Volume 4, Issue 8, October 8, 2013



What’s Going On

October 15: 

Lunch & Learn: Department of State | Room CPD 113 @ Noon

October 16:

Prayer and Reflection | Room 202 @ 12:20 p.m.

October 16:

Career Services Sponsors Breezeway Chatter | Breezeway @ 11:00 a.m.

October 17:

Distinguished Speaker Professor Hiroshi Motomura | Moot Courtroom @ Noon

St. Thomas Law is proud to welcome as its newest faculty member Assistant Professor Marcia Narine. Professor Narine is currently teaching Civil Procedure to the 1L students in section 3.

Professor Narine was born in New York and raised in Miami, where she attended Killian High School. Professor Narine received her bachelor’s degree cum laude in political science and psychology from Columbia University. She then attended Harvard Law School, where she received her J.D. degree and graduated cum laude.

In addition to expertise in Civil Procedure, Professor Narine has scholarly and practical expertise in corporate governance, compliance and social responsibility, legal ethics, human rights, and employment law.

Prior to joining St. Thomas Law, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Professor Narine also served as the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, as well the Vice President, Global Compliance and Business Standards, and Chief Privacy Officer of Ryder System, Inc., a Fortune 500 global transportation and supply chain management solutions company based in Miami. She oversaw the Company's global compliance, business ethics, privacy, government relations, environmental compliance, Enterprise Risk Management, corporate responsibility, and labor and employment legal programs. Before joining Ryder, Professor Narine was an attorney with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius' labor and employment practice in Miami. She has also worked as a commercial litigator with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York, and as a law clerk to former Justice Marie Garibaldi of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

In 2012, Professor Narine was appointed by the Secretary of Labor to the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. In May 2011, Ms. Narine testified before the House Financial Services Committee in Congress on the unintended impact of Dodd-Frank Financial Reform on corporate compliance programs.

Professor Narine is active in community service. She is a member of Leadership Florida- Class XXVII, the Caribbean Bar Association, the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer’s Association, and the Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association. She has been a court-appointed guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children for many years. She has served on the advisory committee of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms ("NAMWOLF"), and on the advisory boards of Teach for America (Miami Region) and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics magazine. She is also a founding board member of the Footprints Foundation, which is dedicated to improving infant and maternal health and education in the Congo and will be expanding to the Caribbean.

Professor Narine owns two small businesses, one with her seventeen year old son. She is an avid world traveler and has visited more than twenty countries in the past five years.

St. Thomas Law will be a sponsor at The South Florida Intellectual Property Community and Dade County Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee Fourth Annual Patently Impossible Project to be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at the Miami Science Museum. With an anticipated attendance of approximately 300 guests including intellectual property counsel, brand owners, engineers, judges, and others in the legal community. Guests have the option of competing to win the grand prize or bet on teams assembling a patented invention. The St. Thomas Law Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Society will have two teams competing for the grand prize. Proceeds from this event will help Dade Legal Aid/Put Something Back continue to provide a safety net of free civil legal services to abused and neglected children, families, foster youth, victims of domestic violence and human sex trafficking, disenfranchised individuals and not-for-profits. Last year, the St. Thomas Law team consisting of Michael Stopek, Felipe Rubio, and Kevin Cudlipp won the competition.

The Patently Impossible Project is a charity race to assemble a patented invention. All participants are provided various parts, tools, and only the instructions in a patent registration. Rather than competing, students can watch from the sidelines, cheer on your colleagues, and "bet" on favorite contestants by purchasing raffle tickets for great door prizes. A reception with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cocktails graciously provided by Heineken and Palm Bay International, and an amazing silent auction will follow. There is no fee to attend, only to participate in the race (which requires registration).

The Legal Aid Society is the oldest legal services provider for the indigent in Miami-Dade County. Established in 1939 and chartered in 1949, Legal Aid has 19 staff attorneys who handle a variety of matters for indigent individuals, children, and families related to family, domestic violence, guardian ad litem, guardianship, housing, benefits, teen advocacy, and bankruptcy. They rely on generous individuals, organizations and companies to support their invaluable legal services. Unfortunately, devastating funding cuts have reduced Legal Aid's staff and ability to serve the ever growing legal needs of the indigent clients in South Florida.

Attendees are asked to RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, please go to WWW.DADELEGALAID.ORG

Students wishing to satisfy the Senior Writing Requirement (SWR) through the Independent Study for the Spring 2014 semester must submit a proposal to the Curriculum Committee no later than October 15, 2013. The proposal should be turned into the Registrar’s Office by the deadline.

Mark Kielsgard, a graduate of the J.S.D. in Intercultural Human Rights program has been awarded the prestigious Myres S. McDougal Award for his article "Critiquing Cultural Relativism: A Fresh View from the New Haven School of Jurisprudence."

Maria Cristina Morales, a 2L student, is the recipient of the Cuban American Bar Foundation Scholarship. There will be a reception October 24, 2013, at the Northern Trust Bank honoring Christina.