HOPE Public Interest News for the Week of November 5, 2012

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

Events on Campus:

Tuesday, November 6th, CEPS Lawyers in Leadership Luncheon with Carlos Martinez, JD ’90, 12:30 pm, Law Library Faculty Meeting Room. The Lawyers in Leadership Series is a program sponsored by the University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics & Public Service to honor leading members of the Florida Bar and Bench distinguished by their dedication to public citizenship and leadership. Please RSVP to Events 

Tuesday, November 6th, HOPE/LexisNexis Lexis Advance Training Session, 12:30 pm, F200. Learn how to save money and time with effective research techniques and also learn how you can donate some of your LexisNexis points to the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center for public interest scholarships. 230 points = $4 donation to HOPE!! Also, the student organization with the most points donated to HOPE from individual members’ LexisNexis points gets a $100 gift card at the end of November. This first training session is a great way to get your organization involved in the competition. Lunch is provided. See attached flyer and email Ana Ramirez for more information.  

Tuesday, November 6th, Pinochet’s Legacy Reassessed, 12:30 pm, Law Library Reading Room D201. Join Professor Ingrid B. Wuerth in a review of her article “Pinochet’s Legacy Reassessed” which is forthcoming in the American Journal of International Law.

Tuesday, November 6th, Handling Disability Accommodations: Law School and Beyond, 12:30 pm, Student Lounge. In observance of ABA Disability Awareness Month, theLawSchool’s Career Development Office and Office of Disability Services invite you to take part in an important discussion featuring Civil Rights lawyer, Matthew W. Dietz, and Jillian Snell, JD ’12. 

Tuesday, November 13th, Inspiration and Entrepreneurial Ideas from the World of Microfinance, 6:30 pm, Storer Auditorium. Join the Cornell Club of Miami and the Wharton Club of South Florida in a networking event at the UM Business School/Storer Auditorium for a reception and panel of distinguished business experts and social entrepreneurs who will focus the discussion on microfinance efforts in Latin America and Haiti. Cost is $15 for the event forUniversity of Miami Alumni and Faculty.

Wednesday, November 14th, Championing Children’s Voices, 12:30 pm, F209. Join Judge Ellen Sue Venzer, Marissa Leichter, and Bernard P. Perlmutter for a panel discussion involving children’s rights in their own hearings. RSVP by November 9th HERE.

Events off Campus: 

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.

Wednesday, November 7th, “Puppies & Kittens!,” 8 pm, Miami Improv. This special night of stand-up comedy will be great fun for a good cause. The entirety of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department. The show features local comedians Forrest Shaw, Lisa Corrao, John Wynn, and Nery Saenz, all of whom are proud owners of adopted pets. Tickets are only $15 and can also be purchased online HERE.

Wednesday, November 14th, Free Will For Veterans, 5:30 pm, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Join the Pro Bono Committee of the Dade County Bar Association YLS for an evening of preparing simple wills for low income veterans. If you are interested in volunteering/shadowing attorneys, e-mail Daniela Gordon. Spots are limited!  

Friday, November 16th, National Adoption Day at the Children’s Museum, 8 am, 980 Macarthur Causeway, 33142. Join the Children and Family Law Society (CAFLS) in volunteering for National Adoption Day. Children and their soon-to-be-adoptive families enjoy the exhibits of the museum and other activities. Judges leave the courthouse and finalize all of the adoptions at the Children’s Museum. Each volunteer will be paired with a child and his/her adoptive family and act as liaison for the adoption proceedings. Email here if you are interested in volunteering. 

Announcements & Opportunities: 

Gideon Project. Work with the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office in an ongoing project to determine whether litigants understand their rights in criminal and traffic courts. To find out how YOU can help change legislation in Florida and across the nation, email here. 

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. The PMF Program Class of 2013 application period will open on Monday, November 5 and close on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm EST for 3Ls and LLMs. The PMF program offers paid two-year federal government fellowships. Application is available here. 

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. 

Veteran’s Assistance. Assist Liam McGivern, JD ’12 and Skadden Fellow at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., with military discharge upgrade advocacy. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are a lot of service members who receive physical and emotional injuries (TBI, PTSD) in service of their country. These injuries affect the service members in such a way that they are more prone to misconduct, leading to unfavorable discharges. Help those who have helped our country! Email 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.

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. Deadline is November 9th