Florida Bar Business Law Section Presentation – Law Students Welcome

The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section Presents:

Understanding the Little FTC Acts and their Implications

The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section presents “Understanding the Little FTC Acts and their Implications.” This event will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. The 1.0 hour CLE will be presented by Leon F. Hirzel, an associate with Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. You may attend this event either in person or by telephone conferencing.

For those attending in person, the session will be held at:

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center

Faculty Lounge (2nd Floor)

3305 College Avenue

Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33314

A call-in number will be provided one day prior to the course to the participants attending by telephone conference. Please mute your line for the duration of the call, unless you wish to speak or ask a question.

Law students are encouraged to participate in this event.

Please RSVP (and indicate whether participating in person or telephonically) to Alan Aronson. Lunch will be provided.

Equal Justice Works and Southern Public Defender Center’s Public Defender Corps

Equal Justice Works and the Southern Public Defender Center have partnered to develop the Public Defender Corps, a pilot project that will provide fellowships for top students to engage in indigent defense with a strong training and support structure. These will be three year fellowships inside select public defender offices. This initiative addresses the ongoing national crisis of failing to provide quality representation to accused persons who cannot afford counsel.

Applicants to Public Defender Corps will undergo a rigorous selection process. Once selected, they will receive expert advocacy training and mentoring, and be integrated into a community of defenders to help them develop the skills needed to provide the highest quality of representation to clients and imbue them with a commitment to indigent defense reform.

Public Defender Corps is scheduled to launch as a pilot program in the fall of 2011 and is currently accepting application for approximately 20 Fellowship positions. Application and supporting documents are due by 5:00 PM on December 17, 2010.

Application instructions and additional information about the Public Defender Corps Fellowships are available online under the Programs tab.

University of Miami School of Law Legal Corps

The University of Miami School of Law recently established Legal Corps, an ambitious postgraduate fellowship program which will place recent law graduates in government agencies, public interest organizations, and judicial chambers in Florida and throughout the country. The recent economic crisis has resulted in a reduction of funding for public sector agencies while the demand for legal services has dramatically increased. The goal of Legal Corps is to fill the gaps at these understaffed agencies by providing them with some of the most prepared, skilled and diverse individuals entering the legal community today. Below are responses to some of the most frequently asked questions about the fellowship program.

J.D. graduates of the University of Miami School of Law’s December 2009 and May 2010 classes who have been admitted to a state bar or are awaiting “character and fitness” results are eligible to apply for a Legal Corps fellowship.

For more information, please visit the Legal Corps website.

This Week at the CDO (Week of November 8, 2010)

Tuesday, November 9

Learn More About Health Care Law!

Interested in health care law?  Join three UM law students who recently attended a health law student conference to find out what they learned about taking the health law career path in both the public and private sectors.  Resources for a health law job search will also be provided.  The presentation will take place at 12:30 p.m. in room F108

Thursday, November 11

Miami Law Women and the Career Development Office present Women Lawyers and their Paths to Alternative Legal Careers.   Please join us on at 12:30 pm in room F108 for a panel discussion as we explore the backgrounds of these women lawyers and their career choices:

  • Serena Josephs, Attorney Professional Development Specialist, Greenberg Traurig
  • Althea Harris, Asst. District Director for Marketing & Outreach for Area 1, US Small Business Administration
  • Cynthia Beamish, Executive Director, Planned Giving, University of Miami
  • Sajani Desai, Director of Externships, Career Development Office, Univ. of Miami School of Law

Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to Karen Warren by 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 9.

Women Lawyers and their Paths to Alternative Legal Careers

Miami Law Women and the Career Development Office  

present 

Women Lawyers and their Paths to Alternative Legal Careers 

Thursday, November 11

12:30 pm – Room 108

Please join us for a panel discussion as we explore the backgrounds of these women lawyers and their career choices:

Serena Josephs – Attorney Professional Development Specialist, Greenberg Traurig 

Althea Harris – Asst. District Director for Marketing & Outreach for Area 1, US Small Business Administration 

Cynthia Beamish – Executive Director, Planned Giving, University of Miami 

Sajani Desai –Director of Externships, Career Development Office, Univ. of Miami School of Law 

Lunch will be served. 

Please RSVP to Karen Warren at kwarren@law.maimi.edu by 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 9

This Week at the CDO (Week of November 1, 2010)

Tuesday, November 2 through Friday, November 5

1L Orientation Sessions will take place throughout the week to welcome first year students to the CDO and the job search process.

Wednesday, November 3

U.S. State Department Applications Due.  Note the new due date (prior deadline was Monday, November 1).

1L CDO Orientations Begin on Tuesday, November 2

To welcome first year students officially to the office, the CDO will hold mandatory 1L Career Development Office orientations during the first week of November.  During the orientation, 1L students will receive an introduction to the job search process and to the services provided by the CDO.

These sessions will be held on the following days and are identical.  Students need only attend one.

•             Tuesday, November 2, 12:30 p.m., at the Learning Center in room 170

•              Wednesday, November 3, 12:30 p.m., in room E352

•              Thursday, November 4, 12:30 p.m., in room F209

•              Friday, November 5, 12:30 p.m., in room E352

Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

The American Bar Association Business Law Section is sponsoring its 25th annual Mendes Hershman student writing contest to encourage and reward law student writings on a business law subject of general and current interest.

Submissions Guidelines

  • ABA-accredited law schools may nominate high quality papers on a business law topic written in the 2009-2010 or current academic year by a student currently enrolled in the law school’s J.D. program.
  • The paper may be specifically prepared for this contest; submitted in a class, seminar, or as an independent study; or a proposed law review/journal note, comment or article.
  • Papers that have been submitted to or published by a student publication are acceptable for submission to the contest. The application form must indicate to which publications the work has been submitted and if it has been published.
  • Papers submitted are normally 20-30 pages long, but in any event should not exceed 100 pages of double-spaced typed text, including footnotes.
  • A student need not be a member of the Business Law Section to participate.

To apply:
All entries must be submitted electronically by Friday, January 14, 2011. Click here to download a cover form to be included with your entry. Send your cover form and paper to Leslie Banas.  Please contact Leslie with any questions by email or at 312-988-5630.

Awards

The prizes for the writing contest are:

  • First Place: $2,500 to the first place winner to be presented at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Boston, MA.
  • Second Place: $1,000 to the second place winner to be presented at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Boston, MA.
  • Third Place: $500 to the third place winner to be presented at the Section of Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Boston, MA.

Each winner will receive all expenses paid by the Section to attend the 2011 Spring Meeting in Boston, MA to collect his/her prize.

Judging

The papers will be judged on research and analysis, choice of topic, writing style, originality, and contribution to the literature available on the topic. Depending on the topic, prior publication, and other factors, a previously unpublished first place winning essay may be considered for publication in a Section publication.

Subject

“Business Law” is a broad category. Without attempting to define the area precisely, the subject is intended to include matters within law school curricula in courses entitled:

Agency
Bankruptcy
Business Law
Business Organizations
Commercial Law
Consumer Law
Contracts
Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance
Corporations
Creditor’s Rights
Financial Institutions
Employment Law
Insurance Law
Oil and Gas Law
Professional Responsibility
Remedies
Secured Transactions
Securities Regulations
Uniform Commercial Code

ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

The ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program will place selected students in judicial clerkship positions for the summer of 2011.  The clerkship program is open to 1L and 2L students and has a deadline of January 21, 2011.  More information on how to apply, including a copy of the application, is available here.

The ABA Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program

In recent years, many areas of the legal profession have made pursuing diversity a priority objective. Business law presents many distinct diversity challenges, as law students are often unfamiliar with the field and perceive it as conservative and unaccepting. This realization is troubling, particularly for the American Bar Association Business Law Section because its mission is:

To encourage diversity in the Section by fostering a welcoming environment for all lawyers and promoting full and equal participation by all lawyers, including lawyers of color, women lawyers, gay and lesbian lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities (“Diverse Lawyers”).

To help address this problem, the Business Law Section has created the Diversity Clerkship Program. This is a summer program providing business law clerkship placements for qualified diverse candidates who are first or second year law students, and will provide support and mentoring to the student participants in order to give them the exposure to business practices that many of them lack. In considering a student’s diversity, the Section will give special consideration to individuals who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student.

The clerkship program will place up to nine students in business court clerkships in the Philadelphia Commerce Court, the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Price George’s District Court in Upper Malboro, Maryland. Possible other placements include New York, NY and Orlando, Florida.

The Business Law Section Diversity Program will focus on judicial clerkships, where diversity among judicial clerks remains disproportionately low. For recent law school graduates, serving as a judicial law clerk is a mark of distinction and honor that advances their future career opportunities in law practice and academia, in government as high-level appointees, and in securing appointments to the bench. Clerkships in business law courts provide another unique and highly important benefit to law students: the ability to see a microcosm of business practice, and allow the student to become familiar with business issues. Such a background will prove invaluable to a career in business law, whether it be litigation or transactional work. It is hoped that after a summer’s experience in the business court system, we will be able to assist participants in finding other business law placements, in law firms or corporate law departments.

The Business Law Section Diversity Program encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law. The mission of the Program is to expose law students to the practice of business law and to provide them with work experience and foundations in business law that will further their careers.

The objectives of the Program include:

  • To encourage more diverse law students to apply for clerkship positions.
  • To foster relationships between business court judges and diverse law students.
  • To provide students with a foundation in various aspects of business law.
  • To provide opportunities for students to meet a wide variety of lawyers who are active in the practice of business law and are members of the Business Law Section.
  • To establish a support system for diverse students who are pursuing business court clerkship positions and a possible career in business law.

Membership in the ABA and the Business Law Section is required of students applying for the program. Membership and can be obtained at the time application. Business Law Section membership is free to ABA law student members. Applications for the internships will be solicited from all ABA accredited law schools, and a committee within the Section will screen and interview the applicants, and make the selection for summer placements. Judges will be asked to participate in the program and to accept those candidates selected by the internship selection committee. The Section will select up to nine interns and will provide a summer stipend to each intern. Additionally, during the course of the internship, there will be networking opportunities designed to enhance the learning experience for the interns and to strengthen their interest in business law.

Bankruptcy Seminar on Corporate Governance – Open to Law Students

University of Miami School of Law students are cordially welcome to attend the following free event hosted by the American College of Bankruptcy on November 8, 2010, on Corporate Governance.

Monday, November 8, 2010
Nova Southeastern University
Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314

1:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Educational Program
5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Wine & Cheese Reception
Schedule
1:30 p.m. Welcome
1:40 – 3:00 p.m. Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going —
A Review of Corporate Law and Governance Principles with Respect
to Solvent and Insolvent Corporations (Including the Dreaded Zone
of Insolvency)
Speakers:

Judge Kent A. Jordan – Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Stuart Cohn – Associate Dean, University of Florida Law School
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 5:15 p.m. Application of Governance Principles in the Current Market Environment: Lehman, Tribune and TOUSA
Speakers:

Vince Lazar – Partner, Jenner Block (Chicago)

Nicholas Nastasi – Partner, Saul Ewing (Philadelphia)

Jack Williams – Professor, Georgia State University Law School – Senior Managing Director, Mesirow Financial Consulting
5:15 – 7:15 p.m. Wine & Cheese Reception
To register or for more information please contact Heather Collins (404.881.7903)

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR 4.0 GENERAL CLER CREDITS AND 3.0 BUSINESS LITIGATION CERTIFICATION FOR FLORIDA.
Thanks to a grant by the American College of Bankruptcy (amercol.org), this program is presented at no charge to registrants.

Registration required.  Please RSVP by Monday, November 1st.