HOPE Public Interest News for Week of February 13, 2012

Please read below for upcoming events on campus, opportunities in the community, and other announcements. 

Events on Campus

Monday, February 13th, Ethics Film Series: Made In India, 6:15 pm, Cosford Cinema: Winner of the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2011 Florida Film Festival, this is the first documentary film to convey the complex journey of U.S. couples who have “outsourced” reproductive surrogacy to India. Juxtaposed scenes of the United States and India illuminate personal struggles, political conflicts, and myriad legal and ethical dilemmas. Moderated by Director and Co-producer Rebecca Haimowitz; in collaboration with UM’s Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. This event is free and open to the public; no RSVP is necessary.

Wednesday, February 15th, Summer Opportunities Coffee Talk, 12:30 – 1:45 pm, Bricks: Do you have questions about the opportunities available to you this summer? Representatives from HOPE, the Center for Ethics and Public Service and the Clinics will be available to answer your questions.  

Wednesday, February 15th, Premiere of Protecting Arizona, 1 – 3:30 pm, Storer Auditorium: America, grassroots supporters and opponents of comprehensive immigration reform are spoiling for a fight at the ballot box. In Arizona, no one can ignore it — voters’ frustration is at a boiling point. Citizens launch a wildly popular ballot initiative, PROTECT ARIZONA NOW. More information about the film can be found here. Film makers, Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini, will be holding a Q & A after the screening.

Thursday, February 16th, Lawyering in the Changing Market, 12:30 pm, E352: Come for a panel discussion hosted by AskUS and Career Development Office featuring speakers from Toppel Career Center and The Launch Pad about alternative resources the University offers for law students. Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, February 16th, Immigration Speaker Series: Greed Card Stories, 5 pm, Student Lounge: Green Card Stories is a compelling account of the stories of a diverse group of immigrants and an important commentary on immigration in theUnited States. Please join the author, Sandra Amrhein, and one of the featured individuals in the book, Tomas Castellanos, a meteorologist. Providing commentary will be Prof. Irwin Stotzky and immigration attorney John Pratt. Prof. Kunal Parker will be moderating the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, February 20th, Housing Class: The Elephant in the Room, 6 pm, Glasgow Lecture Hall: The Office of Civic and Community Engagement invites you to the next event in its Focus on Affordable Housing Initiative. Dr Wilkins, the director of the Detroit Community Design Center at the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning, will speak on the topic of equity in architecture. This event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact us at   (305)284-6636 or via email.


Monday, February 27th, Public Interest Lecture Series featuring Judge Marcia Caballero, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, A110:  RSVP online to reserve your spot.

Friday, March 2nd, National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review Symposium, 10 am, Storer Auditorium. Contact Daniela Gordon for details.

Events in the Community

Friday, February 24th, Animal Rights Speaker Panel, 6 pm, Florida International University Law School: Panelists include the Honorable Lilliana Torreh-Bayouth, U.S. Immigration Court Judge, Member of the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee, and Volunteer Attorney for ALDF and ARFF; Debi Day, Founder/President of No Kill Nation, Dahlia Canes, Founder/President of Miami Coalition Against Breed Specific Legislation; Don Anthony, Communications Director of Animal Rights Foundation of Florida; and Gary Serignese, Executive Director of South Florida Smash HLS. Email UM SALDF President Karen Chrisman if you are interested in attending.


Empowered Youth is looking for a grant writer! If you have experience grant writing and would like to help out, please email UMHOPE.

Legal Service of Greater Miami is seeking a law clerk for its Military Legal Advocacy Project helping low income veterans and their families retain stable housing and avoid becoming homeless by resolving civil legal problems that are a barrier to obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. Email UMHOPE if interested.

People’s Law Conference registration is open! (New Orleans, March 23rd-24th) Join law students from across the deep South for a two-day conference that roots the practice and study of law in social justice principles and experience. Law students attending the People’s Law Conference will be eligible for a $100 travel stipend from HOPE. Email UMHOPE if interested.

Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Program is accepting applications (deadline February 20th) for a Spring Intern: Email Gretchen Bellamy for more information.

Summer Resources

Akin Gump 2012 Pro Bono Scholars Program – applications due February 15th

Miami Law Summer Opportunities:

Clinics (applications will be accepted on a rolling basis). Visit the website for more information and the application.

HOPE African Probate and Policy Initiative in Tanzania (Deadline March 1st). Visit  the website for more information and the application.

HOPE Fellowship Program (Application Deadline February 16th). Visit the website for more information and the application.

Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program (Application Deadline February 16th). Visit here for more information and the application.