The Membership, Diversity, and Law Students and Clerks Committees present: STARTING YOUR OWN LAW FIRM

On Thursday, April 2, 2015 (3:00 to 4:15 pm EDT), the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) is sponsoring a teleconference panel titled “Starting and Maintaining a Small IP Law Firm.”  This panel is directed to law students and lawyers with 1-5 years of experience.  The panel will explore the experiences of five attorneys who successfully practice in small intellectual property law firms. Students can participate in the program by “dialing in.”


  • Lisa Dunner, Managing Partner, Dunner Law PLLC
  • Barbara Murphy, Partner, Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel, PC
  • Reynaldo Barcelo, Partner, Barcelo, Harrison, and Walker LLP
  • Graciella Cowger, Partner, Stolowitz, Ford & Cowger LLP
  • Brittany Maxey, Owner, Maxey Law Offices PLLC


  • Mike Mireles, Professor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Please join the panel discussion about starting your own law firm. The panelists will discuss the challenges of starting and maintaining a small law firm. The panel will examine issues related to transitioning from an established law firm and developing clients, as well as discussing the personal satisfaction of managing and working in your own law firm.

Private Practitioner Cost:

FCBA Member – Complimentary

Non-Member $120

Government/Academic/Retired Cost:

FCBA Member/ Students – Complimentary

Non-Member $35

To register for this Program, please follow these instructions:

1) To participate via the teleconference, please visit the registration website.

2) Law Students can participate in this program complimentary.

3) This is a non-CLE program.

If you wish to join the FCBA, go to the website. The FCBA is the national organization for the bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. They sponsor numerous intellectual property law related programs relevant to law students and award scholarships and also hold a national conference every year and publish articles through the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and FCBA Newsletter. Notably, all of their webinars are now offered for free to members. And, students may join the FCBA for free.


Career Opportunities with the Central Intelligence Agency – March 26th @ 6 pm

The Miami Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and The Central Intelligence Agency will be hosting a panel discussion and networking event at the LGBT Miami Visitor Center on March 26th from 6-8pm.  The CIA LGBT Community Outreach Program Manager will open the event discussing the diversity and inclusion efforts currently under way at the Agency followed by one of the CIA’s regional recruiters who will briefly discuss the mission of the organization, the different directorates that make up the organization, current job opportunities, and how to apply to work at the CIA.  

This is a FREE EVENT!




A panel discussion will take place after the introduction and overview consisting of 3-4 CIA officers from different areas within the organization who will speak about their careers and their experiences of being LGBT and working at the Agency in addition to addressing questions from the audience.  The panel will be followed by a networking reception where attendees will have the opportunity to speak with panel members and the regional recruiter.




LGBTVisitorCenter on Miami Beach

1130 Washington Ave. – 1st Floor North

Miami Beach, FL33139


Parking is available on the street (metered) or, in the City parking garage – entrance on 12th Street.




This Thursday March 26th, 6 pm to 8 pm


Complementary Bar and food will be available.  FREE to all in attendance.


This is a great opportunity for all interested parties.  The CIA is an inclusive and, welcoming workplace environment embracing equality.


RSVP here.

We hope to see you all there!!!


This Week at the CDO (Week of March 23, 2015)

Thursday, March 26, 2015: 

  • Interviewing and Client Etiquette – Essential Skills for Professional Success12:30 p.m., Room F – 209 – The CDO and PAD cordially invite you to attend and see Sharon Abrahams, Ed.D., National Director of Professional Development for Foley & Lardner LLP. She will be discussing important etiquette skills necessary to be successful while networking, interviewing or on-the-job.       This is an excellent presentation with helpful tips whether you are a 1L, 2L or 3L student. This is a RSVP-only event as boxed lunches will be provided. RSVPs here. Should you have any questions, please contact the CDO at   We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, March 26, 2015: 

  • Interviewing Workshop for Estate Planning LL.M. Students12:30 p.m., Room F – 408 – A discussion about what to do before, during and after an interview, as well as the protocol for the interviewing process in general. This is a RSVP-only event. RSVPs should be provided to Tere Rodriguez at the CDO.



The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago 2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition

The Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2015 Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition. James Lynch, a partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, has graciously endowed this writing competition to honor Paul Faherty, former director of the Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits.


The scope of permissible topics for the writing competition is broad—any aspect of tax law is acceptable. Students are encouraged to submit a paper addressing:

  • a public policy issue,
  • a critique of a leading case or doctrine,
  • a comment on a statute or the need for statutory modification, or
  • a comment on a common law doctrine.


Any currently enrolled law school student attending an ABA-accredited law school in the United States may enter.


A grand prize of $3,000 plus two honorable mentions of $1,000 will be awarded. The winner’s paper will also be posted on the website of The John Marshall Law School Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits and excerpted in an upcoming issue of the Center’s TaxEB InBrief magazine.


The paper must be the applicant’s original work. Each student entrant is limited to one entry; multiple entries from the same person are expressly prohibited. Additionally, the paper must not be under consideration for any other publication or written as part of paid employment.


  • All papers are to be submitted electronically by email. Please reference “Writing Competition” in the subject line.
  • Your paper should be typed double-spaced, set in Times New Roman font on 8.5”x11” paper with one-inch margins.
  • Papers are to be formatted with endnotes; papers submitted with footnotes will not be accepted.
  • Entries should be between 25–30 pages long, not including endnotes.
  • Citations are to conform to A Uniform System of Citation (the Bluebook).

Submissions All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. central time on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Papers submitted after this time and date will not be considered. Include a cover letter with your entry stating your name, mailing address, and phone number, along with the name of your law school and your expected year of graduation.

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 16, 2015)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015: 

  • Flying Solo – Make it Your Own Law Firm 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Room F – 309 – Spencer Aronfeld, Esq. will take you through the steps of building a successful law firm. Mr. Aronfeld is a graduate of UM Law.

The University of Florida Levin College of Law Seeks Lecturers

The University of Florida Levin College of Law seeks applicants for a Lecturer position to teach courses in which the skills of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, mediation, and mediation advocacy are taught.  This is a nine-month, non-tenured faculty position, which offers the opportunity for the award of long-term contracts. Applications must be submitted onlinerequisition number 0907671.  A cover letter, resume, transcript(s) and three references must be included with your online application.


The University of Florida Levin College of Law also seeks applicants for a Lecturer position in the Legal Drafting Program.  The Legal Drafting course is a required course at the College of Law.  It is taught to second year law students and focuses on the drafting of litigation documents, contracts and legislation.  This is a nine-month, non-tenured faculty position, which offers the opportunity for the award of long-term contracts.  Applications must be submitted online, requisition number 0907670.  A cover letter, resume, transcript(s) and three references must be included with your online application.



Save the Date for the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference


HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference

March 18-21, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

View video!

Interviews for Walmart compliance positions will take place during the 2015 HNBA Speed Networking and Corporate Connections Program, on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. Please read full job descriptions here.   If interested, return your resume and cover letter (include “Walmart Compliance” on the subject line).   The deadline is Friday March 13, 2015

2015 Alford Excellence Award

On May 21, 2015, the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section (“MJL Section”) of the Delaware State Bar Association will hold its annual Judge Haile L. Alford Memorial Breakfast. The event is held in honor of Haile L. Alford, the first African-American female judge in the State of Delaware. Judge Alford was appointed by Governor Mike Castle in 1992 and served on the bench until her untimely death in 2003 at the age of 54.

During the Alford Memorial Breakfast, the MJL Section intends to grant the 2015 Alford Excellence Award, a $3,000 scholarship, to at least three future attorneys who will sit for the July 2015 Delaware Bar Examination.


To be considered for the Alford Excellence Award, applicants must submit all application materials by April 30, 2015. Application materials include: (1) the 2015 Alford Excellence Award Application and (2) a personal essay (1000 word limit).

Part I

2015 Alford Excellence Award Application: The Alford Excellence Award will be awarded to at least three applicants with superior academic credentials, leadership qualities, a commitment to community service, and who intend to actively practice law in the State of Delaware.

Part II

Personal Essay: Each applicant must complete a persuasive essay, which highlights his/her demonstrated leadership abilities, commitment to community service, personal barriers, which have been overcome and/or provides examples of academic achievements, awards and certificates, personal qualities and character. In addition, applicants should address why they desire to actively practice law in Delaware.

All application materials should be submitted via email by April 30, 2014 to:
The Alford Excellence Award Selection Committee
Attn: Mrs. Tamika A. Crawl-Bey, MBA, JD
Vice-Chair, Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section

Each applicant must complete all the requested information in the Application and include copies of a transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) and a resume. Applicants may also include copies of other relevant documents, such as awards, recognition certificates, etc.

A Boston University School of Law Student Seeks to Sublet Apartment in Miami Area For Summer 2015

A Boston University School of Law student who is interning in Miami this summer seeks to sublet an apartment for 10 weeks, approximately from May 20th through July 31st.  The student will be interning around the area of Biscayne Boulevard and N.E. 28th Street. If interested in learning more, please email the CDO to be put in touch with the student looking to sublet.



City of New York CONSUMER AFFAIRS Seeks Legal Director

Job Description:

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) empowers consumers and businesses to ensure a fair and vibrant marketplace. DCA licenses and regulates over 80,000 businesses in 55 different industries, and enforces the Consumer Protection Law and other related business laws in New York City. The agency educates the public and businesses through outreach and partnerships with stakeholders throughout the City. DCA performs onsite inspections of businesses to ensure compliance with license regulations, weights and measures regulations, and the New York City Consumer Protection Law. Effective April 1, 2014, under New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act, most employers in New York City will be required to give their employees sick leave. DCA is charged with enforcement of this law.

DCA’s Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) assists low-income and immigrant New Yorkers to build assets and make the most of their financial resources by providing free financial counseling at more than 30 Financial Empowerment Centers, access to mainstream banking, and encouraging Earned Income Tax Credit utilization.

The Paid Sick Leave Division (Division) is tasked with implementing and enforcing New York City’s groundbreaking Earned Sick Leave law which is intended to allow employees to take leave to take care of themselves and family members, making New York City a healthier and more productive City. The Paid Sick Leave Division educates employees and employers about the law; works with stakeholders throughout the City to ensure compliance; investigates and mediates complaints filed by employees; prosecutes businesses that do not comply with the law in an administrative tribunal and enters into robust Consent Orders in lieu of hearings. The Division serves as a resource for businesses that need information or assistance in order to comply and for workers who want to better understand their rights.

DCA seeks an experienced attorney and manager to serve as the Legal Director of the Paid Sick Leave Division. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Division, and working closely with DCA’s General Counsel’s office, the Legal Director supports the Executive Director in supervising attorney and non-attorney staff and managing the division’s legal and investigation operations. The Legal Director will also handle litigation and will be responsible for ensuring professional development of legal and investigation staff.

The ideal candidate is an accomplished civil litigator, preferably with significant labor and employment law experience. Candidates must have significant experience as a manager and supervisor. The volume of work requires an attorney who thrives in a fast-paced environment, is adept at multi-tasking and is able to effectively and independently organize, review, lead, supervise and coordinate the candidate’s own work and the work of others. The Legal Director’s portfolio will include responsibility for developing and reviewing protocols and systems for case documentation and tracking; standardizing litigation and investigative resources that can be adapted for cases, as needed and ensuring efficiency, productivity and quality work product of attorney and non-attorney staff. The Legal Director is also expected to have an appreciation of and eagerness to use technology as a management tool. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. The ideal candidate has demonstrable experience analyzing and applying complex statutes.

The Legal Director will assist the Executive Director in providing leadership in the area of prosecution and investigations with the expectation of considerable independent action and decision making. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Managing the legal and investigations function for the Paid Sick Leave Division;
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures for conduct of effective and efficient investigations;
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures for the fair and timely resolution of investigations, which may include prosecution;
  • Supervising and providing guidance to attorneys, investigators, experts and consultants to ensure that their work conforms to established standards and procedures and is completed in a timely manner;
  • Conducting or second seating hearings in high priority, sensitive or complex cases;
  • Conducting and overseeing investigations in high priority, sensitive or complex cases;
  • Drafting, reviewing and editing Notices of Hearing, subpoenas and Consent Orders;
  • Preparing periodic reports of the status and results of investigations and/or programs;
  • Ensuring that attorneys and investigators within the Division maintain their professional competence through appropriate training and development programs;
  • Identifying and engaging experts, consultants and temporary staff to complement the investigations and legal staff when additional resources are required to support investigations and/or prosecutions;
  • Providing legal support to the Executive Director and senior management of the Agency regarding legislation and rulemaking.
  • Providing legal support, as needed, in other labor related work for which the Department is responsible, including Living Wage and Transit Benefits.

Qualification Requirements:

Admission to the New York State Bar; and four (4) years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work. Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

PLEASE NOTE: New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County.

Preferred Skills:

  • Minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience Litigation, and specifically prosecution, experience
  • Labor law experience
  • Investigative experience
  • Managerial or significant supervisory experience beyond supervising interns or junior associates as an associate in a law firm.
  • Skilled negotiator
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Comfort with data driven analysis and strategic planning
  • Experience leading and working in highly effective teams
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Superior ability to plan effective strategies, to establish realistic objectives, maintain momentum, and evaluate progress
  • Experience in using computer applications as reporting and management tool
  • Multilingual a plus
  • Positive attitude and openness to different perspectives
  • Thriving in a fast-paced, high-pressured environment
  • Flexibility in hours
  • References that can confirm legal, communication and managerial skills
  • Two writing samples: one that demonstrates analysis and original research; and one that demonstrates supervisory writing that instructs or provides feedback
  • Legal and investigative supervisory experience should be specifically described in cover letter

To Apply For Non-City/External Candidates: Visit the External Applicant NYC Careers site and search by Job ID number. For Current City Employees: Visit Employee Self Service (ESS) to view and click on Recruiting Activities, Careers, and search by Job ID number.



Post Date: 03/04/2015. Open Until Filled.