Estate Planning Opportunity – Attend the Estate Planning LL.M. Open House on February 16th!

Are you interested in developing expertise in Estate Planning while increasing your marketability? Learn how the Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning can prepare you to meet the growing demand for attorneys with expertise in individual and wealth planning.

Give Yourself the Competitive Edge! Register for the Open House here!

WHEN:              TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Attendees are eligible to receive an “Application Fee Waiver” to the Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning. APPLY NOW!

Can’t attend but would like to learn more? Email Laura Adams at for additional information!

This Week at the CDO (Week of February 1, 2021)

Welcome back from winter break! See the following programming from the CDO this week:

Thursday, February 4, 2021:

  • CDO Presents: Spring 1L Workshop & Symplicity – 12:20 PM – 1:20 PM – Off Site VIRTUAL: Zoom: Join the CDO to learn more about Symplicity and our Spring Recruiting Program. If you have questions, please contact Alana Butin in the CDO.


Friday, February 5, 2021:

  • CDO Presents: Spring 1L Workshop & Symplicity – 12:20 PM – 1:20 PM – Off Site VIRTUAL: Zoom: Join the CDO to learn more about Symplicity and our Spring Recruiting Program. If you have questions, please contact Alana Butin in the CDO.



Florida Justice Association Research & Education Foundation Essay Contest – Deadline is 11:59 P.M. March 31, 2021

Official Rules

Who: Eligible contestants include second-year and third-year Florida law students. Eligibility to participate in this Contest or to win prizes is limited to an individual who at the time of entry:

  • at least 18 years of age;
  • a legal resident of the United States; and
  • a student who is enrolled in a Florida law school, at the time of submission.
  • Contestant need not be a member of the Florida Justice Association (FJA).
  • Limit 1 entry and prize per contestant.
  • Employees, officers, directors, contractors, agents and representatives of the FJA and their immediate families and household members are ineligible to enter the Contest.
  • The Foundation’s determination of eligibility, in its sole discretion, is final.

What: The United States is one of only a few nations that continues to require civil jury trials. As we are committed to protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers, the Florida Justice Association is especially concerned with the preservation of the right to trial by jury in civil cases. For this essay, please discuss the historical and continued importance of having access to a jury to render decisions in civil cases, why the right to a civil jury trial has become increasingly controversial, and what can be done to preserve it.

  • Essay should be submitted to the FJA Research and Education Foundation (The Foundation) via email. Each submission must include the essay (as described below) and the entrant’s name, school and contact information.
  • The Foundation is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected email, or telecommunication or hardware or software failures, including by reason of any bug or computer virus or other failure.
  • Essays must be:
    • the original work of the entrant;
    • no more than 1000 words;
    • written in the English language;
    • written during 2021 or the current academic year;
    • submitted in electronic format (Word or PDF);
    • specifically written for this Contest; a law school class, seminar, or independent study; or a law review or journal note, comment, or a law review or journal note, comment, or article.
  • All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
  • Please note: Entries that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.

When: The Foundation will accept entries submitted via e-mail before midnight (EST) on April 1, 2021, and will not consider any entry received after the due date and time. The winning essay— chosen by the Foundation’s selection committee—will be announced May 15, 2021. 

The Foundation’s selection committee will judge all essays. The decision of the committee is final.

The winner(s) will be notified by email by 11:59 PM (EST) May 15, 2021. The winner(s) must acknowledge and confirm agreement to the terms and conditions of winning the Contest no later than May 25, 2021. If a prize winner: (i) cannot be located (e.g., an email notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, or does not respond to an award email notification by May 25, 2021); (ii) is found to be ineligible (as determined solely by the Foundation); or (iii) fails to execute an affidavit or other documentation as required by the Foundation, the Foundation may consider such prize winner to have forfeited the prize, and may, at its sole option, award the prize to another contestant.

The Foundation reserves the right not to award any prize if the judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

Why: The Foundation will select one winner. First place will receive a cash scholarship of $3,000, to be used toward a Bar Preparation Course (or in reimbursement of, if already purchased). In addition, the top essay, along with a biography of the winning student, will be published in the FJA Journal. The top 3 winners will also receive a complementary one (1) year membership to the Florida Justice Association upon admission to the Florida Bar (a $199 value). All entrants will receive a complementary law student membership to the Florida Justice Association (a $50 value). 

  • The Sponsors may substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion. Prizes are non- transferable and cannot be substituted by the winner. Cash equivalent for prizes is not available.
  • Winners will be solely responsible for reporting and payment of all taxes (federal, state, local or other) on prizes, which will include the value of any accommodations and airfare. Winners will be required to complete an IRS Form W-9, affidavit of eligibility, tax acknowledgment, publicity release (except where prohibited) and liability waiver. All forms must be completed and returned to the Foundation within 15 business days of receipt and prior to the delivery of any prize, or prizes will be considered forfeited and another winner may be named.

For more information, including how to apply, please review the additional rules below. Best of luck! 

Applicants should send questions to the FJA Research and Education Foundation staff via email.

Odds of Winning: Chances of winning may vary depending on the number of entries. However, the Foundation reserves the right not to award any prize if the judges determine that no entries are of sufficient quality to merit selection that year.

After notification of the prize winner, we will post the name of the winner on our website.

License/Grant of Rights:

  • By entering, the winning entrant consents to the publication of her/his entry by the Foundation, understands that such publication is not guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of the Foundation, and grants the Foundation the following rights: (i) the exclusive worldwide right of first publication of their entry in any and all FJA media or form of communication; (ii) the non-exclusive worldwide right, in the Foundation’s sole discretion, to use, transcribe, publish, reproduce, distribute, sell (as part of a FJA publication) or display the entry, alone or in conjunction with other materials; (iii) the right to edit the essay to conform to the publication’s standards of style, technological requirements, language, grammar and punctuation, provided the meaning of the essay is not materially altered; and (iv) the non-exclusive worldwide right to use the winner’s name and likeness in connection with the essay or this Contest, in each case, without further compensation.
  • The winning entrant must execute a separate publication agreement giving the Foundation the publication rights enumerated above and the right to use the article for any other purpose related to the Foundation’s mission.
  • If the winner fails to sign the agreement within 15 days of receipt, the prize will be considered forfeited and another winner may be named.
  • By entering this Contest, contestant represents that his/her essay is original content.

Conditions of Participation: By participating, each entrant agrees to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and releases and discharges the FJA Research and Education Foundation, including affiliated entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, members, employees, independent contractors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively “Released Parties) from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively “Claims). Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of the Released Parties of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this Contest and the use, misuse or possession of any prize. All entries submitted in this contest become the property of the Foundation and will not be returned; however, entrants who do not win may submit their entries for publication elsewhere. All expenses involved in preparing and submitting an entry are the sole responsibility of the entrant. Sponsor is not responsible for errors or for lost, late, or misdirected mail. Sponsor may cancel, modify or terminate the Contest if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, or technical difficulties of any kind.

Laws and Regulations: This Contest is governed by U.S. law and all relevant federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By entering, all participants agree that the Contest shall be governed by the laws of the State of Florida, that the courts of Florida shall have exclusive jurisdiction, and that Leon County, Florida shall be the venue for any dispute or litigation relating to or arising from the Contest. Void where prohibited by law.

Presented by the FL Bar Government Lawyer Section – Public Service Lawyering Panel February 5th at 12:10pm

Please see the following information and details about an upcoming event: the Public Service Lawyering Panel on Friday 2/5/21.

It will be moderated by John J. Bajger, Chief Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida. Register here today!



New York Firm Seeks Managing Attorney

Boutique law firm in lower Manhattan seeks attorney to manage office. 3-4 years of experience in NY Personal Injury law required. Experience with Personal Injury pleadings and litigation also required.

Selected candidates will be contacted via telephone for an initial interview.

If interested in applying, please email your resume in .pdf format to Teresa Rodriguez at the CDO at


The Sarasota County Bar Association Council for Diversity and Inclusion is now accepting applications for its annual Law School Scholarship.

Any 1L, 2L or rising 3L student enrolled in an accredited law school who is a member of a minority class as defined by the Florida Bar is eligible to apply.  Selection is based on need, merit and other qualifying criteria noted on the application.  Preference will be given to those students who have ties to the Sarasota community and who have expressed or demonstrated a commitment to return to Sarasota to pursue his or her legal career upon graduation from law school.

Selected applicants will receive a tuition assistance scholarship in an amount of up to $5,000.00 (payable directly to the student’s law school), and, if summer employment in the Sarasota area has not already been secured, a paid summer law clerk position at a Sarasota  private law firm, government agency, non-profit or other entity that has agreed to employ the student for a minimum 10 weeks.  In addition to the rich legal employment experience, awardees become summer members of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion and will regularly interface with members of the Judiciary, the Bar and other community leaders.

The SCBA Council for Diversity and Inclusion endeavors to increase diversity in the organization so that its membership reflects the demographics of our community and state.  Accordingly, all scholarship recipients are mentored and encouraged to return to the Sarasota community for future employment upon law school graduation.

Since 2007, the SCBA Council for Diversity and Inclusion has awarded over $130,000 in minority law student scholarships.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021. 

For additional details, please visit the website.


Weil Legal Innovators Program – Deadline is in March 19, 2021

Application Details:

Applications for the 2021-2022 Weil Legal Innovators Program are now open. The application deadline is March 19, 2021.


  • $50,000 in compensation for the fellowship year, plus full health benefits coverage inclusive of medical, vision and dental
  • A one-time $10,000 law school scholarship awarded upon starting first year of law school at a WLI partner institution
  • All expenses paid for travel to and from New York City for WLI orientation in 2021 and closing reception in 2022 (subject to shift to virtual events due to COVID-19)
  • An opportunity to work at and learn from a leading national or international public service organization
  • A dedicated Weil Partner mentor for the duration of the program
  • The opportunity to interview for the Weil Summer Associate Program

Key Dates:

December 2020: WLI applications open.

March 2021: WLI applications close. Interview Round I with WLI Steering Committee.

April 2021: Interview Round II with WLI Nonprofit Partners.

May 2021: Offers extended to Innovators.

July 2021: WLI Program commences.

JULY 2022: WLI Program concludes.

For additional details and information, please visit the website.

The Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation and The Florida Bar’s Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section Invite you to a “Virtual Conversation about Practicing Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law”

“Virtual Conversation about Practicing Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law” with Porpoise Evans (Weiss Serota Helfman Cole + Bierman), Kim Kolback (Law Offices of Kimberly Kolback), Tom Player (Player Entertainment Law), Deidre Richardson (Chico’s FAS, Inc.), Marc Stollman (Stollman Law) and Tania Williams (The Williams Firm).

This talented group of lawyers will provide insights into entertainment, arts and sports law, exploring the skills you will need to break into these areas, the pros and cons of practicing in these competitive fields and what a typical day in their practice entails.

Join us as they share their experiences and answer your questions regarding the best way to prepare for and pursue a career focusing on entertainment, arts and sports law. This is part of a series of virtual conversations meant to explore different areas of law and help current law students navigate the path towards their desired careers.

Who is invited: First and second year law students interested in learning more about entertainment, arts and sports law and how to prepare for a career in this area of law.

When: Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 6 pm. It will last one hour.

How to sign up: Please email by 6 pm on February 3, 2021. While we will have multiple breakout rooms for this session, attendance will be limited to the first 60 students who RSVP. You will be provided a Zoom link by email before the event.


The BarBri Job Network – 1L & 2L Summer Job Openings

The BarBri Job Network platform is a free recruiting resource to connect law students and employers.  Students can upload their resumes and create viewable profiles.  Employers are able to search for potential candidates who have the qualifications they are seeking. Registered students can access the online job listings – currently there are 35 posted summer associate opportunities for 1Ls and 2Ls and diversity fellowships.

Here’s how it works. Miami Law students upload a resumé and complete a legal-specific profile that includes:

  • Law school academic achievements/honors/activities,
  • Voluntary diversity disclosures,
  • The type of law they want to practice, and
  • The city where they ultimately want to work.

Students can then submit their profiles in response to employer-posted jobsdiversity scholarships/fellowships, and recruiting events.

To join the network, click on this link: BARBRI Job Network. This is a free resource that connects legal employers with 1L and 2L students attending ABA-approved law schools.


Peggy Browning Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted – Deadline is January 15, 2021

2021 Summer Fellowships and 2021-2022 School-Year Fellowship (a part-time position in Chicago).  Funded positions for 1Ls & 2Ls in labor-related organizations throughout the United States.

Great opportunities for students interested in social & economic justice. Peggy Browning Alumni are eligible to re-apply.

Information available on the website. You may also register and apply via the website.

New positions being added throughout December.  Application deadline: January 15, 2021.