Summer Funding Opportunity From Equal Justice America

Equal Justice America is again offering Legal Services Fellowships this summer.  Applications are due on March 22nd.  Information on how to apply is available on the EJA website.   

Equal Justice America will consider applications from law students who have arranged a placement with an organization that provides civil legal assistance to the poor.

Depending on the availability of funding, EJA Summer Fellowships pay up to $4,000.  EJA may also supplement funding students have received from the Law School or other sources.  If Work Study is available and an employer match is required, EJA may provide the employer match.

For more information about the program, please visit www.equaljusticeamerica.org.

Solo and Small Firm Interview Program – Registration Date Change

The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar invites all law students to participate in the 2010 Solo and Small Firm Interview Program, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 12-2 p.m. in Orlando, Florida. Applicants will be interviewed for entry-level associate positions, summer 2010 clerkships, part-time research and writing positions and project-based legal work. Registration for the Interview Program will run from noon on March 3 to noon on March 9, 2010. Registration forms will be available in the Career Development Office and on the Student Portal beginning on March 3. A Student Information Sheet containing more detailed information about the Interview Program is currently available in the “Job Fairs” folder of the Student Portal (https://wss-02.law.miami.edu/sites/cdo/students).

The Interview Program is one component of the Solo and Small Firm Section’s Annual Conference and students also are encouraged to attend the Conference, which begins on Friday, March 26 and ends with the Interview Program on the 27th. The full-time law student reduced rate for the Conference is $50 (participation in the Conference is optional; students can participate in only the Interview Program at no charge and regardless of whether they are registered for the Conference). The schedule and registration form for the Conference are available on the Student Portal.

For more information, please contact Cristina Ortega of the CDO.

Fifth Annual NAELA Elder Law Writing Competition

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is pleased to present the Fifth Annual NAELA Elder Law Writing Competition offering a $1,500 cash prize for the best article submitted. In addition to the $1,500 first prize, the winner will be interviewed for a future issue of NAELA News. The second place winner will receive $1,000 cash, and the third place winner will receive $500 cash. The top eight articles will be published in NAELA Student Journal, an annual publication, and the top eight authors also will receive a complimentary one-year student membership to NAELA.

The writing competition was designed to focus students on the issues of Elder Law and Elder Law as a legal specialty.

The article should address any topic regarding legal issues affecting seniors or people with disabilities.  Articles will be judged on originality, accuracy, research, conciseness, analysis, and clarity of style.  Papers with excessive typographical and/or grammatical errors will be eliminated.

• The contest is open to part- and full-time JD candidates who have not yet graduated.
• All articles must be original and previously unpublished.
• Articles written for law school credit are acceptable.
• Jointly authored papers are not acceptable.
• NAELA encourages students to meet with a faculty member or practicing attorney for a review of their article prior to submission, but all content must be the student’s own work.
• The faculty member or lawyer who reviews the article must be indicated in the submission e-mail.
• Entries should be set at 12-point Times New Roman font with double spacing and one-inch margins, not to exceed 35 pages including footnotes, charts, graphs, indices, appendices, etc., on standard letter paper.
• NAELA encourages students to provide an outline and follow a standard law review format.
• Do not utilize macros or type in all caps.
• Articles must be submitted electronically in Word or WordPerfect.
• Citations must appear as footnotes at the bottom of the page and be linked to the corresponding note in the body of the document.
• Cites must conform to the 17th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others who work with seniors, people with disabilities, and their families. Established in 1987, the Academy provides a resource of information,
education, networking, and assistance to those who deal with the many specialized issues involved with providing legal services to the elderly and people with disabilities.

• NAELA reserves the right to reject without reading any article that has substantial typographical or grammatical
errors.
• All entries must be submitted electronically, as an attachment to an e-mail message with the subject line 2010 NAELA STUDENT JOURNAL WRITING COMPETITION (in all caps).
• Each entry must be submitted between March 1, 2010 and 12:00 p.m. EDT on May 31, 2010 to mhansen@naela.org. A confirmation e-mail will be sent within 72-hours of our receipt of your article.
• Only one essay may be submitted for each student.
• All entries must be submitted with a title page containing only the essay’s title.
• The entrant’s name should not appear on any page of the submitted essay.
• Please include the following information in the body of the e-mail:
1. title
2. date submitted for academic credit (if applicable)
3. name
4. law school
5. name of advising professor (if applicable)
6. year of graduation
7. mailing addresses
8. telephone number(s)
9. e-mail addresses
• Each entrant must complete and submit an official entry form published by NAELA that provides:
1. the title of his/her essay
2. the date
3. the entrant’s printed name and signature
4. the entrant’s law school and expected date of graduation
5. the entrant’s e-mail address
6. all permanent and temporary addresses and telephone
numbers
• Forms requiring signatures should be printed, signed, scanned and attached to the e-mail message that submits
the contest entry.
• By submitting the paper and official entry form, the entrant agrees that:
1. the entrant has read the competition rules and accepts
the conditions stated,
2. the paper is written by the entrant,
3. the entrant releases NAELA from all liability, and
4. the entrant releases the use of his or her paper and name for publication in any medium and for editorial,
advertising, and promotional usage, without compensation, in connection with the promotion of this writing competition and succeeding writing competitions sponsored by NAELA. A paper that fails to comply with all format and other submission requirements will not be considered.

NAELA Student Journal reserves the right of first refusal for publication of all works submitted. No work submitted as an entry in this contest may be published in any form until the contest has ended and the winners have been named. If you decide to have your work published in another publication, you must notify Meredith Hansen immediately and remove your submission from consideration.  After the contest has ended and the winners have been named, NAELA reserves the right of first refusal for publication  with respect to the top eight winners. All other entries will be automatically released at the time the contest winners are named.

Winners will be announced in mid-August 2010.

For a copy of the entry form, please email Diane Quick of the CDO.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 1, 2009)

Wednesday, March 3

Informational Career Fair
12:30 p.m.
The Bricks

Career choices keeping you up at night?  Get the answers you’ve been looking for at this year’s Informational Career Fair.

Take this opportunity to speak with attorneys practicing in different areas of law about how they got started in their fields and what it is like to practice law on a day-to-day basis.  The fair will include attorneys working in a variety of practice areas – including antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, business reorganization, civil litigation, class action litigation, commercial litigation, corporate, criminal defense, criminal prosecution, entertainment, family, immigration, insurance defense, intellectual property (patent and trademark), international, labor and employment, landlord/tenant, law enforcement, legal recruiting, media, military, municipal, products liability, public interest and securities – in small, midsize and large firms; government agencies; public interest organizations; the judiciary; and multinational corporations.

Attorneys from many different organizations will be in attendance including:

Akerman Senterfitt

American Express

Burger King Corporation

Carlton Fields, P.A.

Caterpillar Inc.

Discovery Communications LLC

Eleventh Judicial Circuit

FBI

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit

GEICO

Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

HBO Latin America Group

Legal Aid/Put Something Back Pro Bono Project

Legal Services of Greater Miami

Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office

Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office

Ryder System, Inc.

Third District of Court of Appeal

U.S. Air Force JAG Corps

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

You’ll have the opportunity to

meet and network with many attorneys in both the private and public sectors

learn firsthand about various practice areas

assess your qualifications for and interest in particular practice areas

sound like an “insider” when meeting with future potential employers

For more information on the Career Fair, please contact Cristina Ortega Lopez or Tamesha Keel in the Career Development Office at cortega@law.miami.edu or tkeel@law.miami.edu.

and…

Registration opens for the Florida Bar Solo and Small Firm Interview Program.  Registration will end on March 9 at 12:00 p.m.  Registration materials are available from the CDO.  Questions?  Contact Cristina Ortega at cortega@law.miami.edu.

and…

Bidding ends for Spring OCI Phase II employers at 11:00 p.m.  Please contact your advisor with general OCI questions and Nirva Pierre-Louis (npierrelouis@law.miami.edu) with any technical questions about the bidding process.

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Thursday, March 4

Preparing to Practice Learning Seminar Co-Sponsored by LexisNexis 12:30 p.m.
Room 109

Are you getting ready for a summer internship or a postgraduate position?

Are you worried about making a good impression?

Are you curious about what employers are looking for when they make hiring decisions?

Want to know what you can do to succeed this summer, fall and beyond?

Join LexisNexis as they present “Preparing to Practice,” a learning seminar during which you’ll learn how to prepare yourself for the legal work environment including:

Cost effective research strategies

Understanding confidentiality

Mastering the location of documents:  CourtLink, Shepard’s etc.

Martindale Hubbell Connected

Where to go for help when given a challenging research project

Lunch will be served and LexisNexis will be giving out helpful items such as leather portfolios, flash drives and computer bags.  All attendees can choose between receiving a Starbucks gift card or 400 Lexis Reward points.  All attendees will also be entered into a raffle to win a $1000 Brooks Brothers gift card.

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 22, 2010)

The CDO has two great programs and a couple of important deadlines coming up this week!

Also, please note that registration for the upcoming Florida Bar 2010 Solo and Small Firm Interview Program will now begin on March 3 and not on February 17 as stated in last week’s email.  Registration forms will be available in the CDO starting March 3.

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Monday, February 22

Deadline to apply for the Florida Supreme Court Summer 2010 Internship Program is at 5:00 p.m.  Applications must be submitted to the CDO.

Wednesday, February 24

“Going Solo:  Everything You Need to Know about Opening Your Own Shop”

Presentation by Spencer Aronfeld, UM Law alumnus 12:30 p.m., Room 108

As we approach graduation, the Career Development Office recognizes that some of you may be thinking about opening your own law firm or partnering with classmates to open a firm.  If you have given any thought to going solo, whether in the immediate future or later in your career, then we highly recommend that you join us for one of its most popular programs as it hosts UM Law alumnus Spencer Aronfeld.  During his always entertaining and dynamic presentation, “Going Solo: Everything You Need to Know about Opening Your Own Shop,” Mr. Aronfeld, founder of Aronfeld Trial Lawyers, will tell his story about his transition from law student to successful solo practitioner and will share invaluable tips on how to start a legal practice.

Thursday, February 25

“Distinguishing Yourself through International Law Opportunities”
12:30 p.m., Room 110

Great presentation for students interested in international law

and

Deadline to bid on employers participating in Resume Referral / Direct Contact Session (February 25, 2010) is at 11:00 p.m.

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Coming Soon:  Spring OCI – Phase II bidding and the Annual Informational Career Fair!

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 15, 2010)

Interested in a judicial internship this summer?  Working in public interest?  Are you interviewing during Phase I of Spring OCI or plan to participate in Phase II?  Do you want to work at a small Florida firm this summer or after graduation?

If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, then the CDO events and deadlines for the week of February 15-19 are for you.

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Tuesday, February 16

Florida Supreme Court Internship Program Information Session.  12:30 p.m., Room 110.    Former interns will be on hand to answer questions about their experiences at the Supreme Court. The application and selection processes will also be discussed.

Applications for the summer 2009 Florida Supreme Court Internship Program for Distinguished Law Students are now available in the Career Development Office, Room A112. First and second year students are eligible to apply. The application deadline is now Friday, February 27, 2009.

Wednesday, February 17

Get Ready for OCI:  Interviewing Workshop.  12:30 p.m., Room 108.

and

Spring 2010 OCI Program – Phase I Interviews begin

and

Registration for the Florida Bar Solo and Small Firm Interview Program begins at noon and will continue until noon on February 23.

The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar cordially invites all law students to participate in the 2010 Solo and Small Firm Interview Program, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 12-2 p.m. in Orlando, Florida. Applicants will be interviewed for entry-level associate positions, summer 2010 clerkships, part-time research and writing positions and project-based legal work. Registration for the Interview Program will run from noon on February 17 to noon on February 23, 2010. Registration forms will be available in the Career Development Office and in the Student Portal beginning on February 17. A Student Information Sheet containing more detailed information on the Interview Program is currently available on the Student Portal.

The Interview Program is one component of the Solo and Small Firm Annual Conference and students also are encouraged to participate in the Conference, which begins on Friday, March 26 and ends with the Interview Program on the 27th. The full-time law student reduced rate is $50. The schedule and registration form for the Conference are available on the Student Portal.

For more information, please contact Cristina Ortega at cortega@law.maimi.edu.

Thursday, February 18

Student to Student Public Interest Career Fair.  12:30 p.m., The Bricks.  Speak to students about their experiences at various public interest organizations last summer to learn more about the opportunities available to you this summer

and

Spring OCI:  Phase II Bidding Begins at 9:00 a.m.

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Coming up the following week:  One of our most popular programs takes place on Wednesday, February 24.  Spencer Aronfeld will discuss how to start your own practice and will tell his own tale about how he went from law student to successful solo practitioner.

3rd Annual Central Florida Diversity Picnic for Lawyers and Law Students

Are you a student interested in working in Central Florida?  Start making connections now by attending this great networking event.

HCBA Diversity Committee, The Florida Bar YLD, HAWL, Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Association, The George Edgecomb Bar Association, The Sarasota Bar Association, The South Asian Bar Association of Florida – Tampa Chapter

Proudly Presents

The 3rd Annual Central Florida Diversity Picnic

Family Fun Event

Free of Charge

February 27th 2010

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Stetson University College of Law

1700 Tampa Street, Tampa 33602

Live Entertainment, Food, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Drinks, Bouncy House, Obstacle Course

Please RSVP to the Hillsborough County Bar Association: 813-221-7777

Twelfth Annual Informational Career Fair

ATTENTION ALL LAW STUDENTS!

 

Career choices keeping you up at night?  Get the answers you’ve been looking for at this year’s Informational Career Fair.  Take this opportunity to speak with attorneys practicing in different areas of law about how they got started in their fields and what it’s like to practice law on a day-to-day basis.  The fair will include attorneys working in small, midsize and large firms; public interest organizations; government agencies; the judiciary; and multinational corporations in a variety of practice areas, including antitrust, class action litigation, commercial litigation, corporate, criminal defense, criminal prosecution, entertainment, immigration, in-house, insurance litigation, intellectual property (including patent law), international, labor and employment, media, military, municipal, probate and estate planning, public interest law, real estate, securities and tax.

What: Twelfth Annual Informational Career Fair (including employers in both the private and public sectors)

When: 12:30-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Where: The Bricks

Why should you attend? You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • meet and network with many attorneys
  • learn firsthand about various practice areas
  • assess your qualifications for and interest in particular practice areas
  • sound like an “insider” when meeting with future potential employers
  • collect written information on different practice areas

For more information on the Career Fair, please contact Cristina Ortega or Tamesha Keel in the Career Development Office at cortega@law.miami.edu or tkeel@law.miami.edu.

2010 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2010 Annual Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers and rising second and third-year J.D. students with engineering and/or technical science academic backgrounds.

If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or a technical science and are interested in patent law, you may want to consider registering for the program.  This program gives qualified law students the opportunity to interview with patent law firms, as well as law firms, corporations and government agencies with patent law departments.  Please note that students do not need to be patent bar eligible to register for the Patent Law Interview Program.  However, many employers make patent bar eligibility a requirement for bidding, and most employers prefer patent bar eligible students. 

Student Registration

Student registration will be handled online this year.  Student registration will open on Monday, February 15 and close on Monday, March 8.  To register, please visit the program website at http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.  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 the 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 Karen Warren, the Patent Program Liaison in our office, at kwarren@law.miami.edu.

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 8, 2010)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Pathways to Government & Public Interest Opportunities Series featuring Robert Raben, Founder of The Raben Group, LLC, a legislative consulting and lobbying practice.  12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Alma Jennings Student Lounge.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pathways to Government & Public Interest Opportunities Series featuring Zana Scarlett of the U.S. Trustee’s Office, Southern District of Florida.  12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Alma Jennings Student Lounge.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pathways to Government & Public Interest Opportunities Series featuring Quentin Pair of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.  6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Alma Jennings Student Lounge.  Refreshments will be provided.

Workforce Recruitment Program On Campus Interviews for pre-registered students.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Pathways to Government & Public Interest Opportunities Series featuring Maggie Lee of PACT (People Acting for Community Together, the South Florida affiliate of the DART Organizers’ Institute) and speakers from International Rescue Committee, International Bureau of Special Investigations and The Fund for Public Interest Research.  12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Room A108.

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Coming Next Week:  Florida Supreme Court Intern Program Information Session, Spring OCI Interviews begin and the Student to Student Public Interest Career Fair takes place on the Bricks.