HOPE Public Interest News for Week of February 6, 2012

Please read below for upcoming events on campus, opportunities in the community, and other announcements.

Events on Campus

Monday, February 6th, Perspectives of the General Counsel: Meeting the Needs of Non-Profits, 12:30 pm, F109: Do you aspire to work in a General Counsel’s Office or serve the legal needs of non-profits? If yes, then this is a must-see presentation! Lunch will be provided.

Monday, February 6th, Screening: Voices of Haiti: A Post-Quake Odyssey in Verse, 6:30 pm, Frost School of Music: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, partnering with the UM School of Communication, will showcase this performance about the lives of Haitians after the earthquake that devastated their country just two years ago. Click here for details.

Monday, February 6th, Screening: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, 6 pm, Architecture Center: As part of its Focus on Affordable Housing Initiative, the Office of Civic and Community Engagement will screen this film, which explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America. Click here for details.

Tuesday, February 7th, Summer Opportunities Coffee Talk, 12:30 – 1:45 pm, Bricks: Do you have questions about the many opportunities available to you this summer? Representatives from HOPE, the Center for Ethics and Public Service and  the Clinics will be available to answer your questions. (See attached Summer Opportunities document.)

Tuesday, February 7th, Florida Supreme Court Internship Program Info Session, 12:30 pm, F108: Learn about this distinguished opportunity from Professor Copeland and hear about former intern’s experiences working at the Court.  Pizza will be served. Contact Amy Perez for more information. 

Thursday, February 9th, Ten Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Choosing a Practice Area, 1:50 pm, F109: Come learn valuable information about law firm practice areas and self-assessment tools that will enable you to make informed decisions about your career. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Luevenia Sterling.

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, February 27th, Public Interest Lecture Series featuring Judge Marcia Caballero, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, A110: See attached flyer for details. RSVP online to reserve your spot.

Events in the Community

Thursday, February 9th, Small Claims Clinic, 5 – 8 pm, Legal Services of Greater Miami: Law students have the opportunity to conduct client intake and sit side-by-side with attorneys assisting low-income individuals, who cannot afford an attorney, with initiating their own small claims case. Spanish and Creole interpreters are needed. Email Daniela Gordon if interested.

Friday, February 10th, Billiards with the Barristers, 10 pm, Chalk Pink Pong & Billiards Lounge: You are invited to Billiards with the Barristers, a fundraiser benefiting the Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section’s eMentoring Program. $20 donation. RSVP to RSVP@CHALKMIAMI.COM.

Saturday, February 11th, Raising the Bar: Florida’s Legal Community Service Day, 10 am – 12 pm, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: Raising the Bar is a statewide community service day organized by the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Law Student Division. This year’s project is to clean up the historic gardens and maintain the aesthetic beauty of this renowned park in South Florida. Please RSVP to Estefania Nasielski.

Sunday, February 12th, Band Together for Legal Aid, 5 – 9 pm, The Stage: Attend the first annual Battle of the Bands, kicking off Dade Legal Aid’s fundraising efforts for 2012. The event will showcase live music from groups featuring prominent lawyers from South Florida. $10 tickets can be purchased online at www.dadelegalaid.org.

Tuesday, February 14th, Comedy Night benefiting Empowered Youth, 7 pm, Coconut Grove Improv: Support the Empowered Youth Neighborhood Program and join us for a night of laughs to benefit at-risk youth of Miami-Dade.  Click here for more information and to buy your ticket.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 3rd, Bike in Blue, 8 am, Everglades National Park: Join the 1st annual bike ride to raise awareness of human trafficking in South Florida. Register online at www.active.com.


Sign up for Dean’s Cup Community Service Event! Saturday, February 12th at Miami River Commission. Email deanscup2012@gmail.com for more information.

Summer Resources

Miami Law Summer Opportunities…

African Probate & Policy Initiative application is available. (Deadline March 1st)

Clinics application is available. (Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.)

HOPE Fellowship application is available. (Deadline February 16th)

Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program application is available. (Deadline February 16th)

2012 Legal Studies Institute in Washington, DC is accepting applications! Click here. (Early deadline: February 10th )

Summer job search webinars available: expert tips and best practices on cover-letter and resume drafting, as well as interviewing and networking. Watch videos here.