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Litigation Skills Program Seeks Children to Play Witnesses in Classroom Exercise


Litigation-SkillsThe School of Law’s Litigation Skills Program is seeking children ages 8 to 12 to play the role of child witnesses for a classroom exercise the week of March 20. During the exercise, the children will be questioned by law students playing the role of attorneys.

Participating children will receive the script in advance and parents are invited to stay with them during the exercise. Morning and evening slots are available.

If your child would like to participate, contact Michelle Rodriguez at mrodriguez1@law.miami.edu or  305-284-2303.

 

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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


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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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Hilarie Bass Named ABA President-Elect

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Hilarie Bass Named ABA President-Elect


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ABA President-Elect Hilarie Bass, J.D. ’81, center, is pictured with other School of Law alumni and ABA leaders, Edith Osman, J.D. ’83, left, a Florida state delgate, and Deborah Enix-Ross, J.D. ’81, right, who chairs the House of Delegates.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (August 9, 2016)—University of Miami alumna Hilarie Bass, co-president of international law firm Greenberg Traurig and vice chair of the UM Board of Trustees, assumed the role of president-elect of the nearly 400,000-member American Bar Association at the conclusion  of the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco last week. She will serve a one-year term as president-elect before becoming ABA president in August 2017.

Based at Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office, Bass serves as co-president and a member of the executive committee for the multipractice firm that has approximately 1,900 attorneys across 38 offices worldwide. She previously served an eight-year term as national chair of the firm’s 600-member litigation department.

Bass, who earned her law degree at UM in 1981, has been involved with the ABA for more than 30 years, beginning as a young lawyer and working her way up to become chair of the 70,000-member Section of Litigation in 2010-11. As chair, she spearheaded the creation of a Task Force on Implicit Bias in the Justice System. She has held several other notable positions at the ABA, including serving as chair of the Committee on Rules and Calendar (2012-14), member of the Board of Governors (1990-93), House of Delegates (1988-95, 2000-present), and the Florida representative to the Nominating Committee (2010-present).

“I am honored to take on the position of ABA president-elect and look forward to serving my fellow attorneys, while working to eradicate bias, enhance diversity and advance the rule of law,” Bass said. “Giving back to the profession that has given so much to me is something I feel strongly about, which is why I have dedicated myself to supporting the ABA mission for more than 30 years.”

In her practice, Bass has successfully represented high-profile corporate clients in jury and nonjury trials involving hundreds of millions of dollars in controversy. In recognition of that success, Bass was inducted in 2011 to the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has worked and settled more than 100 cases, tried more than 20 cases to conclusion and argued numerous appeals. Among her significant cases, Bass led the effort to eliminate Florida’s 20-year-old ban on gay adoption, which was found unconstitutional in 2010 and led to the state removing questions of sexual orientation from the adoption application.

Outside of her firm, Bass has led many top legal and community organizations and received numerous awards and accolades. Among them, she is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” “Who’s Who Legal: Florida,” and “Chambers USA.” In recognition of her work, Bass has been honored with the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Outstanding Practitioner Award (2016), silver medallion from the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews (2011), and C. Clyde Atkins Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU in Florida (2009), among several other awards throughout her career.

A member of the UM Board of Trustees since 2003, Bass is also a passionate and longtime supporter of UM. In addition to gifts to the School of Law, where the brick courtyard long considered the heart of the school is named the Bass Bricks in her honor, she has made generous contributions to support the School of Education and Human Development, the College of Arts and Sciences, and UM Athletics.

Two fellow School of Law alumni also serve in leadership roles with the ABA. Deborah Enix-Ross, a 1981 graduate of Miami Law, chairs the  House of Delegates, and Edith Osman, who graduated in 1983, is a state delegate from Florida.

 

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