This Week at the CDO (Week of February 20th, 2017)

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 20th, 2017):

Thursday, February 23, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Networking Nosh – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-209: A luncheon and panel presentation by the Administrative Law Section of The Florida Bar.


National Association of Women Lawyers 2017 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

NAWL established the annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning women and the law.

The rules for the competition are as follows:

Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law. Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2016-17 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer, fall, or spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.

FORMAT: Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be one inch. Entries must not exceed 15 pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or that are not in the required format will not be read.

JUDGING: NAWL Women Lawyers Journal® designees will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.

QUESTIONS: Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the Chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin.

SUBMISSION AND DEADLINE: Entries must be received by May 1, 2017. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries must provide a cover letter providing the author’s name, title of the essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and permanent mailing address. Entries must be submitted in the following format: email an electronic version (in Microsoft Word) to Professor Jennifer Martin.

AWARD: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the Women Lawyers Journal. The most recent winning paper was Human trafficking waivers: How the United States implicitly violates federal law and empowers ISIS to commit human trafficking crimes written by Paloma A. Kennedy, Washington University School of Law. Please view the paper by clicking here.


Attend the UM Career Expo on February 22nd – Open to Students and Alumni

University of Miami School of Law students and alumni are cordially invited to attend the University of Miami Career Expo on Wednesday, February 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Watsco Center on the Coral Gables campus.

The Career Expo has traditionally attracted companies from various industries such as business, healthcare, communication, government, non-profits, technology and financial services. This expo is specially designed to expose students and alumni to a broad spectrum of career paths, as well as provide them with opportunities to secure internships and full-time jobs. This is not a legal industry expo and law firms are not participating. This is, however, a great opportunity to connect with employers from other industries.

The expo is open to University of Miami degree seeking students and alumni only. Students and alumni must come professionally dressed. Bring plenty of copies of your resume and your Cane Card. Students not professionally dressed and/or without their Cane Card will not be admitted.

Please note that law students and graduates need not register in advance. Click here to view a list of participating employers.

FREE REGISTRATION TO ATTEND THE SOVEREIGNTY SYMPOSIUM XXX – Ed Edmondson Scholarship Applications Are Now Being Accepted

WHO? Ed Edmondson served in the United States Congress representing Oklahoma for twenty years.  He was a long time supporter of both Native American concerns and education.

WHEN? The Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. will host Sovereignty Symposium XXIX on June 7 and 8, 2017, at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Symposium registration scholarships will be offered in Congressman Edmondson’s name as the Symposium’s thank you for his support and efforts during its founding. Please apply early as the number of available scholarships is limited.

HOW? Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and dedication to Native American law issues and the need for a scholarship in a simple letter of application.  There is no formal application form.

DUE? May 31, 2017

Applications may be emailed. Or mailed to:

The Sovereignty Symposium

Attn:  Ed Edmondson Scholarship Committee

Oklahoma Judicial Center, Suite 1

2100 North Lincoln Boulevard

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For further information, email the Sovereignty Symposium.

Enter The Sovereignty Symposium XXX: Chief Justice John B. Doolin Writing Competition

The Sovereignty Symposium XXX – 2017 will be held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 7 and June 8, 2017.  The Sovereignty Symposium is the foremost legal gathering on Native American law in the world.  It was established to provide a forum in which ideas concerning common legal issues regarding Indian law can be exchanged in a scholarly, non-adversarial environment.  Over the past twenty-nine years, the Symposium has examined a wide diversity of themes.  In conjunction with the Symposium, our scholarly collection of legal and historical writings is presented to all the participants.  Legal libraries all over the United States regularly solicit copies of the publication for their collections.

WHO? John B. Doolin was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1972, and he served as Chief Justice from 1987-1988.   He loved to read and write, collect Indian art, and buy Navajo rugs.  He recognized the need for a forum to address Native American issues as a result of his service on the Indian Affairs Committee at the National Chief Justices’ Conference.  He authorized the formation of the Sovereignty Symposium in 1988.

WHAT? The Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. are sponsoring a writing competition open to all students enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, its territories or Canada.

WHEN? In conjunction with Sovereignty Symposium XXX, which will be held June 7-8, 2017 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a scholarly collection of legal and historical writings will be presented to all participants.  Legal libraries all over the United States regularly solicit copies of the publications for their collections.   The subject matter of the paper may be on any area of the law relating to Native Americans or other indigenous peoples.  First, second, and third prizes in the amounts of $750.00; $500.00; and $250.00 will be awarded.  The winning entry will also be published in the 2016 Symposium compendium of materials.  Second and third place entries will be published if space permits.

HOW? The entries in the writing competition must be not less than thirty (30) single-spaced pages nor more than fifty (50) single-spaced pages in length.  The paper used shall be 8-1/2” x 11” in size.  The title of the paper, the name of the author and a current mailing address and telephone number must be placed on a cover page. Only the title of the paper should appear at the top of the first page of the text.  The author’s name should appear on the cover page onlyPapers must be submitted in Word or Word Perfect format. Submissions will only be accepted in Word or Word Perfect format by e-mail. Email entries to Kyle Shifflet.

The paper should be single-spaced and in footnote form.  All citations should conform to the latest Edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman format.  Again, the document should be single spacedThe left and right margins must be 2”; the top and bottom margins must be 1.5”.

Papers are evaluated for: Timelines of Subject; Originality; Legal Analysis; Use of Authority; Creativity of Arguments; Strength and Logic of Conclusions; Grammar; Punctuation and Writing Style.

DUE? Entries must be received no later than May 1, 2017.  Publication releases will be required prior to payment of prize money.







  • Nicole Sinder, ACLU Miami Chapter
  • Laura Hernandez, PLANNED PARENTHOOD
  • April Merleaux, Quaker activist and history professor
  • Moderator: Merike Blofield, Political Science/WGS, UM




2017 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program – Student Registration is Open

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is hosting the 2017 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, August 3-4 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, and rising 2L and 3L students.

Last year roughly 150 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,200 law students from across the country participated in the program.  The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program.  Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program begins Monday, February 6 and will close on Friday, March 10.  Online registration is now open. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).  Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as the “University of Miami School of Law” on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools.

We will be paying the $35 registration fee for our students, so you will not be charged anything when you register online.

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in the CDO, Karen Warren.


Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers Annual Scholarship Program

This year the scholarship presentation will take place at the Women Making History event on March 22, 2017. Pairing the scholarship awards with the celebration of inspiring women in our community is the perfect match.

Every year, several Miami law firms, judges and others donate scholarships of at least $1,250.00 to law students in need who serve the mission of FAWL.

If interested in filling out the application, please ask for a copy of the 2017 Miami-Dade FAWL Scholarship Application at the CDO.

The application deadline is February 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The awardees will be notified shortly thereafter and will be asked to attend the Women Making History event (free of charge).

For additional details, please ask your CDO advisor.


FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for its Law School Scholarship and Internship Stipend Programs

The FCBA Foundation is now accepting applications for its two law school scholarship programs – The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship and its Internship Stipend Program.

1.  The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program

This scholarship is open to all students enrolled at an accredited law school in the United States who are entering their second or third years of study in the Fall of 2017 and have a demonstrated interest in communications law. Awards ranging from $2,500-$10,000, are payable to the law school to cover the student’s tuition and other education-related expenses in the 2017-2018 academic year, and will be determined by a number of factors, including financial need and merit.

2. 2017 Law School Summer Stipend Program 

This program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable, information technology, television, telephony, satellite, and wireless).  Applications will be accepted online starting January 15th through March 24th, 2017.  No exceptions will be made for late filed applications.

In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive and additional stipend for the summer:  the Max Paglin Award.  Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive history of the Communications Act.

The Foundation considers funding from other sources in making award decisions and generally will adjust its stipend awards so that a recipient’s total funding for the internship will not exceed $7,000.


Students must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, in good academic standing, and have a pending or accepted application for an unpaid internship with a federal, state or local government entity.  Students will be selected on the basis of:

  • Essays – 30 points
  • Resume and Recommendations – 25 points
  • Academic Merit (including relevant coursework, certificate programs, journals and clinics) – 25 points
  • Nature of Work – 10 points
  • Financial Need – 10 points

Applications for internship funding should be submitted online.  Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone.

If you have any questions about the Foundation Law School Summer Internship Stipend program or application, please contact the FCBA offices at 202-293-4000 or by email.

This Week at the CDO (Week of January 30th, 2017)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017:

·         CDO Presents: Miami Law Externship Program Spring Orientation – 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room E-265: For students enrolled for Law896, Law 897 or Law 898 for spring 2017, this is a mandatory orientation that will discuss the student’s academic responsibilities attached to this program/course. If you have any questions, please contact Sajani Desai in the CDO. See also the website.

Thursday, February 2, 2017:

·         CDO Presents: Information Session with Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy – 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-109: Join Rear Admiral John Hannink, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy (the second highest JAG offer in the Navy) to learn more about careers in the Navy JAG. The deadline to apply for a summer or postgraduate opportunity is February 17th so this session will be very helpful to anyone interested in pursuing opportunities with this employer. you have any questions, please contact Diane Quick in the CDO.