WIN A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND THE SOVEREIGNTY SYMPOSIUM – Enter The Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII – Susan J. Ferrell Scholarship Contest

WHO? Susan J. Ferrell served as Attorney Advisor in the Oklahoma City office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for nine years.  Much of her work concerned HUD’s Native American programs; she was actively interested in Native American history and culture.  One full (tuition, meals, and travel) scholarship to attend the Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII will be offered in her memory.  Travel, lodging and meal expenses for the Ferrell scholarship winner will be paid pursuant to the Oklahoma State Travel Reimbursement Act, subject to the limitations stated below.*

WHAT? The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and The Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a full scholarship to The Sovereignty Symposium that will pay tuition, meals and travel to attend the Sovereignty Symposium.

WHEN? The Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII, which will be held June 3-4, 2015 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The keynote speaker for 2015 will be the Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, member of the House of Lords.

HOW? Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and contribution to Native American legal issues by an application letter.  There is no application form.  Please include name, address, and day and evening telephone numbers in your letter.  Applicants must be students at an accredited law school in the United States, its territories, or Canada. Applications should be sent to:

The Sovereignty Symposium
Attn:  Ferrell Scholarship Committee
Oklahoma Judicial Center, Suite 1
2100 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
(405) 556-9371

DUE? No later than April 1, 2015.

*The student will be paid either mileage at the Oklahoma state travel reimbursement rate or round trip coach fare, not to exceed $750.00.  A maximum of three nights of lodging at the conference rate will be paid directly to the hotel. A per diem at the Oklahoma state travel reimbursement rate will be paid each day for three days.




FREE REGISTRATION TO ATTEND THE SOVEREIGNTY SYMPOSIUM XXVIII – Ed Edmondson Scholarship Applications Are Now Being Accepted

The Sovereignty Symposium was established to provide a forum in which ideas concerning common legal issues can be exchanged in a scholarly, non-adversarial environment.  The Oklahoma Supreme Court espouses no view on any of the issues or the positions taken by the Symposium participants or by the authors of writing competition entries.

WHO? Ed Edmondson served in the United States Congress representing Oklahoma for twenty years.  He was a long time supporter of both Native American concerns and education. 

WHEN? The Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. will host Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII on June 3 and 4, 2015, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Symposium registration scholarships will be offered in Congressman Edmondson’s name as the Symposium’s thank you for his support and efforts during its founding. Please apply early as the number of available scholarships is limited. 

HOW? Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a simple letter of application.  There is no formal application form.

DUE? May 31, 2015

Applications may be emailed or mailed to:

The Sovereignty Symposium
Attn:  Ed Edmondson Scholarship Committee
Oklahoma Judicial Center, Suite 1
2100 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For further information, contact (405) 556-9371, or email.


Enter The Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

WHO? John B. Doolin was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1972, and he served as Chief Justice from 1987-1988.   He loved to read and write, collect Indian art, and buy Navajo rugs.  He recognized the need for a forum to address Native American issues as a result of his service on the Indian Affairs Committee at the National Chief Justices’ Conference.  He authorized the formation of the Sovereignty Symposium in 1988.

WHAT? The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a writing competition open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, its territories or Canada.

WHEN? In conjunction with Sovereignty Symposium XXVIII, which will be held June 3-4, 2015 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a scholarly collection of legal and historical writings will be presented to all participants.  Legal libraries all over the United States regularly solicit copies of the publications for their collections.   The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.  First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00; and $250.00 will be awarded.  The winning entry will also be published in the 2015 Symposium compendium of materials.  Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.

HOW? The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single-spaced pages in length.  The paper used shall be 8-1/2” x 11” in size.  The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address and telephone number must be placed on a cover page.  Only the title of the paper should appear at the top of the first page of the text.  The author’s name should appear on the cover page only.  Papers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format.  E-mail the formatted version here. Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman format.  Again, the document should be single spacedThe left and right margins must be 2”; the top and bottom margins must be 1.5”.

Papers are evaluated for: Timelines of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of Authority; Creativity of Arguments; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammar; Punctuation and Writing Style.  

DUE? Entries must be received no later than April 15, 2015.  Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money.

The Symposium was established to provide a forum in which ideas concerning common legal issues may be exchanged in a scholarly, non-adversarial environment.  The Oklahoma Supreme Court espouses no view on any of the issues or any of the positions taken by the participants.  All entries must conform to the Symposium standards.  Entries that fail to do so in the opinion of the competition judges will be disqualified. For further information, contact (405) 556-9371, or email.

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Seeks Environmental Clinic Director

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law seeks applicants for a full-time Acting Clinical Professor of Law to serve as the Director of a new Environmental Law Clinic. Expected start date is July 1, 2015, and the application deadline is March 9th. The full job description with required and preferred qualifications can be found here.

The clinic will engage a diverse range of students in a variety of legal activities such as administrative practice, litigation and policy analysis to address pressing environmental challenges, including in underserved communities. The focus of the clinic’s work will depend on the interest and expertise of the Director, but in order to maximize synergies with other faculty and school resources it could include issues such as climate change, water resources, biodiversity conservation, natural resources, air quality, and environmental justice, on a domestic to global scale. The clinic will build upon UC Berkeley’s signature strengths as a top-ranked environmental law program, a leading environmental research center, a nationally-recognized clinical program, and a world-class public university.

UM Career Expo on February 11th is Open to Law Students and Alumni

University of Miami School of Law students and alumni are cordially invited to attend the University of Miami Career Expo taking place on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 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 personal and business 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.

Registration is not required to attend this event; however, students must bring their Cane Card and be professionally dressed.  This dress code will be strictly adhered to. It is highly recommended that you review this link for guidelines on required attire.  Bring plenty of copies of your resume. Students not professionally dressed and/or without their Cane Card will not be admitted.

More information regarding the Career Expo is available here. A list of participating employers is available here.

Information Sessions Coming Up on U.S. Student Fulbright Program & Graduate Study in the UK & Ireland

Info Session – U.S. Student Fulbright Program: 

February 25, 2015, 2:30-3:30 pm – SAC Vista Room 

Signed into law by President Truman in 1946, the Fulbright Program awards approximately 6,000 new grants annually to support an individually designed study/research plan, artistic project, or teaching assistantship that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed by Senator J. William Fulbright to the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of World War II as a much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between people of the Unites States and the people of other countries of the world.” This info session will cover program basics, the ins and outs of the application process, and will help students begin to organize their proposals. Descriptions of the various grant programs for U.S. students may be found here. UM graduate and undergraduate students (U.S. Citizens) with exceptional scholastic and extracurricular records in all fields are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Prestigious Awards. 

Info Session – Graduate Study in the UK & Ireland: 

February 25, 2015, 3:30-4:30 pm – SAC Vista Room 

Newly returned from a tour of 16 British universities, Kefryn Reese (Director of the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships) will discuss opportunities and practical considerations for graduate study in the UK. Selection criteria and application processes for UK/Irish fellowships (like the Rhodes, Marshall, UK Fulbright, Gates Cambridge and Mitchell Scholarship) will also be discussed.  Students in all fields are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Prestigious Awards. 



Arizona State University Seeks Associate General Counsel – Close Date: February 13

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Associate General Counsel is responsible for providing a high level of professional legal service by representing and advising the Arizona Board of Regents and Arizona State University on a broad range of education law and other legal matters. This position will concentrate primarily on federal and state employment and administrative law matters. This will include, for example, academic and nonacademic personnel issues such as faculty promotion and tenure matters, peer review process, at-will employment, law enforcement personnel, discipline, termination, and grievances; administrative hearings, salary issues, immigration, employee benefits, discrimination and civil rights matters involving employees as well as students, affirmative action, public records, conflict of interest, drafting and review of all legal documents, including policies and procedures, legislative provisions and independent contractor agreements governing all aspects of university functioning. This position will also concentrate on student issues such as academic integrity, student conduct, FERPA, and student residency appeals.  The Associate General Counsel is responsible for supporting training and preventive law programs on a university-wide basis. This position interacts regularly with senior level administration and with state and federal regulatory offices.

Minimum Qualifications:  J.D. or L.L.B. degree from an ABA accredited law school and six (6) years of experience as a practicing attorney, including experience in the primary practice area(s) designated by the Senior Vice President and General Counsel; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona within twelve (12) months of hire.

Desired Qualifications:  Experience in the active practice of law which is current and continuous and with a focus in employment law and litigation for at least 6 years. Experience in an in-house university environment, or as outside counsel devoting substantial attention to university clients in higher education law, particularly with employment issues (four years preferred) and student matters. Experience in other areas of law such as immigration, administrative, and public sector law. Demonstrated knowledge of the legal issues faced by research universities. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Experience in legal research. Experience in advocacy. Experience in program solving. Experience in working in a diverse and complex environment across multiple campuses.

Close Date: February 13, 2015 is the initial close date. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed every two weeks until the search is closed.

To Apply: For a complete position description and application instructions, please click here. Requisition ID No. 11064BR, Assoc General Counsel under Staff Positions, External Applicants.


2015 Concept to Commercialization (C2C) Series

2015 Concept to Commercialization (C2C) Series is a monthly seminar series hosted by U Innovation to discuss commercialization of intellectual property and business concepts. Seminars are free and open to all UM faculty members, staff, post docs and students, as well as our LSTP community of entrepreneurs.

For more information, contact Autumn Arranz.

Where: University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park

When: 5 – 6 PM, 1st floor conference room 

1) An introduction to technology transfer

January 27, 2015

Speaker: Jim O’Connell, Office of Technology Transfer, UM 


2) Seven things every academic should know about patents

February 26, 2015

Speaker: Heather Kissling, Marshall, Gerstein & Bourn LLP


3) Building commercial software: It has to work 100% of the time

March 24, 2015

Speakers: Jack Karabees, Preclara Inc

Steven Schmidt, SPI Software

Jeff Wilder, SPI Software


4) Ten steps to forming a startup company to commercialize your novel results

April 28, 2015

Speakers: Steve Glover, Entrepreneur in Residence, UM

Robert Williamson, New World Angels, Entrepreneur in

Residence, UM


5) Funding your start-ups: perspectives from angel investors and VCs

May 26, 2015

Speakers: Rhys Williams, New World Angels

Andrew Levin, H.I.G. Bioventures

Alison Tanner, Florida Institute for the Commercialization of

Public Research

University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park

1951 NW 7th Avenue


6) Evolving patenting strategies for genes, biomarkers and products of nature

June 30, 2015

Speaker: Kelly Williamson, Alston & Bird Law Firm


7) Inventorship vs Authorship vs Ownership

July 28, 2015

Speaker: Bonnie McLeod, Cooley & Cooley LLP


8) Technology marketing: beating the bushes

August 25, 2015

Speaker: Heidjer Staecker, TreMonti Consulting


9) Academic startups: entrepreneur perspectives

September 29, 2015

Speakers: Michael Gold, Integene International Holdings

Matthew Kim, Vigilant Bioscience Inc

Rifat Pamukcu, RxMP Therapeutics LLC


10) University policies relating to technology transfer and commercialization

October 27, 2015

Speakers: Jim O’Connell, Office of Technology Transfer, UM

Lory Hayes, Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Disclosures & Conflict of Interest Management, UM

Marc Weinroth, Office of the General Counsel, UM


11) Protecting and commercializing novel software

November 17, 2015

Speakers: John Christopher, Christopher & Weisberg P.A.

Carl Schulman, University of Miami


12) Don’t overlook “small items”: commercializing research reagents

December 7, 2015

Speaker: TBD

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

Thursday, February 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 F-108 – Attorney and social media expert Ethan Wall will present an experiential learning workshop series for students interested in traditional and nontraditional careers. 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.

Friday, February 6, 2015: 

  • Navy JAG Information Session for Students12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Room F-108 – Join the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) for an informative session. Topics to be discussed include the application and hiring process as well as the experiences gained by working for the Navy JAG. This program is open to all students.

Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Description: This is a writing competition for students interested in legal ethics. The competition is open to all law students at U.S. and Canadian law schools. Entries should concern any issue within the general category of legal ethics. Each submission must be original work and not exceed 50 pages. Coauthored essays may be submitted. Each entry will be judged by a panel of faculty of the Notre Dame Law School.

Prizes: First – $2,500

Deadline: April 25, 2015 by 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit the website.