The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic is on November 9, 2013

The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic is a premier event currently in its 10th year. The picnic has grown exponentially each year and is well attended by many judges, established lawyers and law students from every school in Florida. The picnic is sponsored by many businesses, multiple voluntary bar associations, a bank and numerous law firms. Many sponsors rent tents where it is easy for students to meet lawyers, judges and potential employees. They have a “Leaders and Legends” tent where some of the  best lawyers in the country have shared their experiences. For example, former Attorney General Janet Reno, ABA President Stephen Zack and Florida Court Supreme Justice Peggy Quince and Barbara Pariente have led discussions.  Please check out the photos, videos and articles to get a better feel for the picnic.  It is an unusual, fantastic and fun networking event. Also, feel free to download the SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION PACKET.

The picnic is a family friendly event. There is an entire section dedicated to children with rock climbing walls, ring toss, games, face painting and much more. They also have  dominoes tournament, a volleyball tournament and a dunk tank. There is an extensive assortment of food and a DJ spinning tunes and introducing lawyers and judges.

The picnic is held at Amelia Earhart Park located in Miami at 401 East 65 Street, Hialeah, FL33013. The 10th Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013 starting at noon.

Although the picnic is free, there is a small $10 fee for parking, donations and sponsorships to offset the costs are welcome.  Click here for a park map and parking information.

Every student, lawyer and judge who attends the picnic will have an opportunity to get a mentor or mentee. “Need Mentor” and “Need Mentee” badges will be handed out and introductions will be made.

For additional information, please visit the website.

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) Announces The 2013-14 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce the 2013-14 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition.

Organized by ELI and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS), this annual competition invites law students from across the country to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. Their goal is to inform the ongoing debate about the constitutional legitimacy of environmental laws and to recognize students who have advanced the state of scholarship through original analysis of cutting-edge topics. The winner receives a $2000 cash prize, public recognition, an offer of publication in ELI’s flagship journal, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

Last year’s competition produced winner James E. Flynn III of GeorgiaStateUniversity. His article, “The Fraudulent Misrepresentation of Climate Science,” will appear in the December 2013 issue of ELR.

Submissions are due on April 7, 2014. For more about the competition and past winners, please visit the website.

IPLAF Event in Miami – Europe’s New Unitary Patent System

IPLAF Event in Miami

Europe’s New Unitary Patent System

Presented by Simon Wright, Partner with JA Kemp – London

Thursday – September 19, 2013

6 – 9 PM

 CLE Credit

Food and Beverages Provided

ADDMG, Miami Office

RSVP NOW – Limited Seating

Simon Wright, partner with JA Kemp in London, England, will speak to IPLAF about the European Unitary Patent System. Simon has over 25 years’ experience of patent work, including drafting and filing patent applications throughout the world, but in particular before the European Patent Office (EPO). Simon handles prosecution, as well as opposition and appeal work, primarily in the life sciences.

His technical work has covered pharmaceuticals and vaccines, insulin inhalers and fermentation technology. He also handles cases on gene therapy, personalised nutrition, biofuels, liposome technology, prognostic cancer markers and stem cells. Simon’s clients range from European multinational companies to small UK academic organizations.

Simon was involved in the seminal EPO Board of Appeal Decision concerning a contraceptive method involving the administration of LHRH to women. He also acted as an expert witness, and so gave evidence to the UK High Court, in the HGS vs. Eli Lilly litigation, which led to the first ever Supreme Court decision on a patent matter (concerning industrial applicability).

For additional information, please visit the website.

Attend the Public Interest Legal Careers Luncheon on September 16, 2013

On behalf of the UM Federal Bar Association, the Career Development Office (CDO) cordially invites you to attend their upcoming Public Interest Legal Careers Luncheon. The luncheon takes place on Monday, September 16, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge. Lunch is provided for all attendees. The luncheon will be an excellent opportunity to gain valuable advice on starting a career in the public sector and the work of the Federal Bar Association. The panel will feature the following speakers:

  • Celeste Higgins, Federal Public Defender’s Office
  • Lisa Roberts, United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Eduardo Sanchez, United States Attorney’s Office

The panel will be moderated by Bernie Pastor, current President of the South Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and attorney with the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office.

To attend, please RSVP no later than Friday, September 13th. To RSVP, click here.

For additional information, please pick up a flyer available in the CDO or ask your CDO advisor.

University of Miami School of Law Students and Alumni are Cordially Invited to Attend the Career Expo on September 19th!

University of Miami School of Law students and alumni are cordially invited to attend the University of Miami Career Expo taking place on Thursday, September 19 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus.

The Career Expo has traditionally attracted companies from various industries such as healthcare, financial services, banking, retail and merchandising, government, telecommunications, and marketing. This expo is specially designed to expose students and alumni to a broad spectrum of career paths, as well as provide them with opportunities to secure internships and full-time jobs. This is not a legal industry expo and no law firms will be participating. This is, however, a great opportunity to connect with employers from other industries.

There is no required registration to attend the expo. Students and alumni must come professionally dressed.  Bring plenty of copies of your resume and your Cane Card. Students not professionally dressed and/or without their Cane Card will not be admitted.

More information, including a list of participating employers, is available here.

American Indian Law Review 2013-2014 Writing Competition Rules – Deadline is January 31, 2014

The American Indian Law Review (AILT) is pleased to announce its annual writing competition for 2013-2014.


Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples.  However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.


The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Jan. 31, 2014.  Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.


The first place winner receives $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international distribution.  The second place winner receives $500, and third place receives $250.

The three winning authors will be recognized on the masthead of the American Indian Law Review, and will receive copies of Felix S. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis.


All electronic entries must be received no later than 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 31, 2014.  Any hardcopy entries must be postmarked by that date.  Entries will be acknowledged upon receipt.  All entries become the property of the American Indian Law Review.


Papers will be judged by members of the legal profession with an interest in American Indian Law and by the editors of the American Indian Law Review.


Papers will be judged on the basis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions.


Entries must be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages in length and a maximum of 50 double-spaced pages in length excluding footnotes or endnotes.  All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.).  The body of the email must contain the author’s name, social security number, school, expected year of graduation, current address, permanent address, and email address.  Inquiries may be replied to by email. No identifying marks (name, school, etc.) should appear on the paper itself.  All entries must have only one author. Entries must be unpublished, not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and not currently entered in other writing competitions. Papers entered in the American Indian Law Review writing competition may not be submitted for consideration to any other publication until such time as winning entrants are announced.  Any entries not fully in accord with required form will be ineligible for consideration.


Submissions may be emailed to the American Indian Law Review by the competition deadline.  Entries may be sent as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or PDF documents.  Although email submissions are preferred, hardcopies are acceptable.  If submitting hardcopies, mail them to AILR Writing Competition, American Indian Law Review, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019. Please send an email on or before the deadline to notify the AILR that you are sending a hardcopy submission

H.O.P.E. News for Week of September 9, 2013

Law Practice Technology: Inclusive & Universal Design

What is universal design in technology? Learn about the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the requirements of law firms and the court system to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities, and the future of accessible information technology to the legal industry on Friday, September 27th.  Featuring disability advocate Matthew Dietz, Esq. Registration, 8:30am-9am. Seminar, 9am-12pm at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse, 175 NW 1st   Ave, 11th Floor, Miami, FL 33128. More information here.

David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship 

Attention 3Ls: The David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship is a distinguished postgraduate fellowship in health policy. The fellowship provides a unique opportunity for promising students to learn about the political system through direct exposure to the roles of both the public and private sectors in health policy development.  The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend and related expenses for a twelve-month period from July to June. Learn more and apply here. Applications due Sunday, October 13th.

Attention 3Ls: Equal Justice Works Post-Graduate Fellowship Application Due September 17th

If you are applying for EJW or other post-graduate fellowships, HOPE is here to help with the whole process, including application review and mock interview panels. E-mail HOPE 

Divercycles: A Bike Ride for Immigration Reform with the ACLU of Florida – Saturday, September 14th 

People in Miami came here from all over the world, and any decision made about our immigration system will have a huge impact on our community. Join the ACLU in a route stretching from Little Havana to Little Haiti to celebrate the diversity of our community and advocate for reform to help those living in the shadows fully enjoy the promise of America. There will be a stop at the ACLU of Florida mural, “I Am Here,” inspired by the real stories of Floridians dealing with our harsh immigration policies. The artist, Ruben Ubiera, will be at the mural to share details about its interactivity, and José Machado, one of the people represented in the piece, will be sharing his immigration story with the riders. Meet at Vizcaya Metrorail station at 10AM. More information here.

Florida Association of Women Lawyers “We Can Dream” Gala – Friday, September 27th 

Join the Miami chapter of FAWL for a gala benefitting Legal Services of Greater Miami with keynote speaker Judge Rosemary Barkett of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Other speakers include Third District Court of Appeal Judge Vance Salter, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Judge William Altfield and Ervin Gonzalez. Tickets are $85. RSVP here.

The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade Screening of Playground O Cinema Miami Shores – Wednesday, October 23rd 

The Women’s Fund presents a powerful film about the sexual trafficking of underage girls called Playground: the child sex trade in AMERICA . The screening will be followed by a brief panel discussion with community leaders working to eradicate the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased online or at the door. The film will be shown at 6:30 pm at O Cinema Miami Shores located at 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33138.

National Immigrant Integration Conference – Sunday, November 17th – Tuesday, November 19th 

This winter, sunny Miami, Florida will be the backdrop for the most strategic gathering for immigration integration leaders in a year of historic significance, hosted by the Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Knight Foundation and the National Partnership for New Americans. Work with us to help improve the road to full citizenship, strengthen workforce development, access to healthcare and asset-building, promote the establishment of a National Office on Immigrant Integration and much more. Register here.

2013 Arsht Ethics Film Series: Glengarry Glen Ross – Tuesday, September 17th 

Adrienne Arsht, the UM Ethics Program, School of Communications, and the Alumni Association are kicking off a provocative film series. Each film is followed by a lively debate. Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony- winning play with the same name. The film depicts two days in the lives of four real estate salesmen and how they become desperate when the corporate office sends a trainer to “motivate” them by announcing that, in one week, all except the top salesmen will be fired. The screening will take place at UM’s Bill Cosford Cinema at 6:30PM and is free to the UM community.

Public Interest Lecture Series – Wednesday, September 18 

Each year, the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center invites attorneys to share their experiences working in the public interest with students. The first speaker will be Betsy Havens, an EJW Fellow at Florida Legal Services who assists disabled children to obtain Medicaid coverage. This is a great opportunity for law students interact with advocates in a small group setting. RSVP now. Limited to15 spots.

Networked Nonprofit Workshop: Strengthen Bonds, Strengthen Leadership – Wednesday, September 25th

Newman Alumni Center 

The Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Center, a collaboration between the UM School of Business, School of Education and Human Development, and Catalyst Miami, presents a series of workshops on building strong nonprofit organizations. The first in the series is entitled “New Partners, New Markets” featuring speakers from the Knight Foundation. Workshops are from 8:30am-11:30am at the NewmanAlumniCenter, 6200 San Amaro Drive. For more information, click here.

The Miami Lakes Bar Association Invites You to its 2013 Miami Lakes Mayoral & Town Council Candidates Forum

The Miami Lakes Bar Association cordially invites its members to its 2013 Miami Lakes Mayoral & Town Council Candidates Forum to be held on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club, 6842 Main Street, Davis   Cup Miami Lakes, Florida 33014.

All Miami Lakes mayoral and council candidates running in the October 1, 2013 election have been invited to participate. Candidates will make short statements and answer questions posed by a moderator and members of the public.

This non-partisan event is free and open to the public. Complimentary beverages and snacks will be provided.

The Miami Lakes Bar Association is a voluntary association of attorneys and judges. The Miami Lakes Bar Association does not endorse political or judicial candidates. This forum is offered as a public service to the Miami Lakes community.

Contact MLBA President, Ameli Padron Fragetta for more information.


Upcoming Webinar 9/9/13: Antitrust Fundamentals for Distribution and Franchise Practitioners

The YLD Antitrust Law Committee, the Section’s Joint Conduct Committee and Distribution and Franchising Committee will host a live webinar entitled “Antitrust Fundamentals for Distribution and Franchise Practitioners” this coming Monday, September 9th, 2013.

This program is geared to new distribution and franchise practitioners (or anyone needing a quick refresher on antitrust law in the distribution context) and will cover basic antitrust principles and key cases as applied to distribution and franchising arrangements. The panel includes outside counsel and in-house counsel who will discuss price and non-price vertical restraints, tying, collaborations with competitors, refusals to deal and exclusive agreements, price discrimination and dual distribution.

The panelists are:

  • Alicia Downey, Downey Law LLC, Boston
  • Jeffery Cross, Freeborn & Peters LLP, Chicago
  • Justin O’Sullivan, Nissan USA, Nashville

Please click this link for the flyer and to register:

Registered participants will receive instructions on how to access the webinar. The program will start at 12:00 eastern time, but please allow a few minutes before the program starts to dial in and log into the webinar function.


The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School Seeking South Texas Staff Attorney

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School invites applications for the position of South Texas Staff Attorney to be based in Harlingen/Brownsville, Texas. The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests, safety and well-being of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country overseeing the work of Child Advocates pursuant to the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

The Staff Attorney position is a unique opportunity for an attorney to engage in written and oral advocacy on behalf of children in removal proceedings. The Staff Attorney will draft and submit best interests recommendations in immigration court, before asylum offices, to public interest attorneys, to the pro bono bar and to the three federal agencies (DHS, HHS and DOJ) with responsibility for unaccompanied children in the United States.

In Texas, the Staff Attorney will work directly with detained children (as young as a few months and up to 18 years old) to advocate for their best interests with respect to their custody, conditions of release and their immigration proceedings. The Staff Attorney will recruit, train and supervise bilingual and bicultural volunteer Child Advocates—teachers, law students, social workers, community members—who will work one-on-one with children.

Applicants must be bilingual in Spanish and English.  

The Staff Attorney will collaborate with colleagues at the University of Chicago Law School on individual cases. The Young Center team is a passionate and collegial group of professionals—attorneys, social workers and administrative staff—committed to ensuring that children receive the full protection of federal immigration law, domestic child welfare law and international human rights law.

For duties and responsibilities, requirements, salary and how to apply, please visit Symplicity Posting ID#11766.