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University of Miami School of Law Online Chat with Admitted Students & Alumni March 14, 2011, 7:30-9 p.m. (EST) ______________________________________________________________ Adebunmi Adeseun, JD’10, practices as a criminal defense attorney with The Bronx Defenders in New York City. She and her colleagues employ a groundbreaking system of holistic defense to fight both the causes and consequences of involvement in the criminal justice system. While at Miami Law, she interned for the Miami-Dade and District of Columbia Public Defender’s Office and participated as a fellow in the Appellate Advocacy Clinic which works closely with and accepts cases only from the Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida. She was also a summer associate with the prestigious firm Carlton Fields and a judicial intern for the Honorable Donald Graham. Adebunmi participated on UM’s Mock Trial and Moot Court teams, The Wrongful Convictions Project, and the Black Law Students Association. Finally, she was an inaugural member and Chief Notes and Comments Editor for the Black Law Review (now called the Race and Social Justice Law Review). She graduated from Miami Law magna cum laude and is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. Room: Government/Public Sector Vincent Alexander, JD’09, is an Associate at the law firm Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami, Florida where he practices in the bankruptcy department. Vincent’s practice includes representation of Creditors and Creditors’ Committees and insolvency-related litigation. While in law school, he was an active member of the Charles C. Papy Jr. Moot Court Board and successfully competed in numerous competitions, including the Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. As a result of his oral advocacy and writing skills, Vincent received the Judge Philip Bloom Award and was selected as a member of the Order of the Barristers upon graduating. He was also a recipient of the University of Miami Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Vincent served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Robert A. Mark of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida, and worked as a Summer Associate for the legal department of a large telecommunications company in its corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to his professional work, he was a linebacker in the NFL with the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. Vincent graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania where he double majored in Economics and Communications and Commerce. He is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. Room: Law Firm Annery Pulgar Alfonso, JD’11 is an Assistant County Attorney in the Miami-Dade County Attorney's Office. Annery is from Miami and in addition to the J.D., she earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Miami. Room: Government/Public Sector Dan Barsky, JD’06, earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Economics from Bates College in Lewistown, Maine. He is an associate with Shutts & Bowen in the West Palm Beach Business Litigation Department. His practice includes representing clients in commercial litigation, appellate, construction, and real estate related litigation. During his law school career, Dan was the Beckham Scholar from 2004 to 2006, received the Book Award for Excellence in Administrative Law, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Internet Law, and honors in Pre-Trial Litigation Skills. Dan has served as an intern for the Honorable Theodore Klein, and as a Certified Legal Intern for the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Division. Dan recently became a registered patent attorney. Dan is tentatively scheduled to participate as it will depend on his work obligations. Click here to view Dan’s law firm webpage. Note: Daniel will be traveling for business, but if his flights are on time, he will participate. Room: Law Firm Harper Batts, JD’05, earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University. He is a partner with Kirkland & Ellis, Palo Alto, California. Harper’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, specifically patent litigation. He has represented clients in numerous patent litigation disputes, including cases in California, North Carolina, and particularly in the Eastern District of Texas. Representative subject matter includes semiconductors, medical devices, software, and hardware technology. During law school, he was a recipient of the Harvey T. Reid Scholarship. Harper also completed a three-year program for Intensive Arabic Language Study at the American University of Cairo Arabic Language Institute in Egypt. Click here to access his firm profile page. Note: Harper will be in New Zealand but will participate if internet access is cooperating. Room: Law Firm Cindy Bortman, JD’98, wears many hats. She is Adjunct Faculty Member in the College of Business and Management, Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL; an Instructor and Master Tax Advisor (enrolled agent) with H & R Block in Boynton Beach, Florida; a sole practitioner providing advice on operations, acquisitions, contracts, licensing, and local government issues such as historic preservation and code enforcement; and she was appointed as Special Master with the Palm Beach County Purchasing Department (July 2010 to July 2013). As Special Master, she presides over protest hearings pertaining to living wage violations and to vendor procurements, suspensions, and debarments. Cindy earned her A.L.B. cum laude from Harvard University Extension in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Room: Corporate/Non- Traditional/Misc. Myles Cochran, JD’03 is Director of Domestic Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs at Miami Law. Before returning to Coral Gables, Mr. Cochran practiced as a commercial real estate attorney for seven years in Chicago and Miami, while remaining active in various pro bono and community service initiatives. Currently, he is responsible for the development and implementation of local and national public interest and pro bono initiatives and, along with other members of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center staff, he co-directs the Miami Scholars and HOPE Fellows Programs as well as the Pro Bono Legal Research Project. Mr. Cochran serves as an Ambassador for City Year Miami, advises boards of directors for nonprofit organizations and continues to undertake pro bono matters. This fall he will teach a seminar titled Justice and the Pro Bono Ethic. Room: Corporate/Non-Traditional/Misc. Stephen Cohen, JD’07, is an Associate Director in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement. Steve oversees a broad range of domestic and international enforcement activities, including investigations involving accounting fraud, insider trading, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, registered and unregistered securities offerings, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other regulated entities. Steve rejoined the Division in 2011 after spending two years as Senior Advisor to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro. In that capacity, he advised the Chairman concerning policy and administrative matters focusing mostly on Enforcement and Compliance issues, legislative matters, Congressional hearings, and coordination with other government agencies. Prior to joining the Chairman’s staff, Steve served as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the Division of Enforcement. Steve has also worked in private practice and as a trial attorney at the US Department of Justice where he was part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He clerked for a federal judge in Miami and is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and Boston University. Room: Law Room: Government/ Public Sector Rob Collins, JD’11 works at HOPE, Inc., a non-profit in Miami that fights housing discrimination. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. Rob earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in graphic design. After college, Rob lived in Seattle, where he was a mentor for at-risk youth and taught English to refugees. Also while in Seattle, Rob was appointed to (and was internally elected Vice President of) the King County Commission for Civil Rights. Rob was recently appointed to the Miami-Dade Commission on Human Rights. Room: Government/ Public Sector Cara Convery, JD ’11, is an associate for the criminal defense law firm of Webb & D’Orazio in Atlanta, GA. As a student at Miami Law, Cara was on the Mock Trial Team, President of the Inter Club Council, and a member of UM’s Honor Society Iron Arrow. She was on the Executive Board of the Student Bar Association, the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and the Wrongful Convictions Project. She received a B.A. from the University of Georgia and is a member of the Georgia Bar and the Cobb County Bar Association. Room: Law Firm Michael Daly, JD’08, is an associate at White & Case’s Litigation and International Arbitration Practice Groups in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses primarily on the representation of foreign sovereigns, including state-owned entities, and in international litigation and arbitration matters. He has experience advising in matters before federal court and in investor-state disputes before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Michael clerked for the Honorable Alan S. Gold, federal U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida. At UM Law, Michael was a member of the Moot Court Board, and he served as Executive Editor of the University of Miami Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. Prior to earning his JD, Michael worked as a paralegal at a law firm in Boston, and he managed a start-up company in San Diego. Finally, Michael graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree from Georgetown University where he was a German/Portuguese major. Room: Law Firm Catherine S. Dorvil, JD’09 is an Associate with Hogan Lovells in Miami. Her practice focuses on a wide range of litigation matters with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation. Prior to graduating magna cum laude from Miami Law, Catherine was an editor for the University of Miami Law Review, a Dean's Fellow, and a Soia Mentschikoff Scholar. She also interned with the Department of Homeland Security in the Miami Immigration Court and with a human rights organization in Haiti. Prior to enrolling in law school, Catherine worked for several non-governmental organizations in Haiti as a volunteer occupational therapist and as the Executive Director of a public health program for malnourished children. She is currently a part-time Legal Research and Writing Instructor at the University of Miami. Catherine has an M.S. from Harvard University and a B.S. from the University of Puget Sound, cum laude. Room: Law Firm Andre Dreyfuss, JD’11, is an associate at Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. in Miami. Andre grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a B.A. in Economics. Andre then attended the University of Miami School of Law on a full academic scholarship where he earned a Dean’s Certificate Achievement Award and graduated cum laude. Throughout law school, Andre clerked for Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A., starting the summer of his first year. Andre’s practice focuses on franchise law and complex commercial litigation. Room: Law Firm Sharlene Escalera, JD’08 is Manager of Business Affairs at Univision Network in Miami, FL. Prior to joining Univision, Sharlene practiced commercial litigation at Diamond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A. She graduated magna cum laude from the School of Law in 2008. While at UM Law, Sharlene was President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and a member of the International and Comparative Law Review, Honor Council and Inter-Club Council. She is also a member of the Iron Arrow Honor Society of the University of Miami and, in 2008, was named in Who’s Who in America’s Universities and Colleges. Sharlene has been living in Miami for 22 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Florida International University, majoring in Business Management. Room: Corporate/Non-Traditional/Misc. Shanna N. Ford, JD’11 is an associate with the Miami Office Holland & Knight's Business Law Section and is a member of the firm's Healthcare & Life Sciences Team. She practices in the area of general corporate matters, commercial transactions and healthcare regulatory matters, including Medicare and Medicaid regulatory issues and federal and state fraud and abuse matters. While attending law school, Shanna was Articles and Comments Editor for the University of Miami Law Review, the recipient of academic merit scholarships, and awarded the Dean's Certificate of Academic Achievement for her performance in Commercial Law II. She interned in the University of Miami School of Law's Ethics and Professional Responsibility Program and was a member of the Association of Caribbean Law Students. Prior to attending law school, Shanna was a chemist and a regulatory affairs associate with a pharmaceutical manufacturer. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Florida Bar. Room: Law Firm Deke Foxhoven, JD’09, currently runs his own solo practice in Austin, Texas. He specializes in family law, estate planning, criminal law, and business law. As a law student, Deke was Associate Editor of Miami Law’s Inter-American Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a member of the Public Interest Leadership Board. He devoted countless volunteer hours as a Miami Scholar and graduated magna cum laude. Deke received a B.A. from the University of Texas and is a member of the Austin Young Lawyers Association, the Austin Bar Association, and the Texas Bar. Please visit www.foxhovenlaw.com to view Deke’s law firm webpage. Room: Law Firm Matt Givens, JD’10, currently works in the legal department at CAA Sports, a sports agency in New York City. Mr. Givens is a member of the Florida Bar and graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in May of 2010. While at Miami Law, Matt served as the President of the Student Bar Association, a Student Representative on the University's Board of Trustees, Treasurer of the Honor Society of Bar and Gavel, and President of the Christian Legal Society. He was active in the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and the University of Miami's Mock Trial Team. Matt was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Finance and minors in Accounting and Economics. Room: Corporate/Non-Traditional/Misc. Cleve J. Glenn, JD’07, is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Houston, TX. As an Attorney and licensed Certified Public Accountant, he advises clients on matters involving complex commercial disputes and general business and corporate matters. Additionally, he assists clients with pre-litigation counseling and with negotiating and drafting complex commercial contracts. In 2004, Cleve was selected to participate in Miami Law’s James Weldon Johnson/Robert H. Waters Summer Institute. While in law school, Cleve was a member of the Moot Court Board, the Society of Bar and Gavel, and the Black Law Students Association. He also participated in various mock trial and moot court competitions, which culminated in Cleve winning the 1L Moot Court Competition and representing the University of Miami at the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Finally, he earned the distinct honor of being selected as a Judicial Intern for the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students. Cleve earned his undergraduate degree from Lamar University. Cleve's biography and firm profile can be found at the following link: http://www.seyfarth.com/CleveGlenn . Room: Law Firm Fara Gold, JD’03, has worked as a federal prosecutor in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division Criminal Section since September 2009. She practiced at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office for almost 6 years following graduation, with the latter three years in sex crimes. As a federal prosecutor, Fara prosecutes official misconduct, hate crimes, and human trafficking. Fara earned her undergraduate degree from Emory University. Room: Government/Public Sector Shannon Greco, JD'10, serves as a law clerk to a federal judge in New York City. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2003 and subsequently taught English in Japan for three years through the JET Program. During law school, Shannon served in the Community Economic Development clinic for two years, was on the editorial board of the Inter-American Law Review, and a member of the International Moot Court Board. Room: Government/Public Sector Marlynn R. Jones, JD’99 serves as a personal coach to guide scholar-athletes through the maze of legislation involved in acquiring an intercollegiate athletic scholarship. She is fiercely committed to guiding parents, high school coaches and guidance counselors to achieve admissions and eligibility certification for prospective collegiate student-athletes. While a law student at the University of Miami, Marlynn was President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, and served as the American Bar Association Student Liaison to the Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries for two years. She served the law school as Editor-in Chief of the Amicus Curiae (yearbook) and was the student member of the Faculty Admissions, Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee. Marlynn received the 1999 Roger Serino Award presented to the outstanding third year law student and was inducted into the Society of Bar and Gavel and the Iron Arrow Honor Society. Marlynn received her undergraduate degree from the Journalism School at the University of North Carolina, and her master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in mass communications and business administration. Please visit www.eligibilitycoach.com to visit Marlynn’s website. Room: Corporate/ Non-traditional/Misc. Jared Kalmanson, JD’10, is the Associate General Counsel for XOS Digital, Inc., a 150 person venture capitalist-backed sports media and technology company with headquarters in Orlando, Florida. As in-house counsel, Jared is responsible for overseeing all legal matters affecting XOS Digital, with a focus on protecting, enforcing and monetizing XOS Digital’s collegiate partners intellectual property content as well as negotiating and drafting various licensing, advertising, digital rights, technology, employment and vendor agreements. Originally a native of New Jersey, Jared attended the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice in 2007. At UM Law, Jared was on the Executive Board of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and was Vice President of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. Upon graduation, Jared participated in UM Law’s inaugural Legal Corps program receiving a six month fellowship with LegalArt, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company that provides legal services to artists, including writers, musicians, painters, and DJs. Room:Corporate/Non-Traditional/Misc. Brian Kelley, JD’10, is as an associate at Gaebe Mullen Antonelli & DiMatello’s Miami office. He practices primarily in the areas of insurance defense and corporate litigation. During law school, Brian interned as on-site counsel for an international construction firm, worked as a liaison for the Inter American Development Bank Conference, and was a graduate assistant for the Dean of Alumni Relations and Development. He previously worked in Europe as a Sarbanes-Oxley specialist. Additionally, Brian serves on the Board of Directors for both the University of Miami School of Law Young Alumni Committee and Indiana University Alumni Association - Miami Chapter. He earned a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Indiana University and also attended La Universidad de Salamanca. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Brian is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana and is admitted to practice in Florida. Room: Law Firm Sarah King, JD’08, currently works as a policy attorney for the Children’s Law Center in Washington D.C. Prior to that, she represented parents advocating for their children’s health rights at the Children’s Law Center Health Access Program also in D.C. As a law student, Sarah received fellowships to work for the World Organization Against Torture in Switzerland and for criminal defense attorneys in Bosnia Herzegovina. She participated in the Children and Youth Law Clinic, the International and Comparative Law Review, the Moot Court and Mock Trial teams, and the International Arbitration Moot Court Team. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Miami Law and Syracuse University (B.A.) and is admitted to practice in New York and D.C. Room: Government/ Public Sector Erika Kinzer, JD'09, manages caseloads and handles administrative matters for various judges in the Miami Unified Family Court. While at Miami Law, Erika was involved with H.O.P.E., the Children & Youth Law Clinic, Society of Bar & Gavel, the Deans Fellow Program, JWJ/RHW Summer Fellowship Program, and the Student Ambassador's Program. She interned with the 11th Judicial Circuit, worked as a research assistant, and clerked for a civil rights nonprofit in San Francisco, CA. Upon graduation, Erika worked as a document review attorney before joining an insurance defense firm. In her spare time, Erika volunteers with Dade Legal Aid and is involved in her local church. Room: Government/Public Sector Lindsey Lazopoulos, JD’11, is a first year associate at K&L Gates in Miami, FL where she focuses her practice on commercial and employment litigation. She graduated cum laude from Miami Law and was Associate Editor of the University of Miami Inter- American Law Review. She was a member of the Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board and was elected Student Bar Association President in her third year. Lindsey also worked as an intern for the University of Miami Children & Youth Law Clinic. She earned her B.A. from Columbia College in 2008 where she was on the Dean's List and received the King's Crown Indelible Mark Leadership Award. Room: Law Firm Marni Lennon, JD’96 is Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono and Lecturer In Law, holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a J.D. and M.S.Ed from the University of Miami. She is the founder and director of the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, which features over 25 outreach and advocacy projects, and has worked and taught at the University of Miami School of Law for 16 years, serving for nine years as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Disability Services. She established and supervises the HOPE Fellows Program, which provides students with opportunities to work locally, nationally and internationally in public interest organizations. She oversees the Public Interest Loan Reduction Program and the Public Interest Scholarship Program. Dean Lennon also co-directs the Miami Scholars Program for students who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to public interest advocacy and who possess outstanding academic credentials, serves as an advisor to the Public Interest Leadership Board, and works closely with student organizations engaged in community outreach and advocacy. Moreover, Dean Lennon teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR Design Systems, and Mediation courses, and is a Certified Family Mediator. She is currently the Chair-Elect for the Pro Bono Section of the AALS. Room: Corporate/Non-Traditional/Misc. Greg Levy, JD’10, is the Director of Miami Law's Post-Graduate Student Service Fellow program. In his capacity as Director, he leads a group of fellows in projects that include researching, analyzing, planning, and implementing new programs and systems to better the law student experience. Using his own past experience as a Post-Graduate Student Service Fellow, Greg works with the new fellows to identify how the law school can best make use of its resources to improve the services offered to students. The Fellows are a resource to help current students find answers to questions about Miami Law or triage questions to the proper group or department. Greg came to University of Miami after receiving his BA from the University of Michigan. While at Miami Law, he was a student representative to the Curriculum Committee and also a member of the Orientation Committee, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, and the Student Ambassadors. During law school, he interned as a law clerk for Judge Valerie Manno- Schurr in the civil division of Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. Greg graduated cum laude from Miami Law. Room: Corporate/Non-Traditional/Misc. David E. Magilligan, JD’07, practices at Levey Fuller Kelso Rodriquez and Magilligan in Miami. David began his criminal law career as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. He currently provides aggressive legal representation to individual and business clients facing criminal investigations and felony/misdemeanor charges, including homicide, fraud, weapons offenses, and obstruction of justice charges. Over the years, David has been extremely involved with the Miami legal community. He has chaired the University of Miami Law Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Committee and was a member of the University of Miami School of Law’s Board. His professional memberships include Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Dade County Bar Association, and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. As a Miami Law student, he was President of the Student Bar Association for two terms. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University Maryland and is a member of the Florida and Massachusetts bars. Please visit www.demcrimlaw.com to view David’s law firm webpage. Room: Law Firm David Moreno, JD’11 is an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office (New York County). He has completed two trials since beginning at the D.A.’s Office and is handling misdemeanor cases from trespass all the way to domestic violence and some serious assaults. David graduated cum laude from Long Island University majoring in criminal justice. While at Miami Law, David was a Dean’s Honor Scholar, a 1L Moot Court Competition Finalist, and a member of Society of The Bar & Gavel, the highest honor society at University of Miami School of Law. Additional activities included being on the Trial Team and participating in four National Trial Competitions. He was a semi-finalist in the Florida Justice Association competition and quarter finalist in the Southern Region Black Law Students Association competition. David was a 2L senator in the Student Bar Association, a member of the Black Law Students and Hispanic Law Students Associations, Entertainment and Sports Law Society, Criminal Law Society and he was a Student Ambassador. David’s bar associations include the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Wilkes D. Ferguson Bar Association, Cuban American Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, and Puerto Rican Bar Association. Room: Government/Public Sector Hilton Napoleon II, JD’05, focuses his practice in the areas of complex multi-district litigation, criminal defense, civil and criminal appellate litigation, trusts and estates, and personal injury defense at Rasco Klock Reininger Perez in Miami. Hilton has represented high net worth families in various criminal matters, has assisted in defending non-profit organizations from personal injury lawsuits, and has handled more than 70 cases for indigent clients involving criminal and civil litigation. Before joining the firm, he served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, where he litigated over 30 jury trials. Hilton is intensely committed to pro bono practice and mentors underprivileged youth. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department of Brown Mackie College. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy and is admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. Southern District of Florida. Room: Law Firm William Opal, JD’07, is an Assistant State Attorney for Dupage County, Illinois. He has prosecuted a wide range of cases including, but not limited to: traffic offenses, driving while license revoked or without a valid driver’s license, DUI, retail theft, possession of cannabis, felony possession of a controlled substance, aggravated battery/assault, residential burglary, criminal damage to property, and illegal use of a credit card. He has tried over 200 bench trials to verdict and tried 30 jury trials to verdict. He was awarded Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year in 2010. While at UM Law, he participated on the Business Law Review. Bill received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude. He will be joining a private firm in early April where he will be practicing criminal defense and divorce. Room: Government/Public Sector Rachel Papeika, JD’08, is a South Florida native currently working at the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria,Virginia. Prior to her current position, she worked as a legal research contractor for a small Intellectual Property firm in Hollywood, FL. While at the University of Miami, Rachel majored in Biomedical Engineering as an undergraduate student and later went on to earn her Masters in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics. As a law student, Rachel was involved with many student organizations on campus including: the Student Ambassadors, the SBA, Bar and Gavel and Phi Alpha Delta. Rachel also served as a Writing Center Dean's fellow and Co-Chair of Orientation. Room: Government/Public Sector Mindy Reinstein, JD’08, is the Assistant Director of Government & National Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, Mindy served as Legislative Counsel for U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings (FL-23) in his Washington office where she worked for three years. Mindy is a proud member of the Florida Bar. She was President of Bar & Gavel, the first-ever HOPE Senior Fellow, and truly loved her time in Coral Gables. Mindy advocates on behalf of the ADL’s interests and policy concerns before Congress, the White House Administration, and foreign governments. She earned her undergraduate degree from Emory University majoring in International Studies with a focus on Middle East and Africa. Room: Government/Public Sector Harout Samra, JD’09, is an associate at DLA Piper in Miami. His practice focuses on international dispute resolution and arbitration matters. During law school, Harout interned in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and served in the Transportation, Energy and Agriculture Section. In addition, he has interned with the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of Florida in the Economic and Environmental Crimes Section. Harout serves on the Young Alumni Committee of the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association and is the membership chair of the American Bar Association's International Litigation Committee. In recognition of his contributions to the ABA, he was chosen to participate in the Section of Litigation's Young Lawyer Leadership Program (YLLP). Harout also received his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Miami. He is admitted to practice in Florida, New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Room: Law Firm David Schwartz, JD’97 is Assistant General Counsel, The Walt Disney Company, Los Angeles, CA, where he works on the cutting edge of new technological distribution platforms for movies, TV shows and other entertainment content. As part of his work at Disney, David has negotiated deals to license Disney movies and TV shows to a diverse set of companies, including Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, HBO, Google, Starz, Sony, Showtime and numerous others. David came to Disney after stints at indie film houses Gold Circle Films (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and Alpine Pictures (“The Convent”), where he worked on both the production and distribution sides of business and legal affairs. David is also a writer; his credits include graphic novels (e.g., “MELTDOWN” from Image Comics and "Fathom: Blue Descent" from Aspen Comics), feature films (e.g., “Fighting Gravity” from CC Films), and TV shows (e.g., the syndicated sketch comedy series “The Newz”). He’s currently writing “IDOLIZED” for Aspen Comics. David attended the University of Miami School of Law, New York University (BA’93), and Miami’s New World School of the Arts performing arts high school. David lives in Los Angeles with his wife Amy, his daughter Lana, their dog Daisy, and Lana’s ever-growing menagerie of stuffed animals. Room: Corporate/Non- Traditional/Misc. Nick Sherman, JD’09, is a Presidential Management Fellow and International Relations Specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Policy and International Affairs in Washington, D.C. There, he specializes in energy policy engagement with European and Asian Pacific countries. He has represented the DOE at the U.S. Embassy in Paris building bilateral technology and policy cooperation and has led negotiations on a bilateral agreement between the DOE and France’s Commission on Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies. Prior to graduating magna cum laude from Miami Law, Nick was a U.S. Navy Lieutenant based in Naples, Italy and Atsugi, Japan. As a law student, Nick was an Editorial Board Member for the International and Comparative Law Review and was a summer associate for the Shalakany Law Office in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the New York Bar. Room: Government/Public Sector Adam Spector, JD and MBA’08, is currently CEO of Yasah-an Internet technology startup in San Francisco that is still in stealth mode. Previously, Adam worked in E- Discovery at the Sequoia-backed Clearwell Systems which sold to Symantec in June 2011 for $410M. He was on the Business Development team where he focused on law firms and litigation support partners. Adam also worked in M&A corporate development for a $1.5B market cap company based in DC and started and remains closely involved with a successful Florida charity-the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF). CRF was featured on CNN's various stations and its website. He is a college graduate of Vanderbilt University and now lives in San Francisco. Room: Corporate/Non- Traditional/Misc. Brett Story, JD ’03, is the Director of Investment Banking at Janco Partners in Denver, Colorado where he specializes in raising capital for lower middle market companies in telecom, mobile, gaming, and software. He also advises clients on a wide array of mergers & acquisitions services. Brett practiced in mergers & acquisitions, business succession planning, and general corporate law for five years before transitioning to finance. His first opportunity in finance was with a boutique asset management firm where he specialized in alternative investments. Room: Corporate/Non-Traditional Jake Taylor is an Assistant Attorney General at the Utah Office of the Attorney General. His previous work experience includes being an Associate at Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy and an Assistant State Attorney at the State’s Attorney Office in Miami. Room: Government/Public Sector Mila van Kempen, JD’08, is an Associate at Wilkie Farr and Gallagher, LLP in New York City where she practices in the Corporate and Financial Services department. Prior to that, she was an associate with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) in Miami. Her experience includes handling international and domestic business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and international finance. She also advises corporations within the financial services sector. While in law school, Mila was Managing Editor for the University of Miami Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University and is admitted to practice in Florida. Mila is tentatively scheduled to participate as it will depend on her work obligations. Room: Law Firm Rob Weaver, JD '11 is a Registered Patent Attorney practicing in the Miami office of Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco, PL. His practice is dedicated to preparing, filing and prosecuting United States and international patent applications. In addition to patents, Rob also files and prosecutes trademark applications, as well as providing intellectual property litigation support. Prior to joining Fleit Gibbons, Rob was a Summer Associate with Christopher & Weisberg, P.A., an intellectual property boutique in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During his time at UM Law, Rob served as President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Vice-President of the Society of Bar & Gavel, and as a Student Bar Association designated student representative to the Faculty Curriculum committee. Rob was also the Hunton & Williams Fellow in the Street Law Program, an honors recipient in the Litigation Skills Program, and an intramural award winner in Moot Court, including finishing as a finalist in the Negotiation competition. Rob also went to UM for undergrad, receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008. As an undergrad, Rob received the award for Best Senior Design Project for successfully reducing the blunt trauma to the user of a bullet proof vest. Room: Law Firm Evian L. White, JD’10, practices at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. She is a native of Miami, Florida and is a 2007 graduate of Florida International University. In law school, Evian was a Certified Legal Intern with the Children & Youth Law Clinic, and worked with the Helping Others through Pro Bono Efforts (H.O.P.E.) Public Interest Resource Center. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dade County Bar Association/Young Lawyers’ Division and co-chairs both the Kids Club and the Schools Committee within that division. At Legal Services, Evian practices in the area of tenants’ rights, and is the project director for the Renters’ Education and Advocacy Legal Line program. Room: Government/Public Sector Lauren M. White, JD’11, is currently a Judicial Fellow with the Honorable Judge McAliley in the Southern District Court of Florida and is a Legal Corp Fellow. While at Miami Law, Lauren was involved with the Wrongful Convictions project, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, and trial team competitions. During her three years, she was an extern with the 15th Judicial Circuit and the legal department of the Miami-Dade Health Department. She also worked as a research assistant for a Civil Procedure Professor and for the recruiting and admissions office. She received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Notre Dame where she graduated cum laude in 2004. She obtained a history degree in the honors program, as well as a psychology degree. At Notre Dame, she briefly rode for the equestrian team before switching to cross country. Upon completion of her judicial fellowship, Lauren will either accept a position with the public defender's office or a private firm. Room: Government/ Public Sector. Ray Whitty, JD '00, counsel at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, GA, represents television broadcasting companies such as CNN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network and TruTv. To watch his alumni spotlight video, click here and scroll down to the 2008 video section. Prior to working at Turner, Ray practiced with the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt in West Palm Beach, FL and at an intellectual property firm in Chicago, IL. Ray earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from Florida State University. Room: Corporate/Non-Traditional/Misc. Claire M. Zovko, Esq., JD’09 is a rising attorney with a passion for sports law, which stems from her passion for sports in general. While working towards her law degree, Zovko worked with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder in legal and basketball operations helping the organization prepare for the draft, trades and free agency. At the University of Miami athletic department, she ensured that the university followed NCAA rules and regulations, reviewed financial aid awards and assisted walk- on athletes in acquiring eligibility. Zovko also served as an international sports law teaching assistant for Sports Law Study Abroad programs in Florence, Italy and Lausanne, Switzerland. In addition to the sports law experience, Zovko volunteers with LegalArt, a Miami non-profit organization. She assists local artists with various legal issues including copyright, trademark, licensing, and contract matters.Zovko received a B.A. in Business Administration and Mathematics minor from Pacific Lutheran University (2004), where she competed on the university’s basketball team, and a J.D. from University of Miami School of Law (2009). This semester (spring, 2012), she is co- teaching a course on Olympic Games & the Law at the University of Miami School of Law. This summer, she will teach the same course in London during the 2012 Olympic Games. Currently, Claire works for Precise Advisory Group and is based in Miami. Room: Corporate/Non-Traditional/Misc.
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