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Philip Stekol

Since graduating from the University of Central Florida with my bachelors degree in legal studies I have gone on to continue my education at the University of Miami School of Law. The first year of law school was extremely difficult and this second year is proving to be no easier, but I love what I do and couldn’t envision myself doing anything else. During my first year of law school I joined several organizations including the Cardozo Jewish Legal Society, and helped bring the Business Law Society back to the school after the program’s several year hiatus. I currently serve on the executive board of the Business Law Society as the Mergers and Acquisitions Chair. Following my first year I worked two summer jobs. The first was an internship at a criminal defense firm, which mostly did court appointed work for indigent clients who could not afford to retain private attorneys. My second summer position was with the University of Miami School of Law, where I was a research assistant for one of my professors. My work there focused on the current trade tariffs being imposed by the United States on China and other countries. In this, my second year of law school, I have become involved with a program called Street Law, in which I go on a weekly basis to teach students at an underprivileged high school. Through the program I am able to not only instill the students with knowledge of the law, but also show them that there are plenty of opportunities after high school. As someone who would not have been able to pursue a college education without the amazing help of TSIC, I feel that it is imperitive for me to pass on the knowledge that I have gained along the way, and to show students who may be unsure of their educational future that it is possible to overcome the economic burden and achieve your goals. Though I still have two more years of law school to complete before I can achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a lawyer, I am grateful everyday for the opportunity that TSIC provided for me. Without that opportunity, I would never have been able to get on the path that I am currently on today. I owe everything to TSIC and look forward to giving back to this wonderful program that has given me so much.

 

Education

University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL

Juris Doctor Candidate, May 2020

GPA:               3.18/4.00

Honors:           Dean’s Merit Scholarship

Activities:        Cardozo Law Society; Business Law Society

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, May 2017

Minor:             Criminal Justice

Honors:           Dean’s List (four semesters)

Activities:        Interfraternity Council, Recruitment Ambassador

Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Vice-President, President

 

Experience

Wahid Vizcaino LLP, Miami, FL                                                                                May 2018-August 2018

Legal Intern

Conduct legal research on a wide variety of criminal defense matters, such as jury instructions, sentencing enhancements, remedies, discovery, Hunter Hearings and Franks Hearings. Draft research memoranda and motions, including a Motion to Suppress, Motion to Sever and Motion for Leave to Issue Subpoena Duces Tecum. Attend hearings and depositions. Correspond with clients and court personnel. Review and annotate case files, evidentiary reports and deposition transcripts.

University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL                                                  May 2018-July 2018

Research Assistant for Professor Kathleen Claussen

Assist Professor with research on international law topics related to global trade. Compile and document international responses to the United States’ imposition of tariffs under Sections 201 and 301 of the United States Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of The Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

Naval Jr. Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), North Port, FL                                        2010-2013

Color Guard Commander, Officer

Attended Area Seven NJROTC Leadership Academy at Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Petersburg, Florida. Helped organize a unit of over 100 students to prepare for competitions, engaged in community service, represented my unit at school board meetings and led extracurricular activities for incoming and current cadets.

Skills & Interests

Certified Legal Intern. Fluent in Russian

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