You’re Invited: The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation’s Virtual Conversation with Government Lawyers – October 19, 2021

The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation invites you to a “Virtual Conversation with Government Lawyers”!

With Katherine Fernández Rundle (State Attorney, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office), Carlos J. Martínez (Public Defender, Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office), Lisa T. Roberts (Chief, Attorney Advisor, SEC, Miami Regional Office) and James Weinkle (Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida)

Fernández Rundle, Martínez, Roberts and Weinkle will share their experiences and answer your questions regarding the best way to prepare for and pursue a career in the government and will provide tips for obtaining an internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the SEC and other federal and State organizations.

This series of virtual conversations explores different areas of law and helps current law students navigate the path towards their desired careers.

Who is invited: First and second year law students interested in learning more about what it means to practice civil litigation and how to prepare for a career in this area of law.

When: October 19, 2021 at 6 pm. It will last one hour.

How to sign up: Please email Carolina Guerra Pérez by 6 pm on October 18, 2021. Because we will have an interactive session, the event will be limited to the first 40 students who RSVP. You will be provided a Zoom link by email before the event.

OUT AND ABOUT: ADVANCING MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FLORIDA LGBTQ+ LEGAL COMMUNITY

Are you anxious about that legal writing project, finals, interviews, summer internships, graduation and the bar? Do you have questions about what it takes to be a success in a field of law that has piqued your interest?

Do you have unanswered questions about navigating within the Florida Legal Community as a member of the LGBTQ community? Please join the The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation and our community partners in our empowerment Pod!

Mingle with other students and mentors to share your experiences and perhaps get some useful tip and pointers as you explore life as an LGBTQ+ law student. Allies, recent graduates and alumni of the KMMF mentoring program always welcome!!

Date: October 21, 2021 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm (RSVP to receive Zoom meeting credentials). RSVP via email to Justin Perez.

For more information, please contact Jim Moon.

USAID invites you to the First Annual Hispanic Serving Institutions/Latinx Conference and Career Expo; Oct. 5-7, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST

The Virtual USAID First Annual Hispanic Serving Institutions/Latinx Conference and Career Expo is a three-day event from October 5-7, 2021, with a number of workshops designed for students, recent graduates, mid-level and transitioning career professionals, job seekers, higher education faculty and staff, and professional and affinity organizations.

Target Audience – Who should attend?

1) Day 1 – October 5 -> Undergrauate and Graduate Students, Alumni, Mid-Career/Transitioning Career Professionals, Affinity Organizations, and Job Seekers

2) Day 2 – October 6 -> Higher Education Faculty and Staff (e.g. grant writers, professors, career counselors, Deans, Campus President, Provost, and more)

3) Day 3 – October 7 -> Open to everyone; Job Seekers and Undergraduate and Graduate Students

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!! Register directly here.

MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE.

FOR QUESTIONS, PLEASE SEND EMAIL HERE.

Attend the ACLU Miami’s “The Future of Reproductive Rights in Florida” Virtual Event

Event: ACLU Miami’s “The Future of Reproductive Rights in Florida” Virtual Event

Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7pm

Description:  The ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter is proud to present a new edition to our Zoom webinar series, “The Future of Reproductive Rights in Florida” The panel of reproductive rights experts and distinguished elected officials will discuss the current laws and constitutional rights of Floridians to terminate their pregnancy. The panel will also focus on the upcoming legislative session, including Florida’s proposed anti-abortion bill and the impact it would have on women and families if passed.

Moderator:  Rachel Streitfeld – Vice President, ACLU of Florida Greater Miami Chapter and North Bay Village Commissioner

Panelists:

  • Jasmen Rogers-Shaw – Political Strategist and Founder, Folding Chair Consulting
  • Laura Goodhue – VP Public Policy, Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida
  • Shevrin Jones – Florida State Senator, District 35
  • Monica Skoko Rodríguez – Executive Director, Miami-Dade Commission for Women
  • The Honorable Jeri Cohen – Retired Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit

Registration: Please register in advance for the webinar by clicking here.

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing info about joining.

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law – Experience Family Law Up Close and Personal!

FAMILY LAW NEW VOLUNTEER TRAINING

Two-part volunteer training:

Part I:     Online self-study (2.25 hours) – completed by Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Part II:    Online Practicum (2.5 hours) – Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – VIA ZOOM

What You Will Learn and Do:

Join our Remote Volunteer Services Program (RSVP) to conduct substantive legal interviews by phone with prospective clients. Learn the basic concepts of family law and common problems faced by clients with the added challenges of poverty and trauma. You’ll learn issue-spot and strengthen your client-centered interviewing skills while working under the guidance of experienced Harriett Buhai Center attorneys.

Why You Should Volunteer:

Our volunteer program is ideal for lawyers, law students, and law graduates who want to use their skills, experience, and education to help others. It is a perfect choice for individuals interested in addressing the needs of low-income families, protecting survivors of domestic violence and shepherding children to safer and more stable lives. Retired professionals, lawyers returning to the workforce, and individuals at home caring for others are encouraged to apply.

Who You Should Contact:

To register, please complete our Volunteer Application and Confidentiality Agreement and email together with your resume here.

A voluntary pledge of 50 hours a year is requested.

Deadline to register: Wednesday, October 13th, 2021. Attendance is limited.

Click here to read more about and purchase the Center’s California Family Law Basics.

Want to help in other ways? Check out our website.

Upon successful completion of both the self-study program and the Practicum, participants will receive 4.75 hours of MCLE credit approved by the State Bar of California. The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

CDO Presents: Out-of-Town Job Search Strategies Workshop 9/27/21 @ 12:30 pm

Are you considering starting your legal career in another city or state? Join the CDO as we discuss strategies for conducting an out-of-town job search! From thinking about which bar exam to take to creating a network in another location, it is important that you take control of your job search asap.

CDO Presents: Out-of-Town Job Search Strategies Workshop

When: Sep 27, 2021 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Register in advance for this meeting. You should have already received the Zoom link via email. If not, please ask your CDO advisor or the CDO.

We hope to see you there!

This Week at the CDO (Weeks of September 20th and 27th, 2021)

Please see the following Career Development Office (CDO) programs coming up this week and next week:

Monday, September 20, 2021:

  • CDO Presents: FBI Honors Internship Program (Summer 2022 Application) – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Off Site VIRTUAL: Zoom: Join us as we welcome Special Agent Alexis Carpinteri, FBI – Miami Recruiter, to speak about the The FBI Honors Internship Program (HIP) and the application process. The program will open on September 13th to accept applications for Summer 2022. The application will close on OCTOBER 17th. This is a 10-week paid internship in the summer. If you have questions, please email Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

Monday, September 27, 2021:

  • CDO Presents: Out-of-Town Job Search Strategies Workshop – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Off Site VIRTUAL: Zoom: Are you considering practicing in another city or state? Join the CDO as we go over strategies to conducting an out-of-town job search! If you have questions, please email Alana Butin in the CDO.

New Law Klinic Program at Kelley Kronenberg: Four Week Program for Newly Licensed Attorneys – HIGHLIGHT ON FINAL WEEK #4!

Kelley Kronenberg launched an initiative where newly licensed Attorneys across the State of Florida get to partake in its first-ever Law Klinic program. The Klinic is a 4-week program for newly licensed attorneys to be immersed in Kelley Kronenberg’s culture and receive comprehensive training in the area of First Party Property litigation.

The first Klinic class of 2021 started out small, allowing for one-on-one training from some of the top Partners and Attorneys in the Firm. After successful completion of the Law Klinic, members become Associates with the firm and placed with a specific team to independently handle a First Party Property caseload, alongside an experienced Partner.

Basic information about Kelley Kronenberg’s Law Klinic Program:

  • The Law Klinic is a 4-week training program for newly licensed Attorneys who are hired as entry-level Associates
  • New Associates will be immersed in the Kelley Kronenberg culture and receive comprehensive training in the area of First-Party Property litigation
  • Small classes with the opportunity to receive one-on-one training from some of the top Partners in the Firm
  • After successful completion, members will be assigned to legal teams within the Firm to handle First Party Property cases alongside an experience Partner

For questions and to apply, please email resume to Caroline Cimei. Can apply directly here. Deadline is October 1, 2021.

See the training in the 4-week program as follows:

Kelley Kronenberg Law Klinic Part IV: The Training Wheels Come Off

The initial reports are back! In the last and final week of the Law Klinic, each member was assigned a First-Party Property case and we were tasked with drafting initial reports to our respective clients. The cases that were assigned would remain our responsibility as we transitioned out of the Klinic – it was time for us to show what we have learned over the past four weeks. While I was excited for this week to finally arrive, it was bittersweet, the first Kelley Kronenberg Law Klinic was coming to an end. The investment that the firm put into each associate attorney and the legal training that we received, is unmatched.

So now you may be wondering, “what’s next?” I, along with the other three Klinic attorneys, were assigned to our respective units in our respective offices. The following week, we would be reporting to our offices, ready to work under our assigned unit leader. The case assignments would continue to come, and with the resources we were given these past four weeks, I have no doubt that each of us will be successful. While there were only four of us in the Klinic, we went from being strangers with very diverse backgrounds, to a small family that was always ready and willing to help another – the collaborative nature of Kelley Kronenberg rubbed off on each of us.

Whether you just graduated law school and will be sitting for the Florida Bar Exam, you are a brand-new attorney seeking your first entry-level attorney job, or you are like me – a practicing attorney looking to learn a new area of law, Kelley Kronenberg’s Law Klinic will provide you with an experience like no other. If you fit into any of the above categories, apply for the Law Klinic. But remember that you must do your part as well. Learn about Kelley Kronenberg and how it has grown. Go to the firm’s website and LinkedIn and learn about the many practice areas that Kelley Kronenberg offers. Research your interviewers and see if there are any similarities or differences that interest you about them. Be prepared but also be yourself. Show how you will fit into the firm’s culture and your willingness to learn. The selection process to become an associate attorney with Kelley Kronenberg is competitive, but it is well worth it. I have said it before and I will say it again… if you are seeking to learn an area of law, receive invaluable training, and be valued by your law firm, apply. In a couple of months, I look forward to sharing how Kelley Kronenberg’s law firm associate training program helped me transition into my role. And for those of you who choose to apply, good luck, and do not be afraid to reach out!

Meet the Author:

Meet the 2021 Law Klinic’ young attorney in training, Kalae Menard, and visit her Inaugural Law Klinic Program blog.

The next Law Klinic by Kelley Kronenberg starts in the Fall of 2021. To apply please send your resume via email to Kelley Kronenberg or to Caroline Cimei.

 

 

 

First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition – Deadline is October 1, 2021!

The annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition, now in its 14th year, is designed primarily to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to lawyers active in the communications law bar. The competition offers cash awards for superior performance in appellate briefing and oral argument.

The moot court hypothetical case will involve timely issues of national significance in the areas effecting communications law. Due to COVID-19, this year’s competition will be held entirely online via video conference, and will feature judges that are partners at top law firms, in-house counsel at major media companies, and members of the judiciary.

Application Process:

Law students interested in the Competition submit a written application, including a short essay explaining their interest in issues of media and communications law. There is no fee to apply. All applications are due and must be received no later than Midnight PDT on the deadline date. Students may apply individually or as part of two-person teams (each team member must complete an individual application).

Based on the essay submissions, competitors are selected to submit an appeal brief as part of a two-person team. Applicants who did not apply as part of a team will be paired with a partner.

Competition Rules & Details:

Competing teams are assigned a hypothetical set of facts from which to prepare an appellate brief. Each team will be paired with a practicing media lawyer for career advice, mentoring and networking. Mentors also will review and comment on a draft of their assigned team’s appellate brief.

Briefs are judged blindly by a panel of experienced media-law practitioners. The team with the highest-scoring brief will be awarded “Best Brief” and each team member will receive $1,000.

Each team that timely submits a brief compliant with the rules will be invited to argue the case before panels of communications lawyers acting as judges. Each team will take part in two argument sessions before two different panels of judges: One round in which the team will argue “on brief” (the side for which the team’s brief was prepared) and a second round “off brief” (arguing the opposing side). Each competitor also will be given complimentary registration for the online sessions of the 2022 Forum on Communications Law 27th Annual Conference, which will include networking opportunities with media-law professionals.

The four individual competitors with the highest combination of scores from the brief and the two oral arguments, without regard to team assignment, will compete in the finals, arguing before a panel of prominent sitting judges. The most recent panel included two judges on the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and a judge on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. For the final round of arguments, the finalists will be randomly assigned to represent appellant or appellee, resulting in new team assignments.

The team with the highest score for the final round will be the winner of the Competition. Each member of the winning team will receive $750. The finalist with the highest score for the final round of oral argument will be deemed “Best Oralist” and will receive $1,500. See Moot Court 2021-2022 Competition Rules.

Eligibility:

Students from any ABA-accredited law school are encouraged to apply to participate in the competition. Students must be members of a chapter of the National Black Law Students Association; the National Latino/a Law Student Association; the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; the National Native American Law Students Association; National LGBT Bar’s Law Student Congress or a comparable minority law student organization at their school.

The deadline to apply is October 1, 2021. The application as well as instructions on how to apply can be found by clicking here or by pasting the web address into your browser.

If you have any questions, please email Esther Clovis, Esq., Co-Chair, First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition.

 

New Law Klinic Program at Kelley Kronenberg: Four Week Program for Newly Licensed Attorneys – HIGHLIGHT ON WEEK #3!

Kelley Kronenberg launched an initiative where newly licensed Attorneys across the State of Florida get to partake in its first-ever Law Klinic program. The Klinic is a 4-week program for newly licensed attorneys to be immersed in Kelley Kronenberg’s culture and receive comprehensive training in the area of First Party Property litigation.

The first Klinic class of 2021 started out small, allowing for one-on-one training from some of the top Partners and Attorneys in the Firm. After successful completion of the Law Klinic, members become Associates with the firm and placed with a specific team to independently handle a First Party Property caseload, alongside an experienced Partner.

Basic information about Kelley Kronenberg’s Law Klinic Program:

  • The Law Klinic is a 4-week training program for newly licensed Attorneys who are hired as entry-level Associates
  • New Associates will be immersed in the Kelley Kronenberg culture and receive comprehensive training in the area of First-Party Property litigation
  • Small classes with the opportunity to receive one-on-one training from some of the top Partners in the Firm
  • After successful completion, members will be assigned to legal teams within the Firm to handle First Party Property cases alongside an experience Partner

For questions and to apply, please email resume to Caroline Cimei. Can apply directly here. Deadline is October 1, 2021.

See the training in the 4-week program as follows:

Kelley Kronenberg Law Klinic Part III: What You Wished You Learned in Law School:

Every law student has heard the following phrase, “Law school does not prepare you for the real world.” You spend countless hours reading and briefing cases just to survive the possibility of being cold called in class. Traditionally, to gain that real world experience you must balance a law firm internship during law school or gain a post-JD internship; however, landing an internship or externship does not mean you will gain the legal training that is necessary to be prepared for entry-level attorney job.

Additionally, many of the cases you read to prepare for class were already resolved. You were left wondering: What happened prior to that resolution? How were the discovery tools you learned about in Civil Procedure used? Was there no reasonable resolution that could have been reached prior to trial? How do you prepare for a trial? Week three of the Law Klinic will not only provide you with these answers, but it will prepare you for the real world, and your position as a First-Party Property Attorney at Kelley Kronenberg.

This week I learned about depositions, negotiation techniques, and how to adequately prepare for trial. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to apply what I learned. Not only was I given practical tips, but I had the opportunity to practice conducting a deposition. I (along with the other Klinic members), was given a short fact pattern regarding a claim, and I had to question a mock witness as if it was a live deposition. Each member of the Klinic was given the opportunity to ask as many questions as desired, and at the end of the mock deposition, immediate feedback was given. I also had the opportunity to participate in a mock mediation. Two of the Klinic members represented the plaintiff, the other two represented the defendant, and we did not reach an agreed upon resolution. It was an enjoyable experience, and I was grateful that my first mediation happened at the guidance and mentorship of experienced Kelley Kronenberg attorneys.

My personal highlight for this week was the day we spent on trial prep. Like so many law students, I took a trial prep course in law school; however, there is no better learning experience than participating in an actual trial. As a former prosecutor, I conducted a few trials, and avoidable mistakes were made! The amount of knowledge that I gained from doing a trial cannot be taught in law school; nonetheless, the Law Klinic did a great job educating us on how to avoid those common mistakes. As a group, we discussed everything from pre-trial to post-trial matters, motion drafting, and objections. We were also given practical tips that only experienced attorneys would know – it was the conversation I wish I had prior to my first trial.

I remember how nervous I was during my first week at Kelley Kronenberg about my ability to do the job I was hired for – I knew nothing about First-Party Property. While I am still no First-Party Property expert, my confidence has grown each week. The Law Klinic has equipped me with the tools I need to be successful in my role, and I feel fully capable of doing my job. It is now the beginning of week four, and it is time for the training wheels to come off.

Meet the Author:

Meet the 2021 Law Klinic’ young attorney in training, Kalae Menard, and visit her Inaugural Law Klinic Program blog.

The next Law Klinic by Kelley Kronenberg starts in the Fall of 2021. To apply please send your resume via email to Kelley Kronenberg or to Caroline Cimei.

We will continue to share information regarding Part IV of the Law Klinic next week. Please stay tuned!