The Career Development Office and The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center Present: Advocates in Action: Racial Justice Leaders – Friday, June 5th, 2020 @ 12:30 P.M.

 The Career Development Office and HOPE Public Interest Resource Center Present:

Advocates in Action: Racial Justice Leaders

Miami Law is proud to present Advocates in Action: Racial Justice LeadersFriday, June 5th, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.

A conversation with leaders who have dedicated their careers to racial justice through service as civil rights advocates to learn how each of us can get involved in change.


  • Desmond Meade, Executive Director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
  • Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez, Esq., Director, Office of Civil Rights Evaluation, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Andrew Darling, Esq., Andrew Darling Law, P.A.
  • Melba Pearson, Esq., MVP Law, LLC/Former Deputy Director of ACLU of Florida

Please click here to join the workshop.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: CDO Summer Series 2020: All You Need to Know Before You Start Your Summer Job – Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Please join the CDO next Tuesday for our second webinar of the CDO Summer Series 2020: “All You Need to Know Before You Start Your Summer Job!”

Mark your calendar: On Tuesday, June 9th at 5:00 pm guest speaker Jessica L. Buchsbaum, Chief Legal Talent Officer at Bilzin Sumberg, will be joining CDO Advisor and Assistant Director of Professional Development, Alana Butin, to go over everything you need to know before you start your summer job! Please send questions in advance to Alana Butin or submit them live during the program.

To register and access the live webinar please click on this link.

We hope you can join us!


Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law. Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 130. We seek to have a racially inclusive staff.


Public Counsel is seeking to host law students or recent graduate for Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowships to begin in the fall of 2021. This year Public Counsel will consider fellowship proposals limited to those which fall in the following areas:

  • Children’s Rights, especially focused on juvenile justice, education rights, child welfare, and/or children and youth with
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Opportunity Under Law: projects centered around impact litigation in areas related to economic justice, education equity, criminalization of poverty, children’s rights, or immigrants’ rights.

Applications for those proposing 2020 Equal Justice Works or Skadden fellowship projects should be submitted by August 1, 2020. We do not have an application form separate from those used by the organizations that fund the fellowships. Students who are interested in a fellowship at Public Counsel should send their resume and a brief description of their proposed directly with the Directing Attorneys of the Public Counsel project you wish to work with. If you have a problem reaching the directing attorney or other questions, email Pro Bono Director David Daniels.



Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a Chicago-based nonprofit law and policy center, seeks a recent law or public policy graduate to serve as the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for one year, renewable for a second year, beginning in Summer or Fall 2021.

The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers Fellows the opportunity to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy. Fellows have gone on to pursue successful careers in affordable housing law, legal aid, civil rights advocacy, no n- pro fit leadership and government.

For over 50 years, BPI has worked to create a just society. We have a long track record of innovative, effective advocacy across a broad range of social justice issues. Our work today focuses on addressing the challenges of poverty and racial and economic inequity, increasing housing and educational opportunity building vital communities, strengthening early  childhood  learning,  reforming  our  criminal  justice system, and improving governmental integrity and efficiency. BPI takes a multi-disciplinary approach, including legal and policy research, policy development, organizing, and litigation. A collaborative and stimulating workplace, BPI is committed to offering opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute meaningfully to work that advances a just society.

REQUIREMENTS of the Fellowship are:

  • Either a JD or MA/MS in public policy or related field (by Fellowship start)
  • An enterprising mindset, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a passion for social justice
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in one of BPl’s program areas
  • Accomplished oral and writing skills
  • Strong academic record
  • Initiative, creativity and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations, constituent groups, government agencies, and civic leaders

Fellows receive an annual salary of $54,000 with medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need.

Send resume, writing sample, references and a cover letter detailing interest in the position by Friday, October 16, 2020 via email or via postal  mail (postmarked  by October 16,  2020 to: Business and Professional People for the Public Interest Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship, 25 East Washington Street, Suite 1515, Chicago, Illinois 60602.

For additional information, please visit the website.




Join Us for the CDO Summer Series 2020’s First Program: How to Have a Successful Judicial Internship This Summer – Tuesday, June 2, 2020!

Please join the CDO next Tuesday for our first 30-minute program of the CDO Summer Series 2020: How to Have a Successful Judicial Internship This Summer!

Mark your calendar: On Tuesday, June 2nd at 5:00 pm guest speaker Kelli Shami, Esq., judicial law clerk for the Honorable Beth Bloom, will be joining CDO Advisor and Director of Judicial Clerkships, Karen Warren, to go over everything you need to know before your judicial internship! Please send questions in advance to Karen Warren or submit them live during the program.

To access the live webinar please click here.

We hope you can join us!

Leiderman Shelomith Alexander + Somodevilla, PLLC is Seeking Bankruptcy Associate

Leiderman Shelomith Alexander + Somodevilla, PLLC is seeking a bankruptcy associate with 0-2 years of experience for its Fort Lauderdale office. The successful candidate will assist with all aspects of bankruptcy law, including representation of individuals and businesses in all types of bankruptcy cases.

This is a great opportunity for candidates to advance their careers and learn alongside accomplished mentors. The firm is ranked in Chambers USA and its members include two past presidents of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida. The firm has an excellent reputation as one of the leaders in the field of bankruptcy law in South Florida.

For additional information and to apply, please go to Symplicity Posting ID#26057.

Announcing: The CDO Summer Series 2020!

The Career Development Office (CDO) is excited to announce the launch of the CDO Summer Series 2020. Please join us for a series of individual virtual programs designed to foster your professional development this summer. All programs will be available on Zoom and will feature guest speakers from the Miami legal community. Each program is scheduled for 30 minutes and you are encouraged to ask questions of the respective speakers beforehand. Detailed information on the program and the guest speakers as well as instructions for viewing the program and submitting questions will be provided before each session.

The first program, “How to Have a Successful Judicial Internship this Summer,” will take place on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm and will feature guest speaker Kelly Shami, Esq. (’16). Kelly is currently serving as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom in the Southern District of Florida. We encourage you to ask questions in advance by emailing Karen Warren, Director of Judicial Clerkships. You will receive an email in the coming days containing additional details and the link to view the program.

Join us for tips and career information regarding diverse topics and to network with legal professionals in the South Florida community! For more information and details, please make sure that you check your emails regularly. If you have questions, please contact the CDO at


Invitation to a Webinar for Law Students, Judicial Law Clerks, and other Recent Graduates on the Attorney General’s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program at the U.S. Department of Justice


The webinars will take place:

Wednesday, June 3, 2020                           Thursday, June 4, 2020

12:00 P.M. (EST)                               OR               3:00 P.M. (EST)

Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management. Topics include an overview of our:

  • 2020 programs and application process
  • hiring timeline and answers to frequently asked questions

No RSVP is required, but space is limited to the first 100 participants.

Please log in here and use Passcode 10200.

The Annual Reiff Law Firm Legal Scholarship

Submissions for the 2020 award are now open. We will announce the winner in August 2020.

The Philadelphia law firm of The Reiff Law Firm, personal injury and car accident lawyers since 1979, is pleased to announce that we are currently offering young law students the 2020 Reiff Law Firm Legal Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is open to any student studying for a career in the legal field. All applicants must be:

  1. Pursuing an undergrad degree in pre-law, political science, or paralegal studies, or;
  2. Working towards their J.D. in any concentration related to the law.

Scholarship Eligibility:

All applicants for the Scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  1. You must be a citizen of the United States.
  2. You must demonstrate plans to enroll for admission‚ or have proof of current full-time enrollment at an accredited institution in pursuit of a J.D. If you have not yet received your acceptance into law school‚ you may still apply‚ but the scholarship will not be released without proof of acceptance and enrollment.
  3. Undergraduate students may apply; however, they should be able to meet the scholarship eligibility criteria outlined in bullet item two.
  4. Your GPA must meet a minimum score of 3.0.

The recipient must provide the following documents in order to be considered eligible:

  • A transcript reflecting the student’s current academic standing, including a minimum GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Proof of admission and enrollment at an accredited institution of higher education in pursuit of a J.D.
  • Proof that you are attending law school either this or next calendar year in the form of a transcript or acceptance letter.

Application Materials:

All applicants need to submit the following application materials by July 1, 2020:

  • A completed Legal Scholarship Application (provided on our website).
  • A 650-word essay on what goals he or she hopes to accomplish through eventual employment in the legal field.
  • A valid transcript (college or university) reflecting current academic standing, including at least a 3.0 GPA, and proof of acceptance and/or enrollment.

Failure to include all required application materials will result in a rejection of the application.


The student who is selected will be notified of their selection for the $1,000 award in early August 2020.


Eligible applications must be completed and received or postmarked no later than July 1‚ 2020.

For additional details and information, please visit the firm website.

The Skadden Fellowships

The Skadden Fellowship provides two years of funding to work in the public interest, addressing the civil legal needs of people living in poverty in the US. In advance of our application period, our goal is to provide as much helpful information as possible so each applicant can put their best foot forward.

The Foundation remains fully committed to the Fellowship program. We have recently posted the updated application, along with updated FAQs, on our website’s application process page. The Skadden Fellowship application will be due on September 14, 2020.

For additional general information about the Skadden Fellowship, please consider joining one of our virtual information sessions. The dates and times are listed below, and the dates, times, and log-in information are all posted on our website’s application process page. The information sessions will include an update on the Foundation’s funding guidelines for the coming application cycle, including an update that immigration-related projects will be considered as long as the client community is living in poverty and in the US (as is required for all Skadden projects).

Wednesday, May 27 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Tuesday, Jun 16 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

Thursday, Jul 9 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  ET

Monday, Aug 3 2020, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM ET