Apply for the 2015-2016 Miami-Dade FAWL Scholarship – Due October 22, 2015

Apply today for the 2015-2016 Miami-Dade FAWL Scholarship Award!

This scholarship will be presented at the 33rd Annual Judicial Reception held on December 2, 2015.

For the Application Form, please click here.


The American Bankruptcy Institute is Pleased to Announce the Eighth Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition!

The American Bankruptcy Institute is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Bankruptcy Law Student Writing Competition. The competition allows law students to submit papers for the chance to be published in ABI’s monthly magazine, the ABI Journal (read by more than 13,000 professionals monthly) or one of ABI’s committee newsletters, in addition to $4,000 in cash prizes. This year, we will provide one-year ABI memberships to all students who participate.

The paper may address business or consumer cases and may include matters such as bankruptcy sales, plan confirmation and other topics that involve jurisdiction, litigation or evidence in the bankruptcy courts. Previous winning topics include voting rights in inter-creditor agreements, the vacant class of creditors, and loss mitigation in bankruptcy.

Papers are being accepted now through March 1, 2016. Further details about the competition, including previous winners and participating schools, can be found online.

In addition to this annual competition, the ABI is a valuable year-round resource for bankruptcy research and information for hundreds of bankruptcy professors and their students. Membership is only $95/year ($20 for students). If you would like to learn more about ABI and the value of membership, please visit the homepage.


Tampa Hispanic Bar Association – Cruz-Garcia Law Student Scholarship

The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association (THBA) seeks to promote the exchange of information and ideas related to the practice of law in order to enhance its members’ knowledge and skills. THBA also strives to provide resources and enhanced opportunities for the education of future attorneys of Hispanic origin or descent while promoting the improvement of Florida’s legal system. These efforts ultimately promote the organization’s important goals of improving the administration of justice and increasing the quantity and quality of the legal services rendered to members of the Hispanic community. As such, the THBA will award two law students a $1,000 scholarship with the expectation that they will further the goals of our organization throughout their legal career.

The following are the eligibility requirements for the THBA Cruz-Garcia Law Student Scholarships:

• Applicant must be a law student of Hispanic origin from the Tampa Bay area; and

• Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited law school in the State of Florida; and

• Applicant must have a minimum law school GPA of 2.0 (or equivalent); and

• Applicant must have distinguished himself/herself academically; or

  • Applicant must have distinguished himself/herself in service-oriented activities that benefit the Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay area; or

• Applicant must have a demonstrable interest in serving the Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay area upon graduation and/or during law school.

To apply, please submit a current resume, a copy of a current law school transcript, and an essay (no more than 1000 words) that addresses in detail why you are qualified for this scholarship along with any other information you wish to share with the scholarship committee on why you are deserving of this award.

Please submit these items to the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, Scholarship Committee via email by 12:00 p.m. on November 4, 2015. The recipient will be notified by November 11th.

The Mark T. Banner Scholarship 2015 -2016

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court’s commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds.

Eligibility.  Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through the Fall semester 2016 are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship.

Financial Award.  The recipient of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of his or her second or third year of law school.

For additional details, including how to apply, selection criteria and for the application form, please visit the website.


Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) invites applications from first and second year law students for the Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program beginning in May 2016.  In New Jersey, this has long been the premier opportunity for students committed to or considering public interest and poverty law to learn about the challenges and rewards involved.


The application form and brochure describing the program may be viewed and downloaded from LSNJ’s website.  You can also stop by the CDO and/or ask your CDO advisor. It is expected that there will be approximately 8 positions available at locations statewide.  Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as hiring decisions will be made on a continuing basis. 



The 6th Annual Patently Impossible Project

Join Colleagues at the 6th Annual Patently Impossible Project on Thursday, November 5, from 6 – 8 pm at Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 N.W. 32 Street, Wynwood, Miami, FL.

With 300+ guests including judges, intellectual property counsel, brand owners, engineers and others in the legal and business communities, this event offers outstanding networking and sponsorships opportunities for businesses and organizations to gain access to an elite group of attorneys in the field of intellectual property law as well as other professionals. 100% of proceeds will support an attorney position at Dade Legal Aid.

Free parking. Purchase tickets here.

The Fifth Annual ASIL Research Forum

The Fifth Annual ASIL Research Forum takes place on October 23-24, 2015 in Washington, DC. For details and to register, click here.

STUDENTS MAY REGISTER FOR FREE using the code APSTUDENT15. To find out more about the American Society of International Law or to join, visit the website.

This year’s Research Forum, co-sponsored by ASIL Academic Partner American University Washington College of Law, will include expert-led discussions of 70 innovative papers, a talk with former International Court of Justice Judge Thomas Buergenthal, and a discussion of Dispute Settlement with Iran: From the Hostage Crisis to the Nuclear Accord with key negotiators from the U.S. Department of State.

The Forum will also include events designed to assist students and new professionals interested in pursuing a career in international law. The International Law Career Panel and Speed Mentoring Event will feature practitioners from a variety of international law fields and a networking reception. Two expert librarians will lead a session on International Law Research Strategies.

Program includes:

• 24 sessions (3 presenters/session)

• 2 lunch panels

• 2 receptions

• 1 keynote address

• 1 ticketed dinner

• 2 student-focused events


Attention All Students! Attend Miami-Dade FAWL’s Annual Speed Mentoring Event

Mark your calendars and please join us on October 27, 2015 for Miami-Dade FAWL’s highly regarded Annual Speed Mentoring Event.

UM law students are invited to the sixth annual Speed Mentoring Event, which will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Miami office located at 201 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3200, Miami, FL 33130, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event provides a fun-filled, low-pressure environment for law students to connect with highly respected lawyers and judges who practice throughout South Florida.

Modeled after “speed dating,” the Speed Mentoring Event gives law students the opportunity to meet with judges and attorneys in five-minute intervals to seek advice or simply get to know that practitioner.  The Mentoring Committee will subsequently pair students with mentors based on preferences expressed by the participants and the similarities between a student’s interests and the mentor’s practice area(s). Members from the judiciary and lawyers from within the public and private sectors have participated in large numbers in past years. Register for the event before Friday October 23, 2015 using this link.

RSVP by Friday, October 23, 2015 to Ari Amar via email.


Drinks and appetizers will be served.

Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is pleased to announce the second Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition. Made possible by the generous gift of Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumnus Jameson Crane III, this competition seeks to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine, or law and the social sciences. The competition promotes an understanding of these topics, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts.

For further details, please consult the competition webpage.

Who Can Participate:  Currently enrolled law students, medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.

What Topics:  Any topic relating to disability law, including legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

What is the Deadline:  By Midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on January 15, 2016.

Where do I submit:  Electronically here.

What Do I Win:   $1,500 cash prize and Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards.

Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.  (Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner.) 

When Are Winners Announced:  April 15, 2016.

QuestionsProfessor Susan Bisom-Rapp.


This Week at the CDO (Week of September 28, 2015)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015:

  • Nuts & Bolts Application Workshop 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Law Campus Room A-110 – Workshop designed to provide an overview of the different types of judicial clerkships and the application processes.