Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. 2009 Summer Fellows Program

Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. 2009 Summer Fellows Program

Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2009 Stearns Weaver Miller Summer Fellows Program. Stearns Weaver Miller is the generous founding sponsor of the Summer Fellows Program.

The Summer Fellows Program will afford three rising third year law students (one from each of the three Miami-Dade law schools) the opportunity to become immersed in public interest law. The criteria used by LSGMI to select the Fellows will include a demonstrated commitment to public interest work and a strong academic background.

During the 12 week program each Fellow will be exposed to an in-house rotation, working alongside experienced LSGMI attorneys. Examples of project assignments include:

(1) The Renters Education & Advocacy Legal Lines;
(2) The Affordable Housing Project; and
(3) The Ryan White HIV Project.

Assignments will include research, writing, client interviews and community education and outreach. Fellows will receive guidance and mentoring from LSGMI staff attorneys, as well as meet and interact with Stearns Weaver Miller attorneys. The funding provided by Stearns Weaver Miller to support the Summer Fellows Program will afford law students the opportunity to pursue an interest in public service without forgoing compensation, as is often the case with summer internships at non-profit organizations such as LSGMI.

The mission of the Summer Fellows Program is to foster a life-long commitment to public interest work, to encourage substantive knowledge in the assigned practice areas, and to provide the Fellows an opportunity to interface with the low income communities of Miami-Dade County.

Interested students must submit an application form along with a resume, cover letter and personal statement. To obtain the application form, please contact the CDO. The deadline to apply is January 16, 2009.