Benson & Bingham Annual Scholarship

In 2017, Benson & Bingham decided to give back to the community with the inception of its first annual Law Scholarship. Benson & Bingham understand the rigors of law school accompanied with the expense to become an attorney, and felt obliged to help alleviate the financial strain with their annual scholarship offer. The firm is pleased to announce that we ended up awarding not just a grand prize of $2,000, but two additional $250 runner-up awards due to the quality of the essays we received.

For 2018, we elected to keep the same eligibility requirements, however we’ve elected to continue to award two additional runner up awards. In addition, the essay questions have been changed to provide a fresh set of circumstances with which to judge scholarship applicants.

Scholarship Criteria:

In order to be eligible for the scholarship award, applicants must adhere to the following scholarship criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in or recently accepted to an accredited law school.
  • A United States citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. A copy of your college transcript (unofficial) must accompany the application.
  • Proof of Law School acceptance or attendance must accompany the application.
  • Applications must be received electronically by August 31, 2018 to this email.  In the subject line, please reference: Benson & Bingham Second Annual Scholarship Application.
  • Questions regarding the application or process may be submitted to the above email address. Please, No Phone Calls.


One grand prize winner will receive a one-time payment of $2,000 to be applied to the law school of their admission/attendance. Additonaly, two $250 payments will be awarded to two runner up applicants. Essays may be published by Benson & Bingham, so please refrain from submitting anything personal, vulgar or inappropriate for the web. The winner of the award will be announced by October 31st, 2018.

Scholarship Guidelines:

Entrants for our scholarship must submit a minimum of a 600-word typed essay on one of the below topics to be judged by partners Joe Benson and Ben Bingham at the conclusion of the deadline:

  • Premises Security: Given the Mandalay Bay Shooting, what steps should hotels take to insure the safety and security of their guests?
  • Consumer Product Safety: When are the affixed warnings regarding the potential risk of injury obvious enough to warrant not having them? [A product is defective for its failure to be accompanied by suitable and adequate warnings concerning its safe and proper use, if the absence of such warnings renders the product unreasonably dangerous. To be adequate a warning must be: (1) designed to reasonably catch the consumer’s attention, (2) that the language be comprehensible and give a fair indication of the specific risks attendant to use of the product, and (3) that warnings be of sufficient intensity justified by the magnitude of the risk.]

Judging the essay’s value will be contingent on the below qualities:

  • Originality of thought or provocativeness of article.
  • Attention to current law as well as statistical knowledge of the area of investigation.
  • Submissions must be 100% original and never published or disseminated at a previous time.
  • Candidates may site case law or historical record with appropriate citations to the source.

Benson & Bingham welcome any and all potential candidates who meet the above criteria and complete the application by August 31st, 2018. Good luck to all the applicants of our first annual scholarship. The winning entry’s submission as well as a press release will accompany the award when the winner is announced on October 31st, 2018.

For additional details, please visit the website.


Attend “A Conversation With James L. Ferraro”

James L. Ferraro JD ’83, author of Blindsided: The True Story of One Man’s Crusade Against Chemical Giant DuPont for a Boy with No Eyes will discuss his book.

March 19, 2018
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Alma Jennings Foundation Student Lounge
1311 Miller Road
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Attendees will receive a complimentary book.

RSVP here.

35th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition

The Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association announces its 35th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. The winning entry in the competition will be awarded a prize of $2,000 and will be submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Association’s Section of State & Local Government Law. The Second Place paper will receive a prize of $400 and one Honorable Mention prize of $100 will also be awarded.


  1. Eligibility. The competition is open to law students at ABA accredited law schools and planning students at schools listed in the current Guide to Undergraduate and Graduate Education in Urban and Regional Planning who are enrolled in or who will complete a program of study leading to the J.D., LL.B., Masters or Ph.D. degree during the 2017-2018 academic year. All entries must be the work of an individual, jointly-authored entries will not be considered. Entries may have been written for another purpose within the last year — e.g., a paper submitted for a course or internship — but must not have been previously published.
  1. Subject Matter. Entries should demonstrate original thought on a question of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law (e.g., land use, local government or environmental law) and will be evaluated based on: (1) originality; (2) contribution to the understanding or development of the fields of planning and law; (3) quality of scholarship; and (4) quality and organization of writing.
  1. Publication. As a condition of publication, the author grants to the American Bar Association the following rights: 1) the exclusive right of first publication of the Work throughout the world as part of the publication The Urban Lawyer; 2) the nonexclusive right to reprint the Work whenever necessary and to license use of the Work, or any part thereof, in any medium or form of communication in the English language, to others; and 3) the right to use the Work, or any part thereof, in any other publication produced by the American Bar Association. The author shall reserve all exclusive rights not specifically granted to the American Bar Association and will have the rights not specifically granted to the American Bar Association and will have the rights, after the Work has been published, to print the Work in any publication, provided that the author included in the publication the proper credit to the American Bar Association for prior publication of the work.
  1. Directions for Entries. Entries shall not exceed forty-five (45) pages with a 1″ margin on all-sides. Text should be double-spaced in a minimum ten-point pitch. Manuscripts should follow the stylistic guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style (latest edition) published by the University of Chicago Press. All citations should be footnoted and should conform to A Uniform System of Citation (latest edition) published by the Harvard Law Review Association (the Blue Book).
  1. Submission of Entries. To enter the competition, send five (5) copies of your entry, postmarked no later than June 4, 2018, to Professor Alan Weinstein at the address below. Each copy must have two title pages: the first title page should contain the title of the entry, the name/address/e-mail of the student, and identify the student’s school and date of graduation; the second title page should contain only the title of the entry.

Send to: Professor Alan Weinstein, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214.

FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for its Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program and Will Soon Accept Applications for its Law School Scholarship Program

The Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation Now Accepting Applications for its Law School Summer Internship Stipend Program and Will Soon Accept Applications for its Law School Scholarship Program!

  1. The Law School Summer Internship 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 February 6th through March 31st, 2018.

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.

  1. The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship:

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 2018 and have a demonstrated interest in communications law.  Awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000, are payable to the law school to cover the student’s tuition and other education-related expenses in the 2018-2019 academic year, and will be determined by a number of factors, including financial need and merit.  More information about the scholarship can be found here.  The application will be available soon.

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 26th, 2018)

Monday, February 26, 2018:

  • CDO Presents: Foreign Service Careers and Internships with the State Department – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-200: Join Monique Quesada, Diplomat in Residence –South Florida (and Puerto Rico), U.S. Dept. of State as she discusses foreign service careers and internships.

20th Annual Health Law Writing Competition – Submissions Due Friday, March 2, 2018

Epstein Becker Green is pleased to announce its 20th Annual Health Law Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage J.D. and LL.M. students in the preparation of scholarly papers on current topics of interest relating to health law. Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for the three best papers:

First Place: $4,000        Second Place: $2,000      Third Place: $500

Entrants should take advantage of the fact that health law is a very broad and diverse field, encompassing aspects of almost every area of law. Papers may address any traditional area of the law as applied to health care (e.g., antitrust, tax, corporate) or areas of law unique to health care (e.g., fraud and abuse, managed care, Medicare/Medicaid, clinical trials, telehealth/telemedicine). Entries ranked in the top 20 percent of all competition submissions will be considered for publication in the Annals of Health Law, which is published by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Deadline Extended!

Papers must be submitted by Friday, March 2, 2018. 

Click Here for More Information

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The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia Presents the 2018 Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute

The Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute, May 14-18, 2018. 

  • Date(s): May 14, 2018 – May 18, 2018
  • Location: Moot Courtroom
  • Address: 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004
  • Contact: Jennifer Thomas
  • Email:
  • Last Date To Register: March 01, 2018

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia is pleased to present the 2018 Criminal Defense Trial Practice Institute (Institute).  The Institute seeks to help students cultivate effective trial advocacy skills and explore indigent criminal defense work.  The program consists of a week of workshops on how to conduct opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments.  In addition, students will learn how to develop theories of defense, master the rules of evidence, and impeach witnesses at trial.  At the end of the program, students will participate in full-length mock trials presided over by District of Columbia Superior Court judges.

The Institute is designed to support law students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups, students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or students from law schools that lack criminal defense and trial advocacy training opportunities.

The Institute will be held May 14 – May 18, 2018.  Each student is expected to commit to participating in the entire program, which also includes daily evening sessions.  The program is free of charge to students, although students are expected to provide their own transportation and lodging.

To apply, please CLICK HERE and complete the required fields.  As part of your application, describe your criminal defense interest and trial advocacy experience in less than two pages, and attach a copy of your current resume. Please upload your essay and resume in PDF format under the ‘attachments’ tab. All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email. You can also visit the website.

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 12th, 2018)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018:

  • CDO Presents: A Conversation With Deborah Enix-Ross – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – Law School Campus, Faculty Meeting Room: Alumna Deborah Enix-Ross, a senior advisor at Debevoise & Plimpton and an expert in International Dispute Resolution, will discuss her career path and practice. Refreshments will be served.

The Doral Chamber of Commerce Presents the Attorney Marketing Annex Breakfast Network Event on February 16th 2018

Attorney Marketing Annex Breakfast Network 

Friday, February 16th, 2018 

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The ATTORNEY MARKETING ANNEX (AMA) grew out of the realization that most attorneys receive most of their clients as referrals from other attorneys as part of a Doral Chamber of Commerce initiative to help Attorneys and CPAs grow their business!

It is the perfect venue to further your professional relationships and grow your law practice through networking, referrals, and marketing with other lawyers in the Doral and Miami Area.

Exclusive Event, Space Limited to ONLY 25 people!


Hilton Garden Inn Miami Dolphin Mall

1695 NW 111th Ave a

Miami, FL 33172



Doral Chamber Members:

Attorneys and CPAs: Free

Non Attorneys or CPAs: $20

(Remember use your promo codes)

Non Doral Chamber Members

Attorneys and CPAs: $25

Non-Attorneys or CPAs: $35



Sara W. Vallejo

Director, Human Resources Solutions & Talent Acquisition 1BC Consulting, Inc.

Direct: 786-408-0700


You may register by clicking here.

The American College of American Benefits Counsel Law Student Outreach

In order to further outreach efforts to law students, the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (“ACEBC”) has adopted a program to connect interested law students with willing ACEBC members for purposes of asking questions about employee benefits as a practice area.

Are you a law student? The ACEBC Law Student Outreach provides connections to law students to help foster interest in employee benefits as a practice area. We connect interested law students with ACEBC members. Find out what day-to-day practice is like from an experienced employee benefits attorney. It’s a challenging and enjoyable practice area — we’ll share what we’ve learned and answer your questions.

How to get connected: If you are a law student interested in talking with an ACEBC member about employee benefits practice, send us an email with your name, law school, email address, and phone number. Feel free to specify if you are interested in a particular type of practice, such as in-house, government, law firm, not for profit, or teaching. Your information will be passed to an ACEBC member who will contact you. By contacting you, the member has agreed to one email exchange or telephone exchange about the area that you have selected (although, of course, you and your volunteer may agree to more discussions). Also, the discussion with the volunteer is intended as informational only—it is not a job interview, and you should not use the Law Student Outreach as a vehicle for seeking employment by contacting members.

To learn more, visit the website.