The Tahirih Justice Center Seeks Director of Public Policy

The Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih) is a national non-profit organization that protects courageous immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence, elevating their voices in communities, courts and Congress. Through pro bono holistic legal services and nonpartisan public policy advocacy, Tahirih empowers and supports women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, “honor” crimes and forced marriage. Tahirih is a Bahá’í-inspired organization and works to create a world where women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and with dignity. Winner of the 2010 Meyer Exponent Award which recognizes outstanding nonprofit executive directors and the 2007 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, Tahirih has a staff of over 40 with offices in Falls Church, VA; Houston, TX; and Baltimore, MD.

Position Summary:

Tahirih is seeking a dynamic Director of Public Policy to spearhead Tahirih’s national advocacy initiatives, forging and mobilizing diverse coalitions and engaging bipartisan allies to press for laws, regulations, policies and precedent that better protect immigrant women and girls from violence.

The Director will lead Tahirih’s efforts to bring about lasting, systemic change and to secure stronger protections and supports for immigrant survivors, including under U.S. asylum laws, the Violence Against Women Act and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The Director will also drive the development of legislative and policy proposals emerging from Tahirih’s groundbreaking national campaigns, such as the Forced Marriage Initiative and the Campaign to End Abuse and Exploitation through International Marriage Brokers.

The Director will also promote other U.S. legislation to prevent and address violence against women and girls worldwide. The Director will serve as Tahirih’s primary spokesperson on policy issues to Tahirih supporters, advocates and colleague organizations, legislators and policymakers and the media. The Director will also work closely with Tahirih’s communications staff to enhance public understanding and to ensure that stakeholders are informed and invested in advocacy to protect and empower immigrant women and girls.

Based in Tahirih’s national headquarters office in Falls Church, VA, the Director of Public Policy will report to the Executive Director and manage a small but growing policy team.

Please note: Candidates applying must have work authorization in the United States.

For additional information about required and preferred qualifications, responsibilities, how to apply, etc., please visit the website.

Professor Michael Froomkin Seeks ‘We Robot’ Conference Researcher/Organizer

Professor Froomkin is seeking one or more University of Miami School of Law students to do projects connected with “We Robot 2014″ a major conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics, to be held at the law school on April 4 & 5, 2014.  There is intellectual work to be done to set up the event, notably writing online summaries of all the accepted papers. There are also some administrative duties involved.

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

This is a paid position. If you are interested, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID #11646 for application instructions and additional details.


The 2014 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans – Deadline is November 8, 2013

Thirty Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans will be awarded in March 2014 on the basis of a single national competition. Each fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study – in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program – in the United States.

Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition tuition and fees or 50% of required tuition and fees/year. The program promotes a strong sense of community among Soros Fellows through fall conferences and other activities for fellows receiving financial support and numerous events held throughout the country for fellows receiving financial support and numerous events held throughout the country for fellows who are no longer receiving financial support.

The deadline for submission of completed applications is November 8, 2013. 

The program promotes a strong sense of community among fellows and alumni through fall conferences for fellows and numerous events for fellows and alumni held throughout the country.

The top 77 applicants will be designated “finalists” and will be asked to appear for interviews in New York City or Los   Angeles in late-January or early-February of 2014. Reasonable expenses will be covered by the Fellowship Program.

The 30 fellowship winners, selected from among the 77 finalists, will be announced in March of 2014.

For eligibility and additional information, visit the website.


The American College of Consumer Financial Services 2013 Writing Competition

Each year, the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment. In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories.

The awards include a cash payment ($2,500 for books, $2,000 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; and $1,000 for student work), a certificate or other token of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the College’s annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.


Eligible entries must discuss some aspect of consumer financial services law. Topics that relate principally to securities regulation, insurance, or the safety and soundness aspects of banking regulation are not eligible, but works on subjects within these (or other) areas will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.

The deadline for entry is December 2, 2013, and entries are eligible if they have been written or published within the twelve months preceding that date. Unpublished manuscripts should be double-spaced and conform to law review standards. All entries should be submitted in electronic format.

Entries for the 2014 competition should be submitted to:

William L. Stern, Esq.
Writing Competition Chair
Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

To view the website, please click here.

The Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship Program – Deadline is September 25, 2013

The Independence Foundation is a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serving Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. The Foundation is specifically interested in addressing the need for legal aid and assistance to the disadvantaged. In order to help to meet this need, in 1996 the Foundation established the Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship Program. Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowships provide support for law school graduates, outgoing judicial law clerks and attorneys who are currently employed and who want to work in the public interest for a legal services organization that qualifies as a 501(c)(3) organization and provides legal services to individuals who are disadvantaged, including the elderly, the disabled, the homeless or those deprived of their civil or human rights.

Application must be made within five years of law school graduation. The Foundation anticipates granting a maximum of three Fellowships in 2013, the nineteenth year of the program, with the expectation that the 2014 class of Fellows will begin to render service in the public interest by the end of September 2014.

Each Fellowship will provide the Fellow an annual salary in the amount of $46,000, plus the cost of health care benefits, disability insurance and employer’s withholding taxes as compensation for full time employment. These amounts will be paid on a quarterly basis directly to the sponsoring organization. The Foundation will not pay the cost of pension benefits or any fringe benefits, such as employment related travel expenses. In addition, each Fellowship will provide for those Fellows who owe student loans an amount equal to the amount due and payable on such loans during the term of the Fellowship up to a maximum amount of $10,000 in each Fellowship year.  This amount will be paid on a quarterly basis directly to the employing organization. The Fellow shall be an employee of the organization and not the Foundation. To the extent that amounts paid under the Fellowship Program are deemed taxable, the Fellow shall be responsible for such tax obligations.

The duration of a Fellowship is one year.  Fellowships may be renewed for one additional year if requested by the Fellow and approved by the Foundation Board of Directors and the sponsoring organization.

Grants will be made to sponsoring organizations only. Therefore, before final application, due September 25, 2013, a legal services organization that will sponsor the applicant must be identified. It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure a position with a potential sponsoring organization before submitting an application for a Fellowship.

If awarded a Fellowship, applicants will be expected to devote their full time to Fellowship work for the duration of the Independence Foundation Fellowship.

Applications must be received by September 25, 2013. Fellows will be notified in mid-December 2013.

For additional information and details, including how to apply, please ask your CDO advisor, visit the website or visit the click here.

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) is Excited to Share the Summer 2013 Edition of the FAWL Journal!

The Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) is excited to share with you the Summer 2013 edition of the FAWL Journal! Founded in 1951, FAWL strives to propel women lawyers into economic, social and leadership spheres of power.

The Summer 2013 Journal is part of FAWL’s continuing commitment to help their members excel and reach their career goals. In addition to FAWL’s bi-annual Journal and bi-monthly E-Newsletters, FAWL offers its members a variety of benefits, including FREE CLE programming, member benefit discounts, and the opportunity to connect with an already established community of women lawyers dedicated to each other’s success.

Click here for the electronic edition of the Summer 2013 FAWL Journal.

If you are not a member or if you have not yet renewed your FAWL membership, visit FAWL online to ensure that you do not miss out on being a part of this powerful community of women professionals.



You Are Invited to Attend the Fourth Annual Patently Impossible Project: An Innovative Competition to Benefit Dade Legal Aid

Save the Date!

When:          Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6- 8 p.m.

Where:         Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Avenue.

There will be a Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes. Compete to win the grand prize. Bet on teams assembling a patented invention.

This is a fun event and good opportunity for students interested in Intellectual Property to meet attorneys.

To RSVP, click this link. Click here to visit the website.

Read The “Opportunities in Animal Law” Booklet to Gain Information Regarding Programs and Resources About Animal Law

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has a goal is to assist students who are interested in finding a meaningful way to merge their profession with their passion for animals. For more than 30 years, ALDF has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. This mission is based on the premise that lasting change can only come when the law reflects what most Americans already believe to be true—that abusing an animal is wrong.

Animal Law intersects with “traditional” areas of the law, such as tort, contract, criminal and constitutional law. During the past several years, animal law has gained a stronger foothold in the mainstream legal arena. Additionally, the issues that fill today’s headlines such as dog fighting, pet custody, the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty and food safety issues reflect the rapid growth in the field of animal law. This shift is also reflected in academia. In 2000 there were only nine animal law courses being offered at ABA-accredited law schools, while currently there are more than 145 such courses.

Despite the expediential growth of this field, many law students and attorneys are unaware of the opportunities in this field beyond the classroom. However, if you are interested in this dynamic and cutting-edge area of the law, you can view the “Opportunities in Animal Law” booklet as a resource for students and graduates. In this booklet, you will find information about clerkships, scholarships, project grants, job and pro bono opportunities, law journals, research tools, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters and much more.

To read the “Opportunities in Animal Law” booklet, please ask your CDO advisor or visit the Symplicity Document Library.

The 2014 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration

Beginning in 2014, the Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.

Outstanding Paper by a Law Student — $250

Outstanding Paper by a Medical Student or Medical Resident — $250 

2014 Contest Question:

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted into law in 2010 attempts to improve the access of Americans to improved quality health care, while controlling the nation’s escalating health care expenditures. As the ACA gets further implemented in 2014, discuss opportunities and challenges this law presents for constructive, innovative collaboration between the legal and medical professions in contributing to the quest for a more affordable and accessible high quality health care system.

Deadline and Submission:

All papers must be submitted in the proper format by midnight (EST) on January 2, 2014.

Papers must be submitted electronically.

Winners will be announced on or before April 1, 2014.

For additional information regarding applicant and paper criteria, format and judging, please visit Symplicity or the competition website.


This Week at the CDO (Week of August 19, 2013)

Welcome back to our returning students and welcome our new students to UM Law!

Tuesday, August 20:

  • First Day of Classes.

Thursday, August 22: 

  • Student Organization Fair – 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., The Bricks. Come meet the new leaders of the various Miami Law student organizations.