Read About Rainmaker Q&A: Bilzin Sumberg’s Albert Dotson

Law360, New York recently brought out an article on Albert E. Dotson Jr., a partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP’s office in Miami. He is the land development and government relations practice group leader, handles federal and local government procurement contracts, and compliance. He also represents real estate developers in securing land use, zoning and other government approvals, and permits for large-scale real estate developments. Dotson routinely negotiates economic development incentive programs on behalf of major U.S. corporate clients.

To read more about Mr. Dotson, visit the website.

 

Join the ABA and Section of Litigation for Free

The ABA Section of Litigation offers a variety of benefits to get law students to the top of their careers. Here at the Section, we value law students and we know what it takes to become a greater litigator. Whether they are thinking about going into litigation practice, or figuring out what to do after law school, the Section can help them grow to become successful lawyers. Members can enjoy big discounts on our events related to career development, real life litigation, and trial practice. Members can listen to free Section Roundtables and Sound Advice podcasts that give your students a myriad of extremely helpful information for their futures as litigators.

ABA Section of Litigation law student members will receive:

  • Access to our Business Development webpage featuring videos and articles to help them network, build resumes, and get a job;
  • Subscriptions to our award-winning Litigation Journal and Monthly Litigation News electronically;
  • Opportunities to network and learn more about practice areas that students may be interested in through our 35+ committees;

Discounts on our 1-day Regional Meeting Workshops where they can learn and network locally.

*Available for law students enrolled in ABA accredited law schools only. Subject to terms and conditions of the Law Student Division.

Visit the website for additional details.

 

Cause An Effect Event

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support HOPE Public Interest Resource Center/UM Law.

Come in to the Chipotle at 6290 South Dixie Highway in Miami on Thursday, October 6th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to HOPE Public Interest Resource Center/UM Law.

Gift card purchases during fundraisers do not count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card will count.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 26, 2016)

Tuesday, September 27:

  • CDO Presents: Social Justice Panel and Workshop – Peggy Browning Foundation – 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Law Campus Law Campus Faculty Meeting Room: The Peggy Browning Foundation will hold a panel and workshop with representatives from the National Labor Relations Board, Legal Services, et al, with student Q&A to follow. A reception will be held at the conclusion of the panel and workshop. For details, please contact the CDO.

Wednesday, September 28:

  • CDO Presents: Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Luncheon Session – 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM, Law Campus A110: Eat-N-Educate event co-sponsored by the Florida Bar. For details, please contact the CDO.

Thursday, September 29:

  • CDO Presents: Judicial Clerkship Nuts and Bolts Information Session – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Law Campus E265: Important meeting for all 2Ls interested in applying for a post-graduate judicial clerkship. Now is the time to begin thinking about applying! 3Ls are also welcome to attend! We will be covering information critical to the application process: 1) Timeline for applying to state and federal judges; 2) Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”); and 3) Your application documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, writing samples and letters of recommendation). For details, please contact the CDO.

 

 

 

Read Articles on Best Places for Law School Graduates

There are 2 interesting articles to review. The first is titled 2016’s Best Places for Law School Graduates and contains a list by Good Call which “features a slew of off-the-radar towns,” Law.com (sub. req.) reports. The largest city to make the top 10 is Los Angeles, ranked at No. 7.

The second is titled Smaller Towns Outrank Big Cities in this List of Best Places for Law Grads, written by Debra Cassens Weiss.

Attend the ABA Forum on Franchising 39th Annual Meeting From November 2nd Through November 4th 2016

The ABA Forum on Franchising will hold its 39th annual meeting at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel from November 2nd to November 4th, 2016.  The Forum is extending an invitation to law students who may have an interest in franchise law to attend the meeting and will waive the registration fee for any student who wishes to attend.  The meeting will provide ample opportunity for students to learn more about franchising law and to network with attorneys from law firms and corporate counsel offices around the country.

More information about this forum can be found on the website. Students interested in attending the meeting for free should email Will K. Woods of Baker & McKenzie’s Dallas office and he will facilitate their registration.

Third District Court of Appeal Seeks Law Clerk

The Third District Court of Appeal (3rd DCA) is seeking a Law Clerk to conduct legal research and analysis. Applicant must commit to serve a minimum of two years. This job presents an opportunity to engage in a high level of legal practice while still enjoying a family and personal life.

Applicants will be evaluated based on: academic accomplishment; critical thinking; writing; knowledge of the law; legal experience; legal research; and judgment.

Applicants must also show character, including the ability to maintain confidentiality; review matters objectively and without prejudice or bias; form and defend independent conclusions in discussions within chambers; demonstrate loyalty; work with others; and manage a caseload while producing outstanding work product.

Qualifications include graduation from an accredited law school and membership in the Florida Bar. Minimum two years experience practicing law is preferred.

For additional details, please see Symplicity Job Posting ID#17405.

The American Society of International Law Offers 50% Off on Memberships to UM Law Students

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) maintains listings on over 100 organizations and institutions’ internship, fellowship and pro bono opportunities that include, or directly focus on, the practice of international law.

University of Miami School of Law is a partner with ASIL which offers 50% off of any membership. Please contact Yazmyne Vasquez at the CDO for questions or additional details.

The First Amendment Foundation Hanna and Douglas Weiss Open Government Legal Fellowship – FAF Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Legal Fellowship

Supported by a donation from Kenneth L. Weiss, Esq., the Hanna and Douglas Weiss Open Government Legal Fellowship is a one-semester fellowship for a law student interested in learning about Florida’s open government laws and the legislative process.

Mr. Weiss was encouraged to become involved in open government by the First Amendment Foundation and with its support, Mr. Weiss pursued several Sunshine and Public Records law matters. Most recently, in Anderson v. City of St. Pete Beach, the appellate court adopted a portion of the FAF amicus brief when it ruled that “even when an illicit action is ‘cured’ it does not absolve a public body of its responsibility for violating the Sunshine Law in the first instance; it simply provides a way to salvage a void act by reconsidering it in Sunshine.” The court went on to state that the brief from the FAF “also points out that responsibility for a violation can include criminal and noncriminal penalties under section 286.011(4)”.

Mr. Weiss is donating a portion of the fees associated with that case for the establishment of the legal fellowship at the First Amendment Foundation.

Fellows will be selected on the basis of academic achievement and communication skills, a demonstrated interest in public policy, and a commitment to public service.

Weiss Fellows will work directly with the Foundation president on legislative analysis and bill tracking; answering questions from the public and the press on the Foundation’s FOI Hotline; composing letters in response to open government issues; and drafting briefs and position papers on issues related to government transparency and accountability.

The Weiss Fellowship is open to all second and third year law students currently attending an accredited Florida law school.  It carries a stipend of $5,000.

The Hanna and Douglas Weiss Open Government Legal Fellowship will be awarded each December for the following spring semester.

The application deadline for the 2017 Weiss Fellowship is November 15, 2016Those interested in applying should submit a resume with a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in open government and public service, and at least three references via email with the subject line WEISS FELLOWSHIP.  A writing sample will be required of all finalists.

For more information about the Weiss Fellowship and how to apply, please contact Barbara Petersen.

Correction: The earlier version of this release mistakenly stated the application deadline as November 15, 2017. The correct deadline is November 15, 2016.

 

Criminal Defense Scholarship

Rosenthal & Wadas, Attorneys in McKinney, Texas, are pleased to offer the Rosenthal & Wadas Criminal Defense Scholarship. This scholarship is open to all students heading to. or who are currently enrolled. in Law School for the 2017 Spring Semester.

The Scholarship will be judged on merit and need. Academic achievements as well as any leadership experiences will be taken in to account. This will be a one-time award.

Requirements:

  • Completed application must be submitted online by DEC 31, 2016. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • Applicant must plan to attend a United States Law School full time the spring semester of 2017.
  • Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • A transcript must be attached for application for consideration.
  • Applicant must submit an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected as a finalist.
  • This scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,000 to be awarded in Jan. 2017.
  • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application.
  • Applicant will be required to demonstrate both their merit and their need for this scholarship. 

How to Apply:

Via the form on the website, you will be required to submit the following:

  • Your personal information, including name and contact information.
  • Link to your Facebook profile.
  • College name, graduation date, and GPA.
  • Employment and financial information.
  • A 750+ word essay on the following topic: “Is a specific aspect of the criminal justice system unjust and require reform?”
  • A digital copy of your school transcript (unofficial).
  • Recommendation letter and/or resume.