Coral Gables, FL (April 20, 2010) – Professor of Law Emeritus Laurence “Lonny” Rose, who served as Director of UM Law’s Litigation Skills Program from 1990 to 2006, will return to that post in the next academic year. He returns to the School of Law after a four-year stint as president and CEO of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).
“I am pleased and excited to return to UM to direct the Litigation Skills Program, and to add my experience to the quality of education UM provides its law students,” he said. “Over the four years I presided as NITA’s full-time president, NITA became recognized worldwide for its ability to provide an excellent and ethical approach to the teaching of professional skills and critical thinking. What I have seen during the last four years is the increased globalization of the legal profession, as well as the dramatic reaction to the economic and practical realities of the current and future practice of law.”
Rose earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1969 and a J.D. in 1972 from New York University School of Law, where he was business editor of the NYU Law Review. He served as law clerk to Chief Judge James S. Holden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont in 1972-73, after which he entered private practice until 1976. He began his law teaching career at the University of Kansas School of Law in 1976, and moved to the University of Miami in 1990.
He will replace Professor Sarah Mourer who has served as Acting Director this academic year. Professor Mourer will be teaching a Wrongful Convictions Workshop and supervising the Litigation Skills externship placements this coming fall. Upon his return, Rose will be teaching Litigation Skills I and II. “Ever since I met Dean White, I was impressed with her vision and her commitment to further the goals of the University and its law school,” said Rose. “I am pleased to join those efforts and support her, our excellent faculty and our dedicated staff in insuring the success of our current and future law students.”