Skadden Fellowship Information Session

Join Susan Butler Plum, Director of The Skadden Fellowship Foundation as she discusses the prestigious post-graduate Skadden Fellowship.

The Skadden Fellowship Foundation was established in 1988 in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights. The aim of the foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply.

This event will take place on Thursday, March 3rd at 12:30 PM in Law Library Reading Room – D201

If interested in attending, please RSVP to Detra Davis Fleming

3Ls and December 2010 Graduates, Are You Interested in a Post-Graduate Fellowship with Legal Corps?

Come join Dean White and current Legal Corps Fellows to learn more about Legal Corps!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Second Floor Reading Room, Law Library, D-201

Dinner Will Be Served

Great Networking Opportunity for Students Interested in Practicing in Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County

The Broward Inns of Court brings together judges, lawyers, law professors and law students who meet regularly to discuss issues involving professionalism for the benefit of the bench and bar. Evening meetings center around dinner and thought provoking contemporary programs suited to increase professionalism and guide the less experienced members. Membership is considered an honor, and is limited in number. The Broward Inns of Court will be conducting meetings on March 15, 2011 and April 13, 2011.  If you are interested in learning more about the Broward Inns of Court or attending future meetings, please contact Sajani Desai of the CDO. Please note the CDO will pay the registration fees for the first four students that contact Ms. Desai.

Exploring Small Firm and Solo Practice

Did you know that the largest entry level law firm market in Florida is the small firm market and that firms of 10 attorneys or less comprise of 73% of Florida Bar membership?

Learn more about small firms and solo practice by joining Monica Elliot, a representative of the Florida Bar Small Firm and Solo Practice Section on Monday, February 28th at 12:3o p.m. in the Student Lounge for a discussion of the benefits of solo and small firm practice.  She will also provide tips on how to best position yourself as a competitive applicant, how to identify and contact employers and how networking can help you with the job search.

Lunch will be provided.  RSVP on Symplicity is suggested but not required.

2011 Patent Law Interview Program – Registration Open

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2011 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, and rising 2L and 3L students. 

Each year roughly 1,500 law students register for the program, submit their resumes, and bid on interviews with the nation-wide employers that interest them. The program is entirely employer selected – which means that participating employers review the resumes submitted to them and choose the law students they are interested in interviewing at the program.  Roughly half of the students registered for the program are selected for interviews each year.

Students interested in patent law with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers seek patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the program website at

Online student registration is now open and will close on Monday, March 7.  To register, click on the “Register Now” link on the above web page.  At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).  Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as “University of Miami School of Law” on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools. 

We will be paying the $35 registration fee for our students, so you will not be charged anything when you register online.

Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in the CDO, Karen Warren at

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School announces its 2011 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition.

Any student currently enrolled at an American or Canadian law school is eligible to apply by submitting a paper on any topic related to legal ethics.  The paper must be original, unpublished work of no more than 50 pages.  Co-authored essays are eligible.  A prize of $2,500 will be awarded to one (1) winner.

The deadline to apply is April 29, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. All papers should be submitted to the following address:

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Notre Dame Law School
P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-6749
Fax: (574) 631-3980

2011 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that “promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession,” the core msision of the American Inns of Court.

Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics and professionalism.

The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review.

The submission deadline is June 1, 2011.

Rules for the contest are available at the American Inns of Court website.

International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest

All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.


First Place:  $2,000 and a plaque

Second Place:  $1,000 and a plaque

Third Place:  $500 and a plaque

Honorable Mention:  Plaque

Winning and honorable mention entries are considered for publication in the IADC’s quarterly academic publication, the Defense Counsel Journal. The judges also may award honorable mentions. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to the Defense Counsel Journal.

Past experience has shown that teachers of litigation-related subjects are in an ideal position to stimulate student interest in legal writing and to encourage participation in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Each year a number of the entries appear to have been prepared initially for various courses or seminars, and the caliber of the papers has been high. These faculty members are in an excellent position to encourage their students to enter the IADC contest.

More information and the entry form are available on the IADC website.

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 21, 2011)

Happy Presidents’ Day!

Monday, February 21

Bidding deadline for employers participating in Spring Recruiting 2011 Session #4 is 11:00 p.m. EST.

Thursday, February 24

Judicial Clerkship Alumni Panel12:30 p.m. in room F209.  Get “insider information” regarding judicial clerkships from four UM Law alums who will share their experiences and perspectives regarding post-graduate judicial clerkships.   Open to all students and lunch will be served!

Bidding deadline for employers participating in Spring Recruiting 2011 Sessions #2 and #3 is 11:00 p.m. EST.

Next Week:  The CDO welcomes Monica Elliot, a representative of the Florida Bar Small Firm and Solo Practice Section to speak about the benefits of this type of practice on Monday, February 28th.  Pizza and drinks will be served.

Judicial Clerkship Alumni Panel

Want “insider information” regarding judicial clerkships?  Have questions regarding what it’s like to clerk for a judge?  Then please join us for a panel discussion with four UM Law alums who will share their experiences and perspectives regarding post-graduate judicial clerkships!

The panel will take place on Thursday, February 24th at 12:30 p.m. in F209 and is open to all students!

Lunch will be served!