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									Law School Board of Advisors

  Herman J. Russomanno, Esq.

      Jeannette F. Hausler
        Chair Emeritus
      The Hon. A. Leo Adderly
Robert Frederick Bouchard, Esq.
       Bob Butterworth, Dean
  Rev. Msgr. Franklyn M. Casale
    The Hon. Michael Chavies
Raul Delgado de Armas, Esq. ’88
        The Hon. Peter T. Fay
     Lawrence S. Forman, Esq.
        Mark S. Gallegos, Esq.
        Philip M. Gerson, Esq.
   The Hon. Mario P. Goderich
   Estrella F. Gonzalez, Esq. ’89
       Karen E. Guito, Esq. ’98
      Joseph P. Klock Jr., Esq.
       The Hon. Henry Latimer
         The Hon. David Levy
         Justice R. Fred Lewis
    MaryAnne Lukacs, Esq. ’87
    Timothy M. Martin, Esq. ’87
     Rev. Dr. Patrick H. O’Neill
      Ralph G. Patino, Esq. ’87
      Leanne M. Polk, Esq. ’01
 Kimberly B. Redmon-Jones, Esq.
    Patricia A. Redmond, Esq.
        Edward M. Ricci, Esq.
       A. Jeffry Robinson, Esq.
      Rafael J. Roca, Esq. ’87
   Mark A. Romance, Esq. ’94
          D. Jean Ryan, Esq.
       Lisa M. Schiller, Esq. ’93
 Parker Davidson Thomson, Esq.
     The Hon. Daryl E. Trawick
         Prof. Basil Yanakakis

     Law Alumni Council

   Raul Perez-Ballaga, Esq. ’00
        Brett Barfield, Esq. ’99
     Elizabeth Bowen, Esq. ’98
     Carlo D’Angelo, Esq. ’97
       Daniel Dolan, Esq. ’96
   Thomas Donaldson, Esq. ’93
Juliette Espinosa-Garcia, Esq. ’01
       Rawny Garay, Esq. ’99
      David Gordon, Esq. ’99
        Joshua Hertz, Esq. ’01
      June Hoffman, Esq. ’94
        David Perez, Esq. ’00
        Leanne Polk, Esq. ’01
      Jason Rudolph, Esq. ’95
Patricia SaintVil-Joseph, Esq. ’96
          Juan Saiz, Esq. ’87
    Jason Warshofsky, Esq. ’95

                40                                                    features
Photo Album:
The Law School
Celebrates Class
Reunions, a Golf
and Graduation
                            In Session: Five STU
                            Law Alumni Exemplify                              Bob
                            the St. Thomas                                    Butterworth
                            Tradition of Service                              Joins STU Law
                            in their Roles as                                 as Our 6th
                            State Legislators                                 Dean

            The Lawyer
            Winter 2004
          Graphic Designer
           Karen A. Malin

  Associate Dean of Student and
         Alumni Services
         George Sheldon

                                                   2    Dean’s Message
           Bob Butterworth

             President                             4    News Briefs
      St. Thomas University
   Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale
                                                   27   Alumni News & Notes
The Lawyer is published two times a year
 by St. Thomas University School of Law
     Office of Alumni Relations and
Communications. St. Thomas University is           49   Alumni Calendar of Events
      an equal opportunity employer.

         St. Thomas University
             School of Law
       16400 N.W. 32nd Avenue
         Miami, Florida 33054
             (305) 474-2434

                          My first few months of serving as dean of St. Thomas
                          University School of Law have been rewarding, challenging and
                          most of all, exciting. I feel privileged to lead St. Thomas law
                          school through these times of challenge and change.
                            One of my first challenges as dean was to improve student
                          morale, and I am pleased to tell you that student morale has
                          been transformed. We have implemented a true student-
                          centered vision at the law school through an administrative
                          restructuring and an intense focus on service, responsiveness,
                          and accessibility. To accomplish these goals, we created the new
                          Office of Student and Alumni Services, spearheaded by
                          Associate Dean George Sheldon, which addresses student’s
                          needs and concerns in a timely and fair manner. Additionally,
                          throughout each and every office at the law school, we have
                          implemented a focus on providing students with quality services
                          and accessibility to faculty, administrators, and staff. The new
                          student-centered vision at the law school is working—it has
                          dramatically increased student morale.

     2        St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
   We have also launched aggressive efforts in the areas of Bar passage and admissions. In July, our Bar
passage rate increased eleven points over last year, and the gap between our score and the mean score was
closed from 30 points last year to 15 points this year. In spite of the fact that the Bar exam was made
more difficult to pass, our scores increased 22%, while most Florida schools experienced a decrease. I am
confident that St. Thomas University School of Law will reach the state average within the next three
   This fall, the law school brought in our largest class in its history—299 students representing 136
different universities and 32 states—while raising academic credentials and increasing diversity. These
students hail from universities such as Duke, William & Mary, NYU, Yale, Cornell, and Emory. Forty-
eight percent are non-Florida residents, and forty-nine percent represent diverse ethnic backgrounds. U.S.
News & World Report ranks St. Thomas University School of Law the fourth-most-diverse accredited law
school, and Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine ranks us as one of the top five law schools in the
U.S. for Hispanic students.
   At the same time, the law school faces challenges with the opening of more law schools in the state.
Now is the time for us to make our strengths known. We are reaching out to the community through
events, increased involvement in community organizations, and one-on-one contacts. This fall we hosted
a series of events in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties to reintroduce St. Thomas
University School of Law to the community. The Miami-Dade reception held at the Miami City Club
boasted more than 200 attendees, the Palm Beach reception at the home of The Honorable Mary Lupo
and Ed Ricci introduced the Dean and the law school to more than 100 guests, and the Broward reception
drew well-over 300 people—including more than 50 judges, 60% of our Broward County alumni, a
number of state legislators, county commissioners, and other elected officials. These events were
incredible successes that have everybody—judges, hiring partners, and the entire South Florida legal
community—talking about St. Thomas University School of Law. We will continue to reach out to the
legal community and the community at large to make known the strengths of our law school, our
students, and our alumni.
   Ultimately, our alumni are our greatest testimonials to the strength of this law school. St. Thomas law
school alumni are partners in major firms across the U.S.—from Dechert in Palo Alto, California, to
Gunster Yoakley right here in Miami. St. Thomas is represented by incredibly bright, professional, and
ethical alumni in firms like Akerman Senterfitt, Baker Botts, Carleton Fields, Fowler White, Greenberg
Traurig, Holland & Knight, and Steel Hector, to name but a few. This issue of The Lawyer magazine
highlights five of our alumni—Florida House of Representatives members Gaston Cantens ’92, Bruce
Kyle ’94, J.C. Planas ’98, John Quinones ’92, and Maryland House of Delegates member Victor Ramirez
’01—who embody the law school’s mission to produce lawyers of conscience, competence, and
compassion who dedicate their professional lives to the service of others. I am extremely proud of our
all of our alumni, and I look forward to working with our alumni, students, friends, faculty, and staff to
raise St. Thomas University School of Law to even greater heights.
                                                                        Bob Butterworth

                            The Lawyer          Winter 2004                                        3
      STU Law Honors Tod Aronovitz & Mark Romance ’94
                                                                                     St. Thomas University School of
                                                                                     Law hosted a reception on June
                                                                                     26, 2003 at the Florida Bar Annual
                                                                                     Meeting to honor Tod Aronovitz,
                                                                                     outgoing president of the Florida
                                                                                     Bar; and Mark Romance '94,
                                                                                     incoming president of the Young
                                                                                     Lawyers Division of the Florida
                                                                                       More than 250 alumni, judges,
                                                                                     and attorneys from across the
                                                                                     state of Florida came to honor
                                                                                     these two distinguished attorneys
                                                                                     for their service to the Florida Bar.
                                                                                     Dean Butterworth and President
                                                                                     Monsignor Franklyn Casale
                                                                                     presented an award to Tod
                                                                                     Aronovitz for his commitment to
      Dean Bob Butterworth, Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero, Associate   Dignity in Law, and to Mark
      Dean and Dean of Students at University of Miami School of Law Jeannette
      Hausler, immediate past president of the Florida Bar Tod Aronovitz, and        Romance '94 for his commitment
      president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar Mark Romance ’94.   to improving the professional lives
                                                                                     of Florida's young lawyers.
      Law School Establishes Annual
      Alumni Awards Program                                                          Profile: STU Law
                                                                                     Class of 2006
      This year the law school                Award, Outstanding Jurist Award,
      established an annual St. Thomas        and Dean’s Award of Distinction.       The Class of 2006 consists of 299
      University School of Law Alumni         Nominations are accepted year-         students, 160 men and 139 women
      Awards program to recognize             round by the Alumni Office, with       with an average age of 26. Forty-
      outstanding alumni, judges, and         an October 1st deadline for each       eight percent of the students are
      community leaders. The inaugural        year’s awards.                         non-Florida residents hailing from
      Alumni Awards were presented on           For award descriptions, criteria,    more than five different countries
      December 2, 2003 at the annual          and a nomination form, go to           and 34 different states. Forty-eight
      Law Alumni Holiday Reception at          percent of entering students
      the Miami City Club. (See story         Alumni/ or contact Karen Malin,        received scholarships. Continuing
      in next issue).                         Director of Alumni Relations, at       our proud tradition of diversity,
        Alumni Awards are made in the         (305) 474-2435 or                      38% of the class members are
      following categories: Distinguished
                                                                                     minorities, and 49.8% are non-
      Alumnus/a Award, Arete Award,
                                                                                     white Americans.
      Outstanding Young Alumnus

      4                                 St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
Inaugural Spring Golf Fling A Swinging Success
The St. Thomas University School
of Law Inaugural Spring Golf
Fling was a great success.
Presented by the law firm of
Sams, Martin, Lipsky, Lister &
Kaufman, P.A., the tournament
drew 73 golfers to Shula’s Golf
Club in Miami Lakes for a
wonderful day of golf, networking
and camaraderie.
  Thanks to its many generous
underwriters, the Inaugural Spring
Golf Fling also raised more than
$12,000 for the School of Law.
  Mark your calendar now for next
year’s 2nd Annual Spring Golf
Fling on Friday, April 30, 2004 at    Douglas Hartman, Esq.; Cdr. James Carr; Manuel Suarez, M.D.; Tim Martin ’87,
                                      Esq. For more photos from the Inaugural Spring Golf fling, turn to page 44.
Shula’s. For information on
sponsoring or participating in next
year’s event, contact Cheryl
Chapman at (305) 474-2432 or
                                       Distinguished Speakers on Campus

 Hispanic Outlook in
   Higher Education
    magazine ranks
 St. Thomas University                Donna Arzt, Bond, Schoeneck &           Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte,
      School of Law                   King Distinguished Professor of         President Emeritus of Florida
                                      Law at Syracuse University College      State University, will discuss “Was
        one of the                    of Law, will present “Web-site for      deTocqueville Right About
 top five law schools                 the Prosecution,” a discussion          Lawyers’ Being the Connecting
                                      about the use of a web-site to bring    Link for American Society?” He
        in the U.S.                   together prosecutors of those           will consider the increasing
for Hispanic students.                accused of the Lockerbie bombing        disconnection of attorneys from
                                      and the victims’ families on            their communities and propose
                                      February 10 at noon in the Moot         remedial strategies on April 1 at
                                      Court Room.                             noon in the Moot Court Room.

                                       The Lawyer           Winter 2004                                              5
Newsbriefs                                                                       Tax Clinic Receives
          Law School Graduation 2003
                                                                                 Pro Bono Award
                                                                                 On May 21, 2003, Larry Fedro,
                                                                                 executive director of the St.
                                                                                 Thomas Low Income Tax Clinic
                                                                                 was honored by the Put Something
                                                                                 Back program of the Dade
                                                                                 County Bar Association for the
                                                                                 delivery of pro bono services to
                                                                                 residents of Miami-Dade County
                                                                                 during 2002-2003. The
                                                                                 St. Thomas Low Income Tax
                                                                                 Clinic has been in operation some
                                                                                 three years and has provided pro
                                                                                 bono services to more than 200
                                                                                 clients in need. The clinic is
                                                                                 staffed by five to six law students
      Daphne Clements, Tamara Green, Tamara Hall, Shayna Stern, and J.C. Perez   each semester, who work with the
      celebrate earning their Juris Doctorate.
                                                                                 executive director to provide
                                                                                 quality services to the less-
      On May 10, 2003, St. Thomas             The Honorable Edward D. Re,
                                                                                 fortunate. Congratulations to
      University School of Law marked       Chief Judge Emeritus, United
                                                                                 Larry Fedro and the St. Thomas
      its annual commencement               States Court of International
                                                                                 Law Clinic for making a difference
      ceremonies by recognizing 150         Trade, was the keynote speaker
                                                                                 in our community.
      Juris Doctor graduates, 24 LL.M.      and also received an honorary
      graduates in International Tax,       degree from the law school.
      and 26 LL.M. graduates in             Marisol Rodriguez, a member of
                                                                                 News Makers
      International Human Rights. We        the Class of 2003 who passed
      look forward to watching these        away, was awarded a Juris            Lance C. Ivey ’95 secured a
      bright graduates as they excel in     Doctorate Honoris Causa.             $5.75 million confidential
      their professional careers and          Congratulations to the             settlement in a suit against a major
      impact their communities in           St. Thomas University School of      automaker.
      meaningful ways.                      Law Class of 2003. (For more         Gloria Velazquez Meitin ’92, of
                                            graduation photos, see page 40.)     Greenberg Traurig, was named
                                                                                 Attorney of the Year by the Latin
                                                                                 Builders Association.
                                                                                 Prof. Richard Maloy celebrated
           During 2002-2003, St. Thomas University
                                                                                 50 years as a member of The
            School of Law students contributed                                   Florida Bar in 2003.
               8,179 hours of pro bono service                                   Prof. Elizabeth Pendo is
                                                                                 chairman of Miami-Dade’s
                    to their communities.                                        Managed Care Ombudsman

      6                                St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
Class Reunion Revelry
Saturday, April 26, 2003, marked
the first-ever St. Thomas Law
Alumni Class Reunions.
   More than 120 alumni from the
Classes of ’92, ’93, ’97, and ’98
gathered to celebrate their ten-
and five-year reunions at Shula’s
Hotel on Main Street, Miami
Lakes. Alumni travelled from
across the state of Florida and
from as far away as New York and
Tennessee to celebrate this special
occasion and to catch up with
friends and classmates.
   Reunions for the Classes of ’89,
’94, and ’99 will be held on May 1,
2004. To join your reunion
                                      Brian Livingston ’98, Mary McPherson-Lewis ’98, Alicia Noble-Briggs ’97, and
committee, contact Karen Malin at     Joseph Copeland ’98 enjoy the inaugural Law Alumni Class Reunions.
305-474-2435 or
                                      New Office of Student & Alumni
                                      Services to be led by George Sheldon
Statistics:                           This summer, Dean Butterworth
Class of 2002                         created a new department in the
The report is in! By February         law school, the Office of Student
2003, 89% of St. Thomas Law           & Alumni Affairs, which oversees
Class of 2002 graduates seeking       the offices of Recruitment,
employment had found employment       Registrar, Career Services, Alumni
or had enrolled in full-time          Relations, and Communications.
advanced degree programs. Of          Each of these departments will
those employed, 58% went into         work together as a team under the
private practice, 19% government,     new Associate Dean of Student and
12% business sector, 6% public        Alumni Services, George Sheldon.
interest, and 5% academics.             Dean Sheldon, former Florida
Ninety-one percent of the class is    Deputy Attorney General, former          St. Thomas law school. I look
located in the South Atlantic         state legislator, and practicing         forward to helping bring
region between Washington, D.C.       attorney, brings a wealth of             innovative, effective, and quality
and Miami, 4% in the Mid-Atlantic,    experience and fresh ideas to this       services and programs to our
4% in the Southwest and West,         new position. “I am very excited         students and alumni,” said
and 1% in the Midwest.                about joining the administation at       Sheldon.

                                       The Lawyer            Winter 2004                                             7
      Hernandez                                Mentor Program
      Named Director                          Our Lawyers at Work Mentoring           networking with attorneys on the
      of Student Affairs                      Program, begun with the help of         job and at professional meetings.
                                              Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred         In its first year, 11 students
                                              Lewis, is now in its third year.        signed up for this extracurricular
                                              Second- and third-year students are     opportunity; in its second, 35.
                                              matched with experienced                Forty-four students have applied for
                                              attorneys according to preferred        this year’s program.
                                              areas of law. The students witness         If you have six years of
                                              the workings of real law practice,      experience and would like to be a
                                              benefit from the insights of            mentor, please call program
                                              experienced practitioners, and are      coordinator Maggie Kreuzberger at
      Prof. Hernandez was named               afforded opportunities for              305-474-2433.
      Director of Student Affairs this
      fall. After more than 10 years of
                                              Alumni and Friends Meet the Dean
      service at the law school, serving in
      positions ranging from Associate        at Dade County Happy Hour
      Professor to Academic Affairs
      administrator, Hernandez is
      looking forward to this new
      challenge. “I see my role as
      minimizing obstacles students face
      so that they can more effectively
      pursue their careers,” says
      Hernandez. “I look forward to
      helping students make the most of
      their legal education.”
        Msgr. Andrew Anderson has
      been appointed as the Associate
      Director of Student Affairs.
        Dean Butterworth notes that
                                              Alumni enjoy the Dade County Alumni Networking Happy Hour.
      “Prof. Hernandez and Msgr.              Raquel Campos ’02, Edward Tapanes ’02, Kathryn Fernandez-Rundel, Prof. Silver,
      Anderson are well-known for their       and Michelle Tustin ’00.

      rapport with students. I feel they      This summer alumni, community           opportunity to network and to
      are the best people to work closely     leaders, and friends of the law         hear from Dean Butterworth on
      with students to improve their          school gathered at Gordon Biersch       his plans for the School of Law.
      experience here at the law school.”     Brewery in downtown Miami for a         If you or your firm would like to
        Both Hernandez and Anderson           happy hour and a chance to meet         sponsor a networking get-together
      are happy to be a part of Dean          Dean Butterworth. The event,            for St. Thomas alumni, contact
      Butterworth’s team dedicated to a       which drew graduates from 1987          Karen Malin at (305) 474-2435
      student-centered vision of legal        to 2003, provided alumni, judges,       or
      education.                              and fellow attorneys an

      8                                  St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
 Garcia Named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Dean Butterworth has announced         chaired numerous committees
the appointment of Prof. Alfred        including Faculty Recruitment,
Garcia to the post of Associate        Admissions, and Promotion and
Dean of Academic Affairs. “I am        Tenure.
extremely pleased that Prof. Garcia      Dean Garcia is pleased and
has accepted this position,” said      honored to have the opportunity to
Dean Butterworth. “I am                serve in this important position at
confident that his vast knowledge      the school he has been an integral
of the law school and his incredible   part of for so long. “I see my role
talents will serve the law school      here primarily as serving the needs
very well in this new position.”       of the faculty and students, and to
   Dean Garcia has served on the       help propel the law school into the
faculty at St. Thomas since 1989,      21st century under the leadership
teaching primarily Criminal Law,       of Dean Butterworth,” says Garcia.        and solidify the position of
Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and      “I look forward to working with           St. Thomas here in our community
Torts. During his 14-year tenure at    faculty, students, administrators,        and across the country.”
the law school, Dean Garcia has        and staff to continue to strengthen

                                       Fall Orientation Kicks Off the
                                       New School Year
                                                                                 On August 14, more than 200 new
  Save the Date!                                                                 students arrived on campus for a
                                                                                 fabulous fall orientation program
                                                                                 that included a welcome featuring
         2nd Annual                                                              guest speaker Charlie Crist and a
                                                                                 number of prominent law school
      St. Thomas Law
                                                                                 alumni, a luncheon with The Hon.
     Spring Golf Fling                                                           Samuel Slom ’87, and a reception at
                                                                                 the home of Dean Butterworth.
        April 30, 2004                                                             Dean Butterworth’s welcome
                 &                                                               focused on the contract students and
                                                                                 faculty enter into in which faculty
    Class Reunions for                                                           promise to “teach and coach” and
                                                                                 students promise to “learn.” Cheers
        ’89, ’94, & ’99
                                                                                 broke out as faculty shouted out, “I
        May 1, 2004                                                              will teach and coach,” and students
                                                                                 replied, “I will learn.” To seal the
                                       1L Melissa Button signs the wall of the   deal, students and faculty jumped up
                                       Moot Court Room during new student        to sign their names on the walls of
                                                                                 the Moot Court Room.

                                        The Lawyer             Winter 2004                                         9
     Dean Butterworth Hosts Student                                                 New Faculty:
     Receptions                                                                     Charles Lugosi
                                                                                    The School of Law welcomes
                                                                                    assistant professor of law, Charles
                                                                                    Lugosi, Esq., to our faculty. Prof.
                                                                                    Lugosi received his Bachelor of
                                                                                    Law degree from the University of
                                                                                    Western Ontario and his Master of
                                                                                    Law and his Master of Bioethics
                                                                                    degrees from the University of
                                                                                    Pennsylvania, where he is also a
                                                                                    candidate for a Doctor of Juridical
                                                                                    Science degree.
                                                                                       Mr. Lugosi currently teaches a
                                                                                    seminar on the 6th Amendment.
                                                                                    In addition to constitutional law, his
                                                                                    teaching and research interests
                                                                                    include bioethics, biotechnology,
                                                                                    tort law, forensic science, trial and
    Students and faculty enjoy the orientation receptions hosted by Dean            appellate advocacy, law and religion,
    Butterworth at his home this fall. Pictured: Prof. Carol Zeiner, Dean Barbara   and law and literature.
    Singer, Sarah Jacobs ’05, and Sara Coen-Giovanelli ’04.
                                                                                       His scholarly achievements
    Dean Butterworth hosted students           relationships, and I felt these      include published articles in
    receptions for each class this fall        student receptions were a good       ISSUES IN LAW AND MEDICINE
    at his home in Hollywood. “I feel          way to let students know that we     (2001), UNIVERSITY OF
    it is important to give students an        are serious about putting students   DENVER LAW REVIEW (2001),
    opportunity to interact with one           first, listening and responding to   GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
    another and with faculty and               their needs, and developing strong   CIVIL RIGHTS LAW JOURNAL
    administration in a social setting,”       working relationships between the    (2002), and the AMERICAN
    said Dean Butterworth. “Our                student body and the faculty and     JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW
    small size enables our students            administration.”                     (2003).
    and faculty to develop meaningful                                                  Prof. Lugosi is also a member of
                                                                                    the Trial Lawyers of America, and a
                                                                                    life member of the Million Dollar
                    Get involved with your alma mater!                              Advocates Forum.
         Become a mentor, serve as a career resource, recruit
                      prospective students, and more!
               Simply fill out the alumni form on page 48
         or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 305-474-2435.

    10                                  St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
                                              Dean Bob Butterworth

On May 19, 2003, President Msgr. Franklyn Casale announced the appointment of Bob Butterworth
as Dean of St. Thomas University School of Law. At the time of his appointment, Dean Butterworth
was serving as senior judge appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to preside in all judicial circuits
and in the District Court of Appeals. Butterworth was elected Florida’s 33rd attorney general in 1986,
following nearly two decades of service as a prosecutor, judge, sheriff, and mayor. Florida’s longest
serving attorney general, he was re-elected attorney general in 1990, 1994, and 1998. As Florida’s
Attorney General, Dean Butterworth received national attention for his success in enforcing
consumer protection, environmental, civil rights, and anti-trust laws. He was a leader in the multi-
state litigation against the tobacco industry and was voted the top attorney general in the nation by
his peers. During his tenure as attorney general, Butterworth issued 1,200 legal opinions on questions
relating to the application of state laws to public officials and government entities. As a member of
the Florida Cabinet, he served on the State Board of Education for 16 years.
                        Q: From the variety of                        Q: In your opinion, what is the
                        opportunities you had, why did                role of a law school dean?
                        the deanship at St. Thomas
                        University School of Law pique                A: Often in older, more established law
                        your interest?                                schools, the role of the dean may consist
                                                                      of mostly fundraising or strictly
                        A: Interestingly, my career goals and         administrative work. At St. Thomas,
 It is time for us to   mission have run strikingly parallel to the   however, I see the role of the dean a bit
                        goals and mission of St. Thomas               differently. I feel my number one
                        University School of Law. Ranked the          mission as dean is to reintroduce St.
  toot our horn,        fourth-most-diverse law school in the         Thomas law school to the community,
                        nation by U.S News & World Report, St.        the state, and the country. St. Thomas is
    so to speak.        Thomas law school clearly promotes            producing excellent attorneys who
                        diversity in the law. As Attorney General,    graduate with a solid legal education,
                        I worked through vigorous and sustained       significant practical experience, and a
  I want to make        recruitment to achieve within the ranks of    strong commitment to ethics and
                        the Florida Attorney General’s Office         professionalism. Our alumni are tops in
people aware of the     general parity with the gender, racial, and   their fields, making incredible
                        ethnic composition of the State of            contributions not only to the legal
                        Florida. Technology is another area           community but also to the underserved
 excellence of our      where my interests and those of St.           members of our community. St. Thomas
                        Thomas University School of Law               is just not well known, and it is time for
                        intersect. During my tenure, the Florida      us to toot our horn, so to speak. I want
   students, the        Attorney General’s Office was among the       to make people aware of the excellence
                        first legal entities in the country to        of our students, the strength of our
  strength of our       recognize the value of integrating            programs, and the contributions we make
                        advanced communications technology            to this community. I believe we can do
                        into the practice of law. St. Thomas, as      this quickly, and the legal community and
     programs,          one of the nation’s most wired law            the community at large will be impressed
                        schools, shares and promotes the value of     with St. Thomas.
      and our           technology in the law. So, when current
                        and former St. Thomas University School       Q: What do you feel are the
                        of Law students approached me and             unique qualities that set St. Thomas
 contributions to       asked me to consider the deanship, I was      law school apart from other law
                        honored and intrigued. And the more I         schools?
                        learned about the mission and values of
 this community.        the law school—professionalism, public        A: One of the most striking qualities
                        service, lifelong learning, practical         that sets us apart is the unique feeling on
                        education, and scholarship, in addition to    campus. We have a friendliness and spirit
                        diversity and technology—the more I           you will not find elsewhere. While the
                        knew that the deanship at St. Thomas          law school is a competitive place, the
                        was a challenge custom-fit to my talents      camaraderie among students is still
                        and interests.                                undeniable. Just taking a quick walk

                                       St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
through the breezeway, campus visitors see clearly that our      are fortunate to have alumni who are finding the time and
law school community is one which encourages friendship          money to serve as mentors, to organize local alumni
and acceptance of others from different races, religions, and    chapters, to hire St. Thomas graduates, to refer business to
socio-economic backgrounds. I feel that our small class size     fellow graduates, and to teach current students as adjunct
helps foster this atmosphere. It also has another significant    faculty. I am very enthusiastic about getting to know our
impact that sets us apart. Because our small class size          alumni, and working in tandem with them to strengthen our
demands it, our students are much better prepared for class      programs and our reputation in the community.
than those who attend larger schools. Ultimately, this is of
great value both to the student and to the firm or company       Q: Looking down the road, what do you see for
that hires our graduates.                                        the future of the law school?

Q: How would you characterize the role of                        A: I believe St. Thomas law school has the brightest future
alumni at the law school?                                        of any law school in the country. That we are still relatively
                                                                 unknown is both a plus and a minus. The minus is that we
A: I think the role of alumni is a critical one.   Alumni are    want to be well known and well respected. The plus is that
what the community sees—they are in many ways the public         now we have the opportunity to go out there and earn that
face of the institution. Alumni successes are our successes,     recognition and respect. We have all the evidence we need
and we are blessed to have such successful alumni—alumni         to put forth our case that this is, as Judge Peter Fay says, a
who are serving as legislators, judges, leaders in the Florida   solid law school that is on the verge of becoming great. St.
Bar, and partners in top national law firms. But even more       Thomas will no longer be kept a secret. In partnership with
than this, the continued involvement of alumni in the life of    our alumni and friends, I look forward to getting our
the school is critical for a young school like St. Thomas. We    message out.
While our faculty commit themselves to teach and coach

     and our students commit themselves to learn,

  our alumni continue to commit themselves to serve.

           The five alumni interviewed here

       pursue public service as state legislators.
     Bruce K yle ’ 94

     Born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida, Bruce Kyle ’94 left his hometown to earn his
     undergraduate and graduate degrees in America’s big cities. After earning a bachelor’s
     degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Kyle moved to Miami to pursue a law degree. “I was
     interested in living in Miami, and the fact that St. Thomas University School of Law was a
     Catholic law school held a strong appeal for me,” says Kyle. He completed his J.D. and went
     on to Villanova University in Pennsylvania for an LL.M. in Tax.
       After living in Atlanta, Miami, and Philadelphia, Kyle was ready to come home to Fort
     Myers. “I was working as an Assistant State Attorney in Fort Myers when the seat for my
     district opened up,” he recalls. “At the time, I was prosecuting juvenile offenders, and my
     girlfriend, who later became my wife, was teaching middle school. We were witnessing two

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sides of the juvenile system—a system that clearly was not
working. I decided to run for the legislature because I believed I
could change the system for the better.”
  Now into his third term as a member of the Florida House of              “I believe in
Representatives, and currently serving as Chair of the Budget
Committee, Kyle is undeniably making a positive impact. “It is
interesting how the experience of being a member of the House              being active
has changed for me over my 2 ½ terms of service,” says Kyle. “As
a first-term legislator, I was really learning the process. The
experience was analogous to my first days as a prosecutor for the             in your
State Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, I was thrown into court
to try cases and quickly had to learn the rules and courtroom
procedures. The same was true for my first days as a legislator,” he       community,
remembers. “Now that I have mastered the process and the rules
of the legislature, I am able to effectively apply them to meet my
  As the current budget chairman, Kyle faced his fair share of
                                                                          learning about
challenges this year. “We are constantly number-crunching,
working hard to allocate limited resources in the most effective way
possible,” he says. “A lot of tough decisions have to be made, but
                                                                            the issues,
ultimately that is why I am here. It is rewarding to know that my

                                                                          working hard.
decisions help shape policies that benefit all of the residents of our
great state.”
  The challenges of serving as a member of the Florida House of
Representatives extend beyond the tough decisions made in
chambers. “Florida’s is a part-time legislature, but I still spend          If you are
about four months a year away from home. It can be difficult to
be away so much. And when I am in town, I still work as an
Assistant State Attorney—so really I hold two public service jobs,”      passionate about
Kyle adds. “I believe in being active in your community, learning
about the issues, working hard. If you are passionate about your
job, you will succeed.”                                                      your job,
  Part of his success Kyle attributes to St. Thomas University
School of Law. “The skills I learned at St. Thomas are skills I
apply every day, all day long in both my role as legislator and as       you will succeed.”
prosecutor. From debates about child support to the Presidential
vote recount, the legal background I received at St. Thomas has
been invaluable. And I am honored to count myself among the
four St. Thomas alumni proudly serving the people of the state of

                                      The Lawyer          Winter 2004            17
     J.C. Planas ’ 98

     “When I was eight years old, I can remember standing with my father on a street
     corner waving signs supporting a local politician on Election Day,” says J.C. Planas ’98. “My
     family always respected the political process and believed in getting involved. Growing up, I
     observed politics from the outside looking in, but I always knew I wanted to be an insider.”
       Elected in 2002 to the Florida House of Representatives, Planas is certainly an insider now.
     “I keep pinching myself,” he says. “This is something I have wanted for so long and worked
     for so hard, it is surreal to me at times that I am finally here.” While earning a political
     science degree from Florida State University and a J.D. from St. Thomas, Planas also earned
     practical experience working as a legislative aide in Tallahassee and as an administrative aide

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to Alex Penelas while Penelas was serving as a          leader in the House and a fellow St. Thomas
county commissioner.                                    graduate, who I am proud to emulate, Gaston
   “I have to give credit to St. Thomas for helping     Cantens ’92.”
me prepare for my career in politics,” says Planas.       Now that he has attained his goal of becoming a
“Because of St. Thomas’s small size, I was able to      politician, Planas is enjoying every minute of it.
be very involved at the law school. I served as         “In the same way that a mechanic loves opening
president of the Hispanic Law Society and as vice       up a car engine and seeing how the pieces work, I
president of the Student Bar Association. These         love being there and seeing how government
experiences—getting votes, persuading people to         works,” he says. “I love the mechanics of
consider my opinions, representing my                   legislation, the process of passing a bill, the gears
constituents, and building consensus—really             of government in motion.” He adds, “I also enjoy
prepared me for my campaign and my service as a         seeing all sides of an argument. As an attorney, I
legislator.”                                            act as an advocate for one side. As a legislator, my
   Armed with this knowledge and experience, in         position is more like that of a judge—hearing all
addition to the 3 ½ years he worked as a State          sides and deciding which is best for my
Attorney in Miami, Planas campaigned for a seat in      constituents.”
the Florida House of Representatives and was              “It is hard work,” Planas says about his role as a
elected in 2002. “The time was right both for me        legislator. “It is rewarding to know that I make a
and for my district,” says Miami native Planas. “I      difference in the lives of others, but it is also
felt my district could use better representation, and   sobering to have such power. I am constantly
I felt I had something worthwhile to contribute.”       learning and studying because I can’t make a
   “This first year has been a real learning            difference if I don’t know the issues and the
experience,” notes Planas. “I went into this with a     facts.” “This is true,” Planas says, “for everyone.”
lot of expectations—expectations of changing the        His advice to people is to get involved because “if
world right away. But in reality, it takes baby steps   people are not interested or involved in politics,
to create this kind of change,” he says. “I have        then they are not interested or involved in
been fortunate to have an excellent mentor, a           freedom.”

                 “If people are not interested
                        or involved in politics,
                 then they are not interested
                      or involved in freedom.”
     Victor R amirez ’ 01

     The first Latino to serve in the Maryland legislature, Victor Ramirez ’01 credits St. Thomas
     University School of Law with teaching him the value of diversity and the power of uniting
     and speaking with one voice. “I returned to my hometown of Prince George’s County,
     Maryland, after graduation from law school,” says Ramirez, “and I noticed that while the
     Hispanic population was growing significantly, the representation in the legislature was not. I
     felt it was important to bring this representation to the legislature—I felt it was time for a
     change and that I had something important to offer.”

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  Just one year out of law school, Ramirez ran a successful    difference,” he says. “Either way, it is always meaningful.”
campaign to become Prince George’s County’s                    And it is the small moments of accomplishment and
representative in the Maryland House of Delegates, and to      recognition that make playing in the difficult arena of
make history by becoming the first Latino to serve in the      politics worth it, says Ramirez. “While ours is technically a
Maryland legislature. But Ramirez did not always want to       part-time legislature, mine is really a full-time job. Juggling
become a lawyer or a politician. “I had a mentor when I        my legislative work and my law practice keeps me busy
was younger who recommended getting a law degree               seven days a week. But when a constituent comes up to me
because it opened so many doors, and could be used in so       on the street to say thank you, it is all worth it.”
many careers. This mentor taught me that a law degree             While rewarding, politics also has its hurdles. One of the
could help me succeed in any career, and so I went to law      greatest challenges Ramirez finds as a politician is
school,” he remembers.                                         partisanship. “At times, partisanship can get in the way of a
  But it was the wild-west antics of the Bush-Gore 2000        good piece of legislation. This can be one of the toughest
Presidential election that focused Ramirez on politics.        things,” he notes. “But St. Thomas really prepared me for
“While I had always had an interest in politics, I really      this. The diversity of the law school taught me to
caught the bug while I was at St. Thomas,” says Ramirez.       understand and respect people’s individuality—to broaden
“It was impossible not to become fascinated with the           my mind to understand why people think and act the way
political process while living in Miami during the media       they do. This is certainly one of the most important lessons
frenzy over the 2000 presidential election. The entire         I learned at St. Thomas,” he adds.
experience of that election highlighted for me the important      So, after serving his first year as a legislator, what is
role local politics plays, not only in the state, but in the   Ramirez’s advice to those who want to pursue a career in
country as well.”                                              politics? “Understand why you want to do it,” he says.
  Now Ramirez is playing an important part in the local        “You go into politics not to make money but to make a
politics of Prince George’s County—especially as the only      difference in your life and in the lives of others. If you
Latino voice representing a significant Latino population.     understand this, you will enjoy politics. “And, of course,” he
“It is incredibly rewarding to know that you make a            adds, “know your constituents and keep them informed.
difference—whether big or small. Sometimes your vote is        You represent them, not yourself. They voted you in, and
one of many, and other times it makes the critical             they can always vote you out.”

    “The diversity of the law school taught me to
 understand and respect people’s individuality—
  to broaden my mind to understand why people
                     think and act the way they do.”
     Gaston Cantens ’ 92

     While the Florida House of Representatives is in session, a typical day for Gaston
     Cantens ’92 is, quite frankly, “very long.” “Florida is a very large state and is one of the
     few large states that still have a part-time legislature. The regular session for our
     legislature is two months—this means that an incredibly large amount of work is
     compressed into an incredibly short period of time,” notes Cantens. “An average day
     while the legislature is in session consists of everything from constituent and policy
     meetings, to monitoring where bills are and what bills are having problems, to reviewing
     amendments filed for bills to be taken up on the floor, and much more,” he says, nearly
     out of breath. “It is a hectic process but ultimately a rewarding one.”
        Cantens, now in his third term as a member of the Florida House of Representatives,
     is accustomed to the feverish pace. “During my first term as a legislator, I was

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concerned with my issues and my bills. This past year, I had
no bills of my own. I didn’t have time because I was working
with larger issues,” he says. “As a third-term legislator, I play
a leadership role, and I have a much different perspective.”
He adds, “I now have a more global picture, focusing on
getting major legislation passed and making sure that we have
good legislation that will be supported by the membership.”
   While Gaston Cantens may not have planned to become a              “The skills I
politician from the time he was young, public service was

                                                                    learned in law
certainly in his blood. “I have always enjoyed serving my
community,” says Cantens, “whether it was teaching,
coaching, working as a state attorney or serving as a
legislator.”                                                             school and
   Born and raised in Miami, Cantens earned his bachelor’s
degree in sociology from the University of Miami in 1982.
From 1980-1986 he taught at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School          as a lawyer
in Miami, and from 1984-1986 he coached basketball at Barry
University. In 1992, Cantens graduated from St. Thomas                   contribute
University School of Law and began practicing real estate law,
and in 1995 he went to work for the Miami-Dade County
State Attorney’s Office as an Assistant State Attorney. He
                                                                     greatly to my
held that position for 3 ½ years before being elected to the
House of Representatives. Currently, in addition to his                  ability to
legislative duties, Cantens serves as Of Counsel at Greenberg
Traurig, P.A. in Miami.
   “I don’t think there is any doubt that my legal education
and my legal practice gave me a head start in the legislative
process,” says Cantens. “It is no coincidence that many of           my goals for
the leaders in the legislature have law backgrounds. In
addition to teaching the rules of law, law school also teaches
a thought process that is critical for success as a legislator,”
                                                                    my constituents
he adds. “The skills I learned in law school and as a lawyer
contribute greatly to my ability to accomplish my goals for           and for the
my constituents and for the state.”
   And Cantens finds accomplishing these goals extremely
rewarding. “I enjoy having the opportunity to do so many
good things for so many people,” he says. “Whether through
budgetary or legislative means, what we do as legislators
improves the quality of life for the people of Florida. As a
legislator, it is rewarding to do things for people who will
never be able to thank me.” “In fact,” he says, “that is what
it is all about.”

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     John Q uiñones ’ 92

     “As a child, my first word was subpoena,” jokes John Quiñones ’92. “My father was an
     attorney in Puerto Rico, where I was born, and I grew up listening to legal arguments, briefs,
     and terminology. I always thought I would be an attorney, too.”
        After graduating from University of Central Florida, Quiñones went in search of a law school
     where he could fulfill his lifelong goal of becoming a lawyer. “When I visited St. Thomas
     University School of Law, I was impressed by the small class size, and the level of one-on-one
     interaction between faculty and students,” remembers Quiñones. “I also liked the decidedly
     friendly atmosphere at St. Thomas. From faculty to administration to students, everyone was
     personable. I decided this was the law school for me.”
        Following graduation, Quiñones moved to Kissimmee, Florida, and opened his own sole
     practitioner law firm. “I started my practice right after law school, and it has been very

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                                                     St. Thomas University School of Law

                                                                           Honor Roll of Donors

On behalf of our                                                                            2002-2003

students at St. Thomas

University School of

Law, we gratefully

acknowledge those

alumni, parents,

friends, faculty, staff,

foundations, corporations,

and organizations who

have generously

supported us through

gifts and in-kind

contributions during

the 2002-2003 fiscal

year. Your gifts make        Students Nelson Alfaro ’04, Charles Britt ’05, Mercedes Lorduy ’05, and
possible our commitment      Gabriel Pinilla ’05 spent their summers doing public interest work largely
                             because of the generosity of donors who support our public service fellowship
to excellence, diversity,    programs. “The stipend I received made it possible for me to forego employment
                             at a private firm, and instead devote my efforts towards providing legal counsel
and social justice within    for the indigent at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office,” says Ricci
                             Fellow Nelson Alfaro. “Through the generosity of Mr. Ricci, I was able to
the faith tradition of
                             complete an internship with the High Technology and Economic Crimes Unit
our Catholic community.      at the State Attorney’s Office in Miami,” says Charles Britt. With the help of
                             a Ricci fellowship, Mercedes Lorduy spent the summer working with the
Thank you for your           Domestic Violence Program of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami. Gabriel
                             Pinilla is grateful for the St. Thomas Faculty Public Service fellowship grant
support.                     which enabled him “to spend the first half of the summer working at Catholic
                             Charities Legal Services, and the remainder working as a research associate at
                             the UN Refugee Commissioner’s regional office in San Jose, Costa Rica.”
                             St. Thomas More Society                 Josefina I. Espino
                                                                     The Hon. Peter T. Fay
                             $200,000 to $499,999                    Philip J. ’90 & Jacqueline Feldman
                             Edward J. & Adrienne B. Mulvey          Kenneth N. Feldman
                                                                     Florida Association of Criminal
                             $25,000 to $49,000                      Defense Lawyers
                             Florida Lawyers’ Legal Insurance        Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance
                              Corporation                              Company
                             Hugoton Foundation                      Monroe H. Freedman
                                                                     Estrella F. Gonzalez ’89
                             $10,000 to $24,999                      Daniel R. Gordon
                             The Florida Bar Foundation              Karen E. Guito ’98
                             John & June Mary Makdisi                Haitian Lawyers Association, Inc.
                             Stanley G. Tate                         Terry G. & Martha J. Harkins
                                                                     Jeannette F. Hausler
                             The Dean’s Circle                       Howard R. Miller Communications
                                                                     Melanie Jacobson
Giving to St. Thomas is      Senior Partner                          Lakeside Title Services, LLC
a way for me to show         $5,000 to $9,999                        The Hon. Henry Latimer
                             Mrs. Esther C. Atkins                   Alain Tadeo Lecusay ’03
appreciation for the
                             Dade Community Foundation               Alfred R. Light
quality legal education      Mark S. Gallegos                        Russell Lombardy II ’97
                             Edward Ricci & Mary Lupo                Christopher M. Lombardy ’98
I received at the law
                             Sams, Martin, Lipsky, Lister &          MaryAnne Lukacs ’88
school. Secondly, it is       Kaufman, P.A.                          Mellon United National Bank
a way for me to stay                                                 Ashley & Wendy Menzies
                             Partner                                 Frank & Eulalie Menzies
connected to and to be       $2,500 to $4,999                        David T. Perez ’00 & Dulce Perez
an active part of a fine     Timothy M. Martin ’87                   Mary Lou Pfeiffer ’02
                             Rev. Dr. Patrick H. O’Neill             Leanne M. Polk ’01
educational community
                                                                     Kimberly B. Redmon
that is committed to         Associate                               John Charles & Kathryn S. Redmond
                             $1,000 to $2,499                          Foundation
                             The Hon. A. Leo Adderly                 Herman J. Russomanno
  Giving is important        Mary P. Alloway                         D. Jean Ryan
to help ensure the           Lydia & Art Amy                         Lisa Schiller ’93
                             Hina Askari ’96                         Jay Silver
continued advancement        Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc.   Anthony J. Soto ’89
of our school.               Patrick L. Cordero ’87                  Tenet Healthcare Foundation
                             Cuban American Bar Association
  Alumni support is
                             James Cammarasana ’94                   Society of Friends
essential. It is a           Cheryl D. Chapman & Timothy S.
                               Foster                                Jurist
responsibility that I take
                             Walter H. & Dorothy B. Diamond          $500 to $999
seriously.                   Law Offices of Bill Dickey (Bill        Joan McDonald Beck
         -Karen Guito ’98      Dickey ’91)                           William T. Cotterall ’02
                             Maria Delores Espino                    Joseph R. DiFiore
Thomas Donaldson ’93            Patron                          Vincent Esposito
Alfredo Garcia                  $100 to $249                    Al DiCalvo ’95
David S. Gordon ’99             Very Rev. Andrew Anderson       Kathleen Dolan-Valdes
The Gordon Law Firm             Brett A. Barfield ’99           Larry C. Fedro
Tamara Green ’03                Stephanie E. Demos ’94 &        Felix & Marie Fernandez
Hoffman-Laroche                  Christopher D. Brown           Nancy Guffey Landers ’92
George T. & Ruth C. Laboda      Frank Esposito                  Janelle Henry
Charitable Trust                Melody G. Fortune ’89           Edwin W. ’94 & June G. Hoffman ’94
Justice R. Fred Lewis &         Lauren Gilbert                  Margaret M. Kreuzberger
 Mrs. Judith M. Lewis           John F. Hernandez               Andrea Ayers Layman ’00

                                   I gladly support our law school because we have
                                become an important source of legal
                                practitioners in Florida. We play a major role in
                                assuring diversity in the Florida Bar and help
                                ensure access to legal services for all Floridians.
                                I take great pride in our efforts and our
                                                                   -D an Gordon,Professor of Law

Doug Matthews & Jerry Grifo     The Hon. David L. Levy          Jon R. Lowe
Alix J. Montes ’98              Ann P. Machado                  Christina B. Lyew
Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh    Gilda M. Marin                  Karen A. Malin
 Mirabito & Christensen, P.A.   Clythie & Joseph Menezes        Erajh M. Panditaratne
Amy D. Ronner                   Ernest L. Nargi ’95             Roza Pati
Gordon Russell                  Anthony E. Ortego ’01           Dulce Font Perez
                                Law Offices of Shook, Hardy &   Leonard D. Pertnoy
Barrister                        Bacon L.L.P                    Jack B. Phillips ’97
$250 to $499                    Barbara Singer                  Pizza Shack
Karen Berg Brigham              Suzanne A. Singer ’92           Carolyn Roan
Gordon T. Butler                Lisa L. Vanderperre             Aaron M. Schneider
Rosemary & Jim Clarke           Zelch and McMahon Architects    Paula Tejeda
James A. Donovan                AIA                             Anthony Joseph Tinelli, Jr.
Vincent P. Farina ’88                                           Michael Tomberg ’98
Donna Fagundes                  Member                          Mariela Torres
Vicky Kothari                   Up to $99                       Dione Yvette Trawick
Permit Xpress                                                   Arthur Vincent ’94
Rice Pugatch Robinson &         Tammy Alvarez                   Maricelia Wagner
  Schiller, P.A.                Locksley Arnold                 Anita Yulis ’99
Mark A. Romance ’94 &           Ayel & Rochel, Inc.             Sylvia Zabarsky
  Connie A. Romance ’94         Walkiria J. Blanco              Vivian Zabarsky
Carol L. Zeiner                 Mark R. Brown ’00
                           Inaugural Spring Golf Fling         Auction Contributors

                           Title Sponsor                       The Biltmore Hotel
                                                               Xavier Cortada
                           Law Offices of Sams, Martin,        Brad Phares ’98 at Cracker Cowboy
                            Lipsky, Lister & Kaufman, P.A.       Enterprises, LLC
                                                               Pahola Duque ’02
                                                               Frames Express
                           Corporate Sponsors
                                                               Tami Green ’03
                                                               The Heat Foundation
                           Patrick L. Cordero, P.A.
                                                               Holiday Inn Lauderdale by the Sea
                           Dade Aviation Consultants
                                                               Vicky Kothari ’03
                           The James Street Group &
                                                               Jose A. Baez ’97 at LawyerConcepts
                            Hartford Life
                                                               Pantry Liquor
                           Lakeside Title Services, LLC
                                                               Puppy Palace
                           Alain Lecusay ’03
                                                               River Oyster House
                           Neurology Associates Group
                           Protano’s Bakery
                           Russomanno & Borrello, P.A.         Inaugural Spring Golf Fling
                           Anthony J. Soto, Esq. ’89           In-Kind Supporters
As a member of the

Law School Board of        Corporate and Personal Tee          Busy Body Gyms to Go
                                                               Dynacolor Graphics
Advisors, I strongly       Sign Sponsors
                                                               Roca & Sharpe
support the public                                             Sunshine State Manufacturing, Inc.
                           Michael Alvarez
interest mission of                                            TrialGraphix
                           John T. Cullen CPA
                                                               Richardo DeSoto – UBS
St. Thomas University      Delta Group Settlement Services
                                                                Paine Webber
                           Richard J. Diaz, P.A.
School of Law. South       Law Offices of Bill Dickey
Florida needs first-rate   Downs & Associates, P.A.
                           Hartman & Cornely, P.A.
public interest lawyers.
                           Lukacs & Lukacs, P.A.
I gladly lend my           MaryAnne Lukacs ’87
                           Roberto A. Moya, M.D., P.A.
financial support to
                           David ’00 & Dulce Perez
students interested in     Preferred Legal Plan
                           Tony J. Rodriguez, P.A.
pursuing public
interest careers.          Urrechaga, P.A.
  -Edward M. Ricci, Esq.

    Member, Law School

      Board of Advisors

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                               2003. We strive to produce a complete and accurate report.
                               Please notify us of any errors or omissions at (305) 474-2434.
successful and rewarding. But, I would caution other new attorneys to try to get some experience under their
belts before opening their own firms,” he adds.
  After nearly ten years of successful legal practice, Quiñones wasn’t looking for a change. But an
opportunity presented itself—one that he could not pass up. “The legislature created a new seat in my area,”
says Quiñones, “an area that is the fastest-growing county in Florida, with a large influx of Hispanics,
especially from Puerto Rico. It was an opportunity to serve my community—the same community I serve
with my legal practice—in a new way. Public service seemed like a natural progression for my career.”
  Looking back on his first term as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, Quiñones feels it has
been a very rewarding and educational experience. “I didn’t really know what to expect from this new role,”
he says. “As a freshman, I was honored to chair the Committee on Workforce & Economic Development
this year. And my office was able to successfully pass two bills that were signed by the governor, one that
will have a significant impact on public education.” While proud of these successes, Quiñones notes that
politics is not without its challenges. “Reaching consensus among all of the members of the House and the
Senate is difficult. As a legislator, I have learned the art of compromise without compromising my
  “This has been a very educational year for me,” says Quiñones. “I have spent much of my time when the
legislature is in session meeting with constituents, lobbyists, and committees, and researching and studying
upcoming bills so that I am prepared to vote—so that I know if a bill is good for my constituents or not.”
He adds, “I have to give a lot of credit to St. Thomas law school for providing me with a strong legal
foundation, which has been invaluable to me as a legislator. And I have to give credit to Professor Dan
Gordon and let him know that now I really appreciate the value of his Florida Con Law class.”
  “All together, my first year as a legislator has been a wonderful experience,” says Quiñones. “I enjoy the
interaction with the public. I like going into a place and having people tell me their problems, and being able
to help them. As a sole practitioner, I help people with real-life problems every day. As a legislator, I do the
same thing on a much larger scale.”

     “Reaching consensus among all of the
  members of the House and the Senate is
  difficult. As a legislator, I have learned
              the art of compromise without
               compromising my principles.”

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has joined the Miami office of
Gunster Yoakley as a
shareholder and chairperson of
its corporate strategic
counseling and public affairs

was married to George
Mahfood on Dec. 1, 2001.
Valerie and George are now the
proud parents of a beautiful
baby girl, Juliet Marie, born June
                                      Evelyn Grey ’88, Dean Butterworth, Susan Tirado-Williams ’88, and
12, 2003.                             Henrietta Pace ’87 visit at the St. Thomas reception at the Florida Bar Annual
                                      Meeting in Orlando.

ELIZABETH (BETSY)                     another hat, that of a full-time           fascinating. When she is not
NELSON                                visiting professor at Florida              hearing civil infraction cases,
now retired from the Broward          International University. Juan             she is managing her solo
State Attorney’s Office, is           teaches at both undergraduate              practice in family law, probate,
enjoying working part-time in         and graduate levels in the                 wills and trusts, and
Orlando, Fla., as a Title I           criminal justice program.                  immigration law.
attorney with DeBeaubieu,
Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris,           SAMUEL J. SLOM                             SUSAN J. TIRADO
and Neal’s Pre-paid Legal             is the Administrative Judge of             WILLIAMS
Attorneys.                            the Criminal Division of                   has her own firm in Orlando,
                                      County Court (Miami-Dade                   Fla., representing a diverse
JASON PSALTIDES                       County, Fla.).                             client base in state and federal
has returned to civilian life after                                              courts and focusing on public
a 17-month stint on active                            1988                       service and pro bono litigation.
military in Kuwait, Iraq, and                                                    Susan is general counsel to
Korea as Asst. Chief of Staff         JOHN C. AUSTIN                             several non-profit corporations
for Intelligence for the Army         is working for General Electric            and churches. Her son Teddy,
Air and Missile Defense               Financial Advisors in Altamonte            our first “law school baby,”
Command. Col. Psaltides was           Springs, Fla., as a long-term-             born Jan. 3, 1988, is now 15.
responsible for locating and          care insurance agent.
destroying all Iraqi missiles and                                                                 1989
combat aircraft.                      EVELYN GREY
                                      has been appointed a magistrate            DORIAN J. HUGHES
JUAN J. SAIZ                          of the Palm Beach County                   and Michael S. Davis, a criminal
whose practice is in                  Traffic Court. She says she                lawyer and former police
immigration law, now wears            finds this part-time position              officer, practice together as

                                       The Lawyer            Winter 2004                                               27
    Davis & Hughes, P.L.L.C., in                         1992                   Attorney in the area of Human
    Fairfax, Va. Dorian practices                                               Relations.
    family law and personal injury         TYLER GOLD
    law.                                   solos in Plantation, Fla.,           CHRISTY HERTZ
                                           specializing in real property        married Temple Law grad Brent
                  1990                     litigation and transactions. Tyler   Friedman on June 1, 2002.
                                           represents several Bankruptcy        Christy is a partner at the Coral
    BARBARA JEAN BURNS                     Trustees as well as several          Gables, Fla., firm Merlin &
    with the State Attorney’s Office,      institutional mortgage lenders in    Hertz, P.A., and specializes in
    15th Circuit, in West Palm             South Florida.                       family and elder care law.
    Beach, Fla., prosecutes cases                                               Husband Brent is general
    involving major crimes and             PENNY WILSON SCHMIDT                 counsel and secretary to
    crimes against children.               in September 2002 became a           Eclipsys Corporation, a medical
                                           named partner in the                 technologies software company.
    DEENA GANS-WILLIAMS                    Jacksonville, Fla., firm Schutt,
    partners in the firm Gans &            Humphries & Schmidt,                 JILL ANNE HILLMAN
    Reynolds in Bridgeport, Conn.          practicing primarily in insurance    moved to Monroe & Shapiro
    On January 19, 2003, Deena             and personal injury defense. As      (Los Angeles, Calif.) in April
    gave birth to her second child,        a recently certified Circuit Court   2003. She specializes in
    Jacob Ryan. Her first child,           Mediator, she also is handling       maritime law/admiralty defense
    Shayna, is now 2½.                     mediations in Northeast Florida.     throughout the nation.
                                                                                Currently licensed in five states
                                                                                including Florida, Jill is handling
                  1991                                   1993                   the firm’s numerous Florida
                                                                                cases and says it is “good to
    MICHAEL F. CANNING                     THOMAS B. DONALDSON                  finally practice in what I
    is Executive Director of the           is now a partner in the New          consider my other home state.”
    Association of Corporate Credit        York City firm Donaldson,
    Unions, headquartered in               Chilliest & McDaniel. Until          DAVID L. MARGOLESKY
    Washington, D.C.                       September of this year Tom           opened his own law firm, The
                                           worked for STU School of Law         Law Offices of David L.
    CESAR SASTRE                           as an admissions adviser.            Margolesky, P.A., in Kendall,
    is a partner at Wicker, Smith,                                              Fla., in December 1999. His is
    O’Hara, McCoy, Graham &                SEAN JAY GREENE                      a general law practice, but he
    Ford (Miami, Fla.), specializing       has become a named partner in        concentrates in family law. He
    in insurance defense,                  Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Greene,      and his wife, Denise, have two
    particularly medical malpractice.      a Palm Beach, Fla., personal         children, Kylie Rae, 4, and
    Formerly a Miami Shores                injury firm.                         Jonah Elias, 2.
    Village Vice Mayor (1995-97)
    and Councilman (1997-99), he           MICHAEL HERNANDEZ                    BRYAN J. SINCLAIR
    now serves on the Board of             formerly with Jackson Lewis in       formerly a partner at
    Trustees of Cushman School,            Miami, Fla., is now with             Oppenheimer Wolff &
    which his children Karin, 6, and       Walgreen Company in Fort             Donnelly, LL.P. (Palo Alto,
    Patrick, 4, attend.                    Lauderdale, Fla., as Senior          Calif., office) has moved to
                                                                                               (cont. on p. 31)

    28                               St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
        Alumni and
 Friends Gather at
         Florida Bar
   Annual Meeting
                                                          Outgoing President of the Florida Bar and honoree, Tod
                                                          Aronovitz, and Incoming President of the Young Lawyers
                                                          Division of the Florida Bar and honoree, Mark Romance ’94,
                                                          enjoy the St. Thomas reception

Jesse Diner, David Welch, and Steven Jaffe                     Ed Hoffman ’94 and June Hoffman ’94 with Eddie
                                                               Joseph Hoffman

William Clay Mitchell ’95, Prof. Richard Maloy, and            The Hon. Jose E. Martinez, Ervin A. Gonzalez (Biscayne
Debbie Townsend ’96                                            College ’82), and Justice Raoul G. Cantero

                                             The Lawyer      Winter 2004                                           29
     Pahola Duque ’02
     Actress, Artist

     It was Career Services Director Joan Beck who
     got the news. “No!” Joan gasped. The
     electricity in the voice on the other end jumped
     out of the earphone. It was Pahola Duque ’02.
     She had just nabbed the lead role in Philip
     Michael Thomas’s and Sandy Morais’ new
     musical, Sacha, which would open at the end of
     August 2003 at Hollywood Playhouse and then
     go on the road.
        For Pahola a lifelong dream has come true, and
     not only that: she is playing a character that
     illustrates her own reality. “I play a young girl
     with dreams who goes to sleep and is taken on a
     magical journey that contains the theme of the
     whole musical—to follow your heart and your
     dreams.” With the strong support of a mother         Estilo,” defining her own style as a painter and
     who encouraged Pahola to believe in herself and      songwriter, and preparing demos of her own
     to pursue her own possibilities, Pahola had          songs. While she was rehearsing for Sacha during
     always followed her heart, though it had not         the summer, she was also preparing her Joanie
     been easy.                                           Edwards group dance routine for the Aventura
        “I was born in Columbia. My mom struggled         Founder’s Day celebration at the Aventura Hyatt
     to raise me and my brother, who was severely         this month.
     mentally ill as a result of meningitis at nine         So why in the world did Pahola go to law
     months of age. As hard as it was, my mother          school? “I saw it as a good way to enhance my
     always told me not to allow any wrong                self-confidence and the degree of control I can
     perceptions others may have of me to limit what      have over my own work. And I do want to
     I can be. When I was nine, I was already writing     practice law later on, too, probably real estate.”
     melodies and lyrics, and when we came to the           But for now, what Pahola wants to say in every
     United States when I was twelve, I came with         form she masters is that we can follow our hearts
     my mind set on taking every opportunity this         and our dreams if we refuse to be limited by the
     country offers to better myself.”                    stereotypes others may have about what we are
        Pahola blossomed in the arts, honing her          and can be. “People told me law was not for me
     singing, acting, and dancing skills under the        because ‘You are too sweet to be a lawyer’ and
     mentorship of fine teachers. Next she majored        “You don’t look like a lawyer.’” But a lawyer she
     in journalistic and mass communications skills at    became.
     FIU. Since 1996 Pahola has been doing arts and         “And life is long . . . ,” Pahola adds eagerly,
     talent features for Gem’s television show “Casa y    open to all her possibilities.

    30                            St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
to Dechert LLP , as a partner,      Judkins, Simpson & High, of
                                                                           the firm’s Orlando, Tampa,
to form a Palo Alto office.         Tallahassee, Fla. He practices in      Jacksonville, and Naples offices.
Dechert, a 800-attorney             the areas of family law, criminal
international law firm with         defense, clemency, personal            MINDY B. LEATHE
numerous offices in the U.S. and    injury, and general civil              is currently an associate in the
Europe, is #48 on the Global        litigation. Tom and his wife are       tax department at Greenberg
100 List of international law       the proud parents of a second          Traurig in Miami, Fla. Mindy
firms. Bryan’s specialty is         child, a daughter, Layne Atkins        specializes in executive
intellectual property litigation.   Schulte, born April 28, 2003.          compensation and employee
              1994                                1995
                                                                           CHRISTOPHER J.
PHOEBEE REBECCA                     AL A. DICALVO                          METCALFE
FRANCOIS                            is Assistant (Broward) County          opened his own firm in
is Assistant Public Defender in     Attorney. His office is in Fort        Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., in Jan.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.               Lauderdale, Fla.                       2003. His practice concentrates
                                                                           in plaintiff personal injury
KAREN SCOTT GREENE                  HANS KENNON                            litigation and workers’
has been in solo practice in        is Senior Attorney at Morgan,          compensation.
Snellville, Ga., for a year now,    Colling & Gilbert in Orlando,
specializing in land use and real   Fla. He heads the firm’s First         JACQUELINE ROGERS
estate law. She has married         Party Litigation Department            is an analyst and records
concert promoter James Greene       that handles toxic mold and            manager at Perkins Coie in
and recently purchased a new        property damage cases;                 Seattle, Wash.
home in Snellville.                 disability, life and health
                                    insurance cases; and automobile        SHELLEY RAY SENECAL
YAMILE HAIBI                        and other insurance cases for          is a partner at Law Office of
has moved to the Tampa Bay
area and is now sharing office
space with Keith Warshofsky
’95 in Tampa, Fla. Yamile
specializes in labor and
employment law as well as
transactional practice.

is president of Sanok &
Associates, P.A. His Delray
Beach, Fla., firm specializes in
estate, trust, tax, and asset-
protection planning.

THOMAS J. SCHULTE                   Jamie Moses, Connie Alzugaray Romance ’94, Mark Romance ’94, and Virginia
is an associate with Kitchen,       Herrero Pagliery enjoy the St. Thomas reception at the Florida Bar Annual
                                    Meeting. For more about this event, see page 4.

                                     The Lawyer          Winter 2004                                          31
    Shelley Senecal in Fort                  tobacco companies. Spencer’s        ANDREW YAGODA
    Lauderdale, Fla., where she              areas of specialty there are        recently expanded his law
    specializes in civil appeals. In         products liability, personal        practice and relocated it to
    January 2003 she became Of               injury, and medical malpractice.    Coral Gables, Fla., but his Fort
    Counsel to the firm Blanca D.                                                Lauderdale office remains open
    Cruz, P.A.                               LUZARDO PENDAS                      for work by appointment.
                                             as of January 1, 2003, became a     Andrew’s practice centers on
                     1996                    named partner in the Law Firm       commercial and residential real
                                             of Rogers, Coleman, Pendas,         estate transactions and business
    DEBRAH ANTELL                            Knapp & Dill, P.A., in Orlando,     litigation.
    specializes in workers’                  Fla. Luzardo specializes in
    compensation defense at                  medical malpractice and nursing                   1997
    Conroy, Simberg, Ganon,                  home negligence law.
    Krevans & Abel in Hollywood,                                                 MICHELE D. ALLEN-HART
    Fla. She and her husband                 ORIN SHAKERDGE                      has become a shareholder of
    Glenn Taubman have two                   joined the Florida Power &          Abbott, Simses & Kuchler,
    children, Aden Spencer, 7, and           Light Company’s legal team in       PLC, a full-service litigation law
    Alec Hunter, 3.                          February 2003. At the Juno          firm with offices in four major
                                             Beach, Fla., headquarters, Orin     cities. At the New Orleans, La.,
    SPENCER KUVIN                            provides real estate help to FPL    office Michelle practices
    has moved to the West Palm               Energy, the nation’s largest        primarily in toxic torts,
    Beach trial law firm                     developer and producer of wind      environmental law, class-action
    Montgomery & Larson, LLP.,               energy. Orin married Jennifer       defense and products liability in
    that handled the litigation that         Elliot in September 2002,           the Gulf South Region for
    won the largest settlement in            honeymooned in Greece, and          Fortune 50 national and
    the history of Florida —$11.8            tells us he grew three inches—      international companies.
    billion for the state from the           sideways.
                                                                                 DIANE ANTELL REESE
                                                                                 recently married Dr. Gregg
         It’s Time to Join The Peter T. Fay American Inn of
                                                                                 Reese. They and their little
            Court at St. Thomas University School of Law!                        daughter, Farrah Ray, reside in
             Built on a tradition of excellence, the American Inns of Court is   Hollywood, Fla. Diane
          the country’s oldest and largest legal mentoring organization. The     specializes in workers’
            Peter T. Fay American Inn of Court is our branch of this noble       compensation defense at the
               organization. The Inn meets monthly at the U.S. District          Boca Raton, Fla., firm Styles,
         Courthouse in Miami and provides lawyers, judges, and law students      Taylor & Grace.
            an opportunity to participate in developing professionalism and
          higher levels of excellence and to further the causes of dignity and   DANA GOTTLIEB
              integrity in the practice of law. The collegial and informal
         atmosphere encourages networking with and learning from state and
         federal judges, practitioners, professors, and law students. For more
                                                                                 has relocated from Kentucky to
          information about the Inn, please contact Gary Kravitz at (305)523-    Ft. Myers, Fla., to join Christine
             5772 or Brett Barfield at (305)789-7661. For information about      Wright ’97 in forming Wright,
         annual membership dues, to join the Inn, or find out about our next     Shaw & Hoerner, P.A., a Cape
               monthly meeting, contact Christina Lyew at (305)623-2321.

    32                                 St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
Coral, Fla., general practice and
immigration law firm.

who practices family law and
insurance defense in Coconut
Grove, Fla., remains at the same
location, but has been assigned
a new address—one that relates
to the rear, not the front, of his

and his wife Sam have formed a
company, Cracker Cowboy
Enterprises, that sells online       Rawny Garay ’99 and Matthew Yon ’00 enjoy the March 27, 2003 happy hour at
their prize-winning salsas, Brad’s   Gordon Biersch.

Florida cowboy art, and other
                                     MICHELLE YAFFE                         part of the U.S. Department of
Florida cowboy products. Brad
                                     HOLLISTER                              Housing and Urban
is also a realtor for Saunders
                                     has moved to Tallahassee as the        Development’s legal team.
Real Estate, LLC, in Lakeland,
                                     new executive director of the
                                     Statewide Public Guardianship          AARON M. COHEN
                                     Office, Department of Elder            with Lawrence K. Fagan ’93,
                                     Affairs.                               opened the firm Aaron M.
is an associate at Proskauer
                                                                            Cohen, P.A., in Delray Beach,
Rose, LLP, one of the oldest
                                                    1998                    Fla. The firm focuses on
(1875) and largest (over 590
                                                                            commercial and civil litigation
attorneys) law firms in the
                                     DANIEL A. BACHERT                      and criminal defense.
nation. Chris practices
                                     is a partner at Ford & Bachert,
commercial litigation and
                                     P.A., of West Palm Beach, Fla.         GLORIA GARCIA
employment law at this labor
                                                                            has begun her fifth year at the
and employment law firm’s
                                     LISA WHALEN BLEICH                     Law Offices of Pemsler &
Boca Raton, Fla., office.
                                     and her husband, Robert ’99,           Grindal, P.A., in Coral Gables,
                                     became the proud parents of a          Fla., where she specializes in
                                     new daughter. Abigail Rose,            workers’ compensation for
has expanded her practice,
                                     born April 11, 2003, joins her         plaintiffs. Gloria and her
joining with Dana Gottlieb
                                     sister Claire Margaret, 4. With        husband Carlos Garcia have a
Hoerner ’97, to form Wright,
                                     Robert she practices law at            son, Carlos Andres, 2.
Shaw & Hoerner, P.A.
                                     Bleich Law Office in Yuma,
Christine’s new firm, a general
                                     Ariz. Lisa specializes in family       ZIKAR MARK GHAOWI
practice with heavy emphasis on
                                     law.                                   is currently operating his own
immigration law cases, remains
                                                                            criminal and DUI defense
at the same address in Cape
                                     JUAN M. BURGOS                         practice from an office he
Coral, Fla.
                                     is now in Washington, D.C., as         shares with Vincent A. Luisi, Jr.
                                                                                                (cont. on p. 35)

                                     The Lawyer            Winter 2004                                        33
          Alumni Enjoy
         St. Thomas Law
         Happy Hour at
         Gordon Biersch
           July 17, 2003
                                                           Brett Barfield ’99, David Gordon ’99, and Betsy Bowen ’98

    Peter Egan ’01, Colleen Greene ’01, Prof. Wiessner,
    Jaime Pozo ’01
                                                                           Charter class of ’87 members Juan Saiz and
                                                                           MaryAnne Lukacs

    John Miquel ’01, James Allen ’01, Lisa Schiller ’93,             Raul Delgado de Armas ’88 and Barbara Ruiz-
    Cheryl Burm ’01, and Tereina Stidd                               Gonzalez ’02

    34                                    St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
’99, in Chicago, Ill. Recently he   daughter, Abigail Rose, born          ELIZABETH
successfully completed the          April 11, 2003, Abigail Rose          MONTGOMERY
Chicago Marathon and donated        joins her sister, Claire Margaret,    is an associate at Vernis &
a kidney to his youngest            4. At his and Lisa’s firm, Bleich     Bowling of Palm Beach, P.A.
brother.                            Law Office (Yuma, Ariz.),
                                    Robert’s specialty is criminal law.   JONATHAN M. MYERS
DEAN G. PEPE                                                              recently left the Kansas City
joined David Russell and            ANDREW C. DEMOS                       Trial Division of the Missouri
George Pappas, for whom he          is a senior associate at Welbaum,     State Public Defender System to
had worked upon leaving law         Guernsey, Hingston, Greenleaf         go into the private sector. While
school, and became a partner        & Gregory, L.L.P. in Coral            a trial attorney for the Public
of Pappas, Russell & Pepe in        Gables, Fla.                          Defender, all Jonathan’s trials as
Daytona Beach, Fla. Dean                                                  lead or co-counsel resulted in
works in various areas of law       RAWNY GARAY                           acquittals. In the private sector,
including plaintiff ’s personal     has established affiliated offices    Jonathan is handling personal
injury and insurance claims,        in Kingston, Jamaica; Panama          injury cases and a little
employment discrimination,          City, Panama; Caracas,                environmental law.
contracts, landlord/tenant law,     Venezuela; and Bogota,
and appeals.                        Colombia.                             MARCO ANTONIO
DAVID FRANK PETRANO                 DAVID GORDON                          has moved from Solms & Price,
has his own law office in           is the proud father of a second       P.A. to another Miami firm,
Clearwater, Fla., where he          son, Mason, born Mar. 18,             Hardeman &. Associates, P.A.
practices Americans with            2003. David’s first son,              His practice concentrates on
Disabilities Act law and Bar        Matthew, is 3. David also             civil litigation, insurance
admissions law.                     recently joined Eversole and          defense, nursing home, and
                                    Associates, a law firm                wrongful death cases in Miami-
ANA VALLEJO                         specializing in aviation litigation   Dade and Broward counties.
acquired her LL.M in                in Coral Gables, Fla.                 Marco got married last year and
Intercultural Human Rights Law                                            resides in Miami.
(2002) and is now at the Florida    PAOLO LONGO
Immigrant Advocacy Center in        recently opened his own law           JODIE SIEGEL
Miami, Fla., as part of its Lucha   office, Paolo Longo, Jr., P.A., in    moved from Greenberg Traurig
Project, which helps victimized     Orlando, Fla., Paolo specializes      to Holland & Knight, LLP, in
immigrant women to obtain           in workers’ compensation,             August 2002. In Fort
legal immigration status without    personal injury, and first            Lauderdale, Fla., she practices
the involvement of their            party/bad faith insurance             governmental, land use, zoning,
abusers.                            litigation.                           environmental, and real estate
                                                                          law. She co-authored two
              1999                  DONIELLE MASON                        published articles on the
                                    had a baby girl, Faith Renee          controversial Florida smoking
ROBERT BLEICH                       Kazim, at home on Nov. 12,            legislation and helped plan a
and his wife, Lisa’ 98, became      2002.                                 series of working breakfasts to
the proud parents of a second                                             help prepare the hospitality

                                    The Lawyer           Winter 2004                                     35
    industry for the impact of the        transactional real estate firm in    University Human Rights
    legislation.                          North Miami, Fla.                    Institute, Miami, Fla..

                  2000                    VIOLET FELIPE                        PASCALE CHANCY
                                          is the Judicial Services             is an assistant public defender
    AIMEE N. SONTAG                       Coordinator for the 11th             for Broward County, Fla.
    ARTILES                               Judicial Circuit.
    has moved into a new position                                              MICHAEL C. DART
    as Director of Media Relations        MAGDALENA FRESEN                     is the Deputy Attorney General
    for Miami-Dade County. She is         is co-founder and Vice               at the Indiana Attorney
    married to Frank Artiles ’00.         President of Academica               General’s Office in Indianapolis,
                                          Corporation (Miami, Fla.), a         Ind.
    FRANK A. ARTILES                      charter school management firm
    served with the U.S. Marines in       established in 1999.                 ANTHONY J. DESTRIBATS
    Qatar and Saudi Arabia for nine                                            clerks for a N.J. state trial judge
    weeks. Now safely home, he            KIMBERLY ANN LOUCKS                  in Trenton, N.J.
    now provides government               is Assistant Commonwealth
    liaison and real estate counsel       Attorney at the Buchanan             BRETT A. ELAM
    for B Developments, a Miami           County Commonwealth                  has moved from Adorno and
    condo developer.                      Attorney’s Office in Grundy,         Yoss, P.A., to another West
                                          Va.                                  Palm Beach, Fla., firm, Elk,
    RAUL PEREZ BALLAGA                                                         Bankier, Christu & Bakst, where
    has joined the firm of                MIGUEL FRANCISCO                     he practices bankruptcy law.
    Cohen|Fox, P.A, in Miami, Fla.        PARLADÉ
    as an associate specializing in       with Susana Villarruel ’00,          JULIETTE ESPINOSA-
    residential and commercial real       formed Parlade & Villarruel,         GARCIA
    estate law.                           P.A., a Miami, Fla., firm            is an Immigration Staff
                                          specializing in bankruptcy and       Attorney at the Florida
    JUAN CARLOS DIGON-GREER               personal injury law.                 Immigrant Advocacy Center,
    with his brother Francisco Javier                                          Miami, Fla.
    ’00, has established a real estate    SUSANA VILLARRUEL
    transaction practice, Digon &         has joined with Miguel               CELIA GORE
    Digon, P.L.L.C., in North             Francisco Parladé ’00 in             opened her own law firm in
    Miami, Fla.                           establishing Parlade and             January 2003. The Law Office
                                          Villarruel, P.A., a bankruptcy       of Celia Gore is located in
    FRANCISCO JAVIER                      and personal injury practice in      Coral Gables, Fla. Celia
    DIGON-GREER                           Miami, Fla.                          specializes in immigration law.
    the first legal resident in the
    United States, completed his                         2001                  COLLEEN M. GREENE
    year of legal residency at the St.                                         is an associate at Solms & Price,
    Thomas University Community           LATOSHA YVONNE                       P.A., in South Miami, Fla.
    Law Center. With his brother,         BRADLEY                              Colleen’s areas of practice are
    Juan Carlos, he has opened            coordinates the Knowledge is         personal injury and medical
    Digon & Digon, P.L.L.C., a            Power Program at St. Thomas          malpractice.

    36                               St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
MARK C. HOLMBERG                     Chris also provides legal
                                                                         CRYSTAL LEOLA BEMBERY
received an LL.M. in Taxation        assistance to low-income            is now on the legal team at the
from University of Miami,            families. On June 1, 2003, Chris    Miami-Dade State Attorney’s
Coral Gables, Fla.                   completed his third marathon in     Office in Miami, Fla.
                                     San Diego, Calif.
BEATRIZ A. LLORENTE                                                      PAUL R. BUCKIN
is an assistant public defender in   RENE SUAREZ                         is an associate with Steel,
Miami-Dade County, Fla.              has moved from Rumberger,           Hector & Davis in Miami,
                                     Kirk & Caldwell in Orlando,         Fla.
MICHAELLE PAULSON                    Fla., to Ashland Inc. in Atlanta,
has joined Markowitz, Davis,         Ga. Assigned to the Ashland         HUMBERTO J. CORRALES
Ringel & Trusty, P.A., as an         Paving And Construction             is working for Church World
associate concentrating primarily    subsidiary, the country’s largest   Service in its Immigration and
on civil and commercial              highway paver, Rene’s work is       Refugee Program in Miami, Fla.
litigation, family law, and          in corporate, construction,
domestic violence law.               preventative, and employment        WILLIAM THOMAS
Formerly with the Legal Aid          law; and he oversees litigation.    COTTERALL
Society, she continues her pro       On July 11, 2003, he and his        is transitioning into commercial
bono work through the Put            wife Yohany became the proud        litigation at Tripp Scott in Fort
Something Back program. This         parents of their first child.       Lauderdale, Fla.
year, Michaelle was elected to       They named their 6 lb. 11 oz.
the Board of Directors for the       son Antonio.                        KIM ANN CUNZO
South Miami-Kendall Bar                                                  is an assistant state attorney in
Association.                                       2002                  Fort Pierce, Fla.

SILVIA PEREZ                         MARTHA LILIANA ARIAS                INIGO DE PABLO
Project Attorney for the Legal       is Director of Latin-American       has established DePablo &
Aid Society, is providing legal      Law and an associate editor at      Associates in Miami, Florida.
services to domestic violence        International Business Law          Inigo’s practice areas are
victims through the society’s        Services. Martha developed and      business/commercial law, real
South Dade Domestic Violence         manages IBLS’s Latin-American       estate, and intellectual property.
Project in Homestead, Fla.           law portal, and she writes e-       Inigo pursued post-graduate
                                     commerce summaries and the          study in tax at the University of
CHRISTOPHER L.                       IBLS topic of the week.             Florida and is now in the LL.M.
RADDATZ                              Martha also conducts freelance      program in real estate at the
joined Mohr Hackett, a               research for STU’s Walter H. &      University of Miami.
Phoenix, Ariz. firm, in              Dorothy B. Diamond
September 2002 after                 International Tax LL.M.             BRIAN N. DIGIACOMO
completing his LL.M. in              Program.                            has joined the District
Taxation at NYU. His primary                                             Attorney’s legal team in
areas of practice are taxation       JUSTIN EDWARD BAIRD                 Morristown, N.J.
and trust and estate planning.       is practicing at Williams &
With the Volunteer Lawyers           Williams in Munfordville, Ky.       ZENA XIAMARA DUNCAN
Program of Maricopa County,                                              is an assistant public defender in

                                      The Lawyer          Winter 2004                                        37
    the misdemeanor court division        property group at the Dallas,        LOURDES FERNANDEZ
    of Office of the Public               Tex., office of Baker Botts,         is clerking for U.S. Magistrate
    Defender Bennett H. Brummer           L.L.P., the #51 firm on the          Judge Robert Dubé (SD Fla.)
    in Miami, Fla.                        Global 100 List of international
                                          law firms. Miriam specializes in     EMANUEL GALIMIDI
    PAHOLA DUQUE                          Patent Law and, having passed        has joined the Miami firm
    played the lead role in the new       the Patent Bar, is now registered    Keller Bolz, L.L.P., in Miami..
    Philip Michael Thomas and             to prosecute and file applications
    Sandy Morais musical Sacha,           with the U.S. Patent and             TAMI GREEN
    performed this past summer at         Trademark Office.                    is working toward an LL.M. in
    the Hollywood Playhouse. She is                                            tax at the University of Florida
    also part of the Joanie Edwards       BARBARA RUIZ-                        in Gainesville.
    Little Theatre School dance           GONZALEZ
    group performing this month at        has joined her mentor, Raul          GERALD HILL
    the Aventura Hyatt at the             Delgado de Armas, in legal           is working toward an LL.M. in
    Aventura Founders’ Day                practice and is also pursuing an     Tax at the University of Florida
    celebration.                          LL.M. in taxation at the             in Gainesville.
                                          University of Miami.
    KELLY CELIA O. FOSTER                                                      VICKY KOTHARI
    is an assistant public defender in    MICHAEL IAN SCHWARTZ                 is pursuing an LL.M. in
    the Office of the Public              has completed his LL.M. degree       bankruptcy at St. John’s
    Defender Bennett H. Brummer           program in estate planning at        University in Jamaica, N.Y.
    in Miami, Fla.                        the University of Miami, Coral
                                          Gables, Fla.                         APRIL DALE KRUEGER
    JEFFERY RODMAN                                                             former St. Thomas University Law
    LAWLEY                                              2003                   Review editor, is now an
    is an associate at Wicker Smith’s                                          associate at Holland & Knight
    Fort Lauderdale, Fla., offices.       JAMES BROWN                          in Miami, Fla.
                                          is corporate counsel for Sunland
    LEANNE POLK                           Homes in West Palm Beach, Fla.       ALAIN LECUSAY
    after spending a year as an                                                plans to return to the general
    academic admissions                   CALVIN CALLWOOD                      construction business as well as
    administrator at STU, has             is working on the island of St.      practice construction law.
    moved to Texas, and is a              Thomas as a judicial clerk with
    political consultant. Leanne          the Territorial Court of the         ANTONIO MARTINEZ
    remains on the STU Law School         Virgin Islands.                      has joined Jose Luis Machado
    Board of Advisors, to which                                                ’92 and Emilia Evelio Herran
    she was appointed last year, and      JELANI DAVIS                         ’93 at Machado & Herran, P.A.
    continues to work with                was awarded the 2003 Florida         in Miami, Fla.
    admissions as our Texas-based         Association of Criminal
    recruiter.                            Defense Lawyers scholarship          MIGUEL MARTINEZ
                                          last spring and now works as an      has joined the labor and
    MIRIAM LATORRE QUINN                  assistant public defender in         employment law firm Muller
    is an associate in the intellectual   Miami, Fla.                          Mintz in Miami, Fla.

    38                               St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
JUAN C. “J.C.” PEREZ                DIONE TRAWICK
has joined the Miami-Dade State     is an Assistant State Attorney at
Attorney’s Office in Miami, Fla.    the Miami-Dade State
                                    Attorney’s Office in Miami, Fla.
is providing legal support for      TONYA WALKER                            INFORMATION
Advantage One Mortgage              has joined the family law firm
Company in Fort Lauderdale,         of Patterson & Maloney in Fort
Fla.                                Lauderdale, Fla.                    SUBMIT A CLASS NOTE

ALEJANDRO SIXTO                     JOHN D. WHITE                       Let your fellow classmates
has joined Josh Hertz ’01 at the    is working in the Miami, Fla.,      know what is new with you.
Law Office of Joshua J. Hertz,      offices of Wicker, Smith            Submit a class note today
P.A., in Miami, Fla.                O’Hara, McCoy, Graham &             online at
                                    Ford, P.A. a civil practice firm
TIANNA SOUSA                        with over 100 attorneys and
                                                                        or call (305) 474-2435 or
provides legal and administrative   offices in seven Florida cities.    e-mail
support to the St. Thomas
University Human Rights             In Memoriam                         ADDRESS UPDATES
Institute’s Knowledge is Power
Program.                            ANNETTE PRATT                       Be sure to keep receiving The
                                    who spent her first year of law     Lawyer magazine and other
CHRISTIAN STRAILE                   school at STU, was killed in a
                                                                        STU Law mail. Update your
is at the University of Florida     motorcycle accident on July 6,
                                                                        address online at
pursuing an LL.M. in Taxation.      2003, in Los Angeles, Calif.
                                                                        address_update.asp or call
                                    Annette practiced sports and
                                                                        (305) 474-2434.
F. SAM TALLIS                       entertainment law in Los
is now part of the legal team at    Angeles. She was laid to rest in
the Fort Worth, Tex., main          St. Louis, Mo., where her           E-NEWSLETTER
office of Shannon, Gracey,          parents reside.
                                                                        Watch your e-mail box for our
Ratliff & Miller, L.L.P.
                                                                        new alumni e-newsletter,
                                    MICHAEL AARON
                                                                        providing you with up-to-the-
CRAIG TEMPLE                        THOMAS ’00
                                                                        minute information on
has joined the Miami, Fla., firm    died on April 22, 2003. At the
                                                                        campus happenings, alumni
Solas, Ede, Petersen & Lage, LLC.   time of his death, “Mikey T”
                                                                        events and more. If we do
                                    resided with his fiancée, Diana
                                                                        not have your e-mail address,
ANTHONY TINELLI                     Rodriguez, in Sunny Isles, Fla.,
                                                                        please send it to us at
is working in the Hollywood,        and was working as a law clerk
                                                               or call (305)
Fla. main office of Conroy,         in Fort Lauderdale.
Simberg, Gannon, Krevens &
Abel, P.A., a general civil
litigation firm with over 100
attorneys and offices in eight
major Florida cities.

                                     The Lawyer          Winter 2004                                39
                        Law School Graduation
                                                     May 2003

 Deno Frangakis, J.C. Perez, and George Ribarovski

                                                                                Anthony Tinelli and Craig Temple

 Lorelei Schechner, Lauren Penn, and Suzanne Kopulos

                                                                  Michel Reyes, Mercedes Blasm, Michele Vargas, and Kismara Garcia

 Lauren Hamlin, Erica Dunmyer, Heather Zardus,
 and April Dale Krueger

                 40                                  St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine

Belinda Paris, Alicia Paulino-Grisham, Peggy Urbaneja, and Cheryl

                                                                              Elizabeth Vega-Davis and Alain Lecusay

LL.M. in Intercultural Human Rights graduates Cindia
Marcellin, Joann Hennessey, James Evans, Cyclyn

LL.M. in Intercultural Human Rights graduates Denise                          LL.M. in International Tax graduates Nena Homan
Wallace, Mariam Ahmedani, Dinga Joseph, Sara                                  and Mitchell Nouri Abbas
Pedersini, Mireya Pena-Guzman, Faig Alchalaby, Roy
Balleste, and Ernest Essien

                                           The Lawyer           Winter 2004                                      41
         Law Alumni Class Reunions 2003

 Carlos Garcia, Gloria Garcia ’98, Brenda Supple ’97, and
 Carmela Beltran ’97

                                                                                 Evan Ostfeld ’93, Jodi Bair ’93, Steve Simon ’92, and
                                                                                 Donna Simon

 Kelly Gibson ’98 and Tammy Alvarez ’98

                                                                  Paul Molle ’97, Stewart Kasner ’97, and Carlo D’Angelo ’97

 Gloria Velazquez ’92 and Ramona Tolley ’92

                   42                                  St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine

Bill Dillon ’98 and Joseph Gibson ’98

                                                           Dean Pepe ’98, David Woods ’98, Bill Dillon ’98, and Mark Ghaowi ’98

Chris Lombardy ’98 and Jeffrey Braxton ’98

                                                                                       Stacy Glick ’97, Christopher Prusaski ’97, and
                                                                                       Jessica Guernsey-Rothenberg ’97

Ana Vallejo ’98, Trina DeLisser ’98, and Karen Guito ’98
                                                                                            Armando Martinez and Tania Mazza-Martinez ’98

                                          The Lawyer              Winter 2004                                            43
         Inaugural Spring Golf Fling

STU Law alumni, faculty, students, and friends
        got game at the 1st annual
              Spring Golf Fling
                sponsored by
 Sams, Martin, Lipsky, Lister & Kaufman, P.A.

                                                                             Javier Gonzalez, Jesus Perez, Miguel Perez,
                                                                             and David Perez ’00

         Jeannette Bologna ’93, Dan Rheume ’95, Jeff Welt ’96, and Dan
         Dolan ’96

                                                                             Brian Livingston ’98, Betsy Bowen ’98, Roberto
                                                                             Ortiz ’98, and Jason Rudolph ’95

         44                                St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine

                                                                   Prof. Al Gordon, Prof. Gordon Russell, Alain
                                                                   Lecusay ’03, and Manny Mantrana

The Hon. Michael Chavies, The Hon. Robert
Scola, The Hon. Ronald Friedman, and Joseph
Lipsky ’92

                                                                  Pat Cordero ’87, Mark Tudino ’94, Nelson
                                                                  Lopez, and David Gordon ’99

David Lister ’87, Eddie Olivera, and Eddie Lopez

                                                        Renee Duff ’98, Bill Dillon ’98, Alan Brezin, Mike
                                                        Alvarez and Tammy Alvarez ’98

                               The Lawyer          Winter 2004                                           45

    Jeff Cross, Mark Binko, Ryan Libel, and Richard Welch

                                                                           Charlie Fernandez, John Duncan, and
                                                                           Herman Russomanno.

    Ivan Cabrera ’92, Jose Machado ’92, Brad
    McCormick ’93, and Arthur McCormick

                                                            Roberto Ortiz ’98, Prof. Al Garcia, Prof. Gordon Russell,
                                                            and Brian Livingston ’98

    G. Walter Araujo, James Campbell, Joseph
    Kalbac, Jr., and Angel Rodriguez

    46                                 St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine

Doug Hartman, Dr. Manny Suarez, Tim Martin, and Cdr. Jim Carr

                                                       Betsy Bowen ’98, Brian Livingston ’98, Roberto Ortiz ’98, and Bill
                                                       Dillon ’98

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                                   Alumni Update Form

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Home Address                                          City, State, Zip

Home Phone

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Please take a moment to tell us what is new with you for the Spring 2004 issue of The Lawyer.

I would like to become involved with STU School of Law as a:

       Mentor to an STU Law student

       Class Reunion host (Classes of ’89, ’94, and ’99)

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                                        Please clip and return this form to:
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                                       St. Thomas University School of Law
                                             16400 NW 32nd Avenue
                                                 Miami, FL 33054
                       Fax: (305) 474-2449 E-mail: Phone: (305) 474-2435

           48                            St. Thomas University School of Law Magazine
February 10         Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture
                    Donna Arzt
                    “Web-site for the Prosecution”
                    Moot Court Room

February 24, 25     Bar Exam Luncheons
                    at the Florida Bar Exam
                    Tampa Marriott Waterside
                    11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
                    Reservations Required

March 11            Alumni & Judicial Reception
                    sponsored by Mellon
                    Mellon Financial Center, 30th Floor
                    1111 Brickell Avenue
                    5:30-7:30 p.m.
                    RSVP Required

April 1             Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture
                    Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte
                    “Was deTocqueville Right About Lawyers Being
                    the Connecting Link for American Society?”
                    Moot Court Room

April 30            2nd Annual Spring Golf Fling
                    Don Shula’s Golf Club
                    For more information, call (305) 474-2432 or

May 1               Law Alumni Class Reunions
                    Honoring the Classes of ’89, ’94, and ’99
                    For more information, call (305) 474-2435 or

           Watch your mail for invitations and more information.
                  For more details, call (305) 474-2434.
16400 NW 32nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33054

                       Miles McGrane, president of the Florida Bar, signs the STU Law Moot
                       Court wall. See story on page 9.

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