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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)
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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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