Volume 4, Issue 9, October 17, 2013



What’s Going On

October 17: 

Distinguished Speaker Professor Hiroshi Motomura Moot Courtroom @ Noon

October 23:

Prayer and Reflection | Room 202 @ 12:20 p.m.

October 24:

Career Services and Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Society Speaker Room CPD 113 @ Noon

October 29:

Lunch and Learn Children’s Legal Service, Department of Children and Families Room CPD 113 @ Noon

On October 3, 2013, Professor Roza Pati had the distinct honor of meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis, who has just recently tasked the Pontifical Academies and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Association with focusing on research on the phenomenon of human trafficking and ways to combat it.

The ABA National Task Force on Stand your Ground Laws is holding a public hearing on Stand Your Ground Laws at HistoryMiami (101C West Flagler Street, Miami FL 33130) on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This public hearing is part of Professor Tamara Lawson's work with the ABA's National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws; she is the ABA's Reporter for this Task Force. Next week’s is the last in a series of regional public hearings that have been conducted this year by the Task Force across the country. The previous regional hearings were held in Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Anyone interested in attending the public hearing should RSVP to corej@americanbar.org. This is a free event, but RSVP is requested.

Veteran’s Day is Monday, November 11, 2013. St. Thomas Law is hosting a law school reception that evening to honor the holiday and the national service of those of the student body, staff, and full time or adjunct faculty who are veterans, on active duty, or parents, spouses, or partners of active duty personnel, or who have done other national service. The reception will be held in the Atrium Conference Room from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you are on active duty, have a child on active duty, serve in the Reserves or the National Guard, are a veteran of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard, are a former member of AmeriCorps, the Public Health Service, the Merchant Marine, or the Peace Corps, are a former Teach for America teacher or have done similar national service, you are invited to attend. If you have served in any of these categories, please contact Ms. Karla Garcia, kgarcia@stu.edu (indicating the nature of your service) so that you can be put on the list of people to be honored, even if you cannot attend the reception.

Descriptions and applications have been emailed out to all J.D. students with regard to the 2013-2014 Donor Scholarships. The deadline for the applications will be November 1, 2013. Donor scholarships are monies donated by alumni and others to provide scholarships to current students. The amounts of the scholarships and the eligibility criteria vary. The amounts are generally between $500 and $2,500 for the school year, and the awards are generally split between the fall and spring semester. In some cases, the award is given entirely in the spring semester. Students are encouraged to apply for any (or all) scholarships that may be applicable. If a student is already receiving the maximum amount (cost of attendance) via loans, scholarships, or a combination of both, then receipt of a donor scholarship acts to reduce outstanding debt; otherwise, the scholarship will result in a refund to the student (usually in the spring semester). Decisions regarding recipients are made by a committee, and the recipients will be notified in mid-November.

The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) is offering several limited scholarships to law students who have made, or seek to make, contributions to the community in the areas of health, safety, human rights, or human welfare. Students of all genders are eligible for the scholarships.

The deadline for the application is Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Completed applications should be mailed to the Scholarship Co-Chair, Katie S. Phang, Esq., at Arrastia, Capote & Phang LLP, 80 SW 8 Street, Suite 2310, Miami, FL 33130. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Katie S. Phang at (305) 575-2610.

Any student planning to participate in the 2013 December Commencement Ceremony must go to the Bookstore to be measured for graduation regalia; this must be done by Friday, October 18, 2013 if you are planning on participating in the ceremony. For hours of operation or question regarding the ordering of your graduation regalia, please contact the Bookstore directly at (305) 625-5179.

St. Thomas Law Career Services and the Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Society would like to invite the St. Thomas Law community to a lunch and learn, at which two speakers will address the community. The speakers are Jeffrey D. Feldman, Founding Partner of Feldman Gale, and Tricia Thompkins of Global IP and Licensing Community for Perry Ellis. This event will take place on October 24, 2013 in CPD-113 at 12:00 p.m.

If you need information regarding this event, please feel free to contact Jennifer Gordon at jpgordon@stu.edu.

Professor Roza Pati participated at the congress “Days of Celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the Publication of the Encyclical Letter Pacem in Terris of Blessed John XXIII,” held at the Vatican October 2-4, 2013 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. During the first day, Professor Pati moderated four panels on: social justice and social politics; the common good and new conditions for its pursuit; the engagement of the Pontifical and Catholic Universities in the relationship between the Church and the world today; and universities’ role in preparing the new generation of leaders to engage in responsible politics. The remaining days focused on issues related to international organization and the universal common good, as well as on challenges to peace and the sharing of best practices for peace-making today. A special document reflecting the deliberations will be assembled, and shared with all Pontifical and Catholic Universities worldwide.