Volume 4, Issue 16, January 17, 2014



What’s Going On

 February 4 & February 19: 

Snapshot of Law School, (Admissions Event)
 January 20:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 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)

 February 20:

Joint Degree Graduation Registration (Deadline)

 February 24 & 25:
Graduation Expo (Pictures) Convocation Hall

The faculties of the law school and the university graduate schools work in close collaboration to offer five joint-degree programs: the J.D./M.S. in Sports Administration, the J.D./M.B.A. in Sports Administration, the J.D./M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling, the J.D./M.B.A. in International Business, and the J.D./M.B.A. in Accounting.

These programs offer St. Thomas students the opportunity to complete both the Juris Doctor and a Master’s degree in the three years it typically takes to complete the Juris Doctor degree alone.  The respective graduate schools and the law school all have agreed to accept credits from courses taken at the other schools, thereby reducing the total number of credits needed for both degrees. 

A law student is required to take the entire first year law school curriculum before he or she can begin the joint degree program. Law students will not be given credits for any master level courses taken before matriculating into the law school, nor will they be given any credit toward the J.D. for courses taken at colleges other than St. Thomas University.

Any law student who is in good standing at the completion of his or her first year of law school is eligible for admission into any of the joint degree programs.  Students must meet all admission requirements for St. Thomas University graduate programs.  A law student wishing to matriculate into one of the joint degree programs must file an application for admission before March 1st of Spring Term of their first year.

After filing the application, the student must meet with the faculty advisor from the graduate school to which he or she seeks admission. The faculty advisor of the graduate school will ensure that the degree program will meet the students’ educational objectives and ensure that the student has the requisite background and skills in the relevant areas of study to successfully compete in the graduate degree program.  Upon approval by the relevant faculty advisor and completion of the first year of law school, the student will be admitted into the joint degree program.

Any law student who desires additional information regarding the joint degree programs should consult with the Graduate Admissions Office in Kennedy Hall.  The faculty advisor for each of the programs is as follows: M.B.A. and M.S. in Sports Administration, Dr. Jan Bell (jbell@stu.edu); M.B.A. in International Business, Dr. Raul Carrillo (rcarrillo@stu.edu); M.B.A. in Accounting, Dr. Craig Reese (creese@stu.edu); and M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling, Dr. Barbara Buzzi (bbuzzi@stu.edu).  Law students interested in one of the programs should e-mail and discuss the program with the respective faculty advisor.  With regard to the J.D. component of the joint degree programs, please contact Assistant Dean John Hernandez (jhernandez@stu.edu).

Haitian Lawyers Association

The Haitian Lawyers Association is now accepting scholarship applications.  Students applying for this scholarship must be 1) of Haitian decent; 2) be in good academic standing;, 3) submit an official transcript; and 4) submit a one page (maximum two page) personal statement that describes the student’s involvement in the community, the student’s financial need for the scholarship, and the reason the student believes he or she is qualified for the scholarship.

The required documentation should be postmarked by January 25, 2014, and should be mailed to the attention of Elizee Hernandez at 1110 Brickell Avenue, Suite 315, Miami, Florida 33131, or it can be submitted via e-mail to patricia@elizeehernandez.com

Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers
The Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers (CFAWL) has created a Bar Study Scholarship this year.  A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving law student who will take the Florida Bar Exam for the first time in July 2014 and who has promoted the CFAWL mission through CFAWL membership or other volunteer work.  In other words, although the scholarship committee will consider how applicants furthered CFAWL's mission (defined on page 4 of the application) during their law school career, the scholarship is open to all applicants who will take the Florida Bar Exam for the first time in July 2014 (i.e., males and females, from any law school in the state and nation, etc.).  The scholarship application is available for download from the CFAWL website at http://www.cfawl.org

The spring commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014, at St. Thomas University in the Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness.  Graduation registration for the law school begins on Monday, February 10, and runs until Friday, February 14, 2014, at the law school Registrar’s Office counter.  Joint degree students must register with both the School of Law Registrar and the University Registrar.  The deadline for registering with the University Registrar is Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Rebecca Gayoso (3L) was accepted into Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law LL.M. program in Child and Family Law.

Diana Stapp
(3L) was extended an offer through the Attorney General Honors Program to join the Department of Justice in the capacity of Attorney Advisor to the Immigration Court.  This is the second year a student who participated in the Immigration Law course and the Immigration Clinic has been extended this exceptional and highly competitive Department of Justice post-graduate opportunity.

Professor Tamara Lawson has been appointed chair of the Law and Humanities Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Professor Alfred Light’s article “Fracturing Moratoria Under the Dormant Commerce Clause: The Need to Shape Rather than Resist the Shale Gale,” has appeared in The Environmental Law Reporter News and Analysis, Volume 44, No. 1 (January 2014), at page 10035.

Professor Jennifer Martin was named to the Executive Committee of the Contracts Section of the Association of American Law Schools, joining Professor Ira Nathenson (Civil Procedure) as Executive Committee members of two of the largest sections in AALS.  Executive Committee membership helps St. Thomas Law school become better known in the law school world and is a stepping stone to the Program Chair and Committee Chair positions that will further enhance St. Thomas Law reputation. 

Professor Leonard Pertnoy’s article entitled “Lions, Tigers, and Motions to Disqualify . . .Oh My!” appeared in the Friendly Passages magazine in the July, September, and November 2013 editions.

Professor Amy D. Ronner has been invited to speak at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, at a conference entitled “The Study and Practice of Law in a Therapeutic Key,” which is open to lawyers, law professors, and law students, and her talk will focus on therapeutic jurisprudence and appellate practice.  Professor Ronner also has been invited to speak at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference in San Antonio, and the title of her talk will be “Mitya Karamazov Gives the Supreme Court an Onion: The Role of Confessions.”  Professor Ronner’s new article, “Recreating Dead House: The Ouster of Miranda From Our Prisons,” is published in 50 Criminal Law Bulletin (2014), which is coming out in late January.