HOPE Public Interest News for Week of April 9, 2012

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

Events on Campus:

Tuesday, April 10th, Queer Minds and Queer Bodies: How Law and Medicine Affect the Transgender and Intersex Communities, 7 pm, LC140: SpectrUM, as a part of Pride Awareness Week, will be hosting a forum featuring Mary Anne Franks of the School of Law, Jill Kaplan of the Department of Psychology and Joeseph De Santis of the School of Nursing and Health Studies, whose research focuses on transgender health issues in South Florida. This event will promote discussion about intersexuality, transgender identities, medicine, psychology and law at the university.

Wednesday, April 11th, Judicial Clerkships Nuts & Bolts Application Workshop, 12:30 pm, F108: Click here for details.

Thursday, April 12th, Pro Bono Coordinators in Private Law Firms, 12:30 pm, F209: Come hear from HOPE Fellows Chelsey Ziegler and Sam Leroy as they present to you private attorneys engaged in pro bono work. Panelists include Brett Barfield of Holland & Knight and Kathy Ezell of Podhurst Orseck. RSVP to UMHope. 

Thursday, April 12th, Public Interest Recognition Reception, 5 pm, D201: Come celebrate our outstanding students and law school community! Join students, faculty, alumni, staff and community leaders to celebrate Miami Law’s dedication to pro bono advocacy and volunteerism. Awards will be presented to students with outstanding service to the community through outreach and legal advocacy work. RSVP here.

Coming up…plan ahead!

Monday, April 16th, Pro Bono Clinic for Nonprofits, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, CDO: Miami area attorneys are coming together to provide free legal consultations to area nonprofit organizations. Students have the opportunity to shadow participating attorneys during the consultations. Reception and information session on the Bricks at 5:30 pm, with appointments starting at 6:30 pm. Spots are limited. Please email Daniela Gordon if you are interested. 

Monday, April 16th, Nonprofit Networking Night, 6 pm, CAS Gallery: Meet and mingle with professionals from local not for profit organizations, learn about working in the not for profit industry, and brush up on your professional networking skills in a fun and structured environment! Business casual dress encouraged. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, April 16th – April 18th, Tunnel of Oppression, 4 – 10 pm, UC Ballrooms: Click here for details.

Tuesday, April 17th, Community Organizing In the Wake of the Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis, 12:30 pm, F109: Come hear 3L Nabeel Basit tell about his experience while a HOPE Fellow at Florida Legal Services. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to UMHope.

Tuesday, April 17th, When Diplomacy Fails: The Syria Dilemma, 12:30 pm, F309: Join us for a panel discussion on the origin of the Syrian conflict, the failure of traditional diplomatic methods to remedy the crisis, the pros and cons of humanitarian intervention, how the current situation in Syria is different than last year’s uprising in Libya, and what the U.S. and other “friends of Syria” can do to help resolve the crisis. Panelists include Dr. Doured Daghistani, Community Organizer with the Syrian American Council; Juan Larrain, Professor of International Studies, former Chilean Ambassador to the United Nations and former advisor to the UN Security Council; and Dr. Bradford McGuinn, Professor of Political Science, advisor to the U.S. armed forces.

Tuesday, April 24th, Post-Graduate Fellowship Info Session, 12:30 pm, F209: Interested in a post-graduate fellowship? Come hear from former Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellows about their experiences as well as information about Echoing Green, Open Society and other prestigious post-graduate opportunities. RSVP to UMHope.


Friday, April 13th, Community Partnership for the Homeless Service Event, 3 – 5:50 pm, Chapman Center: All are welcome to volunteer and spend the morning with children at CPH located at 1550 North Miami Avenue, Miami, 33136. Please contact Angela Clark for more information and to volunteer.

Book Drive to Benefit Local Shelters and Juvenile Correctional Facilities: The Wrongful Convictions Project, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and American Constitution Society are seeking donations of new or used books. The donations will benefit a local juvenile correctional facility in need of books for recreation and teaching, as well as a local shelter for women and children. Any books will be accepted, but we are in particular need of books for children and boys ages 10 to 17. Donations may be dropped in the bin located in the Law Library lobby between April 9th and April 21st.

Catholic Legal Services is looking for volunteers for its Citizenship Initiative on Saturday, April 21st. Email Daniela Gordon for more info and if interested in helping out.

Florida Supreme Court Internship Program application are available! Click here. Contact Amy Perez for details. 

Summer Resources: 

Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Deadline is Tuesday, April 10th: 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. 

Latham and Watkins Diversity Scholars Program. Click here for details. 

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP Diversity Fellowship. Click here for details. 

Public Interest Fellowship for the 2012 American Constitution Society National Convention. Click here for details. 

Summer Internship in the Legal Clinic at the Academic Center of Law and Business in Israel. Click here for more information on the clinic. Contact UMHOPE for information about the internship application.