International law firm White & Case has made a multi-year donation to the University of Miami School of Law’s International Arbitration Institute to fund a degree program and scholarship.
In recognition of the gift, the law school named the degree program of the institute the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. degree program. The amount was not disclosed.
In addition to providing resources to develop of the program, the donation funds an endowed scholarship and creates an annual lecture series that will bring leading scholars and practitioners in international arbitration to the institute from around the world.
New York-based White & Case is making the donation in honor of White & Case partner Carolyn Lamm, a UM law alumna and international arbitrator. Lamm, who is based in the firm’s Washington office, is a visiting professor at UM law school.
The scholarship fund will be named the Carolyn B. Lamm/White & Case International Arbitration Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Subject to approval by the American Bar Association and the UM board of trustees, the arbitration specialization track will become a stand-alone LL.M. degree.
“This is a wonderful gift from a great law firm and honors an extraordinary lawyer and will allow us to offer the best international arbitration LL.M. in the world,” UM law dean Patricia White said in a statement.
White & Case partners will serve as professors and collaborators at the institute.
“Miami is a gateway to Latin American and fast-growing base for arbitration hearings,” said Jonathan Hamilton, head of Latin American arbitration for White & Case, who will teach international contract negotiations as a visiting professor. “This unique initiative brings together the best of UM, White & Case and Miami for the advancement of arbitration in the Americas and beyond.”
Miami is fast becoming one of the leading arbitration sites in the world, frequently chosen by arbitrators as a site to dispute arbitrations due to its proximity to Latin America, bilingual attorneys and support staff and favorable court system.
It was recently announced that a billion-dollar dispute involving construction of the Panama Canal expansion will be argued in Miami. The arbitration is considered Miami’s largest to date. Lamm represents one of the principals in that case.
White & Case has 39 offices in 26 countries. The firm opened its Miami office in 1987 and has 90 lawyers based here.