St. Thomas University School of Law Celebrates 25th Anniversary 1984-2009

St. Thomas University School of Law Celebrates 25th Anniversary 1984-2009


MIAMI, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — St. Thomas University School of Law has much to celebrate during its 25th Anniversary Week. The School is nationally acclaimed for its Intercultural Human Rights degrees, its ranking as 8th best environment for minority law students by The Princeton Review, and a tie for 4th place in the Law School Diversity Index in U.S. News & World Report. It also ranked first in the United States for conferring degrees upon Hispanic students by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.

The Law School is currently under the leadership of the first Cuban-born U.S. law school dean, Alfredo Garcia. It has obtained international recognition for its extensive human rights initiatives that includes LL.M and J.S.D. degrees in human rights, an Intercultural Human Rights Law Review and the highly respected Human Rights Institute.

“Since its founding, St. Thomas University School of Law has been committed to helping those most in need in our community,” says Dean Alfredo Garcia. “The incredible effort being undertaken by the Human Rights Institute, and the support of the entire St. Thomas community including students and alumni who have volunteered their assistance, is a testament to the depth of our concern and commitment to human rights, justice, and dignity for all persons.”

Among the many anniversary activities, there is a free CLE Seminar Friday, October 23, with Michael Franzese as guest speaker in the School of Law’s Moot Court Room, 3:00-5:00 PM. Once dubbed “The Prince of the Mafia,” Michael was sworn in as a member of the Columbo family in 1975 and after masterminding various scams, he was eventually sentenced to prison in 1985 on racketeering charges. The presentation is approved for 2.5 Ethics CLE Credits by the Florida Bar and will be followed by a reception in the Patrick Cordero Breezeway. The 25th Anniversary Law School Gala will take place Saturday, October 24 at the Intercontinental Hotel. Rev. Patrick O’Neill, who had the vision to create the first Catholic law school in South Florida, will be honored in the momentous occasion.

Most recently, the Law School launched its 2009-2010 Distinguished Speaker Series with a talk by renowned Harvard Professor Jorge I. Dominguez on How to Think About the U.S. Embargo on Cuba. Next is the 5th Annual Symposium on Immigration Detention in the United States, to be hosted by The Intercultural Human Rights Law Review and immigration experts on November 6.

The internal enforcement of immigration laws has increased significantly in the past years and Miami, one of the nation’s leading cities in immigration advocacy for its increasing immigrant population. This year’s symposium, open to the general public, will bring together scholars and immigration experts, amongst the most respected in the United States, to discuss their research, findings and experiences in immigration law and human rights policy. The discussion will finalize by exploring the procedural safeguards available to avoid arbitrary detentions. The event — free and open to the public — will commence at 9:00 a.m. and culminate with a cocktail reception at 5:15 p.m. Registration can be made via email at or (786) 426-3780.

SOURCE St. Thomas University

St. Thomas University School of Law Celebrates 25th Anniversary 1984-2009