Category: UM Law School
I was invited by Michelle DeStefano, through Georgie Angones (Ms. Everything-at-the-school), to participate in the strangely worded “ConPosium” which is the final stage of the Law Without Walls competition. I walked into the Newman Alumni Center at 8 am on a Sunday, not knowing quite what to expect, and I was surprised by the room. […]
Last week was packed full of advocacy. On Wednesday, Howard argued at the Supreme Court while I tried a 3-day civil non-jury case (a declaratory action, so no jury), and Sunday afternoon I was a judge for the semi-final round of the law school’s moot court competition.
Roy Black to Judge UM Moot Court Competition on Sunday, October 20, 2013.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/25/2424318/miami-law-firms-expanding-global.html The Business Monday section of the Miami Herald has this article detailing how Miami has become a hub for legal business from Asia, Europe, Canada and Central and South America. International legal work in Miami has exploded in the past ten years. Ed Davis relates: “Miami has become one of the top five places […]
The continuing discussion over the vision and direction of the law school has been illuminating and a lot of fun. I think there is a lot of discontent out there and it is time for that discontent to have a voice on legal education. It is too important to leave up to the professionals.
I have gotten a lot of emails and feedback both positive and negative to my suggestions for upgrading the education at the law school. I am more interested in responding to the negative comments. I stand accused of yelling fire in a crowded theater. One angry person said I was a “dumbass” for even suggesting the school is less than perfect. Many have excuses why the rankings either don’t mean a thing, or they calculate the wrong factors, or it is not a real problem, etc. Don’t stick your nose where it doesn’t belong. The general consensus is that they are happy with the state of affairs. One graduate even soothes us with the thought that after a few years no one remembers where you went to law school. Talk about pride in your education! Image a Harvard, Yale or Stanford graduate happily telling us they hope everyone forgets where they went to law school. Even Miami Dade College puts up billboards and publishes ads touting the school and its graduates.
The UM Law School is in a death spiral; we have plummeted in the law school rankings, falling to 77th while UF is 47 and FSU is 50. This is more than a little embarrassing. And FIU is hot on our tail and at a cheaper price. So the question is, what do we do about it? In my opinion, it is time to question long-held beliefs about legal education. It maybe uncomfortable, but the winds of change are upon us. We either bend and survive or break and die.