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From Law Alumni Association President, Daniel S. Newman JD ’91

Dear Alumni:
I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year.  I hope everyone was able to take some time off to relax and spend quality time with family.  

The University of Miami’s Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning held its annual conference last week in Orlando. Over 4,000 attendees participated and joined seminars from some of the most preeminent practitioners in the field. The University of Miami Estate Planning Office hosted a cocktail hour and your Law Alumni Association hosted a luncheon for alumni, where we honored Norman J. Benford with the Alumni Achievement Award. Norman taught tax to hundreds of students at the School of Law. Many of his students were present to honor his achievements and thank him for the impact he has had on their careers. Congratulations to Tina Portuondo, Executive Director of the Heckerling Institute, for the success of this prestigious gathering. The conference gave me an opportunity to connect with some of our distinguished alumni from across the country.   

On January 23rd we will celebrate the retirement of United States Bankruptcy Court Judge A. Jay Cristol, a three-time alumnus of the University of Miami. Judge Cristol’s personal and professional accomplishments are remarkable and his dedication to family, country, community, and profession serve as an example for all of us to follow. Judge Cristol has left his imprint on the University of Miami for well over 50 years, having obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1958, his Juris Doctor in 1959, and his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 1997. He served as President of the University of Miami Law Alumni Association in 1985 and has remained an active Judicial Director since then. We cannot thank Judge Cristol enough for all he has done for the “U.”   

Our community was saddened with the recent losses of Paul J. DiMare, a long-time member of the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees and ardent supporter of the University, and Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin. They have left their mark on our community, and we are thankful for all they have done. 

In the coming months we will be announcing alumni events in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. We will also bring Dean Yellen to meet some of our distinguished alumni who practice outside of South Florida. We look forward to seeing you all at these events. In addition, we will be reaching out to seek your participation in our mentoring efforts. I encourage you all to mentor a law student, share your knowledge, and help them achieve their goals.

I look forward to seeing you all at an alumni event in the coming year and I welcome your involvement with the school.

Very truly yours,

Daniel S. Newman, JD '91
President, Law Alumni Association
Remember to connect and keep up with the latest from your Miami 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!
Miami Law alumnus, Milton Miller, JD 55, celebrates his 103 birthday with a special visit from LAA President, Dan Newman and LAA member Miriam Soler Ramos. 
Monal Zipper, Ba '04, JD '06, the Boca Raton office of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman as senior associate.
E. Deronn Bowen, JD '10, was elected to the New York City Civil Court, representing New York County. He assumed office on January 1, 2023.
UM School of Law Alumni Doug Wolfe, JD '06, and Becky Greenfield, JD '15, expand Miami-based Wolfe Pincavage. 
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

Support Miami Law’s Mindfulness in Law Program with a donation this year.  Founded in 2011 by Professor Scott Rogers, the mindfulness program has taught mindfulness to more than 1,500 students, many of whom are now becoming law firm partners and business leaders.  For more than a decade, Miami Law has been a model for law schools across the country integrating mindfulness into the law school curriculum and enriching the personal and profession lives of our students. Support this program today!
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As the new year begins, we thank you again for your continued generosity to the Law School. As we look around the Bass Bricks, we see the impact of your giving in the extraordinary vibrancy of this institution.
In 2022, we welcomed Dean David Yellen to the Law School and hosted countless events throughout the country, including in Orlando at the Florida Bar Annual Meeting and in Chicago at the ABA Annual Meeting. In November, we hosted successful and enjoyable Homecoming festivities. We came together to reminisce and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. There are so many achievements for us to take pride in at Miami Law. Our future is bright!
I invite you to join me by becoming a member of the Dean’s Circle or renewing your membership for this academic year, June 1, 2022-May 31, 2023, and to consider increasing your giving level.
Your generosity will help continue the school’s tradition of academic excellence. Your gift to the annual fund at any level makes a difference and is very much appreciated.
Looking ahead, you will have many opportunities to connect with the law school, our students, and your fellow Miami Law alumni and supporters. If you are visiting Miami from out of town, drop by the Law Alumni and Community Relations Office to say hello. We love meeting our graduates and learning about their work and achievements. Keep in touch and check our website often for upcoming events or if you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved.
May the New Year bring good health, peace, and joy to you and yours.
Go 'Canes!
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Dean's Circle Brochure

Harout J. Samra,  BA '04, MBA '08, JD '09
Vice President for Fundraising, Law Alumni Association
& Chair, Dean’s Circle Committee
Of Counsel, DLA Piper
ORAL HISTORY PROJECT | A look back at our law school..
If you've been following our Oral History Project update within each newsletter, you'll notice we concluded our look back at the former Dean's of the School of Law and the accomplishments during their time. We will now begin looking back at our alumni, their time at Miami Law and their accomplishments. Our first feature...
Professor Corbin Publishes Op Ed on NBC and Participates in Several Conferences
Tina Portuondo Inducted into the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame
Miami Law Establishes Transactional Law Concentration, Prepares Students to Contribute to Careers on Day One
Public Policy Attorney Joins the Center for Ethics and Public Service
Fighting for the Afflicted and Underserved: Health Rights Clinic Secures Multiple Client Wins in 2022
The Eleanor R. Cristol and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic at Miami Law offers pro bono legal services to low-income individuals who are dealing with bankruptcy.
Support Our Clinics
January 26 & 27, 2023 | 7th annual Miami Law Class Action Forum - Register Here
February 10-11, 2023 | University of Miami Law Review's Symposium - More Information HereRegister Here
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.

November 14, 2022 |
Annual Donor Scholarship Recognition Luncheon - Photos Here
November 2-5, 2022 | Law Alumni Association's Alumni Weekend & Homecoming
Annual Law Alumni Association Homecoming Golf Tournament

HOPE, Moot Court Programs, University of Miami Law Review Alumni Gathering and Class of 2012 10th Year Reunion

Class of 2002 20th Year Reunion

Class of 1970 and 1972 50th Year Reunion

Class of 1997 25th Year Reunion

73rd Annual “Morning Spirits” & Homecoming Breakfast

LAA x SBA Tailgate
January 11, 2023 | Law Alumni Luncheon at the 57th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

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