florida Supreme Court case that established due process protections, including the right to an attorney and a pre-commitment hearing, for foster children committed by the state to psychiatric facilities.

He’s also been involved in cases challenging the death penalty for juvenile defendants and the shackling of children in juvenile court, and for protecting children’s medical privacy rights in juvenile and family court hearings.

A member of the Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, he has served on the boards of directors of Florida’s Children First, the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, the National Association of Counsel for Children Law Office Project Advisory Board, among others.

In addition to the Glickstein Award, which Perlmutter received in 2002, he has received many other honors for his advocacy, including the National Association of Counsel for Children’s Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award, the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Law Case or Project, the C. Clyde Atkins Civil Liberties Award from the Greater Miami Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the inaugural Miami-Dade County Children’s Trust Champion for Children Award, and the Mental Health Advocate of the Year Award from the Florida Statewide Advocacy Council.

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School of Law Offers Legal Consultations for Undocumented/DACA Students at UM


The School of Law’s Immigration Clinic is offering confidential and free
consultations to UM students who are undocumented or in DACA (Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. Interested students should email
immigrationclinic@law.miami.edu and ask for an appointment. Professors
Romy Lerner and Rebecca Sharpless, practicing immigration lawyers, will be
providing the consultations. Please note that these consultations are only for students who are undocumented or in DACA status.

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Miami Law Graduate Named Trump’s Chief of Staff


Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 14, 2016)—Reince Priebus, a Miami Law alumnus and chairman of the Republican National Committee, has been tapped to be White House chief of staff for President-elect Donald J. Trump.

A Wisconsin native, Priebus graduated from the University of Miami School of Law cum laude with a J.D. degree in 1998. He is credited with deftly reorganizing the RNC and digging it out of financial turmoil.

As chief of staff, Priebus is being looked upon as a positive connector between the Republican establishment and the Trump White House.

William P. VanderWyden, assistant dean for professional development at Miami Law, worked closely with Priebus during his three years at the law school.

“Always a positive personality in the law school community, he was an encouraging and influential force among his peers,” said VanderWyden, who was associate dean of students when Priebus was at Miami Law.

While on campus, Priebus served as president of the Student Bar Association from 1997-98. He regularly wrote columns for the law student newspaper, Res Ipsa Loquitur, where he was also a copy editor.

Law Professor David Abraham remembers Priebus as a student in his Immigration and Citizenship Law class.

“Reince was a very engaged campus politician,” Abraham said. “I believe that having seen the complexity around the social, economic, and human aspects of immigration, Reince should be able to provide a nuanced understanding of what’s good for America and its people. Let’s hope he does.”

While in law school, Priebus clerked for the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Los Angeles.

VanderWyden said Priebus was also “instrumental in encouraging his peers to participate in the Class Gift Program that we administered in 1998.”

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School of Law Seeks Faculty for New Interdisciplinary Course on Race, Class, and Power


The School of Law is seeking faculty from across the University interested in teaching a session of a new spring 2017 interdisciplinary three-credit course on race, class, and power against the backdrop of Ferguson, Missouri, and the Black Lives Matter movement. The course, which is being coordinated by Osamudia James, vice dean and professor at the School of Law, is tentatively scheduled to meet once a week, on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.

“We are interested in engaging the multiple lens through which Ferguson, the Black Lives Matter movement, and racial justice in the United States might be explored, including policing and criminal justice, comparative inquiry regarding race and identity, theories of social movements, political processes and democracy, education reform, urban politics, class and labor movements, health care and medicine, environmental justice, and sub-disciplines in the humanities,” said James.

Participating faculty need only commit to one class session, which will involve a three-hour teaching commitment in addition to providing the week’s reading materials. Assessment is conducted through a final paper and two short response papers, the grading of which will be evenly divided among participating faculty.

To participate, please email a paragraph, identifying the analytical lens or theme through which you would engage the course’s topic, by Tuesday, November 29 to Professor Osamudia James, Office of the Vice Dean, at ojames@law.miami.edu. For more information, call 305-284-5837.

 

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