LEE COUNTY ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN LAWYERS 2015 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM – Application Deadline April 20, 2015

LCAWL is pleased to offer a scholarship to deserving women from Lee County, Florida who have a financial need, the potential to succeed in an undergraduate pre-law program or law school, and who demonstrate the potential to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate administration of justice. Lee County Association for Women Lawyers (LCAWL):  LCAWL is the local chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). FAWL was established in 1951 to serve as a statewide voice for Florida’s women lawyers and to actively promote gender equality and the leadership roles of its members in the legal profession, judiciary and community at large.   Lee County Association for Women Lawyers Scholarships Purpose  LCAWL will offer a scholarship(s) to deserving women from Lee County, Florida who have a financial need, the potential to succeed in an undergraduate pre-law program or law school, and who demonstrate the potential to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate administration of justice.  

Award 

Law School: One or more scholarships, which shall vary, shall be paid when the recipient submits a copy of her law school registration to LCAWL verifying enrollment. Scholarship funding is expected to assist the recipient with educational expenses. The recipient may apply to renew for one or more subsequent terms, although there is no assurance of renewal; and/or 

Undergraduate: One or more scholarships, which shall vary, shall be paid when the recipient submits a copy of her undergraduate registration to LCAWL verifying enrollment. Scholarship funding is expected to assist the recipient with educational expenses. The recipient may apply to renew for one or more subsequent terms, although there is no assurance of renewal. 

The Scholarship recipient shall receive an honorary membership to LCAWL until such time as she obtains her license to practice law in the State of Florida.  

Eligibility:  

LCAWL scholarship(s) will be awarded based upon the applicant’s academic potential to entering 1Ls, rising 2Ls, or rising 3Ls who: (i) are women; (ii) are from Lee County, Florida; (iii) have a demonstrated financial need; (iv) have a commitment to practice law in Lee County, Florida; and (v) have a commitment to promote the philosophy of FAWL and LCAWL; or 

LCAWL scholarship(s) will be awarded based upon the applicant’s academic potential to undergraduate students with a pre-law or equivalent major who: (i) are women; (ii) are from Lee County, Florida; (iii) have a demonstrated financial need; (iv) have a commitment to practice law in Lee County, Florida; and (v) have a commitment to promote the philosophy of FAWL and LCAWL.  

Each applicant shall be required to: (i) submit a five hundred word essay describing why she is applying for the scholarship, any extraordinary circumstances that she has overcome and how she intends to uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law and facilitate administration of justice during her career; (ii) have either a: (a) member of LCAWL; (b) community leader; or (c) instructor, sponsor her application with a written statement of support; (iii) most recent academic transcript; and (iv) submit a completed application, (together the “Application”).  

Application Submission: The Application should be mailed to LCAWL Scholarship Chair, c/o Kelly L. Fayer, Esquire, 12601 World Plaza Lane, Suite 2, Fort Myers, FL33907, and must be received by the LCAWL Board of Directors by April 20, 2015. Extensions will not be granted. Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered. Letters of recommendation should be mailed with the application, if possible, but, in any case, must be received prior to the deadline. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of April and will be recognized at the LCAWL Annual Judicial Reception, April 30, 2015.

 

Court of Federal Claims Bar Association 2014 – 2015 Law Student Writing Competition

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association announces its 2014-2015 Law Student Writing Competition. The Court of Federal Claims Bar Association (CFCBA) is a voluntary bar association made up of nationwide members who practice law in the areas that lie within the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The goal of this competition is to promote interest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and its distinctive role in American jurisprudence, and to encourage law student scholarship on current topics that lie within its jurisdiction.

The United States Court of Federal Claims, which hears claims against the United States, has existed in its current and predecessor forms for more than 150 years. The current court was created pursuant to Article I of the United States Constitution in October 1982. Its predecessor, the United States Claims Court, was created in 1855 when Congress established a court to hear private suits against the sovereign. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims is authorized to hear primarily money claims founded upon the Constitution, federal statutes, executive regulations, or contracts, express or implied-in-fact, with the United States.

The cases before the Court are diverse. They include (but are not limited to) disputes concerning tax refunds, contracts with the government, Fifth Amendment takings (which frequently raise environmental and natural resource issues), federal civilian and military pay, intellectual property (including use by the government or its contractors of technology protected by patents or copyrights), Native American rights, federal procurement “bid protests,” and the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation program.

Entries to the contest may discuss any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The rules of the contest appear below.

COMPETITION RULES 

Eligibility: Any law student in good standing currently enrolled at or graduated from an ABA accredited law school during the 2014-2015 academic year may enter the competition. Students are permitted to use as their entries (i) papers that they prepared specifically for the competition, or (ii) papers that they prepared for law school courses and seminars during the 2014-2015 academic year.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN 11:59PM EASTERN ON FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015. 

Prize(s): One cash prize of TWO Thousand Dollars ($2,000) will be awarded to the entry deemed by the judges, in their discretion, to be the best. The winner will receive significant favorable publicity to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the members of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association. It is anticipated that the winning entry will be published on the website of the Association. In addition, the Association may support other publication opportunities. Winning articles from prior years have been published in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and in the ULCA Law Review Discourses Journal.

The winner will be announced as soon as determined, but no later than October 2015. 

Submissions:

1. Submission of a paper in accord with these rules constitutes registration. Pre-registration is not necessary.

2. All papers should be prepared during the 2014-15 academic year. Papers shall be the sole work product of the student. Normal comment and guidance by law school faculty is

3. Papers must address a topic that lies within the substance, procedure, or scope of the specialized jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

4. Papers will be judged by selected members of the CFCBA. The papers will be judged generally on their substance, clarity, timeliness, and quality of argument. However, details of form will not be ignored.

5. Papers will be judged anonymously. The entrant’s name and school should not appear on the paper. (See instructions below.) Students shall inform the CFCBA of any change in contact information prior to the announcement of a winner. Only one entry per student is allowed.

6. Papers should be approximately 20-30 pages in length, including footnotes, and may not exceed 40 pages in length, including footnotes. Papers must be typed in 12 point typeface (both text and footnotes), double-spaced, on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. Footnotes may be single spaced. All citations and footnotes should be in accord with the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

7. Submissions must be submitted via email to the CFCBA no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern, July, 17, 2015. Questions should be directed to the same.

Instructions for making a submission: 

a. Address the subject line of the email as “2014-15 Law Student Writing Competition.”

b. Attach the email as a PDF document.

c. Do not include your name or the name of your law school within the paper. However, within your email include:

i. Your name;

ii. Your contact information, including your email address, mailing address, and telephone number;

iii. Your year in law school;

iv. Certification that you are a student in good standing and identification of the law school you are currently attending;

v. Explanation of when and why you prepared the submission;

vi. Permission for the CFCBA and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to publish

the paper on their websites and for the CFCBA to circulate the paper to its members.

d. Each submission should include a title, which shall appear on the first page of the submission. No separate title page should be sent.

8. The CFCBA reserves the right to screen entries and to limit the number of papers submitted to the judges for final decision. The CFCBA will confirm receipt of submissions within 10 business days.

9. Submissions will not be returned to authors. Submission of a paper grants the CFCBA the  right to publish the paper on its website and in its newsletter. Previously published papers will not be accepted. Failure of the student to preserve this grant may result in disqualification. Receipt of a CFCBA award and publication by the CFCBA on its website and in its newsletter does not preclude later publication elsewhere.

10. The CFCBA reserves the right to award no prize in the event the CFCBA does not receive an entry that, in the judgment of the CFCBA, merits an award.

Fair Food Standards Council Seeks Human Rights Attorney

Job description:

About FFSC: The mission of the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC) is to monitor the development of a sustainable agricultural industry that advances both the human rights of farm workers and the long-term interests of growers through implementation of the Fair Food Program (FFP), a unique worker-led, market-driven social responsibility program which emerged from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ successful Campaign for Fair Food. The FFP has become the gold standard for social responsibility in US agriculture, recognized by longtime labor and human rights observers as “the best workplace monitoring program in the US” and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.”

To learn more, please see the FFSC’s annual report or the New York Times’ 2014 article on the Fair Food Program.

About the Position: Attorneys make findings of fact and apply the Fair Food Code of Conduct to those facts, draft comprehensive reports, negotiate corrective action plans; carry out complaint intake, investigation and resolution through negotiation or formal decision drafting; conduct legal research; prepare memoranda of law on issues affecting farm worker rights; and make presentations to staff and director, as well as the public.

FFSC is based in Sarasota, FL, with work-related travel throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Salary and benefits are competitive within the non-profit sector.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole;
  • Strong communication and interviewing skills;
  • Strong writing and documentation skills, including attention to detail;
  • Ability to connect facts and discern patterns;
  • Ability to interact well with people of different nationalities, gender, and education levels;
  • Comfort working in rural areas, including onsite at farms (outdoors);
  • Willingness to work irregular hours and “do what is necessary”;
  • Ability to work well as part of a team, as well as independently;
  • Discipline and initiative; and
  • Valid drivers’ license.

The FFSC is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a workforce that reflects and can relate easily to the diverse populations involved in the Fair Food Program.

To Apply: Applicants should send a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating interest in the position to Judge Laura Safer Espinoza. The subject line of the email should read FFSC Attorney Position. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

 

Careers that Count: Accounting – Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Careers that Count: Accounting

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

4:30p – 5:30p EST 

Learn about different types of accounting fields, hear from actual accountants, their career paths and how to best position yourself for internship and career opportunities at Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Are you taking accounting and/or auditing courses? Do you think you will enjoy examining financial statements in public filings and creating solutions to difficult and controversial accounting issues? How about participating in enforcement investigations? Did you know that the SEC oversees the operations and budget for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)?

If this ignites your interest, you should consider an accounting career with the SEC and join this webinar to learn more about upcoming accounting opportunities and how to apply for them.

To register for the webinar, please go online to register. You will be provided confirmation in addition to a call-in number and a link to the webinar.

The AFL-CIO Union Summer Internship Program

LOOKING FOR GRASSROOTS UNION ORGANIZING? BECOME A UNION SUMMER INTERN!

More than ever, workers are fighting for a voice on the job and in the public debate on issues affecting all working people. As income inequality grows and CEOs continue to enjoy outrageous pay packages, workers continue to face layoffs, stagnant wages and loss of benefits.

As activists committed to social and economic justice, Union Summer interns help build the labor union movement.

What is Union Summer?

Union Summer is a nine-week educational internship in which participants are introduced to the labor movement through union organizing campaigns.

The Union Summer internship will run June 15 through Aug. 14, 2015.

What kinds of qualifications are needed to participate in Union Summer? Union Summer interns must be dedicated to social and economic justice and have a specific desire to learn about the labor movement. It is NOT necessary to have union experience or knowledge of the labor movement to be accepted as a Union Summer intern, but such a background is a plus in the application process.

Union Summer interns MUST be:

  • Flexible and willing to work long hours and nights and weekends on an unpredictable schedule (depending on needs of the campaign);
  • Adaptable in the face of new challenges and experiences;
  • Able to work in teams and have excellent communication skills;
  • Open to working with people of different races, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations; and
  • Willing to immerse themselves in an intensive, learning-by-doing experience.

A sense of humor is also a definite asset!

What do Union Summer interns do?

The program begins with an intensive weeklong orientation and training, which will be held June 15–19, 2015. After the orientation, interns will work in teams on union organizing campaigns across the country. Interns will play an important role in helping build support for workers trying to gain a voice at work and in their communities.

The work could include (but is not limited to):

  • Working on state legislative battles;
  • Talking with workers one on one about their jobs;
  • Planning and participating in direct actions like marches; and
  • Assisting in building relationships with community, labor and religious organizations.

Do Union Summer interns get paid?

Union Summer is NOT a job but an educational internship. Participants will receive a stipend of $400 per week (minus taxes). Union Summer does NOT provide a housing allowance. Accepted applicants MUST have housing in cities where Union Summer sites have been designated. Please visit www.aflcio.org/unionsummer for a list of confirmed sites. Application deadline is April 3, 2015. 

The AFL-CIO Union Summer internship is designed to introduce young activists to the labor movement through union organizing campaigns and to encourage them to think about careers as union organizers and researchers. The Union Summer internship program is committed to achieving diversity among interns, which reflects, as closely as possible, the diversity of the workforce with which we are working.

The above interests and qualities should be demonstrated clearly in the Union Summer application and in the interview process.

TO APPLY:

Online and attach resume.

The 2015 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

Topic: The Impact of ‘Corporate Personhood’ on American Life: Should Corporations Be Afforded Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Protections? Although they are not mentioned in the Constitution, corporations have claimed constitutional protections at least since the 1886 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Commission. Corporations’ claims to constitutional rights have expanded dramatically in the past four decades, most famously as a result of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. Administered by Public Citizen, the Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice essay competition is soliciting essay submissions on the topic: “The Impact of ‘Corporate Personhood’ on American Life: Should Corporations Be Afforded Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Protections?”

Prizes:

  • $5,000
  • Complimentary 2015 Public Citizen membership

Submission Deadline: Essays must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2015, to Amanda Fleming.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all current law students. Coauthored submissions are eligible; if selected, the coauthors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work. If a submission has been accepted for publication, the student should include written consent from the journal to the posting of the paper on Public Citizen’s website, with appropriate attribution.

Winning submission and prize: The winner will be notified by email, and the winning paper will be posted on Public Citizen’s website. The winner will receive $5,000. Only one winning paper will be chosen and awarded the prizes.

For additional competition details regarding competition rules, judging, etc., please visit the website.

 

Equal Justice Works Information Session on March 5, 2015!

Interested in summer funding for public interest work?

Want to learn more about post-graduate fellowships?

Have questions about student debt or loan repayment?

Attend the Equal Justice Works (EJW) Information Session on March 5, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. in Room E-265.

EJW is dedicated to creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice by offering opportunities to law students that enable them to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes.

For more information and to RSVP, contact UM HOPE.

 

 

 

CABA 5K Lawyers on the Run Event

Support CABA Pro Bono by Participating in the 4th Annual CABA 5K!

Organized by the Cuban American Bar Association (“CABA”), “Lawyers on the Run” is a family friendly 5K run/walk open to everyone in the community (lawyers and non-lawyers alike) with a dual purpose: to raise awareness of the importance of health and well-being in the legal profession and to raise funds to ensure that access to justice remains a reality for all in South Florida.

This event raises money to support the Pro Bono Project, which offers free bilingual legal services to our local indigent community. The Pro Bono Project was established by CABA in 1984 to provide the neediest members of minority communities with access to our court system and adequate voluntary legal representation. The Project was nationally recognized as a Point of Light by President George H.W. Bush in 1992. In order to sustain and expand this worthwhile cause, we need your support. Register today!

At this year’s 5K, we will be hosting a Kiddie Corner!  The Kiddie Corner will have plenty of fun activities for kids including an Easter egg hunt. Latin Grammy Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter, Angie Chirino will be performing the national anthem. Finally, EACH PERSON WHO REGISTERS is entered for a chance to win a $900 GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM W. HOTEL in Ft Lauderdale. 

The event will be held on Saturday, April 4th of 2015.  All proceeds from Lawyers on the Run go to benefit CABA’s Pro Bono Project.

For more information and to register, click here.

2015 Legal Diversity & Inclusion Tennis/Golf Classic @ Crandon Park – May 9th – 3 CLE

CONNECTING DIVERSE LAW STUDENTS WITH LAWYERS, LAW FIRMS, CORPORATE COUNSEL, JUDGES, ASSOCIATIONS & THE LEGAL COMMUNITY

BRING THE FAMILY AND JOIN US FOR A FULL DAY OF FUN!!

MAY 9th, 2015 – ALL DAY

3 CLE applied for

Crandon Park Tennis Center – Key Biscayne

A SPORTING EVENT FIRST AND FOREMOST: The 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Sports Classic will include tennis and golf tournaments. The USTA will once again run the tennis tournament, which will follow a team tennis round robin format so that during the day players can compete with nearly every other player out on the courts. The number of tennis players has been limited to 72, divided into 12 teams of six. Teams will be strategically organized in a ways that account for players’ skill levels, but also group people in different spheres of the legal community to facilitate networking – for example, a team may consist of a judge, law student, in-house counsel, law firm lawyer, government lawyer, member of academia or third-party legal vendor. Golf teams will be organized in the same way. The golf tournament will follow a shotgun start. It is open to 88 players that will be divided in 22 teams of four.

CAREFREE NETWORKING: Team sports facilitate camaraderie among team members and focused, friendly competition with opponents. In this environment, there is no self-awareness, awkwardness or boring conversations while networking. You will make true connections with other legal professionals without even thinking about it. This is an ideal networking environment for everyone – particularly people who are still learning how to network or who generally don’t enjoy doing so.

FUN FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND GREAT FOOD: What are sporting events without the excitement of spectators? Besides, work takes you away from loved ones enough. Invite your family and friends to join the tournaments, or simply come out for the many other activities available for guests – including tennis and video game competitions for children, and dominoes and chair massages for adults. Moreover the food will be excellent! Our caterer will be preparing freshly catered meals throughout the day – no boxed lunches. We will end the day with a happy hour celebration, with music, dancing and awards for the tennis and golf champions.

CUTTING EDGE CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION: The 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Sports Classic will incorporate a CLE presentation for players, while guests will have access to a total of three CLE programs throughout the day. See schedule for more information. Panel topics are to be confirmed and announced, but will be presented by highly-qualified experts and address cutting-edge topics like successful economic models for the modern legal practice, minority and diversity issues, preventing the professional exodus of mid-career women lawyers, leveraging media to promote your practice, how technology and social media are disrupting the legal profession, and future courthouses: brick and mortar or virtual spaces.

FREE FOR LAW STUDENTS

REGISTER TODAY – SPACE IS LIMITED

 SCHEDULE:

7 a.m.–8:30 a.m.        Registration and breakfast for tennis players and guests.

9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.      Registration, breakfast and CLE for golfers and guests.

9 a.m.–Noon               Tennis tournament.

Noon–5:00 p.m.        Golf tournament.

Noon–1:30                  Lunch and CLE presentation for tennis players and guests.

1:30 p.m.–4 p.m.       Tennis tournament resumes.

2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.        Guest CLE

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. General happy hour, hors d’oeuvres and awards presentation.

 

This Week at the CDO (Week of March 2, 2015)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015:

  • CDO’s Seventeenth Annual Informational Career Fair 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Law Campus, The Bricks – Join the CDO and network! Learn about different practice areas as we host public, private and government organizations.

Thursday, March 5, 2015:

  • Using Social Media and Your Law Degree to Pursue Your Passions & Find Your Dream Career – 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Room A-110 – Attorney and social media expert Ethan Wall will present an experiential learning workshop series for students interested in traditional and nontraditional careers. During this program you will learn how to utilize social media and your law degree to pursue your passions and find your dream career. Practical advice and exercises will help you develop a more fulfilling and happy personal and professional life. Program takeaways include a practical guide designed to help you articulate what is most important to you and the direction you want to chart in life, a goal setting plan to help you create specific goals and a concrete plan to achieve them, and a social media guide to professionally promoting your image. Ethan Wall practiced social media, Internet, and intellectual property law for seven years at a prestigious Miami law firm where he became a widely recognized authority on the effect of social media on the law and a leader in the bar. In addition to his commercial litigation practice, he authored three books on the effect of social media and the law, traveled the country presenting on the subject, and served as a source for social media and the law on several high profile news organizations, including CNN, NPR, and Thomson Reuters. Ethan was also elected as the President of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Vice President of the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center Alumni Board of Directors, and was named the 2014 Lynn Futch Most Productive Young Lawyer by The Florida Bar. Chambers and Partners named him one of the World’s Leading Lawyers. Ethan is the founder of Let’s Plant a Seed, a charitable initiative designed to pursue his passion for giving back by inspiring others to identify their dreams in life, motivate them to pursue their passions, and inspire others to use their talents and skills to give back to the world in a meaningful way through community service. He also founded Social Media Law and Order, a consulting, education, and training company designed to utilize his law degree for pursuing his passions for public speaking, writing, teaching, and helping others in all areas of social media and the law. Ethan serves as the voice of The Florida Bar on social media in its October 23, 2014 program titled “Social Media 101: How to Use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to Promote Your Practice and Connect with The Florida Bar. During this series, Ethan will share his experience on how you can use your law degree and social media to pursue your passions, follow your dreams, and live a more fulfilling life.