University of Miami School of Law HOPE Public Interest Resources Center Announcements

Please read below for upcoming announcements. For the next few months, HOPE will be highlighting helpful resources and exciting opportunities for Summer 2012!


Interested in a Legal Advocacy Alternative Break (LAAB)? Law students are welcome to submit proposals for Spring LAAB (March 12 – 16) in groups of 3-8 people. Students will need to submit a proposal regarding the organization with which they would like to volunteer and describing the type of legal advocacy work in which the group will be engaged. The Spring 2012  LAAB proposal is due on January 31st.

Translation Assistance is needed! Team with lawyers and use your language skills to assist Spanish and Creole speaking clients. Email UMHOPE to help.

Rosemary Barkett Appellate Inn of Court Pro Bono opportunities: The Rosemary Barkett Appellate Inn of Court (“Inn”), which is comprised of judges, academics, litigators, and law students, is designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. Members of the Inn form teams to work on pro bono matters representing clients in unemployment benefits appeals. These pro bono cases provide students with an opportunity to gain litigation experience, including the possibility of arguing a case in front of the Third DCA, while also working alongside judges, practicing lawyers, and law professors. Please email UMHOPE if you are interested.

Legal Services of Greater Miami is seeking students to fill law clerk positions in the following departments: AIDS Legal
Advocacy Project, Renters Education and Advocacy Legal Line, Children’s Advocacy Project, Homeless Legal Advocacy Project, Low Income Tax Project, Tenant’s rights Project, Community Economic Development, and Single Stop Project. Applicants should be able to commit at least 12 hours per week for either academic credit or on a volunteer basis. For more information and the
application, email UMHOPE.

Register Now for the Rebellious Lawyering Conference! RebLaw 2012 will take place on February 17th –18th at Yale Law School in New Haven, CT. This year’s keynote speaker will be Gerald Lopez, UCLA law professor and author of “Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice.” Details about the conference can be found at
Law students attending Reblaw will be eligible for a $100 travel stipend from HOPE. Email UMHOPE if interested.

1Miami is looking for student interns! 1Miami is a non-profit advocacy organization that aims to educate and organize low-income residents in neighborhood committees throughout Miami-Dade  County. 1Miami helps residents learn about their rights and advocate for policies to support job creation, to strengthen labor and employment rights, and to combat income inequality. A minimum of 12 hours per week is required. Email UMHOPE for more information.