The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Success in Law School Mentoring Program for 1L Students

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is excited to offer the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program for first year students at the University Of Miami School of Law. LCLD is a national organization of more than 220 corporate general counsel and law firm managing partners. For more information about LCLD, please visit LCLD’s website.

LCLD believes that success in law school is the first step to a successful legal career. To support the success of diverse students in law school, LCLD is launching the 2015-2016 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program in more than 30 cities around the country, including Miami. Participating mentees will be paired with an experienced lawyer in your city, from one of LCLD’s Member organizations.

Mentees will also have an opportunity to participate in the LCLD Group Mentoring Program, which includes networking events and substantive informational programming. You can register online for this first come, first serve program beginning December 1, 2015. Please register on LCLD’s website, using this link. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Yazmyne Vasquez in the CDO.

Public Counsel Now Accepting Applications for its Summer 2016 Clerkship Program

Public Counsel has nine exciting law projects and several sub-projects that accept summer interns. The projects include a sophisticated appellate law practice, a comprehensive children’s rights program that handles school condition and discipline matters, special education cases, and adoptions, a community development team that supports affordable housing development and assists non-profit and small businesses with a variety of transactional needs, an immigrants’ rights group that does compelling asylum work on behalf of victims of torture and political persecution, a homelessness prevention unit that defends unlawful detainer complaints, advocates for welfare benefits, and eliminates outstanding tickets and warrants for persons at-risk of homelessness, and complex consumer fraud and impact litigation that addresses the injuries of individuals as well as systemic reform. Click here to learn more about each of their practice areas.

Public Counsel’s 2016 summer internship program will run for ten weeks, commencing on May 31, 2016, and ending on August 5, 2016. Both 1L’s and 2L’s are eligible for these internships. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications from 2L’s are currently being received and considered.  Applications from 1L’s will not be accepted until December 1, 2015. If you are a 1L, please wait until December 1 to transmit your application.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, transcript (or list of grades), and writing sample via email. If you are interested in more than one project, you must indicate your first choice of projects. It is helpful to describe in your cover letter the reasons for your interest in the project for which you are applying.  If a particular project has subprojects (e.g., adoptions, guardianship, Transition Age Foster Youth (TAFY), please make sure to specify the particular subproject you are applying for.  Again, you may apply for more than one subproject, but you must indicate your first choice.  Note:  Unless otherwise indicated below, all of the clerkships will take place in Los Angeles. 

Please be sure to include the following in the subject line of your e-mail:  “Application for 2015 Public Counsel Summer Internship.”  Your application will not be considered if the requested application materials or project preference are omitted.

The following projects are currently accepting summer clerk applications:

  • Center for Veterans’ Advancement
  • Children’s Rights Project
    • Adoptions
    • Advocacy for Children with Developmental Disabilities
    • Education Rights
    • Guardianship
    • Transition Age Foster Youth (TAFY)
  • Community Development Project
    • Community Development
    • Early Childhood Education
  • Consumer Law Project
    • Consumer Law
    • Debtor Assistance Project
  • Statewide Education Rights Project (this clerkship is for the Bay Area office only)
  • Homelessness Prevention Law Project
    • Connecting Angelenos to Resources and Essential Services (CARES)
    • Shriver Housing Project
  • Immigrants’ Rights Project

For complete information on the summer program, including how to apply for a clerkship, interested students should visit Public Counsel’s 2016 Summer Clerkship Application page.


This Week at the CDO (Week of November 16, 2015)

Friday, November 20, 2015:

  • South Florida Group of Regional Counsel Legal Seminar – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Off Site Shalala Student Center: The South Florida Group of Regional Counsel Seminar 2015 will be an extraordinary event of the Group with Morgan Lewis and the University of Miami School of Law. The Group has more than 320 members representing more than 200 multinationals. The program will offer seven panels covering a variety of topics. Event website here.

The FBA Section on Taxation Announces the 2016 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition!

The FBA Section on Taxation would like to announce the 2016 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition.

The prizes are: 1st place: $2,000; 2nd place: $1,000; and a trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Winning entries may be published in the Tax Section newsletter, the Report, or in The Federal Lawyer. Other entries may also earn an honorable mention at the conference.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Full and part-time J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible.
  • Deadline is January 8, 2016
  • Any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20 and 50 double spaced pages is welcome.
  • Seminar papers and articles submitted (but not yet selected for publication) to law reviews, journals, or other competitions are eligible.

Entries may be submitted by email to Marcellus Howard or by mail to:

Federal Bar Association Section on Taxation
Attn: Donald C. Alexander Tax Law Writing Competition
1220 N. Fillmore Str. Suite 444
Arlington, VA 22201 

For more information, see the website.

Veterans’ Legal Career Fair 2016

The 2nd Annual Veterans’ Legal Career Fair will be held on April 29-30, 2016 in Washington, D.C. This event—the only one of its kind in the United States—provides a unique opportunity for legal employers to interview lawyers who are veterans or active-duty service members preparing for a transition out of the military.

The career fair will arrange one-on-one interviews and informational sessions for veterans (including active duty JAG Corps members and reservists) seeking positions as lawyers, including with corporate legal departments, law firms, other private sector employers and government agencies. Spouses of active-duty service members and veterans are also eligible to participate.

Last year’s inaugural event drew 150 candidates from around the world and 45 employers, including two dozen leading law firms as well as representatives of legal departments at major companies such as Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, American Express, PwC and Prudential.

Orrick is honored to partner with The American Legion; corporate founding sponsors Microsoft Corporation, Morgan Stanley and ALM; and private practice sponsors Shearman & Sterling and the D.C. Diverse Partners Network to create this career fair.

For additional information, please visit the website.


T.J. Reddick Bar Association Networking, Resume Building, and Interviewing Tips for Attorneys

Purpose: The purpose of the CLE is to provide new and experienced attorneys with information to assist in legal networking, resume building, and interviewing for legal jobs in the public and private sectors. Legal professionals from corporate and private practice will participate in the CLE. Additionally, a head hunter will provide practical tips and information regarding the legal sector and job market. The speakers will discuss the importance of pro bono services, as well as involvement in the community and the profession through voluntary bar organizations and other community service organizations. The speakers will also discuss networking, resume building, working with head hunters, non-legal jobs for lawyers, and salary expectations and trends in South Florida.

Date & Location: The CLE will be on November 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Greenspoon Marder Law, 200 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1800, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301.

Cost: The CLE is free for due paying T.J. Reddick Bar Association members, law students, and judges. Non-members, the cost of the CLE is $27.37 for non-members. Non-members may pay their dues before or at the CLE on November 19, 2015 to be considered a member.

RSVP: Please RSVP at Eventbrite.

This Week at the CDO (Week of November 9, 2015)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015:

  • 1L Judicial Internship Session – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Room F-108 – Judicial Internship Information Session for 1Ls. If you are interested in working for a judge next summer, we will tell you how and when to apply. Also, we will have on hand upper level students who have interned for judges to talk about their experiences and to answer your questions. If you have questions, please ask Karen Warren at the CDO.

The University of Miami Business Law Review is Currently Accepting Article Submissions

The University of Miami Business Law Review is currently accepting article submissions to be published in Issue 2 of Volume 24. Our editorial process will commence in mid-January and will be published in the spring.  UMBLR conducts a rigorous editorial process for each article and will often publish ahead of schedule. Our fast turnaround, diligent communication with authors, and thoroughness is what helps distinguish us from other law journals.

Authors seeking publication can submit their articles electronically in Microsoft Word format to this e-mail address.

Graduate Business Students Association and the Ziff Graduate Career Services Center Invite you to the United Way FUN-raiser!

GBSA (Graduate Business Students Association) and the Ziff Graduate Career Services Center invite you to theUnited Way FUN-raiser!”


* All proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade.

  • November 11th, 2015, 5:00 P.M.—7:00 P.M.
  • Business School Fishbowl
  • Casual Dress 
  • $15 Cash or Check donation at the door covers happy hour, Mexican appetizers & one (1) raffle ticket
  • Additional tickets may be purchased for $5 each

Please RSVP to Belinda Ortega.




1L Summer Judicial Internship Information Session

Are you interested in working for a judge this summer? If so, then do not miss this opportunity to learn what judges are looking for, how and when to apply, and what the job entails. Former judicial interns will also be on hand to share their experiences and to answer your questions. You are welcome to bring your own lunch to the program.

When:                  Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Where:                 University of Miami School of Law, Room F108

Time:                    12:30 – 1:30 pm