National Jurist Magazine Ranks Dean Patricia D. White Legal Education’s Most Influential Woman, By William Barzee

Dean of the University of Miami School of Law, Patricia D. White was recently named the most influential woman in legal education in the United States. National Jurist magazine awarded this title to her based on the results of a poll of her peers that it conducted.

National Jurist’s cover article about Dean White describes her as a “passionate advocate for improving legal education.” At a time when fewer students are applying to law school, Dean White is believed to be encouraging students to enter the legal field and in making positive changes to law school. At the University of Miami, she has spearheaded several programs to accomplish both goals, including Law Without Walls, which focuses on innovation in legal education, and Legal Corps, a fellowship program for graduates of the University of Miami School of Law.

About the Author:

A graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, William Barzee currently serves as Managing Partner at Barzee Flores Law, a criminal defense law firm based in Miami. William Barzee enjoys staying up to date with news from his alma mater.


About William Barzee

Miami native William Barzee has lived, attended school, and worked in the south Florida city his entire life. Attending Coral Gables Senior High School as a teenager, he later enrolled at the University of Miami, also in Coral Gables. During his undergraduate years, he joined various student organizations. He served as a Student Representative to the University’s Board of Trustees and spent time as the President of the student government. William Barzee’s scholastic aptitude earned him memberships in the Iron Arrow Society, the Appeals Committee, and the Honor Council. Finishing his degree at Florida International University in Miami, William Barzee earned a Bachelor of Arts and became a member of a Phi-Lambda national honors fraternity. Returning to the University of Miami at its School of Law to earn his legal degree, he supplemented his studies with a variety of services. Contributing to a national mock trial team, William Barzee also participated as a Finals Review Student Lecturer and Honor Council Student Advocate. He wrote for the University of Miami Law Review and won an American Jurisprudence Book Award before graduating cum laude. Accepting his first career position with the Law Offices of the Public Defender for Miami-Dade County, William Barzee spent over three years as a Special Assistant Public Defender and close to five years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. After a year and a half as a solo practitioner in Miami, he cofounded his criminal law practice Barzee Flores. Located at the Courthouse Center, 40 N.W. 3rd Street Penthouse 1 in Miami, Barzee Flores has represented clients in federal and state cases since 2008. For more information on Mr. Barzee and the law firm, please visit
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