HOPE Public Interest News for the Week of November 12, 2012

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


Wednesday, November 14th, Championing Children’s Voices, 12:30 pm, F-209. Join Judge Ellen Sue Venzer, Marissa Leichter, and Bernard P. Perlmutter for a panel discussion involving children’s rights in their own hearings. RSVP HERE. 

Events on Campus:

Monday, November 12th, Legal Theory Workshop Series: “Fetal Protection: Moral Panic & The New Constitutional Battlefront”, 12:30 pm, Faculty Meeting Room. Featuring Professor Michele B. Goodwin,University of Minnesota Law School.

Monday, November 12th, Adopting a New Stance on Adoption: New Developments to Florida Gay Adoption Law, 12:30 pm, F-309. Hosted by the Child Advocacy and Family Law Society and OUTlaw. Featuring Martin Gill, Founder and CEO of Family Diversity, Inc., Robert Latham, Clinical Instructor, and Elizabeth F. Schwartz, JD ’97 and Principal Attorney of Elizabeth F. Schwartz, P.A.

Tuesday, November 13th, International Investment Arbitrators, 12:30 pm, D-201 Law Library Reading Room. Featuring Professor Albert Jan van den Berg. Lunch is provided.

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.

Thursday, November 15th, The Illegal Animal Trade, 12:30 pm, F-109. Hosted by the Criminal Law Society and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and featuring Thomas Watts-Fitzgerald, Assistant US attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

November 12th-16th, Collection Drive for Our Kids, Law Library. During the week of November 12th, the Child Advocacy and Family Law Society and OUTlaw will hold a collection drive for the foster care children of Miami-Dade. Students and members of the law school community can donate children’s books and school supplies for the children who are in the care of Our Kids.

Events off Campus:

Featured event for Veterans Day: Wednesday, November 14th, Free Wills 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 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. Project commences in January 2013. To find out how YOU can help, email here. 

Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) University. Deadline for travel assistance is November 30th. Information and application located HERE.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. Deadline to apply for the 2013 CLS Program is 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, This program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages. November 20th. More information HERE. 

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. The PMF Program Class of 2013 application period closes 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 at the USAjobs and PMF websites. 

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. Email for more information.