This Week at the CDO (Week of March 22, 2021)

 Thursday, March 25, 2021:

  • CDO Presents: Get to Know Kelley Kronenberg – 12:10 PM – 1:40 PM – Off Site VIRTUAL: Zoom: The CDO invites 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls to get to know Kelley Kronenberg. If you have questions, please email Alana Butin in the CDO.


The American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM) is proud to announce the 2021 American Journal of Mediation National Dispute Resolution Writing Competition sponsored by the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. ACCTM is an association of dispute resolution professionals with substantial practice experience as mediators, arbitrators and conflict management neutrals. The ACCTM Journal is a nationally recognized publication dedicated to the growth and enhancement of dispute resolution professionals.

The College will award a $5,000 CASH PRIZE for FIRST PLACE and a $2,000 CASH PRIZE for SECOND PLACE, ranking submittals as determined by a panel of judges of ACCTM Fellows together with the Editorial Board of the Journal. Winning entries along with a selection of submissions separately chosen by the Judges will be published in the ACCTM Journal.

The competition is open to all North American JD and LLM law students enrolled as of December 15, 2020.

Subject matter focus for entries can embrace the full range of the alternative dispute resolution field– consensus-based dispute resolution (e.g., negotiation, mediation), adjudicative processes (e.g., early neutral evaluation, binding or non-binding arbitration and private judging), or mixed processes (e.g., arb-med, med-arb, high low arbitration, baseball arbitration). Papers can also focus on ADR process design, practice techniques, specific case studies, related legislation, and ethical dilemmas and standards for dispute resolution professionals.

Submittals will be judged on relevance, originality, writing quality and appropriate research supporting assertions and conclusions. Manuscripts must be the work of a single author. All judging will be “blind”—judges will not be provided information on the author’s identity or school. The Journal reserves the right not to award any prize and to reject any submission.

While there are no firm page limits, there is an expectation that submitted works will be between fifteen and thirty double spaced pages, including footnotes. The work should be presented in 12-point Times New Roman font, on 8 ½ X 11-inch paper with one-inch margins. Footnotes may be single spaced and presented in accordance with The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation (20th Edition).

Entries are due no later than 11:59pm (EST) on June 15, 2021 and should be electronically submitted in Microsoft Word Format to:
American Journal of Mediation

            American College of Civil Trial Mediators

            C/O Sarah Evans, Journal Competition Administrator

Via Email

Please include full name and contact information, along with law school affiliation and class.

Get to know Hogan Lovells! Attend Virtual Program in March!

Hogan Lovells is a diverse community, and one of uncommon commitment. Coming together from all backgrounds, with different experiences and skillsets, we thrive on making a positive impact. Want to learn more? First year law students are invited to attend a virtual program to introduce you to the firm. Panelists will include lawyers representing a variety of our U.S. offices who will provide an overview of the firm, share their stories, and answer your questions.

The program will be hosted on two different dates, please plan to attend one. Reserve your spot today by submitting your RSVP below for the date and time that best accommodates your schedule.

Dates & Times

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PT

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET


Zoom link provided upon confirmation of RSVP

To RSVP, please click here

 Please visit our U.S. Careers Site to learn more about us in advance. Kindly RSVP by March 26, 2021.


The Office of the Attorney General (AG Child Support Enforcement Division) Seeking Attorney-Assistant Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General, an equal opportunity employer, seeks highly motivated and qualified attorneys to join our team of over 400 experienced attorneys. The Office represents the State of Florida in state and federal civil and criminal courts, from trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States. If you are interested, we encourage you to apply for one of the most rewarding experiences in your professional career.

For specific positions, please visit Symplicity Job Posting ID#28153. For more related positions, click here. Interested candidates must apply online.

Deadline is March 31, 2021.

DC Semester in Practice – Attend Informational Session on Tuesday, March 23rd!

Attend the D.C. Semester in Practice Informational Session on Tuesday, March 23rd 2021 at 12:30 p.m.

Zoom Link Here.

Come hear from faculty and other students about the D.C. Semester in Practice Program, which is an externship course that provides students with an opportunity to learn about the unique legal landscape in the nation’s capital. Typically offered in the Fall semester, students do their externship in Washington, D.C. at a diverse range of administrative agencies, legislative offices, national public interest organizations and in-house legal settings. 

The classroom component of the course focuses on D.C. institutions, professional identity formation, lawyering skills and ethics.  When offered in person, the course includes opportunities to network with alums who practice in D.C. and visits to Congress and the United States Supreme Court.


HOPE Connects: Post Grad Fellowships

WHEN:    MARCH 16TH AT 12:30 P.M.

Join HOPE to learn about post-graduate fellowship opportunities through Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Justice Analyst and Immigrant Justice Corps from current students and alumni who were awarded fellowships.

Zoom Meeting ID:   401 765 9581


We look forward to seeing you there!

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L., Introduces H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship for Minority Law School Students – Deadline is June 1, 2021

Recipients will receive $10,000 in financial assistance to attend eligible law schools in Florida and will be considered for a clerkship and an attorney position at the Kluger Kaplan law firm. 

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L., has launched its inaugural H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship to support minority law school students who have a strong connection with the South Florida community. H.T. Smith, founding Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at Florida International University College of Law, is charged with blazing trails as Miami’s first African American assistant public defender and first African American assistant county attorney. Scholarship recipients will receive $10,000 in financial assistance to attend eligible law schools in Florida and will be considered for a four to six-week clerkship at the Kluger Kaplan law firm as well as an attorney position upon graduation from law school and completion of the Florida Bar.

While Kluger Kaplan encourages all law students to apply, preference for award of the H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship will be given to second year law school students who come from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, and who are actively involved in giving back to the community through volunteer efforts or participation among local organizations. The H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship will be awarded to one student annually.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit their résumé, current school transcript, and 500-word personal statement discussing who you are and why you are applying for the scholarship via email with the subject line “H.T. Smith Legal Studies Scholarship.” The deadline to submit materials for the 2021-2022 academic year is June 1, 2021.

Finalists will be requested to join the Kluger Kaplan law firm for an interview before a recipient is announced.  Scholarships will be funded directly to the recipient’s law school and will be applied towards the student’s tuition for the Fall 2021-2022 academic year or any balance will be given directly to the student if the student has another scholarship that covers his or her tuition.

Please contact Laura Klein Recondo with any questions you may have regarding the scholarship or application requirements.



The FCBA Foundation is now accepting applications for its Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program and its Law School Scholarship Program!

The FCBA Foundation Law School Summer Internship Stipend:

For the 28th consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) Foundation will award stipends to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns, through the FCBA Foundation’s Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program.

The FCBA Foundation is actively looking to help students from around the country who want to dedicate their time and talent over the summer to government service in areas that relate to communications law, including broadcasting, cable, information technology, television, telephony, satellite, and wireless.  It also can include work at agencies and Congressional committees addressing other communications-related areas, including internet law and policy, privacy, cybersecurity, copyright, emerging technologies, and related policy and legal issues.

How much are the stipends?  The program provides stipends of up to $5,000.  In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend for the summer: The Max Paglin Award. 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].

Where can recipients work?  Over the years, stipends have been used by students to support work in diverse federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry.  Examples of agencies where recipients can work include the FCC, FTC, NTIA, DOJ, DHS, NIST, and others.  Students can also work in Congress and in relevant parts of state and local government.

Where does the money come from?  The Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program awards stipends from its FCC Chairman Robert Emmet Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund, and last year provided support to 26 outstanding law students. FCBA individual and corporate members donate money to the FCBA Foundation to support these stipends.

Are there limitations on use of the funds?  Stipend recipients may be selected before they have finalized their summer plans, so the FCBA Foundation requires recipients to confirm in writing that they accept an unpaid internship at an eligible agency or government office.  Minimum requirements for internship duration and time commitment also apply. 

How to apply:  The application for the stipend will be available online from [Tuesday March 9, until Friday, April 2, 2021.]  The application and deadlines can be accessed here.

Questions:  If you have any questions about the Foundation Law School Summer Internship Stipend program or application, please contact Janeen Wynn.

The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship:

The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to rising second or third year students currently enrolled in accredited law schools in the United States who have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in communications law.  The scholarships range from $2,000 – $10,000 each, and will be payable to the applicable law school in one lump sum to help cover the student’s tuition and other education-related expenses in the 2021-2022 academic year, and will be determined by a number of factors, including financial need and merit.

The application for the scholarship is now available and can be accessed here. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, April 9, 2021.  The Foundation plans to notify successful applicants regarding their scholarship awards by mid-[May].

Questions:  If you have any questions about the Foundation Law School Summer Internship Stipend program or application, please contact Janeen Wynn.


The Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Present a Panel Discussion on Careers & Internships in International Trade, Customs, and Export Controls Law

The Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) andthe American Society of International Law (ASIL) Present a Panel Discussion:

Have you ever thought about being an international trade lawyer? Hear from practitioners about the many opportunities in the international trade law field and how to start your career. As part of CITBA’s and ASIL’s commitments to a diverse trade bar, this event is geared towards law students and recent graduates from underrepresented groups.

Topic:          Careers & Internships in International Trade, Customs, and Export Controls Law

Date:           Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Time:           4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET / 1:00 – 2:00 PM PT

Place:          Zoom link will be sent to those who RSVP.

Price:          This event is free and open to all.

Register/RSVP here.


Jaelyn Edwards Judelson advises clients on various aspects of regulatory compliance affecting international business, with a particular emphasis on regulations applicable to dual-use goods and technology. She also assists clients with global investigations and compliance, including export controls, economic sanctions, anticorruption and antibribery. Previously based in London, Jaelyn’s practice also includes experience with the application of U.S. law to non-U.S. entities and operations, including clients in industries such as: aerospace and defense, logistics and freight forwarding, communications, technology and manufacturing.


Currita C. Waddy is currently the Assistant Chief Counsel for the United States Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security in New Orleans, Louisiana. In that capacity, she provides legal services to a five-state area covering over 19 ports of entry into the United States. Her main areas of law include international trade, immigration, intellectual property rights, contracts, federal tort claims, labor, and ethics. Ms. Waddy began her federal government career with the United States Customs Service, Department of the Treasury, in 1987 as a staff attorney in Washington, D.C. In 1995, after becoming a managing attorney, Ms. Waddy relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana. The agency was renamed United States Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security in March of 2003. Ms. Waddy is a graduate of Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Public Administration. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC. She is an active member of various legal, community, and social organizations.

Shama Patari is currently the Executive Director and legal counsel for global trade and government relations at Lenovo. As in-house counsel she advises the company on all aspects of international trade regulation, planning and compliance, including customs, export controls, economic sanctions, embargoes, international trade agreements and preference programs. She also represents the company before Customs agencies around the world. Prior to Lenovo, Shama was an associate and former partner at Barnes, Richardson & Colburn, LLP where she practiced in all areas of Customs and International Trade Law. Her practice primarily focused on counseling various clients on import and export matters across several industries including automotive, agricultural commodities, plastics, textile and apparel, electrical goods, chemicals, and other consumer products. She also represented foreign and domestic clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Bureau of Industry and Security, Canada Border Services Agency, the Court of International Trade, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In her spare time, Shama teaches International Trade Law to second and third year students at the Loyola School of Law. Shama received her J.D. in 2007 and LL.M. in 2009 from The John Marshall Law School.

Mercedes C. Morno is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Editor-in-Chief of her law journal and a finalist in the annual moot court competition. Subsequent to law school, Mercedes completed a federal judicial clerkship in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mercedes then served as Senior Attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance in the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that capacity, she advised the agency with respect to the administration of U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws. In recognition of her significant contributions to the agency, Mercedes was selected for special recognition by the General Counsel. Mercedes was also awarded with the Distinguished Attorney Award for Exceptional Performance and a Gold Medal Award. Mercedes has since joined the international trade practice group at King & Spalding, LLP, specializing in international trade and regulatory matters. Mercedes focuses in particular on representing clients in trade remedy and trade compliance proceedings and related litigation. Mercedes advises across sectors, including the steel, chemical, defense, and technology industries. In her free time, Mercedes enjoys traveling and outdoor physical activities such as ziplining.

Roop K. Bhatti is the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Chief of Staff under the current Democratic Chair, Jason E. Kearns, managing all of the agency’s operational and administrative activities in addition to providing counsel on a variety of legal and policy matters. During her tenure at the Commission, both as an aide to Commissioner Kearns and as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Bhatti has provided legal advice in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings, safeguard investigations, and economic studies. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Bhatti was an associate at the law firm of Picard Kentz & Rowe, where she represented clients in matters related to U.S. trade litigation, international trade policy, trade negotiations, board advisory work, and federal taxation. She represented domestic industries before the Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Commerce, the Court of International Trade, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Previously, Ms. Bhatti was a policy advisor to The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a group of 26 major global apparel companies formed to undertake the improvement of safety in Bangladeshi garment factories. In that role, Ms. Bhatti worked on a variety of issues, including trade policy related to the country’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status and antitrust and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance. Ms. Bhatti holds a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Chicago in International Studies and South Asian Languages & Civilizations.

Jini Koh received her B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Studies from Tulane University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama. After law school, she clerked for Judge Nicholas Tsoucalas of the U.S. Court of International Trade. From there, Jini decided to specialize in international trade, first as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (NYC) and then as an attorney at Crowell & Moring (DC & NYC), where her practice focused on advising clients on all areas of import regulatory compliance, trade remedies, and litigation arising therefrom. In 2017, she joined Amazon as their customs attorney advising the Consumer business on trade compliance, international expansion, and global trade policy matters. Last year, Jini switched roles and leads the global logistics legal team supporting cross-border logistics programs.







This Week at the CDO (Week of March 8, 2021)

Wednesday, March 10, 2021:

CDO Presents: Miami Law’s 23rd Annual Networking & Informational Career Fair Virtual Series, I (Law Firms & Business) – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Off Site VIRTUAL: Zoom: Meet attorneys and legal professionals from law firms and businesses. Learn about their practice areas and experience while you network. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

Friday, March 12, 2021:

CDO Presents: Miami Law’s 23rd Annual Networking & Informational Career Fair Virtual Series, I (Law Firms & Business) – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Off Site VIRTUAL: Zoom: Meet attorneys and legal professionals from law firms and businesses. Learn about their practice areas and experience while you network. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.