HOPE News for the Week of January 14, 2013

Upcoming Events:

Friday, January 18th, The 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, Live Stream, 10:30 am – 12 pm EST. A program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark decision, Gideon v. Wainwright will be live streamed by the ABA Section of Litigation. More info here. 

Tuesday, January 22nd, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Training Session, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, F209. Volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation to individuals with low to moderate incomes ($50,000 maximum income), individuals with disabilities, non-English speaking taxpayers, and the elderly. 

Saturday, January 26th, WalkAbout Autism, 9 am – 1 pm, Miami Dolphin’s Sun Life Stadium. Join the Dan Marino Foundation in bringing awareness to and raising money for autism research. At this event, participants take a few laps around Sun Life Stadium before heading inside for fun and games. Please sign up here. Simply click “Registration,” followed by “Join an Existing Team.” Search for a team named “UM Law,” click “Join,” and finish the registration process. 

Monday, January 28th, Public Interest Summer Opportunities, 12:30 – 2 pm, E352. Discover some of the exciting summer opportunities including HOPE Fellowships, the Summer Public Interest Program, Clinics, Externships and the African Probate & Policy Initiative. 

Monday, February 4th, Gideon Project Training Session, 12:30 – 2 pm, A110. Work in teams to conduct a series of court observations in determining whether litigants understand their rights in criminal and traffic court. 

Wednesday, February 6th, Legal Line at Dade County Bar Association, 6 – 9 pm. Help attorneys provide free legal assistance to callers throughout Miami-Dade County by participating in February’s featured event. Email HOPE for more information or to carpool. 

Friday, February 15th, Deadline for Applying for HOPE Summer Fellowships, Summer Public Interest Fellowships, and the African Probate & Policy Initiative. Email HOPE  for more information. These application deadlines are distinct from summer clinic application deadlines. More information about Summer Clinics will follow. 

Featured Fellowships:

Equal Justice Works: New application period for 2013 Summer Corps program. Applications accepted on a rolling basis beginning Tuesday, December 18, 2012 until Monday, March 18, 2013. See here for program details.

2013 Deborah T. Poritz Summer Public Interest Legal Fellowship Program. Approximately 15 positions are available for first and second year law students at Legal Services of New Jersey. Click here for application.

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics. Click here for information.

Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) University. Information and application located HERE.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Civil Rights Division seeks second year law students as legal interns to assist with its enforcement and outreach efforts. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (5-10 pages) to Peggy Schmidt to apply. The positions are unpaid, but visit our website to find out how you can qualify for a HOPE Fellowship.

2013 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Application Period Now Open. The Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program, established in 2004 on the recommendation of the ASIL Honors Committee, recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a remarkable ASIL member who died in the August 19, 2003, bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad along with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Viera de Mello and 20 others. For details and application, click here.

Announcements & Opportunities:

Pro Bono Legal Research Project: Looking for 1-2 students (2Ls and 3Ls only) to complete a research project no later than January 22nd. Research includes a comprehensive review of unlawful sub-delegation of federal powers to third parties. E-mail if you are interested.

2013 Akin Gump Summer Pro Bono Scholars Program is a two-summer program for top law students who show a strong interest in making pro bono an integral part of their Akin Gump careers.

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative is currently accepting applications for its 2013 June-July Legal Studies Externship Program. The Program offers an opportunity to make a real contribution to assisting others in overcoming the hardships and legal inequity in Southeast Asia.

19th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference, February 22-23, 2013. Registration is now open! HOPE will provide a $100 travel stipend to students who have not already used the benefit through EJW.