HOPE Public Interest News for Week of March 5, 2012

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

Events on Campus:

Monday, March 5th, Lecture: Religion and Civic Engagement in America, 7 pm, Learning Center Room 110: The Office of Civic and Community Engagement is pleased to co-sponsor “How Religion Both Divides and Unites Americans: Religion and Civic Engagement in America,” with Dr. David Campbell. Click here for details.

Tuesday, March 6th, A Tactical Approach to the 3L Job Search, 12:30 pm, F108: Click here for details.

Wednesday, March 7th, Informational Career Fair, 12:30 pm, Bricks: Speak with attorneys practicing in different areas of law about how they got started in their fields and what it’s like to practice law on a day-to-day basis. For more information, please contact Cristina Ortega Lopez in the CDO at cortega@law.miami.edu.

Wednesday, March 7th, Ethics Film Series: “Margin Call”, 6:15 pm, Cosford Cinema: Click here for details.

Friday, March 9th, “Bilateral US and UAE Relations”, 11:30 am, Bank United Center (H100): Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba of the United Arab Emirates will address Bilateral United States and United Arab Emirates Relations. To attend, please RSVP or call (305)284-4085.


Wednesday, March 21st, From the Trenches: Working for International Organizations & the US Government Abroad, 12:30 pm, D201.

Tuesday, March 27th, Public Interest Lecture Series featuring Evian White of LSGMI, 12:30 pm, A110A.

Events in the Community:

Thursday, March 8th, Small Claims Court Clinic, 5 pm, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.: 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 also needed.) Email Daniela Gordon if interested.

Thursday, March 8th, In Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention, 8 pm, Books & Books Coral Gables: Jamal Joseph recounts his introduction to the Black Panther Party, and his progression from a young, naïve street kid to a confident and outspoken member of an influential national movement, and later to an Oscar nominee and a professor at an Ivy League college. Click here for more information.

Community Service Opportunities:

Saturday, March 10th, Community Paint & Beautification Day, 7:30 am, Brownsville: Join the Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida and help existing homeowners with limited incomes to improve their homes by providing free painting for the exterior of the house and landscaping for their yards. Click here for more details. Email Daniela Gordon if you would like to participate.

Saturday, March 31st, Rockin’ on the Green Event, Ransom Everglades High School: Volunteers are needed at this annual fundraiser benefitting the Children’s Bereavement Center. Volunteers will be asked to assist from either 6 – 9 pm or 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Volunteer responsibilities will include assisting guests at check-in, monitoring auction items, relocating auction items, assisting guests locate their winnings and check-out. If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please call or email Kathy Kramer at 305-668-4902.

Volunteers are needed at Kristi House: Kristi House provides therapy for sexually abused children, as young as two and as old as 18 years. Monday – Friday, 8:30 am-5:30 pm: Waiting Room Ambassadors (you can color with the children, read books, make bracelets etc.) Peak hours are afterschool 2:00 – 5:30 pm. Other volunteer activities include: public speaking, fundraising, special events and in-kind donation drives. If you want to volunteer, please contact Abegail De La Fuente.


Public Interest Service Student Awards: Nominations are now being accepted for the Exemplary Service to the Poor and Innovative Service in the Public Interest Awards. For descriptions of these awards and details about the nomination/application process, please see the attached or visit the HOPE website. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21st via hand-delivery to the HOPE office or via email to UMHOPE.

UM Public Health Students Association Supply Drive: Medical Students in Action (MSA) and the UM Public Health Students Association are sponsoring a soap drive for the MSA spring trip to do medical service work in the Dominican Republic. All hygiene items are welcome, including soap, antibacterial products, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, floss, toothbrushes, body wash, and anything else that might seem relevant or useful. Size doesn’t matter. We will accept hotel freebies, too! Please place items in the donation box in the entrance way of the law library.

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

Legal Service of Greater Miami is seeking a law clerk. Applicants should be able to commit at least 12 hours a week. Placement runs from February to May. Email UMHOPE if interested.

People’s Law Conference (March 23-24, 2012, New Orleans, LA) registration is open! 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. Click here to register.

Summer Resources

Paid Public Interest Summer Job for 1Ls and 2Ls: Teach Criminal Law to Rising Ninth Graders in Legal Outreach’s Summer Law Institute in NYC. If interested, email UMHOPE for more details.

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program is open! Students can earn a $1,175 education award to help pay for school expenses or to pay back student loans. Click here for more information.

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau is accepting applications. Click here for more information.

Just the Beginning Foundation Summer Externship Program: Click here for more information.

Miami Law Summer Clinics (applications will be accepted on a rolling basis).