Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair (RMDLCF)

Student registration for the Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair (RMDLCF) is now open and continues through Friday, August 6, 2010. The RMDLCF provides a forum for legal employers, law students and law school graduates to meet and discuss employment options with the goal of expanding opportunities and assisting the legal profession in fulfilling its commitment to diversity. Legal employers attending the RMDLCF seek to hire law students and graduates from diverse backgrounds who have been traditionally under-represented in the practice of law in the Rocky Mountain region.

Law students and recent law school graduates are invited to register and attend the RMDLCF and to apply for twenty-minute scheduled interviews with participating employers. The RMDLCF will take place on Friday, September 17, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. until noon at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

For more information and to register for the Career Fair, please go to or

Ruden McClosky Scholarship Program

The Ruden McClosky scholarship – deadline approaching!

The Ruden McClosky Scholarship Program will award a $2,500 scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year to successful applicants who are second year law student at an ABA accredited law school.  The deadline to apply is August 3, 2010.  The successful applicants will also be given an interview for the firm’s summer associate program.

Interested students can request a scholarship application form as well as more information from the Career Development office via email.

Dade County Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee Presentation

The Dade County Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee




A Conversation on Anti-Counterfeiting


Guest Speakers:

Vanessa Backman of Apple Inc.

David K. Friedland of Lott & Friedland

Eric Berger of AAction Investigations


Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Noon-1:15 p.m.


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Coral Gables, FL


Registration includes lunch


Discounted Rate for Dade County Bar Association Student Members: $26

(Students who are not DCBA members can become members for $25 before signing up for the event and then enjoy the student member discount (to become a DCBA member, go to the DCBA website.   Membership offers many opportunities to network with others in the legal profession, avenues for service to the community, and participation in improving the profession of law in Miami.)


Regular Rate: $35 for members, $40 for non-members (including non-member students)

At the door rate: $45 (if space permits)


To register for this event as a student member, contact Kim Machado of the DCBA at 305-371-2220. To register for this event at the regular rate, please go to


Questions? Contact Cristina Ortega Lopez of the CDO.



LatCrit Student Scholar Program

Latina & Latino Critical Legal Theory (


Interested in Becoming a Law Professor?  The LatCrit Student Scholar Program (SSP) Can Be Your First Step.

For some, entering the professoriate can seem an impossible goal, for little encourgaing information about the profession tends to reach progressive law students. Since 2003, LatCrit has institutionalized its commitment  to help progressive students and recent alums prepare for and succeed in law teaching and the production of critical sociolegal scholarship through its Student Scholar Program (SSP).

LatCrit is a diverse group of counter-disciplinary scholars committed to the ongoing development of critical approaches to the study of law, policy and society.  Each year, LatCrit selects at least one student scholar or alumni scholar through this program which is open to J.D. students, and those who?ve received a J.D. in the last three years, who have a demonstrated commitment to producing quality scholarship as well as to pursuing LatCrit?s antisubordinationist goals through social justice activism.

The SSP’s primary objective is to promote activist-scholars who would not otherwise consider such a career path, as well as to mentor students of color who have been historically underrepresented in law teaching. Additionally, the SSP promotes activist students from other historically underrepresented or contemporarily marginalized groups to enter the legal academy.

Each Student Scholar receives a stipend of up to $500 to reimburse transportation costs to and from the annual LatCrit conference, as well as an in-kind contribution that covers registration, double-occupancy lodging and group meals at the conference.

Student Scholars are also assigned a faculty mentor to assist them with their scholarly project and professional career development, and gain the opportunity to publish their work in the annual LatCrit symposium volume. SSP Alums are also eligible for additional professional development opportunities and scholarships to participate in other LatCrit academic events such as the Study Space Series, South-North Exchange on Theory, Culture & Law, the Critical Global Classroom or the Colloquium on International & Comparative Law.

The SSP 2010 submission deadline is August 30, 2010!

While papers may address any critical aspect of race and the law, the following themes are of particular interest:

1.  Papers focusing on Latinas/os as a distinct but diverse social group and the group?s relationship to law or current legal regimes/practices;

2.  Papers adopting a comparative approach to understanding one group?s relationship to law and power relative to other axes of difference;

3.  Papers discussing LatCrit theory in relation to other critical projects that theorize class, gender, race, sexuality and other categories of socio?legal identities and relations; and

4.  Papers embracing an international perspective, cognizant of the heightened South-North (as well as ?East-West?) divide and critical of the impact of neoliberalism and globalization in the creation and maintenance of these territorialized, identity-contingent, structural inequalities.

SSP Eligibility Requirements and Submission Guidelines

Applicants for the 2010 LatCrit SSP must be interested in a law teaching career and in good standing during the 2010-2011 academic year at an accredited graduate or professional degree program anywhere in the world, including, but not limited to, JD, LL.M., JSD, and Ph.D. programs. We will also consider submissions from recent graduates of an ABA-approved law school.

Applicants must also be available to attend the entirety of the annual conference with the support provided by the SSP, and the Fifteenth LatCrit Conference will be held October 7-9, 2010 at the Denver University Sturm College of Law in Denver, CO.  Applicants must submit:

(1) a fully completed application form, which may be downloaded at;

(2) a current resume or curriculum vitae;

(3) a one-page personal statement explaining how the SSP will further the student?s intellectual and professional goals and how the student fulfills the SSP?s primary objective of diversifying the faculty in the legal academy with activist scholars; and

(4) a previously unpublished, original paper, authored by the applicant, of no more than 10,000 words, on any topic related to race, ethnicity and the law that the scholar-recipient would be willing to publish as part of a LatCrit publication.

Additional paper submission guidelines can be found at

All application materials must be typed and submitted in English in Microsoft Word format with the word count displayed on the first page. All text, including footnotes, must be double?spaced with one?inch margins on all sides of each page.

Submissions should be sent to Professor Sumi Cho, c/o Lawrence Arendt using “SSP Submission” in the subject line. If additional information is required, please visit under Projects, Student Programs, then Student Scholar Program.

SSP is a project of LatCrit, Inc. and co-sponsored by

DePaul University College of Law.

Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP)

Five million dollars is now available for distribution to qualified civil legal assistance attorneys.  The online application is accessible here and applying as soon as possible is critical because the Department of Education will commit these funds to eligible civil legal assistance attorneys on a first-come, first-served basis.

Completed and signed applications can be returned to the Department of Education as follows:

Fax Number:



U.S. Department of Education

Civil Legal Assistance Attorney

Student Loan Repayment Program

PO Box 4399

Utica, NY 13504

Overnight mail:

Call 1-877-699-1834 for courier/overnight address

Complete and signed applications will be date and time stamped and processed in the order they are received.  Do not submit an incomplete application–  if the application is denied because it is incomplete, the Department of Education will send a letter explaining the reason it was denied, and a resubmitted request will receive a new date and time stamp.

The Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP) repays a portion of eligible federal student loan debt for civil legal assistance attorneys who are employed full-time.  Attorneys are advised to understand the program requirements, and to carefully consider the Ineligibility for Double Benefits provision before determining whether or not to apply for CLAAP.

For more information, please view this comprehensive CLAAP webpage.

Federal Law Enforcement & Business Networking Career Expo

For students and graduates interested in a career in federal law enforcement, the following career expo will have in attendance the US Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and US Secret Service among others.

The South Broward Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., has partnered with the Florida Memorial University Alumni Association in sponsoring an upscale “FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT & BUSINESS NETWORKING CAREER EXPO” on FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2010, 5:00PM – 8:00PM, at the MI-VI CLUB at GULFSTREAM PARK and CASINO, 901 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

The purpose of the event is to continue to provide a venue for the community to interface with companies and government entities that are actively hiring qualified candidates.  This event is targeting college alumni job seekers that have college degrees with one to two years of experience, but all job seekers are invited.  All the major employers will be participating including the FBI, IRS, Secret Service, City Furniture, Ryder, AmTrust Bank, Progressive Insurance, DEA, Dept. of Homeland Security, Amerprise Financial, US State Department and many more.

Potential job seekers are advised that business attire is suggested and bring your resumes!  RSVP required.  Free admission and parking.

Fried Frank Civil Rights Forum

The Fried Frank Michael Diehl Civil Rights Forum invites interested law students to attend its Civil Rights Forum:

The Mississippi Prom Case:  Emerging LGBT Youth Issues
Monday, July 12, 2010

Guest Speakers:  Chris Hampton, Youth and Program Strategist, ACLU and Christine Sun, Senior Counsel, ACLU

6:30 – 8:30 PM Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
7:00 – 7:30 PM Panel Discussion

The Empire Hotel Rooftop

44 West 63rd Street, New York City

RSVP by Tuesday, July 6, 2010 via email or to +1.212.859.4689

Free On Campus Bar Prep Lunch for Recent UM Law Graduates

UM law graduates studying for the bar exam in Miami are welcome to join the Dean of Students office and Career Development Office for a free lunch on Thursday, July 1 in the Student Lounge from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Chicken Kitchen will be served.

We hope you can attend!

Networking This Summer

Summer is an excellent time to build your network of contacts.  Here are five ways to strengthen your network this summer courtesy of the PSLawNet blog.

CDO advisors are available to discuss the art of networking with you this summer.  Call or email our office to make an in person or telephone appointment.

How is Your Summer Going?

Making a good impression during your summer internship is incredibly important.   Employers may be assessing your performance to determine whether to bring you back for another summer or for a post-graduate position.  Even if you are not looking to stay on with that employer, you will want to list them as a reference so doing your best is critical.  To learn more about making the most of your summer, read Geing and Giving the Most In Your Summer Internship by Deb Ellis via the PSLawNet site.   It is never too late to turn it up in your summer position!