Announcing the 2015 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center), the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society (ASIL), and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law team are pleased to announce the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law.

The theme of the 2015 Competition is “The Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender.” Papers should focus on ways in which IHL intersects with gender issues, such as the role of women as combatants, the gendered use of sexual violence during times of armed conflict, the impact of  gender stereotyping on international humanitarian law, etc.

This Competition is part of a multi-pronged initiative to expand and support the teaching and study of IHL among both students and professors in which both the Center and ASIL have been deeply involved. In 2007, the Center published a study with the International Committee of the Red Cross on Teaching International Humanitarian Law in US Law Schools. The study identified a growing need for resources to support and expand the teaching of IHL among law faculty, but also a desire to support the interest of students in learning about IHL. The IHL Student Writing Competition promotes and supports student interest and deepening scholarship in IHL by providing students with a tangible way to become more directly involved in the global discourse around IHL.


Students must be currently enrolled in a law degree program at a U.S. or foreign law school as of the submission deadline. Students must choose a legal topic related to this year’s theme, “The Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender.” Papers without a direct focus on this theme will not be reviewed. Submissions must be unpublished papers written solely by the candidate in English.


The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by 12:00 PM (NOON) Eastern Standard Time (EST). Students will receive an email confirmation that their submission was received no later than 24 hours after the submission deadline and should contact the organizers in the event they do not receive a confirmation email. 


The winning author will receive a $500 cash prize and a one-year ASIL student membership. The winning author will also have the opportunity to present his or paper through a virtual conference with a panel of experts.

For additional information, questions and details, please visit the website.

The Miami-Dade Chapter of Florida Association for Women Lawyers Presents: Speed Networking With Leading Women

Get up close and personal with female leaders in our community, Sarah Zabel (Circuit Judge), Lisette Reid (Assistant US Attorney), Susan Kim (Lead Counsel of Litigation, Assurant), and Anabel Nemrow (Associate General Counsel, BankUnited N.A.).

Registration is limited, and RSVPs will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 pm.


Wargo & French, LLP                    
201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1000                    
Miami, FL 33131 

RSVP here.

The 2016 Baker Donelson Diversity Scholarship Application Is Now Available! Application Deadline is June 19, 2015

Baker Donelson is committed to fostering an inclusive environment where the individual differences among us are understood, respected, appreciated, and recognized as sources of strength of the Firm. These qualities enrich the environment in which we work. With this in mind, Baker Donelson will again award three scholarships to diverse law students who will complete their first year of law school by June 2015.

Recipients will be awarded a six-week, salaried 2L Summer Associate position for the summer of 2016 in one of the Firm’s offices.  Additionally, each recipient will be awarded $10,000 which will be paid prior to the student’s third year of law school to help defray the cost of law school tuition and related expenses.

For complete eligibility criteria, instructions, and to apply for the Scholarship Program please visit the website.

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2015 LCLD Group Mentoring Program Event

You’re invited to the 2015 LCLD Group Mentoring Program Event. Please join us for this exciting new event bringing Fellows, City Leads, mentors and mentees together for the first time.

All law students are welcome. 

When: FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: RIVERO MESTRE LLP, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 1000,Coral Gables, FL 33134 

RSVP here. 

Sponsored By:  Rivero Mestre.


This Week at the CDO (Week of April 20, 2015)

Monday, April 20: 

Last day of classes – Congratulations on the completion of the spring 2015 semester and the 2014-2015 academic year! Congratulations to the graduating class of 2015!

Monday, April 25: 

Final Exams Begin – Good luck with finals! 

Information about Reading Period, Finals and Summer Break - The Career Development Office will remain open during reading period, finals and summer break. Students and alumni are welcome to contact our office to schedule advising appointments during this time.


*This is the last “This Week at the CDO” for the 2014-2015 academic year. The weekly posts will return in the fall.*

This Week at the CDO (Week of April 13, 2015)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

  • Fall Recruiting 2015 Information Session – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Room F – 209 – This program is for current 1L students who intend to participate in Fall Recruiting 2015, particularly Fall OCI and other opportunities with summer deadlines. By attending this program, students will learn the summer timeline and get answers to frequently asked questions before leaving campus for summer break. It is not required to attend this program in order to participate in Fall Recruiting; however, you are highly encouraged to attend.

Macy’s and Frost Brown Todd – Diversity Job Fair

Inaugural Macy’s and Frost Brown Todd Diversity Job Fair for Experienced Attorneys


Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9:00am-2:00pm (ET) 

Frost Brown Todd LLC
3300 Great American Tower
301 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


  • Frost Brown Todd
  • Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan
  • Jackson Lewis
  • Lane Powell
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease


  •  Registration 9:00am-9:45am
  • Opening Remarks 9:45am-10:00am
  • Interviews 10:00am-12:20pm
  • Lunch & Networking 12:30pm-2:00pm

OCBA New Lawyer Training Program 2015

New Lawyer’s Training Program Overview:

The New Lawyer Training Program is an Introduction to a real world scenario of the Legal Profession. It is geared to law students who have just taken the bar exam and Attorneys who have been practicing for less than 3 years. This program will give participants real insight to navigating the courts as well as options to launch their career successfully. The program will occur on August 7 & 8, 2015.

This two day program includes a day at the courthouse with tours of the clerk’s offices, and Best Practice Seminars by Judges from the Ninth Circuit Courts.

Day 1 is primarily at the courthouse.

  • A tour of the Clerk’s Offices
  • A lunch and learn session with a JA panel discussing Hearing, Scheduling, Notices and Judicial Communications
  • The Hon. Jeanette Dejuras Bigney & The Hon. Donald Myers will teach Best Practices of County Court / How it’s Different than Circuit Court
  • The Hon. Robert Evans will review Courtroom Etiquette
  • The Hon. Patricia Doherty will speak on Best Practices for Circuit Civil, including Business Court, Hearing Room vs. Courtroom; and The Hon. Wayne Wooten will moderate a Public Defender and State Attorney who will speak on Best Practices for Private Criminal Defense & Pleas Bargaining.
  • There is a presentation on Professionalism
  • The day ends with a networking reception hosted by other volunteer bars such as CFAWL, and the Hispanic Bar Association.

Day 2 is at the OCBA Center.

  • Liz McCausland speaks on her experience as a solo practice
  • Top 10 way NOT to get a grievance complaint
  • Legal Aid – pro bono
  • Partnerships and how to set yourself up legally
  • Related Costs of Starting your own firm & Budgeting for your firm
  • Legal Research
  • Insurance needs
  • And everyone will be paired with a mentor for a year!

The program costs $175 for the two days which includes all seminars, breakfasts, lunches and receptions. And for students, a one year membership to the bar is included!

For more information, visit the website.


Subject:           Any topic in the field of employee benefits law.

Open to:          Any J.D. and graduate (LL.M. or S.J.D.) law students enrolled at any time between August 14, 2014 and August 15, 2015.

Submit by:       June 2, 2015 

Prizes:              ACEBC Award: $1,500; Sidney M. Perlstadt Memorial Award: $1,500

Winners will be honored during the College’s annual black tie dinner on September 19, 2015 in Chicago, IL.  They will receive a plaque and an employee benefits treatise published by Bloomberg BNA Books.  If deemed suitable by the editors, one or more of the winning papers will be published by the Bloomberg BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or another employee benefits publication.  The winning papers will also be distributed to the Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, experienced attorneys who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field in a wide range of practice settings including law and consulting firms, universities, labor unions, advocacy organizations and government agencies throughout the United States. For information concerning the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, consult the website.

Eligibility/Topics.  Except as provided in (6) below, applicants must be enrolled full-time or part-time in law school between August 15, 2014 and August 15, 2015 and seeking a J.D. or a graduate law degree (e.g., LL.M. or S.J.D.).  Papers must deal with employee benefits topics.  As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses’ or domestic partners’ benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation, fiduciary obligations or the tax treatment of benefits/contributions.  

  • Papers should not exceed 40 pages (double-spaced, in 12 point type, with an inch margin on each side), not including footnotes.  Footnotes should be single-spaced endnotes starting on a separate page.
  • Papers must be submitted as email attachments and should be submitted as Word or .pdf documents.  No information identifying the author or law school should be included in the text, the footnotes, or the filename.  That information, an address, a telephone number and enrollment status information should be provided in the email message.
  • Submissions may include papers prepared for class assignments, law journals or other purposes, as well as those written especially for the Prize.
  • Student papers submitted for publication in law reviews or other law school journals or periodicals but not yet published are eligible for the Prize, provided that (i) the version submitted for the Prize does not reflect any changes made to the paper after submission of the manuscript to any publication and (ii) the College receives any consents necessary to publish.

Selection of Winners.  Winning papers will be selected by the Writing Prize Committee based on the factors they deem relevant.  Among other facts, the Committee will consider: (i) depth and creativity of legal analysis; (ii) thoroughness of legal research; (iii) organization and writing style; (iv) difficulty of subject matter; and (v) consideration of employee benefits policy implications.  The determination of the Committee is final.  It is anticipated that winners will be notified by July 24, 2015, or shortly thereafter.

Publication of Winning Articles(s).  The College will use its best efforts to arrange for publication of the winning papers in the BNA Pension and Benefits Reporter, the BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal or other professional publications, subject to receiving any necessary consents from the author and any other journal.  In addition, the winning papers will be distributed to the Fellows of the College.

Prizes.  Cash prizes will be awarded for up to two winning papers.  The College may, in its discretion, decide to split prizes, to award additional prizes or to award fewer than two awards.  Winners will be guests of the College during its annual black tie dinner to be held on September 19, 2015 in Chicago IL.

Deadline.  Papers must be submitted in the manner described in paragraph 1(b) above and must be received no later than Midnight, Eastern Time, on June 2, 2015. 

Disclaimer.  The College disclaims responsibility for any failure to give due consideration to any submission due to any email or other electronic transmission, storage or archival errors, regardless of the cause.  However, the Committee may waive the eligibility requirements applicable to any student whose submitted paper was not afforded due consideration on account of such an error in a prior year’s contest.


April Networking Happy Hour at La Palma Ristorante


La Palma Ristorante
116 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables, FL 33134


Wednesday, April 08, 2015 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


$10.00 Member-Only Price for All Members who register and pay online by 2:00 PM the day of the event

$20.00 For All Non-Members and Members who pay at the door

$0.00 Judge

Register Now