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.

Office Hours:

As posted and by appointment.

Assistant:

Celia Westbrook
Office: (407) 254 3234
Email: celia.westbrook@famu.edu

Courses taught by Professor Reyes:

  • Advanced Topics in Immigration Law
  • Asylum Law
  • Civil Procedure I
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Evidence
  • Immigration Law
  • Latinos and the Law
  • Professional Responsibility

2017

  • Professor Reyes was invited to New York University School of Law to serve as a featured keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual Joint National Black and Hispanic Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair 2017 on November 11, 2017. The focus of Professor Reyes’s speech was on inspiring Black and Hispanic prospective law students to make their dream of becoming lawyers a reality. Professor Reyes was identified as a keynote speaker upon review of her published scholarship.
  • Professor Reyes was a panelist in the “Grand Panel Presentation: Identity and Activism: Inside and Outside the Law School” at the LatCrit/Salt Junior Faculty Development Workshop in Orlando on Thursday, September 28, 2017.
  • Professor Reyes was a panelist/moderator in the concurrent session “Crimmigration After the 2016 Elections” of the LatCrit Conference in Orlando on Friday, September 29, 2017.
  • Professor Reyes presented a draft of her article, “Hispanics/Latinos and Race: To Be or Not to Be?” during a WIP (Works In Progress) session of the LatCrit Conference in Orlando on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
  • Professor Reyes participated as discussant and presenter at the Emerging Immigration Scholars Conference held at Texas A&M University School of Law, in Fort Worth, May 18-19, 2017. Professor Reyes led the discussion of two papers presented by fellow immigration scholars. She also presented her own research in a presentation titled A Padilla Right to Immigration Counsel. Through panels on activism and service, on scholarship, and on teaching participants explored the conference theme: New Realities. In support of this theme, a workshop was held on the second day of the conference for participants to gather around specific topics ranging from detention to local law enforcement and more. The goal was to examine how law professors can respond as scholars, advocates, teachers, and individuals to concrete challenges, on several specific topics.
  • Professor Reyes was one of two panelists in an event organized by the ACLU of Central Florida and the ACLU Student Chapter of the FAMU College of Law. Professor Reyes discussed the current immigration law and policy initiatives under the Trump Administration and provided a perspective on what the rhetoric, executive orders, and enforcement actions mean for the Latina/o community. She was joined on the panel by Hassan Shibly, Chief Executive Director of the Council on America-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR). Mr. Shibly discussed the constitutional issues and CAIR’s advocacy surrounding the Trump Administration’s so-called “Muslim ban.” 

    The event was held in the FAMU College of Law on March 29, 2017. It was scheduled to last until 8:00 PM, but lasted until almost 9:00 PM because students and outside visitors remained engaged during the Q&A session and the informal discussion that followed.

  • Professor Reyes published “Congress Did Not Give the President Unfettered Discretion to Exclude” in the Immigration Prof Blog, a blog of the Law Professor Blogs Network.

    Professor Reyes makes a novel immigration law argument to attack the validity of President Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order. The article was published in a forum where immigration law scholars, attorneys, and the general public can have ready access to it in light of the time-sensitive nature of this case and controversy. The article was reviewed by a top immigration law scholar before being approved for publication. No edits were suggested; the article was published exactly as Professor Reyes wrote it.

    Here is a link to the article:

    http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2017/02/congress-did-not-give-the-president-unfettered-discretion-to-exclude-by-professor-maritza-reyes.html

  • Professor Reyes and some of her current and former immigration law students participated in a Naturalization Drive at the Mexican Consulate on Saturday, September 23, 2017. This is one way in which immigration law students are putting theory into practice and, at the same time, giving back to the community and making FAMU Law relevant in the local community. They will continue to participate in similar efforts as part of Professor Reyes’s “Immigrant/Immigration Project.”

2016

    • Professor Reyes was quoted in an article in Above the Law titled “A Playbook for Combating Implicit Bias.” The article discusses efforts to combat implicit gender bias in the workplace. Professor Reyes’ teaching technique of using “gender modules” in her required courses was one of the “brilliant efforts” featured in the article and in a six-week podcast mini-series that was featured in the Law School Transparency website and other partner websites.

      The article discusses Professor Reyes’ teaching technique of integrating video clips of actual cases to illustrate implicit gender bias in the background of the discussion of evidentiary issues and other trial matters by judges and lawyers. This is how the article describes Professor Reyes’ teaching technique:

      “The lesson is subtle, but impactful. And it’s reaching a diverse block of students each time. What’s most promising is that this is replicable across the country without additional funding.”

      Here is the link to the article:

      http://abovethelaw.com/2016/12/a-playbook-for-combating-implicit-bias/

    • Professor Maritza Reyes was interviewed by Channel 6 News Orlando for an investigation about claims made against a law firm “after clients said they paid thousands of dollars for service and claimed that phone calls and emails were not returned.” Professor Reyes discussed a lawyer’s duty to communicate with clients under the Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct.

      The interview can be accessed here:  http://www.clickorlando.com/news/investigators/unhappy-law-firm-clients-tell-news-6-their-story

    • Professor Maritza Reyes was interviewed by Noticias Telemundo Orlando (Telemundo News Orlando) for a segment on the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). Professor Reyes explained the process for enacting and repealing a law, including the roles that Congress and the President play.

    • Professor Reyes was appointed for the second time by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida to serve as a member of the Merit Selection Panel. This time, the Panel reviewed applications, conducted interviews, and made recommendations regarding the appointment of a full-time magistrate judge for the Orlando division of the Middle District of Florida.

    • Professor Reyes wrote the op-ed piece, “FAMU Board Must Hold Public Vote on Mangum’s Contract” in the June 14, 2016 issue of the Tallahassee Democrat.  For your information and convenience, a copy of Professor Reyes’s opinion piece is attached.

    • Professor Reyes was one of four scholars who presented during a scholars roundtable at the American Bar Association (ABA) National Conference on Professional Responsibility on June 3, 2016 in Philadelphia. Her presentation was titled “The Professional Responsibility of Law Professors in the ABA Accreditation Process.”

    • Professor Reyes wrote the op-ed piece, “FAMU Should Open More Meetings” in the March 3, 2016 issue of the Tallahassee Democrat.  For your information and convenience, a copy of Professor Reyes’s opinion piece is attached.

    • Professor Reyes was appointed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida to serve as a member of the Merit Selection Panel that reviewed applications, conducted interviews, and made recommendations regarding the appointment of a full-time magistrate judge for the Tampa division of the Middle District of Florida.

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