CORAL GABLES, FLA. (January 26, 2015) – Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle will be keynote speakers at the University of Miami Law Review Symposium, “Criminalized Justice: The Effects of Punitive Policy,” which takes place on Friday, February 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday, February 7, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Student Activities Center.
On Friday, February 6, the symposium will feature Fernandez Rundle, along with two panel discussions, “The Criminalization of Race and Poverty,” which will examine how and why individuals are more likely to be targeted by police because of their race, social class, or where they live; and “Sentencing Policy and Mass Incarceration,” which will focus on the impact that the same criminalization trend has had on incarceration.
Stevens will speak on Saturday, February 7, the same day that a third panel, “The Criminalization of Immigration Law,” will explore how the enforcement of immigration laws has become increasingly criminalized since the Supreme Court’s landmark 1984 ruling in INS v. Lopez-Mendoza categorizing immigration proceedings as civil in nature.
The first panel will bring together Jeffrey Fagan, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Jonathan Simon, Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; and Tristia Bauman, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. The panel will be moderated by Charlton Copeland, professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law.
The second panel will feature Franklin Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Douglas Berman, Robert J. Watkins/Proctor & Gamble Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; and Nicole Porter, The Sentencing Project. It will be moderated by Rebekah J. Poston, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
The third panel will include Daniel Kanstroom, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School; Paromita Shah, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild; and Allegra McLeod, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law and be moderated by David Abraham, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law.
A roundtable discussion moderated by Mary Anne Franks, associate professor of law at MiamiLaw, will follow.
The symposium is sponsored by Gelber Schachter & Greenberg, P.A.; Hogan Lovells US LLP; Holland & Knight, LLP; Kenny Nachwalter, P.A.; Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.; LewisTein, P.L.; LexisAdvance; MiamiLaw/LAFAC, and Podhurst Orseck, P.A.
For more information and to RSVP please visit the website. For security reasons, attendees must be registered prior to the event. No walk-ins will be permitted on Saturday during Justice Stevens’ remarks. The event is free and open to the public. Register for CLE credits; the cost is $25 per day. Parking is available at the Pavia Garage, 5615 Pavia Street, Coral Gables, Florida.
By Catharine Skipp
Special to UM News
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.
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.
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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.”