Volume 4, Issue 25, March 27, 2014

ST. THOMAS LAW NEWS


ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW NEWSLETTER


Participants in the Speed Networking event


What’s Going On

March 27:

Admissions Admitted Scholars Event @ 6 p.m.

April 1:

Law Day, Goldbloom Convocation Hall @ 12:00 p.m.

April 8:

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

April 8:

Dress 4 Success @ 12:00 p.m.

April 8:

3rd District Court of Appeal, Moot Courtroom @ 9 a.m.

April 8:

Mock Seder, Career Services Suite @ 6:30 p.m.

THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL
Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal has accepted the law school administration's invitation to visit St. Thomas on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to learn by watching attorneys present oral arguments in real cases before the Court. Also, exciting news: A 3L, Hermis Sanchez, will be appearing before the Court (first case on the calendar) to present oral argument, on behalf of the Appellant, in her capacity as a Certified Legal Intern (the appellate brief was co-authored with Magali Sanders, supervised by Professor Howard Blumberg).

Oral argument will begin at 9:30 a.m. Appellate Briefs will be on reserve in the Law Library soon. Case summaries also will be available shortly.


SUMMER AND FALL 2014 REGISTRATION GUIDELINES
Registration for the Summer and Fall 2014 terms will begin in early April. Here are some guidelines you should keep in mind when you begin to register for classes. Except for students in one of the joint degree programs or students in their last semester, all students are required to take at least 12 J.D. credits (and can take no more than 9 credits in the summer and 18 credits in the fall). Students in the joint degree programs can take no more than a total of 12 credits in the summer and 21 credits in the fall (including both J.D. classes and Master classes).

All Fall 2013 entrants are required to take Appellate Advocacy, Constitutional Law I, and Criminal Law in the Fall 2014 term (unless they take one or more of those courses in the summer term).

Students can register online by logging into “My Bobcat” and going to “Web Advisor.” Students must register during their assigned time; otherwise, they must wait until the open registration session that follows the designated registration times.

Any student with an outstanding balance of $1,000 or more is blocked from registration and cannot register until he or she reduces his or her balance below $1,000. Students with outstanding balances should be working now with the Business Office to make sure they will be cleared for Registration.

Some classes will reach capacity during the regular registration session. No overrides or exceptions are provided during the regular registration session. Students needing to take a particular class should attempt to register for another section of the class (even if the time is less convenient). Remember that schedules can be modified or changed anytime up until the end of the Drop/Add period.


DONOR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
We would like to congratulate the following students for receiving a donor scholarship.

Crouch-Kielsgard Human Rights Scholarship:   Anila Kutulla
Kenneth Feldman Pro Bono Scholarship Fund:   Marlene Soto
Harold W. “Butch” Gabel III St. Thomas More Award:   Mercy Londoño
Professor Dr. Amy Ronner and Dr. Michael Pacin Therapeutic Jurisprudence Award:   Tamara Dawes, Anila Kutulla, Sari Latomaa, and Giorgio Ra’Shadd
Professor Mark J. Wolff Tax Scholarship:   Katherine Riano


FINANCIAL AID REMINDER SUMMER DEADLINE MARCH 31, 2014
If you are planning to borrow from the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Direct Loan programs for the Summer 2014 semester, this is a reminder to submit your 2014 Summer Loan Request Forms by March 31, 2014 (if you haven’t already do so). The 2014 Summer Loan Request Forms for both the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan programs are available online at www.stu.edu/faforms, under the 2013-2014 link for Graduate/Professional/Law Student.

The Federal Direct Stafford Loan allows you to borrow up to $10,250 for the summer semester. If you need to borrow up to this amount (or less) you only need to submit the “2014 Direct Stafford Summer Loan Request Form.”

If you need to borrow more than $10,250 to meet your educational costs for the summer, you may be able to request additional funding through the Federal Direct Grad Plus Loan. To request these funds, in addition to the Stafford Loan Request Form, you will also need to submit the “2014 Direct GRAD PLUS SUMMER Loan Request Form.”

For more information on these loan programs, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Website at www.direct.ed.gov, or our Website at www.stu.edu/lawfinancialaid.

For more information regarding your financial aid eligibility, including tuition costs, and overall Cost of Attendance, please refer to the “Financial Aid Application Guidelines” in the attached documents or on our Website at www.stu.edu/lawfinancialaid.

Should you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact Andres Marrero by e-mail at amarrero@stu.edu or at (305) 474-2409.


AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION WITH ONE OF FLORIDA’S TOP BUSINESS LEADERS ON HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR
The St. Thomas University School of Business and the Entrepreneurship Club present Mike B. Fernandez, Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, an Intimate Conversation with One of Florida’s Top Business Leaders on How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur. The event will take place Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the Moot Courtroom at 12:00 p.m.

Mike B. Fernandez currently serves as Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, L.P., a private equity firm located in Coral Gables, Florida. The firm focuses on investing in healthcare service companies nationwide. For more than 25 years, Mike’s career has centered on establishing, acquiring, growing, and divesting of healthcare companies. He is the definition of a serial entrepreneur. Mike was Founder, President, and CEO of Group Tech Systems, Inc., the first national database of group health insurance information. He has been the founder of many healthcare companies, including Physician’s Healthcare Plans of Florida, Careplus Health Plans, Atlantic Dental, Hospitalist of America, and Medical Specialties Distributors. In addition, Mike is a public company board member of Mednax the largest physician specialty practice company in the United States and a current owner of Simply Healthcare Plans, Clear Health Alliance, Navarro Pharmacies, Nutriforce Nutrition, eMindful, and Concordia Behavioral Health.

There will be networking opportunities after the lecture with STU students, alumni, board members, and business leaders. A light lunch will follow in the law school breezeway.

Anyone interested in attending must register at www.stu.edu/lectureseries


Faculty Announcements
Professor Alfred Light has been invited to participate in the Wall Street Journal's "invitation only" conference on Business and the Environment April 2 – 4, 2014. http://economics.wsj.com

Additionally, Professor Light has been invited to attend the Executive Briefing and Presidential Reception of the Ambassador Circle for the Carter Center, April 10 – 13, 2014. http://www.cartercenter.org/donate/ambassadors/MemberEvents.html

Professor Light is also on the host committee for the ABA's Section on Environmental, Energy, and Resources, which will host its next event in Miami.