This Week at the CDO (Week of October 10, 2011)

Join President Obama’s “Champions of Change” Live Stream Event – The White House Office of Public Engagement and the Access to Justice Initiative at the U.S. Department of Justice invite you to join President Obama’s “Champions of Change” live stream event. The event takes place on Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Smith Centerfor Equal Justice, 3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100, Miami, Florida 33137. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact Legal Corps.


Join President Obama’s “Champions of Change” Live Stream Event on October 13th

The White House Office of Public Engagement and the Access to Justice Initiative at the U.S. Department of Justice invite you to join President Obama’s Champions of Change live stream event on October 13, 2011 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm EST at the Legal Corps office. This national, on-line conversation among law students and faculty, public service lawyers, and Attorney General Eric Holder, seeks to get thousands of future agents of legal change talking about what lawyers can do to close the justice gap. The range and quality of public interest lawyers’ accomplishments will be illustrated by honoring 16 exemplar public service Champions at the White House, hoping to inspire students to add their talents to the effort to secure basic rights for all Americans.

The event takes place on Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Smith Center for Equal Justice, 3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100, Miami, Florida 33137. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Legal Corps.


Effective Email Strategies for Law Students and Lawyers

NALP, The Association for Legal Career Professionals, has published a series of E-Guides on E-Professionalism.  Please see our earlier post for the first three E-Guides in the series regarding the use of LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to advance your career.  The following E-Guide,  Effective Email Strategies for Law Students and Lawyers, contains useful information on email and professionalism:

Effective Email Strategies for Law Students and Lawyers.

For information about Professional Development resources, contact Luevenia Wallace Sterling, Associate Director of Professional Development. 





Practising Law Institute Welcomes Applications for Student Reps

Becoming a Practising Law Institute (“PLI”) student rep can be a great boost for your resume (PLI is well known and highly regarded by law firms and corporations). And it can be a great way to be of service to your school and colleagues. Student reps not only help plan Patent Bar presentations at your school, but can also help keep an eye out for other ways PLI can be of service: scholarships, free IP books for clinics, etc.

Aside from the intangible benefits of representing a highly regarded nonprofit institution, networking with your IP professors and fellow IP students, and the like, student reps get money off their Patent Bar Review course price (or other PLI resources) and scholarships to our other programs.

Visit the PLI Website and click on the “Apply to become a PLI student rep” link in the right-hand column to apply.

Franchise Law Diversity Scholarship Award

The IFA Educational Foundation and DLA Piper US LLP have teamed up to sponsor the Franchise Law Diversity Scholarship Award. The goal of this program is to recognize and support academic achievement among diverse law students. Additionally, the program seeks to encourage diverse law students to enroll in courses that are oriented towards franchising.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible for the scholarship award, students must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school. Applicants must have 2L or 3L status during the period of the scholarship, and they must be enrolled in at least one course oriented towards franchise law (e.g., Torts, Unfair Trade Practices, Trade Secrets, Antitrust, Trademarks, Contracts, Agency, Securities). Applicants must be considered a member of a diverse group (African American, American Indian, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Gay/Lesbian).

What Does the Award Offer

One award, in the amount of $4,000, will be presented annually. The award will be issued to the law school to reduce the amount of tuition. This scholarship may not be used by the selected student’s law school to reduce the amount of any institutional financial aid. In addition to the financial award, the selected student will be invited to various functions, such as the IFA Annual Convention or other meetings, sponsored by DLA Piper US LLP. This will give the student an opportunity to get involved with the franchise law community and meet several franchise lawyers.

How Do You Get Started

Students should complete the application form and submit it to the IFA Educational Foundation, along with a certified copy of their academic transcript, and a typed essay explaining their interest in franchise law. Students should also submit two letters of recommendation from professors, school advisors, or other individuals who can attest to the applicant’s interest in franchise law. Applicants must describe their current academic course(s) in the space provided on the application form.

Application Deadline

All scholarship applications and materials must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2011 to be considered for the Fall scholarship award.

Application Procedure

Send the application and supporting materials in a single packet to: Miriam L. Brewer, Director of Education & Diversity, IFA Educational Foundation, 1501 K Street, N.W., Suite 350, Washington, D.C. 20005.

For additional details, visit the website.

This Week at the CDO (Weeks of October 3, 2011 and October 10, 2011)

Monday, October 3rd: 

Spring 2012 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Florida Law Students – Applications are due by 5:00 p.m.  For more information, you can contact Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships. 

Tuesday, October 4th:

Tax LL.M. Luncheon – Interviewing/Networking, Room F-109,12:30pm

Wednesday, October 5th:

Susan Smith Blakely, Esq.: Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law – Room 108; 12:30pm. Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, October 6th:

Fall Recruiting Phase II Ends

Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship –Open to recent graduates (at the Master’s level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations or other relevant studies. Visit website for details.  

Arthur Koenig Fellowship - Open to recent graduates (at the Master’s level or above) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations or other relevant studies.  Visit website for details.  

Oregon Department of Justice Honors Attorney Program Deadline to Apply See website for details.  

Equal Justice Works 2011 Conference and Career Fair – Last day to cancel student registration with full refund by 5:00 p.m. EDT today on the JusticeWork! Site.  

Thursday, October 13th:

Legal Corps FALL 2011 Orientation – CHESTERFIELD SMITH CENTER FOR EQUAL JUSTICE, 3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100, 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Attendance by local Fellows in the South Florida area is mandatory. For more information, please contact Legal Corps.

Friday, October 14th:

Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program (2Ls) – Application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript due today. Application forms and more information on the program can be found by clicking here 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Summer Honors Program (2Ls)- Deadline to apply is today, but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting September 16th. Opportunities with the SEC Honors Program are available inWashington DC and regional offices nationwide, includingMiami.  

Saturday, October 15th:

DISH Network L.L.C. (a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation) Writing Competition – Submissions Due Today.

Volunteer and Networking Opportunity in Miami Through the ABA

Interested in corporate law or being in-house counsel?  Want to network with attorneys in the field?  There is an exciting ABA volunteer opportunity coming to South Beach.

16th Annual National Institute on Negotiating Business Acquisitions

November 10-11, 2011

Miami Beach, FL


ABA OnRamps allows law students to attend ABA conferences and have their registration fee waived in exchange for their services.  This is a great way to serve the profession while learning valuable legal info not often taught in law school.

Students are not expected to attend the entire conference.  Instead, you can volunteer in shifts based on your availability.  When not volunteering, students are free to either attend the conference or return to campus for class if necessary.  Plus, volunteers are free to attend all conference receptions.  With the number of practicing attorneys expected, this will be an exciting networking opportunity.

Duties will vary for each event.  Primarily, student volunteers help prepare conference materials, aid with various registration tables, and attend panels to collect CLE registration forms.  Again, outside their volunteer commitment, students are free to attend or free to leave.

Any ABA members who would like to volunteer must email their name, address, phone, email, ABA# and the days and times you are able to volunteer to the Law Student Division Delegate in charge of the ABA OnRamps initiative this year.  Non-ABA members may also volunteer; however, preference will be given to ABA members.  Space is available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section and the Dade County Bar Association’s Business Law Committee Present: Demystifying the Securities Laws: A Practitioners Approach to Getting the Deal Done, Part 8-A

The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section and the Dade County Bar Association’s Business Law Committee present “Demystifying the Securities Laws: A Practitioners Approach to Getting the Deal Done,” Part 8-A. This event will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. The 1.0 hour Florida CLE will be presented by Alan H. Aronson of Akerman Senterfitt. You may attend this event either in person or by telephone conferencing. 

For those attending in person, the session will be held at:

Akerman Senterfitt
One SE Third Avenue
Miami, Florida 3313

Dial-in instructions will be e-mailed to all telephone participants. Please mute your line for the duration of the call, unless you wish to speak or ask a question.

Lunch will be served to those that RSVP in advance courtesy of LexisNexis.

Law students are encouraged to participate in this event.

Space is limited. Please RSVP (and indicate whether participating in person or telephonically)  by October 14, 2011.




The National Law Review 2011 Law Student Writing Competition

Submission Deadline October 17th! 

NLR November 2011 Suggested Topics: Intellectual Property law, Tax Law and Labor & Employment Law.  

This is a reminder that submissions are now being accepted for consideration for publication in the November issue of the National Law Review (NLR)

Please note that although students are encouraged to submit articles addressing Health & Labor Law they may also submit entries covering current issues related to other areas of the law. The deadline for entries is Monday, October 17th.   The winning articles from this month’s NLR 2011 Law Student Writing Competition will be published online in November 2011. The top article(s) chosen will be featured on the NLR home page.  Up to 5 runner-up articles may also be posted in the NLR searchable database. 

Why Students Should Submit Articles:

  • Students have the opportunity to publicly display their legal knowledge and skills.
  • The student’s photo, biography and contact information will be posted with each article, allowing for professional recognition and exposure.
  • Winning articles are published alongside those written by respected attorneys from Am Law 200 and other prominent firms as well as from other respected professional associations.
  • Now more than ever, business development skills are expected from law firm associates earlier in their careers. NLR wants to give law students valuable experience generating consumer-friendly legal content of the sort which is included for publication in law firm client newsletters, law firm blogs, bar association journals and trade association publications.  

Student postings will remain in the NLR online database for up to two years, easily accessed by potential employers. In addition, each winning entry will be accompanied by the student’s law school logo and contact information, a branding opportunity for your school.

For complete rules and deadlines, please see the Submission Guidelines. If you have any questions regarding this competition, please contact the NLE at


This Week at the CDO (Week of September 26, 2011)

Monday, September 26th:

Lunch & Learn Series: Careers in Government – Room F109, 12:30-1:50pm

The U.S. Department of State’s 2011 Diplomacy Fellows Program Applications Due – The deadline to submit completed applications is 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Visit the Diplomacy Fellows Page for more information and eligibility.   

Wednesday, September 28th:

Int’l LL.M. IGLP/CDO Luncheon: New York Job Fair – Room F-200, 12:30-2pm

Friday, September 30th:

Sidley Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Applications Due – For information, visit the website.

Saturday, October 1st:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Law Internship Program (2Ls) and Honors Program (3Ls) – Applications Due Today!

The 2011 Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) Conference –Conference topic is Child Law: Past, Present, and Future. Learn more here.