Volume 4, Issue 20, February 13, 2014



What’s Going On

February 10-14: 

Graduation Registration, Registrar’s Office

February 17:

President’s Day (Holiday)

February 18: 

Prayer and Reflection, Room 215 @ 12:10 p.m.
February 18: 

Monday Classes Meet

February 20:

Joint Degree Graduation Registration (Deadline)

February 24 – March 2:
Spring Break

March 12, 13 & 14:

Graduation Expo (Pictures & Announcements)

St. Thomas Law 2012 alumna Ashley Juchawski was hired by Dade Legal Aid to oversee the new venture law project that will assist startups on business formation, filing requirements, drafting legal contracts, negotiating lease agreements, copyrights and trademarks, tax planning, and related matters. The project will provide entrepreneurs with access to free training and legal materials as well as regularly scheduled workshops from partnering law firms and local incubators.

Ashley serves as the project attorney, providing legal advice and recruiting experts to provide specialized guidance on the many steps that go into starting and sustaining a business. Read the full article here.

It is not too early to start making plans for the upcoming summer. Some students might opt to take classes here at St. Thomas Law. The final summer schedule will not be available for about one month. But, students can plan on almost all required upper level class to be offered in the summer. Many rising 2Ls elect to take Appellate Advocacy and one other class.

Students planning to return “home” after attending St. Thomas Law and not take the Florida Bar may want to consider “visiting” at a school in their home state and take one or two state law specific courses tested on that state’s bar examination.

Students also can participate in the St. Thomas-Barry Law Summer in Spain program. This is an opportunity to spend four weeks in a beautiful setting in Spain and take six (graded) credits. Students can also participate in the study abroad program in the Netherlands (1 credit). The Netherlands' program can also be added to the Summer-in-Spain program or be taken in addition to taking Appellate Advocacy here at St. Thomas Law. Students also are allowed to attend other ABA accredited study abroad programs. Student can get more information on other schools’ programs by visiting the ABA Website.

In order to receive permission to visit at any school or attend another school’s study abroad program, students must be in good standing at St. Thomas University School of Law.

The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will send a letter of good standing on your behalf to the other school giving you permission to visit; he also will send a letter to you detailing the guidelines you must follow while you are visiting the other school.

In order to transfer the credits earned elsewhere, you must receive a grade of “C” or above (pass/fail is not sufficient) in each of the courses attempted. The credits earned will be recorded on the transcript, but will not be included in the computation of your grade point average. And, you must request the other school send a transcript be sent directly to the St. Thomas University School of Law Registrar as soon as the program is completed.


Wednesday, March 12 through Friday, March 14, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Graduation Expo (Graduation Pictures & Announcements) Bobcat Hall, St. Thomas University (Across from the Book Store and Cafeteria)
To be announced Graduation Regalia Distribution Law School and University Bookstore
Friday, May 9, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Baccalaureate Mass Chapel of St. Anthony, St. Thomas University
Saturday, May 10, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness, St. Thomas University
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Immediately following commencement ceremony
Graduation Reception Cordero Breezeway, St. Thomas Law

Graduation registration for the law school has begun 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.

Each graduate will be allotted up to 8 graduation tickets. Each of your guests will need a ticket to attend the graduation ceremony. Tickets will be distributed around the second week in April. An e-mail will be sent once they are available. If a graduate requires additional tickets, a request can be made when they pick up their initial tickets.

There will be one day that law student can pick up the graduation regalia (cap, gown, and hood) at the law school; once that date has been established, an e-mail will be sent out. All graduates must return the regalia prior to being cleared to receive a diploma. Graduates can turn the regalia in at the law school on the day of the graduation ceremony or turn it in at the University Bookstore within three days of graduation.

The Career Services Office presents a Lunch and Learn on Maximizing your Income, on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at noon in room A112. During workshop students will learn what to look for in a benefit package and compensation, the various repayment plans available for federal student loans, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and how credit may affect your practice and Florida Bar membership. Student interested in attending the session need to e-mail Teresita Chavez Pedrosa at tchavez@stu.edu. Lunch will be provided.

Harold “Butch” Gabel III St. Thomas More Award is presented to a second- or third-year J.D. student “who courageously promotes the integration of morality within the fabric of the law.” Harold W. “Butch” Gabel III was a second-year law student at St. Thomas Law when he died tragically in a motorcycle accident. He ranked in the top 5% of his class and served as a Dean’s Fellow, exemplifying love of the law.

The Award is a competitive merit award whereby students may individually apply for the award, or may be nominated by their peers, or by student organizations. The applicant or nominating individual or organization must convey in an essay how the applicant or nominee fulfills the purpose of the award, as described above. In particular, the following student organizations must be specifically notified about nominating a student from their respective organization: St. Thomas More Society, Law Review, Federalist Society, Phi Delta Phi, and the Student Bar Association.

The application must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2014. Applications can be submitted by hard copy to Carrol Hartley in the Office Student Affairs or e-mailed to chartley@stu.edu by the deadline set out above.

The Student Bar Association invites the St. Thomas Law community to its annual Barristers’ Ball, which is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Hyatt Regency Pier 66 is an elegant venue and one of culinary excellence. In 2011, it won First Prize in the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival, and Fifth Place for the best food in all of the Hyatts in the world.

The Barrister’s Ball is a night when students, faculty, administration, members of the community, and alumni(ae) come together to recognize the achievements of the current year and when we look forward to the promising accomplishments of the coming year at St. Thomas Law.

The SBA is selling tickets in the Cordero Breezeway, Monday to Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

A special commercial bar review program presentation will be held on March 4, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. This program is designed to help student determine which commercial bar preparation program is right for them. Additional information will be provided at a later date.

The Florida Third District Court of Appeal will convene and hear cases at St. Thomas Law again this year. The Court has announced it will be on campus Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Come out and listen to the oral arguments on real cases. Additional information forthcoming.

The Financial Aid Applications Guidelines for Summer 2014 are available online. If you are planning to attend the Summer session, the Summer in Spain Program, or attend as a visiting student at another institution this summer, submit your 2014 Summer Loan Request Forms online at www.stu.edu/faforms. The priority deadline is March 31st. For details and application guidelines please visit Applying for Financial Aid.

Faculty Announcements
Professor Marc-Tizoc González accepted an invitation to participate in the April 2, 2014, symposium, “Poverty in the New Gilded Age: Inequality in America,” organized by the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law, in Washington, D.C. Professor González will present on his ongoing research into the emerging circuit split within the United States Court of Appeals regarding municipal ordinances that criminalize religious and social activists who seek to provide charity to poor and hungry people by sharing food with them in public properties like parks and sidewalks.

Professor John Kang has been invited to attend a symposium sponsored by Seattle University School of Law; he will present his thesis on “fractured manliness” in the law. Professor Kang also has been invited to participate in another symposium, sponsored by the University of Akron School of Law; for that, he has an essay examining how Oliver Wendell Holmes’s obsession with manliness impelled the great Holmes to produce his infamous opinion in Buck v. Bell.

In late January, Professor Keith Rizzardi was invited to speak at The Florida Bar Mid-year meeting to discuss "Appealing Administrative Action," and in February, he will be presenting his advisory committee's findings on Fishery Sustainability Certification to a national audience of fishery managers.

Dean Douglas Ray’s article, “On Writing the Post-Hearing Brief,” 47 Arbitration Journal 58 (1992) was just reprinted in its entirety in the casebook, ADR in the Workplace (West 2014), the leading casebook on labor arbitration and workplace dispute resolution.

Professor Nadia Soree’s article, Show and Tell, Seek and Find: A Balanced Approach to Defining a Fourth Amendment Search and the Lessons of Rape Reform, published in the Seton Hall Law Review, was selected for publication in the Search & Seizure Law Report, published by West, in adapted form. The article was selected by Coordinating Editor, Professor John M. Burkoff, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and appeared in the December 2013 issue.

Professor Soree’s most recent article, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Fourth Amendment: The Plight of Unreasonably Seized Passengers Under the Heightened Factual Nexus Approach to Exclusion, has been accepted for publication by the American Criminal Law Review. The American Criminal Law Review, affiliated with the Georgetown University Law Center, is considered one of the premier specialty journals in the Criminal Law and Procedure field. The article is slated for publication in the spring of 2014.