Maritime Law Society

Mission Statement

The Maritime Law Society offers JD and LLM students the opportunity to interact with admiralty and maritime law professionals and practitioners. The mission of the Society is to educate students in the field of admiralty and maritime law; generate interest in current legal issues; and facilitate a forum for networking that may lead students to potential clerkships, internships, or employment in the field of admiralty and maritime law.

The ports of Miami-Dade and Broward counties handle over $70 billion in business annually. Members of the Maritime Law Society are uniquely situated in South Florida and are able to take full advantage of this billion-dollar economy.

Port Miami (Miami-Dade County)
“PortMiami is Miami-Dade County’s second most important economic engine contributing $43 billion annually to the local economy and supporting more than 334,500 jobs in South Florida. It is recognized as the Cruise Capital of the World and Cargo Gateway of the Americas.”

Port Everglades (Broward County)
“Located In the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the City of Hollywood, FL, Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. It is a leading container port in Florida and among the most active cargo ports in the United States. And, Port Everglades is South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including, gasoline and jet fuel. A foreign-trade zone and available office space inside the Port’s secure area make Port Everglades a highly desirable business center for world trade.”

“The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades is nearly $34 billion. And, 231,579 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including 13,127 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.”

Board Members

Danielys Cardoso, President
Claudia Gurdian, Vice President
Lydie Arakaza, Secretary
Javier Saugar, Treasurer
Ana Pulido, Ambassador
Bridgette Boodoo, Secretary of Outreach
Mindy Clarke, Chair Member of Communications

Email: mlsinfo@stu.edu

Faculty/Staff Advisor

Attilio Costabel

Admiralty and Maritime Law Certificate

Director: Associate Dean Cecile Dykas

The certificate programs allow the student to gain greater insight into a particular area of the law. If the student completes all the certificate requirements then, upon graduation, he/she is provided a certificate and would have greater familiarity with that area of practice which the student might then continue to explore in practice or post-J.D. education.

The College of Law requires students to declare a certificate program at least one semester prior to completion of degree requirements for the Juris Doctor program.

Click here for more information about Certificate Programs and to complete the Application for the Admiralty and Maritime Law Certificate.