WE ARE THE ST.THOMAS LAW REVIEW

Our Board of Editors

<a href=”http://stthomaslawreview.org/2018/04/16/plead-guilty-lose-your-rights/”>Jamie Mathis</a>
Jamie MathisEditor-in-Chief
The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) has the ultimate responsibility of operating the St. Thomas Law Review.

Ms. Mathis is a native Floridian and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011, cum laude, earning a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies.  Ms. Mathis’ Comment was selected for publication in St. Thomas Law Review’s 2018 Spring Issue, for which she received the Scribes Award.  Ms. Mathis is also an active member of the STU Trial Team and was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Florida Justice Association Competition, where she was named Best Advocate for her round. In her spare time, Ms. Mathis enjoys playing with her dog, going to the beach, and traveling.

<a href=”http://stthomaslawreview.org/2018/04/23/education-reform-one-step-forward-three-steps-back/”>Jeremy Skinner</a>
Jeremy SkinnerManaging Editor
The Managing Editor (ME) handles all internal functions for the St.Thomas Law Review.

Mr. Skinner graduated from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He was born and raised in Granite Bay, California, a suburb of Sacramento. Mr. Skinner has earned several Dean’s List certificates throughout his academic career at St. Thomas Law School. In the Summer of 2017, Mr. Skinner interned for State Attorney’s Office of Miami. Currently, Mr. Skinner works for a small firm specializing in Property Insurance. In his free time, Mr. Skinner enjoys cooking and traveling.

<a href=”http://stthomaslawreview.org/2018/04/09/death-with-dignity-act-oregons-merciful-law/”>Jennifer Garcia</a>
Jennifer GarciaExecutive Editor
The Executive Editor is thoroughly familiar with the Bluebook and is responsible for proofreading all articles again before publication.

Ms. Garcia attended Florida International University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Ms. Garcia’s comment, Defending Self-Defence: Why Florida Should Follow the Eleven States that Already Allow for Campus Carry, was selected for publication in the Law Review’s 2018 Fall Issue. Ms. Garcia also serves as a senator and Chair of the Budget Committee on the Law School’s Student Bar Association. On her free time, Ms. Garcia enjoys traveling and dancing salsa.

<a href=”http://stthomaslawreview.org/2018/04/26/like-father-like-grandson-a-virginia-man-is-arrested-and-charged-after-impregnating-his-biological-twenty-year-old-daughter/”>Cynthia Ventura</a>
Cynthia VenturaArticles Solicitation Editor
The Articles Solicitation Editor (ASE) is responsible for managing and overseeing the entire selection process for St. Thomas Law Review articles.

Ms. Ventura graduated from Florida International University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Ms. Ventura’s Comment, “Lethal Injection Or Lethal Litigation: Florida’s Amended Lethal Injection Protocol Opens The Door For Cries Of Cruel And Unusual Punishment,” was selected for publication in the Fall 2018 Issue of the St. Thomas Law Review. In addition to overseeing the article selection process, Ms. Ventura serves as the Vice President of Membership for the St. Thomas Trial Team. She is also the President of the Cuban American Student Bar Association, serving the university’s Cuban community. In her spare time, Ms. Ventura enjoys boating, traveling, and spending time with her daughter, Sofia.

<a href=”http://stthomaslawreview.org/2018/04/18/betting-and-sports-go-hand-in-hand/”>Yesenia Alfonso</a>
Yesenia AlfonsoExecutive Notes and Comments Editor
The Executive Notes and Comments Editor executes the write-on competition and assists our Member-Candidates throughout the comment-writing process.

Ms. Alfonso is a 3L in the top 5% of her graduating class. She was born and raised in Miami. She graduated from FIU, cum laude, earning a degree in Finance. Ms. Alfonso currently interns with the City of Coral Gables Attorney’s Office and Dade Legal Aid. She enjoys mentoring and giving back to the community and hopes to work as an attorney for a government agency. When not studying, Ms. Alfonso likes to spend time with her family and friends. She also spends her downtime playing with her dogs.

<a href=”http://stthomaslawreview.org/2018/04/24/got-informed-consent/”>Christina Trueba</a>
Christina TruebaExecutive Notes and Comments Editor
The Executive Notes and Comments Editor executes the write-on competition and assists our Member-Candidates throughout the comment-writing process.

Ms. Trueba was born and raised in Miami. She graduated from Florida International University, cum laude, earning a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. In the Fall of 2017 Ms. Trueba, as Member-Candidate of Law Review, was honored as a staff editor for her sourcing. Ms. Trueba is the Secretary of the Elder Law Society. She is interested in the practice areas of estate planning and elder law, and hopes to be an attorney in that field. In her spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends.

<a href=”http://stthomaslawreview.org/2018/04/29/are-your-private-social-media-photos-in-fact-private/”>Wadad Barakat</a>
Wadad BarakatSenior Articles Editor
The Senior Articles Editors supervise Articles Editors, allocate substantive editing, proofread, source, and prepare articles for final review by the Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief.

Ms. Barakat graduated from Florida International University in 2015 earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She earned the highest score in the Fall 2017 Bluebook Exam. Her comment, A Blind Spot in Miranda Rights: Juveniles’ Lack of Understanding Regarding Miranda Language, was selected for publication in the St. Thomas Law Review’s 2019 Spring Issue. Ms. Barakat is also an active member of the St. Thomas Trial Team and serves as the Treasurer of the Cuban American Student Bar Association Chapter. In her spare time, Ms. Barakat enjoys spending time with her friends, swimming, and traveling

<a href=”http://stthomaslawreview.org/2018/05/01/solutions-to-ending-school-shootings-requires-sacrifices-most-americans-are-unwilling-to-make/”>Kristen Chirino</a>
Kristen ChirinoSenior Articles Editor
The Senior Articles Editors supervise Articles Editors, allocate substantive editing, proofread, source, and prepare articles for final review by the Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief.

Ms. Chirino attended Florida International University where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business. Ms. Chirino’s comment, Florida’s Direct File Statute: A Prosecutor’s Playground, was selected for publication in the Law Review’s 2019 Spring Issue. Ms. Chirino also serves as the Secretary of the Law School’s Student Bar Association. On her free time, Ms. Chirino enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

<a href=”http://stthomaslawreview.org/2018/04/12/can-an-airline-legally-kick-you-off-a-flight/”>Akia Espinoza</a>
Akia EspinozaSenior Articles Editor
The Senior Articles Editors supervise Articles Editors, allocate substantive editing, proofread, source, and prepare articles for final review by the Executive Editor and Editor-in-Chief.

Ms. Espinoza was born and raised in Miami. She graduated from Florida International University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and has a background in taxation. Ms. Espinoza received the highest score in the Summer 2017 Write-On Competition. In addition to being the Secretary for the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Ms. Espinoza also serves as the Secretary for the Tax Law Society. Ms. Espinoza works as a Research Assistant for tax professor, Mark J. Wolff, and she will be a site coordinator for the IRS VITA Program this upcoming tax season.

Student run. Student organized.

The St. Thomas Law Review is a student-run scholarly legal journal. The Law Review was founded in 1987 and published the inaugural issue in the fall of 1988. The first three volumes were published under the heading of St. Thomas Law Forum. The Law Review is listed in the Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP) and Current Law Index (CLI) and is available on HeinOnline®, LexisNexis®, and Westlaw®. Membership in the St. Thomas Law Review is limited to second and third-year law students who are invited to join based on their academic success or performance during the write-on competition administered at the beginning of the summer term.

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2018-2019 Member-Candidates

Liaran Aleman
Jessica Alvarez
Christian Batallas
Andrew Bratslavsky
Shameequa Buxton
Lauren Cabrera

Marielys Concepcion
Marcus Davide
Carolina Del Campo
Jennifer Francisco
Heidy Gonzalez
Michelle Gonzalez

Tracey Joseph
Tahimi Magrans
Jonathan Manoy
Leah Maurer
Antoinette Mederos
Jonathan Negron Kernizan

Layla Nguyen
Gianni Piantini
Ernesto Rivero
Ivana Romero
Jikky Thankachan
Keith Tomson
Steven Waldman