It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Patricia D. White, Dean of the University of Miami School of Law, who aside from being named one of 2012’s "Most Influential People in Legal Education," was also named the "Most Influential Woman in Legal Education" in the United States. Now that’s a big deal!
According to the magazine the National Jurist, White was ranked by a poll of her peers. The results appear in the January 2013 issue of the magazine, which also features her on the cover alongside pictures of three of her colleagues who also made the list of the 25 "Most Influential People in Legal Education" in 2012.
The magazine had asked 350 people in legal education, including many law school deans, to rate legal educators and advocates based on how much he or she had influenced them in the preceding 12 months. The magazine announced the final 25 names in early December, but their ranking was released only last week.
The top-25 list of which White is in sixth place, includes a dozen law deans, 11 law professors, a legal education advocate and the entire faculty of Washington and Lee University School of Law in the 10th spot.
According to the magazine, White and her colleagues, are influencing the ongoing debate about legal education at a time when applications to many law schools are trending downward and the landscape for legal careers is uncertain. In the article, White was called a "passionate advocate for improving legal education."
The magazine article mentions two of the "groundbreaking programs White spearheaded since joining Miami Law School in 2009: LawWithoutWalls, which draws on the talents of students and faculty from 18 academic institutions around the world to discover innovations in legal education and practice, and Legal Corps, a fellowship program that places Miami Law graduates in non-profit and public sector organizations nationwide and overseas. The magazine article said White also has increased the number of clinics at the law school, boosting the outreach work that students perform beyond the campus as a way of increasing the variety and depth of their skills.
When reached by phone White said, "I am very pleased that attention is being given to the efforts of individuals and educational institutions to address the changing needs of the legal profession."
Before joining UM’s Law School, White spent a decade at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She is Miami Law’s 11th dean.
In 2011, White was cited by University of Chicago Law Professor Brian Leiter as one of the country’s nine most transformative law deans.
Big Brother/Big Sisters
Mark your calendars for this event: The Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami will host "An Evening of Love," cocktail party and casino night at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8, at the home of Irene Korge, former Women’s Committee president. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Women’s committee Lori Brener Scholarship Fund and Big Brothers Big sisters of Greater Miami.
The evening is co-chaired by Miriam Salazar and Sonia Gibson and will feature Ariel’s Live Band and a silent auction. Blake Burman, anchor/reporter for WSVN Channel 7 Fox, will serve as the Master of Ceremony.
Lori Brener, for whom the scholarship is named, was a native-born Miamian and a graduate of Coral Park High School and the University of Florida. Although she started her career as an actress, Brener’s passion was to work behind the camera. She moved to Los Angeles and became a successful commercial, video, and film producer. She became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteered at numerous events alongside hr mother, Miriam Salazar, a longtime Women’s Committee member. When Brener died in 2009 at the age of 42, the committee decided to create a college scholarship fund in her name.