Volume 4, Issue 1, August 21, 2013



What’s Going On

September 2: 

Labor Day (No School)

September 10:

Clinical Information Session, Room CPD-113

September 11: 

Clinical Information Session, Room 202 @ 12 noon

September 20:

Professionalism Day for 1L Students, Moot Courtroom

September 26: 

Bar Indtroduction Ceremony, Moot Courtroom @ 4:30p.m

September 30
-October 4:

Graduation Registration, Registrar's Office

Welcome to the Start of the 2013-2014 Academic Year
The faculty, staff, and administration welcome the new J.D. class of 2016, the returning J.D. classes of 2014 and 2015, and the LL.M. students in Intercultural Human Rights.  The 2016 class consist of students ranging in age from their 20’s to their 50’s, from thirteen countries, and more than seventy different colleges and universities. 

We also welcome students to our LL.M. in Intercultural Human Rights Program.  The LL.M. students represent 17 different countries and bring a passion for human rights and social justice to our campus.

Last, we welcome Assistant Professor Marcia Narine who is joining our law school faculty.  Professor Narine is teaching Civil Procedure I to the incoming 1L students. 

The new students and all faculty members joined last week for the incoming Orientation Program.  The Luncheon on Thursday featured a cake designed as a replica of the St. Thomas Law building (pictured above). 

St Thomas Moot Court Team Wins Best Brief Award
We congratulate St. Thomas Law Moot Court Workers’ Compensation Team, the Moot Court Board, and their coach, Adjunct Professor Howard Blumberg.  The team consisted of Megan Nguyen, Kevin Ackerman, and Ray LaFrance; the team received the Best Brief Award at the 26th Annual Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition.  This national competition was held at the National Workers Compensation Education Conference in Orlando, Florida.  A dozen law schools from across the country, including Baylor, Florida State, Miami, Pittsburgh, Stetson, and Nova, competed.  The competition is unique in that judges for all rounds are workers compensation judges and commissioners or appellate judges specializing in workers compensation appeals.  The award is a tribute to the hard work and capabilities of both team members and coach, and more proof that our legal writing program provides a strong foundation for success.

Deadline for Health Insurance Waiver is August 28
The deadline to complete the online insurance waiver for the academic year is August 28, 2013. If you do not want the health insurance policy provided by the University then you must complete the waiver online at www.aisstudentinsurance.com/stu. You must complete sign on and complete the waiver process. Please note that in order to waive the University’s insurance, you must be covered under a comparable health insurance policy. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the Head of Campus Health, Nellie Baez, at nbaez@stu.edu. If you do not complete the waiver process prior to the deadline then you will be enrolled in the University’s policy, even if you have coverage.  If you do not want the health insurance provided by the University, you can shop for policies by other carriers. All J.D. students can join the Law Student Division of the A.B.A. and acquire a policy through the A.B.A.

New Smoke-Free Zone Policy
The University Adopted a New Smoke-Free Zone Policy with limited, designated smoking permitted areas.  The only area immediately adjacent to the Law School Building complex in which smoking is allowed beginning August 19, 2013, and going forward is the “Outdoor Classroom” area immediately adjacent to the Law School Annex Building.  This is the area with a small circular wall and the round patio tables with umbrellas located between the Annex Building and the 32nd Avenue side of the Law Library.  SMOKING IS NO LONGER ALLOWED IN THE WALKWAY between the Annex Building and the Law Library. (Also, smoking is no longer generally allowed on campus even in the outdoor areas, except in the Designated Smoking Zones.)  Complete information about the Smoke- Free Zone Policy can be found at www.stu.edu/smokefreestu.

Shuttle Service to the Tri-Rail Station
The University has initiated a new program providing a free shuttle service to and from the Opa Locka Tri-Rail station.  The shuttle will run Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  This might be a good commuting option for those of you who can conveniently get to a Tri-Rail station near your home.  For more information about this new service, visit www.stu.edu/trirail.

Student Achievements
Third-year student Rosario Torres was the recipient of The Broward County Hispanic Bar Association Scholarship and was honored at the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association Gala held at the Hilton hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

Third-year student Kaysia Earley was the recipient of the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar Scholarship.

Faculty Announcements
Professor Alfredo Garcia just had the third edition of his Criminal Law casebook, Criminal Law: Concepts and Practice, Carolina Press, by Podgor, Henning, Taslitz, and Garcia.  It has been adopted by approximately thirty law schools.

Professor Marco-Tizoc González moderated the discussion group, Understanding Hispanics and Latinas in the New South, at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), wherein professors from six U.S. law schools shared their scholarship and ideas for new research collaborations regarding the demographic growth of people who identify as Hispanic or Latinos according to the U.S. Census, from 1990 to 2010, the Hispanic population more than doubled nationally, and Hispanic children now account for over one-fifth of all children in the U.S. Moreover, over one-third of all Hispanics live in the South, accounting for 16% of the regional population, and thanks to growth at more than four times the regional rate, from 2000to 2010 the Hispanic population more than doubled in eight Southern states.

Professor Carol Zeiner spoke at the 33rd International Congress on Law and Mental Health on the topic of Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) and Eminent Domain, in Amsterdam.  Her lecture was very well received and generated quite a bit of discussion.  Apparently, Professor Zeiner was the first in the world to extend therapeutic jurisprudence to eminent domain.  According to TJ founder Professor David Wexler, Professor Zeiner should be known, just on the basis of these two works alone, as a world leader in extending TJ to new fields!