Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall

11200 S. W. 8th Street

Miami, Florida 33199

Telephone: (305) 348-1777

Fax: (305) 348-1159


The Florida International University College of Law is a state supported law school, fully accredited by the American Bar Association.


Located in Miami, the FIU College of Law is the first and only public law school in South Florida, a fast growing region in the nation's fourth most populous state. It offers both a full-time day program and a part-time evening program.


The College of Law has appointed a diverse faculty of outstanding teachers and scholars. They earned their undergraduate, law and other advanced degrees from many of the most distinguished institutions in the country, and have broad practice experience in private firms and government service. Most are experienced law teachers who came to FIU from leading law schools across the country with proven records as talented and dedicated classroom teachers, and as prominent scholars with national reputations in their fields of research. The College of Law boasts a low student faculty ration that provides students ready access to this extraordinary faculty.


The law school has attracted a truly diverse and highly qualified student body. Even before it attained ABA accreditation, it had enrolled a student body with credentials, as measured by LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average that place it in the top half of the ten law schools in Florida. Reflecting the diversity of Miami and South Florida, the student body is "majority minority," with a plurality of Hispanic students. In its first foray into national moot court competition, the Annual Weschler First Amendment Moot Court Competition, FIU won the runner-up trophy. In its second competition, sponsored by the Florida Bar for all Florida law schools, a FIU moot court team captured the best brief award.


The College of Law offers a curriculum that prepares students for ethical and effective practice of law in an increasingly global and multicultural world. The curriculum includes a full and faithful presentation of the Courses traditionally offered at nearly all U.S. law schools. In addition, building on the parent university's distinction in its international programs, the curriculum incorporates important developments in the globalization of both public and private law. The academic program takes a pervasive approach to international and comparative law, incorporating these perspectives into all domestic law classes, and includes a required introductory course and a rich array of upper level electives in international, transnational and comparative law. Recognizing the importance of a solid grounding in the skills and values of the profession, the College of Law curriculum further provides students with extensive, rigorous legal research and writing experiences, introduces other lawyering skills such as counseling and negotiation, and introduces the important professional values of civility and ethical practice. Service to the profession and community is also a central part of the law school's program of legal education. Students must satisfy a community service requirement, and the curriculum includes multiple clinical legal education programs in which students represent indigent clients.


The College of Law's parent institution, Florida International University, is the state's major university in South Florida. Founded only 37 years ago, FIU has a student body of more than 39,000 and an operating budget of more than $250 million. It has over 1000+ full-time faculty and 135,000 alumni. Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities, the University offers more than 200 baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs in 17 colleges and schools. FIU is one of five universities in Florida with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, which FIU achieved more quickly than any other university. It is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research University Extensive, the highest and most comprehensive ranking in its classification system. FIU's research programs attracted over $101 million in external support in the last academic year. The quality of FIU's programs have been acknowledged in its ranking among America's top 100 national public universities (U.S. News & World Report) and as a top value in public higher education (Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine).



R. Alexander Acosta (305) 348-1777


Associate Dean(s):

José Gabilondo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Associate Professor of Law (305) 348-1118

Michelle D. Mason, Associate Dean for Admissions

and Student Services (305) 348-2444

Joĕlle Anne Moreno, Associate Dean for Research

and Faculty Development and Professor of Law (305) 348-1152


Assistant Dean:

M. Michele Anglade, Assistant Dean for Academic Support Programs (305) 348-0009


Admissions and Financial Aid:

Alma O. Miro, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid (305) 348-8006


Information Resources:

Frantz Pierre, Director of Information Technology (305) 348-1127



Janet Reinke, Interim Associate Dean for Information Resources (305) 348-8093



Debbie Rowe-Millwood, Director of Career Development (305) 348-8359



Donna Yff, Registrar (305) 348-6296


Student Services:

Alexis-Jean Robinson, Director of Student Services (305) 348-7568




R. ALEXANDER ACOSTA, (Dean), born January 16, 1969. Admitted to bar 1994, Education: Harvard College (B.A., 1990); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1994).


M. MICHELE ANGLADE, (Assistant Dean for Academic Support Programs), born New York, NY, December 8. Admitted to bar, California, 1994, Education: Wellesley College (B.A.); Harvard Law School (J.D.).  Courses: Legal Reasoning, Legal Analysis. Email:


THOMAS E. BAKER, (Professor of Law), born Youngstown, Ohio, February 25, 1953; admitted to bar, Florida, 1977; Supreme Court of the United States, 1983. Education: Florida State University (B.S., 1974), University of Florida (J.D., 1977). Courses: Constitutional Law First Amendment, Federal Courts Supreme Court Seminar. Email:


CYRA AKILA CHOUDHURY, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania; September 16, 1971; admitted to bar, New York State, 2005; Washington DC 2006. Education: The College of Wooster, O.H. (B.A., 1994); Columbia University, New York, N.Y. (M.A., 1996); Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (J.D., cum laude 2004 and Master of Law, 2007). Courses: Family Law, Sales and Islamic Law. Email:


YORDANKA DELIONADO, (Assistant Professor of Legal Skills and Values), born Camaguey, Cuba, August 24, 1975; admitted to bar, 2001, Florida. Education: University of Miami (B.A., 1997); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2000). Courses: Legal Skills and Values Program. Email:


TROY E. ELDER, (Clinical Assistant Professor of Law), born Jackson, Michigan, October 27, 1968; admitted to bar, New York, 1996; Paris, France, 1999; Florida, 2001. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1990); Yale Law School (J.D., 1995). Courses: Clinical Law, Immigration, Poverty Law, Health Law, Human Rights Law. Email:


JORGE L. ESQUIROL, (Professor of Law), born Havana, Cuba, November 19, 1964; admitted to bar, New York, 1991. Education: Georgetown University (B.S.B.A., 1986); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1986; SJD, 1989). Courses: International and Comparative Law, Transnational Commercial Law. Email:


MEGAN A. FAIRLIE, (Assistant Professor of Law), admitted to bar North Carolina, 1996 and New York, 2001; University at Albany (B.A., 1993), Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D., 1996), National University of Ireland, Galway (LL.M., 2003), National University of Ireland, Galway, International Human Rights Law, (Ph.D., 2007). Courses: Criminal Law, International Criminal; Seminar: International Criminal Procedure. Email:


H. SCOTT FINGERHUT, (Assistant Professor Assistant Director, Trial Advocacy Program & Honors College Fellow), born, Jamaica, Queens, New York, April 10, 1963. Admitted to the bar, Florida, 1989. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1985); Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1988). Courses: Trial Advocacy, Pretrial Litigation and Advocacy; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Advanced Criminal Procedure, Florida Criminal Law and Procedure; Civil and Criminal Law Externship Clinic.


STANLEY FISH, (Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law, Florida International University, and Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Distinguished Professor of English, Criminal Justice and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago). Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1959); Yale University (M.A., 1960; Ph.D., 1962). Courses: Educational Law and Policy, Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Law and Religion, Media Law.


ELIZABETH PRICE FOLEY, (Professor of Law), born Atlanta, Georgia, September 16, 1965. Education: Emory University (B.A., 1987), University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D., 1994); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1996). Courses: Health Law, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence. Email:


JOSE M. GABILONDO, (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law), born Santiago DeCuba, Cuba, November 26, 1962; admitted to bar, California, 1991. Education: Harvard College (B.A., 1987); Boalt Hall (J.D., 1991). Courses: Tax, corporate Finance, Corporate Tax. Email:


MANUEL A. GOMEZ, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Caracas/Venezuela, September 26, 1971; admitted to bar, Venezuela, 1993; Education: Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela (J.D., cum laude, 1993; Spec. Civ. Proc., 1996); Stanford Law School (JSM, 2002; JSD, 2007). Courses: Introduction to International and Comparative Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Seminar: Globalization of Collective Litigation, Legal Ínstitutions in Latin America. Email:


CHRISTYNO L. HAYES, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Manassas, Virginia, January 23, 1965; admitted to bar, 1991, Florida. Education: Davidson College (B.A., 1987); University of North Carolina, School of Law (J.D., 1991). Courses: Legal Skills and Values Program. Email:


ILA JOY KLION, (Assistant Professor of Legal Skills and Values Program), Miami Beach, Florida, August 29, 1960. Admitted to bar, Florida, 1992. Education: Florida International University (B.A. in Political Science, 1988); St. Thomas University School of Law (J.D. with High Honors, 1992). Courses: Legal Skills and Values I, Legal Skills and Values II. Email:


PHYLLIS WILLIAMS KOTEY, (Clinical Associate Professor of Law), born West Palm Beach, FL, July 20, 1959; admitted to bar, Florida, 1986. Education: University of Florida (B.A., 1981; M.A., 1989; J.D., 1985). Courses: Clinical Studies, Criminal Law. Email:


KAREN PITA LOOR, (Assistant Professor of Legal Skills and Values), born Ecuador, August 19, 1972; admitted to bar, Florida, 1998; Washington, DC, 1999. Education: Barry University (B.A., 1994); American University College of Law (J.D., 1998). Courses: Legal Skills & Values, Clinical Instruction. Email:


MARGARET (PEGGY) LOUISE MAISEL, (Associate Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Clinics), born Oakland, California, May 10, 1950; admitted to bar, California, 1975; District of Columbia, 1976; Massachusetts, 1987; Florida. Education: Pomona College (B.A., 1971); Occidental College (M.A., 1972); Boston University (J.D., 1975); Antioch School of Law (MAT, 1976). Courses: Clinical Law, Gender & Law, Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation, Children & Law, International Human Rights. Email:


JERRY W. MARKHAM, (Professor of Law), born Louisville, Kentucky, August 20, 1948; admitted to bar, New York. Education: Western Kentucky University (B.S., 1969); University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D., 1972); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1974). Courses: Banking. Email:


LILLIAN APONTE MIRANDA, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Puerto Rico, July 5, 1977. Education: University of Florida (B.A., 1998); University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 2001). Courses: Legal Skills & Values. Email:


MATTHEW C. MIROW, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, December 19, 1962; admitted to bar, Florida, 1983. Education: Boston University (B.A., 1983); Cornell University (J.D., 1986); Cambridge University (Ph.D., 1993); Leiden University (Ph.D., 2003). Courses: Property, Wills and Trusts, Latin American Law, Comparative Law, Legal History. Email:


JOËLLE ANNE MORENO, (Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law), born New York, New York admitted to bar, Connecticut (1989); New York (1990); Washington D.C. (1991). Education: Swarthmore College (B.A., 1984); University of Pennsylvania Law School, (J.D., 1989). Courses: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Scientific and Forensic Evidence. Email:


SCOTT F. NORBERG, (Professor of Law), born Bloomfield, Iowa, September 3, 1959; admitted to bar, Georgia, 1986; North Carolina, 1988. Education: University of North Carolina (B.A., 1982; J.D., 1986). Courses: Contracts, Bankruptcy. Email:


CHARLES R. P. POUNCY, (Associate Professor), born South Carolina, June 4, 1954. Education: Fordham University (B.A., 1976); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1979); Temple University School of Law (LL.M.). Courses: Business Organizations, Social Responsibility, Corporate Theory. Email:


EDIBERTO ROMAN, (Professor of Law), born New York, New York, October 5, 1963. Education: Lehman College, City University of New York (B.A., 1985); University of Wisconsin (J.D., 1988). Courses: Contracts. Email:


MARCI ROSENTHAL, (Assistant Professor of Legal Skills and Values), born Hollywood, Florida; admitted to bar, 1996, Florida; 1998, District of Columbia. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1993); University of Miami (J.D., 1996). Courses: Legal Skills and Values. Email:


ANDRE L. SMITH, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 8, 1970; admitted to bar, District of Columbia. Education: University of Maryland (B.S.); Howard University (J.D., 2000); Georgetown University (LL.M., 2003). Courses: Federal Tax, Sports & Entertainment, Administrative Law. Email:


HAROLD T. SMITH, (Director of Trial Advocacy Program and Assistant Professor of Law), born Miami, Florida, April 10, 1947; admitted to bar, Florida, 1973. Education: Florida A&M University (B.S., 1968); University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1973). Courses: Trial Practice. Email:


JOHN F. STACK, JR., (Professor of Political Science and Law), born Brockton, Massachusetts, July 8, 1950; admitted to bar, Florida, 1990. Education: Stonehill College (A.B., 1972); University of Denver (Ph.D., 1977; M.A., 1974); University of Miami (J.D., 1989). Courses: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, International and Comparative Law. Email:


KERRI L. STONE, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Brooklyn, New York, 12/23/1975; admitted to bar, New York (2001), New Jersey (2001); Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1997); New York University School of Law (J.D., 2000). Courses: Contract Law, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Labor Law; Feminist theory/gender, Labor and employer law, Sexual minorities and the la. Email:


LEONARD P. STRICKMAN, (Professor of Law and Founding Dean Emeritus), born Brooklyn, New York, April 14, 1942; admitted to bar, New York, 1967. Education: University of Rochester (B.A.); Yale Law School (J.D.). Courses: Constitutional Law, Educational Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law. Email:


HANNIBAL TRAVIS, (Associate Professor of Law), born Illinois, 1974; admitted to bar, California, 1999; New York, 2002. Education: Washington University (B.A., 1996); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1999). Courses: Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Computer and Internet Law, and International Law. Email:

VICTOR M. URIBE-URAN, (Associate Professor of History and Law), born Bogota, Colombia, January 27, 1960; admitted to bar, 1983; Education: Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá (J.D., 1983), University of Pittsburgh (M.A., 1987), University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D., 1993). Courses: Graduate Seminars: Law and Society in Latin American History; Land Family and the State in Latin America; History of Crime in Latin America; Comparative History in Latin America. Email:


DAVID D. WALTER, (Associate Professor of Legal Skills & Values), born Emmettsburg, Iowa, March 2, 1958; admitted to bar, Washington, 1989. Education: Eastern Kentucky University (B.A., 1983); University of Iowa (M.A., J.D., 1988). Courses: Appellate Practice & Procedure, Legal Writing, Oral Advocacy. Email:


HOWARD MERRILL WASSERMAN, (Associate Professor of Law), born Brooklyn, New York, May 20, 1968; admitted to bar, Illinois, 1997. Education: Northwestern University (B.S., 1990; J.D., 1997). Courses: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Civil Rights, First Amendment, Federal Jurisdiction. Email:


CARLTON WATERHOUSE, (Associate Professor of Law), born Frankfurt, Germany, December 15, 1965; admitted to bar, Georgia, Pennsylvania. Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1988); Emory University (Ph.D., 2004); Howard University (J.D., 1991). Courses: Critical Race Theory, Environmental Law, Jurisprudence. Email:


JEAN ZORN, (Professor of Law Emeritus), born Massachusetts, January 2, 1942. Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1964); University of Wisconsin, Madison (M.A., 1968); University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1973). Courses: Family Law, Property. Email: