The BPI Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship for a Public Interest Lawyer

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a Chicago-based not-for-profit law and policy center, seeks a recent law or public policy graduate to serve as the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for one year, renewable for a second, beginning in summer or fall 2011.

The Fellowship was created in 1999 to honor Alexander Polikoff, who served as BPI’s Executive Director for 29 years, and Dorothy Gautreaux, the public housing activist who gave her name to Polikoff’s most significant lawsuit.  Through the landmark Gautreaux lawsuit, Polikoff helped thousands of public housing residents live in non-segregated communities throughout Chicago and changed the face of federal public housing policy.  The Gautreaux precedent has inspired similar remedial housing programs across the country.

As a result of the diverse range of issues BPI’s work addresses and the complicated political dilemmas they present, work at BPI requires a variety of skills, creativity and a willingness to go beyond traditional legal remedies to bring about social change. In a typical day, a BPI attorney or policy analyst might do any of the following:

  • Negotiate the components of a site plan for a new mixed income community in a working group of public housing residents, community members, the developer, Chicago Housing Authority and City of Chicago staff
  • Interview teachers and administrators about policies and practices that challenge the development and long-term sustainability of innovative public schools
  • Conduct research for groundbreaking exclusionary zoning litigation to increase affordable housing
  • Draft a motion to allow for the construction of public housing within the context of a new mixed income community
  • Meet with municipal officials and state legislators to advocate for the creation and preservation of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households

Learn how to apply here.  The deadline to submit an application is October 15, 2010.

Office of the Solicitor General One Year Bristow Fellowship

The Office of the Solicitor General offers a one-year Bristow Fellowship for law school graduates to work closely with other lawyers in the Office on drafting briefs in opposition to petitions for certiorari filed in the Supreme Court of the Untied States and prepare recommendations to the Solicitor General regarding the authorization of government appeals in the lower courts.  The fellows also assist in the preparation of petitions and briefs in Supreme Court cases, work on special projects and hep the Solicitor General and other lawyers in the office prepare for oral arguments before the Supreme Court.  The Office generally hires four fellows each year and the fellowships will begin in August or September of 2011.

More information is available online and in the Career Development Office.

What is PSLawNet? A Wealth of Public Interest/Public Service Job Search Resources

PSLawNet (Public Service Law Network) is an online clearinghouse for law students and lawyers to connect with public interest opportunities and information on public interest careers.  PSLawNet is a free resource for UM law students and alumni to search among thousands of public interest job opportunities and employer profiles.  In addition to its database, PSLawNet offers an online library of educational and career-building resources for those interested in pursuing a career in public service.  These resources are publicly available to all website visitors.

For a comprehensive overview of all the resources accessible through PSLawNet, please view PSLawNet’s Career Services Handout.

Daniel J. Curtin Jr. Fellowship for Land Use and Planning

First and second year law students are invited to apply for the Daniel J. Curtin Jr. Fellowship.

The Daniel J. Curtin Jr. Fellowship is a great opportunity for students to learn about the diverse legal issues that affect the planning profession and to work with the planners and legal professionals who are involved in these areas on a day-to-day basis.  The legal issues underlying the planning of our cities and communities are an important and essential component in the education and training of those who would become professional planners and land use practitioners. The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to foster increased interest in the study of land use planning and its interrelationship with the law at the advanced undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels.

The Program is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students, first and second year master’s degree students, and first and second year law students.  One fellowship with a stipend of $4,000.00 will be awarded.  The term of the fellowship is approximately ten months (the typical length of two semesters or three quarters).

Interested students may obtain more information as well as the application on the CDO Student Portal under the Scholarships and Fellowships folder.

Application package must be received by PLD no later than October 4, 2010.

Looking for a Fall Semester Position?

2L and 3L students, do you want to work this semester?  Many employers hire students to work as interns or law clerks.  Positions are being posted on Symplicity on a daily basis so now is the time to start looking.  Below is one of the opportunities posted on Symplicity:

Faculty Senate Legal Intern

Intern needed for fall semester to work with the University of Miami Faculty Senate.  3Ls are preferred but 2Ls will be  considered.   The intern will be supervised by Professor Richard Williamson and will require up to 10/hrs. per week.  Salary TBD.

The Faculty Senate is the vehicle by which the Faculty is authorized to share in planning and governance of the university.  Through its committees and as a deliberative and legislative body, the Senate plays an important role in dealing w/academic policies, new program and degree approvals, compensation and the annual budgets, reviews of chairs and deans, and countless other matters of collegial concern and interest.  It is also the vehicle for hearing faculty grievances regarding rank, salary and conditions of employment, as well as appeals on tenure decisions.

To apply, email your resume to Diane Jones of the Career Development Office with the subject line:  Faculty Senate Intern

Judicial Intern Program of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court (2L and 3L students)

Applications are now available for the Judicial Intern Program of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court (Miami, FL).  The program places second and third year students in a direct working relationship with county and circuit judges in the Civil, Criminal, Juvenile, Family and Domestic Violence Divisions.

The schedule by which the law student will intern will be a matter to be determined between the student and judge.  However, a minimum of 5-10 hours per week is required.  Interns are not permitted to work with any law firm or other legal agency while participating in this program.  The Career Development Office is responsible for matching students and judges.  To every extent possible, the assignment will be based on students’ expressed areas of interest.

In order to apply for the program, you must submit a completed application, resume and short writing sample.  Applications are available at the reception desk in the Career Development Office,  Room A112.  You may submit your application materials in hard copy to the Career Development Office or electronically to Amy Perez of the CDO.

New Application deadline: Monday, August 30th at 5:00 p.m.

Judicial Intern Program Timeline

Application Deadline:             Monday, August 30, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.

Intern Orientation:                   Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. (Faculty Meeting Room/G-477)

Intern Program:                        Monday, September 13, 2010

Intern Program:                        Friday, November 19, 2010

Please feel free to contact your Career Development Office Advisor should you have any questions.

Thank you,

This Week at the CDO (Week of August 23, 2010)

Welcome back to our returning students and welcome to UM Law to our new students.  Since it is a new year, the CDO blog has a new look, we hope you like it.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Judicial Clerkships Season Kick–Off Reception

Read more about this great event taking place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

U.S. Department of Justice Presentation on opportunities with the DOJ through the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) for 2L students and Honors Program for 3L students.  Read more about this event taking place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Learning Center Room 170.

All students are welcome and those applying for the Summer Law Intern Program or Honors Program are especially encouraged to attend.  The deadline to apply to these programs is September 7, 2010.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lavender Law Career Fair, Miami Beach, FL

Boston Lawyers Group Job Fair, Washington, DC

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mandatory Externship Program Boot Camp II

12:30 p.m. – Rooms 108 & 309

Questions about the Externship Program and Boot Camp?  Email Sajani Desai, Externship Program Coordinator

Friday, August 27, 2010

Northwest Minority Job Fair, Seattle, WA

U.S. Department of Justice Presentation on Summer and Post Graduate Opportunities

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INVITES YOU TO A SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON:

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S HONORS PROGRAM and SUMMER LAW INTERN PROGRAM

featuring

LARISA HERNANDEZ

Attorney Advisor, Executive Office for Immigration Review and University of Miami School of Law graduate

All students at the University of Miami School of Law are invited to learn more about the opportunities available at the Department of Justice for new attorneys and interns.  Students applying for the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) and Honors Program are especially encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

12:30 p.m. – 1:30p.m.

Room: LC170

The deadline for applications to the Attorney General’s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program is Tuesday, September 7, 2010.  Applications are available on-line at www.usdoj.gov/oarm.


K&L Gates Change Your World Campaign

The following is a message from the law firm K&L Gates:

Conservation. Community. Change.

The world is changing all around you. Right now, you have the opportunity to make an impact. By joining our global law firm, you will work with a wide array of organizations making a difference in communities around the world. You can also make a difference today by helping us donate $20,000.

Continuing on the success of the past two year’s Change Your World campaigns, K&L Gates LLP is reducing waste by minimizing printed recruiting materials and eliminating promotional items. The money we save will be donated to a worthy charity. Here’s where you come in.

Visit www.klgates.com/changeyourworld, play the “Change Your World” trivia challenge, and decide which of three outstanding nonprofit organizations you want your score to count toward. If you are good enough, the organization you choose could receive the cash. Compete for your school, compete for personal glory, compete for a cause you believe in. While you are there, find out why you should be a part of K&L Gates.

National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference

The Peggy Browning Fund extends an invitation to law students to attend the 12th annual National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference taking place this October in Maryland:

What:             12th Annual NATIONAL LAW STUDENTS WORKERS’ RIGHTS CONFERENCE

When:            October 15 & 16, 2010

Where:          National Labor College, Silver Spring, MD

Deadline:      August 26 if you’re asking The Peggy Browning Fund to pay for airfare; October 1 for all others.

More Info:     Visit The Peggy Browning Fund online.