University of Miami Graduate Seeking to Sublease in Washington, DC for Summer 2013

In need of housing in Washington, DC this summer? A Georgetown law student and University of Miami graduate is subleasing his room (there are 2 other law student roommates) in the Penthouse level of an apartment complex nearby Judiciary Square/Capitol Hill/Union Station from mid-May until mid-August.

If interested, please contact Brian Liegel and he can share additional details and photographs.

University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition


June 3, 2013


The University of Connecticut School of Law has established a student Legal Writing Competition to encourage and reward original student writing on legal issues affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction or substance abuse.


Entrants should submit a paper on a legal issue affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction or substance abuse.


Papers will be accepted from any student enrolled for the 2012-13 academic year in an ABA-accredited law school in the United States or Canada. Papers must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a student may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project. All students intending to enter the competition must register by April 15, 2013. Registration Form.


Papers should be a minimum of 15 pages in length and shall not exceed 30 pages, including footnotes. They must be types, double-spaced and with one-inch margins, on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, in a 12-point font, such as Times New Roman. All citations and footnotes should conform to the current edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation and should also be in a 12-point font.


Papers will be judged by a panel appointed by the University of Connecticut School of Law. Judges will evaluate papers based on the substance, clarity of the proposal or thesis, logical force, support of argument, and quality of research. Grammar, syntax and form will also be taken into consideration.


Entries must be received by 5pm on June 3, 2013. Entries must be submitted in two formats: (1) email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) via email and (2) mail, with a postmark dated by June 3, 2013, four copies of the paper to:

Student Legal Writing Competition
University of Connecticut School of Law
55 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Attn: Assistant Dean Karen Lynn DeMeola

Papers are judged anonymously, and no identifying information should appear on either the original or the copies of the paper. Entrants must submit a separate cover letter listing the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, name of law school, and year of graduation.


Three cash prizes will be awarded: $750 First Prize, $500 Second Prize, and $250 Third Prize. Winners will be notified by July 30, 2013. All decisions of the judges are final.


Immigration Fellowship Opportunity in Washington, DC

A senior Democrat from the Midwest is seeking a fellow for the Washington, DC office.  The Fellow will assist the Counsel with immigrant advocacy, deportation policies and community and constituent services.

Agency Name:  U.S. House of Representatives

Position Title:  Immigration Fellow

Location:  Washington, DC

Description of Responsibilities:  The Fellow will work closely with the Member’s Counsel to help monitor the implementation of removal policies, the application of prosecutorial discretion in individual immigration cases and the adjudications of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The work will include intervention in meritorious discretion and DACA cases and working with government agencies to ensure that all worthy cases are properly considered for discretion.

For information about responsibilities, required experience and how to apply, please see Symplicity Posting ID# 11051.




No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

South Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel – Ambassadors Program for South Florida Law Students

The South Florida Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACCA-SFL) announced the launch of its Ambassadors Program for South Florida law students in early 2012. Participating law students, or “ACCA-SFL Ambassadors”, volunteer at ACCA-SFL’s various events during the year, providing the students with a unique networking and educational opportunity.  With access to ACC-SFL’s in-house counsel membership and its law firm sponsors, students are able to build relationships and attend seminars on current legal issues. ACCA-SFL, a non-profit association, is the South Florida chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the world’s largest community of in-house counsel, serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, and other private-sector organizations around the globe. ACCA-SFL serves more than 400 members from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. ACCA-SFL partners with its sponsors to provide innovative networking opportunities, substantive programs and community outreach by holding several events for its members each year.  Our major 2012 events included “A Night at the Museum”, held on May 4,2012 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, ACCA@Bat!!, held on July 27, 2012 at the Clevelander suite at the new Miami Marlins Ballpark, and last but not least, ACCA-SFL’s Third Annual CLE conference – “The Real In-House Counsel of SouthFlorida”, held on September 20, 2012 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  In addition to its major programming, several breakfast CLEs, community service events and social networking opportunities are hosted during the calendar year.  ACCA-SFL’s 2012 Platinum sponsors were Bilzin Sumberg, Fox Rothschild and Katz Barron, each of which will return as sponsors for 2013.  ACCA-SFL is now looking for additional Ambassadors to participate in its 2013 programming, including but not limited to its Inaugural Golf &Spa CLE, to be held May 17, 2013 at the PGA National Resort and Spa, and its 4th Annual CLE conference to be held in late September/early October.  Visit for additional information on our sponsors and events.  Law students should contact Deborah Hanley, Executive Director, at with any additional questions regarding the ACCA-SFL Ambassadors Program.  To become an ACCA-SFL Ambassador, please click on the link below and return the completed form via email to, or via facsimile to (954) 370-8216.

ACCA-SFL Ambassadors Program Information Form


Attend The Ins and Outs of Family Law and Child Advocacy on April 17th!

Attend “The Ins and Outs of Family Law and Child Advocacy” on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in Room F-108.

This event will be a discussion about child advocacy and family law. Child advocacy and family law are both broad areas of practice, and students will be able to listen to and interact with practitioners who focus on different topics in these areas and different methods of practice. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Kele Stewart, and our speakers include Mr. Evan Marks, J.D. ’81, Ms. Carin Porras, J.D. ’94, and Ms. Helen Stein, J.D.

Lunch will be served! To RSVP, please contact Lauren Pettiette.

For questions, please speak with your CDO advisor.

HOPE News for the Week of April 1, 2013

 Upcoming Events: 

*Save the Date* Thursday, April 18th, 6:00 p.m., HOPE Recognition Reception, Attention 3Ls – Don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for, or nominate someone to receive, the Innovative Service in the Public Interest Award or the Exemplary Service to the Poor Award. Applications for these awards are due today and will be presented at the HOPE Recognition Reception on April 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge. To RSVP, click here. To log your hours, click here. Additionally, we need YOUR pictures of your community service efforts to display in a slideshow at the reception. Please email them.

Wednesday, April 4th, Bridging the Gap: UM Public Interest Opportunities Abroad, 12:30-1:50 p.m., A-110, Speakers Rachel Oostendorp & Grant Lyons, Class of 2013, along with current HOPE Fellows, will inform students about the diverse internship opportunities available in the areas of international law, specifically the type of legal advocacy and policy work that can be funded through a HOPE Fellowship. For more information and to RSVP, email UM HOPE.

Wednesday, April 10th, HOPE Fellows: The Future of Marriage Equality, 12:30-1:50 p.m., F-309, Please join current HOPE Fellows in an event conducted by constitutional law scholar Caroline Mala Corbin, who will be lecturing about the two upcoming marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court. The future of marriage equality, in regards to the constitutional changes to DOMS and Prop 8 will be discussed. For more information and to RSVP, email UM HOPE.

 Featured Fellowships:

The Florida Bar Association Environmental and Law Use Law Section’s Summer Fellowship opportunity. A $5,000 stipend is available for this program, designed to encourage law students to study and pursue careers in public interest environmental law. For information, please email UM HOPE.

The James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, is hiring a Fellow for its Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program to begin in August 2013. The position is open to recent law graduates with up to three years of practice experience. 3Ls with relevant experience and qualifications will also be considered. The position is for one year, with the possibility of a second year renewal. For more information, email UM HOPE.     

The U.D.C. David A. Clarke School of Law is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities in its Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic for At-Risk Youth, and its Housing and Consumer Law Clinic. These two-year LL.M. programs will include coursework in public interest law, clinical pedagogy, and systems change. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the program begins on August 1, 2013. For more information, please email UM HOPE.

2013 Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program. Approximately 15 positions are available for first and second year law students at Legal Services of New Jersey. Click here for application.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Division seeks second year law students as legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (5-10 pages) to to apply. The positions are unpaid, but visit our website to find out how you can qualify for a HOPE Fellowship.

Announcements & Opportunities:

Health Law Internship: Poverty health law practice at Florida Legal Services, Inc. (FLS), Miami Office. Internship will include cutting edge work on implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA/ “Obama Care”), particularly as it impacts families and individuals entitled to subsidized premium assistance, including Medicaid. It will also include Medicaid advocacy and litigation, including assistance in preparation of oral arguments in the Eleventh Circuit, see KG v. Dudek, 864 F.Supp.2d 1314 (2012). The student will work in a collegial relationship with Miriam Harmatz, one of Florida’s most experienced Medicaid advocates, and Betsy Havens, an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Miami Scholars alumni, whose project focuses on children’s access to health care. FLS is a non-profit funded by the Florida Bar Foundation. The internship is unpaid. If interested, please send short email and resume by April 19.

The City of Chicago Department of Law is hiring entry-level attorneys. They are looking for applicants with graduation dates from December 2012-June 2013 and eligibility to sit for the February or July 2013 Illinois Bar. For more information, please visit the website 

Inspired Leaders is a charitable organization serving high school students from underrepresented communities to develop higher education aspirations while teaching them about the law in an intensive summer law program. The program is looking for student volunteers to co-teach classes. For more information about the organization and the position, please email UM HOPE.  Resume and Cover letter are due by April 1st. 

The Florida Justice Institute (FJI), a nonprofit, public interest litigation firm, is seeking a law student to intern for the summer months. FJI conducts civil rights litigation primarily on behalf of those incarcerated in Florida’s prisons and jails. Since the bulk of their work is in federal court, the position entails a considerable amount of written legal pleading and practice work. For more info, visit the website. The deadline to apply is June 1st.

Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity to low-income students by offering college scholarships and caring mentors. They are currently looking for mentors. For more information about the organization, please click here. To become a mentor, visit the website.

Empowered Youth and Child Advocacy and Family Society is looking for volunteers and mentor. For more information, email here.

LSGMI, Inc. Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. is seeking clerks to fill a variety of volunteer law clerk positions. Interested students should be able to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours a week for the Spring semester. For more information regarding the program, visit the website. For more information on how to apply, email UM HOPE.



This Week at the CDO (Week of April 1, 2013)

Thursday, April 4, 2013: 

  • Jamaican Bar Association Networking EventLibrary, Fourth Floor, 6:30 p.m. The Jamaican Bar Association is coming to campus this Thursday night to discuss the importance of rainmaking. Pizza will be served. Everyone is welcome!


Legal Learning Series Invites You to a Complimentary Happy Hour!

Please join us for a Complimentary Happy Hour!

Legal Learning Series is returning to Fort Lauderdale and hosting a cocktail networking mixer. Legal Learning Series would like to invite you to be their guests as they continue their season of events, seminars, mixers, webinars, conferences and more. Please join them for a complimentary happy hour to mix and mingle with the movers and shakers of the legal community.

Date:                     Thursday April 4, 2013

Time:                     5:30 PM – 7:30PM

Location:              American Social on Las Olas, 721 E Las Olas Blvd., Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301


Cost:                      Attorneys & Staff:             Free w/ RSVP; $20 at door
                                Vendors                               $40 w/ RSVP

Attendees of the Legal Learning Series include top level professionals: judges, managing partners, attorneys, e-discovery managers, technicians, paralegals, case managers, litigation support managers, administrators, vendors, software developers, consultants and others. The Legal Learning Series invites you to sign up today! Join your colleagues in an exciting journey towards setting higher standards in the legal community. Participate in making a difference.

For more information, please visit today!

Attend The ABA Property Insurance Law Committee’s Annual Spring CLE Meeting From May 16-18 in Palm Beach Gardens

This year, the ABA Property Insurance Law Committee is holding its annual Spring CLE meeting on May 16-18, at the PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. This spring’s meeting will be co-sponsored with the ABA trial techniques committee. The topic of the presentations this year will be “Exclusions And Extensions Of Coverage Under The ALL-Risk Property Policy.”

In addition, the Committee will be including an “Insurance 101” program on the Thursday afternoon of the meeting, which will provide a broad overview of property law insurance specifically geared to new claim professionals and attorneys. Topics of presentation will range from burdens of proof to the intricacies of water damage, cyber coverages and collapse provisions.

The registration deadline is April 24, 2013. 

For detailed information regarding the conference, registration, etc. please see the online brochure.

Law Student Passes for Upcoming Seminar – Fundamentals of Workers’ Compensation seminar in Tampa, Florida

Sterling Education Services, Inc. is a non-profit continuing education company that conducts seminars across the nation. Sterling would like to offer 5 law students free scholarship-passes to an upcoming seminar as an introduction to the company. Please visit us online for information on their company.

Sterling is holding a ‘Fundamentals of Workers’ Compensation’ seminar in Tampa, Florida on May 10, 2013 and they would like to offer 5 law students free scholarship-passes to this seminar. The students get a day-long overview of a particular aspect of the law, a seminar manual and an opportunity to network with practicing attorneys.

Students who wish to register can call 715-855-0495 or register online. Only current law students may take advantage of these passes and MUST provide their student id number or other proof of enrollment in order to register.

All students must be pre-registered; no walk-ins will be allowed.