HOPE Public Interest News for the Week of September 24, 2012

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


Thursday, September 27th, Public Interest Lecture Series, 12:30 – 2 pm, Room A-216B. These informal luncheons are designed to allow students to share their aspirations, ask questions and learn about the myriad opportunities in public service and public interest law. The first luncheon features Ravi Brammer, JD ’93 and Managing Attorney for the Office of the Attorney General-State of Florida. Mr. Brammer manages the Broward County office dedicated to child support enforcement. You must RSPV to attend this event. Space is limited to the first 20 respondents. RSVP by signing up here. Contact HOPE with questions.

Events on Campus:

Tuesday, September 25th, Juvenile Justice Seminar, 12:30 – 2 pm, Room E-352. The Juvenile Justice Seminar will feature Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Davone Bess, the Honorable Ellen Sue Venzer and former Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Superintendent Dale Dobuler. Please join the Child Advocacy and Family Law Society (CAFLS) and the Entertainment and Sports Law Society (ESLS) for a great panel discussion about the juvenile justice system moderated by Mary Anne Franks. Lunch will be provided.

Wednesday, September 26th, The Right to Housing in Haiti, 12:30 – 2 pm, Room F-109. Please join the Student Organization for Human Rights and the Human Rights Clinic and Haitian Housing Rights Leader Reyneld Sanon for an important event in our school’s human rights speaker series. Lunch will be provided. For questions about the event, please contact Logan Haine-Roberts.

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.

Thursday, October 4th, Equal Justic Works Pre-departure Preparation Meeting, 12:30 – 2 pm, Room A-110. Join HOPE and the CDO to learn about and prepare for the Equal Justice Works Conference in D.C.

Events off Campus:

Tuesday, September 25th, Legal Art Perez Art Museum Miami Construction Site Tour, 5 – 6 pm. Exclusive for Foundry members. Not a member yet? Become a Foundry member today and get in on this exciting opportunity! SPACE IS LIMITED. RSVP by Sunday, September 23rd. Special instructions for accessing the site provided upon RSVP confirmation.

Thursday, September 27th, A Community Conversation on Women’s Reproductive Health, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Graham Center at FIU. Please join UM Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Mi Lola, Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast , and FIU’s Women’s Studies Center for a community conversation on women’s reproductive health at the Graham Center at Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33174. Come and listen to Representatives, Commissioners, reproductive health practitioners and Catholics for Choice discuss how to achieve women’s health equality! Please RSVP here. Contact Catherine Kaiman with questions.

Thursday, September 27, 2012, Legal Art Art Pharmacology, “Miami as Public Art Playground,” 6 pm, Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave, Miami, 33127. What place does Miami take as a global model for public art? What impact-concrete or intangible-does public art have on the community?

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!!  

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. 

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.

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.

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