HOPE Public Interest News for the Week of October 29, 2012

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


Monday, November 5th, Public Interest Lecture Series, 12:30 – 2 pm, Room A-110A. 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 second Public Interest Lecture Series for the 2012 Fall Semester features Elizabeth Schwartz, JD ’97. Ms. Schwartz is in her 15th year of law practice and emphasizes representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) community in family formation and dissolution matters. She serves as President-Elect of the Miami Beach Bar Association and is the Chair of the City of Miami Beach’s Human Rights Committee. Ms. Schwartz has served as pro bono counsel in several cases seeking to overturn Florida’s uniquely bigoted 1977 ban forbidding gays and lesbians from adopting children. You must RSPV to attend this event. Space is limited to the first 15 respondents. RSVP by signing up here. Contact HOPE  with questions. 

Events on Campus:

Tuesday, October 30th, Panel Discussion: “Housing Under Water,” 12:30 pm, F-408. Educate and inform the local community of the vital roles that nonprofits and community development corporations have in providing and increasing affordable housing opportunities. Explore legal issues representing low-income and traditionally disenfranchised families in foreclosure proceedings. Speakers: Dennis Russ, Miami Beach Community Development Corporation; John Little, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.; and Charles Elsesser from Florida Legal Services. RSVP here.

Tuesday, October 30th, Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Case of Trinidad and Tobago, 12:30 pm, D201, Reading Room. Join Professor Kele Stewart, Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Co-Director of the Miami Law Children & Youth Law Clinic, for a lunch discussion on abused, abandoned and neglected children in the Caribbean.

Tuesday, October 30th, Election Protection Training at the University of Miami School of Law, 5:30 pm, F-209. Join the nation’s largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. Sign up here.

Wednesday, October 31st, United Way Spookalicious Bake Sale, 3 pm, Student Lounge. Come taste the treats of students, staff and other ghouls of UM and see who will take the crown as the Most Spookalicious or Most Spooktacular of them all! Donation $5.

Friday, November 2nd, Canes Carnival, 2 pm, Bricks. Please join Bar & Gavel as they host Canes Carnival. Featuring games, music, giveaways, UM Cheerleaders, and much more for the 5th graders of McCrary Elementary. Each student organization will have a station with an activity for the children. All Miami Law students are encouraged to participate! Email Bar & Gavel with questions.

Events off Campus: 

Thursday, November 1st, The 3rd Annual Patently Impossible Project Benefitting Dade Legal Aid, 6 pm, Miami Science Museum. Cocktail reception provided courtesy of Grey Goose with silent auction items and amazing raffle prizes. Proceeds go to Dade Legal Aid! More information on the website.

Saturday, November 3rd, CHALK: Ping Pong and Billiards Lounge, 9 pm, 1234 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Join Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals to a night of fun and games. Complimentary ping pong from 9-11 pm and complimentary cocktails from 10-11 pm. $10 members and $20 non-members. RSVP here.

Monday, November 5th, LLC? INC? 501(C)(3)? What is the Best Fit For You? 7 pm, LegalArt, 1035 N. Miami Ave., 33136. This one-hour presentation by the Nearing Firm will provide detailed information on how to set up your business as a corporate entity, and why this step is critical to the long-term viability of your career. In this SeminArt, you will learn the different entity options, their pros and cons, and what you need to form a business.

Announcements & Opportunities: 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). VITA volunteers help people with basic tax returns, particularly those with moderate income and fixed income, individuals with disabilities, non-English speaking and elderly taxpayers. No prior tax experience is needed. If you would like to get involved, e-mail here. 

Empowered Youth. Please join the Child Advocacy and Family Society in mentoring and tutoring the young men of Empowered Youth. Mentors are needed on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Belafonte Tacolcy Center in Liberty City. Tutors are needed on Saturdays at 11:00 AM on the Bricks.

The Center for Reproductive Rights announces Fellowship and Summer Internship Openings.  

Soros Fellowships for New Americans Program. This prestigious fellowship provides up to two years of financial support for graduate studies in the U.S. The deadline is November 9th. Please visit the website for more information. 

2013 Summer Legal Internship at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Offered in FL, GA, LA, MS, and AL. Visit the website for more information.

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