Attention Law Students: Volunteer at the Clearwater Bar Oyster Roast

If you are interested in practicing in the Clearwater/Pinellas County area and want to network and meet potential employers, colleagues and judges, University of Miami law students have been invited to participate in the 75th Annual Clearwater Bar Oyster Roast as a student volunteer.

The Oyster Roast is an event held annually by the Clearwater Bar Association where local attorneys and judges put aside the adversarial process, “kick off their shoes,” and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors. In addition to being a great time, it can be a unique opportunity for law students to socialize with practicing attorneys and judges.

This year, as they have in the past, they are inviting law students to attend for FREE (yes, free!) if they assist with the cleanup process. There are a limited number of volunteer spots available, so if you are interested in participating, please make contact ASAP via email.

The volunteer spots will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis. Please include the following in your email.

1. Name, address, and phone number;

2. Your law school;

3. Are you a student-member of the Clearwater Bar? (We encourage all student-volunteers to sign up for the Clearwater bar Association. There are no membership fees for student-members and this is a terrific way to connect with the local legal community)

4. Are you available for cleanup on:

the night of the Oyster Roast (Saturday, March 29, 2014);

the morning after the Oyster Roast (Sunday, March 30, 2014); or


We ask that you only offer to volunteer for time slots if you are genuinely able to attend, as they will be depending on your help.


University of Baltimore is Seeking Clinical Fellow for Immigrant Rights Clinic

The University of Baltimore School of Law invites applications for a Fellowship in its Immigrant Rights Clinic to start on or about July 1, 2014. This public interest fellowship program offers practicing attorneys exposure to law school clinical teaching, and is aimed at attorneys who wish to shift from law practice into clinical teaching.

The Immigrant Rights Clinic represents low-income immigrants in a range of direct client representation and immigrant rights policy work. Individual client work includes litigation of asylum and cancellation cases in Baltimore’s immigration court, and preparation of a broad range of applications before USCIS. The policy work has included such projects as state-level legislative amendments that would benefit immigrants in Maryland, building a brief bank for a coalition of clinics, and developing community education materials requested by a community partner.

This position is a contractual appointment for up to two years, and can be extended for a third year under certain circumstances.

Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills; at least two years of experience as a practicing lawyer primarily in immigration, including both defensive and affirmative work; a strong academic record and/or other indicia of high performance ability; commitment to work for low income and immigrant clients; and a strong interest in teaching. Fellows must be members of the Maryland Bar (currently licensed in Maryland or willing to take the next Maryland Bar exam) in order to supervise law practice by students.

Salary: The current salary is between $50,000 – $55,000.  The position includes full benefits, including retirement annuities, research support and travel allowance.

Applications are now being accepted.  The deadline for letters of interest and resumes is January 17, 2014.

For detailed job descriptions of each position, please view the website.

To apply, submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Elizabeth Keyes
Assistant Professor
University of Baltimore School of Law
1420 N. Charles Street




Become a Member of the The Jamaican-American Bar Association (J.A.B.A.)

The Jamaican-American Bar Association (J.A.B.A.) is extremely excited for the New Year and a new direction for the organization. While the organization has been active for the past few years, they are looking to continue the dynamic trend of previous leadership and further establish new roots in the South Florida community. They anticipate such involvement will assist in advancing the profile of Jamaican Legal professionals; while also creating awareness of their presence so that our community can look to them as a resource.

J.A.B.A. intends on effectuating such goals by hosting professional mixers; building connections to the legal community in Jamaica; and consistently keeping the community abreast of accomplishments through the local media and press. In an effort to facilitate accomplishing their objectives, organizing their membership structure is imperative.

To be a member in good standing, all members must fill out an application. Membership dues will be in the amount of $50.00 for practicing attorneys; $0.00 for Judges and students; and $25.00 for non-lawyers. If you wish to be a member going forward, please fill out a membership application, and remit payment (cash, personal check, or cashier’s check) to 2655 S. Le June Road #10, Coral Gables, FL 33134.

J.A.B.A.’s next meeting will be Saturday January 18, 2014 at 3:00pm at the Pembroke Pines Library located at 7300 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 (2nd Floor Class Room).

For a J.A.B.A. membership application form, please ask your Career Development Office (CDO) advisor or visit the CDO.


The Deadline for the 2014-2016 Columbia Law School – Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship (CRR-CLS Fellowship) Has Been Extended to February 28, 2014!

The CRR-CLS Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for recent law school graduates who are interested in careers in teaching law. You can download the application here.

Here is a little more information about the Fellowship:

The CRR-CLS Fellowship is a two-year, post-graduate fellowship offered by the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) and Columbia Law School (CLS). Those committed to women’s rights and/or human rights would be a great fit for this fellowship – although they don’t require experience in these areas. More than anything, this is a fellowship for serious emerging academics. Fellows will be affiliated with the Center and CLS, and will participate in the intellectual life of both programs.

Applicants do not need to be graduates of Columbia Law School to be eligible for this program and do not need prior experience in reproductive rights.

The deadline for applications for the 2014-2016 cycle is now February 28, 2014.

If you would like to learn more about the Center’s Law School Initiative, which supports the Fellowship, please visit the website here, or email the Senior Director of the Law School Initiative, Diana Hortsch.


Check Out Equal Justice Works’ Newest Program, AmeriCorps JD!

AmeriCorps JD is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with an opportunity to expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities across the country for veterans, military families, disaster victims and other vulnerable populations.

AmeriCorps JD needs law student applicants. Priority will be given to applicants focusing on veterans’ issues, although individuals with other focus areas are encouraged to apply.

Students who participate in the AmeriCorps JD program will help resolve some of the most critical legal problems that prevent people from having decent jobs, safe housing and stable family lives. One innovation of this program is that internships will be starting on a rolling basis, including during the school year, providing more opportunities to serve than summer internships exclusively.  (This is an expansion of the former SummerCorps program.).

Law students who participate in AmeriCorps JD will have an opportunity to earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award – a voucher for education expenses – for dedicating 300 hours of service to a qualifying legal project with nonprofit programs or other qualifying organizations (as detailed  here), including legal aid organizations, veterans law clinics, courts and other state or local government agencies, or an academic institution.

Please note the following:

  • AmeriCorps JD applicants must be current students at Equal Justice Works member law schools.
  • For service in summer 2014, applications will open in March 2014 and will be due April 15.

To learn more about AmeriCorps JD, please visit the website.

Equal Justice Works believes that many of you begin law school with a desire to change lives.  AmeriCorps JD will allow students to put that commitment into practice and have a positive impact on some of society’s most underserved communities.

The 2014 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Sponsored by the Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel, named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal  scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.

Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules.

Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 for the top three papers.

Deadline for submitting papers:  9:00 p.m. DST, July 1, 2014.

Mail papers to: Tannenwald Foundation, 700 Sixth Street, NW,   Suite 700, Washington, DC20001-3980, Attn:  Karen Jezierski.

For more information contact: Nancy Abramowitz at 202.274.4164 or visit the website.

Consider HOPE Fellowships for Funding Your Job In the Public Interest – Deadline is February 14, 2014!

While you are on break and considering your summer options, take note of these two exceptional opportunities for funding your dream job in the public interest!

HOPE Fellows:

  • All 1Ls and 2Ls who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
  • Fellows must complete a minimum of 360 hours of work over a period of no less than 9 weeks.
  • Fellows have an ongoing reporting and feedback commitment throughout the duration of their placement consisting of weekly journals and weekly article reviews followed by group discussions.
  • Each Fellow receives a $5,000 stipend for otherwise uncompensated work at a public interest agency.
  • Fellows do not receive school credit for the work. They may not be enrolled in courses concurrently.
  • Placements are at the local, national, and international levels.

Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program:

  • All 1Ls who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
  • Fellows must complete a minimum of 35 hours per week over the course of 8 weeks.
  • This highly competitive program includes a public interest law seminar and a legal research and writing project for which Fellows receive a stipend and academic credits.
  • Fellows may choose among the following local Miami public interest agencies: Americans for Immigrant Justice; Catholic Charities; Legal Aid Services of Broward County; Legal Aid Society of the Dade County Bar Association; Legal Services of Greater Miami; and the Public Defender’s Office.

Deadline for applications is February 14th, 2014.

Questions? Email UMHOPE.


The City of Chicago Department of Law invites law students to apply for its 2014 Summer Law Clerk Program. Usually, the program begins June 1st and is for a minimum of 10 weeks; however, the start date and duration of a law clerk’s summer will be determined by the law clerk and his/her direct supervisor. The Summer Program is designed to provide current law students with a challenging unpaid clerkship that reflects the demands and rewards of public service, as well as a realistic picture of what it is like to practice law for the City of Chicago.

Participants in the Summer Program are not compensated. Some schools may offer students grants or allow for academic credit.

During the Summer Program, the law clerks will be assigned to work in one of the practice divisions in the law department and participate in a wide variety of activities including:

  • assisting in trial preparation;
  • attending depositions;
  • observing real estate closings;
  • attending client meetings and court proceedings;
  • researching legal issues; and
  • drafting memoranda, briefs and contracts.

Also, law clerks that have finished their second year of law school and qualify for an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license may represent the City in:

  • mandatory tort arbitrations in the Circuit Court of Cook County;
  • disciplinary hearings for the police and labor boards; and
  • labor arbitration.

They may also depose or examine witnesses in trials in state and federal court.

During the summer, the Law Department will host a lecture series that feature speakers addressing legal issues that affect the City in areas such as environmental and First Amendment law and provides the law clerks with opportunities to meet with City department officials and members of state and federal judiciary.

The Law Department seeks talented, promising individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many of the attorneys are active in civic and professional activities and organizations. The Law Department is committed to increasing opportunities for minorities in the legal profession, and it is proud that its staff reflects the racial, cultural and ethnic diversity of Chicago. The Law Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To learn more about the various Divisions within the Department of Law and the work that they handle, potential candidates should check out the Litigation, Prosecution and Transactional Division links found under “What We Do” on the website.

To apply for the 2014 Summer Law Clerk Program, interested students should submit all application materials as outlined here.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2014.


Apply for the 2014 Peggy Browning Fellowships!

The Peggy Browning core program is the Summer Fellowship Program, which is comprised of a 10-week fellowship during the summer months at labor-related organizations around the country.  In 2014, the program will support between 60 and 70 funded summer fellowships, plus one part-time funded School-Year Fellowship at the Chicago Newspaper Guild for 2014 – 2015.

The Summer Fellowship Program provides stipends to 1st and 2nd year law students who dedicate this time to advancing the cause of workers’ rights.

Summer Fellowship stipends will be a minimum of $5,000 per student for the ten-week employment period.  In many cases, mentor organizations will supplement the stipend. (See each fellowships description for details).

The program recruits interested students and works closely with mentor organizations to ensure that each fellow will experience unique and challenging work assignments.  Their strong relationships with leading national labor leaders, labor attorneys and labor law professors make our fellowship program the preeminent of its kind.

Peggy Browning Fellows gain the practical skills required to represent workers.  They enjoy opportunities to network with their peers and leaders in the field of public interest labor law.  The mentor organizations and their clients benefit from the services provided by this talented and commited group.

Since their beginning in 1997, the program has placed over 500 law students in highly competitive fellowship positions with unions, worker centers, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority and union-side law firms.  Peggy Browning Fellows have advocated for thousands of workers and their families nationwide.  More than 120 Peggy Browning Alumni are currently working in workers’ rights labor law or public interest law.

Please see the following 2014 Peggy Browning Fellowship opportunities:

  1. 2014 Summer Fellowships: Funded positions in labor-related organizations throughout the United States; and
  2. 2014-2015 School-Year Fellowship: 1 funded part-time position in Chicago.

For additional information and to apply, please visit the website.

Application deadline: January 17, 2014.

Global Medical Management Seeks Director of Negotiations/Legal Affairs

Global Medical Management is currently seeking a Director of Negotiations/Legal Affairs. Please see the following information:

General Summary:

Reports to COO. Works in collaboration with COO and senior management to enhance and implement procedures and special projects.  Responsible for cohesiveness, efficiency and quality assurance for negotiation services to clients. Works closely with VP of Healthcare Services,  Director of Claims, Account Directors/Managers to coordinate the development of efficiencies and procedures.

Primary Role & Responsibilities for Director of Negotiations: 

  • Maintains up to date written procedures for all claims and negotiation staff and processes. Sets up minimum requirements and corrective action plans for productivity and results.
  • Supervises daily work in the Negotiation department..
  • Ensures negotiation productivity on a daily basis, responsible for ensuring GMMI stays on tract with expectations.
  • Responsible for training of all negotiation staff.
  • Arranges, in coordination with the VP of Health Services, appropriate back-up staff to service all functions in his/her absence.
  • Reports complicated inquiries or complaints to the VP of Healthcare Services and COO and keeps them informed at all times.
  • Works closely with Senior Programmer in implementing and upgrading procedures in Visual Cost Care
  • Assures account adjustments are current and performed in accordance with GMMI policy.
  • Oversees and updates GMMI’s Fraud Detection Guidelines.
  • Coordinates and set internal guidelines for COB (Coordination of Benefits) as well as schedule staff COB training.
  • Knowledge of client product lines.
  • Performs other responsibilities and assignments as instructed by Management.

Primary Role & Responsibilities for Director of Legal Affairs:

  • Reviews and draft all contracts, leases, and agreements prior to entering into by or with GMMI and on behalf of GMMI or by any employee or third party.
  • Provides legal advice on any legal matters pertaining to GMMI.
  • Provides legal advice on any suits brought by or against GMMI.
  • Consults GMMI on any new laws, regulations or statues; whether state or federal.
  • Act as a legal consultant for GMMI in any legal matters, mediations, arbitrations, and hearings.
  • Support all Department Managers on legal matters affecting GMMI.
  • Provider General Legal Counsel
  • Draft letters and correspondences on behalf of GMMI. 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and experience in healthcare and insurance field.  Account management and healthcare claims processing experience preferred.
  • If degrees in above fields are lacking then HIAA certification or active enrollment will be required starting 1/1/2001.
  • Proficient in GMMI philosophy on Provider, Marketing, Customer Service and Client Management.
  • Proficient in GMMI claims processing and reporting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills  and ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.  Multilingual with excellent English language skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary to interact positively with clients, providers and professional staff.  Must represent the organization in a professional and knowledgeable manner.
  • Computer skills essential to manage correspondence, database maintenance, spreadsheet analysis and for information entry / retrieval from the CostCare system.
  • Certified for Client Services.
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the United States or equivalent law degree.  At a minimum will possess license to practice law in the State of Florida.

Interested candidates should send an email directly to Marlene M. Leon, MS, PHR, ISO/Quality Assurance Program Manager and HR Generalist, GMMI, Inc. In subject line have the candidate state – Dir. of Negotiation Position.  Salary is negotiable.