The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig 2012 Student Writing Competition – Deadline June 1, 2012

Deadline:          June 1, 2012

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) announces the American  College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig 2012 Student Writing Competition. This competition was created by ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee, which consists of law school professors who teach in the area of trusts and estates and practitioners who teach as adjuncts in the trusts and estates field. The competition honors the late Mary Moers Wenig, a member of ACTEC’s Legal Education Committee, who was a law school professor for over 30 years.

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a professional association consisting of approximately 2,700 lawyers from throughout the United States, Canada and other parts of the world who are elected as Fellows of the College. Fellows are selected on the basis of professional reputation and ability in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching and bar activities.

Consistent with ACTEC’s purposes, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition was created to encourage and reward scholarly works in the area of trusts and estates. ACTEC’s purposes are to maintain an association of lawyers, international in scope, skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents; to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility, to bring together qualified lawyers whose character and ability will contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the College; and to cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar purposes.

The funding for the competition will be provided by the ACTEC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports educational projects relating to trust and estate law.

This competition is open to any law student in good standing (full-time or part-time) who is currently enrolled as a J.D. or LL.M.  candidate in an ABA-accredited law school within the United States or its possessions.

Click here for official rules.

Click here for entry form (single author).

Click here for entry form (joint submission).

The 2012 ProInspire Fellowship

ProInspire is building the next generation of nonprofit leaders by expanding the talent pipeline, developing professionals, and increasing diversity in the sector. They are passionate about accelerating social impact and being catalysts of outstanding performance.

The ProInspire Fellowship recruits top business professionals with 2-5 years of business experience who want to use their skills for social impact and to invest in a growing community of ProInspire fellows. Fellows spend one year working in an analytical or strategic role at a nonprofit organization. After the Fellowship, Fellows engage with our community of alumni to continue investing in the sector.

This highly competitive program offers targeted positions with leading nonprofits, monthly trainings with a cohort of peers, a coach, and a network to support career growth. Previous ProInspire Fellows come from across the U.S. with experience at Bain, Credit Suisse, General Mills, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Parthenon Capital, and other leading companies. Fellows work with top non-profits based in the Washington D.C. area.

Learn more about this opportunity and watch the video, look at the blog, etc. on the website.

Program Overview:

The Fellowship program runs for 12 months, with start dates in April 2012 and August 2012. Hiring partners include organizations focused on community development, education, international development, health, microfinance, social investing, and youth development.

Fellows participate in a 2-day Orientation, a mandatory Fellows retreat, monthly workshops, coaching, and leadership development projects. Fellows also receive career/graduate school support. After the program, Fellows stay in the social sector, find other career opportunities, or attend graduate school. Annual compensation of $42,000 and health benefits are provided by the hiring organization.

Selection Criteria:

ProInspire conducts a rigorous selection process based on the selection criteria and needs of hiring organizations. Successful candidates will have:

1. A minimum of two years of business experience by August 2012
2.Passion for using their business skills to have a positive impact on society
3. Humility and eagerness to learn
4. Demonstrated initiative, self-direction and a “can-do” attitude
5. Adaptability in ambiguous situations and demonstrated ability to learn quickly
6. Strong analytical, problem solving, and project management skills
7. Willingness to live in Washington D.C. for the program

To Apply:

Candidates applying for April 1st start dates or priority consideration for the August start dates should submit their resume and cover letter through the website by Wednesday, February 8th, 2012.

Apply online.


Read the Career Development Office’s Handout Titled “How to Avoid Making Common Mistakes When Conducting a Legal Job Search”

Conducting a job search can be time consuming and complex. For job search tips, review the Career Development Office’s (“CDO”) new handout titled “How to Avoid Making Common Mistakes When Conducting a Legal Job Search.” The handout discusses  tips regarding your application materials, interviewing and following up with potential employers.

Go to the Symplicity Document Library to obtain access to this handout. If you have any questions, please contact your CDO advisor.


2012-2013 Fellowship Opportunity – U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program

Deadline: March 14, 2012.

IREX is pleased to announce the competition for the 2012-13 U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS). The U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Program provides funding for U.S. scholars and professionals to travel to Eurasia and serve U.S. Embassies or USAID Missions as policy specialists on a research topic proposed by the Embassy/Mission.

Researchers are able to directly contribute to the formation of U.S. public policy by conducting research on topics vital to the policy-making community, as well as increase their understanding of current regional issues and develop and sustain international networks. The fellowship provisions include: logistical support, international airfare, visa support, in-country housing and
workspace, a living expenses stipend and emergency evacuation insurance.

For 2012-13, applicants may apply for placements in the following countries and fields. Detailed information on each of the topic areas can be found in the application instructions on the IREX website.

Armenia: USAID Mission, Yerevan: Media; Politics; Think Tanks; Migration

Azerbaijan: U.S.Embassy/USAID Mission, Baku: Youth/Civil Society; U.S. Embassy, Baku: Economics/Banking Sector; Agriculture; Economics/Tax Code

Georgia: U.S. Embassy, Tbilisi: Media; Public Administration; Public-Private Partnerships

Kazakhstan: U.S. Embassy, Astana: Economics; Religion

Kyrgyz Republic: USAID Mission, Bishkek: Public Health/Business; Governance; Migration

Russia: USAID Mission, Moscow: Islam/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Gender/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation; Youth/North Caucasus Conflict Mitigation;U.S. Embassy,Moscow: International Trade; Economic Growth

Tajikistan: U.S. Embassy, Dushanbe: Education/Religion; Education/Governance; Youth; Agriculture

Turkmenistan: U.S. Embassy, Ashgabat: Islam; Rural Life; Clan Structures

Ukraine: USAID Mission, Kyiv: Health Reform; Anti-Corruption; Energy; U.S. Embassy, Kyiv: Law Enforcement; Property Rights; Public Health Technical Eligibility Requirements: Scholars and professionals who hold advanced degrees (PhD, MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MLIS, MPH, JD, MD) and are US citizens are eligible to apply for the this program.

Application Materials and Information are online.

Deadline:  5 p.m. EST on March 14, 2012.

For questions, contact IREX via email.

Applicants are encouraged to read the recommendations for writing successful international research proposals, found online.




Professor Michael Froomkin Seeks Assistants for Robotics Conference

Professor Michael Froomkin is seeking to hire law students to help manage a major conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics, to be held at the University of Miami School of Law on April 19 & 20.  There is intellectual work to be done to set  up the event, and also some administrative duties, although the law school staff will handle the majority of those duties.

The job involves a smaller amount of work now, and a larger amount of work in the weeks leading up to the event. The candidates who fill these slots would be asked to attend and assist with the conference, for example liaising with speakers, and summarizing events online, on Twitter and other media.

The job pays $13.00 per hour.

To apply, please send an email with the subject line ROBOT CONFERENCE 2012 (in all caps), followed by your name.  In the email please state:

  • How many hours you would ideally like to work per week;
  • Why you are interested in the topic and any relevant experience;
  • When you are free to start; and
  • Your phone number and email address

Please attach:

  • A copy of your resume (c.v.);
  • A transcript of your grades (need not be an official copy); and
  • A writing sample (this does not have to be a legal writing sample-please don’t send your L-Comm/LRW memo)



MIAMI LAW HOPE Public Interest Resource Center Events, Announcements and Resources for Week of January 23, 2012

Upcoming Events on Campus

Monday, January 30th, Public Interest and Experiential Learning Fair, 12:30 – 2 pm, Bricks:
Speak with directors, staff and students about the various clinics, centers and programs offering legal advocacy opportunities at Miami Law.

Wednesday, February 1st, Public Interest Lecture Series featuring Marissa Leichter, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, A110A: Join us for lunch and an informal discussion with Marissa Leichter, Esq., Senior Attorney at the Miami Dade Guardian ad Litem Program. See attached flyer for details. Lunch will be provided. Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, February 1st, An Evening With the Honorable Rosemary Barkett, 6 – 8 pm, Student Lounge: Join Judge Rosemary Barkett, Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals, for a frank discussion about legal matters we question. RSVP to Amy Perez.

Upcoming Events in the Community

Thursday, January 26th, Small Claims Clinic, 5 – 8pm, Legal Services of Greater Miami: Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. and Dade County Legal Aid Society’s Put Something Back program work together to host a Small Claims Court Clinic. Law students have the opportunity to conduct client intake and sit side-by-side with attorneys assisting low-income individuals, who cannot afford an attorney, with initiating their own small claims case. Spanish and Creole interpreters are also needed. Email Daniela Gordon if interested.

Friday, January 27th, Human Trafficking Conference, 8:30 am – 12 pm, FIU College of Law: The Hispanic National Bar Association, Florida International University College of Law, and St. Thomas University School of Law’s HALSA and CASBA are hosting a candid discussion on the Prevalence of Human Trafficking in Florida and the U.S. A panel of experts from a variety of sectors will discuss the issue of human trafficking, the culture of violence and exploitation that fuels it, and how we can work to combat one of the most widespread and deadly problems of our time. RSVP by January 25th to S. Ramirez.  

Saturday, January 28th,
WalkAbout Autism, 9 – 11am, Sun Life Stadium
: Join the Public Interest Leadership Board and the SBA as it participates in The Dan Marino Foundation’s Second Annual walk that raises crucial funds for the autism community of South Florida. Please contact Rayni Rabinovitz for more information about registering.

Thursday, February 23 – 24th, Dade County High School Mock Trial Competition, Hyatt Regency Downtown: The Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section and the Miami  Dade County  Public Schools are
looking for volunteer judges for the competition.
Each judging session takes approximately 3 hours and there are morning and afternoon sessions on both dates. If you are interested in judging the competition, please contact Eric A. Hernandez.


Interested in a Legal Advocacy Alternative Break (LAAB)? Law students are welcome to submit proposals for Spring LAAB (March 12 – 16) in groups of 3-8 people. Students will need to submit a proposal (attached) regarding the organization with which they would like to volunteer and describing the type of legal advocacy work in which the group will be engaged. The Spring 2012 LAAB proposal is due on January 31st.

Sign up for the Kaplan for Doctors Without Borders Challenge! For every student that signs up, Kaplan with donate $1 to Doctors without Borders. Click here to sign up.

Join the ABA Law Student Division 2012-2013 Leadership Team! Visit the website for the specific eligibility requirements, nomination/application forms, deadlines, and delivery instructions.

Summer Resources

Check out Equal Justice Work’s Winter 2012 Law School Update for summer opportunities!

For additional upcoming events and project dates, please visit the HOPE Calendar.


Apply for the 2012-2013 Gubernatorial Fellows Program

Most Prestigious Leadership and Public Service Program

Deadline: March 2, 2012

 Governor Rick Scott invites Floridacollege and university students to apply for the 2012-2013 Gubernatorial Fellows Program. Participation in the program provides college and university students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how government operates. Established in 2004 and endowed by Al and Dawn Hoffman in 2005, the program gives Florida college and university students the unique opportunity to work alongside state government’s top staff for two semesters.

The Gubernatorial Fellows Program provides students from all academic disciplines who are interested in public service with the opportunity to gain experience and exposure by working in key areas of government. Gubernatorial Fellows are assigned to the Executive Office of the Governor and the Governor’s agencies, based on their major or area of concentration. Fellows work a minimum of 20 hours per week and are paid for their time on the job. In most cases, tuition is waived for program participants.

Fellows also participate in a weekly lecture series, where they meet face-to-face with prominent leaders, including Governor Scott, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, Cabinet officers, agency heads and other top government officials. Fellows also travel throughout Florida and to Washington, D.C. to meet with local and federal government officials. These additional commitments are designed to broaden the Fellows’ exposure to government and enhance the experience of all participants.

To be eligible for a Gubernatorial Fellowship, candidates should be enrolled at a Florida college or university as an upperclassman (junior or senior) or a graduate student. Applicants should exhibit strong leadership, written and oral communication skills, community activism and a desire to serve the people of Florida. Approximately 12 students from around the state will be selected based on a competitive application process. Preference is given to graduate students.

Applications are due by March 2, 2012. The Fellowship will follow the university calendar starting in August 2012 and ending in May 2013. Selected Fellows will be notified in June of 2012.

For more information and to apply for the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program, please visit the website.



2012 PILnet International Fellowship: Seeking Candidates from China; the Middle East and North Africa region; and Southeast Asia


PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law is pleased to invite applications for the PILnet International Fellowship for 2012–13. PILnet will select lawyers from China, the MENA region (specifically Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia), and Southeast Asia (especially Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam) for ten months of study and practical experience in New York
and Budapest, Hungary. The program, now in its fifteenth year, targets future leaders in various fields of public interest advocacy.

PILnet International Fellows will join other public interest lawyers from around the world. They will reside a total of eight months in the U.S. and two months in Europe, during which time they will develop a project designed to further the rule of law in their home countries. The Fellowship begins with a semester of study at Columbia University School of Law and a series of professional development trainings. In the spring, the International Fellows will participate in three-month internships at New York-based public interest law organizations and a study visit based out of PILnet’s Budapest office. Fellows return to their home countries after the Fellowship with the aim of implementing the project they developed during the Fellowship. PILnet will cover the cost of a round-trip coach airfare to the U.S. and Europe, housing in New  York and Europe, a monthly stipend, and emergency medical insurance. Selected candidates for the Fellowship are required to sign an agreement to the terms of the program, stating that they will complete it in full.

Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • A completed program application form;
  • A curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A nominating letter from the organization where they are employed, supporting their application to the program and indicating how the PILnet Fellowship would benefit the  organization/institution;
  • Two recommendation letters (in addition to the nominating letter), at least one from an individual outside of the nominating organization (additional recommendations welcome);
  • A description of a project that the applicant would like to work on during the first semester of the program, ideally with practical significance to their work upon returning home;
  • A copy of the applicant’s law school transcript;
  • A copy of the applicant’s bar membership if available; and
  • Information on the nominating organization/institution.

The project description should be a two- to three-page outline of a project that the candidate would like to develop during the PILnet Fellowship period. This should include:

  • A preliminary description of the project;
  • Why it is important that this project be executed;
  • How and why the project can succeed; and
  • Who will be engaged in the home country, the U.S., and Europe, in order to improve the quality of the project.

Examples of public interest advocacy projects might include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Promoting legal reform to reduce racial discrimination;
  • Improving implementation and enforcement of children’s rights law; and
  • Establishing legal education clinics in universities.

Selection Criteria:

Evaluation of Candidate:

  1. Public interest leadership potential in his or her country;
  2. The nature of the candidate’s relationship with the nominating organization (minimum of two years working experience with the organization is required); and
  3. The candidate’s ability to communicate in English.

Evaluation of Project:

  1. The quality of the proposed project and its potential for promoting public interest law and human rights in the candidate’s home country; and
  2. The track record of the nominating organization in promoting public interest advocacy.

Submission of application materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged, though printed materials may also be submitted via regular mail to the address on the application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. If an application is submitted without one of the required components, it will be disqualified unless the applicant can justify why he/she cannot obtain the required information.

The DEADLINE for receiving applications at PILnet is 19 March 2012.

For more information, please contact Erin Carll, Program Coordinator.

Please note that PILnet cannot provide any financial or logistical assistance for  accompanying family members, including in securing suitable family housing. Moreover, Columbia University requires evidence of financial support for accompanying family members before it can issue official invitations required for visa applications. Providing proof of the financial support for accompanying family members will be the responsibility of the applicant.


The Legal Studies Institute Provides Legal Internships and Constitutional Course Credit in Washington, DC

May 19 – August 4, 2012

Early Deadline: February 10, 2012 – 5% Discount for Applying Early!

The Legal Studies Institute provides the opportunity for law students to gain a first-hand look at the American legal system through guaranteed legal internships, a 3-credit constitutional law course, guest speakers and briefings, and professional  development activities.

Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 10, 2012 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance.


Legal Internship: Participants will be placed in a 9-week summer associate position, clerkship or legal internship where they will work full-time and gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Placement sites include law firms, courts, public interest organizations and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.

Briefings and Activities: This year’s class is scheduled to meet with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and D.C. Federal Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg. Participants will attend private briefings at institutions of the judicial, legislative and executive branches and will meet with prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars.

Career Development Activities: Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers, and planned networking events will facilitate professional interaction.

Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program.

3-Credit Course on Constitutional Law: Participants will attend a course on Constitutional law for the first week of the Institute. The course is accredited by Ohio Northern University College of Law and is taught by leading legal scholars, including Professor John Baker of Catholic University and Dr. Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute.

Housing: Students will live in fully-furnished apartments in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other Institute
participants. The apartments provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.

Scholarships: 75% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit.


Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 10, 2012 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. Many legal internship sites request resumes early in the year for their upcoming summer positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Details on the program and the online application may be found online. Questions may be directed to LSI Coordinator Stacie Allen.

To request an informational brochure, please visit this link.





This Week at the CDO (Week of January 23, 2012)

Thursday, January 26: 

11th Circuit Judicial Internship Program Application Deadline – Turn in your application to Amy Perez, Director of Judicial Clerkships, Career Development Office, Room A-112.