Volume 4, Issue 17, January 24, 2014

ST. THOMAS LAW NEWS


ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW NEWSLETTER




What’s Going On

February 1: 

General Law School Open House @ 9:00 a.m.

February 4 &
February 19:


Snapshot of Law School, (Admissions Event)

February 10-14: 

Graduation Registration, Registrar’s Office

February 17:

President’s Day (Holiday)

February 18:
Monday Classes Meet


February 20:


Joint Degree Graduation Registration (Deadline)

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

ST. THOMAS LAW RECOGNIZED IN PRINCETON REVIEW
St. Thomas Law was favorably reviewed in the 2014 Edition of The Princeton Review’s Best 169 Law Schools. This survey is done every year based on information provided by current students. St. Thomas Law was ranked 4th out of all law schools for Best Environment for Minority Students. It noted the diverse study body made up of students from across the world, of varying ages.

Student-respondents were especially pleased by the helpful and supportive professors and administration. They praised the practical and helpful approach of the legal writing department and gave St. Thomas Law a grade of 97 (out of 100) for overall Professor Accessibility. The student-respondents also noted the positive and supportive atmosphere at St. Thomas Law, noting that St. Thomas Law offers “a small, tight-knit community” where “’close relationships’ are easily formed.” They praised the helpful library staff and the many clinical and professional opportunities.

The 2014 Princeton Review continues a tradition of positive feedback from current students and highlights the positive, supportive atmosphere that so many students find at St. Thomas Law. 


DEAN RAY TO STEP DOWN AT END OF SUMMER

Dean Ray has announced that he will be stepping down from the Deanship at the end of the summer.  Dean Ray has spent the last 15 years as a law school dean, including the past four years at St Thomas Law.  Under his steady hand and leadership, St. Thomas Law received a completely favorable American Bar Association Report and had its accreditation renewed.  St. Thomas Law has also continued to attract qualified applicants and retained a vibrant, active student body in a time when many law schools are diminishing in size.

Monsignor Franklin Casale, the President of St. Thomas University, has set in place the creation of a Dean Search Committee.  The Committee will consist of prominent south Florida lawyers, faculty members, alumni, and a student representative.  A nationwide search will be undertaken, a number of candidates will be considered, and ultimately Dean Ray’s successor will be named.

Each new Dean provides an opportunity for new insight, wisdom, and growth.  1L and 2L students, and the law school and University community can look forward to welcoming a new Dean in the fall of 2014.


ACCOMMODATIONS
Students seeking testing accommodations must do so before Friday, March 7, 2014, because the law school needs adequate time to evaluate documentation, work out the specific accommodations, and arrange scheduling.  In some circumstances, accommodations may be granted on a provisional basis, and the student will be required to timely submit additional documentation.  If a student does not submit the additional documentation within the timeframe established, he or she will lose the provisional accommodations and will have to reapply for an accommodation when he or she has additional documentation.


SUSAN J. FERRELL INTERCULTURAL HUMAN RIGHTS MOOT COURT COMPETITION
The Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights and the International Moot Court Board of St. Thomas University School of Law host the ninth annual Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition, January 31 through February 2, 2014.  Preliminary rounds take place on Saturday, February 1, 2014.  Teams from all over the world compete, including teams from India, Italy, and Duke Law School, to mention but a few.  The final round will take place on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at 10 a.m. in the Moot Court Room before judges The Hon. Fausto Pocar, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (President); Professor Ira Nathenson; and Denise Wallace, Esq., LL.M., J.S.D. Candidate in Intercultural Human Rights.

The objective of the competition is to promote awareness of human rights law.  This year’s problem revolves around the differences between the states concerning cyberlaw, aggression, and human trafficking. The law school community is invited to witness what should prove to be an exciting competition.