Volume 4, Issue 22, March 4, 2014



What’s Going On

March 8: 

Law School Open House for Admitted Students

March 11:

Prayer and Reflection, Room 215 @ 12:10 p.m.

March 11: 

Tips for Starting your own Law Firm, Room A-111 @ 12:00 p.m.
March 12: 

Fall 2014 Clinic Application Deadline @ 4:00 p.m.

March 12, 13, 14: 

Graduation Expo (Pictures & Announcements) Bobcat Hall

March 15: 

Barrister's Ball @ 6:00 p.m.

All J.D. students must satisfy the Senior Writing Requirement (SWR) as a condition of graduation. Any student can seek to satisfy the SWR by successfully completing any course designated as a “seminar.” (This will necessarily include writing a paper.) Students just register for the seminar of their choice during the regular registration period. The seminar classes are treated as any other class for registration purposes. There is no pre-approval process if a student uses the seminar method to satisfy the SWR. Also, the seminar is worth two graded credits.

Instead of enrolling in a seminar, a student may attempt to satisfy the SWR requirement through one graded credit Independent Study with a full-time faculty member. To be authorized to enroll in an Independent Study course, the student must submit a proposal to the Curriculum Committee. For the summer 2014 and fall 2014 terms, the proposal must be submitted no later than March 15, 2014.

If approved, the student then will be registered for one credit of Independent Study by the Law School Registrar. If a student needs to complete the Senior Writing Requirement in either the summer or fall to graduate and is not sure whether he or she wants to take a seminar or engage in Independent Study, he or she will need to go through the process of getting authorization for the Independent Study before the March 15 deadline. You cannot wait until the summer and fall schedules are published. If you later decide to take a seminar instead of engaging in the Independent Research, you can drop the Independent Research option.

To get authorization for an Independent Study Project, a student needs to complete a form and provide the other required information, indicated below, to the Law School Registrar prior to the deadline. The Law School Registrar then will provide the form and additional information to the Chair of the Faculty Curriculum Committee. You may turn in a hard copy or scan and e-mail a completed form and the other documentation to jjackson@stu.edu. Please request that you receive verification that it was timely received if you e-mail the documentation.

Only full time faculty members and certain adjuncts are authorized to supervise an Independent Study. You can check with the Student Affairs Office or the Registrar to ascertain whether a particular adjunct professor is authorized to supervise an Independent Study. The student must identify the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the project, and that faculty member has to sign off on the form before it is submitted to the Registrar. A student may do only one independent study for credit. First year students may not undertake an independent study.

The student also must include with the form a one to two page topic proposal identifying the subject area of the law the student intends to research with a brief bibliography. The proposal should identify an area or aspect of the law the student is interested in investigating and should narrow the subject area to one of manageable proportions. Some preliminary research will need to be done. A note or paper done in connection with a law review may serve as a starting point and as a basis for a proposal to the curriculum committee, but cannot be used in and of itself to fulfill the Senior Writing Requirement.

Students should keep in mind that doing an Independent Study requires good time management skills and an ability to stay on task. These papers require weeks of research, outlines, and multiple drafts. This is not something that can be completed in a short amount of time. For many students, it is easier to find a suitable topic and progress toward a viable paper if it is done within the parameters of a seminar class, rather than as an Independent Study.

Keep in mind in approaching a possible faculty sponsor that he or she is not required to supervise Independent Studies. It will involve a substantial time commitment on his or her part. A student should approach those faculty members with particular expertise in the student’s subject area. While different faculty members will have different requirements, the student should expect to meet with his or her faculty sponsor on multiple occasions during the course of the semester. For example, depending on the faculty member, a faculty sponsor may expect the student to submit at different points during the semester a topic report and bibliography, a thesis statement, an outline, drafts of the paper, and a final paper. For a student’s paper to fulfill the Senior Writing Requirement, it also must conform to the Bluebook citation format. Remember the deadline for submitting the proposal to write an authorized paper in either the summer or fall term is March 15, 2014.

St. Thomas Law Entertainment & Sports Law Society is sponsoring the 2014 ESLS Symposium, on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the first panel is entitled Employment Law and starts at 9:00 a.m. The agenda is still being finalized. The program includes a brunch, and it is free of charge to all St. Thomas Law students. Continuing legal education credits will be given to participating attorneys, so this is a great opportunity to network.

The St. Thomas Law Review would like to congratulate the incoming 2014-2015 Law Review Executive Board. Editor-in-Chief – Danielle Snyder, Managing Editor – Maxine Meltzer, Executive Editor – Monika Woodard, Articles Solicitation Editor – Cristina Colon, Notes and Comments Editors – Aileen Gonzalez and Paul Hankin, and Senior Articles Editors – Gamila Elmaadawy, Anika Guevara, and Carlos Jordi.

Danielle Boaz, Valedictorian of the 2007 LL.M. class in Intercultural Human Rights, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Drake University in their Law, Politics, and Society Department, offering courses on global legal issues.

Effective immediately, the Student Bar Association has voted and passed an amendment to amend the SBA Constitution. The amendment provides: “Only a third year student shall hold the office of President. No first year (rising second year) student shall be allowed to run for the office of the President.

We would like to congratulate the following students for receiving a donor scholarship.

Arya Laghaie Indigenous People Rights Scholarship - Anila Kutulla
Vitore Marku Right to Health Award - Tamara Dawes
John & June Mary Makdisi Human Rights Scholarship - Galane Kumssa
Prof. Siegfried Wiessner Intercultural Human Rights Essay Award - Yassir Heredia, Sari Latomaa, and Munkhtsetseg Tserenchunt

The Student Health Center has a new nurse. Ms. Yolanda Mora joined the St. Thomas University family as a contracted service provider by way of the Jessie Trice Community Health Center. Ms. Mora is a Registered Nurse and brings with her twenty-plus years of service and experience. She began her nursing career at Jackson Memorial Hospital-Ryder Trauma Center and later taught at Florida Career College, where she served as the lead instructor for the Medical Assistant and Patient Care Technician programs. Ms. Mora has a passion for the profession as well as the skills and training to provide comprehensive primary health care services to meet the needs of our diverse community.

Her office hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The St. Thomas Law Student Bar Association, the St. Thomas Law Alumni Association, the St. Thomas Law Office for Alumni Relations, and the St. Thomas Law Career Services Office are sponsoring the second annual Speed-Networking Event. It will take place on Wednesday, March 20, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Evelyn and George Goldbloom Convocation Hall. A reception will immediately follow. This is a great opportunity to meet many practicing attorneys who have something in common with you. They were all once in your shoes, students at St. Thomas Law. They are now successful attorneys in many different practice areas, and they will be on campus on the evening of March 20th to sit down with you and share their insights and tips. Sign up, and take advantage of this opportunity!

Each student will sit across from an alumnus or alumna for a timed five-minute conversation, then move to the next seat and chat with another attorney. Each student will “speed-network” with about 12 alumni(ae), and a reception (with beer and wine) will follow the speed networking session. This opportunity is open only to second- and third-year students. In order to make the speed-networking session run as smoothly as possible, we will cap the event at 45 students. Business attire is required.

If you are interested in attending the speed-network event, please RSVP to Ms. Stephanie Theile, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at stheile@stu.edu.

Students planning to attend another institution as a visiting student and to apply for student loans will need to first receive approval from Assistant Dean Hernandez in the St. Thomas Law Office of Student Affairs. Shortly after being granted approval, you will receive an e-mail from the Student and Financial Affairs Advisor, Andy Marrero, requesting you complete and submit a signed consortium agreement. A consortium agreement is a contract between the two universities, the “Home School” (STU) and the “Host School” (visiting school), that allows the Home School to process financial aid for a visiting student at a Host School. In addition to the consortium agreement, you will need to submit your loan request forms for the summer semester. The loan request forms are available online at www.stu.edu/faforms.

Although your student loans for the Summer will be processed by St. Thomas University, they will be processed based on guidance provided by the Host School on the Consortium Agreement. Your loans cannot be processed until the consortium agreement has been received from the Host Institution and you have submitted your loan request forms for the summer. Some schools take longer than others to complete and return Consortium Agreements, so it is strongly recommended that you submit your Consortium Agreement at least four weeks in advance of your Summer program to ensure there is ample time to get the consortium agreement back from the Host School and to have your loans processed in time for the Summer.

If you have any questions about attending another school's program, please see Assistant Dean Hernandez. If you have questions regarding Financial Aid, please see Mr. Marrero.

Faculty Announcements
Professor Siegfried Wiessner and Roza Pati co-edited a Handbook on Human Trafficking, Public Health and the Law, published by Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart. It includes the Keynote Address by Msgr. Franklyn M. Casale, and articles by Professor Wiessner and Professor Pati as well as the “Siena Principles on Human Trafficking, Public Health and the Law,” drafted at a two-week workshop of faculty and students from four European medical and legal faculties in Siena, Italy, in March 2013.