The University of Miami School of Law is holding two Open Houses, one in Fort Lauderdale and one in Miami, next month to provide information about its LL.M. offerings in Estate Planning, International Arbitration, International Law, Inter-American Law (Law of the Americas)*, Ocean and Coastal Law, Real Property Development, Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers*, Taxation, and Taxation of Cross-Border Investment.
Program directors and alumni will be on hand to talk about latest program developments as well as the faculty, which includes leading academics and practitioners who combine teaching with practical knowledge accumulated over years of experience. Information will be available about full-time and part-time options, hybrid on-campus and online options for select programs, and how select program size enables directors to meet with each student to develop a personalized course schedule and provide guidance on career options.
Fort Lauderdale Event
WHEN: Tuesday, October 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Morton’s The Steakhouse, 500 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Valet parking complimentary.
WHEN: Thursday, October 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Morton’s The Steakhouse, 1200 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida. Valet parking complimentary.
For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/g.law.miami.edu/llm-open-houses—fall-2014/. Please RSVP by October 11. The events are free and open to the public.
*Specialization within the International Law LL.M.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 28, 2014)—The University of Miami stands out among the “cream of the crop” for Hispanic students seeking advanced degrees, according to HispanicBusiness Magazine, which selected the top 10 graduate programs in medicine, business, law, and engineering at institutions of higher learning across the nation for its 2014 Annual Diversity Report.
Only 40 schools made the prestigious list in at least one of the four disciplines, but UM had the distinction of being one of only two universities with three programs in the top 10, a near sweep. The Miller School of Medicine ranked No. 2 in the nation, Miami Law came in at No. 3, and the School of Business Administration placed eighth.
Published online August 20, the rankings are based on five categories, including the percentage of Hispanic students and faculty in each program and the efforts the programs make to attract and retain the students. “The schools on our lists are well-rounded and have made notable efforts to engage the Hispanic community,” the magazine said.
The Miller School, which has ranked among the top five in the nation for Hispanics since 2006, “has always had a goal of attracting and supporting a student demographic that mirrors the community and population we serve,” said Alex J. Mechaber, senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education and associate professor of medicine. “The ranking is a testament to that.”
Added Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, “As medicine is becoming increasingly global, the medical schools that are at the top of this list are the ‘next best schools’ of the U.S. Our commitment to diversity, a key value for our University, drives our efforts to engage and support the Hispanic community.”
The School of Law is proud of its long-standing commitment to diversity and equality. Standing at the crossroads of the Americas with a focus on serving students and having faculty and staff from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds, the school offers an abundance of opportunities that enhance a student’s legal education. Whether it is through the International LL.M. programs, J.D. curriculum or short courses for foreign lawyers, the school provides an educational environment that is diverse, inclusive, and one that promotes cross-cultural competencies.
“We are very proud to be consistently ranked in the upper echelon of law schools that serve the widest range of communities,” said Dean Patricia D. White. “The best law schools are those that nurture cultural competencies, preparing students for an increasingly complex and global world. I am very happy to say that our law school is one of those and will continue to stay true to this commitment.”
At the School of Business Administration, which has made the list for five consecutive years, Dean Eugene Anderson said the school is proud of its commitment to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all students. “A diverse community, in the broadest possible sense, is essential to the character of our school, the ideas that we generate, the education and professional development of our students, and the contribution that both make to business and society,” he said.
Among services the school provides to Hispanic graduate students is career counseling, including scholarships to attend the annual career fair of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). The School’s Ziff Graduate Career Services Center also provides a student liaison for the South Florida NSHMBA Chapter, connects Latin American students with Latin American companies for employment, and provides networking opportunities and panel discussions through the Latin American Business Association. The school also offers the NSHMBA University Partnership Program Scholarship to select applicants who demonstrate a commitment to the Hispanic community.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 7, 2014)—School of Law Professor Osamudia James has been named to Lawyers of Color’s 50 Under 50 list, published in the April 7 “Law School Diversity” issue. The listing is a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors who are making an impact in legal education.
“It is a privilege to be recognized as an influential minority law professor under 50,” said James. “Academia has given me opportunities to participate in important dialogues about how identity and the law interact in the United States, and it is affirming to know that my contributions to those conversations are valued.”
James writes and teaches in the areas of education law, race and the law, administrative law, and torts. Her more recent work includes “White Like Me: The Diversity Rationale’s Negative Impact on White Identity Formation,” which will be published in the New York University Law Review; “Opt-Out Education: School Choice as Racial Subordination,” to be published in the Iowa Law Review; “Predatory Ed: The Conflict Between Public Good and For-Profit Higher Education;” and “Dog Wags Tail: The Continuing Viability of Minority-Targeted Aid in Higher Education.”
“Osamudia James is a truly gifted teacher and scholar whose leadership in the national conversation about education and race is really important,” said UM School of Law Dean Patricia D. White.
In January, the American Association of Law Schools’ Minority Groups Section named James co-recipient of the 2014 Derrick A. Bell, Jr. Award, which recognizes a junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, colleagueship, teaching, and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system, or social justice. The award is named in honor of the first tenured African American law professor at Harvard Law School, who co-founded Critical Race Theory.
“Teaching is an awesome responsibility, as it means I play an important part in shaping the way my students understand both the law and their role in our legal system,” said James. “Being an educator, however, is also a joy—nothing matches the delight of witnessing students transform into attorneys, knowing that I was able to help them realize their potential as lawyers.”
Special to UM News
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 19, 2014)— For the second time, the University of Miami School of Law’s moot court team won the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court, which ended in a tie. UM Law’s team, second-year student Benjamin Keime and third-year students Abirami Ananthasingam and Joseph Matthews, shares the top prize—including scholarships to The Hague Academy of International Law—with the distinguished Sciences Po Law School in Paris.
The competition, considered one of the most prestigious international student competitions with a focus on investment protection, was hosted by Goethe-University Frankfurt in Germany.
Throughout the week of March 10-14, the UM School of Law team competed against 41 law school teams from countries around the world, including Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, and the United Kingdom.
“The highlight of the competition was arguing in front of some of the most prestigious practitioners in the field of international law and competing against some of the most elite schools in the world,” said Ananthasingam, vice president of UM’s International Moot Court and president of the International Law Society. “As the rounds became more and more difficult, the more the depth of Miami Law’s knowledge and advocacy skills shone through.”
The Frankfurt Moot Court serves as a platform for students who want to compete on an international level and have a passion for investment protection. Teams present their arguments orally before tribunals of arbitration composed of investment treaty specialists.
“I have worked with Abirami and Joseph for two years already,” said Paula Arias, director of the International Moot Court Program. “They competed last year on a different moot, and we won best oralist and best memorial. The students wanted to compete again because they enjoyed it so much. This year, I decided to give them the opportunity, and I selected them, along with Benjamin, to compete in Frankfurt. I knew they would work hard and do everything necessary to succeed in Germany. And I was not wrong.”
Investment protection has increasingly become a hot topic in the international community and has been recognized as one of the more intellectually challenging branches of international law.
“The Frankfurt Moot is an amazing opportunity, as it attracts such a diverse pool of international schools,” said Matthews, who is president of UM’s International Moot Court.
“The fact that it is free to participate in allows an intense depth of global perspective, which creates a truly remarkable atmosphere,” he continued. “Our quarterfinals against Gujarat University India was intense; they ultimately won best Asian regional team and really tested our ability to adjust our arguments to their unique style and answers. Our semifinals against Norman Manley Jamaica was also a nail-biter. Not only were they our biggest threat going into this competition, but our round against them was a rematch from 2011, when Miami also went head-to-head against Jamaica in the semifinals. The Jamaicans proved to be formidable adversaries, as they won best team for a Non-OECD country and also best team from the Caribbean region. But ultimately Miami mustered through with a win and moved onto the finals.”
The team was coached by L Andrew S. Riccio, J.D. ’11, an associate with Assouline & Berlowe, where he practices international arbitration and litigation. He was a member of the UM team that competed and won in Frankfurt in 2011, the last time UM Law clinched the competition.
“It was an honor and a pleasure for me to return to Frankfurt,” Riccio said. “Coaching this talented team was a fantastic experience, and I am, of course, so thrilled with the outcome.”
Arias said that Riccio started working with the team over the summer. “It was the first time Andrew was leading the team as coach, which makes me extremely happy because I can see how much the students can learn from former students,” Arias said. “I have only words of appreciation for all the dedication Andrew put into this year’s team.”
Arbitrators Charles Brower of 20 Essex Street, Abby Cohen-Smutney of White & Case, and Judge Awn Al-Khasaweh of the International Court of Justice judged the UM School of Law team.
“We were shocked when Science Po France beat George Washington University in their own semifinal match,” Matthews said. “Miami and George Washington both tied in the Washington, D.C. pre-moot, and we as a team were really impressed by how well-versed GW was in the case.”
Each member of UM’s moot team receives a three-week placement at The Hague Academy of International Law.
“The International Moot Court Program prepares our students to be great lawyers and gives UM recognition as a great school in international law,” Arias said.