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Ediberto Roman
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Professor Román is a nationally acclaimed scholar and an award-winning educator with broad teaching interests and an extensive scholarship portfolio. From 1995 to 2002, he was an associate professor and then professor of law at St. Thomas University School of Law. In 2003, he joined the Florida International University College of Law as a founding faculty member, then serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2005 to 2007. Before entering academia, he specialized in securities and antitrust litigation at several Wall Street law firms. His teaching experience include contracts, torts, corporations, comparative corporate law, products liability, agency and partnership, antitrust, citizenship studies, law and accounting, race and the law, remedies, and street law. In addition to winning “Professor of the Year” twice, he was also the first law professor to receive an Excellence in Scholarship grant at Barry University-St. Thomas University and the first recipient of the College of Law Hispanic Law Student Association’s Enma Tarafa Excellence Award.

A prolific scholar, he has published numerous articles, essays, and book chapters on international law, securities regulation, evidence, constitutional law, critical race theory, post-colonial discourse, and law and literature. These articles have appeared in the leading law journals of Harvard, UC-Berkeley, Georgetown, UC-Davis, Iowa, Miami, Villanova, San Diego, Rutgers, Florida, and Florida State and have been widely cited for their unique contributions to immigration policy, constututional law, and legal theory. His first two books on colonialism, citizenship, and nationality – The Other American Colonies: An International and Constitutional Law Examination of The United States’ Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Island Conquests (Carolina Academic Press) and Citizenship and Its Exclusions: Classical, Constitutional, and Critical Race Perspectives (New York University Press) have received critical acclaim, leading him to be named series editor for the NYU Press’ forthcoming Citizens and Migrants in the Americas series. He is also working on his second book for NYU Press – Those Damn Immigrants: America’s Hysteria Over Immigration. A sought after speaker and public intellectual, he was recently elected for membership in the American Law Institute and is the founder and administrator of the Blog Nuestrs Voces Latinas. When not engaged in the above activities, he trains rigorously in martial arts, holding a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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The Oklahoma University Fraternity Incident Reminds Us of What Is Racist?

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Co-authored by Jeanelle L. Ferril, Esq.

After watching the despicable video of the University of Oklahoma fraternity members engaging in their racist chant, domestic attention seems to again be focused on racism, if only for a fleeting moment. A question arises from this intermittent focus: is a racist act determined...

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Odd Justifications for Human Rights Abuses

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:18 PM

In a Miami Herald op-ed on January 23, 2014, Mr. Aníbal de Castro, the Dominican Republic's Ambassador to the United States -- in what some may characterize as an apparent compassionate effort aimed to convince the U.S. that his country's recent actions against its Haitian citizens were appropriate...

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Florida Politicians Confused About In-State Tuition

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Lately, Florida headlines have been filled with conservative political leaders coming out in support of DREAMers -- those high school and college-aged youngsters who came to this country, often as infants, with their migrant-worker families. Just over a week ago, for instance, Republican House Speaker Will Weatherford gave his support...

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The Largely Ignored Human Rights Tragedy at Our Doorstep...

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 3:36 PM

Just a few weeks ago the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic, the country's court of last resort, decided to retroactively rescind the citizenship of persons of Haitian lineage born in the Dominican Republic. The Court's ruling stripped the citizenship of any person born on the soil of...

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Miami Dolphins Bullying Case Is More Than How It's Being Portrayed...

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 9:03 AM

I rarely read an article and become so troubled by it that I feel compelled to draft a response. But in the case of recent bullying allegations associated with the Miami Dolphins, I just had to write something. In a recent Slate article by Josh Voorhees, the title...

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My Heart Goes Out to the Martin Family...

(17) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 9:14 AM

Last night, the jury in the Trayvon Martin murder trial found George Zimmerman not guilty. And throughout social media, on television and talk radio, our society seems to treat this tragedy as an academic exercise.

I for one cannot feel anything but the deepest of sorrows for the Martin family...

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Are We Really Near Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

(5) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 5:01 PM

Headlines across the country cover the major legislative effort that could affect millions of our neighbors -- comprehensive immigration reform. Just days ago, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that the New York Times hailed as an "immigration overhaul." Even President Obama declared "If enacted, the Senate bill would establish...

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Gov. Scott's Veto Leaves Many Confused

(6) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Despite almost unanimous support in both Florida's House and Senate, on Tuesday, in apparent opposition to anything associated with President Obama, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would allow immigrant youth to obtain driver's licenses. While some news accounts have, perhaps unsurprisingly, mischaracterized the issue describing the good...

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While Not Typically Endorsing Catchy Marketing Efforts, FIU Is Unquestionably Leading the Way

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 2:47 PM

As a legal academic, immigration scholar and an old-fashion curmudgeon, I tend to be cynical and not typically a fan of catchy marketing efforts. However, in this instance, I have to applaud my home institution, Florida International University, for perhaps being "Worlds Ahead," but unquestionably for being the leader in...

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I Am No Jimmy the Greek -- Round Two... Fisher v. Texas

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 5:03 PM

While a year ago, I correctly predicted the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the controversy concerning Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB -1070, I once again seek to buck conventional wisdom and make a prediction that most experts have not sided with.

In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the United...

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Conflating Religion and the Constitution

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 1:36 PM

As a straight person of faith as well as a constitutional and citizenship scholar, I find the use of religion as the basis for deciding the recent Supreme Court's marriage case as a failure to fully understand our constitution. As part of our governmental system as well as a recognition...

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Should Florida Leaders Follow Martin Luther King or Continue to Deny the American Dream?

(7) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 11:05 AM

One day a leader will approach his people, and he will tell some they should take their inheritance because when he was hungry, they gave him food to eat; when he was thristy, they gave him water to drink; and when he was a stranger, they invited him to be...

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Florida Deferred Action Recipients Deserve In-State College Tuition

(17) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 12:41 PM

Perhaps following states, such as Arizona, Alabama and Georgia, which have sought to implement their own policies touching upon immigration, until recently the state denied parents the ability to pay in-state tuition for state colleges and universities. To some, this issue may be insignificant, but when one considers that this...

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Dear Governor Jan Brewer...

(13) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 12:19 PM

I write this letter to ask that after two years of your state's unsuccessful efforts to create its own immigration policy, could you demonstrate the leadership that put you into high office, put politics aside, and admit that the Supreme Court of the United States dealt your administration a huge...

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Dreams, Dreams Deferred, and Nightmares...

(6) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 4:31 PM

As the countless news reports have announced over the last few days, President Obama has changed the focus of our country's immigration priorities. Through a policy directive memorandum last friday by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, certain young people who were brought to this country as young children and...

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I'm No Jimmy the Greek, But SB 1070 Likely to Be Left Toothless...

(14) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 10:32 AM

In the midst of traveling, I listened to news reports of the U.S. Supreme Court's apparent support for Arizona's immigration statute -- SB 1070. I was a bit surprised by these accounts. Though obviously no decision was rendered during oral argument, most reporters predicted the Court upholding Arizona's immigration measure....

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SB 1070 and "The Real Americans"

(10) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 4:02 PM

Today, the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear argument on the validity of the state of Arizona's effort to regulate immigration within its borders. Many observers view this case as among the most important immigration issues this century. At issue is whether a state can pass a law...

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The Decision Is Ours...

(36) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Come with me for a moment and imagine instead of our relatively secure lives, we turn back the clock and are once again young adults doing what young adults do. We are going to school, working, socializing, and at times even thinking about our futures. Imagine in the midst of...

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An Open Letter to Geraldo Rivera

(10) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 10:53 AM

As a legal academic, active scholar, and father that writes on issues relating to social justice, focusing particularly on the Latino and Latina community, I am always cautious about condemning another person of color out of concern over promoting factionalism. I was nevertheless compelled to write this open letter after...

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Race and the Trayvon Martin Case...

(6) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 12:25 AM

As the tragic events leading to the death of an innocent young man, Trayvon Martin, illustrate, race remains a matter of great debate in this country, and sadly a matter that all too often is associated with the abuse of power. In the matter of the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon...

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