Volume 4, Issue 10, October 24, 2013



What’s Going On

October 24: 

Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Speaker Room CPD 113 @ 12:00 p.m.

October 24:

Bar Association & Networking Fair Law School Breezeway @ 11:00 a.m.

October 29:

Lunch and Learn Children’s Legal Service, Department of Children and Families Room CPD 113 @ 12:00 p.m.

October 30:

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

November 11:

Veteran’s Recognition Reception Atrium Conference Room @ 6:00 p.m.

St. Thomas Law offers a unique internship opportunity at the United Nations, Pax Romana internship. Two students this semester had the opportunity to participate in this program and they are highlighting some of their experiences below.

Fall is a wonderful time to be working at the United Nations. While any time during the year at the United Nations is fascinating, the opening of the General Assembly, (GA), always takes place in the fall. The opening of the General Assembly marks the time when the worlds' heads of state venture to New York City to participate in that year's general debate. The staffers within the varying organizations of the United Nations get to witness these world leaders present speeches on topics of importance to their nations and the world.

St. Thomas Law 3L Cathleen Ward is interning as an Adviser to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. She had the pleasure of attending a wide range of meetings and conferences throughout the day concerning issues directly related to the Order of Malta's interests. After taking notes in the meetings, she prepared official reports on the topics discussed, which were administered to delegates in the United States as well as in Rome. Additionally, Cathleen had the privilege of writing a speech concerning the acceleration and attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, which Ambassador Robert Shafer delivered to the General Assembly.

When time permits, Cathleen also has been able to attend events that are of particular interest to her. At one such event, Cathleen had the honor of meeting Judge Joan E. Donoghue, a current judge on the International Court of Justice. She feels privileged to be able to experience it all, and these are memories she will have forever.

St. Thomas Law 3L Carey Neal is interning as an Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Honduras. He spent the beginning of September preparing for the arrival of the Honduran diplomats, including the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Honduras. Since the closing of the General Assembly, he has been assigned to work with the Nuclear Disarmament and International Security Committee, and the Special Political and Decolonization Committee. Carey also had the opportunity to attend a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event while at the UN, where he listened to more than 15 speeches given by some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs, doctors, and leaders.

Carey also had the opportunity to sit center-second row of the General Assembly during the Prime Minister of Israel's, (Benjamin Netanyahu), address to the international community; meeting the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh; and witnessing the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon deliver the UN Inspector's report (in regards to the Syrian conflict and the use of chemical weapons on August 21, 2013) immediately followed by the Ambassador of Syria's reaction. He felt especially honored to witness firsthand the speech of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani school student who was shot by the Taliban for speaking in favor of educating girls. Mr. Neil was able to personally meet Ms. Yousafzai after the speech.

The St. Thomas University Office of Information Technology is currently upgrading the internet system at the University and Law School. The project involves three phases (as describe below). Unfortunately, while these upgrades are underway, we will continue to experience some problems with connectivity. However, once these upgrades are completed, law students should enjoy, faster, easier and more secure access to the internet.

The three phases are as follows: Phase One-Hardware (including Switches, Routers, and Wireless Access Points). Phase one is underway with an expected completion date of December 1, 2013. Phase Two-Software (Including Network Segmentation and WAN Cutover). The estimated completion date for Phase Two is December 22, 2013. Phase Three-Security (includes Intrusion Detection System/Intrusion Prevention System, Security information and event management and Network Access Control) is expected to be completed by December 14, 2013.

We will continue to have an operational system during the upgrade, but the system should be improved significantly by the start of the spring semester.

Please join the Career Service Office for the first annual Bar Association & Networking Fair, which will be held in the law school breezeway, Thursday, October 24th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attending the fair is a great way to learn about the benefits of joining local bar associations, as well as networking opportunities.

There will be an informational session for student wishing to acquire information regarding the 2014 Summer-in-Spain program, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in Room CPD-113. Pizza and drinks will be served. For more information, students can speak to Cathy Hayes in the Student Affairs Office or go to the following website www.stu.edu/lawsummerinspain.

The newly revived Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (S.A.L.D.F.) will be hosting a Cat Food Drive & T-Shirt Sale Fundraiser in the Breezeway, Monday, October 28, through Thursday, October 31st, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please stop by and show your support. Any kind of pet food product is welcome. (Homeless cats eat anything at all–could be dry dog food or cat food.)

SALDF also will be accepting monetary donations. Please stop by to get your official St. Thomas Law SALDF T-Shirt and support a great cause. For more information, please visit facebook.com/stulawSALDF or e-mail stulawSALDF@gmail.com

Dean Douglas Ray, with his co-authors, Professor Cameron of Southwestern and Professor Corbett of LSU, has just published the 2013-2014 edition of Labor-Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts and Boycotts (Thomson Reuters WESTLAW 2013). This 900 page treatise discusses the legal issues that arise from collective bargaining, strikes, lockouts, boycotts, and other concerted activities in the private sector. It is a resource for practicing attorneys, employers, unions, labor law and industrial relations scholars, and government agencies that deal with labor law issues.

The Reverend Professor Raúl Fernández-Calienes, Ph.D., of the law school’s Writing Enhancement and Skills Program, has published “Enseñando derecho en un mundo tecnológico” in Derecho y Ciencias Sociales, a law review published by the Instituto de Cultura Jurídica, Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Institute of Juridical Culture, Faculty of Juridical and Social Sciences, National University of La Plata), in Argentina.