Volume 4, Issue 15, January 10, 2014



What’s Going On

 January 10: 

Orientation II for 1L’s, @ 8:45 a.m. Moot Courtroom

 January 13,
 February 4 &
 February 19:

Snapshot of Law School, (Admissions Event)

 January 20: 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Holiday)

 February 1:

General Law School Open House @ 9:00 a.m.

 February 10-14: 

Graduation Registration, Registrar’s Office

 February 17:

President’s Day (Holiday)

On behalf of the St. Thomas Law Faculty, Administration, and Staff, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and welcome you back to campus.

Financial Aid
We are pleased to inform you that spring disbursement refunds should be available via direct deposit by Friday, January 10, 2014, for those students who have completed the necessary paperwork and have been approved by the U.S. Department of Education.  If you have questions, please reference the e-mail Andres Marrero sent out on January 7, 2014, entitled “Financial Aid Refunds and Direct Deposit – Spring 2014.” 

Academic Advisement and Assistance
All students who are currently on Academic Probation (with a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0) should seek academic advisement.  You should review the Student Handbook on page 30, which explains the consequences of being placed on academic probation.  If you have any questions about the process or procedure, please contact Assistant Dean John Hernandez at jhernandez@stu.edu.

The first step to improve academic performance should be to meet with your professors and review your examinations.  Please e-mail your professors, and find out the process and procedure the professor uses to review examinations.  You should set up a semester plan of working with your professors to improve your performance.

In addition, all 1L students should meet with Assistant Professor Todd Sullivan.  He has mailed out to all students a form that is useful to take with you to your professors that will help you gain insight as you review your examinations.  After reviewing your individual examinations, you then should schedule a meeting with Professor Sullivan.  He can be contacted at tsullivan@stu.edu.

Any 2L and 3L students in need of academic assistance should contact and meet with Assistant Dean Barbara Singer.  She can be contacted at bsinger@stu.edu.

Orientation II is scheduled for January 10, 2014 at 8:45 a.m., with a continental breakfast in the breezeway.  This program is geared to help 1L students in the spring semester and the upcoming semesters.  All 1L students will receive information regarding clinics, externships and internships, Career Services, the pro bono program, financial aid, and will be given information to help them succeed academically in law school.

Our annual Donor Scholarship and Law Day luncheon will be held Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Goldbloom Convocation Hall at noon.  We will be honoring our name scholarship donors and their student recipients, and students evidencing outstanding achievement in academics.  The speaker for this luncheon is Florida Bar President, Eugene K. Pettis 


Kaysia Earley, received the 2013 Alexandra Bach Lagos Scholarship for the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.  On December 12, 2013, she was presented with the scholarship at the 31st Annual Judicial Luncheon and Scholarship Presentation held at the Epic Hotel.

Professor Roy Balleste for years, has done volunteer policy work with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) the regulatory body for the overall Internet.  Within ICANN, Professor Balleste has now been named to the Executive Committee of the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO).  The GNSO drafts policy for all generic top level domains, such as .COM, .NET, and .EDU.  This policy, many times, involves considerations of human rights.  Professor Balleste’s position is that of Representative for North America (the sole North American representative) for this international organization.  The appointment recognizes his contributions to the field of international internet governance and reflects well on our law school and University.

Adjunct Professor Howard Blumberg, who directs our Appellate Advocacy Clinic, coaches and teaches our moot court teams, and directs our moot court program was named South Florida’s Most Effective Appellate Lawyer at the Daily Business Review’s annual Most Effective Lawyers luncheon.  University Trustee Ervin Gonzalez, Esq., who was our Professionalism Day speaker this year, was named a Finalist in both the Business and Complex Litigation category and the Personal Injury Lawyer category.

Professor Tamara Lawson, with other members of the ABA Task Force for which she serves as Reporter, presented an extended program on “Stand Your Ground” Laws at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law School (AALS).  She also moderated a panel presentation on Law and Music for the AALS Law and Humanities Section.

Aspen Publishers has just published the latest edition of Professor John Makdisi’s book Estates in Land and Future Interests: Problems and Answers, 6th ed. (Aspen Publishers, 2014) (co-authored with Professor Daniel Bogart). 

Professor Jennifer Martin was named Vice President of CALI (The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction, a consortium of 170 law schools.)  In addition to creating online interactive learning exercises for law school courses (so far 950 lessons in 35 subjects), CALI will be expanding its service to provide a bank of bar review questions, and producing several casebooks or course books incorporating the CALI method.  Professor Martin also has been chosen to write the CALI book on contracts.

Professor Ira Steven Nathenson published his article Super-Intermediaries, Code, Human Rights, which appeared as the lead article in volume eight of the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. The article considers the controversial YouTube video Innocence of Muslims—a video that led to violence and deaths in a number of countries—and asks whether international human rights law might provide guidance to large internet intermediaries that face difficult questions regarding the censoring of online content. The article considers a number of steps that powerful internet intermediaries, or "Super-Intermediaries," might take to resolve difficult content problems and ultimately suggests that such intermediaries subscribe to a set of process-based guiding principles—a form of Digital Due Process—so that intermediaries can better foster human dignity.

Professor Nathenson also was named to the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Civil Procedure, one of the largest of AALS Sections.

 In November, Professor Keith Rizzardi earned recognition from the Compliance Certification Board as a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.

 Professor Siegfried Wiessner presented at a lecture held a Nova Southeastern University, through the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, on “The New Haven Approach: A Practical Interdisciplinary Framework for Solving Problems in Society.”