HOPE Public Interest News for Week of February 20, 2012

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

Events on Campus:

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 click here for contact information.

Wednesday, February 22nd, Public Interest & Experiential Learning Coffee Talk, 8:30 – 10 am, Bricks: Stop by the Bricks and speak with representatives from HOPE, CEPS, and the Clinic about all the opportunities for legal advocacy available to you.

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


Thursday, March 1st, Breaking the Cycle, Breaking the Chain, 12:30 pm, F109. 

Friday, March 2nd, National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review Symposium, 10 am, Storer Auditorium.

Events in the Community:

Thursday, February 23rd, Small Claims Clinic, 5 – 8 pm, Legal Services of Greater Miami: Law students have the opportunity to conduct client intake and sit side-by-side with attorneys assisting low-income individuals, who cannot afford an attorney, with initiating their own small claims case. Spanish and Creole interpreters are needed. Email Daniela Gordon if interested.

Friday, February 24th, Chapman Partnership Volunteer Opportunity, 3 pm, Chapman Center, 1550 N. Miami Ave: Law students are invited to join the members of the Public Interest Leadership Board and volunteer with elementary aged children to create artwork that will be displayed. Email Meghan Paraschak to get involved. This event is eligible for HOPE Community Service Hours.

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.


Florida Legal Services is in need of foreign language speakers for Unemployment Compensation Foreign Language Test Calls! Email Daniela Gordon for more information.

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.

Summer Resources:

Free webinar: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2 pm EST, Summer Corps Program Overview and Successful Application Tips (The 2012 Summer Corps application will be open from March 1 to March 23).

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.