Volume 4, Issue 26, April 3, 2014



What’s Going On

April 4:

Business Law Society Golf Tournament

April 8:

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

April 8:

Dress 4 Success, Goldbloom Convocation Hall @ 12 p.m.

April 8:

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

April 8:

Dean Blake Morant, Moot Courtroom @ 3:30 p.m.

April 8:

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

April 9:

Maritime Law Panel, A-111 @ 11:50 a.m.

The Donor Scholarship and Law Day luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Evelyn & George Goldbloom Convocation Hall. There were more than 240 students, faculty, administration, staff, and guests in attendance.

The speaker for this event was Eugene K. Pettis, the President of the Florida Bar. Mr. Pettis spoke about the lawyer’s obligation to provide service to the community and the value of diversity. He commended St. Thomas Law for providing legal education opportunities and graduating lawyers who gave back to undeserved communities.

At the luncheon, scholarship recipients got a chance to meet the donors of the scholarships and thank them firsthand for their financial contributions. Students were recognized for their class achievements; outstanding writing, and scholarship.

The CALI book awards were given out.

Baccalaureate Mass is scheduled for Friday, May 9, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Anthony. The commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in the Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness. There will be a graduation reception immediately following the commencement ceremony in the Cordero Breezeway at the law school.

Each graduate will be allotted up to eight commencement tickets. Each of your guests will need a ticket to attend the ceremony. Tickets will be distributed around the third 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 you pick up your initial tickets.

Students who have an immediate family member who graduated from the law school can request to be hooded by that family member. The request should be made to Assistant Dean John Hernandez, by e-mail jhernandez@stu.edu. In the e-mail, please provide him the name of the person you are requesting to hood you, the year that person graduated, and a contact e-mail for the person.

Dean Blake Morant, President-elect of the Association of American Law Schools and Dean of the Wake Forest University Law School, will speak at the law school Tuesday, April 8, 3014, at 3:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Moot Courtroom. The St. Thomas Law community is invited to attend this event. Dean Morant will speak on issues of professionalism and the value of a legal education. He is a dynamic, interesting, and practical speaker, and I know you will enjoy his presentation.

The Business Law Society (BLS) is hosting its annual Golf Tournament this Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Miami Springs Golf and Country Club. All members of the St. Thomas community are invited to participate. Those interested in playing, please contact Eric Rodriguez (erodriguez14@stu.edu) or Paul Hankin (phankin@stu.edu) to register your teams. The cost is $50 for students and $60 for attorneys. The BLS will be collecting money on Wednesday and Thursday.

Reginald Jordan (2L) has been selected to receive the Florida Bar City, County, & Local Government Section Law Student Award. Reginald will receive a cash award recognizing his achievements at a luncheon of Friday, May 9, 2014, in Orlando, Florida.

If you are unable to attend classes on April 14 (for classes that end after 4:00 pm), April 15, and April 16, 2014, or you will not be able to attend classes on April 21 and April 22, 2014, due to a good faith observance of Passover then those absences will not be counted.

In order to have the absence NOT count, you must fill out the appropriate forms, sign them, and turn them to the Registrar before 5:00 p.m. on April 25, 2014. (You can turn them in, in advance). Copies of the forms were sent out by Assistant Dean John Hernandez and are available at the Registrar’s counter. Please use one form for the April 14 through April 16 week and the other form for the April 21 and 22 week. Please clearly indicate the class and professor for which the adjustment must be made. The adjustments will be made to the attendance records after April 25th. No forms will be accepted after April 25th.

This does not act as an extension of any paper or project due. With regard to any paper or project due, you will need to coordinate that with the professor and may need to turn it in before the due date if it is otherwise due on one of these dates.

For students taking the Humanitarian Law class that beginning April 21, you will need to discuss whether those absences are permissible with Professor Wiessner.

The Maritime Law Society is hosting a panel discussion on April 9, 2014, from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Room A-111. It will be in a "question & answer" format with an introduction from Adjunct Professor Costabel. The guest panelists are: Michelle Otero-Valdes, Esq.; Christine Dimitriou, Esq.; and Kerry Nierenberg, Esq. They are all St. Thomas Law alumni in successful Maritime-based practices.

Faculty Announcements
Professor Marc-Tizoc González has accepted an invitation to publish with the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law at the American University Washington College of Law. On April 2, 2014, he participated in the symposium, Poverty in the New Gilded Age: Inequality in America, http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/founders/2014/20140402.cfm, discussing his research into the emerging federal appellate circuit split over the constitutionality of municipal ordinances that criminalize religious and social activists who share food with hungry people on public properties like parks and sidewalks.

Last month Professor González presented at the 2014 Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Civil Rights as Human Rights: Still Struggling 50 Years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, held in Houston, Texas. Professor González dialogued with Professor Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law Director and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance at the University of Houston Law Center over a book that Professor Olivas recently published, In Defense of My People: Alonso S. Perales and the Development of Mexican-American Public Intellectuals (2013), which discusses the life work of one of the first Mexican American attorneys to practice law in Texas, who co-founded the League of United Latin American Citizens, and worked for decades as a private attorney, public intellectual, and United States diplomat.

Professor González discussed the historical importance of the book's publication as an exemplar of what he terms "critical ethnic legal histories" and contrasted its approach with Harvard Law Professor Kenneth W. Mack’s recent book, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (2012).

Professor Patricia Moore’s article, The Civil Caseload of the Federal District Courts, has been accepted for publication in the University of Illinois Law Review.

Professor Anthony Musto was chosen to be a Fellow of The American Bar Foundation. The invitation he received described the Foundation as “an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession,” and indicated that membership constitutes “recognition of a lawyer whose career has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the profession, service to society, and commitment to the ideals and objectives of the American Bar Association.” Membership is limited to no more than one percent of the attorneys in each state.

Professor Marcia Narine was recently interviewed by the New York Times, reporter Noam Cohen, regarding her research on corporate responsibility, specifically whether a corporation’s decision related to health law, the environment and social impact, motivates consumer choices. Professor Narine discussed how the modern mobile apps like Buycott have been designed to help consumers research companies on certain issues and decide whether to spend money with that company. You can read more about the issue from Professor Narine’s recent blog post on the Business Law Profs blog that discusses it in more detail http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/business_law/2014/03/do-consumer-boycotts-matter-to-companies.html. One of the issues reporter Cohen asked about and is discussed in the blog post is whether the new educated consumer, armed with apps that make it easier to obtain information on a corporation’s social impact, will motivate corporations to make different policy decisions.