Patricia D. White seeks to capitalize on Miami's international flavor as she begins tenure as University of Miami law school dean
Miami has a far-reaching reputation as a cultural melting pot with strong international ties. As new dean of the University of Miami School of Law, Patricia White plans to take advantage, tapping in also to burgeoning segments of the local business sector. She hopes to grow the law school's international master of laws and international arbitration programs. A brand-new immigration law clinic is also in the works.
"Our location and the faculty, and the faculty and programs we hope to add, will allow us to be a real leader," Ms. White says.
The school is also beginning a foreclosure program. And Ms. White's experience with interdisciplinary and joint programs may come into play here. Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, which she led for nearly a decade, offers a joint law/medical degree, as well as a master's in real estate development in tandem with the business, engineering and design schools, as well as the local building and real estate development communities. Such a program "is a natural here," she says.
Her plan is to hire about a dozen new faculty members over the next few years, and a new home for the law school is on the horizon. Only days into her new job, Ms. White shared these visions — and her strategies for helping students navigate today's rocky professional landscape — in an interview with Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky..
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