This Week at the CDO (Week of September 25th, 2017)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Make it Your Own Law Firm: Flying Solo  – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-200: The CDO invites you to join Spencer Aronfeld (JD ’91), as he gives his annual, highly acclaimed presentation on how to develop a successful solo law practice, how to market yourself and how to network. To learn more about Spencer Aronfeld, please visit his website. For any questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

Thursday, September 28, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Application Workshop – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-402: At the Nuts & Bolts Judicial Clerkship Workshop we will be covering information critical to the application process, including the timeline for applying to state and federal judges, the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”), as well as your application documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, writing samples and letters of recommendation). For any questions, please contact Karen Warren the CDO.

2018 Bertha Justice Fellowships


From taking on the NYPD’s racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk program to challenging indefinite detention and torture at Guantánamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights has been on the front lines of the fight for social justice for 50 years. We’re a multiracial, diverse staff committed to building the power of the people and communities we represent. Whether it’s immigration detention, solitary confinement, the Movement for Black Lives, Muslim profiling, or Palestinian human rights, we fight for civil and human rights though creative use of litigation and advocacy.

In 2012, CCR launched the Bertha Justice Fellowship to deepen our work training the next generation of “people’s lawyers.”


The Bertha Justice Fellowship is a two-year program for emerging lawyers (0-2 years out of law school) who are interested in gaining both practical experience working on CCR cases and a theoretical understanding of how legal advocacy can create social change. CCR will host four Bertha Fellows, starting in September 2018. This position requires a two-year commitment from September 2018 to September 2020.

The Bertha Fellows will be assigned to work alongside lawyers in one of our three docket areas: (1) Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative; (2) Government Misconduct/Racial Justice; and (3) International Human Rights.  There may also be opportunities to do work that straddles different dockets.

Bertha Fellows at CCR are sponsored by the Bertha Foundation, which hosts emerging lawyers at several legal organizations across the world. In addition to gaining legal experience on CCR cases, Bertha Fellows at CCR will have opportunities to (1) attend regional and international meetings, (2) network with lawyers from around the world, and (3) receive additional mentoring and non-traditional training such as leadership, media and advocacy, activism, and movement building.


  • Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative (GGJI): GGJI attorneys are at the forefront in challenging extrajudicial detention, torture, and abuse at Guantánamo and related domestic and international outposts of the executive branch’s “war on terror”.  GGJI attorneys challenge executive branch practices premised on expansive conceptions of wartime executive authority, as well as long-standing racism and xenophobia, including indefinite and preventive detention, military commissions, targeted killings, and abusive interrogations. Representative work includes:Ba Odah v. Obama, Al Qahtani v. Trump, Tanvir v. Tanzin, Hassan v. City of New York, Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta.
  • International Human Rights (IHR): The IHR team focuses on litigation and advocacy in U.S. courts, foreign courts, and international fora to press the U.S. government, foreign government officials, corporations, and other private actors to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law. Their work also includes providing support to international human rights activists, including Palestinian solidarity activists. Representative work includes: Al-Shimari v. CACI, Awad v. Fordham University, Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively, SNAP v. the Pope, Right to Heal, Davis v. Cox, Accountability for U.S. Torture Program under Universal Jurisdiction.
  • Government Misconduct/Racial Justice (GMRJ): GMRJ attorneys develop creative litigation and advocacy projects in areas such as: racial justice; economic and social rights; the government’s criminalization of dissent; mass incarceration; immigrant justice; policing; national security; gender equality; and LGBTQ rights. Representative work includes: Al Otro Lado v. U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Floyd v. City of New York, United States v. Johnson, Aref v. Sessions, Ashker v. Governor of California, Vulcan Society v. City of New YorkImmigrant Defense Project v. ICE, Color of Change v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Furlow v. Belmar, Doe v. Hood, Ziglar v. Abbasi.

See here for descriptions of all our cases, issues or projects.


Qualified candidates should visit the website to submit an online application. Applicants may apply for a Bertha Fellowship in more than one docket area, but you must complete a separate application for each docket. Please be sure to tailor your application materials to the docket you are applying for. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and strong consideration will be given to early applications. No phone calls please.

Applications are strongly encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds. CCR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and we encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT, and gender non-conforming people.

Note: Due to the large number of applications we expect to receive, we will only contact those applicants who are selected for an interview. 


The deadline for submission is October 9, 2017.

Recommendation letters are due by October 16, 2017.

Interviews for selected candidates will occur in November and early December 2017.

We expect to make Fellowship offers by January 2018.

Start date will be September 24, 2018.



2. Essay: (Maximum length: 1,000 words, double-spaced) Effective essays will incorporate the following information:
a) What unique background, beliefs, values, and/or experiences (personal and professional) shaped your decision to go to law school and your interests in participating in the Bertha Fellowship program at CCR?

b) Please describe your specific interest in our IHR, GGJI or GMRJ docket.

c) How do you expect participation in the Bertha Fellowship program at CCR to contribute to your long-term personal and professional goals?

d) What is your understanding of CCR’s goals and needs, and how do you see yourself contributing to our effectiveness? Describe how your education, experience, and skills match our needs and goals.

3. Legal writing sample(excerpt not to exceed 10 pages) – At the top of your writing sample, provide a two-sentence description of the writing sample.

4. Names and contact information for three (3) references(two can be the same as the individuals who wrote your letter of recommendation).

5. Two letters of recommendation submitted via email. Letters must be received by October 16, 2017 to be considered. Your recommender must put the following information in their e-mail subject line: “Fellow’s Last Name, First Name –Letter of Recommendation.”


  • Work with staff attorneys in conceiving, developing, and managing complex litigation that advances CCR’s organizational mission, including developing case theory, conducting factual and legal research, identifying appropriate clients, pursuing appropriate and strategic litigation opportunities, and filing claims in domestic and international fora.
  • Work with staff attorneys in all aspects of litigation, including drafting pleadings, briefs, affidavits and correspondence; assist attorneys in their taking and defending depositions; assist attorneys in managing complex discovery, conducting negotiations with opposing counsel, appearing in court, and examining witnesses; assist attorneys in negotiating, implementing, and monitoring settlement agreements.
  • Work with staff attorneys and advocacy program managers in the development and implementation of advocacy strategies in support of CCR clients, cases, and/or projects. Engage in public outreach and education efforts including drafting or reviewing of advocacy materials (such as reports, FAQs, action alerts), participation in legislative efforts, and public speaking. Engage with community groups, cooperating attorneys, co-counsel, progressive lawyers, law students, legal groups, and other allies as appropriate and directed by supervising attorneys.
  • Support all aspects of CCR communications department activity including reviewing press materials, responding to press inquiries, appearing in various media interviews, timely opinion drafting, review, and editing as appropriate.
  • Work with and supervise student interns and volunteers; where appropriate support work of pro bono or cooperating counsel assisting on CCR cases and projects.
  • Assist Development department in managing individual and foundation relationships, including development and review of grant proposals, participation in donor meetings, fundraising and donor appreciation activities, and periodic out-of-state travel for development trips and activities.
  • Participate in Bertha Network activities, including attendance at Bertha Network conferences abroad and publication of materials, including blogs for the Bertha Network.
  • Participate in trainings designed for the Bertha Fellows to strengthen their litigation and movement lawyering skills.
  • Participate in departmental and organizational planning and organization-wide committees and carry out work assigned.
  • Obtain bar membership in New York and maintain good standing in New York and other state bars as appropriate, including fulfilling requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) and, where necessary, security clearance.
  • Other related work as requested by the Legal Director.


  • J.D. degree as of start date.
  • 0-2 years out of law school. This means you received your Juris Doctor in 2016, 2017 or will receive it in 2018.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of CCR.
  • A demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding.
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and human rights and creativity in crafting strategies to advance justice in CCR’s priority areas.
  • Commitment to working in and with communities affected by government misconduct and discrimination among other structures of institutional oppression.
  • Integrity and a sense of humor.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Non-English language skills a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to apply for a security clearance (only required for GGJI docket).


Salary is commensurate with experience and subject to union collective bargaining agreement. The current salary range for this position is $69,779 to $81,893.

Benefits include employer contribution to 401K plan and flexible spending account, vacation, sick leave, and holidays, and 100 percent organization-paid health benefits, including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.

Visit the website for any other details.


This Week at the CDO (Week of September 18th, 2017)

Due to Hurricane Irma, Law School classes will resume on Wednesday, September 20. All law school activities canceled until further notice. As such, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO with any questions regarding the event/programming below:

Thursday, September 21, 2017:

CDO Presents: Considering using your JD in Finance? Northwestern Mutual has the answer! – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room A-110: Hear from Northwestern Mutual representatives who are using their JD’s in the financial world. For any questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.

ZwillGen is Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Fellows

ZwillGen, a leading boutique law firm specializing in the intersection of law and technology, is seeking candidates for its 2018 Fellowship Program. The program presents a unique opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most experienced privacy and data security lawyers representing the biggest names in technology.

The ZwillGen Fellow position is for attorneys who have graduated from law school (or will have by June 2018), taken the bar exam (or will have by July 2018), and are entering the workforce for the first time as a full-time attorney. The Fellow position is slated to last for 12 months with a salary of $75,000-$85,000, commensurate with experience.

Applicants must have a zeal for all things technology and have taken classes in law school on technology related subjects such as data privacy, cybersecurity, cyber-surveillance, copyright, or mobile applications. Experience working with a technology company or organization is a plus.

ZwillGen Fellows work closely with ZwillGen attorneys on a variety of cutting edge and legally challenging Internet privacy, security and surveillance issues. Because ZwillGen Fellows wear a variety of hats, we are looking for someone that is not only able to provide high-quality legal analysis in a concise and cogent manner, but also someone who is motivated and enthusiastic and embraces a fast-paced and lively environment. A good sense of humor and a desire to work hard and have fun are a must. Fellows are expected to engage in client development, speaking and writing engagements, blogging, teaching, marketing, assisting with development of firm forms and precedent materials, and generally helping out around the firm. They are also required to complete a substantial writing assignment (either a law review article or significant journal article) during the Fellowship.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit whatever materials they deem interesting and material to our consideration of their candidacy, which should include, at a minimum, a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and professional references via email.

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, October 6, 2017. Applications submitted after the deadline may still be considered at our discretion.

Visit the website for any other details.


This Week at the CDO (Week of September 11th, 2017)

Thursday, September 7, 2017:

  • CDO Presents: Using your JD and Tax LL.M. at EY – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Law School Campus, Room F-108: Join EY as they share information about how a JD and LLM can have a thriving career with their company. For any questions, please contact Debbie Rowe-Millwood in the CDO.


2017 North American Law Summit Akerman Student Scholarship Joined by Leavins, Strand & Glover, LLC Scholarship Application

Scholarship Description and Instructions:

  • The Akerman Student Scholarship Joined by Leavins, Strand & Glover, LLC, provides a partial scholarship to law students attending the 2017 North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Summit. Partial scholarships in an amount not less than $1,000 are awarded to three (3) law students. Scholarship funds will be deducted from Summit travel expenses.
  • All applicants must have completed at least the first year of study at their respective law school.
  • Scholarships are awarded on criteria as the Summit Board sees fit including, but not limited to, the following:
  1. A strong interest in entertainment, sports, and/or intellectual property law, including the applicant’s participation in their school’s Sports, IP, and/or Entertainment Society (if applicable).
  2. All application questions must be answered.
  3. Grades are considered if and when the Summit Board deems necessary.
  • All applicants must attach a resume, cover letter, and transcript.
  • All application packages must be received at the following address no later than September 8, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Allen, LLC
Attention: Johnna A. Lee, Scholarship Application
3330 Cumberland Blvd., SE
Suite 600
Atlanta, Georgia 30339

**Application packages can also be sent to Johnna A. Lee via e-mail.

  • Scholarship recipients will be contacted via e-mail concerning their applications once all decisions have been made.
  • Please refer to the 2017 Summit Agenda or ask your CDO advisor for more information and details concerning the 2017 North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Summit.









This Week at the CDO (Week of August 21, 2017)

Welcome back to our returning students and welcome our new students to UM Law!

  • Fall 2017 Recruiting Program: The Fall 2017 Recruiting Program is under way at Miami Law.  This program connects students with employers recruiting second-year law students for summer 2018 positions and third-year and LL.M. students for post-graduate positions.  Among the components to the program are the Fall On Campus Interview Program and Fall Resume Referral and Direct Contact Program.  The Career Development Office will begin welcoming employers to campus as part of its OCI program in late August and interviews will continue through October.  Students interested in applying to participating employers should check their email, as all relevant information is communicated to students via the email address listed on Symplicity.
  • Mock Interview Program: Don’t miss the opportunity to practice your interviewing skills and receive immediate feedback. Local practitioners have agreed to participate in this program to make sure you are prepared for the fall recruiting season.

Wednesday, August 30:

  • Mock Interview Program – CDO.

Thursday, August 31: 

  • Mock Interview Program – CDO.

Friday, September 1: 

  • Mock Interview Program – CDO.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please ask your CDO advisor and please make sure to check your emails.

Attend a Webinar About The Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP)

The webinar will be hosted by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and will provide an opportunity for students to ask questions about the programs and the application.  The webinars will be brief and will be followed by a question and answer portion.

Please note that the HP and SLIP application opened on July 31, 2017 and will close on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Please review the application prior to the webinars and come prepared with questions.

This webinar is open to law students throughout the country. There are two sessions, either August 28th at 2:00 P.M. (EST) or August 31st at 11:30 A.M. (EST).

RSVP deadlines and instructions are included below on the websites.

More information about both programs, including offices participating and the number of available positions, can be found online regarding the entry-level attorney program and the summer law intern program.

If you are not able to attend, please review the websites and the application tips and checklist.


Peggy Browning Fund – National Law Students Worker’s Rights Conference

When: Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14, 2017 

Where: The Maritime Conference Center, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Keynote Speaker: Lynn Rhinehart, General Counsel AFL-CIO 

Friday Evening:     Networking Dinner & Program (details TBA)

With multiple interactive workshops, panel discussions and keynote address, the conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will:

  • gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers;
  • supplement their labor and workers’ rights courses; and
  • network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials. 

Registration is now open. Students should register via the site or by completing the registration forms which are being sent to each participating law school. Ask your CDO advisor. Questions may be addressed to Mary Anne Moffa, Executive Director.

Please review these links before completing your registration for the conference:

Students ready to register should click on the button on the website.



Sponsored by AAJ, and AAJ member Ira Leesfield, this scholarship awards $2,500 to a Law Student Member to subsidize attendance at AAJ’s Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. AAJ’s Annual Convention is a great opportunity for the scholarship recipient to network with top trial lawyers from around the country, attend CLE programs, and meet members of AAJ’s New Lawyer DIvision (NLD). This scholarship is available to first- and second-year AAJ Law Student Members.

2017 Cycle

The deadline for the 2017 AAJ Leesfield Scholarship has passed. The next scholarship cycle will open in February, 2018. 

Deadline is June 1, 2018.

Applications must include the following:

  • A resumé
  • A statement of financial need
  • A 500-word written request substantiating the applicant’s commitment to preserving the civil justice system.
  • Up to three (3) recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, AAJ member, or trial lawyer; and
  • A completed form verifying your student status. ​Download the form.

Every applicant must be an AAJ law student member (join here) and enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Submit applications to:

Via email.
AAJ Membership Department
777 6th Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001

Please contact the AAJ Membership Department with questions at 800-424-2727 or by email.