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Also hate to be a self promoter, but here is the link to the student run newspaper.

We got this e-mail today:

Students Oscar Flores, 3L, and Jalal Shehadeh, 2L, of the Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic recently argued before a three-judge panel of the federal Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the case of Pierre v. U.S. Attorney General. The photograph below pictures the clinical students with the family of their client outside the courthouse.The argument was the first time that College of Law students have been granted permission to argue before a federal court of appeals. The senior judge on the panel complimented the student oralists for their performance. The students shared argument time with Rebecca Sharpless, the clinic's supervising attorney. The court is expected to render a ruling in the coming weeks or months.

The case involved the deportation case of a Haitian man detained at Krome Service Processing Center who cannot take food or liquid through his mouth due to a damaged esophagus. He must be fed cans of Ensure through a feeding tube in his abdomen, which requires special care and must be replaced every month. The government is seeking to deport him to Haiti on account of a criminal conviction. If he is deported, he will be immediately imprisoned under the Haitian policy of imprisoning indefinitely all criminal deportees from the United States. The conditions of Haitian prison have been described as like a slave ship by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. There is no food or medical care and people are kept in foul, unhygienic cells with little or no sunlight. Due to overcrowding, people must sometimes sleep standing up. Diseases run rampant. If deported, the clinic's client would most certainly die of starvation or due to a complication with his feeding tube within a short period of time.

The clinic argued that the immigration judge and Board of Immigration Appeals had failed to consider his argument that placing him with his obvious medical condition in a Haitian jail knowing that he will die painfully would constitute torture within the meaning of the Convention Against Torture. If the case is granted, the case will be the second victory of the clinic in a case involving the Haitian prisons. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a published decision in Jean Pierre v. U.S. Attorney General granting a remand to the agency.

Hope this is interesting to you and others.

I'm a 2L at FIU and we have a very successful immigration clinic, which has won several cases recently for Haitian immigrants that made local news. It's not my area of interest but I hear nothing but good things about the program, and it sounds right up your ally.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FIU
« on: July 09, 2007, 09:46:12 PM »
I spent a lot in Miami this year, and any aprt by school is crap.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FIU
« on: June 18, 2007, 02:39:29 PM »
talk about a flashback

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FIU or Case Western?
« on: May 31, 2007, 09:06:59 PM »
Well the LSAC stats provided by the school cite that 17 students flunked out and the others left for other reasons. It also states that seven transferred out.

Probably is best to ask a current FIU student, or professor, to answer this question, why so many flunk out?

Yeah, I have a friend that goes to FIU and loves it. He hasn't flunked out. Perhaps these statistics are from an earlier year when attending students had significantly lower grades and LSATs. I don't think I'll flunk out. Perhaps its just overconfidence.  :D To be honest, it doesn't bother me that some flunk out. This suggests a more demanding curriculum.

We started this year w/ about 110 day students. 2 left after orientation because they didnít want to go to law school after all. About 3 or 4 left after the first semester for whatever reasons. We got our rankings recently and they were out of 98. This info is for MY class and is the most current info.
Here is some purely anecdotal information on my experience after 1 year.  I am top Ĺ in my class, but not near top 10%.  This summer the majority of my class is doing something law related. I am clerking through a clinic in Dade county circuit court. I turned down a paying (but not firm) job to do this. I started a school newspaper, made some great friends, and still managed to keep a social life thatís pretty good the first 2 to 3 months of the semester.
The atmosphere is close knit, and as a side result gossip is rampant. I have a LOT of friends and only a few enemies. Overall the experience has been great, and a lot of employers, judges etc like us because we kind of have a chip on our shoulder being the new kid on the block, we donít get respect, so we take it. This is of course my personal experience, some are not happy, a vast majority are. 

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FIU or Case Western?
« on: May 30, 2007, 03:20:14 PM »
FIU 1L here,(just finished my 1st year) if you have any questions.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Syracuse
« on: May 14, 2007, 10:09:31 PM »
last year I received 8,900. Still wasn't enough

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FIU vs Miami
« on: May 13, 2007, 03:56:21 PM »
If you have the cash, go to UM. If you don't, FIU is a solid choice. That's all.

im sorry whats a troll? im new in thes board some of my fello 1Ls at FIU told me about this board. Anyway, FIU really is number one in the entire state. ilove these place. come on were can u got have a spining class before torts and almost be warranteed to pass the bar?

relly, almost 100% bar passing. no better school out their rigght now.

what was the torts final about?

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