HOPE Public Interest News for Week of September 3, 2012

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

Events on Campus:

Thursday, September 6th, “Empowered Youth Speak” with Colleen Adams, 12:30 pm – 2 pm, Room A-110. The Child Advocacy and Family Law Society (CAFLS) will host a discussion with Colleen Adams, the founder and director of Empowered Youth, and a few of the young men who are leaders in the program. This is a great way to learn about the juvenile justice system and to find a way to connect with amazing youths. E-mail if you are interested in learning more about the event or CAFLS.

Thursday, September 6th, Immigration Clinics for Deferred Action Training. 5:30 pm – 7 pm, Law Library Room TBD. Interested in helping DREAM Act eligible students in South Dade prepare their immigration paperwork for deferred action? Training will be conducted this Thursday by Mercedes V. Lorduy from VIDA Legal Assistance and is required to participate in a legal clinic being held in South Dade this Saturday, September 8th. Clinic volunteers help eligible young adults prepare their immigration applications. Contact Charlotte Joseph for more info. Volunteer hours count toward the pro bono challenge!!!  

Sunday, September 9th, Race Judicata. 7:30 am – 10 am, Law Campus Bricks. Help raise money for Empowered Youth by participating in Race Judicata, a 5k run/walk around the University of Miami campus. For more information and a link to register, please click here or email.

September 9th – 15th, Philanthropy Week at Miami Law. Call the HOPE Office.

Events off Campus: 

Wednesday, September 5th, Dade County Bar Association Legal Line, 6 pm, 123 NW 1st Ave, Suite 214, Miami, FL 33128. Assist attorneys with advising callers via phone. For more information contact Derek Leon at (305) 415-3431.

Monday, September 10th, Dade County Bar Association Big Brother Big Sister Networking Event, 6 pm, Southeast Financial Center Lobby. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, September 12th, Coral Gables Bar Association, South Miami Kendall Bar Association and Findlaw Monthly Membership Mixer, 6 pm, Crave. Click here for more details. 

October 16th -20th, ABA Section of International Law 2012 Fall Meeting. Miami Beach, FL. The Fall Meeting is one of the world’s most important gatherings of international lawyers that attracts over 1,500 attendees. The ABA offers free admission to the educational portion of the meeting to any person who serves in a volunteer capacity for 1 four-hour shift or for evening events if you volunteer for a two-hour shift at the beginning of the event. Students can pay to attend as well. Check out details here and e-mail Gretchen Bellamy to volunteer. 

October 26th – 27th, Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair. Arlington, VA. Each year the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair brings together more than 1,200 public interest law students from 200 law schools all under one roof. Registration for students ends on September 13! Click here for more info and e-mail HOPE with questions. 

December 2nd – 11th, GVN 10-day Volunteer Tour of Uganda. Interested in spending 10 days in Uganda with a small group of international volunteers assisting in the construction of a community health clinic this December? You can read more about the Uganda Tour and apply here. Please note that there are costs involved with this Tour.

Announcements & Opportunities: 

Books and Buddies is looking for volunteers! The Books and Buddies program is a fun and non-time consuming way to work with children and help out the community. Law students are paired with a fourth grade buddy with whom they will write a story throughout the semester. It takes no more than 20 minutes per week. Please e-mail Books & Buddies to get involved. 

Join the Dade County Bar Association as a law student for only $25!! Get access to local networking events and sign up for membership.

Join the ABA for law students!! New website. Join for $25 per year or $60 for three years if you are a 1L. Discounts include Hertz, Sprint, Office Depot, Brooks Brothers, health insurance discounts, and more! Contact Jason Frederick Emert for more info. 

PSLawNet launches new website and name: With the new website launch, PSLawNet will also be changing its name to PSJD. PSJD is a free public interest law jobs database for law students and alumni of over 200 subscribing law schools and free for employer organizations to post job listings.