HOPE Dates to Remember:

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 HOPE Public Interest Resource Center Kick-Off Meeting Room F-309, 12:30 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 Public Interest Lecture Series Room A-110, 12:30 p.m.

OCTOBER 13, 2014 Equal Justice Works Career Fair Pre-Departure Meeting Faculty Lounge, 4th Floor Library, 12:30 p.m.

OCTOBER 15, 2014 Public Interest Lecture Series Room A-110, 12:30 p.m.

OCTOBER 20, 2014 Pro Bono Week Breakfast Faculty Lounge, 4th Floor Library, 7:45 a.m.

OCTOBER 24-25, 2014 Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair HOPE Alumni Reception, Washington, D.C.

On Campus:

Department of Justice Information Session Wednesday, August 27   |   12:30   |   Room F-109. Join the U.S. Department of Justice for an informative session on school year, summer and post-graduate opportunities with the agency, including the paid Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) for 2L students and Honors Program for graduating students. The deadline to apply to these two programs is September 2, 2014.

Revenge Porn: A Constitutional Debate Thursday, August 28   |   12:30   |   Room F-209. Join the ACLU of UM for a panel discussion on the constitutionality of criminalizing revenge porn.

Meet the ABA SEER (Section of the Environment, Energy and Resources) Wednesday, September 3   |   12:30   |   Law SAC Multipurpose Room. Do you know what it takes to become an Environmental, Energy, or Resources lawyer? This event is co-sponsored by the Miami Law Environmental Law Society. Environmental attorneys will speak briefly about their experiences and career development in environmental law and how SEER has played a part in that process.

HOPE Public Interest Resource Center Kick-Off MeetingMonday, September 8, 2014   |   12:30   |   Room F-309. Learn all about the array of public interest and pro bono opportunities at Miami Law. Make the time to find out the various ways students can build skills while making a difference in the lives of others.

HOPE Public Interest Lecture SeriesWednesday, September 10, 2014   |   12:30   |   Room A-110. Join Lissette Labrousse, staff attorney with Legal Services of Greater Miami, for a roundtable discussion about her work as a housing advocate and how she addresses unmet need in the community.

In The Community:

Books and Buddies. Law student leaders are needed for this program that targets children who attend local elementary schools in order to promote reading, writing and education. Each semester, Books & Buddies pairs law students with local school children to share and communicate the excitement of reading through the exchange of letters. Correspondence is traded weekly between the Buddies and provides an opportunity for each to learn about their reading pen pal. Interested students should e-mail UM HOPE with the subject line “Books and Buddies”. Please indicate if you are interested in volunteering as a Buddy and/or serving as a project leader.

Empowered Youth. The mission of Empowered Youth is to break the cycle of teens who are or have been in Juvenile Detention by empowering them to create a lasting transformation and a positive life for both themselves and their communities. Law students are invited to become mentors and tutors in reading, math and college/GED/Armed Forces prep. For more information, please e-mail.

Volunteer Opportunity with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Miami Paddle Challenge. Saturday, September 13   |   Matheson Hammock Park   |   9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral GablesVolunteers will help with all aspects of setting up the event area in the morning, silent auction set-up, and cleanup once the event has ended. For more information or to sign up, please contact Lori Johnson-Edwards.

Perez Art Museum Exhibit-Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot. 1103 Biscayne Blvd.   |   Through January 25, 2015In his work, Miami-based, Haitian-born artist Adler Guerrier explores the city’s political history of radical activism through its urban and suburban landscapes. For more information, visit the website.

The Good Government Initiative-Community Services and the Military. Thursday, August 28, 2014   |   8 a.m.   |   The Beacon Council – 80 SW 8th St., Suite 2400, Miami, FL. Join The Good Government Initiative for an open discussion on the Veteran’s Administration Healthcare System and the struggles veterans and returning military are facing as they reintegrate into the community and seek medical services. RSVP here.

Advocacy Opportunities:

Internship with ACLU of Miami

The American Civil Liberties Union of Miami is seeking a volunteer 2L or 3L intern for 15 hours per week to work on policy issues such as immigration, the death penalty, elections, juvenile justice, anti-bullying and anti-discrimination. The position will involve legal research and writing as well as policy advocacy. Interested students should e-mail a resume to Michelle Richardson.

Registration Now Open for Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference in Washington, DC October 24-25, 2014   |   Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Register Here.

The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country. More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities. Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities. The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. For more information, visit the EJW website.

Externship with Planned Parenthood Latin America Program in Miami

Planned Parenthood Global is seeking a 2L or 3L extern to work 20 hours per week during the fall semester. Computer skills are required and fluency in Spanish is preferred. Externs will have the opportunity to learn about the organization’s work and how it uses international mechanisms to advocate and protect human rights. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation via email and contact the Career Development Office regarding externship requirements.

Immigration Assistance Projects

Americans for Immigrant Justice is seeking a volunteer to assist with Know Your Rights presentations, intakes and document preparation at the Broward Transitional Center on Thursdays. Interested students should contact Jessica Shulruff, Senior Attorney for the Detention and LUCHA Projects. Spanish speakers needed. Catholic Charities Legal Services is seeking assistance with interviewing unaccompanied immigrant children for potential relief. Volunteers may choose any days to help facilitate at the Immigration Court in Miami. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for a half or whole day, any time between now and September 12th. Spanish speaking volunteers are needed. For more information, and to volunteer, please contact Myriam Mezadieu.

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. Preparation for this project begins during the fall semester and volunteers are needed to lead both on-campus and off-campus activities. Interested students should e-mail UM HOPE with the subject line “VITA volunteer”.