FIU College of Law graduates 93 new lawyers

The Florida International University College of Law will graduate itsfourth class on Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the University Park Arena, 11200 SW 8th Street.

“This is a diverse group of graduates who will reflect the community they serve,” said College of Law Dean Leonard Strickman. “I am confident that these graduates will be a credit to the legal profession and will reflect well their rigorous education at FIU.”

Some of this year’s FIU law graduates have already secured positions at major Miami law firms, public interest organizations, and, for the first time in the law school’s history, a graduate will participate in the honors program of the United States Department of Justice.

Sunday’s ceremony, in which 93 new lawyers will receive their degrees, will feature keynote speaker Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, a professor of law at Florida State University who served as FSU’s president from 1994-2003. He also was the president of the American Bar Association from 1991-92.

A media and public law specialist, one of D’Alemberte’s cases led to a landmark ruling allowing camera access to courtrooms. He also served as chief counsel in impeachment proceedings against three justices of the Florida Supreme Court and represented Post-Newsweek stations in historic FCC license challenges during the Nixon years.

The commencement ceremony also will celebrate the College of Law’s accomplishments in the past year.

Among those accomplishments: it welcomed its largest class ever; its graduates placed second of the 10 law schools in the state in 2007 in their bar exam results; a negotiation team from the College of Law was named the Southeast Regional Champion in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition; and a trial team emerged from the American Association for Justice national competition this spring as the champions of all schools from Georgia and Florida and participated in the national championship rounds.

The College of Law opened its doors in August 2002 and received full accreditation by the American Bar Association in December 2006, the shortest time possible under ABA rules.


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