Management Consulting Fireside Chat With Guest Speaker Jorge Benitez

Jorge L. Benitez is the former Accenture chief executive of the United States and senior managing director of North America. He had primary responsibility for Accenture’s business and operations in North America, including developing and executing the company’s business strategy, delivering client service and driving its growth in the region.

Mr. Benitez’s success in business and his contributions to the broader community have been recognized on a number of occasions. Hispanic Business Magazine named him to its “2011 Top 25 Corporate Elite” list and, in 2004, selected him as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States. He was also selected to the PODER Top 100 Influential Hispanics in 2011.

This fireside chat will take place on November 6th, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. at the Aresty Graduate Building, 3rd Floor Dining Room. Business Casual.

RSVP on the Ziff website.

The 2014 Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic is on November 1, 2014

The Coral Gables Bar Association Invites You to Visit Us and Support the 2014 Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic at Amelia Earhart Park, 401 East 65th Street, Hialeah, FL 33013 on Saturday, November 1, 2014, from noon – 4:00 p.m.

Come and Enjoy this Family Friendly Event! Wide Assortment of Food, Beer Stand, Chili Station, Ice Cream Booth, Dessert Table. DJs Spinning Tunes and Introducing Lawyers and Judges.

Special Section Dedicated to Children with Rock Climbing Walls, Ring toss, Games, Face Painting. Volleyball and Domino Table.


No R.S.V.P.s Required – Hope You Will Join Us!

Come Visit Our Tent at this Event. Free Drinks, Giveaways and Membership Discounts on a First-Come, First-Served Basis.

For more information, visit the website.

Coral Gables Bar Association Meeting Coming Up on November 14, 2014

November Networking Happy Hour at Cibo Wine Bar, 45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Sponsored by Coral Gables Bar Association & Fernandez & Associates Court Reporters.

This event is complimentary to all sitting Judges.

When:   Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Member Ticket – $10.00 Good for 1 Free Drink and Hors D’Oeuvres

Guest Ticket – $10.00 Good for 1 Free Drink and Hors D’Oeuvres

Register Now.



The 2014-2015 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

The 2014-2015 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law (co-sponsored by the Institute for Law and the Workplace and the Jackson Lewis Firm)

Topic:  Papers may address any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.  Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration. Submissions must be the law student author’s own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2014 semester. There are formatting guidelines that must be followed. For questions, contact Professor Martin H. Malin, by email.

Prizes:  One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries.  In addition to the cash awards, the top three entries will be published on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website. (Electronic versions of winning papers will be required).

Deadline:  Submissions are due no later than Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2014-2015

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2014-2015 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2014. Graduate students in law school (LL.M. candidates) are not eligible.

Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered.Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law. Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue presented and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple sources. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, overall appearance, and relevance to the practicing labor and employment law bar.

The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place:$1500, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and its author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for publication.

To be considered, articles must be submitted by midnight(EDST) on May 15, 2015, via email using the subject line “Writing Competition.” The manuscript should be submitted as attachments in both Microsoft Word and PDF documents. The text should be Times New Roman font, 12 point pitch, double-spaced and the footnotes single-spaced with double-spacing between footnotes on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper with one-inch margins on all sides. The manuscript, exclusive of the cover page, may not exceed twenty pages. All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th Edition). Do not submit endnotes, a table of contents or table of cases. A separate cover page must also be submitted which includes the paper’s title, author’s name, law school, graduation date, e-mail, street address and telephone number. Although personal information should not appear on the manuscript itself, the title should be clearly visible on at least the first page. Manuscripts must be the original work of a single author, may not have been written for paid employment, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

Competition rules are also available online. For additional details, click here.

Planting Seeds: Using Social Media and Your Law Degree to Pursue Your Passions & Find Your Dream Career

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 concreate plan to achieve them, and a social media guide to professionally promoting your image.



This Week at the CDO (Week of October 20, 2014)

Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25, 2014:

Equal Justice Works Career Fair, Washington, DC

Attend “The Impact is Not Minor: Youth in the Criminal Justice System” on October 23, 2014

Event: The Impact is Not Minor: Youth in the Criminal Justice System – October 23, 2014

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Where: Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, 3305 College Avenue, Davie, 33314

Pre- Reception at 6 pm in Faculty Terrace/7 pm Discussion in Faculty Study


  • Judge Rodney Smith-11th Circuit
  • Professor Charles Morton- Shepard Broad Law Center
  • Judge Richard Hersch- 11th Circuit
  • Annie Edmond, Esq. – Broward County Public Defender’s Office
  • Gordon Weekes, Esq. – Broward County’s Public Defender’s Office
  • Professor Fran Tetunic- Shepard Broad Law Center
  • George Odom, Esq. – Broward County’s Public Defender’s Office


Competition rules. Contest opens September 15, 2014. The Fashion Law Writing Competition is open to students in good standing in an ABA-approved law school during the Fall 2014 through Spring 2015 terms. Essays must discuss a legal issue in the Fashion Industry. For example, without limitation, intellectual property, technology, communication, contracts, employment law and international trade issues are included in this description, provided such legal issues relate to or affect the fashion industry. The essay must be the unique creation of the student and may not contain the work of classmates or editors.

Students may submit papers previously created for law school academic credit, journals, or other publications. EASL reserves the non-exclusive right to publish the best essay(s) on the EASL website, in its newsletter and/or any other related publications. Essays must be no less than 15 pages and no more than 30 pages, including citations and standard law school submission fonts and font sizes. Submissions must be in PDF format, and include proper citation in accordance with the Harvard Bluebook.

Submission Guidelines. Entries must be received no later than March 23, 2015. Students shall submit all entries via e-mail to Brittany Rawlings, Esq. The PDF must not have the student’s name or any identifying information included within it. Students must pick a four digit number as their identifier and place it in the top left corner of the header so that its visible on all pages of the submission. Under their four-digit identifier, student must also identify the name of their law school. The PDF should be named with the title of the article and include the four digit identifier. The body of the e-mail must include the student’s name, student’s self chosen four-digit identifier, graduation year and school. 

Judging. Entries will be blind judged by a judging panel of Florida law professors and fashion attorneys. Selection of a winner will be based upon the originality of the piece, the clarity of writing, strength of arguments, quality of research, and compliance with Harvard Bluebook citations. 

Prize. There will be at most one grand prize winning essay. The author of the grand prize winning entry will be recognized by EASL and have its work published on the EASL website and/or in newsletters, and may receive other prizes TBA.

For questions, please call: Brittany Rawlings, Esq. at 239-293-4391

For writing submissions only, email here.






2015 Summer Legal Internship Opportunity at NELP

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is seeking dynamic law students for our 2015 summer legal internship program in New York City. 

About NELP: 

The National Employment Law Project is a non‐profit research and advocacy organization that partners with national, state and local allies – including community groups, immigrant advocacy organizations, worker centers, unions, faith-based organizations, policy makers and think tanks – to develop and promote policies and programs that create good jobs and enforce hard-won worker rights. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research and education, supporting worker organizing, and engaging in strategic communications. To learn more about us, please visit the website. 

The Internship:

With a staff of lawyers, social scientists, and policy experts, NELP’s approach is to work in close partnership with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models in the states and cities and translate them to the federal level, in order to respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty‐first century. Our work includes:

  • Developing new strategies to improve enforcement of basic workplace rights in order to combat the growing number of low‐wage and immigrant workers who are not paid the minimum wage or overtime, endure unsafe workplaces, and face retaliation when trying to organize;
  • Research and policy development to address the rise of outsourcing and contingent work structures to ensure fair wages and job quality;
  • Developing policies and providing campaign support to raise minimum wage and labor standards at the federal, state, and local levels, with a particular focus on supporting ongoing worker campaigns for $15 an hour and the right to unionize and eliminating loopholes that exclude immigrants, people of color, and contingent and temporary workers from core minimum wage protections.

Summer legal interns will assist NELP attorneys in all aspects of this work, including:

  • Providing legal, policy and strategic assistance for campaigns, including drafting legislation, legal analyses, and policy briefs;
  • Strategic participation in litigation related to wage and hour and other labor standards issues, including drafting of amicus briefs;
  • Drafting reports, op-eds, and community educational materials and engaging in strategic communications.

Because this internship opportunity is unpaid, applicants must secure their own funding. Interested students should submit an application (resume, cover letter and writing sample) via email with the subject line “Summer Legal Internship.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.