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Associate Professor of Law
Professor Reyes earned an LL.M. from the Harvard Law School, a J.D. summa cum laude from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center and a B.S. in Accounting magna cum laude from Florida Atlantic University. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Harvard Latino Law Review. Professor Reyes teaches Civil Procedure, Evidence, Immigration Law, Advanced Topics in Immigration Law, Latinos and the Law, and Professional Responsibility. She also serves as faculty advisor to the Hispanic American Law Students Association. Her areas of research and writing interest include immigration law and policy, crimmigration, ethics, evidence, the federal courts, and Latinos and the law. Professor Reyes is admitted to practice in Florida and before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida.
Professor Reyes grew up in Florida and, prior to joining academia, worked in the commercial and international litigation groups of Holland & Knight LLP; was employed as a career law clerk and staff attorney in the federal courts; and served as a certified legal intern in the United States Attorneys’ Office where she prepared briefs that were filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She has provided pro bono and volunteer services individually and through the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Lawyers for Children America, the Florida Democratic Lawyers Council and Children First. Prior to attending law school, Professor Reyes worked for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses.
Professor Reyes believes in the importance of education as a means to improve individual lives and society in general. At Harvard, Professor Reyes served as General Editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review and as External Affairs Coordinator of La Alianza. She held a Harvard Law School Post-Graduate Research Fellowship (2008-2011) and was awarded a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Graduate Scholarship. At Nova, Professor Reyes attended law school on a full-tuition merit scholarship as a Goodwin Scholar, served as Articles Editor of the Nova Law Review, won a Best Brief Award in the Moot Court First Year Appellate Writing Competition and earned membership in the Moot Court Honor Society. She received a Public Interest Pro Bono Award, the Student Bar Association Academic Achievement Award, the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award and recognition in Who’s Who: American Law Students (2000 ed.). During her undergraduate accounting studies, she was inducted into the Beta Alpha Psi, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Societies.
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Fabulous Hispanic Professors in Florida
Recognition in U.S. Congressional Record
Publications by Professor Reyes:
Maritza I. Reyes, et al., Reflections on Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia Symposium―The Plenary Panel, 29 Berkeley J. Gender L. & Just. 195 (2014) (lead article after symposium introduction).
Note, Latino Lawful Permanent Resident Removal Cases: A Case Study of Nicaragua and a Call for Fairness and Responsibility in the Administration of U.S. Immigration Law, 11 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 279 (2008).