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Welcome and Introduction



Professor of Law, Religion and the Law Symposium Organizer, Florida International University College of Law

Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod, a tenured Professor of Law at Florida International University College of Law, and is a recognized authority in property, estates, and real estate transactions. Prior to joining FIU Law, she was a Professor of Law at NSU College of Law, where she also served as the Academic Director of its University of Barcelona dual-degree program. She has been selected “Professor of the Year” at both law schools. Before entering academia, she practiced law at White & Case. She graduated cum laude from the University of Miami Law School, where she was Special Features and Reports Editor of the Inter-American Law Review and inducted into the Order of the Coif. She holds a B.A. in International Marketing and Finance from the University of Miami, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from FIU.

Her scholarship focuses on the necessary balancing of autonomy versus societal goals. Her work includes books, monographs, book chapters, and law review articles. She has been cited, quoted, and excerpted in texts, scholarly books, articles, academic blogs, and leading treatises. She is frequently invited to speak at panels and legal conferences. One of her recent papers, The Intersection of Law, Religion, and Infectious Disease on the Handling and Disposition of Human Remains, was selected by the Petrie-Flom Center for Heath Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School for presentation at their 2015 annual conference.


Dean, Florida International University College of Law

R. Alexander Acosta became the second dean of the Florida International University College of Law in 2009. A native of Miami and a first-generation lawyer, Dean Acosta earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. After serving as law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., then a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Dean Acosta practiced law at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, and taught law at the George Mason School of Law. Dean Acosta has served in three presidentially-appointed, senate-confirmed positions. Dean Acosta served as the U.S. Attorney for Southern District of Florida, he was the first Hispanic to hold the rank of Assistant Attorney General, and he was a member of the National Labor Relations Board. Dean Acosta has twice been named one of the nation’s 50 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and was named to the list of 100 most influential individuals in business ethics in 2008. In 2013, the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presented Dean Acosta with the Chairman’s Higher Education Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and leadership in the community.


FIU College of Law, Grand Courtroom

Start Date

23-10-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

23-10-2015 9:10 AM


Oct 23rd, 9:00 AM Oct 23rd, 9:10 AM

Welcome and Introduction

FIU College of Law, Grand Courtroom