HOPE Public Interest News for the Week of September 17, 2012

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


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. Eligibility for a $100 travel stipend through HOPE and a $25 registration fee reimbursement through the Career Development Office. Click here for more info and e-mail HOPE with questions. 

Events on Campus:

Thursday, September 20th, HOPE and LexisNexis Tabling on the Bricks, 12:30 pm, The Bricks. Join the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center and LexisNexis to discover how YOU can donate training points to help out Miami Law’s public interest efforts. See our Facebook page for more information.

Thursday, September 20th, Navy JAG Corps Career Information Session, 5 pm, F309. The information session will include the following, but not limited to: description of the Navy JAG Corps, what Navy JAG officers do, compensation, and how to apply.

Friday, September 21st, Launch of Miami Law’s Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild. 5:30 pm, Wood Tavern, Wynnwood Design District, 2531 NW   2nd Avenue. The National Lawyer’s Guild is a group of attorneys, law students and legal workers who have been on the front lines representing progressive political movements for the last 75 years. For more information, contact Leah Weston, Joshua Truppman, or Abe Schewel.

Thursday, September 27th, Hurricanes: Order In The Court, 5:30 pm, Storer Auditorium. Panel discussion featuring Judge Alex Ferrer, JD ’86 (Judge Alex Show) and Judge Marilyn Milan, AB ’81 (the People’s Court). All law students are invited to attend.

Events off Campus: 

Wednesday, September 19th, Dade County Bar Association Networking Mixer, 6 pm, Fado Irish Pub. Bring a colleague or two, make contacts, and trade cards. First Happy Hour well drink is complimentary. Space is limited, so please SSVP to Barbara Viniegra. 

Saturday, September 22nd, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, 1:00 pm, 1854 NW 65 Street. Habitat invites the community to celebrate the dedication of 15 new homes.

Saturday, September 29th, Miami Beach Service Day, 9 am, North Shore Open Space Park, 8101 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Give back to your community and learn how your community can give back to you! FREE food and drinks, prizes, and volunteers needed for community service hours. Contact Talmage to volunteer. 

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.

There are still a few open slots available for the ABA-SIL Fall Meeting, but they are filling quickly. Act now!! 

Announcements & Opportunities: 

American Gateways Internship. American Gateways is a Central Texas non-profit organization that provides immigration legal services and education to secure justice for new Americans and enrich Central Texas communities. Interns will work on individual cases in the various programs, travel to Pearsall, Texas DHS detention center, and provide representation in Immigration   Court. 2 interns will be selected for the fall semester, 2 for the spring, and 4 for the summer in the Austin, TX office. Fluency in Spanish is required for summer internships. Send a cover letter addressing the applicant’s interest in immigration advocacy, resume, writing sample (no longer than 5 pages), and 2-3 references to the attention of Edna Yang, General Counsel.

White House DOL Honors Program Spring 2013 Internship. Deadline for Application is September 23rd. Apply with 2 essays, 2 letters of recommendation, and a resume.

Florida Justice Institute. Staff Attorney Opening. The FJI, a small public interest nonprofit law firm, seeks a full-time staff attorney in Miami. Send resume and cover letter via email to Randall C. Berg, Jr., Esq. 

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.