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From Law Alumni Association President, Julie Braman Kane, BA ’90, JD ’93

Dear Alumni and Friends:
I hope your New Year is off to a great start. The Law Alumni Association just hosted our first alumni gathering in 2022, the Miami Dade Judicial Reception. We showered gratitude on our honorees, the deserving Chief Judges: Hon. Cecilia M. Altonaga, Hon. Ivan F. Fernandez, JD ’92, Hon. Nushin G. Sayfie and Hon. Laurel M. Isicoff, JD ’82.  Their extraordinary leadership protecting access to each of our local courts is incredibly appreciated, as are each of them personally.  We look forward to a successful and healthy year of gatherings and involvement with each of you, our alumni.
The U’s training of community leaders has perhaps never been more apparent than it is this year. Deborah Enix-Ross, JD ’81 will be sworn-in as American Bar Association President in August. Gary S. Lesser, JD ’92, will serve as Florida Bar President come June. Save the date as we plan to host an alumni gathering and honor Gary during the 2022 Annual Florida Bar Convention (June 22-25 in Orlando, FL). Miriam Soler Ramos, JD ’02, was just installed as President of the Cuban American Bar Association, Sabrina Puglisi, JD ’00, leads the Miami Dade County Bar, Deborah Gander, JD ’94, just finished a term as president of ABOTA, and Rochelle Wimbush, JD ’09, is President-Elect of the Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers. These outstanding alumni are representing our school and serving our community in wonderful ways.
As an alumni voice on the Dean's Search Committee, I want to update you on the search for a new leader of our beloved School of Law. The search committee is conducting a nationwide search for our next experienced Dean, and I am highly optimistic for the future of our law school leadership. I encourage you to join in my enthusiasm as we move forward with the search.
Spring semester began in mid-January. This 2021-22 exceptional entering class of 393 had a median 160 LSAT score and 3.63 UGPA.  Of those admitted, 57% are women and 43% are men.  We have 46% minority representation and 61% of the class speak one or more foreign languages. Demographically, this class represents 33 different states and 10 countries. The admissions team has put together a fascincating website that takes a deeper dive into these future ‘Canes.   As bold, innovative leaders, today’s students will become tomorrow’s lawyers and a force for positive change. I want to urge your support of student scholarships, it is one of the greatest ways to make an impact at your alma mater.  Consider joining the  Heritage Society by leaving the School of Law in your estate plans. The school’s future is Ever Brighter thanks to your support.
If I or the Law Alumni Association can assist you in any way, please contact me at  Meanwhile, I hope to see you at a future Law Alumni Association event, either in person or by Zoom. 

Julie Braman Kane, BA '90, JD '93
President, Law Alumni Association
Remember to connect and keep up with the latest from your Law Alumni Association on the web, and on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter. If you have any accomplishments you would like to share, Submit a Class Note and we will update the Class Notes page with your story!

ILLUMINATING THE LAW AND LEADING THE WAY | Explore the many ways you can participate in the University of Miami School of Law's pursuit of a brighter tomorrow by visiting our Ever Brighter campaign page.

EVER BRIGHTER: University of Miami's Campaign for our Next Century

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Jennifer Prevatte Jordan BA ’06, JD ’12. Health Care Law Externship Leads to Successful Legal Career in the Field.
Miami Law is establishing an endowed scholarship in memory of Nicole “Nicky” Langesfeld, J.D. ’19, thanks to a generous $100,000 donation from her law firm, Reed Smith LLP. Langesfeld and her husband Luis Sadovnic lost their lives in the June 24, 2021 collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside.

Larry J. Hoffman, JD '54, and Deborah Hoffman, BA '55, JD '83 are underwriting Miami Law's Hoffman Forum, a conversation series committed to the civil exchange of ideas for the benefit of our university, our community, and the wider world. The  Hoffman Forum will present collaborative and interdisciplinary programs related to issues at the intersection of law, public policy, the arts and social justice.  To date, two virtual Forums emanating from UM Law have been held, the last forum was January 22, 2022. 
Miami Law alumni Vaishali Desai, JD '12, LLM '15, Jamie Lincenberg. JD '16. Olivia Issertell, JD '20, and Brian Vaca, JD /LLM '16 joined Miami Law's January Law Day for Admitted Students. 
Jennifer Davis, JD ’13, has been inducted into the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. as a charter member of the Broward County Radiance Chapter.
Real Property Development LL.M. Graduates Land Exciting Jobs: Cameron Kunstler LL.M. '91, Logan Wellmeier LL.M. '21, and Michel Ayub LL.M. '18.
Drew Aiken, J.D./LL.M ’12 in International Law, works to advance health and human rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Catch up with other Alumni News on the web and on Facebook.
Do you have news you'd like to share? We're all ears! Send a note to or post a comment in the Miami Law LinkedIn Community & we will help you spread the good news!



1999 – Dennis O. Lynch served as dean of Miami Law from 1999 until 2008 after serving as a member of Miami Law’s faculty from 1974-1990 and as dean at the University of Denver College of Law in 1990. Under Dean Lynch's leadership, the law school launched Momentum & Momentum II: collectively, they raised raised over $49.5 million to help recruit top students, faculty, and expand instructional resources for the law school. During his deanship, the School of Law’s endowment increased approximately $30 million--a 150% increase in the law school's total endowment. Dean Lynch oversaw a law school curriculum reform, which improved the overall bar pass rate for Miami Law students. During his last year as Dean, Miami Law achieved the highest bar pass rate in the state for the Florida Bar Exam. Furthermore, he expanded the clinical program by adding the Health Rights and Bankruptcy Clinics and adding long-term, renewable contracts for clinical professors. Dean Lynch furthered Miami Law’s position as a leading institution for international students and for the study of international law by working with faculty to establish the International Arbitration Institute, which ultimately led to the founding of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program. Under his leadership, Miami Law was consistently ranked in the Top 10 Law Schools for Diversity by Hispanic Business Magazine, and the diversity of the faculty was increased as well. Additionally, Dean Lynch was deeply committed to the greater University of Miami community, serving as Chair of the University's search committee for a new Provost.
Dean Lynch is academically and professionally accomplished. His areas of scholarship and publications focus on the legal profession in Latin America, labor arbitration, and civil procedure. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Oregon, he accepted a Fulbright Scholarship, where he worked on regional economic development in Venezuela. After that, he attended Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D. As a 3L at Harvard, he received a Ford Foundation Grant to improve local access to the Boston city government. Upon graduation from law school, Dean Lynch accepted a position with the Ford Foundation in Bogota, Colombia, to support legal education reforms there. He then went on to Yale Law School, where he served as a Fellow in Law and Modernization under an AID grant. At Yale, he completed an LL.M. and a J.S.D. His doctoral dissertation focused on the Colombian Legal Profession, for which he conducted extensive research in the country. Ultimately, this research led to the publication of a book.
Toward the end of his studies at Yale, Soia Mentschikoff convinced Dean Lynch to begin his career in academia at Miami Law, where he taught civil procedure, employment law, and labor law. He spent 16 years teaching at the law school, during which he accepted positions consulting for the U.S. State Department and a number of other public and private entities such as the Walt Disney Company. After his teaching career at Miami Law, he served as Dean at the University of Denver College of Law, before he was called back to Miami to serve as our law school’s dean in 1999.
2008 – Dean Paul Verkuil was recruited by President Donna Shalala to serve as  the acting dean of Miami Law from 2008-2009 until a permanent Dean was appointed. Prior to his appointment, he served as Dean of Cardozo Law School, president of the College of William and Mary, Dean of Tulane Law School, President and CEO of the American Automobile Association, and Special Master in Ellis Island case, New Jersey v. New York. After his time at the University of Miami, Dean Verkuil was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the head of the Administrative Conference of the United States. 


Enjoy the memories shared in these videos by Miami Law Alumni who attended during these years:
Claudine Chen-Young, JD '03
Christopher Lomax, JD '08
Mindy Reinstein Brodsky, JD '08
Dear Friends,
Happy 2022!  We hope you had a relaxing and healthy end to 2021 and 2022 is off to a wonderful start.  As you plan for the year, please take a moment to remember the difference UM Law has made for you and the difference you can make for UM Law.  
Whether your fondest memory is of lasting friendships, the unique opportunities presented by clinics or internships or the one professor or class that changed your trajectory, please consider making a donation today.  Your donation will help continue the UM tradition of academic excellence and help the next generation experience it through scholarships, faculty support and campus improvements.    
Additionally, you will play an important role in maintaining the distinction and value of our degrees.  U.S. News & World Report considers donor participation in its ranking methodologies.  Specifically, they look at the number of donors and not the amount of donation from each.  Therefore, your donation will have a direct impact on the rankings, not to mention, the huge impact it will have when added with others to supporting programs and sponsorships at our alma matter.  A link to the donation page is below and your donation will be recognized as a contribution to the Ever Brighter: The Campaign for our Next Century.
We hope you will join or renew your involvement in the Dean’s Circle by making a donation to the School of Law. Dean’s Circle is a passionate and loyal group of volunteers who help fund and support the Dean’s vision through generous donations starting at $1,000 or for members of the judiciary and those working in the public and non-profit sectors at $500. 
Please let us know how we can help you and of any interest you have in volunteering for the School of Law.  We hope to see you in person this year and in the meantime, we wish you an amazing 2022!  Go ‘Canes.

Stephanie Carman JD ’01
Vice President for Fundraising, Law Alumni Association
& Chair, Dean’s Circle Committee
Shareholder, Gray Robinson P.A.


The FL Bar Foundation's Statewide Pro Bono Challenge is now open and we need your participation to help Miami Law regain our MVP title from 2020! Please consider participating by partnering with a Miami Law student on a pro bono case to help the student earn pro bono hours, build practical skills, learn from your experience, and assist a client in need of legal representation. If you have any questions about the Challenge, please do not hesitate to reach out to!
Professors Anthony Alfieri, Kathleen Claussen, Charlton Copeland, Elizabeth Iglesias, Dean of Students Janet Stearns, and Professor Francisco Valdes received awards at the 2022 AALS Annual Meeting. 
The Biden administration has appointed Professors Caroline Bettinger-López and John Mark Newman to leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.
Seattle University has selected Anthony E. Varona as the new dean of Seattle University School of Law.
Professor Kathleen Claussen’s Article on International Claims Trade Awarded Smit-Lowenfeld Prize.
Professor William Widen quoted by the Pittsburg Press Gazette regarding his 25-page analysis on the proposed bill to allowing self-driving vehicles to test without emergency driver. 


Miami Law 3L Women Leaders along with Dean of Students Janet Stearns and Assistant Dean of Law Development and Alumni Relations Georgina Angones recently had an evening out watching the University of Miami Women’s Basketball Game at the Watsco Center. It was an exciting event, as Miami defeated Syracuse 71-65. Special thanks to Barbara Havernick, AB’72, JD’75, for donating her Suite to the School of Law for that evening!  Pictured: Front (Left) Elanny Lago, Megan Schmidt. Lower Middle (Left) Taylor, Hill, Hayley Goodman. Upper Middle (Left) Maria Hernandez, Anoosheh Shaikh, Dean Janet Stearns,     Rebecca Entenberg. Top: (Left) Dean Georgina Angones, Mira Haqqani


Clinic Directors Craig Trocino and Melissa Swain Obtain Victory in Criminal Court for Client.

The Human Rights Clinic students and Tamar Ezer, had the opportunity to present as part of a Bronx Defenders webinar on “Realizing the Right to Housing and Addressing Homelessness: Intersections with Race and Gender.”
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March 2 White & Case International Arbitration Lecture: “International Arbitration and EU Law: Still on a Collision Course?" featuring George A. Bermann
March 4 Business Law Review Symposium: Mainstreet vs Wallstreet: The Democratization of Investing
March 10 Young Alumni Committee Networking Night
March 11 6th annual Class Action & Complex Litigation Forum
March 30 39th  Annual Lawyer of the Americas Award  Presentation to Wifredo Ferrer
March 31 10th Annual Henkin Lecture on Human Rights: “Inside the Biden Administration’s Human Rights Challenge” featuring Harold Hongju Koh.
SAVE THE DATE! MAY 2022 Classes of 1970, 1971, 1972 50th year reunion.
Spring 2022 Alumni Reception for Admitted Students
Miami Law’s incredibly supportive and active alumni network is one of the many reasons prospective law students choose us. Our alumni play an instrumental role in helping students decide whether Miami Law is the best fit for them.  Please save the dates and help us welcome admitted students into the Miami Law family this upcoming spring. 
Register HERE!
March - Alumni Reception for Admitted Students
Friday, March 25, 2022, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Hilarie Bass Bricks, University of Miami School of Law
Promote your firm or business at our events. Sponsorship opportunities available!

Contact the office of Law Development and Alumni Relations for details and or (305) 284-3470.


February 23 The Law Alumni Association's Annual Miami Dade Judicial Reception
February 18 Miami Law's Race & Social Justice Law Review Symposium 
February 18 Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair awarded to Professor Mary Anne Franks 
February 4-5 Miami Law Review Symposium – Beyond the Valley

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